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Prospect Park preps for turf debut in La Jolla Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Prospect Park, second by a nose in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, is set for his turf debut in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 9 after a five-furlong workout on the surface Sunday. Read More...

Tara’s Tango set to return Wednesday in optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
Tara’s Tango, second in three consecutive stakes at Santa Anita through the spring, will be a heavy favorite in Wednesday’s seventh race, an optional claimer for fillies and mares at a mile. Read More...

Talis works five furlongs toward 2015 debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Talis, winner of the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland last October, is nearing her 2015 debut at Del Mar. Read More...

American Pharoah Takes Haskell With Ease

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
American Pharoah looked every bit like his Triple Crown-winning self Aug. 2, winning the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with ease at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Heart to Heart Wires Oceanport

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart was all heart Aug. 2, showing the way throughout and carrying on to victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Florida Won mounts wide rally to win Seagram Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Florida Won justified his favoritism in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes with a wide-closing score Sunday at Woodbine over an unlucky Pender Harbour. Read More...

Heart to Heart wires field in Oceanport

DRF | 2 days ago
Victor Espinoza tuned up for his ride aboard American Pharoah by guiding Heart to Heart to a wire-to-wire win in the Grade 3, $150,000 Oceanport Stakes, the race immediately preceding the Haskell. Read More...

Palace Malice Earns Bullet in Saratoga Breeze

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm's multiple grade I winner Palace Malice worked a bullet five furlongs on Saratoga Race Course's main track Aug. 2 as he nears a return to racing. Read More...

Bradester turns tables on rival to win Monmouth Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Bradester, who finished a tight second to Valid in last year's Monmouth Cup, turned the tables this year, coasting to a front-running 2 3/4-length victory over his rival in the Grade 2, $200,000 event. The race is the richest of five undercard stakes preceding the day’s featured Haskell Invitational. Read More...

Casual Smile comes up big in Matchmaker win

DRF | 2 days ago
Under a sweet ride by Abel Castellano Jr., Casual Smile rallied from second to last in the eight-horse Matchmaker Stakes to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Trainer Chay Knight Dies at 80

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Chay Knight, a native of Ventura, Calif. and a longtime trainer on California's Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred circuits, died July 31 at his home in Clovis after a long illness. He was 80. Read More...

Bradester Carries on in Monmouth Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Joseph Sutton's Bradester collected his first grade II victory and continued his success at Monmouth Park, coming off a score in the July 5 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) to win the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Beholder sets sights on Pacific Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Beholder may have outgrown her female counterparts this summer. A day after Beholder’s convincing win in the $300,750 Clement Hirsch Stakes, trainer Richard Mandella reiterated Sunday the two-time champion will be considered for the $1 million Pacific Classic against males Aug. 22 at Del Mar. Read More...

Texas Red, Frosted Likely to Meet in Travers

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jim Dandy (gr. II) Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, the Saratoga-based assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux. Read More...

Casual Smile Continues Roll in Matchmaker

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Starting in a stakes race for the first time in her career, Casual Smile punched through rivals in early stretch and battled to a clear victory in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Monmouth turf. Read More...

Wildcat Red first in three-horse Teddy Drone photo

DRF | 2 days ago
It took more than a year, but Wildcat Red finally found his way back to the winner’s circle on Sunday when he prevailed narrowly in a three-horse photo to take the $111,000 Teddy Drone Stakes for older sprinters at Monmouth Park. Read More...

A stubborn Honor Code works for Whitney

DRF | 2 days ago
It took Honor Code 50 minutes to breeze a half-mile in 50 seconds Sunday morning at Saratoga. After spending about 30 minutes on the Oklahoma training track - where he twice refused to break off - Honor Code went over to the main track, where he eventually worked a half-mile in 50.37 seconds in preparation for an expected start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes. Read More...

Turfdonna Digs Deep for German Oaks Win

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Turfdonna had to call upon all her reserves to fend off closing Nightflower and win the Henkel-Pries der Diana (Ger-I, German Oaks) Aug. 2 at Dusseldorf. Read More...

Thieves Guild wins second straight during comeback in Caress

DRF | 2 days ago
Thieves Guild remained perfect since returning from a 14 month layoff late this spring when she rallied from just off the pace to a 1 1/4-length victory over defending champ Free as a Bird in Sunday’s $100,000 Caress Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Rachel Alexandra’s daughter wins career debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Rachel’s Valentina, the second foal out of champion mare Rachel Alexandra but the first to make it to the races, made an auspicious debut in Sunday's second race at Saratoga, winning by two lengths despite racing wide throughout. Read More...

O’Sullevan, ‘Voice of Racing’, Dies at 97

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Legendary race caller Sir Peter O'Sullevan, who called some of the greatest moments on the British turf in a 50-year career, died July 29 at his home in London after a long battle with illness. He was 97. Read More...

Amazing Maria captures Prix Rothschild

DRF | 2 days ago
Amazing Maria confirmed her status as the leading female miler in Europe with a third consecutive major stakes win in Sunday’s $330,000 Prix Rothschild at Deauville Racecourse in France. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina Sparkles in Debut

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
It took Rachel's Valentina a moment to figure out what this racing thing is all about, but once the 2-year-old filly found her stride, there was no stopping her en route to a sparkling debut victory Aug. 2 at Saratoga. Read More...

