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Bejarano to ride Wildcat Red in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Jose Garoffalo confirmed Tuesday that Rafael Bejarano will ride Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby. Bejarano will be the sixth different jockey to be aboard the Fountain of Youth Stakes winner and Florida Derby runner-up in as many starts. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/16 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 4/16 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 4/15 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 4/15 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 4/15 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 4/15 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Phipps calls for publicly available veterinary files for Triple Crown contenders

DRF | 5 days ago
The chairman of The Jockey Club released a statement Monday calling for trainers of horses entered in the Triple Crown events to make the horses’ veterinary records publicly available beginning 14 days before each of the three races. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct handicapping notebook April 16

DRF | 5 days ago
Similarly to Friday, when all seven dirt winners were no worse than second at any point of call, early speed was a prerequisite for success in Saturday’s six dirt races, all of which were one-turn events no longer than 7 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Keeneland notes: ‘Ladies’ shine

DRF | 5 days ago
Although rain and chill were back by Monday, a weekend of terrific weather yielded a combined three-day attendance of 74,788 at Keeneland, including 39,722 on Blue Grass Day, the second-highest in track history. Read More...

No takers for Lexington’s Kentucky Derby qualifying points

DRF | 5 days ago
The Lexington Stakes is the last race with eligibility points toward the Kentucky Derby, but that will be a moot point Saturday when the 1 1/16-mile race is run at Keeneland. Read More...

Alvarado to resume riding at Aqueduct on Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado, sidelined since breaking his ankle on Dec. 22 in a gate mishap at Aqueduct, has been getting on horses for two weeks and plans to return to race-riding here on Saturday. Read More...

Kid Cruz likely for Saturday’s Tesio

DRF | 5 days ago
Kid Cruz, who scratched out of the Wood Memorial due to a sore shoulder, will likely run in Saturday’s Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico as a possible stepping-stone to the Preakness. Read More...

Strapping Groom to be freshened, will point for Saratoga

DRF | 5 days ago
Strapping Groom, fifth in the Grade 1 Carter in his last start, will get some time off before returning to take aim at a repeat victory in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga, trainer David Jacobson said. Read More...

Aqueduct quarantine termed ‘precautionary’

DRF | 5 days ago
A precautionary quarantine remained in place on Barn 10 at Aqueduct on Monday as officials awaited the results on tests conducted on a horse who died in that barn last Thursday. Read More...

Heavy ground would suit Balashkova in feature

DRF | 5 days ago
The two best races on Wednesday’s program at Aqueduct are scheduled for the turf. But with rain in the forecast Tuesday, there is a real possibility one or both first-level allowance races could be moved to the dirt. Read More...

Kentucky Derby starting odds are in Uncle Sigh’s favor

DRF | 5 days ago
If trainer Gary Contessa were a gambling man, he’d double down on his chances to make the Derby with his 3-year-old Uncle Sigh, who currently sits 21st on the list of horses with qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Illinois Derby: Midnight Hawk, Class Leader head list of probables

DRF | 5 days ago
Although Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne does not offer qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, the race is set to have a possible Kentucky Derby starter in the lineup Saturday in Midnight Hawk. Read More...

High win percentages abound

DRF | 5 days ago
Looking down the list of stables that have raced at Tampa Bay Downs this season, it’s evident there is a good bit of depth in the training ranks. Read More...

Villandry makes 2014 debut in split allowance feature

DRF | 5 days ago
After the 15-day Keeneland spring meet hit and passed its midpoint Sunday, Charlie LoPresti was showing just one win from 10 starts – and you only get one guess as to who the winner was. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: There’s still hope for horses ranked below No. 20 in points standings

DRF | 5 days ago
With the final round of Kentucky Derby preps with rich point values having been run Saturday, the current point standings mirror the prospective 20-horse field for the May 3 Derby. But there are several horses in the top 20 whose Derby status is cloudy, most notably Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate, so the possibility looms large of horses currently on the outside eventually earning a berth in the Derby. Read More...

Phil’s Dream pointing to New Providence Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
One notable absence from the Jacques Cartier Stakes on Sunday was Canada’s champion male sprinter of 2013, Phil’s Dream. While the Jacques Cartier appeared to be a logical starting point for Phil’s Dream’s 2014 campaign, owner and trainer Paul Buttigieg had other ideas. Read More...

Trainer Silvera records 1,000th win

DRF | 5 days ago
Laurie Silvera hit a milestone during Sunday’s card at Woodbine when he recorded his 1,000th career training victory in the seventh race, an optional claimer open to Ontario-sired horses. Read More...

Winter-raced horses had edge in Jacques Cartier Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses who wintered in Ontario held their own during Woodbine’s opening weekend, but winter-raced horses swept the top four positions in the only stakes race of the weekend, Sunday’s $125,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes. Read More...

Jay Bergman: Bier has a special horse in Bandolito

DRF | 5 days ago
Four-year-old Bandolito paced what may have been the fastest final half in the sport's history. Read More...

