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California Chrome cruises in Los Alamitos drill

DRF | 6 days ago
California Chrome worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, his penultimate work before heading to Churchill Downs, where he is the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 3. Read More...

Candy Boy finishes local Kentucky Derby preparation

DRF | 6 days ago
Candy Boy, third in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday, his final local workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Brad Free’s Santa Anita Handicapping Notebook for April 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Brad Free's Santa Anita handicapping notebook for April 19. Read More...

Aqueduct quarantine lifted

DRF | 6 days ago
A precautionary quarantine that had been in place on a barn at Aqueduct for a week was lifted Saturday after further tests taken on a deceased horse were negative for equine herpesvirus. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct handicapping notebook for April 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Dave Litfin's Aqueduct handicapping notebook for April 19. Read More...

Ron Gierkink’s Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Ron Gierkink's Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 19. Read More...

Byron King’s Keeneland Handicapping Notebook for April 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Byron King's Keeneland handicapping report for April 19. Read More...

Meadowlands: Callahan wins six; $30,782 Pick 5 carryover for Saturday

DRF | 6 days ago
Corey Callahan notched six wins on the Friday night Meadowlands card, including scoring impressively with trotter Undercover Strike. Some early longshots also triggered a $30,782 pick five carryover for Saturday's card. Read More...

Yonkers: Blue Chip Matchmaker field set for $371,400 final

DRF | 6 days ago
Yagonnakissmeornot locked up top honors in the preliminaries for the Blue Chip Matchmaker series on Friday night, scoring her fourth victory of the series for driver Dan Dube at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

OBS Spring: Wildcat Heir colt tops final breeze session

DRF | 6 days ago
A colt by Wildcat Heir worked the fastest furlong during Friday’s fourth and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training under-tack show. Read More...

Sisterly Love stuns Emollient in Doubledogdare Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The huge Keeneland spring meet being enjoyed by jockey Stewart Elliott and trainer Mark Casse got an exclamation point Friday when they teamed to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Sparkman: Northern Dancer the biggest little horse

DRF | 6 days ago
At the time I left Windfields Farm in Maryland for Kentucky in 1974, debate raged between the Oshawa, Ontario, office of Windfields Farm and the Maryland office over whether to raise Northern Dancer’s stud fee for 1975 to $25,000. Less than 10 years later, no-guarantee seasons to Northern Dancer sold on the open market for $1 million. Read More...

OBS Spring: Focus shifts to broader market

DRF | 6 days ago
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training will kick off the open portion of the North American juvenile auction calendar after a somewhat volatile select season. The four-day sale will take place Monday through Thursday in Ocala, Fla., with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. The presale under-tack show was held over the Ocala Training Center’s synthetic Safetrack surface last week. Read More...

The story of Old Rosebud, an American tragedy

DRF | 6 days ago
On May 17, 1922, an 11-year-old gelding lined up against low-level claimers at New York’s Jamaica racecourse to compete for a thimble-sized purse. Perhaps he behaved badly; his manners, once kindly, had soured by this, his 80th career start. Did he even want to be there? Who knew? Read More...

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 19, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Santa Anita on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: April 19, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 19, 2014

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Keeneland on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Mr. Bowling freshened for Sunday sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Mr. Bowling’s first tour of Emerald Downs didn’t go exactly as planned. Acquired to run in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile last August, Mr. Bowling finished a distant 11th in the Pacific Northwest’s richest race and then went to the sidelines for the rest of the year. He’ll make his 2014 debut Sunday in a $21,000 allowance for older horses at six furlongs. Read More...

Gulfstream sprint may be too short for Madame Giry

DRF | 6 days ago
Madame Giry will make her 19th career start and her third over the Gulfstream turf course as the likely favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Safari Queen, scheduled at five furlongs on turf. Read More...

Racing industry mulls logistics of ontrack pharmacies

DRF | 7 days ago
On the list of policies released Wednesday that Frank Stronach says he will implement at his tracks, the most intriguing – and most controversial – is the notion of creating ontrack pharmacies that will be responsible for buying and dispensing every dose of medication administered to every horse on racetrack grounds. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Dance With Fate confirmed as starter

DRF | 7 days ago
Dance With Fate will run for the roses. After being noncommittal regarding a start in the Kentucky Derby following Dance With Fate’s victory in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack on April 12, the colt’s connections announced Friday that the horse will run in North America’s most famous race May 3 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Aqueduct: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 19, 2014

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Aqueduct on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Alert Bay will put winning streak on line in Snow Chief Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Alert Bay gave trainer Blaine Wright his first Santa Anita stakes winner in the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes on April 5. When Alert Bay runs in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf April 26, he could be part of an even more memorable day for the 39-year-old Wright. Read More...

Sahara Sky targets Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Sahara Sky, the winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Mile and three other stakes in the last 15 months, will make his next start in the $400,000 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 3. Read More...

