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Pocono: Posts drawn for the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final

DRF | 5 days ago
Post positions for perhaps the most anticipated race in decades, the $500,000 Ben Franklin, were drawn on Monday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The July 2 showcase of older pacing talent takes the spotlight on a stakes-filled card that includes over $2 million in purses. Read More...

Sparkman: Melatonin’s pedigree a sleeper

DRF | 5 days ago
As the saying goes, a good horse can come from anywhere. While that is true, it also is true that “anywhere,” more often than not, turns out to be one of the great female families. Read More...

Full fields likely for Belmont Derby, Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
The New York Racing Association has released the invitation lists for the $1.25 million Belmont Derby and $1 million Oaks. Fourteen horses have been invited to participate in each of the Grade 1, 1 1/4-mile turf races scheduled for July 9 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Trip Notes for June 25 – June 26: Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Triple Bend

DRF | 5 days ago
Trip Notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races on June 25 - June 26, including the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Tough allowance part of Thursday’s Single Six wager with $676K carryover

DRF | 5 days ago
Churchill Downs goes into the final three days of its spring / summer meet with serious intrigue, as the public zeros in on the Single Six jackpot with a carryover of $676,761 into Thursday's card. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 20 – June 22

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

Large field expected for Queen’s Plate

DRF | 5 days ago
The 157th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate is Sunday, and as many as 15 could make a run at the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from June 20 – June 22

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

Harvard grad first in Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge

DRF | 5 days ago
Hesham Ragab, a 55-year-old horseplayer from Los Angeles, Calif., has won the 2016 Santa Anita Gold Cup Challenge with a final bankroll of $25,050. In addition to his bankroll, Ragab takes home $45,000 in cash, as well as a seat to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Read More...

Pocono: Rookie colt pacers step out in Pennsylvania All-Stars

DRF | 5 days ago
Filibuster Hanover posted a 1:53 2/5 mile to lead the four winners in Pennsylvania All-Stars action for 2-year-old colt pacers on Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He was also one of three victories for driver Yannick Gingras and one of two for trainer Ron Burke. Read More...

Find Joy surprises with Kent Stakes triumph

DRF | 5 days ago
Find Joy rallied to take an upset win in the $50,000 Kent Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday. She paid $31.40 for her 1 1/4-length win over Princess Kennedy. Read More...

Soi Phet ends drought with McCann’s Mojave win

DRF | 5 days ago
Soi Phet ended a 15-race losing streak with a front-running win in Sunday’s $77,000 McCann’s Mojave Handicap for California-breds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Fort Erie cancels final race on card after trainer injured

DRF | 5 days ago
A trainer at Fort Erie Racetrack was injured before the eighth race on Sunday after a horse got loose during the warm-up and crashed into a fence near the finish line. Read More...

Chublicious takes a speedy Mr. Prospector win

DRF | 5 days ago
Jorge Navarro swept the trifecta in the $95,500 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday with 2-1 Chublicious, 4-1 Shaft of Light, and 19-1 Visionary Ruler. Read More...

Shh She’s Ours continues dirt streak in Desert Stormer

DRF | 5 days ago
Shh She’s Ours has made bold statements in main track sprints this year. Since being switched from turf to dirt in March, Shh She’s Ours is unbeaten. She won her fourth consecutive race in Sunday’s $79,300 Desert Stormer Stakes for female sprinters at Santa Anita. Read More...

We’re All Set survives late challenge in Sea of Grass

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Peter Walder said before Sunday’s $75,000 Sea of Grass Stakes that the race was all about the trip. And in the end it was his We’re All Set who tripped out best, the former claimer rallying from between horses to a half-length decision over hard luck favorite Yourdreamsormine in the 6 1/2 furlong overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Louisville First perseveres to win Cupecoy’s Joy

DRF | 5 days ago
Louisville First and Little Bear Cat, two of the longer-priced runners in the $100,000 Cupecoy's Joy division of the New York Stallion Stakes, finished first and second in the seven-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park on Sunday. Read More...

