Thoroughbred News

Little Brown Jug: Gingras wires the field with Limelight Beach

DRF | 2 days ago
With each passing week in 2014 it becomes more apparent that this is the year of Yannick Gingras. The leading driver in the nation won six races on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and topped it off with Limelight Beach in the 69th edition of the Jug on Thursday afternoon. Read More...

Game On Dude, Won Three Big ‘Caps, Retired

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Game On Dude, the only horse ever to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), has been retired, trainer Bob Baffert announced Sept. 18. Read More...

Brockton Fairgrounds to apply for Massachusetts racing dates

DRF | 2 days ago
As Suffolk Downs management was forced to notify employees and horsemen Wednesday that the track’s closure is imminent as a consequence of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Tuesday decision to award the Boston casino license to Wynn Resorts, another track owner stepped forward with a plan to keep Thoroughbred racing alive in the state. Read More...

Suffolk CEO calls Gaming Commission statement ‘too little, too late’

DRF | 2 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which on Tuesday dealt a fatal blow to Suffolk Downs when it ruled favorably on Wynn Resorts application to site a $1.6 billion casino development only a stone’s throw from the stable gate, will meet later this month to address the track’s imminent closure. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Satruday 9/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 9/20 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/20 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Charles Town Oaks. Read More...

Del Mar November stakes schedule worth $2.25M

DRF | 2 days ago
Some names have changed, but Del Mar’s November race meeting will offer a program of 14 stakes similar to what was offered at Hollywood Park before that track closed last year. Del Mar announced its stakes schedule, worth $2,250,000, on Wednesday. Read More...

Wrona to fill in calling Los Alamitos races

DRF | 2 days ago
Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona will call the final three days of the Los Alamitos fall Thoroughbred meet, starting Friday. Read More...

Miss Behaviour favored in Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks on Saturday night appears to be an ideal middle ground for 3-year-old fillies who are either just starting to come to hand or whose connections don’t wish to tackle Grade 1 competition. Read More...

Pants On Fire seeks first win of the season in Wild and Wonderful

DRF | 2 days ago
Pants On Fire has run some strong races this year, but he’s still looking for his first win of the season, and trainer Kelly Breen hopes the “ticket” is Saturday night’s $100,000 Wild and Wonderful on the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks undercard. Read More...

Fall Sale’s Racing Age section closing Monday, September 22

OBS Sales | 2 days ago
Horsemen are reminded that the Horses of Racing Age section of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2014 Fall Mixed Sale is closing on Monday, September 22nd. The Consignor Contract form is available via the OBS website at http://www.obssales.com/2014/09/the-2014-obs-fall-mixed-sale// A catalog … Read More...

King: Which trainers produce with horses 4-1 or less?

DRF | 2 days ago
I thought it would be interesting to find trainers at Churchill Downs who reward bettors most when their horses are well regarded at the mutuel windows. Read More...

Crist: History says California Chrome is a bad bet

DRF | 2 days ago
Before you go betting the ranch on California Chrome Saturday in the Pennsylvania Derby, you might want to consider some cautionary recent history. Read More...

California Chrome tries to buck history

DRF | 2 days ago
Saturday, California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the spring, returns to the races in Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. Read More...

Wolfson sends out four for Musical Romance

DRF | 2 days ago
You’d expect to find a foursome on the golf course but not too often on the racetrack. Such will be the case, however, Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where trainer Marty Wolfson sends out four of the 11 starters in the $90,000 Musical Romance Stakes. Read More...

I Keep Saying returns to sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
A horse on the way up will meet one slipping toward retirement Saturday in the feature race at Emerald Downs, a $40,000 claimer for older horses at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Canaveral Leader seeks first 2014 win in Fall Classic Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Ron Grieves is excited with the way Canaveral Leader is coming into the $50,000 Fall Classic Distaff Handicap at Northlands Park Saturday. Read More...

Wise Dan and His Quarter Horse Buddy Donnie

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Charlie LoPresti's Quarter Horses work as lead ponies on the farm and at the racetrack while LoPresti and his wife Amy train Thoroughbreds. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Low-level claimers key to Jackpot Hi 5 carryover

DRF | 2 days ago
Low-level conditioned claimers will line up in the finale, and the massive carryover for the Jackpot Hi 5 should live for another day if one of the two droppers from Ontario-sired company prevails. Read More...

Demonstrative scores in Lonesome Glory

DRF | 2 days ago
Demonstrative solidified his status as the nation’s top steeplechase horse with a victory in Thursday’s Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Last to Fire looks to rebound in Go Man Go

DRF | 2 days ago
Last to Fire, the reigning Quarter Horse World Champion, has yet to win this year, making a victory Saturday’s $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap for older horses at Los Alamitos even more vital. Read More...

For Cash looks strong in Alberta Breeders’ Handicap on Fall Classic Day

DRF | 2 days ago
For Cash is clearly the one to beat in the $50,000 Alberta Breeders’ Handicap for 3-year-olds and up that headlines Fall Classic Day at Northlands Park Saturday. Read More...

Fast Anna looking for the lead in Gallant Bob Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
There are some very fast 3-year-olds in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes on Saturday at Parx, but Fast Anna exits the best race, the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Read More...

