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Friday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Achnaha finally gets some class relief

DRF | 7 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Friday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, June 17, 2017, by Bob Fierro & Jay Kilgore

DRF | 7 days ago
Saturday's cards are filled with good opportunities, and we have one from each age bracket to recommend. Read More...

Lady Soul gives Brisset first win as trainer

DRF | 7 days ago
Rodolphe Brisset got his first winner as a trainer when Lady Soul, ridden by fellow countryman Julien Leparoux, won a $40,000 maiden-claiming route by 2 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Romans scores double with juveniles

DRF | 7 days ago
Wesley Ward, Steve Asmussen, and John Hancock have dominated the 2-year-old ranks this spring in Kentucky. But Dale Romans raised his hand Thursday evening at Churchill to effectively say: “Count me in, too.” Read More...

Ivery mixes favorites and longshots to win three contests in one day

DRF | 7 days ago
Brian Ivery is new to the horse-racing contest scene, but the early returns suggest that you might hear his name a lot in the coming months. Read More...

Candid Cathy at best distance in Satin and Lace

DRF | 7 days ago
Candid Cathy has won six of seven starts sprinting at Presque Isle. The 7-year-old Pennsylvania-bred now gets a chance at black type in the $100,000 Satin and Lace Stakes on Sunday evening. Read More...

Hot Kiss looking to repeat in Trillium Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
Hot Kiss recorded her fifth consecutive win when taking last year's Trillium Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over Sweater Weather. She'll look to begin a new winning streak in this year's $100,000 Trillium Stakes for older fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta on Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Tapwrit joins select – and expensive – company with Belmont Stakes win

DRF | 7 days ago
Achieving a combination of commercial and ontrack success at the level seen from Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit is so difficult to pull off it can make a $1.2 million auction graduate look like an underdog story. Read More...

English invaders Shutter Speed and Rhododendron favored in French Oaks

DRF | 7 days ago
Shutter Speed and Rhododendron, who have won or placed in major stakes in England in the last month, may prove impossible for domestic runners to beat in Sunday's Group 1 French Oaks at Chantilly Racecourse. Read More...

Careers of Platki, KVN Corona converge in Ed Burke Million Futurity

DRF | 7 days ago
Platki and KVN Corona have been on parallel career paths this spring leading to their first meeting in Sunday's $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity for Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Queen’s Plate pedigree analysis: Malibu Secret

DRF | 7 days ago
Queen's Plate predigree analysis: Malibu Secret Read More...

Mohawk: Brian Brown sends out a dynamic duo in North America Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
It’s not every day that a single trainer qualifies two horses for the C$1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup. It is even more remote a possibility when that trainer has only started two prior horses in any North America Cup. But such is the case for Brian Brown, who not only started two horses in last week’s eliminations but saw them both come away victorious. Read More...

Shamal’s win streak on line in Racing Club Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
Winless in his first 11 Hong Kong starts, Shamal is unbeaten in four races since March 12, all six-furlong races on turf. Through the streak, Shamal has faced increasingly tougher rivals, and will start against the most difficult field of his Hong Kong career in Sunday’s $224,338 Racing Club Handicap at Sha Tin Racecourse. The winning streak is in jeopardy. Read More...

Elate outlasts Modacious in four-horse Light Hearted

DRF | 1 week ago
Modacious and Elate were both sent off at even money in the four-horse Light Hearted on Thursday at Delaware Park, with Modacious a slight favorite. But when it came down to business nearing the stretch of the one-mile, 70-yard race for 3-year-old fillies, Elate proved much the best, drawing away to score by 5 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Macedonio: Harness Racing needs FUN!

DRF | 1 week ago
Do you think harness racing is FUN? We all know any type of sport has its moments of excitement. Think of every sport and the great moments you remember. Take a minute . . . as a child; as an adult; watching with family, friends, and at parties. Every sport can have unbelievable energy and important milestones and achievements, but without FUN, no one watches between those moments. Read More...

Mohawk: Alagna in the role of underdog for 2017 NA Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Tony Alagna is set to make his fifth appearance in the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 when he sends Western Hill, a Western Ideal gelding from the Art Major mare Cosmo Blue Chip, from post nine with Doug McNair driving the 20-1 morning-line shot. Read More...

The Pizza Man tries to defy age in Black Tie Affair

DRF | 1 week ago
The Pizza Man, the venerable Illinois-bred gelding, races for the first time as an 8-year-old when he starts as the heavy favorite in the $50,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap for Illinois-breds Saturday at Arlington. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 6/17 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, June 16, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Giant Expectations gone, but probably not for long

DRF | 1 week ago
Giant Expectations, a New York-bred based in Southern California, shipped to New York a few weeks ago and won two races in a span of 11 days for trainer Peter Eurton. Eurton said Wednesday that Giant Expectations is back with him in Southern California while he and the owners discuss future plans. Read More...

Joking back in training

DRF | 1 week ago
Joking, the Grade 1 Vosburgh winner who got sick after arriving in Southern California last fall for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, has returned to training at Belmont Park and is being pointed for a late summer/fall campaign. Read More...

Shaman Ghost and Dolphus side by side in work

DRF | 1 week ago
Thursday morning at Belmont Park, Shaman Ghost and Dolphus came charging down the stretch together on even terms, working together in preparation for their next engagements. Read More...

Brown has more than just numbers in Poker

DRF | 1 week ago
The Poker is one of the few turf stakes at Belmont Park yet to have appeared on trainer Chad Brown's résumé. Sunday, he'll have a better than 50 percent chance to change that when he sends out half the field in the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker at a mile over Belmont Park's Widener turf course. Read More...

