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Mokat faces five other graded stakes winners in Del Mar Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
Mokat had not raced in the 11 weeks prior to the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar on July 23. The layoff was not an issue. Read More...

BCBC, NHC qualifiers on tap

DRF | 6 days ago
It’s a great weekend of racing across the country and DRF Tournaments is hosting an array of contest action to help keep players involved from coast to coast. Whether you’re looking for seats to the majors – the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and National Handicapping Championship – or angling to play in an important live-bank event like Gulfstream’s Conquer the Crown or Santa Anita’s Autumn Championship, DRF Tournaments is the place to visit this weekend. Read More...

Groom at Parx charged with illegally administering clenbuterol

DRF | 6 days ago
Marian Vega, a 25-year-old groom at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., has been arrested and charged by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office with one count of rigging a horse race after allegedly administering the regulated medication clenbuterol to multiple horses, the attorney general said on Thursday morning. Read More...

Star-studded Pacific Classic a must-watch event

DRF | 6 days ago
Combine a Kentucky Derby winner, the first- and third-place finishers from the Dubai World Cup, two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, runners who have won five Eclipse Awards, two Breeders' Cup races, a Horse of the Year title, and 19 Grade 1 races, plus the only female winner of the Pacific Classic, and what do you have? The race of the year. Read More...

Celtic Moonlight among impressive 2-year-olds at summer meet

DRF | 6 days ago
More races for 2-year-olds are being run at Gulfstream Park as the year unfolds and more of those young horses become available. One of the noteworthy performances last week came from Celtic Moonlight in a Sunday maiden win. Read More...

Shared Life, Papa Frank battle again

DRF | 6 days ago
Shared Life and Papa Frank will meet again in a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs on Saturday. The last time they met, in a similar race June 20, they hooked up at the quarter pole and engaged in a thrilling stretch duel with Shared Life getting his head in front at the wire. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Aug. 13 – Aug. 16

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter tries turf in Play the King Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Saturday's prep for the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, the $200,000 Play the King, lured one of the strongest fields in the history of the Grade 2 stakes. Ami's Flatter makes his first turf start in the seven-furlong sprint, and it's just a guess as to how he'll fare against the likes of graded stakes winners Dimension and Passion for Action. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Aug. 20: Picks for Del Mar Handicap, Del Mar Oaks, Fourstardave Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Del Mar offers the race of the summer Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic, which lured 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, the three-time champion mare Beholder, and the highly talented Dortmund, who gave California Chrome all he could handle in last month's San Diego Handicap. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 11 to August 14

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 11 to 14, 2016. Read More...

Stakes winner Misty Mission dies at 19

DRF | 6 days ago
Canadian classic winner and producer Misty Mission has died, Sam-Son Farm of Ontario recently announced. The Miswaki mare was 19. Read More...

Millionaire gelding Za Approval retired at 8

DRF | 6 days ago
The graded-stakes-winning millionaire Za Approval has been retired from racing, and the 8-year-old Ghostzapper gelding will now reside at owner-breeder Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Memorial service Tuesday for former rider/trainer Diaz

DRF | 6 days ago
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pacific in the turf club at Golden Gate Fields for Antonio L. “Tony” Diaz, a top Northern California rider and trainer who died of cancer Monday at age 67. Read More...

Tara’s Tango takes Rancho Bernardo Handicap

DRF | 7 days ago
Tara’s Tango returned from a four-month layoff to win her third stakes of 2016 in Wednesday’s $100,345 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for female sprinters at Del Mar. Read More...

Con Te Partiro scores in Bolton Landing Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Con Te Partiro was on the list of horses trainer Wesley Ward was considering sending to England to run in a race at Royal Ascot in June. Read More...

Jockey David Lopez wins 1,000th race

DRF | 7 days ago
Jockey David Lopez rode his 1,000th Thoroughbred winner Wednesday afternoon in the eighth race at Finger Lakes. Read More...

