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Beyer Sire Performance Standings offer new metrics for stallions

DRF | 3 days ago
While traditional sire lists based on earnings can be slanted by one or two major stakes victories or casino-inflated purses on some circuits, the Beyer Sire Performance Standings are not impacted by those factors. The standings provide a measurement of a sire's ability to produce fast horses, not necessarily the most winners or highest earners. Read More...

Recalling World’s Most Lucrative Races

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The upper echelon of horse racing purses has come a long way in 100 years, but the entrepreneurial spirit and promotional creativity of those tasked with putting on the sport's biggest races continues. Read More...

A. P. Indy Fires Another Across the Bow

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Who he really is a son of A. P. Indy, already one of the great American sires. Read More...

Deal Reached on Pegasus Starting Slot for Gun Runner

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The possibility that grade 1 winner Gun Runner could start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park came closer to fruition after a deal was reached to use Ruis Racing's slot in the 12-horse starting gate. Read More...

Jockey Lane Luzzi Follows in Father’s Footsteps

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Lane Luzzi always wanted to be beside his father, Mike, a well-respected jockey on the ultra-competitive New York circuit. Read More...

The Friday Show: Private Eyes, Indelible Moments, And The Rematch

A pair of stories published at the Paulick Report this week looked at the problem of illegal drug use in the horse racing industry and where the biggest gaps in oversight might lie. In this week's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

First Foal a Filly for Grade 1 Winner Danza

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's Danza, winner of the 2014 Arkansas Derby (G1), sired his first reported foal Jan. 15 when a filly was born at Millennium Farms near Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Bergman: No career end in sight for Hall of Famer John Campbell

DRF | 3 days ago
Muscle Diamond, a royally bred son of Muscle Hill from Windylane Hanover, is on the comeback trail in New Jersey. His driver John Campbell, already a Hall of Famer, could be relaxing during the colder months and waiting for stakes season, as many of the top drivers have elected to do. Read More...

Finnegans Wake will enter stud in California

DRF | 4 days ago
Finnegans Wake won 8 of 37 starts and earned $1,594,665 in a six-season campaign from 2011 to 2016. Read More...

Championship never threatened in Al Fahidi Fort win

DRF | 4 days ago
Championship ran the race of his life to win the Group 2, $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort Stakes, the featured race Thursday at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Read More...

Keeneland Announces Spring Meet Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Keeneland announced Jan. 19 a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1). Read More...

Another battle between Get a Notion and Forest Mouse

DRF | 4 days ago
Get a Notion will attempt to turn the tables on stablemate Forest Mouse on Saturday when they meet in the $65,000 Winsham Lad Handicap at Sunland Park. Read More...

First Foal by Fast Anna Born in New York

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The first reported foal by Three Chimneys' stallion Fast Anna was born Jan. 14 at Five Oak Farm in Saratoga Springs, NY. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 1/21 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 1/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 1/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

The Big Beast Gets a Florida-Bred Colt as First Foal

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ocala Stud's grade 1 winner and top sprinter The Big Beast got his first reported foal, a bay colt born Jan. 3 and bred by Christy Whitman. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 1/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 1/21 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Untapped Takes First Steps Toward Filling Big Shoes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Should Untapped boast half the talent of her sibling, she should be in good stead when she makes her stakes debut Jan. 21 in the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

Catalano bullish on Farrell heading into Silverbulletday

DRF | 4 days ago
Uncontested, the Wayne Catalano-trained favorite Monday in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, did not disappoint, and Catalano will be hoping that Farrell also runs to her form when she makes her 3-year-old debut Saturday as the likely favorite in the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Chocolate Ride seeks firm ground in Bradley

DRF | 4 days ago
Chocolate Ride is one of nine entrants in the Grade 3, $125,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap on Saturday, but rain is in the forecast. Read More...

Untrapped one of many possibilities in Lecomte

DRF | 4 days ago
On accomplishment, on recent form, on speed figures, and on just about any level one wanted to approach the Lecomte Stakes, the large field is nearly impossible to separate. Throw in the complicating factor of a wet weather forecast, and everything is up in the air Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

King: Last-race loss makes this right time to bet on Running Mate

DRF | 4 days ago
Now that Running Mate has lost, and with some backers likely to jump off his bandwagon, he now holds more wagering appeal in Saturday's Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Texas Chrome Named Texas Horse of the Year

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association announced its 2016 Texas Champions Jan. 19, and the appropriately named Texas Chrome will be honored as the Texas Horse of the Year. Read More...

Guest Suite’s Class Can Prevail in LeComte Stakes (G3)

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue this Saturday with a competitive renewal of the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Calhoun going after stakes double in Fremont, Pelican

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Bret Calhoun will seek a stakes double Saturday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., when he sends out Supermason in the $70,000 Fremont and Lucky Andy in the $100,000 Pelican. Read More...

