Thoroughbred News

Chrome, Rested and Renewed, Returns to His Blue-Collar Roots

There is some poetry to choosing the Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday for California Chrome’s return to the racetrack; the colt was built on a blue plate budget, boasts blue-collar roots and has thrived in middle-class ZIP codes. Read More...

Limelight Beach Wins Brown Jug

Limelight Beach won the Little Brown Jug, beating Let’s Drink on It by a length and a quarter in the second leg of the pacing Triple Crown. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:34 PM ET Eight-time Grade I winner Game on Dude Retired...Day 10 at Keeneland September continues to show... Read More...

Illman’s Belmont preview for Friday, Sept. 19

DRF | 5 hours ago
Friday’s third race, a statebred allowance for fillies and mares at one mile, features some talented runners. Mike Hushion sends out the coupled entry of Girlabouttown and Star Grazing. The former’s only loss came over a muddy track in her debut, and she overcame a bumbling beginning to win her most recent start at Saratoga over Blithely, a filly who returned to win here earlier in the week. Read More...

CTHS British Columbia posts improved average with smaller catalog

DRF | 5 hours ago
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society: British Columbia Division yearling and mixed sale saw a 10-year low in the number of horses sold, but nonetheless posted average figures comparable to last year’s auction. Read More...

Ricardo Beats Baze in Champions Challenge

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Jorge Ricardo took the Sept. 18 Champions Challenge at Hipodromo Cristal in Brazil much the way he has has maintained a 38-year career resulting in more than 12,000 victories -- with a sweepingly emotional victory. Read More...

Keeneland September continues steady progress

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The Keeneland September yearling sale's 10th session saw gains in gross and average, with a steady median, while cumulative average and median on pace to end higher than last season's Read More...

Game On Dude retired from racing

DRF | 8 hours ago
Game On Dude, a top older horse in recent years and the only horse to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap, was retired Thursday after three consecutive losses, trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...

Brockton Fair Invites Suffolk Downs Horsemen

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The owners of the Brockton Fairgrounds have stepped up to offer the Thoroughbred horsemen of Massachusetts a home after Suffolk Downs came up short in its casino quest and will soon be closed. Read More...

Keeneland September: Book 4 closes on steady note

DRF | 8 hours ago
The tenth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale closed with steady returns on Thursday, continuing the run of consistent trade as the sale moves into its later days. Read More...

MGC Offers Help for Displaced Suffolk Workers

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Sept. 18 it will offer help for soon to be unemployed Suffolk Downs workers and racing industry stakeholders, but the words rang hollow for the track's chief operating officer. Read More...

Little Brown Jug: Gingras wires the field with Limelight Beach

DRF | 8 hours ago
With each passing week in 2014 it becomes more apparent that this is the year of Yannick Gingras. The leading driver in the nation won six races on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and topped it off with Limelight Beach in the 69th edition of the Jug on Thursday afternoon. Read More...

Game On Dude, Won Three Big ‘Caps, Retired

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Game On Dude, the only horse ever to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), has been retired, trainer Bob Baffert announced Sept. 18. Read More...

Brockton Fairgrounds to apply for Massachusetts racing dates

DRF | 10 hours ago
As Suffolk Downs management was forced to notify employees and horsemen Wednesday that the track’s closure is imminent as a consequence of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Tuesday decision to award the Boston casino license to Wynn Resorts, another track owner stepped forward with a plan to keep Thoroughbred racing alive in the state. Read More...

Suffolk CEO calls Gaming Commission statement ‘too little, too late’

DRF | 10 hours ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which on Tuesday dealt a fatal blow to Suffolk Downs when it ruled favorably on Wynn Resorts application to site a $1.6 billion casino development only a stone’s throw from the stable gate, will meet later this month to address the track’s imminent closure. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 10 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Satruday 9/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 11 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 9/20 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 11 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/20 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 11 hours ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Charles Town Oaks. Read More...

Del Mar November stakes schedule worth $2.25M

DRF | 12 hours ago
Some names have changed, but Del Mar’s November race meeting will offer a program of 14 stakes similar to what was offered at Hollywood Park before that track closed last year. Del Mar announced its stakes schedule, worth $2,250,000, on Wednesday. Read More...

Wrona to fill in calling Los Alamitos races

DRF | 12 hours ago
Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona will call the final three days of the Los Alamitos fall Thoroughbred meet, starting Friday. Read More...

Miss Behaviour favored in Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 12 hours ago
The Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks on Saturday night appears to be an ideal middle ground for 3-year-old fillies who are either just starting to come to hand or whose connections don’t wish to tackle Grade 1 competition. Read More...

Pants On Fire seeks first win of the season in Wild and Wonderful

DRF | 12 hours ago
Pants On Fire has run some strong races this year, but he’s still looking for his first win of the season, and trainer Kelly Breen hopes the “ticket” is Saturday night’s $100,000 Wild and Wonderful on the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks undercard. Read More...

Fall Sale’s Racing Age section closing Monday, September 22

OBS Sales | 12 hours ago
Horsemen are reminded that the Horses of Racing Age section of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2014 Fall Mixed Sale is closing on Monday, September 22nd. The Consignor Contract form is available via the OBS website at http://www.obssales.com/2014/09/the-2014-obs-fall-mixed-sale// A catalog … Read More...

King: Which trainers produce with horses 4-1 or less?

DRF | 12 hours ago
I thought it would be interesting to find trainers at Churchill Downs who reward bettors most when their horses are well regarded at the mutuel windows. Read More...

