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California Chrome begins galloping toward September comeback

DRF | 4 days ago
A week after returning from a monthlong vacation, the star 3-year-old California Chrome began galloping at Los Alamitos on Friday in preparation for an expected comeback in September. Read More...

Vaccarezza sends Little Alexis north for Test Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Carlo Vaccarezza confirmed Little Alexis for the Grade 1 Test Stakes next weekend at Saratoga after the unbeaten filly breezed five furlongs Friday in a swift 58.80 seconds over her home track at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Read More...

Fiftyshadesofgold set for Test Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Fiftyshadesofgold worked four furlongs in 48.40 seconds Friday morning at Churchill Downs, her final breeze before running in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes here on Aug. 2. Read More...

Pants On Fire returns to defend Cup title

DRF | 4 days ago
It was a fruitless journey to Japan for Pants On Fire and a long trail back to the races. Pants On Fire finally launches his comeback Sunday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup on the Haskell Invitational undercard. Read More...

Wise Dan works with eye toward Fourstardave

DRF | 4 days ago
Wise Dan’s five-furlong move in 1:03.65 over the Oklahoma turf course Friday morning at sun-splashed Saratoga was another step toward a comeback for the two-time Horse of the Year. Read More...

Revamped March sale to kick off 2015 OBS juvenile sale season

DRF | 4 days ago
Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. will aim to follow up on the success of its recently-completed 2-year-old sale season in 2015, with a new schedule that includes an expansion of the March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

Goldencents, Big Macher clash in Bing Crosby

DRF | 4 days ago
Goldencents is established at the top level, with multiple Grade 1 wins. Big Macher is the new kid in town, a former maiden claimer who has developed into a graded stakes winner and is trying Grade 1 competition for the first time. Read More...

Needmore Flattery the clear class of Queen City Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
The biggest stakes event to date at Belterra Park will take place Sunday with the running of the $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks. Read More...

Santa Anita raises purses for 10 stakes at fall meeting

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita has raised the purses of 10 stakes run during its autumn meeting from Sept. 26 to Nov. 2, a season that includes the Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Saturday, July 26

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Untapable favored to beat males in Haskell

DRF | 4 days ago
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the Haskell Invitational has its star, the top 3-year-old filly in the land, Untapable, plus a salty supporting group that will make her earn the lion’s share of the $1 million purse. Read More...

Halo Dolly a vulnerable favorite in Luther Burbank

DRF | 4 days ago
Picking the winner of Sunday’s $50,000-added Luther Burbank Handicap at the Sonoma County Fair seems like a no-brainer. What’s not to like about Halo Dolly in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf? Read More...

Goldstryke Glory tries to stay unbeaten on turf in Royal North

DRF | 4 days ago
Goldstryke Glory will look to keep her unbeaten run on turf going and will also try to record her first graded stakes victory when she takes on a quick group of nine other fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade 3 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Friday, July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
The potential for Lady Asano to be your linchpin in race 5 gives you the opportunity to spread in surrounding races 4 and 6 for the chance for a nice payoff. Read More...

CARMA fundraiser brings in over $70,000 for retired racehorses

DRF | 5 days ago
The California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) raised more than $70,000 toward the care of retired racehorses in California at its seventh annual “CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser” on July 19 at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel in San Diego, Calif. Read More...

Pure Sensation’s nose hits wire first in Quick Call

DRF | 5 days ago
Pure Sensation made a successful transition from dirt to turf by unleashing a furious late kick under Jose Lezcano to run down longshot Choctaw Chuck and Favorite Tale to win Thursday’s $100,000 Quick Call Stakes by a nose at Saratoga. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Curlin Stakes features multiple contenders

DRF | 5 days ago
Dave Litfin takes a closer look at Friday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Friday, July 25

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Harness: I Luv The Nitelife ready to return to action

DRF | 5 days ago
I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races last year and $1.25 million. Read More...

Did Baze make right choice in Wine Country?

DRF | 5 days ago
Stop Smiling appears the best of three from the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s $50,000-added Wine Country Stakes at the Sonoma County Fair, yet Russell Baze will be riding another Hollendorfer entry, Free Money. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/26 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Trio of turf races

DRF | 5 days ago
The three grass races on Friday's card at Woodbine are either at six or 12 furlongs. The course will be firm. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 7/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 7/26 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 7/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Stanwyck looks sharp for Shuvee

DRF | 5 days ago
When Stanwyck won last fall’s Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Belmont at 21-1, trainer John Shirreffs said she really thrived training at Saratoga. Sunday, Shirreffs hopes that trend continues when Stanwyck runs in the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap. Read More...

Longacres Mile field likely to be small

DRF | 5 days ago
The list of candidates for the Grade 3 Longacres Mile has been slow to take shape, with only a handful of Emerald Downs-based horses confirmed for the Northwest’s marquee race Aug. 24. Stryker Phd, the winner of the Mt. Rainier Handicap on Sunday in his final Longacres Mile tuneup, headlines a small contingent that likely will include Dontmesswithkitten and Disruption but very few others. Read More...

Amsterdam distance key for Captain Serious

DRF | 5 days ago
Captain Serious turns back back to 6 1/2 furlongs to face eight other 3-year-olds in the $200,000 Amsterdam, a highly competitive race that serves as a prelude to Saturday’s main event at Saratoga, the Grade 2 Jim Dandy. Read More...

Constitution on comeback trail

DRF | 5 days ago
Constitution, the undefeated Florida Derby winner who was sidelined by a shin injury, breezed a quarter of a mile Wednesday morning at WinStar Farm as he attempts to make it back to the races later this year. Read More...

