http://www.drf.com/feeds/articles-of-track en Long Range Toddy ($39.20) edges Bankit in Springboard http://www.drf.com/news/preview/long-range-toddy-3920-edges-bankit-springboard Long Range Toddy edged stablemate Bankit by a head to win the $400,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Sunday, closing out a dream meet for their Hall of Fame trainer, Steve Asmussen. Race Recap Kentucky Derby Bankit Cowgirls Like Us Dunph Lone Rock Long Range Toddy Tone Broke Long Range Toddy ($39.20) edges Bankit in Springboard 1545049615 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-16T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:14:"Remington Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"RP";s:17:"field_race_number";s:2:"11";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:26:55 +0000 Mary Rampellini 453902 at http://www.drf.com Long Range Toddy edges Bankit to win the Springboard Mile at Remington on Sunday. Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long Range Toddy ($39.20) edges Bankit in Springboard </div> </div> </div> <p>Long Range Toddy edged stablemate Bankit by a head to win the $400,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Sunday, closing out a dream meet for their Hall of Fame trainer, Steve Asmussen.</p> <p>It was 2 1/2 lengths back to Dunph in third and another half-length back to Asmussen trainee Tone Broke in fourth.</p> <p>The first four finishers in the Springboard Mile earned Kentucky Derby eligibility points on a scale of 10-4-2-1. The race Sunday also closed out the meet at Remington. It was the richest of six stakes on the card.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/long-range-toddy-3920-edges-bankit-springboard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Harness: Thoughts on potential Dan Patch winners http://www.drf.com/news/harness-thoughts-potential-dan-patch-winners Monday (12/17) is the last opportunity to vote for the 2018 Dan Patch awards. Editor Derick Giwner weighs in with his ballot. Harness Harness: Thoughts on potential Dan Patch winners 1545023218 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:06:58 +0000 Derick Giwner 453899 at http://www.drf.com Shartin earned Editor Derick Giwner's vote as Horse of the Year in 2018. Nikki Sherman <p>Often there is no right answer, there is simply opinion.</p> <p>Those are the only words of wisdom I have after making my final selections for the 2018 Dan Patch awards. Only 177 people are afforded this honor and I take the decision-making process very seriously.</p> <p>All voters must select 12 divisional champions, a Trotter of the Year, a Pacer of the Year and a Horse of the Year. Many of the decisions were simple while others had me seesawing back and forth before settling on a final answer.</p> <p>As I believe all voters should disclose their votes, here is how I saw each race.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/harness-thoughts-potential-dan-patch-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sydney Freeman rolls in Useeit Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/sydney-freeman-rolls-useeit-stakes Sydney Freeman delivered at 3-5 on Sunday at Remington Park when she rolled to a 4 3/4-length win over Three Chords in the $70,000 Useeit Stakes. Race Recap Clever Serve Spring Steen Sydney Freeman Three Chords United Patriot Sydney Freeman rolls in Useeit Stakes 1545011144 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-16T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:14:"Remington Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"RP";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 17 Dec 2018 01:30:14 +0000 Mary Rampellini 453896 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sydney Freeman rolls in Useeit Stakes </div> </div> </div> <p>Sydney Freeman delivered at 3-5 on Sunday at Remington Park when she rolled to a 4 3/4-length win over Three Chords in the $70,000 Useeit Stakes. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to pacesetter Spring Steen in third.</p> <p>The Useeit was the first of six stakes on the closing-day card at Remington. The program was led by the $400,000 Springboard Mile, a points race for the Kentucky Derby.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/sydney-freeman-rolls-useeit-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galilean steps forward with King Glorious victory http://www.drf.com/news/preview/galilean-steps-forward-king-glorious-victory On Sunday at Los Alamitos, Galilean was the easy winner of the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for statebreds at a mile, leaving trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to contemplate the colt’s campaign for early 2019. Race Recap Feeling Strong Galilean Silver Oak Galilean steps forward with King Glorious victory 1545006430 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-16T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:24:"Los Alamitos Race Course";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"LRC";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:21:39 +0000 Steve Andersen 453895 at http://www.drf.com Galilean returned $2.40 with the King Glorious victory. Benoit Photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galilean steps forward with King Glorious victory </div> </div> </div> <p>CYPRESS, Calif. - Galilean may be outgrowing the California-bred division.