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Four qualifying chances on DRFT

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s another busy weekend of activity on DRF Tournaments, tournaments.drf.com. In addition to credit builders, match-up contests, and feeders, there are four qualifiers to major tournaments, starting on Saturday. Read More...

Map Room seeks to end win drought in turf route

DRF | 4 days ago
The third time might be the charm for Map Room, who has turned in two good efforts in defeat at this meet and has been training sharply for Saturday's featured eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs, a first-level, $22,500 allowance. Read More...

Texas Thoroughbred Association juvenile, racing age sale catalog now available

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2017 Texas Thoroughbred Association 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale is now available online, featuring 97 entries prior to supplemental horses being announced. Read More...

Bettys Bambino effective when he races sparingly

DRF | 4 days ago
The 7-year-old Bettys Bambino has won 7 of 11 starts, including five consecutive races since September 2014. The gelding will make his 2017 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap for California-breds at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits makes 4-year-old debut in Gulfstream Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
By the end of 2016, Mind Your Biscuits had established himself as one of the premier sprinters in the country, 3-year-old or otherwise. And new trainer Chad Summers expects even better from him at 4, a campaign that begins Saturday when he meets five rivals including the highly regarded Unified in the Grade 3, $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 25: Picks for Risen Star, Mineshaft, Busher

DRF | 4 days ago
Local Hero comes into Saturday's Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds with only a victory over maidens last month and is considerably less accomplished than other members of this field. Yet I have no problem siding with him here, because if Local Hero duplicates his last performance, he will win right back. Read More...

Texas Glitter, Melody of Colors lack standouts

DRF | 4 days ago
The Texas Glitter and Melody of Colors, both $75,000 races at five furlongs on the grass, serve in support of the lone graded stakes here this weekend, the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Read More...

Valadorna, Farrell, Shane’s Girlfriend meet in Rachel Alexandra

DRF | 4 days ago
This year's Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, carded at 1 1/16 miles, has three major contenders in Valadorna, Farrell, and Shane's Girlfriend. With just seven entrants – the others are Untapped, Majestic Quality, Wicked Lick, and Gris Gris – there is less chance for 2016-style chaos. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 Read More...

New Vocations aftercare program gets boost from Ohio horsemen

DRF | 4 days ago
New Vocations has a major presence in Ohio and is celebrating a quarter century of operations in the Buckeye State this year. The program recently announced that the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) has donated $50,000 to support aftercare efforts at its Marysville, Ohio facility. Read More...

Trainer Farro serving 15-day suspension

DRF | 4 days ago
Patricia Farro, one of the leading trainers in Pennsylvania for the past five years, began serving a 15-day suspension on Feb. 15 after one of her horses tested positive for clenbuterol, according to Pennsylvania racing commission records. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn Park horses to watch for week of Feb. 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Mary Rampellini's horses to watch at Oaklawn Park for the week of Feb. 23. Read More...

Special Edition: Florida Stallions and Juvenile Market Preview

DRF | 4 days ago
Daily Racing Form's special edition on Florida's stallion market and 2-year-old sales. Read More...

Beyer Sire Performance Standings: Exclusive Quality stands out in Florida

DRF | 4 days ago
Exclusive Quality, with 95 representatives on the track in 2016, finished 10th on Florida’s general sire list based on earnings. However, he factored prominently in Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings unveiled last month – an exclusive metric to examine stallion progeny performance in-depth, often highlighting under-the-radar sires. Read More...

Pair of Curlin’s sons among incoming Florida sires

DRF | 4 days ago
As rapidly-rising young classic sires with major contenders on this year's Kentucky Derby trail, Curlin and Pioneerof the Nile are among the most in-demand stallions in Kentucky this year. Each has a classic-placed son entering stud this year in Florida, giving a big kick to the Sunshine State's program. Read More...

