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Commission tables vote on 3-day Suffolk Downs meet

DRF | 5 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission tabled a vote on whether to approve three days of live racing this year at Suffolk Downs in East Boston after a group of horsemen contended that a company owned by Frank Stronach was interested in leasing the track, according to officials at the meeting. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Carter Sales Co. summer sale catalog now online

DRF | 5 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Carter Sales Co. OKC summer Thoroughbred yearling and horses of racing age sale is now available online, with 82 horses entered. Read More...

Went the Day Well to stand in Uruguay

DRF | 5 days ago
Grade 3 winner Went the Day Well will begin his stallion career at Las Zainas Farm in Uruguay. Read More...

Lady Eli making progress in bout with laminitis

DRF | 5 days ago
Lady Eli, the undefeated Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly, continues to do well in her battle against laminitis, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. Read More...

Keen Pauline works way into CCA Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
Keen Pauline, the 15-1 upset winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 15, will return to the races in Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Unbeaten Golden Horn takes on older rivals in King George

DRF | 5 days ago
As American Pharoah, the American Triple Crown winner, gears up for another start against fellow 3-year-olds in the Haskell Invitational, Golden Horn can expand his growing legend in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Three champions put on workout show

DRF | 5 days ago
It was champions on parade Thursday morning at Saratoga as three Eclipse Award-winning females from 2014 put in workouts here in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements. Read More...

Multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem retired

DRF | 5 days ago
Carpe Diem, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April, has been retired. According to WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden, Carpe Diem suffered an injury to his right knee. Owned by WinStar and Stonestreet Stables, Carpe Diem will stand stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky Read More...

Pandolfo: Last race handicapping and the bounce theory

DRF | 5 days ago
One of the key elements of handicapping is how much emphasis to put on a horse's last race. The last race can tip off either improving or declining form. However, sometimes horses that have been racing well do turn in a subpar performance but still win their next start. That's why, generally speaking, I like to analyze a horse's last three starts. Of course, sometimes what looks like a subpar effort on paper was actually just a bad trip. Read More...

Crist: American Pharoah just one of many Saratoga story lines

DRF | 5 days ago
At the most recent public meeting of the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board, the largely state-appointed trustees did not ask a single question about the cancelation of the traditional Saratoga open house, the presence of a new temporary chairman at the head of the table, or any long-term plans for the future of racing in New York. The only question that seemed to animate the group was the one on many lips as Saratoga opened this Friday: Will American Pharoah race at the Spa? Read More...

Pure Tactics proves capable as miler

DRF | 5 days ago
The question of whether Pure Tactics is a turf sprinter or a miler was answered in Wednesday’s $86,350 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar. The 6-year-old horse can be called both. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: P H Supercam seeks Gerrity success

DRF | 5 days ago
Every once in a while a claimer is able to rise through the ranks and compete with some of the best in his class. On Saturday at Saratoga Raceway, P H Supercam, one of the best $30,000 buys in history, faces seven foes in the seventh annual $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial. Read More...

Hoppertunity, Smith team up for San Diego Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
On Saturday, Mike Smith rides Hoppertunity for the second time this year in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, a race that could lead to a start in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22. Read More...

King: Appealing Tale has shot to upset San Diego

DRF | 5 days ago
I get the feeling Appealing Tale should threaten, and perhaps even prove the upsetter, in Saturday’s San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Blame Jim enters Jersey Shore off sharp performance

DRF | 5 days ago
Blame Jim comes into the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday off a sharp Belmont Park sprint try and will rule a solid favorite in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds. Blame Jim earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure for his runner-up effort in a second-level optional claiming race last out at Belmont. Read More...

Amoss accepts 45-day suspension

DRF | 5 days ago
Tom Amoss, one of the leading trainers in the U.S., has accepted a 45-day suspension from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to settle a medication positive that turned up in one of his horses after a race in 2011. Read More...

Hall, trainer of George Royal, dies at 85

DRF | 5 days ago
Robert “Bobby” W. Hall died of natural causes Wednesday. Hall, 85, is best known as the owner and trainer of George Royal, the only British Columbia-bred to win what is considered a Grade 1 race. Read More...

Three Louisiana jockeys arrested for race-fixing

DRF | 5 days ago
Three Louisiana jockeys were arrested on Thursday and charged with race-fixing following an investigation into a race run at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas in mid-June, the state police announced. Read More...

American Pharoah gives Baffert goose bumps with Thursday work

DRF | 5 days ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah gave trainer Bob Baffert goosebumps with his work Thursday morning at Del Mar, a drill officially timed in 1:11 for six furlongs, with American Pharoah always into the bit, eagerly looking to do more in his penultimate work for the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on Aug. 2. Read More...

Unbeaten fillies Blaze to Glory, Dust Alert clash in Rio Grande Senorita

DRF | 5 days ago
Blaze to Glory and Dust Alert, a pair of 2-year-old fillies unbeaten after two starts, will clash Saturday in the $165,171 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity for New Mexico-bred females at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Cocked and Loaded shoots for second stakes win

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga will have a decided Midwest flavor to it, with most of the major contenders having begun their campaigns in Kentucky before shipping to New York for the summer. Read More...

Palace on the fence for Vanderbilt

DRF | 5 days ago
Although he is the defending champion and is ready to run off a four-month layoff, Palace is not certain to race next Saturday in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt, said trainer Linda Rice. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Del Mar for Friday, June 24

DRF | 5 days ago
McGee: How I'd play Del Mar for Friday, June 24 Read More...

