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Boozer gets things his own way to win California Flag

DRF | 4 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 | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Kharafa upsets familiar foes in Mohawk Stakes

DRF | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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...

Cactus Kris relishes return to Polytrack in Ruling Angel

DRF | 4 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...

La Verdad confirms affinity for track in Iroquois

DRF | 4 days ago
With the disappointment of Saratoga now in the rear view mirror, La Verdad proved conclusively that she is back on top of her game by using her abundant speed to register a 1 1/4-length victory over Willet in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

La Verdad confirms affinity for track in Iroquois

DRF | 4 days ago
With the disappointment of Saratoga now in the rear view mirror, La Verdad proved conclusively that she is back on top of her game by using her abundant speed to register a 1 1/4-length victory over Willet in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Four stakes on Canadian International Day

DRF | 5 days ago
Canadian International Day features four stakes, including three graded events on the turf. Lane 1 will be used on a course that will have some give to it, ground that should give an advantage to some of the European invaders. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Four stakes on Canadian International Day

DRF | 5 days ago
Canadian International Day features four stakes, including three graded events on the turf. Lane 1 will be used on a course that will have some give to it, ground that should give an advantage to some of the European invaders. Read More...

Bear Access scores huge upset in Maryland Million Ladies

DRF | 5 days ago
The pacesetter Bear Access won the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies as the longest price in the 10-horse field and paid $134.20. Read More...

Father of trainer Violette dies at 85

DRF | 5 days ago
Rick Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr., died Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 85. Read More...

Ostrolenka delivers in Sleepy Hollow Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Several years ago, owner Eric Fein campaigned the consistent, hard-trying Musket Man, who won the Tampa Bay and Illinois derbies and ran third in the Kentucky Derby at 3 and was the runner-up in the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps – both Grade 1 races – at 4. Read More...

Sherman pleased with California Chrome’s work

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman stood in the stands at Los Alamitos on Saturday morning, a few minutes before California Chrome was to come on the track and work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This was to be the longest and most important of the four works he will have prior to the race, and Sherman was anxious that it would go as planned. Read More...

Beholder drills for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Beholder will have one more work before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but her workout Saturday at Santa Anita was the final major drill, and trainer Richard Mandella turned it into a mini-race. Read More...

Welsch: Belmont BC clocker’s report for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 5 days ago
There are upward of 40 potential Breeders’ Cup starters currently stabled at Belmont or Aqueduct, the overwhelming majority of whom will get in all major preparation for their races prior to shipping to Santa Anita over the next 10 days. Read More...

Palace, Zivo work for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Empire Showcase Day didn’t just pertain to Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. On Saturday morning, two of the possible 10 New York-breds who could be pre-entered Monday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held in two weeks at Santa Anita, put in workouts for their respective races. Read More...

Noble Mission by a neck in QIPCO Champion Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Noble Mission ensured that Ascot's flat-season finale had a truly emotional finish as he beat Al Kazeem by a neck in a thrilling edition of the QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

V. E. Day pointing to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day is being pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Saturday. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 5 days ago
There could be some vulnerable favorites on Empire Showcase Saturday at Belmont. Let’s try to exploit them. Read More...

Charm Spirit takes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Charm Spirit completed a wonderful spell for the Head family with a brave victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Read More...

Litfin: Belmont pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 5 days ago
While there is a $300,000-guaranteed late pick four, I’m more interested in the all-stakes early pick four on races 2 through 5, the Sleepy Hollow, Maid of the Mist, Mohawk and Iroquois. It’s a pretty simple caveman play, based on the fact that the first two legs offer some price potential, and the last two look like they’re strictly two-horse affairs. Read More...

Admire Rakti scores in Caulfield Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Admire Rakti won the biggest race of his career in Saturday’s $2,634,000 Caulfield Cup in Australia and immediately vaulted to the top of future-book lists for the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 4. Read More...

Madame Chiang rebounds in QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Madame Chiang, who struggled against top-class company in the English Oaks and Prix Vermeille in France in recent starts, had no difficulty with the heavy ground at Ascot Racecourse in England on Saturday, scoring an upset win in the $880,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes. Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron wins QIPCO Champions Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Second or third in his last four starts, and previously a winner only once this year, the 7-year-old Gordon Lord Byron broke through with a powerful, brave victory in the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Sprint on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Trout wins 3 stakes on Classics Night

DRF | 5 days ago
The breeding program that has produced Grade 1 winner Shotgun Gulch and Canadian champion Hollywood Hit was on full display at Remington Park on Friday night, when C.R. Trout saddled three of his homebreds to stakes wins, including Imahit in the featured $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 5 days ago
If handicappers knew that the Santa Anita main track would be as biased Saturday as it was Friday, planning would be easy – just find the speed. Read More...

Maywood: Big Boy Dreams wins Windy City Pace

DRF | 5 days ago
Big Boy Dreams might not be the best horse in the Ron Burke barn, but he brought a big effort on Friday night at Maywood Park in the $180,000 Windy City Pace. The 3-year-old colt went wire to wire for the 1:51 score with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Gingras takes three; JK She’salady, Mission Brief win

DRF | 5 days ago
Driver Yannick Gingras showed up at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night to drive a quartet of fillies in stakes eliminations and almost left with a clean sweep. He guided JK She’salady, Mission Brief, and Gatka Hanover flawlessly as The Show Returns nipped him at the wire in his lone defeat. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Kentucky fall sale concludes yearling calendar

DRF | 5 days ago
It is no stretch to say that this year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale has a tough act to follow. The previous two editions of North America’s final major yearling sale each posted record highs in gross, average, and median sale prices. Read More...

