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Bitumen’s rally gives him Sanford Stakes victory

DRF | 5 days ago
It wasn’t that Bitumen won Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes, but more how he won the $150,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga that has his connections excited about the future. Read More...

Racing commission will use West Virginia Derby nominees to debut new drug-testing program

DRF | 5 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission will begin pulling samples this week from horses pointing to the Aug. 6 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park as the first step in the state’s launch of an out-of-competition testing program, according to the commission’s executive director. Read More...

Hall of Fame trainer Leatherbury suspended for medication violation

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer King Leatherbury has been suspended 15 days and fined $500 by the Laurel Park board of stewards for a medication violation. Leatherbury's suspension began July 11 and continues through this Monday. Read More...

Undrafted set for Saratoga turf debut in Lucky Coin Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Undrafted has raced over just about every major turf course in the U.S. as well as at Ascot and Newmarket during a career that has produced earnings in excess of $1.2 million. But Undrafted has yet to try his luck on the grass at Saratoga, a situation that will be remedied Monday when he goes postward as the favorite in the $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes. Read More...

Enola Gray eyes Rancho Bernardo Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Enola Gray extended her unbeaten streak to three races in Friday’s $147,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Del Mar, enhancing trainer Phil D’Amato’s deep team of prospects in the division for late summer. Read More...

Sir Dudley Digges, Amis Gizmo get rematch in Prince of Wales Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Sir Dudley Digges caught Amis Gizmo in the final strides to win the 157th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate on July 3 at Woodbine and will continue his quest to become Canada's first Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in Tuesday night's $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack. Read More...

Meadowlands: Alagna sends out three winners in baby races

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Tony Alagna had the winner in the three of the seven qualifiers for 2-year-olds on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Beer: Saratoga pick three for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Race 6 is a 2-year-old maiden special weight race with a full field of 10. There are, as always at Saratoga, some interesting first-time starters entered, including Any Questions, a $300,000 half-brother to Runhappy. Still, I prefer to rely on horses with experience in these races, and Pretty Boy Flash is the horse I will lean on. Read More...

Beholder’s workout postponed following three injuries to horses Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
After watching three horses get injured – two while working and one while galloping – between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Del Mar, resulting in the death of one of the three, trainer Richard Mandella called off a planned workout at 7:45 for the champion mare Beholder, postponing it by 24 hours. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Clever Trevor dies at 30

DRF | 5 days ago
Clever Trevor, a Grade 1-winning millionaire who won the inaugural Remington Park Derby in 1989, was euthanized Friday night due to deteriorating health, according to his former trainer, Donnie K. Von Hemel. The gelding was 30. Read More...

Saratoga opening-day handle increases slightly

DRF | 6 days ago
All-sources handle on Friday’s opening-day card at Saratoga was $17,763,037, a less than 1 percent increase compared to last year’s figure of $17,706,202. Read More...

Enola Gray dominates in Fleet Treat Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Enola Gray exerted minimal effort to remain unbeaten after three starts with a convincing win in $147,000 Friday’s Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Ancient Secret wins Lake George as Brown sweeps exacta

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown got his 2016 Saratoga meeting off to the same flying start as last summer, winning the opening-day feature, the $200,000 Lake George, for the second year in a row, this time with the undefeated Ancient Secret. Read More...

Sweet Loretta salvages day for Pletcher by winning Schuylerville

DRF | 6 days ago
Opening day at Saratoga didn’t get off to a good start for trainer Todd Pletcher. But it certainly ended well. Sweet Loretta, away slowly, took advantage of a hot pace and a good ride by John Velazquez to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths on a hot opening afternoon at Saratoga. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Surgical Strike eyes Secretariat

DRF | 6 days ago
Surgical Strike, a close fifth last out in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational, is likely to make his next start in the Grade 1 Secretariat on the Aug. 13 Arlington Million card, trainer Ben Colebrook said. Read More...

Faufiler likely to return to Chicago for Beverly D.

DRF | 6 days ago
Modesty Stakes winner Faufiler is a likely runner in the Beverly D. Stakes on Aug. 13 at Arlington, trainer Graham Motion said Thursday. Read More...

Songbird must buck Carina Mia, history in Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
Songbird will be running against a serious rival and at a track with a well-earned reputation as the Graveyard of Champions when she heads a field of five 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Papiese remains confident in The Pizza Man

DRF | 6 days ago
The Pizza Man remains on course to try and win the Arlington Million for the second year in a row despite a somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish in the Stars and Stripes on July 9. Read More...

Nebraska-bred Diamond Joe still going strong at 7

DRF | 6 days ago
The 7-year-old Nebraska-bred Diamond Joe, one of 30 members of the state's 2009 foal crop, has become one of the most successful Nebraska-breds ever. Read More...

Jockey Steiner retires at 51

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement from riding on Thursday. Steiner was named on five horses at Emerald Downs this weekend, including Say It Slow in the $75,000 Washington Oaks, but he told his agent, Vito Lucarelli, that he won't be riding. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/24 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Frosted, Mohaymen among McLaughlin workers

DRF | 6 days ago
The success of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Saratoga meet will primarily boil down to one day – Aug. 6. That's the day he will run many of his big stakes horses, led by Frosted, who on Friday worked five furlongs in 1:00.56. Read More...

