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Valadorna will pass on Silverbulletday

DRF | 6 days ago
With the likely short field in the Silverbulletday and the quarantine situation compromising the chance of filling a first-level allowance race, there was speculation that Valadorna, most recently second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, also may be entered in the Silverbulletday. Read More...

Fair Grounds ready to fill stakes fields despite outbreak

DRF | 6 days ago
Entries for the six stakes races Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds were to be taken Friday, and track officials remained confident that despite the equine herpesvirus outbreak at the track that began late last month, there would be sufficient horses to fill them. Read More...

Jolly Banner goes for fourth straight in Beas River Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Jolly Banner, unbeaten in three starts during the current Hong Kong season, is the 133-pound top weight in Saturday’s $225,684 Beas River Handicap for turf sprinters at Sha Tin Racecourse. Read More...

Frank’s Folly gets her shot in Busanda

DRF | 6 days ago
While trainer Kelly Breen prepares Tempted and Demoiselle winner Miss Sky Warrior for her 3-year-old debut, he will seek another New York stakes victory with a young filly when he runs Frank's Folly in Sunday's $100,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Diversify finds easier spot on Saturday card

DRF | 6 days ago
The undefeated Diversify is running Saturday at Aqueduct, but in a first-level open-company allowance race rather than the Jazil Stakes. Read More...

Yorkiepoo Princess sitting on ready for Ruthless

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Edward Barker is confident in Yorkiepoo Princess following her Tuesday workout, and expects her to run well Saturday in the $100,000 Ruthless Stakes. Read More...

Hovdey: Some room at the top of older mare division

DRF | 6 days ago
Now that Beholder is safely retired, after what is certain to be recognized as a fourth championship season, there is the usual vacuum of power at the top. The queen is gone. Long live the next one, whoever it is. Read More...

Chief Lion looks to right ship in Fire Plug

DRF | 6 days ago
Chief Lion is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Jacobson in the $75,000 Fire Plug Stakes on Saturday at Laurel, but perhaps it will pay to dig a little deeper into the race. Read More...

Crunch time for NHC qualifiers

DRF | 6 days ago
There are just two weekends left to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship, which takes place from Jan. 27-29 at the Treasure Island in Las Vegas. A field of around 650 and a purse of $2.5 million are expected. Read More...

Arrogate ready to work this weekend toward Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
Arrogate, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, continues to train for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 despite days of rain in the last week in Southern California. Read More...

Royal Posse makes drive for five in Jazil Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Since trainer Rudy Rodriguez claimed him for $20,000 in May 2015, Royal Posse has 8 wins and 6 seconds in 14 starts. He has won seven stakes, including four straight. Saturday, Royal Posse will be favored to continue his streak against five rivals in the $125,000 Jazil Stakes. Read More...

Rain washes out Thursday’s program

DRF | 6 days ago
A week of persistent rain, and the expectation of more wet weather, led Santa Anita officials to cancel an eight-race program on Thursday. Read More...

King: Tommy Macho looks ready for best in Hal’s Hope

DRF | 6 days ago
I landed on Tommy Macho, and for better or worse, he seems right in Saturday's Hal's Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Mr. Jordan brings newfound maturity to Hal’s Hope

DRF | 6 days ago
A more mature and versatile Mr. Jordan will kick off his 2017 campaign as perhaps the one to beat in the Grade 3 Hal's Hope, one of three graded stakes on Saturday's 11-race program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Hard to look beyond Vale Dori in La Canada

DRF | 6 days ago
At least for the winter, Vale Dori is the leading older female in Southern California. Vale Dori was an easy winner of the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at odds of 1-2 at Del Mar on Dec. 3, and will be a similar price in Saturday's $200,000 La Canada Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Jan. 14: Picks for Hal’s Hope, Fort Lauderdale, Fire Plug

DRF | 6 days ago
Realm is my main play in Saturday's Hal's Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

King of Diamonds capable of firing off long layoff

DRF | 6 days ago
King of Diamonds will look to pick up right where he left off when he makes his first start since June in the featured eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, a first-level, $22,500 allowance at 1 1/16 miles on grass. Read More...

Stallions’ books filling at Keeneland January

DRF | 6 days ago
The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale provides owners a chance to bolster the book of an incoming stallion. Several partners in the new stallions of 2017 were aggressively bidding during the sale's high-end Book 1 portion earlier this week. Read More...

Farfellow Farms makes its mark at Keeneland sale

DRF | 6 days ago
Farfellow Farms ventured into consigning its own foals for the first time at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale and held the distinction of offering the first six-figure horse of the auction, with a yearling Uncle Mo colt going to de Meric Sales, agent, Monday for $140,000. Read More...

First foals of 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
A highly-accomplished group of first-crop stallions went to stud in 2016, counting among them victories in the Triple Crown, three editions of the Belmont Stakes, six Breeders' Cup races, and several international classics. The DRF Breeding staff is now reporting on first foals by notable stallions as they arrive. Read More...

Beyond the Wire: Building an even brighter future

DRF | 6 days ago
Michael Blowen did not hear voices that said, “If you build it, they will come.” But everyone did think he was out of his mind when he told people his concept for Old Friends. Read More...

