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Speed Seeker battles way to Ontario Colleen victory

DRF | 6 days ago
The favored Speed Seeker overcame a troubled journey to capture the $169,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes impressively under Luis Contreras at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera romps in Ballerina Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Artemis Agrotera erased all memories of her disappointing performances in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and earlier this year in the Acorn with a dominating, geared-down, 6 1/2-length victory over My Miss Aurelia in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

V. E. Day noses out stablemate Wicked Strong in Travers

DRF | 7 days ago
With Rajiv Maragh imploring Wicked Strong to get to the wire, V.E. Day had lengthened his stride under Javier Castellano and nailed Wicked Strong on the wire to win the $1.25 million Travers by a nose before a crowd of 46,557 at Saratoga. Read More...

Frac Daddy scratched from Pacific Classic

DRF | 7 days ago
Frac Daddy, the winner of two stakes on synthetic tracks at Keeneland and Woodbine earlier this year, was withdrawn from Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday after getting a leg over the webbing of his stall, track officials and trainer Ken McPeek said. Read More...

Hobo Ridge easily scores in Turning for Home match race

DRF | 7 days ago
Hobo Ridge had an easy time collecting the biggest paycheck of his 50-race career Saturday at Parx Racing, winning the $75,000 Turning for Home Stakes by 24 lengths. Read More...

The Big Beast catches Fast Anna to win King’s Bishop

DRF | 7 days ago
The Big Beast unleashed his rally inside the final furlong and was able to wear down Fast Anna to win the $500,000 King’s Bishop by a neck. Read More...

Abaco narrowly prevails in Ballston Spa

DRF | 7 days ago
Abaco kept her cool before the Grade 2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga on Saturday, jockey Jose Ortiz Jr. kept his cool during the $250,000 race, and the result was a rallying neck score over Strathnaver in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Del Mar, August 24

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus stakes analysis for Del Mar on Sunday, August 24. Read More...

Arlington cancels two races on Saturday card

DRF | 7 days ago
Arlington canceled its third and fourth races Saturday after a long delay caused by a heavy storm that struck the track early in the afternoon. Read More...

Billygets Arrested enters allowance feature off big Beyer

DRF | 7 days ago
Billygets Arrested is among eight fillies and mares seeking to clear their first allowance condition going a flat mile on the main rack in Tuesday’s eighth race at Parx Racing. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: New York-breds in the spotlight

DRF | 7 days ago
Nearly 100 New York-breds entered Sunday’s inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day card. The 11-race program includes six stakes worth $1.15 million. Read More...

Cigar Street may point to Jockey Club Gold Cup

DRF | 7 days ago
On Friday, the Bill Mott-trained Cigar Street finished second, beaten a half-length by Pick of the Litter, in a third-level allowance race going 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Riposte done for the year

DRF | 7 days ago
Riposte, the Juddmonte Farms-owned, Mott-trained mare who has won two graded stakes this year on the turf, will not race again this year, and her racing future will be decided at a later date. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Longacres Mile

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus stakes analysis for the Longacres Mile on Sunday, August 24. Read More...

Her Emmynency works swiftly for Debutante

DRF | 7 days ago
The 2-year-old filly Her Emmynency had one of the fastest workouts over five furlongs at Del Mar on Saturday, zooming around the track in 59.60 seconds in preparation for next Saturday's Del Mar Debutante. Read More...

Longtime owner-breeder Holloway dies at 83

DRF | 7 days ago
David P. Holloway, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder whose top horse was the standout sprinter Bet On Sunshine, died Thursday night at Jewish Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 83. Read More...

Slice of Red pulls major upset in Richmond Derby Trial

DRF | 7 days ago
The longshot Slice of Red paid $61.70 for his 2 1/4-length win over the heavily favored Koffee Grinder in the $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial at Hastings on Friday night. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Sunday, Aug. 24

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar for Sunday, Aug. 24

DRF | 7 days ago
The card gets off to inscrutable starts as four of the first six races are for maidens and a couple of those are loaded with firsters, so it’s tough to take a stand using any of those. Read More...

Crist: Travers Stakes Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Travers Stakes analysis by Steven Crist. Read More...

Ballston Spa field stacked with talent

DRF | 7 days ago
The Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Saturday at Saratoga is a bit light on numbers but that doesn't make it an easy race. Read More...

Dayatthespa to scratch from Ballston Spa, run in Yaddo

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown and the owners of Dayatthespa have decided to scratch from the Grade 2, $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes on Saturday and await the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes for New York-breds on Sunday. Both races are 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Free’s preview: Looking for a sure thing?

DRF | 7 days ago
Opportunities are abundant Saturday at Del Mar, where a pick-six carryover of $106,668 is offered on races 5-10. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, Aug. 23

DRF | 7 days ago
I’m keeping my powder dry early on this marathon card, making sure I still have firepower later in the day. Read More...

Mohawk: Captaintreacherous scratched from Pacing Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Captaintreacherous, the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup winner and two-time Pacer of the Year, has been scratched from Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby elimination. Read More...

Van Dyke gets first stakes win with Ann of the Dance

DRF | 1 week ago
on Friday at Del Mar, jockey Drayden Van Dyke enjoyed one of the best moments of his young career when scoring his first stakes victory, an upset on Ann of the Dance in the $95,600 CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap. Read More...

