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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Downhill turf course presents challenge

DRF | 4 days ago
Mongolian Saturday and Lady Shipman were separated by just a neck as the one-two finishers at the end of 5 1/2 furlongs in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland, and if they are to again lead the way this year, a new challenge awaits. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly-Mare Sprint: Cotillion critical for Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia

DRF | 4 days ago
Cathryn Sophia and Carina Mia both have shown themselves highly effective at shorter distances, and depending on what transpires in the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion, their connections might wind up opting for the seven-furlong distance of the $1 million BC Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff to be battle of champions

DRF | 4 days ago
Breeders' Cup history will be made before the extraordinarily deep Distaff field even crosses the Santa Anita finish line on Friday, Nov. 4.Three Eclipse Award winners from 2015, each in top form, are aiming to the 2016 Distaff – Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind. Read More...

Big Brown half-brother fails to meet reserve

DRF | 4 days ago
Dr. Gary Knapp’s Monticule, the owner and breeder of champion Big Brown’s yearling half-brother by Temple City, will keep the colt to race after he finished under his reserve with a final bid of $200,000 on Monday at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Oak Tree at Pleasanton opens fair meet – sans fair

DRF | 4 days ago
When Oak Tree at Pleasanton opens a six-day race meeting on Friday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, it will not be your usual fair meet. Unlike the other Northern California fair meets, this one will be entirely conducted without a fair. Read More...

Nevaeh’s Valentine should prove elusive target Friday

DRF | 4 days ago
Lost in the hoopla immediately following this year's Queen's Plate was a breakout performance by Nevaeh's Valentine, who should be the dominant speed in Friday's Woodbine headliner, a second-level optional-claiming route on the Tapeta. Read More...

Keeneland September: Improved returns carry into Book 4

DRF | 5 days ago
The middle market continued to flex its muscles heading into Book 4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, with another session of increased average and median sale prices, highlighted by a pair of $300,000 colts. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for September 12 to September 18

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for September 12 to 18, 2016. Read More...

Bergman: No true rivalry in 2016 Little Brown Jug

DRF | 5 days ago
A year removed from perhaps the finest Little Brown Jug of all time, it’s hard to look at the race this Thursday and think there won’t be a letdown. For those in attendance, the chance to see Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 champion up close and personal, may be the best opportunity to witness greatness with just 11 showing up for the final jewel in Pacing’s Triple Crown. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 9/22 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 9/22 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 9/22 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 9/22 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

W. Va. tracks required to meet safety, integrity standards

DRF | 5 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission on Tuesday adopted a rule that will require the state’s two Thoroughbred racetracks to apply for accreditation through a program run by an industry-funded group. Read More...

Delaware County Fair: L A Delight seeks a Jugette upset for Campbell

DRF | 5 days ago
While Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country and her extremely accomplished rival Darlinonthebeach are dominating the headlines for the 46th edition of the Jugette, Canadian L A Delight is not only a force to be reckoned with, but if she secures the victory, she will not only redeem her dam’s loss in this very event, but will secure her pilot and her breeder/owner/trainer a place in Jugette history. Read More...

Pegasus World Cup stake sold to Earle Mack

DRF | 5 days ago
A starting-berth slot in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup has already changed hands. Sol Kumin and James Covello, Wall Street financiers who had put $200,000 down on a slot in the Pegasus with 11 other groups, sold the stake last week to Earle I. Mack, an owner-breeder who is a real-estate developer. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of Sept. 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of Sept. 19 Read More...

Grade 1 winner Plenty of Grace dies at 29

DRF | 5 days ago
Grade 1 winner Plenty of Grace has died at age 29, and will be buried at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., where she was bred. Read More...

More surgery for injured jockey Laurent Beaucamp

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Laurent Beaucamp, who was severely injured in a Sept. 5 spill at Monmouth Park, remains in critical but stable condition in the Level 1 trauma wing of the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City, N.J. Read More...

