Thoroughbred News

Record Stakes Purses Set for Oaklawn Park

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes is a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

King’s Bishop Likely Option for Wildcat Red

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
After finishing a game third in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 27, Wildcat Red could be cutting back in distance in a few weeks when he travels to Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Ide Be Cool tests open company in Prelude Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
The $100,000 Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Saturday is the lone open-company race on a program of nine stakes, but the Super Derby prep will have a good amount of Louisiana-bred flair when the state’s reigning Horse of the Year, Ide Be Cool, puts his 7-for-7 record on the line in the race. Read More...

Partyallnightlong tests open company on turf in My Frenchman

DRF | 20 hours ago
Partyallnightlong, one of the most successful active New Jersey- breds, tackles open company once again while returning to turf in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Makari wins Smithwick in U.S. debut

DRF | 20 hours ago
Makari made his U.S. debut a memorable one, winning a nose bob from course record holder Demonstrative to capture Thursday’s Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Stepplechase Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Hovdey: Double dose of reailty for Van Dyke

DRF | 20 hours ago
The sixth race at Del Mar was underway last Friday, July 25, at around 6:30 p.m. as Gary Stevens settled into a meal of hospital food at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. One thing did not necessarily have anything to do with the other, except for the fact that Stevens, his right knee finally replaced that morning after years of horseback abuse, also was tuned into the races at just the right moment to see his young friend and colleague Drayden Van Dyke go down in a three-horse pile on the backstretch of the Del Mar turf course. Read More...

Crist: Rare rivalry featured in Whitney

DRF | 20 hours ago
So many things in racing don’t quite work out the way we would like. Horses’ careers are cut short by injury; they fail to hold their form from year to year; potentially compelling rivalries fizzle just as they’ve begun. It’s the nature of the game. It also makes it all the more heartening, and worthy of celebration, when things work out as well as could be hoped for, which is what will happen when Palace Malice and Will Take Charge step onto the Saratoga track Saturday afternoon to face off in the $1.5 million Whitney Stakes. Read More...

Spectrus, Deadly Truth find a softer spot

DRF | 20 hours ago
Spectrus and Deadly Truth look like the main players in an optional $35,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at Northlands Park on Saturday. Read More...

Moonshine Mullin brings five-race win streak into West Virginia Governor’s Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
The top supporting stakes on the West Virginia Derby undercard is the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race that has drawn Moonshine Mullin, who has forced his way into the upper echelon of older runners with back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
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Gierkink’s preview: Breeders’ prep?

DRF | 20 hours ago
Go Bro, the runner-up in last year’s Grade 2 Summer Stakes, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the sixth, a 1 1/16-mile entry-level allowance on the grass. Read More...

Iotapa begins drive to Breeders’ Cup in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 20 hours ago
Iotapa ran the race of her career when she won the Grade 1 Vanity Stakes at Santa Anita in June by 10 1/4 lengths. Now all she has to do is repeat that performance in increasingly difficult races for the rest of the year. Read More...

City of Hope Designated Breeders’ Cup Charity

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
For the second year in a row City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, is the primary non-profit beneficiary for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Read More...

Cainam looks ready to make charge in Ralph Hayes Stakes

DRF | 21 hours ago
Saturday night’s Iowa Classic program, comprised of seven stakes worth almost $600,000 combined, is the meet-ending target of every Iowa-bred. Read More...

CITY OF HOPE SELECTED AS OFFICIAL CHARITY OF 2014 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 21 hours ago
July 31, 2014 NEW YORK (July 31, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced that it has selected City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, for the second consecutive year, as its primary non-profit beneficiary for the 31st running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. read more Read More...

Einstein Moving to Adena Springs Canada

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Second-crop sire Einstein (Spend a Buck--Gay Charm, by Ghadeer) will move to Adena Springs Kentucky to Adena Springs Canada for the 2015 breeding season. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Aug. 2: Picks for Whitney, Test, West Virginia Derby

DRF | 21 hours ago
Moreno and Itsmyluckyday are the two I’m looking to get home under Palace Malice in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Venus de Milo, Narniyn Square Off in Nassau

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
After a trio of seconds at the group I level, Venus de Milo goes in search of a breakthrough Aug. 2 in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood, but France-based Narniyn looks to be a tough opponent. Read More...

