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Hollywood Derby has wide range of contenders

DRF | 1 week ago
There are five graded stakes winners, two graded stakes-placed runners, and two minor stakes winners among the 12 horses in Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. That still does not include all the leading hopefuls. Read More...

Arrogate breezes half-mile in first work toward Pegasus

DRF | 1 week ago
In his first work since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic 28 days earlier, Arrogate went a half-mile in 49 seconds on Thursday morning at Santa Anita, his first drill toward what could be a start in the $12 million Pegasus at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Royal Posse will be hard to stop in defense of Claiming Crown Jewel

DRF | 1 week ago
If there is one standout in the nine Claiming Crown races on Saturday, which will help usher in the 2016-17 Championship Meeting at Gulfstream Park, it figures to be Royal Posse, who returns to defend his title in the $200,000 Jewel. Read More...

Players looking to conquer and collect

DRF | 1 week ago
The 2016-2017 Gulfstream Park Championship meet kicks off on Saturday with the Conquer the Crown handicapping contest. Read More...

R Angel Katelyn poised to turn tables on La Key in Sandpiper

DRF | 1 week ago
R Angel Katelyn will look to avenge the only loss of her career when she faces rival La Key and eight other juvenile fillies in the $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Bargain buy Obvious One stands out in Inaugural Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Obvious One has made it obvious that he has some talent, winning his two starts by a combined 12 1/4 lengths to stamp himself as a major contender in Saturday's $100,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Jerardi: Changing surfaces cause for tricky figure-making

DRF | 1 week ago
A change in the speed of the surfaces at Aqueduct and Churchill last Saturday forced taking some of the science out of making Beyer speed figures and replacing it with a little art. Read More...

Gulfstream: $12 million Pegasus just one piece of high-quality championship meet

DRF | 1 week ago
Just as the imposing Pegasus statue towers over the Gulfstream Park landscape, so too will the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational dominate any discussions when it comes to the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park championship meet, which opens with the first of 87 programs on Saturday. Read More...

Navarro brings back old ace Goodtimehadbyall for Claiming Crown Iron Horse

DRF | 1 week ago
Post 14 in a two-turn race at Gulfstream Park is rarely a bargain, and it will put the considerable riding skills of Jose Ortiz to the test Saturday in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse. Read More...

Maker has two good shots in Claiming Crown Canterbury

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike Maker is the all-time winningest trainer in Claiming Crown history, and he has nine entrants in the 18th running of the so-called blue-collar championships Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Two of them will start side-by-side as major contenders in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury. Read More...

Downhill Racer can give connections sweep of juvenile stakes in Pennsylvania Nursery

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard won the $100,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National with Rose Tree on Nov. 23. This Saturday, he will try to win the male counterpart of that race at Parx with Downhill Racer. Read More...

Jockey agent Crawford returns to training

DRF | 1 week ago
It's not all that uncommon for a trainer to disband his or her stable to become a jockey agent. What's more unusual is for an agent to become a trainer. Bert Crawford is doing just that. Read More...

Eightthehardway, True Cinder deserving stakes favorites

DRF | 1 week ago
Eightthehardway, an easy winner two starts ago, and True Cinder, who delivered a breakthrough performance to clear her maiden condition after finishing second or third in three stakes, will be overwhelming favorites in a pair of $75,000 stakes restricted to Ohio-accredited horses Saturday at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

Greenhill, Ward start meet with a bang

DRF | 1 week ago
Backers of trainers Wesley Ward and Jeff Greenhill got some quick help on the nine-race opener at Turfway Wednesday night: Ward went 2 for 2, surpassed only by Greenhill, who went 3 for 4, with his winners paying $16.80, $16.40, and $8.60. Read More...

Turfway’s big race has new name: Jack Cincinnati Casino Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Turfway Park officials are hoping their marquee race by any other name will be just as sweet – because it's getting yet another name change. The $500,000 Jack Cincinnati Casino is the new name for the traditional Turfway showcase for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Road to the Derby: Breeders' Cup Juvenile analysis Read More...

