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Illinois Derby: Starters in flux but Tonito M. an intriguing possibility

DRF | 6 days ago
The notable exclusion of the Illinois Derby last year from Churchill Downs’s points-based qualifying system for the 20 starting slots in the Kentucky Derby dealt a big blow to Hawthorne Race Course, but it might not be such a calamity after all. Read More...

Jockey Prado to miss at least a month with neck fracture

DRF | 6 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado is expected to be sidelined at least 30 days after fracturing his neck in a Thursday morning training accident at Keeneland. Read More...

Solar Charge turns tables in Premiere Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Solar Charge, second to Triumph and Song three times at Sam Houston early this year, got the better of his winter nemesis Thursday in the opening-night $50,000 Premiere Stakes at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Brad Free’s Santa Anita Handicapping Notebook April 11

DRF | 6 days ago
California stakes horses are on the road, after scoring big-figure front-running wins at Santa Anita. When they race over different surfaces at Oaklawn Park, Charles Town and Churchill Downs, they may not have another speed-friendly profile in their corner. Read More...

New Austintown, Ohio, track promises richer purses

DRF | 6 days ago
Unfortunate as it might be that Beulah Park is closing, there is life on the other side – the northeast side of Ohio, that is. Read More...

Requiem for a racetrack: Beulah Park is closing, leaving many horsemen behind

DRF | 6 days ago
The reputation of Beulah Park as an anachronistic, decrepit, God-forsaken racetrack is not necessarily undeserved. Even its supporters call it “the end of the line,” the final stop before slow or infirm Thoroughbreds disappear from the racing annals. On this particular day, the gloomy spirit of the facility and its precious few customers carried an unmistakable aura, as if the place was about to die. It is. Read More...

Byron King’s Keeneland handicapping notebook April 11

DRF | 6 days ago
Having placed in a stakes over the winner and sporting flashy speed figures, Silver Lining John looked too good to be true on the class drop into a $25,000 claimer in the day’s opener. Read More...

Lemon Drop Dream by a neck in Count Fleet Sprint Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Lemon Drop Dream closed into the quick pace contested by Heitai and Alsvid to win the first stakes race of his career Thursday at Oaklawn Park in the Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. He won by neck over Alsvid, and it was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Apprehender in third. Read More...

California racing board to enact strict penalties for buzzer use

DRF | 6 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board announced Thursday that it will enact stringent penalties for riders found using electrical devices in races or workouts, including referring cases to local district attorneys for legal action. Read More...

Lea to miss Charles Town Classic due to fever

DRF | 6 days ago
The anticipated showdown between Game On Dude and Lea in the Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 19 will not happen as Lea has been withdrawn from consideration for the race after developing a fever, trainer Bill Mott said Thursday. Read More...

Indiana court upholds suspension of trainer Adams

DRF | 6 days ago
An Indiana court has upheld a 6 1/2-year suspension levied by the state’s racing commission against a trainer for neglecting a horse. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/12 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/12 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Del Mar courses undergo sea change

DRF | 6 days ago
Both the turf course and main track at Del Mar are in the midst of major updates three months in advance of its opening day. Read More...

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 10, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Santa Anita on Thursday, April 10. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/12 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/12 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Harness Racing: Czernyson’s barn is full of fast ladies

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Jonas Czernyson is getting Maven ready to defend her division title among older female trotters, but last year’s Dan Patch Award winner is not his sole focus as he prepares her for the stakes season. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 4/12 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 4/12 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 4/12 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 4/12 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Knock Em Flat boasts 91 Beyer for Northern Spur

DRF | 6 days ago
Knock Em Flat is entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, but will instead run on the undercard in the $100,000 Northern Spur, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 11, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Keeneland on Friday, April 11. Read More...

Berkshire, Kingman prep for English 2000 Guineas at Newbury

DRF | 6 days ago
Berkshire and Kingman, two leading contenders for the English 2000 Guineas in May, make their first starts of 2014 in Saturday’s $100,200 Greenham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Newbury, England. Read More...

Santa Anita: Closer Looks for April 11, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Santa Anita on Friday, April 11. Read More...

Secret Circle scratched from Count Fleet after being tranquilized

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert said Secret Circle has been scratched from the Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Thursday after he learned that the horse was given a tranquilizer on his Tex Sutton flight from Southern California to Arkansas. Read More...

Blue Grass winner will have to make his own luck

DRF | 6 days ago
The Blue Grass Stakes has mimicked the Kentucky Derby in recent years in at least one notable respect: surprises are the norm. No favorite has won the Blue Grass since 2003, and with the 90th running of the Keeneland showcase on tap for Saturday, a jam-packed gate of 3-year-olds replete with unknown variables portends more of the same. Read More...

R Free Roll looking for clean break in Hollywood Beach

DRF | 6 days ago
Considering the fact she has been one of the fleetest fillies stabled in south Florida over the past two winters, it’s hard to fathom that R Free Roll has never won a race over the usually speed biased Gulfstream Park strip. Read More...

Fashion Plate, Ria Antonia heading to Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
Fashion Plate and Ria Antonia, the first two finishers in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 5, are bound for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 2, their trainers confirmed Thursday. Read More...

Metz goes full blast at Emerald entry box

DRF | 6 days ago
After winning the Emerald Downs training title in his first year in the Pacific Northwest, Jeff Metz will try to get a quick jump on a repeat when Emerald kicks off its 75-day meeting Saturday. Read More...

