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Thunder Snow narrowly beats Epicharis in fast UAE Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Thunder Snow was a very good horse racing on the European turf last year, and he is doing pretty well so far on dirt. Read More...

State of Honor likely to run in Florida Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
State of Honor, arguably flying a bit under the radar on the Kentucky Derby trail despite finishing behind only McCraken and Tapwrit in his last two starts at Tampa Bay Downs, is likely headed back to Gulfstream Park for the $1 million Florida Derby next Saturday. Read More...

Sunland Derby attracts cast from far and wide

DRF | 1 month ago
Horses from major winter meets around the country will converge on New Mexico on Sunday to chase after the $800,000 purse of the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, as well as the race's 85 points for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Mo Town confirmed for Wood Memorial

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow confirmed Thursday that Mo Town, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct last November, will return to the Big A for the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 8, when he will likely need a top two-three finish to earn enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 25: Picks for Spiral, Bourbonette Oaks, Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Parlor and Kitten's Cat are logical win contenders, but I like Soglio in Saturday's Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Read More...

Ann Arbor Eddie sidelined with splint-bone injury

DRF | 1 month ago
he two-time stakes winner Ann Arbor Eddie has been sidelined with a splint bone injury. Read More...

O’Neill may run four in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill could have as many as four runners in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8. Read More...

Valente thinking now is the time to take shot with Stretch’s Stone

DRF | 1 month ago
Owner Roddy Valente plans on running his homebred Stretch's Stone in the Wood Memorial, which serves as New York's last stepping-stone toward the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Baffert returns to his racing roots

DRF | 1 month ago
Long before trainer Bob Baffert was inducted into the Hall of Fame, saddled a Triple Crown winner in American Pharoah, and won the world's richest Thoroughbred race with Pegasus hero Arrogate, he spent the occasional weekend at Sunland Park in New Mexico. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 22

DRF | 1 month ago
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Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Malagacy

DRF | 1 month ago
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Classic Empire gets change of scenery, works five furlongs

DRF | 1 month ago
Notorious bad boy Classic Empire, who on Sunday refused to work at Palm Meadows in south Florida for the second time in less than a month, on Wednesday worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 at Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla., where he had been sent on Sunday. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Rebel Stakes analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
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McCraken works for Blue Grass, Classic Empire does not

DRF | 1 month ago
McCraken and Classic Empire, two of the top-rated contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 6, appear to be moving in different directions as their next scheduled start, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 8, approaches. Read More...

Malagacy could return for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher could be going for a stakes triple for 3-year-olds next month at Oaklawn Park. He said Sunday that Malagacy is a candidate for the track’s Arkansas Derby after winning the Rebel here Saturday. Read More...

Malagacy handles first route in Rebel Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Malagacy burst onto the Kentucky Derby trail Saturday at Oaklawn, where he remained undefeated while mastering two turns in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes. He won by two lengths over 112-1 maiden Sonneteer. Read More...

Gunnevera, Practical Joke, Three Rules tune up for Florida Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
A handful of potential Florida Derby starters were in action at four different venues in south Florida on Saturday, including Gunnevera, Practical Joke, and Three Rules, the first three finishers two weeks ago in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

El Areeb starts preparation for Wood Memorial

DRF | 1 month ago
El Areeb returned to the work tab in Maryland on Friday, and it looks like he'll be returning to New York in three weeks for the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hollywood Handsome will make stakes debut in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
The improving 3-year-old Hollywood Handsome will have his first chance at a starring role April 1 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

The Friday Show: A Numbers Game, Hole In The Derby Trail?

It was a record-setting week at OBS March, with the 2-year-olds in training sale hitting all-time marks for gross and average, plus selling more than five horses at $1 million or more. In this week's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Mo Town works with eye on Florida Derby or Wood Memorial

DRF | 1 month ago
Mo Town came down the turnpike from Payson Park to breeze here on Thursday morning in preparation for a possible start here April 1 in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 18: Picks for Rebel, Harrison Johnson, Essex

DRF | 1 month ago
Petrov could be much more effective if he had the chance to relax a little early and let someone else worry about keeping the pace honest, which could very well happen in Saturday's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Derby Watch: A pinch-hit home run? It’s happened before

DRF | 1 month ago
And if Rebel Stakes entrant American Anthem does go on to win the Kentucky Derby, he'll join the likes of Iron Liege, Swale, and Super Saver as understudies who stepped up and wore the roses after a stable's leading candidate went down. Read More...

Baker’s dozen considering Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
Sunland Park officials anticipate drawing 3-year-olds from California, Florida and the Midwest for the New Mexico track's richest Thoroughbred offerings, the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby and $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. The races will anchor a card of seven stakes on March 26. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: American Anthem

DRF | 1 month ago
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Pletcher thinking of sending horses for Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 1 month ago
The Grade 1 status of the $1 million Santa Anita Derby coupled with the defection of Mastery from the potential lineup has caused trainer Todd Pletcher to consider the race for a couple of his Kentucky Derby prospects, he said on Wednesday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 15

DRF | 1 month ago
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Mastery back at barn after surgery on leg

DRF | 2 months ago
The top 3-year-old colt Mastery underwent surgery on Monday afternoon at Santa Anita that "went very well," his trainer, Bob Baffert, said early Monday evening. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Tampa Bay Derby analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Classic Empire, McCraken return to work tab

DRF | 2 months ago
Classic Empire and McCraken are being pointed to the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 8, and both turned in important works over the weekend that had their connections smiling. Read More...

