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Mohawk: Monday 4/20 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 4/20 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 4/20 Analysis

DRF | 7 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Monday 4/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Duramente wins Japanese 2000 Guineas

DRF | 7 days ago
Duramente won the first stakes of his career in Sunday’s $1,700,824 Japanese 2000 Guineas at Nakayama Racecourse, giving international jockey Mirco Demuro his first Grade 1 win in Japan since he began riding regularly in the country last month. Read More...

U S Marshal notches first stakes victory in Wando

DRF | 7 days ago
U S Marshal notched his first stakes under an astute ride from David Moran in Sunday’s $102,800 Wando Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Aztec Brave gives trainer Sharp first New York victory

DRF | 7 days ago
Aztec Brave helped make trainer Joe Sharp a winner in his debut on the New York Racing Association circuit, taking Sunday’s $100,000 Danger’s Hour at Aqueduct by 1 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Handle down 7 percent at California tracks

DRF | 7 days ago
Handle figures at racetracks throughout California were down 7 percent in March, pushing the year-to-date data into negative territory for the first time this year, according to a report delivered April 16 at the California Horse Racing Board at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Wonder Gal, Sweet Reason work toward Kentucky stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
The connections of Wonder Gal still would like to run in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks but understand they will need a lot of help to get in. Read More...

Papacoolpapacool headed to Penn Mile

DRF | 7 days ago
Papacoolpapacool extended his winning streak to three races in Saturday’s $79,750 La Puente Stakes, a victory that will lead to a start in the $500,000 Penn Mile for 3-year-olds on turf at Penn National on May 30. Read More...

Queen of the Sand will point to Gamely Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Queen of the Sand, who won the first graded stakes of her career in the Grade 1 Santa Barbara Handicap, will have her second start in a Grade 1 race in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf for fillies and mares May 25. Read More...

Diversy Harbor will undergo surgery for sesamoid injuries

DRF | 7 days ago
Diversy Harbor was transported to the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic in Los Olivos, Calif., on Sunday morning, a day after she was pulled up with sesamoid injuries in the $151,000 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita. Read More...

Whiskey Ticket likely to skip Triple Crown races after Illinois Derby win

DRF | 7 days ago
That the Illinois Derby no longer is a true prep for any Triple Crown race, much less the Kentucky Derby, was emphasized this weekend by the fact that neither the winner of Saturday’s race, Whiskey Ticket, nor the horse he nosed out in victory, Conquest Curlinate, is nominated to the Triple Crown. Read More...

Bejarano will ride Bolo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
The first fallout from the injury to One Lucky Dane occurred on Sunday, when Keith Brackpool, a co-owner of Bolo, announced via Twitter that Rafael Bejarano would ride Bolo in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, the first of several jockey assignments that are expected to be made in the next 48 hours. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Clocker: American Pharoah among five to gallop

DRF | 1 week ago
Only five potential Kentucky Derby starters galloped here at Churchill Downs on a bleary Sunday morning which featured intermittent showers and a racetrack downgraded from fast to sloppy following the renovation break. Read More...

DRF Bets GamePlan spot play – San Simeon Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
HOME RUN KITTEN (#2, ML 5-2) returns to what may be his best game – sprinting on this hillside course. Oh, he can route just fine as proven by those last 3 sharp efforts at a mile (2nd in a Grade 2, 3rd in a Grade 2, 3rd in a Grade 1) but he’s 2 for 3 on this hillside course and should get the right kind of hot pace to bolster his last run. Read More...

El Kabeir looks sharp working towards Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
The multiple Grade 3 stakes-winning El Kabeir demonstrated his fitness and energy levels were very strong during a five-furlong work timed in 1:00.15 Sunday morning over Belmont Park’s main track. Read More...

Shared Belief appears sound after pulling up in Charles Town Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
Shared Belief, pulled up by jockey Mike Smith in the early stages of Saturday’s Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, may have an issue in his right hind end but otherwise appeared sound, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday morning. Read More...

