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Ancient Goddess promising import for P.G. Johnson Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Wednesday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga, which honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame trainer, is filled with question marks. None is bigger, perhaps, than how European invader Ancient Goddess will run in her U.S. and two-turn debut against six other juvenile fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Read More...

Demonstrative wins Turf Writers; Makari euthanized

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Richard Valentine and the connections of Demonstrative had every reason to celebrate after their veteran hurdler outfinished Barnstorming to win Saratoga’s Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup for the second time in the last three years. But there was little joy in the winner’s circle on Monday after Makari suffered a fatal injury when falling over the final jump in the grueling 2 3/8-mile event. Read More...

Pender Harbor tries to rebound on Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Millionaire Pender Harbour, a 2009 CTHS yearling sale graduate, appears to have found a nice spot in the $125,000 Elgin Stakes on Wednesday as part of Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day at Woodbine. Read More...

Desert Steel seeks to build on Polytrack performance in stakes debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Desert Steel cruised to a 5 1/4-length victory against maidens on July 27, and will try to parlay that victory into a stakes win on Wednesday in the $150,000 Generous Portion for California-bred 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Pair of 3-year-old restricted stakes top card

DRF | 4 days ago
Indiana Grand Race Course once again breaks up the handicapping week with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old Indiana-bred progeny of donated stallions sold at the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association live auction or were listed as reserve not attained for the Internet auction. There will be a race for 3-year old fillies and the Paul Tinkle for colts and geldings. Both have a $75,000 purse and will be run at a mile on the main track. Read More...

Fair Grounds to update video boards

DRF | 4 days ago
Fair Grounds announced Monday the purchase and imminent installation of two video boards, one of several enhancements the track pledged to make this past spring when the Louisiana legislature signaled it might consider denying Fair Grounds a state-issued license to host live racing and run off-track betting parlors due to problems with the facility. Read More...

Shared Belief likely to run before BC Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
The day after Shared Belief's victory in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said he likely would run him one time prior to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Impressive debut winner West Riding returns Wednesday

DRF | 4 days ago
West Riding, an impressive debut winner going two turns on July 30, faces first-level allowance company in race 5 on Wednesday going 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Santa Anita surface renovation complete

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita has completed the renovation of its main track and will reopen for training on Sept. 2, the track announced in a press release on Monday. The stable area opens on Sunday. Read More...

Mike Smith to ride Beholder

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Smith will be the new rider for two-time champion Beholder, who continued her preparation for a return to action with a seven-furlong workout in 1:24 on Monday morning at Del Mar. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Monday, Aug. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
There are a number of key scratches or additions on Monday’s card that make a bit of re-handicapping necessary. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick three play for Monday, Aug. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
In the early pick five races 4 and 5 – both fairly inscrutable maidens – cause too much trouble to play with any confidence on less than a high-roller bankroll. And I thought in the late pick four races 7,8, and 10 had the same effect, so I’m aiming small today. Read More...

Inspector general report cites ‘missed opportunities’ in NYRA takeout error

DRF | 4 days ago
New York Racing Association officials, including its former chief executive and general counsel, “missed several opportunities” to discover that the association was charging a takeout rate in some superexotic pools that was in excess of the law for a 16-month period in 2010 and 2011, according to a long-delayed report issued by the Inspector General of New York on Monday. Read More...

Stryker Phd rallies from 15 lengths back to win Longacres Mile

DRF | 5 days ago
Stryker Phd roared from some 15 lengths off the pace to win Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs and reaffirm his status as the leading handicap horse in the Pacific Northwest. Read More...

Shared Belief wins sixth straight with big score in Pacific Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, extended his unbeaten streak to six races and beat older horses in a stakes for the first time in Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Read More...

Goldencents finds winning form in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Rafael Bejarano had flashbacks to last November as he rode Goldencents to victory in Sunday’s $250,500 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Hall of Famer Solis to ride in Southern California

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Alex Solis, who was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame earlier this month, will resume riding in Southern California in the coming weeks, according to his new agent, Brandon O’Bryan. Read More...

