Thoroughbred News

Hammersly: Saratoga pick five for Saturday, Aug. 26

DRF | 52 mins ago
Michael Hammersly's pick five for Saratoga on Aug. 26. Read More...

Pennsylvania Derby next for Timeline

DRF | 1 hour ago
Timeline is being pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Sept. 23, according to trainer Chad Brown. Read More...

Ballston Spa gets Lady Eli, adding to star-studded Travers undercard

DRF | 1 hour ago
In a surprising move, trainer Chad Brown entered Lady Eli in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes, adding another big name to a star-studded lineup for the 13-race Travers Stakes card at Saratoga. Read More...

Hot Shot Kid trying turf in Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 2 hours ago
Eleven horses were entered Wednesday for the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds that headlines a three-stakes card on Saturday at Canterbury. Read More...

Connections learning Mr. Jagermeister’s quirks

DRF | 2 hours ago
Jockey Andrew Ramgeet was able to get Mr. Jagermeister to relax in Sunday's Northern Lights Futurity at Canterbury Park, and the colt romped by 15 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Amy’s Challenge to face males in prep for Alcibiades

DRF | 2 hours ago
The connections of Amy's Challenge, the promising 2-year-old filly based at Canterbury Park, have plotted the outline of a late-summer and fall campaign. Read More...

Hovdey: Brad McKinzie was sun and moon for many

DRF | 2 hours ago
Brad McKinzie made the common touch cool. He roamed the California racing landscape at will, spreading good vibes and better ideas. He knew everybody, what made them laugh, and what made them think. From his earliest imprint as publisher/owner of QuarterWeek magazine to his more recent leadership in worker compensation insurance reform, his influence was quietly, steadily pervasive. Read More...

Macedonio: Much happens on the World Driving Championship bus

DRF | 2 hours ago
Eleven nations, 40-plus people, together for 7-plus days! Add in everyone from each track that we’re visiting and we represent all aspects of the industry and the WORLD of Harness Racing. Old, young, drivers, trainers, owners, fans, mums, breeders, presidents, media, mates, punters, and sons. I can go on and on. Read More...

Reshuffled Remington meet attracts full fields for opening weekend

DRF | 2 hours ago
Scheduling tweaks combined with purse increases have Remington Park off to a rousing start with an average of more than 12 horses per race for Friday's opening night card. Read More...

Marks: Hambletonian was off the common path from a breeding perspective

DRF | 2 hours ago
While Hambletonian 2017 will go down in history as the first ever running of the American classic race for 3-year-old trotters to have featured a disqualified winner in What The Hill, also included were several other unique pedigree circumstances that we just don’t see every day. Read More...

Englehart seeking juvenile stakes double with Aveenu Malcainu, I Still Miss You

DRF | 2 hours ago
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart has assembled a nice group of 2-year-olds this year and will be well represented in Friday's pair of $200,000 juvenile stakes for New York-breds on Saratoga's 11-race New York Showcase Day program. Read More...

Fourstar Crook streaks into Yaddo Stakes repeat bid

DRF | 3 hours ago
The amazing Fourstar Crook, who has won eight consecutive starts since October 2015, will put her streak on the line Friday at Saratoga when defending her title in the Yaddo Stakes, one of two New York-bred turf stakes on New York Showcase Day, along with the West Point. Both races cover 1 1/16 miles and offer purses of $150,000. Read More...

TimeformUS Saratoga Horses in Focus for Aug. 24, 2017

DRF | 4 hours ago
TimeformUS Saratoga Horses in Focus for Aug. 24, 2017 Read More...

Streaking Daz Lin Dawn to face elders in CTHS Sales Stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
The sensational 3-year-old filly Daz Lin Dawn will tackle older fillies for the first time in the fillies division of the CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Friday. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 8/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 8/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Horseplayer, track thyself

DRF | 4 hours ago
Last week I wrote about the importance of being able to handicap yourself as a contest player. But how does one do that in the real world? The answer is simple: Keep records. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 8/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 8/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Ulysses prevails in Juddmonte International, points to Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 4 hours ago
Ulysses is no Trojan horse. The 4-year-old colt is all solid racehorse now, improving start by start, and after an impressive two-length win over Churchill on Wednesday at York in the Group 1 Juddmonte International, his connections are pointing to the Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar. Read More...

