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Stevens feeling good after first win following hip surgery

DRF | 7 days ago
First it was a new knee, then last fall a new hip. A whole new Gary Stevens, the ageless, bionic man, got his first win since returning from the hip surgery with a victory on Saturday aboard Shehastheritestuff. Read More...

Harness: John Campbell to replace Tom Charters as Hambletonian Society President

DRF | 7 days ago
John Campbell, a Hambletonian Society director since 1992 and harness racing’s leading money-winning driver of all time, was recently elected president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Society in a unanimous vote of the board of directors at the winter board meeting held March 12 in Boca Raton, Florida. He replaces current president Tom Charters effective July 1, 2017. Read More...

Clothes Fall Off seeks second straight Correction victory

DRF | 7 days ago
A year ago, Clothes Fall Off was beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park and came back in her next start to win the Correction Stakes at Aqueduct. A month ago, Clothes Fall Off was beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Barbara Fritchie and on Saturday she will try to complete the pattern with her second straight victory in the Correction Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Indulgent shifts sights to Distaff Handicap

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was initially planning to run Indulgent in Saturday's $125,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct, but instead is pointing her to the Grade 3, $150,000 Distaff Handicap on April 9 over Aqueduct's main track. Read More...

Juddmonte buys Paulassilverlining as future mate for Arrogate

DRF | 7 days ago
The emergence of Arrogate as a top-tier dirt horse has prompted his owners, the Juddmonte Farms of Prince Khalid Abdullah, to seek suitable mares for future breeding purposes. Paulassilverlining apparently fits that bill. Read More...

Curlin’s Approval looks formidable in Inside Information

DRF | 7 days ago
Owner-breeder Happy Alter said he has some inside information for those wagering on Saturday's $200,000, seven- furlong Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park. “We're going to be tough to beat,” Alter said, referring to his steadily improving filly Curlin's Approval, who figures to be heavily favored to add the Grade 2 Inside Information to a résumé that includes a victory in the Grade 2 Royal Delta here four weeks ago. Read More...

Mohaymen cranking up for Westchester

DRF | 7 days ago
Mohaymen, a four-time Grade 2 stakes winner who has not raced since last summer, was expected to breeze Friday at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida, his first timed workout since returning to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin last week. Read More...

O Dionysus tries two turns in Private Terms

DRF | 7 days ago
O Dionysus figures a solid favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms, one of two stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday's program at Laurel Park. Read More...

Beating Terra Promessa a tall order

DRF | 7 days ago
Terra Promessa has been the controlling speed in her races this season at Oaklawn, and despite meeting some new faces in the Grade 2, $350,000 Azeri on Saturday, she still looks like the one to catch as she attempts to push her local record to 6 for 6. Read More...

Finest City stretching out for Santa Margarita Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Finest City will look to stretch her range to 1 1/8 miles when she competes in the Grade 1, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, the championship race of the meet for older fillies and mares. Read More...

Afleet Willy tries to stretch speed to nine furlongs in Harrison Johnson Memorial

DRF | 7 days ago
Can Afleet Willy, a sprinter much of his career, go nine furlongs? That question will be answered Saturday in the Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park. Read More...

Rebel forecast: Cloudy with a chance of speed duel

DRF | 7 days ago
With 11 3-year-olds and plenty of speed in the field, the Rebel Stakes might turn into a real throwdown Saturday at Oaklawn. Among the top contenders are Royal Mo, Untrapped, Petrov, American Anthem Read More...

Mo Town works with eye on Florida Derby or Wood Memorial

DRF | 7 days ago
Mo Town came down the turnpike from Payson Park to breeze here on Thursday morning in preparation for a possible start here April 1 in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby. Read More...

King: Dearest has good chance to defeat heavy favorite Curlin’s Approval

DRF | 7 days ago
Dearest seems primed specifically for Saturday's Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and for that reason she rates as my value-based choice as the probable second wagering choice to odds-on favorite Curlin's Approval. Read More...