Russell Road, West Virginia-bred earner of $2 million, retired at 10

DRF | 5 days ago
Russell Road surpassed $2 million in earnings with his second-place finish in the Northern Panhandle Stakes at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 6, but he came out of the race with an injury and has been retired at age 10. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sept. 21, 2016

DRF | 5 days ago
Paul Lally and Brett Davis provide selections for Wednesday's card at Happy Valley in Hong Kong. Read More...

Keeneland September: Book 3 carries on positive momentum

DRF | 6 days ago
While forecasts for the middle market were mixed at best heading into the Keeneland September yearling sale, the auction’s Book 3 saw solid improvement across the measurables. Read More...

Sarah Sis wins Presque Isle Masters in return to synthetic

DRF | 6 days ago
Sarah Sis, beaten a combined 37 lengths in graded stakes on dirt in her two most recent starts, regained her best form switching back to a synthetic surface in Monday night’s Grade 2, $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters. Read More...

Harrington: Wiggle It Jiggleit wins one on home soil

DRF | 6 days ago
Wiggle It Jiggleit controlled the proceedings from the rail, and then stepped away in the final quarter to win the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:50 on Monday evening at Harrington Raceway. That time just missed his own world record for a 4-year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track by a fifth of a second. Read More...

Record set for Louisiana-bred yearling

DRF | 6 days ago
A Curlin colt sold for $350,000 to Katsumi Yoshida during Book 1 earned a unique distinction as the most expensive Louisiana-bred yearling ever. Read More...

Turf allowance races featured Wednesday

DRF | 6 days ago
Monday's much-needed rain should be just a memory by the time the race week starts Wednesday at Belmont Park, where the final six heats on a nine-race card are scheduled for the turf. Read More...

Scorpiancer the horse to beat in Lonesome Glory

DRF | 6 days ago
Jack Fisher may have the horse to beat in the Lonesome Glory steeplechase in Scorpiancer. The Lonesome Glory follows the $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial; the first two races on Thursday's 10-race program are steeplechase events. Read More...

Diodoro to unleash trio in Oklahoma Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Robertino Diodoro will attack the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby with three starters on Sunday: Inside Straight, Solve, and Way Striking. The horses will be part of an anticipated field of nine or 10 for the richest race of the meet at Remington Park. Read More...

Tepin likely to start once at Keeneland before Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
Tepin came out of her half-length win Saturday in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile a little tired but in good condition and was headed by van Monday to Saratoga, where she will be stabled briefly before shipping to Keeneland, trainer Mark Casse said. Read More...

Madden makes splash in Keeneland September debut

DRF | 6 days ago
In a business often built on generations-old relationships, it can be hard to be the new guy on the sale grounds. That notion has not swayed Zach Madden, 29, who consigned his first draft of offerings in a Keeneland September yearling sale on Monday under the shingle of Buckland Sales, a venture run in partnership with Millennium Farms. Read More...

Three turf handicaps Wednesday at Happy Valley

DRF | 6 days ago
Three turf handicaps – two at six furlongs and one at about a mile – are the leading races on an eight-race program at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Each of the races, the last three on the program, were oversubscribed with 12-horse fields and also-eligible lists. Read More...

Canterbury’s handle figures rise but not enough

DRF | 6 days ago
Canterbury Park concluded its 69-day race meet Sunday with gains in total and out-of-state handle, but the track's grand experiment with a lowered takeout rate this year produced results that disappointed track officials. Read More...

Book 2 topper has familiar pedigree

DRF | 6 days ago
A Curlin colt sold for $1 million last Friday to lead Keeneland September's Book 2 portion, with the book's second most expensive offering being a $750,000 Uncle Mo colt sold the following day. If some names on the catalog pages looked familiar, it's for good reason: The two colts share a family tree. Read More...

