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Monticello: Horses to watch from Oct. 14 – Oct. 15

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Trip Notes for Oct. 18-19: Raven Run, Canadian International, E.P. Taylor and more…

DRF | 4 days ago
Trip Notes for Oct. 18-19: Raven Run, Canadian International, E.P. Taylor and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Red Outlaw remains unbeaten by capturing Uniformity

DRF | 5 days ago
Red Outlaw overcame more than seven rivals to extend his unbeaten streak to six races in Sunday’s $93,250 Uniformity Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Just The Judge overcomes bad start to take E.P. Taylor

DRF | 5 days ago
The favored English filly Just The Judge came on strongly in the lane and held off Odeliz late to take Sunday’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, the supporting feature on Canadian International Day at Woodbine. Read More...

European invader Caspar Netscher wins Nearctic

DRF | 5 days ago
Caspar Netscher ($11.60), the lone European-based horse in the field, split horses in deep stretch Sunday to capture the Grade 2, $315,200 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Native Bombshell comes off long layoff to win Ontario Fashion Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Native Bombshell ($8.50), returning off nearly a year-long layoff, caught Cryptic Message in deep stretch and held off Disco Barbie in the final strides Sunday to win the Grade 3, $156,800 Ontario Fashion Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Workout report: Dayatthespa best of Brown’s bunch

DRF | 5 days ago
There might have been a chill in the air, but the action was hot and heavy out on the racetrack Sunday at Belmont Park, with more than 30 potential Breeders’ Cup starters working over the main track, training track, and turf. Read More...

A Toss Up ends drought in Los Alamitos Championship

DRF | 5 days ago
A Toss Up won his first stakes since April 2012 in Saturday’s $150,000 Los Alamitos Championship, earning a berth to the $600,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 13. Read More...

White Rose noses out Caroline Thomas in Dowager

DRF | 5 days ago
Turf specialist White Rose continued a productive streak for herself and for her ownership group by posting a narrow victory in the $125,000 Dowager Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

North Slope rallies to win by a neck in Bowl Game Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Late in his 4-year-old year, North Slope maybe has figured things out. After winning just two of his first 16 starts, North Slope now has won two straight, including Sunday’s $100,000 Bowl Game Stakes by a neck over the favored Slumber. It was a neck back to the pace-setting Micromanage in third. Read More...

Tonalist works ‘absolutely perfect’ five furlongs for BC Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.56 over the Belmont main track Sunday morning in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Read More...

Hillstar proves best in Canadian International

DRF | 5 days ago
Hillstar, the favored English invader, held off a charging Big Blue Kitten to capture Sunday’s $1 million Canadian International, from which morning-line favorite Brown Panther was scratched after getting loose in the warmup just prior to the 1 1/2-mile event. Read More...

Yonkers: Field set for $250K International Trot Preview

DRF | 5 days ago
On Sunday afternoon (10/19) Yonkers Raceway announced the field for the International Preview for older trotters. Sebastian K heads a field of eight slated to race 1 1/4 miles in the $250,000 event on October 25. Read More...

Close Hatches breezes four furlongs in preparation for BC Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott admits the poor performance by Close Hatches in the Grade 1 Spinster two weeks ago still has him puzzled. But after watching his filly train Sunday at Belmont Park, he remains steadfast about giving her another chance in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race in which she finished second last year. Read More...

Busy morning of works for Breeders’ Cup hopefuls

DRF | 5 days ago
Sunday was a busy morning of workouts for Breeders’ Cup hopefuls on turf and the main track. Read More...

Stevens’ comeback ahead of schedule

DRF | 5 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens spent Saturday and Sunday morning exercising horses at Santa Anita and said he is planning a comeback from summertime knee-replacement surgery as early as November. Read More...

