Thoroughbred News

Page McKenney Honored by Maryland Media

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Page McKenney, who developed into a genuine stakes horse with lifetime earnings over $1 million, was named the Maryland-based horse of the year for 2015 by the Maryland Racing Media Association. Read More...

Field at 2-1 early in Pool 2 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 2 hours ago
The mutuel field was the early favorite in the opening hours of betting into Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opened Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Pruett living the dream with Discreetness in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
Dwight Pruett has owned horses for just three years but already has landed what most in the industry are chasing – a 3-year-old on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Discreetness, Collected Face Off in Southwest

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Crowded field of 14 set for Feb. 15 Oaklawn Park test on Road to Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Services for Sean Thomas on Wednesday

DRF | 3 hours ago
Services for Shawn Thomas, the 48-year-old son of trainer Gary Thomas, are scheduled for Wednesday at the chapel on the backstretch of Oaklawn. The memorial will begin at noon Central. Read More...

Airoforce, Mo Tom among 13 set for Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
Graded stakes winners Airoforce and Mo Tom head a field of 13 3-year-olds entered Friday for the $400,000, Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/15 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/15 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 2/15 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Monday 2/15 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Tabs Fleming for New Position

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 12 that Drew Fleming has been named to the new position of senior vice president, development and administration. Read More...

Los Alamitos Announces Spring Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Five stakes--two of them graded--worth $625,000 highlight the inaugural spring Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

TOBA Pedigree, Conformation Clinic Scheduled

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will host a pedigree and conformation clinic March 1 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Read More...

Barretts announces dates for yearling sales in 2016

DRF | 4 hours ago
The Barretts sales calendar will again feature an August selected yearling sale at Del Mar and a Fall yearling sale in October. Read More...

The OBS Polar Express rolls in Meydan’s UAE 1000 Guineas

OBS Sales | 4 hours ago
Valentin Bukhtoyarov & Evgeny Kappushev’s unbeaten Polar River made short work of the $250 UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan on Thursday,  (VIDEO), once again demolishing graded stakes winner Promising Run, this time by 13 lengths.  Trained by Doug Watson, the 3-year-old daughter … Read More...

Longtime racetracker Ralph Theroux Jr. retiring

DRF | 4 hours ago
Ralph Theroux Jr., who has worked in racing since 1961, will retire following the conclusion of Monday's Aqueduct card. Theroux, 69, started as a hotwalker and groom for Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens in 1961 and worked in the industry as a jockey's agent, an entry clerk and placing/patrol judge, and alternate steward. Read More...

Adventist works half-mile for Gotham

DRF | 4 hours ago
Adventist, third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Withers on Jan. 30, worked four furlongs in 50.63 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont Park training track in preparation for a start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes on March 5. Read More...

Full brothers to tangle in Hollie Hughes

DRF | 4 hours ago
A field of 11 New York-bred sprinters was entered Saturday for Monday's $100,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes, including full brothers Towering Moon and Escape to the Moon. Read More...

Paulassilverlining regains winning form

DRF | 4 hours ago
Paulassilverlining won three races including two stakes from her first five starts. After losing her next four races, spanning 11 months, she flashed her stakes-winning form again Thursday in a $75,000 third-level allowance race at Aqueduct. Read More...

Calculator to Make Return at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Once a legitimate hopeful for the Triple Crown series, Richard Pell's Calculator will make his first start in more than a year Feb. 13 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

WV Bill Would Decouple Racing and Gaming

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Legislation that would remove the requirement that racetracks with gaming also offer live racing has been introduced in the West Virginia Senate. Read More...

64 Equine Herpesvirus Positives at Sunland

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The New Mexico Live Stock Board reported Feb. 12 that 64 horses at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in New Mexico have tested positive for the equine herpesvirus outbreak that has led to suspension of racing since Jan. 22. Read More...

Call Pat should be rolling in stretch of Bayakoa

DRF | 4 hours ago
Call Pat figures to be coming for probable favorite Sarah Sis and Streamline in the late stages of Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Bayakoa at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares will be Call Pat's first start of the year and, as with others in the field, it's a stepping-stone to the Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap on April 15. Read More...

Sparkman: Dirt pedigrees for dirt at Meydan

DRF | 4 hours ago
Meydan Racecourse’s switch from Tapeta to a dirt surface for the 2015 Dubai World Cup did not produce the expected result. The best available American dirt horse did run in the World Cup for the first time in three years, but California Chrome was beaten by the second-rate 8-year-old Prince Bishop, a horse with a very similar background to four of the five previous winners on Tapeta. If the results of the year’s first World Cup preps at Meydan on Feb. 2 are any indication, however, that is highly likely to change at the 2016 World Cup. Read More...

Goncalves moving tack to Turfway Park

DRF | 4 hours ago
The Turfway jockey colony, which typically changes little from the start of Oaklawn in January until the approach of Keeneland in April, is about to grow one rider deeper. Leandro Goncalves, based at Fair Grounds this winter, is shifting his tack to Turfway Park and has three mounts Thursday evening. Read More...

Gulfstream: Monday card full of starter allowances

DRF | 4 hours ago
This side of the Claiming Crown, the Monday card at Gulfstream is a rather unusual one. Read More...

Mahoning Valley Cancels Feb. 13 Racing

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
With cold weather and high winds forecast for the Austintown, Ohio area, Mahoning Valley Race Course has cancelled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 13. Read More...

