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Solow earns berth in Breeders’ Cup Mile by winning Sussex

DRF | 6 days ago
Solow won his eighth consecutive race, and earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31, with a half-length win in Wednesday’s $1.56 million Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England. Read More...

Veterinarians’ group seeks Lasix alternative

DRF | 6 days ago
The American Association of Equine Practitioners said it will support a ban on the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide if an “alternative of equal or greater efficacy” can be identified, the AAEP said on Wednesday as part of a 10-point plan to pursue medication reform. Read More...

My Palmilla makes quick jump to stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
My Palmilla recovered so rapidly from a win in her debut at Del Mar on July 16 that she persuaded trainer Mark Glatt to enter her in Friday’s $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Jerardi: American Pharoah just keeps peaking

DRF | 6 days ago
When Point Given won the first of Bob Baffert’s seven Haskells in 2001, the trainer knew the big horse was not at his best. Point Given had won the Preakness by 2 1/4 and the Belmont Stakes by 12 1/4. So the trainer took it easy that June and July. Baffert is taking no chances with his Triple Crown winner. He has worked American Pharoah hard and often. AP will be ready. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratoga on Friday, July 31

DRF | 6 days ago
Every horseplayer knows what it’s like to come across a card where horses seem to jump off the page at you. Friday’s card at Saratoga is like that for me. I think this card has a nice mix of price horses worth taking a shot with and logical horses that look downright solid. I might wind up pitching a shutout, but if I do, at least I’ll go down with horses I like. Read More...

Wise Dan set to work again this weekend at Keeneland

DRF | 6 days ago
Wise Dan, the 2012 and 2013 Horse of the Year, continues to train forwardly at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.. Conditions permitting, the 8-year-old Wise Dan is on schedule to have his third workout this weekend as he continues his comeback from an injury sustained last October. Read More...

Once again, Baffert is the Haskell’s big dog

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Baffert has won the Haskell a record seven times, all since 2001, including four times in the past five years. And he’ll be heavily favored to get his eighth win on Sunday with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Read More...

Groupie Doll field taking shape

DRF | 6 days ago
Ellis Park racing officials are expecting a well-matched field of fillies and mares for the western Kentucky track’s signature race, the one-mile Groupie Doll Stakes, to be run next Saturday, Aug. 8. Read More...

American Pharoah on display Friday

DRF | 6 days ago
American Pharoah is scheduled to school in the paddock Friday prior to race 1, offering fans an excellent chance to get a close look at the Triple Crown winner this week. Read More...

Long-idle Kaigun preps for Play the King

DRF | 6 days ago
The road to the Sept. 13 Woodbine Mile begins in earnest here Friday, when the classy Kaigun meets a sharp Tower of Texas in the 6 1/2-furlong allowance prep for next month’s Play the King Stakes. Read More...

Bridled Heiress looks to move forward in featured optional claimer

DRF | 6 days ago
Steeled by a race that figures to do her a world of good, Bridled Heiress returns to action Friday as the obvious horse to beat in the $46,000 feature at Gulfstream Park, a second-level allowance carded as the ninth of 10 races. Read More...

Aunt Nellie brings versatility to juvenile allowance

DRF | 6 days ago
A pair of evenly matched allowance races anchors a solid 10-race program Friday night at Evangeline Downs. The evening’s action gets underway at 5:40 p.m. Central. Read More...

Runhappy brings big Beyer into allowance sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
It’s not often a horse with a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure in his most recent start shows up in an allowance race at Ellis Park – but that will be the case Friday when Runhappy makes the fourth start of his enigmatic career. Read More...

Cha Cha Latte takes big drop in claiming sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Cha Cha Latte, a 12-time winner, will try to get back on track when she runs in a $5,000 claiming race for fillies and mares Friday at Emerald Downs. The six-furlong sprint drew six horses, and if Cha Cha Latte can regain the form she had last year and in her first two starts at the current meet, she’s the winner. Read More...

You Jane tough foe for NYRA shippers in Arctic Queen

DRF | 6 days ago
You Jane has won two straight allowance races at Finger Lakes and fits well against a pair of New York Racing Association shippers in Friday’s Arctic Queen Stakes for New Yok-bred fillies and mares. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Gargan strong in sprints

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Danny Gargan saddles Native Gold (#2, ML 4-1) in Wednesday's 10th race at Saratoga, a seven-furlong claiming race. Since Jan., 1, 2014, Gargan is winning at a 33 percent clip in sprints, for a return on investment of $4.62. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Crist: Honorable Miss preview

DRF | 6 days ago
Today’s featured Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga looks like a showdown between the two obvious favorites: Judy the Beauty, last year’s Eclipse Award winner as champion female sprinter, and La Verdad, a six-furlong specialist with a career record of 13 for 19. They’re even-money and 8-5 on the morning line in a five-horse field without a plausible upsetter. Read More...

