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Jerkens must regroup with Unified, Effinex

DRF | 1 week ago
It was a perplexing 24 hours for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who watched the two best horses in his barn get beat as odds-on favorites in graded stakes over the weekend. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 6/21 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 6/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Untapable retired after Fleur de Lis loss

DRF | 1 week ago
The champion Untapable has been retired following a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Stakes on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, owner-breeder Ron Winchell confirmed Sunday. Future broodmare plans for the mare were not immediately discussed. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 6/21 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 6/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Difficult pick-six sequence offers $190K carryover Wednesday

DRF | 1 week ago
A $190,743 pick-6 carryover awaits horseplayers Wednesday at Belmont Park, but this sequence doesn't appear any easier than the preceding three that went unsolved. Read More...

Growth only at top of juvenile sales

DRF | 1 week ago
Following a year of optimism and record returns in nearly every segment of the market, the 2-year-olds in training season of 2016 saw the buyers and sellers become more discriminating with their bids and reserves, while figures generally declined for all but the top offerings. Read More...

Bradester targets title defense in Monmouth Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Bradester likely will make his next start July 31 in the Monmouth Cup after becoming a millionaire with his front-running victory Saturday night in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Fort Larned’s sister wins maiden

DRF | 1 week ago
Three years after Fort Larned won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, his younger half-sister Walkabout won her maiden in her fourth start, taking a maiden special weight by 4 1/2 lengths on last Saturday’s Foster card. Read More...

Holy Bull continues to make mark as broodmare sire

DRF | 1 week ago
Holy Bull, the 1994 Horse of the Year who is now a pensioner at Darley, never sired a runner who came close to his own brilliance, although he was represented by 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo. His true mark has been as a broodmare sire, with 722 winners, including 53 stakes winners and 61 more stakes-placed runners, produced by his daughters. Read More...

Galileo gets five winners at Royal Ascot

DRF | 1 week ago
International titan Galileo once again asserted his dominance at Royal Ascot, recording five winners at the meeting, led by Order of St George in the Group 1 Gold Cup in Honor of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Read More...

Kentucky-breds shine at Royal Ascot

DRF | 1 week ago
On an international stage at the renowned Royal Ascot meeting last week, five Kentucky-bred runners emerged victorious to fly the flag for the “Thoroughbred Capital of the World.” Read More...

No major changes to Keeneland fall stakes schedule

DRF | 1 week ago
Officials at Keeneland Race Course on Monday released their stakes schedule for the 2016 fall meet with no substantive changes from the status quo. Read More...

Gold Cup win would gild Prat’s excellent season

DRF | 1 week ago
Jockey Flavien Prat has already won as many races this year as he did all of last year. On Saturday he will try to add another victory when he rides Bal a Bali in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Watchyourownbobber back from break in Tuesday allowance

DRF | 1 week ago
Indiana Grand's racing program quietly has been bumped up a notch this season, and the elevated quality will be on full display Tuesday. Twelve races, 121 entrants, six maiden-special-weight or allowance races among the 10 races for Thoroughbreds, and a stakes-level allowance feature - not bad stuff for a Tuesday card in the Indiana heartland. Read More...

Dynamite Stick among contenders in turf sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
Jack Danehy breeds and owns horses in partnerships, and he's an avid horseplayer. Those interests will coalesce when Dynamite Stick goes postward in the lone allowance on the Thursday card at Churchill. Read More...

Trip Notes for April 30 – May 1: Stephen Foster, Summertime Oaks

DRF | 1 week ago
Trip Notes for June 18-19 including the Stephen Foster and Summertime Oaks. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 13 – June 15

DRF | 1 week ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...

King Edward return spot for Tower of Texas

DRF | 1 week ago
Tower of Texas has not raced since he finished seventh in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile last September, and he'll likely make his return to the races in the Grade 2, $200,000 King Edward Stakes over a mile on turf on July 2. Read More...

