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Beholder will miss Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Beholder is out of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The two-time champion filly spiked a temperature on Sunday, was treated with medication, and will not pre-enter the Distaff scheduled for Oct. 31 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten gets loose, but avoids injury

DRF | 5 days ago
Stephanie’s Kitten gave her connections a scare Sunday when she got loose following a workout at Belmont Park, but she was uninjured and remains on target for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. Read More...

Distaff: Untapable works swift five furlongs

DRF | 5 days ago
The visually impressive workout by Untapable on Sunday morning at Santa Anita was so fast trainer Steve Asmussen declined to reveal the time on his stopwatch. Read More...

Tapiture more likely for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile than Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Tapiture had been under consideration for both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dirt Mile, but after he worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Sunday morning here at Santa Anita, owner Ron Winchell said it was most likely that Tapiture would go in the Dirt Mile, and wouldn’t even be cross-entered in the Classic at the pre-entry stage on Monday. Read More...

Sweet Reason good to go in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Sweet Reason, who came out of her second-place finish in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 20 with an eye injury, returned to the work tab Sunday morning, drilling three furlongs in a quick 34.63 seconds over Belmont Park’s main track, a move that convinced her connections to move on to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont on Sunday, Oct. 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Between grabbing some brunch, the 1 p.m. football games, and about five pounds worth of early Breeders’ Cup past performances to get familiar with, I should have enough to do through the first part of the afternoon without getting too caught up in the first half of Sunday’s Belmont card. Read More...

Hersh: Santa Anita Pick Four Play for Sunday, October 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Santa Anita Pick Four play by Marcus Hersh for Sunday, October 19. Read More...

King’s preview: Longshot possibility in Dowager

DRF | 6 days ago
Nothing in the individual past performances hint of weakness in favorites CAROLINE THOMAS (#13, 9-2) and WHITE ROSE (#14, 5-1) in Sunday’s Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. But having drawn posts 13 and 14, respectively, with a short run to the first of three turns in the 1 1/2-mile race, wide trips for both could leave them vulnerable. Read More...

Magna Breeze caps homecoming with first stakes win in Texas Hall of Fame

DRF | 6 days ago
Magna Breeze returned to his homestate of Texas on Saturday night and became a stakes winner when he held off Fly the Red Eye by a neck in the $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. Read More...

Russell Road rallies to win third West Virginia Breeders’ Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Lucy’s Bob Boy, sent off at 1-2, took a clear lead into the stretch, but Russell Road kept coming under Jose Montano and wore down his rival to win the West Virginia Breeders' Classic for a record third time. Read More...

Demonstative captures Grand National steeplechase

DRF | 6 days ago
Demonstrative solidified his status as the leading candidate for an Eclipse Award as champion steeplechase horse by winning the nation’s richest race for jumpers Saturday, the Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National at Far Hills, N.J. Read More...

Yonkers: Nuncio a convincing Trot elimination winner

DRF | 6 days ago
Horseplayers couldn’t bet on him, but Nuncio and driver John Campbell didn’t mind cruising to victory in the first of two $40,000 eliminations for the $500,000 Yonkers Trot (Oct. 25). Gural Hanover was the other elim winner while Luck Be Withyou won his Messenger elimination. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Some surprises in colt elims

DRF | 6 days ago
As often is the case with young horses, you never know what you are going to get. When Woodbine hosted eliminations for the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for 2-year-old pacers and trotters respectively, longshot bettors were mostly in paradise. Read More...

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki shine in Super Finals

DRF | 6 days ago
These aren’t your Indiana-bred Standardbreds from years ago. That was evident after watching some huge miles from Freaky Feet Pete and Always A Virgin as part of an octet of $200,000-plus Super Finals at Hoosier Park on Saturday Night. Read More...

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki shine in Super Finals

DRF | 6 days ago
These aren’t your Indiana-bred Standardbreds from years ago. That was evident after watching some huge miles from Freaky Feet Pete and Always A Virgin as part of an octet of $200,000-plus Super Finals at Hoosier Park on Saturday Night. Read More...

Storm Power takes opening-day Bienvenidos

DRF | 6 days ago
Storm Power, who had been knocking heads with some toughies in Southern California, found the change of scenery to his liking as he finished strongly, capturing Saturday’s $35,000 Bienvenidos Stakes, the opening-day event for the Turf Paradise meet. Read More...

Storm Power takes opening-day Bienvenidos

DRF | 6 days ago
Storm Power, who had been knocking heads with some toughies in Southern California, found the change of scenery to his liking as he finished strongly, capturing Saturday’s $35,000 Bienvenidos Stakes, the opening-day event for the Turf Paradise meet. Read More...

Luscious Lonna scores in Miss America Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Luscious Lonna scored her third turf stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields, racing to the lead early and then hanging on gamely late to capture the $65,480 Miss America Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Luscious Lonna scores in Miss America Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Luscious Lonna scored her third turf stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields, racing to the lead early and then hanging on gamely late to capture the $65,480 Miss America Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Levitt finishes atop All-In contest standings

DRF | 6 days ago
In Saturday’s All-In contest at NHCQualify.com, where all picks had to be in before post time of the first race, five players won their way in to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Read More...

Levitt finishes atop All-In contest standings

DRF | 6 days ago
In Saturday’s All-In contest at NHCQualify.com, where all picks had to be in before post time of the first race, five players won their way in to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Read More...

Eighttofasttocatch never looks back in winning Maryland Million Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Eighttofasttocatch was sent to an open lead by Forest Boyce in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic and never looked back, outclassing his rivals by 4 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile race. Read More...

