Thoroughbred News

Honor Code Favored in Sparkling Whitney Field

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Off a scintillating Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) win on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, Honor Code was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Moreno made 12-1 choice in Whitney title defense

DRF | 3 hours ago
Though he knows the older male division on the East Coast is stronger than that on the West Coast, trainer Eric Guillot decided to ship Moreno across the country for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

NYRA Reports Strong Handle Early at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
For the first 10 days of Saratoga, on-track handle on NYRA races is up 19% and total handle is up 18.3% over 2014 figures. Field size is also up 9.2% over last year. Read More...

Peck: Saratoga pick six for Wednesday, Aug. 5

DRF | 5 hours ago
A big carryover of $206,133 awaits pick six players as racing resumes at Saratoga on Wednesday. Here's one way to play the sequence with a $400 bankroll limit. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three for Wednesday, Aug. 5

DRF | 6 hours ago
Two maiden races with full fields in the middle of the card (races 4, 5) make a multi-race play tricky at best. However, a pick three starting with race 5, giving you a chance to see the board and see the horses in the paddock and on the track, might be a play, particularly since you can take a stand in races 6 and 7. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, Aug. 5

DRF | 6 hours ago
A couple of horses on the card could prove useful for your in-race and multi-race wagers. Read More...

Two Paths Toward Integrity

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
A side-by-side comparison of two federal bills that propose creating a national program for managing medication use in racehorses. Read More...

Zayat: American Pharoah to Run in Travers

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Owner Ahmed Zayat said he would like to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah make his next start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) because it would help define the colt's legacy if he were to win the "Midsummer Derby". Read More...

Zayat: Wants ‘Pharoah’ to Run in Travers

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Owner Ahmed Zayat said he would like to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah make his next start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) because it would help define the colt's legacy if he were to win the "Midsummer Derby." Read More...

Jimmy Jerkens has his own giants to slay

DRF | 7 hours ago
The Saratoga summer of 2014 was, in his own words, “storybook” for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. Nine wins from 28 starters capped by a memorable one-two finish in the Travers Stakes with V. E. Day nosing out Wicked Strong. Nearly a year later, it is just a memory. Read More...

Inside the August 8, 2015 Issue

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returns to gallop home in the Haskell and more in the August 8, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 8/6 Analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 8/6 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 8/6 Analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 8/6 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Indecise, Istanford get class relief

DRF | 8 hours ago
A drop in class could be the tonic on Thursday for Indecise or Istanford, both of whom have been facing stakes runners lately but are moving into a classified allowance race in search of an overdue victory in Del Mar’s featured seventh race. Read More...

Wise Dan on Target for September Return

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Sunday, Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return. Read More...

Parx purses soar at festival

DRF | 8 hours ago
The first condition book for the Fall Festival at Parx Racing is out, and the purses are staggering. Purses at Parx will average $500,000 a day during the festival, which will run Aug. 29 through Oct. 20. Last Friday, Parx added five $150,000 stakes to its schedule for the festival. Read More...

Demonstrative, Divine Fortune meet again in Smithwick

DRF | 8 hours ago
Divine Fortune will be the sentimental favorite, but Demonstrative will be the post time favorite and the horse to beat when the last two Eclipse Award-winning steeplechasers meet in Thursday’s Grade 1, $125,000 A.P. Smithwick at Saratoga. The Smithwick, run at 2 1/16 miles, is the prep for the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Aug. 27. Read More...

Jockey Russell back from injury

DRF | 8 hours ago
Sheldon Russell won two races at Laurel Park last weekend while accepting his first mounts since being injured in a spill on the Pimlico turf course April 25. Read More...

Straight making progress in battle to walk again

DRF | 8 hours ago
Jockey Michael Straight, paralyzed in a riding accident at Arlington Park in 2009, is learning how to walk again with the help of ReWalk, a bionic walking assistance system that uses leg attachments powered by a backpack battery. Read More...

Reload’s feet good to go for Lure stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
After injuring all four feet in last month’s Forbidden Apple Stakes, Reload is healthy again. On Tuesday, he breezed a solid half-mile in 48.61 seconds over the Oklahoma track in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $100,000 Lure Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Mr. Z on target for King’s Bishop

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that Mr. Z, winner of the Ohio Derby in his last start, remains on schedule for the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 29. Read More...

Entrepreneurs Wanted at Arizona Symposium

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
An idea/product pitch contest will be introduced this year at the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming being held Dec. 7-9 in Tucson, Ariz. Read More...

Dortmund recovering after being cast in stall

DRF | 9 hours ago
Dortmund, the Santa Anita Derby winner who has not run since the Preakness, had a minor setback this past week when he was cast in his stall at Del Mar and wound up bruising some ribs, Baffert said. Read More...

Pharoah won’t go in Pacific Classic

DRF | 9 hours ago
American Pharoah got back to his summer home here at Del Mar on Monday night, and on Tuesday morning, Del Mar officials had a lengthy discussion with trainer Bob Baffert regarding their signature race, the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22, but American Pharoah will not race here this summer. Read More...

Ready for Rye tries grass again in Quick Call

DRF | 9 hours ago
Ready For Rye is already a Grade 2 winner on dirt, but trainer Tom Albertrani has thought all along his real calling would be on the grass. He’ll get the opportunity to test that theory for a second time Friday at Saratoga when Ready for Rye goes postward the favorite to defeat nine other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Quick Call Stakes. Read More...

