Thoroughbred News

Tattersalls Craven and Ascot Breeze Up Sale Rescheduled

Blood-Horse | 31 mins ago
The amalgamated Tattersalls Craven and Ascot Breeze Up Sale has been postponed until May 27, following uncertainty surrounding the resumption of racing due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...

First Premio Favored in Gulfstream Turf Allowance

Blood-Horse | 31 mins ago
Team Valor International's First Premio makes his season debut in the featured 10th race at Gulfstream Park on April 4, a $48,000 allowance optional claimer, after finishing his 2019 campaign with a near-miss against grade 1 company. Read More...

Answer In, Finnick the Fierce Battle at Oaklawn

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
A full field of 12 3-year-olds, including a couple with existing qualifying Derby points, Answer In and Finnick the Fierce, are part of a $61,000 first-level allowance race April 4 at Oaklawn Park, where racing continues without spectators.  Read More...

Hagyard Seeks Sanctions Related to Class Action Suit

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The Lexington veterinary hospital is seeking attorneys' fees and additional sanctions for the attorneys behind a dismissed class action suit it claims was filed to damage its professional reputation. Read More...

DRF’s Horse Racing Playbook for Saturday, April 4, 2020

DRF | 2 hours ago
With most other North American sports being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, we hope the sport of horse racing can entertain you during these trying times. Daily Racing Form has served as the most trusted source of news and information about the sport since 1894, and moving forward we have decided to provide a free daily playbook; something that both hardcore horseplayers and casual observers can reference to get informed of each day's action. Read More...

Gargan Eyes Oaklawn Stakes Races for Tax, Ice Princess

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Graded stakes winner Tax breezed a half-mile in :49 2/5 April 3 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, his second consecutive bullet breeze, in preparation for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), a 1 1/8-mile race May 2 at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Spinaway Winner Perfect Alibi Breezes Toward Return

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Tracy Farmer's grade 1 winner Perfect Alibi, trained by Mark Casse, breezed a half-mile in 49.50 on April 3 on the Belmont Park training track as she gears up for her first start at 3. Read More...

Zeftabrook tops Wellington Brook Showcase

DRF | 3 hours ago
A mere two races into her career, Zeftabrook may have the sufficient experience needed to win the $120,000 Wellington Boot Showcase at 5 1/2 furlongs at Wellington Racecourse in Australia. Read More...

Asmussen has three good shots to add to Will Rogers Downs haul

DRF | 4 hours ago
Steve Asmjussen has two wins from four starters this year at Will Rogers Downs, and on Monday he has live shots in three Will Rogers races, including Estilo Femenino in the featured $50,000 Wilma Mankiller Stakes. Read More...

Ginobili needs no assist to win Sunday feature

DRF | 4 hours ago
Ginobili, named for retired San Antonio Spurs standout Manu Ginobili, has invaded Oaklawn from Southern California for an optional $80,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds over six furlongs. Read More...

Officials Still Mulling New Date for Preakness

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The second jewel of the Triple Crown was originally slated for May 16 but will be delayed like many other major sporting events with the global COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. Read More...

Two Japanese Derby Winners Face Off in Osaka Hai

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Stablemates and Japanese Derby (G1) winners Wagnerian and Makahiki are set to face off April 5 in the Osaka Hai (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse. Read More...

Beauty Generation, Waikiku Duel Again in Hong Kong

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The generational battle between two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) and younger rival Waikuku (IRE) renews April 5 at Sha Tin Racecourse in one of two group 2 events with top-level quality. Read More...

Arlington Postpones Upcoming Meet Due to COVID-19

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Arlington International Racecourse, which had been scheduled to open May 1, tweeted April 3 that the "health crisis posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and the specific impact the virus has had on Illinois, we have postponed racing." Read More...

Martinez can start week with a multi-win day

DRF | 4 hours ago
Kelli Martinez is tied for leading trainer at Fonner Park. She has at least one runner in four of the nine races on the Monday card at Fonner (first post 4 p.m. Central) and could easily come up with multiple winners. Read More...

Ever Dangerous’s debut win a pleasant surprise to Weaver

DRF | 5 hours ago
Ever Dangerous kicked her off her career in style Thursday at Gulfstream Park, winning a 1 1/16-mile turf race by four lengths at odds of 14-1 for trainer George Weaver and owners Randy Hill and Dean and Patti Reeves. Read More...

Davis’ road trip to Florida paying dividends

DRF | 5 hours ago
Jockeys have to make split-second decisions all the time. Dylan Davis made one last month that has him continuing to ride while many of his New York brethren are stuck at home. Read More...

Harness: When COVID-19 steals your sport and column

DRF | 5 hours ago
Harness Racing is far from immune as COVID-19 at least temporarily upends our lives. Read More...

InfieldFest for 2020 Preakness canceled

DRF | 5 hours ago
The Preakness Stakes, traditionally the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, has yet to be re-scheduled for this season as the coronavirus pandemic continued to upend the Thoroughbred industry and the world at large. However, the race, traditionally a colorful party in Baltimore, will have a different feel this year as The Stronach Group and Maryland Jockey Club announced that the race's accompanying InfieldFest concerts and events will be canceled. Read More...

Harness: SBOANJ working to get racing back in action

DRF | 5 hours ago
The SBOANJ would like to remind its members that its staff is continuing to work diligently during these difficult times. Read More...

The Stronach Group argues for return of racing in full-page ad in Los Angeles Times

DRF | 6 hours ago
The Stronach Group, the parent company of Santa Anita, purchased the only full-page advertisement in Thursday's Los Angeles Times, arguing for the importance of being allowed to race again during the coronavirus outbreak. Read More...

