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Daredevil impressive in turf work

DRF | 4 days ago
Any lingering doubts trainer Todd Pletcher might have had about whether Daredevil would like the grass were erased on Friday morning when the Grade 1 winner turned in a sparkling half-mile drill with jockey Javier Castellano aboard over the Oklahoma turf course. Read More...

Valdivia revives career, thanks to Ward’s help

DRF | 4 days ago
With a four-win Thursday – half the eight-race card – jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. moved to within three victories, 44-41, of leading rider Mitchell Murrill at the Arlington meet. Read More...

Masochistic at top of his game for Bing Crosby

DRF | 4 days ago
Unbeaten in three 2015 starts, Masochistic won graded stakes in April and June at Santa Anita in consecutive starts to become the leader of the California sprint division. Those wins will make Masochistic a heavy favorite to win Sunday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs at Del Mar. Read More...

Washington summer yearling and mixed catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is now available online, featuring 114 entries. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, July 25 Read More...

Samuel Dechamplain back in good form for Toronto Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Samuel Dechamplain has seen a dramatic reversal of form since getting back on the Woodbine turf course and will look to keep it going in Sunday’s $125,000 Toronto Cup Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Team Valor, Motion reunite for Little Silver

DRF | 4 days ago
eam Valor International and trainer Graham Motion will have their first starter together in more than two years when English import Affileo starts in the first division of the Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Read More...

Crist: Lake George preview

DRF | 4 days ago
The Grade 2 Lake George for 3-year-old fillies, now slated to go off with a field of 10 following the scratches of longshots Lady Zuzu and My Year Is a Day, is an intriguing handicapping puzzle with plenty of room for argument. Read More...

Crist: Schuylerville Stakes preview

DRF | 4 days ago
The first graded stakes race of the 2015 Saratoga meeting comes early this year, with the Grade 3 Schuylerville being run Friday as the fourth race at 2:39 p.m. Eastern. The Schuylerville is the first of three graded stakes at the meeting for 2-year-old fillies, followed by the Grade 2 Adirondack on Aug. 15 and the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 5. Read More...

Bold Cait looms large in Queen City Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Bold Cait, a dominant winner in restricted stakes in each of her first two starts around two turns, towers over her opponents in Sunday’s $75,000 Queen City Oaks for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies at Belterra Park. Read More...

Carson City Girl favored in Zia Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Three years ago, David Barrett was part owner and Fred Danley was the trainer of a 2-year-old named The Four J’s who came within a head of upsetting the Grade 1 Zia Futurity at 12-1. Barrett and Danley will get another shot at the six-figure Zia Futurity on Sunday, this time with the favored filly Carson City Girl in the 400-yard race for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses. Read More...

Surtsey on hunt for graded black type in Royal North

DRF | 4 days ago
Surtsey closed well over a yielding turf course to win the Zadracarta Stakes over seven furlongs in her last start on June 27 at Woodbine, but will be shortening up to six furlongs here for Sunday’s Grade 3 Royal North Stakes. Read More...

Key Race report: McMullen County returns in allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
McMullen County (#2, ML 8-1) returns in Friday's eighth race at Ellis Park, a 1 1/16-mile allowance on turf. It will be his first start since finishing fifth by seven lengths in an allowance June 13 at Churchill Downs. The sixth- and seventh-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Rossi has spinal surgery; doctors ‘cautiously optimistic’

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Oriana Rossi underwent seven hours of what was termed successful spinal surgery Thursday at Indiana University Healthcare Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in the aftermath of a Wednesday spill at Indiana Grand, which also led to less serious injuries to two other jockeys. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 25th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 4 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 25th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Vernon: Ducharme taking a shot with Zweig longshots

DRF | 4 days ago
Two years ago George Ducharme was in an enviable position. The trainer had captured the prestigious Hambletonian with Royalty For Life and came to Ducharme’s home track at Vernon Downs to compete and eventually capture the Zweig Memorial. This year Ducharme may be more of an outsider looking in as the trainer sends out longshot Wings Of Royalty. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: Gerrity win would make Doctor Butch a millionaire

DRF | 4 days ago
Doctor Butch is the type of horse that dislikes wearing a blanket, even on the coldest days of winter. A blanket in the winner’s circle, though, is another story. Read More...

Peck: How I’d play Saratoga for Friday, July 24

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck provides insight on a pick three strategy for Friday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, July 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling and mixed catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling and mixed age sale is now available online, with 77 total entries. Read More...

Monmouth invites public to watch American Pharoah gallop

DRF | 5 days ago
Monmouth Park will open its clubhouse each morning Thursday through Saturday, July 30 to Aug. 1, so the public can watch American Pharoah gallop. American Pharoah is scheduled to make his first start since winning the Triple Crown in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on Sunday, Aug. 2. Read More...

Commission tables vote on 3-day Suffolk Downs meet

DRF | 5 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission tabled a vote on whether to approve three days of live racing this year at Suffolk Downs in East Boston after a group of horsemen contended that a company owned by Frank Stronach was interested in leasing the track, according to officials at the meeting. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Carter Sales Co. summer sale catalog now online

DRF | 5 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Carter Sales Co. OKC summer Thoroughbred yearling and horses of racing age sale is now available online, with 82 horses entered. Read More...

