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Attractive matchup looming in Hopeful

DRF | 5 days ago
On Friday, trainer Tony Dutrow sounded as though I Spent It would run in Monday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful, setting up a closing-day showdown with impressive maiden winner Competitive Edge. Read More...

For High Dollar Woman, it’s wait till next year

DRF | 5 days ago
High Dollar Woman, who won a fast maiden race for 2-year-old fillies here earlier in the meet, will likely not run again until next year, trainer Tony Dutrow said Friday. Read More...

Clement pair should handle distance in Glens Falls

DRF | 5 days ago
There are plenty of questions to be answered in Sunday’s $150,000 Glens Falls Handicap, among them the prospective pace scenario and the ability of several of the top contenders to maintain their form while stretching out around three turns for the first time in their careers.
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Delaware Park issues refunds after tote malfunction

DRF | 5 days ago
All wagers were refunded on the third race at Delaware Park on Thursday after a technical issue allowed betting to remain open after the race had started. The refunds totaled $148,376. Read More...

Big Cazanova will target graded stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Big Cazanova set his second track record of the season with a runaway allowance victory going 1 1/8 miles Thursday and now will get a shot in graded stakes company, trainer Peter Miller said Friday morning. Read More...

Santa Anita to hold live-money handicapping tournament

DRF | 5 days ago
Santa Anita will have a live-money handicapping tournament, the Santa Anita Autumn Handicapping Challenge, the second weekend of its autumn meet, Oct. 4-5, the track announced on Friday. Read More...

Iron Fist will take a shot in Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
Om would have been the favorite in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on closing day Wednesday, but a minor setback will keep him out. As a result, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said he will take a shot in the race with Iron Fist, who is winless after two starts but was second to Om in a maiden race here Aug. 9. Read More...

Broken Sword the one to beat in Tranquility Lake

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has the horse to beat Sunday in the $90,000 Tranquility Lake Stakes. Read More...

Shared Belief targets Awesome Again on path to BC Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Shared Belief is back home at Golden Gate Fields, but his trainer and co-owner, Jerry Hollendorfer, was back at Del Mar on Friday morning, where he was overseeing the final preparations for the horses he will run here the last few days of the meet, as well as contemplating the fall campaign for Shared Belief. Read More...

California Chrome works toward Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
California Chrome will need an ideal preparation in early September to be ready for his scheduled comeback in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Sept. 20.That was the opinion of trainer Art Sherman after California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Los Alamitos early Friday. Read More...

Fashion Plate starts over in Torrey Pines

DRF | 5 days ago
Fashion Plate had a perfect season at Santa Anita last winter, winning a maiden race and two Grade 1 races for 3-year-old fillies. Nothing went right for her in spring and summer. Read More...

Lab behind on drug tests for three states

DRF | 5 days ago
A backlog of incomplete post-race drug tests at a widely respected laboratory in Lexington has sent regulators scrambling to get the work done while underlining the growing pains associated with the industry’s move to adopt stricter rules on therapeutic medications. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 5 days ago
Some good-sized, competitive fields in the middle of the card make the pick three for races 5-7 intriguing and potentially profitable. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Bejarano, Hollendorfer lead the way

DRF | 5 days ago
It’s taken a while for Rafael Bejarano to re-establish himself at the top of the riding heap here after being sidelined a few months after suffering injuries in a spill at Santa Anita. However, the guy who perennially has been atop the jockey pecking order surely is all the way back and leading the way again. Read More...

OBS August: Yearling auction ends with declines

DRF | 5 days ago
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale concluded Thursday with declines in nearly every economic indicator, with trade especially depressed in the two-day open section. Read More...

Bernier: Del Mar pick three play for Friday, Aug. 29

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier provides a pick three play in races 1-3 Friday at Del Mar. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Pletcher, Brown battle in standings

DRF | 5 days ago
Chad Brown posted a three-bagger Thursday and cut Todd Plercher’s lead in the trainers’ standings to 23-22. Read More...

Pleasantly Perfect to Taylor Made for 2015

DRF | 5 days ago
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and veteran sire Pleasantly Perfect will stand at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky., for the 2015 breeding season, with a fee to be announced at a later date. Read More...

Bandbox entering stud in Maryland for 2015

DRF | 5 days ago
Bandbox, a Grade 3-winning son of leading sire Tapit, will enter stud in 2015 at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md. Read More...

Startup Nation continues Brown’s hot hand by taking With Anticipation

DRF | 5 days ago
Startup Nation made an eye-catching last-to-first move to win Thursday’s Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes, giving Chad Brown a sweep of this week’s juvenile turf stakes while continuing his pursuit of Todd Pletcher as Saratoga’s leading trainer. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 8/30 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/30 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Indiana racing commission considers rule regulating cobalt levels

DRF | 5 days ago
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider an emergency regulation at a meeting next Thursday that would establish a threshold level for cobalt, the naturally occurring mineral that is allegedly being used by some horsemen under the belief that it could boost red-blood-cell production, according to a staff report posted on the commission’s website. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Diamond Bachelor, Plaza de Indias returning to form

DRF | 5 days ago
There was a time when Plaza de Indias and Diamond Bachelor were competing in stakes, and it was right where they belonged. Alas, things have gone south somewhat for the pair, but the two come into Friday’s card seemingly on the upswing, as if they have some of their old mojo back. Read More...

History Challenge: Eclipse hero Forego

DRF | 5 days ago
With the 35th running of the Grade 1 Forego Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga, test your knowledge of this great gelding. Read More...

