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Harness: Dragon Again, sire of Foiled again, dies at 22

DRF | 6 days ago
Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the racetrack and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport’s all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Read More...

Long meet opens with fewer horses, uncertainty over track’s future

DRF | 6 days ago
If you look at the condition book for the 145-day Finger Lakes meet that begins Saturday, it seems like business as usual. Purses are the same as a year ago, and while the meet is 10 days shorter, not much else seems to have changed. Looks can be deceiving. Read More...

World Champion Jessies First Down goes for fifth straight

DRF | 6 days ago
Jessies First Down, the 2016 World Champion Quarter Horse, will be a heavy favorite to win his fifth consecutive start – and seventh stakes of his career – in Saturday's $103,320 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Arizona-breds get chance to shine

DRF | 6 days ago
Turf Paradise celebrates the home-grown product Saturday with a card of nine races for Arizona-breds, including five stakes led by the $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby. Read More...

Uncle B boasts fine Florida form for Woodstock

DRF | 6 days ago
Fresh off a successful winter campaign in Florida, Uncle B should be prominent in Saturday's $100,000 Woodstock Stakes, a six-furlong test for 3-year-olds at Woodbine. Read More...

Trainer Navarro vows to fight horse’s positive test for cocaine

DRF | 1 week ago
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has notified trainer Jorge Navarro that a horse he trained tested positive for cocaine after a race at Tampa Bay Downs in February, and Navarro said he plans to contest the finding. Read More...

Spirited debate over whip use at panel discussion

DRF | 1 week ago
Representatives of riders and of racing commissions clashed over regulations designed to restrict the use of the whip during a panel on Wednesday at the Association of Racing Commissioners International meeting, illustrating the stark divide in the industry over an issue that has drawn increasing attention from animal-welfare advocates. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 15 – Apr. 18

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/21 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 4/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Former jockey Jane Proctor dies at 61

DRF | 1 week ago
Jane Proctor, a pioneering female jockey who rode as Jane Driggers, using her maiden name, and later married horseman Hap Proctor, has died in Florida after suffering from an aggressive, malignant brain tumor. She was 61. Read More...

Page McKenney will point to Lyman Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Page McKenney, who was under consideration for the Charles Town Classic, will skip that race and instead be pointed to the $100,000 Lyman Stakes at Parx Racing on April 29. Read More...

Stanford draws rail for Charles Town Classic repeat bid

DRF | 1 week ago
The Grade 2 Charles Town Classic drew a field of eight on Wednesday, topped by Stanford, who will be seeking a repeat victory in the three-turn, 1 1/8-mile race for older horses. Read More...

Data Link sires first winner

DRF | 1 week ago
Freshman sire Data Link recorded his first winner on Thursday when his daughter Di Maria was a three-length debut winner at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Awesome Patriot sires first winner at Keeneland

DRF | 1 week ago
Awesome Patriot, a Grade 3-placed stakes winner, was represented by his first winner at stud on Wednesday when Amberspatriot split horses and got up in time to win a maiden special weight on debut at Keeneland. Read More...

Yonkers: Kakaley seeks Levy win with Mcwicked

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Kakaley saw many of McWicked’s victories during the horse’s Dan Patch Award-winning campaign in 2014, but not from a favorable vantage point. Kakaley drove horses that lost nine times to McWicked that season, which culminated with McWicked being named harness racing’s best 3-year-old male pacer. Read More...

Three juveniles breeze a furlong in 9 4/5 seconds ahead of OBS sale

DRF | 1 week ago
A trio of juveniles tied for the fastest time for an eighth of a mile during Wednesday’s breeze show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, each stopping the clock in 9 4/5 seconds. Read More...

Racing commission votes to shorten Mountaineer meet by 30 days

DRF | 1 week ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission at a specially called Monday meeting voted 2-0 in favor of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort shortening its meet, which began last Saturday, from 160 days to 130 days and restoring purses to 2016 levels. Read More...

Secretary At War to test speed in Woodhaven

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will try to stretch Secretary At War out in distance a little bit when he runs him in Saturday's $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Delta Prince might go next in Elusive Quality

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens is considering running Delta Prince in the $150,000 Elusive Quality at Belmont on April 29 or the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy there on May 6. Read More...

Pletcher seeks fifth Illinois Derby win with Hedge Fund

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered Hedge Fund, whose third-place finish last out in the Sunland Derby looks good enough to make him the probable favorite facing six rivals in Saturday's Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. Read More...

Shaman Ghost staying sharp for next start

DRF | 1 week ago
Shaman Ghost, the Santa Anita Handicap winner, worked a fast five furlongs in 1:00.50 Wednesday morning over Belmont Park's training track, but what exactly Shaman Ghost is working toward has not yet been decided. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Thursday, April 20, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Millionaire 7-year-old Undrafted launches season in turf sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
Undrafted, an earner of more than $1.3 million in a 28-race career, will make his 7-year-old debut Friday in the third race, a $77,000, classified allowance scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Read More...

