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Girvin goes turf to dirt to capture Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
As the Fair Grounds assistant to trainer Mike Maker, Joe Sharp went down the Kentucky Derby trail in 2014 with Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s In Trouble. Later that year, Sharp went out on his own, and now, as a head trainer, Sharp has a Triple Crown prospect in his own stable, Girvin, who was a two-length winner of the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Motion pleased with Irish War Cry’s lone work for Fountain of Youth

DRF | 17 hours ago
Trainer Graham Motion said he "couldn't be happier" with Irish War Cry’s final work for next Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes after his undefeated 3-year-old breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 and galloped out six panels in 1:13.40 on Saturday morning at Palm Meadows. Read More...

Plans uncertain for Saint’s Fan

DRF | 2 days ago
Saint’s Fan could make his next start in the $1 million Louisiana Derby here on April 1. Or he could make his next start at Keeneland in April. Or be pointed for the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for Louisiana-breds, another April 1 race at Fair Grounds. The point is that Dallas Stewart, who bred, owns, and trains Saint’s Fan, isn’t in a rush to decide exactly where to run his horse, who worked a half-mile in 50.20 seconds here Friday. Read More...

True Timber may change tactics for rematch with El Areeb in Gotham

DRF | 2 days ago
True Timber set the pace after stumbling badly at the break in the Grade 3 Withers, a race in which he ultimately finished second to El Areeb.Judging by the way he breezed Friday at Belmont Park, True Timber will not be part of the pace when he meets El Areeb again in next Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

So Conflated will scratch from Risen Star to await Gotham

DRF | 2 days ago
Plans for the three horses who as of Friday afternoon were going to scratch from Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes are in various states of certainty. So Conflated, who didn’t ship to Fair Grounds from Santa Anita for trainer Doug O’Neill, is being rerouted to next Saturday’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, O’Neill confirmed via text message. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Southwest Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
One Liner ran his perfect record to 3 for 3 in this, his stakes debut and first start around two turns in the Southwest Stakes at Oalawn Park. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure equal to that of Classic Empire in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the fastest figs earned on the Derby trail to date. Read More...

Risen Star should separate Kentucky Derby contenders from pretenders

DRF | 3 days ago
When the dust settles after the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, a lot more will be known about which horses were merely dressed up as Kentucky Derby hopefuls, and which had substance underneath. Read More...

Howard’s Derby temperature holds steady at 98.6

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Neil Howard takes a wait-and-see approach to considering the Kentucky Derby for his talented 3-year-olds, which this year include Lecomte winner Guest Suite. “You have to be careful not to go down a road you shouldn't go down.” Read More...

Epicharis to run in UAE Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Epicharis, who won the Hyacinth Stakes last Sunday in Tokyo to move to the top of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, has accepted an invitation to the United Arab Emirates Derby on March 25 at Meydan, the Japan Racing Association said on Thursday. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 25: Picks for Risen Star, Mineshaft, Busher

DRF | 3 days ago
Local Hero comes into Saturday's Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds with only a victory over maidens last month and is considerably less accomplished than other members of this field. Yet I have no problem siding with him here, because if Local Hero duplicates his last performance, he will win right back. Read More...

Guest Suite drills half-mile in final work for Risen Star

DRF | 4 days ago
Guest Suite, who won the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 21 in his 3-year-old debut, had his final Risen Star workout on Tuesday, going a half-mile in 48 seconds. On a damp, drizzly morning, trainer Neil Howard did not hesitate to work Guest Suite over a wet, sealed Fair Grounds surface. Read More...

Cox loaded for stakes on Louisiana Derby Preview Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Brad Cox is back in force for Saturday's Louisiana Derby Preview Day, with entrants in every one of the six stakes save the Rachel Alexandra. Read More...

