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Plans for Princess of Sylmar in flux

DRF | 5 days ago
Princess of Sylmar, who came out of her fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 22 with a case of the thumps, is unlikely to make the Grade 1 Beldame on Sept. 27, and plans for her are in flux. Read More...

Tonalist works for Jockey Club Gold Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes winner, worked six furlongs in 1:14.77 by himself over the Belmont Park main track Monday as he continues to prepare for the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 27. Read More...

Florida Derby winner Constitution nears return

DRF | 5 days ago
Constitution, the undefeated Grade 1 Florida Derby winner, is working steadily toward a return to the races, which could occur within the next three weeks, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Blue Pigeon, Iced Over seek better trips in rematch

DRF | 5 days ago
The richest race on Wednesday’s card at Belmont Park is the first, an $80,000 second-level allowance race scheduled for a mile on turf where Kenzadargent looms large at a short price. Perhaps the more interesting race on the program is the eighth, a $62,000 first-level allowance for New York-breds scheduled for a mile on turf where there are several contenders in the overflow field. Read More...

Lucrative allowance races highlight Wednesday card

DRF | 5 days ago
Three rich allowances anchor a 10-race card Wednesday at Kentucky Downs, where the familiar combination of fat purses, big fields, and ideal weather should make for another good day of racing at this turf-only track. Read More...

California Chrome, Untapable begin fall push for Eclipse Awards

DRF | 5 days ago
Their once-firm grips on their respective divisions may have loosened somewhat by their absence from the summer’s big races, but California Chrome and Untapable remain the clear-cut leaders of the 3-year-old male and female divisions. Read More...

Fast Anna sheds blinkers for Gallant Bob

DRF | 5 days ago
Fast Anna comes into the Grade 3 Gallant Bob on Saturday at Parx off a sharp second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga and likely will be a short-priced favorite. Read More...

We Can Be Heroes should get good pace setup in Wednesday feature

DRF | 5 days ago
With plenty of speed to run at, We Can Be Heroes could be the winner of what appears to be a wide-open $12,500 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that headlines an eight-race card at Northlands Park Wednesday evening. Read More...

Churchill notes: Big weekend for trainer Moquett

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Ron Moquett enjoyed a memorable three-day weekend at Churchill when sending out a winner each day. Read More...

Sheikhzayedroad could return to Canada for Canadian International

DRF | 5 days ago
With his win in the Northern Dancer, Sheikhzayedroad could make a return engagement to Woodbine next month to run in the Grade 1, $1.5-million Canadian International on Oct. 19. Read More...

Kentucky Downs crushes single-day handle record

DRF | 5 days ago
While Instant Racing machines whirred indoors, perhaps a couple thousand fans (admission is free and not tallied) milled about the spacious grounds in cool late-summer weather while clearly enjoying a 10-race card that culminated with four straight stakes. Patiently abiding long lines at the 12 outdoor mutuel windows (plus a handful of self-service terminals), those fans were just the tip of a betting iceberg, as off-site wagering helped shatter the Kentucky Downs single-day handle record with an all-sources total of $4,253,567. Read More...

Calgary Cat claim pays off with Bold Venture win

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Kevin Attard and owners Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman claimed Calgary Cat for $25,000 last November, and that claim has paid off handsomely this season, culminating in Calgary Cat’s win in the Grade 3, $160,500 Bold Venture Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup likely for Woodbine Mile winner Trade Storm

DRF | 5 days ago
Trade Storm, who was third in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile to Wise Dan last season, changed his fortunes in this year’s $1,053,200 edition of the race with a half-length victory over Kaigun. Read More...

Delaware County Fair: Jugette victory within reach for Lady Shadow

DRF | 5 days ago
Combine a touch of luck with a quality horse and anything is possible. That dynamic combination comes into play for Lady Shadow, the morning line favorite in one of three eliminations for the $298,100 Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Wednesday afternoon. Read More...

Trip Notes for September 13-14: Noble Damsel, Sands Point, Woodbine Mile and more…

DRF | 5 days ago
Trip Notes for September 13-14: Noble Damsel, Sands Point, Woodbine Mile and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Alert Bay connects in British Columbia Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Alert Bay gave owner Peter Redekop an unprecedented third straight win in the Grade 3, $1500,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sunday Read More...

Keeneland September: Figures pick up to close Book 2

DRF | 5 days ago
The second book of the Keeneland September yearling sale closed with authority on Sunday, posting significant gains over the sixth session of last year’s edition. Read More...

Wake Up Nick’s unbeaten streak hits five in Barretts Juvenile

DRF | 5 days ago
Wake Up Nick might not be the best 2-year-old in North America, but after winning the $103,900 Barretts Juvenile on Sunday at Los Alamitos, he has won more races (five) than any juvenile on the continent. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Behrens dies at 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Multiple Grade 1 winner Behrens died Sunday following a brief illness at Old Friends at Cabin Creek, the Bobby Frankel division in Greenfield Center, N.Y. Read More...

Ole’s Miss up by a head in British Columbia Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
Ole’s Miss wrapped up the local 3-year-old filly title with a thrilling win over longshot Irish Lyric in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Euro import Trade Storm snags Woodbine Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Trade Storm, the lone European shipper in the field, rallied effectively after emerging from traffic to win Sunday’s Grade 1, $1,053,200 Woodbine Mile, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In qualifier. Read More...

Lubash ends drought with Ashley T. Cole win

DRF | 6 days ago
The New York-bred male turf division welcomed back an old friend to the winner’s circle while the female turf division opened the door for a new invader in a pair of restricted stakes Sunday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Deceptive Vision comes from off the pace in Canadian

DRF | 6 days ago
Deceptive Vision benefited from a patient ride from Eurico da Silva to win her first stakes Sunday at Woodbine in the Grade 2 Canadian, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In qualifier. Read More...

