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Violette hopeful Upstart will have big 4-year-old season

DRF | 1 week ago
Upstart has not started since finishing a distant fifth in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19. He has turned in a series of three-furlong breezes at Palm Meadows since resuming serious training this winter in south Florida. Read More...

Laurel Park to hold benefit for Fray Martinez

DRF | 1 week ago
Laurel Park will hold a fundraiser next Saturday for jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland. Read More...

American Pharoah launches stud career

DRF | 1 week ago
American Pharoah’s place in racing’s pantheon was cemented the early evening of June 6, 2016, as he rolled through the stretch at Belmont Park with thousands of cameras and cell phones thrust skyward to forever capture the moment. Read More...

Magee finds success despite initial reluctance to train

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Kieron Magee was presented a nice piece of crystal last Saturday at Laurel Park to recognize that he led the Maryland Jockey Club tracks in victories last year. He can put it on the mantel next to his 2014 award in the same category. Read More...

Force the Pass working toward April comeback

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 1 winner Force the Pass was scheduled to have his second work on the comeback trail Saturday at Palm Meadows as trainer Alan Goldberg has begun plotting a return for the 4-year-old colt. Read More...

Simon: Some rating holes make Experimental come up light

DRF | 1 week ago
The Experimental Free Handicap was started in 1933 by the Jockey Club’s legendary handicapper Walter S. Vosburgh as an “experiment” to predict 3-year-old performance based on 2-year-old form. Eight decades later, it sometimes seems like a work still in progress. Read More...

Blinkers may help Kobe’s Back break more alertly in Palos Verdes

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunday at Santa Anita, Kobe's Back will try again in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs. For the first time, Kobe's Back will wear blinkers in a race. Read More...

Chiltern Street will try to back up Ward’s confidence in him

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Wesley Ward has always had high hopes for Chiltern Street, but until recently, things just hadn't gone the colt's way. That changed in Chiltern Street's most recent start, a maiden win at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 2, leaving Ward optimistic that the colt is poised for a big year.Chiltern Street will make his 4-year-old debut here in Sunday's featured seventh race, a first-level, $23,000 allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf. The race drew a full field of 10 older horses and one additional runner for the main track only. Read More...

Toasting Master makes comeback on full Super Bowl Sunday card

DRF | 1 week ago
In case you need more wagering action than all the Super Bowl spreads and props can offer later in the day, Sunday at Gulfstream Park could be the spot for you.A full-bore slate of 13 races starts at noon Eastern and will end about 30 minutes before kickoff, or just enough time to cash your many winning tickets and get settled at one of the numerous bars and restaurants on the Gulfstream campus. Read More...

Seek Again to shuttle to Argentina

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 1 winner Seek Again will shuttle to Haras Carampangue in Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season after completing his first Northern Hemisphere season at Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 6th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 1 week ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 6th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Midwest Thoroughbreds, trainer Ness end partnership

DRF | 1 week ago
Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Jamie Ness, who teamed up in 2009, officially ended their business relationship last week when Midwest sent 26 horses from his barn to other trainers. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Giwner: Packed stakes schedule on tap for 2016

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2016 stakes calendar is officially out and for the most part the conflicts seem to be at a minimum. There is a consistent flow in many divisions while some connections, like those owners of 3-year-old pacers, are going to have to make a few tough calls at some point. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 2/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 2/6 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

European champion, sire Halling dies at 25

DRF | 1 week ago
Halling, Europe’s champion older male of 1996 and a sire of note in England, was euthanized at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, on Monday due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...

Harness: Meredith Noble following in the family footsteps

DRF | 1 week ago
Meredith Noble had attended harness races at the Greene County Fairgrounds in her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, for years, but can never recall a sound at the racetrack there like she heard on Aug. 5, 2015. It was the roar of the crowd. And it was loud. And it was for her. Read More...

The Pickett Factor stands out in Louisiana Premier Night Championship

DRF | 1 week ago
The Pickett Factor ran a breakthrough race when last seen at Delta Downs. He returns Saturday night for the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship, one of six stakes on a program worth more than $1 million. Read More...

Bourbon Cowboy might improve racing without blinkers

DRF | 1 week ago
Bourbon Cowboy will race without blinkders for the first time in eight starts, and a more relaxed trip plus improvement in his second race after the layoff could land Bourbon Cowboy in the winner's circle in Saturday's sixth race at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Frosted tunes up for Dubai World Cup by winning Round 2 of Al Maktoum Challenge

DRF | 1 week ago
Frosted romped to victory in the Group 2, $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, looking like a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Read More...

Handle rises 2.2 percent in January

DRF | 1 week ago
Wagering on U.S. races in January was up 2.2 percent over betting on U.S. races in January 2015, while the number of races held during the month fell 6.1 percent, according to figures released Thursday by Equibase. Read More...

NYRA matching owners’ contributions to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

DRF | 1 week ago
The New York Racing Association will be matching owners' contributions to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in 2016, NYRA announced on Thursday. Read More...

Dylan Davis could return this month

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Dylan Davis may not have a torn labrum after all and he could return to the saddle much sooner than originally thought. A second MRI performed on Davis's shoulder did not reveal a tear, and it is possible he could return by mid-to-late February. Read More...

Saythreehailmary’s goes for third straight in Biogio’s Rose

DRF | 1 week ago
Saythreehailmary's will seek her third consecutive stakes victory when she heads a field of six New York-bred fillies and mares entered in Sunday's $100,000 Biogio's Rose Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Green Gratto might swing back in General George

DRF | 1 week ago
Green Gratto may have lost a race, but if you listen to his connections he hasn't lost any energy. That's why owner-trainer Gaston Grant is taking a serious look at wheeling Green Gratto back in the Grade 3, $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 15. Read More...

