Thoroughbred News

Jockey Goodwin gets 1,000th Thoroughbred win

DRF | 1 hour ago
Nik Goodwin rode his 1,000th Thoroughbred winner Thursday night at Canterbury Park when he booted home Saganaga for trainer Gary Scherer in the sixth race. Read More...

Debuting Maryland sire Norumbega dies at 7

DRF | 2 hours ago
Norumbega, a Grade 2 winner and young Maryland stallion, was euthanized June 6 due to complications from colic surgery. He was 7. Read More...

Feeders for Wynn, Del Mar contests as low as $10

DRF | 2 hours ago
The summer keeps rolling along on DRF Tournaments this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s action features a special twilight schedule with seven of the 10 races in the contest sequence coming from Belmont Park’s sunset card. The all-in contests, where all picks must be in for the scheduled post time of the contest's first race, begin at 3:41 ET. Read More...

Pensioned California sire Stormin Fever dies at 23

DRF | 2 hours ago
Stormin Fever, a Grade 3 winner and pensioned California sire, was euthanized Thursday due to the infirmities of old age. He was 23. Read More...

Giwner: Where do we go from here in terms of marketing Harness Racing?

DRF | 3 hours ago
We took the question of marketing Harness Racing to those with the power in the casino-fueled states of New York and Pennsylvania. Both Sam Beegle, President of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen Association, and Joe Faraldo, equally titled at the head of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, read what driver Yannick Gingras had to say about the importance of marketing and neither was opposed to the concept in theory. Read More...

Macedonio: Perform at a high level or get the boot

DRF | 3 hours ago
The last time I checked, Harness Racing was a sports competition, right? There are winners and there are losers. Purses are distributed depending on where you finish in a race, mostly because, ya know, WINNING MATTERS! So why don’t we have a bigger reward and punishment system based solely on stats? Read More...

Milestone Victory for Goodwin Comes at Canterbury Park

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Jockey Nik Goodwin won his 1,000th career Thoroughbred race when he rode favorite Saganaga to victory for trainer Gary Scherer in the sixth race at Canterbury Park on June 22. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Hialeah Hope, Royal Attraction?

Hialeah Park was once one of the most elegant venues of Thoroughbred racing in the country. The physical facility remains gorgeous inside and out, but the racing product has deteriorated —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Derby Runners Stand Out in the Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown. Read More...

The Stronach Group Considers New England Venture

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
As New England Thoroughbred horsemen and stakeholders continue to stare at a precarious fate in the industry, The Stronach Group is looking at possible expansion into the region. Read More...

Jockey Agent Ivan Puhich Dies at 89

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Veteran jockey agent Ivan Puhich died June 19 at age 89, according to a statement from Santa Anita Park June 22. Read More...

Limato gets favored ground in Diamond Jubilee

DRF | 19 hours ago
Five-day race meets go fast, and already Royal Ascot 2017 is coming to a close, with Saturday's final card headlined as usual by the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, June 23, 2017

DRF | 19 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Belmont. Read More...

Rose Brier eyes second straight Edward Evans win

DRF | 20 hours ago
Even at age 8, Rose Brier remains a solid Grade 3-type horse in middle-distance turf races. Rose Brier starts Saturday in the $75,000 Ed Evans, a one-mile grass race restricted to Virginia-breds, and there's good reason he's the 2-5 morning-line favorite. Read More...

Harness: Hall of Fame driver Herve Filion, 77, dies

DRF | 20 hours ago
Herve Filion, a Hall of Famer in the U.S. and Canada who retired in 2013 with 15,179 career wins, passed away Thursday at the age of 77. Filion, a native of Quebec, was North America’s leading driver 16 times, earning his first title in 1968 and final crown in 1990. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 6/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Ben’s Cat seeks one last score in Mister Diz Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Finally, at age 11, the bloom has come off Ben's Cat. The amazing gelding lost a step last year and appears to have lost another this season, but he is not without a chance in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, one of two Maryland-bred turf-sprint stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 6/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 6/24 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 6/24 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque opens with stronger purses

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Downs at Albuquerque will open a 58-date mixed meet Saturday night with an increased purse structure, a boost to its signature race for Thoroughbreds, a Champion of Champions berth attached to its main event for Quarter Horses, and competitive feature that drew 10 horses who have won a combined 28 stakes races. Read More...

Hovdey: Accelerate looks to get into the passing lane

DRF | 21 hours ago
Accelerate has not won a race since last September. This is hard to believe, but it has not been for lack of trying. Read More...

Jockey Club Gold Cup Purse Lowered, Cigar Mile Hiked

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The lead up to the Breeders' Cup will feature the Oct. 7 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), which had its purse trimmed by $250,000. Read More...

Zippit E seeks sixth straight victory in Lane’s End-Danny Shifflett

DRF | 21 hours ago
Zippit E has not lost a race in more than a year. She will attempt to keep her streak alive Saturday night in the $50,000 Lane's End-Danny Shifflett Scholarship Stakes at Lone Star Park. Read More...

King: As lone speed in short field, Lull enticing in Wild Applause Stakes

DRF | 21 hours ago
Usually, a battle-tested, lone-speed horse proves the darling of the betting public. But exceptions occasionally arise, usually when such a horse is matched against another type of runner whom the public adores even more: a hyped horse. Read More...

It’s Over: Parties Reach Agreement in Life At Ten Case

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The lengthy legal battle between the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and its former chief steward John Veitch surrounding the Life At Ten incident during the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) has come to an end. Read More...

