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Mo Tom returns to New Orleans fresh and fit

DRF | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 5 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 | 5 days ago
Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Read More...

Spectacular Me wins Claiming Crown Distaff Dash as favorite

DRF | 5 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 | 5 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...

Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality. Read More...

Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford dies at 70

DRF | 5 days ago
Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford died at his home near Chicago on Friday at age 70 following a battle with cancer. Read More...

California Chrome works five furlongs for Winter Challenge

DRF | 5 days ago
Two weeks before his final scheduled start in his home state, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 before dawn at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Read More...

California Chrome Logs Work for ‘Challenge’

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course's $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a "paid workout" for the 2014 Horse of the Year. Read More...

Peck: Gulfstream Park pick four for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 5 days ago
The late pick four looks like an appealing play on opening day at Gulfstream, with a couple of wide-open races and a seemingly solid single. Read More...

Sandford, Owner of Take Charge Indy, Dies

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Owner Charles "Chuck" Sandford died at his home near Chicago Dec. 2 following a long battle with cancer. He was 70. Read More...

Del Mar pick six jackpot carryover of $50,550

DRF | 5 days ago
No one hit the pick six on Friday at Del Mar, producing a carryover in the general pool, adding to the single-ticket jackpot, and setting up the possibility of a massive mandatory payout on closing day Sunday. Read More...

CHRB Medication Rule Modifications for 2017

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board sent out a reminder to licensees Dec. 2 that key aspects of medication rules will be changing Jan. 1. Read More...

Jose Ortiz Rides Five Winners at Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Jose Ortiz extended his domination of the fall meet jockey standings Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, with five winners from seven mounts on Friday's program. Read More...

Equine Attorneys Group Elects Philpott

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Stoll Keenon Ogden attorney Jim Philpott has been elected president of the American College of Equine Attorneys. Read More...

Jose Ortiz picks up five more wins in quest to finish as nation’s leading rider

DRF | 5 days ago
Jose Ortiz wants to finish the year as the leading rider in North America in wins and he knows the clock is ticking. While for most jockeys the year doesn’t end until Dec. 31, Ortiz will stop riding at the conclusion of the Dec. 18 card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Gulfstream Set for Historic Championship Meet

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Addition of world's richest race makes upcoming Championship Meet even more important. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 12/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 12/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Forever Unbridled in light training

DRF | 5 days ago
Forever Unbridled, who somewhat quietly put together an excellent 2016 season, has taken up residence again in trainer Dallas Stewart’s Fair Grounds barn and is in light training as her connections plot a 2017 campaign for the soon-to-be 5-year-old. Read More...