Juvenile sale season preview: Consignors optimistic for middle market

DRF | 4 days ago
On paper, last year's market trends should not add up to a rosy forecast for the upcoming juvenile auctions, and perhaps that will be the case, but the juvenile market is built on the ability to rebuild, restock, and adapt to changing landscapes. That preparation for the coming season has come in different forms. Read More...

Leading Florida sires: High Cotton, Gone Astray top key categories

DRF | 4 days ago
High Cotton started strong six years ago as Florida's leading freshman sire of 2011, and he followed through on the potential in 2016 as the state's top returning sire by overall progeny earnings. The 14-year-old son of Dixie Union had 92 winners over the course of last year's calendar – also the most in the state for a returning sire – with earnings of $3,485,516. Read More...

Hips to watch at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale

DRF | 4 days ago
The following are horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale of select 2-year-olds in training, based on their pedigrees and past auction performance, both their own and notable family members. Read More...

Shanghai Bobby tests market with deep group of 2017 freshman sires

DRF | 4 days ago
Shanghai Bobby, who stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., is among the most well-regarded stallions in a freshman class that also includes three American classic winners and several other Breeders' Cup winners. Read More...

Preakness winner Louis Quatorze dies at 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Louis Quatorze, the winner of the 1996 Preakness Stakes and a perennial top sire in Maryland, died suddenly in his paddock on Feb. 17 at Murmur Farms in Darlington, Md. The 24-year-old son of Sovereign Dancer was buried at Murmur Farms. Read More...

Fonner: Snow, cold temperatures in forecast for meet opener

DRF | 5 days ago
Weather permitting, Fonner Park in central Nebraska will present the first of 31 programs with a nine-race card that begins at 2 p.m. Central on Friday. Live racing continues on a Friday-through-Sunday basis through May 6. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Friday 2/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 2/24 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 2/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

O’Neill runners invade for stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Southern California-based trainer Doug O’Neill has entered a pair of notable 3-year-olds for stakes at Sunland Park on Sunday. The $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby is the local stepping-stone to next month’s Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, and O’Neill has entered Irap. Read More...

Guest Suite drills half-mile in final work for Risen Star

DRF | 5 days ago
Guest Suite, who won the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 21 in his 3-year-old debut, had his final Risen Star workout on Tuesday, going a half-mile in 48 seconds. On a damp, drizzly morning, trainer Neil Howard did not hesitate to work Guest Suite over a wet, sealed Fair Grounds surface. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Feb. 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Feb. 20 Read More...

Young challengers await Easter Indy in Downthedustyroad

DRF | 5 days ago
Easter Indy will have to overcome a pair of up-and-coming fillies in Dutch Parrot and I Be Jeannie Be on Friday, when she seeks to win the $100,000 Downthedustyroad for the second year in a row at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Harness: World champion Mission Brief retired

DRF | 5 days ago
World champion Mission Brief retired. Read More...

Peck: Tampa Bay horses to watch for week of Feb. 22

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck provides a list of horses to watch at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Cox loaded for stakes on Louisiana Derby Preview Day

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Brad Cox is back in force for Saturday's Louisiana Derby Preview Day, with entrants in every one of the six stakes save the Rachel Alexandra. Read More...

Australia: Winx goes for 15th straight win

DRF | 5 days ago
Winx, the reigning Australian Horse of the Year, will be a massive favorite to win her 15th consecutive start in Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes against males at Royal Randwick Racecourse, outside of Sydney. Read More...

Hovdey: St. Joe Bay could take Kent off Dubai duck

DRF | 5 days ago
Kent Desormeaux turns 47 on Feb. 27. But for all he has accomplished, which includes three Kentucky Derby trophies and a plaque in the Hall of Fame, Desormeaux has yet to win a race on the Dubai World Cup card, and he has not ridden at Meydan since the Tapeta surface was replaced by dirt in 2015. Read More...

Hastings: Weather delays start of live racing

DRF | 5 days ago
Due to an inordinate amount of snowfall in Vancouver in early February, opening day at Hastings has been moved back by one week. The 52-day meet was originally scheduled to begin on April 16 but will now start on April 23. Read More...

