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Woodbine Harness: Filion sweeps series finals

DRF | 1 week ago
The first two stake finals of 2015 took place Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack and it was the Sylvain Filion show. Read More...

NHC Day 1: Jarvie jumps to the top late

DRF | 1 week ago
Joe Jarvie, a building engineer and former NCAA basketball official from Renton, Wash., hit the last race on Friday to vault into first place on Day 1 of the three-day National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island. Read More...

Illman: All-stakes pick five play for Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 1 week ago
Let's take a look at Saturday’s 50-cent all-stakes pick five at Gulfstream. Read More...

Gierkink: How I’d play Gulfstream on Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 1 week ago
I’m focusing on the two pick fours on this challenging 11-race card, which allows me to avoid races 6 and 7, a bottom $6,250 claimer and a two-turn maiden special for 3-year-old fillies on the grass. Read More...

Chapa appeals riding suspension

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Roman Chapa on Friday appealed a summary suspension the Sam Houston Race Park board of stewards levied against him pending an investigation into his ride in last Saturday night’s ninth race, the $50,000 Richard King Handicap, which he won aboard Quiet Acceleration. Read More...

Laurel Park cancels Saturday card

DRF | 1 week ago
With a winter storm approaching, Laurel Park on Friday evening canceled its Saturday race card. Read More...

Free: Daily double bet at Santa Anita for Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 1 week ago
Overlay opportunities are abundant Saturday at Santa Anita; the focus of this suggested “pick X” is the final two races. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 1/26 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 1/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 1/26 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 1/26 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

City Zip gets long-overdue recognition with two Eclipse winners

DRF | 1 week ago
City Zip has quietly fashioned a workmanlike stud career, flying somewhat under the radar in the star-studded firmament of central Kentucky’s stallion lineup while consistently turning out hard-knocking runners who produce on the track. However, the sire broke through with a supernova of a weekend at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, where Dayatthespa scored a front-running victory in the Filly and Mare Turf and Work All Week confirmed his class by winning the Sprint. Both parlayed those victories into Eclipse Awards in their respective divisions, garnering some long-deserved recognition for City Zip, who has stood at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., for the past decade. Read More...

Sparkman: A championship by any other name

DRF | 1 week ago
The Breeders’ Cup may have dropped its overly ambitious World Thoroughbred Championships moniker, but according to the results of the Eclipse Award ceremony on Jan. 17, the Breeders’ Cup meeting does a pretty good job of determining American championships. This year, six of the nine individual equine Eclipse Award winners for flat racing captured Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. Read More...

Joy Boy may be difficult to catch in allowance feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Joy Boy, a winner of two of his last three outs, will start as one of the top contenders in Sunday’s eighth race at Oaklawn Park, a third-level optional $62,500 claiming race at a mile. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi scheduled to work Sunday

DRF | 1 week ago
Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, is scheduled to work Sunday at Oaklawn, said her trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. She is preparing for her 3-year-old debut, which is to come in the $100,000 Martha Washington at a mile at Oaklawn on Jan. 31. Read More...

Multiple horses with strong bloodlines in maiden event

DRF | 1 week ago
The pedigrees of the 3-year-old fillies in the eighth race here at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race, don’t get much richer. Read More...

Perchance may get shot at Davona Dale

DRF | 1 week ago
Perchance earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure in a one-length victory in a six-furlong, first-level allowance here at Gulfstream Park on Thursday and is a possibility for the Grade 2 Davona Dale on Feb. 21, according to her connections. Read More...

Little Mike taking extended vacation

DRF | 1 week ago
Any chance of Little Mike returning to action here at Gulfstream Park this winter ended earlier this month when owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza sent the four-time Grade 1 winner back to the farm in Ocala. Read More...

America passes on Ladies Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
The Bill Mott-trained America, who won the Affectionately Stakes on New Year’s Day, was sent to south Florida, where she will get a brief freshening. As a result, she will not contest next Saturday’s $100,000 Ladies Stakes. Read More...

