Thoroughbred News

Mach One Rules, Prime Engine to have rematch in Mt. Rainier

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Frank Lucarelli felt like a great weight was lifted off his shoulders when Mach One Rules won the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald last Sunday. Read More...

Songbird breezes 48.20-second half-mile in first work since Phipps

DRF | 1 day ago
Songbird, the two-time champion who won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park in her 2017 debut, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds Thursday at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Queen’s Dartmouth Aims to Repeat in Hardwicke

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The Royal Ascot meeting won't go without a bang Saturday, as there's a group 1 sprint on tap and a good supporting cast of races. Read More...

Rubilinda has look of a good one ahead of Wild Applause Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Rubilinda will try to follow her striking debut victory by jumping directly into stakes company Saturday at Belmont Park in the $100,000 Wild Applause, a mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Osborne Officially Named Chief Executive of Godolphin

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Joe Osborne, who has been acting as interim chief executive of Godolphin's global operation, will now take the position in a permanent capacity, it was announced June 22.  Read More...

A. P. Zona stands out in River Rock Casino

DRF | 1 day ago
A. P. Zona was very impressive winning the Jim Coleman Province in his first start at Hastings for trainer Phil Hall and figures to be a short price when he returns in the $50,000 River Rock Casino on Saturday. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 15 – June 20

DRF | 1 day ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, June 25, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
Sha Tin selections and analysis for Sunday, June 25. Read More...

Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Browse can lead all the way in her turf debut

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke, Buckeye Bullet imposing favorites in Thistledown stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Justalittlesmoke looms large in the $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-registered fillies and mares, while Buckeye Bullet is riding a win streak as he faces a familiar foe in the $75,000 George Lewis Memorial Stakes for Ohio-accredited horses. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 24: Picks for Ohio Derby, Chicago Handicap, Jersey Shore Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
With a very light stakes schedule for a summer Saturday, the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown is easily the richest race of the day. Santa Anita has a Grade 3, $100,000 stakes doubleheader with the Affirmed and Precisionist, but while the Precisionist is interesting, both races drew fields of only five. The only other graded stakes on Saturday is the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm faces big crowd in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
You'd be misguided to typecast Bret Calhoun as a specialist with filly-and-mare sprinters. But there's no denying they've helped the 53-year-old Texan become known as a trainer capable of handling a top horse, regardless of niche. Read More...

Dream It Is looks to build off impressive debut in My Dear Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The rapid debut winner Dream It Is figures to have other speed to contend with in Saturday's $100,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine. It will be interesting to see if the promising 2-year-old filly can prevail from just off the pace in the five-furlong dash. Read More...

Retrospection, Whistle Stop win divisions of Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Robby Albarado’s first ride this year at Indiana Grand was pretty amazing. Albarado rode Retrospection for trainer Mike Maker and owner Beth Burkett in the $105,300 open division of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes on Wednesday. Retrospection broke from the rail in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race and stayed there for most of the trip, horse and rider squeezing through a couple of narrow holes into and around the far turn. And then things really got hairy. Read More...

Battle of Midway Using Affirmed as Prep for Haskell

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Battle of Midway may face a short field in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park June 24, but at least one of his connections is a little disappointed. Read More...

Look Back: Skip Away Found his Footing in Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
This week is a race story headlined, “Skipper Shipper,” written by Steve Hettinger recapping Skip Away's victory in the 1996 Ohio Derby (G2). The story ran in the June 29, 1996 issue of The Blood-Horse. Read More...

Buffalo: Obvious Blue Chip, Clear Idea score in NY Sire Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Obvious Blue Chip and Clear Idea took advantage of the long home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 21) and rallied with impressive victories in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers. Read More...

Pocono: Devious Man looks to remain unbeaten in 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
Less than a week ago, trainer Julie Miller was uncertain whether she would send Devious Man to the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Devious Man’s performance in last Sunday’s Empire Breeders Classic made the decision easier. Read More...

Keane Set for U.S. Debut in Precisionist Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Zedan Racing Stables' Keane came into Doug O'Neill's Southern California stable in December with some lofty expectations. Read More...

XBTV, TAA Announce XBTV Aftercare Film Festival

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Will launch July 1 as part of an ongoing industry effort to highlight the importance of horse aftercare. Read More...

Gisser: A new bet to appeal to the novice player

DRF | 2 days ago
Walking through Northfield Park’s Rocksino the other day, I could easily understand the mindless attraction of the slots, err, video lottery terminals. All those bells, lights and noises, and the ability to gamble with no skill or knowledge, or time “wasted” handicapping. No complaints about poor drives, bad posts or drugs. How can we bring those people and that excitement to harness racing? Read More...

Yonkers: Horses to watch from June 16 – June 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 17 – June 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 6/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 6/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park horses to watch for week of June 21

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of June 21. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Thursday, June 22, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 6/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Whistle Stop newest stakes winner for Into Mischief

Penny and Mike Lauer's homebred 3-year-old filly Whistle Stop got her first stakes victory on June 21 at Indiana Grand... Read More...

