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Litfin’s preview: Opportunity knocks in CCA Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
Untapable awaits the Haskell, and so Sunday’s Coaching Club American Oaks presents an excellent opportunity for six 3-year-old fillies to garner a Grade 1 title. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 7/21 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 7/21 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/21 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 7/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Big Trouble guts it out to win Sanford

DRF | 5 days ago
Big Trouble withstood a mugging at midstretch and a subsequent stewards' inquiry to win Saturday’s $150,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Up With the Birds goes from last to first in Nijinsky

DRF | 5 days ago
Reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds made a triumphant return to Woodbine on Saturday with an impressive last-to-first score in the Grade 2, $236,400 Nijinsky Stakes. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Duchess Stakes diminished

DRF | 5 days ago
On Rainbow Bridge finished sixth in Saturday’s Ontario Damsel Stakes, and will be scratched from the seven-furlong Duchess on Sunday, leaving a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, half of whom are trained by Mark Casse. Read More...

Regal Conqueror lives up to pedigree in Ontario Damsel

DRF | 5 days ago
Regal Conqueror ran to her terrific turf pedigree in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes, winning the one-mile event for 3-year-old fillies over a game Skylander Girl. Read More...

Alpha working towards possible start in Woodward

DRF | 5 days ago
Alpha, whose two shining moments came at Saratoga with his victories in the 2012 Travers and 2013 Woodward, inched closer to making a return appearance at the Spa by working a half mile in 47.54 seconds over the main track here Saturday morning. Read More...

Bergman: Takter’s Del Miller decision

DRF | 5 days ago
The focus should not be on what driver Jimmy Takter was doing past the first quarter mile while driving Scream And Shout, an aptly named filly considering the ruckus surrounding her effort in the Del Miller Memorial, but on what he was doing before the quarter had been completed. Read More...

Imperative gets green light for San Diego Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Imperative, the winner of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia earlier this year, earned a start in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap on July 26 after a five-furlong workout on Del Mar’s Polytrack on Saturday. Read More...

Bracelet wins Irish Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
The 3-year-old filly Bracelet is beginning to live up to the lofty reputation established by her family. Her fourth win from six starts produced her first success at the Group 1 level as Bracelet scored a narrow victory over Tapestry and Volume in the Irish Oaks on Saturday at the Curragh. Read More...

My Miss Aurelia returns vs. Grace Hall and Better Lucky

DRF | 5 days ago
Only in Saratoga will one see three Grade 1 winners – including one champion – show up in a $100,000 overnight stakes. Read More...

Pure Tactics eyes Green Flash, Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
On Friday, Pure Tactics won his second consecutive race in an optional claimer over five furlongs on turf. The victory, which came over five stakes winners, has left trainer Doug O’Neill thinking of running Pure Tactics in the $90,000 Green Flash Handicap on Aug. 13 and, later, the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Generous Portion next for My Fiona

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Walther Solis said on Saturday that CTBA Stakes winner My Fiona will be pointed for the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes over six furlongs for statebred fillies on Aug. 27. Read More...

Del Mar: Daily Gameplan for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF Plus daily Gameplan for Del Mar on Sunday, July 20. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, July 19

DRF | 5 days ago
With the introduction of 50 cent pick fours and pick fives, I have become almost exclusively a multi-race exotics player. I understand there can be a downside to this by letting potential exacta and trifecta winners go by in pursuit of a pick something you might not hit. But this is where I am right now. Read More...

Walcott rides Tempered Sapphire, Consecrate to wins by combined 25 lengths

DRF | 5 days ago
Leading jockey Rico Walcott had an easy time Saturday winning the $49,900 Madamoiselle for fillies and mares and the $48,980 Northlands Oaks by a combined 25 lengths. Read More...

Saratoga: Daily Game Plan for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF Plus Daily Gameplan for Saratoga on Sunday, July 20. Read More...

Haskell horses get in workouts

DRF | 5 days ago
Several of the contenders for the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 27 tuned up on Saturday morning. Read More...

Distance makes the difference for Geaux Wando

DRF | 5 days ago
Geaux Wando’s form dramatically improved when he was stretched out to 1 3/8 miles three weeks ago. Read More...

Distance makes the difference for Geaux Wando

DRF | 5 days ago
Geaux Wando’s form dramatically improved when he was stretched out to 1 3/8 miles three weeks ago. Read More...

Crist: Sanford analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
The nine juveniles entered in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes, the first graded stakes of the year for 2-year-old males in New York, fall into three categories: The 1-2 finishers from Belmont’s Tremont Stakes June 20; the 1-2 finishers from the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs June 28; and several second-time starters who won their debuts. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Free: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, July 19

DRF | 5 days ago
“Non-favorite-single” is the theme of a three-leg sequence (races 7-9) Saturday at Del Mar, where the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap is the anchor. The objective is to get live to Morning Fix, listed at 6-1. Read More...

Free’s preview: Time for 2-year-olds

DRF | 5 days ago
Here come the 2-year-olds. They swamped the entries on Saturday at Del Mar, where a maiden special weight was split. It will be run as races 1 and 5. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick four play for Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
While I like several horses on the July 19 card, the races fell in such a way that leveraging those opinions in pick-whatevers was difficult. In the end, I settled for a late pick four on races 8-11. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
Del Mar has a full 11-race card for the first Saturday of its summer meeting, and I’ll look to make my first play in the opener. Read More...

