Blood-Horse

Young Trainer Handal Prepares for First Start

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Every morning in the black before sunrise, Raymond Handal swings a leg over a 4-year-old filly and heads out to the main track at Belmont Park. Read More...

TDN’s Marquardt Wins Bergstein Writing Award

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Lucas Marquardt was awarded the Stanley Bergstein Writing Award Nov. 14, at the Thoroughbred Club of America in recognition of a story he penned on the industry's move away from synthetic surfaces. Read More...

ThistleDown Cancels Nov. 14 Live Racing

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
ThistleDown in North Randall, Ohio, has canceled live racing for Friday, Nov. 14, due to inclement weather. Read More...

Durkin Wins ‘Big Sport of Turfdom’ Award

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Recently retired track announcer Tom Durkin has been named recipient of the Turf Publicists of America's Big Sport of Turfdom Award, the organization announced Nov. 14. Read More...

Commentary: When Regulation Runs Amok

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Maggi Moss has had success racing at Indiana Grand Race Course, which she calls a bright spot in Midwest Thoroughbred racing. But dysfunction and unfair practices in racing regulation are threatening the business, she said. Read More...

Recovered Palace Malice Returns to Training

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Winner of the Metropolitan Mile (gr. I) and three other graded stakes in 2014, classic victor Palace Malice is ready to go back in training immediately, according to a Nov. 14 release. Read More...

Lawmaker Expresses Concerns Over NYRA Plan

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The New York Racing Association may be on a fast track to devise a plan removing it from state government control, but at least one veteran state lawmaker is in no rush to see the racing operator in charge of its destiny. Read More...

You Want Disrespect? I Give You Gate Dancer

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
If there was ever a stewards' decision that should have created a controversy it was the disqualification of Gate Dancer from second in the first ever Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Madame Chiang

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Often the best winner by a sire is the result of what appears to be a very deliberately and cleverly constructed pedigree. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten Stands Out in Red Smith

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Red Smith Handicap (gr. III) and Frank De Francis Memorial Dash. Read More...

Keeneland Sale Still Outpacing 2013 Numbers

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A $115,000 Unbridled's Song mare brought the top price Nov. 13 at Keeneland November's 10th session, which remained stable but saw declines that reflected buyers' continuing caution. Read More...

New Owner for Native Bombshell in Bessarabian

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Winner of the Ontario Fashion Stakes (Can-III) following a year's layoff, recently sold Native Bombshell will try to avoid a bounce as she returns to action in the $200,000 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 16 at Woodbine. Read More...

Albarado Celebrates 1,000th Churchill Win

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Jockey Robby Albarado celebrated his 1,000th victory at Churchill Downs Nov. 13 after Red Maserati won the third race by a length. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Mrs. Revere Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs this weekend. With an overflow field of 18 contenders, who do you think will win? Read More...

Muckleshoot Tribe to Acquire Emerald Downs

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has reached agreement in principle with Northwest Racing Associates to acquire Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. Read More...

Gulfstream to Require Third-Party Lasix Shots

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Gulfstream Park will begin third-party administration of race-day furosemide beginning Wednesday, Nov. 19. Read More...

Gio Ponti’s Fee for 2015 to Remain at $15,000

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Castleton Lyons near Lexington has announced that Gio Ponti, the three-time Eclipse Award winner and earner of more than $6.1 million, will stand for $15,000 in 2015, unchanged from the prior year. Read More...

Big Brown’s New Home in New York Announced

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Big Brown, who ranks seventh among North America's leading third-crop sires and has nine stakes winners this year, will stand for $8,500 at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y., in 2015. Read More...

Churchill to Honor Recently Retired Napravnik

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Recently retired jockey Rosie Napravnik, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and only female rider to win the race in its 140-year history, will be honored Saturday, Nov. 15, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

He’s Had Enough to Woodford Thoroughbreds

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
He's Had Enough, a regally bred son of Tapit, will join the stallion roster at Woodford Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., for his first breeding season in 2015. Read More...

Stud Book Privileges Denied Vitiello

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Jockey Club has announced that Rhiannan R. Vitiello will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book permanently, effective Jan. 1, 2015, for a 2012 conviction of cruelty to animals in Charles City County, Va. Read More...

Zebedee to Shuttle to Cornerstone Stud

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Tally-Ho Stud in Westmeath, Ireland, and Cornerstone Stud in Angaston, South Australia, have reached an agreement under which freshman sire Zebedee will shuttle to Cornerstone, beginning in 2015. Read More...

Bayern Top-Ranked U.S.-Based Horse in World

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
With his victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Bayern moved into a tie for sixth on the Longines World's Best Race Horse Rankings. Read More...

Longform: Alydar’s Final Hours

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Insurance adjuster Tom Dixon's account of a legendary racehorse's tragic demise. Read More...

3,000 Wins for Trainer Michael Ferraro

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Michael S. Ferraro reached a career milestone of 3,000 wins when Sweet Sweet Afleet won the eighth race Nov. 12 at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Read More...