Key Race report: Worldwide returns in maiden special weight race

DRF | 6 days ago
Worldwide (#3, ML 2-1) returns in Wednesday's second race at Del Mar, a six-furlong maiden special weight race. It will be his first start since finishing third by 9 1/4 lengths in a maiden special weight race June 7 at Santa Anita. The second-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

McGee: Del Mar pick three play for Thursday, July 30

DRF | 6 days ago
McGee: Del Mar pick three play for Thursday, July 30 Read More...

Breaking Lucky outruns Shaman Ghost to win Prince of Wales

DRF | 6 days ago
Breaking Lucky, a 13-1 outsider trained by Reade Baker, outran the 3-5 favorite Shaman Ghost and Field of Courage to land the 80th running of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the middle leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie on Tuesday. Read More...

Charles Town jockey Thomas critical but stable after spill

DRF | 7 days ago
Jockey Alex Thomas, who was badly injured in a four-horse spill in the first race at Charles Town last Saturday night, is in critical but stable condition in the trauma intensive care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga Horses to Watch for week of July 27

DRF | 7 days ago
Litfin: Saratoga Horses to Watch for week of July 27 Read More...

Fornatale: How I’m playing Saratoga on Wednesday, July 29

DRF | 7 days ago
After a fun four-day appetizer, the meal that is Saratoga continues Wednesday – which in the old days would have been opening day. There’s plenty of interesting racing on the card, but I’m not the type of player to try to play – or even handicap – every race on a single card. It’s simply too much of a bandwidth drain, especially during a long meet like this one. Read More...

King: How I’d play Del Mar for Wednesday, July 29

DRF | 7 days ago
King: How I'd play Del Mar for Wednesday, July 29 Read More...

Meadows: Burke sends out a trio in Adios final

DRF | 7 days ago
Dude’s The Man, who finished a fast-closing third in his elimination, has been installed as the 5-2 early favorite and will leave from post 2 with Corey Callahan in Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Trainer Ron Burke will send out three Adios finalists—My Hero Ron, Yankee Bounty and Cooperstown. Read More...

CTHS Ontario Canadian premier yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 7 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) Canadian premier yearling sale is now available online, featuring 299 horses on offer. Read More...

Pretty Suspect may find the front crowded

DRF | 7 days ago
Pretty Suspect is the one to beat in Thursday’s featured third race at Louisiana Downs, but she might have to contend with more pace than she did earlier this month when she won an optional $17,500 claiming race for fillies and mares on turf. Pretty Suspect went wire to wire in that race, which was at the same level as Thursday’s race. Read More...

Beholder heads weekend action at Del Mar

DRF | 7 days ago
Beholder, a two-time champion, is the marquee name for the weekend’s stakes at Del Mar. She is scheduled to head the field in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Dortmund ‘slowly’ coming along

DRF | 7 days ago
Dortmund, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, is starting to put together a series of works after being knocked out from his spring campaign. Read More...

Jockey agent Lawson has French connection

DRF | 7 days ago
Derek Lawson has been a jockey agent for most of the past 30 years, but he’s having his greatest success representing Flavien Prat, who is tied atop the jockeys’ standings with nine wins after two weeks of the Del Mar meet. Read More...

Arlington Million card features strong European contingent

DRF | 7 days ago
At least 17 European-based horses were under consideration early this week for the four major stakes on the Aug. 15 Arlington Million program, and even if that number – as is likely – gets winnowed down between now and entry time, the overseas contingent figures to be at least on par with recent seasons. Read More...

Obviously continues to work toward comeback

DRF | 7 days ago
He’s not quite yet ready, but Obviously, the brilliant turf miler, is likely just a few works away from returning to action, and there is the distinct possibility he could attempt to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Mile for the third time in four years on Aug. 23. Read More...

Peck: Saratoga pick three for Wednesday, July 29

DRF | 7 days ago
The middle part of the Wednesday’s Saratoga card offers an interesting pick three. Read More...

Palace makes rare statebred stakes appearance

DRF | 7 days ago
Palace will return to statebred competition for the first time in 18 months when he takes on six others, including defending champ Weekend Hideaway, in Thursday’s $100,000 John Morrissey at Saratoga. Read More...

