National Headlines

Indiana Grand Diaries: What’s Driving New Interest In Racing, Breeding Programs?

Over the weekend, three horseplayers earned spots in the National Handicapping Championship with Indiana Grand's first ever qualifier for the NHC. It's another step of many by the Centaur... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full... Read More...

Full Travers Field Awaits Exaggerator

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Fourteen—the largest field since 1977—entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, and the winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) breaks in the thick of it Aug. 27. Read More...

Attila’s Storm Colt Tops New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale

Hermano, a yearling colt by Attila’s Storm out of the winning and stakes-placed Dome mare Hand Glide, sold for $100,000 to top the August 19-20 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Exaggerator surrounded in 14-horse Travers gate

DRF | 12 hours ago
Bob Baffert's two horses are on the inside, Steve Asmussen's pair drew on the outside, and Exaggerator – the morning-line favorite – is smack dab in the middle for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Early buybacks hurt OBS select session

DRF | 13 hours ago
The select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale was hampered early by a run of buybacks and finished behind the pace set by last year’s sale Read More...

Flatter Colt Tops OBS Select Yearling Session

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Topped by a son of Flatter sold for $210,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale session mirrored recent sales with declines in all key statistical categories and a high buy-back rate. Read More...

Deep Impact gets rare U.S. winner

DRF | 15 hours ago
Japanese supersire Deep Impact was represented by a rare winner in the U.S. on Friday, as Tale of Life won an allowance race at Saratoga. Read More...

Scat Daddy’s credentials still growing

DRF | 15 hours ago
The late Scat Daddy added two additional Grade/Group 1 winners to his résumé over the weekend, as Harmonize posted a breakthrough victory in the Del Mar Oaks and Lady Aurelia continued her globetrotting juvenile campaign by winning the Prix Morny in France. Read More...

Shanel to Head Food and Beverage for TSG

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
The Stronach Group Aug. 23 announced the appointment of Tamir Shanel as executive vice president, food and beverage. Read More...

Dark Angel Offspring in Demand at Goffs UK

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate continued its summer shopping on opening day of the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23, buying 12 lots, including a Dark Angel colt who was the day's top-price at £250,000 ($329,759). Read More...

Minnesota yearling sale posts record gross

DRF | 17 hours ago
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling sale posted one of the strongest renewals in its history Monday, featuring a record gross, near-record average sale price, and a $50,000 Midshipman filly drawing the highest bid. Read More...

Ontario-sired program bonus program to continue in 2017-18

DRF | 17 hours ago
The HPBA of Ontario and Woodbine Entertainment Group have announced that the Ontario-sired bonus program will not be eliminated during eligible horses’ 2- and 3-year-old campaigns in 2017-18. Read More...

Jamgotchian Takes Challenge Of ‘Claiming Jail’ Rules To U.S. Supreme Court

Jerry Jamgotchian is nothing if not persistent. The California-based Thoroughbred owner has fought a five-year battle over Kentucky regulations that prohibit a claimed horse from racing out of state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Paulick Report 8/23 News Minute Presented By NYRA Bets

The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com) sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn't stop after you've had your morning coffee.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Six Stakes Fill NY Showcase Day

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
New York-breds square off in six stakes races Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course during New York Showcase Day. New York Derby winner Hit It Once More highlights $200,000 Albany Stakes for sophomores. Read More...

Tepin Back to Brilliant in Saratoga Work

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
In just her third workout since becoming the first U.S.-based horse to win the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), Tepin let it be known she is well on course for an expected start in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17.  Read More...

Songbird back in California; Cotillion at Parx next

DRF | 18 hours ago
The unbeaten, champion filly Songbird arrived back at trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's Del Mar barn Monday and will remain in California to train until her next scheduled start, the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion on Sept. 24 at Parx Racing. Read More...

Espinoza in Japan this week for jockey competition

DRF | 18 hours ago
Jockey Victor Espinoza, who won the Pacific Classic on Saturday with California Chrome, will be gone all week in order to ride in an all-star jockey competition in Sapporo, Japan, this weekend. Read More...

Irish Freedom helps Baffert turn page on Travers

DRF | 18 hours ago
Irish Freedom, a 2-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile who won his debut Sunday at Del Mar, is owned by Donegal Racing, the same outfit whose Keen Ice upset American Pharoah in last year's Travers Stakes. Read More...

Southern CA Tracks, TOC Have Dates Agreement

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Three Southern California racetracks and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have agreed to a three-year calendar that maintains year-round racing. Read More...

Hips to Watch at OBS August Sale Day 2

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
A son of third-leading first crop sire Mission Impazible is among the yearlings that could attract buyers’ attention during the Aug. 24 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August sale. Read More...

Gran Villano is 75th Scat Daddy Stakes Winner

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
The late son of Johannesburg has 10% stakes winners worldwide. Read More...

Tepin gets back in tune with half-mile in 47.13

DRF | 20 hours ago
Tepin, with jockey Florent Geroux up, worked in company with the multiple graded-stakes-winning 3-year-old male Airoforce. Tepin started the work about a half-length off Airoforce, went her opening quarter in 24.20 seconds, and came home in a quick 22.93. She proceeded to gallop out five furlongs in 59.82 seconds. Read More...

Mohawk: Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki top Canadian Pacing Derby

DRF | 21 hours ago
The entry box for the Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning and 10 of the sport’s finest older pacers were entered in Mohawk Racetrack’s main event of the summer. Read More...

Yonkers: Racing Hill, Marion Marauder headline Triple Crown races

DRF | 21 hours ago
When the entry box was unveiled for the Messenger Pace and Yonkers Trot eliminations on Tuesday morning, 17 total hopefuls dropped in to compete in the two Triple Crown events. Read More...

