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Meadowlands: Thursday 1/22 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 1/22 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Escapedfromnewyork dies at age 10

DRF | 6 days ago
Escapedfromnewyork, a resident of Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky., died Sunday from a heart attack brought on by colic at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in nearby Lexington. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 1/22 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 1/22 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 1/22 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 1/22 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Spring At Last sold to Saudi Arabia

DRF | 6 days ago
Grade 1 winner and sire Spring At Last has been purchased by H.H. Prince Sultan bin Mohammed Saud Al Kabeer and will stand in Saudi Arabia. Read More...

Court to ride Take Charge Brandi for Martha Washington

DRF | 6 days ago
Jon Court has the mount on Take Charge Brandi in the $100,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn on Jan. 31, trainer D. Wayn Lukas said Tuesday. Read More...

Trainers not pleased with new 14-day run-back rule

DRF | 6 days ago
In response to 13 equine fatalities in the first 25 full cards – and two races of another program – over Aqueduct’s inner track, the New York Racing Association last Friday announced four new protocols it hopes will enhance safety. One of those protocols prohibits trainers from running a horse back within 14 days of its previous start. Read More...

Far Right eyes Southwest or Rebel

DRF | 6 days ago
Far Right’s win in the first 3-year-old prep on Oaklawn’s road to the Kentucky Derby delighted his trainer, Ron Moquett. Not only is he excited to have a promising horse in the barn, but the win in the $150,000 Smarty Jones on Monday came in Moquett’s home state of Arkansas. Read More...

Top Decile, West Coast Belle to regroup

DRF | 6 days ago
Nothing appears to be amiss with Top Decile, who finished sixth as the even-money favorite in the Silverbulletday Stakes, or with West Coast Belle, who was fourth at odds of 2-1 in that race. Read More...

International Star, War Story point to Risen Star

DRF | 6 days ago
International Star was back at trainer Mike Maker’s barn in Florida looking no worse for the wear after successfully shipping to New Orleans, where he won the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte by 2 1/2 lengths Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup hires Pettigrew as senior vice president of marketing

DRF | 6 days ago
Bryan Pettigrew, the head of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s group-purchasing program for the past three years, has been hired as the senior vice president for marketing and sponsorship at the Breeders’ Cup, the companies said Tuesday. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot could have the edge among comebackers

DRF | 6 days ago
The bit of recency Ivan Fallunovalot has on fellow comebacking stakes winners Brewing, Hogy, and Jake Mo in Thursday’s eighth race might give him an edge in a competitive $50,000 optional claimer at six furlongs. He is one of five stakes winners in the field, with three of his chief rivals making their first starts since May. Read More...

Jones has hot hand over weekend

DRF | 6 days ago
It was one of those weekends for trainer Larry Jones. In the first race Sunday, Jan. 18, for maiden claimers, his starters ran one-two, and later on that card, 4-year-old The Sandman won his two-turn debut over first-level allowance foes by 7 3/4 lengths. Saturday had been even better. Jones sent out Hard Aces to win his first stakes in the $75,000 Louisiana Handicap, and a couple races later, trainee I’m a Chatterbox impressively won the listed Silverbulletday Stakes. Read More...

Cibelli experiences a day to remember

DRF | 6 days ago
Monday was a memorable afternoon at Gulfstream Park for trainer Jane Cibelli – and especially her loyal backers. Read More...

On a Snowy Evening in the forecast

DRF | 6 days ago
On a Snowy Evening may be more than just a hunch bet in Thursday’s New York-bred allowance feature at Aqueduct. Read More...

Advances in jockey safety hailed

DRF | 6 days ago
The progress made in the five years since the founding of the Safety and Integrity Alliance of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was spotlighted Tuesday morning during the second day of meetings at the Jockeys’ Guild annual members’ assembly at the Diplomat Resort here. Read More...

