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Mike Luzzi named winner of Woolf Award

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Luzzi on Tuesday was officially announced as the winner of the 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, which is voted on by members of the Jockeys’ Guild and presented by Santa Anita to a rider who has conducted himself in exemplary manner both on and off the track. Read More...

NYRA rescinds 14-day entry rule

DRF | 5 days ago
Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association will rescind a rule that prohibited horses from running back in 14 days or less from their previous start, it was announced Tuesday. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct Horses to Watch for Feb. 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Dave Litfin's Aqueduct Horses to Watch. Read More...

Twirling Candy colt leads way as Barretts juvenile sale posts declines

DRF | 5 days ago
A colt by the young stallion Twirling Candy sold for $400,000 at Monday’s Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in-training, topping a sale with across-the-board declines in gross, average and median compared to 2014. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on Feb. 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Welsch ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Gulfstream. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Feb. 16 – Feb. 20

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

Northfield: Wednesday 2/25 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 2/25 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 2/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Handicapper Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Goldfelder: What Was I Thinking – taking advantage of wagering menu

DRF | 6 days ago
On Valentine’s Day, I was in love with a horse. Love can sometimes raise you to heights you never imagined you can reach or disappoint you based on unrealistic expectations clouded in fantasy. Having been infatuated by my selection in advance, I failed to capitalize when a more attractive suitor materialized. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Southwest Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The Southwest was delayed six days owing to the continuing harsh winter weather that has plagued Oaklawn at this meet, but Oaklawn finally was able to run the race on a cold, rainy afternoon that left the track sloppy and sealed for the Southwest. Read More...

Solid field in the works for Gulfstream Park Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
A stellar field is lining up for the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 7. Trainers Shug McGaughey and Jimmy Jerkens confirmed last weekend that both Honor Code and Wicked Strong are pointing for the one-mile fixture. Read More...

Far Right and Mr. Z headed their separate ways

DRF | 6 days ago
Far Right has now won both of his Oaklawn Park matchups with Mr. Z – Sunday’s Southwest and last month’s Smarty Jones. But the rivalry, which has highlighted the local 3-year-old series, is unlikely to be renewed in next month’s Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes here. Read More...

Encryption spoils Top Billing’s comeback

DRF | 6 days ago
Sunday’s 10th race at Gulfstream Park featured the return of Top Billing, who was making his first start since finishing third in the 2014 Fountain of Youth. Read More...

Mean Season fine after loss

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott said that Mean Season “looked good and jogged sound” Monday at Payson Park, less than 48 hours after being vanned off following his last-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Read More...

Fountain of Youth Day handle up

DRF | 6 days ago
All-sources handle on Saturday’s Fountain of Youth program at Gulfstream Park was $20,746,939, up slightly from 2014. There was significant growth in ontrack handle, which was $1.867 million, up 100 percent from the previous year. Read More...

Alvarado enjoys seven-win, two-stakes weekend

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado rode North Slope to victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes, part of a four-win afternoon and seven-win weekend for him at Aqueduct. Read More...

Far From Over, El Kabeir on course for rematch

DRF | 6 days ago
Far From Over and El Kabeir, the top two finishers in the Grade 3 Withers Stakes on Feb. 7, both returned to the work tab Sunday as they train toward a possible rematch in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7. Read More...

North Slope sticking with dirt

DRF | 6 days ago
North Slope earned a career-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes and will remain on the dirt for the foreseeable future, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. Read More...

Main Sequence ready to take the next step in Dubai

DRF | 6 days ago
His triumphant 2015 debut behind him, Main Sequence will now be pointed for his first major goal of the season, the Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 28 at Meydan. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Marcus Hersh ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Young Bennett runners putting their talent on display

DRF | 6 days ago
Dale Bennett will tell you one of the great joys he derives as a trainer is watching the development of his young runners. That’s why Bennett had to be pleased with the performances by two of his young up-and-comers this past week at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Harness: Dan Patch awards dinner held

DRF | 6 days ago
Divisional awards were handed out Sunday at USHWA’s Dan Patch Awards Night of Champions Banquet at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel at SeaWorld. Read More...

Weekend winners to stay on same track

DRF | 6 days ago
The winners of the major Kentucky Derby preps run over the weekend all came out of their races well and will continue to race at the same track. Read More...

Bergman: Are weather cancellations justified?

DRF | 6 days ago
Granted the weather has been to some degree unkind, but the drama that has built every “snow event” into a coming catastrophe has rendered a once durable sport seemingly powerless. Read More...