Yonkers: Devil Child returns for Blue Chip Matchmaker opening leg

DRF | 7 days ago
When Devil Child makes her 2017 debut Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, she will also make her first start for trainer John Butenschoen, who was tasked by owners Crawford Farms Racing and Susan Oakes of prepping the daughter of American Ideal for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 18: Picks for Rebel, Harrison Johnson, Essex

DRF | 7 days ago
Petrov could be much more effective if he had the chance to relax a little early and let someone else worry about keeping the pace honest, which could very well happen in Saturday's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Despite cold, qualifying action heats up

DRF | 7 days ago
The big news is the contest world last weekend was Eric Moomey, the 2014 National Handicapping Championship Tour winner, finding himself back in the winner’s circle at the Ultimate Betting Challenge. Moomey, who bested a strong field by running up his starting bankroll to over $17,000, played from Santa Anita. This weekend, DRF Tournaments is hosting the first feeders for the Santa Anita Preakness Challenge, a live-bankroll tournament to be held over Preakness weekend at the Great Race Place. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, March 19, 2017

DRF | 7 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' selections and analysis for Hong Kong Derby Day at Sha Tin. Read More...

Union Rags in demand at OBS March sale

DRF | 7 days ago
Union Rags, the 8-year-old son of Dixie Union, led all sires by juveniles sold for $500,000 or more with three, and was the only sire to have two foals bring $900,000 or more. Read More...

Tether to Reality faces nine others in turf debut

DRF | 7 days ago
Tether to Reality is part of a full field of 10 older horses entered for the featured sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, a first-level, $22,500 allowance going 1 1/16 miles on grass. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch

DRF | 7 days ago
Horses to watch at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Fast and Foxy, Code Warrior resume rivalry in Camilla Urso

DRF | 7 days ago
With eight fillies and mares in the field, Saturday's $50,000 Camilla Urso at Golden Gate Fields is not a match race. But it could look like one in the final furlong. Fast and Foxy and Code Warrior have traded recent decisions, and they look a notch above the others in the six-furlong Tapeta race. Read More...

Hit a Lick, Liberty Lover need straight stretch runs in statebred stakes race

DRF | 7 days ago
Hit a Lick and Liberty Lover both were unable to maintain a straight path during the stretch run when they met late last month at Sunland Park. But the fact that both horses are back less than three weeks later as contenders in the $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap may be more of a positive sign than a warning to watch out for a sore horse. Read More...

Marks: Judges could use a class on handicapping

DRF | 1 week ago
Obviously this is a very complex issue, but in all fairness it would seem that having a skilled handicapper in the Judges booth as sort of a public ombudsman might go a long way in alleviating any concerns bettors might have for what they consider inconsistent judgments. Read More...

OBS March finishes with gains in gross, average

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2017 renewal of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training finished with generally favorable returns to last year’s edition, as a rallying upper market balanced out tighter conditions down the ladder. Trade was active during Wednesday’s closing session, bringing the number of seven-figure horses to five for the overall sale, led by a $1.7-million Congrats filly. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of March 15

DRF | 1 week ago
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh provides a list of horses to watch at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 3/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 3/17 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 3/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 3/17 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 3/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 3/17 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Arrogate among 14 probables for Dubai World Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
A list of likely runners for the Dubai World Cup card on March 25 at Meydan Racecourse was released Wednesday by the Dubai Racing Club, the same day that Arrogate, the best horse in the world according to international rankings, was settling into his temporary home at the Meydan quarantine facility after arriving from California. Read More...

Forevamo, Tour de Force clash in Friday feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Forevamo and Tour de Force are the chief combatants among seven entrants in a second-level allowance race also open to $40,000 claimers and carded for one mile and 70 yards on dirt in Friday's feature at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Beer: Aqueduct horse to watch for week of March 15

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike Beer's horse to watch at Aqueduct for the week of March 16. Read More...

Imperial Hint, Stallwalkin’ Dude depart for Dubai

DRF | 1 week ago
Their travel plans to Dubai canceled by Tuesday's winter storm, Imperial Hint and Stallwalkin' Dude had to go to Plan B on Wednesday, vanning from Belmont Park to JFK International in the morning, then leaving at noon for Belgium. The pair was scheduled to have a three-hour layover in Belgium before leaving for Dubai, according to Luis Carvajal Jr., the trainer of Imperial Hint. Read More...

