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Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 2

DRF | 13 hours ago
Brad Free's top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on March 2. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field favored at 4-1

DRF | 13 hours ago
The mutuel field closed Sunday as a lukewarm favorite in Pool 3 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with the Bob Baffert duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund the heaviest-backed individual interests. Read More...

Dortmund gets green light for San Felipe

DRF | 15 hours ago
Dortmund, the leading 3-year-old in California, will start in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, owner Kaleem Shah said on Sunday. Read More...

Far From Over will skip Gotham to await Wood Memorial

DRF | 16 hours ago
Far From Over, the Withers Stakes winner, will skip next Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes and will instead train up to the $1 million Wood Memorial on April 4, his connections confirmed on Sunday. Read More...

Royal Son scores 9-1 upset in John Battaglia Memorial

DRF | 1 day ago
Royal Son, the 9-1 third choice in the race, led throughout to take the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park in a 5 1/4-length romp, while 1-5 favorite The Great War bombed, falling apart after chasing the pace for six furlongs and running last, with Equibase chart callers commenting he bled. Read More...

Verraco possible for Sunland Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Verraco’s win in an optional claimer for 3-year-olds on Friday may lead to a start in the $800,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico on March 22. Read More...

King: X Y Jet can topple Daredevil in Swale

DRF | 4 days ago
X Y Jet is a fast horse. He ran a 92 Beyer in finishing a close second in the Hutcheson, and on two other occasions over his last four starts he has posted 88 Beyers. And for those reason he is alternative selection to Daredevil in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Texas Red gets more time to heal

DRF | 4 days ago
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, will remain at a Northern California farm until March 7 while recovering from an abscess in a foot, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Thursday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Khozan

DRF | 4 days ago
Khozan's talent ceiling has yet to be discovered – however, if there’s one area where the colt has no vulnerabilities, it’s his pedigree. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Feb. 28: Picks for Battaglia, Texas Heritage, Santa Ysabel

DRF | 4 days ago
I’m going with Royal Son in Saturday’s John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park. The combination of the surface switch and equipment change could elicit significant improvement, and he has the speed to be a factor from the start. Read More...

Daredevil draws rail for Swale Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Daredevil was assigned post 1 for his much-awaited seasonal debut in the $200,000 Swale Stakes, one of three graded stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Gorgeous Bird, Frammento target Blue Grass Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Gorgeous Bird, never a factor when fifth as the 6-1 fourth choice in the Fountain of Youth Stakes last week, still could get a shot at a Kentucky Derby berth by making his next start in the April 4 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Frammento, third at 63-1 in the Fountain of Youth, also is likely to run in the Blue Grass. Read More...

The Great War finds his battleground at Turfway

DRF | 5 days ago
For The Great War, the road to the Kentucky Derby requires snow tires. Rather than decamp to South Florida for his Derby preps, The Great War was purposely kept in the cold climes of Kentucky, where trainer Wesley Ward keeps 20 of his runners during the winter. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for Feb. 25

DRF | 5 days ago
Itsaknockout, still unbeaten after being placed first via disqualification in the Fountain of Youth last Saturday, is the lone newcomer to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Imperia possible for Spiral Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Imperia, who finished fifth as the favorite Saturday in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, will make his next start in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Wednesday from the Palm Meadows training center in Florida. Read More...

Bet This, Not That: Trainers, dirt routes, and the Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
With less than 10 weeks remaining until the first Saturday in May, much of the focus in the racing world has turned to the 3-year-olds. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund Kentucky Derby Future Wager favorites

DRF | 6 days ago
American Pharoah and Dortmund are the top morning-line choices behind the mutuel field in Pool 3 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on Feb. 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Mike Welsch ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Gulfstream. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 23

DRF | 7 days ago
Handicapper Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Southwest Stakes

DRF | 7 days ago
The Southwest was delayed six days owing to the continuing harsh winter weather that has plagued Oaklawn at this meet, but Oaklawn finally was able to run the race on a cold, rainy afternoon that left the track sloppy and sealed for the Southwest. Read More...

Far Right and Mr. Z headed their separate ways

DRF | 7 days ago
Far Right has now won both of his Oaklawn Park matchups with Mr. Z – Sunday’s Southwest and last month’s Smarty Jones. But the rivalry, which has highlighted the local 3-year-old series, is unlikely to be renewed in next month’s Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes here. Read More...

Far From Over, El Kabeir on course for rematch

DRF | 7 days ago
Far From Over and El Kabeir, the top two finishers in the Grade 3 Withers Stakes on Feb. 7, both returned to the work tab Sunday as they train toward a possible rematch in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23

DRF | 7 days ago
Marcus Hersh ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Weekend winners to stay on same track

DRF | 7 days ago
The winners of the major Kentucky Derby preps run over the weekend all came out of their races well and will continue to race at the same track. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on Feb. 23

DRF | 7 days ago
David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Feb. 23

DRF | 7 days ago
Handicapper Brad Free ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Santa Anita. Read More...

Far Right rallies to capture Southwest

DRF | 1 week ago
Far Right is making his presence known on the road to the Arkansas Derby. He won his second straight stakes in Oaklawn’s series for 3-year-olds on Sunday, when he closed up the rail in the slop for a three-quarter-length win over The Truth Or Else in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest. Read More...

Lord Nelson sharpens for San Felipe

DRF | 1 week ago
Lord Nelson, winner of the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 1, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 on Sunday for an expected appearance in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 7. Read More...

Firing Line targets Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Firing Line, second to Dortmund in the Los Alamitos Futurity in December and the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7, is being pointed for the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico on March 22, trainer Simon Callaghan said. Read More...