Delaunay vulnerable in Byrd Memorial Stakes

DRF | 21 hours ago
A 3 1/2-length win in the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs two starts ago and a $1 million bankroll are sufficient reasons to stamp Delaunay as the favorite in the Sen. Robert Byrd Memorial Stakes, one of five $100,000 dirt sprint stakes on the West Virginia Derby undercard Saturday at Mountaineer.
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Soaring Softly choice Angelica Zapata fires nearly every time

DRF | 21 hours ago
Angelica Zapata, making just her second start since February, returns to action as part of a competitive field of fillies and mares in the $75,000 Soaring Softly Stakes, a one-mile turf race that serves as the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Frankel to service mares on Southern Hemisphere time

DRF | 21 hours ago
Two-time European Horse of the Year Frankel will again be available later this year to cover a limited number of mares on Southern Hemisphere time. Read More...

Wise Dan to skip Fourstardave Handicap

DRF | 22 hours ago
Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who has won the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga the last two summers, will not seek a three-peat in that race, trainer Charlie LoPresti said Thursday. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Saratoga on Thursday, July 31

DRF | 22 hours ago
It’s all about the weather, really. There’s a good chance of rain – possibly heavy – throughout the day, but the stuff is moving in waves and will be somewhat scattered, so timing and amounts are tough to predict. Five of the day’s 10 turf races – starting with race 3 – are carded for grass, and the card could wind up looking in reality nothing like it looks on paper. Read More...

Keeneland catalogs 4,181 for September yearling sale

DRF | 22 hours ago
The catalog for the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale will feature 4,181 horses to be sold over 13 sessions. Read More...

Churchill Downs Commits Money to RMTC

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. on July 31 became the 24th racetrack entity in the United States to commit to making a contribution to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Read More...

Flipcup back with Ontario-sired fillies in Eternal Search

DRF | 22 hours ago
After a productive stint in New York, Flipcup returns to Woodbine for Saturday’s $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile test for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Goodwood Cup Glory For Halling’s Cavalryman

TDN | 22 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:43 AM ET 3rd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G2 Artemis Goodwood Cup     Winner: Cavalryman (GB) by Halling Godolphin's Cavalryman (GB) (Halling) leads home a 1-2 ... Read More...

West Virginia Derby’s top trio hard to separate

DRF | 22 hours ago
The Grade 2 West Virginia Derby, the highlight of the Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino season, offers an interesting three-way matchup of Grade 2 winners: Candy Boy, Tapiture, and Vicar’s in Trouble. Read More...

Robert Dupret Derby a big ask for Over Achiever

DRF | 23 hours ago
Over Achiever may have to live up to his name Saturday in the $50,000-added Robert Dupret Derby at the Sonoma County Fair. The Robert Dupret Derby is for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the Santa Rosa turf. Read More...

Oaklawn Park stakes schedule worth record $6.6 million

DRF | 23 hours ago
The Oaklawn Park stakes program for 3-year-olds that this year played host to Bayern and Ride On Curlin will be even stronger for 2015. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 31

DRF | 23 hours ago
With an unsettled weather forecast, it’s difficult to come to any conclusions about multi-race exotics where races may or may not stay on turf, so we’ll try to strike early and cash out on the first pick three of the day. Read More...

Father Patrick heads imposing Takter trio in Hambletonian

DRF | 23 hours ago
For the first time in the 89-year history of the prestigious Hambletonian, one race will decide the champion. A purse of $1,006,125 will be on the line as 11 3-year-old trotters head behind the gate at 5:15 p.m. Eastern on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Zebedee’s Ivawood Blitzes Richmond Rivals

TDN | 23 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:57 AM ET 2nd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G2 Qatar Bloodstock Richmond S.     Winner: Ivawood (Ire) by Zebedee (GB) Fiona & Ian Jennings' Ivawood (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) dominant in Goodwood's G2 Richmond S. Read More...

