Thoroughbred News

Illinois Racing Board Appointments Announced

Blood-Horse | 35 mins ago
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced four appointments to the Illinois Racing Board, including a consumer loan executive and campaign contributor as chairman. Read More...

Extra Two Days Approved for Oaklawn Season

Blood-Horse | 44 mins ago
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a request by Oaklawn Park Feb. 28 to add two Wednesdays to its 2015 Racing Season -- March 18 and March 25-to compensate for days lost to winter weather. Read More...

Pride of Dubai Wins Blue Diamond Thriller

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
Pride of Dubai overcame a stretch tussle before getting clear and just holding off 100-1 shot Reemah in the Aus$1 million William Hill Blue Diamond (Aus-I) Feb. 28 at Caulfield Racecourse. Read More...

Choper reappointed to CHRB

DRF | 1 hour ago
Jesse Choper, a professor of public law at UC-Berkeley since 1991, has been reappointed to the California Horse Racing Board, according to a statement released Friday by the office of Gov. Jerry Brown. Read More...

Verraco possible for Sunland Derby

DRF | 1 hour ago
Verraco’s win in an optional claimer for 3-year-olds on Friday may lead to a start in the $800,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico on March 22. Read More...

Shamal Wind, Suavito Sprint to Caulfield Wins

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
Shamal Win took the Oakleigh Plate and Suavito captured the Futurity Stakes (both Aus-I) Feb. 28 at Caulfield Racecourse. Read More...

Oaklawn adds two Wednesday cards

DRF | 2 hours ago
Oaklawn Park will add two Wednesday programs to its meet in March after receiving Arkansas Racing Commission approval for the dates at a meeting Saturday. The move came a few hours after Oaklawn announced Saturday’s program was canceled due to freezing temperatures. It was the sixth canceled program of the meet that opened in January. Read More...

Sr. Quisqueyano works for Big Cap

DRF | 2 hours ago
Sr. Quisqueyano had his final prep for the Santa Anita Handicap shortly after the second renovation break Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park,, working six furlongs in 1:16.62 from the five-eighths pole in company with stable mate Recharged. Sr. Quisqueyano, who won the Sunshine Millions Classic in his previous start, posted splits of 26.37, 39.52, and 1:04.37 to the wire then galloped out well, pulling up seven-eighths in 1:30.99. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 3 hours ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Saturday's cards at Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Parx Racing, Santa Anita, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Turfway Park, and Turf Paradise. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Another Chapter for John Nerud

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Even though Final Chapter isn't a 'typical' Nerud, he may yet prove a fitting epilogue to the story of one of the great figures of the American Turf. Read More...

Oaklawn cancels Saturday card

DRF | 4 hours ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has canceled live racing for Saturday, according to track spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyt. It is the sixth weather-related cancellation of the meet that opened in January. Read More...

Oaklawn Park Cancels Feb. 28 Racing

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The Saturday, Feb. 28, race card at Oaklawn Park that featured two $75,000 stakes, has been canceled due to below freezing temperatures. Read More...

Key Race Report for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 5 hours ago
Download a list of horses exiting races where two or more of the competitors have come back to win their next starts. Saturday's report features races from Aqueduct, Camarero Race Track, Charles Town, Churchill Downs, Delta Downs, Dubbo, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Rillito, Santa Anita, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Turfway Park, and Turf Paradise. Read More...

Shamal Wind Scores in Caulfield’s G1 Oakleigh Plate

TDN | 5 hours ago
Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:15 AM ET 7th at CAU (CAULFIELD)G1 William Hill Oakleigh Plate     Winner: Shamal Wind (Aus) by Dubawi (Ire) Dubawi (Ire)'s Shamal Wind (Aus) anne... Read More...

Street Cry’s Diamond

TDN | 11 hours ago
Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2015 3:13 AM ET 8th at CAU (CAULFIELD)G1 Blue Diamond S. (A$1m)     Winner: Pride Of Dubai (Aus) by Street Cry (Ire) Street Cry colt Pride Of Dubai wins... Read More...

Contributer leads home a Godolphin one-two in G1 Chipping Norton S.

TDN | 13 hours ago
Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:54 AM ET 6th at WWF (WARWICK FARM)G1 Chipping Norton S. (A$500k)     Winner: Contributer (Ire) by High Chaparral (Ire) Contributer (Ire) gives J... Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 3/2 Analysis

DRF | 14 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 3/2 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 3/2 Analysis

DRF | 14 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 3/2 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Trainer A. C. Avila Suspended, Fined by CHRB

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
The California Horse Racing Board suspended A. C. Avila Feb. 27 for 60 days and fined the trainer $10,000 after one of the horses in his care tested positive for an elevated level of acepromazine. Read More...

NJ Track Calls for End to Simulcast Impasse

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Meadowlands, which contracts with Monarch Content Management to negotiate host fees for its signal, issued a statement Feb. 27 on the ongoing dispute that is blacking out its signal from 23 racetracks. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 18 hours ago
Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:10 PM ET Saturday sees the return to the races of Daredevil (More Than Ready) in the GII Fasig-Tipton Swale S. at... Read More...

Trainer Avila handed 60-day ban, $10,000 fine

DRF | 19 hours ago
Trainer A.C. Avila has been suspended 60 days and fined $10,000 by the California Horse Racing Board after one of his runners tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Maryland-Bred HOY for Fourth Year

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
King T. Leatherbury's evergreen Ben's Cat has been named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Read More...