Smiling Tiger Colt Tops at Washington Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
A colt by Smiling Tiger was sold for $67,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale Aug. 22 in Auburn, Wash., that saw across-the-board declines. Read More...

Ulysses Handles Youngsters in Juddmonte International

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
A stretch battle between 3-year-old stars Barney Roy (GB) and Churchill (IRE) in the Aug. 23 Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) was eclipsed in the closing yards as Ulysses (IRE) swept by on their outside to left that duo well in his wake. Read More...

Rhein, Green Combine to Form Empire Thoroughbreds

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The two experienced horsemen have joined together under the banner to offer their bloodstock services for those looking to purchase Thoroughbreds privately or at public auction. Read More...

Coalition Stakes, higher purses featured at 2017 Timonium meet

DRF | 4 hours ago
The Timonium race meet at the Maryland State Fair begins a seven-day run Friday with higher purses and, for the first time in years, a stakes race. Read More...

Shared Belief Stakes about as good as it gets for local 3-year-old dirt runners

DRF | 4 hours ago
Saturday's $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar is likely to draw two Grade 1 winners in Gormley and Klimt as well as Battle of Midway, who was third in the Kentucky Derby. The quality of the projected field does not match the prize money. Read More...

Competitive claimer shows Gulfstream’s summer specialty

DRF | 4 hours ago
According to track officials, the mutuel handle is up at the spring-summer meet at Gulfstream Park, and races like the ninth on Friday illustrate why. Read More...

Yonkers: Horses to watch from Aug. 18 – Aug. 22

DRF | 4 hours ago
Horses to watch from Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Washington yearling and mixed sale down from last year

DRF | 5 hours ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale saw steady declines on Tuesday despite a larger catalog, and was topped by a $67,000 Smiling Tiger colt. Read More...

Kiss My Lulu should be hard to catch in Friday feature

DRF | 5 hours ago
Kiss My Lulu is the one to catch and beat in Friday's feature at Emerald Downs. However, she is by no means a cinch in the $15,000 claiming race for fillies and mares that drew eight horses. Read More...

Jockey Canchari to focus on Kentucky circuit

DRF | 5 hours ago
Alex Canchari has ridden races from coast to coast while establishing himself as a capable journeyman. Now, he'll ride regularly in Kentucky for the first time. Read More...

Lost shoe may have hindered Ten City in Ellis Park Juvenile

DRF | 6 hours ago
Trainer Kenny McPeek said Ten City lost a front shoe at the start of the Ellis Park Juvenile last weekend, perhaps partially accounting for the colt incurring his first career defeat. Dak Attack won the Juvenile, with Ten City finishing 4 3/4 lengths back in third as the odds-on favorite. Read More...

Lifelong racetracker Danner begins career as trainer

DRF | 6 hours ago
Kelsey Danner bounced between barns and press boxes as a young girl. When it came time to choose a career on the racetrack, well, it was a walkover. Read More...

NBC Travers Coverage Highlights Busy Radio, TV Week

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
This week's horse racing television and radio coverage through the week leading up to NBC’s live broadcast of the Travers (G1) and Sword Dancer (G1T) stakes as compiled by America's Best Racing. Read More...

Blusiewicz set wheels in motion for Coal Front’s success

DRF | 6 hours ago
A day after being outbid for future star Lemon Drop Kid at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale, Leon Blusiewicz bought a crooked filly named Madam Lagonza. She never raced but she produced two graded stakes winners and is the granddam of Coal Front, who puts his perfect record on the line Saturday in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial at Saratoga. Read More...

Enable strong favorite in Yorkshire Oaks

DRF | 7 hours ago
Enable, the 3-year-old filly who has soared to the top of European racing in recent months, will be a massive favorite to win her fourth consecutive Group 1 race in Thursday’s $453,950 Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse in northern England. Read More...

