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Beholder strong enough in Zenyatta Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Beholder did not need a brilliant performance Saturday in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita to move toward the Breeder’s Cup. All she needed was to run well. Mission accomplished. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Russian Jewel’s turf debut

DRF | 4 days ago
The improving 3-year-old filly Russian Jewel (8-1) will meet second-level optional-claiming company over seven furlongs in her first turf start in the nightcap. She was recently second in the six-furlong Etobicoke Stakes behind the heavily favored shipper Pirate’s Trove, who has yet to lose. Read More...

Private Zone earns trip to BC Sprint with Vosburgh repeat

DRF | 4 days ago
For the second year in a row, Private Zone came East to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup, and for the second year in a row, he put forth a game performance to win the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park by a neck, thus earning a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Goodoldhockeygame stays unbeaten with Bull Page win

DRF | 4 days ago
Goodoldhockeygame came on strongly under a patient ride from Patrick Husbands to capture the $125,000 Bull Page Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Heart to Heart cruises in Jefferson Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Heart to Heart still might have won regardless, but his task in the Grade 3, $110,000 Jefferson Cup sure got easier Saturday when fellow Canadian shipper Speightsland was an early scratch from the one-mile turf race at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Cigar Street scores in Homecoming Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
Tall high-fives were being given all around Saturday following the $133,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs, where Cigar Street turned back the favored Departing to win the 1 1/8-mile race and perhaps stamp his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Medea rejuvenates in Lady Baltimore

DRF | 4 days ago
Medea failed to fire in two starts following a win in the Grade 3 Eatontown at Monmouth Park in June, but she regained her form in the $100,000 Lady Baltimore for fillies and mares Saturday at Laurel Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 9/29 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 9/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten punches ticket to BC Cup with Flower Bowl win

DRF | 4 days ago
Racing closer to the early pace than she had recently, Stephanie’s Kitten ran down Viva Rafaela in the stretch and drove clear for a convincing victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 9/29 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 9/29 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 9/29 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 9/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Filly exiting win at Saratoga longshot in strong turf allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
Despite her victory in a $50,000 claiming sprint on turf last time out at Saratoga, Ecstatic Miss isn’t among the top three program among an exceptionally strong group of fillies and mares in Monday’s no-conditions, $31,000 allowance feature. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 9/28 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 9/28 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Belle Gallantey all the way in Beldame

DRF | 4 days ago
It truly was a super Saturday at Belmont Park for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who, 30 minutes after winning the Grade 2 Kelso with Vyjack, came right back to take the Grade 1 Beldame with Belle Gallantey, a 5-year-old mare he claimed for $35,000 last December. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont for Sunday, Sept. 28

DRF | 4 days ago
The Sunday card has a maiden-maiden-maiden start in which all three morning-line favorites are less than imposing. I may take a mix-and-match approach, trying to work around Battle Red (1st, 2-1), Persuasive Devil (2nd, 2-1) and Buy Or Steal (3rd, 5-2) in multirace exotics. Read More...

King’s Churchill preview for Saturday, Sept. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
With Grade 1 race after Grade 1 race being run Saturday at Belmont Park and Santa Anita, Saturday’s card at Churchill takes a backseat to those tracks. But the races Saturday at Churchill are still among the better ones of the September meet, with the Homecoming Classic and Jefferson Cup highlighting the day. Read More...

Bernier: Santa Anita pick four play for Saturday, Sept. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
Shared Belief is strictly the horse to beat and will be my lone ‘A’ here. Should he win here in the Awesome Again, he will enter the Breeders’ Cup as the heavy favorite for the Classic and would likely stamp himself as the heavy favorite for Horse of the Year honors. He figures to work out another nice trip under Mike Smith, and it would be an ultimate shocker if he were to lose in this spot. Read More...

Free’s Santa Anita preview for Saturday, Sept. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
In addition to an early first post (12:30 p.m. Pacific) Saturday at Santa Anita, there is plenty to consider before attacking the 11-race card that has five Grade 1 races. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: All in the family for Owens pair

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Steve Owens has the opportunity to sweep both $125,000 Ontario-sired stakes here Saturday, with the speedy half-siblings Seffeara and Zazinga. Read More...

Home Run Kitten gets up by a nose in Eddie D

DRF | 5 days ago
In Friday’s $101,500 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita, Home Run Kitten closed well in the final furlong to catch 2-1 favorite Ambitious Brew in the final stride and win the Grade 3 race over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Sept. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh analyzes Saturday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Biggest day of fall meet

DRF | 5 days ago
It’s the biggest day of Belmont’s fall meet, with six graded stakes worth $3.4 million on tap, comprised of the Kelso Handicap, the Beldame, and an all-Grade 1 pick four with a $500,000 guaranteed pool on the Flower Bowl, Vosburgh, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. Read More...

Belleofthebeach risks streak vs. older in Chaves County

DRF | 5 days ago
Belleofthebeach will be stepping outside the confines of the 3-year-old ranks for the first time Monday, when she attempts to win her fifth straight race in the $55,000 Chaves County at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M. Read More...

Sparkman: Sire finds ‘Roman’ glory

DRF | 5 days ago
Fusaichi Pegasus’s best American son, Roman Ruler, came closest to earning the early juvenile championship that might have validated Fusaichi Pegasus’s syndication price. He also has been by far his sire’s best son at stud, highlighted by the victory of Artemis Agrotera in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap on Sept. 20. Read More...

Delgado finds success in U.S.

