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Gormley outbattles American Anthem in Sham

DRF | 1 week ago
Gormley is named for a famed British sculptor, but it is trainer John Shirreffs who is molding Antony Gormley’s namesake into one of the top prospects for the Kentucky Derby. Gormley disappointed in his final start at age 2, but he rebounded on Saturday with a big effort, out-dueling the well-regarded American Anthem in a thrilling edition of the Grade 3, $100,690 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Santa Anita: String of favorites in $5,014 pick six; $108,893 jackpot carryover for Sunday

DRF | 1 week ago
The $2 pick six paid $5,014 at Santa Anita on Saturday, a day in which four favorites obliged. Because there were multiple winning tickets sold, the carryover provision in the single ticket jackpot pool increased to $108,893 for Sunday’s program. Read More...

Sonic Mule succeeds going a mile in Mucho Macho Man

DRF | 1 week ago
Todd Pletcher had hoped to run Sonic Mule on Saturday in the seven-furlong, Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes. But when that race was cancelled due to lack of entries, the meet’s leading trainer went to Plan B and was rewarded after Sonic Mule registered a gutsy neck victory over a hard-luck State of Honor in the one-mile Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Bellavais works hard to earn first stakes win in Ginger Brew

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Jimmy Toner’s prowess with turf fillies is well-documented. That trend looks like it will continue again this season with the promising 3-year-old Bellavais, who became a stakes winner in her first attempt after overcoming trouble to register a three-quarter length decision over former claimer Indian Mantuana in Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Brew at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Watch This Cat continues sharp form sprinting in Las Cienegas

DRF | 1 week ago
Sprints – on dirt or turf – are a good fit for Watch This Cat these days. In Saturday’s Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs on a muddy track, Watch This Cat rallied three wide to win the first stakes of her career. The race was scheduled for turf, but was switched to the main track early Saturday because of wet conditions. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Made You Look rallies powerfully to win Dania Beach

DRF | 1 week ago
Making his first start since a middling run in the Breeders’ Cup, Made You Look unleashed a furious outside rally after turning for home to post a 2 1/2-length triumph Saturday in the 12th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park in south Florida. Read More...

Wildcat Kate by a neck in Old Hat Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Wildcat Kate launched her 3-year-old campaign doing something she was unable to accomplish at 2: defeat Bode’s Dream. Read More...

Aqueduct cancels Saturday card due to jockeys’ safety concerns

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday’s nine-race card at Aqueduct was canceled after the jockeys told New York Racing Association management they wouldn’t ride, citing safety concerns related to winter weather conditions. It was the second cancellation of the winter meet. Read More...

Beer: Aqueduct pick five for Saturday, Jan. 7

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike Beer's pick five for Aqueduct on Saturday, Jan. 7. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Joy Drive can rebound in his second start off the layoff

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

Free: How I’ll play Santa Anita on Sunday, Jan. 8

DRF | 1 week ago
Whom do you like – Unique Bella or Shane’s Girlfriend? What do you like more, 8-5 or 9-5? It’s a trick question. Everyone knows how difficult it is to generate consistent profits by backing low-odds favorites, although the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes on Sunday shapes up as one of the most interesting stakes of the Santa Anita winter meet. Either favorite, Unique Bella or Shane’s Girlfriend, could win the seven-furlong Santa Ynez, for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Bernier: How I’ll play Santa Anita on Saturday, Jan. 7

DRF | 1 week ago
The recent stretch of soggy weather in Southern California has made handicapping the races at Santa Anita particularly difficult, and today appears to be no exception. The National Weather Service is predicting a 90 percent chance of rain until 4 p.m. locally before it falls to a 60 percent chance for the remainder of the day. It would appear that turf racing is in serious jeopardy, and even if they do run on the grass, it's likely to be quite wet. Having said all of that, here are a few runners to consider on today's card at Santa Anita. Read More...

Giwner: Can 2016 be the first of many career years for Marcus Miller?

DRF | 1 week ago
Marcus Miller is going places. Coming off the best year of his career and with his success confirmed by winning the Rising Star Award from the United States Harness Writers Association, the sky seems to be the limit for the 27-year-old driver. Read More...

Meadowlands: Handle tops $3 million on Friday night

DRF | 1 week ago
The public pumped $3,311,264 through the wagering windows on the 13-race card at the Meadowlands on Friday night. The total represents a nearly 15-percent increase over the corresponding date last year, which featured 14 races. Read More...

