Thoroughbred News

Girvin goes turf to dirt to capture Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 58 mins ago
As the Fair Grounds assistant to trainer Mike Maker, Joe Sharp went down the Kentucky Derby trail in 2014 with Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s In Trouble. Later that year, Sharp went out on his own, and now, as a head trainer, Sharp has a Triple Crown prospect in his own stable, Girvin, who was a two-length winner of the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Convey Edges Out Winter Derby Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Convey, traveling the most comfortably, nipped Pinzolo by a neck at the wire. Absolute Blast finished a head back in third and a neck better than Zhui Feng, who had another neck on Grendisar. Read More...

Santa Anita: Single ticket carryover of $29,846 for Sunday’s pick six

DRF | 2 hours ago
The pick six paid $34,820 to four ticketholders at Santa Anita on Saturday, resulting in a two-day carryover of $29,846 in the single ticket jackpot pool for Sunday’s nine-race program. Read More...

Enterprising outduels stablemate Oscar Nominated in Fair Grounds Handicap

DRF | 2 hours ago
The trainer Mike Maker seems to have a bottomless supply of turf stakes horses. On Saturday at Fair Grounds, it was Enterprising’s turn to step forward as he won the Grade 3, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap by three-quarters of a length over the Maker-trained favorite, Oscar Nominated. Read More...

Honorable Duty continues strong start to season for Walsh in Mineshaft

DRF | 2 hours ago
Honorable Duty swept to the lead at the quarter pole and beat International Star by a half-length to win the Grade 3, $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap. Read More...

Unified Edges Mind Your Biscuits in GP Sprint

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Centennial Farms' Unified fired fresh off an eight-month layoff Feb. 25 with a front-running victory in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) over favored Mind Your Biscuits. Read More...

Racer upsets Weast Hill in Nodouble

DRF | 3 hours ago
Racer pulled one of the most significant upsets in Arkansas-bred racing of the last three years when he handed Weast Hill his first Oaklawn defeat in the $100,000 Nodouble. Read More...

Unified breaks sharp, never looks back in Gulfstream Park Sprint

DRF | 3 hours ago
Unified put his abundant speed on display again Saturday, taking control of the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint from the outset and never looking back en route to a neck victory over the odds-on Mind Your Biscuits for his third graded stakes win in just five career starts. Read More...

Girvin Upsets Risen Star Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The Risen Star Stakes (G2) became an unlikely coming out party for Brad Grady's Girvin when he captured the $400,000 test by two lengths over Untrapped, earning 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. Read More...

Yorkiepoo Princess makes Busher her third straight stakes win

DRF | 4 hours ago
Yorkiepoo Princess recorded a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Busher Stakes, her third consecutive stakes victory, Saturday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Yorkiepoo Princess Scores Again at Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Danny Chen's Yorkiepoo Princess won her third straight stakes race at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 25 with another a clear score in the $150,000 Busher Stakes. Read More...

Farrell looks impressive winning Rachel Alexandra Stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
Farrell won the Silverbulletday Stakes last month at Fair Grounds in decidedly ho-hum fashion, but she looked much more like a real Kentucky Oaks contender on Saturday capturing the Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths over Majestic Quality. Read More...

Arnold pulls off rare feat with Morticia in Melody of Colors

DRF | 4 hours ago
Rusty Arnold not only trains the filly who won the Melody of Colors Stakes, but he co-bred her, too. “You don’t see that too often, huh,” Arnold said with a grin after Morticia led all the way Saturday to win the second running of the $75,000 Melody of Colors over the Gulfstream Park turf. Read More...

Farrell Vaults to Top of Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Picking up her third consecutive stakes score, the Malibu Moon filly aired by 3 1/2 lengths after showing the way from the start through solid fractions in the 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.  Read More...

Ambitious Brew triumphs in three-horse Sensational Star

DRF | 5 hours ago
Three years after he won his first career stakes in the Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita, Ambitious Brew was back in the winner’s circle of the same race Saturday. Read More...

