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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic: Record Smart Strike filly tops opening session

DRF | 4 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale started off with an unprecedented bang on Monday, led by a $1.2-million Smart Strike filly who became the most expensive horse ever sold at public auction in the state of Maryland. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 5/19 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday 5/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Suffolk plans to reduce takeout for its three 2015 cards

DRF | 4 days ago
Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., plans to cut its takeout to 15 percent across the board for the three dates of racing it plans this summer and fall, a consultant to the state’s horsemen said on Monday. Read More...

Commissioner pointing toward Suburban

DRF | 4 days ago
Commissioner, 2 1/2-length winner of the Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special last Friday, could make his next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban on July 4, Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm, said Monday. Read More...

Irad Ortiz begins suspension

DRF | 4 days ago
Irad Ortiz Jr., the leading rider at the Belmont spring meet, started a seven-day suspension Monday for careless riding during the running of the fifth race here May 13. The suspension was reduced from 10 days for waiving his right of appeal. Read More...

Pick six heavy on grass races

DRF | 4 days ago
There is a pick six carryover of $93,647 on Wednesday at Belmont Park, and the sequence includes four races scheduled for the turf. Read More...

War Story will try to tap into his speed for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
If Ron Paolucci has his way, American Pharoah won’t be loose on the lead in the June 6 Belmont Stakes like he was in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, where American Pharoah splish-splashed his way to a seven-length victory in the Pimlico slop. Read More...

Ten will try to spoil American Pharoah’s Triple Crown hopes

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah beat 17 rivals in the Kentucky Derby, just seven showed up to futilely challenge him last Saturday in the Preakness, and it looks as if he’ll have about 10 opponents in the June 6 Belmont Stakes when he attempts to become the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Read More...

Gierkink’s Woodbine Horses to Watch for the week of May 18

DRF | 4 days ago
Gierkink's Woodbine Horses to Watch for the week of May 18 Read More...

Pearl Bay brings front-running credentials to Winter Melody

DRF | 5 days ago
The first stakes of the Delaware Park meet, which opened Preakness Day, will be held Wednesday. The $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes is for fillies and mares, will be held at 1 1/16 miles, and has drawn a field of seven. Read More...

Preakness betting victim of perfect storm

DRF | 5 days ago
While betting on Saturday’s Preakness Stakes did not keep pace with record figures for this year’s Kentucky Derby, the significant decline in wagering may have been more a function of the circumstances surrounding the race then on any drop-off in attention to racing’s biggest events. Read More...

Sheer Drama works toward Ogden Phipps

DRF | 5 days ago
Sheer Drama worked five furlongs in 1:00.34 on Monday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for her next start, which is likely to come in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 6. Read More...

Bergman: Top pacers gear up for the Rooney at Yonkers

DRF | 5 days ago
If you want to be in the big leagues of harness racing you have to be ready to come to play. These days, for the top three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in North America, bringing your “A” game means being ready to pace in 1:50 the first time money is on the line. For two of the likely major players in this year’s coming wars, the make believe competition of qualifying races was instantly cast aside with impressive first go-rounds. Read More...

Preakness post time not affected by storm

DRF | 5 days ago
Pimlico decided not to delay the start of Saturday’s rain-deluged Preakness Stakes because the worst of the storm that hit shortly before the race had already passed the track, according to Sal Sinatra, the track’s general manager. Read More...

Hampton Court retired to Spendthrift Australia

DRF | 5 days ago
Group 1 winner Hampton Court has been retired from racing and is the first Australian native announced to stand at the newly formed Spendthrift Australia in Victoria. Read More...

Hampton Court retired to Spendthrift Australia

DRF | 5 days ago
Group 1 winner Hampton Court has been retired from racing and is the first Australian native announced to stand at the newly formed Spendthrift Australia in Victoria. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic: Record seven-figure Smart Strike filly sets high bar early

DRF | 5 days ago
A Smart Strike filly sold for a sale-record $1.25 million to agent Ben McElroy to set the bar high in the early going of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale's first session Monday in Timonium, Md. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic: Record seven-figure Smart Strike filly sets high bar early

DRF | 5 days ago
A Smart Strike filly sold for a sale-record $1.25 million to agent Ben McElroy to set the bar high in the early going of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale's first session Monday in Timonium, Md. Read More...

SirePowered Results: First Defence

DRF | 5 days ago
With the eyes of the racing world on Pimlico, young sire First Defence enjoyed a solid weekend, as he was represented by Grade 3 Miss Preakness winner Irish Jasper and Sir Barton Stakes winner Fame and Power. According to Daily Racing Form’s SirePowered Results, the Juddmonte Farms sire is represented by five individual stakes winners this year, in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Ireland. Read More...

Trip Notes for May 16: Preakness, Vagrancy, Dixie, Red Bank and more…

DRF | 5 days ago
Trip Notes for May 16: Preakness, Vagrancy, Dixie, Red Bank and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Flamboro: All Bets Off takes home the Confederation Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
All bets seemed to be on the 3-5 favorite All Bets Off in the $226,575 Confederation Cup and he delivered for the Flamboro Downs faithful. Read More...

Fleet Eagle dominates at 39-1 in Governor’s Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Fleet Eagle, the longest shot on the board at 39-1, romped to a 6 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap, giving Southern California-based trainer Paula Capestro her first win of 2015. Read More...

Bold Cait romps in muddy Tomboy

DRF | 5 days ago
Stretching out beyond 6 1/2 furlongs for the first time, Bold Cait dominated last year’s champion Ohio-bred 2-year-old filly Justalittlesmoke by 7 3/4 lengths in Sunday’s $75,000 Tomboy Stakes at Belterra Park. Read More...