Derby Watch: Mo Town proving a bargain buy

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow paid a relatively small price for Mo Town, who went on to win the Remsen Stakes. Now Dutrow is hoping that Mo Town continues paying dividends when he makes his first start as a 3-year-old on Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Wednesday, Feb. 22

DRF | 4 days ago
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Practical Joke to start off in Fountain of Youth

DRF | 4 days ago
Practical Joke will make his first start as a 3-year-old in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 4, and Jose Ortiz will have the mount, trainer Chad Brown said Wednesday morning. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Mo Town

DRF | 4 days ago
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One Liner’s next start undecided after Southwest Stakes victory

DRF | 4 days ago
The undefeated One Liner, who popped a Beyer Speed Figure of 102 for his win Monday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, was traveling Tuesday, headed back home to Palm Beach Downs in South Florida. Read More...

San Felipe next for Mastery after sharp work

DRF | 5 days ago
Mastery, one of the top 3-year-olds in the country, will make his first start of the year in the Grade 2, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday after Mastery worked six furlongs in 1:12 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Eight new names for Pool 3

DRF | 5 days ago
Eight new names are among the separately listed wagering interests in Pool 3 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern. The only futures pool toward the 2017 Kentucky Oaks will coincide with the three-day wagering window. Read More...

One Liner runs record to 3 for 3 with victory in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
One Liner remained undefeated in three career starts Monday, winning his two-turn and stakes debut in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Classic Empire will skip Fountain of Youth

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse said Sunday that Classic Empire will not make the March 4 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, as had been tentatively planned, but that any subsequent prep race for the May 6 Kentucky Derby remains possible for him. Read More...

Zakaroff pays $99.60 for stunning win in El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
Zakaroff scored the second biggest upset in the 36-year history of the Grade 3, $200,450 El Camino Real Derby, scoring a one-half-length victory at nearly 49-1 as locally based runners swept the top three positions in the premier race for 3-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Three Rules among workers for Fountain of Youth Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
With the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth only two weeks away, prospective contenders were active at training venues throughout south Florida on Saturday, most notably at Gulfstream Park, where Three Rules and the Peruvian hopeful Huracan Americo both turned in their penultimate works for the important Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby prep. Read More...

El Areeb looks sharp in half-mile workout

DRF | 1 week ago
El Areeb, a runaway winner of four straight races, including a pair of Grade 3 stakes at Aqueduct, the Jerome and Withers, breezed a quicker-than-it-looked half-mile at his home base of Laurel Park on Saturday in 47.80 seconds. Read More...

Uncontested faces large field, pace pressure in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Uncontested enters the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday as the top 3-year-old at Oaklawn. But he faces a new round of challenges to maintain his standing. Read More...

The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It's no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Final chance for Derby points in Japan

DRF | 1 week ago
The Hyacinth Stakes, run Sunday over about one mile on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, is the second of two races in the so-called Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. The two-race sequence was introduced for this year by Churchill Downs to allow a Japan-based horse to qualify for the Kentucky Derby field, which is capped at 20 runners. Read More...

So Conflated marooned outside in Risen Star

DRF | 1 week ago
So Conflated drew the outside post when 14 horses were entered in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star on Thursday in New Orleans. Read More...

King: More Power to Him offers value in El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
With the two favorites being untested on the synthetic Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields, regression is a possibility, creating the potential for a fat-priced winner in Saturday's El Camino Real Derby. My choice is More Power to Him, a 6-1 shot who has two wins, a second, and a third in four routes at Golden Gate. Read More...

Mo Town, Guest Suite among large cast expected for Risen Star

DRF | 2 weeks ago
At least a dozen 3-year-olds were expected to be entered Thursday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds. Fair Grounds racing officials on Wednesday listed Arklow, Girvin, Guest Suite, It's Your Nickel, Local Hero, Mo Town, Shareholder Value, So Conflated, Sorry Erik, Takeoff, Untrapped, and U S Officer as expected entrants in the Risen Star. Read More...

South American import Huracan Americo possible for Fountain of Youth

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Among the paddock schoolers at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday was Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in his native Chile at 2 who is currently being pointed toward a possible start in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 4. Read More...

Wild Shot will point to Tampa Bay Derby

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Wild Shot, beaten 3 1/2 lengths when fourth behind McCraken last weekend in the Sam Davis Stakes, will return to Tampa Bay Downs for the March 11 Tampa Bay Derby “unless I see no reason not to go,” said trainer Rusty Arnold. Read More...