Trainers mull options for speedy trio

DRF | 1 week ago
The triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures that Carve, Code West, and Ivan Fallunovalot earned in their most recent starts might lead their connections to pass on the next round of races for their divisions at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Hall of Fame trainer Mott to appeal 15-day suspension

DRF | 1 week ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was suspended 15 days and fined $1,000 for the finding of the drug Flunixin, also known as Banamine, and an overage of Lasix in the body fluid of Saratoga Snacks, who finished last in a New York-bred allowance race Sept. 20 at Belmont Park, according to the New York State Gaming Commission. Read More...

Tonalist making progress toward 2015 debut

DRF | 1 week ago
The stars were out Friday at Payson Park, with Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and defending Donn Handicap champion Lea both working at the training center during the course of the morning. Read More...

Santa Anita makes change to San Antonio purse structure

DRF | 1 week ago
Santa Anita has changed the conditions of the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7 in an attempt to draw opponents for California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, and Shared Belief, the 2013 champion 2-year-old male. Read More...

The Great War being pointed toward Spiral

DRF | 1 week ago
There is nothing surprising about where the top three finishers from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile are training this winter. The victorious Texas Red is working at Santa Anita toward his 3-year-old debut, and the runner-up Carpe Diem and the third-place Upstart are gearing up in Florida, with the latter entered in Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream for his first start of 2015. Read More...

Gathagan leaving Maryland Jockey Club post

DRF | 1 week ago
Publicist Mike Gathagan will be leaving the Maryland Jockey Club as of Feb. 2 to accept a position with the Maryland Catholic Conference. Read More...

Eblouissante headed to Europe as broodmare

DRF | 1 week ago
Eblouissante, a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will be bred to one of England’s leading stallions in coming months. Read More...

Rousanne stretches out for El Paso Times Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Justin Evans is looking forward to running Rousanne over longer distances, so he’s grateful for the bit of added real estate she will pick up Sunday in the $50,000 El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park. Read More...

Robertson off to good start at Fair Grounds meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Hugh Robertson hasn’t run many horses at this Fair Grounds meet, but they’re paying the bills. Read More...

Jockey Riquelme relishing his opportunities

DRF | 1 week ago
In the track kitchen at Fair Grounds last Sunday, the morning after veteran jockey Jose Riquelme won the Louisiana Handicap on Hard Aces, he was accepting congratulations from other riders, agents, trainers, and others who work on the backstretch. His victory clearly was popular. Read More...

Hovdey: Osborne determined after narrow miss in BC Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
Jamie Osborne is not a masochist. Really, he’s not. He’s a nice guy with a properly droll British sense of humor who describes himself as an “overrated jockey and underrated trainer from sunny Upper Lambourn,” a horsey town located about 70 miles west of London. Read More...

D’Amato’s pair look logical in Clocker’s Corner

DRF | 1 week ago
Lil Bit O’Fun and Hay Dude finished second days apart at Santa Anita in late December and early January. Those turf races have led to starts in Sunday’s $75,000 Clocker’s Corner Stakes and give trainer Phil D’Amato a formidable pair of runners. Read More...

Stablemates figure in split divisions of allowance route

DRF | 1 week ago
Four allowance races for New York-breds are sprinkled throughout Sunday’s nine-race offering at Aqueduct, with split divisions of a second-level optional $40,000 claimer at a mile and 70 yards topping the program.
 Trainer Bruce Brown has runners in each division with Towering Moon, making his second start off a layoff – and second since being gelded – running in race 6, and Royal Posse, running as a gelding for the first time, entered in race 8. Read More...

California Stallions 2015: Leading sires, statistics, regional coverage, more

DRF | 1 week ago
Daily Racing Form's complete look at California sires, including leading sire profiles, regional coverage, and statistics. Read More...

Horse of the Year is California’s ambassador

DRF | 1 week ago
The horse with the ideal name has become the perfect ambassador for California Thoroughbred breeding. When the immensely popular California Chrome was named 2014 Horse of the Year on Jan. 17, he gave California breeding a much-needed boost in recognition after several years of declining foal crops in one of the nation’s most important racing regions. Read More...