Went the Day Well to stand in Uruguay

DRF | 5 days ago
Grade 3 winner Went the Day Well will begin his stallion career at Las Zainas Farm in Uruguay. Read More...

Lady Eli making progress in bout with laminitis

DRF | 5 days ago
Lady Eli, the undefeated Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly, continues to do well in her battle against laminitis, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. Read More...

Keen Pauline works way into CCA Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
Keen Pauline, the 15-1 upset winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 15, will return to the races in Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Unbeaten Golden Horn takes on older rivals in King George

DRF | 5 days ago
As American Pharoah, the American Triple Crown winner, gears up for another start against fellow 3-year-olds in the Haskell Invitational, Golden Horn can expand his growing legend in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Three champions put on workout show

DRF | 5 days ago
It was champions on parade Thursday morning at Saratoga as three Eclipse Award-winning females from 2014 put in workouts here in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements. Read More...

Multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem retired

DRF | 5 days ago
Carpe Diem, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April, has been retired. According to WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden, Carpe Diem suffered an injury to his right knee. Owned by WinStar and Stonestreet Stables, Carpe Diem will stand stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky Read More...

Pandolfo: Last race handicapping and the bounce theory

DRF | 5 days ago
One of the key elements of handicapping is how much emphasis to put on a horse's last race. The last race can tip off either improving or declining form. However, sometimes horses that have been racing well do turn in a subpar performance but still win their next start. That's why, generally speaking, I like to analyze a horse's last three starts. Of course, sometimes what looks like a subpar effort on paper was actually just a bad trip. Read More...

Crist: American Pharoah just one of many Saratoga story lines

DRF | 5 days ago
At the most recent public meeting of the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board, the largely state-appointed trustees did not ask a single question about the cancelation of the traditional Saratoga open house, the presence of a new temporary chairman at the head of the table, or any long-term plans for the future of racing in New York. The only question that seemed to animate the group was the one on many lips as Saratoga opened this Friday: Will American Pharoah race at the Spa? Read More...

Pure Tactics proves capable as miler

DRF | 5 days ago
The question of whether Pure Tactics is a turf sprinter or a miler was answered in Wednesday’s $86,350 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar. The 6-year-old horse can be called both. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: P H Supercam seeks Gerrity success

DRF | 5 days ago
Every once in a while a claimer is able to rise through the ranks and compete with some of the best in his class. On Saturday at Saratoga Raceway, P H Supercam, one of the best $30,000 buys in history, faces seven foes in the seventh annual $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial. Read More...

Hoppertunity, Smith team up for San Diego Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
On Saturday, Mike Smith rides Hoppertunity for the second time this year in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, a race that could lead to a start in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22. Read More...

King: Appealing Tale has shot to upset San Diego

DRF | 5 days ago
I get the feeling Appealing Tale should threaten, and perhaps even prove the upsetter, in Saturday’s San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Blame Jim enters Jersey Shore off sharp performance

DRF | 5 days ago
Blame Jim comes into the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday off a sharp Belmont Park sprint try and will rule a solid favorite in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds. Blame Jim earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure for his runner-up effort in a second-level optional claiming race last out at Belmont. Read More...

Amoss accepts 45-day suspension

DRF | 5 days ago
Tom Amoss, one of the leading trainers in the U.S., has accepted a 45-day suspension from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to settle a medication positive that turned up in one of his horses after a race in 2011. Read More...

Hall, trainer of George Royal, dies at 85

DRF | 5 days ago
Robert “Bobby” W. Hall died of natural causes Wednesday. Hall, 85, is best known as the owner and trainer of George Royal, the only British Columbia-bred to win what is considered a Grade 1 race. Read More...

Three Louisiana jockeys arrested for race-fixing

DRF | 5 days ago
Three Louisiana jockeys were arrested on Thursday and charged with race-fixing following an investigation into a race run at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas in mid-June, the state police announced. Read More...

American Pharoah gives Baffert goose bumps with Thursday work

DRF | 5 days ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah gave trainer Bob Baffert goosebumps with his work Thursday morning at Del Mar, a drill officially timed in 1:11 for six furlongs, with American Pharoah always into the bit, eagerly looking to do more in his penultimate work for the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on Aug. 2. Read More...

Unbeaten fillies Blaze to Glory, Dust Alert clash in Rio Grande Senorita

DRF | 5 days ago
Blaze to Glory and Dust Alert, a pair of 2-year-old fillies unbeaten after two starts, will clash Saturday in the $165,171 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity for New Mexico-bred females at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Cocked and Loaded shoots for second stakes win

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga will have a decided Midwest flavor to it, with most of the major contenders having begun their campaigns in Kentucky before shipping to New York for the summer. Read More...

Palace on the fence for Vanderbilt

DRF | 5 days ago
Although he is the defending champion and is ready to run off a four-month layoff, Palace is not certain to race next Saturday in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt, said trainer Linda Rice. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Del Mar for Friday, June 24

DRF | 5 days ago
McGee: How I'd play Del Mar for Friday, June 24 Read More...

Several California stakes runners cataloged for Barretts paddock sale

DRF | 5 days ago
DEL MAR, Calif.-The Barretts paddock sale of horses of racing age at Del Mar on Saturday evening has a catalog consisting primarily of 2- and 3-year-olds, and a slight international influence. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Friday, July 24

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his insights to a pick three play on Friday's card at Del Mar. Read More...