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T Rex Express streaks into Bishop Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
Few horses would seem better prepared to make a stakes debut than T Rex Express. She has won five allowances in her last five starts and will get her first shot at stakes glory Saturday night in the $50,000 Sylvia Bishop Memorial at Charles Town. Read More...

Hawthorne: Saturday 8/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/27 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Country Candy stands out in Evangeline Downs Princess

DRF | 5 days ago
Country Candy is one of two talented fillies whom the stable of Keene Thoroughbreds and trainer J.R. Caldwell have attacking the 2-year-old stakes scene. Bling On the Music has made the most noise, defeating males in the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park to punch her ticket to next month’s Grade 2 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs. Read More...

14 of division’s best tangle in Travers Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
With the exception of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, virtually all the major players in the 3-year-old division have gathered in Saratoga for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes. Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes winner Creator are the household names in a race that drew 14 horses. Read More...

Fairmount race-caller Scully to retire at 70

DRF | 5 days ago
John Scully plans to retire soon from race-calling, and Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., plans to celebrate its longtime announcer during a Saturday night ceremony. Scully, 70, will be feted between the fourth and fifth races, said Jon Sloane, spokesman for Fairmount. Read More...

Bergman: Obrigado should enjoy the change of venue in Crawford Farms Trot

DRF | 5 days ago
In baseball there’s always next year. For those who enjoy harness racing, the chance to even the score generally comes a whole lot sooner. Trainer Paul Kelley witnessed his 6-year-old Obrigado finishing off the board for the first time in 2016 last Saturday at Pocono and the conditioner is hopeful his horse can bounce back in Friday’s $193,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Vernon Downs. Read More...

Pace could set table for Watershed in Iselin

DRF | 5 days ago
The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Watershed is a stone closer in need of pace, but he should get it as he seeks his first stakes victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Portrade wins New York Turf Writers Cup; Bob Le Beau injured

DRF | 5 days ago
Portrade went wire to wire to win the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga on Wednesday. But the mood was grim in the winner's circle since Portrade's connections also sent out Bob Le Beau, who was pulled up on the second of five turns in the 2 3/8-mile race with an injury to his right hind leg. Read More...

Grade 1-winning millionaire Dads Caps retired at 6

DRF | 5 days ago
Dads Caps, a two-time winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, has been retired from racing, owner and breeder Vince Scuderi announced Thursday. Stallion plans for the 6-year-old son of Discreet Cat have not been decided. Read More...

Remembertobreathe figures a shorter price in feature

DRF | 5 days ago
Remembertobreathe was a huge overlay when he paid $44.80 for his win in a one-mile open allowance race that was part of the Longacres Mile card Aug. 14 at Emerald Downs. He figures to be a lot shorter price when he runs in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up Saturday at Emerald. Read More...

Frosted burns off some energy in work

DRF | 5 days ago
With rain in the forecast and Frosted tearing down the barn because he's feeling so good, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent Frosted out a day earlier than planned to work four furlongs in 48.97 at the Greentree Training Center here on Thursday. Read More...

Carina Mia shortens up, faces older in Ballerina

DRF | 5 days ago
Carina Mia faced the biggest challenge of her career by taking on Songbird and coming out second-best despite a gallant effort in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks earlier in the Saratoga meet. On Saturday, Carina Mia will face a difference kind of challenge: Turning back to seven furlongs and taking on older horses for the first time in the $500,000 Ballerina. Read More...

Cavorting has come a long way

DRF | 5 days ago
Cavorting is in the midst of her third impressive campaign. Her steady climb to the upper echelon of the filly and mare division has coincided with some savvy decision-making by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Read More...

Lady Eli returns from serious illness, long layoff in Ballston Spa

DRF | 5 days ago
Lady Eli, undefeated in six career starts, makes her first start in more than 13 months in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes, the race immediately following the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Aug. 18 – Aug. 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Smalltownthrowdown takes his shot in Yonkers Trot elimination

DRF | 5 days ago
Smalltownthrowdown is among nine horses entered in Saturday’s $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination at Yonkers Raceway. The gelding has raced four times this season on half-mile tracks, such as Yonkers, and won three. He heads to the elimination off back-to-back victories on half-mile ovals in New York Sire Stakes action. Read More...

