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Calistoga can give Mott early birthday present in Honorable Miss

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott won’t be able to win a race on his birthday this year, something he has done 15 times here since 1992. Mott turns 61 on Tuesday, a dark day at Saratoga.
Perhaps Mott could celebrate a day early when he sends out Calistoga in Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. Read More...

Irish Surf targets Pacific Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Irish Surf is a candidate for the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24 after winning the first stakes of his career in Friday’s $100,750 Cougar II Handicap in track-record time. Read More...

Hersh: Pick four play for Saratoga for Saturday, July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Using two horses only in leg 3, race 10 of the late pick four – TONALIST and WICKED STRONG – keeps this pretty much in the manageable range, though I would prefer a less-expensive play. Read More...

Crist: Top choices look strong in Jim Dandy

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga is down to a field of six with the early scratch of Cousin Stephen, who ran ninth in the Curlin Stakes on Friday. The remaining half-dozen fall into three groups of two – two favorites, two challengers, and two outsiders. Read More...

Snow takes aim at B.C. Cup Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer John Snow is hoping that either Wilo Kat or Twistgrips will give him a second win in the $75,000 B.C. Cup Classic. The 1 1/8-mile Classic is the main attraction of the six stakes races restricted to British Columbia-breds that will make up the bulk of the card on B.C. Cup Day, Monday, Aug. 4. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
The late part of Saturday’s Saratoga card seems like it could break obvious. With Rock Fall scratching from the Amsterdam, the eighth race, the price on my longshot play, Tiznowforamerica, is gone. Captain Serious will now be the Amsterdam favorite and will be a handful as the potential controlling speed. Read More...

Page McKenney aims for third straight at Parx

DRF | 3 days ago
Page McKenney is based at Pimlico with trainer Mary Eppler. But with no racing in Maryland since early June, the 4-year-old Page McKenney has found a home away from home at Parx Racing near Philadelphia. Read More...

Ami’s Holiday tries dirt in Prince of Wales Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Queen’s Plate runner-up Ami’s Holiday headlines a field of 10 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds set to contest the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, over 1 3/16 miles on dirt at Fort Erie Race Track on Tuesday. Read More...

Free’s preview: Turf course favoring closers

DRF | 4 days ago
The pick six Saturday at Del Mar will begin with $77,661 already in the pool due to a carryover from Friday. The pick six sequence covers races 5-10. Read More...

Free: Two pick three plays for Del Mar for Saturday, July 26

DRF | 4 days ago
A competitive program Saturday at Del Mar includes a pair of appealing pick three sequences. They will not break the bank. Total cost: $10. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick three play for Saturday, July 26

DRF | 4 days ago
Trying to leverage two horses I like, RANKHASPRIVILEGES (#1) in race 5 and CELEBRATED TALENT (#3) in race 7. The former is 12-1 on the morning line, the latter 8-1, and getting either home would ensure a healthy profit here. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday, July 26

DRF | 4 days ago
There is one horse in particular in this six-furlong sprint whom I’ve been against throughout his young career, and today is no different. That horse is Cherubim. This son of Henny Hughes is wickedly fast, but he’s yet to show that he can finish the deal against winners and continues to burn money. Read More...

Meadowlands: Mission Brief leads elimination winners

DRF | 4 days ago
Three eliminations for the 2-year-old trotters took place at the Meadowlands on Friday night. The star of the evening was clearly the freaky-fast filly Mission Brief, who set a track record in her Merrie Annabelle victory. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Chicago invaders in town for Matron

DRF | 4 days ago
Raiders from the Windy City have fared well here this year, and there are two accomplished Arlington shippers in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron: My Option and La Tia. Read More...

Irish Surf swamps Cougar II rivals

DRF | 4 days ago
Irish Surf took command of Friday’s $100,750 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar a half-mile into the race. It was the last the 4-year-old colt saw of his rivals. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Amsterdam Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Amsterdam at Saratoga on Saturday, July 26. Read More...

