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Lightning strikes tree at Saratoga

DRF | 5 days ago
About a dozen flat-screen televisions and the same number of picnic tables were damaged when lightning struck and toppled parts of a tree following the races Wednesday at Saratoga. Fortunately, no people were in the area. Read More...

McPeek expects more from Frac Daddy in San Diego

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Ken McPeek expects a bolder performance from the 4-year-old Frac Daddy in the Grade 2 San Diego, run over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack at Del Mar. Read More...

Heat Transfer formidable in Miss Ohio Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
It appears to be a one-horse race Saturday in the $50,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at ThistleDown, where Heat Transfer looks much the best on paper. Read More...

Dance With Fate sustains serious injury during training

DRF | 5 days ago
Dance With Fate, the winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes in April, sustained a stifle injury when he got loose in training at Del Mar on Thursday and was in serious condition. Read More...

Meadows: Miller confident in Adios contender Somewhere In L A

DRF | 5 days ago
This Saturday afternoon, driver Brett Miller travels back to Washington, Pa., another former home, in quest of the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios with elimination heat winner Somewhere In L A. The Adios, race 12 among 16 on a star-studded afternoon in western Pennsylvania, has a long and storied history sprinkled with some major surprises. Read More...

City Place sold to Yarradale Stud in Australia

DRF | 5 days ago
Florida-based stallion City Place has been sold to Yarradale Stud in Gidgegannup, Australia, and will stand there permanently beginning with the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season. Read More...

Grand Contender, Right to Vote top new-look Prairie Meadows Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday’s featured $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap has a new look this season. The distance has been cut back from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/16 miles, and its purse has been trimmed by 25 percent to accommodate other stakes' purse increases. Read More...

Geeky Gorgeous should be peaking for Regret

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Danny Lopez believes the $75,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares on Saturday at Monmouth Park will be the sweet spot for his homebred, Geeky Gorgeous. Read More...

Penn National Gaming posts lower second-quarter revenue

DRF | 5 days ago
Penn National Inc., the large casino and racetrack operator, had net income of $2.8 million on sharply lower revenue of $652.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, according to financial statements released Thursday. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 17 to July 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for July 17 to 20, 2014. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Cougar II Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis for the Cougar II Stakes at Del Mar on Friday, July 25. Read More...

Burn the Mortgage just looking for a fair shot

DRF | 5 days ago
The switch in racing venues during south Florida summers has been quite dramatic, but if anyone needs reminding of the circuit’s transformation, there’s always the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Read More...

Discontent leads Allred quartet in Governor’s Cup Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
Discontent holds the fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s $357,500 Governor’s Cup Futurity at Los Alamitos, but his position at the head of the race is not secure. Read More...

Rycroft duo should complement each other in Edmonton Juvenile

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Tim Rycroft packs a strong one-two punch with Feetdontfailmenow and Artie in the Park in the $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile at Northlands Park Saturday. Read More...

Evangeline Downs stewards disqualify wrong horse

DRF | 5 days ago
In a case of mistaken identity, Evangeline Downs’s stewards disqualified the wrong horse in Thursday night’s fourth race. The matter was quickly rectified, but not before resulting in a second superfecta payoff. Read More...

Free’s preview: Tough pick six sequence

DRF | 5 days ago
Pick six pools at Del Mar this summer seem lighter than usual. But interest will increase Thursday, when a $67,344 carryover is up for grabs. Read More...

Catalano hospitalized with pneumonia

DRF | 5 days ago
Well-known trainer Wayne Catalano has been hospitalized with an acute case of pneumonia. Read More...

El Capitan brings element of unknown to Crowd Pleaser

DRF | 5 days ago
A horse coming off back-to-back Grade 1 victories might seem to be a cinch while dropping to face Pennsylvania-breds. But considering that El Capitan has raced exclusively on dirt in Mexico and will be making his turf debut, he’s a huge question mark coming into Saturday’s $75,000 Crowd Pleaser Handicap for 3-year-olds at Parx Racing. Read More...

Illman: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Let's try a pick three, starting with race 2, a speed-laden baby race at five furlongs which should provide some swift early fractions. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Thursday, July 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Spreading some may pay off if Hugh Knew is your double/pick three linchpin in race 2. She tumbles in price and has proven turf ability. Read More...

Spadina Road takes Deputy Minister Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Spadina Road split horses in the stretch en route to a three-quarter-length score in the $125,000 Deputy Minister Stakes on Wednesday night at Woodbine. Read More...

Lil Bit O’Fun surprises in Wickerr Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Lil Bit O’Fun was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last September. Almost 11 months later, the 6-year-old gelding has yet to lose for his new connections. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 6 days ago
When a fifth-race pick three kicks off at Del Mar, many horseplayers will be singling Lakota Road (#7). One can understand the reasoning – she already has won a starter allowance, she consistently runs the highest Beyer Speed Figures, and she enters this race in sharp form. Read More...

Apprentice Ritvo scores in Suffolk Downs debut

DRF | 6 days ago
It’s all about the bloodlines in this game, so it was no surprise to find apprentice jockey Michael Ritvo in the winner’s circle with his first mount at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday. Read More...

Shanon Nicole, Sister Ginger win Indiana Grand stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Kiss to Remember could not hold off the late-charging Shanon Nicole in the $205,200 Indiana Grand at Indiana Grand Race Course on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Stakes for Churchill’s September meet closely resemble 2013

DRF | 6 days ago
Churchill Downs on Tuesday released the stakes schedule for the second 12-day September meet in modern track history with minimal change from the 2013 inaugural. The schedule is identical to last year, with only purses having been adjusted. Read More...

