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Kermode capitalizes on fast pace to win Jack Diamond Futurity

DRF | 6 days ago
Kermode took advantage of a hotly contested pace to win the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity at Hastings on Sunday. He paid $12.30 for his 2 1/2-length win over Strate Remark. Read More...

California Diamond captures Barretts Juvenile

DRF | 6 days ago
The top colt at the Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar in July was the top colt in Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Juvenile at Los Alamitos. California Diamond, purchased for $125,000 in July as the most expensive hip in the sale, won the second stakes of his career in the Barretts Juvenile, overcoming traffic in early stretch. Read More...

Keeneland September: Large gains to open Book 3

DRF | 6 days ago
The sixth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale was a strong day of trade open Book 3 at its halfway point, posting double-digit gains across the board, led by a $700,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt. Read More...

Horse-for-course Ghost Hunter captures Presque Isle Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Riding a four-race winning streak coming into Sunday night’s $200,000 Presque Isle Mile, Ghost Hunter ($5.80) emerged from a pack of tightly bunched horses inside the eighth pole and drew clear late to win his first career stakes. Read More...

Delaware County Fair: World record performance by Downbytheseaside

DRF | 6 days ago
Downbytheseaside (Chris Page) cruised to easy victory in the $69,000 (div.) Standardbred for 2-year-old pacing colts in 1:50, breaking the world record by one and four-fifths seconds, highlighting the opening day action at the Delaware County Fair. Read More...

Harness: Second edition of the Goshen Yearling Sale in the books

DRF | 6 days ago
The second annual Goshen Yearling Sale took place on Sunday afternoon at Mark Ford Training Center. The highest seller was RC Royalty colt Vecellio Hanover, who was bought by Eugene Kurzrok for $60,000. Read More...

Victory to Victory gives Casse seventh Natalma Stakes victory

DRF | 7 days ago
Victory to Victory punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with a determined come-from-behind score under Florent Geroux in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

The Good Samaritan stays perfect in Summer Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
The Bill Mott-trained shipper The Good Samaritan mowed down the favored Conquest Farenheit in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $206,400 Summer Stakes impressively under Joel Rosario at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Bitzka’s next stop could be Chandelier Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Bitzka went from a maiden claimer to a stakes winner in consecutive starts with a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos. She may be bound for a graded stakes in a matter of weeks, trainer John Sadler said on Sunday. Read More...

Wild At Heart, Perfect Pic may run in LA Woman

DRF | 7 days ago
Wild At Heart ran so well in an optional claimer at Los Alamitos on Saturday that she is now rated as a candidate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Songbird looks good in final major work before Cotillion Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
For the third consecutive time this month, Songbird worked so effortlessly at Santa Anita on Sunday that clockers described her exercise as “breezing,” a rarely used description in Southern California. Most workouts are rated “handily,” to reflect a more significant effort. Read More...

Watchmaker: Great win for Tepin was still short of her best performance

DRF | 7 days ago
The 106 Beyer Speed Figure she was assigned falls pretty much into line with her best numbers, so some people might insist otherwise, but no matter what fig she got, Tepin did not run her best race in winning Saturday’s Woodbine Mile. Read More...

Covey Trace runs down Mia Torri to win Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 7 days ago
Covey Trace ran down pace-setting Mia Torri and held off odds-on favorite Sophia’s Song to win the Grade 3, $350,000 Charles Town Oaks on Saturday night at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Read More...

Vernon: Excelsior finals, New York Sire Stakes consolations held

DRF | 1 week ago
New York-sired 3-year-olds were in the spotlight on Saturday (September 17) evening at Vernon Downs, as a quartet of $45,000 Excelsior Series finals and a quartet of $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation events headlined the 15-race card. Read More...

Mohawk: Bar Hopping charges by Marion Marauder in Canadian Trotting Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
Bar Hopping is no longer a bridesmaid in major trotting races, converting on a second-over trip to capture the C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final at Mohawk on Saturday night. Sent off at 4-1, the son of Muscle Hill scored in 1:53 1/5 for driver Tim Tetrick. Read More...

Mohawk: Royal Charm takes advantage of Caprice Hill’s misfortune in Elegantimage

DRF | 1 week ago
1-9 favorite Caprice Hill was trapped in the entire way in the C$436,000 Elegantimage final for 3-year-old trotting fillies Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, and that set the stage for a big upset, which 30-1 shot Royal Charm was happy to provide. Read More...

