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Thoroughbred Times TODAY column on Henrythenavigator

Click here to read about Ashford Stud’s freshman sire, now represented by two Group 1 colts in Europe. Read More...

Ghostzapper colt from ‘Rags’ and Jazil family wins Derby

For the fifth consecutive year, a US-based sire was represented by the winner of the Russian Derby. Ghostzapper’s well-bred son Ghost Honour won the 2400-meter Russian classic on dirt at the Central Moscow Hippodrome Sunday, August 19, following ... Read More...

Little Mike Saves Americans, Wins Arlington Million

It’s great for horse racing when you have International flavor in three consectuive races. There’s just something about Americans vs Europeans no matter what the sport. Today at Arlington Park had three Grade 1 turf races with favorites from both sides of the pond. The... Read More...

Field of 10 Set for Beverly D. Stakes (G1)

The one part of the summer meet at Arlington Park that I like are the major turf races. It has the healthy International competition between American vs European horses. It’s one of the few times throughout the racing season, European connections will travel their top... Read More...

Racing Spotlight Remains on Turf, Arlington Park

Last weekend, the five year old chestnut Wise Dan returned to turf for the first time in 10 months and easily won the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga by five lengths. The Charles Lopresti trainee has performed very well in his limited action on... Read More...

Travers Stakes, Another Watered Down Race?

It’s been quite a year for the three year old male division. You’ve read our articles about the injuries sustained to the top horses from January up to now. Out of Bounds (Sham Stakes winner), Algorithms (Holy Bull Stakes winner), Thunder Moccasin (Hutcheson Stakes winner)... Read More...

Shackleford, Ron the Greek Part of Upset Weekend at Saratoga

It was one of those crazy weekends where nothing went right for the favorites and everything went right for the betting public. A total of 8 graded stakes races across the continent and 7 of them resulted in upsets. The only favorite to win was... Read More...

Whitney Invitational Headlines Saturday at Saratoga

This Saturday, trainer Bill Mott brings his two-time Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek to The Spa to tackle eight others in the $750,000 Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap. This race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge race. If a horse is nominated for... Read More...

Hansen to Run in West Virginia Derby, Brilliant?

I’ve written posts on the topic of top horses side stepping the “major” races for “lower” tier races at less familiar race tracks. In the title of this post I mention the word brilliant. Why? Let me explain. Last year, I wrote about Bob Baffert... Read More...

Paynter Takes Over Division Lead With Haskell Win

With the departure of I’ll Have Another to injury that eventually forced him to retire, the three year old male division was left for Bodemeister to control. The Bob Baffert trained colt who destroyed the competition in the Arkansas Derby by 9 1/4 lengths fell... Read More...

Royal Delta, Acclamation Prove They Are Champions

In a year that’s been tough on Breeders’ Cup champions and Eclipse Award winners, two individual champions on Saturday afternoon showed why they were voted as Champions in 2011. Last year, the Bill Mott trained Royal Delta won three graded stakes races including the Breeders’... Read More...

Is the Three Year Old Male Season Salvageable?

We are now into the second half of the racing season and the news keeps getting worse for the three year old male division. It’s the division that receives the most spotlight due to the popularity of its mainstream races such as the Kentucky Derby.... Read More...

Del Mar vs Saratoga, Comparing the Meets

When it comes to the best Summer meets in American thoroughbred horse racing, look no further than Del Mar and Saratoga. Both rich in tradition and a long history of memorable horse racing. Both historic race tracks are known for bringing in the top American... Read More...

Man o’ War Stakes Headlines Quartet of Big Stakes

The last time Treasure Beach ran on American soil, he won the Secretariat Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park on August 13, 2011. After the win, the Aidan O’Brien trained four year old colt was shipped to France and ran a poor 14th in the Qatar... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Winner Caleb’s Posse Retired

Caleb's Posse , last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, has been retired from racing and will stand at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2013. He is owned by Three Chimneys in partnership with Everett Dobson and Don C. McNeill... Read More...

Hollywood Gold Cup Headlines Big Weekend

Eight graded stakes will occur this weekend across the United States and Ontario with three in Grade 1 company. Several star horses will make appearances including five time graded stakes winner Game on Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap at BetFair Hollywood Park on... Read More...

Mystical Star breaks through in Grade 2 New York S

Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star sailed to her first career stakes victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 New York S. June 30 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Joel Rosario to New York, Good or Bad Move?

