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Bahamian Squall, Apprehender stretch out

DRF | 4 days ago
Bahamian Squall and Apprehender are stakes-winning sprinters who will move to two turns Thursday at Oaklawn in one of two interesting one-mile races on the program. In the other, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds, Paid Admission and Tizwonderfulcreek make their first starts since facing leading Kentucky Derby candidate American Pharoah in the Rebel Stakes. Read More...

Mufajaah, winner of two stakes this year, retired

DRF | 4 days ago
Mufajaah, winner of the first two races in Oaklawn’s route series for fillies and mares, has been retired and is scheduled to be bred to Quality Road. Read More...

Fresh horses boost Hartman to top of standings

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Chris Hartman is having a meet to remember at Oaklawn, where he is tied atop the standings with Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Mr. Z losing blinkers for Louisiana Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Mr. Z completed preparations for the Louisiana Derby with an easy half-mile breeze Tuesday at Oaklawn and was scheduled to ship Wednesday to Fair Grounds. Read More...

Training great Jerkens gets proper send-off

DRF | 4 days ago
A standing-room-only crowd filled the Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park on Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Allen Jerkens in a memorial service for the Hall of Fame trainer, who died March 18. Read More...

Updated Winners’ Books now available

DRF | 4 days ago
Get a listing of the top three finishers from every track with vital information, including the winner’s Beyer Speed Figure, race fractions, and the running style of the winning horse. Read More...

Alysheba is Honor Code’s next target

DRF | 4 days ago
Honor Code, winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 7, will be pointed to the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs, part of the May 1 Kentucky Derby Oaks undercard. Read More...

Romans longshots could make some noise in Florida Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
On paper, the two horses Dale Romans entered Tuesday for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby look out of place. But Romans has reason to believe both could outrun what figures to be long odds. Read More...

Dubai Sky among 9 late nominees to Triple Crown

DRF | 4 days ago
Dubai Sky, the winner of last Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, was one of nine horses nominated to the Triple Crown at the last deadline Monday night, according to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Russell, Gonzalez enter stretch in front

DRF | 4 days ago
With four days remaining in the Laurel season, jockey Sheldon Russell leads Jevian Toledo 38-36 in the standings. Read More...

Meydan: Local horses draw inside, outside for Godolphin Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Fields were drawn and post positions assigned late Monday for the Godolphin Mile, Dubai Gold Cup, and UAE Derby. The Godolphin Mile drew a field of 16, with likely favorite Tamarkuz stuck on the rail and another major local hope, Surfer, marooned in post 16. Read More...

Meydan: Main Sequence blows out for Sheema Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
Main Sequence, the champion turf horse of 2014 who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf last fall and is 5 for 5 since being imported to the U.S. from England, blew out about three furlongs down the home straight and into the clubhouse turn a little past 8 a.m. on the Tapeta training track located just southeast of the Meydan main track. Read More...

Meydan: California Chrome breezes easily

DRF | 4 days ago
California Chrome very early Tuesday morning had his final work for the $10 million Dubai World Cup and his first-ever work for exercise rider Dana Barnes. Read More...

Page McKenney has look of a Special horse

DRF | 4 days ago
Page McKenney just keeps getting better and better. Last Saturday, he turned in a strong performance to win the Harrison Johnson Memorial in the mud at Laurel Park by four lengths. Read More...

Russell Road, 9, still has spring in his step

DRF | 4 days ago
Russell Road returned to the work tab at Charles Town last week – working not once, but twice – and even trainer James W. Casey is a bit surprised by Russell’s Road’s enthusiasm. Read More...

Meydan: Main Sequence seeks to remove grass stain

DRF | 4 days ago
There are few certainties in life. The sun will rise in the east. The taxman will come calling for a piece of your loot. Also, the American turf horse will lose the race in Dubai. Read More...

Macro Access brings strong form from Argentina

DRF | 4 days ago
Argentine import Macro Access has not raced since September and will have his American debut in a tough optional claimer at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Thursday. Read More...

Mena thinks he’s sitting on real Derby contender

DRF | 4 days ago
The way International Star won the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, with determination and professionalism, has veteran jockey Miguel Mena hopeful that he might be sitting on his first legitimate Kentucky Derby contender. Read More...

Strike Charmer looks to regroup in turf feature

DRF | 4 days ago
The graded stakes winner Strike Charmer will be making her meet debut when she races in optional-claiming company on turf Thursday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Handicapper David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Kentucky committee approves rule allowing Lasix-free races

DRF | 5 days ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday approved a rule that will allow Kentucky tracks to offer races in which horses will not be allowed to be administered the anti-bleeding medication furosemide on race day. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on March 23

DRF | 5 days ago
This is it – the final week of the long Fair Grounds meet. And the more the top of the 3-year-old male class stabled in New Orleans this winter shows itself, the greater the realization that the group – the ones who ran in stakes, at least – was not a strong one. TIZNOW R J was poor again at Sunland Park this past weekend, and while WIRELESS FUTURE didn’t get a good trip, he also failed to distinguish himself in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Of the horses who have been based here most of the meet, I’m not sure Louisiana Derby hopeful WAR STORY is fundamentally better than two sharp maiden winners who got going too late for stakes at Fair Grounds, both of whom make this list. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 3/25 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 3/25 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 3/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 3/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bagg O’Day might get pace in Wednesday feature

DRF | 5 days ago
Bagg O’Day might get a decent pace to track Wednesday in the featured eighth race, an optional $40,000 claimer that has second-level allowance conditions. It is for 3-year-olds and up over six furlongs. Bagg O’Day was second at the level March 7 at Oaklawn. Read More...

