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Balmoral: Sunday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 8/30 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

She’s All Ready shakes off rivals to win Seeking the Ante

DRF | 5 days ago
She’s All Ready proved she was more than a one-hit wonder when following her one-sided debut victory with another equally impressive performance, a convincing three-length triumph over Super Surprise in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies Friday at Saratoga. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, August 29

DRF | 5 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Sparkman: Nerud was a modern Wizard of the Turf

DRF | 5 days ago
The first racehorse I ever fell in love with was Gallant Man. His trainer was John Nerud. Read More...

Horse health: Take a critical look at supplements in joint care

DRF | 5 days ago
Although joint injuries can occur from a bad step or intense strain from a single competition, most joint problems have a long history. Subtle heat in a joint, a stilted gait, or an odd angling of the limb while walking out usually signal a problem. Read More...

Jc’s Shooting Star pulls upset in Fleet Indian

DRF | 5 days ago
The connections of Jc’s Shooting Star, a maiden after losing her first six starts, hoped she could be third in Friday’s $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga. Jc’s Shooting Star did two spots better than that, rallying from last to win the Fleet Indian by a head. Read More...

Former Midwest jockey Sensenbach dies at 58

DRF | 5 days ago
Paul R. “Lee” Sensenbach Jr., a retired jockey in the Great Plains region, died Monday at age 51. Read More...

Free: Del Mar pick four play for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 5 days ago
A 50-cent pick four ending with a longshot single is the play Saturday at Del Mar. The wager on races 7-10 is structured using TicketMaker, and the total cost is $54. The bet allows for one “miss” in the early races, trying to “get live” to the single. Read More...

Texas Chrome’s connections mull next-race options

DRF | 5 days ago
Danny Keene and trainer Shea Stuart on Friday were debating their next move with Texas Chrome, who improved his record to 3 for 3 with a win in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity earlier this month at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Wicked Strong looks good in work

DRF | 5 days ago
Wicked Strong, fourth in the Grade 1 Whitney here Aug. 8, put in a solid six-furlong workout Thursday morning over the main track, going six furlongs in 1:12.41 under exercise rider Kelvin Pahal in preparation for the Woodward next Saturday. Read More...

McLaughlin points Bay of Plenty to Woodward

DRF | 5 days ago
Bay of Plenty, who won the Alydar Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths, will run in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Read More...

Cavorting staying with own kind in Prioress

DRF | 5 days ago
Wanting to keep Cavorting in her own age group as long as possible, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin plans to run the Grade 1 Test winner back in the Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes for 3 -year-old fillies at Saratoga on Sept. 6. Read More...

Hovdey: In ’78, Cauthen just mingled with the stars

DRF | 5 days ago
Since winning the Belmont Stakes aboard American Pharoah last June, Espinoza has flashed his Triple Crown grin far and wide – red carpets, awards shows, business confabs, charity flings, two appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, both times in jockey drag. Steve Cauthen has been there, although he didn’t do quite that. Read More...

O’Neill points Nyquist, Mrazek to Labor Day stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill will have a team of 2-year-olds spread across the nation on Labor Day. Read More...

Beholder has light exercise Friday morning

DRF | 5 days ago
Beholder, winner of the $1 million Pacific Classic against males Aug. 22, was on the track before dawn Friday at Del Mar. Read More...

Racing office being repaired after accident

DRF | 5 days ago
The eastern wall of the backstretch racing office was being repaired earlier this week after a car crashed into it. Read More...

Bearrock N Roll back routing in Monday claimer

DRF | 5 days ago
Bearrock N Roll will try to win for the 24th time when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race at Hastings on Monday. The horse he will have to catch and beat in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that drew six horses is Go for Guinness. Read More...

Sudden Surprise scores in Funny Cide

DRF | 5 days ago
Sudden Surprise was no surprise. Sent away favored in a short field, Sudden Surprise scored a handy two-length victory in the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds, which kicked off a program showcasing statebreds on Travers Eve at Saratoga. Read More...

Zayas expected back for Florida Sire Stakes next weekend

DRF | 5 days ago
There will be a familiar name back in the entries next Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Edgard Zayas, who has been sidelined since the middle of July, is set to make his comeback on the card featuring the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes. Read More...

Stellar Wind a cut above Torrey Pines foes

DRF | 5 days ago
Stellar Wind is expected to win Sunday’s $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Bradester seeks third straight graded stakes win in Iselin

DRF | 5 days ago
Bradester won the first two graded stakes races for older horses on dirt this season at Monmouth Park, and his five rivals will be hard-pressed to stop him Sunday in the final such race of the season, the Grade 3, $150,000 Iselin Stakes. Read More...

Wise Dan among 31 nominated to Woodbine Mile

DRF | 5 days ago
Two-time Woodbine Mile winner Wise Dan heads the list of 31 nominees for this year’s edition of the Grade 1 turf event on Sept. 13. Read More...

Fleet Eagle will be tough to catch in Sunday allowance

DRF | 5 days ago
If Fleet Eagle can come close to reproducing the 100 Beyer Speed Figure he received for his blowout win going 6 1/2 furlongs May 17 in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap in his first start at Emerald Downs, it is game, set, and match when runs in an unrestricted allowance race Sunday. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew seven horses and headlines a 10-race card that begins at 2 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Smart N Fancy matches Lady Shipman, Free as a Bird

DRF | 5 days ago
The $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga on Sunday matches two of the top filly or mare turf sprinters in the East, Lady Shipman and Free as a Bird. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 5 days ago
Despite 10 races carded for the seaside Saturday, options seem limited with a few short fields and four races (2, 4, 8, and 10) loaded with firsters. At least one race, however, with a big, contentious field, provides an opportunity, particularly for trifectas/superfectas. Read More...