Prince of Lir set for French debut in Prix Robert Papin

DRF | 6 days ago
The Royal Ascot winner Prince of Lir will have his French debut in Sunday’s $142,500 Prix Robert Papin for 2-year-old colts and fillies at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse. Read More...

Hovdey: Now it’s Crist who has left and gone away

DRF | 6 days ago
First it was David Letterman. Then Jon Stewart, and then Garrison Keillor. How dare they retire. How dare they voluntarily remove their voices from the public square. How empty certain hours have become without them. Now it's Steven Crist. Read More...

Miyadi gets fine, suspension for medication violation

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Steve Miyadi has been fined $5,000 and suspended 30 days after Run for Retts tested positive for the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine following the $100,500 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last December. Read More...

Taris has minor setback

DRF | 6 days ago
Taris, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff for female sprinters at Churchill Downs in May, will not start this summer because of a minor injury, but still might be able to make the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia has first Spa work

DRF | 6 days ago
Cathryn Sophia made her first local appearance on Friday, breezing a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track with jockey Javier Castellano aboard. Read More...

Find Joy goes from longshot to favorite for Washington Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
With her strong performance in the 1 1/16-mile Kent Stakes, which she won at 14-1, Find Joy will likely be the favorite in the $75,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Read More...

Gate work puts Upstart on his toes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Rick Violette said he doesn't really like to work older horses from the gate. But he made an exception here Friday with the star of his stable, the multiple graded stakes winner Upstart, who sizzled four furlongs from the gate in 46.31 seconds with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Read More...

Tepin gets back to work on Saratoga turf

DRF | 6 days ago
In her first workout since her triumphant trip to Royal Ascot, Tepin breezed a half-mile in 50.39 seconds Friday morning in preparation for a likely start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap here on Aug. 13. Read More...

Alert Bay seeks first Del Mar win in California Dreamin’

DRF | 6 days ago
From Vancouver to Los Angeles, Alert Bay has won stakes up and down the West Coast in the last two years, but he still has one major venue to conquer. Alert Bay has never won at Del Mar, outside of San Diego. Read More...

Hard Aces becomes solid Cougar II favorite following scratch of Hoppertunity

DRF | 6 days ago
Hoppertunity's scratch makes Hard Aces the certain favorite in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar as he drops in class following a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Dear Lilly difficult to beat at this level, distance

DRF | 6 days ago
Dear Lilly figures to be tough to handle when makes her second start of the year in a second-level optional $35,000 claiming race at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Tin Type Gal, Galileo’s Song may be hurt by slow pace in Boiling Springs

DRF | 6 days ago
Will there be enough pace in Sunday's Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park to set up the two best-looking late-runners in the field, Tin Type Gal and Galileo's Song? Read More...

Luzzi returns from injury, wins with first mount back

DRF | 6 days ago
Simply being back was the best part, but winning with his first mount since being sidelined by injury made the return of Lane Luzzi even nicer. Read More...

Borel maintains low profile as Bradley’s house guest

DRF | 6 days ago
Aside from shuttling horses to and from Ellis Park, where he has won or tied for four training titles since 2009, Buff Bradley is mulling over plans for his two stable stars, Divisidero and The Player, while also entertaining a house guest of note, Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. Read More...

Low-roller contests return at Saratoga

DRF | 6 days ago
The NYRA low-roller contests are back. Select Saturdays (including opening Saturday), as well as each Sunday and Monday (except Labor Day) of the Saratoga meet, players will have a chance to compete in on-track tournaments. Read More...

Sunny Ridge faces big ask in Haskell

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Jason Servis confirmed Thursday that Grade 3 Withers winner Sunny Ridge will make his return to the races in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park next Sunday. Read More...

Awesome Slew on rise just in time for Haskell

DRF | 6 days ago
Last year, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. ran Pegasus Stakes winner Mr. Jordan against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. A 26-1 longshot, Mr. Jordan finished last of seven. Plesa will have another Haskell longshot next Sunday in Awesome Slew, but that's where the comparison of the two horses ends. Read More...

Queen City Oaks no gimme for School Board Prez

DRF | 6 days ago
Following unsuccessful excursions to Iowa and Indiana, School Board Prez returns to Ohio-bred company – where she has collected four stakes wins over the past two seasons – for Sunday's $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks at Belterra Park. Read More...

A Revenant poised to fulfill potential in Rainbow Futurity

DRF | 6 days ago
A Revenant is well suited to the role of fastest qualifier and favorite for Sunday's $1 million Rainbow Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Nijinsky Stakes a virtual sprint for Kaigun

DRF | 6 days ago
Kaigun returns to Woodbine for the first time since last season's Grade 1 Canadian International when he takes on four rivals in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Nijinsky Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 6 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore Read More...

Vernon: Hambletonian hopefuls line up for Sunday’s Zweig

DRF | 6 days ago
With the $1 million Hambletonian just 13 days away, many of the leading candidates for the sport’s biggest prize will convene on Vernon Downs Sunday night for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. In a year where anyone can win the top prize, there are still many contenders and Sunday’s contest may help trainers and owners better measure their true chances come the first Saturday in August. Read More...

Free: How I’d Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Free: How I'd Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23 Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Probe into ride by Castanon

DRF | 7 days ago
Kentucky’s stewards are conducting an investigation into a July 2 race at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., in which the favorite, ridden by Jesus Castanon, finished fifth in a six-horse field, the stewards confirmed on Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...