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Suburban distance right up Tonalist’s alley

DRF | 1 day ago
Tonalist will be a heavy favorite when he stretches back out to 1 1/4 miles in the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday. Read More...

PDJF Day Across America Scheduled for Aug. 1

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The second annual "PDJF Day Across America," a day of fundraising and awareness-building for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund, will be held Saturday, Aug. 1. Read More...

Sheer Drama will stretch out in Delaware Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer David Fawkes said he was never tempted to turn Sheer Drama back to six furlongs for Sunday’s Grade 2 Princess Rooney at Gulfstream Park. Instead, he’ll stretch his Grade 2 winner out to 1 1/4 miles for the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 18. Read More...

Westminister Road in top form coming into turf sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
Westminister Road and Susie Bee, first and third in an overnight handicap for 3-year-old fillies on June 13 at Gulfstream Park, will meet again under similar conditions going 7 1/2 furlongs on turf in Saturday’s main event. Read More...

Danish Dynaformer early 3-1 favorite in Queen’s Plate

DRF | 1 day ago
Plate Trial Stakes winner Danish Dynaformer has been made the 3-1 morning-line favorite and will start from post 7 in a field of 14 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds for the 156th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate on Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Private Zone cuts back for Sprint Championship

DRF | 1 day ago
Private Zone loves Belmont Park, the seven furlongs of the $400,000 Sprint Championship at Belmont Park on Saturday suit him well, and he won’t be facing Honor Code or Tonalist. Things are looking good. Read More...

Wildcat Red finishes preparations for Smile Sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
Aside from starts in the Kentucky Derby and Haskell, Wildcat Red has been among the favorites in just about every other race he’s competed in during his career. But the multiple graded stakes winner will be considered among the outsiders when he returns from a near six-month layoff in Sunday’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap. Read More...

Work All Week, Alsvid Meet Again in Smile

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Work All Week is the most accomplished performer in the July 5 Summit of Speed program, and the champion male sprinter of 2014 looks to get his revenge on season debut spoiler Alsvid. Read More...

Coffee Clique tries to extend Lynch’s hot hand in Penny Memorial

DRF | 1 day ago
The first graded stakes of the season at Parx Racing, the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap, has drawn New York-based Grade 1 winner Coffee Clique form the barn of red-hot trainer Brian Lynch. Read More...

Kitten’s Dumplings seeks to regain good form in Ellis Turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Kitten’s Dumplings, seeking to regain the form that made her a Grade 1 winner in October 2013, gets major class relief as the favorite in Saturday’s Ellis Park Turf for fillies and mares. Read More...

Heitai, String King head solid Louisiana Legends card

DRF | 1 day ago
Some short fields and even shorter prices populate some of the Louisiana Legends Night program Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, but there are also some deep races that should provide plenty of handicapping challenges. Read More...

Jerardi: Bolo, Lady Eli logical but no locks in Belmont Derby, Oaks

DRF | 1 day ago
Bolo could very well control Saturday’s Belmont Derb with his early speed. The Belmont Oaks will be a real test for Lady Eli, a filly with rare ability and a Euro burst of speed in the stretch. Read More...

Back Seat Roll meets Funnyoushouldask in Foutz

DRF | 1 day ago
Back Seat Roll will attempt to remain unbeaten at two turns on Saturday when she takes on highweight Funnyoushouldask in the $45,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M. Read More...

Juan Gonzalez offers few clues to bettors

DRF | 1 day ago
The $50,000-added Juan Gonzalez Memorial at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet matches five wire-to-wire maiden winners and a first-time starter. That could lead bettors to do a lot of head scratching when the 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies is run Saturday. Read More...

