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Late racing writer Paul Moran to be honored Sunday

DRF | 5 days ago
The New York Turf Writers Association will honor the late racing journalist Paul Moran with a ceremony at Saratoga on Sunday, which would have been his 67th birthday. Moran died Nov. 9, 2013, of complications from lung cancer. Read More...

Spa Babies for Saturday, July 19

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Free’s Southern California horses to watch

DRF | 5 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch in Southern California. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Thursday, July 17

DRF | 5 days ago
Byron King's Del Mar pick three ticket for Thursday, July 17. Read More...

Mohawk: Bier not expecting miracles in Maple Leaf final

DRF | 5 days ago
Daryl Bier, trainer of Modern Family, one of nine opponents of Sebastian K in Saturday’s $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk, is not exactly expecting to beat the top horse in the country. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 10 to July 13

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for July 10 to July 13, 2014. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Saturday, July 19

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Free’s preview: Opening-day opportunities galore

DRF | 5 days ago
Opening-day craziness, full fields throughout the program. It’s an appealing card on which to wager, and it is time to dive in. First post 2 p.m. Read More...

Yonkers: Sheppard Final contender In The Arsenal is big on talent

DRF | 6 days ago
If He’s Watching’s performance in the Meadowlands Pace proved one thing, it was that size really doesn’t matter. Trainer Kelvin Harrison has a son of American Ideal just like the Pace winner named In The Arsenal, who landed post two for the Sheppard final and is the likely choice to capture the $125,000 signature two-year-old event at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night. Read More...

Pandolfo: Andrew McCarthy brings in the longshots

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo talks to driver Andrew McCarthy about his career and racing in general. The Australia native has brought in some big longshots this year for his followers. Read More...

Hammersly: How I would play Thursday, July 17

DRF | 6 days ago
Big fields can add up to big opportunities on this opening day. Here are a few ideas wagering-wise from which you may be able to hinge your day and your multi-race wagers. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/18 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/18 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/18 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 7/18 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/18 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/18 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Taketheodds takes shot at Grade 1 glory in Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Ian Wilkes will put his promising 3-year-old filly Taketheodds right to the acid test here Sunday when she faces Grade 1 opposition for the first time in the Coaching Club American Oaks. Read More...

Spa Babies for Friday, July 18

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Kentucky close to setting threshold level for cobalt

DRF | 6 days ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is close to determining a threshold level for illegal administrations of cobalt, the naturally occurring mineral that is believed to be in use in racing as a blood-doping agent, the commission’s equine medical director said at a meeting of the commission on Wednesday. Read More...

Apprentice rider Rice finding her best stride

DRF | 6 days ago
In less than a year, jockey Taylor Rice went from hanging on to fitting in. Read More...

Baltas stable growing with string of talented runners

DRF | 6 days ago
Richard Baltas had two horses when he went out on his own anew as a trainer two years ago, was up to 22 when Del Mar started last summer, and now has 38 runners, headed by the stakes-winning older sprinter Big Macher, who is scheduled to make his next start July 27 in the Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes. Read More...

Diana tough assignment for Alterite

DRF | 6 days ago
Alterite was good enough to win a Grade 1 stakes in her first start in the United States last September. She’s going to have to be even better in order to win a Grade 1 in her first start of her 4-year-old season in Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Sheza Smoke show looks to stand out from the pack in San Clemente

DRF | 6 days ago
A win in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita on June 28 is the defining performance in the career of Sheza Smoke Show. But it only makes her one of several contenders in Saturday’s $200,000 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Social Inclusion zips half-mile in Haskell work

DRF | 6 days ago
Social Inclusion, who finished third as the favorite behind runaway winner Bayern in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens on June 7 at Belmont Park, sizzled a half-mile in 45.65 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. Read More...

Storming Inti tries to bounce back in Sir Cat

DRF | 6 days ago
After twice coming close to capturing a graded stakes on grass this year, Storming Inti appears to have found a perfect spot to get back on the winning track in Friday’s $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Bayern works, keeps focus on Haskell

DRF | 6 days ago
Bayern, who won the Woody Stephens Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard last month, worked five furlongs on Polytrack in 1:02.80 Wednesday at Del Mar in preparation for a scheduled start July 27 in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. Read More...

Summer Front to ship again, this time for Eddie Read Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Summer Front is on the road again. After shipping to Santa Anita to finish second in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile last month, he is returning anew from New York for the Grade 1, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar, trainer Christophe Clement said Wednesday from Saratoga. Read More...