Mohawk: Resolve overcomes first-over journey in Maple Leaf Trot triumph

DRF | 1 week ago
Resolve and driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt sacrificed position early, but he proved the toughest horse in winning the C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot impressively in 1:51 4/5. The son of Muscle Hill, a winner in one of the two eliminations a week ago, wore down the impressive mare Hannelore Hanover after the two dueled the entire final half. Read More...

Rise Up romps as heavy favorite in Wild and Wonderful

DRF | 1 week ago
Rise Up, returning to Charles Town for the first time since scoring a 10 3/4-length victory in the Robert Hilton Stakes two years ago, justified his status as the 1-9 favorite in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful Stakes by winning with ease. Read More...

Mohawk: Seven And Seven adds Campbell, wins with authority

DRF | 1 week ago
Hall of Famer John Campbell picked up a live drive behind Seven And Seven in the C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night at Mohawk, and he took advantage, guiding the colt to a victory and a new lifetime mark of 1:55 3/5. Read More...

After two failures, For Cash finally takes Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
For Cash, a beaten favorite in the $50,000 Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic Handicap in 2014 and 2015, rallied to win the 1 1/16-mile race for Alberta-bred 3-year-olds and up at Northlands Park on Saturday. Favored again, he paid $4.60. Read More...

Bitzka returns dividends in Barretts Debutante

DRF | 1 week ago
Bitzka was claimed for $62,500 at Del Mar on Aug. 25 by Pete and Kosta Hronis, and trainer John Sadler. Much of that investment was recovered when the Bitzka won her stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Mohawk: Takter sweeps Peaceful Way exacta with Ariana G, Thats All Moni

DRF | 1 week ago
Ariana G is now seven-for-seven during her freshman campaign after a facile 1:54 victory over fellow Jimmy Takter trainee Thats All Moni in the C$363,000 Peaceful Way Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Even Thunder finishes strongly in Shakopee Juvenile

DRF | 1 week ago
Even Thunder stormed home from the back of the pack and won the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile by four lengths on closing day at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Harness: Thunderman leads Morrisville College Yearling Sale at $55,000

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2016 edition of the Morrisville College Yearling Sale was held on Saturday afternoon, and Conway Hall colt Thunderman topped the proceedings with a $55,000 purchase price. Read More...

Not My Note scores in Casey Darnell Pony Express

DRF | 1 week ago
Not My Note became a stakes winner on Saturday, when he defeated favorite Weappear by 1 1/2 lengths in the $60,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express at the Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Fioretti regains good form in Open Mind

DRF | 1 week ago
Fioretti, winless in six starts since winning the Thoroughbred Club of America last October at Keeneland, rebounded Saturday to win the $100,000 Open Mind at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Tepin topples males again in Woodbine Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
he incomparable Tepin beat the boys again in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile, holding off 23-1 shot Tower of Texas under Julien Leparoux to win the 20th running of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In qualifier. Read More...

Brett Davis’ and Paul Lally’s Sha Tin selections for Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

DRF | 1 week ago
Brett Davis' and Paul Lally's Sha Tin selections for Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 Read More...

On Leave controls tempo in Sands Point

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Shug McGaughey has asked On Leave to do a bit more in each of her four starts this season, and at Belmont Park on Saturday she once again showed she was up to the task, scoring a relatively easy 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point. Read More...

Not This Time dominates Iroquois Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Dale Romans had been even more effusive in his praise for this one than he normally is. And after Not This Time easily defeated seven other 2-year-olds Saturday in the 35th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, the veteran trainer could barely contain his enthusiasm. Read More...

The Pizza Man prevails by neck in Northern Dancer Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
A rejuvenated The Pizza Man got up in the final strides to take the Grade 1, $301,800 Northern Dancer Turf on the Woodbine Mile undercard Saturday. Read More...

Rainha Da Bateria noses out stablemate in Canadian

DRF | 1 week ago
The Chad Brown-trained runners Rainha Da Bateria and even-money favorite Dacita ran one-two while a nose apart in the $303,000 Canadian Stakes on the Woodbine Mile undercard Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Delta Bluesman has to work hard to prevail as 3-5 favorite in Hall of Fame

DRF | 1 week ago
Delta Bluesman won the $100,000 Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx Racing as a heavy favorite Saturday, but his supporters weren't counting their money until the closing yards of the five-furlong sprint. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke romps in Scarlet and Gray Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Each of the last three times Justalittlesmoke raced over muddy or sloppy surfaces she got beat, including a head loss in last year’s Scarlet and Gray Handicap. But on Saturday at Thistledown, the 4-year-old Justalittlesmoke had no problem handling the slop en route to her fourth straight victory. Read More...