Hancock named Keeneland Association trustee

DRF | 5 days ago
Seth Hancock, part of the family that founded central Kentucky’s Claiborne Farm, has been appointed a trustee of the Keeneland Association, replacing Louis Lee Haggin III, who has retired from the position, the company announced on Friday. Read More...

Blues Blaster holds class edge in Humboldt County Marathon

DRF | 5 days ago
Thirty years ago, Bruce Dillenbeck finished third as a jockey in the Humboldt County Marathon. On Sunday, he hopes to win the race as a trainer, in the $20,000, 1 5/8-mile stakes race on closing day of the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale. Read More...

Hebbronville, W V Jetsetter get rematch in rich allowance

DRF | 5 days ago
The 3-year-olds Hebbronville and W V Jetsetter, who were a neck apart as the one-two finishers in a Grade 3, $100,000 stakes last month, are rematched in another $100,000, six-furlong sprint Sunday at Parx Racing. Read More...

Conquest Strate Up faces males in stakes debut in Vice Regent

DRF | 5 days ago
Conquest Strate Up will face males in her stakes debut in Sunday’s $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds over one mile on Woodbine’s turf course. Read More...

Key Race report: Tanner’s Popsicle returns in optional claimer

DRF | 6 days ago
Tanner's Popsicle (#5, ML 5-2) returns in Friday's seventh race at Canterbury Park, a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer. It will be his first start since finishing second by seven lengths in an optional claimer July 2 at Canterbury Park. The first- and third-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...

American Pharoah draws a crowd for Friday gallop

DRF | 6 days ago
Standing along the rail in the winner’s circle, trainer Bob Baffert looked up at the packed Saratoga grandstand and said, “Look at this, wow!" Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, August 29th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 6 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, August 29th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Red Mile: Weaver trio takes aim at Kentucky Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 6 days ago
The Red Mile hosts eight Kentucky Sire Stakes championship races worth $175,000 each on Sunday night and owner Mark Weaver has three opportunities to come away with a big check. Read More...

OBS August: Open portion ends with growth

DRF | 6 days ago
While the select portion of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale remained on fairly steady footing, the auction’s two open sessions posted improved average and median prices over last year’s renewal with fewer horses sold. Read More...

Rainbow 6 carryover reaches $419.278

DRF | 6 days ago
There will be a Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $419,278 into Friday’s card at Gulfstream Park. The sequence will run on races 5-10. Read More...

Stormy Regatta noses out Partisan Politics in Riskaverse

DRF | 6 days ago
Stormy Regatta was put into a nice stalking position early by Irad Ortiz Jr. and had just enough in the stretch to score a nose decision over 4-5 favorite Partisan Politics in the $100,000 Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga on Thursday. Read More...

Texas Thoroughbred Association plans sale of 2-year-olds at Lone Star

DRF | 6 days ago
Lone Star Park near Dallas will be the site of a 2-year-olds in training sale next April, the Texas Thoroughbred Association announced on Thursday Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Burke 2-year-olds get tested in Metro eliminations

DRF | 6 days ago
It’s been a regional season thus far for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, but on Saturday night at Mohawk the scene gets ratcheted up. Three $40,000 elimination divisions of the Metro highlight a stakes-filled program at Mohawk Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Snafu leaves Castellano without mount in Sword Dancer

DRF | 6 days ago
The stewards have forced jockey Javier Castellano to sit out Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga after he elected not to keep a commitment he had made to ride Twilight Eclipse in the race. Read More...

Multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice retired

DRF | 6 days ago
Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. Read More...

Guaranteed pools for Travers Day

DRF | 6 days ago
With 13 races on Saturday’s card, bettors will not want for wagering opportunities, though there are a few changes from a regular card. Read More...

La Verdad, Dame Dorothy square off in Ballerina

DRF | 6 days ago
Seven of the eight entrants in the Grade 1 Ballerina on Saturday at Saratoga enter off victories, but it is hard to get by La Verdad and Dame Dorothy, who share high weight of 124 pounds. Read More...

Untapable, Stopcharingmaria get rematch in Personal Ensign

DRF | 6 days ago
When trainer Steve Asmussen decided to run Untapable in the Shuvee Handicap here earlier this month, it was as much about the past as the future.In the past, Untapable had a penchant for firing her best race second time off a freshening. With that in mind, Asmussen hopes Untapable got what she needed running second to Stopchargingmaria in the Shuvee to set her up for a rematch with that filly Saturday in the Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Moon Rainbow tries turf in allowance route

DRF | 6 days ago
The promising 3-year-old Moon Rainbow makes her turf debut Saturday at Woodbine in the featured fifth race, a first-level, 1 1/16-mile allowance for fillies and mares that carries a purse of $58,600. Read More...

Win or lose, American Pharoah will make history

DRF | 6 days ago
Racing history is in store Saturday when American Pharoah becomes just the fourth of the sport’s 12 Triple Crown winners to compete in the Travers Stakes. Read More...

Competitive Edge gets class, distance relief in King’s Bishop

DRF | 6 days ago
After taking on American Pharoah earlier this month going 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1 Haskell, it is safe to say Competitive Edge will be getting decided class and distance relief when turning back to seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 20 to 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 20 to 23. Read More...