Thoroughbred News

American Pharoah to Race One More Time, at Breeders’ Cup

American Pharoah, the Triple Crown winner who lost last weekend’s Travers Stakes, will race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, then retire, his owner said. Read More...

Commentary: How U.S. Trainers Can Win Respect

When an American trainer, with some notable exceptions, wins a Triple Crown race, peers, fans and writers invariably shake their heads and question whether the triumph was accomplished on the up and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Giwner: Saturday stakes conflicts

DRF | 8 hours ago
As we approach perhaps the busiest night of harness racing in this calendar year, it begs the question, is having multiple stakes on the same day/night at separate tracks as big of a negative as publicly viewed? Read More...

First Winner Lands for Sire General Quarters

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Central Kentucky-based sire General Quarters picked up his first winner Thursday, Sept. 3 when Golden Legacy Stable's Beautiful Sin won a maiden claiming race by 3 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Ohio Cobalt Study to Begin in Earnest

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
The Ohio State Racing Commission is moving forward with what it has called a comprehensive study into the effects of the mineral cobalt on racehorses. Read More...

Barretts Sets 2016 Del Mar Sales Dates

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Barretts will conduct six sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 2016, the first year that all Barretts sales will be held at the Del Mar location. Read More...

Calumet Farm hires Charlie Boden

DRF | 9 hours ago
Charlie Boden has been named stallion season sales director and racing manager for historic Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Top Sanford Runners Meet Again in Hopeful

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
The top two finishers from the Sanford Stakes (gr. III), Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, will meet again Monday, Sept. 7 in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Prize Exhibit Takes on Older in Yellow Ribbon

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Eight fillies and mares with graded stakes credentials are scheduled to enter the gate for the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IIT), but only one in the full field of 12 is 3 years old and she may be the one to beat. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Secret Circle retired

DRF | 10 hours ago
Secret Circle, the winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters in Dubai in March, has been retired and will stand at stud in 2016, trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday. Read More...

Top Sprinter Secret Circle Retired to Stud

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Secret Circle, a two-time Breeders' Cup winner and the 2015 Golden Shaheen victor, will be retired to stud for the 2016 breeding season, co-owner Mike Pegram said. Stud plans have not yet been determined. Read More...

La Jolla Rivals Challenge Prospect Park Again

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Three familiar runners will try to take down breakthrough La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Prospect Park in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6. Read More...

Stronach Group Still Interested in Suffolk

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Suffolk Downs management and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are keeping the lamp lit for the Massachusetts Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Read More...

Boden Takes on Key Positions at Calumet Farm

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Calumet Farm announced today that Charlie Boden has been appointed stallion season sales director and racing manager for the historic Kentucky farm. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, Sept. 4

DRF | 13 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

First Winner for Adios Charlie

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Adios Charlie, a grade II-winning son of Indian Charlie who stands at Ocala Stud in central Florida, got his first winner Sept. 3 when R Sweet Exchange won the sixth race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

KY Downs Horsemen Can Pledge to TCA

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Horsemen will have the opportunity to pledge a percentage of their total earnings to Thoroughbred Charities of America during the upcoming race meet at Kentucky Downs. Read More...

Cavorting Drops a Level to Prioress

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Grade I winner Cavorting will drop a level to contest the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Saratoga, but has her work cut out for her in a field of 11. Read More...

Deep Field Lines Up for Woodward Stakes

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read More...

Yonkers: Smedshammer vies for the upset in second leg of Triple Crown

DRF | 14 hours ago
Driver Trond Smedshammer and his horse Buen Camino will hope to finish Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters the same way they start it -- No. 1. Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron takes fourth crack at Betfred Sprint Cup

DRF | 14 hours ago
Saturday, Gordon Lord Byron makes his fourth appearance in the big sprint race at Haydock, the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup, and if he runs like he did the first three times, Gordon Lord Byron will be a factor Read More...

Pinnacle Peak Ships to Monmouth for Sapling

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
After rolling to a 10-length victory in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes Aug. 7, Mark Breen's Pinnacle Peak will try for a second straight stakes win Sunday, Sept. 6 in the $100,000 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Texas Racing Commission transfers funds to continue operations

DRF | 14 hours ago
The details of a temporary Texas Racing Commission funding plan that enabled the state’s tracks to resume operations after a one-day shutdown Tuesday are beginning to emerge. The commission has been granted authority to transfer $186,000 from already-appropriated funds to administrative cost accounts in order to operate for the next 90 days, according Dave Nelson, the chief of staff for Texas Sen. Jane Nelson. The temporary funding plan extends through Nov. 30. Read More...

Goldfeder: Del Mar pick three play for Friday, Sept. 4

DRF | 14 hours ago
Goldfeder: Del Mar pick three play for Friday, Sept. 4 Read More...

Telarosa, Micmac Warrior head closing-day Sale Futurity

DRF | 14 hours ago
Fair Grounds in New Orleans will close out its Quarter Horse meet Saturday with a collection of some of the meet’s fastest 2-year-olds. The $303,777 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sale Futurity is comprised of horses with the 10 best times during trials, which took place Aug. 15, opening day of the meet. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 9/5 Analysis

DRF | 14 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 9/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/5 Analysis

DRF | 15 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 9/5 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Undrafted stretches out for return in More Than Ready Mile

DRF | 15 hours ago
Undrafted will be making his first start since his historic victory in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot when stretching out to a mile Saturday in the $300,000 More Than Ready Stakes at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky. Read More...