Black Hornet leads all the way in Vigil score

DRF | 5 days ago
Black Hornet ($9) led all the way in Sunday’s Grade 3 Vigil Stakes at Woodbine, winning the seven-furlong sprint by three-quarters of a length under Luis Contreras. Read More...

Be Bullish claimed, retired following Sunday victory

DRF | 5 days ago
Be Bullish went out a winner. Be Bullish, the popular 10-year-old stakes-winning New York-bred gelding won a $16,000 claiming race Sunday at Belmont Park by three lengths, his fourth consecutive victory and 19th overall from 87 starts. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from May 10 – May 13

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from May 11 – May 13

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

Monticello: Horses to watch from May 12 – May 13

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

Mohawk: Monday 5/18 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 5/18 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 5/18 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Monday 5/18 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Si Sage will skip Whittingham, point to shorter stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Si Sage, the winner of the Grade 3 Last Tycoon Stakes on April 25, will not start in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita on May 24. Read More...

Singapore: Dan Excel repeats in International Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Dan Excel became the first horse to win consecutive runnings of the $3.95 million Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore on Sunday, leading throughout for a half-length win over Military Attack, the winner of the race in 2013. Read More...

Distinctiv Passion targets Los Angeles Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Since returning to Santa Anita from Dubai, Distinctiv Passion has worked so well that trainer Jeff Bonde is planning a start in the $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes on May 25. Read More...

Jay Privman’s Preakness analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
American Pharoah can run. And, after this race, we also know he can swim. Braving conditions even more treacherous than what he encountered in his 3-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes, American Pharoah rolled to a seven-length victory, and now moves on to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Read More...

Litfin: Pick four play for Belmont on Sunday, May 17

DRF | 6 days ago
It’s not Big Apple Showcase Day, but New York-breds dominate the Sunday program at Belmont Park. All five non-claiming races are for statebreds, including the first three legs of the late pick four, which we will take a swing at here. Read More...

American Pharoah will train at Churchill for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
American Pharoah is off to New York to try for the Triple Crown – but first, a return to Louisville. Read More...

Polar Plunge earns determined victory in Lady Slipper

DRF | 6 days ago
The favored Polar Plunge ($4.80) responded in a determined fashion for a head victory in Saturday's $60,000 Lady Slipper Stakes, a six-furlong race for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares. Read More...

Meadowlands: Bee A Magician dominates in Cutler final

DRF | 6 days ago
Bee A Magician, with regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky, blew away a field of top trotters to easily score in the $183,650 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Undefeated in 2013 during a Horse of the Year campaign, Bee A Magician won for the third straight time as a five-year-old with this perhaps her most impressive effort in some time. Read More...

Beyer: American Pharoah leaves room for doubt

DRF | 6 days ago
Under the dark skies over Pimlico, American Pharoah shone brightly in the Preakness. He not only displayed his usual high speed, but he was the only one of the key contenders who handled with aplomb the wind, the driving rain, the mu,d and even a lightning flash right at post time. Read More...

Preakness handle drops 10 percent

DRF | 6 days ago
Handle on the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore dropped 10 percent compared with the same race last year, a decline that was at least partially due to a late thunderstorm that washed out handicappers’ confidence in their already low expectations for payouts in the race. Read More...

For Firing Line, disappointment in the Preakness

DRF | 6 days ago
For Firing Line, Saturday’s Preakness Stakes was over before it truly began. Two jumps into the race, the Kentucky Derby runner-up stumbled over the sloppy Pimlico track, and he never truly recovered. Read More...

Belterra: Ouzts moves into 12th place among all-time leading riders

DRF | 6 days ago
Perry Ouzts moved into 12th place on the all-time list of winningest jockeys by riding three winners Saturday at Belterra Park in Cincinnati. Read More...

Quarter Horse great Bobby Adair dies at 71

DRF | 6 days ago
Robert Adair, the leading rider at Los Alamitos for much of the 1970s and one of Quarter Horse racing’s leading all-time jockeys, died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. Read More...

Rock and Glory scores easy win in Wild Rose

DRF | 6 days ago
The $53,700 Wild Rose Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Northlands Park was pretty much over when the heavily favored Rock and Glory, who paid $3.30, broke sharply from the inside post. Read More...

Sudden storm adds more drama to Preakness

DRF | 6 days ago
It was the perfect storm – or in the case of the 140th Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico, the most imperfect of storms. Read More...

Celestine extends winning streak in Wait a While

DRF | 6 days ago
Celestine, who beat maidens and then won the Sanibel Island Stakes at Gulfstream Park for her former connections in March, stretched her winning streak to three by capturing Saturday’s $100,000 Wait a While Stakes at Belmont Park in her first start for Bill Mott. Read More...

Preakness: Mutuel payouts

DRF | 6 days ago
These are the mutuel payoffs from the 140th Preakness, run Saturday at Pimlico. Read More...

American Pharoah wins Preakness on front end, eyes Triple Crown

DRF | 6 days ago
The rains came, and American Pharoah reigned. Read More...

Ironicus handles class rise to capture Dixie

DRF | 6 days ago
Given a beautiful ride by Javier Castellano, Ironicus sat behind a bunched pack of horses into the far turn, crept up along the inside round the bend, tipped two wide to split horses in midstretch, and stormed to a going-away victory in the Grade 2, $300,000 Dixie. Read More...

Ageless sets course record to repeat in The Very One

DRF | 6 days ago
Ageless came into her own last year at age 5, winning three stakes – the Giant's Causeway at Keeneland, The Very One at Pimlico, and the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine. Read More...