Thoroughbred News

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 18 hours ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore Read More...

HRRN Saratoga Series Begins July 23

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Thursday they will once again broadcast live from historic Saratoga Race Course every Saturday throughout the 2016 race meet. Read More...

HRRN Saratoga Series Begins July 23

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Thursday they will once again broadcast live from historic Saratoga Race Course every Saturday throughout the 2016 race meet. Read More...

Vernon: Hambletonian hopefuls line up for Sunday’s Zweig

DRF | 20 hours ago
With the $1 million Hambletonian just 13 days away, many of the leading candidates for the sport’s biggest prize will convene on Vernon Downs Sunday night for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. In a year where anyone can win the top prize, there are still many contenders and Sunday’s contest may help trainers and owners better measure their true chances come the first Saturday in August. Read More...

A Song in an Everlasting Garden

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
If your brain can sniff out what you remember about Songbird's third dam Torsion Belle, whose four black-type horses appear as siblings to Songbird’s second dam Beaty Sark (by Deputy Minister), a few bells might have started to ring. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Saratoga’s Lure, New York’s Hook?

Today, the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing at Saratoga begins again. The six-week meet is one of the most enticing events of the year for fans, bettors, and horsemen. In this edition of The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Free: How I’d Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 21 hours ago
Free: How I'd Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23 Read More...

Jockey Joe Steiner Retires

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After 25 years, 52 racetracks, and 32 broken bones, jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement July 21. Read More...

After 25 Years, Jockey Joe Steiner Retires

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After 25 years, 52 racetracks, and 32 broken bones, jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement July 21. Read More...

After 35 Years, Jockey Joe Steiner Retires

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After 35 years, 52 racetracks, and 32 broken bones, jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement July 21. Read More...

Racing Returns to Saratoga!

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Diana Stakes (gr. I) and Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. Read More...

Hoppertunity, ‘Aces’ Entered in Cougar II

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Grade I winners Hoppertunity and Hard Aces highlight a field of six entered for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar. Read More...

Hard Aces Stands Out in Cougar II

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Grade I winner Hard Aces highlights a field of six entered for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar. Read More...

Miyadi Suspended by CHRB After Drug Test

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The California Horse Racing Board announced July 21 that trainer Steve Miyadi will be suspended 30 days after one of his horses tested for levels of methamphetamine and amphetamine that exceeded allowed limits. Read More...

Second winner in two days for Overdriven

Ocala Stud's freshman sire Overdriven got his second maiden winner in as many days when Drive Sandy Drive powered to a 2 3/4-length win in his racing debut... Read More...

Songbird Adds Star Power to Sunday’s CCA Oaks

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro. Read More...

Funding Issue Latest Delay for Brockton Meet

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The potential return of live racing to the Brockton Fairgrounds was delayed once again July 21, when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission tabled the track's request for funds to cover the administrative and operational expenses of running a live meet. Read More...

Elders Try to Prove Themselves in Nijinsky

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A trio of 6-year-olds that have been trending the wrong way will try to recall their glory days in the nine-furlong Nijinsky at Woodbine Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Probe into ride by Castanon

DRF | 2 days ago
Kentucky’s stewards are conducting an investigation into a July 2 race at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., in which the favorite, ridden by Jesus Castanon, finished fifth in a six-horse field, the stewards confirmed on Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Evans trio stuck far outside in Albuquerque Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
The sheer numbers are stacked in trainer Justin Evans’s favor, but the luck of the draw did him no favors for Saturday’s $50,000 feature at the Downs at Albuquerque. Evans has three of the nine fillies and mares in the lineup for the Albuquerque Distaff Handicap, but Sky Rant, Exposure, and Lady Contender must find a way to work out a good trip from the three outside post positions. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

‘Vegas,’ Be Mine Meet Again in San Clemente

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A head and a nose apart in their last two outings, Stays in Vegas and Be Mine will once again do battle in the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 23 at Del Mar. Read More...

224 Entered in Equine Sales Company Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Equine Sales Company today announced a catalog of 224 head for its Consignor Select Yearling Sale to be held September 7 in Opelousas, Louisiana. Read More...

224 Cataloged for Louisiana Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Equine Sales Company has cataloged 224 head for its consignor select yearling sale scheduled for Sept. 7 in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Whitney possible next start for Bradester

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Eddie Kenneally said that Bradester, winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster last month at Churchill Downs, is under consideration for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes here on Aug. 6. Read More...

My Man Sam prepping for Travers

DRF | 2 days ago
My Man Sam, the Blue Grass runner-up, will make his first start since his 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby in a first-level allowance on Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Weep No More sticking with Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Rusty Arnold said the decision to run Weep No More in Sunday's Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga was made long before it was announced the undefeated champion Songbird would be coming to the race as well. Read More...

Rematch for Dartmouth, Highland Reel in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Ascot was supposed to mark the next appearance by the mighty Postponed. But with Postponed laid low this week by an upper-respiratory infection, the 1 1/2-mile summer fixture could come down to Dartmouth and Highland Reel, a pair of 4-year-olds separated by a head last month when Dartmouth won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Hovdey: Back from the desert, Chrome hits the beach

DRF | 2 days ago
California Chrome's return on Saturday in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar will provide a solid test of his status four months removed from his glorious victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Read More...

