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Williamstown euthanized at Old Friends

DRF | 1 week ago
Graded stakes winner Williamstown, a resident of the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized on Feb. 25 due to complications from the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The son of Seattle Slew was 25. Read More...

Meydan: Favorites prevail in UAE Oaks, Zabeel Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Godolphin’s two heavy favorites, Local Time in the UAE Oaks and Safety Check in the Zabeel Mile, both scored comfortable wins on the Thursday night card at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Read More...

Mallard’s Bro shortens up for Nodouble Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Mallard’s Bro will be making a rare start at one turn on Saturday, when he cuts back in distance for the $75,000 Nodouble. He will start as one of the top choices in the six-furlong race for Arkansas-bred colts and geldings age 3 and up on the strength of a sharp allowance win over 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 15. Read More...

Meadowlands: Four upset chances for Harmon on Saturday

DRF | 1 week ago
The winter weather may be getting some people down but trainer Rob Harmon is taking it in stride. The conditioner has four horses prepped for Saturday’s Meadowlands program and appeared happy with the brief change in conditions on Wednesday. Harmon is prepping Detroit Rapper for Saturday’s $49,000 Charles Singer final and he’s hoping for the best. Read More...

Isn’t He Clever fresh for Curribot

DRF | 1 week ago
Isn’t He Clever will be giving up recency to all of his rivals Saturday, when he seeks to win his fourth consecutive stakes in the $50,000 Curribot at Sunland Park in New Mexico. The 1 1/16-mile race will be Isn’t He Clever’s first start since November. Read More...

Bourbon Cowboy gets distance test in Black Gold

DRF | 1 week ago
A pair of $60,000 turf stakes, the Dixie Poker Ace for older Louisiana-breds and the Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds, highlight the 10-race Saturday program at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Hovdey: Lambert and horses were on same wavelength

DRF | 1 week ago
Clyde was slick. Clyde was smooth. Clyde was as cool as the other side of the pillow. Clyde was Jerry Lambert – as in his birthplace of Clyde, Kansas – and he died this week, at age 74. Read More...

Albano uses Maxxam Gold Cup as steppingstone

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Larry Jones will attempt to complete a sweep of the two richest dirt races at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night, when he sends out Albano in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup. Jones shipped to Texas last month and won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic with Cassatt, who now is being pointed for the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at Santa Anita. Meanwhile, Albano is a prospect for next month’s Grade 2, $400,000 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds. Read More...

History Challenge: Tom Fool, Native Dancer made their marks in ’53

DRF | 1 week ago
With the 40th running of the Tom Fool Handicap set for March 7 at Aqueduct, test your knowledge of Native Dancer and Tom Fool. Read More...

McGee: Gulfstream pick five play for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 1 week ago
If you believe DAREDEVIL (1) lays over the Swale field (R10) on class (like I do), then the horizontal wagers at the end of the Saturday card at Gulfstream become a bit simpler. Read More...

Hoppertunity likely to run in Dubai World Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Hoppertunity, who won the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November and was third to Shared Belief and California Chrome in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7, is more likely to have his next race in the $10 million Dubai World Cup than the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7. Read More...

King: X Y Jet can topple Daredevil in Swale

DRF | 1 week ago
X Y Jet is a fast horse. He ran a 92 Beyer in finishing a close second in the Hutcheson, and on two other occasions over his last four starts he has posted 88 Beyers. And for those reason he is alternative selection to Daredevil in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Brother Pat likely to seek early lead

DRF | 1 week ago
Brother Pat, who has used strong speed to take the first two legs of the Tampa Turf Test, leads an overflow field slated to go to the post Saturday in the 1 1/8-mile starter handicap tilt on the turf as the two divisions of the grass series top an 11-race program. Read More...

Masochistic preps for stakes in comeback sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
Masochistic, the flashy winner of three consecutive races in 2014 and the runner-up in the Los Alamitos Mile last September, will start as the favorite in a second-level, $62,500 optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs Saturday. Read More...