Hootenanny may head back to Europe

DRF | 4 days ago
Hootenanny, the winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, may return to Europe for a leading group stakes for 2-year-olds in August, trainer Wesley Ward said Friday. Read More...

Catalano still hospitalized but improving

DRF | 4 days ago
Wayne Catalano remained in the intensive-care unit at Saint Alexius Hospital in northwest suburban Chicago as of Friday evening, but the veteran trainer has continued progressing from a severe case of pneumonia. Read More...

V.E. Day gives Lezcano 2,000th win in Curlin Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
V.E. Day, last out of the gate and last until the five-sixteenths pole, rallied five wide in the stretch under Jose Lezcano and, despite failing to switch to his correct lead in the stretch, outfinished Charge Now to win the Curlin Stakes by a head. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Jim Dandy rematches two top 3-year-olds

DRF | 4 days ago
Tonalist and Wicked Strong, who were less than two lengths apart when first and fourth in the Belmont Stakes, clash again in Saturday’s Jim Dandy, the traditional local prep race for the Travers on Aug. 23. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Saturday, July 26

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Northlands cancels Friday program

DRF | 4 days ago
Due to adverse weather conditions, Friday night’s card at Northlands Park has been canceled. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 7/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/27 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

String King points to Turf Classic on Louisiana Cup card

DRF | 4 days ago
String King is a gangster. Well, sort of. The top-class Louisiana-bred turfer goes by “Floyd” around the barn in reference to a notorious bank robber. Read More...

Lee’s Spirit returns for optional claimer

DRF | 4 days ago
Lee’s Spirit, an eight-time stakes winner, will make his first start in about two months in the fourth race Sunday at Louisiana Downs. Read More...

Disruption just getting started

DRF | 4 days ago
Disruption, full of himself following his strong effort in the Mt. Rainier Handicap last Sunday, will make his next start in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile, a buoyant Monique Snowden said Friday. Read More...

Natalie Victoria, Majestic River head Molly Pitcher lineup

DRF | 4 days ago
Natalie Victoria and Majestic River both have won back-to-back starts coming into the Grade 2, $200,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Both have already won a stakes at the meet, stamping them as top contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Angie C. showcase for precocious fillies

DRF | 4 days ago
The first wave of maiden races for 2-year-old fillies are in the books at Emerald Downs, and on Sunday six of the early combatants will vie for tentative supremacy in the division when they compete in the $50,000 Angie C. Stakes at six furlongs. Read More...

Get Happy Mister looks to stay perfect at track with Mount Elbert Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Get Happy Mister will be making a rare start at two turns Sunday, when he attempts to extend his record over the Arapahoe Park surface to 8 for 8 in the $40,000 Mount Elbert Stakes. Read More...

Numbers stacked in Fincher’s favor in Rio Grande Senor Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Todd Fincher has five of the 10 entrants in the $154,318 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity, one of a number of New Mexico-bred stakes Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. 
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Single on 8-1 shot key to huge pick six hit

DRF | 4 days ago
The single winning ticket in Thursday’s pick six at Del Mar was purchased ontrack for $1,296 and singled Bench Light ($18) in the eighth race. Read More...

Closely matched trio face off again in California Dreamin’

DRF | 4 days ago
Unusual Heatwave edged Mega Heat and Ethnic Dance in the Crystal Water Stakes on turf at Santa Anita on June 8, with the three runners finishing within a length in the one-mile turf race. They meet again Sunday in the $150,000 California Dreamin' at Del Mar. Read More...

Shuvee a good fit for Flashy American

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Ken McPeek says that the older Flashy American gets, the better she gets. And based on that statement – and what happened last summer at Saratoga – Flashy American is the one to beat in Saturday’s $200,000 Shuvee Handicap at 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga. Read More...

