Blood-Horse

Century Downs Adds Thoroughbred Meet for 2017

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino announced Feb. 3 that it reached an agreement with the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta to run Thoroughbreds at the racetrack in the fall of 2017. Read More...

Pletcher Ready to Test Battalion Runner on Derby Trail

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Battalion Runner won for the second consecutive time, capturing the featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 3. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the colt will start next in a stakes race on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail. Read More...

Big Drama To Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions for 2017

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Harold Queen's homebred Big Drama has returned to the farm where his stallion career began and will stand the 2017 season at Stonewall's Prestige Stallions near Ocala, Fla.  Read More...

ABR Wired: Chris Fallica at the NHC

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
What's it like to be a handicapper at the National Handicapping Championship? Follow along with America's Best Racing and ESPN College GameDay's Chris Fallica in Las Vegas as Fallica competes among the best handicappers in the country. Read More...

Curlin to Mischief Sires First Foal

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Curlin to Mischief sired his first foal when Billiondollarbaby dropped a filly Feb. 2 at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif. Read More...

Mathews, Howard Hit It Big With Ivan Fallunovalot

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Almost three years after hitting the equine lottery, Ivan Fallunovalot bids for a record third consecutive victory in the Feb. 4 King Cotton Stakes, a $125,000 six-furlong event for older horses at Oaklawn. Read More...

Litfin at Large: Focus on Weekend’s 3-Year-Old Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense. Read More...

Arlington Cuts, Reduces Stakes Purses

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Move will put more money into overnight purses Read More...

Tattersalls February Shatters Records

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Tattersalls February sale, held over two days for the first time, saw records across the board as it concluded Feb. 3. Read More...

Pegasus Final Time Lowered to a Track Record

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Arrogate's official time has been dropped to 1:46.83 Read More...

Plus Ca Change…

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
What is extraordinary is the number of pedigree interrelationships that bind most of the champions. Read More...

Champagne Room, Unique Bella Square Off in Las Virgenes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, will be in a unique position Feb. 5 at Santa Anita Park, where she'll make her 3-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner likely won't be favored. Read More...

Trainer Armando Lage Dies at 59

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack Dec. 31 at his home in Richmond, Calif., according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage was 59. Read More...

Classic Empire Silenced His Sire’s Doubters

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A second juvenile champion proved Pioneerof the Nile's depth as a sire. Read More...

Texas Ryano Seeks San Marcos Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Warren Williamson's homebred Texas Ryano will look to capture a rare stakes double in the male turf division Feb. 4 in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Irish War Cry Offers Longshot Potential in Holy Bull

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue Saturday with the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and Kitten's Joy Stakes. Read More...

Record Price at Tattersalls February Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Multiple stakes winner Easton Angel was purchased by Mick Flanagan for 500,000 guineas to top the Feb. 2 first day of the Tattersalls February sale at the paddocks in Newmarket, England. Read More...

Rymska Assumes the Mantle for Brown in Sweetest Chant

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Having saddled the winners of the last five editions of the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), Chad Brown looks to continue his race-specific dominance when he leads over 9-5 morning line favorite Rymska Feb. 4. Read More...

Health Zone: Nutrition for Pregnant Mares

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Nutrition is critical for the in-foal broodmare to deliver a healthy foal Read More...

Birthday Wishes: Revisiting Pharoah’s Belmont

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
In honor of American Pharoah's Birthday, I thought I would reprint my column recapping his historic Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown victory. Brings back a lot of special memories. Read More...

Only Five Go Postward in Palos Verdes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Lighthouse Bay Purchased by Shadai Farm

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Lighthouse Bay, winner of the 2013 Prioress Stakes (G1), has been purchased by Shadai Farm in a deal brokered by Greg Harbut of Harbut Bloodstock. Read More...

Classic Empire Tops 2016 Experimental Free Handicap

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Classic Empire, winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), has been assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap for 2016. Read More...

ABR Wired: California Chrome’s Final Race

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A behind-the-scenes look at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the career finale of fan favorite and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome. Read More...