Beholder will miss Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Beholder is out of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The two-time champion filly spiked a temperature on Sunday, was treated with medication, and will not pre-enter the Distaff scheduled for Oct. 31 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten gets loose, but avoids injury

DRF | 5 days ago
Stephanie’s Kitten gave her connections a scare Sunday when she got loose following a workout at Belmont Park, but she was uninjured and remains on target for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. Read More...

Distaff: Untapable works swift five furlongs

DRF | 5 days ago
The visually impressive workout by Untapable on Sunday morning at Santa Anita was so fast trainer Steve Asmussen declined to reveal the time on his stopwatch. Read More...

Tapiture more likely for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile than Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Tapiture had been under consideration for both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dirt Mile, but after he worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Sunday morning here at Santa Anita, owner Ron Winchell said it was most likely that Tapiture would go in the Dirt Mile, and wouldn’t even be cross-entered in the Classic at the pre-entry stage on Monday. Read More...

Sweet Reason good to go in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Sweet Reason, who came out of her second-place finish in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 20 with an eye injury, returned to the work tab Sunday morning, drilling three furlongs in a quick 34.63 seconds over Belmont Park’s main track, a move that convinced her connections to move on to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont on Sunday, Oct. 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Between grabbing some brunch, the 1 p.m. football games, and about five pounds worth of early Breeders’ Cup past performances to get familiar with, I should have enough to do through the first part of the afternoon without getting too caught up in the first half of Sunday’s Belmont card. Read More...

Hersh: Santa Anita Pick Four Play for Sunday, October 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Santa Anita Pick Four play by Marcus Hersh for Sunday, October 19. Read More...

King’s preview: Longshot possibility in Dowager

DRF | 5 days ago
Nothing in the individual past performances hint of weakness in favorites CAROLINE THOMAS (#13, 9-2) and WHITE ROSE (#14, 5-1) in Sunday’s Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. But having drawn posts 13 and 14, respectively, with a short run to the first of three turns in the 1 1/2-mile race, wide trips for both could leave them vulnerable. Read More...

Magna Breeze caps homecoming with first stakes win in Texas Hall of Fame

DRF | 5 days ago
Magna Breeze returned to his homestate of Texas on Saturday night and became a stakes winner when he held off Fly the Red Eye by a neck in the $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. Read More...

Russell Road rallies to win third West Virginia Breeders’ Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Lucy’s Bob Boy, sent off at 1-2, took a clear lead into the stretch, but Russell Road kept coming under Jose Montano and wore down his rival to win the West Virginia Breeders' Classic for a record third time. Read More...

Demonstative captures Grand National steeplechase

DRF | 5 days ago
Demonstrative solidified his status as the leading candidate for an Eclipse Award as champion steeplechase horse by winning the nation’s richest race for jumpers Saturday, the Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National at Far Hills, N.J. Read More...

Yonkers: Nuncio a convincing Trot elimination winner

DRF | 5 days ago
Horseplayers couldn’t bet on him, but Nuncio and driver John Campbell didn’t mind cruising to victory in the first of two $40,000 eliminations for the $500,000 Yonkers Trot (Oct. 25). Gural Hanover was the other elim winner while Luck Be Withyou won his Messenger elimination. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Some surprises in colt elims

DRF | 5 days ago
As often is the case with young horses, you never know what you are going to get. When Woodbine hosted eliminations for the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for 2-year-old pacers and trotters respectively, longshot bettors were mostly in paradise. Read More...

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki shine in Super Finals

DRF | 5 days ago
These aren’t your Indiana-bred Standardbreds from years ago. That was evident after watching some huge miles from Freaky Feet Pete and Always A Virgin as part of an octet of $200,000-plus Super Finals at Hoosier Park on Saturday Night. Read More...

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki shine in Super Finals

DRF | 5 days ago
These aren’t your Indiana-bred Standardbreds from years ago. That was evident after watching some huge miles from Freaky Feet Pete and Always A Virgin as part of an octet of $200,000-plus Super Finals at Hoosier Park on Saturday Night. Read More...