Aldrin, kin to Tapit, has look of a good one

DRF | 5 days ago
Aldrin, a three-quarter brother to the hot stallion Tapit, makes his career debut Saturday at Saratoga in what looks to be a hot 2-year-old race. Read More...

Hovdey: Grief and thanks hover over shedrows

DRF | 5 days ago
It’s Del Mar, and everyone is having way too much fun to take things seriously enough. Then comes a morning like Thursday, when the ultimate cost of raising, buying, and racing Thoroughbreds came due once again in the starkest of possible terms. Read More...

Koffee Grinder works toward Stellar’s Jay

DRF | 5 days ago
Koffee Grinder clearly is the leader of the 3-year-old open division at Hastings, and he is going to be a very short price Aug. 4 to win the British Columbia Cup Stellar’s Jay on British Columbia Cup Day. Read More...

King: Have faith in Captain Serious

DRF | 5 days ago
In the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga, Captain Serious looks to be a good bet, cutting back in distance after setting the pace and fading to second to Jim Dandy entrant Kid Cruz in the 1 1/16-mile Dwyer Stakes on July 5 at Belmont. Read More...

Haskell: Untapable draws post 7, starts at 2-1

DRF | 5 days ago
Officially, Saturday is Ladies’ Day at Monmouth Park, but many in attendance on Sunday will be looking for the festivities to carry over in spirit to that day when Rosie Napravnik will be reunited with the nation’s top 3-year-old filly, Untapable, in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Read More...

Victor Laszlo eyes three-peat in Last Dance Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Patricia Moseley’s homebred Victor Laszlo goes for the three-peat when he takes on a field of seven other Massachusetts-breds in the $25,000 Last Dance Stakes at one mile and 70 yards Saturday with regular rider Tammi Piermarini aboard. Read More...

Tempest tries to rebound amid easier company in claiming race

DRF | 5 days ago
It has always been tough to put on quality cards at Hastings the week before B.C. Cup Day, Aug. 4, and this year is no exception with seven races scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

Charity golf tournament will benefit retired racehorses

DRF | 5 days ago
The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association will host their sixth annual charity golf tournament to benefit the retraining and rehoming of retired racehorses Aug. 21 at the Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis. Read More...

Sixes Down tries to give Keeton third straight TQHA Sale Futurity win

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Toby Keeton will attack the two richest races of Retama Park’s meet for Quarter Horses on Saturday night, when he sends out Sixes Down in the $365,260 Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity and the fillies Echoes of Love and Won to Watch in the $173,700 Retama Park Derby. Read More...

Sunday Rules looks primed to take Fleet Treat

DRF | 5 days ago
On Sunday, trainer Phil D’Amato will start the heavily favored Sunday Rules in the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs at Del Mar. Read More...

Security protocols put in place for Travers, Whitney

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses entered in the Aug. 2 Whitney Stakes and Aug. 23 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York will be subject to the “enhanced security protocols” that the New York Racing Association and New York Gaming Commission have put in place for a number of Grade 1 races over the past several years, the organizations announced Thursday. Read More...

Work All Week totes heavy load in Cammack

DRF | 5 days ago
There are no real handicap races anymore, the common wisdom goes. Racing secretaries are loath to load a horse with too much weight for fear of losing him to another track, and horsemen are quick to pull the plug on an intended start if the weight assignment tilts against them. Read More...

Crist: Jim Dandy has substance over Haskell’s flash

DRF | 5 days ago
What’s the best way to get to the Travers – the $600,000 Jim Dandy over the Saratoga track, or the richer and usually glitzier $1 million Haskell at Monmouth? In recent years, the Haskell has usually been the more compelling race, but the Jim Dandy has been a more successful launching pad for Travers winners. Read More...

Lightning strikes tree at Saratoga

DRF | 5 days ago
About a dozen flat-screen televisions and the same number of picnic tables were damaged when lightning struck and toppled parts of a tree following the races Wednesday at Saratoga. Fortunately, no people were in the area. Read More...

McPeek expects more from Frac Daddy in San Diego

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Ken McPeek expects a bolder performance from the 4-year-old Frac Daddy in the Grade 2 San Diego, run over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack at Del Mar. Read More...

Heat Transfer formidable in Miss Ohio Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
It appears to be a one-horse race Saturday in the $50,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at ThistleDown, where Heat Transfer looks much the best on paper. Read More...

Dance With Fate sustains serious injury during training

DRF | 5 days ago
Dance With Fate, the winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes in April, sustained a stifle injury when he got loose in training at Del Mar on Thursday and was in serious condition. Read More...

Meadows: Miller confident in Adios contender Somewhere In L A

DRF | 5 days ago
This Saturday afternoon, driver Brett Miller travels back to Washington, Pa., another former home, in quest of the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios with elimination heat winner Somewhere In L A. The Adios, race 12 among 16 on a star-studded afternoon in western Pennsylvania, has a long and storied history sprinkled with some major surprises. Read More...

City Place sold to Yarradale Stud in Australia

DRF | 5 days ago
Florida-based stallion City Place has been sold to Yarradale Stud in Gidgegannup, Australia, and will stand there permanently beginning with the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season. Read More...

Grand Contender, Right to Vote top new-look Prairie Meadows Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday’s featured $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap has a new look this season. The distance has been cut back from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/16 miles, and its purse has been trimmed by 25 percent to accommodate other stakes' purse increases. Read More...

Geeky Gorgeous should be peaking for Regret

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Danny Lopez believes the $75,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares on Saturday at Monmouth Park will be the sweet spot for his homebred, Geeky Gorgeous. Read More...