Aye Aye Captain’s Queen’s Plate hopes sink

DRF | 1 week ago
Aye Aye Captain went into the Plate Trial Stakes on June 12 as a potential Queen's Plate prospect for trainer Catherine Day Phillips, but will not proceed on to the Plate after a fifth-place finish behind winner Amis Gizmo. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from June 13 – June 16

DRF | 1 week ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Queen’s Plate or Bison City for Woodbine Oaks top three

DRF | 1 week ago
A week has passed since Neshama upset runner-up Gamble's Ghost in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 12, and the connections of those two plus third-place finisher Caren are beginning to plot out their next starts. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of June 20

DRF | 1 week ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of June 20. Read More...

Sparkman: American-breds post strong results at Royal Ascot

DRF | 1 week ago
Royal Ascot is widely considered the world’s highest-class Thoroughbred race meeting, and it lived up to its billing once again last week. With six races a day spread over five days of unmatched pageantry and pomp at the Queen of England’s racecourse, 23 of the 30 races earn their winners black type, 18 are group races, and eight are Group 1 races. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of June 20

DRF | 1 week ago
Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of June 20 Read More...

Vernon: Svanstedt makes it a double in Empire Breeders Championships

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt swept the Empire Breeders Championships for 3-year-olds on Sunday night at Vernon Downs, guiding Non Stick to victory in the $225,000 filly trot, and Dante to the winner's circle in the $222,975 colt trot. Read More...

Pocono: Broadway Donna victorious in her seasonal debut

DRF | 1 week ago
Broadway Donna, the Dan Patch Award winner in the 2-year-old filly trot category, returned to the races in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and she would pick up a 1:54 1/5 win. The winners of the other divisions were Ginny Weasley and Ultimate Shopper. Read More...

O B Harbor stretches out to win Budweiser; Stryker Phd third

DRF | 1 week ago
O B Harbor paid $6.20 for his win over longshot Betrbegone in the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Read More...

Disco Barbie turns tables on Cactus Kris in Satin and Lace

DRF | 1 week ago
year ago in this same stakes, Cactus Kris won a photo by a head over Disco Barbie. In Sunday night’s rematch between the two mares, Disco Barbie turned the tables when she rallied along the inside to narrowly defeat even- money favorite Cactus Kris in the $100,000 Satin and Lace Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Skiba went backwards to finish in front at Belmont

DRF | 1 week ago
Garett Skiba, 37, who even at that age can be considered a tournament veteran, is in elite company as a contest player. He’s not the only player to have three six-figure hits. Christian Hellmers beat him to the punch on that score with seconds in the 2011 and 2012 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, along with his outright win at the 2014 Horse Player World Series. But Skiba, with a third at the 2013 BCBC, a second at the inaugural Kentucky Derby Betting Challenge, and now a win in the first-ever Belmont Betting Challenge, shares the honor with the man they call “the Guru.” Read More...

Cheekaboo connects at 23-1 in Honeymoon Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Everything went Cheekaboo’s way late in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf Sunday at Santa Anita. With a fierce rally, Cheekaboo took the lead in the last stride to score an upset win by a head over Be Mine. Read More...

Belmont: Pick six carryover of $190,743 for Wednesday

DRF | 1 week ago
There is a pick six carryover of $190,743 entering Wednesday’s card at Belmont Park after the wager went unhit for a third consecutive card on Sunday. Read More...

Donegal Moon scores as Unified fails to fire in Pegasus Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Donegal Moon scored his first career stakes win in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park on Sunday while 1-5 favorite Unified suffered the first loss of his career in the Grade 3 race. Read More...

Ancient Secret steps up in class, distance to win Wild Applause

DRF | 1 week ago
Ancient Secret successfully stepped up in class and distance Sunday at Belmont Park, running down longshot Thundering Sky in the final strides to win the $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes by a head. Read More...

