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Sparkman: Firenze Fire scores for young sire Poseidon’s Warrior

DRF | 1 week ago
The big book era of Thoroughbred breeding has made it more and more difficult for stallions outside the mainstream in regional markets to follow in the footsteps of great stallions of the past like Mr. Prospector and Halo, or more recently Malibu Moon. With more than 100 Kentucky stallions covering 100 or more mares each year, that does not leave many quality mares for stallions standing in regional markets. Read More...

Promising juvenile Final Arrow keeps Gladd barn rolling

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Andy Gladd, who sent out Final Arrow to a 41-1 upset in last month's Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park, is on track for his best year yet. Read More...

Terra’s Angel headlines La Senorita Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Terra's Angel has come home to Texas. The winner of the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf on Sept. 4 will headline the $75,000 La Senorita Stakes on Saturday night at Retama Park. Read More...

Pay Any Price likely to miss BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
After Pay Any Price missed training time due to a foot abscess and a hurricane, his connections have decided to sit out the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Yonkers: Eriksson looks forward to International Trot

DRF | 1 week ago
Kim Eriksson’s trip to the U.S. for Saturday’s $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino will be different from the driver’s previous experiences in the States. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Oct. 3 – Oct. 5

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

Rubilinda going longer for Pebble Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Rubilinda, who has shown an electrifying closing kick sprinting, will stretch out to a mile when she heads a field of nine entered Monday for Saturday's 200,000 Pebbles Stakes scheduled for Belmont's Widener turf course. Read More...

Mojovation’s better breeze puts him in Futurity

DRF | 1 week ago
Mojovation took himself out of consideration for a start in last weekend's Grade 1 Champagne Stakes when, in the estimation of his trainer Todd Pletcher, he didn't work up to par. Mojovation put himself in the entry box for a start in next Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Futurity at Belmont Park with a better breeze over Belmont Park's training track. Read More...

Chilean Grade 1 winner Big Daddy makes U.S. debut in allowance

DRF | 1 week ago
Big Daddy, a Chilean-bred who won multiple Group 1 races in Chile, makes his North American debut Thursday in a high-class allowance race going one mile on dirt at Belmont Park. Read More...

Hovdey: McPeek struggles to keep loss in perspective

DRF | 1 week ago
The day started out so fine. That morning, Daddys Lil Darling worked a smart half-mile on the Keeneland turf for Ken McPeek in preparation for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup one week hence, in which she will be one of the favorites. A few hours later, McPeek won with the first of his five Keeneland runners that Saturday afternoon, when Kathballu took a seven-furlong allowance event worth $75,000. But a day that figured to get only better turned out as bad as it could be. Read More...

Javier Castellano to ride West Coast in BC Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
Javier Castellano has picked up the mount on West Coast for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert said Monday. Read More...

Gun Runner heads strong contingent of BC workers at Santa Anita

DRF | 1 week ago
Gun Runner, currently the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic, led a roster of prominent, potential Breeders' Cup participants who worked on Monday morning at Santa Anita. Read More...

Unique Bella back in Hollendorfer’s starting lineup

DRF | 1 week ago
Unique Bella tagged along with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's stable through the spring and summer, a bench player with a stellar portfolio. As of Sunday, she's no longer on the sidelines. Read More...

Heritage Place sale up in gross and average

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2017 Heritage Place Thoroughbred sale posted solid gains in gross and average sale price on Sunday, topped by a $30,000 filly by Jimmy Creed. Read More...

La Coronel vs. Dream Dancing in QE II Challenge Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
The last time Mark Casse pitted La Coronel and Dream Dancing against each other, they ran 1-2 in the Edgewood Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs. Casse wouldn't mind seeing a similar result Saturday when the John Oxley-owned fillies are rematched in the sixth and last Grade 1 race of the Keeneland fall meet, the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Read More...

Bird Humor may have slight edge in optional claimer

DRF | 1 week ago
Saving the best for last won't apply to Wednesday's card at Gulfstream Park West, where the featured optional claiming and allowance event will be run as the opener. Read More...

Premiere stands out in Kwoon Chung Bus Cup Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
A recent win by Premiere in a five-furlong handicap on turf at Sha Tin Racecourse will make the 4-year-old gelding a popular choice in Wednesday’s $238,305 Kwoon Chung Bus Cup Handicap at five furlongs on turf at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong. Read More...

Commitment to Disco Rico paying off for Generazios

DRF | 1 week ago
Frank and Patricia Generazio were longtime supporters of the late Mid-Atlantic stallion Disco Rico, and have a chance to enjoy the dividends with a pair of high-profile runners in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Read More...

$1.5 million buy Curlin’s Honor begins rewarding Casse’s faith

DRF | 1 week ago
Mark Casse has been high on Curlin's Honor for a long time – even before he purchased him for a Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale-record $1.5 million for John Oxley and Breeze Easy LLC. Read More...

Longshots propel pair to WCH finals

DRF | 1 week ago
Ken Taylor and Adam Thoutt are the latest horseplayers to add their names to the growing list of those who have won entries to the World Championship of Handicapping. They finished atop a field of 21 on Saturday in a Grade 1 WCH qualifier at DRF Tournaments. The WCH is an online handicapping contest that will have a field of 200, a purse of $1 million, and zero takeout. Read More...

Rushing Fall’s debut points her out in Jessamine

DRF | 1 week ago
As an encore to the opening three-day weekend, which produced a slew of contenders for the Nov. 3-4 Breeders' Cup at Del Mar, the Grade 3 Jessamine will anchor an eight-race Wednesday card as the ninth and final Win and You're In of the Keeneland fall meet. Read More...