Storm Power takes opening-day Bienvenidos

DRF | 5 days ago
Storm Power, who had been knocking heads with some toughies in Southern California, found the change of scenery to his liking as he finished strongly, capturing Saturday’s $35,000 Bienvenidos Stakes, the opening-day event for the Turf Paradise meet. Read More...

Storm Power takes opening-day Bienvenidos

DRF | 5 days ago
Storm Power, who had been knocking heads with some toughies in Southern California, found the change of scenery to his liking as he finished strongly, capturing Saturday’s $35,000 Bienvenidos Stakes, the opening-day event for the Turf Paradise meet. Read More...

Luscious Lonna scores in Miss America Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Luscious Lonna scored her third turf stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields, racing to the lead early and then hanging on gamely late to capture the $65,480 Miss America Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Luscious Lonna scores in Miss America Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Luscious Lonna scored her third turf stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields, racing to the lead early and then hanging on gamely late to capture the $65,480 Miss America Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Levitt finishes atop All-In contest standings

DRF | 6 days ago
In Saturday’s All-In contest at NHCQualify.com, where all picks had to be in before post time of the first race, five players won their way in to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Read More...

Levitt finishes atop All-In contest standings

DRF | 6 days ago
In Saturday’s All-In contest at NHCQualify.com, where all picks had to be in before post time of the first race, five players won their way in to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Read More...

Eighttofasttocatch never looks back in winning Maryland Million Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Eighttofasttocatch was sent to an open lead by Forest Boyce in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic and never looked back, outclassing his rivals by 4 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile race. Read More...

Lane’s End purchases interest in classic winner Tonalist

DRF | 6 days ago
Lane’s End has purchased an interest in classic winner Tonalist, and the 3-year-old will presumably stand at the Versailles, Ky., farm upon the conclusion of his racing career. Read More...

Moonlight Song fires fresh in Hudson Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Several months’ worth of frustration evaporated in a little more than 75 seconds Saturday at Belmont Park when Moonlight Song went gate to wire to win the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, the eighth and final stakes on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Read More...

Spendthrift releases 2015 fees

DRF | 6 days ago
Spendthrift Farm has released the 2015 advertised fees for its 26-horse stallion roster based at farms across North America. Flagship stallion Malibu Moon is once again Spendthrift’s highest-priced offering, standing at the operation’s Lexington, Ky. farm for $95,000. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Veterans drop down for sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
The Sunday card kicks off with a “dropdown derby” of sorts, with eight veteran sprinters going six furlongs in the first $10,000 claimer at the fall meet. Needless to say, everyone is taking a drop – even Ten Items Or Less, who is back from Finger Lakes after getting through two restricted claiming conditions for $15,000. Read More...

No one can catch Taris in Raven Run

DRF | 6 days ago
Speed had sputtered all day at Keeneland, but no one told that to a filly named Taris, who absolutely cruised to victory in gate-to-wire Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes. Read More...

Boozer gets things his own way to win California Flag

DRF | 6 days ago
Boozer had an easy journey to win his first stakes Saturday in the $98,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Oct. 11 – Oct. 15

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Kharafa upsets familiar foes in Mohawk Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Going off at virtually the same price as last year when he ran next to last, Kharafa turned the tables and posted a mild upset over familiar foes Lubash and the even-money choice King Kreesa in Saturday’s 36th running of the $200,000 Mohawk Stakes. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 10/20 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 10/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

British jockey suspeded for whip use at Ascot

DRF | 6 days ago
Top British jockey James Doyle was suspended seven days and fined approximately $16,000 for excessive use of the whip at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, a penalty that will prevent him from riding in Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, and the Melbourne Cup in Australia on Nov. 4. Read More...

Cactus Kris relishes return to Polytrack in Ruling Angel

DRF | 6 days ago
Cactus Kris overcame an awkward break and a wide trip to win her first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $108,800 Ruling Angel, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...