So Lonesome handles the dirt in Albany Stakes win

DRF | 5 days ago
A switch from turf and graded stakes company to dirt and statebreds proved to be the tonic for So Lonesome, who speed-popped the field and drew off to a four-length victory in the $250,000 Albany Stakes, the featured event Sunday on Saratoga Showcase Day for New York-breds. Read More...

Winning Cause scores in Cliff Hanger Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
The fourth time at the meet was the charm for Winning Cause in the Grade 3, $103,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes on the turf Sunday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Tom’s Tribute delivers in Del Mar Mile

DRF | 5 days ago
Tom’s Tribute will go into the autumn as the top turf miler in Southern California. Three stakes wins in his last four starts and an upset over the heavily favored Obviously in Sunday’s $250,500 Del Mar Mile have earned Tom’s Tribute that distinction. Read More...

Star Grazing turns perfect trip into Fleet Indian win

DRF | 5 days ago
Star Grazing parlayed a perfect trip under jockey Angel Arroyo and the hot hands of trainer Jimmy Jerkens and owners-breeders Chester and Mary Broman into a three-quarter-length victory over the 9-5 Flipcup in Sunday’s $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Dayatthespa earns repeat victory in Yaddo Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
The $150,000 Yaddo looked like a match race on paper, and it played out that way on the inner turf course Sunday at Saratoga as Dayatthespa dictated the tempo, turned back a challenge from Discreet Marq and drew off to score a 2 1/2-length victory. Read More...

Leigh Court returns with strong win in Seaway Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Reigning Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Leigh Court made a triumphant return to competition in Sunday’s Grade 3, $155,600 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Rescheduled Turf Writers kicks off Monday card

DRF | 5 days ago
The $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, postponed due to inclement weather last Thursday, jumpstarts the Monday card as the penultimate week at the Spa comes to a close. Read More...

Myfourchix takes over in final furlong for Seeking the Ante victory

DRF | 5 days ago
For a brief moment, it appeared it would more of the same old, same old at Saratoga in Sunday’s Seeking the Ante Stakes. Read More...

Upstart wheels back on short rest to win Funny Cide

DRF | 5 days ago
Upstart won for the second time in nine days when surging late to run down the loose-on-the-lead Bustin It to register a one-length victory in the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for 2-year-old New York-breds Sunday at Saratoga. Read More...

Purse redistributed after Luckbox Sam drug test comes up positive

DRF | 5 days ago
Part of the purse of a $12,500 claiming race May 1 at Santa Anita has been redistributed after the runner-up Luckbox Sam was disqualified after testing positive for two class 3 medications, the Del Mar stewards announced Saturday. Read More...

Garcia, Vargas each receive three-day suspensions

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockeys Martin Garcia and Jorge Vargas Jr. have been given three-day suspensions for riding infractions last week. Read More...

Palace Malice to bypass Woodward, point to Jockey Club Gold Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday Palace Malice will bypass the Grade 1 Woodward here Saturday to await the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 27. Read More...

Big John B may not start again until BC Turf

DRF | 5 days ago
Big John B earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 after his win in the $200,250 Del Mar Handicap on Saturday and may not start in the interim. Read More...

Masochistic’s stakes debut likely to come in Los Alamitos Mile

DRF | 5 days ago
Masochistic, the easy winner of an optional claimer over seven furlongs Saturday likely will make his stakes debut in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on Sept. 6, trainer A.C. Avila said. Read More...

Skyway has final work before Del Mar Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
Skyway has been the star of trainer Mark Casse’s stable in California this year, highlighted by a win Aug. 3 in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar. He could be the circuit’s star 2-year-old after the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3. Read More...

Patterson services set for Tuesday

DRF | 5 days ago
Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in San Mateo for Theresa Patterson, 78. Read More...

