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Godolphin’s Second Annual TIEA Held at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, now in its second year, concluded this afternoon with Keeneland graciously hosting the event again in its sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Woodbine’s Grade 1 Sunday

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week top-level grass races at Woodbine and Keeneland are the main events. Read More...

Retired Puerto Rico Runners Start Journey to Mainland

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Eight retired Thoroughbreds from Puerto Rico started their United States Department of Agriculture-required eight-day quarantine Oct. 11, the first step on their journey to the contiguous United States, according to Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare.  Read More...

O’Brien Sweeps to Victory in Dewhurst Stakes

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
U S Navy Flag flew home in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1) at Newmarket Oct. 14, leading trainer Aidan O'Brien's four starters to a 1-2-3-4 finish and moving the conditioner to within one of Bobby Frankel's record of 25 top-level winners. Read More...

Gunnevera Tunes Up for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera stepped up his preparation for a scheduled start in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar with a six-furlong breeze at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 14. Read More...

Stellar Wind Works for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Hronis Racing's champion Stellar Wind worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 Oct. 14 in her penultimate breeze at Santa Anita Park before she moves down to Del Mar for her final preparations for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3. Read More...

La Coronel Leads All the Way Home in QEII

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
John Oxley's La Coronel led early and had plenty left to give late in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1T) Oct. 14 at Keeneland. Read More...

Rubilinda Holds Off Party Boat in Pebbles Stakes

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
After a wide, sweeping move coming into the Belmont Park stretch, Don Alberto Stable homebred Rubilinda still had enough left to hold off late surges from Party Boat and Thais to win the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes Oct. 14.  Read More...

Engage Overwhelms Foes in Futurity Stakes

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The step up into graded stakes company proved an easy transition for Woodford Racing's Engage, as the son of Into Mischief busted through an outside seam en route to a 3 1/2-length victory in the Oct. 14 $150,000 Futurity Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Charitable Annuity Noses Rivals in WV Breeders’ Classic

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The stretch run at Charles Town was indeed a classic, with the ingredients for drama piling up as a trio of contenders charged toward the wire. Read More...

New York Auction Kicks Off Mixed Sale Season

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
With the robust yearling auction season winding down, the mixed sale market gets underway Oct. 16 with the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga October sale. Read More...

Finest City Works for Filly & Mare Sprint

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
City Zip mare covered six furlongs in 1:12 at Santa Anita Park Oct. 15. Read More...

Deirdre Lands Final Leg of Triple Tiara in Shuka Sho

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Deirdre (JPN), under a perfectly timed ride by Christophe Lemaire, emerged from a rail-skimming trip to swoop to victory in the Shuka Sho (G1) Oct. 15 at Kyoto Racecourse, the final leg of Japan's filly Triple Crown. Read More...

Bird Song to Enter Stud at Gainesway

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Marylou Whitney Stables' homebred multiple graded stakes winner Bird Song, a son of Whitney's Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Bird Town, will enter stud at Gainesway near Lexington in 2018. Read More...

Lady Eli Works Toward Filly & Mare Turf

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Sheep Pond Partner's multiple graded stakes winner Lady Eli turned in a five-furlong breeze over Belmont Park's inner turf the morning of Oct. 15 in preparation for her final career start in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf  G1T) Nov. 4. Read More...

West Coast, Bolt d’Oro Log Breeders’ Cup Works

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Following West Coast's work first work back after his score in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), trainer Bob Baffert said the remaining steps toward the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) would be to "gear up" the Flatter colt. Read More...

Field of Courage Proves Valiant in Nearctic

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Mark Casse pulled off his fifth graded win of the month when his trainee Field of Courage stormed home Oct. 15 to capture the $250,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine at odds of 40-1. Read More...

Happy Like a Fool Kicks Away in Matron

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Returning to the United States and to the dirt did the trick for the Wesley Ward-trained Happy Like a Fool, as she pulled away from rivals in the Belmont Park stretch to win the $150,000 Matron Stakes (G3) Oct. 15.  Read More...