$106,000 pick six carryover Saturday at Del Mar

DRF | 1 week ago
There is a pick six carryover of $106,668 for Saturday’s 10-race program. The carryover was clinched when Ann of the Dance ($59.20) won Friday’s sixth race, the TOC and CTT Handicap. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 23

DRF | 1 week ago
There’s a mid-card pick three Saturday that I’m interested in at Del Mar, beginning in Race 4. Read More...

Close Hatches dominates Personal Ensign

DRF | 1 week ago
Close Hatches, showing a terrific early turn of foot to make the lead entering the first turn, sloshed her way through the muddy mess that was Saratoga’s main track Friday, and rolled to a front-running, five-length victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Close Hatches dominates Personal Ensign

DRF | 1 week ago
Close Hatches, showing a terrific early turn of foot to make the lead entering the first turn, sloshed her way through the muddy mess that was Saratoga’s main track Friday, and rolled to a front-running, five-length victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: $1 million guaranteed pick four

DRF | 1 week ago
With an 11:35 a.m. Eastern start and 14 races on tap, the Travers Day multi-race exotic menu at Saratoga is somewhat different than normal. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Talented 2-year-old tries turf

DRF | 1 week ago
Conquest Tsunami, the most dominant 2-year-old at Woodbine this year, will experiment on turf in the second race Saturday, the seven-furlong allowance prep for next month’s Grade 2 Summer Stakes Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 8/24 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 8/25 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Remembertobreathe pointed to British Columbia Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Sylvea Gregory said Remembertobreathe came out of his second-place finish Aug. 16 in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby in great shape and will make his next start Sept. 14 in the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale expands to two days

DRF | 1 week ago
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed and horses of racing age sale will grow from one day to two after receiving a record number of entries. Read More...

Six furlongs may be wrong distance for favorites in Monday feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Monday’s seventh race at Delaware Park, a second-level optional $25,000 claimer, might be a good spot to try and beat the logical favorites. Read More...

Mark Valeski, Magna Graduate to Woodford Thoroughbreds

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 2 winner Mark Valeski has been retired from racing, and will join Magna Graduate as additions to the stallion roster of Woodford Thoroughbreds in Reddick, Fla. Read More...

OBS August: Hips to watch

DRF | 1 week ago
The following horses were selected as yearlings to watch at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale based on their pedigrees. Conformation, physical characteristics, veterinarian records, and late updates to their pedigrees were not taken into consideration. Read More...

NYRA honors Jerkens, Lukas, Durkin

DRF | 1 week ago
Hall of Fame trainers Allen Jerkens and D. Wayne Lukas and veteran race caller Tom Durkin were honored for their career achievements by the New York Racing Association on Friday in a ceremony held in the winner’s circle prior to the start of the races. Read More...

OBS August: Gains drive expanded catalog

DRF | 1 week ago
The first few sales of the North American yearling auction season revealed stability in the marketplace that spanned the upper and middle markets. The tenor of the market will be given another test Aug. 26-28, when the focus shifts to Florida for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale before turning to the bellwether Keeneland September sale. Read More...

Canadian sale poised for turnaround

DRF | 1 week ago
When the filly Lexie Lou blew away the boys in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on July 6, it was an important boost for Ontario’s battered breeding industry and its annual premier yearling sale, which will hold its 2014 edition Sept. 2-3 at the Woodbine sales pavilion. Read More...

Sparkman: Evil is as evil does

DRF | 1 week ago
Journeyman Stud’s Hear No Evil has sired six stakes winners from only 77 named foals in his first six crops, led by multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend, but as that shockingly low number of foals indicates, he has yet to attract the patronage he has earned. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Travers undercard

DRF | 1 week ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for Saratoga on Saturday, August 23. Read More...

Bern Identity scores in Tale of the Cat Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Bern Identity confirmed his affinity for both Saratoga and a wet racetrack, parlaying that combination into a popular 1 1/2-length victory over Mewannarose in Friday’s $100,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes. Read More...

Upstart back off short rest for Funny Cide

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Rick Violette spent plenty of time educating the talented New York-bred 2-year-old Upstart prior to his first start, working him behind and between horses and letting him take dirt. That schooling paid big dividends after Upstart had to overcome a tough trip in traffic en route to an impressive 5 1/2-length victory in his debut. Read More...

Ward aims for second straight score in Prix Morny

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Wesley Ward can win the Group 1 Prix Morny on Sunday at Deauville in France for the second year in a row, but Ward’s entrant this year, Hootenanny, lacks the cachet of No Nay Never, the sharp winner of the 2013 Morny. Read More...

Boyett takes shot in Longacres Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Boyett, the only California-based horse in the Longacres Mile field, doesn’t fit the profile of your average Mile winner. Read More...

Will Yaddo get one star or two?

DRF | 1 week ago
Depending largely on the weather, the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes will provide either an intriguing matchup of Grade 1 winners or devolve into a one-sided affair with an odds-on favorite. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Violet Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
DRF Plus stakes analysis for the Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Bromans’ breeding program paying off

DRF | 1 week ago
Chester and Mary Broman, longtime breeders in New York – and mostly of New York-breds – are enjoying a spectacular summer at Saratoga, having won 7 races from 20 starts through the first 31 days of the 40-day meet, placing them fourth in the owner standings. Read More...