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OBS March 2-year-olds in training catalog now online

DRF | 7 days ago
The catalog for the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-year-olds in training sale is now online, featuring 611 juveniles to be offered over two days. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/8 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/8 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Peck: Pick four play at Gulfstream for Saturday, Feb. 6

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck outlines his strategy for a pick four play on Saturday's card at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Representing a tenuous line

DRF | 7 days ago
Once known as one of the three great American lines of the early 20th century, the male line of the 19th-century imported stallion Eclipse, by Orlando, has long been on figurative life support. Since he is a gelding, Sunny Ridge, by Holy Bull, winner of last weekend’s Grade 3 Withers Stakes, can do nothing to revive the line, but he is a reminder of how valuable this uniquely American line has been to the Thoroughbred. Read More...

Ahh Chocolate works, eyes Azeri Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Ahh Chocolate ended her 3-year-old campaign on a high note and has trainer Neil Howard enthused about the start of her 4-year-old campaign. The winner of the Grade 2 Falls City at Churchill Downs last November, Ahh Chocolate had her first published workout of the year when she went three furlongs in 37.40 seconds on Friday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Remington delays opening of backstretch to prevent spread of equine herpesvirus

DRF | 7 days ago
The spread of equine herpesvirus from Sunland Park in New Mexico, where 49 horses have tested positive, to other states, has led Remington Park in Oklahoma to delay the opening of its stable area for the Quarter Horse meet that is set to begin March 11. Read More...

Hovdey: Football, racing have pedigrees in common

DRF | 7 days ago
The DNA of football runs deep in horse racing. Sunday's Super Bowl takes place in the city where the DeBartolo family has owned the San Francisco 49ers, five-time Super Bowl champs, since 1977. Patriarch Edward DeBartolo made his mark in Thoroughbred racing as owner of Louisiana Downs, Thistledown, and Remington Park. Read More...

Oaklawn: Percolator makes season debut

DRF | 7 days ago
Percolator, who in his last start was elevated to second in the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga following the disqualification of Magna Light, will launch his season Sunday at Oaklawn. Read More...

Purse boost leads to increased interest in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Reservations might be needed to get into this year's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita, Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 6

DRF | 7 days ago
Binoculars, television monitor, or both? The binoculars will be trained Saturday on live races at Santa Anita, including four graded stakes and the 2016 debut of Songbird. The television monitor will be tuned Saturday to Gulfstream Park, where a second-start maiden and a Grade 1 contender offer wagering appeal at double-digit odds. With a little luck, it could be a super Saturday. Read More...

Florida horsemen lobby against ‘decoupling’

DRF | 7 days ago
Florida Thoroughbred interests spent Friday lobbying at the state capitol as legislators began negotiating wide-ranging gambling bills that could include language allowing racetracks to drop their parimutuel operations while retaining their licenses for casino-type games, according to state officials. Read More...

Weight shift may help Storied Lady turn tables in Biogio’s Rose

DRF | 7 days ago
Four of the six entrants in Sunday's Biogio's Rose Stakes at Aqueduct are stakes winners and the other two are coming off the best races of their career entering the 1 1/16-mile event over the inner track. Read More...

Few appear willing to challenge Nyquist in San Vicente

DRF | 7 days ago
Nyquist, the champion 2-year-old male of 2015, is likely to have few rivals when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15. Read More...

Female champion Beholder making steady progress

DRF | 7 days ago
Beholder, the three-time champion, is making steady progress in daily gallops toward her first workout of the year. Read More...

Danzing Candy earns shot at San Felipe

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Cliff Sise reiterated on Friday that Danzing Candy, impressive winner of a first-level optional $80,000 claimer Thursday at Santa Anita, will make his stakes debut in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12. Read More...

Kentucky’s new stallions a top-notch group

DRF | 7 days ago
Even without Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the mix, the incoming group of Kentucky stallions for 2016 would have to be considered among the strongest in recent memory. Read More...