Turfway Park increases purses

DRF | 6 days ago
Turfway Park has announced a purse hike, effective with the resumption of live racing Friday evening at the northern Kentucky track. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on Feb. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Three Alarm Fire could kick-start turnaround for Albertrani

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Tom Albertrani enters this new five-day week at Gulfstream Park winless in 54 starts at the championship meet, but the skein might well come to an end Wednesday when he sends out Three Alarm Fire as a top contender in the $50,000 feature, a second-level allowance that drew a field of 10 older horses. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Feb. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Handicapper Brad Free ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Santa Anita. Read More...

Free’s Horses to Watch at Santa Anita for week of Feb. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of Feb. 23. Read More...

SirePowered Results: Distorted Humor

DRF | 6 days ago
Distorted Humor, a perennial leader among the sire ranks, is already off to a stellar start in 2015. According to Daily Racing Form’s SirePowered Results, runners by the WinStar Farm stallion have already won 19 races in North America since the start of the season. That number got a big boost the weekend of Feb. 21-22 with five victories, led by repeat winners House Rules and Khozan. Read More...

Trip Notes for Feb. 21-22: Fountain of Youth, Rachel Alexandra, Southwest, and more…

DRF | 6 days ago
Trip Notes for Feb. 21-22: Fountain of Youth, Rachel Alexandra, Southwest, and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Examining the mares behind Tapit’s record-breaking year

DRF | 6 days ago
The book of mares set to meet Tapit during the 2015 breeding season will be among the strongest in the world. However, it was the mares Tapit bred in 2010 that helped vault the 14-year-old son of Pulpit to the unforgettable season he had last year. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Feb. 16 – Feb. 18

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Feb. 17 – Feb. 18

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 2/23 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 2/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/23 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/23 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Distinctiv Passion takes off-the-turf Joe Hernandez

DRF | 6 days ago
The versatility of Distinctiv Passion led to a win in Sunday’s $74,284 Joe Hernandez Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Suva Harbor disqualified as heavy favorite in Island Fashion

DRF | 6 days ago
Suva Harbor finished first in the $50,000 Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park on Sunday but was disqualified and placed eighth for an incident in the first turn and the move elevated runner-up Rousanne to first. Read More...

Far Right rallies to capture Southwest

DRF | 7 days ago
Far Right is making his presence known on the road to the Arkansas Derby. He won his second straight stakes in Oaklawn’s series for 3-year-olds on Sunday, when he closed up the rail in the slop for a three-quarter-length win over The Truth Or Else in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest. Read More...

Santa Ysabel race of week at Santa Anita

DRF | 7 days ago
There is one stakes at Santa Anita during the upcoming four-day racing week from Thursday through Sunday. Saturday’s program is highlighted by the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, a Grade 3 race at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Lord Nelson sharpens for San Felipe

DRF | 7 days ago
Lord Nelson, winner of the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 1, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 on Sunday for an expected appearance in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 7. Read More...

Firing Line targets Sunland Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Firing Line, second to Dortmund in the Los Alamitos Futurity in December and the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7, is being pointed for the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico on March 22, trainer Simon Callaghan said. Read More...

Bettys Bambino will aim at San Simeon

DRF | 7 days ago
Bettys Bambino will stay in turf sprints at Santa Anita after winning his fourth consecutive race in Saturday’s $100,750 Sensational Star Stakes for California-breds. The gelding’s next race is likely to be the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course on April 19. Read More...

North Slope makes Evening Attire consolation prize for McLaughlin

DRF | 7 days ago
After a disappointing Saturday with a pair of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls, McLaughlin gained some consolation Sunday when North Slope glided over the Aqueduct mud to win the $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths over the pacesetting Village Warrior. Read More...

Florida Derby next after Khozan crushes allowance foes

DRF | 7 days ago
He has yet to run in a stakes race or earn any qualifying points but Khozan continues to give every impression he’s a legitimate Kentucky Derby candidate after drawing off to a convincing 12 3/4-length victory over five totally overmatched allowance rivals in Sunday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Oaklawn purses get a second boost

DRF | 7 days ago
A second increase to overnight purses at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., will go into effect on Thursday, the track announced Sunday morning. Read More...

Road to Derby analysis: Fountain of Youth

DRF | 7 days ago
This was one of the strangest Kentucky Derby preps in years, with Frosted looking like he couldn’t lose at the quarter pole only to finish fourth, Upstart crossing the wire first, and then the stewards making a much-debated decision to disqualify Upstart in favor of runner-up Iitaknockout. Read More...

Road to Derby analysis: Risen Star

DRF | 7 days ago
All hail International Star, who with this win became the first horse to win three Kentucky Derby scoring races. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Fountain of Youth Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
This was one of the strangest Kentucky Derby preps in years, with FROSTED looking like he couldn’t lose at the quarter pole only to finish fourth, UPSTART crossing the wire first, and then the stewards making a much-debated decision to disqualify Upstart in favor of the runner-up ITSAKNOCKOUT. Read More...