COVID-19 Outbreak Halts Strong Wagering Start to 2020

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The most surprising number in the Thoroughbred Economic Indicators released April 3 by Equibase is that pari-mutuel handle is down only 1% for the first quarter of 2020. Read More...

Swiss Skydiver’s Success Boosts Thoroughbred Newcomers

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Expo Gold, the dam of grade 2 winner Swiss Skydiver, was the second horse bought by Thoroughbred industry newcomer Var Reeve and his partners. Read More...

Midlantic Two-Year-OIds in Training Sale Rescheduled

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Fasig-Tipton announced today the rescheduling of its 2020 May Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which will now be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. Read More...

Prat making sure he’ll be ready to ride when racing resumes

DRF | 6 hours ago
A mandatory vacation was not what jockey Flavien Prat envisioned for early April. Similar to thousands of his racing colleagues worldwide, Prat's season has been idled by the coronavirus outbreak. Read More...

Weaver hopes Up in Smoke keeps winning and learning

DRF | 6 hours ago
Up in Smoke is unbeaten, but she's far from perfect. At least that's the way trainer George Weaver looks at it as he prepares the 3-year-old filly for her first start in open company and first against older horses in Sunday's first-level optional-claiming feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Fernweh starts climb back to top in Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby Trials

DRF | 6 hours ago
Fernweh was briefly the nation's leading 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly last spring, following a win in the $1 million Ruidoso Futurity in June. Ten months later, Fernweh will have her 3-year-old debut in a division of the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby trials on Sunday. Read More...

Santana resumes riding on Sunday

DRF | 6 hours ago
Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., is scheduled to resume riding Sunday at Oaklawn Park, according to Arkansas state steward Bernie Hettel. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Reschedules May Midlantic 2-Year-Old Sale

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Fasig-Tipton announced April 3 the rescheduling of its 2020 May Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which will now be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md. Read More...

Where to Tune In for the Weekend Action

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
A guide to this week's radio and television coverage of racing. Read More...

NY Lawmakers Approve Major New Equine Drug Testing Lab

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
New York lawmakers have authorized the New York Racing Association to construct a major, new equine drug testing lab modeled on the state-of-the-art lab at the University of California at Davis. Read More...

19 Defendants Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Doping Case; Government Outlines ‘Voluminous’ Evidence

Thoroughbred trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro were among 19 defendants in a Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing doping scandal who pleaded not guilty on federal charges in an arraignment and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

DRF’s Horse Racing Playbook for Friday, April 3, 2020

DRF | 1 day ago
With most other North American sports being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, we hope the sport of horse racing can entertain you during these trying times. Daily Racing Form has served as the most trusted source of news and information about the sport since 1894, and moving forward we have decided to provide a free daily playbook; something that both hardcore horseplayers and casual observers can reference to get informed of each day's action. Read More...

May 1 Earliest Arrival Date for Horses at Ruidoso

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
With New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's announcement March 31 that the "stay at home" order will remain in place through April 30, May 1 will be the earliest date that horses and horsemen will arrive at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Industry Group Works to Ensure Easter Sale’s Success

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia wants to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the sale and the racing industry. Read More...

Churchill Prepared for Spectatorless Racing Possibility

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In a video meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on April 2, Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said the track would consider conducting spectatorless racing this spring if COVID-19 health restrictions in Kentucky are eased. Read More...

Lone Star meet and its backstretch opening will be delayed

DRF | 1 day ago
The start of the Lone Star Park meet will be delayed as the Dallas area track complies with the latest restrictions Texas has issued in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, track president Scott Wells said Thursday. Read More...

Navarro, Servis enter not guilty pleas

DRF | 1 day ago
Top trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis entered not guilty pleas to charges related to administering illegal substances to racehorses during an arraignment conducted telephonically Thursday afternoon by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Read More...

Texas A&M Vet Lab Assembling COVID-19 Test Kits

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The lab in College Station, Texas, is assembling more than 2,000 kits from the supplies used to create viral test kits for livestock and poultry. Read More...

Navarro, Servis Plead Not Guilty to Federal Charges

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis entered pleas of not guilty to federal charges of involvement in a misbranding conspiracy during an April 2 teleconference arraignment before United States District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil. Read More...

Golden Gate Racing Suspended by Health Department

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In accordance with instructions received the morning of April 2 from the Alameda County Public Health Officer, Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close for live racing effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More...

Analyzing Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J. Keeler Johnson shares his analysis on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 opening April 3. Read More...

Earliest Arrival Date for Horses at Ruidoso is May 1

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
With New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's announcement March 31 that the "stay at home" order will remain in place through April 30, May 1 will be the earliest date that horses and horsemen will arrive at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Industry Group Works to Ensure Success of Easter Sale

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia wants to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the sale and the racing industry. Read More...

Supreme Court Could Weigh In on NJTHA Lawsuit

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Nearly two years after finding a law that had prevented states from allowing sports gambling to be unconstitutional, the Supreme Court is now being asked by professional sports leagues to weigh in on related litigation. Read More...

Texas A&M Vet Lab Assembling Coronavirus Test Kits

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The lab in College Station, Texas, is assembling more than 2,000 kits from the supplies used to create viral test kits for livestock and poultry. Read More...

Top Beyer fillies Frank’s Rockette, Edgeway square off in Purple Martin Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
It's a Beyer Speed Figure battle on Saturday when Frank's Rockette meets Edgeway in the $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The six-furlong race is for 3-year-old fillies and drew a field of 10. Read More...