King: Gulfstream Park pick four for Saturday, Jan. 7

DRF | 1 week ago
A series of contentious races offers value in the late pick four at Gulfstream on Saturday. So, let’s take a look at the sequence and my suggested TicketMaker play. Read More...

Jackpot pick six pool swells to $85,520

DRF | 1 week ago
The $2 pick six paid $44,401 at Santa Anita on Friday, but since there were multiple winning tickets sold the carryover provision in the single ticket jackpot pool has swelled to $85,520 for Saturday. Read More...

Valadorna getting closer to first start of 2017

DRF | 1 week ago
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Valadorna worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:01.60, her longest timed workout since she arrived at Fair Grounds from Florida for trainer Mark Casse to prepare for her 2017 debut. Read More...

Slight nod to Fearless Dragon in Sunday’s allowance feature

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunday’s $48,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park drew a full and well-matched field of 12 older horses to go a mile, with the stakes-placed Fearless Dragon likely to go off a tepid choice for trainer Eric Guillot. Read More...

Pletcher has four nominees for Hal’s Hope

DRF | 1 week ago
The Hal’s Hope is one of three graded stakes to be run here at Gulfstream Park next weekend, along with the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale and Grade 3 Marshua’s River. The Grade 3 Hal’s Hope attracted 20 nominations, including four from leading trainer Todd Pletcher – Tommy Macho, Zulu, Madefromlucky, and Stanford Read More...

Maker has 40-day suspension rescinded

DRF | 1 week ago
Stewards in Kentucky have issued a ruling rescinding a 40-day suspension handed down last year to trainer Mike Maker for a post-race positive of dextrorphan, the metabolite of a once-common ingredient in cough syrup, according to a copy of the ruling and racing officials. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 1/9 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 1/9 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 1/9 Analysis

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Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 1/9 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Tourist

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Tourist came into 2016 still seeking the first Grade 1 win of his career. He got that in August, when he won the Fourstardave at Saratoga, and he wound up his 5-year-old season – and career – with two Grade 1 wins, a Breeders' Cup trophy, and as a finalist for an Eclipse award as the champion older male turf horse of 2016. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Highland Reel

DRF | 1 week ago
Highland Reel's performance in winning the Breeders' Cup Turf in his only U.S. start was enough to give him a spot as one of three finalists for the Eclipse Award in the older male turf division. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Flintshire

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Chad Brown's stable already was loaded with high-class turf horses when Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms told Brown early in 2016 they were sending him another star. Flintshire's world travels twice had brought him to the United Sates for single races. Now, he would be spending the entire 2016 season with Brown. Read More...

Legislation could keep JICF payments same as 2016

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Rick Violette, the president of New York's Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, is hopeful that legislation will be passed this year that will help keep workman's compensation premiums in line with 2016. Read More...

TV analyst Blewitt no longer at NYRA

DRF | 1 week ago
Jason Blewitt, who has worked at the New York Racing Association since 1998, was fired Thursday as the company eliminated his position as television host and analyst. Read More...

Mo Town returns to worktab, points to Gotham Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Mo Town, who won the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct in November, returned to the worktab Friday at Payson Park as he begins preparations for his 3-year-old campaign. Read More...

Hovdey: Chrome bids adieu to his California home

DRF | 1 week ago
A dozen or so of California Chrome's loyal fans were gathered at Art Sherman's Los Alamitos barn in the wee hours of a chilly Friday morning, there to pay homage to their chestnut hero as he prepared to leave for Florida and his final start in the Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28. Read More...

Lovell anxious to get barn back in action

DRF | 1 week ago
Besides trainer Alice Cohn, whose horse had to be euthanized after it contracted equine herpesvirus and got very sick on Christmas Day, no trainer at Fair Grounds has been harder hit by the ongoing herpes outbreak than Michelle Lovell. Read More...

Pegasus World Cup prospect Eragon gets feel for Gulfstream’s track

DRF | 1 week ago
Pegasus World Cup contender Eragon visited the Gulfstream Park track for the first time Friday, jogging two miles before reversing direction and galloping a little more than a mile after the first renovation break. Read More...