Conquest Stables takes first shot at Queen’s Plate

DRF | 1 day ago
Ernie Semersky and partner Dory Newell’s Conquest Stables has ascended to prominence after just three years in operation, and the stable will have its first Queen’s Plate starter Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Kharafa heads Elkwood field

DRF | 1 day ago
The 6-year-old Kharafa has done most of his best work in stakes restricted to New York-breds, winning three turf routes and finishing second in two other added-money events since 2013. His most recent performance and his ability to stalk what should be a hot and contested pace make him dangerous in Saturday’s $75,000 Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, July 4: Picks for Dwyer, Penny Memorial, Belmont Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
I like Tommy Macho, who is 2 for 2 at the Belmont Park meet and should be a reasonably good price in Saturday’s Dwyer Stakes. Read More...

Merry Meadow Returns in Princess Rooney

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Three-time graded-stakes winner Merry Meadow will cut back to her ideal distance when she returns from more than a three-month layoff in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park July 5. Read More...

Key Race report: Nite Delite returns in maiden special weight race

DRF | 1 day ago
Nite Delite (#2, ML 5-2) returns in Thursday’s eighth race at Los Alamitos, a six-furlong maiden special weight race. It will be her first start since finishing fifth by four lengths in a maiden special weight race May 23 at Santa Anita. The first-, third-, and sixth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Hovdey: Kentuckian late to the party

DRF | 1 day ago
In the Eastern part of the country the focus on 3-year-olds not named American Pharoah will be on Texas Red in the Dwyer at Belmont, but out West, all eyes will turn to the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby and the appearance of Fox Hill Farm’s Kentuckian, impressive winner of the seven-furlong Lazaro Barrera Stakes last time out. Read More...

Calgary Cat will try to get back on track in Achievement

DRF | 1 day ago
Calgary Cat, Canada’s reigning champion sprinter, will try to rebound off a rare subpar showing on Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Achievement Stakes. Read More...

Shamardal Filly Prevails in Deauville Unveiling

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015 8:41 AM ET 2nd at DVL (DEAUVILLE)?25,000 Prix de Nonant-le-Pin     Winner: Gherdaiya (GB) by Shamardal Al Shaqab Racing's Gherdaiya (GB) (Shamardal) ma... Read More...

Lady Eli Heads Brown’s Belmont Oaks Hand

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown has a strong chance to notch his second victory in as many runnings of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4 at Belmont Park, in which he will send out three horses led by undefeated Lady Eli. Read More...

Mr. Bowling strikes in Lieutenant Governor’s

DRF | 2 days ago
Mr. Bowling took firm control of the older handicap division with a convincing 1 1/4-length win over Modern in the $50,000 Lieutenant Governor’s at Hastings on Wednesday. He paid $4.60 as the second choice behind Modern in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

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TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 8:11 PM ET As Lady Eli (Divine Park) heads into Saturday's GI Belmont Oaks Invitational with a perfect five-for-five... Read More...

Bluegrass Angus impresses in Chris Loseth Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Bluegrass Angus was very impressive in winning the $50,000 Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings on Wednesday. Stretching out to a middle distance for the first time, he paid $4.90 for his three-length win over 63-1 shot Brother Duster in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Kentuckian Tops Los Alamitos Derby Field

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
For the second year in a row, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to have an overwhelming favorite in the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

Texas Red Provides Dwyer Stakes Star Power

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
All eyes will be on Texas Red when the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner makes his first start in more than five months in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Miss Ella, ‘Silver’ Back for Victory Ride

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After disappointing finishes in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), graded stakes winners Miss Ella and Promise Me Silver will look to get back to their winning ways in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Divisidero, Bolo Meet in Deep Belmont Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Divisidero will try for a second straight stakes victory on the inner turf at Belmont Park in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) July 4, while classic runner Bolo will ship in from the West Coast. Read More...

Red Rifle Rallies to Dominion Day Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Red Rifle secured his first stakes victory of the 2015 season when he rallied on the outside to win the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine. Read More...

Former Owner, Publicity Director Disney Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jack Disney, a longtime sports writer who went on to serve as the director of publicity at Hollywood Park, died at his home in Irvine, Calif. June 29 at the age of 80. Read More...