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Gustavo Delgado’s first venture into racing in the United States certainly has been an unequivocal success. With less than two weeks to go in the meet, Delgado sits atop the standings, with Kirk Ziadie and David Fawkes as his two closest pursuers. Read More...

Private Prospect targets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 5 days ago
Private Prospect, who won his first three starts before finishing second by a nose in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, is an intended runner in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, trainer Mike Campbell said. Read More...

Obviously, Tom’s Tribute will train up to Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 5 days ago
Two of California’s leading turf milers – Obviously and Tom’s Tribute – will pass the $200,000 City of Hope Mile on Oct. 4 and be trained to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, their trainers said on Friday. Read More...

Trackattacker may be stalking Prime Engine in Gottstein Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
While fireworks have been in short supply this summer at Emerald Downs, the meeting will come to a dramatic close Sunday when unbeaten 2-year-olds Trackattacker and Prime Engine square off the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Ol’ Man River brings big reputation to Beresford

DRF | 5 days ago
Ol’ Man River, a hyped Aidan O’Brien-trained 2-year-old, tries stakes competition for the first time on Sunday at the Curragh in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes. Read More...

Cavorting, Condo Commando will go head to head in Frizette

DRF | 5 days ago
A matchup between undefeated graded stakes winners Cavorting and Condo Commando is expected to take place in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes for juvenile fillies at Belmont Park. Read More...

Saratoga Heater returning to trainer Stall

DRF | 5 days ago
Saratoga Heater, who won the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes by four lengths last Sunday at Belmont Park for Lisa Lewis, is headed back to trainer Al Stall, with whom she began her career at Saratoga. Read More...

America targets first stakes win in Remington Park Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
After a series of throw-downs with some of the nation’s top 3-year-old fillies, the Bobby Flay homebred America lands in a more palatable spot Sunday in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks. But enough with the culinary puns tied to her breeder-owner, who happens to be a renowned chef. Read More...

Carson’s Start is Markle’s best shot in two stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Dan Markle will send out leading contender Carson’s Start in the $50,000 Cahill Road Stakes, and follow a race later with Old Fashioned Grit in the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sunday at Emerald Downs. Read More...

McPeek leaning toward Champagne for maiden winner The Truth Or Else

DRF | 5 days ago
Though The Truth Or Else had made the first three starts of his career on the turf, trainer Ken McPeek always viewed him as a dirt horse. Read More...

The Pizza Man will ship early for Canadian International

DRF | 5 days ago
In late August, Rich Papiese, the principal of Midwest Thoroughbreds, had tentative plans to send two homebreds, The Pizza Man and Work All Week, to Breeders’ Cup races, but a trip to the Breeders’ Cup is all but out for The Pizza Man, and Work All Week will make his next start Oct. 4 in the Phoenix at Keeneland. Read More...

Wildcat Red goes for more glory in Oklahoma Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Wildcat Red’s memorable 3-year-old season is winding down, but he still has battles to fight. Read More...

Little Alexis returns home to prep for BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Little Alexis, who finished a wide-running fourth in the Grade 1 Cotillion, has returned to her South Florida home at Gulfstream Park, where she’ll begin preparations for her next start, which is set to come in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Read More...

Jockeys escape serious injury

DRF | 5 days ago
Four jockeys were fortunate to escape serious injury on an eventful closing-day program Wednesday at Kentucky Downs. Read More...

Red Mile: Takter’s trotters in full force Sunday afternoon

DRF | 6 days ago
Top three-year-old trotters from trainer Jimmy Takter highlight the Bluegrass action at The Red Mile. Read More...

OBS fall horses of racing age catalog now online

DRF | 6 days ago
The catalog for the horses of racing age portion of the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall mixed sale is now online via the auction company’s website and the Equineline Sales Catalog App. Read More...

Proposal has Keeneland running longer meet next year

DRF | 6 days ago
Keeneland Racecourse will run for more than four full weeks in the fall of 2015 to accommodate the two-day Breeders’ Cup event, according to a proposed calendar distributed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Read More...

Miss Mischief gives Capuano training title with HBPA win

DRF | 6 days ago
Miss Mischief scored her third consecutive impressive victory at Presque Isle Downs in $100,000 HBPA Stakes on Thursday evening. The HBPA was one of three stakes on the closing night card at the Erie, Pa., racino’s Thoroughbred meet. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 9/27 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 9/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 9/27 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 9/27 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic: Hips to watch

DRF | 6 days ago
The following are horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale, based on their pedigrees and the past racing and auction performance of notable family members. Conformation, physical characteristics, veterinarian records, and late pedigree updates were not taken into consideration. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/27 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic: Yearling sale showcases regional power

DRF | 6 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale features a wide array of offerings from various states and for various levels of buyers. The one-day sale will be held Sept. 29 at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic facility at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. This year’s edition features a catalog of 450 yearlings, 15 percent more than in 2013. Read More...

Yankee Gentleman colt tops Louisiana sale

DRF | 6 days ago
A Yankee Gentleman colt from the female family of Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong brought $100,000 to top the Breeders Sales Co., of Louisiana annual yearling auction held Tuesday in West Monroe. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Fans can see Jeter

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeter will be at Belmont Park on Friday. No, not the future Hall of Fame shortstop who was scheduled to play his last home game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday evening, but the New York-bred gelding who breaks from the rail against open company in race 2, a $25,000 claiming sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic Yearlings Sale

DRF | 6 days ago
LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic Yearlings Sale Read More...