Thoroughbred News

Old Friends named beneficiary of Breeders’ Cup, with commemorative Zenyatta Maker’s Mark bottle offered to fans

DRF | 10 hours ago
Continuing its collaboration to raise funds for important causes, the Breeders’ Cup and Maker's Mark announced that Old Friends Farm, home to some of the most popular retired Thoroughbred racehorses, has been named the official charity beneficiary of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and will be offering a limited edition, commemorative Zenyatta bottle of Maker's Mark. Read More...

VA-Bred Owners’ Bonus Program Begins July 1

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
An owners' bonus program for Virginia-bred runners that win overnight races at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region will begin July 1 and run through Dec. 31. Read More...

NMHBA Stallion Service Auction Features 10 Stallions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association will conduct a stallion service auction featuring 10 stallions -- five Thoroughbred and five Quarter Horse -- before each day of the New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, August 19-20. Read More...

Family Tree gets better of Ready to Confess in Iowa Oaks

DRF | 12 hours ago
Family Tree did Thursday night at Prairie Meadows in the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks what she could not do May 28 in a Churchill Downs allowance race, namely hold off Ready to Confess and win a horse race. Read More...

Giwner: Seeking fair value in the Sun Stakes Finals at Pocono

DRF | 22 hours ago
One of the issues plaguing harness racing right now is deceiving morning line odds. Often enough tracks put forth lines that simply don’t represent the value you are likely to receive come post time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Saturday’s Sun Stakes Finals at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to provide a clearer picture as to who will be the favorites, the fringe players and the longshots. Read More...

Family Tree Scores in Iowa Oaks

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Gary and Mary West's Family Tree turned the tables on Ready to Confess and earned her first stakes win June 30 in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Borell Case Highlights Holes In Kentucky County, State Animal Cruelty Laws

As distressing details emerged this week about the condition of 43 horses at the center of an animal neglect investigation in Mercer County, Ky., concerned horse lovers had lots of questions. For... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 23 – June 26

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Hawthorne, Meadowlands, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Breeder Campbell floods the Lansing Stakes field

DRF | 1 day ago
Lisa Campbell can’t lose on Saturday in the $20,000 Lansing Stakes. The Grass Lake, Mich., resident owns probable favorite Couldnt Wait, but more importantly, Campbell is the breeder of record for all five horses in the six-furlong race for Michigan-bred, 3-year-old colts and geldings at Hazel Park. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/2 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Pocono: Racing Hill earning attention for Hempt Final

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Tony Alagna thought Racing Hill came into this year flying under the radar, but the colt is getting his share of attention now following a second-place finish in the North America Cup and a win in his Max C. Hempt Memorial elimination last weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/2 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/2 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Awesome Banner short price in Carry Back

DRF | 1 day ago
Awesome Banner figures to go postward one of the shortest-priced favorites on Saturday's $1.125 million Summit of Speed program when he faces six other 3-year-olds in the Grade 3 Carry Back at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

That’s Lucky For You seeks third straight in Sires’ Cup Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Retama Park near San Antonio puts on the $112,000 Sires’ Cup Futurity for Quarter Horses on Saturday night. That’s Lucky For You will be seeking her third straight win when she starts from the rail in the 350-yard race. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 7/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 7/2 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Marfilous tops five fillies challenging colts in Firecracker Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
It’s boys versus girls Saturday night in the Grade 2, $271,950 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs. The field of Quarter Horses is equally split between fillies and colts, with Marfilous leading the charge of five females in the 10-horse race and the male contingent topped by Sizzlin Stewart. Read More...

High Legend tops Regret Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The state’s defending 2-year-old filly of the year, High Legend will face her first stakes test as a sophomore on Friday in the $20,000 Regret Stakes at Hazel Park. Read More...

TCA Fund Established to Help Abandoned Horses

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced that LNJ Foxwoods has established a fund to benefit the horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky. Read More...

Mobile Bay, The Pickett Factor resume rivalry in Louisiana Legends Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
Mobile Bay and The Pickett Factor rose to the top of their Louisiana-bred crop last year at 3, with Mobile Bay winning the Grade 2 Super Derby and The Pickett Factor taking the Louisiana Champions Day Classic. The horses were frequent rivals, but have yet to meet at 4. That will change on Saturday night, when Mobile Bay and The Pickett Factor clash in the $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Probe Into Abandoned Horses Continues

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A day after 43 charges of second-degree animal cruelty were filed against Charles Borell and his trainer daughter Maria, investigators with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture continued to work on identifying and locating owners of the horses. Read More...

‘Ghost’ Takes on Males in Queen’s Plate

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, the tough-luck second-place finisher last time out in the Woodbine Oaks June 12, will take on males for the first time in her career as the only filly in the field for the $1 million Queen's Plate July 3. Read More...

Cettina rides credit builder to BCBC spot

DRF | 1 day ago
On Sunday, Roger Cettina got his season back on track with a qualification for the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge – the world's most important live-bankroll contest – on the DRF Tournaments website. Cettina funded his entry with money he won in a credit builder on DRF Tournaments. Read More...

Strut the Course Headlines Dance Smartly

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Champion Strut the Course is the 5-2 morning line choice, as she tries for a repeat in the July 3 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine. Read More...

Onus will bring her steam to Perfect Sting

DRF | 1 day ago
Onus will try to build off her course-record-setting 4-year-old debut when she faces 12 rivals in the $100,000 Perfect Sting Stakes on the Belmont Park undercard Saturday. Read More...

S’maverlous transforms into two-turn terror heading into Cornhusker

DRF | 1 day ago
After five straight strong performances in routes, it's probably time to start taking him seriously, and S'maverlous is the horse to beat if he holds his form Saturday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap. Read More...