Eramia to ride at Fair Grounds when Remington meet ends

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Richard Eramia, who had four wins last Saturday night at Remington Park, will head to Fair Grounds after the Oklahoma City season closes Dec. 11, he said on Wednesday. Read More...

Silver Assault must answer distance question in Gold Rush

DRF | 1 week ago
It's five months from the first Saturday in December to the first Saturday in May, and the $75,000 Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday will provide a hint of where eight 2-year-olds may be come Kentucky Derby time. Read More...

Dear Elaine looks to score meaningful win in Holiday Inaugural

DRF | 1 week ago
Bert Klein turned 86 in November and has been hospitalized frequently in recent months, but his enthusiasm for racing has gone unaffected. The retired banker and longtime owner-breeder “will do what it takes” to watch his horses compete, said his son Richard Klein, and that counts Dear Elaine in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural on Saturday night at Turfway Park. Read More...

Casse goes three deep in Display Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Mark Casse will be holding a strong hand at Woodbine on Saturday, when he runs Vanish, King and His Court, and Flowmotion in the $125,000 Display Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile route for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Ellan Vannin takes advantage of fast pace to win Ontario Lassie

DRF | 1 week ago
Ellan Vannin notched her stakes debut in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Woodbine, emerging from traffic to win the $150,000 Ontario Lassie going away under Jeffrey Alderson. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Classic Empire followed up his impressive win in the Breeders’ Futurity with a thoroughly satisfying triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in which he ran fast while beating a worthy opponent, a victory that should bring him a deserved Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male. He has the pedigree to suggest he’ll continue to excel at age 3, which makes him an exciting Kentucky Derby prospect. Read More...

Protonico retired to stand at Taylor Made Farm

DRF | 1 week ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Protonico is the latest addition to the expanding stallion roster at Taylor Made Farm. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Nov. 22 – Nov. 26

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

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Nov. 28

DRF | 1 week ago
Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Nov. 28 Read More...

Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association launches website

DRF | 1 week ago
The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, an influential umbrella group for six state horsemen’s organizations, has launched a website designed to provide its members with horsemen’s services and information on local regulations and medications, the group announced on Wednesday. Read More...

Van Dyke has live mounts in Hollywood Derby, Matriarch

DRF | 1 week ago
Drayden Van Dyke swept the two stakes at Del Mar last Saturday, the Jimmy Durante Stakes on Journey Home and the Seabiscuit Handicap on Ring Weekend. This weekend, Van Dyke is scheduled to ride the two Grade 1 races that highlight the Saturday and Sunday programs. Read More...

Ramsey well-stocked for Claiming Crown

DRF | 1 week ago
Ken Ramsey will be putting both his horses and his money where his mouth is once again on Saturday when the Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park for a fifth consecutive season as the focal point on opening day of the 2016-17 championship meeting. Read More...

Castellano leading rider in Penn Gaming Racing Challenge for third time

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Mark Casse, jockey Javier Castellano, and owner Bryan Hawk topped their respective divisions in this year’s Penn Gaming Racing Challenge. Read More...

When to change horses in midstream

DRF | 1 week ago
Handicapping contests offer horseplayers a chance to solve multi-level puzzles, especially as one approaches the endgame. You don’t only need to try to pick the horse that’s going to win, you have to make sure the horse in question will get you the points you need in the context of the contest and you have to consider the possibility that someone in front of you will play the same horse and leave you blocked. It’s a rotten feeling to play a horse late that you love, only to see the player just above you play the same one, leaving you drawing stone cold dead. Read More...

Win in Hollywood Derby would add to Free Roses’s rags-to-riches story

DRF | 1 week ago
A gelding who won a $40,000 claiming race for maidens at Parx in 2015 and was 11th in a $20,000 claimer at Keeneland in April is a leading contender for Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. Read More...

Laurel: Lynch’s 2-year-olds enjoying tremendous season

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Cal Lynch has had a terrific season with his 2-year-olds. He is 13 for 60 (22 percent), has a return on investment of $4.02, and has won with nine different juveniles in 2016. Read More...

Hard to tell how Danas Best will run Friday

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Phil D'Amato is unsure what to expect when Danas Best starts in an optional claimer at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Del Mar on Friday. Read More...