Leading California sires: Lucky Pulpit

DRF | 1 week ago
California’s top 10 general sires of 2014 averaged 124 starters each last season. Lucky Pulpit checked in significantly below that, with just 73 representatives on the track in 2014. But when one of those runners is California Chrome, numbers don’t matter. Read More...

Leading California sires: Unusual Heat

DRF | 1 week ago
Through all the changes in California racing over the past 17 years – shuttering tracks, shuffling of racing dates, new surfaces, and new leadership – one of the state’s pillars of consistency has been Unusual Heat. Read More...

Leading California sires: Bluegrass Cat

DRF | 1 week ago
Bluegrass Cat, already well traveled in his relatively young stallion career, will stand his first season in California in 2015 – but comes with a ready-made advertisement for local breeders. Read More...

New York horsemen officials say Finley’s allegations untrue

DRF | 1 week ago
Officials of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and its president-elect have filed responses to an appeal lodged by Terry Finley into the conduct of the association’s latest election for president, arguing that Finley’s claims are without merit. Read More...

Leading California sires: Grace Upon Grace

DRF | 1 week ago
It took little for Grace Upon Grace to lead California’s freshman sires in 2014. Read More...

Madame Giry faces familiar foes in turf sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
Madame Giry might not win the Sunday feature at Gulfstream Park with Jose Lezcano riding, but in the long run, a wager on Lezcano on the grass has been a pretty solid investment. Read More...

Barretts kicks off year of growth, transition

DRF | 1 week ago
A season of transition for the Barretts sales company in Pomona, Calif., begins on Monday with a familiar launch – the January mixed sale that has started the California auction season for more than two decades. Monday’s sale of breeding stock, 2-year-olds, yearlings, and horses of racing age will be the second-to-last sale at the Barretts facility on the Los Angeles county fairgrounds. Following the select sale of 2-year-olds in training on Feb. 23, no further sales will be held at that site. The company will permanently shift its sales events to Del Mar. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 1 week ago
There are some competitive fields on this California Cup card, which present some opportunities. The trouble is you have to wait a bit – three of the first four races are for maidens and chockfull of first-time starters, so wading in too deep there seems risky business. Read More...

Track conditions prompt Laurel to cancel Friday card

DRF | 1 week ago
Laurel Park has canceled its Friday card due to an uneven racing surface caused by a freeze-thaw weather pattern this week. Read More...

NYRA horsemen, management meet after another fatal breakdown

DRF | 1 week ago
Following another equine fatality at Aqueduct Thursday - the 14th in 26 full cards of racing since the inner track opened on Dec. 3 - several horsemen met with New York Racing Association management, the second such meeting in 12 days. Read More...

NHC: Inside look at how mandatory contest races chosen

DRF | 1 week ago
Have you ever wondered what goes into the process of selecting the mandatory races at the National Handicapping Championship? I always have, and Wednesday I had the chance to sit in on the meeting where the mandatory races were decided. Read More...

Champion Sky Classic pensioned

DRF | 1 week ago
Sky Classic, a Canadian Hall of Famer, champion in the U.S., and sire of 1999 Canadian Horse of the Year Thornfield, has been pensioned from stud duty at Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Ky. Read More...

Safety Check captures Al Fahidi Fort

DRF | 1 week ago
A sharp winner of a turf handicap on Jan. 8 at Meydan in Dubai, Safety Check improved on that form Thursday and won the Group 2, $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort by four lengths. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/24 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 1/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Harness: Maven preps for Prix d’Amerique

DRF | 1 week ago
Maven has drawn post 14 in the Prix d’Amerique, which sports a purse of one million Euros. It is slated as the sixth race on the Sunday program, with a post time of 10:20 a.m. eastern time. Read More...

As usual, Maker merits respect in Connally Turf Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Typically, the John Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston runs through trainer Mike Maker. This year is no exception. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 1/24 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 1/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 1/24 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 1/24 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...