San Onofre returns in California Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
ARCADIA, Calif. – San Onofre zoomed through the early months of the 2013-14 Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, winning three times in less than 60 days. It seemed to be the start of an exciting 4-year-old campaign for the gelding until he was sidelined with injury. Read More...

Mid-Atlantic notes: Lucy’s Bob Boy back to nearly 100 percent

DRF | 6 days ago
In the last two weeks, Lucy’s Bob Boy has been scheduled to start twice. One race was canceled due to weather, and he missed the other because of his strong dislike of traveling by van. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Road to the Derby analysis: Smarty Jones Stakes Read More...

Litfin: Aqueduct Horses to Watch

DRF | 6 days ago
Dave Litfin's Aqueduct Horses to Watch. Read More...

Euro Charline points to Dubai Turf

DRF | 6 days ago
Team Valor issued a news release Tuesday morning announcing that Beverly D. winner Euro Charline will be aimed at the $6 million Dubai Turf (formerly known as the Dubai Duty Free) on the March 28 Dubai World Cup card. Read More...

Perchance, Little Miss Julia square off in allowance sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
The second race, a $48,000, first-level sprint that serves as the only allowance of the afternoon. Perchance, a Stonestreet Stables homebred, is a 7-5 program favorite for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, although trainer Carlo Vaccarezza is hoping for a minor upset with his $15,000 purchase, Little Miss Julia, the 5-2 second choice. Six 3-year-old fillies are entered. Read More...

Far Right saves ground to win Smarty Jones

DRF | 7 days ago
Far Right came through on the rail, as even-money favorite Mr. Z drifted out badly, to win a harried dash to the wire in the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park on Monday. Bayerd nabbed second, finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Far Right. Mr. Z was another half-length back in third, while Private Prospect finished fourth. Read More...

Sam’s Sister rallies to win Santa Monica

DRF | 7 days ago
Sam’s Sister was bought for $125,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2012 but did not start until the summer meeting at Del Mar last July. Sam’s Sister has more than made up for lost time. Read More...

Micromanage wears ‘em down in Jazil

DRF | 7 days ago
Despite racing at a distance shorter than his best, Micromanage wore down leader Irsaal in deep stretch and held off a closing Turco Bravo to win the $100,000 Jazil at Aqueduct on Monday. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 1/21 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 7 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 1/21 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 1/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Holy Bull to match Upstart and Frosted

DRF | 7 days ago
Upstart and Frosted are the top names among a field of 10 entered in Gulfstream Park’s first Kentucky Derby points race of the year, the Grade 2, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Dubai an option for California Chrome

DRF | 7 days ago
In his first workout since being named 2014 Horse of the Year and winning the Eclipse Award for outstanding 3-year-old male on Saturday, California Chrome worked seven furlongs in 1:27.20 at Los Alamitos on Monday. He went well in hand under jockey Victor Espinoza, continuing to impress trainer Art Sherman in advance of a scheduled comeback in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7. Read More...

Jockey Chapa suspended by Sam Houston

DRF | 7 days ago
Jockey Roman Chapa has been suspended by the Sam Houston Race Park board of stewards pending an investigation into his ride in Saturday night’s ninth race, the $50,000 Richard King Handicap, which he won aboard Quiet Acceleration. Read More...

Head injuries a focus at Jockeys’ Guild meeting

DRF | 7 days ago
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The importance of evaluating and managing jockeys’ head injuries and concussions was among the major topics addressed Monday morning during the opening session of the Jockeys’ Guild annual members’ assembly at the Diplomat Resort here. Read More...

Bergman: JL Cruze primed for Super Bowl Final

DRF | 7 days ago
When trainer Eric Ell went to the Harrisburg mixed auction this past November he was looking for a young trotter that would fit at a low non-winners category. He may have come away with more than he expected for the $32,000 price. Read More...

City Trip looks ready to fire in Shenandoah

DRF | 1 week ago
The only three victories that the 6-year-old mare City Trip has recorded during her 25-race career have come on Polytrack or turf. Her best finish in three starts on dirt was a third at Gulfstream Park two years ago. But based on how well City Trip has been working at Charles Town since arriving from Woodbine, she looks raring to go for Wednesday night’s $30,000 Shenandoah Stakes for fillies and mares. Read More...