Blond Me Sweeps to E. P. Taylor Victory

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
After two unsuccessful runs in the U.S. in 2015, Blond Me was back in full force Oct. 15 when she battled with Kitten's Roar in the Woodbine stretch and pulled off a win the $500,000 E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1T).  Read More...

Tiz a Slam Gets Redemption in Ontario Derby

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Tiz a Slam exacted revenge over Holy Helena with a 3 1/4-length victory in Woodbine's $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) Oct. 15, after finishing second to the filly in the Queen's Plate earlier in the summer. Read More...

Bullards Alley Dominates Canadian International at 42-1

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Wayne Spalding and Faron McCubbins' Bullards Alley put on a performance of a lifetime Oct. 15 at Woodbine with an absolute romp at 42-1 odds in the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International Stakes (G1T). Read More...

Beautiful Shot Closes Late to Take Speakeasy Stakes

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Only two races into his career, Calumet Farm's Beautiful Shot is making a habit of taking down highly regarded and expensive Bob Baffert- trained favorites. Read More...

Seattle Serenade proves best in Bull Dog Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Jockey William Antongeorgi III proved to be a lucky charm for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer again Sunday, as they teamed to cap the Northern California fair racing season with a game victory by Seattle Serenade ($16.60) in the Bull Dog Handicap at the Big Fresno Fair. Read More...

Bullards Alley, 42-1 longshot, leaves no doubt in Canadian International

DRF | 1 day ago
Bullards Alley, the second-longest shot on the board at 42-1, relished the soft turf and crushed the opposition in Sunday’s $800,800 Canadian International at Woodbine, scoring by a record margin of 10 3/4 lengths under Eurico Da Silva. Read More...

Harness: Mohawk Seelster goes for $220,000 to head London Selected Yearling Sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2017 London Selected Yearling Sale at the Western Fair District Metroland Media Agriplex in London, Ontario, was held over the weekend, with Mohawk Seelster bringing C$220,000 during today's second session to top the sale. Read More...

Blond Me has most fun in E.P. Taylor Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Blond Me ($18.90) rallied from off the pace under jockey Oisin Murphy to take the Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes by a length over Kitten’s Roar at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Beautiful Shot rallies to win Speakeasy Stakes, remain undefeated

DRF | 2 days ago
A recent maiden-race winner won Sunday’s $73,405 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-old sprinters at Santa Anita in his second career start. The winner was not the colt bettors expected. Read More...

Capla Temptress drills for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Capla Temptress, the winner of the Grade 1 Natalma on Sept. 17, worked five furlongs in 1:01.82 over the Belmont turf course on Sunday in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 3 at Del Mar. Read More...

Magnifico Dragon Leads New Mexico Cup Derby Finalists

Daniel Balderrama’s Magnifico Dragon is the fastest qualifier to the October 29 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Zia Park. Read More...

Rubilinda likely to go in Matriarch Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Rubilinda, who held on to win Saturday’s $200,000 Pebbles Stakes by a nose over Party Boat, is likely to make her next start in the Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 26, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. Read More...

Tiz a Slam scores one for the boys in Ontario Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Tiz a Slam turned the tables on Queen’s Plate winner Holy Helena on Sunday at Woodbine in the Grade 3 Ontario Derby, winning the nine-furlong event for 3-year-olds decisively at 9-1. Read More...

Field of Courage scores big upset in Nearctic Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Field of Courage ($82.70) upset European shipper Cotai Glory and the favored White Flag to win the Grade 2, $282,000 Nearctic Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Brown likely to pre-enter 14 in Breeders’ Cup races

DRF | 2 days ago
Chad Brown likely will pre-enter 14 horses in the Breeders’ Cup series at Del Mar on Nov. 3-4, the reigning Eclipse Award-winning trainer said Sunday. Read More...