Aztec Brave snaps five-race losing streak in Mystic Lake Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Aztec Brave might have been on a five-race losing streak but the plucky turf miler never lost his form and a typically game performance landed him back in the winner’s circle after the $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile on Sunday at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Hot Kiss extends winning streak to five in Trillium

DRF | 1 week ago
Hot Kiss extended her win streak to five races with a handy score in her stakes debut in Sunday’s $118,800 Trillium at Woodbine. Read More...

Wild Dude may run for new owners in Triple Bend

DRF | 1 week ago
The Grade 1 winner Wild Dude was recently sold to stand at stud in Korea, but could start in Saturday’s $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Beholder, Stellar Wind breeze four furlongs

DRF | 1 week ago
The champion females Beholder and Stellar Wind had their first workouts on Sunday since finishing one-two in the Grade 1 Vanity Mile at Santa Anita on June 4. Read More...

Obviously may run just once before Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Obviously ended a two-year losing streak with a sharp win in the $300,000 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, a victory that left trainer Phil D’Amato in no hurry to plan another race. D’Amato said Obviously may start one more time before an intended run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile here at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Songbird headed to East Coast for three stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
A day after Songbird extended her unbeaten streak to eight races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said three Grade 1 races at Saratoga in July and August and Parx Racing in Pennsylvania in September are goals for the California-based filly. Read More...

Tioga Downs: Rockeyed Optimist triumphant in Roll With Joe

DRF | 1 week ago
The $179,000 Roll With Joe for older male pacers was on the docket Sunday at Tioga Downs, and Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) picked up his biggest career win to date behind a 1:49 2/5 effort. Read More...

Hoppertunity probable for Gold Cup at Santa Anita

DRF | 1 week ago
Hoppertunity, third in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on March 26, is back on the list of probable starters for Saturday’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita after impressing trainer Bob Baffert in a weekend workout. Read More...

La Cressonniere wins controversial French Oaks at Chantilly

DRF | 1 week ago
La Cressonniere won Sunday’s $1.12 million French Oaks at Chantilly Racecourse north of Paris, giving trainer Jean-Claude Rouget a remarkable weekend with 3-year-old fillies in Europe. On Friday, at Royal Ascot in England, the Rouget-trained Qemah won the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Read More...

Watchmaker: How special is Songbird? Very special

DRF | 1 week ago
It says a lot about Songbird, and the connection she has made with the racing public, that everyone seems to think they know best what her next start should be. Many of us do love to play “Racing Manager,” and plot out campaigns for good horses. But with so many playing this game with Songbird, and playing it passionately, it speaks to how special she is. Read More...

More Than Most runs past older foes in Lane’s End

DRF | 1 week ago
More Than Most defeated older rivals in her first attempt Saturday night, when the 3-year-old filly found more late for a three-quarter length win over Expect Royalty in the $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Betting Line posts record performance in North America Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
In a division that was crying out for a leader, Betting Line stepped up on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a 1:47 4/5 record-equaling performance to capture the $1,000,000 North America Cup. Read More...

Auntie Joy finds her sweet spot in Regret

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday night, given a bit more distance, Auntie Joy won the Grade 3, $100,000 Regret Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Lady Shadow wins second straight Roses Are Red

DRF | 1 week ago
Lady Shadow made an easy lead to the surprise of everyone, including her driver Yannick Gingras, and went on to a 1:48 1/5 victory in the C$370,000 Roses Are Red final for pacing mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. It was the second consective win in the event for the O'Brien Award winner. Read More...

Mohawk: Always B Miki paces fastest mile ever in Canada

DRF | 1 week ago
Always B Miki turned in another eye-catching performance in Saturday night's C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational as he became the fastest performer ever north of the border by virtue of a 1:47 1/5 effort. Read More...

Bradester proves uncatchable in Stephen Foster Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Bradester seized early command and never looked back in posting a 9-1 upset Saturday night in the 35th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Pleuven overshadows The Pizza Man in Wise Dan

DRF | 1 week ago
The Pizza Man, winner of last year's Arlington Million but off since February, got a race Saturday night in the Grade 2, $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs, but it was Pleuven who got the money. Read More...