Blood-Horse

Jess’s Dream Wins Long-Awaited Debut

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Stonestreet Stables' Jess's Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, won his highly anticipated career debut in dramatic fashion Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Stone to Call WV Breeders’ Classics Oct. 10

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The West Virginia Breeders' Classics will have a new announcer for its 29th edition as Travis Stone has been tabbed as the new voice of the event to be run Oct. 10 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Read More...

Mood Positive Ahead of OBS Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
On the heels of another record-setting 2-year-olds in training sale season, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. will seek to keep the momentum rolling as the focus shifts to the next generation at its August yearling sale Aug. 25-27. Read More...

Souper Colossal Lands Inside for Smarty Jones

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx. Read More...

Colt First Winner for Silver Mountain

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Young Indiana stallion Silver Mountain gained his first winner Aug. 23 when Big Silver Hoss drew off in early stretch and convincingly won the third race at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Velazquez to Ride Smart Transition in Travers

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will be aboard Arnold Zetcher's Curlin Stakes winner Smart Transition in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer John Shirreffs said Aug. 24. Read More...

‘Pharoah’ Showing Good Energy Day After Work

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was showing good energy the morning of Aug. 24, one day after the colt punched his ticket to the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Research: Can Cobalt Enhance Performance?

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A new study funded by the USTA is designed to determine whether the naturally occurring mineral cobalt, when administered in larger, regular doses, has blood-doping qualities and could enhance performance. Read More...

Lexi Lou’s Return Delayed Due to Eye Injury

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The return of 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou has been delayed due to an eye injury that led trainer Mark Casse to scratch the filly from the Aug. 26 first race at Woodbine. Read More...

Attempt Made for World’s Largest Horseshoe

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Kentucky Derby Museum, the 2015 Secretariat Festival, and Secretariat.com have formally applied to Guinness World Records for the world's largest horseshoe. Read More...

Woodbine to Close Upscale Turf Lounge

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Woodbine Entertainment Group Aug. 24 said it will close its Turf Lounge off-track wagering facility in the Toronto financial district effective Sept. 5. Read More...

Churchill Downs, Ticketmaster in Partnership

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Churchill Downs announced Aug. 24 a redesigned website for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and a partnership with Ticketmaster for the sale of tickets to the Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Bahamian Squall Retired to Stud

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Donald R. Dizney's grade II-winning homebred Bahamian Squall will retire to Dizney's Double Diamond Farm near Ocala, Fla., to stand for the 2016 breeding season. Read More...

Avanzare Goes Wide to Win Del Mar Mile

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Donato Lanni and John Youngblood's Avanzare shrugged off a nearly seven-month layoff to claim his second straight grade II turf score in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap Aug. 23. Read More...

Smart Transition Breezes Bullet for Travers

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Arnold Zetcher's Smart Transition Aug. 23 put in his final breeze for the Travers Stakes (gr. I), firing a bullet for five furlongs on the main track at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Travers Nominee Japan Fractures Sesamoid

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Bill Mott reported that Travers (gr. I) nominee Japan emerged from his Aug. 22 workout at Saratoga Racecourse with an injury that is likely to be career-ending. Read More...

OBS August Sale Set to Start Aug. 25

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
There are 811 horses cataloged for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 25. Read More...

Middleburg Comes Through in Cliff Hanger

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Even-money Favorite Middleburg had been knocking at the door of graded stakes success in his three previous starts and finally broke through Aug. 23 at Monmouth Park in the Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT). Read More...

Reporting Star Upsets Play the King Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Reporting Star spoiled the return of 2014 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winner Bobby's Kitten Aug. 23 at Woodbine with a closing drive on the rail to win the $200,000 Play King the Stakes (Can-IIT). Read More...

Odeliz Speeds to Prix Jean Romanet Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Barbara M. Keller's Odeliz set the pace and pulled a 35-1 stunner in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) for older fillies and mares Aug. 23 at Deauville. Read More...

Shalaa Shoots Clear in Prix Morny

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Al Shaqab runners took the top two spots in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds Aug. 23 at Deauville, as Shalaa willingly spurted clear of Gutaifan for a comfortable 1 3/4-length victory. Read More...

NYRA Devising Strategy to Share

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The head of the New York Racing Association said Aug. 23 the organization will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible for patrons to view American Pharoah, who has been confirmed for the Aug. 29 Travers. Read More...

NYRA Devising Strategy to Share ‘Pharoah’

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The head of the New York Racing Association said Aug. 23 the organization will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible for patrons to view American Pharoah, who has been confirmed for the Aug. 29 Travers. Read More...

Mandella: Beholder ‘One of the Greats’

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Richard Mandella was still all smiles a day after Beholder devastated males in the Pacific Classic (gr. I). Read More...

Fury Kapcori to Journeyman Stud in 2016

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Grade III winner Fury Kapcori has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

It’s Official: American Pharoah to Travers

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will head to Saratoga Race Course for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), his connections announced Aug. 23 after the colt worked at Del Mar. Read More...

