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Women in Racing: The View From Here

Mid-week ahead of the Belmont Stakes, I looked up from vexing video production software and looked around the press room. Sea of dress shirts, clacking keyboards, two people debating about a baseball... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Lawn Ranger improving ahead of BC Juvenile Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The winners of last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup challenge races for the Grade 1, $1 million Juvenile Turf appear headed in different directions. Lawn Ranger, who won the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, is on board for the Breeders’ Cup, while Full Mast, placed first in the Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, is calling it a season. Read More...

Pletcher-Baffert matchup looms in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The landscape of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field changed over the weekend, but one thing that remained the same is trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will once again be front and center in the $2 million race. Read More...

BC Distaff: Race shape changes after Spinster flop by Close Hatches

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The field for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff was expected to be trimmed, and the odds for early favorite Close Hatches were expected to drop. Instead, the opposite occurred over the weekend. Read More...

Her Emmynency bona-fide contender for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Her Emmynency stamped herself as a serious contender for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with an impressive win in the $100,000 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita Sunday. Read More...

Wise Dan finds himself in familiar role of Breeders’ Cup Mile favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wise Dan has been favored in his last 17 starts and an odds-on favorite in 15 of them, and after winning the Shadwell Turf Mile by one length Saturday, he will be favored again when he tries to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile for the third straight year. Read More...

Sims gets first crack at Breeders’ Cup with Don’t Tell Sophia

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Phil Sims now can lay claim to two of the most prestigious races at his home track, and that’s all right with him. Sims, based at Keeneland since 1980, won the Grade 1 Spinster on Sunday with Don’t Tell Sophia, bookending his 2009 win in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup with Hot Cha Cha. Read More...

Top three from Prix de l’Opera likely to pass

DRF | 3 weeks ago
For all the drama and excitement of Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp – in which the top four finishers were three necks apart – the race, at least in the immediate wake of the running, seemingly did little to alter the European cast expected to participate in the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita
The winner, We Are, earned an entry- and expense-paid berth in the Filly and Mare Turf under the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In Challenge race program, but trainer Freddie Head reportedly is not keen to try the race. Read More...

Longshots enter the picture in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Rain played havoc with the racing surfaces for the final major Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies preps last weekend, and the results were a pair of longshot winners in the Alcibiades and Frizette. Read More...

Candy Boy joins parade of 3-year-olds

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The prospective field for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, already dominated with 3-year-olds, has gained another potential starter from that class in Candy Boy, who worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Saturday at Santa Anita in his first drill since finishing third in the Pennsylvania Derby. Read More...

Leigh Court now a major contender

DRF | 3 weeks ago
An eventful weekend gave further definition to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, with Leigh Court emerging as a major contender and Judy the Beauty and Sweet Reason being committed to the seven-furlong race by their connections. Read More...

What Next for O’Neill? Possibly a Lengthy Suspension in California

The New York State Gaming Commission suspension of Doug O’Neill set in motion steps that could have far-reaching implications beyond the stipulated settlement that was intended to sideline the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Flintshire is early Breeders’ Cup Turf favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The European contingent for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf strengthened on Sunday when Flintshire ran second to Treve in the $6.2 million Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Read More...

Quality Rocks lukewarm favorite in Jessamine Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The eighth and last Breeders' Cup Win and You’re In event at the Keeneland fall meet will kick off the first five-day week of racing action when a field of nine 2-year-old fillies lines up Wednesday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Jessamine Stakes. Read More...

Rich Tapestry, Work All Week enter Breeders’ Cup Sprint picture

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The starting lineup for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint gained a couple of new players last weekend in Rich Tapestry and Work All Week, speedsters who couldn’t have come from more diverse backgrounds. Read More...

Her Emmynency handles turf just fine in Surfer Girl

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Sent off favored in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa An, Her Emmynency ran a mile on turf in 1:34.77, winning by 2 3/4 lengths over She’s Complete. Read More...

Luck of the Kitten looks set to try Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Luck of the Kitten has been on the move throughout his career, but he it looks like he will be putting down roots in Southern California for the next month, because his victory in the $101,250 Zuma Beach Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita should earn him spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds on Oct. 31. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia takes Spinster; Close Hatches fades to fourth

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Don’t Tell Sophia rolled from last for a 2 1/2-length victory Sunday in the 59th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland while Close Hatches was defeated for the first time this year when laboring home fourth as the 1-5 favorite. Read More...

Lawn Ranger scores at 12-1 in Bourbon Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Lawn Ranger got a great stalking trip behind a pair of longshot front-runners before seizing command approaching the furlong pole and holding sway down the stretch to pull a 12-1 upset Sunday in the Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon Stakes on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Big Bane Theory may not be pointed to Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A win by Big Bane Theory in the Grade 2 City of Hope Stakes for turf milers at Santa Anita on Saturday may not result in an automatic appearance in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 1. Read More...

Big Bane Theory strengthens Breeders’ Cup credentials

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Big Bane Theory won the first stakes of his career in the $201,500 City of Hope Stakes over a mile on turf. The victory could lead to a start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile here on Nov. 1. Read More...

Rich Tapestry runs down Goldencents in Sprint Championship

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Starting in his third country this year, Rich Tapestry scored an upset win in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, catching stretch leader, and 4-5 favorite, Goldencents in the final stride to win the six-furlong race by a nose. Read More...

California Chrome works half-mile at Los Alamitos

DRF | 3 weeks ago
California Chrome, in his first workout since finishing sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby, went a half-mile in 47.40 seconds on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos with his regular jockey, Victor Espinoza. Read More...

Peace and War connects at 23-1 in Alcibiades

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Peace and War rallied from well off a hot pace to post a 23-1 upset Friday in the 63rd running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes as Keeneland unveiled its new dirt surface on opening day of the fall meet. Read More...