Stroud’s Lane Farm debuts with new stallions

DRF | 7 days ago
Opening up shop as a stallion operation brings with it an undeniable degree of risk. Doing so with a trio of first-year stallions makes it that much more interesting. Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla., will take on that bold task in 2016, standing Grade 1 winners Seek Again and Admiral Kitten, as well as multiple Group 2 winner Daddy Long Legs, all of which will make their debut at stud. Read More...

McLaughlin ships in Sallisaw for optional claimer

DRF | 7 days ago
Kiaran McLaughlin has entered Sallisaw in the seventh race at Laurel Park on Sunday, a first-level optional-claiming race for 3-year-olds going a mile. Read More...

Violette hopeful Upstart will have big 4-year-old season

DRF | 7 days ago
Upstart has not started since finishing a distant fifth in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19. He has turned in a series of three-furlong breezes at Palm Meadows since resuming serious training this winter in south Florida. Read More...

Laurel Park to hold benefit for Fray Martinez

DRF | 7 days ago
Laurel Park will hold a fundraiser next Saturday for jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland. Read More...

American Pharoah launches stud career

DRF | 7 days ago
American Pharoah’s place in racing’s pantheon was cemented the early evening of June 6, 2016, as he rolled through the stretch at Belmont Park with thousands of cameras and cell phones thrust skyward to forever capture the moment. Read More...

Magee finds success despite initial reluctance to train

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Kieron Magee was presented a nice piece of crystal last Saturday at Laurel Park to recognize that he led the Maryland Jockey Club tracks in victories last year. He can put it on the mantel next to his 2014 award in the same category. Read More...

Force the Pass working toward April comeback

DRF | 7 days ago
Grade 1 winner Force the Pass was scheduled to have his second work on the comeback trail Saturday at Palm Meadows as trainer Alan Goldberg has begun plotting a return for the 4-year-old colt. Read More...

Simon: Some rating holes make Experimental come up light

DRF | 7 days ago
The Experimental Free Handicap was started in 1933 by the Jockey Club’s legendary handicapper Walter S. Vosburgh as an “experiment” to predict 3-year-old performance based on 2-year-old form. Eight decades later, it sometimes seems like a work still in progress. Read More...

Blinkers may help Kobe’s Back break more alertly in Palos Verdes

DRF | 7 days ago
Sunday at Santa Anita, Kobe's Back will try again in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs. For the first time, Kobe's Back will wear blinkers in a race. Read More...

Chiltern Street will try to back up Ward’s confidence in him

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Wesley Ward has always had high hopes for Chiltern Street, but until recently, things just hadn't gone the colt's way. That changed in Chiltern Street's most recent start, a maiden win at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 2, leaving Ward optimistic that the colt is poised for a big year.Chiltern Street will make his 4-year-old debut here in Sunday's featured seventh race, a first-level, $23,000 allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf. The race drew a full field of 10 older horses and one additional runner for the main track only. Read More...

Toasting Master makes comeback on full Super Bowl Sunday card

DRF | 7 days ago
In case you need more wagering action than all the Super Bowl spreads and props can offer later in the day, Sunday at Gulfstream Park could be the spot for you.A full-bore slate of 13 races starts at noon Eastern and will end about 30 minutes before kickoff, or just enough time to cash your many winning tickets and get settled at one of the numerous bars and restaurants on the Gulfstream campus. Read More...

Seek Again to shuttle to Argentina

DRF | 7 days ago
Grade 1 winner Seek Again will shuttle to Haras Carampangue in Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season after completing his first Northern Hemisphere season at Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 6th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 1 week ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 6th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Midwest Thoroughbreds, trainer Ness end partnership

DRF | 1 week ago
Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Jamie Ness, who teamed up in 2009, officially ended their business relationship last week when Midwest sent 26 horses from his barn to other trainers. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Giwner: Packed stakes schedule on tap for 2016

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2016 stakes calendar is officially out and for the most part the conflicts seem to be at a minimum. There is a consistent flow in many divisions while some connections, like those owners of 3-year-old pacers, are going to have to make a few tough calls at some point. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

European champion, sire Halling dies at 25

DRF | 1 week ago
Halling, Europe’s champion older male of 1996 and a sire of note in England, was euthanized at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, on Monday due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...

