http://www.drf.com/feeds/articles-of-track en TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 http://www.drf.com/news/preview/timeformus-belmont-horses-focus-friday-oct-19-2018 TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday's card at Belmont. Handicapping TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 1539893261 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-10-19T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:12:"Belmont Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"BEL";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"6";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:07:41 +0000 David Aragona 450175 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"> TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Race 6: China Rider (#3)</strong></p> <p>Her recent win on dirt – not her preferred surface – demonstrates that she has regained top form.</p> <p>Earned speed figures in turf sprints in early summer that would beat this field.</p> <p>The Pace Projector is predicting that she will get a fast pace to close into.</p> <p><strong>8-1 on ML</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.drf.com/timeformus?utm_medium=marquee&utm_campaign=TFUS&utm_source=marqueetfuslaunch" target="_blank"><strong>:: Get TimeformUS PPs for these races at Belmont</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/timeformus-belmont-horses-focus-friday-oct-19-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dugout stretches out for Sleepy Hollow Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/dugout-stretches-out-sleepy-hollow-stakes Can the undefeated Dugout stay a mile? That appears to be the key question in assessing the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds Saturday at Belmont Park. Race Preview Bankit Cartwheelin Lulu Dugout Just Right La Fuerza Poppy's Ice Dugout stretches out for Sleepy Hollow Stakes 1539891931 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-10-20T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:12:"Belmont Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"BEL";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:40:06 +0000 Mike Welsch 450169 at http://www.drf.com Dugout takes a 3-0 record into the Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont Park. SV Photography <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"> Dugout stretches out for Sleepy Hollow Stakes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Welsch </div> </div> </div> <p>Can the undefeated Dugout stay a mile? That appears to be the key question in assessing the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds Saturday at Belmont Park.</p> <p>Apparently, there are plenty of trainers who feel the answer is no, since a field of 16 juveniles, including two also-eligibles, has been entered to face Dugout, who has won all three career starts. That win streak includes two stakes tallies – the 6 1/2-furlong Funny Cide at Saratoga and the six-furlong New York Breeders’ Futurity last month at Finger Lakes.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/dugout-stretches-out-sleepy-hollow-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Runaway Lute intrigues in Hudson http://www.drf.com/news/preview/runaway-lute-intrigues-hudson Runaway Lute's last win was an eye-opener, and if he's able to run that race back, he'll be tough to handle in Saturday's $150,000 Hudson Handicap at Belmont Park. Race Preview Highway Star Holiday Disguise My Boy Tate Pauseforthecause Runaway Lute Satisfy The Caretaker Runaway Lute intrigues in Hudson 1539891634 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-10-20T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:12:"Belmont Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"BEL";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"5";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:36:06 +0000 David Grening 450165 at http://www.drf.com Runaway Lute, 4, is seeking a return to his stakes-winning juvenile form in Saturday’s Hudson. Barbara D. Livingston <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Grening </div> </div> </div> <p>ELMONT, N.Y. – In 2016, Runaway Lute won his first two starts like he was going to be the next poster boy for the New York-bred program. Things fell apart shortly thereafter for the son of Midnight Lute, who would go two years before winning again.</p> <p>But his last win was an eye-opener. And if he’s able to run that race back, he’ll be tough to handle in Saturday’s $150,000 Hudson Handicap at Belmont Park. The Hudson, run at 6 1/2 furlongs, drew a field of nine, though Syndergaard ran in an allowance race here Thursday and will scratch from this spot.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/runaway-lute-intrigues-hudson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hovdey: Does Dawalan still have that spring in his step? http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-does-dawalan-still-have-spring-his-step That spectral vision of a Thoroughbred striding forth on Saturday afternoon at Far Hills for the $450,000 Grand National Hurdle will be none other than Dawalan, the Grand National winner and champion steeplechaser of 2015. Opinion Columns Dawalan Hovdey: Does Dawalan still have that spring in his step? 1539890766 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-10-20T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:9:"Far Hills";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"FH";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"6";s:13:"field_session";N;} Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:26:05 +0000 Jay Hovdey 450162 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-article-columnist"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>There will be parimutuel betting for the first time in the $450,000 Grand National Hurdle at Far Hills on Saturday afternoon, and don’t let anyone tell you it will be easy.