Got Lucky delivers as favorite in Lady’s Secret

DRF | 2 days ago
Got Lucky continued to thrive at Monmouth Park, scoring her second consecutive stakes victory at the track in the $100,000 Lady's Secret Stakes on Sunday. Read More...

‘Maria’ Continues to Amaze in Rothschild Win

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Robert Ogden's Amazing Maria gave irrefutable proof she is the real deal Aug. 2 at Deauville in capturing the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) for her second straight top-level victory. Read More...

DeVivo: Pick three play for Saratoga for Monday, Aug. 3

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Joe DeVivo provides insight into a pick three play on Monday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga for Monday, Aug. 3

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin outlines his suggested betting strategy for Monday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

Rock Fall, The Big Beast head different directions after Vanderbilt

DRF | 2 days ago
As fun a race as Saturday’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt was to watch, it does not appear likely there will be a rematch Aug. 29 in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. Read More...

Texas Red, Frosted pointed to rematch in Travers

DRF | 2 days ago
Despite losing his right front shoe – presumably early on – in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes, Frosted came out of the race relatively unscathed and remains on course for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes here Aug. 29, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday morning. Read More...

Watchmaker: Beholder continues to amaze

DRF | 2 days ago
This Sunday morning notes missive from me has become something of a thing. And of course, on this Sunday, writing it in the morning means I’m filing it before American Pharoah competes in the Haskell in his first outing since completing his sweep of the Triple Crown. I’ll weigh in later on American Pharoah and the Haskell on DRF Live. But the stage was properly set for him thanks to a terrific Saturday of stakes racing. Read More...

Miss Double d’Oro powers home to win Wine Country

DRF | 2 days ago
Miss Double d’Oro invaded from Southern California and appreciated the class drop from a Grade 3 as she proved a smart winner of the $50,000 Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa on Saturday. Read More...

Sharp American Pharoah Ready for Return

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park Read More...

Texas Red Prevails at Saratoga

Texas Red took the lead from Japan with an eighth of a mile left and held off Frosted to win the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy by a half-length at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

Meadowlands: Lock Down Lindy, Spirit To Win step up in Hambo Oaks elims

DRF | 3 days ago
Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win emerged as the leading ladies and likely favorites for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final on August 8 at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Beholder may challenge males after Clement Hirsch romp

DRF | 3 days ago
Beholder won the 11th stakes of her career in the $300,750 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar, pulling clear from seven overmatched rivals to win by seven lengths. The win stretched her winning streak to four races, and left owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Richard Mandella contemplating a first-ever start against males for the 5-year-old Beholder in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22, the track’s richest race. Read More...

Beholder All Class in Easy Hirsch Score

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens. Read More...

Texas Red displays new tactics to take Jim Dandy

DRF | 3 days ago
In a scratch-reduced field of four, Texas Red sat second, always within 1 1/2 lengths of the pacesetting Japan. But in the stretch, he displayed that same determined late run and won the Jim Dandy by a half-length over Frosted. Read More...

Rare Upset for Jockey Parker at Mountaineer

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Former $5,000 claimer Looks to Spare, a 74-1 shot, outran his odds when he swept past several tough foes to win the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's Cup under DeShawn Parker, the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer. Read More...

Red Rifle shows versatility in Bowling Green victory

DRF | 3 days ago
Red Rifle continued to show his versatility while seemingly improving with age after parlaying a picture-perfect ride by Javier Castellano into a 2 1/2-length victory over War Dancer in Saturday’s $250,000 Bowling Green at Saratoga. Read More...

Red Rifle Blasts Through in Bowling Green

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

R Dub makes Silver Cup Futurity third straight win

DRF | 3 days ago
R Dub won his third straight race Saturday at Arapahoe Park, where he darted to a 1 1/4-length win over Let the Boy Sing in the $35,000 colts and geldings division of the Silver Cup Futurity. Read More...

Madefromlucky bounces back to win West Virginia Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Madefromlucky bounced back from his sixth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes by rallying wide under Joe Bravo to defeat Souper Colossal by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Jim Dandy: Texas Red Denies Frosted

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Texas Red Denies Frosted in Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Trinniberg Winner Falling Sky Could Go to Spa

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Rebounding from an eighth-place finish in the Smile Sprint (gr. II), Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger's Falling Sky captured the $75,000 Trinniberg Stakes at Gulfstream Park Aug. 1. Read More...

Madefromlucky Gets Job Done in WV Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer. Read More...

Velazquez’s dropped whip aids Rock Fall’s narrow win in Alfred Vanderbilt

DRF | 3 days ago
In a thrilling stretch drive in Saturday's Alfred Vanderebilt at Saratoga, it was the Todd Pletcher-trained Rock Fall nosing out the John Velazquez-ridden The Big Beast in a race where Velazquez lost his whip inside the three-sixteenths pole. Read More...

Room for Me converts dream trip into Regret victory

DRF | 3 days ago
Room for Me has found new life since being claimed earlier this year and sent east, and she scored her biggest win yet Saturday when rolling to a 5 3/4-length victory in the $77,500 Regret Stakes for female sprinters at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Falling Sky gets up by a head in Trinniberg

DRF | 3 days ago
Falling Sky held off a surging Ledokol by a head to win the $75,000 Trinniberg on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from July 27 – July 29

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...