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19hNicole Russo

American Pharoah to begin stud career

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will begin his stud career this month at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Race of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 6 (7:26)
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18hJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Football, racing have common pedigrees

Everyone has their favorite, but for my money, the most dramatic -- and hilarious -- intersection of horse racing and football came on the final turn of the 1996 Preakness Stakes.

16hMike Welsch

Pletcher trio takes shot at Keen Ice in Donn 'Cap

Keen Ice is the only member of the eight-horse Donn field currently considered among the nation's elite in the handicap division, and as such, he'll carry the high weight of 121 pounds.

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15hMarcus Hersh

Pancake takes Broussard Stakes by a nose

Pancake broke from post 11 under Manny Esquivel and briefly was stacked wide around the clubhouse turn to start Fridays Broussard Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Weekend Warrior: Donn Handicap (6:32)
Shigeki Kikkawa
21hJay Privman

I Will Score stretches out for Robert Lewis

Proven distance form will meet keen sprint speed when Mor Spirit takes on I Will Score as seven 3-year-olds try to keep their Derby dreams alive in Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

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1dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: A superlative Saturday

The hefty San Antonio purse was earmarked to attract a horse like Dortmund, instead the nine furlongs will be a toss-up between Imperative and Hoppertunity. That is just one highlight this Sat.

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19hMike Welsch

Big expectations for Ami's Flatter in Hooper

The lightly raced but talented Ami's Flatter will get the opportunity to prove just that when he takes on a strong field that includes Tommy Macho and Wildcat Red in Saturday's Hooper Stakes.

Weekend Warrior: San Marcos Stakes (4:07)
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21hMarty McGee

Tammy the Torpedo set for Suwannee River

Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year.

Weekend Warrior: San Antonio Stakes (3:30)

DRF Podcast: Feb. 5, 2016

Pete and Mike recap highlight from the National Handicapping Championship, look ahead to four stakes races on Saturday, and Matt Bernier joins to discuss Super Bowl 50.

Barbara D. Livingston
1dDavid Grening

Dylan Davis may not have torn labrum

Upon further review, jockey Dylan Davis might not have a torn labrum after all and could return to the saddle much sooner than originally thought.


Hoosier Director

Former Indiana Horse Racing Comm. exec dir Joe Gorajec on uneasy co-existence of policing & marketing. Expert discussion follows, & Barry on being SO CLOSE to Eclipse Awards.

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2dMarty McGee

'Pizza Man' looks to be on time in Turf 'Cap

On Saturday, The Pizza Man embarks on what owner Richard Papiese hopes will be another huge year when making his 7-year-old debut as the favorite in the Gulfstream Turf Handicap.

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2dMarcus Hersh

Frosted romps in Dubai World Cup prep

Frosted romped to victory in the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 on Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, looking like a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

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2dPeter Thomas Fornatale

60-year-old Ernie Powers makes most of NHC opportunity

NHC Tour rookie Ernie Powers made the most of a great opportunity at last weekend's NHC, parlaying an online entry on NHCQualify.com into $54,000 at the world's richest tournament.

Meadowlands Pick 5 carryover (6:48)
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3dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Cal Cup winners set to shine

It feels strange to suggest that no fewer than three and maybe even four of the five winners of Cal Cup races at Santa Anita Park last Saturday could be heard from in large ways down the line.

NYRA/Adam Coglianese
4dMarty McGee

Keen Ice has eye on Dubai

Keen Ice, who blew out working for the Donn Handicap last Saturday by going five furlongs in 1:00.20, will carry the high weight of 121 pounds in the Grade 1 event.

DRF Weekend wrap (6:11)
4dMike Welsch

Mohaymen clear winner in Holy Bull Stakes

Mohaymen left little doubt that he is the leading Kentucky Derby contender stabled on the East Coast after rolling to a convincing victory over Greenpointcrusader in Saturday's Grade 2 Holy Bull.

Chrome's near miss (0:56)
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4dSteve Andersen

California Chrome works for start in in Dubai

California Chrome worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai Sunday, his first workout since arriving in the country on Jan. 22 for a two-race campaign in coming months.

Chrome talk (4:45)
Ride along with Chrome (0:37)
4dMike Welsch

Awesome Banner comes up big in Swale Stakes

Awesome Banner kept his record perfect after registering his third one-sided victory in as many starts, a five-length decision over Economic Model in Saturday's Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park.

DRF Weekend wrap: Withers Stakes (5:06)
4dMarty McGee

'Cathryn' great in Forward Gal

Cathryn Sophia rolled to a 5-1/2-length victory Saturday in the 40th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

4dDavid Grening

Toboggan Stakes the right decision for Sassicaia

Sassicaia, who was not entered in the Toboggan the first two times it was scheduled, found his way to the entry box and then found his way through a small hole in deep stretch to win by a neck.

5dMike Watchmaker

Watchmaker: NHC champion brings attitude

New NHC champ Paul Matties was powerful in this NHC. He had to be to fight off a fierce challenge from runner-up Roger Cettina, and the remainder of a salty Final Table of 10.

4dMarty McGee

'Priced' right in Sweetest Chant Stakes

Chad Brown continued his remarkable monopoly on the Sweetest Chant Stakes when Pricedtoperfection overcame traffic troubles Saturday to win the 25th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 turf race.

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5dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Trainer Maria Borell moves ahead

Trainer Maria Borell is looking forward in 2016 after a whirlwind of a year that ended in a Breeders' Cup victory with Sprint champion Runhappy.


Does Pegasus Have Wings?

We discuss a proposed $12M Pegasus World Cup. Guests include an owner (Aron Wellman), a racing director (David Longinotti & Oaklawn Park) & sports biz analyst Darren Rovell.

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ABR: Chrome set for 2016 debut in Dubai

California Chrome will run in a 1 -mile handicap Feb. 25 at Meydan Racecourse to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed.

Benoit Photo

Lost Bus finds the wire in Santa Monica

Lost Bus won the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares by a head over Finest City, and then survived a foul claim on Saturday at Santa Anita.

American Beauty Stakes (3:19)
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Bob Baffert looks to 2016 Kentucky Derby

Bob Baffert's mind is already shifting to 2016 and the inevitable question -- after thoroughbred racing waited an excruciating 37 years for a Triple Crown winner, what will the trainer do next?

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American Pharoah unanimous horse of the year

American Pharoah, winner of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic, was unanimously voted horse of the year and top 3-year-old male Saturday at the Eclipse Awards.

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