Caesars’ Moves Impact Turfway, ThistleDown

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Media outlets in Cincinnati and Las Vegas report that Caesars Entertainment on Feb. 26 sold off enough of its interest in Turfway Park to Dan Gilbert's Rock Ohio Ventures to make Rock Ohio the majority owner of the track. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 22 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 3/1 Analysis

DRF | 22 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 3/1 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Private Prospect may switch to sprint for Gazebo

DRF | 22 hours ago
Private Prospect, a multiple stakes winner who finished an uncharacteristic seventh in the Grade 3 Southwest, will not advance to the Rebel, said trainer Mike Campbell. The horse’s next start is still being determined, he said, but an option is the $100,000 Gazebo for 3-year-olds at six furlongs March 21 at Oaklawn. Read More...

I Spent It nears return

DRF | 23 hours ago
I Spent It, the winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special last August, is nearing a return to action, according to trainer Tony Dutrow. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot targets Hot Springs

DRF | 23 hours ago
Ivan Fallunovalot, who has put up some of the best Beyer Speed Figures in 2015, is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000 Hot Springs at Oaklawn on March 7, said trainer Tom Howard. Read More...

Horsemen reach deal to lease Suffolk Downs

DRF | 23 hours ago
Suffolk Downs and a local horsemen’s group have reached a deal allowing the group to lease the track for brief live race meets in 2015 and 2016, the two parties announced Friday. Read More...

Salutos Amigos on fence for Tom Fool

DRF | 23 hours ago
Salutos Amigos, among the top sprinters on the East Coast if not the country, is “50-50” to make next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap here, according to trainer and part-owner David Jacobson. Read More...

Hovdey: Stakes bonuses – the gift that rarely gives

DRF | 23 hours ago
The bonus boondoggle is the modern marketing racing zombie that just won’t die, despite the mountain of rotting evidence that bonuses serve only to pervert the best interests of horse and game. Read More...

American Pharoah Shows Readiness for Rebel

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
American Pharoah may be more than ready to make his 3-year-old debut. The Zayat Stables-owned son of Pioneerof the Nile worked an eye-catching seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Work All Week’s arrival delayed

DRF | 23 hours ago
Work All Week, the champion sprinter of 2014, was tentatively scheduled to arrive at Oaklawn the latter part of February, but due to the winter storm system that has gripped Arkansas he’s now likely to ship to town in March, according to his trainer, Roger Brueggemann. Read More...

Alvarado, Classy Class get acquainted

DRF | 23 hours ago
The hot-riding Junior Alvarado has picked up the mount on Classy Class for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes. On Friday, Alvarado got acquainted with the 3-year-old colt. Read More...

Suffolk Downs, Horsemen Have Deal for Meets

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
There will be a live race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015 and 2016 now that track ownership and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have come to terms. Read More...

California Chrome Working Steadily for Dubai

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Horse of the Year California Chrome continued to prepare for an appearance in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with a five-furlong workout in 1:00 at Los Alamitos Racecourse Feb. 27. Read More...

King: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 24 hours ago
A poor inside draw for DAREDEVIL (1) in the Swale Stakes creates favorable wagering opportunities for horseplayers wanting to take a stand against him. Read More...

Distinctiv Passion connections mull graded stakes options

DRF | 24 hours ago
Trainer Jeff Bonde said this week that Distinctiv Passion, the winner of the Joe Hernandez Stakes on a wet-fast track last Sunday, will start in a graded stakes on dirt for sprinters in early April. Read More...

Champions American Pharoah, Beholder work toward comebacks

DRF | 24 hours ago
The champions American Pharoah and Beholder worked Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

D’Amato gets pair of juveniles

DRF | 24 hours ago
Two horses listed as not sold for $500,000 and $400,000 at Monday’s Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in Pomona will be sent to trainer Phil D’Amato in the spring, the trainer said Thursday. Read More...

Imperative will skip Big Cap

DRF | 1 day ago
Imperative, the winner of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia last April, will bypass the Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 in favor of the Charles Town Classic on April 18. Read More...

Can Sir Bond make it four straight?

DRF | 1 day ago
Sir Bond has undergone quite the transformation in the last few months, going from low-level claimer to potential stakes horse. Sunday, he’ll seek his fourth consecutive victory in a $69,000 second-level optional-claiming race at Aqueduct. Read More...

California Chrome works five furlongs toward Dubai World Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
With a little coaching via walkie-talkie, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 Friday at Los Alamitos as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 28. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Florida: Sale starts new chapter

DRF | 1 day ago
The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been akin to a high-dollar traveling show over the past half-decade. Known as one of the most select markets of the juvenile auction season, the boutique sale moved to Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., for its 2011 renewal, ending a 17-year stand at Calder Race Course. Three years later, the auction made a brief detour to central Florida, being held at Adena Springs South in Williston. The Fasig-Tipton Florida sale returns to the Miami area for 2015, taking place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach for the first time. Read More...

Nerud 3-Year-Old Wins Again at Big A

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Final Chapter, a 3-year-old homebred for 102-year-old John Nerud, has emerged as a potential stakes horse after beating winners for the first time Feb. 26, winning by six widening lengths in a razor-sharp 1:11. Read More...

Ortiz suspended three days for Fountain of Youth ride

DRF | 1 day ago
The Gulfstream Park stewards have suspended jockey Jose Ortiz for three days, beginning next Wednesday, for his ride aboard Upstart in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Attracts 154 Nominees

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
There are 154 fillies on the list of early nominees to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), including Willis Horton's 2014 champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi. Read More...

West Point to Sponsor B.C. Betting Challenge

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 27 that West Point Thoroughbreds has been named official partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and presenting sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. Read More...

The Big Beast returns in allowance

DRF | 1 day ago
Back when The Big Beast was a foal, his mother must have told him to eat his clover and he’d grow up big and strong. The Big Beast listened. He’s a hulking hunk o’ horseflesh, and he’s set to be unleashed Sunday at Oaklawn Park. Read More...