Pachi Cruze’s rally gives him Frost King triumph

DRF | 5 days ago
Pachi Cruze ($3.40) dug in to win the $125,000 Frost King Stakes over the determined first-time starter Lokinforpursemonee at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Look for Firing Line’s return in San Diego Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Firing Line, second in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, is likely to make his 2016 debut in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 20. Read More...

Silver Assault highlights Hollendorfer’s 6-win day

DRF | 5 days ago
A memorable six-win day for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on Saturday included a debut victory from the promising 2-year-old Silver Assault. Read More...

Female 2015 champs work up for July races

DRF | 5 days ago
The 2015 female champions Beholder, Songbird, and Stellar Wind had workouts Sunday for races in July. Read More...

Lord Nelson ‘could take shot at Saratoga,’ trainer says

DRF | 5 days ago
Lord Nelson will remain a one-turn specialist this summer following his sharp win in Saturday’s $301,035 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Cloud Control clear winner of Spectacular Bid

DRF | 5 days ago
Cloud Control crossed the finish line in front for the first time while scoring his second straight victory on Sunday in the Spectacular Bid division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Melatonin takes relaxed approach to 2016′s second half

DRF | 5 days ago
A day after his win in the $501,035 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Melatonin had a quiet morning at trainer David Hofmans’ stable on Sunday. There was no reason to be in a hurry. Read More...

Buffalo: Track record effort by Smalltownthrowdown in New York Sire Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Smalltownthrowdown, driven by trainer Dan Daley, set a new track record for a 3-year-old colt trotter at Buffalo Raceway when he won the second of two New York Sire Stakes divisions in 1:56 2/5 on Sunday afternoon. The Royal Harry (Ake Svanstedt) won the other section in 1:59 4/5. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of June 27

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Ron Gierkink provides a list of horses to watch at Woodbine. Read More...

Ireland: Minding easily captures Pretty Polly Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Minding won her third Group 1 race in the last two months with an easy victory in Sunday’s $279,375 Pretty Polly Stakes for fillies and mares at The Curragh in Ireland. Read More...

King: How I’ll play Belmont for Sunday, June 26

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Byron King outlines his strategy for playing a pick three on Sunday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Pocono: Stage set for Franklin final with two world records

DRF | 6 days ago
The appetizer may be better than the main course of the Ben Franklin at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono after Always B Miki and Mel Mara put on a display in one of three eliminations, with Always B Miki scorching the oval in a career-best and world record-equalling 1:47 clocking. Read More...

Gabbay holds narrow lead in Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge

DRF | 6 days ago
Nisan Gabbay, 39, a longtime horseplayer from Del Mar, Calif., is in the lead after the first day of the Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge with a bankroll of $16,700.50. Read More...

Pocono: Dayson, Bar Hopping with late heroics in Beal eliminations

DRF | 6 days ago
Stretch drama was the order of the day in the pair of $25,000 Earl Beal Memorial eliminations for 3-year-old male trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Dayson made up four lengths in the last sixteenth to win the first elimination, while Bar Hopping gave Southwind Frank only the second loss of his career in the other one. Read More...

Melatonin punches ticket to Breeders’ Cup Classic by winning Gold Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
Melatonin was 16-1 when he won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap in March in his first stakes win. Melatonin won his second stakes in Saturday’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita as the 9-5 favorite. Read More...

Bronze Star wire-to-wire Oak Tree Handicap winner

DRF | 6 days ago
Bronze Star, the lone speed in the field with the scratch of stablemate Southern Freedom, led every step of the way as he captured his stakes debut Saturday in the $54,875 Oak Tree Handicap in the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Read More...

Pocono: Lynch eliminations go to Newborn Sassy, Pure Country

DRF | 6 days ago
Pure Country and driver Brett Miller proved that determination is key in major races as she ground down Blue Moon Stride in the final stride to capture the second of two eliminations for the James Lynch Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night. Read More...