Clement has Peter Pan in mind for Tonalist

DRF | 6 days ago
Tonalist, second in a Gulfstream allowance race that produced Florida Derby winner Constitution and Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong, is being pointed to the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes. Read More...

Joe Tess looks to rebound in Tampa sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Joe Tess, who lost all chance to win his third straight race when he broke in the air last time out, tops a solid field of eight optional-claiming sprinters in Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong headliner. Read More...

Big Macher must beat Wild Dude in Potrero Grande

DRF | 6 days ago
Big Macher, a former $20,000 maiden claimer, nearly became a graded stakes winner March 8, when he finished second in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. The goal of winning a graded stakes with the 4-year-old gelding is achievable in Saturday’s $200,000 Potrero Grande Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita. Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Tapiture’s foes more desperate for points

DRF | 6 days ago
Tapiture has established himself as the top 3-year-old at Oaklawn Park, but when he runs Saturday in the meet’s richest offering, the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, he will have to stave off a number of points-hungry newcomers. Read More...

Woodbine’s marathon meet opens with 10-race card

DRF | 6 days ago
Tumultuous times and a harsh winter in Ontario have given way to a wet spring, but a sure sign that the tide has turned is the return of live racing to Woodbine on Saturday with a 10-race card of mostly shorter sprints that attracted 87 entries. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten, Centre Court meet again in Jenny Wiley Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
From the myriad story lines involving a terrific renewal of the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes emerges this fun one: Stephanie’s Kitten and Centre Court will face off yet again. Read More...

Sky High Gal goes for first graded stakes win in Las Cienegas

DRF | 6 days ago
Sky High Gal has won stakes on the hillside turf course and at a mile on turf at Santa Anita since the start of 2013. Such races will be the focus for the rest of her career. Read More...

Oaklawn Handicap: Will Take Charge faces double team

DRF | 6 days ago
Coach D. Wayne Lukas probably would be the first to tell you that the best way to handle the opposition’s star player is to employ a double team. That is exactly what his former pupil Todd Pletcher will do when he sends out Revolutionary and Golden Lad to tackle Lukas’s champion Will Take Charge in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap. Read More...

Super Charlie solid in Fonner Park Special

DRF | 6 days ago
Super Charlie may have run greenly in his career debut but was still able to win at first asking, and now he takes the step up into stakes company Saturday at Fonner Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Can Foiled Again be defeated in the Levy Memorial series?

DRF | 6 days ago
If there is anything that’s been learned during the first three weeks of preliminary action in the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers, it’s that 10-year-olds are not at a disadvantage versus four-year-olds. Driver Tim Tetrick offers his thoughts on Foiled Again and top mare Anndrovette. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 11, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Keeneland on Friday, April 11. Read More...

Fierce Boots looks to rebound in Calder Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher is winding down his business in south Florida after the winter, but before packing up completely, he’ll look to add Saturday’s $65,000 Calder Oaks to his laundry list of accomplishments this season. Read More...

Knockitdownhard merits slight edge in Oak Hall

DRF | 6 days ago
Early-season sprint supremacy is on the line Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, as five of the fastest horses on the grounds line up to contest the Oak Hall Stakes at six furlongs. Read More...

Palace Malice will point to Westchester

DRF | 6 days ago
Palace Malice, the recent winner of the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester at Belmont Park on May 11, his connections announced in a press release. Read More...

Grand National tale captures Book Award

DRF | 7 days ago
David Owen's Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National’s Biggest Upset won the 2013 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award at a ceremony Wednesday in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: April 11, 2014

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for Friday, April 12. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for April 12: Picks for Blue Grass, Commonwealth, Arkansas Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Medal Count is wheeling back in only eight days after winning the off-the-turf Transylvania on opening day at Keeneland, and I’m taking him to win right back in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Derick Giwner: Sports Eye hits 50-year mark

DRF | 7 days ago
This happens to be the 50th year—in one form or another—of Sports Eye. The New York-based newspaper, which began in 1964 and now adorns the name DRF Harness Eye, has an impressive alumni list that includes Brad Thomas, Bob Marks, “Hollywood” Heyden, Geoff Stein, Clyde Hirt and many more. Read More...

Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale posts mixed results

DRF | 7 days ago
The Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale closed Thursday with significant improvements in certain areas of the market, but an overall drop in its marquee session. Read More...

Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up and horses in training catalog available online

DRF | 7 days ago
The catalog for the Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale is now online, featuring a roster of 236 entries. The sale will be held May 1-2 in Newmarket, England, with 2-year-olds breezing at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Thursday, May 1, beginning at 9 a.m. British Standard Time. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: $158,056 Jackpot Hi-Five Carryover on Thursday

DRF | 7 days ago
The Jackpot Hi-5 (race 10) on Thursday will offer a carryover pool of $158,056.60. Greg Gangle and Derick Giwner give out their tickets. Read More...

Barbara LaCroix of Meadowbrook Farm dies at 82

DRF | 7 days ago
Barbara LaCroix, who operated Meadowbrook Farm in Florida with her family, died Monday, according to her son, David LaCroix. Read More...

Byron King’s Keeneland handicapping notebook April 10

DRF | 7 days ago
Rosie Napravnik’s jockey career got an early boost from trainer Dickie Small, and she took off her six mounts Wednesday to attend a memorial service for Small, who died last week. Read More...