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DRF's Horse Racing Playbook for Saturday, March 4, 2023

Fri, 2023-03-03 19:00
Daily Racing Form has served as the most trusted source of news and information about the sport since 1894, and moving forward we have decided to provide a free daily playbook; something that both hardcore horseplayers and casual observers can reference to get informed of each day's action.

Australia: Mamaragan's speed gives him edge in Summer Sprinter Series at Moonee Valley

Fri, 2023-03-03 15:20
It helps to race near the front at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, with a stretch slightly shorter than a furlong. Mamaragan has a forward style that led to a win at Moonee Valley earlier this year, and that is one of the reasons the 5-year-old gelding is favored to win the $85,400 Summer Sprinters Series Final at six furlongs on Saturday evening.

Former Los Alamitos trainer Elmer January dies at 97

Fri, 2023-03-03 15:07
Elmer January, who trained a stable of primarily Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos from the 1950s until 2020, died on March 1 at his ranch in Sanger, Calif., days after his 97th birthday.

Santa Anita adds Thursday to next week's schedule

Fri, 2023-03-03 15:02
Santa Anita will race next Thursday as a makeup day for recent cancellations caused by rain. Santa Anita will race Thursday-Sunday next week.

U.S. appeals court upholds HISA's constitutionality

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:59
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the enabling legislation creating the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority satisfied constitutional doctrines preventing Congress from delegating regulatory power to private companies, a decision that may trigger a Supreme Court hearing.

Polanco might have yet another star from Argentina

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:49
A high-class runner from South America is scheduled to join Polanco’s stable this spring. The 5-year-old horse Santo Dios is in light training in Ocala, Fla., and could start at Del Mar this summer, Polanco said.

Kangaroo Court, a 14 1/4-length maiden winner, returns off long layoff

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:41
Kangaroo Court was one of trainer Tim Yakteen’s top 2-year-olds at Del Mar last summer before the gelding was sidelined with a minor injury. The stable’s roster has changed considerably since then, so much so that Kangaroo Court will be overshadowed on Saturday at Santa Anita when he has his 3-year-old debut in a six-furlong allowance race for California-breds at Santa Anita.

Washington Crossing filled with horses who know how to win

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:16
The nine entrants for the Washington Crossing have combined for 73 victories, $3,692,297 in earnings, and should put on quite a show traveling a mile 70 yards on Tuesday at Parx Racing. The Washington Crossing is one of three $75,000 stakes on the card, each for older horses, along with the Penn's Landing for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs and the Fishtown at six furlongs.

Will Rogers kicks off 29-date 2023 season

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:16
After a near three-month break, Thoroughbred racing returns to Oklahoma on Monday with the opening of Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa. The track's 29-date meet will run through May 17.

Ninetyprcentmaddie looks to bounce back in City of Brotherly Love Stakes

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:10
Butch Reid is perplexed as to why Ninetyprcentmaddie ran poorly in last month's Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct. The veteran trainer hopes that returning home to Parx Racing will help the Weigelia colt return to form in Monday's City of Brotherly Love at a mile and 70 yards.

Vets order scratch of Scarlet Fusion from Santa Anita Handicap

Fri, 2023-03-03 14:03
California state veterinarians ordered Midwest shipper Scarlet Fusion scratched from Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap after they were unsatisfied with a pre-race inspection Friday at Santa Anita.

Del Mar boosts maiden, allowance purses for summer meet

Thu, 2023-03-02 15:32
Del Mar has increased purses for maiden races and some allowance races for its 31-day summer meeting, which runs from from July 21 to Sept. 10.

Bravo hires Brian Beach to book mounts

Thu, 2023-03-02 15:29
Jockey Joe Bravo has hired Brian Beach as his agent, Bravo and Beach said on Thursday. Agent Matt Nakatani and Bravo parted ways last week.

Aqueduct pick six play for Saturday, March 4, 2023

Thu, 2023-03-02 15:28
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck's Aqueduct pick six play for Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Woodbine Mohawk Park: Engblom duo part of New Holland Series opener

Thu, 2023-03-02 15:25
The New Holland Series, Woodbine's newest winter late-closer, is set to begin with a pair of first round trotting events on Monday (March 6) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Javier Castellano named winner of 2023 George Woolf Memorial Award

Thu, 2023-03-02 15:14
Javier Castellano is a member of racing’s Hall of Fame. He has won 12 Breeders’ Cup races, the Preakness twice, the Travers on a record six occasions, and has been honored with the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding jockey four times. Castellano’s latest honor came Thursday, when it was announced the 45-year-old native of Venezuela is the 2023 recipient of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, w

Dubai: Picks and analysis for Super Saturday card on March 4, 2023

Thu, 2023-03-02 14:43
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh's picks and analysis for Meydan's Super Saturday card on March 4, 2023.

Santa Anita Handicap big opportunity for horses and bettors

Thu, 2023-03-02 14:30
Santa Anita saved the best for last Saturday – the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap goes as the 12th and final race on an outstanding program. Defunded and Proxy should vie for favoritism in a deep field.

Super Saturday card missing some star power

Thu, 2023-03-02 14:16
Super Saturday, preview day for the March 25 Dubai World Cup Day, includes eight Thoroughbred races, and chances are, if you don't closely follow winter racing in Dubai, you're unfamiliar with most of the horses.

Cabalgata de Ganadores: Gulfstream Park, Marzo 3

Thu, 2023-03-02 14:02
Evanán Negrón, miembro del equipo de analistas y articulistas de DRF en Español, es un apasionado conocedor del hipismo norteamericano que ofrece su perspectiva y experiencia a través de comentarios y pronósticos en nuestro idioma a la fanaticada hípica.