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ThistleDown to increase purses by 5 percent

DRF | 5 days ago
ThistleDown racetrack outside of Cleveland will raise purses 5 percent across the board beginning Sept. 1, the track and casino announced Wednesday. Read More...

Vernon: Bee A Magician to face the boys in Crawford

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Nifty Norman might not be expecting his star mare Bee A Magician to beat the sport’s top male trotters in Friday’s $236,000 Crawford Farms Open at Vernon Downs, but he’s not shying from the challenge, either. Read More...

Illman: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
Let’s try the early pick four beginning with the P.G. Johnson Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on the turf. Read More...

Silent Star, Strut the Course meet again in Friday turf route

DRF | 5 days ago
Silent Star and Strut the Course will renew their new rivalry Friday at Woodbine in the featured third race, a second-level optional claimer for fillies and mares, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Read More...

Burn Control short on experience but long on potential

DRF | 5 days ago
Burn Control, the least-experienced starter, offers the most upside potential in the $37,800 optional-claiming feature Friday for filly and mare turf sprinters at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d Play Saratoga on Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
Rain, rain, stay away - Saratoga has seven grass races today. The late pick four, in fact, is an all-turf event in which race 8 looks to these eyes the trickiest. Read More...

Bernier: Del Mar pick four play for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier's late pick four play for Del Mar. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at Del Mar's Generous Portion Stakes. Read More...

OBS August: Select session takes a step back

DRF | 6 days ago
The opening select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale cleared more horses than last year’s renewal, but otherwise saw across-the-board declines. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 8/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Thursday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Thursday 8/28 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Class droppers aplenty

DRF | 6 days ago
A number of southward class moves dot the card. The dilemma for handicappers is how to assess the drop. Is it a move to get the money? Is it a move to maybe get rid of a horse? Is it merely an adjustment in class to get said horse to its proper level? And regardless of which, does the drop mean overplay at the windows, as is often the case? Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 8/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Nine to take shot at big payday in All American Futurity

DRF | 6 days ago
Moonist extended his winning streak to six races in Sunday’s Golden State Derby at Los Alamitos and could run in one or two more derbies this fall. Read More...

Harness: New owners find joy with Somewhere In L A

DRF | 6 days ago
As the owner of a breeding farm, Mike Gulotta would seem an unlikely candidate to buy a horse that was gelded. Read More...

Del Mar notes: Turf course aerated, watered extensively

DRF | 6 days ago
Del Mar’s turf course was aerated Monday and extensively watered overnight, all designed to keep the course in excellent shape through the final week-plus of the meet. Read More...

Obviously to train up to Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Obviously, who finished fourth on Sunday as the favorite in the Del Mar Mile after breaking poorly, came out of the race in good condition and will be trained straight into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, without a prep, trainer Phil D’Amato said Tuesday. Read More...

I Spent It probably will skip Hopeful

DRF | 6 days ago
I Spent It, the winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on Aug. 9, worked five furlongs in 59.91 seconds over the main track Tuesday. Read More...

Brown giving Pletcher all he can handle

DRF | 6 days ago
Usually, the only question left to be answered regarding the trainer race is how many wins Todd Pletcher will have come the end of the meet on Labor Day. It’s not that simple this year. Read More...

Fair Grounds says track improvements going well

DRF | 6 days ago
Fair Grounds and its parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., remain on course to fulfill promises made to Louisiana legislators and racing regulators earlier this year regarding capital investment in racing at the New Orleans track. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from August 21 – August 25

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Smith taking advantage of good opportunities at Del Mar

DRF | 6 days ago
With his victories Sunday in the Pacific Classic and Del Mar Mile, as well as two other races on the card, jockey Mike Smith continued his spectacular season here, where he leads all riders in stakes wins and is just two wins back of the top spot in the overall standings despite riding far fewer horses. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 6 days ago
Your day’s bankroll could see an immediate lift from the early double. Read More...

Potential turf stars clash in With Anticipation

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainers Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown, and Graham Motion have combined to win five of the first nine runnings of the With Anticipation Stakes for 2-year-old males at Saratoga. It’s a pretty good bet one of them will win it again. Read More...

Big Cazanova takes next step

DRF | 6 days ago
Big Cazanova ran so well in his first start on Polytrack, setting a track record for a mile, that he was nominated to the Pacific Classic as well as this Saturday’s Harry F. Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar. But instead of heading from a first-level allowance right into a stakes race, Big Cazanova is coming back in a second-level allowance Thursday. Read More...

Fair Grounds swaps five Monday dates for Sundays

DRF | 6 days ago
Fair Grounds in New Orleans will swap five Mondays for Sundays during its upcoming Thoroughbred meet in an amendment to its calendar approved by the Louisiana Racing Commission. The panel also granted the track an additional race date, Feb. 16. Read More...