Thursday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: No Texting is in better form than it appears

DRF | 6 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Thursday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Divisidero ends seven-month layoff in Fort Lauderdale Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
At some point this year, Divisidero may prove himself a superior turf horse to Heart to Heart. But the circumstances of the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes on Saturday suggest Heart to Heart again will win the Grade 2 fixture at Gulfstream Park in south Florida. Read More...

Baze elected to Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame

DRF | 6 days ago
Russell Baze, the winningest jockey in horse-racing history, will enter another Hall of Fame in April when he is enshrined in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 Read More...

Streamline targets Pippin repeat

DRF | 6 days ago
Streamline was a useful horse on the grass, but she's taken her game to another level since being moved to dirt, and on Saturday at Oaklawn Park she will shoot for a second straight win in the $125,000 Pippin Stakes. Read More...

Power Ped drops into Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Some of the best grass runners on the circuit, both male and female, take the spotlight Saturday as Turf Paradise cards two competitive grass stakes. The $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap (race 7) at a mile on grass drew a tough field of 10 4-year-olds and up, while the $30,000 Glendale Handicap (race 4) at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares lured a field of 11. Read More...

Sprint-to-route move should help Streaks Bro in Dominguez Memorial

DRF | 6 days ago
Streaks Bro moves from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, when he starts as the 121-pound highweight in the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap at Sunland Park. Read More...

Keeneland January slows losses in third session

DRF | 7 days ago
The third session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale saw the market get closer to the pace it set last year, following sharp declines in Book 1. However, those returns came paired with a much higher buyback rate. Read More...

NTRA launches page to log comments on withholding rule

DRF | 7 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has launched a page on its website allowing people to send comments to the IRS and U.S. Department of Treasury supporting proposed amendments to the tax code that would be favorable to horseplayers. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Jan. 11

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh provides a list of horses to watch at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Meydan: Reynaldothewizard tries to win Dubawi Stakes for third time

DRF | 7 days ago
Reynaldothewizard is one of seven horses entered in the co-featured Dubawi Stakes on the eight-race Thursday card at Meydan. The gelding is 11 years old and has won this race twice. Can Reynaldothewizard make it three times Thursday? Read More...

New meet features passing of torch, record purses

DRF | 7 days ago
The Oaklawn Park meet that opens Friday will again be defined by the track's outstanding 3-year-old program, rising purse structure, large crowds, and rabid claiming activity. But it also will be a meet of transition. Read More...

Charmed Victory starts over in Friday allowance

DRF | 7 days ago
The Friday card at Laurel Park includes a pair of second-level optional-claiming races and a first-level allowance sprint. There is a $2,351 Super Hi 5 carryover to race 1. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 1/13 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 1/13 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Houghton has high hopes for Crabcakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Bernie Houghton is debating between two upcoming stakes for Crabcakes and has hopes she may be good enough to earn a start in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in May. Read More...

British Columbia Derby tops six-stakes day

DRF | 7 days ago
There will be 42 stakes worth a total of $2.65 million at Hastings this year. The Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby is the highlight of the 53-day meet, which begins April 16 and concludes Oct. 22. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 1/13 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 1/13 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Three more horses test positive for EHV-1

DRF | 7 days ago
The equine herpesvirus outbreak at Fair Grounds widened Tuesday, with three more horses testing positive, and a new, more rigorous testing protocol that could extend the quarantine of the New Orleans track during the height of its racing season. Read More...

Finger Lakes horsemen give temporary approval to simulcasting

DRF | 7 days ago
The board of directors of the Finger Lakes Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has given Delaware North, the operators of the racino, permission to resume simulcast wagering as of Jan. 11. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 1/13 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 1/13 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hovdey: Will of iron runs in Stevens brothers’ blood

DRF | 7 days ago
Scott Stevens was in a funk. The new year was 10 days old, and after 17 rides at Turf Paradise he still was looking for his first winner. “Any way you look at it, I'm oh-for-seventeen,” Stevens said. “I thought I'd keep last year right on going. But at least I had a second and a third yesterday, and it looks like I'm on some live ones today.” Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Jan. 12, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Terranova finally gets chance to participate in Gander Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
As the trainer of Gander, John Terranova has desired to run a horse in the stakes race NYRA named in honor of the multiple-stakes-winning New York-bred gelding. On Jan. 28, Terranova will get that chance when he runs Lost in the Fog Stakes winner Caledonian in the Gander. Read More...

Rescheduled tribute to Perry Ouzts on tap for Friday

DRF | 1 week ago
Friday night's card includes a rescheduled tribute to jockey Perry Ouzts. The 62-year-old jockey is 11th among North American jockeys with 6,712 career wins, and local fans have begun a petition drive asking for him to be considered for the Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Ruthless gains two, loses one

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday's $100,000 Ruthless Stakes, postponed a week when last Sunday's card was canceled due to cold, picked up two horses but lost one from its original lineup. Read More...

French filly Kenriya eyes Megahertz

DRF | 1 week ago
Kenriya, second in a Group 3 in France last April, is scheduled to make her American debut at Santa Anita in Monday’s $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. Read More...

Looch Racing acquires Imperative

DRF | 1 week ago
Imperative, a two-time stakes winner who has earned more than $2 million, was bought by Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing earlier this week and is a candidate for the $400,000 Poseidon Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, according to new trainer Bob Hess Jr. Read More...

Breaking Lucky gets spot in Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Breaking Lucky, runner-up in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in his 2016 finale, has joined the prospective starting lineup for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...