My Fiona fights back to win CTBA Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
When My Fiona and Lost Bus brushed early in the stretch of Friday’s $100,500 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar, My Fiona responded by taking revenge on her rival. Read More...

Stevens’s knee injury worse than initially thought

DRF | 5 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens said Friday he will need to undergo a full knee replacement next week after doctors informed him that the damage to his right knee is more severe than first believed, including a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament. Read More...

Memorable opening day for Englehart, Dettori

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremiah Englehart had to wait a long time for his first Saratoga victory. Not so for Frankie Dettori. Read More...

Tourist impresses in Sir Cat Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The 3-year-old turf division gained another major player during Friday’s opening-day program at Saratoga after Tourist withstood a strong try from Ring Weekend to register a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes. Storming Inti, who went postward as the 8-5 co-choice along with Tourist, finished nearly four lengths farther back in third. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Early pick four all dirt sprints

DRF | 6 days ago
Dirt sprinters comprise all four legs of an early pick four on races 2 through 5, beginning with a six-furlong allowance for New York-breds that features the seasonal debut of Groupthink. Read More...

Sparkman: Divine rewards for deep family

DRF | 6 days ago
Whatever Ogden Phipps paid for the top-class Argentine mare Dorine, by Aristophanes, when he purchased her privately and imported her in 1970, she proved a bargain many times over. Her first American foal, the Bold Ruler colt Our Hero, set a track record in the Atlantic City Handicap and won the Garrison Handicap as well, but it was her winning daughter, Grecian Banner, by Hoist the Flag, who made Dorine look cheap at any price. Read More...

Quality critical to New York breeding program

DRF | 6 days ago
As the racing calendar rolls into the showcase meet at Saratoga Race Course, there is perhaps no more lucrative time to have a New York-bred on the track. Read More...

Two extra days possible for Santa Anita’s fall meet

DRF | 6 days ago
Santa Anita may add two days of racing to its autumn meeting, and Los Alamitos may move the date of the richest race of its county fair meeting in September, after discussions at Friday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 7/20 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/20 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Arlington Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus Graded Stakes analysis for the Arlington Oaks by Marcus Hersh. Read More...

One finish line for 20 horses racing on turf and dirt

DRF | 6 days ago
Canterbury Park will offer the Battle of the Surfaces, a race featuring 20 Thoroughbreds, with post positions 1-12 being run on turf and post positions 13-20 run on dirt. Read More...

Enterprising possible for La Jolla

DRF | 6 days ago
Oceanside winner Enterprising will have two or three starts at the Del Mar meeting, trainer Tom Proctor said on Friday. Read More...

New Del Mar turf course plays fast

DRF | 6 days ago
The new turf course at Del Mar, widened and resod over the winter, was used for three races on Thursday’s opening-day program. Read More...

Fashion Alert clearly best in Schuylerville

DRF | 6 days ago
The two-horse race that Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes looked to be on paper played out that way on the racetrack, with heavily favored Fashion Alert dueling with then edging away from Take Charge Brandi in the opening-day feature at Saratoga. Read More...

Miss Behaviour works at Laurel, Test Stakes next

DRF | 6 days ago
Earlier this week, trainer Phil Schoenthal settled on the Test Stakes for Miss Behaviour's next start and on Friday he gave her a strong workout for the race. Read More...

Jeremiah Englehart snaps 0-for-58 drought at Saratoga

DRF | 6 days ago
When Winter Games ($31) held off Goodnewsisnonews in Friday’s opener, it gave Jeremiah Englehart his first victory at Saratoga. He had previously gone winless in his first 58 starters. Read More...

Saratoga Snacks moves into Mott’s barn

DRF | 6 days ago
Saratoga Snacks, the multiple stakes-winning New York-bred, was transferred by owner Bill Parcells from Gary Sciacca to Bill Mott. Read More...

Hovdey: Opening day at Del Mar, with a horse-racing backdrop

DRF | 6 days ago
Opening day at Del Mar is to horse racing what Jackson Pollock is to Da Vinci. It is a madcap abstract of a sporting event, more like an annual hadj for upscale pilgrims, some 42,000 strong. Read More...

Bejarano returns a winner in comeback

DRF | 6 days ago
For many reasons, jockey Rafael Bejarano was not eager to leave the winner’s circle after $32,000 claimer Affrettando prevailed by a nose in the 10th race on Thursday’s opening-day program. Read More...

Social Inclusion ships Tuesday for Haskell

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Manny Azpurua said Social Inclusion would ship to Monmouth Park on Tuesday to compete in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 27. Read More...

Purse increases take effect starting Thursday

DRF | 6 days ago
Purses will increase 10 percent at Gulfstream Park beginning Thursday, while trainers also will receive a $250 starter incentive to help offset the costs of workers’ compensation. Read More...

Stall eager to run Departing in Whitney

DRF | 6 days ago
Departing worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00.02 over the main track Friday, preparing for a start in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney Handicap here on Aug. 2. Read More...