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Upstart to face seven in Fountain of Youth

DRF | 2 weeks ago
A field of just eight 3-year-olds, led by Holy Bull Stakes winner Upstart, was drawn Monday for Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes. The Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth is the last of eight stakes on Saturday’s card, which also features the 2015 debut of the multiple Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds in New York on Feb. 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races in New York. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on Feb. 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper Mike Welsch ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Gulfstream. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper Marcus Hersh ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Brad Free’s top 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Feb. 16

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Handicapper Brad Free ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Santa Anita. Read More...

Gorgeous Bird carries the Whitney torch

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Since 1968, the famed eton blue and brown silks of the Whitney family have been carried just once in the Kentucky Derby, when Birdstone ran eighth in 2004. Gorgeous Bird could revive a century-old tradition by running in the 141st Derby, but a couple of major tests await the gray colt, the first being the Fountain of Youth next Saturday, Feb. 21, at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Risen Star lacks a marquee horse

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Without a marquee horse, the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds appears to be shaping up similarly to the Grade 3 Lecomte. As of Friday morning, stakes coordinator Scott Jones had eight 3-year-olds on his list of Risen Star probables, headed by International Star Read More...

Ocho Ocho Ocho targets San Felipe for comeback

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho, unraced since winning the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana in November, is on schedule for a comeback March 7 in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Dortmund

DRF | 3 weeks ago
With multiple route wins, unbeaten Dortmund is already outrunning his pedigree, which appears slanted toward speed. Read More...

Conquest Typhoon a lukewarm favorite in El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ten 3-year-olds with high hopes and plenty to prove signed up for Northern California’s stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Saturday’s $200,000, Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Lord Nelson sharpens for San Felipe

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Lord Nelson, winner of the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes for sprinters on Feb. 1, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Santa Anita on Wednesday. Lord Nelson is being prepared for the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on March 7. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Feb. 11

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Far From Over, who overcame a disastrous start to win the Withers, and Prospect Park, the impressive winner of a recent allowance race at Santa Anita, are the two newcomers to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Smith fit for another run at roses

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A commitment to fitness is the reason Mike Smith, who entered the Hall of Fame in 2003, has been able to remain the most sought-after big-race rider in the sport, more than two decades after he won his first Eclipse Award as champion jockey, and exactly 10 years since his lone Kentucky Derby win, which came aboard Giacomo. Read More...

Texas Red sidelined with abscess

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November and a leading contender for the 2015 Triple Crown, was diagnosed with an abscess in his right front foot in the last week and will not train at Santa Anita for the remainder of February, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Tuesday. Read More...

Ocean Knight looking to crash the party in Gotham

DRF | 3 weeks ago
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – While the top three finishers from Saturday’s Grade 3 Withers Stakes could very well run back in next month’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, that race also looks like the destination for Ocean Knight, undefeated winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 31. Read More...

SirePowered Results: Big Brown

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten with a narrow victory in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park, capping a big day for his sire, Big Brown. Read More...

Shared Belief, California Chrome Give Racing A Moment To Savor

There are no guarantees in life and certainly none in horse racing. A quarter century ago, two tremendously-talented horses – Sunday Silence and Easy Goer – blazed their way through the 1989 Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field favored at 5-2

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The mutuel field closed Sunday as a 5-2 favorite in Pool 2 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with Texas Red the heaviest-backed individual interest at 9-1. Read More...

Dortmund refuses to lose in Robert Lewis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In a thrilling rematch of their Los Alamitos Futurity duel in December, Dortmund again outbattled Firing Line, again prevailing by the length of his giant head, this time in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Far From Over takes Withers despite poor start

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After a disastrous start, Far From Over more than lived up to his name, rallying from last to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct and give trainer Todd Pletcher another 3-year-old on the Kentucky Derby trail. Read More...

Talamo picks up mount on War Story for Southwest

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Southern California-based jockey Joe Talamo will ride War Story in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn on Feb. 16, the horse’s co-owner, Ron Paolucci, said Thursday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Firing Line

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Firing Line acquitted himself well in his stakes debut and first attempt around two turns, finishing second by a head to unbeaten Dortmund in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20. Now targeting another showdown with Dortmund in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes this Saturday, the colt’s pedigree suggests his best days are still ahead of him. Both sire Line of David and dam Sister Girl Blues blossomed at age 3 or later. Read More...

Robert B. Lewis rematches Dortmund, Firing Line

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Months after their first meeting, the rivalry is renewed Saturday at Santa Anita. And this race happens 90 minutes before California Chrome and Shared Belief run in the San Antonio. Read More...

War Story takes aim at Southwest Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
War Story, the runner-up in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes, will likely make his next start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, co-owner Ron Paolucci said on Wednesday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Feb. 4

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Todd Pletcher landed the most runners on the inaugural Derby Watch top 20, with four each. The only other trainer with multiple runners on the list is Bob Baffert, who has American Pharoah and Dortmund. Read More...

Derby Watch: This time McLaughlin has the numbers

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Both Kiaran McLaughlin and Todd Pletcher came up under D. Wayne Lukas, the trainer who has the most starters in the history of the Kentucky Derby. But the approaches McLaughlin and Pletcher have taken toward the Derby have differed sharply. Read More...

Upstart breezes, eyes Fountain of Youth

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Upstart, who stamped himself as a leading Kentucky Derby contender with his impressive victory in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes, blew out an easy half-mile in 50 seconds at Palm Meadows on Wednesday. The work was his first since the Holy Bull 10 days earlier. Read More...