High expectations for Beholder in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 7 days ago
The standard of excellence for Beholder is so high that there is one outcome of the 2015 season that will satisfy trainer Richard Mandella. She must be champion older female. Read More...

Meadowlands: Spirit To Win aims for Hambletonian Oaks win

DRF | 7 days ago
Fred Hertrich III was disappointed Spirit To Win failed to sell at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, but the breeder-turned-owner of the 3-year-old trotting filly has been nothing but pleased with her performance on the racetrack. She was among 16 horses entered Monday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Santa Rosa goes fair-less for a week

DRF | 7 days ago
This year’s racing meet at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif., could prove pivotal. The 11-day meet begins Thursday and includes three days of racing, on Aug. 14-16, after the conclusion of the Sonoma County Fair. Read More...

Monmouth will welcome its first Triple Crown winner

DRF | 7 days ago
Monmouth Park will finally get its Triple Crown winner when American Pharoah runs in the Haskell Invitational on Sunday. Read More...

Bent On Bourbon moving up in West Virginia Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
The West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on Saturday drew a competitive field of 11 when entries were taken Monday. An up-and-comer in the group is Bent On Bourbon, who has been successfully moving up the ladder in both class and distance for trainer Eddie Kenneally and Bourbon Lane Stable. Read More...

American Pharoah has final Haskell work

DRF | 7 days ago
American Pharoah is ready for his second act. He completed his preparation for the Haskell on Tuesday morning at Del Mar, with an easy half-mile drill in 48.80 seconds, and now is set to head to New Jersey’s Monmouth Park for Sunday’s race, his first start since becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner nearly two months ago. Read More...

Twilight Eclipse pointed to Sword Dancer

DRF | 7 days ago
Twilight Eclipse, a troubled third last out in the Grade 2 United Nations at Monmouth Park, got the opportunity to stretch his legs over the main track here on Tuesday morning breezing an easy half-mile in 51.53 seconds. Twilight Eclipse is nominated to Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green but will skip the race to await the Grade 1 Sword Dancer on Travers Day. Read More...

Sweet Whiskey makes the most of class relief

DRF | 7 days ago
After making a dozen consecutive starts against stakes company, 11 of them in graded races, since winning her debut here at 2, Sweet Whiskey finally dropped into the allowance ranks here Monday and made the most of the opportunity, registering a 4 1/2-length triumph. Read More...

BEST distributes work boots to diabetic workers

DRF | 7 days ago
The Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) on Saturday will distribute approximately 40 pairs of work boots to backstretch workers with foot problems associated with diabetes. The shoe distribution is part of a project dubbed BEST Steps Forward, a program designed to raise money to assist backstretch workers. Read More...

Giwner: The Hambletonian decision

DRF | 7 days ago
With Mission Brief officially announcing her intention to race in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian against the boys on August 8 at the Meadowlands, many began to speculate what driver Yannick Gingras will decide. Last year’s leading money winner has been the regular driver for both Mission Brief and male divisional leader Pinkman. Read More...

Radiator stretches out in Saratoga allowance

DRF | 7 days ago
When Radiator won her U.S. debut at Keeneland in April, she looked like a burgeoning stakes horse. In two stakes tries since, however, Radiator has come up empty, finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Beaugay and seventh in the Intercontinental Stakes, both at Belmont Park. Read More...

Miss Margaret will try to regain form

DRF | 7 days ago
It’s a mere first-level allowance race, but the Thursday feature at Gulfstream Park in south Florida drew a handful of fillies with stakes experience. Read More...

Danas Best makes U.S. debut in turf route

DRF | 7 days ago
Mike Mitchell, Del Mar’s all-time winningest trainer, died earlier this year, but his legacy lives on Thursday at Del Mar. Mitchell’s former assistant Phil D’Amato and son-in-law Craig Rounsefell team with Danas Best, an Australian import who makes his first United States start in the featured seventh race. Read More...

Free: Del Mar Horses to Watch for the week of July 27

DRF | 7 days ago
Free: Del Mar Horses to Watch for the week of July 27 Read More...

Saratoga enjoys big business for first week of meet

DRF | 7 days ago
Business was booming at Saratoga through the first four days of the meet, with double-digit increases in all-sources and ontrack handle from last season. Read More...

SirePowered Results: Curlin

DRF | 7 days ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin has continued his prowess in the breeding shed, producing a noteworthy classic performer from each of his first three crops. The Lane’s End stallion recently turned in a monster weekend, as Daily Racing Form’s SirePowered Results shows him with six winners from Friday through Sunday, led by a pair of graded stakes winners at Saratoga. Read More...