Talented maiden Sonneteer takes shot in Rebel

DRF | 1 week ago
Preakness-winning trainer Keith Desormeaux has taken down a few stakes with maidens, and would love to pull the feat again Saturday, when he sends out Sonneteer in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel at Oaklawn. Read More...

Jerkens sews up unfinished family business

DRF | 1 week ago
The name of Jerkens is attached to just about every major race for older horses you can name, either through Jimmy or his Hall of Fame father, Allen. But it wasn't until Saturday that the family name was etched into some major West Coast hardware. Read More...

Joseph, Drawing Away lighting it up

DRF | 1 week ago
He's not even in the top 10 in the standings for the Gulfstream championship meeting, but ask local horseplayers who the hottest trainer on the grounds has been of late and most will likely answer Saffie Joseph Jr. Read More...

Derby Watch: A pinch-hit home run? It’s happened before

DRF | 1 week ago
And if Rebel Stakes entrant American Anthem does go on to win the Kentucky Derby, he'll join the likes of Iron Liege, Swale, and Super Saver as understudies who stepped up and wore the roses after a stable's leading candidate went down. Read More...

Delta Downs, Sam Houston crown meet title winners

DRF | 1 week ago
Delta Downs in Vinton, La., and Sam Houston in neighboring Houston both recently concluded Thoroughbred meets. Read More...

Texas considers expansion of gambling

DRF | 1 week ago
There were five horse-racing bills filed in the Texas Legislature last week, including bills seeking historical racing and account wagering. The next step for all of the bills is to obtain committee hearings, according to an announcement on the filings put out by both the Texas Thoroughbred Association and the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership. Read More...

Baker’s dozen considering Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunland Park officials anticipate drawing 3-year-olds from California, Florida and the Midwest for the New Mexico track's richest Thoroughbred offerings, the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby and $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. The races will anchor a card of seven stakes on March 26. Read More...

Laurel: Apprentice Katie Davis ready to resume riding Friday

DRF | 1 week ago
Katie Davis, who went down in a nasty-looking spill at Laurel Park last Saturday, was too sore to ride the next day but was not badly injured, according to her agent, the former rider Joe Rocco. Read More...

Laurel: Fantasy Owners Day proving to be popular promotion

DRF | 1 week ago
There is a lot going on at Laurel Park on Saturday. The track has five stakes, a luncheon for all current owners and breeders, and a Fantasy Owners Day schedule of events for those wanting to learn more about racehorse ownership. Read More...

Circumstance often dictates contest strategy

DRF | 1 week ago
When I was writing "The Winning Contest Player," I really enjoyed playing in live-format contests. The game-within-a-game aspect was very appealing. In most races, decisions are very straightforward: If there is one horse you like, you play it. But when there is more than one possible play, that’s where the fun begins: Which one does it make sense to play based on the circumstances? Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: American Anthem

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: American Anthem Read More...

Cuomo’s plans for New York Racing Association meet opposition

DRF | 1 week ago
Separate budget proposals from the New York Assembly and Senate have rejected several aspects of a plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reorganize the board of the New York Racing Association and grant new powers to a NYRA oversight agency. Read More...

Orb well-received at early auctions for 2-year-olds

DRF | 1 week ago
A colt from the first crop of 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb sold on Tuesday to a partnership including LNJ Foxwoods for $1.25 million to lead the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

Charles Town Classic will be televised on FOX Sports 2

DRF | 1 week ago
The Charles Town Classic on April 22 will be televised on FOX Sports 2 as part of the New York Racing Association’s expanded broadcast schedule with the network. Read More...

Got Even still effective for Spawr at age 8

DRF | 1 week ago
Got Even makes his third start of the Santa Anita meet at the track where he has had his most success in Friday's featured sixth race, a second-level optional $62,500 claimer going one mile. Read More...

Finest City goes long in Santa Margarita

DRF | 1 week ago
Finest City, last year's champion female sprinter, will try to stretch out to 1 1/8 miles on Saturday in the Grade 1, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, the championship race of the meet for older females. Read More...