Joel Rosario is 27 years old, one of the top jockeys in Southern California and across the country. So why the move to New York? Am I missing something? So far in his career, which consistently started in 2006, Rosario has won over 1,300 races... Read More...

2011 Breeders Cup Winners, So Far This Year

With the recent performance by reigning three year old champion filly Royal Delta this past weekend, I wanted to reflect on all Breeders Cup winners from last November and see how they have each fared since that weekend. Royal Delta, won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’... Read More...

Tough Field in Stephen Foster Handicap, BC Challenge Race

A combined 21 career graded stakes wins for this year’s Stephen Foster Handicap field. 10 of those 21 have come in 2012. Leading the way are Nates Mineshaft and Alternation with three each. Despite the recent success for both horses, they are still looking for... Read More...

Showdown Looms in Grade 1 Vanity Handicap

Two Grade 1 winners and one Grade 2 winner will do battle come Saturday June 16 at BetFair Hollywood Park for the Vanity Handicap (G1). It’s a race that has seen stellar female horses win over the last decade. Winners include Blind Luck (2011), three-time... Read More...

Union Rags Back on Top with Belmont Stakes Win

Union Rags wins the Belmont Stakes! Has he come full circle? Well, not quite. However it is very close. Last year, The Michael Matz trained colt broke his maiden first time out at Delaware Park. Won the Three Chimneys Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) at Saratoga... Read More...

Goodrich recalls the back story of Majestic Prince, Belmont

Wednesday night on Twitter, after following a discussion among fans speculating on I’ll Have Another’s physical condition for the Belmont, I made the following statements about Majestic Prince, the undefeated Derby and Preakness winner of 1... Read More...

Amid Drama, History At Stake for I’ll Have Another

The horse racing World talked about the potential for I’ll Have Another to capture the triple crown for the first time in 34 years after his improbable win in the Kentucky Derby on May 5th. His big run down the middle of the stretch to... Read More...

May 2012 Graded Stakes Winners Recap

The sport of horse racing got a much needed media boost in May with the emergence of Southern California colt I’ll Have Another. His winning streak of four which now includes the Kentucky Derby and Preakness is in the National spotlight as he put himself... Read More...

Shepard and Hemingway as enchanted with horses as us

Got a sandwich from Subway, settled on the hotel bed, and opened the book I’d just bought in Amherst on the recommendation of North American Trainer editor Frances J. Karon. “Day out of Days” is a short story collection by Pulitzer wi... Read More...

Shackleford Wins Met Mile, Exciting Finish

Belmont Park was the host of four graded stakes on the holiday Monday race card. It started off in Race 7 with the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes. The favorite was 4/5 Somali Lemonade. Trainer Michael Matz must be getting tired of his star horses... Read More...

Hemingway: Mangled horses, dead jockeys, dope, fixed races

Pulitzer winner Walt Bogdanich and co-authors were the most recent to write dramatically about “mangled horses,” drugs, breakdowns, and injured jockeys in America (New York Times), but before them Nobel winner Ernest Hemingway, a one-time j... Read More...

Union Rags again: Unlucky or does he have curse of Gorytus?

What’s a Gorytus? A Gorytus is a case for holding arrows. Who’s Gorytus? He was a gorgeous physical specimen by Nijinsky out of Glad Rags, trained by Dick Hern for Alice duPont Mills in England. Gorytus won his first two starts at 2 in a ma... Read More...

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winners, Triple Crown

Which Group Will I’ll Have Another Join? It’s a long line of horses who won just a single triple crown race. The line shortens quite a bit for those who have won two of the three. And as you know, the list of those who... Read More...

I’ll Have Another Impresses Again in Preakness Stakes

Despite winning the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, I’ll Have Another was still the second choice to the betting public for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes. Derby runner-up Bodemeister was bet down as the 8/5 favorite. Why? Bodemeister ran one of the... Read More...

2012 Preakness Stakes Entries, Analysis, Picks

137th Running of the Preakness Stakes is set for Saturday, May 19th at Pimlico Race Course. A field of 11 three year old colts will for the second leg of the triple crown. Preakness Stakes – Pimlico – 1 3/16 miles – Dirt – $1,000,000... Read More...

History of Derby Winners in Preakness Stakes

It’s only been 3 years since a Kentucky Derby winner also won the Preakness Stakes. That was Big Brown in 2008. This back to back feat has happened seven times since 1997. It occurred three times in a row twice since 1997. So it’s not... Read More...