Several California stakes runners cataloged for Barretts paddock sale

DRF | 5 days ago
DEL MAR, Calif.-The Barretts paddock sale of horses of racing age at Del Mar on Saturday evening has a catalog consisting primarily of 2- and 3-year-olds, and a slight international influence. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Friday, July 24

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his insights to a pick three play on Friday's card at Del Mar. Read More...

Crackdown staying busy by going in claiming feature

DRF | 5 days ago
Crackdown showed a lot of potential when he debuted in a maiden special weight race on June 20 and then put it all together when he romped as the heavy favorite in a $25,000 maiden-claiming race on July 11. If he can handle running three times in just over month, he could be the winner of a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds that headlines Saturday’s eight-race card at Hastings. Read More...

Mom’s Command: Abby Fuller’s horse of a lifetime

DRF | 5 days ago
On July 6, 1985, Mom’s Command captured the 1 1/2-mile Coaching Club American Oaks by 2 1/2 lengths and with it, New York’s prestigious triple crown for fillies. Moments later in the Belmont Park winner’s enclosure, her exhausted, elated rider swept off a sweaty yellow helmet and set the crowd aroar when a cascade of auburn hair tumbled down over a pair of slender shoulders. Read More...

Duff makes turf debut in Crowd Pleaser

DRF | 5 days ago
Parx Racing has carded two competitive handicaps for Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday, the Crowd Pleaser and the Power By Far. The Crowd Pleaser, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, is carded as race 6. The Power By Far, a five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares, is race 8. Both races have $75,000 purses. Read More...

Penn National Gaming posts higher net income in second quarter

DRF | 5 days ago
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Key Race report: Redo It returns in maiden special weight race

DRF | 5 days ago
Redo It (#3, ML 9-2) returns in Thursday's fifth race at Del Mar, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race on turf. It will be her first start since finishing fourth by two lengths in a maiden special weight race May 16 at Santa Anita. The first-, second-, third-, and fifth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 16 to July 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 16 to July 19, 2015. Read More...

Rossi taken to Indianapolis hospital with spinal injuries

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Oriana Rossi was transported from a local hospital to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Wednesday after being injured in a spill at Indiana Grand earlier in the day. Two other riders injured in the spill were released. Read More...

Kingsport draws off in Deputy Minister

DRF | 5 days ago
Kingsport polished off a solid field of Ontario-sired 3-year-olds on Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Deputy Minister Stakes. Read More...

New Mexico bans clenbuterol for Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses

DRF | 6 days ago
The New Mexico Racing Commission on Wednesday amended a rule on the use of the controversial bronchodilator clenbuterol, banning the drug for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, effective immediately. Read More...

Pure Tactics closes to win Wickerr Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The question of whether Pure Tactics is a turf sprinter or a miler was answered in Wednesday’s $86,350 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar. The 6-year-old horse can be called both. Read More...

Meadowlands: Johansson sends out talented filly in Miss New Jersey

DRF | 6 days ago
Going into 2015 trainer Nancy Johansson undoubtedly expected Horse of the Year JK She’salady to carry the mantle for her in the 3-year-old filly pacing division. With that star on the shelf until perhaps late September, Wicked Little Minx has grabbed the baton and looks to run with it in the $100,000 Miss New Jersey on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Moonist the class of Spencer Childers field

DRF | 6 days ago
Last July, Moonist won the Governor’s Cup Derby at Los Alamitos, his second of a record four derby wins in 2014. When Moonist starts on the same program Saturday in the $100,000 Spencer Childers Handicap, the gelding will be in search of his first win in a six-figure race this year. Read More...

Jockeys Rossi, Contreras hospitalized after spill

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockeys Oriana Rossi and Alejandro L. Contreras were transported to Major Hospital in Shelbyville following a spill in the fifth race at Indiana Grand on Wednesday. Read More...

Turf Paradise plans for 136-day meet in 2015-16

DRF | 6 days ago
Turf Paradise will bring up the curtain for a 60th time as the track announced dates and its stakes schedule for the 2015-16 stand. The Phoenix track will hold its 136-day meet Saturday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, May 8. Read More...

Hazel Park to end meet early Aug. 8

DRF | 6 days ago
Hazel Park Raceway will end its meet Saturday, Aug. 8, instead of Sept. 12, as originally scheduled, due to insufficient funds, per a Michigan Gaming Control Board release. Read More...

Meadows: Badiou Hanover seeks better luck in Adios elims

DRF | 6 days ago
Badiou Hanover drew well for Saturday’s eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace at The Meadows. He will start his elimination, the second of three divisions, from post two with driver Andy Miller. He is 8-1 on the morning line. Read More...

Colorado Silver Cup yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 6 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association Silver Cup yearling sale is now available online, with 49 entries. Read More...

Hogan: How I’d play Del Mar on Thursday, July 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Thursday’s card at Del Mar opens with a maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies, and the play is a pick three trying to beat the morning-line favorite in #2 WISH I UNDERSTOOD (5-2). That filly ran third in her debut at Los Alamitos, beating only two horses and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of only 39. Now, trainer Bob Baffert drops her in for a tag in her second career start, and it seems a big red flag that he’s willing to give up on her so soon. Baffert has a high win rate with juveniles, but he’s just average dropping in for tags, and combined with a very slow work prior to this race, I’ll let her beat me at a short price. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 7/24 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...