Untapable, Tapiture work for Asmussen

DRF | 5 days ago
The champion Untapable led a trio of important workers Monday for Steve Asmussen, who enters Wednesday’s card at Oaklawn Park just five victories shy of 7,000 career Thoroughbred training wins in North America. Read More...

Harness: Melady’s Monet to pass on Elitlopp

DRF | 5 days ago
Melady’s Monet, who has won five of seven starts this year at the Meadowlands, was under consideration for an invitation to May’s Elitloppet in Sweden, but trainer Kevin McDermott on Monday informed race organizers that the 6-year-old trotter would not be sent overseas. Read More...

Toronado to shuttle to Australia

DRF | 5 days ago
Multiple Group 1 winner Toronado will shuttle to Swettenham Stud in Victoria, Australia, for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Read More...

Three riders injured in spill

DRF | 5 days ago
Three jockeys were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday after being involved in a spill during the fifth race. Read More...

Female syndicate gets first win

DRF | 5 days ago
Fortunately for the track photographer, just a portion of the 32-woman syndicate that is Fast Women LLC was on hand when its Minimambo won Saturday’s fifth race, otherwise the picture in the winner’s circle would have needed a Panavision lens. Read More...

Boyce stays warm on, off track this winter

DRF | 5 days ago
After braving Chicago winters for most of her 20 years as a trainer, Michele Boyce decided to head south to Tampa Bay Downs this year. Her decision was a big plus for horseplayers as the Boyce stable has been one of the bright new additions to the racing scene here. Read More...

Stefochop returns off key race

DRF | 5 days ago
The victory by Dubai Sky in Saturday’s Grade 3 Spiral Stakes certainly gives trainers Dale Romans and Rick Violette reason to be encouraged about their chances in Wednesday’s $48,000 first-level allowance turf feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Champion AMERICAN PHAROAH continues to lead the local 3-year-old division off his 6 1/4-length win in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes this month. He invaded from Southern California and could return for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 11. Read More...

The Big Beast arrives for Carter Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
The Big Beast, the winner of the Grade 1 King’s Bishop last summer at Saratoga, arrived at Aqueduct on Sunday from Oaklawn Park to train up to the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter Handicap on April 4. Read More...

Bergman: Finally, back to the racing

DRF | 5 days ago
The sight of five divisions of aged pacers going around the half-mile track at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night was a breath of fresh air both literally and figuratively. The range of rancor across the social and otherwise uncivilized media in recent weeks diverted attention from the sport. Finally, with actual horses racing in five events with no coupled entries, a modest change appears to have made a major difference. Read More...

Mr. Jordan vs. Competitive Edge in Tamarac Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Mr. Jordan and Competitive Edge were two of the fastest 2-year-olds in the country last season, both undefeated and relatively untested before being sidelined with injuries. But something will have to give when they launch their 3-year-old campaigns in Friday’s $60,000 Tamarac, an overnight stakes carded at seven furlongs. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter works, eyes Florida Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Josie Carroll did not confirm Ami’s Flatter as a definite starter in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby, but she certainly was leaning in that direction after the Tampa Bay Derby runner-up breezed a half-mile in 49 seconds at Palm Meadows on Monday. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Sunland Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
This was the last of the group of Kentucky Derby preps worth 85 points overall (50 to the winner), and it showcased the depth and strength of the Southern California-based 3-year-olds, for FIRING LINE made a mockery of this race after escaping the literal and figurative shadow of the hulking Dortmund. Read More...

SirePowered Results: Flatter

DRF | 5 days ago
Just days after the death of legendary trainer Allen Jerkens, Classic Point scored an emotional victory in taking the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Allen Jerkens had trained Classic Point for owner-breeder Joseph Shields Jr. until summer 2014, when she was turned over to Jerkens’s son and fellow trainer, Jimmy Jerkens. Read More...

Litfin: Aqueduct horses to watch for week of March 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Dave Litfin's horses to watch at Aqueduct for the week of March 23. Read More...

Trip Notes for March 21-22: Spiral, Royal Delta, Sunland Derby and more…

DRF | 6 days ago
Trip Notes for March 21-22: Spiral, Royal Delta, Sunland Derby and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Monday, March 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Monday's cards at Mountaineer Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Parx Racing, Sunland Park, Turf Paradise, and Will Rogers Downs. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Firing Line cruises to dominant Sunland Derby victory

DRF | 6 days ago
The strength and depth of California’s Kentucky Derby prospects looks even better when those horses ship out of town, and Firing Line certainly did his part to gloss that image Sunday with a runaway 14 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby here at Sunland Park. Read More...

Unfettered heads 1-2 finish for Dominquez in Thomas Memorial

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses trained by Henry Dominguez locked up the exacta in the $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial at Sunland Park on Sunday, when Unfettered beat the late-running Isn’t He Clever to the wire by 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Callback’s DQ gives Sunland Oaks win to stablemate Maybellene

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert won the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks on Sunday for the fifth straight time, and seventh overall, but described his victory with Maybellene, via disqualification of his other filly, favored Callback, as “just an awkward, awkward situation.” Read More...

Wild in the Saddle wins first stakes in Dream of Summer

DRF | 6 days ago
Wild in the Saddle, the former $5,000 claimer, won her first stakes in her 34th career start in Sunday’s $98,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Mar. 16 – Mar 18

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Mar. 18 – Mar. 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 3/23 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 3/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 3/23 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 3/23 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...