Twining Dies in Japan at Age 24

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Twining, a U.S. graded stakes winner and international sire, has died in Japan, Japan's Paca Paca Farm said via Twitter. Read More...

Red Rifle avoids disqualification to win Dominion Day

DRF | 2 days ago
Red Rifle, the favored shipper from Belmont Park, fired big in Wednesday’s Grade 3, $153,600 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths over Florida Won in the 10-furlong event. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/3 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/3 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Grade I Winners Meet in Belmont Sprint

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade I winners The Big Beast and Private Zone will face off in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/3 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 7/3 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Normandy Invasion finishes second in return

DRF | 2 days ago
Normandy Invasion came up a little short while making his first start in more than a year on Wednesday at Delaware Park. Normandy Invasion, 5, has had two long layoffs in his career, with the first partially due to foot problems. His comeback Wednesday came after he underwent surgery to repair fractured sesamoids, an injury sustained while training last September. Read More...

Our Caravan Spoils Normandy Invasion Comeback

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
In his first race in more than a year, Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion finished second in his 5-year-old season debut in what amounted to a match race with winner Our Caravan July 1 at Delaware Park. Read More...

Classic Winner Tonalist Towers Over Suburban

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/3 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/3 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Meadowlands: Elliott holds the top pair in Graduate final

DRF | 2 days ago
A quick glance at the past performances for Friday’s $250,000 Graduate final for 4-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands is all it takes to realize that trainer Steve Elliott is holding all of the cards. At the very least, in Rockeyed Optimist and Doo Wop Hanover he holds a pair of aces and the competition is statistically overmatched. Read More...

Pocono: Sophomore pacing colts set for round two in Hempt final

DRF | 2 days ago
The top 3-year-old male pacers in North America meet Saturday in the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but with trainer Tony Alagna expecting the group to “trade punches all year,” the event might as well be called “Round Two.” Read More...

Hazel Park cuts purses for second time this month

DRF | 2 days ago
Hazel Park Raceway announced a 5 percent purse reduction on Tuesday, effective July 10, marking the track’s second purse cut in the last month. The Detroit-area racetrack previously scaled back overnight purses by 15 percent on June 12, citing a decline in purse-fund revenue from simulcast wagering. Read More...

Hazel Park cuts purses for second time this month

DRF | 2 days ago
Hazel Park Raceway announced a 5 percent purse reduction on Tuesday, effective July 10, marking the track’s second purse cut in the last month. The Detroit-area racetrack previously scaled back overnight purses by 15 percent on June 12, citing a decline in purse-fund revenue from simulcast wagering. Read More...

Cocked and Loaded on track for Sanford

DRF | 2 days ago
Cocked and Loaded, who shipped from Arlington to win the Tremont Stakes on June 5 at Belmont Park, remained on track for a return trip to New York and a start July 25 in the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga when he worked five furlongs in 1:02 last week over Arlington’s main track. Read More...

Murrill makes smooth transition to journeyman status

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s supposed to be tough times when a jockey loses his apprentice weight allowance, but that hasn’t been the case with Mitchell Murrill, who entered this week’s racing atop the Arlington Park jockey standings with 35 wins, 14 more than the next-best total. Read More...

First set of trials for Rainbow Futurity on Friday

DRF | 2 days ago
Ruidoso Downs is putting on 32 trials for its $1 million Rainbow Futurity over its Friday and Saturday cards in New Mexico Read More...

Lewis Vale tries for two in a row in turf route

DRF | 2 days ago
Lewis Vale seemed to find a home on turf last out, winning a first-level allowance race at Arlington Park with a solid closing kick, and should have a chance to make it two straight on Friday in the featured second race, an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Lady Eli tops field for Belmont Oaks; Divisidero in Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The second annual Stars and Stripes card, scheduled for Saturday at Belmont Park, definitely will have an all-American feel to it. Read More...