Thoroughbred News

Ron Gierkink’s Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 18

DRF | 1 day ago
Mike DePaulo led all trainers after opening weekend, with three scores from six starters. All three of his winners wintered in Ontario, including Bears Grace, who shrugged off a challenger on the lead and then held off Angel With Class in the stretch to prevail in a five-furlong Ontario-sired allowance on Sunday. Read More...

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Young horses are considered weanlings from the time they're separated from their mothers until one year of age. This is a critical time in the young horse's life, and nutrition plays an important part. Here are five important points to consider when feeding a weanling: Read More...

Chitu Named Horse of Meet at Sunland Park

Chitu, the winner of the meet’s richest race, was named horse of the meet at Sunland Park Racetrack, which ended its 76-day season on April 15. Read More...

Watch the Under Tack Show live

OBS Sales | 1 day ago
OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in TrainingApril 21 – 24, 2014 Under Tack ShowHip No. 1 – 302 – Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:00 a.m.Hip No. 303 – 604 – Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:00 a.m.Hip No. 605 – 906 … Read More...

Horse Owners and Trainers Say They’ll Release Veterinary Records

More than 40 horsemen have agreed to turn over records for the two weeks before any graded stakes races, which will be made available to the public two hours before post time. Read More...

Tattersalls: Record-breaking War Front colt paces breeze-up sale

DRF | 1 day ago
A son of red-hot commercial stallion War Front sold for about $2.03 million (1.15 million guineas) on Thursday during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breez-up sale, which ended with solid gains in gross, average, and median as well as an improved buyback rate. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:46 PM ET A growing list of prominent owners and trainers have pledged to make public the veterinary records of their... Read More...

Los Alamitos looking to acquire Fairplex September dates

DRF | 2 days ago
Officials with Barretts Sales and Racing at the Los Angeles County Fair are in advanced discussions with colleagues at Los Alamitos Racecourse to relocate the 13-day Fairplex meeting to the Orange County track this September. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:14 PM ET A growing list of prominent owners and trainers have pledged to make public the veterinary records of their... Read More...

OBS Spring: First-crop sires prominent at third breeze show

DRF | 2 days ago
Offspring from the first crops of champions Lookin At Lucky and Midshipman were among the quartet of juveniles to tie for the fastest furlong time on the third day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training under-tack show. Read More...

Harlan’s Holiday Colt Posts Swiftest OBS Work

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The fastest time for a quarter mile in three days of under tack previews was posted by a bay colt by Harlan's Holiday who breezed in :20 3/5 April 17 for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale at Ocala Training Center. Read More...

Strait of Mewsina Sires First Foal

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade III-winning Indiana-based stallion Strait of Mewsina sired his foal when a filly was born April 17. Read More...

Daring Dancer Wins Appalachian With Key Move

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Daring Dancer, making her first start in nearly six months, remained unbeaten with a daring 2 1/2-length triumph in the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 17 at Keeneland. Read More...

Daring Dancer Remains Perfect in Appalachian

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:00 PM ET 8th at KEE (Keeneland)GIII Appalachian S. ($100K)     Winner: Daring Dancer by Empire Maker Daring Dancer (Empire Maker) remains perfect wi... Read More...

Mike Mitchell to Step Down as Head Trainer

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The stable of leading Southern Californian conditioner Mike Mitchell will be restructured starting April 21, with his longtime assistant Philip D'Amato taking over the reins as head trainer. Read More...

Daring Dancer takes Appalachian Stakes for Motion

DRF | 2 days ago
Graham Motion said before the Keeneland spring meet began that his barn might have a few winners in it. Motion’s notions came to full fruition Thursday when Daring Dancer capped a three-win day for the English-born trainer by winning the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes under a heady ride from Alan Garcia. Read More...

European Mark Smashed Again at Tattersalls

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Just 24 hours after a High Chaparral colt set a European record for a breeze-up sale, the high water mark was moved again when a 2-year-old War Front colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill was sold for 1,150,000 guineas. Read More...

Ky Derby: Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flags

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Doug Salvatore profiles the form, pedigree, speed and red flags of Kentucky Derby contenders. Part 2 of 3. Read More...

KTOBA honors dam of Take Charge Indy

Take Charge Lady, the dam of first-year WinStar Farm stallion Take Charge Indy was honored as 2013 Broodmare of the Year by the KTOBA... Read More...

Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Anne M. Eberhardt catches up with broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady. Read More...

Oak Tree seeks to run Pleasanton meeting

DRF | 2 days ago
The Oak Tree Racing Association, which operated autumn race meetings at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park from 1969 to 2010, is planning to operate the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton this summer. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Illinois Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Illinois Derby and the Charles Town Classic. Read More...

NTRA Reports Positive Financial Results

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors on April 17 approved the association's audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2014, which reflect net revenues of $667,477. Read More...

Slideshow: Take Charge Lady

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Images celebrating the career of 2013 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady. Read More...

Owners, trainers pledge to make vet records public

DRF | 2 days ago
Dozens of owners and trainers have pledged to make the veterinary records of their horses publicly available for graded stakes run in the U.S., the Jockey Club announced on Thursday. Read More...

