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Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 21 – Apr. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Diamond Joe seeks 20th stakes win in Bosselman/Fonner

DRF | 4 days ago
Fonner Park fan favorite Diamond Joe will attempt to reach a significant career milestone Saturday when he runs in the $30,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes. He will be chasing his 20th stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/30 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Air Force Blue heavily favored in English 2000 Guineas

DRF | 4 days ago
Air Force Blue is the odds-on favorite to give trainer Aidan O'Brien his eighth win in the QIPCO English 2000 Guineas on Saturday at Newmarket. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Rain sure thing for opening night of spring meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Raining or not, few spirits will be dampened when Churchill Downs opens its 38-day spring meet Saturday with the 142nd Kentucky Derby lurking right around the corner. Read More...

Manhattan Dan works for Royal Ascot sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-old Manhattan Dan worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.63 over the Belmont training track on Thursday. Manhattan Dan, trained by Gary Contessa, is being pointed to a turf sprint at the Royal Ascot meet in England in June. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 4/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 4/30 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Adventist ready if he gets Kentucky Derby call

DRF | 4 days ago
Adventist, who still remains on the outside looking in as far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, worked five furlongs in 1:02.37 Thursday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Middleburg may be vulnerable favorite in Miami Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Favoritism rests with Middleburg, but value might reside elsewhere in the Grade 3, $100,000 Miami Mile on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Westchester the starting point for Red Vine

DRF | 4 days ago
With Tonalist now in the breeding shed, Red Vine could become the top dirt runner in the Christophe Clement barn in 2016. He is back for his 6-year-old season, which is expected to begin in the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester at Belmont Park on May 7. Read More...

Hovdey: California Chrome ready to come back home to roost

DRF | 4 days ago
Win or lose on Saturday with Mishegas in the Calfornia Chrome Stales, Sherman will awaken Sunday morning with a bounce in his step and an extra sparkle in his eyes. At some point during the day, the real California Chrome will trundle off the horse van (backward, again?) and take up residence in his double-wide Los Alamitos stall. Cue the anticipation. Read More...

Clocker: Girls work while the boys gallop

DRF | 4 days ago
The fillies took center stage Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, with the majority of the locally based Kentucky Derby hopefuls scheduled to turn in their final works on Friday. Likely Derby favorite Nyquist is at Keeneland, where he is scheduled to work before the first race on Friday. Read More...

Lovable Lyss sharp but on short rest for Goldfinch

DRF | 4 days ago
For a few weeks this winter it looked like Lovable Lyss might be a player in races as prominent as the Fair Grounds Oaks, and while that didn't work out, Lovable Lyss is absolutely the horse to beat in the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 30: Picks for Elusive Quality, California Chrome, San Francisco Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
My strategy for Saturday's Elusive Quality at Belmont Park is simple: Back the proven fit horse in Bye Bye Bernie. Read More...

California Internet poker bill moves forward

DRF | 4 days ago
Legislation that would legalize Internet poker in California and provide California racing interests with a $60 million annual subsidy for the loss of exclusive online gambling passed an Assembly committee on Wednesday without opposition. Read More...

Green Mask tries to end long drought in Elusive Quality

DRF | 4 days ago
He has traveled across the country and around the world but when Green Mask runs in Saturday's $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont Park, he will be returning to the site of his most recent victory. Green Mask hasn't won since May 2014 when he captured the Paradise Creek Stakes over this same Widener turf course and at the same seven-furlong distance of the Elusive Quality. Read More...

$1 million bonus tied to three Southern California stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Del Mar and The Stronach Group, the parent company of Santa Anita, announced Thursday they are offering a $1 million bonus to a horse that can sweep three Grade 1 races this summer and fall – the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 20; the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1; and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

California Chrome’s first target: San Diego Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman said on Thursday that California Chrome will arrive at his Los Alamitos stable from Kentucky on Sunday and that a two-race campaign is tentatively planned for the Del Mar summer meeting – the $200,000 San Diego Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on July 23 and the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20. Read More...

Amoss quickly mends fences with Lanerie

DRF | 4 days ago
The traffic Mo Tom managed to find in the Louisiana Derby infuriated trainer Tom Amoss to such a degree that he gave jockey Corey Lanerie a severe tongue-lashing upon returning to be unsaddled. “I called Corey in the jocks' room to apologize 20 minutes after it all blew up,” Amoss said. “Now it's totally behind us. Corey and I have been friends for 20 years and we're looking forward to a great showing in the Kentucky Derby.” Read More...

Inexcess Again looks to start new win streak

DRF | 4 days ago
Inexcess Again was very impressive winning a $25,000 conditional claiming race going 5 1/2 furlongs in his first start at Emerald Downs on April 16. He figures to be tough to handle when he comes right back at the same level in Emerald's feature race Saturday. Read More...

Trojan Nation ‘happy’ horse after work

DRF | 4 days ago
Trojan Nation, a surprise second at 81-1 in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Santa Anita on Thursday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

The Odds R Good brings bullet works into sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
It is hard to take a firm stand on any of the seven horses entered in an optional $25,000 claiming race that will serve as the feature race at Hastings Saturday. With no standout in the six-furlong dash that goes as race six, there should be value for anyone capable of solving what appears to be a complex puzzle. Read More...

Crist: Canterbury betting on lower takeout

DRF | 4 days ago
Canterbury Downs made a bold and popular decision when it announced last week that it was reducing the pari-mutuel takeout for its upcoming race meet. Its new rates of 15 percent on straight wagers and 18 percent on all others will be the lowest in the nation when the Shakopee, Minn., track opens a 69-day meet on May 20. Read More...