Lord Nelson runs down Subtle Indian in Triple Bend

DRF | 6 days ago
Lord Nelson gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first Grade 1 win of 2016 in Saturday’s $301,035 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pocono: Control The Moment, Racing Hill prevail in Hempt eliminations

DRF | 6 days ago
Form from the North America Cup carried over to the two $25,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial eliminations on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as Racing Hill and Control The Moment, who were second and third in the event last Saturday at Mohawk, were victorious. Read More...

Isabella Sings leads all the way in Eatontown

DRF | 6 days ago
Isabella Sings won her second stakes of the Monmouth Park meet on Saturday, leading her six rivals on a merry chase from beginning to end in the Grade 3 Eatontown. Read More...

Dugaboy Brown breezes in CTBA Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Dugaboy Brown dominated the $40,272 CTBA Derby at Arapahoe Park on Saturday, when he darted to a 4 3/4-length win over Noble Artist. Read More...

Sarah Sis leads all the way in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
The good Sarah Sis showed up Saturday at Arlington, leading all way as the 9/5-favorite in the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap. Read More...

By the Moon draws clear in Bed o’ Roses

DRF | 6 days ago
By the Moon signaled she'll be a key player in the East Coast filly and mare sprint division this year with a decisive 1 3/4-length win in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses at Belmont Park on Saturday. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke scores in Petro Memorial Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Justalittlesmoke strengthened her status as the season’s top older Ohio-bred female with a three-quarter-length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap at Thistledown. Read More...

Mo Tom takes outside route to Ohio Derby victory

DRF | 6 days ago
This time, nothing was left to chance with Mo Tom. The victim of trips ranging from mild trouble in the Kentucky Derby to near disaster in the Louisiana Derby and the Risen Star, Mo Tom was kept outside and in the clear Saturday at Thistledown in the $500,000 Ohio Derby and scored a decisive victory, beating Adventist by three lengths. Read More...

Moment of Delight fires fresh in Boca Chica

DRF | 6 days ago
Moment of Delight, showing no ill effects from a five-month layoff, cruised to a convincing 5 1/4-length triumph over Winning for Sarah in Saturday’s $75,000 Boca Chica Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Athena lands jackpot, but no one solves Single 6

DRF | 6 days ago
While Athena landed a jackpot victory in the $67,000 Roxelana Stakes for fillies and mares Saturday at Churchill Downs, no one else did, adding steam to the chase for the Single 6. Read More...

Conquest Vivi dominates as favorite in Nandi

DRF | 6 days ago
The speedy Court Vision filly Conquest Vivi justified her favoritism with a dominating score in the $125,400 Nandi Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Harzand holds off challenge to win Irish Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Harzand, the Epsom Derby winner on June 4, became a dual derby winner Saturday at The Curragh when he turned back a stern challenge from Idaho and won the Group 1 Irish Derby. Read More...

Eyeplayeveryday, Debbie’s Tude give connections sweep of Maryland-bred stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Bill Komlo combined with owner-breeders Michael and Debbie Horning to score upsets in the co-featured $75,000 turf stakes for Maryland-breds on Saturday’s Maryland-Virginia Breeders Day program at Pimlico. Read More...

Nyquist workout moves him closer to July comeback

DRF | 6 days ago
Nyquist, the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 and winner of last month's Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:02.07 prior to the first race at Santa Anita on Saturday, moving closer to a comeback in an undetermined race later this summer. Read More...

Encryption by a neck in Turning for Home Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Encryption rallied four wide around the final turn and prevailed in a stretch-long duel with the favored Majestic Affair to win the $100,000 Turning for Home Stakes by a neck at Parx Racing on Saturday. Read More...

Trainer Lynch reinstated in New York

DRF | 6 days ago
The New York state racing license of Brian Lynch has been conditionally reinstated, and he is free to resume training his horses stabled at Belmont Park and Saratoga. Read More...