Thoroughbred News

Ostrolenka rewards trainer’s patience in Hudson Handicap

DRF | 2 hours ago
Ostrolenka, under Joe Bravo, chased pace-setting Eye Luv Lulu for the last half-mile before passing him late to win the $150,000 Hudson Handicap by a neck on New York Showcase Day. Read More...

Brown Contingent Out in Force as Breeders’ Cup Nears

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Trainer Chad Brown continued to crank things up with his Breeders' Cup contingent Oct. 21, sending out 11 potential starters working at Belmont Park. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits Gets ‘Useful’ Work for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Multiple grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits turned in his last major preparation in advance of the Nov. 4 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) when he breezed four furlongs in :47.88 in company Oct. 21 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Collected, Stellar Wind Work for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
TVG Pacific Classic (G1) winner Collected, one of trainer Bob Baffert's four for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), worked six furlongs at Santa Anita in a bullet 1:12 flat under Martin Garcia, the fastest of 14 drills at the distance Oct. 21. Read More...

Crabcakes holds on in Maryland Million Distaff

DRF | 2 hours ago
As expected, Crabcakes, the promising 3-year-old filly who races for the Morgan Ford Farm of Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor, proved a prompt winner of the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff at Laurel Park on Saturday. Read More...

Harness: Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale wraps up with two six-figure sellers

DRF | 2 hours ago
The 2017 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale came to a close on Saturday at the Indiana State Faigrounds in Indianapolis, and a pair of babies by Rockin Image went into six figures to lead the day and the sale. Read More...

Evaluator by a nose in Sleepy Hollow Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
Nobody was happier to see the way the pace was developing early in Saturday’s $250,000 Sleepy Hollow at Belmont Park than Michael Dilger, the trainer of the stretch-running Evaluator, who capitalized by rallying from more than a dozen lengths off the leaders to a nose decision over a hard-luck Big Gemmy in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Freehold: Thor De Vie victorious in New Jersey Sire Stakes final

DRF | 3 hours ago
7-1 shot Thor De Vie posted the biggest win of his career so far when he took the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes/Standardbred Development Fund final for 2-year-old pacing males on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway in 1:54. Read More...

Twisted Tom draws clear in final furlong for Empire Classic win

DRF | 3 hours ago
Twisted Tom was the class of the Empire Classic field on paper. He proved to be exactly that on the racetrack Saturday, sparring with Control Group on the lead for a mile before drawing clear in the final furlong to win the $300,000 Empire Classic for New York-breds by three lengths at Belmont Park. Read More...

High-class group assembled for Sha Tin’s Premier Bowl

DRF | 3 hours ago
A pair of Group 2 races, one for sprinters and one for milers, brings out some of the best horses in Hong Kong on Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse. First up, as race 7 is the Premier Bowl Handicap over 1200 meters. Race 8 is the Oriental Watch Handicap over 1600 meters. Read More...

Limited View wins Maryland Million Lassie despite antics

DRF | 3 hours ago
Limited View is extremely talented but can be her own worst enemy at times. On Saturday in the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie, she was fractious in the gate and then lunged and broke outward to trail the field by a handful of lengths. She was still good enough to win. Read More...

October Sale Good to Modest Consignor Higgs

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Since the early 1990s, the Chandler, Ind., resident has circled this sale on his calendar. It is the lone yearling auction to which he consigns a select handful of horses, mostly pinhooks or youngsters owned by friends. Read More...

Ward Pleased With Lady Aurelia’s Final Keeneland Work

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Lady Aurelia turned in her final Keeneland work Oct. 21, a day before she leaves for Southern California and her upcoming start in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) on Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Read More...

Hogy to Supplement to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Hogy, who was claimed three starts back for $80,000, will be supplemented for $100,000 to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint by owner Michael Hui, who will also pay $15,000 to pre-enter and $15,000 to enter the five-furlong dash. Read More...

Hydrangea Puts O’Brien in Record Book on Champions Day

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
In a British Champions Day filled with upsets, it was an upsetter who gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his 25th group 1 win of the year, to equal the 14-year-old record set by the late Bobby Frankel. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale Preview

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton Vice President Bayne Welker. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency Read More...

