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Owners retire Her Emmynency, have high hopes for Auntjenn

DRF | 6 days ago
The Grade 1 winner Her Emmynency has been retired after a series of poor performances, trainer Kristin Mulhall said over the weekend. Owners Ike and Dawn Thrash and Mulhall have a promising 2-year-old filly in Auntjenn, the winner of a maiden race on Saturday. Read More...

Motion makes right move running Tin Type Gal in Boiling Springs

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Graham Motion scratched Tin Type Gal out of the Lake George Stakes at Saratoga on Friday in favor of Sunday's Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park. His handicapping was rewarded as she eked out a neck victory in the Grade 3 turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

School Board Prez captures Norm Barron Queen City Oaks

DRF | 6 days ago
School Board Prez won her fifth consecutive stakes against Oho-bred fillies when she rallied to take Sunday’s $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks. Read More...

Nyquist sharpens for Haskell by drilling a mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist on Sunday worked a mile at Del Mar in 1:39.40 in his final work before next Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, which will be his first start since he suffered his first career loss when third in the Preakness Stakes two months ago. Read More...

California Chrome, Dortmund conquer physical ailments to remain elite runners

DRF | 6 days ago
The energy from California Chrome’s brilliant half-length win over Dortmund in Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap was still present at trainer Art Sherman’s stable at Del Mar on Sunday morning, a very welcome sort of hangover. Considering where California Chrome was a year ago, and Dortmund’s status four months ago, their respective performances have even greater meaning. Read More...

California Diamond fetches $125k in Del Mar’s Paddock Sale

DRF | 6 days ago
California Diamond, the undefeated winner of the Santa Anita Juvenile earlier this month, sold for $125,000 at Saturday’s Paddock Sale at Del Mar of horses of racing age, the most expensive hip of an evening sale with a small catalog and a low number of purchased horses. Read More...

Tis Marvellous runs away from pack in French Prix Robert Papin

DRF | 6 days ago
Tis Marvellous went from a maiden-race winner in England to a group-stakes winner in France in less than two weeks with a victory in Sunday’s $142,500 Prix Robert Papin for 2-year-old colts and fillies at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, near Paris. Read More...

South Jersey man pays $20,000 for California Chrome’s silks, saddle towel in charity auction

DRF | 6 days ago
Mark Stanton came to California for a weekend of beach time and bets at Del Mar. He went home to South Jersey with a memento that fit comfortably in his carry-on luggage. Read More...

Beholder, Stellar Wind work five furlongs in prep for Clement Hirsch Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Beholder and Stellar Wind both worked five furlongs Sunday morning at Del Mar in preparation for a rematch of the Eclipse Award winners Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes. Read More...

Parx cancels Monday card amid continuing heat wave

DRF | 6 days ago
Parx Racing has canceled its Monday card in anticipation of hot weather that could prove dangerous for horses and riders as the weekend's Northeast heat wave continues. Read More...

‘Chrome’ vs. Dortmund is great marketing for horse racing

DRF | 6 days ago
You can search far and wide for better advertisements for Thoroughbred racing, and you can glom on to any celebrity of your choosing; none will work as well as Saturday's San Diego Handicap, which was the best and purest display of what is great in this great game. Read More...

Exposure holds on by neck in Albuquerque Distaff Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Exposure, locked in a tight battle with Warrens Puppy Love throughout the final quarter-mile, prevailed by a neck in Saturday night’s $50,000 Albuquerque Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at the Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Mohawk: Betting Line adds another Ontario Sires Stakes trophy to his haul

DRF | 7 days ago
North America Cup champion Betting Line captured his sixth straight victory in the second of two C$105,000 Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: Wiggle It Jiggleit overcomes wide first-half journey to win Gerrity Memorial

DRF | 7 days ago
Wiggle It Jiggleit overcame being three-wide early and two-wide to the half to win the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Harness in 1:51 flat. Read More...

Bernier: How I’ll play Del Mar for Sunday, July 24

DRF | 7 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier outlines his strategy for playing the early pick five on Sunday's card at Del Mar. Read More...

Mountaineer rider Lagunes wins 1,000th career race

DRF | 7 days ago
Gabriel Lagunes won the 1,000th race of his career Saturday night in the fifth race at Mountaineer. Read More...