Dutrow pleased with The Big Beast’s win in King’s Bishop

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow was extremely confident his grand-looking 3-year-old The Big Beast could successfully make the jump from winning an entry-level allowance race here earlier in the meet to defeat Grade 1 competition in Saturday’s King’s Bishop. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from August 18 – August 20

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

Monticello: Horses to watch from August 18 – August 20

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

Mohawk: Undefeated rookies score in Metro, She’s A Great Lady stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Artspeak, JK Shesalady and Band Of Angels all proved victorious in stakes elimination action on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Each has yet to taste defeat in 2014. Go Daddy Go and Bedroomconfessions also proved victorious. Read More...

Mohawk: Sweet Lou rolls to 10th straight win

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Ron Burke swept the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk on Saturday night with Sweet Lou and Clear Vision. The trainer also finished second in both elims with Foiled Again and Bettor's Edge. Read More...

Ex-claimer Big John B captures Del Mar Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Saturday at Del Mar, Big John B won his stakes debut in the $201,250 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf. The victory gave Big John B a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Thunder Agard honors trainer’s late wife by winning Lineage Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
In an emotional win, Thunder Agard edged 1-2 favorite On Down the Road by a nose in the $60,000 Lineage Classic at the Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday. Read More...

Page McKenney takes off-the-turf Robellino

DRF | 6 days ago
The Maryland-based Page McKenney earned his fourth consecutive victory and first stakes win when he put away 6-5 favorite Edge of Reality after a spirited duel through six furlongs and withstood a stretch rally by 10-1 outsider Van Persie to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in the $75,000 Robellino for Pennsylvania-breds at Penn National. Read More...

Gierkink’s notebook: Youcan’tcatchme goes for Seaway Stakes repeat

DRF | 6 days ago
Can Youcan’tcatchme win the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes for the second year in a row, or is the reigning Canadian champion female sprinter past her prime? Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga pick four play for Sunday, Aug. 24

DRF | 6 days ago
The inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day card is filled with competitive races. We’ll take a healthy swing at the late pick four on races 8-11, which offers bettors a lot of ways to go in each leg. Read More...

Rusty Slipper turns perfect trip into Violet victory

DRF | 6 days ago
Rusty Slipper pulled a 13-1 upset on Saturday in the Grade 3, $109,000 Violet Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Best Plan Yet ends losing streak in Forty Niner

DRF | 6 days ago
Winless for six races after taking the $300,000 in Reality Stakes last year at 2, Best Plan Yet returned to peak form Saturday in the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes at Gulfstream Park, winning by 1 3/4 lengths under a ground-saving trip from Jesus Rios. Read More...

Mouton reaches 1,000 trainer wins

DRF | 6 days ago
Pat Mouton reached a milestone of 1,000 career training wins since 1976 on Saturday, when Hylands Will ($3.40) won the fourth race at Louisiana Downs. Read More...

Speed Seeker battles way to Ontario Colleen victory

DRF | 6 days ago
The favored Speed Seeker overcame a troubled journey to capture the $169,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes impressively under Luis Contreras at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera romps in Ballerina Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Artemis Agrotera erased all memories of her disappointing performances in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and earlier this year in the Acorn with a dominating, geared-down, 6 1/2-length victory over My Miss Aurelia in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

V. E. Day noses out stablemate Wicked Strong in Travers

DRF | 6 days ago
With Rajiv Maragh imploring Wicked Strong to get to the wire, V.E. Day had lengthened his stride under Javier Castellano and nailed Wicked Strong on the wire to win the $1.25 million Travers by a nose before a crowd of 46,557 at Saratoga. Read More...

Frac Daddy scratched from Pacific Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Frac Daddy, the winner of two stakes on synthetic tracks at Keeneland and Woodbine earlier this year, was withdrawn from Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday after getting a leg over the webbing of his stall, track officials and trainer Ken McPeek said. Read More...