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Numbers down at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale

DRF | 5 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training got off to a rocky start in the first of its two sessions on Monday in Timonium, Md., with double-digit declines across the board and a continually selective market for top horses contributing to a higher buyback rate. Read More...

Where’s the Widget impresses in Steady Growth Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Where’s the Widget ran them off their feet in Monday’s $125,400 Steady Growth Stake at Woodbine, winning the 1 1/16-mile route for Ontario-sired stock convincingly. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park horses to watch for week of May 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of May 23. Read More...

The week that was in racing, May 16-23, 2016

DRF | 5 days ago
Exaggerator beats Nyquist in the Preakness, Go Maggie Go, wins the Black Eyed Susan, Ben's Cat wins yet another, and more. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of May 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Ron Gierkink's horses to watch at Woodbine for the week of May 23. Read More...

Ballerina summer target for Paulassilverlining

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Michelle Nevin said the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina at Saratoga on Aug. 27 is the long-term goal for Paulassilverlining, the 3 1/4-length winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont. What she does between now and then remains undecided. Read More...

Lightstream convinces trainer she’s the real thing

DRF | 5 days ago
Lightstream's last-to-first victory in Saturday's $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes on the turf not only kept the filly undefeated, but gave trainer Brian Lynch plenty to think about when plotting out the rest of the 3-year-old filly's year. Read More...

Zoccali: Fallacy of guaranteed pools

DRF | 5 days ago
Guaranteed pools have become one of the major marketing tools within horse racing, with the intent being to attract more handle in specific pools, usually multi-race exotic wagers. But, how valuable are they and are the racetracks being hypocritical in their practice? Read More...

Pegasus a likely next race for Unified

DRF | 5 days ago
Unified, the undefeated 3-year-old who won the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes on May 14, could make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 19, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Monday. Read More...

She’sabrees, Ghost Locket get rematch in Prairie Rose

DRF | 5 days ago
Maybe a wet track helped She'sabrees defeat odds-on favorite Ghost Locket in a May 13 allowance race at Prairie Meadows, but with more rain in the local forecast throughout this week, conditions could once again favor She'sabrees in the $45,000 Prairie Rose Stakes on Wednesday night. Read More...

Matz family has big Preakness Day

DRF | 5 days ago
The Preakness Stakes undercard proved bountiful for the Matz family. Trainer Michael Matz saddled Truly Together to an optional-claiming win early in the day, and then his wife, Dorothy Matz, had her turn in the spotlight as the breeder of Grade 2 Dixie Stakes winner Takeover Target. Read More...

Gift Box returns in stakes-quality allowance

DRF | 5 days ago
A stakes-caliber first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds featuring Gift Box, Gettysburg, and American Pioneer headlines Thursday's nine-race program at Belmont Park, which includes a pick-six carryover of $72,651. Read More...

Go Maggie Go big asset for Tarp

DRF | 5 days ago
After 14 years and many missed targets, Mike Tarp's investment in Magibel is finally paying off, thanks to the talented Go Maggie Go. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 5/25 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 5/25 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Ben’s Cat family has deep ties to Leatherbury

DRF | 5 days ago
In 1982, Thoroughbred owner, breeder, and, most notably, Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury purchased the Drone mare Dronette for just $57,000 in partnership out of the Timonium mixed sale. It has paid dividends. Read More...

For NYRA, rubber match in Belmont Stakes only part of the fun

DRF | 5 days ago
When Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator turned the tables on Nyquist in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, it meant that for the first time under the current management team at the New York Racing Association, the Belmont Stakes will be run without a Triple Crown on the line. Read More...

Nicks sends out two with talent

DRF | 5 days ago
A field of eight fillies and mares will contest Thursday's $43,000 allowance feature, with leading trainer Ralph Nicks holding the upper hand. He sends out a pair of promising 3-year-olds, Crowning Affair and Ad Lutem, each of whom scored an impressive maiden win here earlier this spring. Read More...

Simon continues hot run at this meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Chuck Simon has been one of the biggest advocates of summer racing on the south Florida circuit for the last two years. And his decision to stay here on a year-round basis has certainly paid big dividends this season. Read More...