Cassatt eyeing Cotillion

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Larry Jones confirmed Wednesday that Cassatt, the winner of the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in her stakes debut Aug. 9, is still under consideration for the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 20. Read More...

Mohawk: Sweet Lou goes for 11th straight in Canadian Pacing Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Sweet Lou has won 10 of 13 races and $934,700 this year for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. Lifetime he has won 32 of 68 races and $3.05 million. Read More...

Tritap to Heritage Stallions in Maryland

DRF | 5 days ago
Tritap, a Grade 2-placed son of leading sire Tapit, will join the roster of Heritage Stallions in Chesapeake City, Md., for his debut season in 2015. Read More...

Private Zone will use Turf Monster as stepping-stone to Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
California-based trainer Doug O’Neill has shipped Private Zone to Parx Racing for Monday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap, a five-furlong turf sprint. The horse's goal is the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

I Spent It in Hopeful field – for now

DRF | 5 days ago
As expected, trainer Tony Dutrow entered Saratoga Special winner I Spent It on Thursday for Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. Also expected, however, is that I Spent It will scratch to run in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 4. Read More...

Discreet Marq joins lineup for Fasig-Tipton November

DRF | 5 days ago
Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, to be held Nov. 3 in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Oaklawn increases overnight purses for 2015

DRF | 5 days ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., anticipates distributing a record $23.5 million in purses during its 57-date meet that opens on Jan. 9, the track announced Thursday. Read More...

Darling Sky will have class tested in Spinaway

DRF | 5 days ago
Darling Sky lived up to her connection’s expectations at Parx when she won her debut by a widening 7 1/4 lengths. Sunday, she’ll get the acid test when she runs in the Grade 1 Spinaway. Read More...

Miss Behaviour ready to go in Prioress Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Phil Schoenthal may have gotten a bit of a bonus when his Miss Behaviour finished second in the Grade 1 Test earlier in the meet. After all, it was Saturday’s $300,000 Prioress that the Maryland-based horseman had really been targeting all along with Miss Behaviour, who will take on seven foes in the six-furlong, Grade 2 dash for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Decisions loom for Stryker Phd

DRF | 5 days ago
Stryker Phd was a happy camper Thursday at Emerald Downs, trainer Larry Ross said, “bucking and bouncing” during a morning jog as he eased back into training following his emphatic victory Sunday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile. Read More...

Wise Dan launches comeback in Bernard Baruch Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Less than four months after lying on the operating table in Kentucky and undergoing colic surgery, Wise Dan will be in the starting gate at Saratoga to launch his much-anticipated comeback in Saturday’s $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: $278K carryover in Jackpot Hi 5

DRF | 6 days ago
The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover has continued to build at a steady pace, and is $278,841 heading into the ninth race today. Read More...

Clearly Now, Lynch going good entering Forego

DRF | 6 days ago
Clearly Now looks to put an exclamation point on a fabulous summer for his trainer, Brian Lynch, when he seeks his first Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Early pace the key to Woodward

DRF | 6 days ago
With two of the leading older males in training out of the race, Moreno’s chances in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga were looking better and better. Then came the post position draw, and the dynamics of the Woodward changed. Read More...

Long Hot Summer may make jump to graded stakes soon

DRF | 6 days ago
Long Hot Summer, unbeaten in two starts after winning her stakes debut in Wednesday’s $150,500 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies, may not stay in the statebred division for long this fall.
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Blue Tone gets stakes shot in Brubaker

DRF | 6 days ago
More than two years have passed since Blue Tone beat maidens as a 3-year-old at Hollywood Park, winning so well that trainer Bob Hess Jr. was convinced the gelding was a stakes prospect. Read More...

Columbus Breeders’ Special Stakes kick off Saturday program

DRF | 6 days ago
Stakes races make up the early daily double on Saturday evening at the Columbus Races as the male and female divisions of the Columbus Breeders' Special Stakes get the holiday weekend into full swing. Read More...

Nakatani will ride Skyway in Del Mar Futurity

DRF | 6 days ago
Skyway, the winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 3, will have a new rider Wednesday for the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. Read More...

Goldencents to try turf in Shadwell Turf Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Goldencents, the winner of the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes last Sunday and four other stakes in his career, will make his turf debut Oct. 4 in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, co-owner Glenn Sorgenstein said Thursday. Read More...

Just Call Kenny fresh, fit for Smarty Jones at Parx

DRF | 6 days ago
On Monday, Just Call Kenny will make the third start of his current form cycle in the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing. Trainer Patrick McBurney has given Just Call Kenny four works since the Haskell, including an easy half-mile in 51 seconds at Monmouth Park on Thursday. Read More...

Pair of juvenile sprint stakes highlight Evangeline closing day

DRF | 6 days ago
A pair of stakes for 2-year-olds will help bring down the curtain on the 2014 season at Evangeline Downs Saturday night. Read More...

Gonzalez takes two shots in featured route

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Claudio Gonzalez has a pair of speedy contenders for the $41,400, third-level optional $50,000 claimer that pinch hits as the Saturday feature at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Atreides lays over rivals in Monarchos

DRF | 6 days ago
With an unblemished record and eye-popping Beyer Speed Figures of 102 and 105, the simple fact is Atreides will be in the 1-5 range in odds in the Monarchos at Gulfstream on Saturday. Read More...

Crist: Double Crown title streak could end

DRF | 6 days ago
As any schoolchild knows, every 3-year-old since 1978 who won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness failed to win the Belmont Stakes and complete the Triple Crown. Did you know there’s an even longer streak regarding the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown? Read More...