Thoroughbred News

Bodhicitta Nips Tonahutu in Yellow Ribbon

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The much-improved Bodhicitta continued her dramatic ascent up the female turf ranks Aug. 8 at Del Mar, winning the $151,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2T) by a nose over former $32,000 claimer Tonahutu. Read More...

Weston Digs In for Best Pal Score

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Chris Drakos and Ryan Hanson's Weston won his second race in as many starts and marked the first black-type winner for his freshman sire, Hit It a Bomb, by taking the $151,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2) Aug. 8 at Del Mar. Read More...

Prat’s confident ride spurs Bodhicitta to victory in Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar

DRF | 10 hours ago
The progression of Bodhicitta from a maiden race winner last October to a second in a Grade 1 stakes at Santa Anita in May made a fan of top California jockey Flavien Prat. When Bodhicitta was entered in Saturday’s Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for fi... Read More...

American Farmer fashions 9-1 upset in Dupret Derby at Golden Gate

DRF | 10 hours ago
American Farmer ($20.40) got a dream trip as he rallied through the stretch and easily picked up his first stakes win in the $65,550 Robert Dupret Derby Saturday at the Wine Country meeting at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Scioto: Heart Of Chewbacca matches track record in OSS tally

DRF | 11 hours ago
Heart Of Chewbacca captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, Aug. 8 at Scioto Downs. Read More...

American Sailor Wins Troy Stakes Via DQ

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Raj Jagnanan's American Sailor secured the first graded stakes victory of his career, and of his trainer, when promoted to first by the stewards in the $200,000 Troy Stakes (G3T) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Weston gets up late to win Best Pal at Del Mar; Roderick last

DRF | 11 hours ago
Weston, the longshot winner of a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita in his debut on June 21, edged 32-1 Girther in the $151,000 Best Pal for 2-year-olds. Roderick, the 1-2 favorite and the easy winner of a maiden special weight race at 2-5 at Be... Read More...

Tiz the Law Rolls Home in Travers

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law cemented his status as the favorite for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with an effortless victory in the $1 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Bernardo Alvarez-Calderon Dies at 78

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Accomplished Peruvian equestrian Bernardo Alvarez-Calderon died Aug. 8 at his home in Lima, Peru, due to complications from a fall. Read More...

Lopez Evaluated for Elbow Injury After Fall at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Jockey Paco Lopez was taken by ambulance to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., for X-rays and evaluation after suffering an apparent right elbow injury following a fall in the 10th race at Monmouth Park Aug. 8. Read More...

Meadowlands: Shartin nets Lady Liberty hat trick

DRF | 13 hours ago
Shartin made it three in-a-row in the Lady Liberty for pacing mares, winning Saturday's (Aug. 8) $177,100 edition by one length over Major Occasion in 1:48 2/5 at the Meadowlands. Stonebridge Soul finished third. Read More...

DRF’s Horse Racing Playbook for Sunday, August 9, 2020

DRF | 13 hours ago
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. Read More...

Tiz the Law continues historic year with a Travers S. (G1) victory

Tiz the Law's extended his undefeated season with another magnificent performance in Saturday's $1 million Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga... Read More...

Gamine looks stellar in Test Stakes triumph

DRF | 13 hours ago
Gamine jumped out to a controlled half-length advantage over the graded stakes winner Venetian Harbor until the top of the lane, then spurted clear to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Test Stakes by seven lengths at Saratoga. Read More...

Tiz the Law romps in Travers; goes to Kentucky Derby as favorite

DRF | 13 hours ago
Tiz the Law erased any doubts there might have been regarding his place atop the 3-year-old division after cruising to a 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga. Tiz the Law will now head to Churchill Downs as the overwhelming fa... Read More...

Meadowlands: Tall Dark Stranger routs rivals in Cane Pace

DRF | 13 hours ago
Tall Dark Stranger got back to business on Saturday, shattering the stakes record with a scintillating 1:47 1/5 romp in the $273,125 Cane Pace, the first leg of the Triple Crown of Pacing for 3-year-old colts and geldings, for driver Yannick Gingras an... Read More...

Jose Ortiz makes amends with My Sister Nat in Waya

DRF | 14 hours ago
Jockey Jose Ortiz gave a little fist pump at the wire after putting up a picture-perfect ride to get My Sister Nat to the finish line a neck in front of the favored Mrs. Sippy in Saturday’s Grade 3 Waya. And rightly so, My Sister Nat’s victory provided... Read More...