Taghleeb, Bigger Picture among four Maker will run in Elkhorn Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Mike Maker holds a strong hand with four of the 11 older turf horses entered in the weekend feature at Keeneland, the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

McCraken will breeze twice more before Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, will have two more breezes prior to the May 6 race after putting in a nice bit of work Tuesday over a fast Churchill track. Read More...

Stephen Foster a possibility for Gun Runner

DRF | 1 week ago
Gun Runner could return to action in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17 at Churchill Downs, although any definite plans “would be a little premature,” Winchell racing manager David Fiske said Tuesday. Read More...

Fair Grounds: Quarantine key factor in all-sources handle drop

DRF | 1 week ago
All-sources average daily handle during the 80-day meet at Fair Grounds fell 8 percent, according to information released Tuesday by the Louisiana Racing Commission. Read More...

Del Mar limiting trainers to 40 stalls each during summer meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Del Mar will limit stall allocations to a maximum of 40 runners per trainer at its upcoming summer meeting, the track announced in a letter to owners and trainers issued on Tuesday. Read More...

Derby-winning trainer Whiting dies at 77

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Lynn Whiting, who reached the pinnacle of his profession by saddling Lil E. Tee to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, died suddenly Wednesday morning from complications of a long-term illness and a recent stroke. He was 77. Read More...

Cal Expo: Bergstein Trot, $10,241 Pick Five Carryover on tap Friday

DRF | 1 week ago
The $10,000 Stan Bergstein Trot headed by Flameon, a California Sire Stakes and a $10,241 carryover in the Pick 5 are the highlights on Friday night’s program at Cal Expo. Read More...

Californian win would boost Prospect Park’s stock

DRF | 1 week ago
Prospect Park won an optional claimer on turf at Santa Anita on March 9, giving trainer Clifford Sise hope Prospect Park can win the second stakes of his career in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Girvin

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Girvin Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 19

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not Read More...

Marathon distance should benefit Klondike Creek

DRF | 1 week ago
On Friday, Klondike Creek will run in the longest race of his career, an optional claimer at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Trainer Richard Mandella thinks the distance could be the 4-year-old colt's liking. Read More...

Classic Rock reboots 3-year-old season

DRF | 1 week ago
Classic Rock, who got sick earlier this winter, will finally return to the races Friday at Gulfstream Park, where he is expected to go postward the solid favorite in the $75,000 Roar, an overnight stakes restricted to 3-year-olds to be decided at seven furlongs. Read More...

Wednesday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Well-bred Battlement finds the right spot for her U.S. debut

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Wednesday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Thursday, April 20, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Happy Valley selections for Thursday, April 20 Read More...

Former jockey, steward Long killed in car crash

DRF | 1 week ago
Retired jockey and exercise rider James Long, who maintained ties to the racing industry in recent years as a steward at Hazel Park in Michigan, was killed late Tuesday night in a one-car accident on Interstate 64 in Shelby County, Ky. Read More...

Four trainers denied privileges of Jockey Club’s registry and stud book

DRF | 1 week ago
The Jockey Club has denied the privileges of its registry and stud book to four trainers who have racked up high-profile drug positives over the last several years, the organization announced Wednesday, using a rule it has enforced intermittently since 2010. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Lexington Stakes analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Derby: Lexington Stakes analysis Read More...

Unbridled Mo faces only four in Doubledogdare Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
In a little more than 20 years of training on his own, Todd Pletcher already has surpassed some of the monumental career feats compiled by his former boss and mentor, D. Wayne Lukas. Read More...

Franklin-Simpson Stakes added to rich September meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Downs officials on Wednesday released the stakes schedule for its abbreviated meet in September, when purses for five days of racing could average nearly $1.7 million per card – tops in North America – when supplementary funds for Kentucky-bred horses are included. Read More...

He’s Cagey tries to pick up where he left off

DRF | 1 week ago
He's Cagey could end up favored in the six-furlong headliner at Emerald Downs on Friday. After all, he has won six of his last seven starts, and he worked a sharp three furlongs in 34.80 seconds Monday morning. Read More...

Hovdey: Casse’s Canadian connections put him in good company

DRF | 1 week ago
Next Monday, trainer Mark Casse will find out if he has been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, but he is forgiven if he has other things on his mind. With the victory last Saturday of Eclipse champ Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby, Casse is now fully invested in the Kentucky Derby, with a colt who looms large as the likely favorite. Read More...

Sparkles’ Girl the class of allowance field

DRF | 1 week ago
Stakes winner Sparkles' Girl returns from a seven-month layoff in a good spot in Friday's Woodbine headliner, and she might not even be favored in this 5 1/2-furlong Ontario-sired allowance. Read More...

Hong Kong: Leading rider Moreira has full dance card

DRF | 1 week ago
Joao Moreira, the runaway leader of the Hong Kong jockey standings this season, has chances to win the three $158,862 handicaps that highlight the Happy Valley card Thursday. Read More...

Experts encourage industry to implement out-of-competition testing

DRF | 1 week ago
The racing industry needs to focus far more of its efforts and resources in combating illegal drug use, according to speakers at the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual conference on Tuesday. Read More...