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Adrianne G faces onslaught in Battle of New Orleans

DRF | 6 days ago
The Battle of New Orleans includes the first two finishers from last year's edition, Adrianne G and Tesalina. But top to bottom, the 2016 Battle of New Orleans looks considerably stronger than the race a year ago, and a surplus of front-running fillies and mares could make things rough on Adrianne G. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/3 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jay Bergman's analysis of the Saturday 12/3 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 12/3 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 12/3 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 12/3 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 12/3 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Nov. 24 – Nov. 28

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

She’s Fine Tuned has stamina edge in Pat Whitworth Debutante

DRF | 6 days ago
She's Fine Tuned has started six times without winning a race, but what she has done is twice run around two turns and finished with decent energy, and that alone could go a long way Saturday at Hawthorne in the $50,000-added Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante. Read More...

Montanez gets first New York win in 2 1/2 years

DRF | 6 days ago
Rosario Montanez's victory on Going Strong in Aqueduct's fifth race on Wednesday was a meaningful one, as it was his first in New York in nearly 2 1/2 years. Read More...

Kentucky Derby runner Whitmore prepping for Oaklawn meet

DRF | 6 days ago
Whitmore, stakes-placed in a trio of 3-year-old graded events at Oaklawn Park, on Saturday makes his first start since running 19th in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Matt King Coal finishes second in comeback race

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt King Coal, unraced since a fourth-place finish in the Wood Memorial in April, finished second in his return to the races Wednesday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hovdey: Brown takes three to tango in Hollywood Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
In approaching Saturday's Hollywood Derby, at a mile and one-eighth on firm turf, Chad Brown did not exactly overthink the challenge. He simply turned to his 1-2-3 finishers in the Oct. 8 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park – at mile and one-eighth on firm turf – and sent them packing to Del Mar. Read More...

Bar of Gold has something to prove in Go for Wand

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer John Kimmel hopes Bar of Gold can shed her reputation as a wet-track specialist and finally achieve her first graded stakes victory when she runs in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap going a one-turn mile at Aqueduct. Read More...

Vale Dori ready to emerge as a force in Bayakoa

DRF | 6 days ago
With Beholder retired, and Songbird and Stellar Wind getting vacations, the time is right for Vale Dori to make a significant impact on the local older female division, beginning in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

Navarro has speedsters to beat in Express, Rapid Transit

DRF | 6 days ago
The six-furlong Express and seven-furlong Rapid Transit, two of the nine Claiming Crown events on opening day at Gulfstream Park, have several things in common: Big fields, loaded with speed, and trainer Jorge Navarro with arguably the horse to beat. Read More...

Motion eager to see how Hayabusa One performs in Hollywood Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
From the south of France via Keeneland, Hayabusa One is ready for his stakes debut in Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. Read More...

Midnight Storm will stay on dirt for San Pasqual

DRF | 6 days ago
Dirt races will play a leading role in future starts for Midnight Storm, the winner of the Grade 3 Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar last Sunday.Co-owner Billy Koch said on Thursday that Midnight Storm will be pointed to the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Santa Anita on Jan. 1, and that he and co-owner Alex Venneri are listening to offers about gaining a potential berth in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Illman: Turfway Park pick four for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 6 days ago
Let's take a look at the late pick four at Turfway Park on Saturday. Read More...

Full field expected for Matriarch

DRF | 6 days ago
The high-class turf females Miss Temple City and Time and Motion were among a field of 12 expected to be entered on Thursday for the Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch Stakes, highlight of the closing-day card at Del Mar on Sunday. Read More...

Hollywood Derby has wide range of contenders

DRF | 6 days ago
There are five graded stakes winners, two graded stakes-placed runners, and two minor stakes winners among the 12 horses in Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. That still does not include all the leading hopefuls. Read More...