Sparkman: Exceed And Excel is exceedingly good

DRF | 5 days ago
Geneticists have yet to come up with a scientific explanation of what makes a sire of sires. And while it may be tempting to view the phenomenon as a man-made construct with no genetic basis, that explanation, too, remains unconvincing, at least for the most extreme cases. Read More...

Strong New York-bred contingent targeting Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Some of New York racing’s biggest stars won’t be in action Saturday on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park, but the reason why is a nice problem for the state’s Thoroughbred industry to have. New York-breds have had a phenomenally successful year racing against open company, and a handful of the program’s best are eyeing the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Read More...

Darley’s freshman Desert Party starting fast

DRF | 5 days ago
Darley’s graded stakes winner Desert Party moved north to stand at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., beginning in 2013, and the 8-year-old son of the recently deceased Street Cry is enjoying a solid freshman season as the runaway leader among New York’s first-crop sires, with progeny earnings of $361,592 through Wednesday. That total is good enough to place Desert Party ninth on the North American freshman sire list. Read More...

Windsor Castle a perennial force in West Virginia

DRF | 5 days ago
Windsor Castle has established himself as a perennial contender to be West Virginia’s leading sire over the past six years, and his foals have become statebred stalwarts in their own right. Read More...

Tiz Wonderful, Any Given Saturday sold to Korea

DRF | 5 days ago
Stallions Tiz Wonderful and Any Given Saturday have been sold to Korean interests to stand in that country beginning in 2015. Read More...

Sparkling Review gives trainer first stakes win in Valley View

DRF | 5 days ago
Sparkling Review gave Ben Colebrook the biggest thrill of his nascent training career Friday when she upset the Grade 3, $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes before a sun-splashed Keeneland crowd of 18,184. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Empire Showcase card starts early

DRF | 5 days ago
With the days getting ever shorter, first post at Belmont Park has been moved up to 12:20 p.m. Eastern for Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day card, where all 11 races are exclusively for New York-breds, including eight stakes collectively worth $1.75 million. Read More...

Monmouth to offer sports betting Oct. 26

DRF | 6 days ago
Disregarding a federal challenge lodged by major professional sports leagues, Monmouth Park in New Jersey will begin offering betting on sports Oct. 26, the track said Friday. Read More...

King’s preview: Pirate’s Trove in Raven Run

DRF | 6 days ago
With much of the country focusing on statebred stakes Saturday, Keeneland is the lone track to offer a graded stakes race. And it is a good one – the Grade 2 Raven Run, a $250,000, seven-furlong contest for 3-year-old fillies that drew both depth and quality. Thirteen fillies are entered, and seemingly at least five of them have about the same chance of winning. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita on Sunday, Oct. 19

DRF | 6 days ago
The day appears set to get off to a chalky start. THREE BLONDES and SUSAN B GOOD have been knocking heads and taking turns beating one another on turf the past few months. The day’s opener appears to be in their hands. Read More...

NYRA pushes for uniform medication rules

DRF | 6 days ago
The New York Racing Association has submitted a letter to state regulators in support of a long-delayed set of rules that would align New York’s medication regulations with many other states on the Eastern seaboard. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 10/19 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 10/19 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Dime pick 10 makes its debut Monday

DRF | 6 days ago
A new 10-cent jackpot wager that requires a bettor to pick all 10 winners has been added to the menu for Gulfstream Park West and will be available only during the next four Mondays of racing during the Fall Turf Festival at the Miami track. Read More...

Bahamian Squall gets green light for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer David Fawkes said Friday that Bahamian Squall will return to Santa Anita to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for a second straight year. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Live second-timers in spotlight

DRF | 6 days ago
There are several promising second-time-starting juveniles on this 10-race card of Polytrack races. Read More...

French invader Daraybi makes U.S. debut

DRF | 6 days ago
Daraybi won a minor stakes in France this year, two months before he was sold and sent to California. The colt’s French form and the way he has trained in recent weeks have left trainer Darrell Vienna and jockey Brice Blanc eager to run him in Sunday’s $75,000 Uniformity Stakes for 3-year-olds on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: The show goes on without its star

DRF | 6 days ago
The Breeders' Cup will go on, although when it comes time to the run Mile, trainer Charlie LoPresti is forgiven if he finds something else to do, like mend a fence, check the sumps, or go sit in the corner of Wise Dan’s stall and dream of what might have been. Read More...

History Challenge: Shuttered tracks offer look into racing’s roots

DRF | 6 days ago
An old German proverb goes: “To change and to change for the better are two different things.” The first recognized racecourse in America opened in Long Island, N.Y., 350 years ago. It would be impossible to recount the tracks that have come and gone since that time. Read More...

Slumber looks for elusive stakes win

DRF | 6 days ago
Late in his career, Slumber looks to get his first North American stakes victory when he returns from a seven-month layoff in Sunday’s $100,000 Bowl Game Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...