California Chrome outduels Dortmund in San Diego Handicap

DRF | 7 days ago
California Chrome and Dortmund turned the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap into a match race on Saturday, with California Chrome prevailing officially by a half-length -- it looked closer to a neck -- after a duel that saw them together for the final three furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

Toomuchisnotenough delivers as favorite in California Governor’s Handicap

DRF | 7 days ago
The favored Toomuchisnotenough lived up to expectations with a strong stretch run to score her initial stakes victory in the $63,075 California Governor’s Handicap on Saturday at the California State Fair in Sacramento. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: Jim Morrill Jr. sweeps in New York Sire Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Driver Jim Morrill Jr. steered Roll Away Joe and Ideal Son to front-stepping victories in the two New York Sire Stakes splits on Saturday night at Saratoga Harness. Read More...

Mokat relishes return to turf in San Clemente Handicap

DRF | 7 days ago
The grass is definitely is where Mokat earns the green. She returned to her favorite surface, Del Mar’s turf, and looked better than ever with a dominating performance in the Grade 2, $201,725 San Clemente Handicap on Saturday. Read More...

Valiant Rogue easily wins Rainbow Derby for Quarter Horses

DRF | 7 days ago
Valiant Rogue, a colt held in high regard by trainer Judd Kearl for more than a year, won his third consecutive race, and first stakes, in Saturday’s $1,224,488 Rainbow Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Hard-charging Dacita goes from last to first in Diana

DRF | 7 days ago
Dacita charges from last to a narrow victory over a game but hard-luck runner-up Recepta with Rainha Da Bateria and the favorite Miss Temple finishing just a head and a nose farther behind in one of the more thrilling renewals of the Grade 1 Diana under a light shower Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

A J’s Grand handles longer distance in CTBA Breeders Oaks

DRF | 7 days ago
A J’s Grand, the lukewarm favorite at 7-2, successfully stretched out from six furlongs to a mile and 70 yards to win Saturday’s $40,000 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Breeders Oaks at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Hit It Once More much the best in New York Derby

DRF | 7 days ago
Hit It Once More scored an easy win in the second-richest race of the Finger Lakes meet Saturday, taking the $164,150 New York Derby by 6 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Front Pocket Money takes control, keeps it in Jersey Shore Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
In his most recent races, Front Pocket Money had come from several lengths off the pace. But on Saturday in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes, he took jockey Antonio Gallardo to the lead. Despite being pressured the entire race, he stayed there too, winning the six furlong stakes for 3-year-olds by three-quarters of a length. Read More...

Ascot: Highland Reel earns berth in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 7 days ago
Highland Reel had won a major race in North America, the Grade 1 Secretariat, and in Asia, where he captured the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase, and on Saturday he took down one of the most prestigious prizes in Europe when leading all the way under Ryan Moore in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Read More...

Puntrooskie outlasts Noholdingback Bear in Bold Venture

DRF | 7 days ago
Puntrooskie ($18.10) wore down the imposing 4-5 favorite, Noholdingback Bear, in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bold Venture at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Fat Kat too quick for rivals in Power By Far

DRF | 7 days ago
Fat Kat, winless in three previous tries on turf, including a ninth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in this same stakes last year, displayed outstanding speed in a front-running victory in the Power By Far, the first of two $100,000 stakes for Pennsyvlania-breds on Saturday's program at Parx Racing. Read More...

Blanconia survives two foul claims to score 31-1 upset in Miss Ohio

DRF | 7 days ago
Blanconia, despite claims of foul by two riders claiming interference at the start and nearing the wire, along with a stewards’ inquiry, earned her first career victory when she narrowly held off fellow 30-1 outsider True Cinder in the $75,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown. Read More...

Peck: Saratoga pick three for Sunday, July 24

DRF | 1 week ago
Saratoga’s Sunday program seems to offer plenty of value, including a midcard pick three starting with race 4. Read More...

The Meadows: Racing Hill, Manhattan Beach score in Adios eliminations

DRF | 1 week ago
The field for the 50th edition of the Coors Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows was set on Saturday afternoon with a pair of $25,000 eliminations, and it would be Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach taking the victories. Read More...

Bar of Gold looks to break through in Honorable Miss Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
The talented New York-bred Bar of Gold once again will seek her first graded stakes victory when she runs in Wednesday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. Read More...