Trip Notes for April 12-13: Jenny Wiley, Blue Grass, Oaklawn Handicap, Arkansas Derby and more…

DRF | 6 days ago
Trip Notes for April 12-13: Jenny Wiley, Blue Grass, Oaklawn Handicap, Arkansas Derby and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Harness Racing: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from April 7 – April 10

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

Yonkers: Monday 4/14 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 4/14 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 4/14 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 4/14 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 4/14 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 4/14 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from April 7 – April 10

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

Sweet Swap hangs on in San Simeon

DRF | 6 days ago
Sweet Swap was allowed to set the pace in Sunday’s $101,000 San Simeon Stakes for turf sprinters at Santa Anita, an early advantage that proved to be the difference. Read More...

Kentucky Derby decision pending for Dance With Fate

DRF | 6 days ago
Dance With Fate, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will return to California on Monday, and a decision as to whether he runs in the Kentucky Derby will be made by his owners, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kentucky Derby decision pending for Dance With Fate

DRF | 6 days ago
Dance With Fate, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will return to California on Monday, and a decision as to whether he runs in the Kentucky Derby will be made by his owners, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint the target for Big Macher

DRF | 6 days ago
Getting Big Macher to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November as inexpensively as possible has become a goal for owners Brendan Bakir and Tom Mansor and trainer Richard Baltas after the gelding’s win in Saturday’s $200,750 Potrero Grande Stakes. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint the target for Big Macher

DRF | 6 days ago
Getting Big Macher to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November as inexpensively as possible has become a goal for owners Brendan Bakir and Tom Mansor and trainer Richard Baltas after the gelding’s win in Saturday’s $200,750 Potrero Grande Stakes. Read More...

Stormy Lucy pays quick dividend in Santa Barbara

DRF | 6 days ago
When Stormy Lucy was bought privately by Steve Moger and his brother, trainer Ed Moger Jr., last month, the $150,750 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita on Sunday was an obvious next goal. The Santa Barbara provided the Mogers with a quick return on their investment. Read More...

Stormy Lucy pays quick dividend in Santa Barbara

DRF | 6 days ago
When Stormy Lucy was bought privately by Steve Moger and his brother, trainer Ed Moger Jr., last month, the $150,750 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita on Sunday was an obvious next goal. The Santa Barbara provided the Mogers with a quick return on their investment. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

Davidowitz’s Arkansas Derby analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
In a “do or die” Kentucky Derby qualifying race for seven of the eight starters, the Todd Pletcher-trained Danza skimmed the rail coming out of the final turn to post a 41-1 upset over Ride On Curlin. Read More...

Jacques Cartier: Dan the Tin Man by a neck

DRF | 6 days ago
Dan the Tin Man dug in late to take the $131,250 Jacques Cartier Stakes over another gelding who saved ground until the stretch, Victory Exchange. Read More...

Jacques Cartier: Dan the Tin Man by a neck

DRF | 6 days ago
Dan the Tin Man dug in late to take the $131,250 Jacques Cartier Stakes over another gelding who saved ground until the stretch, Victory Exchange. Read More...

Cartier: Dan the Tin Man by a neck

DRF | 6 days ago
Dan the Tin Man dug in late to take the $131,250 Jacques Cartier Stakes over another gelding who saved ground until the stretch, Victory Exchange. Read More...

Castellano keeps Ready to Act on straight and narrow in Beaumont

DRF | 6 days ago
Despite herself - and with a little assistance from jockey Javier Castellano - Ready to Act won the Beaumont Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

Castellano keeps Ready to Act on straight and narrow in Beaumont

DRF | 6 days ago
Despite herself - and with a little assistance from jockey Javier Castellano - Ready to Act won the Beaumont Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

Castellano keeps Ready to Act on straight and narrow in Beaumont

DRF | 6 days ago
Despite herself - and with a little assistance from jockey Javier Castellano - Ready to Act won the Beaumont Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

Game On Dude flies in six-furlong work

DRF | 6 days ago
Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on Saturday. Read More...

Game On Dude flies in six-furlong work

DRF | 6 days ago
Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on Saturday. Read More...

Game On Dude flies in work

DRF | 6 days ago
Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on Saturday. Read More...

Harp Star comes through in Japanese 1000 Guineas

DRF | 6 days ago
Harp Star closed from last in the final half-mile to win Sunday’s $1,820,078 Japanese 1000 Guineas for 3-year-old fillies at Hanshin Racecourse. Read More...

Harp Star comes through in Japanese 1000 Guineas

DRF | 6 days ago
Harp Star closed from last in the final half-mile to win Sunday’s $1,820,078 Japanese 1000 Guineas for 3-year-old fillies at Hanshin Racecourse. Read More...

Harp Star comes through in Japanese 1000 Guineas

DRF | 6 days ago
Harp Star closed from last in the final half-mile to win Sunday’s $1,820,078 Japanese 1000 Guineas for 3-year-old fillies at Hanshin Racecourse. Read More...