Moro Tap to Double Infinity Ranch in Texas

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 3-placed Moro Tap has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at Double Infinity Ranch in Sulphur Springs, Texas for an advertised fee of $2,500. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera on muscle for Gallant Bloom

DRF | 2 days ago
Artemis Agrotera will prepare for next month’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Hot pace in Katella should benefit Spirit Rules

DRF | 2 days ago
Seeking the Sherif returns to dirt, Spirit Rules is back in a sprint, and Distinctiv Passion is back racing for the first time in nine months Saturday in the Katella Stakes at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Oaklawn to Offer Bonuses for Lasix-Free Wins

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, announced Sept. 18 that the Arkansas track in 2015 will offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without furosemide (Salix or commonly called Lasix). Read More...

Untapable looks to resume dominance of division in Cotillion

DRF | 2 days ago
Untapable’s string of runaway victories came to an end in the Haskell Invitational, a race where little went right for her. On Saturday in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx Racing, she will attempt to reaffirm her standing as the leader of the 3-year-old filly division. Read More...

Jockey Club: Study Shows Lasix Not Needed

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Club says a recent study's findings challenge long-held opinions in North American racing, including the contention that the use of the diuretic furosemide is necessary to ensure long-term careers of horses. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Pennsylvania Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Frank Angst and Evan Hammonds handicap the talented field of the Pennsylvania Derby. California Chrome, Candy Boy, Protonico, Bayern, Tapiture and more. Who do you think is the best horse in the field? Read More...

Study Examines EIPH and Racing Performance

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A study published online this spring found no link between the vast majority of horses who suffer from exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage and long-term racing performance. Read More...

Rebellion relocates to Hickory Tree Farm in Virginia

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 2 winner Rebellion has been relocated to stand the 2015 breeding season at Hickory Tree Farm in Middleburg, Va. for an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Sept. 20: Picks for Cotillion, Pennsylvaniia Derby, Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
House Rules, likely to go off lower than her 20-1 morning-line odds, is the one I will be using to complete the exacta underneath Untapable in the Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Fiftyshadesofgold leads Test rematch in Dogwood

DRF | 2 days ago
Three fillies exiting the Grade 1 Test Stakes will reconvene Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

North American foal crop expected to continue decline in 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
A total of 21,697 foals comprise the approximate 2014 North American foal crop as of Sept. 9, The Jockey Club reports, down 1.4 percent from the previous year. Read More...

Hovdey: Rich history, big money put Parx in spotlight

DRF | 2 days ago
Pennsylvania has earned the right to be called the center of the Thoroughbred racing universe at least for a day, and that day comes on Saturday when Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome headlines the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, Read More...

Goliath can live up to name in allowance feature

DRF | 2 days ago
The aptly named Goliath looks like the one to beat in a first-level allowance race that will serve as the feature race Saturday at Hastings. Read More...

2013 Breeding Activity Statistics Released

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Jockey Club announced Sept. 18 that 2,230 stallions covered 36,656 mares in North America during 2013, resulting in 21,697 live foals of 2014 being reported on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 9. Read More...

Oaklawn to give bonuses for winning without Lasix

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses who win races without competing on Lasix during the upcoming meet at Oaklawn Park will receive a purse bonus, Charles Cella, president of the Hot Springs, Ark., track, announced Thursday. The program awards horses a 10 percent supplement to the winner’s share of the purse, with bonuses to range in value from $1,080 to as high as $60,000 for the richest race of the meet, the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby. Read More...

Hoosier: Impressive stakes action on tap Saturday night

DRF | 2 days ago
Trotting sensation Sebastian K will also be in action on a stellar Saturday Hoosier Park card. Read More...

Pender Harbour, Paso Doble top field for Overskate Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Even though last year’s Overskate Stakes winner and Canadian champion sprinter, Phil’s Dream, is sidelined with an injury, Saturday’s renewal of the $125,000 Overskate still has some firepower. Read More...

Lafontaine has trainer confident ahead of Kent Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Elizabeth Charalambous rarely ventures outside her home track of Woodbine. Over the past eight years, she ran two horses at Fort Erie in 2009 and one apiece at Presque Isle Downs (2011) and Keeneland (2012). So, it speaks volumes that Charalambous is willing to ship her 3-year-old Lafontaine all the way to Delaware Park for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Kent Stakes. Read More...

Kandaly, 1994 Louisiana Derby Winner, Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kandaly, winner of the 1994 Louisiana Derby (gr. III) who was scratched the day of the Kentucky Derby, died Sept. 12. The 23-year-old from the last crop of Alydar died of founder at Sugar Cane Stables near Lake Charles, La. Read More...

Lope de Vega Half to Chriselliam Impresses in Yarmouth Debut

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:07 AM ET 1st at YAR (YARMOUTH)�5,000 Greene King British Stallion Studs EBF Sprint Maiden S.     Winner: Very Special (Ire) by Lope de Vega (Ire) Godolphin's Very Special (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), a half to Chriselliam (Ire), debuts in style at Yarmouth Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Sept. 11 – Sept. 14

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Balmoral, Hoosier, Philadelphia, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Breeders Sales Co. Expects Strong Auction

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana is expecting a strong yearling sale Sept. 23. The 2013 sale reported strong double-digit growth in average and median. Read More...

Divine Oath Needs Kent to Get Back on Track

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath looks to get back on track Sept. 20 in the $150,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park, coming off a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 16 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. Read More...

Northern Afleet and Eskendereya runners score in Woodbine GS

Runners by Taylor Made stallions Northern Afleet and Eskendereya both added to their black-type resumes this past weekend at Woodbine in graded stakes... Read More...