Florida Derby next after Khozan crushes allowance foes

DRF | 1 week ago
He has yet to run in a stakes race or earn any qualifying points but Khozan continues to give every impression he’s a legitimate Kentucky Derby candidate after drawing off to a convincing 12 3/4-length victory over five totally overmatched allowance rivals in Sunday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Road to Derby analysis: Fountain of Youth

DRF | 1 week ago
This was one of the strangest Kentucky Derby preps in years, with Frosted looking like he couldn’t lose at the quarter pole only to finish fourth, Upstart crossing the wire first, and then the stewards making a much-debated decision to disqualify Upstart in favor of runner-up Iitaknockout. Read More...

Road to Derby analysis: Risen Star

DRF | 1 week ago
All hail International Star, who with this win became the first horse to win three Kentucky Derby scoring races. Read More...

Where’s The Moon trumps heavy favorite in Mine That Bird Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Where’s The Moon put himself in the picture for next month’s Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby with his Saturday win in the track’s $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby. Read More...

Itsaknockout wins Fountain of Youth by disqualification

DRF | 1 week ago
Todd Pletcher called it “a jump ball.” And he won. Rick Violette Jr. was less hospitable. “That’s a terrible call,” he said. Both trainers were reacting on the track to a decision announced just seconds before by track announcer Larry Collmus, that stewards had disqualified the Violette-trained Upstart for interference, placing Pletcher’s Itsaknockout first, after an extremely odd running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Beyer: Brown’s patient approach both an asset, hindrance

DRF | 1 week ago
Chad Brown may have learned from Bobby Frankel that patience is a supreme virtue for a horseman, but this is not necessarily so in the Triple Crown. In fact, he may find that the best strategy is closer to the aggressiveness of a trainer like Wayne Lukas than to the prudence of his mentor Frankel. Read More...

Mr. Z, Far Right clash in rescheduled Southwest

DRF | 1 week ago
The manner in which each of the 11 horses in Sunday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn has handled the race’s six-day delay surely has varied, but there is one constant for handicappers. All the entrants have been stabled on the grounds, and as such, all have had to negotiate disrupted training schedules brought about by a winter storm that forced the cancellation of the Southwest last Monday. Read More...

Metaboss, Street Boss discussed on Byk radio show along with Power Jam, Concord Point

Metaboss, the Street Boss colt who will aim to get to the Derby without a win on dirt – like Animal Kingdom – was the starting point of a pedigree analysis on Wednesday on the weekly radio appearance I make on At the Races, Steve Byk’s show. Also discussed: the exciting Kaleem Shah homebred Power […] Read More...

Imperia invades for Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
When looking for the winner of the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds in Louisiana, casting an eye toward Florida has been a wise play in recent years. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Upstart

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Upstart is the first winner from two starters out of his dam, the unraced Touch Gold mare Party Silks, so one must go back an additional generation for clues to his distance prowess. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Upstart

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Upstart is the first winner from two starters out of his dam, the unraced Touch Gold mare Party Silks, so one must go back an additional generation for clues to his distance prowess. Read More...

Crist: Fountain of Youth’s past has classic look

DRF | 2 weeks ago
If you’re looking for future classic winners, a good place to start is the Fountain of Youth Stakes, which was first run in 1945 and will be renewed Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 1945 and 1947 editions of the race were for 2-year-olds in December, but all the other runnings – 61 of them including three years when the race split – have been for 3-year-olds in February or March, and the roll of winners is a strong one. Read More...

Jerardi: Risen Star far tougher read than Fountain of Youth

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds is anything but clear-cut. This race could play out in too many ways to feel confident of much. In the Fountain of Youth, unless something dramatic changes, Upstart is supposed to win. It will be interesting to see if he can improve his Beyer again or settle into the 106 comfort zone. Read More...

Cinco Charlie has momentum going into Mine That Bird Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Cinco Charlie has accomplished more than most young horses as a five-time stakes winner, and he will be out to keep the good times rolling Saturday at Sunland Park in the $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby. The 1 1/16-race is the final local stepping-stone to the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby on March 22. Read More...

Upstart in good position on Derby trail

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Read the Footnotes might have been more brilliant, and Samraat maybe had more heart, but of the Kentucky Derby prospects Rick Violette Jr. has trained, none has been in a better position at this point than Upstart, who has both brilliance and heart and currently ranks as the best Kentucky Derby prospect on the East Coast. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Feb. 18

DRF | 2 weeks ago
There was no change to the Derby Watch top 20 from a week ago in terms of the runners on the list nor to the Kentucky Derby future line produced by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, who last week made Dortmund the ante-post favorite at 6-1. Read More...

Metanovic sets sights on even bigger derby for Metaboss

DRF | 2 weeks ago
When bloodstock agent Mersad Metanovic purchased a Street Boss weanling for $10,000, he was hoping he’d made a bargain purchase of a good, useful horse. Little did he imagine that he’d just purchased a colt that would win the race he’d always dreamed of winning, the El Camino Real Derby. Read More...

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Cinco Charlie to face five in Mine That Bird Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Cinco Charlie is scheduled to start in the $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico on Saturday. The multiple stakes winner drew post 5 in a field of six for the 1 1/16-mile race. Casey Lambert has the mount on the horse, who is owned by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt. Read More...

Southwest Stakes rescheduled for Sunday

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest Stakes will be run Sunday, said David Longinotti, director of racing for Oaklawn Park. The Southwest had been scheduled for Monday but was canceled due to a winter storm system that landed in Arkansas. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn Park. Read More...