Bolo, Flamboyant pointing to Eddie Read

DRF | 1 day ago
The Grade 2 winners Bolo and Flamboyant will both return from a layoff to start in the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes on turf at Del Mar on July 17. Read More...

Sadler leaning toward Hirsch for Stellar Wind

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer John Sadler said a rematch with Beholder in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30 is a possibility for Stellar Wind. Read More...

Delta Bluesman must be caught in Smile Sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro, whose barn is loaded with top-caliber sprinters, will try to sew up at least one spot in this year's Sprint on Saturday at Gulfstream Park when he sends out Delta Bluesman as the one to catch in the Smile Sprint. Read More...

Flores replaced on mount after failing to obtain New York license

DRF | 1 day ago
Jockey David Flores, who was named to ride in the fifth race Thursday at Belmont Park, has been replaced on the mount because he has not yet been granted a New York jockey's license. Read More...

Laurel Adds New High-Definition Infield Board

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Coming on the heels of a successful 28-day meet at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Jockey Club shifts live racing to Laurel Park for the opening of its summer meet with a nine-race twilight program July 1. Read More...

Citizen Geller Breaks Track Record in OD McDonald Stakes

Citizen Geller outran his 20-1 odds to win the $60,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs on June 25. Read More...

Training Progeny of Curlin

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
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Lady Shipman Stands Tall in Highlander

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Lady Shipman is no stranger tackling the boys, having finished second in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, and she not only has the class in this field, but gets a weight allowance as well. Read More...

Several factors favor Adhara in Petticoat

DRF | 1 day ago
Adhara will have a couple of key variables working in her favor Saturday when she meets the undefeated Bryn's Fancy Pants in the $50,000 Petticoat at the Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Mr. Jordan, Green Gratto Face Off in Salvator

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Stakes winners Nonna's Boy and Res Judicata also are contesting the race, seeking their first graded stakes wins. Read More...

Hair Trigger fires at Wyong

Arrowfield Stud | 1 day ago
First season sire Smart Missile added a new winner to his record when the Arrowfield-owned Hair Trigger scored comfortably at Wyong on Thursday... Read More...

Birdatthewire has a lot going for her in Princess Rooney

DRF | 1 day ago
The decision to bring Birdatthewire back to Gulfstream Park for Saturday's $250,000 Princess Rooney was pretty much a no-brainer for trainer Dale Romans. Read More...

Danzing Candy makes debut for Baffert in Affirmed

DRF | 1 day ago
Saturday, Danzing Candy will have his first start for trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds. Danzing Candy will be favored to win his second stakes of the year in the Grade 3 Affirmed at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Grand Palais stepping down, Prince of Silver moving up

DRF | 1 day ago
Grand Palais and Prince of Silver look like the main players in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up restricted to nonwinners of two that will serve as the feature race at Emerald Downs on Saturday. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: The Mother Goose

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Off the Tracks, Mom's On Strike, Lewis Bay, and Lightstream. Sponsored by Equibase. Read More...

Breeding Fund Changes Approved by PA House

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The Pennsylvania House June 30 approved substantive changes to the Thoroughbred breeding fund, some payments from which have been suspended for months because of problematic language in a horse racing reform bill that became law in February. Read More...

Trainer Maria Borell, father charged with animal cruelty

DRF | 1 day ago
Chuck Borell and his daughter, trainer Maria Borell, have been charged with animal cruelty in the case of 43 abandoned Thoroughbreds on a farm in Mercer County in central Kentucky. Read More...

Tarty to the Party up in time in $100K Saylorville S.

Speightstown's incredibly consistent mare Tarty to the Party kicked in late in the $100,000 Saylorville S. at Prairie Meadows racetrack to win the six-furlong contest by a head... Read More...

Bashford Manor part of potentially rich Single Six sequence

DRF | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs is looking toward the future as it closes its spring-summer meet on Saturday night with the 115th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes for 2-year-olds, in which locally based debut winners face a strong cast of invaders. Read More...

Mother Goose lures tough trio

DRF | 1 day ago
The Mother Goose on Saturday at Belmont Park could turn into quite a brawl. Rachel's Valentina will be making her fifth consecutive Grade 1 start. Lewis Bay finished in front of Rachel's Valentina in the Kentucky Oaks. Lightstream has yet to be beaten. Not much separates the three, and a one-turn 1 1/16 miles seems a fair distance to match them up. Read More...

Santa Anita Installs New Turf Course

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Santa Anita Park June 29 completed the installation of its new turf course, which will be ready for use for the Southern California track's fall meet, which begins Sept. 30. Read More...

2016 August Yearling Sale

OBS Sales | 1 day ago
Catalog Selected Yearlings Hip # 1 – 218 Tuesday, August 25 11:00 a.m. Open Yearlings Wednesday, August 26 11:00 a.m. (Hip # 219 – 516) Thursday, August 27 11:00 a.m. (Hip # 517 – 813) Sortable Master & Photo Index  Master Index In Excel … Read More...

Pretty City Dancer, Tricky One meet in Debutante Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Pretty City Dancer and Tricky One, both impressive maiden winners at Churchill Downs, headline a field of 10 2-year-old fillies assembled for the 116th running of the $100,000 Debutante Stakes on the track's closing-night card Saturday. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, July 2: Picks for Mother Goose, Bashford Manor, Queen’s Plate

DRF | 1 day ago
Off the Tracks, my pick in Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, finished strongly once clear to be beaten only a little more than a length in the Acorn, and she finished ahead of Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, and Black-Eyed Susan winner Go Maggie Go. Read More...