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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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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...

O’Neill points Iliad to San Vicente, So Conflated to Risen Star

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill will be dividing up his 3-year-olds among several races locally and out of town in the upcoming weeks, with the newly acquired Iliad remaining home while So Conflated and the filly Shane's Girlfriend will head to Fair Grounds. Read More...

Royal Mo has big shot in small field for Robert B. Lewis

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The understudy among 3-year-olds in trainer John Shirreffs's barn gets top billing on Saturday, as Royal Mo seeks to join stablemate Gormley as a viable Kentucky Derby candidate when he takes on four rivals in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Classic Empire tops Experimental Free Handicap at 126 pounds

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Classic Empire, the winner of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the 2016 2-year-old champion, was assigned 126 pounds to top the annual Experimental Free Handicap, a ranking of the top juveniles to run in North America last year. Read More...

Girvin using turf route to audition for Risen Star

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Joe Sharp and owner Brad Grady’s pair of talented 3-year-olds, Girvin and Cool Arrow, are entered in the $50,000 Keith Gee Memorial, a one-mile grass race on the Saturday card at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2: Mutuel field, Classic Empire top choices

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The mutuel field, the 24th or “all others” option, closed Sunday as the 5-2 favorite over divisional champion Classic Empire (5-1) in Pool 2 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Read More...

Bourbon Empire added to list of Triple Crown nominees

DRF | 1 month ago
Bourbon Empire on Friday was announced as an early nominee to the Triple Crown, bringing to 419 the number of nominees at this stage of the process. Read More...

Pletcher has three lined up for Withers

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to send out a trio of runners against Jerome Stakes winner El Areeb in next Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Pletcher's horses Bonus Points and Win With Pride, who finished second and fourth, respectively, in the Jerome, will try El Areeb again. They will be joined by Fillet of Sole, a colt coming off maiden victory at Parx in November. Read More...

Classic Empire likely to face six or seven in Holy Bull

DRF | 1 month ago
With reigning divisional champion Classic Empire heading the prospective lineup, a field of seven or eight is forming for the first major 3-year-old event of the Gulfstream championship meet, the Grade 2, $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Road to the 2017 Derby: Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Guest Suite began his 3-year-old campaign with this victory, and though his Beyer Figure was on the low side compared with what some of his brethren have accomplished already, it was his career best, continuing a pattern that has seen him improve in every start. Read More...

Tapit leads all sires with 19 nominees to Triple Crown series

DRF | 1 month ago
Reigning leading sire Tapit, who sired his second American classic winner last year, leads all stallions by early nominations to the 2017 Triple Crown series. Read More...

Master Plan wins OBS Championship Stakes to jump onto Derby trail

DRF | 1 month ago
Master Plan definitely didn’t run according to plan in the $100,000 males’ division of the OBS Championship Stakes on Tuesday, but his talent allowed him to overcome a speed-favoring track bias and rally for a 2 1/2-length victory under jockey John Velazquez. Read More...

2017 Triple Crown Nominees

DRF | 1 month ago
List of 2017 Triple Crown nominees. Read More...

Triple Crown nominees for 2017 rise to 418

DRF | 1 month ago
Classic Empire won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was named the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2016, and on Tuesday headed a robust list of 418 3-year-olds who were announced as early nominees to this year’s Triple Crown. Read More...

Plenty of new names for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

DRF | 1 month ago
Ten new names are among the 23 separately listed wagering interests for Pool 2 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

The Money Monster eyes Fountain of Youth

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Rohan Crichton said he is leaning toward running The Money Monster in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 4 following the undefeated colt's victory last Saturday in the $53,500 Pasco Stakes. Read More...

Guest Suite looks great after winning Lecomte

DRF | 1 month ago
Guest Suite did not appear to maximally extend himself winning the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, and his trainer, Neil Howard, saw nothing to contradict that impression Saturday night and Sunday morning. Read More...

