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Zooming, Perfect Fit give Calhoun exacta in Trapeze Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Zooming overtook stablemate Perfect Fit to win the $100,000 Trapeze by a length at Remington Park on Sunday, giving trainer Bret Calhoun a one-two finish in the one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Sweet Opportunity in third. Read More...

Bayerd holds on to win Springboard Mile by a head

DRF | 7 days ago
Bayerd and Shotgun Kowboy emerged as the leading 2-year-olds at Remington Park over the course of the meet that opened this summer, and in the final race of the season on Sunday, it came down to those two in the $250,000 Springboard Mile. Bayerd held off fast-closing favorite Shotgun Kowboy by a nose, and it was another 4 1/2 lengths back to High Noon Rider in third. Read More...

Muy Rapido by a head in Enchantress Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Muy Rapido became a stakes winner Sunday, when she edged Desert Gambler by a head in the $85,000 Enchantress at Sunland Park. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Baby Vamp in third. Read More...

Acceptance impresses again in King Glorious

DRF | 7 days ago
Jockey Elvis Trujillo has a wintertime title for Acceptance, the winner of the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Sunday. Read More...

Freudie Anne, Good Luck Gus win N.Y.-bred stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Freudie Anne went to the front and never looked back, while Good Luck Gus came from just off the pace to win respective divisions of New York-bred juvenile stakes Sunday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Trainer Cannizzo suspended 45 days

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer David Cannizzo will begin 2015 by serving a 45-day suspension after three of his horses tested positive for the illegal substance Propoxyphene, a painkiller also known as Darvon. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi to race at Oaklawn in 2015

DRF | 1 week ago
Take Charge Brandi will race at Oaklawn Park in early 2015 in an attempt to extend a three-race winning streak from this fall that helped her clinch the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2014. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi to race at Oaklawn in 2015

DRF | 1 week ago
Take Charge Brandi will race at Oaklawn Park in early 2015 in an attempt to extend a three-race winning streak from this fall that helped her clinch the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2014. Read More...

Flintshire scores in Hong Kong Vase

DRF | 1 week ago
Flintshire, second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, won Sunday’s $2,138,690 Hong Kong Vase, the only horse not based in Hong Kong to win one of four seven-figure international Group 1 races at Sha Tin. Read More...

Flintshire scores in Hong Kong Vase

DRF | 1 week ago
Flintshire, second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, won Sunday’s $2,138,690 Hong Kong Vase, the only horse not based in Hong Kong to win one of four seven-figure international Group 1 races at Sha Tin. Read More...

Illman: Aqueduct pick five for Sunday, Dec. 14

DRF | 1 week ago
Let’s try to take down the pick five at Aqueduct. Read More...

Average price soars at Heritage Place sale

DRF | 1 week ago
A day after running third in a maiden special weight race, the 2-year-old filly Sly Okie topped the Thoroughbred winter mixed auction at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on Saturday. She brought a final bid of $20,000 from Ed Melzer to help lift the sale to a 29 percent increase in average over the corresponding auction in 2013. Read More...

Bernier: Gulfstream pick four for Sunday, Dec. 14

DRF | 1 week ago
The late pick four at Gulfstream seems like a rather salty sequence, and I’ll take a shot with a $32 ticket. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi stays red-hot in Starlet

DRF | 1 week ago
Take Charge Brandi won her third consecutive lucrative stakes in Saturday’s $350,500 Starlet at Los Alamitos, a win that clinches the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2014. Read More...

Dom the Bomb aces distance test in Illinois Futurity

DRF | 1 week ago
Dom the Bomb is a fast horse with a speed-oriented pedigree. He led and won his career debut at 5 1/2 furlongs, led and finished third in a Keeneland sprint allowance race, and then pressed the pace and romped in the Sun Power, an Illinois-bred sprint stakes last month at Hawthorne. Read More...

Our Quista beats elders in Louisiana Champions Day Ladies

DRF | 1 week ago
It has been two years since Louisiana-born jockey Corey Lanerie last rode regularly at a Fair Grounds meet. But on Louisiana Champions Day on Saturday, Lanerie showed he still knows his way around the New Orleans track. Read More...

Mound by a neck in Radosevich Memorial

DRF | 1 week ago
Mound dueled from start to finish and prevailed by a neck in the $50,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial at Mahoning Valley on Saturday. Read More...

String King wins Louisiana Classics Day Turf for third time

DRF | 1 week ago
String King is by nothing and out of nothing, as they say of horses of obscure pedigree, but, man, is he something. Read More...