Look Back: Rags to Riches Arrives in Las Virgenes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Hoppertunity Seeks San Antonio Repeat

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity will look for his second straight score in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

O’Neill Sends Three Out for Robert B. Lewis

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward. Read More...

Cuomo Rejects NYRA Restructuring Bill

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly squashed a NYRA restructuring bill with a "pocket veto." Read More...

El Areeb Aims to Continue Roll in Withers Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4. Read More...

The Week in Photos 1/31/2017

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Houston Ladies Classic, Hurricane Bertie, John B. Connally Turf Cup, La Prevoyante Handicap, W.L. McKnight Handicap, and more. Read More...

Will Horse Owner Tamme Be Having Super Dreams?

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Atlanta Falcons’ starting tight end Jacob Tamme is having a ball as a partner, along with fellow NFL star Wes Welker, in the Hat Creek Racing partnership run by Gatewood Bell. Read More...

With Eye Toward Uniformity, Kentucky Reviews Drug Rules

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
After an in-depth review of its racing medication rules relative to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s recommendations, a Kentucky council is recommending penalty classification changes for a pair of medications. Read More...

All Eyes on Champion Classic Empire in Holy Bull

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

CEO Jack Wolf Bullish on Future of Pegasus

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
With positive returns in handle, attendance, television ratings, and the on-track experience, the Pegasus World Cup (G1) figures to remain in South Florida at The Stronach Group's Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Three Rules Returns in Swale

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2). Read More...

Jack Milton’s First Foal is a Colt

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Crestwood Farm's grade I-winning miler Jack Milton got his first foal Jan. 30, when a colt bred by David Lavoie was born on a farm near Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Champion Tepin Sharp in Five-Furlong Move

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
With her five-furlong move over the turf at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 1, Tepin again succeeded in sparking renewed hope that Plan 'A' can come off as scheduled. Read More...

Europe Focused on Growth, Promotion of Staying Races

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
The European Pattern Committee implemented a five-year ban on downgrading any group race of 13 furlongs or more. Read More...

Australia Models AUS$10M Turf Race After Pegasus

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Lauded as a "game changer" by organizers from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club, the 1,200-meter (six-furlong) race offers the same shareholder buy-in concept pioneered by The Stronach Group, which organized the Pegasus. Read More...

ARCI Integrity Compliance Certification Panel Announced

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Steve Barham (Oregon), Bennett Liebman (New York), and Allan Monat (Illinois) will comprise the independent panel the Association of Racing Commissioners International has formed to certify compliance with key integrity standards each year. Read More...

Fan Favorite The Barking Shark Dies

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
The Barking Shark, a West Coast fan favorite who finished second in seven stakes, two grade 1s, died earlier this year of colic at the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy in California. The gelding by Naevus was 24. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: New World Order

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup generated sufficient buzz Read More...

San Pablo Tops Sires of Yearlings in Fasig-Tipton Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
With short yearlings a hot commodity at winter mixed sales, the stallion with the most foals of 2016 entered at the Feb. 6-7 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky auction is San Pablo, a son of Jump Start who who or placed in 16 of 19 career starts. Read More...

Progress, but No Victory, in Battle Against EHV-1

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Recent EHV-1 (Equine herpesvirus 1) outbreaks have again focused attention on this nasty disease. Read More...

Solid Ratings for Pegasus Could Open Revenue Stream

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
The solid overnight ratings for the first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) could be something to build on for future editions of the event as organizers hope one day television rights provide revenues for the stakeholders. Read More...

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional: Head East

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Booming state-bred programs lift incoming stallion rosters Read More...

Experts Believe Pegasus Time Should Be Faster

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record. Read More...

Rood & Riddle to Host Educational Seminar

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host Rood & Riddle Responds, an educational seminar for people engaged in the equine industry, on Feb. 22 at Embassy Suites in Lexington.   Read More...

Building The Market for Ex-Racehorses

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
Those inside the aftercare industry say there is still a lot of work to be done. Read More...

Equestricon Releases Promotional Video

Blood-Horse | 3 weeks ago
As anticipation grows for the inaugural Equestricon, event organizers today released a promotional video previewing the historic event. Read More...