Enterprising a major player in Rainbow 6

DRF | 1 week ago
Enterprising looks like a potential single in the final leg of the Rainbow 6, which has a mandatory payout on Saturday. The final pool could end up in the vicinity of $4 million. Read More...

King: Breaking Lucky can fill out exacta in Stephen Foster

DRF | 1 week ago
Watching Breaking Lucky get bumped, squeezed, and shuffled back into the first turn of the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes on Kentucky Oaks Day, I made a mental trip note, eager to forgive his distant fifth-place finish and bet him in his next race. Read More...

Sailingforthesun has proven she can fire fresh

DRF | 1 week ago
Sailingforthesun will make her seasonal debut in a $35,000 optional-claiming race at Hastings on Saturday. If she runs as well as she did coming off the bench in 2015 and last year, she is going to be a handful in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for fillies and mares that drew seven horses. Read More...

Absatootly, Clipthecouponannie finally meet in Dancin Renee

DRF | 1 week ago
Absatootly and Clipthecouponannie have traveled in the same circles, but have never met. Saturday, that will change when the pair of 4-year-old New York-bred fillies square off in the $100,000 Dancin Renee Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Forever Unbridled starts comeback in Fleur De Lis

DRF | 1 week ago
The road to a return appearance in the Breeders' Cup Distaff for Forever Unbridled may begin Saturday evening in the Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Summertime Oaks gives Faypien chance to shine

DRF | 1 week ago
Winner of the seven-furlong Angels Flight Stakes, Faypien will have her first start around two turns in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 6/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 6/17 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pleuven can make history with second Wise Dan victory

DRF | 1 week ago
Pleuven has a long way to go to live up to the accomplishments of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who won the race formerly known as the Firecracker Handicap in 2011 and 2013. But Pleuven will attempt to join Wise Dan as the only two-time winners of the race when he starts in this year's Grade 2, $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes under the lights Saturday on the Churchill turf. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 6/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 6/17 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 6/17 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 6/17 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 10 – June 13

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

Yellow Agate ends hiatus in wide-open Alma North

DRF | 1 week ago
There are some pretty nice 3-year-old fillies patroling the Mid-Atlantic this summer, including Shimmering Aspen, Sine Wave, Astrollinthepark, and Crabcakes. On Saturday at Laurel Park, when those four line up against Grade 1 winner Yellow Agate and Kentucky shipper China Grove, something interesting is bound to happen. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 8 – June 13

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

Sircat Sally puts unbeaten mark on the line in Honeymoon

DRF | 1 week ago
Sircat Sally's fast finish in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes here on May 6 has given trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confidence she will remain unbeaten in Saturday's Grade 2 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

One Fine Dream stretches out for Cyclones

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Kelly Von Hemel surely has been looking forward with his best older Iowa-breds toward this part of the Prairie Meadows meet. Read More...

Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Dirt to turf move can work for California Swing

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

Gun Runner, Bird Song to tangle early in Stephen Foster

DRF | 1 week ago
Gun Runner and Bird Song are the two primary speed horses in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster on Saturday. What happens by the time they cross under the wire the first time could go a long way in determining the outcome of the race. Read More...

McSwain, longtime assistant racing secretary, dies at 53

DRF | 1 week ago
Longtime Woodbine assistant racing secretary Sheryl McSwain died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 53. Read More...

Layoffs end in wide-open Salvator Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
The Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on Saturday is a complicated race, but then again this game was never meant to be easy. Two of the top players in the nine-horse field are coming off long layoffs. Read More...

Daddys Blushing hopes to stay perfect with Mountain Top win

DRF | 1 week ago
Daddys Blushing will attempt to run his career record to 4 for 4 Saturday, when he takes on fastest-qualifier Flash Moonfire in the $392,586 Mountain Top Futurity for Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

B C Z Middleton seeks repeat in Washington State Legislators

DRF | 1 week ago
B C Z Middleton paid $32.60 when she beat older fillies and mares in the Washington State Legislators as a 3-year-old at Emerald Downs last year. She won't be nearly the same price when she tries to defend her title in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint at Emerald on Saturday. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 17: Picks for Stephen Foster Handicap, Regret Stakes, Summertime Oaks

DRF | 1 week ago
Stakes aficionados might have to adjust their racing schedules Saturday as the big Stephen Foster Handicap program at Churchill Downs is an evening one. The Grade 1, $500,000 Foster tops a card that also includes four other graded stakes. And Santa Anita has a Grade 2 stakes doubleheader consisting of the Summertime Oaks and the Honeymoon, which are worth $200,000 each. Read More...

Preliminary contests for World Championship of Handicapping featured this weekend

DRF | 1 week ago
The Triple Crown may be in the rearview mirror, but the action continues unabated on DRF Tournaments this weekend. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, June 18, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Sha Tin selections and analysis for Sunday, June 18. Read More...

Plenty of options for bettors in Regret Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
What the Regret Stakes lacks in star power, it makes up for in competitiveness. Of the five graded stakes to be run Saturday night at Churchill Downs, it can boast the biggest field and arguably the greatest allure for bettors. Read More...

McCraken starts second half in Matt Winn Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
McCraken will be a heavy favorite Saturday night in the Grade 3, $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. The colt will face five other 3-year-olds in the 1 1/16-mile Winn, the first step in what trainer Ian Wilkes hopes is a return to prominence among his class. Read More...

Hemlock Channel at top of his game for Spangled Jimmy

DRF | 1 week ago
Hemlock Channel rallied into a fast pace when he set a track record of 1:15.38 for 6 1/2 furlongs at Northlands Park May 31. He should get a similar trip when he runs in the $50,000 Spangled Jimmy Handicap at Northlands Saturday. Read More...