Liam’s Map wins stretch duel in Harlan’s Holiday

DRF | 1 week ago
Liam’s Map completed a perfect afternoon for trainer Todd Pletcher and did so in courageous fashion, surviving a stretch-long duel with the more experienced Valid to register a well-deserved half-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Micromanage gets fourth stakes win in Queens County

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike Repole is the king of Queens. Repole, a native of Queens, N.Y., who grew up going to Aqueduct, was in the Big A winner’s circle Saturday after his 4-year-old Micromanage, despite going five wide in the stretch, won the $100,000 Queens County Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths over a traffic-snarled Vyjack. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Aqueduct on Sunday, Dec. 14

DRF | 1 week ago
There are a few interesting runners slated to start Sunday at Aqueduct, and I’ll hopefully be able to make a few dollars off them. Read More...

Sunbean overcomes adversity to become a millionaire

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunbean began his quest to win a second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic and surpass $1 million in earnings by hopping slightly, rearing slightly, missing the break, and spotting his four rivals several lengths. But while it took him nearly the entire 1 1/8 miles of the race, Sunbean finally got there, wearing down the slow-pacesetting Watch My Smoke to retain his position atop the ranks of Louisiana-bred dirt-route horses. Read More...

Merry Meadow impresses in Sugar Swirl

DRF | 1 week ago
Merry Meadow has found life in south Florida very much to her liking. Based in New York throughout her career until shipping locally this fall, Merry Meadow followed her victory in Gulfstream Park West’s Sky Beauty on Nov. 1 with an even more impressive 1 1/4-length decision over Wildcat Lily in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Aqueduct for Saturday, Dec. 13

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday's featured race at Aqueduct is the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at nine furlongs over the inner track. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Gulfstream on Sunday, Dec. 14

DRF | 1 week ago
I’ll start by playing against morning-line favorite SUZY’SPRIDEOFPARIS (it’s Maker off) in race 1 and using pricier 2-year-old fillies such as 1, 3, 6, 7 … GABY’S KITTEN going first-time tag might be a good “under” play in trifectas and supers. Read More...

Buyers pick their spots with stallions

DRF | 1 week ago
Stallions acquired as prospects at auction comprise a negligible slice of the overall U.S. sire population, and many of those purchases reside in smaller state breeding programs, making Central Banker’s New York home a notable exception. The auction process is rarely the first option for a racehorse owner looking to place a runner at stud, but it does not necessarily indicate a complete lack of market interest. Read More...

Harness: Ron Burke passes Todd Pletcher as single-season earnings leader

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Ron Burke had already re-written the record books in Harness Racing and now he stands atop the leaderboard across all breeds in single-season earnings. On Friday (12/12) he surpassed the $28,116,097 mark set by Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher in 2007. Read More...

Quarter Horse association bans clenbuterol beginning in 2016

DRF | 1 week ago
The American Quarter Horse Association announced Friday that the bronchodilator clenbuterol will be banned for use in Quarter Horse racing beginning in 2016 and that stricter penalties will be enacted in 2015 for owners and trainers who have horses test positive for the medication under the rules of individual states. Read More...

Peck: Gulfstream pick three for Saturday, Dec. 13

DRF | 1 week ago
Going deep in this opening leg of the final pick three on the card. HOWE GREAT and MSHAWISH are the keys for me as the sole "A" plays, but I'll also include BAD DEBT, EXCAPER, and FREDERICKSBURG on backup tickets. Read More...

Sparkman: Stakes winner a ‘Turkish’ treasure

DRF | 1 week ago
In the provincial and too-often close-minded world of American Thoroughbred racing, the victory of Lawrence Cordes’s Turkish in the Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes at Woodbine on Dec. 7 was almost completely and irrevocably irrelevant. First, the Valedictory was run on Woodbine’s synthetic Polytrack, a surface that American trainers and horseplayers have successfully lobbied almost out of existence. Second, the race, which traditionally closes the Woodbine meeting, is at 1 3/4 miles, a distance representing a vanishingly small percentage of American races. In the slightly larger, and, newly, slightly less provincial world of American Thoroughbred breeding, however, Turkish is a successful representative of a slowly emerging trend. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 12/14 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

For NYRA, spate of fatalities brings back bad recent memories

DRF | 1 week ago
There have been six racing fatalities through the first seven days of the Aqueduct inner-track meet, bringing back haunting memories of the 2011-12 season, when there were 21 fatalities in a four-month span. Read More...

Desert Gambler takes on winners in Enchantress

DRF | 1 week ago
Desert Gambler is a maiden facing winners in the $85,000 Enchantress at Sunland Park on Sunday, but she still might go favored in the one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico. The stakes drew a field of nine, including leading contenders Muy Rapido, K B’s Last Danz, and Miss E Bar. Read More...

