Blood-Horse

Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Goes to David Owens

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
David Owen's book, Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National's Biggest Upset, was honored with the prestigious Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. Read More...

Chips All In Back to Defend San Simeon Title

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Chips All In defends his San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIT) title April 13 at Santa Anita Park in his season debut over the hillside turf course, facing nine opponents in the $100,000 event at about 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Santa Barbara Pits Stormy Lucy, Customer Base

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Stormy Lucy, sold privately since her recent win in the Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT), returns to action for her new connections in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 13 on the Santa Anita Park turf. Read More...

Lemon Drop Dream Bursts to Count Fleet Upset

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Lemon Drop Dream, tracking a blistering pace into the stretch, charged home to register a well-timed victory in the $294,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) in his graded stakes debut April 10 at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Churchill Downs to Increase Takeout Rates

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
In what it says is an effort to maintain daily purses and its stakes schedule, Churchill Downs plans to increase its takeout rate on win, place, and show bets as well as exotic wagers in 2014. Read More...

Pletcher Has Strong Pair for Beaumont

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Alto Racing's Sweet Whiskey, who launched her 2014 campaign with a victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) leads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Blue Grass Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are on location at Keeneland this week to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Unveils 2014 Event Logo

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The Breeders' Cup has released the official event logo for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Arcadia, Calif. Read More...

Fever Knocks Lea Out of Charles Town Classic

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott. Read More...

Bayern Takes Oaklawn Spin for Arkansas Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Leading Arkansas Derby (gr. I) contender Bayern got his first feel for the Oaklawn Park racing strip the morning of April 10 after arriving a day earlier with the contingent of California horses competing this weekend. Read More...

Sutherland-Kruse Returns to Woodbine in 2014

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Chantal Sutherland-Kruse will make her return to Woodbine with four mounts April 12 as the curtain lifts on the Canadian track's 2014 meet. Read More...

Gantry, Havelock Headline Shakertown Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland April 12 drew a field of 13 turf sprinters headed by the always reliable Gantry, who has not finished worse than second in his last eight starts, and defending winner Havelock. Read More...

Woodbine Commences 2014 Season Saturday

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The 2014 Canadian live Thoroughbred racing season will kick off April 12 at Woodbine with the first of 133 programs scheduled for the year. Read More...

Hold Me Back Sires First Winner

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Truth in the Lies became the first winner for dual graded stakes victor Hold Me Back when the juvenile filly captured her career debut in the first race at Pimlico Race Course April 10. Read More...

Virginia HBPA Circles Wagons in Stalemate

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
In a letter sent to its members this month, the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association seeks to strengthen support for its organization, which is in a stalemate with Colonial Downs on race dates. Read More...

Virginia HBPA Circles Wagons

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
In a letter sent to its members this month, the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association seeks to strengthen support for its organization, which is in a stalemate with Colonial Downs on race dates. Read More...

Fastnet Rock Colt Tops Closing Day at Inglis

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
A Fastnet Rock colt sold to trainer Gerald Ryan for the highest price of $1.3 million ($1,224,972 in United States funds) April 10 before the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale closed its three-day run in Sydney. Read More...

Peterson: Be Proactive on Surface Maintenance

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Consistent, regular maintenance and the sharing of information among superintendents are paramount to having quality, safe racing surfaces, said Dr. Mick Peterson, executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory. Read More...

Is Bobby’s Kitten Ready to Roar?

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Will Bobby's Kitten stamp himself as a Kentucky Derby contender with a strong showing in the Blue Grass Stakes? Read More...

Judy the Beauty Poised for Top Madison Effort

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Already 3-for-3 at Keeneland, Judy the Beauty will try to nail down the first grade I victory of her career April 12 in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington track. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Name Game: 2014 Edition

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The meanings behind the names of several Kentucky Oaks contenders. Read More...

HRRN Plans Blue Grass, Arkansas Derby Show

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Horse Racing Radio Network continues its "Road to the Kentucky Derby" broadcast series April 12 live from Keeneland with exclusive radio coverage of the 90th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Downey Profile: Blue Grass Is A Real Bear

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
It's the end of the Polytrack era at Keeneland, so let's take a look at the what we have in the last Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on synthetic. Read More...

All Blue Grass (Almost) All the Time

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The focus has shifted at Keeneland, as it usually does during the second week of April, to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby hopefuls who will emerge from that event. Read More...

Bobby’s Kitten Favored in Blue Grass Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) drew an overflow field for its 90th renewal to be run April 12 at Keeneland, with Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Bobby's Kitten favored at 3-1 from post 5. Read More...

Sky High Gal Tops Sadler Trio in Las Cienegas

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Trainer John Sadler has a threesome set to run in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course April 12 at Santa Anita Park, led by recent stakes winner Sky High Gal. Read More...

