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Monticello: Horses to watch from April 14 – April 17

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

Handle up, attendance down at Santa Anita winter-spring meeting

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita finished its 69-day winter-spring meeting Sunday with an increase in all-sources handle but a decline in ontrack attendance, according to track president Tom Ludt. Read More...

Bayern impresses in work with stablemate Chitu

DRF | 4 days ago
Bayern was clearly best over his Bob Baffert stablemate Chitu in a team workout during a relatively quiet Monday training session reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Letter to the editor April 20, 2014

DRF | 4 days ago
Letter to the editor regarding trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Trip notes for April 19: Ben Ali, Lexington, Charles Town Classic and more…

DRF | 4 days ago
Trip Notes for April 19: Ben Ali, Lexington, Charles Town Classic and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 4/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 4/21 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 4/21 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 4/21 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Beholder turns Santa Lucia into paid workout

DRF | 4 days ago
Beholder ran like the two-time champion she is in her 2014 debut in Sunday’s $80,500 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita, overwhelming four rivals in a race essentially over three furlongs from the finish. Read More...

Kiss My Hocks takes Sam Houston Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Kiss My Hocks ($5.60) won the Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses by a half-length over 9-2 Glimpse of Dash. Read More...

Flamboyant targets summer turf stakes at Del Mar

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Paddy Gallagher said the Del Mar meeting will be the next goal for Flamboyant, winner of Saturday's La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Puntrooskie dominates Woodstock

DRF | 4 days ago
Puntrooskei blew away a quality field Sunday at Woodbine while notching his first stakes in the $127,750 Woodstock, covering six furlongs in 1:09.31 under Jesse Campbell. Read More...

Isla Bonita wins third consecutive graded stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Isla Bonita won his third consecutive graded stakes in Sunday’s $1,973,447 Japanese 2000 Guineas at Nakayama Racecourse, a victory likely to lead to a start in the Japanese Derby at Tokyo Racecourse on June 1. Read More...

Santa Anita stewards suspend Orozco

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Irving Orozco, who has not ridden since March 22, has been suspended for failing to appear at a hearing with Santa Anita stewards to explain his absence from riding. Read More...

European filly Living the Life coming to California

DRF | 5 days ago
Living the Life, the winner of Friday’s $252,000 All-Weather Championship Fillies and Mares Condition Stakes at Lingfield, England, is set to join trainer Gary Mandella’s stable at Santa Anita in the next week. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Dynamic Impact, Midnight Hawk emerge strong from Illinois Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and while Dynamic Impact is a possible runner in the Preakness Stakes, Midnight Hawk will be switched to shorter one-turn races for a late spring and summer campaign. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: We Miss Artie, Intense Holiday put in final Florida works

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher completed his final piece of important business in south Florida for the season when sending out two of his four potential Kentucky Derby starters, We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday, to work at his winter home, the Palm Meadows training center, Sunday morning. Read More...

Ron Gierkink’s Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Only six 3-year-olds were entered in the $125,000 Woodstock Stakes, which features a matchup between Go Greeley and Jose Sea View, who were separated by just a point in the voting for last year’s Canadian champion 2-year-old. Read More...

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 20, 2014

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Santa Anita on Sunday, April 20. Read More...

Zenyatta delivers War Front filly

DRF | 5 days ago
Champion Zenyatta delivered her third foal, a filly by popular young commercial sire War Front, early April 20 at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. The filly arrived at 12:03 a.m. Eastern. Read More...

Brad Free’s Santa Anita handicapping notebook for April 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Sunday is closing day, which also means mandatory payouts as the winter portion of the long Santa Anita meet ends. There will be no carryovers. Every pool, including pick six, pick five, and Super High 5, will be paid out Sunday. Racing resumes Friday. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Lexington Stakes analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
With no horse in this field likely to benefit enough by the 10 Derby qualifying points to the winner, the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland had no bearing on the top 20 attempting to make the Kentucky Derby starting field. But it was an important race for Mr Speaker, Read More...

Imperative outguns Game On Dude in Charles Town Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Imperative, ridden by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, ran by Game On Dude in the final furlong to win Saturday night’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic by 1 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Yonkers: Foiled Again loses first race of 2014; Levy final set

DRF | 5 days ago
Foiled Again’s win streak came to an end on Saturday night in the final $50,000 preliminary leg of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. The field is now set for the $567,000 final. Read More...

Flattering Bea holds on by neck in Sugar Maple

DRF | 5 days ago
Four of Flattering Bea’s five lifetime victories have come at Charles Town, where on Saturday night she collected the biggest payday of her career by winning the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes for fillies and mares. Read More...

Rise Up proves uncatchable in Robert Hilton Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
After poor starts in a pair of graded route stakes at Fair Grounds, Rise Up returned to his sharp-starting, front-running ways, taking control of the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial early and cruising to a 10 3/4 length victory in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds at Charles Town. Read More...