Trio of Belmont possibles work

DRF | 5 days ago
Less than 48 hours after the second jewel in the Triple Crown was run in the Pimlico mud, a trio of Churchill-based 3-year-olds who could run in the third jewel were out for serious work early Monday over a fast track. Read More...

Bradley reflects on bond with his father

DRF | 5 days ago
Buff Bradley was at the bedside of his father when Fred Bradley died Friday at age 85 – just like they were together so often in life. Read More...

Dylan Ward gets fourth crack at first-level allowance

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Phil D'Amato will be represented by a 5-year-old gelding named Dylan Ward in the lone allowance on Thursday at Churchill. The $52,000 first-level turf route drew an oversubscribed field for the seventh of eight races. Read More...

Exaggerator continues remarkable run for sire Curlin

DRF | 5 days ago
The morning after the Preakness Stakes, trainer Keith Desormeaux needed to look no further than Exaggerator's pedigree line to express his confidence about the upcoming Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 5/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 5/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Plenty of stakes in offing

DRF | 5 days ago
There are two stakes races on the schedule over the upcoming holiday weekend, the $75,000 Gleaming for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/2 miles on the turf on Saturday, and the $75,000 Tarpon for 3-year-olds at a mile on Monday's Memorial Day program. Read More...

Casse finally gets Conquest Pacemaker started

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse's local stable includes the promising Conquest Pacemaker, a stakes winner at 3 who'll launch his 4-year-old campaign as the heavy favorite in Wednesday's $44,000 allowance feature at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Read More...

Barretts sale features 119 juveniles and horses of racing age

DRF | 5 days ago
Barretts Sales will begin its second year of operations at Del Mar with Friday's May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age. Read More...

Morey increasing his presence in Southern California

DRF | 5 days ago
There was plenty of new activity at trainer Billy Morey's stable at Santa Anita last weekend. While Morey attended to the stakes-placed 3-year-old Midnight Ming, his wife, Elizabeth, unpacked boxes featuring stable emblems and other equipment needed for the 10 stalls that Morey's runners will occupy. Read More...

Fever makes Nyquist’s status for Belmont Stakes uncertain

DRF | 5 days ago
After splitting the first two legs of the Triple Crown, Exaggerator and Nyquist are still pointing to the Belmont Stakes on June 11, but the status of Nyquist became a bit uncertain on Monday when trainer Doug O'Neill revealed that the horse had a high temperature, necessitating a delay in his shipping from Pimlico to Belmont Park. Read More...

Trip Notes for May 21 – May 22: Preakness, Dixie, Gallorette

DRF | 5 days ago
Trip notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races run on the weekend of May 21-22. Read More...

Won’t be easy to walk away with $974K Golden Pick 6 jackpot

DRF | 5 days ago
For $7,560 you can cover every horse and have all six winners in Thursday's Golden Pick 6 jackpot wager at Golden Gate Fields. And with a $974,173 jackpot going into the card, that may be a tempting proposition for some bettors. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from May 16 – May 18

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from May 16 – May 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Sparkman: Vindication for Exaggerator and Curlin

DRF | 5 days ago
The 3-year-old colt crop of 2007 was widely regarded at the time as one of the best and most competitive in decades, and the three top colts – Curlin, Hard Spun, and Street Sense – all went to stud in 2008 or 2009 with considerable fanfare. Curlin proved himself the best of the three on the racetrack, and after a comparatively slow start, is now proving himself the best sire of the three. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of May 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of May 23. Read More...

Golden Pick 6 at $974,000 for Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
The jackpot for the Golden Pick 6 at Golden Gate Fields went unclaimed for the 48th straight day Sunday when multiple bettors picked all six winners. Read More...

Gutierrez looking ahead to Belmont, not back to Preakness

DRF | 5 days ago
A day after Nyquist finished third in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, jockey Mario Gutierrez won the feature race at Santa Anita – the $200,345 Californian Stakes with Second Summer. The victory was his first mount since the Preakness and was a welcome distraction. Read More...