Close Hatches looks formidable in Spinster Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Close Hatches, the leader of the filly-and-mare handicap division, will be at Keeneland on Sunday to run in one of the track’s long-standing signature events, the Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes. Read More...

O’Neill barred from entering horses in Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill, recently suspended by the New York State Gaming Commission for a medication violation and facing potential additional sanctions from the California Horse Racing Board, will be prohibited from pre-entering horses in the Breeders’ Cup, the Breeders’ Cup announced Friday. Read More...

Danny Boy may offer value in Bourbon Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
As he gets back on his preferred surface, the promising Danny Boy may be flying under the radar against a field that includes three stakes winners in the Grade 3, $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on Keeneland’s turf. Read More...

Longchamp: Tarfasha tepid choice in Prix de l’Opera

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Tarfasha, the winner of the Group 2 Blandford Stakes in Ireland last month and the runner-up in the English Oaks in June, is a lukewarm favorite in a field of 11. Read More...

Paulick Report Launches Sixth Breeders’ Cup or Bust To Celebrate Women in Racing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since 2009, it’s also the time of year the Paulick Report has embarked on its annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust Fundraising drive in support of Breeders’ Cup... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Leigh Court leads speedsters into TCA Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Coincidence or not, there has been a very strong correlation in recent years between who wins the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes and who wins the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint four weeks later. Read More...

Rock Me Baby uses City of Hope to determine Breeders’ Cup plans

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Rock Me Baby's performance on Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita will determine where he heads next for the Breeders’ Cup, to either the Turf Sprint down the hill, in which he finished sixth last year, or the Mile on turf. Read More...

Prix de l’Opera could produce a few starters

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The North American racing schedule is largely void of major preps this weekend for the $2 million, Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, but in France on Sunday there is a significant race that could produce some Filly and Mare Turf starters: the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Arc day. Read More...

Rivals take aim on Wise Dan in rich Shadwell Turf Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wise Dan drew post 6 in the field of eight older horses entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile on Saturday at Keeneland. Read More...

BC Juvenile: Lightly raced Pletcher duo will make final preps

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Todd Pletcher has won two of the past four runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and a month ago it appeared as though he would have one of the favorites for this year’s race after Competitive Edge won the Grade 1 Hopeful impressively at Saratoga. Read More...

Wise Dan’s connections hope to see improvement in Shadwell Turf Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wise Dan is the gleaming headliner on the last major weekend of North American grass races leading to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and the 7-year-old gelding – a two-time Horse of the Year and two-time BC Mile winner – stands on a strange threshold. Read More...

Strong race puts Bern Identity into Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The prospective starting lineup for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint should come into focus before the weekend runs its course, with the final two Win and You’re In races to take place Friday at Keeneland and Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Bleeding incident won’t stop Iotapa, trainer says

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The field for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will solidify after the final prep, the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday. Meanwhile, challenges remain for Distaff candidates whose prep races are already behind them. Read More...

Her Emmynency switches surfaces, eyes BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Michael Stidham is hoping a strong performance by Her Emmynency in the $100,000 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita on Sunday will propel her into becoming a serious contender in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Oct. 31. Read More...

Bern Identity goes for fourth straight win in speed-laden Phoenix

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Even if you were sure that the new Keeneland dirt track favors speed like the old one, which horse would you pick Friday in the Phoenix Stakes? Read More...

Top prospects for BC Juvenile Fillies in Alcibiades, Frizette

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Grade 1 Alcibiades on Friday and Grade 1 Frizette on Saturday will play pivotal roles in determining who moves on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
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International Star seeks cleaner trip in Bourbon

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Mike Maker is hoping for a smoother trip Sunday, when International Star starts in the Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon at Keeneland. Read More...

Fashion Alert favored for third straight stakes win in Alcibiades

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Not that she needs any help as the only graded stakes winner in the field, but Fashion Alert was assigned the favorable rail slot Friday in the 63rd running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race on the new dirt track at Keeneland. Read More...

Pontchatrain auditions for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
On Friday at Santa Anita, Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint prospect Pontchatrain, the winner of four consecutive stakes from September 2013 until February of this year, returns from an ankle injury to start in a third-level optional $75,000 claimer over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. Read More...

Imperia emerges as strong BC Juvenile Turf contender

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Of the trio of 2-year-olds who won major turf stakes over the weekend, Imperia might be the only one advancing to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 31. He won his maiden Sunday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim at Belmont Park. Read More...

Bright Thought comes into BC Turf in good form

DRF | 4 weeks ago
In a year, Bright Thought has gone from being a completely overmatched longshot in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile to one with an outsider’s chance for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Pivotal preps coming up for Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
It was all quiet on the Breeders’ Cup Mile front this past weekend, but the division blazes back to life Saturday and Sunday with action in Kentucky, California, and France. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten, Emollient clinch spots in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 4 weeks ago
This past Saturday’s Grade 1 preps for the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita helped clarify the picture regarding the leading U.S. prospects. Read More...

O’Neill gets the nod as trainer of Private Zone for BC Sprint

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Private Zone stamped himself a major contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint after successfully defending his title with a game victory over Dads Caps in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park. But the question still remained who would saddle Private Zone in the Sprint? Read More...

River Rocks, Fed Biz possible for BC Dirt Mile after runner-up prep efforts

DRF | 4 weeks ago
After barely holding third in a three-way photo behind Vyjack and River Rocks as the odds-on choice and highweight in Saturday’s Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, Itsmyluckyday will not be supplemented to either the Breeders’ Cup Classic or Dirt Mile, and will await the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 29. Read More...

BC Filly and Mare Sprint: Two major preps Saturday

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The last two major preps toward the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint are set for Saturday, with the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland and the L.A. Woman at Santa Anita. Read More...