Arrogate breezes half-mile in first work toward Pegasus

DRF | 6 days ago
In his first work since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic 28 days earlier, Arrogate went a half-mile in 49 seconds on Thursday morning at Santa Anita, his first drill toward what could be a start in the $12 million Pegasus at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Royal Posse will be hard to stop in defense of Claiming Crown Jewel

DRF | 6 days ago
If there is one standout in the nine Claiming Crown races on Saturday, which will help usher in the 2016-17 Championship Meeting at Gulfstream Park, it figures to be Royal Posse, who returns to defend his title in the $200,000 Jewel. Read More...

Players looking to conquer and collect

DRF | 6 days ago
The 2016-2017 Gulfstream Park Championship meet kicks off on Saturday with the Conquer the Crown handicapping contest. Read More...

R Angel Katelyn poised to turn tables on La Key in Sandpiper

DRF | 6 days ago
R Angel Katelyn will look to avenge the only loss of her career when she faces rival La Key and eight other juvenile fillies in the $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Bargain buy Obvious One stands out in Inaugural Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Obvious One has made it obvious that he has some talent, winning his two starts by a combined 12 1/4 lengths to stamp himself as a major contender in Saturday's $100,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Jerardi: Changing surfaces cause for tricky figure-making

DRF | 6 days ago
A change in the speed of the surfaces at Aqueduct and Churchill last Saturday forced taking some of the science out of making Beyer speed figures and replacing it with a little art. Read More...

Gulfstream: $12 million Pegasus just one piece of high-quality championship meet

DRF | 6 days ago
Just as the imposing Pegasus statue towers over the Gulfstream Park landscape, so too will the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational dominate any discussions when it comes to the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park championship meet, which opens with the first of 87 programs on Saturday. Read More...

Navarro brings back old ace Goodtimehadbyall for Claiming Crown Iron Horse

DRF | 6 days ago
Post 14 in a two-turn race at Gulfstream Park is rarely a bargain, and it will put the considerable riding skills of Jose Ortiz to the test Saturday in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse. Read More...

Maker has two good shots in Claiming Crown Canterbury

DRF | 6 days ago
Mike Maker is the all-time winningest trainer in Claiming Crown history, and he has nine entrants in the 18th running of the so-called blue-collar championships Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Two of them will start side-by-side as major contenders in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury. Read More...

Downhill Racer can give connections sweep of juvenile stakes in Pennsylvania Nursery

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard won the $100,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National with Rose Tree on Nov. 23. This Saturday, he will try to win the male counterpart of that race at Parx with Downhill Racer. Read More...

Jockey agent Crawford returns to training

DRF | 6 days ago
It's not all that uncommon for a trainer to disband his or her stable to become a jockey agent. What's more unusual is for an agent to become a trainer. Bert Crawford is doing just that. Read More...

Eightthehardway, True Cinder deserving stakes favorites

DRF | 6 days ago
Eightthehardway, an easy winner two starts ago, and True Cinder, who delivered a breakthrough performance to clear her maiden condition after finishing second or third in three stakes, will be overwhelming favorites in a pair of $75,000 stakes restricted to Ohio-accredited horses Saturday at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

Greenhill, Ward start meet with a bang

DRF | 6 days ago
Backers of trainers Wesley Ward and Jeff Greenhill got some quick help on the nine-race opener at Turfway Wednesday night: Ward went 2 for 2, surpassed only by Greenhill, who went 3 for 4, with his winners paying $16.80, $16.40, and $8.60. Read More...

Turfway’s big race has new name: Jack Cincinnati Casino Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Turfway Park officials are hoping their marquee race by any other name will be just as sweet – because it's getting yet another name change. The $500,000 Jack Cincinnati Casino is the new name for the traditional Turfway showcase for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Road to the Derby: Breeders' Cup Juvenile analysis Read More...

Eramia to ride at Fair Grounds when Remington meet ends

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Richard Eramia, who had four wins last Saturday night at Remington Park, will head to Fair Grounds after the Oklahoma City season closes Dec. 11, he said on Wednesday. Read More...