New York Trainer Joe Aquilino Dies at 76

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Trainer Joe Aquilino, a mainstay of the New York circuit for more than three decades, died April 9 following a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure. He was 76. Read More...

Laugh Track Set to Scream in Commonwealth

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Laugh Track, who has failed to duplicate his second-place finish in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in two subsequent starts, returns to his favorite surface in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 12. Read More...

Wild Dude Finds Good Spot in Potrero Grande

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Top sprinter Wild Dude heads a competitive field of eight older horses as he seeks to rebound in the $200,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park April 12. Read More...

Arkansas Derby Invader Bayern Meets Tapiture

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin butt heads once more at Oaklawn Park in the The $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12, and they'll be joined by another new shooter from the Bob Baffert barn in Bayern. Read More...

Centre Court to Defend Jenny Wiley Title

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
G. Watts Humphrey's 5-year-old mare Centre Court will attempt become only the second repeat winner of the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland when she takes on nine rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race April 12. Read More...

Dr. Charles Fager Dead at 90

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Noted neurosurgeon who saved the life of John Nerud inspired his equine namesake. He was 90. Read More...

Dr. Charles Fager, Horse’s Namesake, Dies

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Dr. Charles Fager, the world-renowned neurosurgeon who saved the life of John Nerud and for whom the immortal Dr. Fager was named, died peacefully at his Boston suburb home April 8. He was 90. Read More...

Will Take Charge, Moreno Rematch at Oaklawn

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Will Take Charge won the 3-year-old championship, but speedster Moreno was surprisingly right there with him in the summer months before going to the sidelines after the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Read More...

Oak Tree Hoping to Run a Meet at Pleasanton

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The California Horse Racing Board will consider approving a license for the not-for-profit organization April 25. Read More...

Report: Slots-Fueled Purses in PA Down 6.5%

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Total purses generated by slot machines in Pennsylvania in 2013 dropped 6.57% from the previous year according to a benchmark report released April 9 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Read More...

NTRA Safety Alliance Re-Accredits Woodbine

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Woodbine has earned re-accreditation for its Thoroughbred operations from the the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the NTRA announced April 9. Read More...

Ned Bonnie: Why I’m Joining WHOA

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Kentucky attorney Ned Bonnie, member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, lays out his argument for joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance and for supporting federal oversight of medication use in horse racing. Read More...

Street Cry Colt Brings $1.5 Million at Inglis

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Colts by Darley sires Street Cry and Exceed And Excel brought the top prices on day two of the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale in Sydney April 9, each selling for seven figures. Read More...

OH Breeders Told to Upgrade Mares, Stallions

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Ohio Thoroughbred breeders were told April 5 that supporting stallions based in the state should be a big part of the equation in the new environment of racetrack gaming. Read More...

Blue Grass Stakes Attracts Overflow Field

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) drew an overflow field for its 90th renewal to be run April 12 at Keeneland, with Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Bobby's Kitten favored at 3-1 from post 5. Read More...

Triple Crown Infographic: Blue Grass Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
A historical look at the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Gulfstream Meet Handle Averages $8.3 Million

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Even though it faced new weekend competition from nearby Calder Casino & Race Course, Gulfstream Park came close to its record for average daily all-sources handle during its 2013-14 winter meet that ended April 6. Read More...

Grade I-Winning Mare Egg Drop Retires

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Little Red Feather Racing's grade I-winning mare Egg Drop will be retired from racing due to a small tear to her left front superficial digital flexor tendon. Read More...

ThistleDown Opening Day Set for April 18

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The trainers are exercising their horses and ThistleDown is putting the finishing touches on the apron as the opening of the 2014 racing season draws near. Opening day is set for April 18. Read More...

Casse Optimistic About Derby Prep Starters

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
While Coastline and Conquest Titan have not yet registered breakthrough graded stakes victories, trainer Mark Casse sees some positive signs as they prepare for their most important stakes races to date. Read More...

Close Hatches Heads Compact Apple Blossom

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Close Hatches will try to add a third top-level victory to her resume in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), in which she meets four opponents, including last year's winner On Fire Baby, April 11 at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Triple Crown Infographic: Arkansas Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A historical look at the Arkansas Derby (gr. I). Read More...

OTTB Show to Benefit CANTER, ReRun

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association will host its third annual show on Sunday, May 4 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Proceeds from this year's renewal will go to the Kentucky divisions of CANTER and ReRun. Read More...

Colonial Downs Ends Talks with Virginia HBPA

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
While acknowledging its decision could jeopardize Thoroughbred racing in the state for this year or even several years, Colonial Downs says it has ceased negotiations with the Virginia HBPA. Read More...