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Brazen Persuasion a question mark following long layoff

DRF | 3 days ago
Brazen Persuasion is the classiest of seven fillies entered in the ninth race at Churchill Downs, a third-level optional $80,000 claiming race at seven furlongs. But she's also a question mark returning from a layoff of nearly six months. Read More...

Marks: The ones to watch at the Harrisburg sale

DRF | 3 days ago
With the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg less than a week away, Bob Marks looks at his top picks from the first two days of the sale. Read More...

Cairo Prince retired, to stand at Airdrie Stud

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, an early favorite on the 2014 Kentucky Derby trail, has been retired from racing and will make his stallion debut during the 2015 breeding season at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., for an advertised fee of $10,000. Read More...

Hootenanny’s work in Europe stands out

DRF | 3 days ago
A 2-year-old with strong European form appears poised to make it six wins from eight races in Friday’s $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. The catch is that this horse, Hootenanny, is based in the United States with trainer Wesley Ward. Read More...

Foot problem forces American Pharoah out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah, expected to be a heavy favorite, was scratched from Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Tuesday due to an injury, his connections announced. Read More...

Shared Belief takes it easy in Breeders’ Cup Classic work

DRF | 4 days ago
Shared Belief, the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and V. E. Day, one of the race’s outsiders, both turned in easy half-mile workouts on Tuesday morning in their final preps for Saturday’s $5 million race. Read More...

Jerardi: Four Penn Challenge winners entered for BC

DRF | 4 days ago
Four winners of the first 15 races in the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge are among the horses entered for the Breeders’ Cup races Friday and Saturday in Santa Anita.
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Caspar Netscher brings full passport to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Caspar Netscher has been on the go all through October – to racetracks in three countries and over the Atlantic twice. Read More...

Aqueduct: Speed the name of game in Thursday feature

DRF | 4 days ago
There is no shortage of speed in Thursday’s feature, a $69,000 optional claimer with second-level allowance conditions which is carded as the seventh of eight races. Read More...

Hovdey: Main Sequence plays Yankee Doodle Dandy

DRF | 4 days ago
Trying to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf with a horse based in North America is one of those “why bother?” endeavors. American runners usually end up high-class cannon fodder, reduced to chanting the mantra, “It’s an honor simply to be nominated.” This was not always the case. Read More...

American Pharoah out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah, the multiple Grade 1-winning 2-year-old, will be scratched from Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday morning. Read More...

Australian champion Black Caviar in foal to Sebring

DRF | 4 days ago
Black Caviar, Australia’s three-time Horse of the Year, is pregnant with her second foal, this time by Australian champion Sebring, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun. Read More...

Drug-testing lab pledges to catch up on backlog of work

DRF | 4 days ago
LGC Sciences, the Lexington, Ky., drug-testing laboratory that has been a source of frustration for three major racing jurisdictions this year, is confident it can address a backlog of incomplete tests by the end of 2014 and restore its reputation. Read More...

Stryker Phd steps out of his comfort zone in Big Bear

DRF | 4 days ago
The presence of Longacres Mile winner Stryker Phd in Thursday’s $75,000 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita is an experiment, his first outing away from northern California or Washington state. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Marathon Run the speed

DRF | 4 days ago
Marathon Run (15-1) possesses a pace advantage in the featured third race, an Ontario-sired allowance for non-winners of two, and it’s just a question of her ability to stay the nine-furlong distance. Read More...

BC Turf: Farm-trained Hardest Core brings little-known trainer to big stage

DRF | 4 days ago
Hardest Core’s out-of-the-blue win in the Arlington Million was the feel-good story of the summer. A little-known horse – owned, trained, and ridden by obscure connections – takes on the big guys and wins a $1 million race, defeating the reigning Breeders’ Cup Turf champ, Magician, fair and square. Read More...