Miss Temple City unproven at Diana distance

DRF | 2 days ago
Miss Temple City is the only Grade 1 winner in the field going into Saturday's $500,000 Diana Stakes at Saratoga and trainer Graham Motion is hopeful she'll also be the only one coming out of the prestigious turf fixture for fillies and mares. Read More...

VLT revenue cap hot topic for NYRA

DRF | 2 days ago
Though locally based politicians would prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo leave the current franchise agreement in place with the New York Racing Association as part of any reprivatization bill, there is reason to believe that a future deal could include some sort of cap on the revenue NYRA receives from the video-lottery terminals in place at Aqueduct. Read More...

King: California Chrome among three favorites to bet against

DRF | 2 days ago
My wagering strategy this weekend is to bet against star power. Whether the horse is California Chrome in the San Diego Handicap, or some striking first-out maiden winners in lesser stakes, the goal is to shoot for value opportunities with less heralded runners. Read More...

California Chrome figures to attract a crowd

DRF | 2 days ago
The presence of the popular California Chrome in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday is expected to boost attendance at Del Mar. Craig Dado, Del Mar's chief marketing officer, says California Chrome's appearance and promotions that include food truck and craft beer festivals could produce an audience in excess of 25,000. Read More...

Rancho Bernardo target for Pretty N Cool, Enchanting Lady

DRF | 2 days ago
Pretty N Cool and Enchanting Lady gave trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the exacta in Wednesday's $77,600 California Equine Retirement Foundation Stakes at Del Mar. The same two fillies will give Baffert a strong team for the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 17. Read More...

Louisiana yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 2 days ago
The catalog for the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana consignor-select yearling sale is now available online, featuring 224 horses on offer. The auction will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Calculator makes turf debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Calculator won a graded stakes on dirt in early 2015 as a 3-year-old, and has two seconds and a third in graded sprints this year. Saturday, Calculator's career will go in a different direction when he starts for the first time on turf. Read More...

Jersey Shore good fit for Full Salute

DRF | 2 days ago
Monmouth Park offers two very different stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday. The Grade 3 Jersey Shore is at six furlongs on dirt and the Lamplighter is a 1 1/16-mile turf race. Read More...

San Clemente’s distance right for Stays in Vegas

DRF | 2 days ago
Stays in Vegas and Be Mine have been separated by a nose and a head in their two meetings, so trips will be of paramount importance when they square off with nine others on Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Fast juveniles Bitumen, Random Walk clash in Sanford

DRF | 2 days ago
hough only five 2-year-olds were entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga there is an intriguing match-up between Bitumen and Random Walk in the six-furlong race. Read More...

Live format suits NHC Tour rookie Zaretsky

DRF | 2 days ago
Last weekend, National Handicapping Championship Tour rookie Dan Zaretsky won an entry into the Breeders Cup Betting Challenge via DRF Tournaments. As an NHC Tour first-year player, Zaretsky is competing for a share of the $15,000 that will be distributed amongst the top five rookies. The BCBC will be an excellent place for him to try to get Tour points, not to mention the winner's share of the expected $1 million purse. Read More...

Racing’s ladies’ man, Smith enjoying ride with Songbird

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Smith has ridden some of the best female horses of all time. Smith, a Hall of Famer himself, has found another fabulous filly in Songbird, who puts her unbeaten record on the line Sunday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Smorgasbord, Whisper Onthe Wind, Megeve top choices in turf feature

DRF | 2 days ago
The lone allowance Saturday at Gulfstream Park serves as the highlight of a 12-race card. The $43,000, first-level race scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs on turf figures to have Smorgasbord, Whisper Onthe Wind, and Megeve as favorites in a field of 10 3-year-olds and up. Read More...

Kay Discusses Saratoga Meet, ‘Clean Audits’

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay July 21 lauded his organization's accomplishments over the last year and provided a preview of improvements customers can expect to see this summer at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Stymie, Los Angeles to Saratoga Walk of Fame

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Saratoga 150 Committee today announced the two newest inductees to the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course: outstanding filly Los Angeles and Hall of Fame thoroughbred Stymie. Read More...

Litfin at Large: Saratoga Friday-Saturday

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Saratoga's 2016 meet will begin by featuring 2-year-olds and turf races. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, July 23: Picks for Diana, New York Derby, San Clemente

DRF | 2 days ago
Wekeela should get a more honest pace setup this time, and I'm anticipating a peak effort in Saturday's Diana Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Mike Man’s Gold seeking first win at a mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Man's Gold won the last three times he was in for a tag and looks like the one to beat in a $15,000 claiming race that will be featured at Emerald Downs on Saturday evening. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: Bit Of A Legend N tackles Wiggle It Jiggleit in Gerrity

DRF | 2 days ago
While most fans of the sport have spent the previous few weeks discussing the showdowns between Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki and Freaky Feet Pete, it wasn’t very long ago that Bit Of A Legend N was the talk of the town. The Down Under import meets up with Wiggle It Jiggleit for just the third time in Saturday’s $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial for older pacers at Saratoga Raceway. Read More...