Beholder Blows Away Pacific Classic Foes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Spendthrift Farm runner toyed with the field of nine other males and pulled away to win by 8 1/4 lengths in her first start against males and her first start at 1 1/4 miles. She is the first female to win the race. Read More...

CHRB Committee to Soon Discuss Lasix Issue

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Two days after delaying steps to begin third-party administration of race-day furosemide, members of the California Horse Racing Board said they're still in support -- in concept -- of the proposal. Read More...

Big John B Repeats in Del Mar Handicap

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Big John B powered past two rivals in the stretch to win the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) by a widening 1 1/2 lengths, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and older a second straight year Saturday, Aug. 22. Read More...

Appealing Tale Holds Off Wild Dude in O’Brien

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Grade I winner Wild Dude got within a head of front-running Appealing Tale in the stretch during the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at Del Mar, but the pacesetter re-rallied on the rail to secure his first graded victory. Read More...

Texas Red Heads Busy Travers Worktab

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Texas Red led a busy slate of workers bound for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) the morning of Aug. 22, when he breezed four furlongs in :46.66 over the main track at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Delightful Joy Wins Stakes Debut at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Delightful Joy brought smiles to the faces of her connections in her stakes debut on Saturday, Aug. 22, using a powerful stretch run to score a clear victory in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Embellish the Lace Upsets Alabama

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Embellish the Lace turned it around from a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga all the way on the front end. Read More...

Shogood Sprints to Arlington-Washington Win

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
William Stiritz's Shogood made his stakes debut in impressive fashion Aug. 22, soaring gate-to-wire to win the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse. Read More...

Spa Horses Prepare for Travers Day Races

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone hit the main Saratoga track after the renovation break Saturday morning Aug. 22, working four furlongs in :45 4/5 to record a bullet for all horses at the distance. Read More...

Don’t Leave Me Back to Best in ‘Colleen’

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Pin Oak Stable homebred Don't Leave Me drove between horses in the stretch and overtook pacesetter London Tower to win the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 22 at Woodbine. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Wins Mister Diz Sixth Straight Year

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
On a day his now Racing Hall of Fame owner-breeder-trainer was honored, Ben's Cat won the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes for a sixth straight year Saturday while nailing down the 30th victory overall in his amazing career. Read More...

Gross, Average Increase at WTBOA Summer Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Led by an Into Mischief filly sold for $80,000, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale saw increases in gross and average for the fourth straight year. Read More...

Obviously Scratched From Del Mar Handicap

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
After scratching Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously from the Aug. 23 Del Mar Mile Handicap, trainer Phil D'Amato said the 7-year-old gelding is doing just fine. The scratch reason was a change of plans. Read More...

Velazquez Registers 800th Saratoga Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
With a four-wide move off the turn, John Velazquez rallied Run a Dubb Dubb to win the opening race Saturday, Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course, earning the Racing Hall of Fame rider his 800th win at the storied track. Read More...

Wagner Re-Appointed to NTRA Board

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Judy Wagner, the first and only horseplayers' representative on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors, was re-appointed to a three-year term at the organization's annual meeting Aug. 22 at Del Mar. Read More...

NTRA’s Waldrop Talks Legislation at Del Mar

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials reinforced the organization's impartial position on potential federal drug oversight in a legislative briefing with horsemen, owners, and horseplayers at Del Mar Aug. 21. Read More...

Lexie Lou Entered Wednesday at Woodbine

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou is expected to return from a lengthy layoff Wednesday night, Aug. 26, at Woodbine. Read More...

Trevor McCarthy to Hospital for Back X-Ray

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Jockey Trevor McCarthy was taken to a hospital in Long Branch, N.J. Aug. 21 after his mount, Always Dear, clipped heels on the turn and unseated him in the day's 10th race at Monmouth Park. Read More...

OBS to Institute Repository in 2016

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Aug. 21 announced that it will institute the use of a repository at all its auctions, beginning with the 2016 winter mixed sale in January. Read More...

Coalition Critical of California Lasix Delay

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity said Aug. 21 California's failure to adopt third-party administration of the race-day drug furosemide shows the pitfalls of state-by-state regulation. Read More...

Travers Decision Brings Many Questions

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
What is in the best interest of American Pharoah should be the top priority, and we all know by now that is, and has always been, first and foremost in the minds of his connections. Read More...

Obviously Seeks Third Del Mar Mile Tally

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's two-time grade I winner Obviously will make his 2015 debut in the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), a race he has won twice, Aug. 23 at Del Mar. Read More...

Barretts Changes Date for Fall Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Barretts has changed the date for its fall sale of yearlings and horses of racing age from Wednesday, Oct. 28, to Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Del Mar. Read More...

Del Mar Challenge Races Back on Dirt

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
With 3 Breeders' Cup Challenge races this weekend, Del Mar will be in the spotlight. Two of those three races will be on the main track, which for the first time since 2006 offers a dirt surface. Read More...