Super Ninety Nine to Country Life Farm in Maryland

DRF | 6 days ago
Grade 3 winner Super Ninety Nine has been retired from racing and will make his debut at stud in 2015 at the Pons family’s Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md. Read More...

Bergman: Sport needs Father Patrick as a stallion

DRF | 6 days ago
Father Patrick isn’t necessary on the racetrack to save this sport in 2015, but he is urgently needed in the breeding shed. I can hardly wait for his 2017 first crop to be auctioned. Read More...

Sheikhzayedroad rallies to win Northern Dancer

DRF | 6 days ago
English invader Sheikhzayedroad rallied along the rail to take Sunday’s Grade 1, $313,600 Northern Dancer Turf but had to survive a claim of foul after the 12-furlong turf marathon before he collected the first prize of $180,000. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Sept. 8 – Sept. 10

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Harrington, Northfield, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Sept. 9 – Sept. 11

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 9/15 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Monday 9/15 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 9/15 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 9/15 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 9/15 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 9/15 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

School House looks to regain form in starter allowance

DRF | 6 days ago
School House, winner of an overnight stakes on turf in his final start last year, and Raging Doust, who upset the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at 33-1 a year ago, will look to snap season-long losing streaks in a starter allowance race scheduled for a mile and 70 yards on turf Wednesday at Delaware Park. Read More...

Talk Show Man exits good finish in key race

DRF | 6 days ago
Laurel Park has put together a nice card for Wednesday, which includes a third-level optional claiming race, a second-level optional claimer, a first-level allowance, and two starter allowance races, one for horses who have started for $35,000 and another, which includes five last-out winners, for $5,000 runners. Read More...

Moyglare Stud winner Cursory Glance unlikely for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
Cursory Glance won the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland by a neck over Lucida, giving trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andre Atzeni their second Group 1 victory in 24 hours. Read More...

Defending Arc champion Treve dull fourth in Prix Vermeille

DRF | 6 days ago
Treve suffered her third defeat from as many starts this year, finishing a tame fourth in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille on Sunday at Longchamp and throwing into further disarray the list of leading contenders for the Oct. 4 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Read More...

Pennsylvania Derby lineup adds Protonico, C J’s Awesome

DRF | 6 days ago
The field for Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby continues to grow as the names Protonico and C J’s Awesome were added to those willing to take on Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome at Parx. Read More...

Turf mare Miracle in May defies Father Time

DRF | 6 days ago
After two so-so performances in races switched to the main track, Miracle in May figures to move forward with a return to her favorite surface for Tuesday night’s turf feature at Mountaineer. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont on Sunday, Sept. 14

DRF | 6 days ago
I’m not loaded with wise-guy opinions Sunday at Belmont, as most of the races are either pretty straightforward or maiden races with first-time starters that call for a wait-and-see approach. Read More...

Hersh: Belmont pick four play for Sunday, Sept. 14

DRF | 6 days ago
I liked two individual horses in the early pick four and so structured a wager around them. The lucky individuals are MAY FLOWERS (#7) in race 2 and KHARAFA (#4) in race 4. Read More...

Harrington: Foiled Again, Clear Vision primed for Quillen Final

DRF | 6 days ago
One year removed from their epic duel in last year’s event, two of harness racing’s heavyweights among the pacing division, Foiled Again and Clear Vision, are among an accomplished field in the 8th annual $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway Monday (September 15). Read More...

Canterbury closes out strong meet

DRF | 6 days ago
Canterbury Park concluded its 2014 racing season Saturday, and though handle was down slightly year over year, there were many indicators of a healthy race meet. Read More...

King’s preview: Three allowances highlight card

DRF | 6 days ago
Near-perfect September weather is on tap for racing Sunday at Churchill Downs, with mostly sunny skies forecasted and a high temperature of 72 degrees. The racing is respectable, too, with three allowances on the 10 race card. Read More...

Mohawk: Father Patrick impressive in Canadian Trotting Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Father Patrick took advantage of a miscue by stablemate Trixton and cruised home in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Read More...

Mohawk: Shake It Cerry equals track record in Elegantimage Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Upsets were also in order in the lucrative stakes for 2-year-old trotters. Read More...

Yonkers: Burke dominates Night of Champions

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Ron Burke stole the show winning with half of the eight NYSS finals at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Keeneland September: Young sires lead the way to start Book 2

DRF | 6 days ago
Book 2 of the Keeneland September yearling sale was kicked off with a youth movement at the top, with four of the five highest-priced offerings sired by stallions represented by their first or second crops. Read More...

Sharla Rae outfights heavy favorite in Barretts Debutante

DRF | 6 days ago
Into Oblivion put away two pace rivals, but was unable to hold off Sharla Rae, who wore her down to win the Barretts Debutante by a neck Saturday at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Woodbine Mile caps strong card

DRF | 6 days ago
The Jackpot Hi 5 lands on the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, which is the finale on a superb 11-race card. The carryover is $432,756, and there is not a mandatory payout. Read More...

Suntracer’s nose hits wire first in Kentucky Turf Cup

DRF | 7 days ago
The big-money events kept eluding Suntracer, but not this time. The 6-year-old Suntracer invaded Kentucky Downs from Chicago to register the richest victory of his career Saturday in the Grade 3, $347,400 Kentucky Turf Cup, the annual highlight at turf-only Kentucky Downs. Read More...

Long on Value sets stakes record in Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Long on Value, the morning-line favorite, took advantage of a fast early pace to blow by the leaders in the lane and captured the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby on closing day at Canterbury Park. Read More...