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Conquest Farenheit will need all his talent to win Pasadena Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Conquest Farenheit is in a familiar role Sunday at Santa Anita – the favorite – to win the $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile on turf. But when he stretches to two turns Sunday at Santa Anita, Conquest Farenheit is no cinch. Read More...

John Van de Kamp, former president of TOC, dies

DRF | 1 week ago
John Van de Kamp, a former California attorney general who brought considerable credibility to the fledgling Thoroughbred of Owners of California when he was hired as the organization's second president, died on Tuesday at his home in Pasadena, Calif., following a brief illness. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Mar. 10 – Mar. 13

DRF | 1 week ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Cal-Expo, Northfield, Meadowlands and others. Read More...

Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Myfourchix appears to be rounding back into form

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Friday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Pegasus auction returning after five-year hiatus

DRF | 1 week ago
It is uncommon to see an auction revived by popular demand after a five-year hiatus, but the Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center's 2-year-olds in training sale garnered a devoted following during its time away. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, March 18, 2017 by Bob Fierro & Jay Kilgore

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday's card is subject to weather machinations once again, so we have to stick with the southern circuit (which has been unseasonably cold) for our Pick this week. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’ll play Gulfstream for Saturday, March 18

DRF | 1 week ago
How Daily Racing Form writer Mike Watchmaker will play Gulfstream on Saturday. Read More...

Yonkers: Jim King Jr. brings quality to town for Levy, Matchmaker

DRF | 1 week ago
This year’s edition of the George Morton Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker are once again loaded with Down Under talent as no fewer than nine of the 24 mares entered on Friday have roots in the Southern Hemisphere. Leading the contingent has to be Nike Franco N (post 6) in the third $40,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker division. Read More...

Harness: Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale set for May 7

DRF | 1 week ago
Tattersalls announced today that its annual Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale will be held on Sunday, May 7 in the racetrack’s back paddock. Read More...

Single-ticket jackpot carryover of $274,301 in pick six

DRF | 1 week ago
The pick-six single-ticket jackpot carryover swelled to $274,301.16 following Thursday's races at Santa Anita after five tickets isolated all six winners, those tickets each receiving $17,695.20. Read More...

California Chrome will shuttle to Chile

DRF | 1 week ago
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome will shuttle to Oussama Aboughazale’s Haras Sumaya in Chile for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Read More...

Meadowlands: Horses to Watch from March 9 to 11

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch for the Meadowlands. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, March 17, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/18 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 3/18 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mor Spirit hardly a shoo-in in Essex

DRF | 1 week ago
Mor Spirit might look like a layup to some horseplayers Saturday in the $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park. He is the 7-5 morning-line favorite, the the 121-pound highweight, and a very logical choice. But there's more to explore in the Essex. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 3/18 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 3/18 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Daria’s Angel will get shot at Fair Grounds Oaks

DRF | 1 week ago
Lacking other appealing options, and with the prospect of a short, shallow field, trainer Bret Calhoun said Thursday that the impressive maiden winner Daria’s Angel is likely to make her next start April 1 in the Fair Grounds Oaks. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 3/18 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 3/18 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Rapper Dragon poised to win Hong Kong’s Triple Crown

DRF | 1 week ago
The legendary Hong Kong trainer John Moore has six entrants in Sunday's $2.3 million Hong Kong Derby, but all eyes will be on only one of them, Rapper Dragon, who will be favored to become the first winner of Hong Kong's version of the Triple Crown. Read More...

Santa Margarita tends to go south of the equator

DRF | 1 week ago
Beginning with consecutive wins by the Chilean mare Tizna in 1974-75, South Americans have played the Santa Margarita like a fiddle: Lucy Manet (1977), Marimbula (1983), Bayakoa (1989-90), Paseana (1992 and 1994), Toda Una Dama (1998), Riboletta (2000), and Miss Match (2011) make for an impressive list of winners. The Argentine mare Estrechada looks to join the conga line. Read More...

Newfound Gold doesn’t act like a 10-year-old

DRF | 1 week ago
Monday at Fair Grounds, Newfound Gold won his first allowance race. Newfound Gold is 10 now and was making his 57th start. Read More...

Stevens feeling good after first win following hip surgery

DRF | 1 week ago
First it was a new knee, then last fall a new hip. A whole new Gary Stevens, the ageless, bionic man, got his first win since returning from the hip surgery with a victory on Saturday aboard Shehastheritestuff. Read More...

Harness: John Campbell to replace Tom Charters as Hambletonian Society President

DRF | 1 week ago
John Campbell, a Hambletonian Society director since 1992 and harness racing’s leading money-winning driver of all time, was recently elected president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Society in a unanimous vote of the board of directors at the winter board meeting held March 12 in Boca Raton, Florida. He replaces current president Tom Charters effective July 1, 2017. Read More...

Clothes Fall Off seeks second straight Correction victory

DRF | 1 week ago
A year ago, Clothes Fall Off was beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park and came back in her next start to win the Correction Stakes at Aqueduct. A month ago, Clothes Fall Off was beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Barbara Fritchie and on Saturday she will try to complete the pattern with her second straight victory in the Correction Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Indulgent shifts sights to Distaff Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was initially planning to run Indulgent in Saturday's $125,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct, but instead is pointing her to the Grade 3, $150,000 Distaff Handicap on April 9 over Aqueduct's main track. Read More...

Juddmonte buys Paulassilverlining as future mate for Arrogate

DRF | 1 week ago
The emergence of Arrogate as a top-tier dirt horse has prompted his owners, the Juddmonte Farms of Prince Khalid Abdullah, to seek suitable mares for future breeding purposes. Paulassilverlining apparently fits that bill. Read More...