Few willing to face Nyquist in San Vicente

DRF | 5 hours ago
Nyquist, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2015, is expected to have few rivals in Monday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita. Read More...

Mohaymen impresses in latest workout for Fountain of Youth

DRF | 5 hours ago
Mohaymen had his first workout since his romp in the Jan. 30 Holy Bull Stakes when breezing a half-mile in 47.60 seconds Friday at the Palm Meadows training center just north of Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Rosie Higgins gets first win as rider

DRF | 5 hours ago
Apprentice jockey Rosie Higgins, the wife of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, won for the first time on Thursday at Santa Anita. Riding her fourth race, Higgins won aboard Blue Law ($4.40) in the second race. Read More...

Prospect Park starts drive to Santa Anita Handicap

DRF | 5 hours ago
Prospect Park was fourth in the Santa Anita Derby last April, the track's top race for 3-year-olds. This year, trainer Clifford Sise wants to start Prospect Park in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, the track's top race for older horses. To reach that goal, Prospect Park will start in an optional claimer on Sunday. Read More...

Trainer Dale Romans sued by brother

DRF | 5 hours ago
Jerry Romans, a former trainer, has filed a lawsuit alleging that his brother, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer Dale Romans, mismanaged horses he owned, according to multiple reports. Read More...

Five stakes at Los Alamitos spring meeting

DRF | 5 hours ago
Los Alamitos will run five stakes, including two graded stakes for sprinters, during its three-week spring Thoroughbred meeting from April 14 to May 1. Read More...

Barretts Tweaks 2016 Auction Schedule

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Due to stabling concerns in Southern California as result of the Breeders' Cup World Championships being held at Santa Anita Park, Barretts Equine is moving its October yearling sale back to the Los Angeles Fairgrounds. Read More...

Money to ‘Bern’ in Derby Future Wager

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
What makes these two Bernardinis (Zulu and Shagaf) so special and why would anyone gamble on a pair of horses who are unproven in stakes company and basically bucking history, with so few races? Read More...

Jockeys’ Guild focus on concussions

DRF | 5 hours ago
The Jockeys' Guild will kick off its annual assembly next Tuesday with presentations focusing on safety issues and retirement planning, two topics that have gained prominence in the world of professional athletes over the past several years. Read More...

Swift Lady looms large in Sweet Life Stakes

DRF | 6 hours ago
The feature race Sunday at Santa Anita is easy. Swift Lady, if she runs two alike, figures to wire the $75,000 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Simon: Points ceiling keeping fillies out of Derby

DRF | 6 hours ago
The new points system that Churchill implemented in 2012 makes it far more difficult for a filly to get into the starting gate for the Derby. Read More...

California Chrome works quick seven furlongs for Dubai handicap

DRF | 6 hours ago
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, recorded his third workout in less than two weeks at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Friday, working seven furlongs in 1:24.40. The workout ahead of a $150,000 handicap on Feb. 25 has left trainer Art Sherman somewhat surprised by the 5-year-old's energy. Read More...

Pharoah begins stud career amid intense competition for mares

DRF | 6 hours ago
The upcoming holiday weekend marks the starting point for the next generation of Thoroughbreds, as most breeding sheds across Kentucky officially open on Feb. 15. This, of course, means Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will be launching his career at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. American Pharoah is the only first-year sire advertised at six figures in a year that will be highly competitive for the mare population. In addition to the Triple Crown winner and Horse of the year, this year's class includes champion Honor Code, Belmont Stakes winners Palace Malice and Tonalist, and Breeders' Cup winners Bayern, Karakontie, Liam's Map, and Secret Circle, among others. Read More...

Saratoga Mischief braves the cold for Fred ‘Cappy’ Capossela Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Originally, trainer Todd Pletcher was not planning to run anything in the $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Pletcher eventually entered two in the six-furlong race for 3-year-old sprinters on Sunday, including Saratoga Mischief, the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Read More...

Mohaymen Returns to Work Tab at Palm Meadows

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen, undefeated winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 in his sophomore debut, sparkled in his return to the work tab Friday morning. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Feb. 5 – Feb. 8

DRF | 8 hours ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Stonetastic using overnight stakes as springboard

DRF | 8 hours ago
Stonetastic is the the 121-pound highweight Sunday for the Valentine's Day feature at Gulfstream Park, the $65,000 Miami Shores Handicap. After finishing second as a 3-10 favorite in her last race, the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl on Dec. 26, Stonetastic once again figures as a solid public choice in the Miami Shores. Read More...

The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 13th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 19 hours ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 13th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Dennis Drazin on One That Got Away

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
I enjoyed catching up with owner-breeder Dennis Drazin last week for a Winner's Circle feature in the Feb. 13 Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...

Pletcher Sends Two for Sam F. Davis

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Higgins Rides First Winner at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
In her fourth mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins broke her maiden in the second race at Santa Anita Park Feb. 11 aboard Blue Law. Read More...

Two Prominent NYRA Employees Leaving Posts

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Two prominent employees of the New York Racing Association are leaving their positions in February. Director of communications John Durso Jr. and chief security officer George Venizelos have taken private-sector jobs. Read More...

Texas Will Race at Least Through February

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
With an early deadline rescinded, Texas racetracks will run through the end of the month. Meanwhile another racing commission vote on historical racing is coming Feb. 18. Read More...