Laurel Park cancels Monday card

DRF | 1 week ago
Laurel Park canceled its nine-race card for Monday due to poor racetrack conditions stemming from winter weather. Laurel and nearby Pimlico Race Course are still open for simulcasting, and live racing is scheduled to resume at Laurel on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Trip Notes for Jan. 17: Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap, Lecomte, La Canada…

DRF | 1 week ago
Trip Notes for Jan. 17: Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap, Lecomte, La Canada by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Trainer Bennett closing in on 3,500 wins

DRF | 1 week ago
When Roma’s Sister rallied inside through the late stages of Sunday’s opener to upset the heavily favored Fiesta Rose, the win was emblematic of trainer Gerald Bennett’s approach to life and training horses. Read More...

Apprentice rider Campbell proves to be longshot specialist

DRF | 1 week ago
Janelle Campbell seems to know how to light up the board. The young apprentice brought home Lady Lucilla to take the nightcap Saturday for an $85.40 payoff. Read More...

Hocaba wires field to remain undefeated

DRF | 1 week ago
Hocaba, the filly with the weird blinker and tons of speed, remained undefeated with an impressive 4 1/2-length victory over a field of 3-year-old fillies in Friday’s five-furlong feature that was moved from the turf to the main track. Read More...

Kitten’s Point goes last to first to win Astra Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
French jockey Flavien Prat guided Kitten’s Point from last on the backstretch to win Sunday’s $80,500 Astra Stakes for females on turf at Santa Anita, the second stakes win in as many days in two states for the 22-year-old rider. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
INTERNATIONAL STAR joined El Kabeir as the second horse to win two Kentucky Derby scoring races with this victory, his first since capturing the Grey Stakes in October on Polytrack at Woodbine, and his first on a dirt surface. Read More...

Sieze the Win rolls to victory in Hialeah Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Seize the Win, lightly regarded at 12-1 despite wins in his two most recent starts, seized the lead at the start and rolled to a one-length victory in the $417,575 Hialeah Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses on Sunday at Hialeah Park. Read More...

Lexie Lou likely to return to turf in February

DRF | 1 week ago
Lexie Lou, second to Thegirlinthatsong in Saturday’s Grade 2 La Canada Stakes on dirt, is likely to return to racing on turf in February. Read More...

Dortmund, Firing Line set for rematch in Robert Lewis

DRF | 1 week ago
Dortmund and Firing Line, first and second in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, may meet again in the $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7. Read More...

Captain Serious scores as favorite in Hollie Hughes

DRF | 1 week ago
Captain Serious splashed to the wire first in Sunday’s $100,000 Hollie Hughes, giving his connections – owner-breeder Barry K. Schwartz and trainer Mike Hushion – their fifth victory together in the six-furlong dash for New York-breds. Read More...

Champion trainer Pletcher shows no signs of slowing down

DRF | 1 week ago
Less than nine hours after picking up his record seventh Eclipse Award as champion trainer, Todd Pletcher was hard at work Sunday morning at Palm Beach Downs, overseeing a mind-boggling 42 workers from the more than 100 horses he has stabled here. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Jan. 12 – Jan. 14

DRF | 1 week ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Jan. 12 – Jan. 15

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Jan. 12 – Jan. 15

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Upstart ready to go for 3-year-old debut in Holy Bull

DRF | 1 week ago
Upstart, who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in his 2-year-old finale, now is likely to make his 3-year-old debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Grade 2 Holy Bull. Read More...

Sherman flying high on California Chrome’s Eclipse wins

DRF | 1 week ago
Art Sherman had an early morning flight Sunday to head back to California, but he probably didn’t need the plane, so high was he emotionally after his colt California Chrome was named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male Saturday night at the 44th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park. Read More...