Derby Watch: Mo Town proving a bargain buy

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow paid a relatively small price for Mo Town, who went on to win the Remsen Stakes. Now Dutrow is hoping that Mo Town continues paying dividends when he makes his first start as a 3-year-old on Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Slew’s Tiznow’s stature as sire soars after El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
As far as showcase races go, the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby last weekend at Golden Gate Fields was about as good as it gets for young sire Slew's Tiznow. Read More...

Tiz a Slam early 3-1 favorite for Queen’s Plate

DRF | 5 days ago
Cup and Saucer Stakes winner Tiz a Slam has been installed as the early 3-1 favorite for the 158th Queen's Plate at Woodbine on July 2. Read More...

Turns out Delgadillo has broken collarbone

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Agapito Delgadillo was found to have a hairline fracture of his collarbone on Tuesday, two days after he was involved in a one-horse spill at Santa Anita and later won the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes on Cuddle Alert. Read More...

Troubled trip hindered Page McKenney in John Campbell Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Page McKenney emerged unscathed from his adventurous journey in the John B. Campbell Stakes at Laurel Park last Saturday, according to trainer Mary Eppler. Read More...

Stevens on track for March return to saddle

DRF | 5 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, out since December after undergoing hip replacement surgery, is moving closer to a comeback. Read More...

John Jones projects to make 2017 return during Pimlico’s meet

DRF | 5 days ago
John Jones, a two-time stakes winner in Maryland last season, is currently on vacation. “He had a great campaign,” said trainer Lacey Gaudet, 28. “We gave him the winter off down in South Carolina, and he’ll rejoin my stable around April 1. He’ll probably be ready to run at Pimlico.” Read More...

Imperial Hint provides small stable with big win in General George

DRF | 5 days ago
Parx-based horseman Luis Carvajal Jr. said he was relieved after Imperial Hint won the Grade 3 General George last Saturday at Laurel Park. The win was the first in a graded race for the horse, trainer, and owner Raymond Mamone. Read More...

Inexperience may be bigger obstacle than post 10 for Stretch’s Stone

DRF | 5 days ago
Stretch's Stone might seem vulnerable to some bettors as one of the favorites in Friday's sixth race at Aqueduct, a $57,000, first-level allowance for New York-bred 3-year-olds, due to landing the far outside post in a field of 10 going 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Monmouth: Fewer stakes, lower purses for 2017

DRF | 5 days ago
Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., will run 33 stakes races this year with total purses of $3,725,000, down from 41 stakes scheduled for last year's meet with total purses of $4.65 million, according to a stakes schedule distributed by the track on Wednesday. Read More...

Lady Pamela looks to parlay regal pedigree into solid career

DRF | 5 days ago
Days after a strong third-place debut by full sibling Lifeline in a maiden race for 3-year-olds, lightly raced Lady Pamela resumes her class ascent Friday at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old Lady Pamela seeks her second career victory going 1 1/4 miles on turf in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer for fillies and mares. Read More...

Enborg goes full speed ahead at UBC qualifier

DRF | 5 days ago
Eddie Enborg is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He’s also an accomplished contest player. Last weekend he punched his ticket for this year’s Ultimate Betting Challenge, a live-bankroll contest to be held at both Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita, via DRF Tournaments. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Wednesday, Feb. 22

DRF | 5 days ago
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for Friday, Feb. 24 Read More...

McCraken training toward Tampa Bay Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby, is back in a daily training routine at the Palm Meadows training center following his victory in the Feb. 11 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. McCraken is being pointed to a return to Tampa for the March 11 Tampa Bay Derby. Read More...

Game has changed for Jolley, 79, but he’s still a player

DRF | 5 days ago
LeRoy Jolley can walk virtually unnoticed among the crowd at Gulfstream Park. It wasn't always this way. More than a generation ago, Jolley was the trainer of the moment in much the same way that Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher, and Bob Baffert are today. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Feb. 16 – Feb. 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...