Thoroughbred News

Derby clocker: Nyquist jogs on first visit to track

DRF | 1 hour ago
The track was listed as muddy for Sunday’s Kentucky Derby/Oaks session, which began at 8:30 a.m., and aside for Lani, it was a quiet morning as expected, with most of the field either walking the shed or merely jogging to stretch their legs. Read More...

Jaramillo picks up Kentucky Derby mount on Majesto

DRF | 2 hours ago
Trainer Gustavo Delgado confirmed on Sunday that Emiseal Jaramillo will ride Majesto in the Kentucky Derby, Paola Queen in the Kentucky Oaks, as well as Grand Tito in the Woodford Reserve. Read More...

Beer: How I’ll play Belmont for Sunday, May 1

DRF | 2 hours ago
DRF handicapper Mike Beer outlines his strategy for playing Sunday's program at Belmont Park. Read More...

Minding Leads Sweep in One Thousand Guineas

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, and Michael Tabor's Minding led a top-three finish for the ownership team, trainer Aidan O'Brien, and the stallion Galileo in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) for 3-year-old fillies May 1 at Newmarket. Read More...

D R C’s Pretty Sky turns in career-best performance in Goldfinch

DRF | 3 hours ago
D R C’s Pretty Sky ran the best race of her career and held off odds-on favorite Lovable Lyss to win the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Nyquist Gets First Look at Churchill Downs

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update for May 1

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Claire Novak comes to us from Churchill Downs for updates on Nyquist, Exaggerator, Brody's Cause, Gun Runner, Creator and more! Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Pletcher Assesses Derby Field

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher examines Nyquist and the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

A Taylor Made Home for California Chrome

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Catch up with 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and learn about his new Kentucky home, Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where he'll retire to stud at the end of his racing career. Read More...

Maurice, Chautauqua Victorious in Hong Kong

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Japanese miler Maurice and Australian sprint star Chautauqua took top honors at Sha Tin Racecourse May 1 in a rare shutout for the local team in two group I events in Hong Kong. Read More...

Mohawk: State Treasurer fourth in seasonal debut

DRF | 16 hours ago
State Treasurer, who won Canada's O'Brien Award for Horse of the Year in 2015, made his 2016 debut on Saturday night at Mohawk in the $34,000 preferred pace, and he would finish fourth to Nickle Bag in a 1:49 mile. Read More...

Four stakes performers for Smart Missile

Arrowfield Stud | 16 hours ago
South Australian-bred fillies Fromparis Withlove and Smart Manoeuvre have added two excellent black type performances to the record of first season sire Smart Missile... Read More...

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete the easiest of winners

DRF | 17 hours ago
Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for 3-year-old pacing colts, turned in another dominant performance to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory in the $21,000 Invitational Pace. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete stopped the timer in 1:50 2/5 over a sloppy rated track. Read More...

Locally based Alert Bay captures San Francisco Mile

DRF | 17 hours ago
Alert Bay continued the string of Northern California success in Golden Gate Fields's top race for older horses, the Grade 3, $101,800 San Francisco Mile on Saturday, as he withstood Gabriel Charles's strong finish to win by a neck. Read More...

Pocono: Burke, Gingras take both Pennsylvania Classic eliminations

DRF | 17 hours ago
Trainer Ron Burke came into the Pennsylvania Classic with a solid group, and then dominated the two $25,000 eliminations on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Alert Bay Holds Tough in San Francisco Mile

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Toews On Ice Glides to William Walker Win

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice took command at the head of the stretch and cruised home by two lengths over Entertainer to win the second running of the William Walker Stakes April 30 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Toews On Ice scores as favorite in William Walker Stakes

DRF | 18 hours ago
Toews On Ice splashed to a two-length victory over late-closing Entertainer, returning $4.20 as favorite in a field of five 3-year-old sprinters in Saturday night's William Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Smokem Kitten Makes the Grade in Miami Mile

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Fresh off a course-record performance last time out, Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Smokem Kitten captured his first stakes victory April 30 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Uncle Lino shows off speed, sets track record, in California Chrome

DRF | 18 hours ago
Uncle Lino won his first stakes in Saturday’s $151,035 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos. Uncle Lino ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.82, setting a track record. Read More...

Pocono: Darlinonthebeach hands Pure Country her first career defeat

DRF | 19 hours ago
Darlinonthebeach gave first notice that this year's 3-year-old pacing filly crop will not be one-dimensional. The impeccably-bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the champion mare Darlin's Delight, roared out of the pocket and blew by previously unbeaten Pure Country to score in 1:50 4/5 in the first of three $20,000 eliminations for the inaugural Miss Pennsylvania on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Pocono: Darlinonthebeach hands Pure Country her first career defeat

DRF | 19 hours ago
Darlinonthebeach gave first notice that this year's 3-year-old pacing filly crop will not be one-dimensional. The impeccably-bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the champion mare Darlin's Delight, roared out of the pocket and blew by previously unbeaten Pure Country to score in 1:50 4/5 in the first of three $20,000 eliminations for the inaugural Miss Pennsylvania on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Sweet Stuff rallies in Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
Sweet Stuff won Fonner Park’s flagship race at 25-1 on Saturday, when he rallied from off the pace in the mud in the $30,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes. Read More...

Sweet Stuff rallies in Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
Sweet Stuff won Fonner Park’s flagship race at 25-1 on Saturday, when he rallied from off the pace in the mud in the $30,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes. Read More...