Creque a hero back home in Virgin Islands

DRF | 4 days ago
Even though he is training for Frank Calabrese, one of the most influential horse owners in South Florida, Rasharn Creque is still flying under the radar – at least compared with all the attention his work as a trainer is getting back home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More...

Hovdey: Old injury continues to take toll on Stevens

DRF | 4 days ago
After a remarkable 18-month comeback in which Gary Stevens returned to the pinnacle of his profession, the njury that forced his retirement from riding has come back to haunt him. Read More...

Starstruck tries for repeat in Matchmaker Stakes on Haskell undercard

DRF | 4 days ago
The Haskell Invitational undercard includes two Grade 3 turf stakes, the Oceanport at 1 1/16 miles and the Matchmaker, for fillies and mares, at 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Vyjack, Dads Caps work together for Vanderbilt

DRF | 4 days ago
Graded stakes winners Vyjack and Dads Caps, both trained by Rudy Rodriguez, worked five furlongs together in 59.03 seconds Friday morning over the Saratoga main track. Read More...

Fundraiser for aftercare organization ACTT Naturally

DRF | 4 days ago
ACTT Naturally, a non-profit facility whose mission is to help retired Thoroughbreds transition from racing to a second career, will hold a fundraiser at Oliva Vineyards in nearby Fort Edward, N.Y., on Tuesday. Read More...

Fortune Pearl gets work in over track for Alabama

DRF | 4 days ago
Fortune Pearl, winner of the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks in her last start, worked four furlongs in 48.13 seconds Friday morning over Saratoga’s main track, preparing for a start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes here on Aug. 16. Read More...

Dance With Fate’s rider faces long recovery

DRF | 4 days ago
Exercise rider Joe Duran, who was unseated from Dance With Fate during a training accident on Thursday, faces a recovery of four to six months for fractured vertebrae and broken ribs. Read More...

California Chrome begins galloping toward September comeback

DRF | 4 days ago
A week after returning from a monthlong vacation, the star 3-year-old California Chrome began galloping at Los Alamitos on Friday in preparation for an expected comeback in September. Read More...

Vaccarezza sends Little Alexis north for Test Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Carlo Vaccarezza confirmed Little Alexis for the Grade 1 Test Stakes next weekend at Saratoga after the unbeaten filly breezed five furlongs Friday in a swift 58.80 seconds over her home track at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Read More...

Fiftyshadesofgold set for Test Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Fiftyshadesofgold worked four furlongs in 48.40 seconds Friday morning at Churchill Downs, her final breeze before running in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes here on Aug. 2. Read More...

Pants On Fire returns to defend Cup title

DRF | 4 days ago
It was a fruitless journey to Japan for Pants On Fire and a long trail back to the races. Pants On Fire finally launches his comeback Sunday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup on the Haskell Invitational undercard. Read More...

Wise Dan works with eye toward Fourstardave

DRF | 4 days ago
Wise Dan’s five-furlong move in 1:03.65 over the Oklahoma turf course Friday morning at sun-splashed Saratoga was another step toward a comeback for the two-time Horse of the Year. Read More...

Revamped March sale to kick off 2015 OBS juvenile sale season

DRF | 4 days ago
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. will aim to follow up on the success of its recently-completed 2-year-old sale season in 2015, with a new schedule that includes an expansion of the March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

Goldencents, Big Macher clash in Bing Crosby

DRF | 4 days ago
Goldencents is established at the top level, with multiple Grade 1 wins. Big Macher is the new kid in town, a former maiden claimer who has developed into a graded stakes winner and is trying Grade 1 competition for the first time. Read More...

Needmore Flattery the clear class of Queen City Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
The biggest stakes event to date at Belterra Park will take place Sunday with the running of the $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks. Read More...

Santa Anita raises purses for 10 stakes at fall meeting

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita has raised the purses of 10 stakes run during its autumn meeting from Sept. 26 to Nov. 2, a season that includes the Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Saturday, July 26

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...