The week that was in racing, August 15-21, 2016

DRF | 22 hours ago
California Chrome wins big in the Pacific Classic, Songbird improves to 10 and 0 in Alabama, Belmont Oaks form proves strong, horses to watch Read More...

Opportunistic scores as big favorite in Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial

DRF | 23 hours ago
Opportunistic established himself as the local favorite for the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 10 with his third straight stakes win in the $50,000 Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial on Monday at Hastings. Read More...

BH 100: Covered Up

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Placing of Alabama Stakes has kept it from the cover Read More...

Destin Best in Travers?

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit. Read More...

Rachel’s Temper pays dividend with Summer Colony win

DRF | 2 days ago
Rachel’s Temper returned quick dividends off the claim by red-hot trainer Charlton Baker, wheeling back in just four weeks for her new connections to register a 1 1/2-length victory over Tiger Ride in Monday’s $100,000 Summer Colony Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Temporary Fantasy Sports Permits Issued in NY

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 22 issued temporary permits to five interactive fantasy sports operators given a new state law that regulates the activity. Read More...

Pinhookers Still Major Market Players

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After taking some hits in the 2-year-old market, especially in the lower- to mid-price ranges and in the late-season auctions, those who buy horses primarily to be sold later said they would be more selective in their purchases this year. Read More...

Michigan online mixed sale catalog now online

DRF | 2 days ago
The catalog for the 2016 Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association online mixed sale is now available online, with 35 horses on offer. Read More...

Attila’s Storm colt leads Ruidoso New Mexico-bred sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The Thoroughbred portion of the Ruidoso Downs New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse sale posted declines in gross on August 20, but saw an increase in average price with the help of a $100,000 Attila’s Storm colt that topped the sale. The yearling-exclusive session saw 74 yearlings sell for total receipts of $677,800, down 11 percent from last year’s Thoroughbred session which featured both yearling and mixed offerings and reported 93 horses selling for a total of $759,000. Read More...

Going Commando colt tops CTHS Manitoba yearling sale

DRF | 2 days ago
A disconnect between buyer and seller expectations held back the chance for overall gains at the Canadian Thoroughbred Society Manitoba Division yearling sale, but the 50 percent of horses that did change hands brought the sale an increased average price, led by a $13,000 (Canadian) Going Commando colt. Thirteen horses sold during the August 21 auction, grossing $76,100 (Canadian). That marked a 27 percent decrease from the 2015 renewal when 19 horses brought $104,050. Read More...

It’s a Chile summer at Saratoga

DRF | 2 days ago
Three Chilean-breds have shown off their home country’s best by capturing stakes at the boutique Saratoga meet this summer. Dacita returned to capture the Grade 1 Diana Stakes on July 23, stablemate Guapaza won the Grade 3 Waya Stakes on Aug. 6, and Turco Bravo picked up the Birdstone Stakes on Aug. 10. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 8/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday, August 24 card from Northfield Park. Read More...

487 Cataloged for Goffs UK Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
There are 487 horses cataloged for the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23-24 at Doncaster, including a number of well-bred lots with champion- and/or classics-winning connections. Read More...

Race-caller Mirahmadi released from hospital

DRF | 2 days ago
Monmouth Park race-caller Frank Mirahmadi was released from the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City, N.J., on Monday, a week after undergoing colon surgery. Read More...

‘Cleopatra’ in Gate Drill for Debutante

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, drilled six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22 in preparation for her scheduled start in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) early in September. Read More...

Handle up sharply at Laurel Park summer meet

DRF | 2 days ago
A total of $45.7 million was wagered on the races at Laurel Park during its summer meet, which concluded Sunday, an increase of 22 percent from the $37.3 wagered last year, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday August 23 card at Mohawk. Read More...

Jess Good Candy wins trial but fails to qualify for All American Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Champion Jess Good Candy won the battle but not the war Sunday during trials for the Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. He won his second-race trial, but his time of 21.60 seconds for 440-yards failed to notch a spot in Sept. 4 finale on an afternoon when a track labeled wet-fast produced quicker times as the card rolled on. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 8/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Joyous Lady, Zoned In seek stakes wins over statebreds

DRF | 2 days ago
With Wednesday's Shelby County and William Henry Harrison Stakes at Indiana Grand being for state-bred horses by Indiana-registered sires, the class-determining process for horseplayers is less straightforward than for standard stakes races. Read More...

Kristo to gun it in Brubaker Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The defection of Firing Line from the first division of the Harry F. Brubaker Stakes on Wednesday at Del Mar does not alter strategy for Kristo. Read More...

Trust, But Verify: Fact-Checking A Few Of Racing’s Stump Speeches

There's a disturbing similarity these days between sitting in public meetings and forums on various horse racing topics, and watching coverage of the presidential election: everyone has a stump... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

No Saratoga start for Stopchargingmaria

DRF | 2 days ago
Stopchargingmaria has won races at Saratoga for three straight summers, but she won't make this summer's meet and has the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 9 as a possible next start. Read More...

Bird Song hitting his stride

DRF | 2 days ago
Aside from an odd similarity in their names, there is very little similar about the paths Songbird and Bird Song have taken to this point of their 3-year-old campaigns. And while trainer Ian Wilkes knows Bird Song is no Songbird, he does believe the best is yet to come for him. Read More...

Lady Eli gets a pacemaker for Ballston Spa

DRF | 2 days ago
The connections of Lady Eli have purchased the horse Sympathy from Highclere America and intend to use her as a pacemaker in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes. Read More...