King: How I’d play Keeneland on Sunday, April 19

DRF | 1 week ago
As of this writing, the scheduled turf races at Keeneland remain on the grass despite steady rain this morning in Lexington. So bear in mind, my “How I’d play today” thoughts, being made late a.m. Sunday, are with the expectation those races will be run on a yielding grass course. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Wolfson successful switching from sprint to route

DRF | 1 week ago
Quiet Hour takes on a field of seven in Sunday's sixth race at Gulfstream Park, the one-mile Sand Dollar Stakes. Since Jan. 1, 2014, trainer Martin Wolfson is winning at a 31 percent clip when saddling a horse switching from sprint to route, for a return on investment of $4.73. Read More...

Key Race report: Arties Party Girl returns in maiden claimer

DRF | 1 week ago
Arties Party Girl (#6, ML 5-1) will return to action in Sunday's third race at Aqueduct, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden claimer. It will be her first start since a third-place finish by three lengths in a six-furlong race March 8 at Aqueduct. The first- and second-place finishers from that maiden claimer came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Golden Gate: Pablo Flores fractures thumb

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Pablo Flores sustained a small fracture in the tip of his left thumb when unseated by Monsajem Accrete prior to the first race Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Yonkers: P H Supercam perfect heading into Levy final

DRF | 1 week ago
P H Supercam will look to repeat in the George Morton Levy Series Final. Read More...

Taketheodds gets up for first stakes win in Sugar Maple

DRF | 1 week ago
Despite racing wide on both turns of the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes, Taketheodds dug in through the stretch under jockey Mike Smith and was up by a neck to deny Flattering Bea a repeat victory in the seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Taketheodds scores in Sugar Maple

DRF | 1 week ago
Despite racing wide on both turns of the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Charles Town, Taketheodds dug in through the stretch under jockey Mike Smith and was up by a neck to deny Flattering Bea a repeat victory in the seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Moreno steals show in Charles Town Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
While Shared Belief was pulled up on the backstretch of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on Saturday with an apparent stifle injury, Moreno was storming home a two-length winner. Read More...

Whiskey Ticket handles class rise in Illinois Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Employing a stalking style while traveling for the first time and stepping up to a Grade 3, $400,000 race, Whiskey Ticket won again, showing heart to hold clear a late, wide rally from Conquest Curlinate in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. Read More...

Control Stake stalks to victory in Hilton Memorial

DRF | 1 week ago
Even-money favorite Control Stake somewhat surprisingly wasn't on the early lead in the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Town on Saturday. Instead, he found himself in a stalking position in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Queen of the Sand finishes fast to take Santa Barbara

DRF | 1 week ago
Queen of the Sand trailed pacesetter Fanticola by two lengths with a furlong remaining, but closed brilliantly to win the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap by a nose Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Bodhisattva changes strategies to win Tesio

DRF | 1 week ago
The last time Trevor McCarthy rode Bodhisattva, he chased Bridgets Big Luvy all the way around the track and had to settle for second best in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday, April 19

DRF | 1 week ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Nellie Cashman, Talk Show Man score turf stakes victories by a nose

DRF | 1 week ago
Nearly two years have passed since Nellie Cashman came off a maiden victory at Penn National to upset the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at 19-1. The now 5-year-old Nellie Cashman finally earned her second stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Dahlia at Pimlico. Read More...

Shared Belief stumbles, pulled up, vanned off in Charles Town Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
Shared Belief stumbled at the start of the Charles Town Classic and then was pulled up on the backstretch, six furlongs from the start. Mike Smith dismounted and Shared Belief appeared to be standing on all four legs. He is being vanned off in the equine ambulance. More in a while. Read More...

Yahilwa flashes new style to win Sixty Sails

DRF | 1 week ago
Yahilwa began her winning journey Saturday at Hawthorne in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap by attempting a face plant into the loam. Read More...

Dramedy connects at 30-1 in Elkhorn Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Dramedy had never won a stakes race, and he was dueling with a fresh horse named My Afleet when far out front of their opposition Saturday in the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland. Despite those supposed handicaps, the 6-year-old Dramedy fought on, outlasting a pair of on-rushing favorites to pull a 30-1 upset in the 30th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes. Read More...

