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Gulfstream stakes slate tops $11 million

DRF | 13 hours ago
Gulfstream Park will offer a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during the 2015-16 Championship Meet, which begins on Dec. 5. Read More...

Crist: Pharoah’s defeat easily explained

DRF | 13 hours ago
Retiring American Pharoah after his Travers defeat would have been a disservice to the horse, his connections, and his legion of fans – and it all would have been due to an erroneous, though widespread, view of what happened in the Travers. Read More...

Favorite Tale bumped to Plan B in Marshall Jenney

DRF | 13 hours ago
The Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races card at Parx on Saturday will include five $100,000 statebred stakes as planned – just not the five originally scheduled. Read More...

Suffolk opens for first of three big-money cards

DRF | 13 hours ago
It was like a family reunion at Suffolk Downs Thursday as horsemen began shipping horses into the 80-year-old racetrack in preparation for the first of three Thoroughbred Racing Festival days on Saturday. Read More...

Belladiva gets class relief in featured claimer

DRF | 14 hours ago
Belladiva looks like the one to beat in a $25,000 conditional-claiming race for fillies and mares that serves as the feature Saturday at Emerald Downs. Not counting maiden wins, the 6 1/2-furlong sprint is restricted to horses who have not won two races. It drew seven horses, and Belladiva will appreciate the class relief after running in three straight $25,000 optional-claiming races. Read More...

DeVivo: Pick three play at Saratoga for Friday, Sept. 4

DRF | 14 hours ago
DRF handicapper Joe DeVivo provides strategy for a pick three play on Friday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

Tribal Drama talented new face in Affirmed cast

DRF | 15 hours ago
No fewer than the first six finishers from the Dr. Fager Stakes will be rematched when a second leg in the 2015 Florida Sire Stakes series, the $300,000 Affirmed Stakes, is run Saturday at Gulfstream Park. A promising colt named Tribal Drama will add to a deep lineup of 2-year-olds in the seven-furlong Affirmed. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Gonzalez successful after layoffs

DRF | 15 hours ago
Trainer Oscar M. Gonzalez saddles Sora (#5, ML 12-1) in Thursday's eighth race at Gulfstream Park, a 5 1/2-furlong claiming race. Since Jan., 1, 2014, Gonzalez is winning at a 31 percent clip when saddling a horse coming off a 31-60-day layoff, for a return on investment of $4.87. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Riker stretches out in Swynford Stakes

DRF | 15 hours ago
Riker, one of North America’s fastest 2-year-olds, will try to stretch his speed out to seven furlongs on Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Swynford Stakes. Read More...

Too Flash For You favored in All American Gold Cup

DRF | 15 hours ago
Too Flash For You was in peak form on Labor Day weekend in 2014, winning the $1,920,887 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs for his third and final stakes win of the year. Read More...

Awesome Slate, Kristofferson hard to separate in Birdcatcher

DRF | 15 hours ago
Trainer Tim Rycroft has an excellent chance of sweeping the two stakes races for juveniles at Northlands Park this weekend. On Saturday he has the two big shots with Awesome Slate and Kristofferson in the $50,000 Birdcatcher. Read More...

Jerardi: Liam’s Map facing deep Woodward cast

DRF | 15 hours ago
The Woodward at Saratoga features horses that have a combined 24 triple-digit Beyers, so this is no easy call. Read More...

American Pharoah to Continue Racing

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Despite comments after American Pharoah's runner-up finish in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I) which indicated he was considering retirement, owner Ahmed Zayat announced the colt will target the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Read More...

American Pharoah points to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 16 hours ago
With the belief that American Pharoah “deserves the chance to be in the sport’s premier year-end event,” his owner and breeder, Ahmed Zayat, confirmed Thursday that American Pharoah would remain in training and point to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, mirroring the comments trainer Bob Baffert made 48 hours earlier. Read More...

Florida Sire Stakes Series Continues Sept. 5

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold are well-positioned to improve on their record 16 wins in the Florida Sires Stakes Series in the Affirmed and Susan's Girl divisions at Gulfstream Park Sept. 5. Read More...

Yonkers: In The Arsenal has sights set on Messenger win

DRF | 16 hours ago
There won’t be the same challenges for In The Arsenal this Saturday night as there were in the opening leg of pacing’s Triple Crown. The sophomore colt paid dearly for trying to leave the gate into Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Cane at the Meadowlands in early August, but that rival won’t be in the lineup for the $500,000 Messenger at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 27 to August 30

DRF | 16 hours ago
Sharp Horses and Track Trends by Bob Pandolfo for August 27 to 30, 2015. Read More...

USADA Contributes to Steroid Crackdown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The United States Anti-Doping Agency assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency in a nationwide series of enforcement actions targeting the global underground trade of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Read More...

Hampstead Heath repeats in Halton Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Hampstead Heath ($14.90) won the $125,800 Halton Stakes for the second year in a row Wednesday night at Woodbine. The one-mile turf route was the first of six stakes on the card for graduates of local yearling sales. Read More...

Wild in the Saddle wins Tranquility Lake Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Wild in the Saddle, refreshed from an early-summer trip to the farm, won her second stakes of 2015 in Wednesday’s $108,330 Tranquility Lake Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Read More...

Curlin relocating to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms

DRF | 1 day ago
Hall of Famer Curlin, who is in the midst of an outstanding summer season with runners such as Travers Stakes winner Keen Ice, will relocate to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky., for the 2016 breeding season. Read More...

Curlin to Hill ‘n’ Dale in 2016

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin will relocate from Lane's End to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm for the 2016 breeding season, majority owner Stonestreet Farm announced Sept. 2. Read More...

