Thoroughbred News

No consolation payouts for pick six on closing day

DRF | 48 mins ago
Del Mar's pick six ended in controversy on Sunday when it was announced that only those nailing all six winners would be paid, and that no one hitting five of six would get consolations, something that was not conveyed to bettors or media prior to closing day. Read More...

O’Neill high on neophytes in Starlet

DRF | 1 hour ago
The 2-year-old fillies Go On Mary, Mopotism, and Sandy's Surprise have run only in maiden races. Yet, trainer Doug O'Neill has seen enough to point for Saturday's $300,000 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Korea raising its profile

DRF | 1 hour ago
The Korean racing and breeding industry is headed into 2017 with momentum after a year of significant accomplishments. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 12/6 Analysis

DRF | 1 hour ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 12/6 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Wood Memorial downgrade may alter trainers’ plans

DRF | 2 hours ago
The downgrading of the Wood Memorial concerns New York horsemen and may have some re-thinking plans for their soon-to-be 3-year-olds. Read More...

Laurel Park winter-meet stakes schedule worth $2.2 million

DRF | 2 hours ago
Laurel Park on Monday released the stakes schedule for its 2017 winter meet with familiar clusters of races comprising big-day events. Read More...

Del Mar closes meet with increases in handle, field size

DRF | 2 hours ago
Interest from horsemen and bettors from out of state helped fuel the 15-day Del Mar meeting that ended Sunday, as the track showed an increase in daily average handle from last year, largely powered by out-of-state wagering, and many of the significant stakes were won by East Coast-based trainers. Read More...

Lukas Drops by to See Old Friend Charismatic

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
On a cold day in early December D. Wayne Lukas made the 1 1/2-hour trip from Louisville, Ky. to Georgetown to catch up with the son of Summer Squall that he'd saddled to a surprise victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Read More...

Annals of Time, Beach Patrol to head in different directions in 2017

DRF | 3 hours ago
A 1-2 finish by Annals of Time and Beach Patrol helped New York-based trainer Chad Brown clarify his 2017 goals for his 4-year-old turf runners. Read More...

Finest City targets Santa Monica Stakes in January

DRF | 3 hours ago
Finest City worked a half-mile Saturday in 49.80 seconds at Santa Anita. Trainer Ian Kruljac said Finest City is scheduled to have her 2017 debut in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Read More...

Unique Bella to wait for Santa Ynez Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
Unique Bella, a sharp maiden-race winner at Del Mar on Nov. 26, breezed a half-mile in 46.60 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia will be bred to Pioneerof the Nile

DRF | 3 hours ago
Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia has been booked to Pioneerof the Nile for 2017, SF Bloodstock's Tom Ryan has confirmed. Read More...

Pricedtoperfection to stay in training

DRF | 3 hours ago
Pricedtoperfection, a graded stakes-winning full sister to Miss Temple City, will remain in training for 2017, Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock confirmed after her older sister won the Matriarch to continue boosting the family's stock. Read More...

Temple City has big weekend

DRF | 3 hours ago
Young sire Temple City enjoyed a highlight weekend with a Grade 1 double on the Del Mar turf. The Spendthrift Farm stallion was represented by Miss Temple City, who won the closing-day Matriarch Stakes after Annals of Time had taken the Hollywood Derby on the penultimate day of the meet. Read More...

Racing shifts to inner track Wednesday for all-dirt cards

DRF | 3 hours ago
The move to Aqueduct's inner track Wednesday ushers in the start of winter around here, and at first glance, it could be a harsh one for the New York Racing Association. Read More...

Double-qualifiers leave the door open

DRF | 3 hours ago
Peter Dresens won Saturday’s NHC qualifier outright on DRF Tournaments on Saturday with a score of $118. The good news for the other players in the tournament is that Dressens was playing for NHC Tour points only as he’s already double-qualified. That means George Bosch ($91.60), Louis Licata ($88.80), and Wendy Long ($78.40) will advance to the NHC finals out of the 123-entry event. Read More...

Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Miss Temple City to have similar campaign in 2017

DRF | 3 hours ago
After her season-ending victory Sunday in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes, trainer Graham Motion said Miss Temple City would return to his barn in Maryland for a vacation, then get started in the spring at Keeneland, site of two of her three Grade 1 victories this year. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DRF | 4 hours ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, December 7 at Happy Valley. Read More...

Bennett off to fast start in defense of training title

DRF | 4 hours ago
Gerald Bennett won the Tampa Bay Downs training title outright for the first time at the 2015-16 meet and has served notice that it will take a giant effort to unseat him at the current meet. Read More...

Trainer Dini has strong Florida Oaks prospect in Dynatail

DRF | 4 hours ago
Trainer Mike Dini unveiled a strong prospect for the Grade 3 Florida Oaks last Saturday, when Dynatail led from start to finish under jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. to win a $20,000 maiden special weight race by 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Bennett targets second straight training title

DRF | 4 hours ago
Gerald Bennett won the Tampa Bay Downs training title outright for the first time at the 2015-16 meet and has served notice that it will take a giant effort to unseat him at the current meet. Read More...

Laurel Announces Winter Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Laurel Park's 56-day winter meet to offer 22 stakes worth $2.2 million. Read More...

Mo Tom returns to New Orleans fresh and fit

DRF | 4 hours ago
Mo Tom is back at Fair Grounds again, and has unfinished business in New Orleans. Read More...

Los Alamitos two-week meet features several big stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
Two Grade 1 stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday and a scheduled start by 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome on Dec. 17 will dominate the winter Thoroughbred meeting that begins Thursday. Read More...