Classic: Post No. 13 may be lucky for California Chrome

DRF | 4 days ago
Art Sherman flashed a thumb’s-up sign. Victor Espinoza flashed a smile. The California Chrome camp, anxiously watching the post-position draw Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita, was thrilled when California Chrome drew an outside post, No. 13, for a race that should decide Horse of the Year. Read More...

Distaff: Untapable, Close Hatches draw outside

DRF | 4 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorites drew advantageous outside post positions Monday for the $2 million race that will be held Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

In Wise Dan’s absence, Toronado inherits role of favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Wise Dan, injured earlier this month, can’t return on Saturday to try and win his third straight Breeders’ Cup Mile, and his defection swelled the field to bursting. Fourteen turf milers are in the main body of the $2 million Mile, with Mr. Commons the lone also-eligible. Read More...

BC Juv. Fillies: Pletcher’s pair draws inside posts

DRF | 4 days ago
Todd Pletcher won’t have to look too far to find his pair of runners in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pletcher’s pair of Daredevil, Carpe Diem drawn toward outside

DRF | 4 days ago
For the second straight year, Pletcher will have a horse leave from post 12 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, where there is a short run to the first turn in races run at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

BC Filly & Mare Sprint: Artemis Agrotera in post 5

DRF | 4 days ago
A well-balanced field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, with likely favorites Artemis Agrotera and Judy the Beauty assigned to the middle of the starting gate for the seven-furlong race Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Favored Hootenanny will start from post 5 with Dettori

DRF | 4 days ago
Frankie Dettori’s last Breeders’ Cup flying dismount, his signature leap performed after a victory, came in 2010, when he won the Turf on Dangerous Midge. But Dettori is well mounted this year to claim another Breeders’ Cup race, and his live mount in the Juvenile Turf, Hootenanny, drew well in post 5 for the $1 million race. Read More...

BC Dirt Mile: Golden rail for Goldencents

DRF | 4 days ago
As if he needed anything else in his favor, Goldencents was assigned the favorable rail post when a field of 10 older horses was drawn Monday afternoon at Santa Anita for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

BC Juv. Fillies Turf: Sunset Glow made 7-2 favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Wesley Ward is winless with 16 Breeders’ Cup starters, but he will send out the favorite, Sunset Glow, in Friday’s $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

BC Turf: Imagining to be involved early from post 3

DRF | 4 days ago
In the early fall of 2013, Imagining was considered a candidate for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita until he finished sixth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Read More...

BC Sprint: Fast Anna favorably drawn in post 12

DRF | 4 days ago
Like the rest of her colleagues with a horse in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, trainer Kathy Ritvo held her breath during the post-position draw. The Sprint is arguably the one race among the 13 Breeders’ Cup events to be decided this weekend at Santa Anita for which post position is likely to have the most impact on the outcome. Read More...

BC Filly & Mare Turf: Dank seeks repeat

DRF | 4 days ago
The biggest mystery of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare has little to with post position and everything to do with current form. Read More...

BC Turf Sprint: Favorites draw rail, far-outside posts

DRF | 4 days ago
Tightend Touchdown may not be the same horse who finished second in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 10/29 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 10/29 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 10/29 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 10/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

BC Clocker: Souper Colossal sizzles in work

DRF | 4 days ago
Monday marked the final busy morning for Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita, with the emphasis on speed, as five of the 14 prospective starters in the Sprint turned in their final major tune-ups for the event, including defending champion Secret Circle and his speedy stablemate, Indianapolis. Read More...

Gyarmati back for more with Sweet Reason, Wonder Gal

DRF | 4 days ago
Last year’s trip to the Breeders’ Cup proved not to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for trainer Leah Gyarmati. Read More...

Moment of Delight draws less-than-ideal post in mile feature

DRF | 4 days ago
Moment of Delight must overcome a wide post on Wednesday when she starts as the probable favorite in the featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park West. She will break from post 10 in the one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

French BC invaders get feel for track

DRF | 4 days ago
The five French horses who stepped onto the Santa Anita main track at about 10 a.m. Monday might as well have been walking over the surface of the moon. In France, there is training on turf and training on all-weather surfaces, but very few horses – and certainly not Grade 1-caliber animals like this quintet – will ever train on dirt. Read More...