Condilenios horses gear up for Mt. Rainier

DRF | 6 days ago
With the Longacres Mile a little more than five weeks out, jockeying for starting berths in the Northwest’s only graded stakes race will begin in earnest Sunday in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Caracortado hopes to make comeback in optional claimer

DRF | 6 days ago
Caracortado is entered Friday at Del Mar. One might normally say Caracortado is racing Friday at Del Mar, but why risk jinxing things? He’s gotten this far before in recent years, but repeated setbacks have kept him from the races. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 9 – July 15

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

Noble Mission possible starter in Arlington Million

DRF | 6 days ago
Noble Mission, one of the better older horses in Europe this season, is under consideration for the Arlington Million, Juddmonte Farms racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said Wednesday. Read More...

Saturday Nite Ride intimidating presence in Madamoiselle

DRF | 6 days ago
Saturday Nite Ride will try to keep her undefeated record at Northlands Park intact when she carries 128 pounds in the $50,000 Madamoiselle Handicap Saturday. Read More...

For Winiliscious it’s go big or go home

DRF | 6 days ago
The Friday feature at Monmouth Park could be the end of the line for Winiliscious. The 5-year-old drops into a third-level allowance, where it is time to put up or head off to the broodmare ranks. Read More...

Post 12 a concern for Charlie the Boss

DRF | 6 days ago
Charlie the Boss will have to overcome more post 12 when he races in Friday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park, a first-level allowance with a $35,000 claiming condition at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Low-profile trainers to watch closely

DRF | 6 days ago
Here are several under-the-radar trainers who, while they may not be vying for top honors in the standings, should bear watching, perhaps paying big dividends when their horses win at Saratoga. Read More...

Contenders line up for Haskell despite Untapable’s presence

DRF | 6 days ago
The decision by owner-breeder Ron Winchell and trainer Steve Asmussen to run Untapable against males in the Haskell Invitational assures a packed grandstand on Monmouth Park’s biggest day of the year next Sunday. Despite Untapable’s presence, a good-sized crowd also is expected in the starting gate.
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Posse Dreamin tries to make third time the charm in Friday maiden race

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Edwin Broome will send out his 2-year-old New Jersey homebred Posse Dreamin for his third try in a maiden race Friday at Monmouth Park. So far, Posse Dreamin has finished second twice behind some high-priced stock. Read More...

The sky’s the limit for 2-year-olds at Saratoga

DRF | 6 days ago
Though Saratoga boasts a rich stakes schedule, it is the 2-year-old program that truly makes this 40-day meet special. Read More...

Del Mar: Daily Gameplan for Thursday, July 17

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Plus daily Gameplan for Del Mar on Thursday, July 17. Read More...

Ten horses added to Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar

DRF | 6 days ago
The catalog for the Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar of race-ready horses continues to grow, as 10 additional horses have been added to the roster. Read More...

Louisiana-breds line up for evenly matched optional claimer

DRF | 6 days ago
Friday’s $29,500 first-level allowance feature brings together an evenly matched group of Louisiana-breds. Read More...

Northfield: Bolt The Duer ready for “Battle”

DRF | 6 days ago
Facing the red hot Sweet Lou over the last two months has been a daunting task for much of the older pacing division. On Saturday in the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie, sans Sweet Lou, Bolt The Duer will look to find his form and confidence in what looks like one of the easier spots he has seen this year. Read More...

Three-time defending riding champ Saenz out with injury

DRF | 6 days ago
Things could start to look a little different atop the Evangeline Downs jockey ranks beginning this week. Read More...

Lost Bus has right tools to win CTBA Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
A precocious style of running, combined with her advanced physique, makes Lost Bus the one to beat when she makes her second start, which comes on Friday at Del Mar in the $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from July 8 – July 14

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Silent Star finds a good spot on turf in Friday feature

DRF | 6 days ago
Stakes-placed Silent Star has found a cozy spot in Friday’s featured ninth race at Woodbine, and is one of three Ontario-sired allowance runners in the one-mile turf route for non-winners of three. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/17 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 7/17 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 7/17 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 7/17 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Decker thinking big with Night Pro

DRF | 6 days ago
Night Pro won the first race of his career at Northfield Park, but the stakes will be a little higher when the pacer returns to the Cleveland-area oval for the first time since his March 2013 debut. He will start in Saturday's $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Read More...

Watchmaker: Saratoga pick five play for Friday, July 18

DRF | 6 days ago
Friday’s opening-day card at Saratoga is deep and very playable, with several intriguing multi-race exotic sequences. But I’m going to try and beat the gate for the meet with a pick five play, encompassing races 1 through 5. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Rain-softened turf course

DRF | 6 days ago
Rainfall early in the week should add some give to the ground in the two turf races. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Friday, July 18

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...