</p><p>For starters, the field of nine going forth over 14 barriers and 2 5/8 miles will include five fresh invaders from foreign lands, undoubtedly lured by the romance of the New Jersey countryside, as well as a shot at the kind of money they rarely see at home. </p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-does-dawalan-still-have-spring-his-step" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wide-open field for Grand National Hurdle http://www.drf.com/news/preview/wide-open-field-grand-national-hurdle Even if you regularly handicap steeplechase racing, the $450,000 Grand National Hurdle on Saturday at Far Hills in New Jersey looks challenging. Race Preview Clarcam Dawalan Days of Heaven Hammersly Lake Jaleo Jury Duty Tornado Watch Wide-open field for Grand National Hurdle 1539891728 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-10-20T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:9:"Far Hills";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"FH";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"6";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:20:06 +0000 Marcus Hersh 450161 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"> Grand National Hurdle has international flavor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marcus Hersh </div> </div> </div> <p>Even if you regularly handicap steeplechase racing, the $450,000 Grand National Hurdle on Saturday at Far Hills in New Jersey looks challenging.</p> <p>Nine were entered in the race, the richest North American jumps race of the season, and none stands out.</p> <p>Clarcam, Jury Duty, and Tornado Watch are in from Ireland, Hammersly Lake and Jaleo from England. French-bred Days of Heaven has raced the last two seasons in England but starts Saturday for Mid-Atlantic trainer Jack Fisher. He was fifth in the 2016 American Grand National.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/wide-open-field-grand-national-hurdle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Meadowlands: Saturday 10/20 Analysis http://www.drf.com/news/meadowlands-saturday-1020-analysis Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 10/20 card at The Meadowlands. Harness Meadowlands: Saturday 10/20 Analysis 1539890249 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:17:29 +0000 Derick Giwner 450160 at http://www.drf.com <p><strong>Best Bet: </strong>SANTIAGO STYLE (6th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>REIS STAR CROSS (3rd)</p> <p><strong>Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 8 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>MEET STATS: 8 - 21 / $70.40 (+$28.40)</strong></p> <p><strong>BEST BETS: 0 - 1 / $0.00 (-$2.00)</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 1</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/meadowlands-saturday-1020-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Yonkers: Saturday 10/20 Analysis http://www.drf.com/news/yonkers-saturday-1020-analysis-0 Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 10/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Harness Yonkers: Saturday 10/20 Analysis 1539889826 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:10:26 +0000 Matt Rose 450158 at http://www.drf.com <p><strong>Best Bet: </strong>ABNER THE GREAT (10th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>LEAN HANOVER (7th)</p> <p><strong>MEET STATS: 450 - 1246 / $2,413.50</strong></p> <p><strong>BEST BETS: 62 - 107 / $200.10</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 1</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/yonkers-saturday-1020-analysis-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Woodbine Mohawk Park: Saturday 10/20 Analysis http://www.drf.com/news/woodbine-mohawk-park-saturday-1020-analysis Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 10/20 card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Harness Woodbine Mohawk Park: Saturday 10/20 Analysis 1539889749 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:09:09 +0000 Garnet Barnsdale 450156 at http://www.drf.com <p><strong>Best Bet: </strong>THE DOWNTOWN BUS (9th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>IDEAL JET (4th)</p> <p><strong>Race 1 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>PICK 5: 3,5/1,2,6/5,8/5,8/2,4,6 = $14.40</strong></p> <p><strong>EARLY PICK 4: 5,8/2,4,6/3,6/1,2,4,6 = $48</strong></p> <p><strong>LATE PICK 4: 1,2,4,6/3,7/2,4/1,2,9 = $48</strong></p> <p><strong>MEET STATS: 400 - 1243 / $2,263.90   BEST BETS: 66 - 110 / $232.00</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/woodbine-mohawk-park-saturday-1020-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Richard's Boy towers over rivals in California Flag http://www.drf.com/news/preview/richards-boy-towers-over-rivals-california-flag Richard's Boy will head a field of six California-bred geldings sprinting five furlongs on turf in the reconfigured California Flag Handicap on Saturday at Santa Anita. Race Preview Eddie Haskell Richard's Boy Tribalist Richard's Boy towers over rivals in California Flag 1539892350 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-10-20T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:11:"Santa Anita";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"SA";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"5";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:06:07 +0000 Brad Free 450154 at http://www.drf.com Richard's Boy was second in last year's California Flag Handicap, but the race's new, five-furlong distance should work to his advantage. Shigeki Kikkawa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brad Free </div> </div> </div> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. – Age is not the issue for 7-year-old Tribalist, and current form is not the problem for allowance-caliber Eddie Haskell returning from a layoff.</p> <p>Nope, the challenge facing Blake Heap-trained Tribalist and Mark Glatt-trained Eddie Haskell in the $100,000 California Flag Handicap on Saturday at Santa Anita is beyond their control. As Glatt stated, “You’ve still got Richard’s Boy to contend with.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/richards-boy-towers-over-rivals-california-flag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Woodbine Mohawk Park: Championship Meet ends October 29 http://www.drf.com/news/woodbine-mohawk-park-championship-meet-ends-october-29 Woodbine Mohawk Park today announced that year-round racing will be split into two meets for Trainer and Driver titles. Harness Woodbine Mohawk Park: Championship Meet ends October 29 1539889495 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:04:55 +0000 450153 at http://www.drf.com <p>Woodbine Mohawk Park today announced that year-round racing will be split into two meets for Trainer and Driver titles.</p> <p>The current meet of racing, which began on April 12, will conclude on Monday, October 29 and has been classified as the ‘Championship Meet’. The leading Trainer and Driver at the end of live racing on October 29 will capture their respective titles for the ‘Championship Meet’.</p> <p>A new meet for Fall, Winter and Spring racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will then begin on Thursday, November 1 and run until mid-May.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/woodbine-mohawk-park-championship-meet-ends-october-29" target="_blank">read more</a></p>