Engaginglee springs 7-1 upset in Locust Grove

DRF | 1 week ago
Engaginglee finally became a stakes winner – and a graded one at that – with one of her top efforts when she rallied for a 7-1 upset in the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Locust Grove, the first of four stakes races Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Freehold: Designated Drinker delivers in Babic Filly Pace

DRF | 1 week ago
3-1 third choice Designated Drinker, driven by Jeff Gregory, was a dominant winner of the $57,000 Lou Babic for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. The final time was 1:58 2/5. Read More...

Winx extends winning streak in George Main Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Winx, Australia’s leading horse, was the cozy winner of Saturday’s Group 1 George Main Stakes at a mile on turf at Royal Randwick Racecourse outside of Sydney. The $373,300 George Main Stakes was the 11th consecutive win for Winx. Read More...

Delaware County Fair: Eleven colts enter Little Brown Jug

DRF | 1 week ago
Betting Line will put his 11-race win streak on the line in Thursday’s (Sept. 22) 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, where he will start from post five in the first of two opening-round heats at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Read More...

Amis Gizmo sets track record in winning Ontario Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Amis Gizmo ($2.80) justified his favoritism with an easy triumph in track-record time in the Grade 3 Ontario Derby on the Woodbine Mile undercard Saturday. Read More...

Nyquist works a mile for Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Nyquist, winless in two starts since his victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, worked a mile in 1:38.20 at the San Luis Rey Downs training center on Saturday, his final workout before a start in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing next Saturday. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park late pick four for Saturday, Sept. 17

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike Beer's analysis of the late pick four at Belmont Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. Read More...

Barretts October sale catalog now online

DRF | 1 week ago
The catalog for the Barretts October sale of yearlings and horses of all ages is now online, featuring 292 horses on offer. Read More...

Jockeys Court, Rocco sidelined after spills

DRF | 1 week ago
A pair of veteran jockeys, Jon Court and Joe Rocco Jr., will be sidelined for varying lengths of time after being injured in separate spills Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

California Chrome drills six furlongs for Awesome Again Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
California Chrome’s autumn schedule is set. The nation’s leading older horse, California Chrome is being prepared for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic there on Nov. 5. Read More...

Exaggerator works strongly, stamps ticket to Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Exaggerator turned in his final drill before another meeting with familiar rival Nyquist when breezing five furlongs in 1:00.20 over a fast track Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Euro K Shotgun, Hyper Drive win Oklahoma Stallion Stakes divisions

DRF | 1 week ago
Euro K Shotgun remained undefeated in two starts when she held on for a head win over Another Bond Girl in the fillies’ division of the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes on Friday night at Remington Park. Euro K Shotgun was the 2-5 favorite one start after she dominated a maiden special weight in her career debut in August. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play the Woodbine Mile card

DRF | 1 week ago
The major action on the Woodbine card Saturday comes late in the day, the 12-race program closing with the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, a major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Mile and a race that includes one of the best horses in the world, Tepin. There are two other stakes in a pick five that begins with race 8, and I’ll take a swing at that as well as the late pick four spanning races 9-12. I have one other play earlier on the card. Read More...

Tioga Downs: Planet Rock bounces right back after first lifetime loss

DRF | 1 week ago
Planet Rock, who suffered her first career defeat in her last try at Yonkers Raceway, got right back to her winning ways in the lone $110,200 New York Sire Stakes division for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Read More...

Tioga Downs: Planet Rock bounces right back after first lifetime loss

DRF | 1 week ago
Planet Rock, who suffered her first career defeat in her last try at Yonkers Raceway, got right back to her winning ways in the lone $110,200 New York Sire Stakes division for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Read More...

Keeneland September: Book 2 opener continues sale’s momentum

DRF | 1 week ago
The opening session of Book 2 of the Keeneland September yearling sale carried over the momentum set by the auction’s opening select sessions, led by a $1-million Curlin colt. Read More...