Fifty Five rallies for Ticonderoga victory

DRF | 4 hours ago
Fifty Five returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since mid-March by rallying to a one-length decision over Flipcup in Saturday’s $200,000 Ticonderoga at Belmont Park. Read More...

Berning Rose gets the better of Held Accountable in Maid of the Mist

DRF | 4 hours ago
Berning Rose avenged her only previous setback and did so impressively when rallying to a 1 1/2-length victory over Held Accountable in the $250,000 Maid of the Mist, the first of eight stakes decided on Saturday’s New York Showcase card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Absatootly closes strong for Iroquois Stakes triumph

DRF | 4 hours ago
Jockey Joe Bravo believes lessons learned riding Absatootly in two losses earlier this year led to victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

FTBOA Names Board Members

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Bobby Jones and Dr. Fred Yutani, both of Ocala, Fla., have been named to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association board of directors while Barry Berkelhammer, Gil Campbell and Greg Wheeler, return to the board. Read More...

Cracksman Superb in Champion Stakes Romp

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Cracksman surged to the lead early in the stretch run in the QIPCO British Champion Stakes (G1) Oct. 21 at Ascot and kicked away smartly to a seven-length victory, earning his first top-level win. Read More...

Collected fires bullet on busy morning at Santa Anita

DRF | 5 hours ago
Led by Collected, more than a dozen horses with Breeders’ Cup aspirations turned in key workouts on Saturday morning at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Paulassilverlining golden

DRF | 5 hours ago
It was the Chad Brown show at Belmont Park on Saturday morning. Brown worked 11 of his potential 14 Breeders’ Cup starters, beginning before dawn on the main track with sets that included Good Magic (Juvenile), Voting Control (Juvenile Turf), Practical Joke (Dirt Mile), and Paulassilverlining (Filly and Mare Sprint) and ending nearly three hours later on the turf with four teams led by Lady Eli (Filly and Mare Turf), Beach Patrol (Turf), and the promising Significant Form (Juvenile Fillies Turf). Read More...

Cracksman impressive with Champion Stakes victory

DRF | 5 hours ago
Cracksman recorded his most impressive win to date with a seven-length victory in Saturday’s Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England, giving trainer John Gosden a sweep of the two most prestigious races for older horses in Europe this month. Read More...

Firenze Fire breezes half-mile in BC Juvenile prep

DRF | 5 hours ago
<p>ELMONT, N.Y. - Nearing the end of a half-mile breeze aboard Firenze Fire on Saturday morning, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. wanted to see how much horse he had underneath him. So, inside the sixteenth-pole, Ortiz squeezed his horse ever so slightly.&l... Read More...

Imperial Hint solid in work for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 6 hours ago
Imperial Hint turned in his final Parx workout for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Saturday morning and is scheduled to depart for Del Mar on Tuesday. Read More...

Beach Patrol, Fanciful Angel among 11 Breeders’ Cup workers for Brown

DRF | 6 hours ago
Beware “the other horse” in Breeders’ Cup races where trainer Chad Brown will have multiple starters. Read More...

Peck: Laurel Park pick four for Maryland Million Day

DRF | 7 hours ago
It's Maryland Million Day at Laurel, where it's fast and firm. The midcard pick four features races with apparent singles in the first and final legs, but perhaps there's some value to be had by going deep in the middle legs. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Big Gemmy’s route experience may prove valuable in the Sleepy Hollow

DRF | 7 hours ago
I’m most interested in horses that should be coming from off the pace. The one to fear is We Should Talk, who won his debut impressively in fast time, and goes out for a dangerous barn. I’ll be using him, but my top pick is Big Gemmy. Read More...

Persuasive caps career with win in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
It was radically windy and wet Saturday at Ascot Racecourse, and the filly Persuasive was in her element. Under testing conditions, Persuasive ran over the favored Ribchester to win the Group 1, $1.32 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Ribchester, who drifted right through the final furlong, was beaten one length while a half-length better than third-place Churchill, who bounced back into form following a dud in the Irish Champion Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

DRF | 7 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday's card at Belmont. Read More...

Diversify to be pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 7 hours ago
Diversify, the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, will be pre-entered Monday for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4, but trainer Rick Violette stopped short of committing him to the race. Read More...

