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WinStar purchases interest in Daredevil

DRF | 6 days ago
WinStar Farm has acquired a half-interest in Grade 1 winner Daredevil, in partnership with owner Let’s Go Stable. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Breeders’ Cup defectors meet in Bold Ruler

DRF | 6 days ago
Saturday’s Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap should play similarly to a third-level allowance on closing weekend at Saratoga, when odds-on River Rocks led throughout, with second choice Salutos Amigos chasing him around the track. Read More...

Judge halts Monmouth’s plan to start taking sports bets

DRF | 6 days ago
A federal judge has once again stepped between New Jersey and its plan to let state racetracks and casinos offer sports betting. Read More...

Weather forcing New York horses to scramble

DRF | 6 days ago
As of Friday, there were still 44 possible Breeders’ Cup starters stabled in New York, and Mother Nature was wreaking havoc with the work schedules for many of them. Read More...

Royal Stage ready for breakthrough

DRF | 6 days ago
Gulfstream Park West should take down a good share of the nation’s simulcast dollars on Monday as there are only four other tracks running during the day, and two of them are out West. Read More...

Statebreds take the spotlight for New Mexico Classic Cup card

DRF | 6 days ago
The undefeated Proceed is among a handful of 3-year-olds who will take center stage during the $2 million New Mexico Classic Cup program at Zia Park on Sunday. The card features 12 divisional stakes restricted to horses bred in the state, with eight of the races for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses. Read More...

Spaghetti Mouse, Wolski voted into British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame

DRF | 6 days ago
Spaghetti Mouse and Tommy Wolski recently were voted into the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the annual awards dinner at Newlands Golf and Country Club on Dec. 4. Read More...

Clocker: Goldencents shows he’s sitting on ready

DRF | 6 days ago
A handful of Breeders’ Cup workers, topped by defending Dirt Mile champ Goldencents and Classic contender Moreno, spiced up Friday’s training session at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: Willard maintaining tight rein on a tough one

DRF | 6 days ago
Steve Willard, the exercise rider who was instrumental in the development of Zenyatta, is hanging in against the ravages of pancreatic cancer. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Multiple contenders in River Memories

DRF | 6 days ago
One could go several different ways in the River Memories Stakes for fillies and mares, which will be run in lane 2, over a turf course which was firm on Friday. Read More...

Brown can close meet with stakes double

DRF | 6 days ago
Chad Brown enters Sunday’s closing-day card already having secured his third consecutive Belmont fall meet training title. He will try to put a bow on the meet with at least one – perhaps two – stakes victories. Read More...

Hastings horsemen hope to avoid horse-shortage issues next year

DRF | 6 days ago
The 2014 Hastings meet ends Sunday, and the shortage of horses made it difficult for departing racing secretary Stuart Slagle to put together decent cards all year. Slagle, who did an admirable job under the circumstances, is moving on to become the racing secretary at Woodbine. Read More...

Ruler Of The World retired, to stand in Ireland

DRF | 6 days ago
English classic winner Ruler Of The World has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Coolmore’s Irish base in Co. Kildare, Ireland for the 2015 breeding season. A fee will be announced at a later date. Read More...

Fiesolana going in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 6 days ago
Fiesolana, cross-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Mile, will run in the Filly and Mare Turf, according to Alan Cooper, racing manager for her owner, the Niarchos family. Read More...

Finley has rooting interest on two fronts

DRF | 6 days ago
When Twilight Eclipse starts in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita next Saturday, he will be part of a unique sporting week for Terry Finley, the president of the West Point Thoroughbreds, which owns the gelding.
Sunday afternoon, Finley will be at the StubHub Center stadium in Southern California to watch his 23-year-old son Ryan play forward for Chivas USA versus the San Jose Earthquakes in the regular-season finale of Major League Soccer. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita for Saturday, Oct. 25

DRF | 6 days ago
The day looks as though it may start out a bit chalky, but hey, you take what the card gives you. Read More...

