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Ziadie granted stay of six-year suspension

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Kirk Ziadie has received a stay of a six-year suspension handed down in December by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, his attorney said on Wednesday. Read More...

Garcia and Baffert have falling-out

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Martin Garcia, an integral part of trainer Bob Baffert's barn and the rider usually entrusted to work his elite horses, will not be in Kentucky for Derby Week and has no scheduled mounts at Los Alamitos on Thursday or Friday, all after taking time off following a falling-out with Baffert. Read More...

Jess Good Candy fires fresh in Mister Master Bug Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
All American Futurity winner Jess Good Candy won his 3-year-old debut Sunday at Remington Park in the $70,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes. Read More...

Sir Papa John goes for strong connections in 2-year-old maiden race

DRF | 6 days ago
Lone Star Park puts the spotlight on 2-year-olds Friday night. The first race is a maiden special weight over 4 1/2 furlongs. Sir Papa John figures to start as one of the top choices for the high-percentage team of trainer Karl Broberg and jockey C.J. McMahon. Read More...

Bevin appoints 11 new members to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 6 days ago
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday named 11 new members to a revamped 12-member Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, overhauling a panel that had been praised in recent years for its attention to racing matters and the expertise of its members. Read More...

Prado will ride Mobile Bay in Sunland Park Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Edgar Prado has been named to ride Mobile Bay in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Bewitch a hard puzzle to solve

DRF | 6 days ago
The closing-day feature of the 16-day spring Keeneland meet, the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes, is one of those head-scratchers that could end up any number of ways, with more than half the 12-horse field appearing fully capable of prevailing. Read More...

Clocker: Lani his own worst enemy

DRF | 6 days ago
As if there aren't enough variables in the equation to get a horse ready to be at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, you can now add weather to the mix. Overnight rains hit here on Tuesday, and with more in the forecast as the week progresses, it is likely to have a major effect on training and workout schedules. Read More...

Churchill Downs Racing Club sells out shares

DRF | 6 days ago
The new Churchill Downs Racing Club already has sold out its initial 200-member allotment and is working on filling a second group, according to Gary Palmisano Jr., who is helping to manage the club. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hall’s 2016 inductees favor class of 1976

DRF | 6 days ago
It is highly subjective but fairly safe to state that no Hall of Fame class since 1976 has been of such a richly satisfying vintage … until now. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 6 days ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Attfield sustains multiple injuries in training accident

DRF | 6 days ago
Roger Attfield saw Dyna's Recoleta win a turf allowance Sunday at Keeneland, but not from a preferred vantage point.Attfield watched the race on television from his Toronto home while recovering from significant injuries sustained earlier this month in a training accident at Payson Park in Florida. Read More...

Belmont Park has work cut out to match last two meets

DRF | 6 days ago
On Friday, the 59-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet gets underway with a nine-race card. New York Racing Association officials can only hope that good things happen in threes and that there is a Triple Crown on the line when this year's Belmont Stakes is run on June 11 Read More...

Dortmund may be ready to race by late summer

DRF | 6 days ago
By resuming training now, Dortmund is likely to be ready to race by the end of the summer. Read More...

Purses increased for 93-day meet

DRF | 6 days ago
The situation for Ohio horsemen in Cincinnati looks brighter as Belterra Park launches its third season of live racing Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

DRF | 6 days ago
Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Affirmed Success far better spot for Loki’s Vengeance

DRF | 6 days ago
older New York-bred sprinters get their chance to stake their claim as heir to the retired Palace in the $100,000 Affirmed Success, the opening-day feature on a nine-race Belmont Park card that begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Party Pooper primary threat in sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Party Pooper hasn't lived up to the promise he showed at Hastings when he won the $50,000 New Westminster in his second start as a 2-year-old for trainer Troy Taylor in 2014. In fact, he hasn't won a race since. That figures to change when he runs in a $25,000 claiming race at Emerald Downs Friday. The 5 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races drew six horses and headlines a seven-race card that begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Baltas hopeful Take It Easyplease proves a smart claim

DRF | 6 days ago
Take It Easyplease was claimed for $16,000. A 4-year-old filly, Take It Easyplease can earn back that sum with a win in a first-level optional $20,000 claimer at Los Alamitos on Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 27

DRF | 6 days ago
There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox, Midnight On Oconee among stars of Jones’s string at Delaware Park

DRF | 6 days ago
Larry Jones will have 60 stalls at Delaware Park this summer. His stable will include I'm a Chatterbox, who finished second in the Doubledogdare last Friday, and Midnight On Oconee, who finished second in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra and Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds over the winter. Read More...

Laurel: Metaboss makes first start for Dickinson

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Michael Dickinson will have the second starter of his comeback at Laurel Park on Friday when he runs Metaboss in race 9, a second-level optional $28,000 claiming race on turf. Read More...

Hardest Core fresh, fit for comeback

DRF | 6 days ago
Hardest Core, who made just one start in 2015 after winning the Arlington Million in 2014, is only weeks away from making his return to the races for trainer Eddie Graham. Read More...

Handling Tapit’s progeny often is no easy task

DRF | 6 days ago
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred, and few are hotter right now – on a number of levels – than those by Tapit. Read More...