</p> <p>On Sunday at Los Alamitos, Galilean was the easy winner of the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for statebreds at a mile, leaving trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to contemplate the colt’s campaign for early 2019. There is a possibility Galilean could start in a graded stakes in his next start, although there are options within the statebred division at Santa Anita.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/galilean-steps-forward-king-glorious-victory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kookie Gal possible for open company next http://www.drf.com/news/preview/kookie-gal-possible-open-company-next Kookie Gal is likely to start against open company at Santa Anita in early 2019 after winning Saturday’s $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies at Los Alamitos. Track Notes Kookie Gal Kookie Gal possible for open company next 1545004164 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:49:24 +0000 Steve Andersen 453892 at http://www.drf.com Kookie Gal wins the Soviet Problem Stakes on Saturday. Benoit Photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kookie Gal possible for open company next </div> </div> </div> <p>CYPRESS, Calif. - Kookie Gal is likely to start against open company at Santa Anita in early 2019 after winning Saturday’s $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies at Los Alamitos.</p> <p>Kookie Gal won the one-mile Soviet Problem Stakes by four lengths, closing from fourth in a field of six. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Kookie Gal drifted to the inside when she reached the front, but was clear at the time.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/kookie-gal-possible-open-company-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> McKinzie works six furlongs for Malibu Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/mckinzie-works-six-furlongs-malibu-stakes McKinzie, the three-time graded stakes winner who was 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs last month, worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 at Santa Anita on Sunday for an expected start in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26. Track Notes Ax Man Fatale Bere McKinzie Nero Paved Solomini McKinzie works six furlongs for Malibu Stakes 1545003535 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:38:55 +0000 Steve Andersen 453890 at http://www.drf.com Mike Smith rode McKinzie to victory in the Pennsylvania Derby in October. Barbara D. Livingston <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> McKinzie works six furlongs for Malibu Stakes </div> </div> </div> <p>McKinzie, the three-time graded stakes winner who was 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs last month, worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 at Santa Anita on Sunday for an expected start in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26.</p> <p>McKinzie may be among four candidates for the $300,000 Malibu for trainer Bob Baffert, who said he is considering the race for Ax Man, Nero and Solomini.</p> <p>“It looks like those four,” Baffert said. “All are aiming for the Malibu.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/mckinzie-works-six-furlongs-malibu-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aqueduct pick six has $175,909 carryover Thursday http://www.drf.com/news/preview/aqueduct-pick-six-has-175909-carryover-thursday The Aqueduct pick six went unhit for a third straight day Sunday, resulting in a carryover of $175,909 into Thursday's eight-race card. The pick six will begin on race 3. Track Notes Aqueduct pick six has $175,909 carryover Thursday 1544998527 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 22:15:27 +0000 Jim Dunleavy 453888 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aqueduct pick six has $175,909 carryover Thursday </div> </div> </div> <p>The Aqueduct pick six went unhit for a third straight day Sunday, resulting in a carryover of $175,909 into Thursday's eight-race card. The pick six will begin on race 3.</p> <p>There was a carryover of $48,374 into the Sunday program and another $223,762 in fresh money was wagered.</p> <p>The sequence started off with wins by Show Prince ($4.20), Summer Punch ($24), and Playwright ($12.80).</p> <p>Testosterstone's $50.50 victory in race 7 knocked out a slew of tickets before Blindwillie McTell won the eighth, paying $7.50.