Rail Link relocates to Haras de Cercy in France

DRF | 6 days ago
Rail Link, winner of the 2006 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, has been sold to stand at Haras de Cercy in France, Racing Post reports. The 11-year-old son of Dansili previously stood at owner/breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, where he entered stud in 2008. Read More...

Baze enjoying a fun-filled summer

DRF | 6 days ago
Russell Baze had a self-described “fun” day Sunday, and it wasn’t simply because he rode five winners at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Florida launches breeders’ award bonus, stallion bonus program

DRF | 6 days ago
The board of directors for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association announced a 12 percent breeders’ award bonus and a 15 percent stallion owner bonus. Read More...

Belterra cuts purses by 20 percent

DRF | 6 days ago
Belterra Park, the racetrack-casino that replaced River Downs in Cincinnati, will cut purses by 20 percent beginning Saturday due to lower-than-expected revenue from slot machines at the track, horsemen’s officials said Tuesday. Read More...

Upstart targeting the big races

DRF | 6 days ago
If trainer Rick Violette had any trepidation about running his top 2-year-old prospect Upstart on just nine days’ rest in last Sunday’s Funny Cide Stakes, it certainly prove unfounded. Read More...

Trujillo’s move to California paying off

DRF | 6 days ago
This was not where jockey Elvis Trujillo expected to be by the end of August.
At the start of 2014, Trujillo was at Gulfstream Park, rebounding from a collarbone injury that left him sidelined in the final months of 2013. A few months into this year, he broke up with his agent and soon after received a telephone call from agent Tom Knust in California. Read More...

Robber steals $100,000 from Hialeah money room

DRF | 6 days ago
An unidentified man wearing a mask made off with an estimated $100,000 from the money room at Hialeah Park on Sunday after subduing an elderly employee of the track, local police have said. Read More...

Jerardi: Pennsylvania Derby lures the big horse, nears Grade 1 status

DRF | 6 days ago
The timing of the Pennsylvania Derby, the purse, and the bonus had given Parx a chance to attract the “big” horse. This year, they got the biggest horse of all. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Pletcher, Castellano still atop standings

DRF | 6 days ago
Heading into the final week at Saratoga, Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano still top the trainer and jockey standings, but they are far from shoo-ins. Read More...

All-sources handle still down at Saratoga

DRF | 6 days ago
With one week remaining in the 2014 Saratoga season, all-sources handle is down five percent while on-track handle is up nearly one percent when compared to the same time frame last year. Read More...

Manitoba yearling sale closes with improved figures

DRF | 7 days ago
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Manitoba yearling sale finished on Sunday with significant gains compared with last year’s renewal. Read More...

Social Inclusion sidelined with tendon injury

DRF | 7 days ago
Social Inclusion, who finished third in both the Wood Memorial and Preakness earlier this year, will be sidelined indefinitely due to a tendon injury, trainer Chad Brown reported Monday. Read More...

Free as a Bird overcomes trouble in Smart N Fancy

DRF | 7 days ago
Turning into the stretch of Monday’s $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes under Joel Rosario, Free as a Bird was trapped along the rail. There was no room, nowhere to go. Read More...

Itsmyluckyday to Spendthrift Farm in 2015

DRF | 7 days ago
Classic-placed multiple Grade 3 winner Itsmyluckyday will make his stallion debut in 2015 at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Alvarado rides 1,000th winner

DRF | 7 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado picked up his 1,000th career victory in North America Monday at Saratoga when he guided Skerkis to an 8 1/2-length victory in the fourth race. Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 OBS August Yearling Sale

DRF | 7 days ago
LIVE VIDEO: 2014 OBS August Yearling Sale Read More...

Wise Dan on track for return in Saturday’s Bernard Baruch

DRF | 7 days ago
The works are done. The weights seem reasonable. The weather forecast looks fine. Read More...

Miss Behaviour set for Prioress

DRF | 7 days ago
Miss Behaviour, runner-up to Sweet Reason in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga on Aug. 2, will return for Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes, trainer Phil Schoenthal confirmed on Monday. Read More...

Dayatthespa to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November sale

DRF | 7 days ago
Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa will be offered at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale at the end of her autumn campaign. Read More...

Clearly Now likely to face seven rivals in Forego

DRF | 7 days ago
Clearly Now, coming off a 6 1/4-length victory in last month’s Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, figures to be favored against as many as seven rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 8/27 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 8/27 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 8/26 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 7 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 8/26 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Ancient Goddess promising import for P.G. Johnson Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Wednesday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga, which honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame trainer, is filled with question marks. None is bigger, perhaps, than how European invader Ancient Goddess will run in her U.S. and two-turn debut against six other juvenile fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Read More...