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Mr Havercamp faces older runners in Bunty Lawless

DRF | 4 days ago
The gifted sophomore Mr Havercamp will take on older Ontario-sired opposition as the probable favorite in Saturday's $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes, a one-mile turf route at Woodbine. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

DRF | 5 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Hoosier: Bob Key seeks his third Breeders Crown win

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Key has been a longtime participant in the Breeders Crown and an ardent supporter of the Grand Circuit. He knows what it takes to win at the sport’s top level and appreciates the opportunities for success. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 10/20 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 10/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Top New Jersey sire Defrere dies in paddock accident

DRF | 5 days ago
Defrere, New Jersey’s leading sire by progeny earnings all but one year from 2003 to 2015, died Tuesday following a paddock accident at Snow Hill Farm in Paris, Ky., where he resided as a pensioner. He was 25. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 10/20 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 10/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: U S Navy Flag potential favorite

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf three times in the race's 10-year history, and he figures to have the favorite for the 2017 edition at Del Mar if U S Navy Flag comes to run. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy the big gun in Oklahoma Classics Night Classic Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Shotgun Kowboy ran one of the most impressive races of his career off a layoff, and he will attempt to do the same Friday night when he headlines the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Night Classic Cup at Remington Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Will Ribchester run on short rest?

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Richard Fahey has been saying for weeks that it wouldn't be possible to commit Ribchester to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 4 before the horse ran in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes this Saturday at Ascot. But this week, Fahey opened the door to a fall campaign that could have Ribchester headed to Japan rather than California. Read More...

Race-caller Stone not returning to NYRA

DRF | 5 days ago
Travis Stone, who has split the race-calling duties at Aqueduct the last three winters with John Imbriale, will not be returning to the New York Racing Association this winter. Read More...

Horses try out new Aqueduct turf course

DRF | 5 days ago
When Aqueduct opens its fall meet on Nov. 3, it will unveil a new turf course. On Wednesday, horses were permitted on the course for the first time, with trainer Rudy Rodriguez sending out four horses to gallop over it. Read More...

Pacific Pink looks to keep streak alive in Magnolia

DRF | 5 days ago
Pacific Pink looks to build upon a three-race winning streak in Friday's $100,000 Magnolia at Delta Downs. Read More...

Hole-in-one realized, Van Dyke eyes another first

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Drayden Van Dyke sunk his first hole-in-one in a charity golf tournament on Oct. 10. Next, he's eying his first Breeders' Cup victory. Read More...

Richard’s Boy may be considered for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Peter Miller plans to pre-enter Richard's Boy in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint if the gelding runs well against statebreds in Saturday's California Flag Handicap. Read More...

Field sizes up at Santa Anita autumn meeting

DRF | 5 days ago
Average field sizes have shown growth at the current Santa Anita autumn meeting. Read More...

Johanes Vermeer can give O’Brien 25th Grade 1 win of year in Caulfield Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Aidan O’Brien will start Johannes Vermeer in the $2,353,200 Caulfield Cup in Australia in an attempt to match the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel’s 2003 mark of 25 Grade 1 or Group 1 wins in a season. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Rivelli has high expectations for The Tabulator

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Larry Rivelli will be back in this year's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile and is expecting big things from The Tabulator. Read More...

Curlin’s stud fee unchanged for 2018; Maclean’s Music’s fee more than triples

DRF | 5 days ago
Led by classic sire Curlin, whose fee remains unchanged at $150,000, Hill 'n' Dale Farm has released its roster and advertised fees for the 2018 season. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Not enough spots for all contenders

DRF | 5 days ago
Even with last weekend's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and Grade 1 E.P. Taylor generating only a few possible starters for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar, an oversubscribed field is expected when pre-entries are announced next week. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Separationofpowers bred for distance

DRF | 5 days ago
Separationofpowers, among the prominent Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies contenders, will carry the legacy of breeder Northwest Farms to Del Mar next month. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Decision time for likely favorite Ulysses

DRF | 5 days ago
Decision time has arrived for people with key participants in the Breeders' Cup Turf on Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Read More...

Brown pair looks sharp in allowance

DRF | 5 days ago
As seemingly has been the case all meet long here, trainer Chad Brown brings a solid one-two punch into Friday's allowance turf feature at Belmont Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Accelerate looking fit despite layoff

DRF | 5 days ago
Accelerate outran his 42-1 odds when third behind Tamarkuz and Gun Runner in last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. He'll be considered a prime player when the Grade 1, $1 million race is renewed Nov. 3 at Del Mar. Read More...

Hovdey: Del Mar puts on its face for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Denny Sparks stood at the mouth of the long, bare expanse running between the barns located a few steps from the back door of the Del Mar stable office. It was Monday morning, one week before the track would be open for training in anticipation of the first Breeders' Cup to be presented at the seaside track, and preparations were starting to get serious. Read More...