Daring Dancer bounces back from dud to win Lake George

DRF | 6 days ago
Under a superb ground-saving ride by Alan Garcia, Daring Dancer ran down A Little Bit Sassy in the final stride to win the Grade 2 Lake George by a short head Wednesday at Saratoga. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Sheppard tries to keep streak alive

DRF | 6 days ago
When Jonathan Sheppard sent out the first two finishers in last year’s Jonathan Kiser, it marked the 45th consecutive year the Hall of Fame trainer has saddled at least one winner at Saratoga. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Gisser: Modern Family is No. 1 in my book

DRF | 6 days ago
It was just a footnote to Harness Racing Communication’s release of this week’s Top Ten Standardbred Poll. It read, “Note: Modern Family received 1 first-place vote.” That was me. While some of you may consider it a wasted vote and others may consider it an empty gesture, I don’t. He exemplified everything that our sport should be about and for that, he deserves one last shout out. Read More...

Noble Moon tops entries for Amsterdam Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Noble Moon, unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, was one of nine 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Noble Moon tops entries for Amsterdam Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Noble Moon, unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, was one of nine 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Hovdey: Untapable trying to join boys’ club

DRF | 6 days ago
Untapable’s attempt to beat colts in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday comes along at an appropriate time, at least in terms of relevant history. It was just shy of 100 years ago that the filly Regret made her racing debut in the 1914 Saratoga Special and beat the best colts around, including subsequent champion Pebbles. Read More...

Hovdey: Untapable trying to join boys’ club

DRF | 6 days ago
Untapable’s attempt to beat colts in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday comes along at an appropriate time, at least in terms of relevant history. It was just shy of 100 years ago that the filly Regret made her racing debut in the 1914 Saratoga Special and beat the best colts around, including subsequent champion Pebbles. Read More...

Ide Be Cool targets Prelude Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Ide Be Cool could be on a collision course with the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. The reigning Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year is being pointed for the race’s local prep, the $100,000 Prelude on Aug. 2, after recently improving his career record to 7 for 7. Read More...

Ide Be Cool targets Prelude Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Ide Be Cool could be on a collision course with the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. The reigning Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year is being pointed for the race’s local prep, the $100,000 Prelude on Aug. 2, after recently improving his career record to 7 for 7. Read More...

Trackattacker continues impressive 2-year-old season

DRF | 6 days ago
Trackattacker might be a horse worth following, both at Emerald Downs and farther afield. The speedy 2-year-old has won his two starts with ease, breaking the track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in his debut and running six furlongs Sunday in 1:08.31 to win the $45,000 Emerald Express by 11 easy lengths as the 1-20 favorite.
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Trackattacker continues impressive 2-year-old season

DRF | 6 days ago
Trackattacker might be a horse worth following, both at Emerald Downs and farther afield. The speedy 2-year-old has won his two starts with ease, breaking the track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in his debut and running six furlongs Sunday in 1:08.31 to win the $45,000 Emerald Express by 11 easy lengths as the 1-20 favorite.
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DiVito’s first-timers all were ready to win

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Jim DiVito has sent out three debuting 2-year-olds so far this Arlington meet. All won, and the trio ran fast, according to the Beyer Speed Figure scale. Read More...

DiVito’s first-timers all were ready to win

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Jim DiVito has sent out three debuting 2-year-olds so far this Arlington meet. All won, and the trio ran fast, according to the Beyer Speed Figure scale. Read More...

Life in Shambles seeks stakes score of his own in Curlin

DRF | 6 days ago
So far, Life in Shambles has done his best work in the mornings, routinely working on even terms with Tonalist, who last month won the Belmont Stakes. On Friday, Life in Shambles will make his third attempt at achieving stakes success of his own when he runs in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Life in Shambles seeks stakes score of his own in Curlin

DRF | 6 days ago
So far, Life in Shambles has done his best work in the mornings, routinely working on even terms with Tonalist, who last month won the Belmont Stakes. On Friday, Life in Shambles will make his third attempt at achieving stakes success of his own when he runs in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Queen Elizabeth’s horse among five to test positive for morphine

DRF | 6 days ago
Five horses in England, including a horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II, have tested positive for morphine, the banned drug that is frequently detected in post-race samples as a result of environmental contamination. Read More...

Queen Elizabeth’s horse among five to test positive for morphine

DRF | 6 days ago
Five horses in England, including a horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II, have tested positive for morphine, the banned drug that is frequently detected in post-race samples as a result of environmental contamination. Read More...

Haskell: Medal Count is still an enigma

DRF | 6 days ago
Even though we have seen a lot of Medal Count this year, there is a lot we still don’t know about him. His best distance? His preferred racing surface? And, to cut to the chase, where he fits in the 3-year-old division? Even his trainer, Dale Romans, isn’t sure about the first two questions. Read More...

Star Lady faces stablemate Macho Babe in Princess Margaret

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Greg Tracy thinks Star Lady will be the better horse in the long run, but he isn’t sure she will be able to handle her stablemate Macho Babe in the $50,000 Princess Margaret at Northlands Park Friday night. Read More...

Zito sends out Spot for Curlin Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Nick Zito got the meet off to a good start Monday, saddling back-to-back winners Another Incident and Tony B. He’s hoping his good fortune will continue here Friday, when he sends out his Grade 2 winner, Spot, in the wide-open Curlin.
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