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Castellano among five Woolf Award finalists

DRF | 1 week ago
Javier Castellano, Alex Birzer, Jose Ferrer, Rodney Prescott, and Joe Talamo are finalists for the 2018 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, it was announced on Wednesday morning by Santa Anita. Read More...

Oaklawn Park owner Cella dies at 81

DRF | 1 week ago
Charles J. Cella, who became president of his family’s Oaklawn Park in 1968 and turned the Hot Springs, Ark., track into a hotbed for 3-year-olds like eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 81. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale posts big gains

DRF | 1 week ago
Fasig-Tipton wrapped its 2017 auction calendar on a high note Tuesday with a strong edition of the Midlantic December mixed sale, led by the $105,000 purchase of the stakes-placed colt Carradine. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge investigation nearing end

DRF | 1 week ago
The Breeders’ Cup is likely to announce in the next week the results of its investigation into complaints filed by participants in the live-money tournament that was held in conjunction with its two-day event in November, according to several officials. Read More...

Macedonio: What we need is a good rivalry

DRF | 1 week ago
When was the last time that Harness Racing had a good ole fashioned rivalry? I mean truly something that will drive people to watch, debate and absorb any content swirling around that rivalry. Read More...

Symposium panel urges lower takeouts

DRF | 1 week ago
A succession of racing analysts appearing on a Tuesday panel at the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing urged racetracks in the U.S. to lower takeout rates for single-race bets such as win and exacta wagers in order to reverse protracted declines in betting on horse racing. Read More...

Symposium panel urges lower takeouts

DRF | 1 week ago
A succession of racing analysts appearing on a Tuesday panel at the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing urged racetracks in the U.S. to lower takeout rates for single-race bets such as win and exacta wagers in order to reverse protracted declines in betting on horse racing. Read More...

Keeneland January catalogs available

DRF | 1 week ago
The catalog for the 2018 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale is now online, featuring 1,582 offerings over four sessions. Read More...

Meadowlands: Thursday 12/7 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday, December 7 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 12/7 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 12/7 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Tonalist stud fee cut to $20,000

DRF | 1 week ago
Tonalist, the winner of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, will stand for an advertised fee of $20,000 at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., during the 2018 breeding season. Read More...

Wildcat Red retired to Buck Pond Farm

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 2 winner Wildcat Red will enter stud at Buck Pond Farm in Versailles, Ky., for the 2018 breeding season at an advertised fee of $7,500. Read More...

Harness: Always B Miki’s book full and closed

DRF | 1 week ago
Always B Miki, the reigning Horse of The Year, is now booked full for 2018. Once again, his book contains a list of the top pacing mares in the industry. Read More...

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Dec. 3, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races. Read More...

Eagle retired to Valor Farm in Texas

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 3 winner Eagle has been retired and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas, for an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Divining Rod retired to Country Life Farm in Maryland

DRF | 1 week ago
Divining Rod, a Grade 3 winner and classic-placed runner, has been retired and will debut at stud in 2018 at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., for an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Shaman Ghost retired, will stand in California

DRF | 1 week ago
Shaman Ghost, a Grade 1 winner and Canadian champion, has been retired from racing and will stand at a farm to be determined in California for the 2018 breeding season at an advertised fee of $10,000. Read More...

Stewards order Santa Anita race purse redistributed

DRF | 1 week ago
The $71,510 purse of a Santa Anita race on June 24 has been ordered redistributed after the stewards ruled owner Nick Cafarchia was ineligible to run race winner My Italian Babbo because of a suspension. Read More...

Tom’s Ready retired to Spendthrift Farm

DRF | 1 week ago
Tom’s Ready, a Grade 2 winner, has been retired from racing, and will stand at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2018 breeding season. Read More...

Jockeys in the spotlight Wednesday at Happy Valley

DRF | 1 week ago
The feature on the Wednesday night card at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong is not actually a race. Nor is it even really the horses themselves in the spotlight. Rather, this is a night for the riders. Read More...

Supreme Court hears arguments on sports betting

DRF | 1 week ago
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case focusing on whether the federal government is within its rights to prohibit states from authorizing gambling on sports, with the discussion centering on whether a current federal law violates a principle disallowing the federal government from “commandeering” policy at the state level, according to published reports after the oral arguments concluded. Read More...

Zoccali: Eliminating the disconnect between track management, horsemen

DRF | 1 week ago
It is no secret that horsemen and racetrack management have completely different approaches and outlooks when it comes to the harness racing industry. I learned this quickly during my time as Director of Racing Operations at The Meadowlands. However, over the past several weeks, the differences between the two have reached levels that I had not seen. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Nov. 28 – Nov. 30

DRF | 1 week ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Dover, Philadelphia, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Santa Anita to expand super high five betting

DRF | 1 week ago
Santa Anita will offer a rolling $1 super high five wager during the upcoming winter-spring meeting on fields of eight or more runners, the track announced. Read More...

