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Del Mar: No consolations for closing-day jackpot pick six

DRF | 3 days ago
Del Mar’s jackpot pick six ended in controversy Sunday when it was announced that only those nailing all six winners would be paid, and that no one hitting 5 of 6 would get consolations, something that was not conveyed to fans or media prior to closing day. Read More...

Fast and Foxy uses speed to score in Bear Fan

DRF | 3 days ago
There’s not much strategy involved when Fast and Foxy runs, but what little strategy there is paid off in her first career stakes win Sunday when she romped to a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the $75,225 Bear Fan at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Miss Temple City completes super season by winning Matriarch

DRF | 3 days ago
The ambitious 2016 campaign of Miss Temple City had the perfect ending on Sunday at Del Mar as she earned her third Grade 1 victory of the year by holding off Roca Rojo in the $302,070 Matriarch Stakes for female grass runners, the featured race here on closing day. Read More...

Imperial Eagle captures Southwest Juvenile Championship

DRF | 3 days ago
Imperial Eagle proved much the best Sunday at Zia Park, where the All American Futurity winner picked up his second Grade 1 victory in the $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship. Read More...

Miss Temple City Scores Matriarch by a Nose

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Miss Temple City added to her already impressive résumé as a turf miler Dec. 4 in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar. Read More...

Bangkok surprises Melmich in Valedictory Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The longshot Bangkok caught the heavily favored Melmich in the final strides to land Sunday’s Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes, giving jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson her fourth win in Woodbine’s traditional closing-day feature. Read More...

Brown will try to keep his three turf stars separated in 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
A one-two finish by Annals of Time and Beach Patrol gave New York-based trainer Chad Brown a sweep of the exacta in Saturday’s $302,415 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. The result helped Brown clarify his 2017 goals for his 4-year-old turf runners. Read More...

Bangkok Upsets Melmich in Valedictory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Gail Wood and Dr. Ruth Barbour's homebred and longshot Bangkok nabbed odds-on favorite Melmich at the wire to win the Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) Dec. 4 at Woodbine.  Read More...

Finest City begins prepping for Santa Monica

DRF | 3 days ago
Finest City returned to serious training over the weekend, a month after her win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Saturday, Finest City worked a half-mile in 49.80 seconds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Unique Bella will skip Starlet to await Santa Ynez

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Unique Bella will make her next start in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Jan. 8 and not Saturday’s $300,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Laoban Works Toward Return

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Laoban, the 27-1 upset maiden winner of the 2016 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), posted a five-furlong workout in 1:00.41 at Gulfstream Park Dec. 4. Read More...

Handle on U.S. races down 3 percent during October, November

DRF | 3 days ago
Total handle on U.S races in October and November this year was down 3 percent compared with wagering during the same two months last year, according to comparisons based in part on figures distributed Sunday by Equibase. Read More...

Paco Lopez Rides Winner No. 2,000

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jockey Paco Lopez registered his 2,000th victory aboard Yourdreamsormine in the ninth race Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Sunbean likely to run in Louisiana Champions Day Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Entries for Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day card at Fair Grounds were taken this past Friday, and Sunbean, one of the leading lights of Louisiana-bred racing, was cross-entered in the $100,000 Turf and the $150,000 Classic. But trainer Ron Faucheux said Saturday that Sunbean “more than likely” would wind up in the Classic, and that the Turf would be considered as an option only if the race were moved to the main track because of wet conditions. Read More...

Mo Tom returns to New Orleans fresh and fit

DRF | 3 days ago
Mo Tom is back at Fair Grounds again, and has unfinished business in New Orleans. Read More...

‘Chance’ First Black-Type Winner for Skipshot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
J J Brevan Stable's Chance of Luck dug in late to win the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs and become the first black-type stakes winner for sire Skipshot. Read More...

Bernier: How I’ll play Del Mar for Sunday, Dec. 4

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier outlines his strategy for playing the pick six on closing day at Del Mar. Read More...