Grade 2 winner Bird Song to stand at Gainesway

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 2 winner Bird Song will enter stud at Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., for the 2018 breeding season at an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Happy Like a Fool draws clear for Matron Stakes victory

DRF | 2 days ago
Happy Like a Fool, rated off the pace by Tyler Gaffalione, took over turning for home and drew clear to a 2 1/4-length victory over Take Charge Paula in Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Finest City, West Coast drill for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Finest City, the champion female sprinter of 2016, and West Coast, who has emerged as the dominant 3-year-old male this year, worked at Santa Anita on Sunday in advance of scheduled starts in Breeders’ Cup races at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Read More...

Run Away points to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 2 days ago
Run Away, the winner of three sprint stakes for 2-year-olds in Southern California this year, is a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar on Nov. 4, trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday. Read More...

Abel Tasman, in BC Distaff work, back at top form

DRF | 2 days ago
An impressive five-furlong team work by Abel Tasman on Sunday morning at Santa Anita reestablished the Kentucky Oaks winner as a major player for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Read More...

Sunday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Giantinthemoonlite would benefit from more aggressive tactics

DRF | 2 days ago
Mr. Buff (#3) is going to be tough to handle if he runs back to his return effort last month. The Pace Projector is predicting that there isn’t much early speed in this race, which will work to Mr. Buff’s advantage. One horse who I’m hoping is closer to that pace here is GIANTINTHEMOONLITE (#1), who got a peculiar ride last time. Read More...

Watchmaker: BC preps review shows strengths/weaknesses over last year

DRF | 2 days ago
In a review of this year’s key Breeders’ Cup prep races, I was struck how some were noticeably stronger in terms of Beyer Speed Figures than those last year for the same Breeders’ Cup events, and how others were markedly weaker. Read More...

The Fiscal Cliff dominates BOA Challenge Championship

DRF | 2 days ago
The Fiscal Cliff broke on top and never looked back for a length win in Saturday night’s Grade 1, $388,080 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Terra’s Angel, Analyze This Jet give Eoff stakes double

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Terry Eoff pulled a notable stakes double at his home track of Retama Park on Saturday night, when he won the $75,000 La Senorita with Terra’s Angel and the $75,000 El Joven with Analyze This Jet. Read More...

Charitable Annuity noses to victory in WV Breeders’ Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Charitable Annuity's 5-year-old campaign has been hindered by minor physical ailments, but with the big money on the line in the $350,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic on Saturday night at Charles Town, he turned in a gutsy performance and then put his head down at the right time to win a three-horse photo by a nose. Read More...

Yonkers: Twister Bi smashes world record in dominant International Trot triumph

DRF | 2 days ago
Twister Bi of Italy came in with a lofty reputation, was backed down to prohibitive 2-5 favoritism, and then displayed raw speed and power to obliterate the world record and capture the 39th edition of the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Read More...

Grumpelstiltskin clearly best in West Virginia Lottery

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Jose Montano took no prisoners Saturday in the $75,000 West Virginia Lottery on Breeders Classic night at Charles Town, sending Grumpelstiltskin from the gate and on to a 5 3/4-length win. Read More...

Yonkers: Burke sweeps $250,000 invitationals with All Bets Off, Crazy Wow

DRF | 2 days ago
The formula for creating great racing continued at Yonkers on Saturday afternoon. With $250,000 riding on the Dan Rooney Invitational, a well-matched field of eight put on a thrilling show, and at the wire it was All Bets Off getting his nose up to score in 1:51 4/5 over Levy winner Keystone Velocity in a thriller. Read More...

Yonkers: Svanstedt, Gural keep the beat going in New York Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Ake Svanstedt and owner Jeff Gural, who have had a good run with the likes of Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction, continued their success together with Lucky Ava and Six Pack winning $225,000 New York Sire Stakes finals on Saturday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Filion nets a hat trick in Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals

DRF | 2 days ago
The weather was far from perfect, but it didn't stop driver Sylvain Filion as he racked up three victories in C$225,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals for rookie and sophomores on both gaits Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Rosemary Rose captures Courageous Lady

DRF | 2 days ago
Ohio-sired Rosemary Rose scored one for the home team when she pulled a 9-1 surprise against open company in the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Northfield Park. Read More...