Longtime New Jersey horseman Ed Barney dies

DRF | 1 week ago
Longtime New Jersey owner, breeder, and trainer Ed Barney died last Saturday. Barney was in his late 80's. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia points to Princess of Sylmar at Parx

DRF | 1 week ago
Cathryn Sophia, the winner of the Kentucky Oaks, will make her next start in the $150,000 Princess of Sylmar Stakes on Sept. 3 at Parx, trainer John Servis said Tuesday. Read More...

Zia Park seeks announcer for upcoming meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., is seeking an announcer for its meet that opens Sept. 10. Read More...

Jockey Gondron wins first race during comeback

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Ted Gondron, who launched a riding comeback in July at Lone Star Park, registered his first win in nine years last Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, Texas. Gondron won a maiden special weight with Ty’s Agenda. Read More...

Super Derby, Oklahoma Derby next-race options for Secret Passage

DRF | 1 week ago
Secret Passage, a promising son of Curlin who was fourth in the $100,000 Prelude Stakes this month at Louisiana Downs, could run next in either the Super Derby or the Oklahoma Derby, said trainer Donnie Von Hemel. Read More...

Robertson ready for turf or dirt in Friday feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Friday's feature race at Canterbury Park, a high-end allowance also open to $35,000 claimers, is carded for five furlongs on grass, and the nine-horse field includes three Mac Robertson-trained entrants. Read More...

Canterbury’s handle up, but revenue falls

DRF | 1 week ago
Handle is up but revenue remains down about three months into Canterbury Park's 2016 experiment with reduced takeout. Read More...

Bling On the Music earns shot at Grade 2 Pocahontas

DRF | 1 week ago
Bling On the Music will soon take her show to Churchill Downs. The undefeated filly is being pointed to the Grade 2 Pocahontas after her 13-length romp over male rivals in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity last Saturday at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Hovdey: A shiny Pacific Classic vs. slogans of doom

DRF | 1 week ago
On Saturday at Del Mar, racing fans will be treated to the best event offered in Southern California since the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park when California Chrome, Dortmund, and defending champion Beholder take the field for the 26th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic. Fair warning, though. Once parked in the main lot of the state fairgrounds, Del Mar's customers must enter the track proper through a gantlet of black-clad protesters representing PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Read More...

Same cast for redrawn Fourstardave

DRF | 1 week ago
The same nine turf horses entered for the Grade 1 Fourstardave when it was scheduled to be run last Saturday, were entered back Wednesday for the rescheduled $500,000 Fourstardave to be run this Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 8/19 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Olive Branch in better shape now for Adirondack Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Having an extra six days to prepare for Friday's $200,000 Adirondack Stakes due to the cancellation of part of last Saturday's card may not be that big a deal for the majority of the original field entered for the Grade 2 dash for juvenile fillies. But those six days made all the difference in the world for trainer Rick Violette and his Adirondack hopeful, Olive Branch. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 8/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Songbird to face six in Alabama

DRF | 1 week ago
The way Songbird won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks here four weeks ago, one would have thought the racing office would have had difficulty rounding up horses to face her in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama. Read More...

McCarron will receive Laffit Pincay Jr. Award on Sunday

DRF | 1 week ago
Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will be honored with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for distinguished service to racing in a ceremony Sunday at Del Mar. Read More...

Firing Line works briskly for Harry Brubaker Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Firing Line, second in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs in 59 seconds at Del Mar on Wednesday. He is a candidate for the $75,000 Harry Brubaker Stakes at a mile Aug. 24. Read More...

Limato favored in Nunthorpe

DRF | 1 week ago
Limato, winner of the Group 1 July Cup last month, is a mild favorite to win Friday's $445,400 Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse in northern England, a race that could have implications for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita in November. Read More...

Upstart probably will run next in Kelso

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Rick Violette said Wednesday he is now leaning toward bringing Upstart back in the one-mile, Grade 2 Kelso rather than the 1 1/4-mile, Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, which, like the Kelso, will be decided Oct. 8 at Belmont Park. Read More...