Smokem Kitten handles big class jump to win Miami Mile

DRF | 20 hours ago
Smokem Kitten jumped up in class from a first-level allowance race and won the Grade 3, $100,000 Miami Mile by a head over Middleburg on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Smokem Kitten handles big class jump to win Miami Mile

DRF | 20 hours ago
Smokem Kitten jumped up in class from a first-level allowance race and won the Grade 3, $100,000 Miami Mile by a head over Middleburg on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

A Lot noses out Green Mask in Elusive Quality

DRF | 21 hours ago
A Lot and Green Mask flashed back to their stakes-winning form, with A Lot holding off Green Mask by a nose to win the $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes on the second day of the Belmont meet. Read More...

Uncle Lino Game in California Chrome Stakes

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Free from the likes of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, and Mor Spirit, Uncle Lino broke through for his first stakes win April 30 in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Toews On Ice triumphs in Churchill’s William Walker S.

Archarcharch's graded stakes-winning 3-year-old colt Toews On Ice chalked up his fourth stakes win overall with a two-length score in the $100,000 William Walker S... Read More...

Ward Sends Three Fillies in Kentucky Juvenile

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Trainer Wesley Ward has entered three winning fillies against males in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Taylor Hopes for Warrendale Trifecta in Derby

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Warrendale Sales consigned three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale: Exaggerator, Mo Tom, and Suddenbreakingnews. Read More...

Deniro’s Saint displays surprising speed to win Dr. T.F. Classen Stakes

DRF | 22 hours ago
The 6-year-old Deniro’s Saint, a deep closer in route races in 11 of her last 12 starts dating back to June 2014, displayed surprising early speed to capture Saturday’s $75,000 Dr. T.F. Classen Stakes for Ohio-accredited fillies and mares at Thistledown. Read More...

A Derby Rookie’s First Churchill Morning

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in." Read More...

Nyquist Ships to Churchill Day After Work

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Adios Charlie colt earns diploma on Belmont turf

Conquest See Ya, a $600,000 Adios Charlie colt, stamped himself a horse to watch after a turf maiden special weight victory Saturday at Belmont Park... Read More...

Freehold: Field set for $140,800 Dexter Cup after three eliminations

DRF | 23 hours ago
Eighteen 3-year-old trotters were divided up into a trio of $16,000 Dexter Cup eliminations Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, and Cufflink Hanover, Dominion Beach, and Dante emerged with the victories. Read More...

Derby Clocker: Maintenance mode for Brody’s Cause

DRF | 23 hours ago
Exaggerator and Brody’s Cause beat the rain, albeit just barely, turning in their final Kentucky Derby works over a fast track just as a light shower began to fall during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Gainesway grad takes Havana Gold Newmarket S.

Hawkbill, a $350,000 Gainesway sales grad from the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling sale may have earned himself a shot in the June 4 Epsom Derby (G1)... Read More...

A Lot sets course record in Elusive Quality S.

Tapit's 4-year-old son A Lot chalked up his second stakes win Saturday with a nose victory in the $100,000 Elusive Quality S. at Belmont Park... Read More...

Abashiri Sweeps South African Triple Crown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Abashiri won the South African Derby (SAF-I) April 30 at Turffontein racecourse in Johannesburg to complete a sweep of nation's Triple Crown. Read More...

Danzing Candy works for Derby; Kobe’s Back drills for Churchill Downs

DRF | 1 day ago
Going a little quicker than expected, Danzing Candy worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at the San Luis Rey Downs training Center in Bonsall, Calif., on Saturday, the colt’s final major exercise before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

Galileo Gold scores upset in English 2000 Guineas

DRF | 1 day ago
Galileo Gold, prominent from the start under Frankie Dettori, upset the Group 1 English 2000 Guineas on Saturday at Newmarket as the favored Air Force Blue failed to make any impression on the first classic race of the European flat season. Read More...

Exaggerator, Brody’s Cause put in final Derby works

DRF | 1 day ago
Exaggerator, the Santa Anita Derby winner, on Saturday at Churchill Downs turned in his final work for the Kentucky Derby seven days hence, one of five potential Derby runners who worked at two different locales. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia Gets Early Morning Workout

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Trainer John Servis was trying to beat the rain that moved through Central Kentucky April 30. Read More...

Giwner: Make Or Miss begins his road to the Hambletonian with qualifying win

DRF | 1 day ago
Some of the stars of the sport were out at the Meadowlands on a beautiful windless Saturday morning. All eyes were on the sixth race which was supposed to feature 2015 champion 2-year-old trotter Southwind Frank, but he missed his scheduled qualifying debut due to a quarter-crack and is expected to be back in action within the next two weeks. Read More...

Derby Battle: Tapit vs. Uncle Mo

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Both stallions will likely have three starters each in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), more than any other sires with Derby contenders this year. Read More...

Exaggerator strong in final pre-Derby workout

Exaggerator, one of the likely favorites for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), breezed five furlongs on Saturday at Churchill Downs... Read More...

Maryland tracks not accepting entries from trainer Vitali

DRF | 1 day ago
The Maryland Jockey Club is looking into pending medication violations against trainer Marcus Vitali in Florida, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club. Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park winter meet, relocated his 35-horse stable to Laurel Park earlier this month. Read More...

Dettori Strikes With ‘Gold’ in 2000 Guineas

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Al Shaqab Racing’s Galileo Gold, a son of Paco Boy, cruised to a clear win in the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, May 1

DRF | 1 day ago
Deuces could be wild (and fast) early on the Sunday card at Golden Gate Fields, as I’ll be singling a couple of horses carrying saddlecloth No. 2 in the pick five sequence that opens the nine-race program while also including the other No. 2s in the surrounding races. Read More...