Guest Suite looks to be at home in Lecomte Stakes win

DRF | 1 month ago
In the 2015 Lecomte Stakes, trainer Neil Howard and owner Will Farish ran the promising 3-year-old Eagle as the favorite. Eagle, making his seasonal debut, never got into the race and finished seventh. Two years later, Howard and Farish again had the Lecomte favorite, this time in Guest Suite, a promising 3-year-old making his seasonal debut, and things turned out much better Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

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

DRF | 1 month 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...

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

DRF | 1 month 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...

Carroll enjoys new role as assistant to Casse

DRF | 1 month ago
David Carroll, his stable down to a handful of modest runners, finally gave up being a head trainer at the end of the 2015-2016 Fair Grounds meet, but he has settled comfortably into his job as an assistant to trainer Mark Casse. Read More...

Southwest next race for Uncontested

DRF | 1 month ago
Uncontested emerged from his Monday romp in the $150,000 Smarty Jones in good order and is being pointed for the second race in Oaklawn’s series for 3-year-olds, the Southwest. Read More...

Uncontested all the way in Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Uncontested was left alone on the lead in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park and put on a show in the slop, winning off by 5 1/4 lengths while picking up 10 eligibility points for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Gormley will await San Felipe in March

DRF | 2 months ago
Gormley is likely to have a nine-week gap between races after winning his 3-year-old debut by a head in a thrilling running of the $100,690 Sham Stakes at a mile on Saturday at Santa Anita. Trainer John Shirreffs said on Sunday that he is leaning toward the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 11 for Gormley’s next start. Read More...

Gormley outbattles American Anthem in Sham

DRF | 2 months ago
Gormley is named for a famed British sculptor, but it is trainer John Shirreffs who is molding Antony Gormley’s namesake into one of the top prospects for the Kentucky Derby. Gormley disappointed in his final start at age 2, but he rebounded on Saturday with a big effort, out-dueling the well-regarded American Anthem in a thrilling edition of the Grade 3, $100,690 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hemsworth’s last race stands out entering Mucho Macho Man

DRF | 2 months ago
A maiden winning a stakes race is no longer considered a rare phenomenon, but few have done so as impressively as Hemsworth did when cruising to a 9 1/2-length victory to close out his 2-year-old campaign in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct. And trainer Tom Albertrani is hoping his homebred will be able to build off that performance when he kicks off his 2017 season in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, the last of four stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday's 11-race program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Debut winner Girvin pointing to Lecomte

DRF | 2 months ago
Girvin impressed trainer Joe Sharp enough winning his career debut Dec. 16 at Fair Grounds that he plans to give the colt his second start in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 21. Read More...

Takaful gets more experience going two turns in Jerome

DRF | 2 months ago
Takaful, who dazzled in his debut before disappointing in the Remsen, will kick off 2017 in Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 Jerome Stakes, the first race on this circuit for New York-based 3-year-olds with hopes of making it to the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Read More...

Road to the Derby: CashCall Futurity analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
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Look for Mastery to be prominent 3-year-old for Baffert in 2017

DRF | 3 months ago
Much will be expected in the next six months from Mastery, who gave trainer Bob Baffert a record ninth win in the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity on Saturday. Read More...

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
McCRAKEN completed a promising, late-year campaign by winning his third race without a defeat, all at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held. He went from an unstarted maiden in early October to a top Derby prospect in less than two months. Read More...

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Remsen Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
This will be a fascinating race to watch going forward because the top two, MO TOWN and NO DOZING, both have plenty of promise, and it’s entirely possible the Beyer Speed Figure from this race is even faster than the 86 it was initially assigned. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Delta Downs Jackpot analysis

DRF | 3 months 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...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial downgraded to Grade 2

DRF | 3 months ago
The American Graded Stakes Committee has downgraded three Grade 1 races, including two key Kentucky Derby prep races, and upgraded the Pennsylvania Derby from Grade 2 to Grade 1, according to a release of the 2017 grade assignments on Friday. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Upgrades, Downgrades, And Obstacles

Two of the Grade 1 points qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby will downgraded to Grade 2 status for 2017. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the criteria for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
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