Home Run Kitten hails from longshot barn

DRF | 6 days ago
Ignore Home Run Kitten at your own risk in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Midnight Lucky retired, out of Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup incurred another major defection on Friday when Bob Baffert said that Midnight Lucky will be retired. Read More...

Guillot putting his faith in voodoo

DRF | 6 days ago
Eric Guillot is practicing the voodoo that he knows so well. His attempt to ward off evil spirits worked at Saratoga when he won the Whitney with Moreno, so as part of his preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, the Louisiana-born trainer has fashioned another voodoo wall on his barn at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hay Dude makes long-awaited U.S. debut in Lure

DRF | 6 days ago
When Hay Dude arrived here from England last winter, trainer Phil D’Amato expected him to make his U.S. debut long before Sunday’s $75,000 Lure Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hollendorfer making all the right moves with Shared Belief

DRF | 6 days ago
Shared Belief and Jerry Hollendorfer are made for each other, and they’re made like each other. Seen from afar, in the inky light here at Golden Gate Fields early one morning several days ago, they’re not very imposing. Smallish, even. Yet get up close, and they swell with an intimidating presence. Try to compete with them, and you’re likely to lose. Read More...

Romans well stocked for Stars of Tomorrow card

DRF | 6 days ago
Even the most vocal critics might concede that Churchill Downs has some pretty neat traditions, not even counting the Kentucky Derby, one of the greatest in all of sports. One tradition that began in 2005 is the Stars of Tomorrow program for 2-year-olds, which continues to thrive at every fall meet, as evidenced by what’s in store for the opening of the 26-day fall meet Sunday at the Louisville, Ky., track. Read More...

Distaff favorite Untapable displays air of confidence

DRF | 6 days ago
Untapable was up early Friday, strutting her stuff pre-dawn at Santa Anita with a smug attitude, appropriate for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite. Read More...

Nebraska approves 52 dates for 2015

DRF | 6 days ago
In a schedule that will mirror this year’s racing in the state, the Nebraska State Racing Commission on Thursday approved 52 race dates for 2015. Read More...

Lasso fit, fresh for allowance feature

DRF | 6 days ago
Sunday's eighth race allowance at Gulfstream Park West, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, is competitive but the horse to beat is Lasso, trained by Jorge Navarro. Read More...

Terlani stretches out in closing-day allowance feature

DRF | 6 days ago
Terlani looks like the one to beat in an allowance race that is featured on Sunday, the final day of racing at Hastings this year. Read More...

King’s preview: Short field for feature

DRF | 6 days ago
A nice day is on tap for the second-to-last card of the fall meet Friday at Keeneland before it comes to a conclusion Saturday. Fields were surprisingly short in a few races, most notably in the opener and in the featured eighth race, an open allowance for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Yonkers: Burke plays the role of underdog in major stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
With nearly $23 million in horse earnings this year, it seems rare that trainer Ron Burke doesn’t have one of the favorites in a major stakes race. On Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, Burke will play the role of underdog in each of the three marquee stakes on the card. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 10/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
<p><strong>Race 5 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>MEET STATS: 311 - 913 / $1613.70&nbsp; BEST BETS: 54 - 75 / $175.70</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&l... Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 10/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
<p><strong>Race 10 - $20,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>Best Bet (42 - 83 / $164.70): </strong>TIME OUTA JAIL (2nd)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>ALWAYS THE S... Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 10/25 analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
<p><strong>Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>Best Bet: </strong>JK SHE&rsquo;SALADY (9th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>REGAL SON (1st)</p&gt... Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, October 25th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 6 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, October 25th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Boisterous, Unusual Heatwave to stand at Tommy Town

DRF | 7 days ago
The stakes winners Boisterous and Unusual Heatwave will begin stallion careers at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., in 2015, farm manager Mike Allen said on Thursday. Read More...

Will Take Charge tops Three Chimneys fees for 2015

DRF | 7 days ago
Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. has released the its advertised stud fees for the upcoming 2015 breeding season. Read More...