Sassy Kitten adds blinkers for President’s Cup

DRF | 23 hours ago
Of the eight stakes on the West Virginia Derby undercard, two are on turf – one for males and one for fillies and mares. Read More...

Meadowlands: Scott Zeron excited for Hambletonian Day

DRF | 23 hours ago
When driver Scott Zeron made the decision to leave Canada for the United States last year, he admittedly was “just hoping things worked out.” One year removed from starting in just two minor stakes races on Hambletonian Day, Zeron has a drive in six $100,000-plus events on the first Saturday in August this year and at least a chance to win a few. Read More...

Grade I Producer Garden Secrets Dies

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Garden Secrets, the dam of Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Forest Secrets and a half sister to Hall of Famer Silverbulletday, was euthanized July 22 at Glenary Farm near Frankfort, Ky. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 24 to July 27

DRF | 23 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for July 24 to 27, 2014. Read More...

TOBA July Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
A lifelong equine enthusiast, Margaret Burlingham imbues her racing endeavors with compassion for the animals she adores. That care shines through, especially for gelding Saint Leon. Read More...

Free’s preview: One tough pick six

DRF | 24 hours ago
An upset Wednesday by a $20,000 maiden-claimer in the main-track finale ($99.60 Espirito Bueno) generated a $59,127 pick six carryover to Thursday. Read More...

Oasis Dream Filly Airs In Style at Deauville

TDN | 24 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AM ET 3rd at DVL (DEAUVILLE)?25,000 Prix de Lisieux (Mdn)     Winner: Rafaadah (GB) by Oasis Dream (GB) Shadwell's Rafaadah (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}... Read More...

Galileo Filly Kicks Off Deauville Fest

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:53 AM ET 5th at DVL (DEAUVILLE)G3 Prix de Psyche     Winner: Be My Gal (GB) by Galileo (Ire) John Deer's Be My Gal (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) wins Deauvill... Read More...

Silent Star gets first stakes win in Victoriana

DRF | 1 day ago
Under a patient ride from Justin Stein, Silent Star notched her first stakes victory on Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $126,200 Victoriana. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro Colt Earns Rising Star Tag in Style at Deauville

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 6:51 AM ET 1st at DVL (DEAUVILLE)?25,000 Prix de Tancarville (Mdn)     Winner: Romeo Lima by Medaglia d'Oro Joseph Allen homebred Romeo Lima (Medaglia ... Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:36 PM ET A field of nine, led by consensus top older horse Palace Malice (Curlin), drew Wednesday for Saturday's... Read More...

Turf racing resumes Wednesday with no problems

DRF | 2 days ago
Turf racing resumed at Del Mar without incident on Wednesday after three horses were euthanized from injuries suffered in turf races last Friday and Saturday. Read More...

Will Take Charge vs. Palace Malice in Whitney

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Aug. 2 in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off at Saratoga Race Course as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test. Read More...

Perfect at Spa, Sweet Reason Ready for Test

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After securing the first grade I win of her career last year at Saratoga Race Course, recent Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Sweet Reason will try to register a second straight top-level score Aug. 2 in the Longines Test Stakes. Read More...

Scat Daddy Colt Runs to the Money at Del Mar

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:52 PM ET 6th at DMR (Del Mar)MSW ($75K)     Winner: Dallas Skyline by Scat Daddy Dallas Skyline (c, 2, Scat Daddy) justifies debut favoritism for Co... Read More...

Scat Daddy Colt Runs to the Money at Del Mar

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:52 PM ET 6th at DMR (Del Mar)MSW ($75K)     Winner: Dallas Skyline by Scat Daddy Dallas Skyline (c, 2, Scat Daddy) justifies debut favoritism for Co... Read More...

Wake Up Nick outclasses Graduation foes

DRF | 2 days ago
Wake Up Nick remained unbeaten after three races with a comprehensive victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Graduation Stakes against California-bred 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Read More...

Del Mar Makes Adjustments to Slow Polytrack

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
In hopes of slowing the track down a little, Del Mar added some wax to its Polytrack synthetic racing surface July 29 for the first time this year, track spokesman C.P. (Mac) McBride said. Read More...