Thoroughbred News

Gainesway Farm adds Anchor Down, son of Tapit, for 2017 breeding season

DRF | 2 days ago
Gainesway Farm, which stands leading sire Tapit, announced Thursday that it would be standing Tapit’s son, Anchor Down, for the 2017 breeding season. Read More...

V.E. Day retired, will stand at Waldorf Farm in New York

DRF | 2 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V.E. Day has been retired and will enter stud at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y. A son of turf champion English Channel, V.E. Day will stand for an introductory fee of $6,500. Read More...

Hong Kong: Blocker Dee switches to synthetic surface for Salisbury Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
With luck, Blocker Dee would start in Sunday’s $225,623 Salisbury Handicap at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong on a three-race winning streak. Read More...

Melmich Seeks Repeat in Marathon Valedictory

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Melmich and Aldous Snow have class edge in 14-furlong heat over Woodbine's all-weather surface Read More...

Shackleford colt game in Aqueduct debut

Beasley, a 2-year-old Shackleford colt, was tested sternly in his maiden special weight debut Thursday at Aqueduct... Read More...

Adrianne G faces onslaught in Battle of New Orleans

DRF | 2 days ago
The Battle of New Orleans includes the first two finishers from last year's edition, Adrianne G and Tesalina. But top to bottom, the 2016 Battle of New Orleans looks considerably stronger than the race a year ago, and a surplus of front-running fillies and mares could make things rough on Adrianne G. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/3 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jay Bergman's analysis of the Saturday 12/3 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 12/3 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 12/3 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 12/3 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 12/3 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Nov. 24 – Nov. 28

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Valadorna Headed to Fair Grounds

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Valadorna will winter in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to conditioner Mark Casse. Read More...

Anchor Down Retired to Gainesway

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Anchor Down, a multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit who defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will enter stud at Gainesway. Read More...

She’s Fine Tuned has stamina edge in Pat Whitworth Debutante

DRF | 2 days ago
She's Fine Tuned has started six times without winning a race, but what she has done is twice run around two turns and finished with decent energy, and that alone could go a long way Saturday at Hawthorne in the $50,000-added Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante. Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Montanez gets first New York win in 2 1/2 years

DRF | 2 days ago
Rosario Montanez's victory on Going Strong in Aqueduct's fifth race on Wednesday was a meaningful one, as it was his first in New York in nearly 2 1/2 years. Read More...

Kentucky Derby runner Whitmore prepping for Oaklawn meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Whitmore, stakes-placed in a trio of 3-year-old graded events at Oaklawn Park, on Saturday makes his first start since running 19th in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Matt King Coal finishes second in comeback race

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt King Coal, unraced since a fourth-place finish in the Wood Memorial in April, finished second in his return to the races Wednesday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hovdey: Brown takes three to tango in Hollywood Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
In approaching Saturday's Hollywood Derby, at a mile and one-eighth on firm turf, Chad Brown did not exactly overthink the challenge. He simply turned to his 1-2-3 finishers in the Oct. 8 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park – at mile and one-eighth on firm turf – and sent them packing to Del Mar. Read More...

Bar of Gold has something to prove in Go for Wand

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer John Kimmel hopes Bar of Gold can shed her reputation as a wet-track specialist and finally achieve her first graded stakes victory when she runs in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap going a one-turn mile at Aqueduct. Read More...

Vale Dori ready to emerge as a force in Bayakoa

DRF | 2 days ago
With Beholder retired, and Songbird and Stellar Wind getting vacations, the time is right for Vale Dori to make a significant impact on the local older female division, beginning in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

Navarro has speedsters to beat in Express, Rapid Transit

DRF | 2 days ago
The six-furlong Express and seven-furlong Rapid Transit, two of the nine Claiming Crown events on opening day at Gulfstream Park, have several things in common: Big fields, loaded with speed, and trainer Jorge Navarro with arguably the horse to beat. Read More...

Arrogate Returns to Work Tab

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome. Read More...

Motion eager to see how Hayabusa One performs in Hollywood Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
From the south of France via Keeneland, Hayabusa One is ready for his stakes debut in Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. Read More...

Midnight Storm will stay on dirt for San Pasqual

DRF | 2 days ago
Dirt races will play a leading role in future starts for Midnight Storm, the winner of the Grade 3 Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar last Sunday.Co-owner Billy Koch said on Thursday that Midnight Storm will be pointed to the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Santa Anita on Jan. 1, and that he and co-owner Alex Venneri are listening to offers about gaining a potential berth in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Illman: Turfway Park pick four for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 2 days ago
Let's take a look at the late pick four at Turfway Park on Saturday. Read More...

Full field expected for Matriarch

DRF | 2 days ago
The high-class turf females Miss Temple City and Time and Motion were among a field of 12 expected to be entered on Thursday for the Grade 1, $300,000 Matriarch Stakes, highlight of the closing-day card at Del Mar on Sunday. Read More...

Hollywood Derby has wide range of contenders

DRF | 2 days ago
There are five graded stakes winners, two graded stakes-placed runners, and two minor stakes winners among the 12 horses in Saturday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. That still does not include all the leading hopefuls. Read More...

Arrogate breezes half-mile in first work toward Pegasus

DRF | 2 days ago
In his first work since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic 28 days earlier, Arrogate went a half-mile in 49 seconds on Thursday morning at Santa Anita, his first drill toward what could be a start in the $12 million Pegasus at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Graded Status Restored for Cecil B. DeMille

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
With the race's graded status restored, Term of Art is now a graded stakes winner and his dam becomes a graded stakes producer. Read More...