Donworth could shine in San Antonio with division leaders absent

DRF | 1 week ago
With California Chrome in Dubai and Dortmund still not quite ready to return to action, the final local prep for next month's Santa Anita Handicap finds itself without the best older runners on this circuit. Read More...

King: So far, 3-year-old males have been slow group

DRF | 1 week ago
Nyquist is breezing in preparation for his first start at 3 – along with many other horses that he beat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile – but one thing hasn't changed: The opposition remains slow. Read More...

Songbird ready to roll in Las Virgenes

DRF | 1 week ago
Expectations are high for Songbird on Saturday at Santa Anita, where the undefeated filly returns for her 3-year-old debut on a blockbuster card with four graded stakes. Songbird returns in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes, race 5, while three other Saturday stakes also are meaningful. Read More...

Inside Straight is Pletcher’s ace in Gander Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher has accrued a large number of talented New York-breds in his stable, three of whom will be in action in Saturday's $100,000 Gander Stakes for 3-year-old males at a mile and 70 yards. Read More...

Nickname tries to keep trend going in Martha Washington

DRF | 1 week ago
Nickname will attempt to become the third horse at the Oaklawn meet to return from the Breeders' Cup with a stakes win when she runs Saturday in the $100,000 Martha Washington. Read More...

I Will Score faces distance test in Robert Lewis

DRF | 1 week ago
Proven distance form will meet keen sprint speed when Mor Spirit, considered one of California's leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby, takes on I Will Score when seven 3-year-olds try to keep their Derby dreams alive on Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pletcher trio will take aim at Keen Ice in Donn Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Anyone looking for an emerging star in the wide-open handicap division need only turn to Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park to find a number of worthy candidates hoping to enhance their reputation's in the season's first major test for older horses on dirt. Read More...

Hovdey: In the racing world it’s just a superlative Saturday

DRF | 1 week ago
The first-class racing packed into two hours at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Saturday will be far more entertaining than the butchering set for Sunday on a football field in San Francisco. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 6: Picks for Donn, San Antonio, San Marcos

DRF | 1 week ago
Pace is an especially interesting factor in Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, and is the reason why I'm going with Financial Modeling. Read More...

Tammy the Torpedo enters Suwannee River in top form

DRF | 1 week ago
Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year. Racing fans have become accustomed to Brown's dominance, particularly on the grass, and that's a primary reason the trainer's uncoupled duo of Tammy the Torpedo and Light In Paris will draw close attention in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwannee River, the richest of three turf stakes on a 13-race Saturday card at Gulfstream. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter enters Hooper on cusp of stardom

DRF | 1 week ago
Is Ami's Flatter a star in the making? The lightly raced but talented Ami's Flatter will get the opportunity to prove just that when he takes on a strong field that includes Tommy Macho and Wildcat Red in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Crist: For now, time is on Songbird’s side

DRF | 1 week ago
With dominant champions such as American Pharoah, Beholder, and Runhappy commanding most of the racing world's attention last fall, it is entirely possible that insufficient attention has been paid to the 2-year-old champions of 2015. That is about to change quickly, with Songbird making her season debut Saturday in the Las Virgenes at Santa Ainta, and Nyquist scheduled to make his nine days later in the San Vicente. Read More...

Daddy’s Boo has speed-figure edge in turf-mile feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Handicappers who focus on Beyer Speed Figures won't have to search long for a winner in the featured seventh race Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Beyer par for the one-mile turf race is an 82, and Daddy's Boo just happens to have scored a pair of 82 Beyers in her last two races, making her the only horse in the field to have reached the 80 mark. Read More...

Repeat of last puts Flamboyant in San Marcos picture

DRF | 1 week ago
In his 18-race career in two countries, Flamboyant has never won consecutive races. Saturday's $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita would be as good of a race as any to accomplish that. Read More...

Meadowlands: Callahan provides insight into Saturday drives

DRF | 1 week ago
One of the sport’s leading drivers, Corey Callahan, is already off to a quick start in 2016 and he’ll enter the second month of the year with a full plate of contenders on Saturday’s 14-race Meadowlands program. Callahan, like many of the top drivers, has to shuffle from track-to-track to earn a living but has devoted weekends to the Meadowlands. Read More...

Jerardi: Tough acts for Songbird, Mor Spirit to follow

DRF | 1 week ago
That was some show put on by three 3-year-olds last Saturday at Gulfstream Park. They all dominated, ran fast and gave the strong hint that there is much more to come. Read More...

The Pizza Man set to deliver in Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
The Pizza Man made a lot of dough last year in becoming an Eclipse Award finalist in the older-male turf division. On Saturday, the homebred gelding embarks on what owner Richard Papiese hopes will be another huge year when making his 7-year-old debut as the 122-pound highweight and solid favorite in the 34th running of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Read More...

Penn National Gaming reports increased revenue for 2015 but will restate financials

DRF | 1 week ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the operator of 27 gambling facilities in the U.S. and Canada, had revenue of $2.84 billion in 2015, according to the company, but it has yet to release any net income figures for the year due to a need to restate its financial statements. Read More...

Distance the question for Code Warrior in California Oaks

DRF | 1 week ago
The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Songbird is running at Santa Anita on Saturday, but Code Warrior will still face a tough Hollendorfer-trained filly, Kiss N Scat, in the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 28 to January 31

DRF | 1 week ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 28 to 31, 2016. Read More...

Northfield: Ronnie Wrenn Jr gets win 3,000

DRF | 1 week ago
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park’s 15th race on Wednesday (February 3). Read More...

Harness: Ron Burke, Tim Tetrick on Mike and Mike this week

DRF | 1 week ago
On the Mike and Mike show this week is leading trainer Ron Burke along with top driver the “Bionic Man” Tim Tetrick. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/5 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 2/5 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...