Lane’s End purchases interest in classic winner Tonalist

DRF | 6 days ago
Lane’s End has purchased an interest in classic winner Tonalist, and the 3-year-old will presumably stand at the Versailles, Ky., farm upon the conclusion of his racing career. Read More...

Moonlight Song fires fresh in Hudson Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Several months’ worth of frustration evaporated in a little more than 75 seconds Saturday at Belmont Park when Moonlight Song went gate to wire to win the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, the eighth and final stakes on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Read More...

Spendthrift releases 2015 fees

DRF | 6 days ago
Spendthrift Farm has released the 2015 advertised fees for its 26-horse stallion roster based at farms across North America. Flagship stallion Malibu Moon is once again Spendthrift’s highest-priced offering, standing at the operation’s Lexington, Ky. farm for $95,000. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Veterans drop down for sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
The Sunday card kicks off with a “dropdown derby” of sorts, with eight veteran sprinters going six furlongs in the first $10,000 claimer at the fall meet. Needless to say, everyone is taking a drop – even Ten Items Or Less, who is back from Finger Lakes after getting through two restricted claiming conditions for $15,000. Read More...

No one can catch Taris in Raven Run

DRF | 6 days ago
Speed had sputtered all day at Keeneland, but no one told that to a filly named Taris, who absolutely cruised to victory in gate-to-wire Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes. Read More...

Boozer gets things his own way to win California Flag

DRF | 6 days ago
Boozer had an easy journey to win his first stakes Saturday in the $98,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Oct. 11 – Oct. 15

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Kharafa upsets familiar foes in Mohawk Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Going off at virtually the same price as last year when he ran next to last, Kharafa turned the tables and posted a mild upset over familiar foes Lubash and the even-money choice King Kreesa in Saturday’s 36th running of the $200,000 Mohawk Stakes. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 10/20 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 10/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

British jockey suspeded for whip use at Ascot

DRF | 6 days ago
Top British jockey James Doyle was suspended seven days and fined approximately $16,000 for excessive use of the whip at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, a penalty that will prevent him from riding in Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, and the Melbourne Cup in Australia on Nov. 4. Read More...

Cactus Kris relishes return to Polytrack in Ruling Angel

DRF | 6 days ago
Cactus Kris overcame an awkward break and a wide trip to win her first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $108,800 Ruling Angel, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Cactus Kris relishes return to Polytrack in Ruling Angel

DRF | 6 days ago
Cactus Kris overcame an awkward break and a wide trip to win her first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $108,800 Ruling Angel, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

La Verdad confirms affinity for track in Iroquois

DRF | 6 days ago
With the disappointment of Saratoga now in the rear view mirror, La Verdad proved conclusively that she is back on top of her game by using her abundant speed to register a 1 1/4-length victory over Willet in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

La Verdad confirms affinity for track in Iroquois

DRF | 6 days ago
With the disappointment of Saratoga now in the rear view mirror, La Verdad proved conclusively that she is back on top of her game by using her abundant speed to register a 1 1/4-length victory over Willet in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Four stakes on Canadian International Day

DRF | 6 days ago
Canadian International Day features four stakes, including three graded events on the turf. Lane 1 will be used on a course that will have some give to it, ground that should give an advantage to some of the European invaders. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Four stakes on Canadian International Day

DRF | 6 days ago
Canadian International Day features four stakes, including three graded events on the turf. Lane 1 will be used on a course that will have some give to it, ground that should give an advantage to some of the European invaders. Read More...

Bear Access scores huge upset in Maryland Million Ladies

DRF | 6 days ago
The pacesetter Bear Access won the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies as the longest price in the 10-horse field and paid $134.20. Read More...

Father of trainer Violette dies at 85

DRF | 6 days ago
Rick Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr., died Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 85. Read More...

Ostrolenka delivers in Sleepy Hollow Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Several years ago, owner Eric Fein campaigned the consistent, hard-trying Musket Man, who won the Tampa Bay and Illinois derbies and ran third in the Kentucky Derby at 3 and was the runner-up in the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps – both Grade 1 races – at 4. Read More...

Sherman pleased with California Chrome’s work

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman stood in the stands at Los Alamitos on Saturday morning, a few minutes before California Chrome was to come on the track and work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This was to be the longest and most important of the four works he will have prior to the race, and Sherman was anxious that it would go as planned. Read More...

Beholder drills for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 6 days ago
Beholder will have one more work before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but her workout Saturday at Santa Anita was the final major drill, and trainer Richard Mandella turned it into a mini-race. Read More...

Welsch: Belmont BC clocker’s report for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 6 days ago
There are upward of 40 potential Breeders’ Cup starters currently stabled at Belmont or Aqueduct, the overwhelming majority of whom will get in all major preparation for their races prior to shipping to Santa Anita over the next 10 days. Read More...

Palace, Zivo work for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 7 days ago
Empire Showcase Day didn’t just pertain to Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. On Saturday morning, two of the possible 10 New York-breds who could be pre-entered Monday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held in two weeks at Santa Anita, put in workouts for their respective races. Read More...

Noble Mission by a neck in QIPCO Champion Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Noble Mission ensured that Ascot's flat-season finale had a truly emotional finish as he beat Al Kazeem by a neck in a thrilling edition of the QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

V. E. Day pointing to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 7 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day is being pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Saturday. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 7 days ago
There could be some vulnerable favorites on Empire Showcase Saturday at Belmont. Let’s try to exploit them. Read More...

Charm Spirit takes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Charm Spirit completed a wonderful spell for the Head family with a brave victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Read More...