Derby Watch: Classic Empire remains on top

DRF | 2 weeks ago
For the inaugural Derby Watch top 20, Classic Empire remains the favorite on the Derby future line produced by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper. Classic Empire's terrific 2-year-old form, combined with a foot issue that came to the fore days after the Holy Bull, combined to keep him as the favorite – for now. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Feb. 17, 2017

DRF | 2 weeks ago
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Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Classic Empire

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Classic Empire, who debuts as the favorite on Mike Watchmaker's Kentucky Derby future line, became the second Eclipse Award champion juvenile in three seasons for sire Pioneerof the Nile. The first? American Pharoah. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Sam F. Davis analysis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
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Iliad captures San Vicente in first start for O’Neill

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The saddle towel may have been misspelled but there was nothing else out of place with the performance on Sunday of Iliad, who pressed a hot pace and then pulled clear to win the Grade 2, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, earning him a shot at a key Kentucky Derby prep next month. Read More...

McCraken delivers as favorite in Sam Davis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
McCraken used his come-from-behind style to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over Tapwrit at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, confirming his status as a top-tier Kentucky Derby prospect and keeping his record perfect with four wins in as many starts. Read More...

Classic Empire appears to recover quickly from foot abscess

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Mark Casse reported on Thursday that 2016 2-year-old male champion Classic Empire is doing well after popping an abscess in his foot discovered less than 48 hours after his third-place finish as the heavy favorite in last Saturday’s Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Maker’s trio takes on Star Empire in WEBN Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Star Empire, who placed in a pair of graded stakes before being eased in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, looks like a deserving favorite for trainer Wesley Ward in Saturday's WEBN Stakes for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park. Read More...

McCraken can use Sam F. Davis as launch pad

DRF | 2 weeks ago
McCraken already has shown that he can win a major race at Churchill Downs, and on Saturday, he can prove that he's deserving of another trip to the Louisville track for the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Read More...

Pinchin refuses to second-guess game plan with Three Rules

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Despite Three Rules dropping a three-quarter-length decision to Favorable Outcome in the Grade 2 Swale, Stakes at Gulfstream Park last weekend and then watching 2-year-old champion Classic Empire not run to expectations in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull several hours later, trainer Jose Pinchin does not regret his decision. Read More...

Big day for Maryland runners in graded stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Maryland racing pulled off a somewhat amazing triple last Saturday when Laurel Park-based El Areeb scored his fourth consecutive victory in the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct and Irish War Cry and Tequilita won Grade 2 stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Withers Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
El Areeb roared to his fourth straight victory and his second in two tries going two turns, both of those races at Aqueduct, in the Withers Stakes. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Holy Bull Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Road to the Derby: Robert B. Lewis analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
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Garden State grows Derby contender Irish War Cry

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The colt who knocked the Florida road to the Kentucky Derby askew Saturday is named for Ireland, is by a Kentucky stallion, and has roots in European breeding. But his actual birthplace is from a state not often thought of as producing top Thoroughbreds – New Jersey. Read More...

Motion rewarded for running Irish War Cry in Holy Bull

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Graham Motion said he was torn between whether to launch Irish War Cry’s 3-year-old campaign in Saturday’s $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park or wait a week for the Grade 3 Sam Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. In the end, there was little doubt Motion made the right choice after Irish War Cry cruised to an impressive 3 3/4-length victory over Gunnevera, with reigning Juvenile champion Classic Empire finishing third as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade 2 Holy Bull, the first of two important local preps leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby here on April 1. Read More...

El Areeb equally effective on fast track in Withers

DRF | 3 weeks ago
As well as El Areeb performed on a wet surface dominating the Grade 3 Jerome Stakes by 11 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct last month, his connections believe the 3-year-old is better on a dry surface. El Areeb certainly gave credence to that theory Saturday with another strong performance, taking over from True Timber in upper stretch and drawing off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes at chilly Aqueduct. Read More...

Espinoza picks up another Derby prospect as Royal Mo wins Robert Lewis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Gormley won the Grade 3 Sham last month, and on Saturday it was stablemate Royal Mo’s turn, as he scored a front-running victory over four rivals in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Read More...