Proforma ready to move forward in Jersey Shore

DRF | 21 hours ago
Proforma didn't get away from the gate well in the Chick Lang on Preakness Day at Pimlico, but figures to be a main player Saturday at Monmouth Park in the $60,000 Jersey Shore Stakes. The Lang and Jersey Shore are both six-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Top jockey Moreira rides topweights in pair of Group 3 stakes

DRF | 22 hours ago
Pakistan Star and Thewizardofoz are topweights in two Group 3 stakes on turf Sunday at Sha Tin. If that does not justify sufficient attention, both will be ridden by Joao Moreira, Hong Kong's leading jockey this season. Read More...

Big Orange Gets Best of Order of St George in Gold Cup

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Big Orange (GB) ran the biggest race of his career, digging in gamely in the final yards to hold off defending champion Order Of St George (IRE) and win by a desperate nose in the Gold Cup (G1), feature race on the middle day of Royal Ascot. Read More...

Girvin, Irap begin second half of season in Ohio Derby

DRF | 22 hours ago
With the Triple Crown in the rearview mirror, the “second season” for the 3-year-old division is well under way. Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby has drawn four colts, three of them graded-stakes winners, looking to rebound from poor finishes in the Kentucky Derby: Untrapped (12th), Girvin (13th), Fast and Accurate (17th), and Irap (18th). Read More...

Another Round at Belmont Park for T Loves a Fight

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
New York-bred 3-year-olds will be in the spotlight June 25 at Belmont Park in a pair of $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes contested at seven furlongs on turf. Read More...

Battle of Midway hits reset button in Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 22 hours ago
For a few moments on the turn of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, Battle of Midway was within a length of the lead and seemed poised to play a major role in the outcome. He turned out to be a supporting player, finishing third at 40-1, 7 3/4 lengths behind Always Dreaming. Read More...

Blings Express seeks yet another paycheck in optional claimer

DRF | 22 hours ago
To say that Blings Express has aged well would be an understatement. The 8-year-old hard-knocking gelding is in career form, having finished first or second in 11 of his last 12 starts, with all but one of those races coming since he was haltered for $10,000 at Tampa Bay Downs by Averill Racing and CCF Racing Stable in March 2016. Read More...

Pedigree suggests Way Out West can handle distance in CTBA Derby

DRF | 22 hours ago
Way Out West will bring a supportive pedigree to the table Saturday, when he makes his two-turn debut in the $40,000 CTBA Derby at Arapahoe Park. He is a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby winner in 2000. Read More...

Baffert’s older bench is deep

DRF | 22 hours ago
In most years, the Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-olds are the runners to fear in the spring and summer. This year, the older horses are carrying the team. Read More...

On the Low Down, Blazing Navarone square off in Mountain Top Futurity

DRF | 23 hours ago
On the Low Down will attempt to win the second stakes race of his career Saturday, when he takes on the undefeated Blazing Navarone in the $141,382 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The five-furlong race is for 2-year-olds bred in New Mexico. Read More...

Mach One Rules, Prime Engine to have rematch in Mt. Rainier

DRF | 23 hours ago
Trainer Frank Lucarelli felt like a great weight was lifted off his shoulders when Mach One Rules won the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald last Sunday. Read More...

Songbird breezes 48.20-second half-mile in first work since Phipps

DRF | 23 hours ago
Songbird, the two-time champion who won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park in her 2017 debut, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds Thursday at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Queen’s Dartmouth Aims to Repeat in Hardwicke

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
The Royal Ascot meeting won't go without a bang Saturday, as there's a group 1 sprint on tap and a good supporting cast of races. Read More...

Rubilinda has look of a good one ahead of Wild Applause Stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
Rubilinda will try to follow her striking debut victory by jumping directly into stakes company Saturday at Belmont Park in the $100,000 Wild Applause, a mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Osborne Officially Named Chief Executive of Godolphin

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Joe Osborne, who has been acting as interim chief executive of Godolphin's global operation, will now take the position in a permanent capacity, it was announced June 22.  Read More...

A. P. Zona stands out in River Rock Casino

DRF | 24 hours ago
A. P. Zona was very impressive winning the Jim Coleman Province in his first start at Hastings for trainer Phil Hall and figures to be a short price when he returns in the $50,000 River Rock Casino on Saturday. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 15 – June 20

DRF | 24 hours ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, June 25, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
Sha Tin selections and analysis for Sunday, June 25. Read More...

Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Browse can lead all the way in her turf debut

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke, Buckeye Bullet imposing favorites in Thistledown stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Justalittlesmoke looms large in the $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-registered fillies and mares, while Buckeye Bullet is riding a win streak as he faces a familiar foe in the $75,000 George Lewis Memorial Stakes for Ohio-accredited horses. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 24: Picks for Ohio Derby, Chicago Handicap, Jersey Shore Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
With a very light stakes schedule for a summer Saturday, the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown is easily the richest race of the day. Santa Anita has a Grade 3, $100,000 stakes doubleheader with the Affirmed and Precisionist, but while the Precisionist is interesting, both races drew fields of only five. The only other graded stakes on Saturday is the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm faces big crowd in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
You'd be misguided to typecast Bret Calhoun as a specialist with filly-and-mare sprinters. But there's no denying they've helped the 53-year-old Texan become known as a trainer capable of handling a top horse, regardless of niche. Read More...

Dream It Is looks to build off impressive debut in My Dear Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The rapid debut winner Dream It Is figures to have other speed to contend with in Saturday's $100,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine. It will be interesting to see if the promising 2-year-old filly can prevail from just off the pace in the five-furlong dash. Read More...

Retrospection, Whistle Stop win divisions of Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Robby Albarado’s first ride this year at Indiana Grand was pretty amazing. Albarado rode Retrospection for trainer Mike Maker and owner Beth Burkett in the $105,300 open division of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes on Wednesday. Retrospection broke from the rail in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race and stayed there for most of the trip, horse and rider squeezing through a couple of narrow holes into and around the far turn. And then things really got hairy. Read More...