Stellar Wind has final serious work for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 8 hours ago
Stellar Wind posted the final major workout of her career Saturday at Santa Anita as she prepares for the final start of her career in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3 at Del Mar. Read More...

Hammersly: Keeneland pick five for Saturday, Oct. 21

DRF | 8 hours ago
Some deep, contentious races make Saturday’s pick five at Keeneland daunting. That said, a 3-year-old filly in a tough turf sprint could prove key, while spreading in the inscrutable Grade 2 Raven Run may snag you a price. Read More...

McGee: How I’ll play Keeneland on Sunday, Oct. 22

DRF | 8 hours ago
Besides a competitive renewal of the Grade 3 Dowager (race 8), the nine-race Sunday card at Keeneland offers some interesting opportunities. My main play will focus on a first-time starter, ANTARCTIC, who has been working very well in the mornings and appears to have found a relatively soft maiden special weight race for his debut in race 7. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy fires fresh to win Oklahoma Classics Cup

DRF | 9 hours ago
Shotgun Kowboy ran a big race off the bench Friday night, darting to a 5 1/4-length win over Tuff Kid in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park. The race was the richest of eight divisional Oklahoma-bred stakes on a card worth $1 million. Read More...

Fornatale: How I’ll play Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 21

DRF | 9 hours ago
I’m going to keep things simple on this lovely fall Saturday in New York and look to play an early pick three starting in race 3. Read More...

Mr. Al’s Gal prevails in Magnolia Stakes

DRF | 9 hours ago
Mr. Al’s Gal comfortably held off favorite Pacific Pink in the mud for a 2 1/4-length win in Friday night’s $100,000 Magnolia at Delta Downs. The win was one of four on the night for jockey Diego Saenz. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: State-Bred Saturday

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have graded events at Keeneland and loaded state-bred cards at Belmont Park and Laurel Park. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy Wins Second Oklahoma Classics Cup

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Shotgun Kowboy, the only Oklahoma-bred to win the Oklahoma Derby (G3) and an Oklahoma Classics Cup, looked like he did in his breakthrough 3-year-old year Oct. 20 with another score in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park. Read More...

Boom Time Upsets Caulfield Cup

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Boom Time, a 50-1 outsider, shot through inside Single Gaze in the final yards to land the BMW Caulfield Cup (G1) Oct. 21 in Melbourne. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Fields set for 2-year-old filly events following four eliminations

DRF | 20 hours ago
A track record 1:53 3/5 performance by Phaetosive in the first of two $20,000 trot eliminations highlighted Breeders Crown elimination action for 2-year-old fillies on Friday night at Hoosier Park. Manchego improved to 11-for-11 on the season in the other trot elimination, while public choices Rainbow Room and Youaremycandygirl took the pacing dashes. Read More...

The Stronach Group Reconsiders Massachusetts Venture

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The Stronach Group is maintaining an interest in expanding into the Boston market, but only if statutory and regulatory changes favorable to the company are implemented. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Ella Christina, Overdraft Volo upset in 3-year-old filly elims

DRF | 22 hours ago
A pair of nine-horse Breeders Crown eliminations for fillies on both gaits were on contested on Friday night at Hoosier Park. Ella Christina and Overdraft Volo pulled off upsets to earn a berth in the Finals next week and an inside post. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Open Mare Pace elims to Darlinonthebeach, Nike Franco N

DRF | 23 hours ago
Darlinonthebeach upset defending champion Lady Shadow, while Nike Franco N scored as the favorite in the pair of $25,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace eliminations on Friday evening at Hoosier Park. Read More...

Brooklynsway, Chalon, Piedi Bianchi in F-T November

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Fasig-Tipton has added Brooklynsway, Chalon, and Piedi Bianchi to the catalog for the November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Offering New Ways for Fans to Connect

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Just because Breeders’ Cup fans may be following this year’s event from home doesn’t mean they won’t have the opportunity to plant themselves in the thick of this year’s event. Read More...

Lovely Bernadette Kicks Clear for Valley View Victory

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Lovely Bernadette confirmed she had a new, successful twist to her career when she shook clear in late stretch for her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland. Read More...