Mutasaabeq an Easy Debut Winner for Shadwell

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
A day after some of the leading 2-year-olds in the country competed in the Saratoga Special Stakes Presented by Miller Lite (G2), another promising youngster by the name of Mutasaabeq was unveiled Aug. 8 in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Gamine Continues Brilliant Ways in Test

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Michael Lund Petersen's Gamine continued her brilliant ways Aug. 8 with a clear victory in the $300,000 Longines Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Meadowlands: Ramona Hill triumphant in Hambletonian

DRF | 14 hours ago
Ramona Hill etched her name in the harness racing history books on Saturday at the Meadowlands, becoming just the 15th filly to win the $1 million Hambletonian for 3-year-olds. She also tied Muscle Hill’s stakes record, halting the timer in 1:50 1/5. Read More...

Jaramillo notches stakes double with Martha Washington and Not Surprising

DRF | 14 hours ago
Jockey Emisael Jaramillo swept both stakes on the Gulfstream Park card Saturday when Lucky Polly nipped pacesetter Blue Mistress on the wire to win the $100,000 Martha Washington and Givemetwenty pushed past Monforte in the stretch to capture the $100,... Read More...

American Sailor wins Troy after Imprimis dealt DQ

DRF | 15 hours ago
American Sailor crossed the finish line second behind Imprimis in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga, but ended up the winner after stewards disqualified Imprimis and moved him down to third. Read More...

Meadowlands: Gimpanzee closes strongly, gets up in Cashman Memorial

DRF | 15 hours ago
Gimpanzee showed up when it counted and gamely overtook Lindy The Great to capture the $291,350 John Cashman Memorial for open trotters at the Meadowlands on Saturday. The 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven rallied off a third-over trip to equal the stake... Read More...

Serengeti Empress Returns to Top Form in Ballerina

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Serengeti Empress returned to top form Aug. 8 in the $300,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, turning back fellow grade 1 winner Bellafina to claim the victory. Read More...

Meadowlands: Sorella leads all the way in taking Hambletonian Oaks

DRF | 15 hours ago
Trainer Nancy Takter continued something of a family tradition Saturday (Aug. 8), winning the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies with Sorella at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Serengeti Empress shakes off slow break, wins Ballerina

DRF | 16 hours ago
Serengeti Empress, despite breaking a step slow, was hustled to the front by Luis Saez, put away Letruska after a hot half-mile and held off Bellafina to win Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Ballerina Stakes by a length at Saratoga. Read More...

Street Band Looks to Get Back On Track in Groupie Doll

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Trainer, co-owner, and co-breeder Larry Jones hopes a class break will help Street Band return to winning form Aug. 9 at Ellis Park when the 4-year-old daughter of Istan starts from an outside post in the $100,000 Runhappy Groupie Doll Stakes. Read More...

Bodexpress Chases Alydar Stakes Prize

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Top Racing, Global Thoroughbred, and GDS Racing Stable's Bodexpress will look to dominate the $85,000 Alydar, a 1 1/8-mile test for 4-year-olds and up that have not won a stake this year other than state-bred, at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Meadowlands: Zenith Stride surprises in Peter Haughton Memorial

DRF | 16 hours ago
Trainer Mark Harder is no stranger to pulling surprises in big races at the Meadowlands, having once won the Meadowlands Pace with Holborn Hanover at 58-1, and he pulled the trick again in Saturday's $319,000 Peter Haughton Memorial final for rookie trotting colts and geldings, delivering with Zenith Stride at 85-1. Read More...

County Final Goes from Sales to Tyro Winner’s Circle

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Whether in the sales ring or on the racetrack, County Final is commanding attention. The 2-year-old Oxbow colt, a $475,000 sales topper earlier this summer, picked up his first stakes win Aug. 8 by winning the $71,500 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Unbeaten Earthlight Heads Prix Maurice de Gheest

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Earthlight is unbeaten in six starts, albeit nearly a year removed from his best effort, when he beat Raffle Prize in the Darley Prix Morny (G1). He has since beaten Golden Horde in the Middle Park Stakes (G1) and readily won a listed race July 12. Read More...

Meadowlands: Bettor’s Wish back on form in Sam McKee Memorial

DRF | 17 hours ago
Bettor's Wish took the lead on the backstretch and held off all challenges to win Saturday’s (Aug. 8) $229,660 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers by a neck over Backstreet Shadow in a career best 1:47 3/5 at the Meadowlands. Century Farroh finished third. Read More...