Conspiracy looking for a trip

DRF | 1 week ago
Though Conspiracy is stepping up in company after a pair of second-place finishes against cheaper, trainer Robert Barbara believes a clean trip is all his horse needs to be competitive in Saturday’s $69,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct. Read More...

Texas Red gets more time to heal

DRF | 1 week ago
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, will remain at a Northern California farm until March 7 while recovering from an abscess in a foot, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Thursday. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for February 19 to February 22

DRF | 1 week ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for February 19 to 22, 2015. Read More...

Premier Ethics puts unbeaten streak on line in Sunshine State Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Premier Ethics, a filly who is unbeaten in three starts, is the leading contender in the richest of four stakes on Saturday’s nine-race Quarter Horse card at Hialeah Park. Read More...

Daredevil cuts back for 3-year-old debut in Swale

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Derby hopeful Daredevil will make his much-anticipated 3-year-old debut going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park. His task will not be an easy one as the Champagne winner will line up against a strong field that includes the top contenders Souper Colossal, X Y Jet, and Ready for Rye. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Khozan

DRF | 1 week ago
Khozan's talent ceiling has yet to be discovered – however, if there’s one area where the colt has no vulnerabilities, it’s his pedigree. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Thursday, Feb. 26

DRF | 1 week ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Thursday's cards at Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Golden Gate, Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Santa Anita, and Tampa Bay Downs. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Night Prowler faces talented challengers in Palm Beach

DRF | 1 week ago
The Palm Beach might be the more competitive of the two turf stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park. Night Prowler, trained by Chad Brown, will be trying to validate his victory eight weeks ago in the Grade 3 Dania Beach while facing a host of promising new opponents, including Dubai Sky, Divisidero, and Eh Cumpari. Read More...

Longacres Mile tops familiar list of stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Emerald Downs put the finishing touches on its stakes schedule this week, and it’s a virtual carbon copy of the one from 2014, with 29 stakes races valued at $1.62 million, up from $1.61 million a year ago. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Feb. 28: Picks for Battaglia, Texas Heritage, Santa Ysabel

DRF | 1 week ago
I’m going with Royal Son in Saturday’s John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park. The combination of the surface switch and equipment change could elicit significant improvement, and he has the speed to be a factor from the start. Read More...

Key Race Report for Thursday, Feb. 26

DRF | 1 week ago
Download a list of horses exiting races where two or more of the competitors have come back to win their next starts. Thursday's report features races from Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Golden Gate, Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Santa Anita, and Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. net income drops 16 percent

DRF | 1 week ago
Churchill Downs had net income of $46.2 million in 2014, according to financial documents released late on Wednesday, a drop of 16 percent compared with net income of $54.9 million in 2013 despite posting record revenues during the year. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/27 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 2/27 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/27 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 2/27 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch for week of Feb. 25

DRF | 1 week ago
Mary Rampellini's horses to watch at Oaklawn Park for the week of Feb. 25. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday, Feb. 26

DRF | 1 week ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Barn fire at Chanteclair Farm kills six horses

DRF | 1 week ago
A fire at Chanteclair Farm in Versailles, Ky., best known as the birthplace of champion Royal Delta, killed six horses Wednesday morning. Read More...

Meydan: Local Time, Safety Check heavy favorites on Thursday card

DRF | 1 week ago
A pair of group stakes with likely heavy favorites highlight Thursday’s seven-race card at Meydan in Dubai. Local Time is 2 for 2 in her brief dirt career and will be an odds-on favorite to win her third race of the winter in the Group 3, $250,000 UAE Oaks, while Safety Check appears formidable in the Group 2, $250,000 Zabeel Mile. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 2/27 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 2/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bold Conquest targeting Rebel start

DRF | 1 week ago
Bold Conquest, who was fourth in Sunday's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in his first start since October, is being pointed for the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes on March 14, trainer Steve Asmussen said Tuesday. Read More...