Faithfully using Tranquility Lake as a prep for Zenyatta

DRF | 7 hours ago
Faithfully wasn't beaten all that badly by divisional leaders Stellar Wind and Vale Dori in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch earlier this meet, and before she meets them again next month at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Zenyatta she will tune up Friday at Del Mar in the $75,000 Tranquility Lake. Read More...

Ferndale opens for the 121st time

DRF | 7 hours ago
It is California's shortest race meet and smallest race track, but the Humboldt County Fair – aka “the little fair that could” – will conduct its 121st race meeting beginning Friday in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. Read More...

The Week in Photos 8/22/2017

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Pacific Classic, Alabama, Del Mar Oaks, Del Mar Mile, Del Mar Handicap, Lake Placid, Darley Prix Jean Romanet, Prix Morny, Play the King, Bob Ingham Warwick, Shadwell Prix De La Nonette, Prix Guillaume E'Orano Haras Du Logis Saint-Germain, and more. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Ring Around Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Alabama winner Elate's family comes full circle at the Spa Read More...

Wednesday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Distance of the John’s Call right up Montclair’s alley

DRF | 8 hours ago
Infinite Wisdom (#3) is the horse that they all have to catch in this race, but he has some serious questions to answer as he moves up into stakes company. He's never raced farther than 1 3/8 miles, and now must stretch out an additional two furlongs. Read More...

If she takes to turf, Fresh Princess just might air

DRF | 8 hours ago
Off a solid second in a stakes, Fresh Princess should be favored in her turf debut in Friday's Woodbine headliner, a nonwinners-of-three hybrid sprint for Ontario-sired allowance types and $40,000 claimers. Read More...

Minnesota yearling auction down from last year’s record, but still strong

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling sale took a step back from an all-time performance last year, but returns remained strong for the auction, led by a $37,000 Astrology colt. Read More...

Tapwrit Favored on Travers Morning Line

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) winner Tapwrit was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite in the field of a dozen sophomores entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1). Read More...

Juarez Buys Former Mount, Millionaire Valid

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Jockey Nik Juarez kept tabs on his former mount, multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Valid, who was sold to new connections in January. Then he purchased the horse and retired him to a farm in Maryland, where he arrived Aug. 22. Read More...

Tapwrit 7-2 morning-line favorite in 12-horse Travers field

DRF | 22 hours ago
Though Tapwrit hasn’t run in 10 weeks, he was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

KY Court Overturns Motion’s Methocarbamol Positive

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
A Kentucky court overturned a 2015 methocarbamol positive against trainer Graham Motion, and in doing so called into question Kentucky's adoption of guidelines crafted by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Read More...

Operation Gelding Gets $10,000 Grant From AAEP

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Operation Gelding supports 172 clinics in 33 states Read More...

New York-Breds Ready for Six Showcase Day Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
More than 100 New York-breds will take center stage at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25 for New York Showcase Day, featuring an all state-bred card that includes six stakes worth $1.15 million. Read More...

Going Commando Fillies Top CTHS Manitoba Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Two daughters of Going Commando shared top billing during the Aug. 20 Canadian-bred yearling sale conducted by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Manitoba Division), going for CAN$15,000 (US$12,000) each. Read More...

Centenary Sprint Cup Upgraded to Group 1 Status

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Hong Kong's Centenary Sprint Cup has attained group 1 status ahead of the 2017/18 season and will carry a purse of HK$10 million, a HK$2 million increase that aligns its value with other group 1 events staged at Sha Tin Racecourse.  Read More...

Top Filly Enable Back for Yorkshire Oaks

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Juddmonte Farms' star homebred filly Enable, the dual Oaks winner and early favorite for this fall's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1), is the overwhelming pick in the Aug. 24 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) in the north of England. Read More...

Smith to Donate Percentage of Travers Day Earnings

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has made a pledge of 1% of his earnings from Travers Day Aug. 26, to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Read More...