Silver Assault must answer distance question in Gold Rush

DRF | 6 days ago
It's five months from the first Saturday in December to the first Saturday in May, and the $75,000 Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday will provide a hint of where eight 2-year-olds may be come Kentucky Derby time. Read More...

Dear Elaine looks to score meaningful win in Holiday Inaugural

DRF | 6 days ago
Bert Klein turned 86 in November and has been hospitalized frequently in recent months, but his enthusiasm for racing has gone unaffected. The retired banker and longtime owner-breeder “will do what it takes” to watch his horses compete, said his son Richard Klein, and that counts Dear Elaine in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural on Saturday night at Turfway Park. Read More...

Casse goes three deep in Display Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse will be holding a strong hand at Woodbine on Saturday, when he runs Vanish, King and His Court, and Flowmotion in the $125,000 Display Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile route for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Ellan Vannin takes advantage of fast pace to win Ontario Lassie

DRF | 6 days ago
Ellan Vannin notched her stakes debut in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Woodbine, emerging from traffic to win the $150,000 Ontario Lassie going away under Jeffrey Alderson. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Classic Empire followed up his impressive win in the Breeders’ Futurity with a thoroughly satisfying triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in which he ran fast while beating a worthy opponent, a victory that should bring him a deserved Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male. He has the pedigree to suggest he’ll continue to excel at age 3, which makes him an exciting Kentucky Derby prospect. Read More...

Protonico retired to stand at Taylor Made Farm

DRF | 1 week ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Protonico is the latest addition to the expanding stallion roster at Taylor Made Farm. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Nov. 22 – Nov. 26

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Nov. 28

DRF | 1 week ago
Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Nov. 28 Read More...

Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association launches website

DRF | 1 week ago
The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, an influential umbrella group for six state horsemen’s organizations, has launched a website designed to provide its members with horsemen’s services and information on local regulations and medications, the group announced on Wednesday. Read More...

Van Dyke has live mounts in Hollywood Derby, Matriarch

DRF | 1 week ago
Drayden Van Dyke swept the two stakes at Del Mar last Saturday, the Jimmy Durante Stakes on Journey Home and the Seabiscuit Handicap on Ring Weekend. This weekend, Van Dyke is scheduled to ride the two Grade 1 races that highlight the Saturday and Sunday programs. Read More...

Ramsey well-stocked for Claiming Crown

DRF | 1 week ago
Ken Ramsey will be putting both his horses and his money where his mouth is once again on Saturday when the Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park for a fifth consecutive season as the focal point on opening day of the 2016-17 championship meeting. Read More...

Castellano leading rider in Penn Gaming Racing Challenge for third time

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Mark Casse, jockey Javier Castellano, and owner Bryan Hawk topped their respective divisions in this year’s Penn Gaming Racing Challenge. Read More...

When to change horses in midstream

DRF | 1 week ago
Handicapping contests offer horseplayers a chance to solve multi-level puzzles, especially as one approaches the endgame. You don’t only need to try to pick the horse that’s going to win, you have to make sure the horse in question will get you the points you need in the context of the contest and you have to consider the possibility that someone in front of you will play the same horse and leave you blocked. It’s a rotten feeling to play a horse late that you love, only to see the player just above you play the same one, leaving you drawing stone cold dead. Read More...

Win in Hollywood Derby would add to Free Roses’s rags-to-riches story

DRF | 1 week ago
A gelding who won a $40,000 claiming race for maidens at Parx in 2015 and was 11th in a $20,000 claimer at Keeneland in April is a leading contender for Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. Read More...

Laurel: Lynch’s 2-year-olds enjoying tremendous season

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Cal Lynch has had a terrific season with his 2-year-olds. He is 13 for 60 (22 percent), has a return on investment of $4.02, and has won with nine different juveniles in 2016. Read More...

Hard to tell how Danas Best will run Friday

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Phil D'Amato is unsure what to expect when Danas Best starts in an optional claimer at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Del Mar on Friday. Read More...