Bayerd will cut back for Gazebo Stakes next

DRF | 1 week ago
Bayerd, the winner of the $255,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park in December who finished an uncharacteristic eighth in the Southwest Stakes on Sunday at Oaklawn, will cut back in distance for his next start, said trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Daredevil draws rail for Swale Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Daredevil was assigned post 1 for his much-awaited seasonal debut in the $200,000 Swale Stakes, one of three graded stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mr. Z pointing to Louisiana Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Mr. Z is being pointed for the Louisiana Derby, with Corey Nakatani to have the mount, said trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Read More...

DRF’s Hovdey among finalists for media Sovereign Award

DRF | 1 week ago
Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey is among the 2014 media award finalists for Canada’s Sovereign Awards. Read More...

Gorgeous Bird, Frammento target Blue Grass Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Gorgeous Bird, never a factor when fifth as the 6-1 fourth choice in the Fountain of Youth Stakes last week, still could get a shot at a Kentucky Derby berth by making his next start in the April 4 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Frammento, third at 63-1 in the Fountain of Youth, also is likely to run in the Blue Grass. Read More...

Tonalist won’t run in Dubai World Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
A closely spaced series of workouts at Payson Park has ended for Tonalist, leading trainer Christophe Clement to say he will not run his stable star at the ongoing Gulfstream Park meet or in the March 28 Dubai World Cup. Read More...

Hovdey: Shared Belief in shades of black

DRF | 1 week ago
This week, the artist Dagmar Galleithner took a deep breath and delivered her most significant piece of commission work to date: the official Pacific Classic portrait of the 2014 winner, Shared Belief. Read More...

Rattataptap will try route in Santa Ysabel

DRF | 1 week ago
Two sprint wins in three starts since late November have resulted in Rattataptap’s entry in Saturday’s $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton, Gulfstream announce 2016 Florida Derby bonus

DRF | 1 week ago
Gulfstream Park and Fasig-Tipton will offer a $1 million bonus to any graduate of the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Florida selected sale of 2-year-olds in training who goes on to win the 2016 Florida Derby. Read More...

Queen’s Plate highlights stakes slate

DRF | 1 week ago
The 156th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate headlines the 2015 stakes schedule at Woodbine Racetrack, which comprises 102 races worth more than $20 million. Read More...

Former jockey Lambert dies at 74

DRF | 1 week ago
Jerry Lambert, best known for riding Hall of Famer Native Diver in the 1960s and for winning a celebrated match race aboard Convenience against Typecast in 1972, was found dead Monday at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., where he had been working, according to a release put out Tuesday by Santa Anita. Lambert was 74. Read More...

The Great War finds his battleground at Turfway

DRF | 1 week ago
For The Great War, the road to the Kentucky Derby requires snow tires. Rather than decamp to South Florida for his Derby preps, The Great War was purposely kept in the cold climes of Kentucky, where trainer Wesley Ward keeps 20 of his runners during the winter. Read More...

Amulay seeks to end string of near misses

DRF | 1 week ago
Amulay, beaten three straight times at odds of 2-1 or less, will try to make amends Friday when she heads a field of seven entered in the $69,000 feature going one mile at Aqueduct. Read More...

Jockey, owner want to try Verraco on dirt

DRF | 1 week ago
Verraco will start in a first-level optional $80,000 claimer for 3-year-olds on dirt at Santa Anita on Friday after an impromptu election among owner Deron Pearson, trainer Jim Cassidy, and jockey Elvis Trujillo. Read More...

Giwner: The human side of Harness Racing

DRF | 1 week ago
While the annual United States Harness Writers Dan Patch Award Banquet on Sunday was hardly chock-full of surprises, attendees got to see something that many bettors, fans and hands-off owners rarely get to witness—those behind the scenes taking care of the horses or driving are indeed people! They love the sport and are passionate about what they do. Read More...

Beyer: History could be Khozan’s toughest rival

DRF | 1 week ago
A racing career could hardly begin more auspiciously than Khozan’s, but both the colt and his trainer, Todd Pletcher, are about to confront a hard reality. “History is against him,” Pletcher acknowledged, “but maybe he can be the one to overcome it.” Read More...