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Cozmic One, Zenyatta’s first foal, puts in timed work

DRF | 1 week ago
Cozmic One, the first foal out of the champion mare Zenyatta, worked a half-mile in 49.45 seconds Friday morning over Belmont Park’s main track, his first official timed breeze. Read More...

NTRA seeks to unite factions on drug oversight

DRF | 1 week ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will attempt to bring together the opposing sides on the divisive issue of raceday medication and federal regulation of racing in an attempt to “forge a consensus” before any other federal bills are introduced, the NTRA’s president, Alex Waldrop, said during a briefing to racing constituents on Friday morning at Keeneland. Read More...

Campbell: Pick four play for Woodbine on Saturday, Sept. 13

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday’s $100,000-guaranteed early pick four at Woodbine offers a challenging sequence for horseplayers, with two graded stakes that feature full fields. Read More...

Joint Return may be live longshot in Cotillion

DRF | 1 week ago
Joint Return was 24-1 when she finished second in the Alabama and will be a big price again in next Saturday's Cotillion, even though trainer John Servis’s work is well known at Parx, where he is based. Read More...

King’s preview: Weaker card as meet’s second week kicks off

DRF | 1 week ago
Week two of the Churchill Downs September meet gets underway Friday with the track, as usual, starting with a late afternoon post time. Read More...

Uncaptured, 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year, retired

DRF | 1 week ago
Uncaptured, a multiple graded stakes winner who received the Sovereign Award as Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2012 as a 2-year-old, has been retired from racing, according to a release from trainer Mark Casse on Friday. Read More...

OBS fall mixed sale available online

DRF | 1 week ago
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. fall mixed sale is now available online at the OBS website. The two day-auction will contain a horses of racing age section for the first time. Read More...

Local divisional championship on the line for Ole’s Miss in British Columbia Oaks

DRF | 1 week ago
The $100,000 British Columbia Oaks is the gem of the three stakes supporting the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sunday. Also on the best card of the year is the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate for 3-year-olds and up, and the $50,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares. Read More...

Alert Bay tries to notch third straight British Columbia Derby win for Redekop

DRF | 1 week ago
Alert Bay will try to give his owner, Peter Redekop, an unprecedented third straight win in the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Rowdy Dylan looks to challenge Wake Up Nick in Barretts

DRF | 1 week ago
Rowdy Dylan will try to end Wake Up Nick’s four-race win streak Sunday at Los Alamitos, where the 2-year-olds meet in the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile. Read More...

Aldous Snow might opt out of Northern Dancer Turf if course comes up soft

DRF | 1 week ago
Aldous Snow will look to bounce back after finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes when he takes on eight others in Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Lexie Lou challenges elders in Canadian Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou will get her sternest test to date on Sunday’s Woodbine Mile undercard, when she meets older opposition in the $300,000 Canadian Stakes. Read More...

Bernier: Los Alamitos pick four play for Sunday, Sept. 14

DRF | 1 week ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier's Los Alamitos pick four play for Sept. 14, 2014. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 9/13 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 card at Yonkers Raceway, featuring the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 9/13 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 Super Night card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/13 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/13 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Keeneland September: Book 1 closes with strong trade Thursday

DRF | 1 week ago
Keeneland’s select Book 1 section of its September yearling auction ended Thursday after four days of high-end trade with a dip in gross receipts compared with the 2013 Book 1 section, reflecting the fact that fewer horses were cataloged and therefore sold in this year’s renewal. However, average and median figures improved appreciably, and the Book 1 buyback rate held steady. Read More...

Gulfstream’s Super Hi 5 pays $205,788; Rainbow 6 returns $48,407

DRF | 1 week ago
The mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 was the big news heading into Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park, but in the end, it was the Super Hi 5 payoff that made headlines after one player took down the entire pool for $205,788.70. Read More...

Lyle hired to stallion sales team at Spendthrift

DRF | 1 week ago
Brian Lyle has joined the stallion sales team at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., the farm announced Thursday. A 17-year veteran of the Thoroughbred industry, Lyle previously worked for seven years as the boarding and stallion seasons manager at Ro Parra’s Millennium Farms. Read More...

Keeneland September: Tapit colt ties for sale lead at $2.2 million

DRF | 1 week ago
A half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner New Year's Day sold for $2.2 million to Shadwell Farm on Thursday, making him the co-leader at the Keeneland September yearling sale and continuing the dominance for sire Tapit. Read More...

NYRA hires Miner as director of marketing

DRF | 1 week ago
The New York Racing Association has once again reached outside of the racing industry to hire an executive, this time tabbing Darran Miner as the organization’s new director of marketing. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Offspring of Malibu Moon in maiden events

DRF | 1 week ago
Three 2-year-old maidens by Malibu Moon bear watching in the first and third legs of Friday’s pick five at Belmont Park. Read More...

Kaigun looks to step up in Woodbine Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunday’s $1 million Woodbine Mile lacks the star power of Wise Dan, who won the Grade 1 turf route in each of the past two years, but it’s a terrific betting race, in which one could make a case for many of the 11 entrants. Read More...

Balmoral: Erv Miller is the king of Super Night

DRF | 1 week ago
As the leading conditioner of Super Night Champions, trainer Erv Miller’s résumé includes some of the finest Illinois-breds to have donned a bridle. The Illinois native, now based in Pennsylvania, is poised to up his count of 22 crowns on Saturday’s Super Night card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Bartlett shares his thoughts on NYSS drives

DRF | 1 week ago
With Yonkers Raceway hosting the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions Saturday night, driver Jason Bartlett—who has dates in every race—discussed his assignments. Read More...