Fashion Plate, Ria Antonia work for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 7 days ago
Fashion Plate and Ria Antonia, the first two finishers of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 5, remained on course for a rematch in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 2 with workouts at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

Beholder not fully cranked for Santa Lucia Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Her reputation secured by two championships in as many years, Beholder begins her 4-year-old season in Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Beating Beholder in Santa Lucia Stakes might take luck of the Irish…Presence

DRF | 7 days ago
It needs some explaining as to why Beholder, a two-time Eclipse Award winner and two-time Breeders’ Cup winner who has earned more than $3 million, finds herself eligible to run in the restricted Santa Lucia Stakes barely five months after beating mares like Royal Delta, Princess of Sylmar, and Close Hatches in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Read More...

Santa Anita: Closer Looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Santa Anita on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus closer looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Keeneland on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Sovereign winner Go Greeley, runner-up Jose Sea View meet in Woodstock Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Go Greeley and Jose Sea View could be considered rivals even though they’ve never met on the track. Go Greeley edged out Jose Sea View by one point in the Sovereign Award voting for last year’s Canadian champion 2-year-old male, and they will finally lock horns Sunday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Woodstock Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Aqueduct: Closer Looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Aqueduct on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

DRF’s Livingston receives Charles W. Engelhard Award

DRF | 7 days ago
Daily Racing Form photographer and two-time Eclipse Award winner Barbara D. Livingston has been honored with the Charles W. Engelhard Award by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). Read More...

DRF’s Livingston receives Charles W. Engelhard Award

DRF | 7 days ago
Daily Racing Form photographer and two-time Eclipse Award winner Barbara D. Livingston has been honored with the Charles W. Engelhard Award by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). Read More...

Byron King’s Keeneland handicapping notebook for April 18

DRF | 7 days ago
Byron King's Keeneland handicapping diary for Friday, April 18, featuring a recap of Thursday's action and a preview of Friday's card. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct handicapping notebook April 18

DRF | 7 days ago
Chalk players were shooting fish in a barrel all day. The first eight winners were first or second choice in the wagering, including five straight winning favorites in races 3 through 7, before third choice Mad Props ($10) captured the finale. Read More...

Samraat works half-mile at Belmont

DRF | 7 days ago
Samraat, the multiple graded stakes winner who finished second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 5, picked up his preparations for the Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in 48.77 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont Park main track. Read More...

Ron Gierkink’s Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 18

DRF | 7 days ago
Mike DePaulo led all trainers after opening weekend, with three scores from six starters. All three of his winners wintered in Ontario, including Bears Grace, who shrugged off a challenger on the lead and then held off Angel With Class in the stretch to prevail in a five-furlong Ontario-sired allowance on Sunday. Read More...

Tattersalls: Record-breaking War Front colt paces breeze-up sale

DRF | 1 week ago
A son of red-hot commercial stallion War Front sold for about $2.03 million (1.15 million guineas) on Thursday during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breez-up sale, which ended with solid gains in gross, average, and median as well as an improved buyback rate. Read More...

Los Alamitos looking to acquire Fairplex September dates

DRF | 1 week ago
Officials with Barretts Sales and Racing at the Los Angeles County Fair are in advanced discussions with colleagues at Los Alamitos Racecourse to relocate the 13-day Fairplex meeting to the Orange County track this September. Read More...

OBS Spring: First-crop sires prominent at third breeze show

DRF | 1 week ago
Offspring from the first crops of champions Lookin At Lucky and Midshipman were among the quartet of juveniles to tie for the fastest furlong time on the third day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training under-tack show. Read More...

Daring Dancer takes Appalachian Stakes for Motion

DRF | 1 week ago
Graham Motion said before the Keeneland spring meet began that his barn might have a few winners in it. Motion’s notions came to full fruition Thursday when Daring Dancer capped a three-win day for the English-born trainer by winning the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes under a heady ride from Alan Garcia. Read More...

Oak Tree seeks to run Pleasanton meeting

DRF | 1 week ago
The Oak Tree Racing Association, which operated autumn race meetings at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park from 1969 to 2010, is planning to operate the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton this summer. Read More...

Owners, trainers pledge to make vet records public

DRF | 1 week ago
Dozens of owners and trainers have pledged to make the veterinary records of their horses publicly available for graded stakes run in the U.S., the Jockey Club announced on Thursday. Read More...

Stronach makes medication reforms the No. 1 priority at his tracks

DRF | 1 week ago
The tracks owned by the Stronach Group, a roster that includes Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Laurel, and Pimlico, will seek to put in place house rules that would require owners to release their vet records to track officials and that would establish ontrack pharmacies controlling all medications administered to horses, the owner of the company, Frank Stronach, said in a statement. Read More...

Flattering Bea can end losing streak in Sugar Maple

DRF | 1 week ago
On Saturday, in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes, Flattering Bea will get to run seven furlongs over what should be a fast Charles Town track, perhaps a combination that could put an end to a five-race losing streak. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mitchell handing reins to assistant

DRF | 1 week ago
Among the top trainers in Southern California with 18 meet titles and 2,678 wins, including a record 476 at Del Mar, trainer Mike Mitchell will turn over his operation to assistant Phil D’Amato after the sixth race Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Byron King: Poker Player is value shot of Lexington

DRF | 1 week ago
When a turf horse races on a synthetic track, the assumption is the horse will take to the surface. And like most assumptions, blindly believing in one can be dangerous. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...