Del Mar Debutante Field Talented and Diverse

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Bob Baffert-trained Pretty N Cool will draw more than enough attention in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I), but the daughter of Scat Daddy will face a group of talented and diverse challengers Sept. 5. Read More...

Pick six carryover of $201,242 for Thursday

DRF | 1 day ago
There will be a pick six carryover of $201,242 into Thursday’s card at Saratoga after nothing but longshots came in on Wednesday. Read More...

Suffolk to Reopen for First of Three Programs

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
One year after the ownership group of Suffolk Downs announced it would no longer host live racing and subsequently shuttered the barn area, the track will reopen its doors Sept. 5 for the first of three racing programs. Read More...

Riker Aims for Third Straight Win in Swynford

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Tucci Stables' Riker will try to make it three straight Saturday when he faces an expected four other 2-year-olds in the $125,000 Swynford Stakes on the Polytrack at Woodbine. Read More...

Spendthrift Out Front with Top Sires’ Fees

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Spendthrift Farm has set 2016 fees for two of its most popular stallions. Into Mischief's fee will rise $10,000 to $45,000 and Malibu Moon's fee of $95,000 will be the same as last year's. Read More...

Goldy Espony on Streak Entering Glen Falls

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Goldy Espony will look to extend her win streak to four in the $200,000 Glen Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Goldy Espony on Streak Entering Glens Falls

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Goldy Espony will look to extend her win streak to four in the $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Takeover Target Heads Saranac

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Takeover Target shares the highweight assignment Sept. 5 as part of a trio for trainer Chad Brown in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Pandolfo: Wager selection is key in maximizing profit

DRF | 1 day ago
As much as I like all of the exotic wagering options that are available now, I have to admit it was a lot simpler years ago. When I first started going to the track many races just had win, place, show and exacta wagering. Read More...

No Stability with Texas Commission Funding

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Temporarily funding the Texas Racing Commission for three months just keeps the agency shrouded in uncertainty for another 90 days. Read More...

Back to Business for Liam’s Map in Woodward

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday, Sept. 3

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

Rachel’s Valentina, Tonasah Head Spinaway

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old Bernardini filly out of champion Rachel Alexandra, looks to take a step up for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga. Read More...

Isabella Sings Tuned for Boiling Springs

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Siena Farm's homebred Isabella Sings, a winner of the faster division of the July 26 Little Silver Stakes, takes the spotlight Sept. 5 in the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) for sophomore fillies at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Ageless, Living The Life Return for Masters

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Lael Stables' Ageless, who rarely fails to put forth an excellent effort, is scheduled to return to Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 7 for another try in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Final Take on Pharoah Post-Crown Tour

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
There is one final moment on the American Pharoah post Triple Crown tour that needs to be mentioned; this time to demonstrate how today's sights, sounds, and actions can reflect the changing times. Read More...

Texas tracks allowed to reopen after temporary agreement reached

DRF | 1 day ago
The Texas Racing Commission authorized the state’s tracks to resume simulcasting and racing operations Wednesday morning after a temporary plan to fund the commission’s administrative costs was announced after hours Tuesday by the offices of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Read More...

Hogan: How I’d play Del Mar for Thursday, Sept. 3

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Mike Hogan outlines his strategy for playing Thursday's card at Del Mar. Read More...

Runhappy thrives in spotlight after King’s Bishop triumph

DRF | 1 day ago
Runhappy, the 3-year-old colt who earned a 113 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Grade 1 King’s Bishop with Edgar Prado aboard Saturday at Saratoga, returned to training for the first time Wednesday at the Thoroughbred training center in Lexington, Ky., and continues to thrive, according to trainer Maria Borell. Read More...

Effinex gets his Grade 1 shot in Woodward

DRF | 1 day ago
After winning a Grade 3 and a Grade 2 stakes already this year, Effinex gets his first opportunity to win a Grade 1 when he runs in Saturday’s $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Azar secures maiden victory in With Anticipation

DRF | 1 day ago
Azar and Next Shares, the only maidens in the field, dominated Wednesday’s $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes, finishing one-two in the Grade 2 turf stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga. Read More...

Steven Pini, Suffolk Downs track superintendent, dies at 63

DRF | 1 day ago
Steven J. Pini, the longtime track superintendent at Suffolk Downs and the 2009 recipient of the Sam McCracken Memorial Award for lifetime contributions to New England racing, died Sept. 1 after suffering a sudden heart attack. Read More...

Suffolk Superintendent Steven Pini Dies at 63

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Steven J. Pini, the longtime track superintendent at Suffolk Downs and a third generation employee of the racetrack, suffered a fatal heart attack Sept. 1. He was 63. Read More...

Sheer Drama will train up to BC Distaff

DRF | 1 day ago
Sheer Drama is settled back in at her Gulfstream Park base after winning last weekend’s Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga, and the plan is for her to train locally up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer David Fawkes said Wednesday. Read More...

Ceisteach in sharp form for Glens Falls

DRF | 1 day ago
Ceisteach, winner of the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware in her last start, drew post 4 and heads a field of nine entered in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 miles. Read More...

Takeover Target tops Brown’s Saranac trio

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Chad Brown will send out the trio of Takeover Target, Money Multiplier and Winter Springs in a field of eight entered for Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on turf. Read More...

Azar Captures With Anticipation Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Alto Racing's Azar won for the first time in a big way Sept. 2, taking the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Recount probable for Gallant Bob at Parx

DRF | 1 day ago
The Illinois-bred Recount, a winner in five of his seven career starts, probably will race next in the $300,000 Gallant Bob on Sept. 19 at Parx Racing, trainer Jim DiVito said. Read More...