Stopchargingmaria to miss Shuvee Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Stopchargingmaria, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, will miss Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap due to a cough, trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday. Read More...

Exaggerator likely to skip Jim Dandy after subpar workout

DRF | 1 week ago
The anticipated meeting between Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes winner Creator in this Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga likely will not materialize after the connections of Exaggerator said their horse most likely will skip the race. Read More...

Velvet Mood by a neck in My Dear Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
The sharp Presque Isle Downs shipper Velvet Mood took the $129,000 My Dear Stakes in a professional manner under Pablo Morales at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Bitumen’s rally gives him Sanford Stakes victory

DRF | 1 week ago
It wasn’t that Bitumen won Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes, but more how he won the $150,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga that has his connections excited about the future. Read More...

Racing commission will use West Virginia Derby nominees to debut new drug-testing program

DRF | 1 week ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission will begin pulling samples this week from horses pointing to the Aug. 6 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park as the first step in the state’s launch of an out-of-competition testing program, according to the commission’s executive director. Read More...

Hall of Fame trainer Leatherbury suspended for medication violation

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer King Leatherbury has been suspended 15 days and fined $500 by the Laurel Park board of stewards for a medication violation. Leatherbury's suspension began July 11 and continues through this Monday. Read More...

Undrafted set for Saratoga turf debut in Lucky Coin Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Undrafted has raced over just about every major turf course in the U.S. as well as at Ascot and Newmarket during a career that has produced earnings in excess of $1.2 million. But Undrafted has yet to try his luck on the grass at Saratoga, a situation that will be remedied Monday when he goes postward as the favorite in the $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes. Read More...

Enola Gray eyes Rancho Bernardo Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Enola Gray extended her unbeaten streak to three races in Friday’s $147,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Del Mar, enhancing trainer Phil D’Amato’s deep team of prospects in the division for late summer. Read More...

Sir Dudley Digges, Amis Gizmo get rematch in Prince of Wales Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Sir Dudley Digges caught Amis Gizmo in the final strides to win the 157th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate on July 3 at Woodbine and will continue his quest to become Canada's first Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in Tuesday night's $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack. Read More...

Meadowlands: Alagna sends out three winners in baby races

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Tony Alagna had the winner in the three of the seven qualifiers for 2-year-olds on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Beer: Saratoga pick three for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 1 week ago
Race 6 is a 2-year-old maiden special weight race with a full field of 10. There are, as always at Saratoga, some interesting first-time starters entered, including Any Questions, a $300,000 half-brother to Runhappy. Still, I prefer to rely on horses with experience in these races, and Pretty Boy Flash is the horse I will lean on. Read More...

Beholder’s workout postponed following three injuries to horses Saturday

DRF | 1 week ago
After watching three horses get injured – two while working and one while galloping – between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Del Mar, resulting in the death of one of the three, trainer Richard Mandella called off a planned workout at 7:45 for the champion mare Beholder, postponing it by 24 hours. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Clever Trevor dies at 30

DRF | 1 week ago
Clever Trevor, a Grade 1-winning millionaire who won the inaugural Remington Park Derby in 1989, was euthanized Friday night due to deteriorating health, according to his former trainer, Donnie K. Von Hemel. The gelding was 30. Read More...

Saratoga opening-day handle increases slightly

DRF | 1 week ago
All-sources handle on Friday’s opening-day card at Saratoga was $17,763,037, a less than 1 percent increase compared to last year’s figure of $17,706,202. Read More...

Enola Gray dominates in Fleet Treat Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Enola Gray exerted minimal effort to remain unbeaten after three starts with a convincing win in $147,000 Friday’s Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Ancient Secret wins Lake George as Brown sweeps exacta

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Chad Brown got his 2016 Saratoga meeting off to the same flying start as last summer, winning the opening-day feature, the $200,000 Lake George, for the second year in a row, this time with the undefeated Ancient Secret. Read More...

Sweet Loretta salvages day for Pletcher by winning Schuylerville

DRF | 1 week ago
Opening day at Saratoga didn’t get off to a good start for trainer Todd Pletcher. But it certainly ended well. Sweet Loretta, away slowly, took advantage of a hot pace and a good ride by John Velazquez to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths on a hot opening afternoon at Saratoga. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...