Stronach makes medication reforms the No. 1 priority at his tracks

DRF | 2 days ago
The tracks owned by the Stronach Group, a roster that includes Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Laurel, and Pimlico, will seek to put in place house rules that would require owners to release their vet records to track officials and that would establish ontrack pharmacies controlling all medications administered to horses, the owner of the company, Frank Stronach, said in a statement. Read More...

Flattering Bea can end losing streak in Sugar Maple

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday, in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes, Flattering Bea will get to run seven furlongs over what should be a fast Charles Town track, perhaps a combination that could put an end to a five-race losing streak. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mitchell handing reins to assistant

DRF | 2 days ago
Among the top trainers in Southern California with 18 meet titles and 2,678 wins, including a record 476 at Del Mar, trainer Mike Mitchell will turn over his operation to assistant Phil D’Amato after the sixth race Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Harlan’s Holiday colt fastest at third Spring Sale Under Tack session

OBS Sales | 2 days ago
Northwest Stud's Harlan's Holiday colt works a quarter in :20 3/5. (Louise Reinagel photo) Read More...

Byron King: Poker Player is value shot of Lexington

DRF | 2 days ago
When a turf horse races on a synthetic track, the assumption is the horse will take to the surface. And like most assumptions, blindly believing in one can be dangerous. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Illinois Derby distance a challenge for Midnight Hawk

DRF | 2 days ago
The “Hawk” in Midnight Hawk refers to the Chicago Blackhawks, whose coach, Joel Quenneville, owns a piece of the colt, and many handicappers will view Midnight Hawk’s presence at Hawthorne in the Illinois Derby as something akin to the Blackhawks meeting a squad of 13-year-olds. Read More...

Eblouissante has tall task in Santa Lucia

DRF | 2 days ago
Eblouissante has lived in the spotlight since she made her first start at Hollywood Park in November 2012. But when Eblouissante starts in Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita, she will not be the focus of the race. Read More...

She’s a Tiger ready for Kentucky trip

DRF | 2 days ago
She’s a Tiger, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2013, worked seven furlongs in 1:26 at Santa Anita on Thursday, her final major exercise before she is sent to Kentucky next week for her 2014 debut in the $175,000 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2. Read More...

Take Charge Lady is KY Broodmare of the Year

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Eaton Sales' Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge, was honored as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 17. Read More...

Take Charge Lady Kentucky Broodmare of Year

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Eaton Sales' Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge, was honored as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 17. Read More...

Bowen off to fast start at Emerald meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Rocco Bowen, who has never won a riding title at any track, will look to keep rolling Saturday at Emerald Downs when he rides likely favorite Belt in the featured race. Read More...

War Front Colt Brings 1,150,000gns, Smashes Record at Craven

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:21 PM ET TATAPR (Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale)hip 119     2-Year-Old C     War Front--Julie From Dixie     1,150,... Read More...

Prominent Owners & Trainers Volunteer Vet Records

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:01 PM ET Prominent owners and trainer voluntarily offered to make the veterinary records public of graded stakes horses. Read More...

Quality Road Firster Easy Winner of Keeneland Debut

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:53 PM ET 2nd at KEE (Keeneland)Msw ($50K)     Winner: Hootenanny by Quality Road Hottenanny (Quality Road) strode home an easy debut winner at Keene... Read More...

Pace in Distaff might favor late-running My Pal Chrisy

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Marty Wolfson is back to take another shot at Saturday's $200,000 Distaff at Aqueduct, sending out the six-time listed stakes winner My Pal Chrisy against six opponents in a pretty competitive renewal of the six-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Gutterman signs on as NYRA marketing consultant

DRF | 2 days ago
Allen Gutterman, who served as vice president of marketing for the New York Racing Association in the early 1990s, has returned to the company as a marketing consultant, NYRA officials confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Stronach has it right on medication rules

DRF | 2 days ago
Frank Stronach’s plan to implement house rules at his tracks is the latest attempt to address animal welfare and medication abuse. Read More...

Interest High for Oklahoma City Summer Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Following record-breaking increases at the 2013 OKC Summer Sale, officials say they are preparing for an increase in entries for the upcoming sale set for Aug. 18 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. Read More...

General a Rod has first breeze for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
General a Rod, one of the main Kentucky Derby threats out of Florida this winter, had his first breeze since shipping to Kentucky when going five furlongs Thursday in 59.80 seconds at the Trackside training center. Read More...

Enterprising risks perfect turf mark in La Puente

DRF | 2 days ago
Enterprising and Gary Stevens have a perfect record together on turf. They won a maiden race over a mile at Hollywood Park in November, followed by a win in the Eddie Logan Stakes in December and a win by a nose in the Pasadena Stakes over a mile March 22. Read More...

Quality Road’s First Starter Scores Easy Win

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Hootenanny, the first starter for freshman sire Quality Road, skipped away from the field in the stretch of Keeneland's second race April 17, scoring a 4 1/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight test. Read More...