Larry Jones severely injured in fall at Delaware Park

DRF | 5 days ago
Larry Jones, the trainer of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, is in the intensive care unit of Christiana Hospital in Delaware with two fractured ribs, a bruised lung, and bleeding on the brain after being thrown from a horse during Saturday morning training hours at Delaware Park. Read More...

Flamboyant flies outside to take La Puente

DRF | 5 days ago
Flamboyant rallied from fourth in deep stretch to finish a neck in front of Home Run Kitten in the La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Flashy American rides rail to Sixty Sails victory

DRF | 5 days ago
Flashy American stepped far forward after a modest 2014 debut in the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park and won the Grade 3, $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap by three-quarters of a length over pacesetting Sonja’s Angel on Saturday at Hawthorne Read More...

Dynamic Impact takes Illinois Derby in rapid time

DRF | 5 days ago
Dynamic Impact, who scored a narrow maiden victory March 1 in his fifth career start, ran down heavily favored Midnight Hawk to win the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a very tight photo finish Saturday at Hawthorne. Read More...

Kid Cruz may try Preakness after dominating Federico Tesio

DRF | 5 days ago
Kid Cruz put himself in position for a possible start in the Preakness Stakes with a dominant victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. Read More...

Stormy Rush outduels Bold Thunder in Lincoln

DRF | 5 days ago
In what amounted to a two-horse race from the top of the stretch to the wire, the 2-1 Stormy Rush ran down the 7-5 Bold Thunder to register a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Lincoln overnight stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mr Speaker scores as favorite in Lexington Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Professional discretion paid off Saturday for Shug McGaughey when the Hall of Fame trainer sent out Mr Speaker to win the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

La Verdad runs away in Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday at Aqueduct, La Verdad flashed her speed leaving the gate under Jose Ortiz and carried it all the way to the wire to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap by 3 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from April 12 – April 16

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Miami Mile surface switch no problem for Grand Tito

DRF | 5 days ago
Antonio Sano’s decision to keep his turf specialist in the race paid dividends after Grand Tito rallied from just off the pace to a three-quarter length victory over fellow longshot Midnight Cello in the Miami Mile Handicap at Calder. Read More...

Zensational Bunny stalks and pounces in Star Shoot

DRF | 5 days ago
The Mark Casse-trained Zensational Bunny notched her second stakes victory Saturday at Woodbine in the $144,000 Star Shoot, giving Patrick Husbands his third winner on the card. Read More...

Frac Daddy too good for Ben Ali rivals

DRF | 5 days ago
There may not have been a clear-cut public choice in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Ben Ali at Keeneland, with Norumbega and Newsdad tepid co-favorites at 7-2 and two other horses at 5-1 odds. But the race ultimately had a clear-cut winner, with Frac Daddy romping by 4 3/4 lengths over Stealcase. Read More...

Ageless becomes stakes winner in Giant’s Causeway

DRF | 5 days ago
Ageless rallied from well back under leading jockey Julien Leparoux to post her first stakes victory Saturday in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Luis Saez to ride Wildcat Red in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Jose Garofallo announced Saturday that Luis Saez will be aboard Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby, not Rafael Bejarano, who’d been named to ride the colt earlier this week. Read More...

Bond Holder loses battle with laminitis

DRF | 5 days ago
Bond Holder, the winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita last September, has been euthanized after a battle with laminitis, trainer Doug O’Neill said on Saturday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Closer Looks for April 20, 2014

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Santa Anita on Sunday, April 20. Read More...

Distance the question for Primo Via, Andean Moon

DRF | 6 days ago
Primo Via and Andean Moon have both done their best racing going two turns. But they will be outside their usual comfort zone for Tuesday’s $45,000 feature at Parx Racing. Read More...

Australia: It’s a Dundeel earns Breeders’ Cup Turf berth

DRF | 6 days ago
It’s a Dundeel earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November with a victory in Saturday’s $3.67 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia. Read More...

Finger Lakes cancels Monday card

DRF | 6 days ago
The live racing card for Monday at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack has been canceled. Read More...

Wildcat Red has Kentucky Derby work pushed to Sunday

DRF | 6 days ago
For the second consecutive morning, trainer Jose Garoffalo was forced to postpone a scheduled work at Gulfstream Park for his Kentucky Derby hopeful Wildcat Red on Saturday due to heavy rains in south Florida. Read More...

Ankle injury puts Cairo Prince out of Kentucky Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin fretted for two weeks whether Cairo Prince would have enough points to make it into the Kentucky Derby field. One week after learning that Cairo Prince would indeed make it, McLaughlin had to withdraw the horse from consideration for the 140th Derby due to an injury to his left front ankle. Read More...

Pletcher fillies My Miss Sophia, Got Lucky work for Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky, who swept the exacta in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct earlier this month, worked a half-mile in company in 48 seconds at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble gets serious in Kentucky Derby breeze

DRF | 6 days ago
Vicar’s in Trouble was out for serious work Saturday when he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 over a fast track at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky. Read More...