Court collects 4,000th career win at Turfway Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Jon Court became the 71st jockey in North American racing history to win 4,000 races when he guided City Without Pity to an 8 3/4-length triumph in the fourth race Saturday night at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Delta Downs Jackpot analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Gunneveraa had proven no match for Classic Empire when finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity in his prior start, but won as much the best against this Grade 3 field in the Delta Downs Jackpot with a stirring last-to-first charge in the field of 10. Read More...

Marquee Miss defeats older sister Marquee Cal Gal in Holiday Inaugural

DRF | 3 days ago
A racing rarity occurred Saturday night at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky when full sisters finished first and second in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural. Marquee Miss outran her older sister, Marquee Cal Gal, in winning the six-furlong Polytrack race as a 21-1 outsider. Read More...

Watchmaker: Wood, Blue Grass deserved downgrades, but Mother Goose did not

DRF | 3 days ago
While I’m naturally predisposed to protest moves like this, in the case of the downgrading of the Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial for 2017, I can’t. I agree with these races being downgraded. Read More...

Jon Court Hits 4,000-Win Milestone

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Jon Court, 56, scored the 4,000th win of his career when he guided Erik Orantes' City Without Pity to victory in Turfway Park’s fourth race Dec. 3. Read More...

Colonel Samsen finds room late to capture Gold Rush

DRF | 4 days ago
Colonel Samsen made an impressive late move as he rallied to win the $75,000 Gold Rush on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Del Mar: Pick six carryover jackpot must pay out on closing day

DRF | 4 days ago
There is a single-ticket jackpot carryover of $89,411.16 awaiting pick six players on closing day Sunday at Del Mar, and since the pool must be paid out, it’s essentially a pick six carryover, period. Read More...

Vale Dori Impressive in Bayakoa Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar. Read More...

Annals of Time outshines two other stablemates in Hollywood Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
The least experienced runner in Saturday’s $302,415 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar turned out to be best. Annals of Time, making his fourth career start, overcame a wide post to rally between horses in the final furlong and win his first stakes in the Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds on turf. Read More...

Annals of Time Surges to Win Hollywood Derby

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With a deft ride from jockey Javier Castellano, Klaravich Stables William Lawrence's Annals of Time turned the tables on Chad Brown stablemates Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten to win the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3 at Del Mar. Read More...

Skiba’s huge exacta hit on last race wins Conquer the Crown

DRF | 4 days ago
Garett Skiba won the Conquer the Crown contest Saturday on the opening day of Gulfstream Park’s championship meet. Skiba earned a Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seat plus an additional $14,500, including a BCBC travel award. Read More...

Vale Dori displays star potential winning Bayakoa

DRF | 4 days ago
The stakes will only get bigger for Vale Dori in the coming year, but she showed she’s headed in the right direction on Saturday at Del Mar by making her final start of 2016 a significant one as she earned her first graded stakes victory since arriving on these shores in the Grade 2, $201,035 Bayakoa Handicap. Read More...

Babybluesbdancing turns back two stretch challengers in Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante

DRF | 4 days ago
Babybluesbdancing, the only two-time winner in the race, put her seasoning to good use, staving off two late-running challengers to win the $50,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Read More...

Royal Posse Defends Title in Claiming Crown

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Royal Posse had to work hard for it this time, but the 5-year old gelding came away with another victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the centerpiece of a nine-race $1 million Claiming Crown card on the Dec. 3 card. Read More...

Bennett sweeps juvenile stakes with Chance of Luck, R Angel Katelyn

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Gerald Bennett experienced the highs and lows of racing at two different tracks during a 15-minute span Saturday, as Chance of Luck remained undefeated by taking the $60,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the stakes winner Fast Flying Rumor endured a brutal trip while finishing sixth in the $107,800 Claiming Crown Canterbury Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

King and His Court Claims Display Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
It wasn't the smoothest of starts, but it was a stellar finish for King and His Court, who came from last to take the $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 3.   Read More...