Deal Should Keep Parx from Blocking Jockeys

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Representatives of a jockeys' group at Parx Racing said they have an agreement in place that will allow riders who have not signed a new release and waiver of liability to continue to have access to the track. Read More...

Unbeaten Prime Engine Tests Poly in Bob Hope

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Nine 2-year-olds are entered in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 15 at Del Mar, a race previously contested as the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) at Hollywood Park and won last year by champion Shared Belief. Read More...

Pioneerof the Nile Colt Paces Keeneland Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Day 9 of the Keeneland November sale saw competitive trade for both the session's upper-market weanlings and mares, fueling across-the-board increases. The day's top price, for a Pioneerof the Nile colt, was $85,000. Read More...

KY Drug Council Moves Toward Uniformity

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A council that makes recommendations on medication policies for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will go along with several changes in withdrawal times and threshold levels. Read More...

NYRA Plan Won’t Recommend Changes at Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting of the board of the New York Racing Association was short and sweet: to discuss a re-privatization plan for the organization due next spring to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read More...

Aqueduct Not Part of NYRA Reorganization Plan

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting of the board of the New York Racing Association was short and sweet: to discuss a re-privatization plan for the organization due next spring to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read More...

Lucrative Delta Jackpot Gets 13 Pre-Entries

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino said Nov. 11 it received 13 pre-entries for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III), the richest 2-year-old stakes in North America outside of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Read More...

CDI, Gaming Distributor Announce Merger

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Churchill Downs Inc. and Big Fish Games, one of the largest producers and distributors of mobile and online games, said Nov. 12 they have entered into a merger agreement under which CDI will acquire all of Big Fish's stock. Read More...

Souper Speedy Retired to Ontario’s Mapleville

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Grade II-placed stakes winner Souper Speedy has been retired to stand the 2015 breeding season at Mapleville Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Read More...

Mrs Revere Draws Overflow Field of 18

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Churchill Downs certainly cannot complain about a lack of turf fillies on the grounds or a lack of interest in the $200,000 Mrs Revere Stakes on Nov. 15. Read More...

Lab Expects Kentucky Test Delays to End Soon

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission expects test results that had been delayed by up to four months to be back on schedule by Thanksgiving. Read More...

Dads Caps to Maryland for De Francis Dash

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A runner-up in his past two starts, New York-based Dads Caps will try to secure his first win since taking the Carter Handicap (gr. I) in April when the 4-year-old Discreet Cat colt starts in the De Francis Dash. Read More...

Podcast: Steve Haskin & Horse of the Year ’14

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Steve Haskin and Ron Mitchell discuss the Eclipse Awards, end of the year honors, and of course the Horse of the Year title. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten One to Beat in Red Smith

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Ranked first among owners with $9.77 million in earnings this year, Ken and Sarah Ramsey can add to that total Nov. 15 when multiple grade I winner Big Blue Kitten goes to post in the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT). Read More...

Cartier Racing Awards 2014: Horse of the Year

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Check out this behind the scenes video of Europe's Cartier awards. Listen to Kingman's Horse of the Year acceptance speech from Juddmonte's Douglas Erskine-Crum. Commentary by John Gosden, Arnaud Bamberger, & Philip Mitchell. Read More...

KY Lawmakers Get Horse Industry Update

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming Nov. 12 was given a generally positive update on the status of the racing and breeding industry in the state in light of years of declines. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Begins Nov. 28

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool for the 2015 event is set for Nov. 28-30, Churchill Downs announced. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Handle Totaled $159.1 Million

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Breeders' Cup reported Nov. 12 that all-sources wagering for the World Championships at Santa Anita Park this year totaled $159.1 million, fourth highest in Cup history but down 2.7% from 2013. Read More...

Heart to Heart Heads Full Commonwealth

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Brian Lynch trainee has won two in a row and comes into the Nov. 15 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) well rested after his wire-to-wire victory Sept. 27 in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT). Read More...

California Chrome to Contest Hollywood Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome is expected to conclude his 2014 season and make his turf debut in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar Nov. 29. Read More...

Peppers Pride Trainer Marr Notches Win 1,000

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
New Mexico-based trainer Joel Marr tallied his 1,000th career Thoroughbred victory by winning the 11th race Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., with Sweet Diamond. Read More...

Chrome’s Three-Wide Trip Comes up Short

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
After such a close Breeders' Cup Classic finish, one can only wonder if the outcome would have been different if California Chrome had not raced three wide through both turns. Read More...

McMahon of Saratoga Sets 2015 Fees

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds has released its stud fees for the 2015 breeding season, including for incoming stallion Central Banker, a recent purchase at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Read More...

Barbados, Race Day Head WinStar Sellers

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
WinStar's offering of racing-age stock, led by $340,000 session-topper Barbados, contributed strongly to Keeneland November's eighth session returns. Barbados now heads to Gulfstream Park for new owner Paul Hanifl. Read More...

WinStar Horses Headline Keeneland Day 8

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
WinStar's racing-age consignment added to Keeneland November's six-figure horses Nov. 11, and, despite session losses, the auction still is ahead of last year's cumulative returns. Read More...