Hovdey: Now for a completely different symposium

DRF | 1 week ago
Tough issues need to be addressed, and the Racing and Gaming Symposium is as good a place as any to put them on the table. Since no one asked, here are a few ideas for future confabs. Read More...

Flashy American has class edge in She’s All In

DRF | 1 week ago
Flashy American has represented herself well against some quality competition over the past year, and those efforts make her the probable favorite in the $100,000 She’s All In Handicap at Remington Park on Sunday. Read More...

I’m Stoked looks set to add to sterling record

DRF | 1 week ago
I’m Stoked began his career by winning four of his first six starts. He has slowed down a bit, with only two wins in his last five, but don’t worry, things appear to be looking up. Read More...

Juveniles get two-turn dirt tests in Damon Runyon, East View stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
New York-bred juveniles will attempt two turns for the first time on dirt Sunday when Aqueduct hosts both the Damon Runyon Stakes for males and the East View Stakes for females. Both races will be contested at a mile and 70 yards over the inner track. Read More...

NYRA plans 251 racing days for 2015

DRF | 1 week ago
Though a break in late March has been added, the New York Racing Association has scheduled 251 days of racing in 2015, according to a schedule it released Friday. Read More...

Springboard Mile a distance test for juveniles

DRF | 1 week ago
‘Tis the season for two-turn tests for 2-year-olds, and that’s what Shotgun Kowboy, Bayerd, and High Noon Rider will be taking Sunday in the $250,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. Read More...

Two more Los Alamitos track records fall Thursday

DRF | 1 week ago
Track records do not last long at Los Alamitos this year. In a little more than 90 minutes on Thursday, Bernster and Sweet Marini lowered the marks for two sprint distances. Read More...

Albano is getting fit

DRF | 1 week ago
Graded stakes winner Albano, who hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Smarty Jones Stakes on Sept. 1 at Parx, worked a half-mile at Fair Grounds on Wednesday in 48.20 seconds, his fourth workout since he arrived in New Orleans last month. Read More...

‘Practice’ pays off for gelding Paddy’s Notes

DRF | 1 week ago
What turned out to be a practice race Nov. 30 at Fair Grounds for the 5-year-old gelding Paddy’s Notes set him up to win last Sunday for trainer Tim Glyshaw. The victory was the second of the weekend for Glyshaw in starter-allowance/optional-claiming races. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Classic still in plans for Wildcat Red

DRF | 1 week ago
Wildcat Red, who closed out his 3-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West, just stretched his legs a bit through an easy half-mile in 52.26 seconds here Friday under regular exercise rider Peter Shelton. Read More...

Gantry shows a hint of his old self in Thursday allowance win

DRF | 1 week ago
There’s life in those old legs yet, Gantry showed Thursday, when he rallied past solid allowance foes on turf to win for the first time since March. Read More...

Jocy Gomez comes out on top in Venezuela

DRF | 1 week ago
Lost among all the hoopla of opening week here was the result of the Jockey Challenge held at Hipodromo La Rinconada in Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 6. Jocy Gomez pulled off a major upset, winning the competition over a field that included John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Alex Solis, and Ramsey Zimmerman. Read More...

Pan Zareta prep draws salty group

DRF | 1 week ago
A turf allowance sprint serving as a prep for next month’s Pan Zareta Stakes for older fillies and mares highlights a nine-race card Sunday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Heza Dasha Fire can make history in Los Al Two Million

DRF | 1 week ago
Heza Dasha Fire is 400 yards away from a first in Quarter Horse history, and most likely the title of 2014 World Champion Running Quarter Horse. Read More...

The return of a gray eminence

DRF | 1 week ago
More than a decade ago, back when Old Friends had just a couple of retirees at Afton Farm in Georgetown, Ky., Sandy Hatfield, stallion manager at Three Chimneys Farm, gave me a halter from my favorite horse of all time – Silver Charm. The idea was to auction it off to raise money. After all, a few months after she donated it, this great Thoroughbred left to revive his breeding career in Japan and the halter would have fetched a serious price. Over the years, no matter how desperate we were for money, and, believe me, we’ve had some desperate times, I always resisted putting it up for grabs and, last week, I got to return it to its rightful owner. The thrill of a lifetime on the cusp of my 68th birthday. Read More...

Oregon-breds take the spotlight at Portland Meadows

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunday is Oregon Championship Day, one of the biggest days of the Portland Meadows season. All 10 races are restricted to Oregon-breds on a card that includes five stakes for Thoroughbreds and three for Quarter Horses. Read More...

Acceptance taking proven path in King Glorious

DRF | 1 week ago
There is a good reason why the unbeaten Acceptance is starting in Sunday’s $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos and not in the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20. Read More...