Navarro has Bull Dozer back in form for Thursday optional claimer

DRF | 4 hours ago
Bull Dozer has amassed quite a record and has earned $545,943 during a 66-race career. Now he'll try to capitalize on a recent return to form as he faces 10 other Florida-breds in the lone allowance on a 10-race Thursday card. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Nov. 28 – Nov. 30

DRF | 4 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Dover, Northfield, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Sparkman: Big weekend for Temple City

DRF | 5 hours ago
There is no doubt that the late Dynaformer was a great sire. His 158 stakes winners from 1,343 foals (11.8 percent) included 23 Grade 1/Group 1 winners, two champions, and four classic winners, but his best son, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, died before he could go to stud. Very few of Dynaformer’s other good sons have been afforded a genuine chance at stud, so Dynaformer has thus far failed to establish a branch of the Roberto male line. Read More...

BH 100: Commemorates

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Special horses that deserved special issues Read More...

Lemon Drop Kid an Emerging Broodmare Sire

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
In terms of an emerging force as a broodmare sire, 2016 season has been the year of the kid: Lemon Drop Kid, that is.  Read More...

Sweet Redemption joins Snitzel stakeswinners

Arrowfield Stud | 16 hours ago
Gerald Ryan has a tremendous record with Snitzel's progeny, but so does Gai Waterhouse who sent out the sire sensation's 46th stakeswinner at Rosehill on Saturday... Read More...

Del Mar: No consolations for closing-day jackpot pick six

DRF | 17 hours ago
Del Mar’s jackpot pick six ended in controversy Sunday when it was announced that only those nailing all six winners would be paid, and that no one hitting 5 of 6 would get consolations, something that was not conveyed to fans or media prior to closing day. Read More...

Fast and Foxy uses speed to score in Bear Fan

DRF | 19 hours ago
There’s not much strategy involved when Fast and Foxy runs, but what little strategy there is paid off in her first career stakes win Sunday when she romped to a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the $75,225 Bear Fan at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Miss Temple City completes super season by winning Matriarch

DRF | 20 hours ago
The ambitious 2016 campaign of Miss Temple City had the perfect ending on Sunday at Del Mar as she earned her third Grade 1 victory of the year by holding off Roca Rojo in the $302,070 Matriarch Stakes for female grass runners, the featured race here on closing day. Read More...

Imperial Eagle captures Southwest Juvenile Championship

DRF | 20 hours ago
Imperial Eagle proved much the best Sunday at Zia Park, where the All American Futurity winner picked up his second Grade 1 victory in the $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship. Read More...

Miss Temple City Scores Matriarch by a Nose

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Miss Temple City added to her already impressive résumé as a turf miler Dec. 4 in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar. Read More...

Bangkok surprises Melmich in Valedictory Stakes

DRF | 21 hours ago
The longshot Bangkok caught the heavily favored Melmich in the final strides to land Sunday’s Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes, giving jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson her fourth win in Woodbine’s traditional closing-day feature. Read More...

Brown will try to keep his three turf stars separated in 2017

DRF | 21 hours ago
A one-two finish by Annals of Time and Beach Patrol gave New York-based trainer Chad Brown a sweep of the exacta in Saturday’s $302,415 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. The result helped Brown clarify his 2017 goals for his 4-year-old turf runners. Read More...

Bangkok Upsets Melmich in Valedictory

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Gail Wood and Dr. Ruth Barbour's homebred and longshot Bangkok nabbed odds-on favorite Melmich at the wire to win the Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) Dec. 4 at Woodbine.  Read More...

Finest City begins prepping for Santa Monica

DRF | 22 hours ago
Finest City returned to serious training over the weekend, a month after her win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Saturday, Finest City worked a half-mile in 49.80 seconds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Unique Bella will skip Starlet to await Santa Ynez

DRF | 22 hours ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Unique Bella will make her next start in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Jan. 8 and not Saturday’s $300,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Laoban Works Toward Return

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Laoban, the 27-1 upset maiden winner of the 2016 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), posted a five-furlong workout in 1:00.41 at Gulfstream Park Dec. 4. Read More...

Handle on U.S. races down 3 percent during October, November

DRF | 1 day ago
Total handle on U.S races in October and November this year was down 3 percent compared with wagering during the same two months last year, according to comparisons based in part on figures distributed Sunday by Equibase. Read More...

Miss Temple City takes Matriarch (G1) to cap incredible weekend for her sire

Miss Temple City's game victory in Sunday's $300,000 Matriarch S. (G1) wrapped up a brilliant season for the 4-year-old daughter of Temple City... Read More...

Paco Lopez Rides Winner No. 2,000

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Jockey Paco Lopez registered his 2,000th victory aboard Yourdreamsormine in the ninth race Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Sunbean likely to run in Louisiana Champions Day Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
Entries for Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day card at Fair Grounds were taken this past Friday, and Sunbean, one of the leading lights of Louisiana-bred racing, was cross-entered in the $100,000 Turf and the $150,000 Classic. But trainer Ron Faucheux said Saturday that Sunbean “more than likely” would wind up in the Classic, and that the Turf would be considered as an option only if the race were moved to the main track because of wet conditions. Read More...

Mo Tom returns to New Orleans fresh and fit

DRF | 1 day ago
Mo Tom is back at Fair Grounds again, and has unfinished business in New Orleans. Read More...

‘Chance’ First Black-Type Winner for Skipshot

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J J Brevan Stable's Chance of Luck dug in late to win the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs and become the first black-type stakes winner for sire Skipshot. Read More...

Dialed In filly last-to-first in maiden triumph

Patrona saved her best running for the final three furlongs of her maiden win Sunday at Gulfstream Park... Read More...

Mr. Meister sparkles on Gulfstream Park turf

Top-five First-Crop sire Bodemeister chalked up his second maiden special weight winner in two days on Sunday when the regally-bred Mr. Meister scored by 1 1/2-lengths... Read More...