Uncle Lino takes aim at first stakes win

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Gary Sherlock thinks Uncle Lino has the potential to win a graded stakes. A more immediate goal is an initial stakes win, which Uncle Lino can achieve in Saturday's first running of the $150,000 California Chrome Stakes for 3-year-olds at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Parker nears milestone of 5,000 career wins

DRF | 4 days ago
Deshawn Parker is on the verge of riding his 5,000th career winner, which in itself is not all that surprising. Parker is the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer Park, has led the nation in wins twice, and has won 200 races or more in 13 of the last 14 years. Read More...

Smokey Image being aimed at sprints

DRF | 4 days ago
Smokey Image, a five-time stakes winner who was seventh in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, was not entered for Saturday's 1 1/16-mile California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos and is likely to stay in sprints. Read More...

Songbird slated to resume training Sunday

DRF | 4 days ago
Songbird, the undefeated champion 2-year-old filly of 2015, is scheduled to resume training at Santa Anita on Sunday after being sidelined with a fever. Read More...

Asmussen rides into William Walker Stakes on a high

DRF | 4 days ago
Steve Asmussen won the inaugural Walker on opening night of the 2015 spring meet at Churchill Downs with Cinco Charlie, and he has one of the top contenders in the second running in Patton Proud. Read More...

Strong Southern California contingent challenges locals in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Locally based runners have won five of the last six runnings of the San Francisco Mile. Will that trend remain intact in Saturday's edition of the Grade 3, $100,000 race at Golden Gate Fields, or will one of the seven Southern California-based entrants be too much for the locals to handle? Read More...

Dr. T.F. Classen Memorial a tough spot for Ebby

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-old filly Ebby, perfect in two stakes appearances last season, will challenge older horses while making her first start in five months in Saturday's first stakes of the season at Thistledown, the $75,000 Dr. T.F. Classen Memorial Stakes. Read More...

Champions Lexie Lou, Strut the Course clash in optional claimer

DRF | 4 days ago
On a rare Saturday at Woodbine without a stakes, champions Lexie Lou and Strut the Course will clash in a third-level $80,000 optional claimer. Read More...

Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit set for June 28

DRF | 4 days ago
A one-day conference focusing on issues related to the health and safety of racehorses has been scheduled for June 28 at Keeneland in Lexington, the organizers of the conference announced on Thursday. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 21 to April 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 21 to April 24, 2016. Read More...

Penn National’s net income surges in first quarter

DRF | 4 days ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the publicly traded casino and racetrack operator, had net income of $23.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, up from $1.9 million in the first quarter last year, according to financial documents the company released Thursday. Read More...

Pocono: Owner has high hopes for Pennsylvania Classic-bound Another Daily Copy

DRF | 5 days ago
Carl Sackheim has high expectations for 3-year-old male pacer Another Daily Copy, but rather than spending a lot of time talking about the colt, he hopes the horse’s performance on the racetrack speaks for itself. Read More...

Ziadie granted stay of six-year suspension

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Kirk Ziadie has received a stay of a six-year suspension handed down in December by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, his attorney said on Wednesday. Read More...

Garcia and Baffert have falling-out

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Martin Garcia, an integral part of trainer Bob Baffert's barn and the rider usually entrusted to work his elite horses, will not be in Kentucky for Derby Week and has no scheduled mounts at Los Alamitos on Thursday or Friday, all after taking time off following a falling-out with Baffert. Read More...

Jess Good Candy fires fresh in Mister Master Bug Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
All American Futurity winner Jess Good Candy won his 3-year-old debut Sunday at Remington Park in the $70,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes. Read More...

Sir Papa John goes for strong connections in 2-year-old maiden race

DRF | 5 days ago
Lone Star Park puts the spotlight on 2-year-olds Friday night. The first race is a maiden special weight over 4 1/2 furlongs. Sir Papa John figures to start as one of the top choices for the high-percentage team of trainer Karl Broberg and jockey C.J. McMahon. Read More...

Bevin appoints 11 new members to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 5 days ago
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday named 11 new members to a revamped 12-member Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, overhauling a panel that had been praised in recent years for its attention to racing matters and the expertise of its members. Read More...

Prado will ride Mobile Bay in Sunland Park Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Edgar Prado has been named to ride Mobile Bay in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Bewitch a hard puzzle to solve

DRF | 5 days ago
The closing-day feature of the 16-day spring Keeneland meet, the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes, is one of those head-scratchers that could end up any number of ways, with more than half the 12-horse field appearing fully capable of prevailing. Read More...

Clocker: Lani his own worst enemy

DRF | 5 days ago
As if there aren't enough variables in the equation to get a horse ready to be at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, you can now add weather to the mix. Overnight rains hit here on Tuesday, and with more in the forecast as the week progresses, it is likely to have a major effect on training and workout schedules. Read More...

Churchill Downs Racing Club sells out shares

DRF | 5 days ago
The new Churchill Downs Racing Club already has sold out its initial 200-member allotment and is working on filling a second group, according to Gary Palmisano Jr., who is helping to manage the club. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hall’s 2016 inductees favor class of 1976

DRF | 5 days ago
It is highly subjective but fairly safe to state that no Hall of Fame class since 1976 has been of such a richly satisfying vintage … until now. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 5 days ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Attfield sustains multiple injuries in training accident

DRF | 5 days ago
Roger Attfield saw Dyna's Recoleta win a turf allowance Sunday at Keeneland, but not from a preferred vantage point.Attfield watched the race on television from his Toronto home while recovering from significant injuries sustained earlier this month in a training accident at Payson Park in Florida. Read More...