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Frontmourne in good place for 3-year-old debut

DRF | 6 days ago
Frostmourne appears to have landed in a sweet spot for his 3-year-old debut: Saturday's $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes going a mile at Aqueduct. Read More...

High Roller, Kinsley Kisses tepid favorites in Hilton Memorial, Sugar Maple

DRF | 6 days ago
The two richest undercard stakes on Classic Day at Charles Town on Saturday are a pair of seven-furlong races, the $100,000 Sugar Maple, for fillies and mares, and the $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial, for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Baby Zip, dam of Ghostzapper and City Zip, dies at 26

DRF | 6 days ago
Baby Zip, dam of Hall of Fame member Ghostzapper and Grade 1 winner City Zip, died from complications stemming from laminitis. She was 26. Read More...

Brahms Cat the big dog in Game Face Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Larry Bates ran Brahms Cat against what he called the “heavy heads” and “blue bloods” in races like the Forward Gal and Davona Dale earlier this winter at Gulfstream. On Saturday, many handicappers will consider Brahms Cat the “heavy head”when she returns against much softer opposition in the $75,000 Game Face Stakes Read More...

Mach One Rules seeks elusive win over Barkley

DRF | 6 days ago
Barkley and Mach One Rules look like the main players in a 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 optional claiming race that drew six horses and goes as the sixth race Saturday. Read More...

Weather to have major impact on composition of Elkhorn field

DRF | 6 days ago
With rain in the forecast for Saturday, a yielding course could lead to a reduction in the original lineup of 11 for the $250,000 Elkhorn, a 1 1/2-mile race for older horses scheduled for turf. Read More...

Stanford faces tough assignment in quest for Charles Town Classic repeat

DRF | 6 days ago
Stanford won the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic a year ago and will be favored to do so again Saturday. He's nicely drawn in post 1 for the three-turn, 1 1/8-mile race and is at the top of his game. Still, the Classic looks like a trickier assignment than in 2016. Read More...

Midnight Storm returning to familiar footing in Gold Cup at Santa Anita

DRF | 6 days ago
Anyone who watched Midnight Storm struggle last weekend in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap would be hard-pressed to dispute jockey Mike Smith’s post-race analysis - he had trouble handling the track. Read More...

Fornatale: Contests spice up weekend at Keeneland

DRF | 6 days ago
Much of the contest world will be descending on Keeneland this weekend for Saturday's $400 Spring Challenge and Sunday's Grade One Gamble. There will be plenty of multi-tabling going on with players participating in DRF Tournaments' online events as well. Read More...

Thursday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Zealous Scholar can wire the field at a price

DRF | 6 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Thursday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Harness: Dragon Again, sire of Foiled again, dies at 22

DRF | 6 days ago
Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the racetrack and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport’s all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Read More...

Long meet opens with fewer horses, uncertainty over track’s future

DRF | 6 days ago
If you look at the condition book for the 145-day Finger Lakes meet that begins Saturday, it seems like business as usual. Purses are the same as a year ago, and while the meet is 10 days shorter, not much else seems to have changed. Looks can be deceiving. Read More...

World Champion Jessies First Down goes for fifth straight

DRF | 6 days ago
Jessies First Down, the 2016 World Champion Quarter Horse, will be a heavy favorite to win his fifth consecutive start – and seventh stakes of his career – in Saturday's $103,320 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Arizona-breds get chance to shine

DRF | 6 days ago
Turf Paradise celebrates the home-grown product Saturday with a card of nine races for Arizona-breds, including five stakes led by the $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby. Read More...

Uncle B boasts fine Florida form for Woodstock

DRF | 6 days ago
Fresh off a successful winter campaign in Florida, Uncle B should be prominent in Saturday's $100,000 Woodstock Stakes, a six-furlong test for 3-year-olds at Woodbine. Read More...

Trainer Navarro vows to fight horse’s positive test for cocaine

DRF | 7 days ago
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has notified trainer Jorge Navarro that a horse he trained tested positive for cocaine after a race at Tampa Bay Downs in February, and Navarro said he plans to contest the finding. Read More...

Spirited debate over whip use at panel discussion

DRF | 7 days ago
Representatives of riders and of racing commissions clashed over regulations designed to restrict the use of the whip during a panel on Wednesday at the Association of Racing Commissioners International meeting, illustrating the stark divide in the industry over an issue that has drawn increasing attention from animal-welfare advocates. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 15 – Apr. 18

DRF | 7 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

DRF | 7 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/21 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 4/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Former jockey Jane Proctor dies at 61

DRF | 7 days ago
Jane Proctor, a pioneering female jockey who rode as Jane Driggers, using her maiden name, and later married horseman Hap Proctor, has died in Florida after suffering from an aggressive, malignant brain tumor. She was 61. Read More...

Page McKenney will point to Lyman Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Page McKenney, who was under consideration for the Charles Town Classic, will skip that race and instead be pointed to the $100,000 Lyman Stakes at Parx Racing on April 29. Read More...

Stanford draws rail for Charles Town Classic repeat bid

DRF | 7 days ago
The Grade 2 Charles Town Classic drew a field of eight on Wednesday, topped by Stanford, who will be seeking a repeat victory in the three-turn, 1 1/8-mile race for older horses. Read More...