Showdown of fab five in Personal Ensign

DRF | 5 days ago
The Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Saturday drew a field of five. But they are the right five, and difficult to separate. Read More...

Masochistic faces only four in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 5 days ago
Masochistic, the Grade 1-winning sprinter, might run only three times this year. Masochistic scored a brilliant win in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on July 8 while prepping for Saturday's $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at seven furlongs at Del Mar. If things go well for Masochistic in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien, the 6-year-old gelding will not race again until the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Flintshire heavily favored to repeat in Sword Dancer

DRF | 5 days ago
Chad Brown is running three horses in the Grade 1 Travers, bringing back the undefeated Lady Eli from a 13-month layoff in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa, and sending out a Breeders' Cup winner in the Grade 1 Ballerina. But the one race he is expected to win above all others on Saturday's 13-race blockbuster Saratoga card is the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational with Flintshire, arguably the top male turf horse in North America. Read More...

Reilly wins berth through DRF Tournaments

DRF | 5 days ago
Bernard Reilly is a contest world veteran who won his way into the National Handicapping Championship last weekend in an NHCQualify event via DRF Tournaments. While this will be his third year in the NHC, Reilly has now qualified five times overall. He’s earned two qualifications in two of the three years since more than one entry has been allowed. Read More...

Midnight Miley tries something different in Seaway Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
The speedy router Midnight Miley will cut back to seven furlongs on Saturday at Woodbine in the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 18 to August 21

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 18 to 21, 2016. Read More...

Runhappy has first timed workout of year

DRF | 5 days ago
Champion sprinter Runhappy turned in his first serious workout of 2016 on Thursday, covering three furlongs in 34 4/5 seconds in the predawn darkness at Keeneland. Read More...

Sharp declines at first OBS August open session

DRF | 5 days ago
The first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale on Wednesday did not paint a rosy picture of the lower-level marketplace, with steep declines across the board Read More...

Magic Mark, Soi Phet win divisions of Brubaker

DRF | 6 days ago
Magic Mark and Soi Phet won divisions of the Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar on Wednesday to set up a potential first meeting at Los Alamitos next month. Read More...

One year later, Joyous Lady wins Shelby County Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
In the 2015 Shelby County Stakes at Indiana Grand, the 3-year-old filly Joyous Lady could not match strides with the mare Higher Logic and faded to third. A year older and more experienced, Joyous Lady on Wednesday won the race she could not in 2015. Read More...

Mr Maybe wins John’s Call Stakes, gives Brown 1,000th win

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown kicked off what he hopes is a memorable week by recording a milestone victory Wednesday at Saratoga. Read More...

String King eyes Unbridled Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
String King is set to make a second start at the Louisiana Downs meet next month in the $75,000 Unbridled, according to Charlie Smith, his breeder, owner, and trainer. The 1 1/16-mile turf stakes will be run on the Super Derby undercard Sept. 10. String King won the race a year ago after capturing his third straight Louisiana Cup Turf Classic. Read More...

Rule sires his first winner

DRF | 6 days ago
First-time starter Regere won a $20,000 maiden-claiming race at Delaware Park today to become the first winner for his freshman sire, Rule. Rule, who stands for $4,000 at Montesacro Farm in Georgetown, Ky., has had four starters from his first crop of 22 foals, and he also is represented by the juvenile gelding Ruled, who was second in the Graduation Stakes at Assiniboia Downs as a maiden. Read More...

Oaklawn Park boosts purses again for 2017 meet

DRF | 6 days ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., will offer record purses for its 2017 meet that opens in January, the track announced Wednesday. It will be the ninth straight season that the track has opened with purses higher than its previous meet. Read More...

Goldfeder – What Was I Thinking: Saratoga summer

DRF | 6 days ago
I began this meet with a casual attitude – hoping that if Saratoga didn’t see me coming, I might have a chance. The last two years I found myself spanked, slapped, and spit out by the old Spa. Read More...