WinStar Farm releases 2015 stud fees

DRF | 7 days ago
WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., has released the advertised fees for its 22-horse stallion roster for the 2015 breeding season. Read More...

Two Grade 1 winners in same trial for Texas Classic Futurity

DRF | 7 days ago
Lone Star Park will put on a dozen trials for the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity for Quarter Horses on Saturday night, but the focus will be on one race. Lovethewayyoulie and Rattle N Battle are the most accomplished runners on the card as Grade 1 winners, and both drew into trial No. 10. Read More...

Ocala Stud releases 2015 stud fees

DRF | 7 days ago
J. Michael O’Farrell’s Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla. has released the advertised fees for its 2015 stallion roster, led by newcomer Uncaptured. Read More...

Laurie’s Rocket to enter stud in Arkansas

DRF | 7 days ago
Laurie’s Rocket, whose two career stakes win came in Arkansas, will be returning to the state to launch his stallion career in 2015. The horse will stand at McDowell Farm in Sparkman, Ark., and his fee has been set at $1,000 live foal, said farm manager Bill McDowell. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Rain-soaked turf course

DRF | 7 days ago
We’re down to 30 races remaining at the fall meet, with 10-race cards on tap Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Read More...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission sticking with lab

DRF | 7 days ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission does not plan any immediate action to sever its ties with its drug-testing laboratory in the wake of a meeting with the lab’s top management Wednesday, the commission’s executive director said Thursday. Read More...

Handle drops at Delaware Park

DRF | 7 days ago
Average daily handle at the Delaware Park meeting, which concluded Wednesday, was down 9.6 percent from 2013. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Da Silva serving suspension

DRF | 7 days ago
Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva has dropped an appeal and will serve a three-day suspension Friday through Sunday. Read More...

Michigan horseman Uelmen dies at 66

DRF | 7 days ago
Larry Uelmen, a Michigan-based trainer, breeder, and jockey’s agent, died Oct. 19. He was 66. Read More...

King: Preliminary thoughts on Breeders’ Cup races

DRF | 7 days ago
Although post positions, defections from races, and other factors could still alter my thinking between now and next weekend, here are some early observations and leanings about the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Bella Castani returns from long layoff in Saturday turf route

DRF | 7 days ago
There isn’t a stakes on the Saturday card at Laurel Park, but there are several interesting overnight races with large fields. Read More...

Tough Customer will skip Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 7 days ago
Tough Customer, who was first on the also-eligible/preference list to get into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will pass the race even if he gets in, trainer Wayne Catalano confirmed Thursday morning. Read More...

Better Lucky rerouted to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 7 days ago
The connections of Better Lucky were hoping to run their Grade 1-winning filly against males the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. But when relegated to seven-deep in the Mile, a race that drew 29 pre-entrants, Better Lucky will be re-routed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, for which she was also pre-entered. Read More...

Big Big Easy, Control Stake top field of juveniles for Jean Lafitte

DRF | 7 days ago
Last year, the Jean Lafitte proved to be the key prep for the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot as winner Rise Up returned a month later to take the meet’s richest race. Saturday night’s $200,000 Jean Lafitte drew eight horses aspiring to pull the same double, including Churchill Downs allowance winner Big Big Easy and promising maiden winner Control Stake from the barn of Rise Up’s trainer, Tom Amoss. 
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Chelsey Flower sensible spot for Miss Chatelaine

DRF | 7 days ago
Patience certainly served trainer Christophe Clement well as it pertained to Tonalist, a multiple Grade 1 winner who is one of the main contenders for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Clement hopes that patience pays off down the road with Miss Chatelaine, who makes the second start of her career in Sunday’s $100,000 Chelsea Flower Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. Read More...

Ambitious plans for Effinex

DRF | 7 days ago
Effinex, the winner of the Empire Classic Handicap for New York-breds last Saturday, could be headed to a graded stakes for his next start, according to Russell Cohen, who manages her mother’s Tri-Bone Stable. Read More...