Quinonez returns to his roots at Turfway Park

DRF | 1 week ago
Alonso Quinonez is back where it all began. Ten years ago this winter, Quinonez was a 23-year-old apprentice with a hot hand at Turfway Park. Read More...

Forty’s Sweetheart tries to run record to 3 for 3

DRF | 1 week ago
There are numerous large fields on Friday, the last one of the Woodbine meet. Eleven 2-year-old fillies were entered in a wide-open first-level optional claimer in which Forty's Sweetheart will put her unbeaten record on the line. Read More...

Michigan Horse Racing Advisory Commission members appointed

DRF | 1 week ago
The initial members of the Michigan Horse Racing Advisory Commission have been announced. They were appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to counsel the state government on racing industry matters. Read More...

Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line retired

DRF | 1 week ago
Firing Line, second to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, has been retired, his connections announced Tuesday evening. Read More...

Elusive Hour back at Pleasant Valley Thoroughbreds

DRF | 1 week ago
Elusive Hour, a stakes-placed runner and perennial top-five sire in Michigan, will relocate to Pleasant Valley Thoroughbreds in Edmore, Mich. for the 2017 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $1,000. Read More...

Ryan Moore wins World’s Best Jockey award

DRF | 1 week ago
Ryan Moore for the second time in three years has won the Longines World’s Best Jockey award from the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 12/1 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 12/1 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Batavia: Stalbaum right at home in Western New York

DRF | 1 week ago
Larry Stalbaum has been a regular competitor at Yonkers Raceway and Pocono Downs for many years now. But much like Jim Morrill Jr. before him, the small-town feel of western New York has drawn Stalbaum from the major circuits and he couldn’t be happier about the move. Read More...

Giwner: Always B Miki the obvious choice for Horse of the Year

DRF | 1 week ago
I find the 2016 Horse of the Year debates in Harness Racing to be quite perplexing. For one, why are we so focused on just two horses—Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit? Secondly, at least in my view, there really shouldn’t be a doubt in anyone’s mind who should receive the sport’s highest yearly equine honor. Read More...

Meadowlands: 2017 live racing dates finalized

DRF | 1 week ago
The Meadowlands management is announcing that a total of 91 live harness racing dates have been approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission for the 2017 season. Read More...

Mid States Race Horse Sale catalogs 83 for first auction

DRF | 1 week ago
The Mid States Race Horse Sale will aim to set a foothold as a one-stop marketplace for horsemen in the Midwest, with its first edition cataloging a combined 83 Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and lead ponies. Read More...

Harness: Hochstetler wins Grand Circuit Challenge; Rose second half champion

DRF | 1 week ago
Jay Hochstetler has been crowned the champion of the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge after crossing the wire first in a dominating victory; his total of 3,631.13 points being 635.31 more than runner-up Matt Rose who finished with 2,995.83. Read More...

Harness: Nominations open for 2016 Caretaker of the Year

DRF | 1 week ago
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its second year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Read More...

Hong Kong Selections for Wednesday, November 30

DRF | 1 week ago
Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, November 30 at Happy Valley. Read More...

Effinex retired to Questroyal North

DRF | 1 week ago
Effinex, a Grade 1 winner and the third-richest New York-bred earner of all-time, has been retired and will stand stud at Barry Ostrager’s Questroyal Stud North in Stillwater, N.Y. Read More...

Social Inclusion to stand at Woodford Thoroughbreds

DRF | 1 week ago
Retired from racing at the end of 2015 but not bred to any mares this past breeding season, Social Inclusion will stand the 2017 breeding season at Woodford Thoroughbreds in Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $4,000. Read More...

Dover Downs: Easy Lover Hanover’s Progress Pace triumph a cherished one for trainer Ben Wallace

DRF | 2 weeks ago
On January 4 of this year, trainer Ben Wallace lost all 17 of his horses, his equipment, everything that he used in his livelihood in the tragic barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in Ontario, but the long-time conditioner regrouped, and one of the first purchases he made was Easy Lover Hanover out of the January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. On Monday night, Easy Lover Hanover brought Wallace's year full-circle, winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers at Dover Downs in 1:49. Read More...