Papacoolpapacool stretches out to win La Puente

DRF | 1 week ago
Papacoolpapacool proved to be more than a miler when he extended his winning streak to three races in Saturday’s $79,750 La Puente Stakes on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Limehouse in it for the long haul in West Virginia

DRF | 1 week ago
Limehouse became West Virginia’s leading sire by progeny earnings the minute he became a resident at O’Sullivan Farms in Charles Town in preparation for the 2013 breeding season. Read More...

Russell Road rolls to victory in Confucius Say

DRF | 1 week ago
Russell Road broke running in the $50,000 Confucious Say Stakes and never was seriously challenged while making his first start since winning the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic last October. Read More...

Unspurned uses hot pace to win Whimsical

DRF | 1 week ago
Unspurned rallied powerfully from off a rapid pace to take the Grade 3, $179,100 Whimsical Stakes in her first start on Lasix at Woodbine Saturday. Read More...

OBS April: Two match fastest furlong as breeze show concludes

DRF | 1 week ago
A Harlan’s Holiday filly and a Street Cry colt each worked a furlong in :9 4/5 seconds to tie for the fastest time overall during the sixth and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale’s under-tack show on Saturday. Read More...

Vision Perfect earns hard-fought victory in Woodhaven

DRF | 1 week ago
When it became apparent that the inaugural $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes for 3-year-olds was going to come down to Made in Detroit and Vision Perfect, David Donk, the trainer of Vision Perfect, said he would have been content to finish second. Read More...

DRF Bets GamePlan spot play – Santa Barbara Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Deep closer QUEEN OF THE SAND (#4, 9-2) and front-runner FANTICOLA (#3, 4-1) are the keys in this filly-mare turf G2 at a mile and a quarter. ’Sand was compromised by the slow pace in her return; Fanticola will lead as far as she can. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke beats open company in Austintown Filly Sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
Last year’s champion 2-year-old filly in Ohio, Justalittlesmoke, passed her first test against open company Saturday when she outfought Tetrad by a neck in the $75,000 Austintown Filly Sprint at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

La Verdad proves fit enough in Distaff

DRF | 1 week ago
Entering Saturday’s Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct, trainer Linda Rice had a little question mark on the fitness of La Verdad coming in off a 111-day layoff. That question was answered emphatically in the positive as La Verdad turned aside an early pace challenge from Aireofdistinction before galloping to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $200,000 Distaff. Read More...

Worst news comes from last of 11 Derby workers

DRF | 1 week ago
Eleven horses who were being pointed for the Kentucky Derby had timed workouts Saturday morning across the country. Read More...

Harness: Takter stars shine in Meadowlands qualifiers

DRF | 1 week ago
It was the Jimmy Takter show during qualifying action at the Meadowlands Saturday morning. Among the Hall of Fame conditioners winners were 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and Hambletonian hopeful Canepa Hanover. The trainer also will send out Father Patrick to qualify next week. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita on Sunday, April 19

DRF | 1 week ago
The traditional early double holds some appeal, and it could help bolster your bankroll for later in the day. Read More...

Peck: Pick four play for Keeneland on Sunday, April 19

DRF | 1 week ago
Interesting late pick four Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

Charles Wait resigns from NYRA board

DRF | 1 week ago
Charles Wait, who has been a member of the New York Racing Association’s Board of Directors for the better part of three decades, has resigned from the board effective immediately, NYRA officials confirmed Saturday. Read More...

Two notable Cal-breds getting in gear

DRF | 1 week ago
The California-bred stakes-winning sprinters Big Macher and Harlington’s Rose progressed toward springtime comebacks at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Texas Red to resume training May 1

DRF | 1 week ago
Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, will resume full training on May 1 after an interrupted campaign earlier this year caused of persistent foot problems. Read More...

One Lucky Dane injured, off Derby trail

DRF | 1 week ago
One Lucky Dane is off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering an injury to his left front leg during a workout on Saturday at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...