Harness: Meredith Noble following in the family footsteps

DRF | 1 week ago
Meredith Noble had attended harness races at the Greene County Fairgrounds in her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, for years, but can never recall a sound at the racetrack there like she heard on Aug. 5, 2015. It was the roar of the crowd. And it was loud. And it was for her. Read More...

The Pickett Factor stands out in Louisiana Premier Night Championship

DRF | 1 week ago
The Pickett Factor ran a breakthrough race when last seen at Delta Downs. He returns Saturday night for the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship, one of six stakes on a program worth more than $1 million. Read More...

Bourbon Cowboy might improve racing without blinkers

DRF | 1 week ago
Bourbon Cowboy will race without blinkders for the first time in eight starts, and a more relaxed trip plus improvement in his second race after the layoff could land Bourbon Cowboy in the winner's circle in Saturday's sixth race at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Frosted tunes up for Dubai World Cup by winning Round 2 of Al Maktoum Challenge

DRF | 1 week ago
Frosted romped to victory in the Group 2, $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, looking like a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Read More...

Handle rises 2.2 percent in January

DRF | 1 week ago
Wagering on U.S. races in January was up 2.2 percent over betting on U.S. races in January 2015, while the number of races held during the month fell 6.1 percent, according to figures released Thursday by Equibase. Read More...

NYRA matching owners’ contributions to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

DRF | 1 week ago
The New York Racing Association will be matching owners' contributions to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in 2016, NYRA announced on Thursday. Read More...

Dylan Davis could return this month

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Dylan Davis may not have a torn labrum after all and he could return to the saddle much sooner than originally thought. A second MRI performed on Davis's shoulder did not reveal a tear, and it is possible he could return by mid-to-late February. Read More...

Saythreehailmary’s goes for third straight in Biogio’s Rose

DRF | 1 week ago
Saythreehailmary's will seek her third consecutive stakes victory when she heads a field of six New York-bred fillies and mares entered in Sunday's $100,000 Biogio's Rose Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Green Gratto might swing back in General George

DRF | 1 week ago
Green Gratto may have lost a race, but if you listen to his connections he hasn't lost any energy. That's why owner-trainer Gaston Grant is taking a serious look at wheeling Green Gratto back in the Grade 3, $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 15. Read More...

Donworth could shine in San Antonio with division leaders absent

DRF | 1 week ago
With California Chrome in Dubai and Dortmund still not quite ready to return to action, the final local prep for next month's Santa Anita Handicap finds itself without the best older runners on this circuit. Read More...

King: So far, 3-year-old males have been slow group

DRF | 1 week ago
Nyquist is breezing in preparation for his first start at 3 – along with many other horses that he beat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile – but one thing hasn't changed: The opposition remains slow. Read More...

Songbird ready to roll in Las Virgenes

DRF | 1 week ago
Expectations are high for Songbird on Saturday at Santa Anita, where the undefeated filly returns for her 3-year-old debut on a blockbuster card with four graded stakes. Songbird returns in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes, race 5, while three other Saturday stakes also are meaningful. Read More...

Inside Straight is Pletcher’s ace in Gander Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher has accrued a large number of talented New York-breds in his stable, three of whom will be in action in Saturday's $100,000 Gander Stakes for 3-year-old males at a mile and 70 yards. Read More...

Nickname tries to keep trend going in Martha Washington

DRF | 1 week ago
Nickname will attempt to become the third horse at the Oaklawn meet to return from the Breeders' Cup with a stakes win when she runs Saturday in the $100,000 Martha Washington. Read More...