Dortmund works five furlongs in possible Awesome Again prep

DRF | 6 days ago
Dortmund, who finished behind California Chrome in two major races at the Del Mar summer meeting, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Santa Anita on Monday for yet another potential encounter against his rival. Read More...

On Leave possible for Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
On Leave, the front-running 2 3/4-length winner of Saturday's Grade 2 Sands Point, is “penciled in” to make her next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland on Oct. 15, trainer Shug McGaughey said Monday. Read More...

Paola Queen shifts sights to Beldame

DRF | 6 days ago
Paola Queen, upset winner of the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga, was not one of the six 3-year-old fillies entered Monday for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx. Instead, Paola Queen will be pointed to the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame on Oct. 1 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Frosted’s next start still up in air

DRF | 6 days ago
Frosted, coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Woodward on Sept. 3, is scheduled to return to the work tab this week at Saratoga, but what race he is working toward is still to be determined. Read More...

Theory back in training after injury scare

DRF | 6 days ago
Theory, one of the more impressive 2-year-old male debut winners at the Saratoga meet, may not be finished for the year as originally thought, and is being considered for the Champagne or the Futurity. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 9/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections for Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DRF | 6 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Read More...

Gold Cup at Delta next goal for Sunbean

DRF | 6 days ago
Sunbean, who was scratched from the Unbridled Stakes Sept. 10, will make his next start at Delta Downs in the $100,000 Gold Cup, a mile race for Louisiana-breds Oct. 29. Read More...

Jacinto caps comeback from injury with Louisiana Downs riding title

DRF | 6 days ago
The despair jockey John Jacinto felt while recovering from complications of a broken arm that sidelined him for close to two years has given way to joy this meet at Louisiana Downs. He is poised to win the riding title at the Bossier City, La., track when the meet closes Saturday. Read More...

Rookies score big in NHC qualifiers

DRF | 6 days ago
Two more rookie players will have a chance at National Handicapping Championship glory come January. Jim Jarombek and Monte Mattingly Jr. won their way to the big dance with outstanding performances on the DRF Tournaments site on Saturday, topping a field of 1,048 entries. Read More...

Nyquist, Exaggerator among 12 entered in Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
With the 3-year-old male division extremely tight at the top, a pivotal matchup will take place at Parx Racing on Saturday when Nyquist and Exaggerator meet in the $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby. The card also will showcase the undefeated champion Songbird in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 9/20 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Sweetwater steps up in sharp form

DRF | 6 days ago
Sweetwater, a winner of two of her last three starts, will be among the choices when she steps up a notch in company to take on six rivals in Thursday's $44,000 optional-claiming feature at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Defying Gravity stretches win streak to six

DRF | 6 days ago
Defying Gravity, a 5-year-old mare trained by Jose Pinchin, registered her sixth consecutive victory on Sunday, rallying to win an optional-claiming race for statebreds at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Buyback of Believe You Can pays off for Jones

DRF | 6 days ago
Brereton Jones had $4.9 million staring him in the face at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, and the former governor of Kentucky decided that he preferred having his mare, 2012 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, in the barn. Read More...

Freshened Semper Fortis will run in Los Alamitos Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
A busy 2-year-old campaign forced Semper Fortis out of the Triple Crown preps in February this year. The colt had won two of his first seven starts, but the campaign took a toll. Now, a gap of more than six months between races seems to have worked. Read More...

Howard looks past Ahh Chocolate’s bad day

DRF | 6 days ago
Not long after being disappointed by a last-place finish from Ahh Chocolate as the odds-on favorite in the Locust Grove on Saturday at Churchill Downs, Howard made two visits to the winner's circle with Stonetacular and Society Beau, a pair of 2-year-old maiden winners. Read More...

Metaboss to audition for BC Turf in John Henry Turf Championship

DRF | 6 days ago
The partnership that owns Metaboss says if their horse wins the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship they will plow race earnings into entry and starting fees for the BC Turf. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Sept. 12 – Sept. 13

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