Clarifying some terms, such as ‘bleeder’; and Drape quote

There’s so much confusion about exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in articles, blogs, and SM today that I want to clarify some issues as they have appeared in recent posts in this space. For one, whenever possible I’ve defined a ... Read More...

A look at EIPH history and its prevalence in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has strict testing requirements in place for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in potential imports, but nevertheless would you believe that bleeders (defined here as those exhibiting epsitaxis, or bleeding t... Read More...

A closer look at the Hong Kong model, breakdowns, Lasix

Hong Kong racing is frequently cited as a model for US racing to follow because race-day furosemide is not permitted and breakdown rates are among the lowest in the world. Joe Drape, the New York Times racing writer, once tweeted: “Not complex: I... Read More...

April 2012 Graded Stakes Recap, Review and Stats

It was a great month of racing, with many graded stakes races run all across the country, as well as, the last prep races and weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby on May 5th. We welcomed the following Horses to the multiple graded stakes... Read More...

Against Odds, I’ll Have Another Wins the Kentucky Derby

It’s been days, weeks and months that everyone had been waiting for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. With numerous morning workouts completed and all the derby prep races run, the day had come and gone with a success story that everyone dreams of... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Picks & Predictions

We’ve been waiting for this day for months. It’s finally here. The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will field 20 horses (barring any late scratches). Everyone has their own way to handicap the big race. Over the last few days/weeks, we’ve... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Analysis

How will the post positions affect each horse and the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby? We break it down below. Kentucky Derby (G1) – Churchill Downs – $2,000,000 – 1 1/4 miles – Dirt Post Position #1. Daddy Long Legs – Trainer Aidan O’Brien... Read More...

On Fire Baby’s early form without Lasix no different now

Anita Cauley’s highly regarded homebred On Fire Baby, 4-1 co-second choice on the morning line for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs, began her racing career as a rarity these days. She made her debut at Ellis Park last Augus... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Mark Valeski Out, Lukas/Optimizer In

D. WAYNE LUKAS When you think about Kentucky Derby trainers over the last three decades, you automatically think about him. He’s had 44 horses start in the Derby. Four were winners, one finished second, and five others finished third. Only a 9% winning percentage, but... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Jockeys – Career Stats & Info

It’s amazing to see so many great jockeys from all over the country be humbled by one single race. Over their careers, top jockeys win multiple graded stakes races from various race tracks. However, as you will see, the same jockeys just can’t seem to... Read More...

2012 Kentucky Derby Trainers, Prospects

Here is a list of trainers who will have their horses ready for the 2012 Kentucky Derby next Saturday May 5th at Churchill Downs. The 138th running of the “Run for the Roses“. Below each name, you will see how many Derby’s they have won... Read More...

From TTimes TODAY: Salix talk on Twitter puts me to sleep

Horsemen and racing veterinarians, however, will tell you, me, Crist, and Drape that Salix, more than any of the other ‘adjunct’ anti-bleeding medications—Amicar, Kentucky Red, Clotol, and Tranex—that are also allowed on race d... Read More...

More Kentucky Derby Information, Stats & Trends

Below, you will find the Kentucky Derby winners for the past 20 years and how they performed in the race prior. You will also view the winner of the race if the Derby winner did not win the last prep race. In addition, analysis and... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Has Not Been Kind to Speed

Below you will find the last 20 Kentucky Derby winners along with their running style, number of starts prior to the Derby as well as how they finished in the race leading up to the Derby. Stats and analysis to follow. 2011 – Animal Kingdom... Read More...

From NAT: Scratching beneath the surface of injury debate

If the late Arnold Kirkpatrick was still penning this column, he’d say – with his trademark wit, a straight face, and a twinkle in his eyes – to industry leaders about the expose, ‘And if you didn’t know this was coming, fellas, with all ... Read More...

Bernardini’s success as sire does not include California yet

It’s possible that the harder tracks out west don’t suit the progeny of Bernardini, one of the best young sires at stud today. His offspring have won on eastern dirt, all variations of all weather, and turf, but it’s notable that he h... Read More...

Princess Arabella injury actually highlights strength of Oaks

The Bob Baffert-trained Sunland Park Oaks winner Princess Arabella, it was announced today, was retired with a tendon injury. A  New York Times expose from March 25 about breakdowns/injuries and the state of the racing industry highlighted Ruidoso Dow... Read More...