Mr. Big moving to different California stud farm

DRF | 5 days ago
Mr. Big, a winning son of Dynaformer, will relocate to Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for the 2018 breeding season and will stand for an advertised fee of $6,500. The 14-year-old stood the most recent season at E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif., for $6,000. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Ultima D coming into her own

DRF | 5 days ago
Ultima D won her maiden in her stakes debut Sept. 6 at Kentucky Downs, and trainer Wesley Ward believes the victory changed the filly. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Violette spreads out options with Diversify

DRF | 5 days ago
A decision will need to be made by Monday, the day pre-entries are due to be submitted, as to whether Diversify will head west and compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4 here at Del Mar, and the implications of his potential participation are far-reaching, not only in terms of field size, but, more importantly, the likely pace scenario. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Elate makes good on promise

DRF | 5 days ago
Elate ships from New York to California next week to complete preparation for the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a race in which she could vie for the role of favorite following back-to-back Grade 1 smashers. Read More...

Curlin’s Approval doesn’t let rain stop her from Breeders’ Cup work

DRF | 5 days ago
Curlin's Approval worked six furlongs in heavy rain Wednesday from the five-eighths pole in 1:15.61 over a Gulfstream Park track that had been harrowed at the break. Read More...

Classic Empire retired to Ashford Stud

DRF | 5 days ago
The roller-coaster career of champion Classic Empire has come to an end, with Coolmore's Ashford Stud announcing Wednesday that the colt has officially been retired and will enter stud in 2018. Read More...

Conviction in 2015 murder of Pimlico security guard

DRF | 5 days ago
Keith Davis Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder in a Baltimore court on Tuesday for the 2015 murder of a Pimlico Race Course security guard. Read More...

Crabcakes in top form ahead of Maryland Million Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
After a minor midseason slump, Crabcakes has won her last two starts impressively and looks like one of the more solid plays on Saturday's Maryland Million card at Laurel Park. Read More...

Tillie’s Lily faces older foes in turf sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
The undefeated 3-year-old Tillie's Lily has led Florida trainer Jonathan Thomas to California for the first time this fall. Read More...

Niigon’s Eclipse sticks with own kind in Friday allowance

DRF | 5 days ago
The 4-year-old filly Niigon's Eclipse was nominated to Saturday's Bunty Lawless Stakes, but she's a better fit against her own sex in Friday's featured second-level optional claimer, which is scheduled for a mile in lane 4 on the turf. Read More...

Wilkes points Res Ipsa, Linda to Cardinal Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Ian Wilkes said the Grade 3 Cardinal on Nov. 18 at Churchill Downs is next for both Res Ipsa and Linda, the first- and third-place finishers in a third-level turf allowance last Friday at Keeneland. Read More...

Neolithic to invade for Fayette Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Neolithic has joined the cast for the fall meet's closing-day feature, the Oct. 28 Fayette, a Grade 2, $200,000 race that also is expected to attract Honorable Duty and McCraken. Read More...

Tequilita goes in Raven Run to stick with own age group

DRF | 5 days ago
No one could have blamed Michael Matz for sending Tequilita to the Breeders' Cup after the 3-year-old filly won the Charles Town Oaks last month. But discretion is part of what has made Matz such a successful trainer, and it's what led him to forgo the BC Filly and Mare Sprint in favor of the Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run at Keeneland. Read More...

Admirals War Chest targets Maryland Million Classic three-peat

DRF | 6 days ago
October has been a big month for owner-breeder Stephen Sinatra, who sold the $300,000 topper at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale. On Saturday at Laurel Park, Sinatra will try to set a Maryland Million record when Admirals War Chest shoots for his third consecutive win in the Classic. Read More...

Arizona mixed sale catalog available

DRF | 6 days ago
The catalog for the 2017 Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association fall mixed sale is now online, with 103 horses on offer prior to supplemental entries. Read More...

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Oct. 15, 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races. Read More...

Gross up, average down at Indiana sale

DRF | 6 days ago
The 2017 Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association fall Thoroughbred sale saw improvements in gross returns but a lower average sale price, topped by a $15,500 Caiman gelding. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, October 18

DRF | 6 days ago
Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, October 18 at Happy Valley. Read More...

Sparkman: Gulch enjoys revival with Woodbine stakes wins

DRF | 7 days ago
The Fappiano, Smart Strike, Gone West, Forty Niner, Seeking the Gold, and Machiavellian branches of the Mr. Prospector male line are all recognized as major players on the international stage, but male-line descendants of Mr. Prospector’s 1988 champion sprinter Gulch have not earned the same panache. Thus, it was interesting to see granddaughters and great-granddaughters of Gulch win two of the biggest races in Canada over the weekend. Read More...