King and His Court triumphs as Display favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
The favored King and His Court proved his Coronation Futurity triumph was no fluke by doubling up in dramatic fashion in the $145,050 Display Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Royal Posse repeats in Claiming Crown Jewel

DRF | 4 days ago
Royal Posse gave his myriad of backers some anxious moments as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel before ultimately grinding out a well-deserved but hard-earned half-length victory over the 38-1 Diamond Bachelor in the main event on opening day of the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park championship meet. Read More...

Keystonetovictory captures Claiming Crown Emerald by a neck

DRF | 4 days ago
Keystoneforvictory capped an eventful Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a narrow victory in the $125,000 Claiming Crown Emerald, the last of nine races in the 2016 Claiming Crown series at the south Florida track. Read More...

Dynatail First Winner for Hightail

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ballybrit Stable's Dynatail became the first winner for 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail when she broke her maiden at fourth asking with a wire-to-wire run Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Rapid Rhythm remains perfect in four Fair Grounds turf starts by taking Battle of New Orleans

DRF | 4 days ago
Adrianne G won the 2015 Battle of New Orleans Stakes, but last year’s winner was not quite good enough Saturday to keep favored Rapid Rhythm from the winner’s circle in the $50,000 Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Highway Star saves day for Bromans in Go for Wand Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Though heavily favored Bar of Gold came up empty again in a graded stakes, owners Chester and Mary Broman did not as their other entrant, Highway Star, squeaked out a nose victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct. Read More...

Super Spender soothes Cibelli’s earlier disappointment by winning Claiming Crown Canterbury

DRF | 4 days ago
One week after suffering a frustrating setback when Rose Brier was disqualified following an apparent win in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Turf, trainer Jane Cibelli was able to breathe a sigh of relief once the official sign went up making her Super Spender the winner of Saturday’s $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Highway Star Wins Go for Wand by a Nose

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Highway Star dug deep in the stretch to get a nose over High Ridge Road in the $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 3.  Read More...

Chepstow outduels Goodtimehadbyall in Claiming Crown Iron Horse

DRF | 4 days ago
Chepstow battled back during a sustained duel with Goodtimehadbyall in registering a hard-earned victory Saturday in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Proposed Multiple Medication Violator Changes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Looking at proposed changes being considered for the multiple medication violation penalty system (MMV), it's not readily clear how these changes—when you just look at factors like reduced points for some infractions—would play out in the real world. Read More...

True Cinder, Eightthehardway deliver as heavy favorites in restricted stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Odds-on favorites True Cinder and Eightthehardway delivered as expected in a pair of $75,000 stakes for Ohio-accredited horses Saturday at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

Downhill Racer overcomes shaky start, traffic trouble to take Pennsylvania Nursery

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Alex Wolfsont switched Downhill Racer, blocked with nowhere to go at the quarter pole, to the inside to find running room and the Pennsylvania-bred colt outfought the maiden Heat Dome by a neck to remain unbeaten in two starts by winning Saturday's Pennsylvania Nursery at Parx Racing. Read More...

Defer Heaven alters strategy to win Claiming Crown Express

DRF | 4 days ago
No lead, no problem for Defer Heaven, whose affinity for the Gulfstream Park main track helped carry him to a popular 1 3/4-length victory over Proper Freud in Saturday’s $110,000 Claiming Crown Express. Read More...

Shaft of Light bounces back to win Claiming Crown Rapid Transit

DRF | 4 days ago
Shaft of Light used his abundant speed to dominate Saturday’s $110,000 Rapid Transit at Gulfstream Park, sprinting to an easy lead before drawing off to an impressive 6 1/2-length decision over Flashy Jewel in the seven-furlong Claiming Crown dash. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

DRF | 4 days ago
Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Read More...

Spectacular Me wins Claiming Crown Distaff Dash as favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Spectacular Me got a perfect trip and ride under the red-hot Jose Ortiz when coming through as the favorite Saturday in the $106,700 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash, the first of nine straight Claiming Crown events at Gulfstream Park in south Florida. Read More...

Half Dome Dude Sets Remington Track Record

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Half Dome Dude set a track record Dec. 2 at Remington Park, flying to the mark at the rarely run distance of 4 1/2 furlongs. Read More...