Regally-bred Believe in Royalty targets Springboard Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Larry Jones will be sending in some pedigree power for the $400,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Read More...

Vazquez eyes fifth straight Remington riding title

DRF | 1 week ago
Remington Park leading rider Ramon Vazquez is arguably having his best year in the saddle. The native of Puerto Rico ranks sixth in wins in North America with 245 through Monday, and he already has surpassed his personal-best numbers for wins and earnings in a year in the United States. Read More...

Stellar Wind training with eye on Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Stellar Wind has joined trainer Chad Brown's stable at Palm Meadows and on Sunday breezed for the first time in her new surroundings, an easy half-mile in 50 seconds. Read More...

White-hot Miller faces tough assignment in Hong Kong

DRF | 1 week ago
California-based trainer Peter Miller has good reason to believe Stormy Liberal's trip to Hong Kong will produce a better outcome than Miller's first foray into the Hong Kong International Races. Read More...

Harness: Merriman reflects on his 1,000 win season

DRF | 1 week ago
After becoming only the fourth driver in harness racing history to win 1,000 races in a year, Aaron Merriman is looking to add as many victories to his total as possible by the end of the season. And while it will be impossible to surpass Tim Tetrick’s record of 1,189 wins in 2007, Merriman could finish his campaign No. 2 on the list. Read More...

On dirt or turf, Rice runners figure in allowance

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Linda Rice has entered three horses in a second-level allowance/optional $40,000 claiming turf sprint Thursday at Aqueduct that could be transferred to dirt if forecast rain materializes. Read More...

Wicked Lick figures to improve in allowance

DRF | 1 week ago
Wicked Lick returns to the site of her career peak in an effort to collect an elusive second win. Read More...

Chanteline likely to stick around for 2018 campaign

DRF | 1 week ago
Chanteline, who has found success since being switched to turf three races ago, likely will continue racing as a 6-year-old in 2018. Read More...

Rapid Rhythm may get one more start on her favorite course

DRF | 1 week ago
Rapid Rhythm is 6 for 6 on the Fair Grounds grass, and she is likely to get a chance at a seventh victory Jan. 6 in the $50,000 Pan Zareta Stakes, trainer Mike Stidham said. Read More...

Got Even seeks third consecutive win in feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Got Even will be well backed to win his third consecutive race in a first-level allowance with a $40,000 claiming option at a mile Thursday at Los Alamitos. Read More...

For Jose Ortiz, a quiet end to ‘unbelievable’ year

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Jose Ortiz, who goes to the sidelines this week for scheduled knee surgery, closed 2017 with plenty of professional and personal highs to look back on. Read More...

McGoey joins the WCH fray

DRF | 1 week ago
Two-time Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge champion Patrick McGoey will be among the horseplayers competing at the World Championship of Handicapping, a $1 million online tournament taking place Feb. 3-4 exclusively at DRF Tournaments. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 12/5 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 12/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Jockey Miller continues recovery, but remains hospitalized

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Jenn Miller continues to recover nine days after a spill at Charles Town, but remained hospitalized Monday in the Winchester Medical Center in Virginia, according to her agent Roniel Gerard and trainer David Nunn. Read More...

Trainer Santino Di Paola, 23, records first win

DRF | 1 week ago
Santino Di Paola, a 23-year-old trainer, recorded his first career win Nov. 26 when D's Double Eagle rallied from off the pace under jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson to win by a head in an $8,000 maiden claimer over seven furlongs on Woodbine's Tapeta. Read More...

Pink Lloyd concludes 2017 campaign undefeated

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Robert Tiller said Pink Lloyd will not race again this season and will spend the winter at Buttigieg Training Centre in Egbert, Ontario. Read More...

Woodbine to open week later in 2018

DRF | 1 week ago
With Sunday as the meet's closing day, Jonathan Zammit, Woodbine's vice president of Thoroughbred racing, revealed some details for the 2018 season in a memo to horsemen. Read More...

Pletcher has turf, dirt, and Mother Nature covered

DRF | 1 week ago
The forecast calls for approximately three-quarters of an inch of rain Tuesday, followed by colder temperatures later in the week that may just render the turf courses unusable until next spring. Read More...

Trip Notes for December 2-3: Cigar Mile, Remsen, Bayakoa, and more

DRF | 1 week ago
Trip Notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races run on December 2-3, including the Cigar Mile, Remsen, Bayakoa, and more. Read More...

Sparkman: Catholic Boy shows More Than Ready’s versatility

DRF | 1 week ago
Although it is easy to demonstrate statistically that the schism between dirt and turf horses is somewhat overrated, it has seldom been more readily illustrated than by the results of Aqueduct’s two Grade 2 dirt features for juveniles last Saturday. Read More...

Majestic Heat finds joy on Bayakoa Stakes’ dirt

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Majestic Heat won the first graded stakes of her career in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles Sunday at Los Alamitos. Read More...