Data Link sires first winner

DRF | 7 days ago
Freshman sire Data Link recorded his first winner on Thursday when his daughter Di Maria was a three-length debut winner at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Awesome Patriot sires first winner at Keeneland

DRF | 7 days ago
Awesome Patriot, a Grade 3-placed stakes winner, was represented by his first winner at stud on Wednesday when Amberspatriot split horses and got up in time to win a maiden special weight on debut at Keeneland. Read More...

Yonkers: Kakaley seeks Levy win with Mcwicked

DRF | 7 days ago
Matt Kakaley saw many of McWicked’s victories during the horse’s Dan Patch Award-winning campaign in 2014, but not from a favorable vantage point. Kakaley drove horses that lost nine times to McWicked that season, which culminated with McWicked being named harness racing’s best 3-year-old male pacer. Read More...

Three juveniles breeze a furlong in 9 4/5 seconds ahead of OBS sale

DRF | 7 days ago
A trio of juveniles tied for the fastest time for an eighth of a mile during Wednesday’s breeze show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, each stopping the clock in 9 4/5 seconds. Read More...

Racing commission votes to shorten Mountaineer meet by 30 days

DRF | 7 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission at a specially called Monday meeting voted 2-0 in favor of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort shortening its meet, which began last Saturday, from 160 days to 130 days and restoring purses to 2016 levels. Read More...

Secretary At War to test speed in Woodhaven

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will try to stretch Secretary At War out in distance a little bit when he runs him in Saturday's $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Delta Prince might go next in Elusive Quality

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens is considering running Delta Prince in the $150,000 Elusive Quality at Belmont on April 29 or the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy there on May 6. Read More...

Pletcher seeks fifth Illinois Derby win with Hedge Fund

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered Hedge Fund, whose third-place finish last out in the Sunland Derby looks good enough to make him the probable favorite facing six rivals in Saturday's Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. Read More...

Shaman Ghost staying sharp for next start

DRF | 7 days ago
Shaman Ghost, the Santa Anita Handicap winner, worked a fast five furlongs in 1:00.50 Wednesday morning over Belmont Park's training track, but what exactly Shaman Ghost is working toward has not yet been decided. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Thursday, April 20, 2017

DRF | 7 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Millionaire 7-year-old Undrafted launches season in turf sprint

DRF | 7 days ago
Undrafted, an earner of more than $1.3 million in a 28-race career, will make his 7-year-old debut Friday in the third race, a $77,000, classified allowance scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Read More...

Taghleeb, Bigger Picture among four Maker will run in Elkhorn Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Mike Maker holds a strong hand with four of the 11 older turf horses entered in the weekend feature at Keeneland, the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

McCraken will breeze twice more before Kentucky Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, will have two more breezes prior to the May 6 race after putting in a nice bit of work Tuesday over a fast Churchill track. Read More...

Stephen Foster a possibility for Gun Runner

DRF | 7 days ago
Gun Runner could return to action in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17 at Churchill Downs, although any definite plans “would be a little premature,” Winchell racing manager David Fiske said Tuesday. Read More...

Fair Grounds: Quarantine key factor in all-sources handle drop

DRF | 7 days ago
All-sources average daily handle during the 80-day meet at Fair Grounds fell 8 percent, according to information released Tuesday by the Louisiana Racing Commission. Read More...

Del Mar limiting trainers to 40 stalls each during summer meet

DRF | 7 days ago
Del Mar will limit stall allocations to a maximum of 40 runners per trainer at its upcoming summer meeting, the track announced in a letter to owners and trainers issued on Tuesday. Read More...

Derby-winning trainer Whiting dies at 77

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Lynn Whiting, who reached the pinnacle of his profession by saddling Lil E. Tee to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, died suddenly Wednesday morning from complications of a long-term illness and a recent stroke. He was 77. Read More...

Cal Expo: Bergstein Trot, $10,241 Pick Five Carryover on tap Friday

DRF | 7 days ago
The $10,000 Stan Bergstein Trot headed by Flameon, a California Sire Stakes and a $10,241 carryover in the Pick 5 are the highlights on Friday night’s program at Cal Expo. Read More...

Californian win would boost Prospect Park’s stock

DRF | 7 days ago
Prospect Park won an optional claimer on turf at Santa Anita on March 9, giving trainer Clifford Sise hope Prospect Park can win the second stakes of his career in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Girvin

DRF | 7 days ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Girvin Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 19

DRF | 7 days ago
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not Read More...

Marathon distance should benefit Klondike Creek

DRF | 7 days ago
On Friday, Klondike Creek will run in the longest race of his career, an optional claimer at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Trainer Richard Mandella thinks the distance could be the 4-year-old colt's liking. Read More...

Classic Rock reboots 3-year-old season

DRF | 7 days ago
Classic Rock, who got sick earlier this winter, will finally return to the races Friday at Gulfstream Park, where he is expected to go postward the solid favorite in the $75,000 Roar, an overnight stakes restricted to 3-year-olds to be decided at seven furlongs. Read More...

Wednesday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Well-bred Battlement finds the right spot for her U.S. debut

DRF | 7 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Wednesday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...