Curlin’s Approval looks formidable in Inside Information

DRF | 1 week ago
Owner-breeder Happy Alter said he has some inside information for those wagering on Saturday's $200,000, seven- furlong Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park. “We're going to be tough to beat,” Alter said, referring to his steadily improving filly Curlin's Approval, who figures to be heavily favored to add the Grade 2 Inside Information to a résumé that includes a victory in the Grade 2 Royal Delta here four weeks ago. Read More...

Mohaymen cranking up for Westchester

DRF | 1 week ago
Mohaymen, a four-time Grade 2 stakes winner who has not raced since last summer, was expected to breeze Friday at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida, his first timed workout since returning to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin last week. Read More...

O Dionysus tries two turns in Private Terms

DRF | 1 week ago
O Dionysus figures a solid favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms, one of two stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday's program at Laurel Park. Read More...

Beating Terra Promessa a tall order

DRF | 1 week ago
Terra Promessa has been the controlling speed in her races this season at Oaklawn, and despite meeting some new faces in the Grade 2, $350,000 Azeri on Saturday, she still looks like the one to catch as she attempts to push her local record to 6 for 6. Read More...

Finest City stretching out for Santa Margarita Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Finest City will look to stretch her range to 1 1/8 miles when she competes in the Grade 1, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, the championship race of the meet for older fillies and mares. Read More...

Afleet Willy tries to stretch speed to nine furlongs in Harrison Johnson Memorial

DRF | 1 week ago
Can Afleet Willy, a sprinter much of his career, go nine furlongs? That question will be answered Saturday in the Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park. Read More...

Rebel forecast: Cloudy with a chance of speed duel

DRF | 1 week ago
With 11 3-year-olds and plenty of speed in the field, the Rebel Stakes might turn into a real throwdown Saturday at Oaklawn. Among the top contenders are Royal Mo, Untrapped, Petrov, American Anthem Read More...

Mo Town works with eye on Florida Derby or Wood Memorial

DRF | 1 week ago
Mo Town came down the turnpike from Payson Park to breeze here on Thursday morning in preparation for a possible start here April 1 in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby. Read More...

King: Dearest has good chance to defeat heavy favorite Curlin’s Approval

DRF | 1 week ago
Dearest seems primed specifically for Saturday's Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and for that reason she rates as my value-based choice as the probable second wagering choice to odds-on favorite Curlin's Approval. Read More...

Yonkers: Devil Child returns for Blue Chip Matchmaker opening leg

DRF | 1 week ago
When Devil Child makes her 2017 debut Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, she will also make her first start for trainer John Butenschoen, who was tasked by owners Crawford Farms Racing and Susan Oakes of prepping the daughter of American Ideal for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 18: Picks for Rebel, Harrison Johnson, Essex

DRF | 1 week ago
Petrov could be much more effective if he had the chance to relax a little early and let someone else worry about keeping the pace honest, which could very well happen in Saturday's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Despite cold, qualifying action heats up

DRF | 1 week ago
The big news is the contest world last weekend was Eric Moomey, the 2014 National Handicapping Championship Tour winner, finding himself back in the winner’s circle at the Ultimate Betting Challenge. Moomey, who bested a strong field by running up his starting bankroll to over $17,000, played from Santa Anita. This weekend, DRF Tournaments is hosting the first feeders for the Santa Anita Preakness Challenge, a live-bankroll tournament to be held over Preakness weekend at the Great Race Place. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, March 19, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Andrew Hawkins' selections and analysis for Hong Kong Derby Day at Sha Tin. Read More...

Union Rags in demand at OBS March sale

DRF | 1 week ago
Union Rags, the 8-year-old son of Dixie Union, led all sires by juveniles sold for $500,000 or more with three, and was the only sire to have two foals bring $900,000 or more. Read More...

Tether to Reality faces nine others in turf debut

DRF | 1 week ago
Tether to Reality is part of a full field of 10 older horses entered for the featured sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, a first-level, $22,500 allowance going 1 1/16 miles on grass. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Fast and Foxy, Code Warrior resume rivalry in Camilla Urso

DRF | 1 week ago
With eight fillies and mares in the field, Saturday's $50,000 Camilla Urso at Golden Gate Fields is not a match race. But it could look like one in the final furlong. Fast and Foxy and Code Warrior have traded recent decisions, and they look a notch above the others in the six-furlong Tapeta race. Read More...

Hit a Lick, Liberty Lover need straight stretch runs in statebred stakes race

DRF | 1 week ago
Hit a Lick and Liberty Lover both were unable to maintain a straight path during the stretch run when they met late last month at Sunland Park. But the fact that both horses are back less than three weeks later as contenders in the $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap may be more of a positive sign than a warning to watch out for a sore horse. Read More...

Marks: Judges could use a class on handicapping

DRF | 1 week ago
Obviously this is a very complex issue, but in all fairness it would seem that having a skilled handicapper in the Judges booth as sort of a public ombudsman might go a long way in alleviating any concerns bettors might have for what they consider inconsistent judgments. Read More...

OBS March finishes with gains in gross, average

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2017 renewal of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training finished with generally favorable returns to last year’s edition, as a rallying upper market balanced out tighter conditions down the ladder. Trade was active during Wednesday’s closing session, bringing the number of seven-figure horses to five for the overall sale, led by a $1.7-million Congrats filly. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of March 15

DRF | 1 week ago
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh provides a list of horses to watch at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 3/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 3/17 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 3/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 3/17 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...