Thoroughbred News

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Paulassilverlining golden

DRF | 16 hours ago
It was the Chad Brown show at Belmont Park on Saturday morning. Brown worked 11 of his potential 14 Breeders’ Cup starters, beginning before dawn on the main track with sets that included Good Magic (Juvenile), Voting Control (Juvenile Turf), Practical Joke (Dirt Mile), and Paulassilverlining (Filly and Mare Sprint) and ending nearly three hours later on the turf with four teams led by Lady Eli (Filly and Mare Turf), Beach Patrol (Turf), and the promising Significant Form (Juvenile Fillies Turf). Read More...

Blu Moon Ace shows class in Maryland Million Sprint

Blu Moon Ace rolled to a comfortable three-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint at Laurel Park... Read More...

Cracksman impressive with Champion Stakes victory

DRF | 16 hours ago
Cracksman recorded his most impressive win to date with a seven-length victory in Saturday’s Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England, giving trainer John Gosden a sweep of the two most prestigious races for older horses in Europe this month. Read More...

Firenze Fire breezes half-mile in BC Juvenile prep

DRF | 17 hours ago
<p>ELMONT, N.Y. - Nearing the end of a half-mile breeze aboard Firenze Fire on Saturday morning, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. wanted to see how much horse he had underneath him. So, inside the sixteenth-pole, Ortiz squeezed his horse ever so slightly.&l... Read More...

Imperial Hint solid in work for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 17 hours ago
Imperial Hint turned in his final Parx workout for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Saturday morning and is scheduled to depart for Del Mar on Tuesday. Read More...

Beach Patrol, Fanciful Angel among 11 Breeders’ Cup workers for Brown

DRF | 17 hours ago
Beware “the other horse” in Breeders’ Cup races where trainer Chad Brown will have multiple starters. Read More...

Peck: Laurel Park pick four for Maryland Million Day

DRF | 18 hours ago
It's Maryland Million Day at Laurel, where it's fast and firm. The midcard pick four features races with apparent singles in the first and final legs, but perhaps there's some value to be had by going deep in the middle legs. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Big Gemmy’s route experience may prove valuable in the Sleepy Hollow

DRF | 18 hours ago
I’m most interested in horses that should be coming from off the pace. The one to fear is We Should Talk, who won his debut impressively in fast time, and goes out for a dangerous barn. I’ll be using him, but my top pick is Big Gemmy. Read More...

Persuasive caps career with win in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 18 hours ago
It was radically windy and wet Saturday at Ascot Racecourse, and the filly Persuasive was in her element. Under testing conditions, Persuasive ran over the favored Ribchester to win the Group 1, $1.32 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Ribchester, who drifted right through the final furlong, was beaten one length while a half-length better than third-place Churchill, who bounced back into form following a dud in the Irish Champion Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

DRF | 18 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday's card at Belmont. Read More...

Diversify to be pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 18 hours ago
Diversify, the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, will be pre-entered Monday for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4, but trainer Rick Violette stopped short of committing him to the race. Read More...

Stellar Wind has final serious work for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 19 hours ago
Stellar Wind posted the final major workout of her career Saturday at Santa Anita as she prepares for the final start of her career in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3 at Del Mar. Read More...

Hammersly: Keeneland pick five for Saturday, Oct. 21

DRF | 19 hours ago
Some deep, contentious races make Saturday’s pick five at Keeneland daunting. That said, a 3-year-old filly in a tough turf sprint could prove key, while spreading in the inscrutable Grade 2 Raven Run may snag you a price. Read More...

McGee: How I’ll play Keeneland on Sunday, Oct. 22

DRF | 20 hours ago
Besides a competitive renewal of the Grade 3 Dowager (race 8), the nine-race Sunday card at Keeneland offers some interesting opportunities. My main play will focus on a first-time starter, ANTARCTIC, who has been working very well in the mornings and appears to have found a relatively soft maiden special weight race for his debut in race 7. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy fires fresh to win Oklahoma Classics Cup

DRF | 20 hours ago
Shotgun Kowboy ran a big race off the bench Friday night, darting to a 5 1/4-length win over Tuff Kid in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park. The race was the richest of eight divisional Oklahoma-bred stakes on a card worth $1 million. Read More...

Fornatale: How I’ll play Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 21

DRF | 20 hours ago
I’m going to keep things simple on this lovely fall Saturday in New York and look to play an early pick three starting in race 3. Read More...

Mr. Al’s Gal prevails in Magnolia Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Mr. Al’s Gal comfortably held off favorite Pacific Pink in the mud for a 2 1/4-length win in Friday night’s $100,000 Magnolia at Delta Downs. The win was one of four on the night for jockey Diego Saenz. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: State-Bred Saturday

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have graded events at Keeneland and loaded state-bred cards at Belmont Park and Laurel Park. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy Wins Second Oklahoma Classics Cup

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Shotgun Kowboy, the only Oklahoma-bred to win the Oklahoma Derby (G3) and an Oklahoma Classics Cup, looked like he did in his breakthrough 3-year-old year Oct. 20 with another score in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park. Read More...

Boom Time Upsets Caulfield Cup

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Boom Time, a 50-1 outsider, shot through inside Single Gaze in the final yards to land the BMW Caulfield Cup (G1) Oct. 21 in Melbourne. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Fields set for 2-year-old filly events following four eliminations

DRF | 1 day ago
A track record 1:53 3/5 performance by Phaetosive in the first of two $20,000 trot eliminations highlighted Breeders Crown elimination action for 2-year-old fillies on Friday night at Hoosier Park. Manchego improved to 11-for-11 on the season in the other trot elimination, while public choices Rainbow Room and Youaremycandygirl took the pacing dashes. Read More...