International Sire Elusive Quality Pensioned

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Darley's 24-year-old son of Gone West retired with 126 black-type stakes winners Read More...

Kentucky Derby Starters Reunite in Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Ohio Derby (G3) will feature four contenders who started in last month's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), with Brad Grady's multiple grade 2 winner Girvin installed as the 2-1 morning-line choice in the nine-horse lineup. Read More...

Elusive Quality pensioned at age 24

DRF | 2 days ago
Classic sire and former world record-holder Elusive Quality has been pensioned from stallion duty. The 24-year-old stallion will live out his retirement at Darley’s American base at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm Highweight for Chicago Handicap

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Carl Moore Management's female sprinter Finley'sluckycharm will attempt to remain unbeaten at Churchill Downs when she concedes between 6-10 pounds to 12 rivals in the June 24 running of the Chicago Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares. Read More...

Term of Art returns in Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Two of Doug O'Neill's 3-year-olds are essentially starting the season over when they begin their summer campaigns on Saturday. Irap is entered for the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, while Term of Art is scheduled to run in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Oak Brook has a couple of options for next start

DRF | 2 days ago
Oak Brook came out of his 17-1 upset win Saturday in the Black Tie Affair Handicap in good shape, trainer Brian Williamson said, and will make his next start either in the Arlington Handicap on July 8 or the Warrior Veteran's Stakes at Indiana Grand on July 15. Read More...

XBTV Aftercare Film Festival launches July 1

DRF | 2 days ago
The XBTV Aftercare Film Festival will launch July 1 as part of an ongoing industry effort to highlight the importance of aftercare in the Thoroughbred racing ecosystem. Read More...

Kasaqui targeting Arlington Handicap repeat

DRF | 2 days ago
Kasaqui, a sharp winner of the Grade 2 Wise Dan Stakes on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, is likely to make his next start July 8 at Arlington in the Arlington Handicap. Read More...

Hinton gets his shot in Ohio Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Hinton is a Kentucky-bred, but the Ohio Derby has long been on the radar for a colt who runs for one of the Buckeye State's prominent programs. Read More...

Hovdey: Mott’s Royal Ascot tack includes top hat and tails

DRF | 2 days ago
Bill Mott, of the Mobridge, S.D., Motts, has descended upon Royal Ascot in an attempt to win Saturday's Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes with the well-traveled Long On Value, owned by the Wachtel Stable and George Kerr. Read More...

Rancho Bernardo probably next for Bendable

DRF | 2 days ago
Bendable, who won her first start of 2017 in the $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, is unlikely to start until the Del Mar summer season. Read More...

Highland Reel stalks, pounces in Prince of Wales’s

DRF | 2 days ago
A patient Highland Reel proved too tough against a top-class field in Wednesday's Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, providing trainer Aidan O'Brien with his 300th career group or graded stakes win in a flat or jump race. Read More...

Highland Reel Refuses to Yield at Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Highland Reel (IRE) simply refused to be beaten in the £750,000 ($945,000) Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) June 21, the feature of the second day of Royal Ascot and richest race of the meeting. Read More...

Springboard Mile purse boosted to $400,000

DRF | 2 days ago
Remington Park in Oklahoma City has boosted the purse of the Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds to $400,000, the track announced Tuesday. The race will be run Dec. 17. It is the co-richest offering of the meet that opens Aug. 25. The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at 1 1/8 miles is set for Sept. 24. Last year, the Springboard Mile was worth $300,000. Read More...

Texas Chrome targets Cornhusker Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Texas Chrome, who will be honored as the 2016 Texas-bred of the Year during the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s annual banquet Saturday night at Lone Star, is now based at Prairie Meadows. The horse last raced at Churchill Downs, finishing second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot easing back into job

DRF | 2 days ago
Ivan Fallunovalot is back in training. The stakes-winning sprinter was on the track for the first time since April on Tuesday at Lone Star Park, according to trainer Tom Howard. Read More...

Keeneland Announces $5.325 Million Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Meet, which covers 17 days from Oct. 6-28, will present six Grade 1 races among 17 graded stakes worth $5.325 million. Read More...

Mizzen Max makes first start for Nevin

DRF | 2 days ago
The highest-level races on the Friday card at Belmont Park are a pair of wide-open first-level allowance sprints slotted as races 6 and 8. And a handful of promising runners are scattered among the day's three maiden races. Read More...

Tall order for Americans at Royal Ascot

DRF | 2 days ago
The American-trained runners Bound for Nowhere and La Coronel face brutal challenges in Group 1 races at Royal Ascot on Friday. Read More...

Keeneland fall stakes schedule largely unchanged

DRF | 2 days ago
Officials at Keeneland Racecourse aren’t about to fix what isn’t broke. The 17-race stakes schedule for the fall meet in October at the Lexington, Ky., track was released Wednesday with virtually no change from the status quo. Read More...

Kentucky Downs Approved to Add Jockey Wager

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Downs will offer wagers this year based on how jockeys perform in the final seven races on the card and that betting will benefit injured riders. Read More...