Harmonize much the best in P.G. Johnson Stakes

DRF | 15 hours ago
Harmonize showed she had grown up quite a bit since her only previous start, drawing off with complete authority down the stretch to dominate the $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes decided during a sudden burst of rain showers Thursday at Saratoga. Read More...

Golf Outing to Raise Money for Morris, Others

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Reservations are being accepted for the fourth annual "Chipping in for Johnny" Morris Golf Tournament, set for Oct. 12 at the University Club of Kentucky near Lexington. Read More...

Tonalist sticking with Plan A

DRF | 15 hours ago
Tonalist worked five furlongs in 1:01.98 Friday morning over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track for his attempt at defending his Jockey Club Gold Cup title. Read More...

AQHA President Blodgett Elected to AHC Board

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, Texas has been elected to the American Horse Council's Board of Trustees. Blodgett is the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 9/5 Analysis + Pick Five Ticket

DRF | 15 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 9/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Prioress distance a question for Bar of Gold

DRF | 15 hours ago
Coming off a very strong second-place finish in the Grade 1 Test going seven furlongs, Bar of Gold will shorten up to to six furlongs for Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes. Read More...

Former Derby Museum Resident Au Moon Dies

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Au Moon, the former resident equine at the Kentucky Derby Museum, was euthanized following surgery for a soft tissue injury he suffered in his first race after coming out of retirement. Read More...

Wild in the Saddle eyes fall stakes at Santa Anita

DRF | 15 hours ago
Wild in the Saddle, refreshed from an early summer trip to the farm, won her second stakes of 2015 in the $108,330 Tranquility Lake Stakes for fillies and mares Wednesday at Del Mar. Read More...

Hovdey: American Pharoah and the art of Zen

DRF | 15 hours ago
The impression lingers that American Pharoah is always in some form of demand beyond his daily training routine. He has posed for magazine spreads and entertained politicians. There are the stall door photo-ops, the celebrity strolls around the walking ring, the on-camera appearances to nuzzle news talent and pose for a mainstream television audience. Read More...

Gulfstream Championship Meet Schedule Set

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Gulfstream Park will present a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during its 2015-2016 "Championship Meet," highlighted by the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2. Read More...

Track reopens for training Saturday

DRF | 16 hours ago
Santa Anita will reopen for training Saturday in advance of the autumn meeting that begins Sept. 26. Read More...

Boiling Springs Stakes appears wide open

DRF | 16 hours ago
The Grade 3, $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday is a head-scratcher in the first degree. Read More...

Bullet Gone Astray new shooter in Hopeful

DRF | 16 hours ago
There will be some familiar names in the starting gate for Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful, and one not so familiar to local fans – Bullet Gone Astray, who will give trainer Henry Collazo his first stakes opportunity at Saratoga. Read More...

Pocono: Wakizashi Hanover a PASS Championship win from millionaire status

DRF | 16 hours ago
The best of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program will go to post Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Leading the brigade of the best sophomores from the state will be Wakizashi Hanover. The North America Cup winner cut his teeth proverbially as a freshman in the Quaker State and returns for the sophomore championship as a likely odds-on choice to capture the $350,000 event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Read More...

Young Brian’s future remains uncertain

DRF | 16 hours ago
Young Brian, a maiden winner who was declared from Monday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity because of a sesamoid injury, was scheduled to undergo a bone scan Thursday to determine whether he can race again. Read More...

Papacoolpapacool picks up Pereira for Derby

DRF | 16 hours ago
Trainer Phil D’Amato is hoping a rider change will reverse the fortunes of Papacoolpapacool when the two-time stakes winner starts Sunday in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby. Read More...

Bucked shins sideline Off the Tracks

DRF | 16 hours ago
One horse conspicuous by her absence when entries were drawn for Saturday’s Grade 1 Spinaway was Off the Tracks, whose connections had been pointing her to the race since her 3 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on opening day. Read More...

Big Thrill ready for encore in Susan’s Girl

DRF | 16 hours ago
The career debut of the filly Big Thrill began as one of those head-in-hands races of sheer disappointment but ended as a hands-in-the-air moment of jubilation. Read More...

Santa Anita Stables Reopen Sept. 4

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Santa Anita Park's stable area, which has been closed for renovations since mid-July, will reopen Sept. 4. Horses must be out of the Del Mar stables by Sept. 11. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: The Woodward Stakes

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina takes next step in Spinaway

DRF | 17 hours ago
Chapter 2 in the career of the much-ballyhooed Rachel’s Valentina will take place Saturday at Saratoga, where the regally bred 2-year-old filly makes her stakes debut against five others in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway. Read More...

French import Mr Notorious shows good potential for Del Mar Juvenile Turf

DRF | 17 hours ago
Mr Notorious had barely walked out of the sale ring at the Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar on July 25 when new owner Deron Pearson and trainer Jim Cassidy announced plans to point their $200,000 purchase to Saturday’s Del Mar Juvenile Turf. Read More...