King: Ky. Downs stakes make for enticing pick five play

DRF | 1 week ago
With four stakes races run consecutively to close out the card at Kentucky Downs Saturday, the sequence is ripe for horseplayers that enjoy multi-race wagers. And many players will find appeal in the all-stakes Pick 4. This handicapper is going to throw one more race into the mix so as to play a Pick 5, a wager that at Kentucky Downs has a takeout of just 14 percent and can be played in 50-cent combinations. So without further ado, let’s get to handicapping and formulating a TicketMaker play. Read More...

Australia to be short price in Irish Champion Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Australia will be an odds-on favorite to add another Group 1 win to his résumé when he starts Saturday at Leopardstown in the Irish Champion Stakes. Read More...

Condilenios expecting more from Tapicero in British Columbia Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Dino Condilenios is looking for a better effort from Tapicero when he runs in the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings Sunday. Read More...

Puhich sends out Prime Engine, Chief of Staff in maiden special weight

DRF | 1 week ago
It’s been a busy summer for Mike Puhich, the veteran trainer who divides his time between Emerald Downs and the Pegasus Training Center in nearby Redmond, Wash. On Thursday, Puhich was in Lexington, Ky., buying yearlings for Pegasus owner Mark Dedomenico. On Saturday, Puhich will send out a pair of promising first-time starters in the fourth race at Emerald.
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Xcellence has something to prove in Sands Point

DRF | 1 week ago
Xcellence came to the U.S. from Europe this spring with high expectations that she has yet to meet. On Saturday, the 3-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees will make her third start in this country, heading an ultra-competitive field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Keeneland September: War Front colt new leader at $2.2 million

DRF | 1 week ago
A War Front colt sold for $2.2 million to Coolmore to take over as the Keeneland September sale topper as brisk trade continued in Thursday’s final Book 1 session. Read More...

Aurelia’s Belle could give Catalano third Pucker Up win

DRF | 1 week ago
Wayne Catalano won the Pucker Up Stakes last year with I’m Already Sexy and in 2007 with Dreaming of Anna, and Catalano could be favored to land a third Pucker Up on Saturday at Arlington with Aurelia’s Belle. Read More...

Strong field for closing-day Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Canterbury Park wraps up the 2014 racing season on Saturday with the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby for 3-year-olds contested at a mile on over turf as well as the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes, a six-furlong dash for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Trio of contenders streaking into Noble Damsel

DRF | 1 week ago
Tokyo Time, Devilish Love, and Love Train all bring multiple-race winning streaks into a seemingly wide-open renewal of the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes, Saturday’s co-feature at Belmont Park. Read More...

Keeneland September: Tapit records third seven-figure yearling of sale

DRF | 1 week ago
A Tapit colt continued the stellar run for his sire at the Keeneland September yearling sale on Thursday, selling for $1.1 million to Shadwell Farm. Read More...

I’m Already Sexy owns class edge in Ladies Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
I’m Already Sexy found the Grade 1 level a bit too demanding when performing creditably in the Beverly D., but she’s the class in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf. Read More...

Virginia-breds find new home for six stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
six $60,000 stakes normally run at Colonial Downs have found a home at Laurel Park on Saturday. Read More...

Eight juveniles line up for inaugural Loyalty Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Eight Ohio-accredited 2-year-olds – seven males and one filly – will contest the first running of the six-furlong, $50,000 Loyalty at Belterra Park on Saturday. Read More...

Brethren to stand at Pleasant Acres for 2015

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 3 winner Brethren, a half-brother to classic winner and current leading freshman sire Super Saver, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Joe and Helen Barbazon’s Pleasant Acres Farm in Willston, Fla. Read More...

Into Oblivion enters Barretts Debutante off strong debut

DRF | 1 week ago
On Saturday at Los Alamitos, Into Oblivion is expected to be favored in the $100,000 Barretts for 2-year-old fillies who were offered for sale at a Barretts auction. Read More...

Itsmyluckyday pointed to Kelso Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Woodward Stakes winner Itsmyluckyday is being pointed to the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap on the Jockey Club Gold Cup undercard, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Thursday. Read More...

River Rocks to try a mile in Kelso Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
River Rocks, the winner of three consecutive sprints since arriving in John Terranova’s barn, is bound for the Kelso. Read More...

Lochte back on favorite turf for The Vid

DRF | 1 week ago
Lochte will return to the scene of his finest hour Saturday as the heavy favorite in the $90,000 The Vid Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Tonalist may shed blinkers for Jockey Club Gold Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes winner, likely will have a change of equipment when he makes his next start Sept. 27 in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, trainer Christophe Clement said. Read More...

Keeneland September: Trio of high-ticket yearlings get session off to flying start

DRF | 1 week ago
A Medaglia d'Oro filly, a Tapit colt, and a Tiznow colt, all half siblings to Grade 1 winners, fetched seven figures in quick succession to get Thursday's fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale off to a flying start. Read More...

Jockey Club denies stud-book privileges to four

DRF | 1 week ago
The Jockey Club has permanently barred two horsemen after they pleaded guilty to animal-cruelty charges and will deny privileges of the stud book to two trainers for five years because of recent Class 1 drug violations, the organization announced on Thursday. Read More...

Good Feng Shui brings consistency to New Castle Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
As a rule of thumb, trainer Mike Pino doesn’t like to reclaim a horse. He made an exception this summer for the consistent 6-year-old gelding Good Feng Shui. Read More...

Little Mike won’t race again until 2015

DRF | 1 week ago
Little Mike, who has started just once in 2014, will not race again this year, owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza said on Thursday. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Sept. 13: Picks for Noble Damsel, Bold Venture, Kentucky Cup Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
In the Noble Damsel Stakes at Belmont Park, I’m going with Baffle Me, a onetime speedball who had an interesting trip in the De La Rose Stakes last time out. Read More...