Castellano, agent parting ways after Saratoga

DRF | 6 days ago
Three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano and his agent, Matt Muzikar, will split at the end of the Saratoga meet, both parties confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Star-studded field for Personal Ensign

DRF | 6 days ago
The Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Saturday's Travers card here brings together the best of the filly and mare route division on the East Coast. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Aug. 20 – Aug. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Lady Eli poised for return in Ballston Spa

DRF | 6 days ago
The best story on Saturday's 13-race Travers card is the return of Lady Eli, the undefeated filly who overcame a serious bout of laminitis to make it back to the races. Read More...

Flintshire defends title in Sword Dancer

DRF | 6 days ago
The Travers, with its 14-horse field that includes two classic winners, is obviously the focal point of Saturday's 13-race program at Saratoga. But there is a terrific undercard in support, featuring top horses such as Flintshire, Lady Eli, and a sensational quintet in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 8/26 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 8/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hit It Once More can save Sciacca’s summer

DRF | 6 days ago
Gary Sciacca hopes to turn around a frustrating summer when he sends out the potent uncoupled entry of Hit It Once More and Jet Black in Friday's $250,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Hernandez closes in on fourth Evangeline riding title

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Colby Hernandez has established himself as the dominant rider at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., where he is poised to lock up his fourth title when the meet closes Saturday night. Hernandez had a 12-win lead over Diego Saenz heading into Wednesday's card. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 8/26 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 8/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bar of Gold tries turf in Yaddo

DRF | 6 days ago
The $150,000 Yaddo, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for New York-bred fillies and mares, has a full field of 12, plus four also-eligibles waiting to get in. The known quantities include The Tea Cups and Neck of the Moon. They will face Bar of Gold, who will be making her turf debut but is 4 for 4 against New York-bred company. Read More...

Syndergaard brings the heat in Funny Cide Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Each of the five 2-year-olds in the 6 1/2-furlong Funny Cide on Friday has won his only start, led by perhaps two of the most talented juveniles to train here this summer, Syndergaard and Bobby On Fleek. Read More...

West Point draws a familiar cast

DRF | 6 days ago
The New York-bred turf division has been strong for years, but the boys of summer aren't getting any younger, and sooner or later there will be a changing of the guard. Whether that happens Friday in the $150,000 West Point is debatable, but there are several up-and-coming, and relatively younger, contenders in the field. Read More...

Hamel can move closer to milestone with Kermode in CTHS Sales Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Richard Hamel is 10 wins shy of 1,500 for his career. Trainer Pat Jarvis is hoping the leading rider will move closer to that milestone when he rides Kermode in the colts-and-geldings division of the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Friday. Read More...

Prince of Penzance returns in Memsie Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Prince of Penzance, the upset winner of the Melbourne Cup last November at 100-1, will start as a longshot in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse in Australia, the first start of a spring campaign geared toward the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 1. Read More...

Hovdey: Bittersweet memories on Shared Belief’s day

DRF | 6 days ago
On Friday at Del Mar, Jerry Hollendorfer will have two 3-year-olds in the first running a stakes named for one his very best, and beloved, runners. The race used to be called the El Cajon, but El Cajon won't mind, not when a horse like Shared Belief meant so much to so many. Read More...

Dalmore pointing to Super Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Dalmore, who finished fifth in the $1 million Pacific Classic last Saturday, is likely to return to the 3-year-old division for the $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 10, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Wednesday. Read More...

Vyjack starts California career in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 6 days ago
On Saturday, Vyjack will start in the $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at seven furlongs on dirt at Del Mar. The O'Brien Stakes will be Vyjack's 26th start and first in California. It will also be his first start at less than a mile since a third in the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga in August 2014. Read More...

Kharafa will try to break through in West Point

DRF | 6 days ago
Kharafa has won at least a stakes a year in New York from 2013 to 2015. He will try to extend his streak and break into the Saratoga win column on Friday in the $150,000 West Point, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for statebreds. Read More...

Farish takes another shot at Travers with Gift Box

DRF | 6 days ago
If nothing else, the Travers has not lacked for drama over the last decade. In seven of the last 10 runnings, the margin of victory has been less than a length. Read More...