Frizette win puts Separationofpowers into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 1 week ago
Separationofpowers bounced back from her third-place finish in the Grade 1 Spinaway by rallying from a stalking position to win Sunday’s Grade 1 Frizette, thus earning her spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Dramedy to stand at Oklahoma’s River Oaks Farm

DRF | 1 week ago
Grade 2 winner Dramedy will relocate to River Oaks Farm in Sulphur, Okla. for the 2018 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $2,500. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 10/10 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 10/10 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

War Flag to bring McGaughey to Del Mar

DRF | 1 week ago
The Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey has run three horses at Del Mar but has never himself been to the Southern California track. That will change next month when he brings War Flag to Del Mar for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Read More...

All-sources handle declines 15 percent first three days

DRF | 1 week ago
All-sources handle for the first three days of the Keeneland fall meet was down 15 percent, according to figures released Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Read More...

Romans high on four possibles for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Nothing makes trainer Dale Romans happier than having live prospects for the Kentucky Derby. With less than seven months until the 144th Derby in May, the lifelong Louisville resident has no fewer than four colts who have shown Derby potential. Read More...

McPeek grieves over tragic loss of Ten City

DRF | 1 week ago
Ten City was euthanized shortly after breaking down in his left foreleg while on the lead Saturday in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. A little less than 24 hours later, McPeek, his trainer, was still agonizing over the tragic loss. Read More...

Trip Notes for October 6-8: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Champagne, Shadwell Turf Mile, and more

DRF | 1 week ago
Trip notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races run on October 6-8, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Shadwell Turf Mile. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton November sale catalog now online

DRF | 1 week ago
Champions Songbird, Tepin, and Finest City and several weanlings from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah highlight 192 horses who have been cataloged for the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale. Read More...

Hot combo Casse, Leparoux team with Discovered

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Mark Casse and jockey Julien Leparoux look to maintain their momentum with the younger set when they team up with Discovered in Keeneland's fifth race Thursday, a $65,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds going a mile on the turf. Read More...

Notis the Jewell surprises She’s a Warrior in Ballerina

DRF | 1 week ago
Notis the Jewell wrapped up local divisional honors with an upset victory over even-money favorite She’s a Warrior in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ballerina at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Escape Clause’s win in CTHS Sales a record-setter

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Don Schnell called Escape Clause a “freak” and the 3-year-old proved he was right in winning the fillies division of the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes for 3- and 4-year-olds at Century Downs Sunday. Read More...

Marseille notches upset in Hobbs America Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Marseille upset Quarter Horse champion Imperial Eagle on Sunday when he won his maiden in the Grade 3, $151,500 Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park. Imperial Eagle finished second, beaten a half-length. Read More...

Romantic Vision has new option after Spinster victory

DRF | 1 week ago
Rusty Arnold was thinking Romantic Vision would end her career next month in the Grade 2 Falls City at Churchill Downs, but when the mare ran another huge race Sunday at Keeneland, he had a dramatically different option to consider. Read More...

Flameaway gets nose win in Bourbon Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
No turf, no problem for Flameaway. The colt scored the second off-the-turf stakes victory of his short career, nosing out Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy with three noses on the line in the $250,000 Bourbon Stakes on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. Read More...

Unique Bella makes LA Woman fourth graded win in row

DRF | 1 week ago
In her first start since March, Unique Bella won Sunday’s Grade 3 LA Woman Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita in a key prep for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar on Nov. 3. Read More...

War Flag captures BC Filly and Mare Turf berth

DRF | 1 week ago
War Flag earned her place in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Sunday by wearing down Grand Jete in the last sixteenth of a mile and holding off Dacita at the wire to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Dixie Moon outruns boys in Cup and Saucer Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
The promising filly Dixie Moon wired the boys at Woodbine on Sunday in the $226,600 Cup and Saucer Stakes, scoring by a length as the favorite under Eurico Da Silva. Read More...

Separationofpowers earns berth in BC Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 1 week ago
Though she showed the immaturity of a young horse, Separationofpowers also showed the ability of a good horse, rallying in the final furlong to win Sunday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths at Belmont Park. Read More...

Red Mile: Snowstorm Hanover conquers Devious Man in Kentucky Futurity final

DRF | 1 week ago
It was a rain storm in Lexington and at The Red Mile all day until it became a Snowstorm in the Kentucky Futurity final for 3-year-old trotting colts as Snowstorm Hanover was a dead-game winner over Devious Man in 1:53 2/5. Read More...

Red Mile: Fear The Dragon rebounds from Little Brown Jug disappointment

DRF | 1 week ago
Fear The Dragon, who skipped the first week of The Red Mile Grand Circuit Meet after finishing fourth in the Little Brown Jug final, came with a stretch surge from off-the-pace to win the second $206,000 Tattersalls section for sophomore pacing colts on Sunday. Read More...

Red Mile: Mike’s Z Tam doubles up during Grand Circuit Meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike's Z Tam, who won a Bluegrass division last week, backed up that victory by winning the first $200,000 Tattersalls split for 3-year-old pacing colts on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile in 1:52 4/5. Read More...

Roy H finally gets elusive Breeders’ Cup Sprint berth

DRF | 1 week ago
Bad luck in the summer may be the only thing keeping Roy H from an impressive winning streak this year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup waiting game begins for Blackjackcat

DRF | 1 week ago
The waiting game is underway for the people behind Blackjackcat, the winner of four consecutive races in Southern California and a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Read More...

Red Mile: Ice Attraction stuns Ariana G in Kentucky Filly Futurity final

DRF | 1 week ago
Ice Attraction made a late move after a three-hole trip and got around elimination winners Ariana G and Dream Together to pull a 29-1 stunner in the $168,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Read More...