Meadowlands: Darlene Hanover rolls in Jim Doherty Memorial

DRF | 17 hours ago
There was no need to panic for driver Andrew McCarthy in Saturday's $350,300 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old trotting fillies since he was driving the best filly. Darlene Hanover, a daughter of Chapter Seven, never saw the pylons during the mile but still blew the field away impressively in 1:55 1/5 despite the elongated journey at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Steel Bull Heads Red-Hot Phoenix Stakes

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Steel Bull looks to be a ball of speed. A breeze-up graduate, he built on his debut win at Naas with victory in the July 29 Molecomb Stakes (G3) at Goodwood, but faces a big test stepping up to six furlongs in the Phoenix Stakes (G1) at the Curragh. Read More...

County Final makes Tyro Stakes first win with Asmussen

DRF | 18 hours ago
County Final began paying back his hefty purchase price from last month with the first stakes win of his young career Saturday, when he took a 4 1/4-length victory in the off-the-turf $75,000 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Meadowlands: When Dovescry defeats Manchego in Steele Memorial

DRF | 19 hours ago
When Dovescry, last year's Hambletonian Oaks champion, came back on Hambletonian Day 2020 to upset Manchego in the $166,550 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for open trotting mares at the Meadowlands. The final time was 1:50 3/5. Read More...

Swiss Skydiver has final work for Alabama Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
About 13 hours before some of the best 3-year-old colts were to square off in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga, Swiss Skydiver, arguably the leader of the 3-year-old filly division, put in her final workout in preparation for next Saturday’s... Read More...

Swiss Skydiver has final work for Alabama Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
About 13 hours before some of the best 3-year-old colts were to square off in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga, Swiss Skydiver, arguably the leader of the 3-year-old filly division, put in her final workout in preparation for next Saturday’s... Read More...

Tiz the Law Favored at 1-5 in Early Travers Betting

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
As of 12:25 p.m. EDT, Tiz the Law is a 1-5 favorite in advance wagering for the Aug. 8 Midsummer Derby at Saratoga Race Course. Of the $33,268 wagered to win so far, $20,690 has been placed on the 3-year-old son of Constitution. Read More...

Meadowlands: Alagna sweeps exacta in Shady Daisy

DRF | 19 hours ago
After finishing first and second in the opening race of Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, trainer Tony Alagna came back to do the same thing again in the $90,525 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, with Reflect With Me bettering stablemate La... Read More...

Meadowlands: Alagna sweeps exacta in Shady Daisy

DRF | 19 hours ago
After finishing first and second in the opening race of Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, trainer Tony Alagna came back to do the same thing again in the $90,525 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, with Reflect With Me bettering stablemate La... Read More...

Australia: The Borough hopes to maintain shorter-distance success

DRF | 20 hours ago
While The Borough was third by a neck in a one-mile handicap at Tamworth on July 13, the race continued a string of successful performances leading to a start in a handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs at Port Macquarie Racecourse on Monday. Read More...

Australia: The Borough hopes to maintain shorter-distance success

DRF | 20 hours ago
While The Borough was third by a neck in a one-mile handicap at Tamworth on July 13, the race continued a string of successful performances leading to a start in a handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs at Port Macquarie Racecourse on Monday. Read More...

Press box to be named for former publicist Dan Smith

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Del Mar press box will be named for Dan Smith, the longtime publicist who retired this year following 56 years of service, the track announced in a release Friday. Read More...

Press box to be named for former publicist Dan Smith

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Del Mar press box will be named for Dan Smith, the longtime publicist who retired this year following 56 years of service, the track announced in a release Friday. Read More...

Horses pulled up in two consecutive races, but walk off track

DRF | 21 hours ago
Horses in consecutive races at Del Mar on Friday were pulled up by their riders, but subsequently walked off the course accompanied by an outrider’s pony. Read More...

Horses pulled up in two consecutive races, but walk off track

DRF | 21 hours ago
Horses in consecutive races at Del Mar on Friday were pulled up by their riders, but subsequently walked off the course accompanied by an outrider’s pony. Read More...

Van Dyke drops appeal, will serve 5-day suspension

DRF | 21 hours ago
Jockey Drayden Van Dyke has dropped his appeal of a five-day suspension handed out May 22, during the Santa Anita meeting, and will serve those days during the five cards here from Aug. 14 through 22, Del Mar’s stewards announced in a ruling this week. Read More...

Van Dyke drops appeal, will serve 5-day suspension

DRF | 21 hours ago
Jockey Drayden Van Dyke has dropped his appeal of a five-day suspension handed out May 22, during the Santa Anita meeting, and will serve those days during the five cards here from Aug. 14 through 22, Del Mar’s stewards announced in a ruling this week. Read More...

Two riders face penalties after rare double DQ

DRF | 21 hours ago
A rare double disqualification in Race 7 at Del Mar on Friday could lead to penalties for the two riders - Brice Blanc and Tiago Pereira - whose horses were taken down in that grass race. Read More...