The Stronach Group Reconsiders Massachusetts Venture

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The Stronach Group is maintaining an interest in expanding into the Boston market, but only if statutory and regulatory changes favorable to the company are implemented. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Ella Christina, Overdraft Volo upset in 3-year-old filly elims

DRF | 1 day ago
A pair of nine-horse Breeders Crown eliminations for fillies on both gaits were on contested on Friday night at Hoosier Park. Ella Christina and Overdraft Volo pulled off upsets to earn a berth in the Finals next week and an inside post. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Open Mare Pace elims to Darlinonthebeach, Nike Franco N

DRF | 1 day ago
Darlinonthebeach upset defending champion Lady Shadow, while Nike Franco N scored as the favorite in the pair of $25,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace eliminations on Friday evening at Hoosier Park. Read More...

Brooklynsway, Chalon, Piedi Bianchi in F-T November

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Fasig-Tipton has added Brooklynsway, Chalon, and Piedi Bianchi to the catalog for the November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Offering New Ways for Fans to Connect

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Just because Breeders’ Cup fans may be following this year’s event from home doesn’t mean they won’t have the opportunity to plant themselves in the thick of this year’s event. Read More...

Lovely Bernadette Kicks Clear for Valley View Victory

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Lovely Bernadette confirmed she had a new, successful twist to her career when she shook clear in late stretch for her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland. Read More...

Lovely Bernadette gets perfect trip in Valley View

DRF | 1 day ago
Sometimes the inside post in a bulky field can be problematic, but Florent Geroux worked out a perfect stalking trip Friday aboard Lovely Bernadette in winning the 27th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Dortmund Retired, Will Stand at Bonita Farm in Maryland

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade 1 winner Dortmund has been retired from racing "for good" and will stand at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., for the 2018 breeding season, owner Kaleem Shah said Oct. 20. Read More...

No Human, Equine Injuries From Margaux Farm Fire

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A fire significantly damaged a barn on the property of Jim and Susan Hill's Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky. Oct. 20 but no people or horses were injured in the blaze. Read More...

Ohio Mixed Sale Extends Entry Date to Oct. 27

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners have announced that they will be extending the date for sale entries to Friday, October 27.  The mixed sale will be held Sunday, December 3 at Majestic Farm in Batavia, Ohio starting at 1:00 p.m. Read More...

LUXAIR Jets Becomes Official Marketing Partner of TOBA

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Oct. 20 that LUXAIR Jets has become an official marketing partner of TOBA.   Read More...

Paradise Woods, Avenge Work Toward Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Richard Mandella's Paradise Woods and Avenge worked toward their Breeders' Cup engagements the morning of Oct. 20 with six-furlong jaunts at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Harness: Average up sharply on first day of Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The first session of the two-day Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale was staged on Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and Rockin Image filly Rockinbythebeach headed the bidding, fetching $93,000. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Dortmund retired, will stand in Maryland

DRF | 2 days ago
Dortmund, a multiple Grade 1 winner, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., for an advertised fee of $7,500. Read More...

Heavenly Love, Flameaway Tune Up for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse was honing his Breeders' Cup hand on two fronts the morning of Oct. 20 headlined grade 1 winner Heavenly Love and stablemate  Flameaway working together before the break at Keeneland. Read More...

The Empire That Almost Was

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
There is no doubt the greatness was there with Classic Empire. And there is no doubt it was confronted by enough obstacles to prevent it from fully surfacing. But it did on occasion manage to trickle out, to show the world what might have been. Read More...

Brooklynsway, Chalon, Piedi Bianchi in November Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Fasig-Tipton has added Brooklynsway, Chalon, and Piedi Bianchi to the catalog for the November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Read More...

Al Ain favored against 16 rivals in Japanese St. Leger

DRF | 2 days ago
Al Ain, the winner of the Grade 1 Japanese 2000 Guineas in April, will be favored to win Sunday’s Grade 1 Japanese St. Leger at 1 7/8 miles on turf at Kyoto Racecourse against 17 rivals. Read More...

Mr. Crow pointed to Bold Ruler Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Mr. Crow, a disappointing sixth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh, worked a half-mile Friday in preparation for a start in next Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap. Read More...

Elate works toward BC Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
Elate, the multiple Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly, worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 on Friday morning over the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga. Read More...

Freehold: Rookie fillies compete in New Jersey Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 2 days ago
Some Renditions (pace) and Chaperess (trot) won the pair of $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes/Standardbred Development Fund finals for 2-year-olds that were raced on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Read More...

El Deal to miss BC Sprint with suspensory injury

DRF | 2 days ago
El Deal, winner of the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga, will miss the Breeders' Cup Sprint due to a lesion in the suspensory of his left foreleg, trainer Jorge Navarro said Friday. Read More...

Montauk to sit out Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 2 days ago
Montauk, who rolled to an impressive 11 1/4-length debut win Oct. 7 at Belmont, will not contest the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Hovdey: Moore tries to deliver level playing fields

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainers hate the unknown, venturing forth only when the risk is significantly greater than the reward. Any discomfort in the adventure of the first Breeders' Cup to be held at Del Mar, however, could stem from the inordinate amount of publicity that the surfaces – both dirt and turf – has received over the past several years. These are, after all, the playing fields. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 10/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 10/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 10/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 10/23 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Hemlock Channel will need his best in Harvest Plate

DRF | 2 days ago
Hemlock Channel isn't the most consistent horse around, but when he shows up with his best stuff he can be a handful. Read More...