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/aqueduct-pick-six-has-175909-carryover-thursday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blindwillie McTell has no problem with slop in Great White Way http://www.drf.com/news/preview/blindwillie-mctell-has-no-problem-slop-great-white-way On Sunday, over a sloppy track in the $150,000 Great White Way division of the New York Stallion Series, jockey Dylan Davis had Blindwillie McTell hold his position when he was joined from the inside soon after the start by Kociuszko. The result was an impressive 2 1/2-length victory by the 2-year-old son of Posse. Race Recap Blindwillie McTell Kadens Courage Kociuszko Thorny Tale Blindwillie McTell has no problem with slop in Great White Way 1544998211 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-16T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:8:"Aqueduct";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"AQU";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 16 Dec 2018 22:10:11 +0000 Jim Dunleavy 453887 at http://www.drf.com Blindwillie McTell paid $7.50 with the win in the Great White Way. Chelsea Durand <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blindwillie McTell has no problem with slop in Great White Way </div> </div> </div> <p>In his debut Blindwillie McTell broke alertly but was allowed to settle off the pace. He finished second in an eight-horse field.</p> <p>On Sunday, over a sloppy track in the $150,000 Great White Way division of the New York Stallion Series, jockey Dylan Davis had Blindwillie McTell hold his position when he was joined from the inside soon after the start by Kociuszko. The result was an impressive 2 1/2-length victory by the 2-year-old son of Posse.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/blindwillie-mctell-has-no-problem-slop-great-white-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Il Mercato punches BC Turf ticket with Carlos Pellegrini win http://www.drf.com/news/il-mercato-punches-bc-turf-ticket-carlos-pellegrini-win Il Mercato won the most prestigious race of his career in Saturday’s Group 1 Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini at San Ysidro Racecourse in Argentina to earn a fees-paid berth to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. International Breeders' Cup For the Top Il Mercato Sixties Song Turf Il Mercato punches BC Turf ticket with Carlos Pellegrini win 1544994455 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 21:07:35 +0000 Steve Andersen 453884 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Il Mercato punches BC Turf ticket with Carlos Pellegrini win </div> </div> </div> <p>Il Mercato won the most prestigious race of his career in Saturday’s Group 1 Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini at San Ysidro Racecourse in Argentina to earn a fees-paid berth to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita.</p> <p>Il Mercato, ridden by Juan Noreiga, was 16-1 and finished a head in front of Sixties Song, the 2-1 favorite in the $319,394 race at 1 1/2 miles on turf. For the Top, the winner of the Group 1 Argentine Derby at 1 1/2 miles on dirt in November, finished third at 5-1 in the field of 18.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/il-mercato-punches-bc-turf-ticket-carlos-pellegrini-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bodacious Eagle leads all the way in Champion of Champions http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bodacious-eagle-leads-all-way-champion-champions Bodacious Eagle gave veteran jockey Cody Jensen his first career win in the $600,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Sunday, edging favored Jesstacartel by a head in a thrilling running of the nation’s leading race for older Quarter Horses. Race Recap Bh Lisas Boy Bodacious Eagle Jesstacartel Bodacious Eagle leads all the way in Champion of Champions 1544992367 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-15T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:12:"Los Alamitos";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"LA";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"9";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:32:47 +0000 Steve Andersen 453883 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bodacious Eagle leads all the way in Champion of Champions </div> </div> </div> <p>CYPRESS, Calif. - Bodacious Eagle gave veteran jockey Cody Jensen his first career win in the $600,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Sunday, edging favored Jesstacartel by a head in a thrilling running of the nation’s leading race for older Quarter Horses.</p> <p>Bodacious Eagle ($11.40) led throughout but could not put any measurable distance over his talented rivals. Bodacious Eagle led by a nose through the first 220 yards before winning narrowly. Bodacious Eagle finished 440 yards in 21.47 seconds.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bodacious-eagle-leads-all-way-champion-champions" target="_blank">read more</a></p>