Sunshine Millions purses slashed by $300,000

DRF | 1 week ago
The Sunshine Millions has been a favorite of fans and horsemen alike each January since its inception in 2003. But the popular series of races, which once again serve as a lead-in to the Eclipse Award ceremonies here at Gulfstream Park later this month, will take a bit of a hit this winter with the announcement that purses have been cut from the $900,000 originally earmarked for the five races on the schedule to only $600,000. Read More...

Arrogate’s training hampered by wet weather

DRF | 1 week ago
Arrogate, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, is in need of a workout this weekend to stay on schedule for an expected start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Unique Bella tops talented cast for Santa Ynez Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
January sprints for 3-year-old fillies do not normally include as much star power – real or imagined – as the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita. But this is no ordinary Santa Ynez. It includes the most talked-about filly in California, whose only win was against maidens. Another is one of the fastest in the country, based on a romp at Delta Downs, and another is a Grade 1 winner trying to restore a reputation. Read More...

NY Stallion Freud’s fee steady at $10,000

DRF | 1 week ago
Sequel Stallions New York, in Hudson, N.Y., released its advertised stud fees for the 2017 breeding season, with perennial state powerhouse Freud holding the top spot at $10,000. Read More...

Waves of Blue goes for softer spot in Ruthless

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer David Fawkes shipped Waves of Blue to New York, where she appears to have found an easier spot in Sunday's $100,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs at Aqueduct. Read More...

Two-stage qualifiers back for BCBC

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunday sees the return of the two-stage qualifying format for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge to DRF Tournaments. This month there will be a little bit of a twist. The first contest, this Sunday, requires a $100 buy-in and the top 10 percent will advance, as in the past. Read More...

Cannon-bone fracture sidelines Chao Chom

DRF | 1 week ago
The California-bred stakes winner Chao Chom, who was pulled up in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, will be out six months after X-rays revealed a cannon-bone fracture. Read More...

American Gal to miss 60 days following ankle surgery

DRF | 1 week ago
American Gal, among the top 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita and one of the Kaleem Shah-owned runners previously trained by Bob Baffert, will be out 60 days after undergoing minor surgery to remove a chip from an ankle. Read More...

Aschinger has two in Endeavour Stakes prep

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Gerald Aschinger has Lots o' Lex and Emerald Pond on Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs in the featured eighth race, a no-conditions, $27,500 allowance that covers 1 1/16 miles on the turf course. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Dec. 30 – Jan. 2

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

2016 Eclipse Awards: New Money Honey

DRF | 1 week ago
If you want an idea of the regard trainer Chad Brown has for New Money Honey, his quote after he sent out his filly to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf speaks volumes. “I think the sky is the limit,” Brown said of New Money Honey. “A mile [the distance of the Juvenile Fillies Turf] is as short as she wants to run. I think this filly has an unbelievable future. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Lady Aurelia

DRF | 1 week ago
The Eclipse Awards are 46 years old this year, and it should come as no surprise that there have been some interesting and distinctive divisional finalists over that time. But Lady Aurelia, a finalist for champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, might very well be the most unique Eclipse Award divisional finalist ever. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Champagne Room

DRF | 1 week ago
Now that the dust has settled, it doesn't really matter that Champagne Room was 33-1 when she won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. The only thing that REALLY matters is, Champagne Room won the Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 by Bob Fierro & Jay Kilgore

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday's card will be affected by the weather in several places, but for our Pick we are betting they get the card in at Aqueduct. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Tepin

DRF | 1 week ago
In 2015, Tepin became the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Mile in five years. In 2016, she reached a unique milestone – the first American-based horse to win the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting in England. No wonder Tepin is again a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding turf female of 2016, a title she won in 2015. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Lady Eli

DRF | 1 week ago
Lady Eli did not disappoint in 2016. Yes, she lost more than she won, but she was never beaten far, and was beaten only a nose in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. In three starts, Lady Eli was so outstanding that she has been honored as a finalist for the Eclipse Award in the female turf category. Read More...

2016 Eclipse Awards: Miss Temple City

DRF | 1 week ago
Twice in 2016, Miss Temple City beat males in Grade 1 races on turf at Keeneland – the Maker's 46 Mile in April and the Shadwell Turf Mile in October. Add a hard-fought win in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes against fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Del Mar on Dec. 4, and Miss Temple City compiled a record that earned her a place among the three finalists for the Eclipse Award as outstanding turf female of 2016. Read More...