Fair Grounds Horses Nearing Release From Quarantine

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the equine herpesvirus outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

End of Fair Grounds Quarantine Appears to be on Horizon

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the equine herpesvirus outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

Country Candy doesn’t need the lead in Dixie Belle

DRF | 4 days ago
Country Candy drew what might prove to be an ideal post for the $125,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn Park. She will break from gate 7 in a field the same size, and while she has the speed to show the way in the six-furlong race, she also could track runners drawn to her inside. Read More...

Hovdey: Horse of the Year vote often shows respect for elders

DRF | 4 days ago
The announcement of the 2016 Horse of the Year will cap the evening Saturday at Gulfstream Park when the Eclipse Awards are presented for the 46th time. If social media chit-chat and informal polls are right, 5-year-old California Chrome will top 3-year-old Arrogate for the honor, despite the fact that the younger horse beat the older horse the only time they met in the Breeders' Cup Classic. And, of course, polls are never wrong. Read More...

Last two chances to qualify for NHC

DRF | 4 days ago
A crowd of approximately 650 horseplayers and their guests are about to descend on Treasure Island in Las Vegas for the National Handicapping Championship. The world’s richest horse race betting contest – with its expected purse of $2.5 million – starts next week, from Jan. 27-28. Players still looking to qualify have two opportunities this weekend, only at DRF Tournaments, which can be found at tournaments.drf.com. Read More...

Beyer Sire

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Breeding Beyer Sire Performance Standings Read More...

Chrome seeks rare Eclipse double

DRF | 4 days ago
Since the Eclipse Awards began in 1971, just one horse – John Henry – has been named Horse of the Year in non-consecutive years, a feat California Chrome could equal on Saturday night when the 46th annual Eclipse Awards dinner is held at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Spendthrift Farm adds stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs

DRF | 4 days ago
The Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs will be split into two divisions for the 2017 renewal, with the addition of a race for fillies. Read More...

Dennis Moore takes over Del Mar track maintenance job

DRF | 4 days ago
Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita, has been named the director of track maintenance at Del Mar, the track announced on Thursday. Read More...

Delta Bluesman hard to gauge in Sunshine Millions Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Gulfstream Park horseplayers face a big question about Delta Bluesman, the speedy favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint: Has he simply lost his edge, or will he rebound for a front-running victory? Read More...

As more rain falls, so do bettors’ hopes for turf racing

DRF | 4 days ago
While much-needed rain continues to aid the environment and fill the state's reservoirs, turf racing at Santa Anita has been a victim of the conditions. There are no turf races at Santa Anita on Saturday, and wet weather over the weekend makes turf racing doubtful for Sunday. Read More...

Dac making rare sprint appearance in Forego Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Dac gets his second chance at sprinting when he faces favored The Great War and an overflow field in the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Forego Stakes on Saturday at Turfway. Read More...

OBS Championship Stakes Fields Set

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The four Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s Day of Champions races that will be run Jan. 24, one day prior to the sales company’s winter mixed sale, have drawn 40 entrants. Read More...

Top contenders in Saturday sprint bookend field

DRF | 4 days ago
There is no stakes race Saturday at Aqueduct, but the feature, a second-level allowance/optional $62,500 claimer, came up a contentious nine-horse affair that looks to set up for a closer. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Turf contenders hard to separate

DRF | 4 days ago
The $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park drew eight well-matched older horses. Reporting Star, Go Around, Enterprising, and Our Way are the main contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Finnegans Wake to Stand at Ballena Vista Farm

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The grade 1 winner and 8-year-old son of Powerscourt won or placed in 12 graded stakes. Read More...

Finest City kicks off season in Santa Monica

DRF | 4 days ago
Finest City, who won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last November, will be favored to win her 2017 debut in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Classic far softer spot for Awesome Slew

DRF | 4 days ago
After taking on graded stakes company in each of his last five starts, Awesome Slew will begin his 4-year-old campaign against much softer competition when he faces statebred company for the first time in Saturday's $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

TimeformUs Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, January 20

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Aqueduct on Friday, January 20. Read More...

O Dionysus stands out in Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The three $75,000 stakes preceding the Native Dancer at Laurel Park on Saturday are the Frank Whiteley Jr. and the Marshua, both for 3-year-olds, and the Nellie Morse, for older fillies and mares. The four stakes are part of the 20-cent Rainbow 6. The final three stakes are included in the 12-percent takeout pick five. Read More...

Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes to Add Filly Race

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Spendthrift Farm and Churchill Downs have announced an expansion of the Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes, which will now be run as two divisional races starting in 2017: one for 2-year-old males, and, now, one for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Jan. 21: Picks for Louisiana Stakes, Lecomte, Gasparilla

DRF | 4 days ago
In Saturday's Louisiana Stakes at Fair Grounds, I like Seeking the Soul, who comes into this off the two best performances of his career. Read More...

Page McKenney launches comeback in Native Dancer

DRF | 4 days ago
The Native Dancer is the last of four $75,000 stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday. It also will be the comeback race for Page McKenney, one of the most popular runners in the region, who will be making his first start in nine months. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Jan. 13 – Jan. 16

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...