A Revenant among horses seeking berths in All American Futurity

DRF | 1 week ago
The two-day run of trials for the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity will get off to a fast start Friday at Ruidoso Downs, where A Revenant, the top-ranked 2-year-old Quarter Horse, goes in the fifth race. There will be a total of 30 trials run Friday and Saturday. Read More...

Maryland Pride Day program Saturday at Laurel

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday is Maryland Pride Day at Laurel Park, with a card comprised solely of races for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired horses, and will include the Mister Diz and Jameela stakes, a pair of $75,000 turf sprints. Read More...

Overflow field entered in Canadian Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Fourteen horses were entered Tuesday for the Grade 3, $150,000 Canadian Derby, which will be held Saturday at Northlands Park. Only 12 will get to run, with Perfect Gent and Warden of the West on the outside looking in. Read More...

Careless Haskell ride on Nyquist costs Gutierrez $1,000

DRF | 1 week ago
The Monmouth Park board of stewards has fined jockey Mario Gutierrez $1,000 for careless riding aboard Nyquist in the Haskell Invitational on July 31. Read More...

Shurman, Carson best of frenemies

DRF | 1 week ago
Paul Shurman and Scott Carson first met at a Belmont Park handicapping contest, circa 2004. The two friends hit it off, and, as it often happens in the contest world, started to sit together regularly at events around the country at places like Arlington Park and Keeneland. Shurman had more tournament experience than Carson and became a mentor to him. Read More...

Page McKenney on road back for 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Page McKenney this week will begin a new phase in his recovery from a tendon injury as he has been shipped from trainer Mary Eppler's Pimlico barn to Nor Mar Farm in northern Maryland. Read More...

Da Big Hoss may still be on the rise

DRF | 1 week ago
Da Big Hoss has won six stakes and nearly $1.1 million since changing hands some 14 months ago. The scary part: His connections feel like they might just be getting started. Read More...

Bad weather leads to dip in Saratoga handle

DRF | 1 week ago
Mother Nature, so kind to Saratoga the previous two summers, was far less so last weekend, resulting in at least a temporary halt to a potentially record-setting summer for the New York Racing Association. Read More...

Point Piper, Cyrus Alexander eye Kelso Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said that Point Piper and Cyrus Alexander, the first two finishers in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs last Sunday, came out of the race in good shape and could make their next start in the Grade 2, $350,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 8. Read More...

Rock Concert cuts back in distance for Friday feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Rock Concert may have found a spot to get his second win in a $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that kicks off Friday's seven-race card at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong dash for non-winners of three drew six horses, and although Rock Concert is running above his conditions, he is taking a drop in class. Read More...

Golden Gate Fields opens summer meet with renovated turf course

DRF | 1 week ago
Racing returns to Golden Gate Fields on Friday as the 19-day summer meet kicks off. Read More...

Conquest Strate Up drops from stakes for turf feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Conquest Strate Up drops out of stakes competition for Friday's Woodbine headliner and should be favored in the second-level optional claimer on the grass. Read More...

$50,000 City Zip colt tops California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Northern California sale

DRF | 1 week ago
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Northern California yearling and racing age sale posted steep declines Tuesday, highlighted by a $50,000 City Zip colt. Read More...

Banke, O’Farrell elected to The Jockey Club board of stewards

DRF | 1 week ago
Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Stables, and Michael O’Farrell Jr., owner of Ocala Stud in Florida, have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, the organization announced Wednesday. Read More...

Mike Beer’s Saratoga horses to watch for Aug. 17, 2016

DRF | 1 week ago
Handicapper Mike Beer's Saratoga horses to watch for Aug. 17, 2016. Read More...

California Chrome lands inside post for Pacific Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
Twice before in his 22-race career, California Chrome has drawn the rail. He finished sixth both times. So it was no surprise that when California Chrome landed the inside post Tuesday during the draw for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, trainer Art Sherman sat back in his chair and looked skyward. Read More...