Honorable Duty Holds Strong in Mineshaft Handicap

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Honorable Duty called up all his improved fortitude in the stretch of the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Feb. 25 when he held strong over International Star and a stubborn Dazzling Gem to take the 1 1/16-mile test by half a length. Read More...

Believe in Bertie sets second course record of meet in Daisy Devine

DRF | 5 hours ago
Owners Richard and Bertram Klein, and trainer Brad Cox had the leading female turf-route horse at Fair Grounds last season in Cash Control, and they have found another local divisional leader this winter with Believe in Bertie. Believe in Bertie on Saturday won the $50,000 Daisy Devine – a race Cash Control won last year – by a half-length over Kitten’s Roar. Read More...

Hogy sets course record in taking Colonel Powers Stakes

DRF | 6 hours ago
The 8-year-old gelding Hogy and jockey Florent Geroux have been reunited, and the two must have felt very good setting a course record in winning the $50,000 Colonel Power Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

DRF | 6 hours ago
Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 Read More...

Dortmund Could Return in Triple Bend

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Dortmund, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner recently transferred by owner Kaleem Shah from trainer Bob Baffert to Art Sherman, could make his first start for Sherman in the March 4 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Enterprising Scores in Fair Grounds Handicap

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Maxis Stable's Enterprising stalked favorite Oscar Nominated and gained an advantage in the deep stretch to win the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) Feb. 25 by three-quarters of a length to give trainer Mike Maker the exacta for the race. Read More...

Derek’s Smile leads all the way in winning Texas Glitter

DRF | 7 hours ago
Derek’s Smile finished three-quarters of a length clear of Uncle B in winning the third running of the $75,000 Texas Glitter at Gulfstream Park, reversing his dismaying performance here Feb. 4 in the Swale Stakes. Read More...

Gisser: Thoughts on the USTA Presidential election

DRF | 7 hours ago
I don’t know who will win the election to be U.S. Trotting Association President. I do know that whichever candidate does win, he will not issue an Executive Order banning Australian or New Zealand pacers or French Trotters from entering the Unites States. I am also sure that we will not have one candidate win the popular vote and another win the Electoral vote. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

DRF | 8 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Irish War Cry Ticks All the Boxes in Five-Furlong Work

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
In what will be his lone serious work in advance of the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4, Irish War Cry got the thumbs up from his conditioner when he covered five furlongs in 1:01.65 Saturday morning. Read More...

Winx wins Chipping Norton Stakes for 15th straight victory

DRF | 10 hours ago
Wet conditions could not prevent Winx from extending her winning streak to 15 races in Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse outside of Sydney, Australia. Read More...

Tapits Dominate Fasig-Tipton Pinhook Prospects

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
A Tapit colt bought back for $625,000 tops list of juveniles entered in the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale that have previously gone through a sales ring. Read More...

Motion pleased with Irish War Cry’s lone work for Fountain of Youth

DRF | 10 hours ago
Trainer Graham Motion said he "couldn't be happier" with Irish War Cry’s final work for next Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes after his undefeated 3-year-old breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 and galloped out six panels in 1:13.40 on Saturday morning at Palm Meadows. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: A fast pace in the Busher would benefit No Sweat

DRF | 11 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Saturday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Winx Soars to Fifteenth Straight Win

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Winx, a 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry, sailed to a two-length victory in the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick.   Read More...

Barretts catalog for March sale online

DRF | 13 hours ago
The catalog for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training is now online, featuring 129 entries. Read More...

Easter Indy scores repeat win in Downthedustyroad Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Easter Indy won the $100,000 Downthedustyroad Stakes for the second year in a row on Friday, when she stalked the pace, then rolled home by a length at Oaklawn Park. Lady Lake finished second, and it was a nose farther back to Nikki’s Rose in third. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Fair Grounds in the Spotlight

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have a full slate of stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, a Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep at Aqueduct Racetrack, and more. Read More...