Field at even-money in Derby Futures Pool 2

DRF | 4 weeks ago
American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award winner for top 2-year-old male, is the top individually listed wagering interest behind the heavily favored mutuel field in Pool 2 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Ward high on The Great War after easy stakes win

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Wesley Ward sent out a pair of 3-year-olds, Asia and City of Vengeance, to win their career debuts on turf here last weekend. But it was a performance by another 3-year-old in his barn, The Great War, on Saturday night at Turfway Park that has the former rider most excited. Read More...

Lord Nelson outfights Texas Red in San Vicente

DRF | 4 weeks ago
After Lord Nelson turned in a disappointing effort to end his 2-year-old campaign, trainer Bob Baffert decided to regroup and start anew, and Lord Nelson took a positive first step on his 3-year-old journey by holding off Texas Red to capture the Grade 2, $200,250 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs on Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Injury knocks Calculator off Kentucky Derby trail

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Calculator, the winner of last month’s Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, emerged from a workout at San Luis Rey Downs on Saturday with an injury that will sideline him six months and takes him off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Peter Miller said Sunday. Read More...

Triple Crown races draw 429 early nominations

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Led by Eclipse Award winners American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi, along with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, a total of 429 3-year-olds were announced on Saturday by Churchill Downs as the early nominations to this year’s Triple Crown. Read More...

Firespike targets Spiral Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Because it’s a rare Kentucky Derby prep race still contested on a synthetic surface, the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 seems likely to attract “niche” horses with success on such types of tracks. Firespike, is Spiral-bound by way of another direction – from Ocala, Fla., where he won the OBS Championship Stakes on Tuesday by 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Leave the Light On injured, off Derby trail

DRF | 1 month ago
Leave the Light On, the winner of the Remsen Stakes in his last start, injured a hind ankle in a workout last weekend, needs surgery, and is off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. Read More...

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Jan. 31: Picks for Sam Davis, Las Virgenes, Endeavour

DRF | 1 month ago
In the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, I’m going with My Johnny Be Good, whose only outings on dirt in his last two starts were a decided cut above good efforts on Polytrack in his first two starts. Read More...

American Pharoah, Texas Red top Experimental Free Handicap

DRF | 1 month ago
American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2014, and Texas Red, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, were assigned the co-high weight of 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap, a weight-based ranking of the previous year’s 2-year-olds put out annually by The Jockey Club that was released on Thursday. Read More...

The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

El Kabeir works towards Withers in between storms

DRF | 1 month ago
Dodging one storm that canceled training here Saturday and avoiding a second storm that will likely cancel training here on Tuesday, El Kabeir managed to get in an important five-furlong workout Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 7. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Holy Bull Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Upstart was one of the elite 2-year-olds of 2014, and he served notice in his 2015 debut that he belongs among the very best of contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Jerardi: Upstart, Barbados look solid in Holy Bull, Hutcheson

DRF | 1 month ago
I would be surprised if Upstart doesn’t run another solid race and get another solid Beyer in the Holy Bull. On the Beyer Speed Figures, Barbados is definitely the horse to beat in the Hutcheson. Read More...

Eagle fine after Lecomte flop, likely to run in Risen Star

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Neil Howard said Eagle had come out of his seventh-place finish in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds in apparently good physical condition. Howard said he and owner-breeder Will Farish plan to push on to the Grade 2 Risen Star on Feb. 21 unless Eagle gives Howard cause to think otherwise in coming weeks. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
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Far Right saves ground to win Smarty Jones

DRF | 1 month ago
Far Right came through on the rail, as even-money favorite Mr. Z drifted out badly, to win a harried dash to the wire in the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park on Monday. Bayerd nabbed second, finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Far Right. Mr. Z was another half-length back in third, while Private Prospect finished fourth. Read More...

Mr. Z seeks elusive stakes win in Smarty Jones

DRF | 1 month ago
Mr. Z has run too well not to be a stakes winner, having placed in five graded races in his young career. But his status could change Monday, when he starts as the probable favorite in the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

McLaughlin pins Holy Bull hopes on Frosted

DRF | 1 month ago
With five runners nominated to next week’s Grade 3, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin would appear to have a hammerlock on the race, but he said on Friday that he will try and divide and conquer with his bevy of 3-year-olds, splitting the quintet among different spots while reserving the Holy Bull for the highly regarded Frosted, who finished second in the Remsen Stakes in his final start at age 2. Read More...

Barbados remains on target for Hutcheson

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Mike Tomlinson said things couldn’t be better with Barbados, a three-length winner of the Jan. 3 Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream Park, and indicated that the colt will run back in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes on the Holy Bull undercard next Saturday. Read More...

Jerardi: War Story intriguing alternative to Eagle

DRF | 2 months ago
If he does run a Beyer Speed Figures in the mid-90s, one of these lightly raced horses is going to have to take the kind of jump Eagle took in Kentucky to beat him in Saturday's Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Jan. 17: Picks for Lecomte, Sunshine Millions Distaff, La Canada

DRF | 2 months ago
Let’s couple favorite Eagle in exotics with another horse here I’m taken with – Runhappy - to create some value in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Early Triple Crown nomination deadline Saturday

DRF | 2 months ago
The early deadline to nominate horses for the 2015 Triple Crown series is Saturday, and nominations cost $600 each. The late nomination period, when nominations cost $6,000 each, is open through March 23. The names of all early nominees will be announced Jan. 31. Read More...