Group-placed Dazzling will try to transfer her good form to United States

DRF | 4 days ago
By a class and form evaluation, Wednesday’s ninth race at Churchill Downs, a $45,000 second-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies, seems likely to be won by Dazzling, an Irish import who is multiple Group 3-placed against top-class European fillies Venus de Milo and Tarfasha. Read More...

Souper Colossal blazes in workout for BC Juvenile

DRF | 4 days ago
Eddie Plesa Jr. wasn’t singing the trainer’s familiar refrain of “it was just what we wanted” following Souper Colossal’s super-fast half-mile workout in 45.57 seconds Monday at Santa Anita in preparation for Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

BC Turf: Starspangled Heat taking a shot

DRF | 5 days ago
A third-place finish by Starspangled Heat in Sunday’s $81,850 Lure Stakes was good enough for trainer Barry Abrams to plan a quick turnaround to Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Classic: Fishing buddies all eligible for a whopper

DRF | 5 days ago
There have been some real fish tales told on the annual Alaska fishing trip trainers Alan Sherman, Eoin Harty, and Sean McCarthy take each summer, but imagine the tales that will be told if one of them lands the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Nevin makes quick ascent to the big leagues

DRF | 5 days ago
Michelle Nevin always thought one day she would go out on her own and be a trainer. Just not the day, or in the way, that it happened. Read More...

Passion for Action pointing to Coronation Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
Passion for Action emerged as one of the leading 2-year-olds at Woodbine when he captured the Cup and Saucer Stakes on turf Oct. 12 and will now be pointed toward the $250,000 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds on Nov. 29, trainer Michael De Paulo said. Read More...

Brooklynsway on track for Princess Elizabeth

DRF | 5 days ago
After a game second-place finish behind Conquest Harlanate in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes on Oct. 5 at Woodbine, Muskoka Stakes winner Brooklynsway is firmly on track for a start at that track in Sunday’s $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Honor Code sharp in breeze

DRF | 5 days ago
At one point, trainer Shug McGaughey had thought about bringing Honor Code, last year’s Grade 2 Remsen winner, back in Saturday's $200,000, Grade 3 Discovery at Aqueduct. But he changed his mind weeks ago, not even nominating the ridgling to the race. Read More...

Stakes-placed maiden Hollywood Critic targets Display Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Although he’s still a maiden, if his start in the Grade 3 Grey Stakes on Oct. 5 was any indication, big things could be in store for 2-year-old colt Hollywood Critic. Read More...

Belmont barns undergoing renovation

DRF | 5 days ago
Several barns on the Belmont backstretch are undergoing a makeover, with the hopes of adding 250 new stalls by the time racing returns here next spring. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro’s fee raised to $125K for 2015

DRF | 5 days ago
Darley announced its 2015 North American stallion roster and fees on Monday, headlined by multiple Grade 1 winner and veteran sire Medaglia d’Oro, whose fee has been raised from $100,000 to $125,000. Read More...

Maragh likely to return in Florida

DRF | 5 days ago
Rajiv Maragh, who broke his arm when he was unseated from Wicked Strong during the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 27 at Belmont, likely will not return to race-riding until early December at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Ortiz, Brown, Dubb top Belmont fall meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Irad Ortiz Jr. followed his four-win Saturday by winning the first three races on Sunday’s card and capturing his first Belmont fall riding title with 46 victories, three more than Javier Castellano. Read More...

Jensen brings horse-racing industry experience to congressional run

DRF | 5 days ago
Elisabeth Jensen wants to represent the state of Kentucky in Congress. In that respect, she is not like most people. Running for public office is not in the DNA of the average citizen. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 10/28 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 10/28 card at Northfield Park. Read More...