Pocono: Check Six remains undefeated this season after Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win

DRF | 6 days ago
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocno was the scene of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt pacers on Sunday night, and Check Six improved his 2016 record to four-for-four and gave trainer Ron Burke his second Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win in the process. Read More...

Golden Gate Fields: Golden Pick 6 grows to $934,832

DRF | 6 days ago
The Golden Pick 6 at Golden Gate Fields went unclaimed for the 48th straight day Sunday when multiple bettors picked all six winners. Read More...

Second Summer provides boost to Eurton, Gutierrez by winning Californian

DRF | 6 days ago
A one-length win by Second Summer in Sunday’s $200,345 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita came at an ideal time for jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Peter Eurton. Read More...

O B Harbor survives early duel to win Governor’s Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Despite dueling with Kaabraaj through extremely fast fractions, O B Harbor was a convincing winner of the $50,000 Governor’s Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Read More...

He’s So Zazzy, River Jewel sweep stakes for Francisco Bravo

DRF | 6 days ago
The trainer Francisco Bravo was sending live runners throughout the opening three-day week of the Canterbury Park meeting, especially so in the pair of stakes races on Sunday. Bravo won the $41,000 L’Etoile du Nord with River Jewel in race 2 and completed a stakes sweep when He’s So Zazzy romped in race 7, the $41,400 Paul Bunyan. Read More...

Tiz Imaginary overcomes trouble to win Fury Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Tiz Imaginary overcame a troubled trip to upset the favored Jennifer Lynnette in Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes, a prep for the June 12 Woodbine Oaks. Read More...

Chantilly: New Bay, Mondialiste head talented lineup for Prix d’Ispahan

DRF | 6 days ago
Nine group or graded stakes winners, including New Bay, the winner of the Group 1 French Derby in 2015 and Mondialiste, the winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile last September, comprise the field for Tuesday’s $280,000 Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly Racecourse in France. Read More...

School Board Prez wins 3-year-old and turf debut in Tomboy

DRF | 6 days ago
School Board Prez, last season’s champion Ohio-bred 2-year-old filly, launched her 3-year-old campaign with an impressive performance in Sunday’s $75,000 Tomboy Stakes at Belterra Park. Read More...

John F Kennedy retired to become stallion in Argentina

DRF | 6 days ago
John F Kennedy, a one-time future book favorite for the 2015 English Derby, has been retired after sustaining an injury in his American debut on May 15. Trainer Paulo Lobo said on Sunday that the injury does not require surgery and that John F Kennedy will be shipped to Argentina soon to begin stud service when the Southern Hemisphere breeding season begins in August. Read More...

California Gold Rush kicks off holiday weekend stakes action

DRF | 6 days ago
he upcoming Memorial Day weekend has seven six-figure stakes from Saturday through Monday, the busiest stretch of stakes at Santa Anita’s spring-summer meeting, which runs through July 10. Read More...

Wild Dude will stay home for Triple Bend, Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Southern California freeways are likely to be the extent of travel this year for Wild Dude, the winner of Saturday’s $201,035 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita. Sunday, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Wild Dude will “absolutely” be pointed for the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, a Grade 1 at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on June 25. Read More...

Jet Setting scores 9-1 upset in Irish 1000 Guineas

DRF | 6 days ago
Jet Setting, a filly purchased for approximately $17,400 last fall, won Sunday’s $336,300 Irish 1000 Guineas over 4-11 favorite Minding at The Curragh. The win gave trainer Adrian Keatley his first Group 1 win in his third year of training. Read More...

Stellar Wind starts slow, picks up pace in workout

DRF | 6 days ago
A six-furlong team work by Stellar Wind and company did not start out as planned Sunday at Santa Anita, but it ended just fine. For trainer John Sadler, the finish of the work was more important anyway. Read More...

Jacky’s Notion rallies to capture Fancy Buckles Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Jacky’s Notion rallied from fourth in the stretch under jockey Oscar Flores to overtake 15-1 outsider Nay’s Back in Saturday night’s $51,200 Fancy Buckles Stakes for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares at Charles Town. Read More...