Om moving on beyond trivia

DRF | 9 hours ago
Om, the 3-year-old scheduled to start in Sunday’s $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar, has been the answer to a racing trivia question for so long trainer Dan Hendricks has embraced the colt’s quirky identity. Name the horse who won the maiden race in which American Pharoah made his career debut in August, 2014? Om won a maiden race at five furlongs by 7 1/4 lengths with American Pharoah only fifth. Read More...

Casino OTB Parlor in Maryland Proves Popular

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
The Maryland Jockey Club's first casino off-track betting parlor has been doing pretty good business since it opened in late April, officials said Aug. 4. Read More...

18 Frankel Yearlings in Tattersalls Sale

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Tattersalls has cataloged 513 lots, including 18 from the first crop of champion Frankel, to Book 1 of the October yearling sale in Newmarket, England, Oct. 6-8. Read More...

Group 1-winning filly set for U.S. debut

DRF | 9 hours ago
Ninfa del Cielo, a champion and Group 1-winning filly in Venezuela, is scheduled to make her North American debut Friday in an allowance race. Read More...

Gold loaded for Florida Sire Stakes

DRF | 9 hours ago
Stanley Gold intends to run at least eight horses for Jacks or Better Farm on a rich Saturday program at Gulfstream Park, and the results could vary wildly. Read More...

Meadowlands: Big pools on tap for closing weekend

DRF | 10 hours ago
The weekend of the Hambletonian festival always provides the best racing the sport of harness racing has to offer and with that, great betting opportunities for the wagering customer. This year, that concept will take on a whole new meaning. Read More...

Business up sharply at Saratoga meet

DRF | 10 hours ago
A quarter of the way through the 147th Saratoga meet, and business is booming, with double-digit increases in all-sources and ontrack handle. Read More...

Haskell TV Ratings Double Compared With 2014

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Fans turned out at the track and tuned to NBC in big numbers Aug. 2 for American Pharoah's runaway victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Slideshow: The Week in Photos for 8/04/2015

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Saratoga, Monmouth, Mountaineer, Woodbine, Arlington, Del Mar, Gulfstream and More. Read More...

Meadowlands: Doherty victory will propel Broadway Donna to stardom

DRF | 11 hours ago
The Merrie Annabelle is the race of champions. Now known as the Jim Doherty Memorial, the series has produced the 2-year-old filly trotting champion in each of the last four and six of the previous seven years. Looking to join the elite group is the undefeated Broadway Donna. Read More...

Business up sharply at Saratoga meet

DRF | 11 hours ago
A quarter of the way through the 147th Saratoga meet, and business is booming, with double-digit increases in all-sources and ontrack handle. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga horses to watch for week of Aug. 4

DRF | 11 hours ago
Dave Litfin's horses to watch at Saratoga for the week of Aug. 4. Read More...

Former trainer Knight dies at 80

DRF | 12 hours ago
C.R. Knight, who trained Thoroughbred stakes winners at Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Santa Anita in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died last Friday after an illness, the Del Mar publicity department announced on Sunday. Read More...

Longform: Undercover Advocates

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Keith and Sonja Meadows infiltrate livestock auctions and slaughterhouses, recording animal abuse and posting the videos on the Internet along with investigative reports. Read More...

Jockey Prat suspended for three days

DRF | 12 hours ago
Jockey Flavien Prat has been suspended three days, Friday through Sunday, for causing interference that led to the disqualification of his mount in the first race last Friday. Read More...

Micks Miracle sidelined with ankle injury

DRF | 12 hours ago
Micks Miracle, the sharp winner of an optional claimer July 25, will miss an extended period of training due to an ankle injury, trainer Phil D’Amato said. Read More...

A New Daily Dawns – Eric Mitchell

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Blood-Horse introduces a new mobile platform for professionals. Read More...

Dickinson Decides to Return to Training

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Michael Dickinson announced Aug. 3 he will return to training racehorses this fall after a seven-year break. He will be based at his Tapeta Farm in Maryland and hopes to have 20-30 horses in his stable. Read More...

SirePowered Results: Afleet Alex

DRF | 17 hours ago
Afleet Alex was among the most celebrated juveniles of the 2004 Saratoga meeting. Just over a decade later, the Gainesway sire is off to a solid start at this summer's meet. Daily Racing Form’s SirePowered Results shows him with two winners at the meet to date, led by Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes victor Texas Red. Read More...

Lady Shipman speeds to victory in Saratoga’s Coronation Cup Stakes

OBS Sales | 18 hours ago
Ranlo Investments LLC’s daughter of Midshipman scores her fifth stakes victory (Chelsea Durand photo) Read More...

American Pharoah Steers Clear of Route of Past Triple Crown Winners

American Pharoah’s post-Belmont campaign hardly follows the pattern of past Triple Crown winners, who went on to win 92 races in 162 more starts. Pharoah may race two or three more times. Read More...

Haskin: Bronwen Healy’s American Adventure

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
This is a story about a journey of the soul; a quest inspired by the love of horses and the determination to photograph an American Triple Crown winner. Read More...

Square Dancer up in time in Redekop Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
Square Dancer got up in the last jump to edge Modern by a nose in the $100,000 Redekop Classic at Hastings on Monday. He paid $8.30 as the second choice behind Mr. Bowling in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. Read More...

Flashy Jewel by a neck in Manitoba Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Flashy Jewel, a 12-1 shipper from Canterbury Park, turned back a challenge from Witt Six in the stretch to capture Monday’s $75,000 Manitoba Derby in front-running style at Assiniboia Downs. Read More...

Shared Belief Still Healing in Northwest

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Continuing his recovery from a hip fracture at Pegasus Equine Rehabilitation and Training Center in Redmond, Wash., Shared Belief still doesn't have a timetable for a return to racing. Read More...