Silver Dust will try to capitalize on fast pace in Rebel Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
There appears to be an ample amount of speed signed on for the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, with such 3-year-olds as American Anthem, Malagacy, Royal Mo, and Uncontested all candidates for the 1 1/16-mile race Saturday. That sits really well with trainer Randy Morse, who will send out the promising Tapit colt Silver Dust. Read More...

Road to the Derby: San Felipe Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Tapwrit working to recoup owners’ $1.2 million investment

DRF | 2 months ago
In August 2015, a colt by the continent's leading sire and out of a Grade 1 winner stepped into the auction ring at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and brought the hammer down for $1.2 million at the company's boutique Saratoga selected yearling sale. Read More...

Mastery’s win in San Felipe overshadowed by condylar fracture in left hind leg

DRF | 2 months ago
The joy trainer Bob Baffert felt at watching Mastery win his first start at age 3 on Saturday in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita turned quickly to disappointment when the 3-year-old colt, one of the top prospects for the Kentucky Derby, was discovered to have a condylar fracture to his left front leg, knocking him off the Derby trail. Read More...

Mastery makes eagerly awaited 3-year-old debut in San Felipe

DRF | 2 months ago
In recent weeks, as a number of well-regarded 3-year-olds suffered setbacks on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Mastery has looked better simply by not doing anything. On Saturday at Santa Anita, he will get a chance to show he's as good now as he was at age 2, when the unbeaten colt makes his 3-year-old debut in the Grade 2, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 11: Picks for Tampa Bay Derby, Honeybee, Kilroe Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
In Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby, I'm going with Wild Shot, who finished fourth in the Sam Davis behind Tapwrit, but after a much tougher trip. Read More...

Pletcher has strong hand for Tampa Bay Derby in Tapwrit, Sonic Mule

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher has won three of the last four editions of the Tampa Bay Derby and has an excellent chance of continuing his dominance of the race at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, when he will send out likely favorite Tapwrit and Sonic Mule in a field of 10 3-year-olds. Read More...

Uncontested’s options include Rebel, Blue Grass Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Uncontested, the winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes in January at Oaklawn, emerged from a March 2 work in good order, and plans for his next start are being discussed with owners Harry Rosenblum and Bob LaPenta, trainer Wayne Catalano said this week. The Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel on March 18 at Oaklawn is one of those options, and another is the Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass on April 8 at Keeneland. Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot enhances its status after wins by Gunnevera, J Boys Echo

DRF | 2 months ago
The Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot got a boost last weekend when Gunnevera, who won the race in November, captured the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park. In addition, J Boys Echo, who was fourth in the Jackpot, came back to capture the Gotham at Aqueduct. Read More...

Derby Watch: Shirreffs having double the fun this year

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer John Shirreffs, who won the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo, has the potential to make some new Derby memories this spring. Famously patient, Shirreffs uncharacteristically has a pair of prospects for the May 6 Kentucky Derby in Gormley and Royal Mo. Read More...

Malagacy jumping into Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Wednesday that Malagacy, undefeated and untested in a pair of local sprint tries to begin his career earlier in the meet, will make his next start at Oaklawn Park in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes on March 18. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 8

DRF | 2 months ago
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Wild Shot gets one more chance in Tampa Bay Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Rusty Arnold on Saturday will be looking to take a big step in toward returning to the Kentucky Derby for the first time in 25 years when Wild Shot runs in the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Mo Town between Wood Memorial, Florida Derby

DRF | 2 months ago
Mo Town, who finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 25, returned to the work tab Wednesday at Payson Park in Florida, and trainer Tony Dutrow said he is considering the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on April 1 or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8 for the colt's next start. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Gotham Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Gormley

DRF | 2 months ago
The pedigree question with Gormley was never how far he would run or how good his genetics suggested he could be – but, rather, what surface he would prefer. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Fountain of Youth Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Mineshaft and son dominate recent preps

DRF | 2 months ago
Mineshaft took a turn in the spotlight on Saturday, as he and his son Dialed In, last year's leading freshman sire, swept the day's three stakes races for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Read More...

It’s Your Nickel much the best in John Battaglia

DRF | 2 months ago
Jockey James Graham took off riding Saturday afternoon at Fair Grounds to be at Turfway Park on Saturday evening for the mount on It's Your Nickel in the $100,000 John Battaglia Stakes. Suffice to say, it was a good choice. It’s Your Nickel romped to a 6 1/2-length victory in the Battaglia, and in doing so, became the presumptive favorite for the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral at Turfway on March 25. Read More...

Gunnevera bides his time en route to impressive Fountain of Youth win

DRF | 2 months ago
Javier Castellano learned his lesson. Four weeks ago, in the Holy Bull, the four-time reigning champion jockey said he was too impatient with Gunnevera and believed he cost the colt his best chance. So, in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Castellano was focused on taking his time before striking. Read More...