Crist: History says California Chrome is a bad bet

DRF | 12 hours ago
Before you go betting the ranch on California Chrome Saturday in the Pennsylvania Derby, you might want to consider some cautionary recent history. Read More...

California Chrome tries to buck history

DRF | 13 hours ago
Saturday, California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the spring, returns to the races in Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. Read More...

Wolfson sends out four for Musical Romance

DRF | 13 hours ago
You’d expect to find a foursome on the golf course but not too often on the racetrack. Such will be the case, however, Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where trainer Marty Wolfson sends out four of the 11 starters in the $90,000 Musical Romance Stakes. Read More...

I Keep Saying returns to sprint

DRF | 13 hours ago
A horse on the way up will meet one slipping toward retirement Saturday in the feature race at Emerald Downs, a $40,000 claimer for older horses at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Canaveral Leader seeks first 2014 win in Fall Classic Distaff

DRF | 13 hours ago
Trainer Ron Grieves is excited with the way Canaveral Leader is coming into the $50,000 Fall Classic Distaff Handicap at Northlands Park Saturday. Read More...

Wise Dan and His Quarter Horse Buddy Donnie

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Charlie LoPresti's Quarter Horses work as lead ponies on the farm and at the racetrack while LoPresti and his wife Amy train Thoroughbreds. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Low-level claimers key to Jackpot Hi 5 carryover

DRF | 13 hours ago
Low-level conditioned claimers will line up in the finale, and the massive carryover for the Jackpot Hi 5 should live for another day if one of the two droppers from Ontario-sired company prevails. Read More...

Demonstrative scores in Lonesome Glory

DRF | 14 hours ago
Demonstrative solidified his status as the nation’s top steeplechase horse with a victory in Thursday’s Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Last to Fire looks to rebound in Go Man Go

DRF | 14 hours ago
Last to Fire, the reigning Quarter Horse World Champion, has yet to win this year, making a victory Saturday’s $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap for older horses at Los Alamitos even more vital. Read More...

For Cash looks strong in Alberta Breeders’ Handicap on Fall Classic Day

DRF | 14 hours ago
For Cash is clearly the one to beat in the $50,000 Alberta Breeders’ Handicap for 3-year-olds and up that headlines Fall Classic Day at Northlands Park Saturday. Read More...

Fast Anna looking for the lead in Gallant Bob Stakes

DRF | 14 hours ago
There are some very fast 3-year-olds in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes on Saturday at Parx, but Fast Anna exits the best race, the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Read More...

Moro Tap to Double Infinity Ranch in Texas

DRF | 14 hours ago
Grade 3-placed Moro Tap has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at Double Infinity Ranch in Sulphur Springs, Texas for an advertised fee of $2,500. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera on muscle for Gallant Bloom

DRF | 14 hours ago
Artemis Agrotera will prepare for next month’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Hot pace in Katella should benefit Spirit Rules

DRF | 14 hours ago
Seeking the Sherif returns to dirt, Spirit Rules is back in a sprint, and Distinctiv Passion is back racing for the first time in nine months Saturday in the Katella Stakes at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Oaklawn to Offer Bonuses for Lasix-Free Wins

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, announced Sept. 18 that the Arkansas track in 2015 will offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without furosemide (Salix or commonly called Lasix). Read More...

Untapable looks to resume dominance of division in Cotillion

DRF | 15 hours ago
Untapable’s string of runaway victories came to an end in the Haskell Invitational, a race where little went right for her. On Saturday in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx Racing, she will attempt to reaffirm her standing as the leader of the 3-year-old filly division. Read More...

Jockey Club: Study Shows Lasix Not Needed

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Jockey Club says a recent study's findings challenge long-held opinions in North American racing, including the contention that the use of the diuretic furosemide is necessary to ensure long-term careers of horses. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Pennsylvania Derby

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Frank Angst and Evan Hammonds handicap the talented field of the Pennsylvania Derby. California Chrome, Candy Boy, Protonico, Bayern, Tapiture and more. Who do you think is the best horse in the field? Read More...

Study Examines EIPH and Racing Performance

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
A study published online this spring found no link between the vast majority of horses who suffer from exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage and long-term racing performance. Read More...

Rebellion relocates to Hickory Tree Farm in Virginia

DRF | 15 hours ago
Grade 2 winner Rebellion has been relocated to stand the 2015 breeding season at Hickory Tree Farm in Middleburg, Va. for an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Sept. 20: Picks for Cotillion, Pennsylvaniia Derby, Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 16 hours ago
House Rules, likely to go off lower than her 20-1 morning-line odds, is the one I will be using to complete the exacta underneath Untapable in the Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Fiftyshadesofgold leads Test rematch in Dogwood

DRF | 16 hours ago
Three fillies exiting the Grade 1 Test Stakes will reconvene Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

North American foal crop expected to continue decline in 2014

DRF | 16 hours ago
A total of 21,697 foals comprise the approximate 2014 North American foal crop as of Sept. 9, The Jockey Club reports, down 1.4 percent from the previous year. Read More...

Hovdey: Rich history, big money put Parx in spotlight

DRF | 16 hours ago
Pennsylvania has earned the right to be called the center of the Thoroughbred racing universe at least for a day, and that day comes on Saturday when Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome headlines the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, Read More...

Goliath can live up to name in allowance feature

DRF | 16 hours ago
The aptly named Goliath looks like the one to beat in a first-level allowance race that will serve as the feature race Saturday at Hastings. Read More...