Santa Anita: Two carryovers for Saturday’s pick six

DRF | 1 day ago
There were no winning tickets in Friday’s pick six at Santa Anita. The carryover in the main pool will be $33,758. The carryover in the single ticket jackpot pool is $7,233. Read More...

Elliott’s Award Reopens the Smarty Story

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
With Stewart Elliott being named the winner of this year’s prestigious George Woolf Award, it rekindled memories of those glorious five weeks in racing and Triple Crown history. Read More...

State report says Pimlico needs $300-million renovation

DRF | 1 day ago
Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore would need approximately $300 million in renovations to be “economically competitive” with the two other tracks that host Triple Crown races - Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and Belmont Park on Long Island, New York - according to a report released Friday by the Maryland Stadium Authority, a state agency. Read More...

Veteran Kentucky-Based Hot Walker Roche Dies at 91

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Eugene Roche, perhaps the oldest active hot-walker in the country at age 91, died Friday, Feb. 24, in Louisville, Ky.  Read More...

Guest Suite Taking Farish, Howard on Classic Ride

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Five starts into his career, Guest Suite is threatening to take his connections down the path of most resistance with the grandest of rewards. Read More...

Gierkink: How I’ll play Gulfstream on Sunday, Feb. 26

DRF | 1 day ago
How Daily Racing Form writer Ron Gierkink will play Gulfstream on Sunday. Read More...

King: How I’ll play Gulfstream for Saturday, Feb. 25

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Byron King outlines his strategy for playing the early pick three on Saturday's program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 2/27 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 2/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

California to allow tracks to write medication rules for individual races

DRF | 1 day ago
A rule that will allow racetracks in California to use medication-based criteria to determine eligibility for races is reopening the possibility that the Breeders’ Cup will attempt to ban the use of race-day furosemide or implement other event-specific medication rules when the Breeders’ Cup two-day event is held this fall at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club near San Diego. Read More...

Stallion Heiress possible for Lacombe Memorial

DRF | 1 day ago
The exciting 3-year-old filly Stallion Heiress will stick to turf racing for now and could make her next start March 11 in the $50,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial, a 1 1/16-mile grass race at Fair Grounds, trainer Mike Stidham said. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/27 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/27 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Plans uncertain for Saint’s Fan

DRF | 1 day ago
Saint’s Fan could make his next start in the $1 million Louisiana Derby here on April 1. Or he could make his next start at Keeneland in April. Or be pointed for the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for Louisiana-breds, another April 1 race at Fair Grounds. The point is that Dallas Stewart, who bred, owns, and trains Saint’s Fan, isn’t in a rush to decide exactly where to run his horse, who worked a half-mile in 50.20 seconds here Friday. Read More...

No injuries in minor Belmont barn fire

DRF | 1 day ago
There were no injuries to horses or humans reported as a result of a small fire in a tack room in barn 61 at Belmont Park on Thursday night. Read More...

True Timber may change tactics for rematch with El Areeb in Gotham

DRF | 1 day ago
True Timber set the pace after stumbling badly at the break in the Grade 3 Withers, a race in which he ultimately finished second to El Areeb.Judging by the way he breezed Friday at Belmont Park, True Timber will not be part of the pace when he meets El Areeb again in next Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Parker finds pipeline to better horses

DRF | 1 day ago
The only thing hotter than the weather this winter in New York is trainer Joe Parker. Parker, a career 6 percent-winning trainer, is winning at a 38 percent clip in 2017 after Kate is a Ten won Friday's fourth race at Aqueduct. Read More...

So Conflated will scratch from Risen Star to await Gotham

DRF | 1 day ago
Plans for the three horses who as of Friday afternoon were going to scratch from Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes are in various states of certainty. So Conflated, who didn’t ship to Fair Grounds from Santa Anita for trainer Doug O’Neill, is being rerouted to next Saturday’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, O’Neill confirmed via text message. Read More...