3-year-olds try turf in Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Billy Morey will ask the consistent sprinter Midnight Ming to try both turf and two turns for the first time in Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan for 3-year-old California-breds going a mile. Read More...

Familiar names to clash in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
There may be no superstars among the 27 runners nominated for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Speckert to resign as general counsel of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 6 days ago
Susan Speckert, the general counsel for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will leave the agency in late May for another job, the latest in a string of departures at the commission since the election of Gov. Matt Bevin last November. Read More...

Carryover of $453K gives players shot to hit it big in Golden Pick 6

DRF | 6 days ago
There's lots of money to be made at Golden Gate Fields this weekend, and not just because there will be a trio of $100,000 stakes races. Big bucks are on the line for bettors on Friday, when the Golden Pick 6 jackpot starts the day with a $453,398 carryover. Read More...

Bennett making it happen at his hometown track

DRF | 6 days ago
Gerald Bennett ranks 19th all time and 11th among active trainers with 3,578 career wins from 17,383 starters (21 percent), and when the Tampa Bay Downs meet ends May 8, the 72-year-old conditioner almost certainly will have nailed down his first outright training title at his favorite track. Read More...

Nipigon ready off Florida prep race

DRF | 6 days ago
Stakes-placed Nipigon will continue on the comeback trail in the eighth race, a $47,500 Ontario-sired allowance route on Friday at Woodbine. Read More...

Bergman: Candy Corn Hanover looks for sweet result in Miss Pennsylvania

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainers of standardbreds have to make difficult decisions all of the time. Travis Alexander, a 37-year-old horseman with a solid history of racing horses at the highest level, had to make a choice whether to put the unbeaten sophomore filly Candy Corn Hanover in Sunday’s $30,000 Weiss Series final or step up in class and face the top fillies in North America in Saturday’s first ever Miss Pennsylvania eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Preciado’s attorney files lawsuit seeking restraining order

DRF | 1 week ago
Attorney Alan Pincus has filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania seeking a temporary restraining order that will allow trainer Ramon Preciado to resume entering horses at Parx Racing. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Mor Spirit sizzles, then simmers

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Bob Baffert arrived in town on Monday and wasted little time getting down to work, sending out a handful of his stakes horses to breeze at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning, including key Kentucky Derby contender Mor Spirit, who zipped five furlongs in 59.79 over a quick track under clear and relatively balmy conditions during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 4/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 4/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Seventh horse tests positive for herpes at Parx

DRF | 1 week ago
A seventh horse at Parx Racing tested positive for the equine herpesvirus on Monday and was scheduled to be moved to the track's isolation area Tuesday morning. Read More...

Churchill unveils $18 million in renovations

DRF | 1 week ago
Churchill Downs officials unveiled the latest renovation to their flagship facility when some $18 million in upgrades were presented Tuesday to the media. Read More...

Kentucky Downs purses top $1.5 million a day

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Downs, the all-turf racetrack in Franklin, Ky., will distribute $1.56 million a day in purses during its five-day meet this year, far surpassing any other racetrack’s average purse distribution. Read More...

Frank Salive new race caller at Fort Erie

DRF | 1 week ago
Former Woodbine Standardbred race caller Frank Salive is the new track announcer and television commentator at Fort Erie Racetrack, replacing Sugar Doyle Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 18 – Apr. 24

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Clocker: Asmussen’s Derby and Oaks workers impress

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen had a very good morning on Monday. It began with his five potential Kentucky Oaks starters and two Kentucky Derby contenders turning in sharp works over a fast main track at Churchill Downs and ended several hours later with the announcement that he'd been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Bergman: Many flaws in following the morning line

DRF | 1 week ago
When we touched on the odds last week, it was with the idea that drivers should drive horses according to how they perceive the race to be contested as opposed to how bettors viewed the order of selection. Odds play an incredible part in the day-to-day running of a racetrack. In an era where there are so many multiple-race bets on a given program, gamblers have been known to handicap a few races and then add combinations based on morning line preference. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/27 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 4/27 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Exaggerator to stand at WinStar Farm upon retirement

DRF | 1 week ago
WinStar Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator, who is scheduled to make his next start May 7 in the Kentucky Derby. He will go to WinStar at the conclusion of his racing career, Elliott Walden, the president and chief executive of WinStar, said Monday. Read More...

Bigger fields the goal for Prairie Meadows meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Prairie Meadows racetrack, just northeast of Des Moines, Iowa, hopes to elevate its racing product during a 67-day meet that begins Thursday through a simple premise – more horses in the stables should mean more horses in the entry box. Read More...

Harness: Kurt Sugg enjoying the ride at Northfield Park

DRF | 1 week ago
Kurt Sugg is having the time of his life. Not only is the 46-year-old Ohio native approaching a driving milestone he never considered possible just several years ago, he enjoys going to work every day. In fact, Sugg hardly considers what he does as work. Read More...

Pensioned stallion Smoke Glacken put down at 22

DRF | 1 week ago
Smoke Glacken, the champion sprinter of 1997 and a pensioned stallion, was euthanized last Thursday due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...