Royal Posse will be hard to stop in defense of Claiming Crown Jewel

DRF | 2 days ago
If there is one standout in the nine Claiming Crown races on Saturday, which will help usher in the 2016-17 Championship Meeting at Gulfstream Park, it figures to be Royal Posse, who returns to defend his title in the $200,000 Jewel. Read More...

V. E. Day Retired to Waldorf Farm

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
V. E. Day, winner of the 2014 Travers Stakes (gr. I), has been retired and will enter stud at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N. Y. He will stand for an introductory price of $6,500 in 2017. Read More...

Players looking to conquer and collect

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2016-2017 Gulfstream Park Championship meet kicks off on Saturday with the Conquer the Crown handicapping contest. Read More...

R Angel Katelyn poised to turn tables on La Key in Sandpiper

DRF | 2 days ago
R Angel Katelyn will look to avenge the only loss of her career when she faces rival La Key and eight other juvenile fillies in the $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Bargain buy Obvious One stands out in Inaugural Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Obvious One has made it obvious that he has some talent, winning his two starts by a combined 12 1/4 lengths to stamp himself as a major contender in Saturday's $100,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Jerardi: Changing surfaces cause for tricky figure-making

DRF | 2 days ago
A change in the speed of the surfaces at Aqueduct and Churchill last Saturday forced taking some of the science out of making Beyer speed figures and replacing it with a little art. Read More...

Gulfstream: $12 million Pegasus just one piece of high-quality championship meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Just as the imposing Pegasus statue towers over the Gulfstream Park landscape, so too will the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational dominate any discussions when it comes to the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park championship meet, which opens with the first of 87 programs on Saturday. Read More...

Navarro brings back old ace Goodtimehadbyall for Claiming Crown Iron Horse

DRF | 2 days ago
Post 14 in a two-turn race at Gulfstream Park is rarely a bargain, and it will put the considerable riding skills of Jose Ortiz to the test Saturday in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse. Read More...

Maker has two good shots in Claiming Crown Canterbury

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Maker is the all-time winningest trainer in Claiming Crown history, and he has nine entrants in the 18th running of the so-called blue-collar championships Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Two of them will start side-by-side as major contenders in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury. Read More...

Lime Country Relocating to Think Big Stud

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Greg and Jo Griffin's Lime Country Thoroughbreds will expand and take over the operation Feb. 15 of prominent owner and breeder Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud. Read More...

Downhill Racer can give connections sweep of juvenile stakes in Pennsylvania Nursery

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard won the $100,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies at Penn National with Rose Tree on Nov. 23. This Saturday, he will try to win the male counterpart of that race at Parx with Downhill Racer. Read More...

Jockey agent Crawford returns to training

DRF | 2 days ago
It's not all that uncommon for a trainer to disband his or her stable to become a jockey agent. What's more unusual is for an agent to become a trainer. Bert Crawford is doing just that. Read More...

Eightthehardway, True Cinder deserving stakes favorites

DRF | 2 days ago
Eightthehardway, an easy winner two starts ago, and True Cinder, who delivered a breakthrough performance to clear her maiden condition after finishing second or third in three stakes, will be overwhelming favorites in a pair of $75,000 stakes restricted to Ohio-accredited horses Saturday at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

Greenhill, Ward start meet with a bang

DRF | 2 days ago
Backers of trainers Wesley Ward and Jeff Greenhill got some quick help on the nine-race opener at Turfway Wednesday night: Ward went 2 for 2, surpassed only by Greenhill, who went 3 for 4, with his winners paying $16.80, $16.40, and $8.60. Read More...

Turfway’s big race has new name: Jack Cincinnati Casino Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Turfway Park officials are hoping their marquee race by any other name will be just as sweet – because it's getting yet another name change. The $500,000 Jack Cincinnati Casino is the new name for the traditional Turfway showcase for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Road to the Derby: Breeders' Cup Juvenile analysis Read More...

Eramia to ride at Fair Grounds when Remington meet ends

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Richard Eramia, who had four wins last Saturday night at Remington Park, will head to Fair Grounds after the Oklahoma City season closes Dec. 11, he said on Wednesday. Read More...

Silver Assault must answer distance question in Gold Rush

DRF | 2 days ago
It's five months from the first Saturday in December to the first Saturday in May, and the $75,000 Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday will provide a hint of where eight 2-year-olds may be come Kentucky Derby time. Read More...

Dear Elaine looks to score meaningful win in Holiday Inaugural

DRF | 2 days ago
Bert Klein turned 86 in November and has been hospitalized frequently in recent months, but his enthusiasm for racing has gone unaffected. The retired banker and longtime owner-breeder “will do what it takes” to watch his horses compete, said his son Richard Klein, and that counts Dear Elaine in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural on Saturday night at Turfway Park. Read More...

Casse goes three deep in Display Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse will be holding a strong hand at Woodbine on Saturday, when he runs Vanish, King and His Court, and Flowmotion in the $125,000 Display Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile route for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Ellan Vannin takes advantage of fast pace to win Ontario Lassie

DRF | 2 days ago
Ellan Vannin notched her stakes debut in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at Woodbine, emerging from traffic to win the $150,000 Ontario Lassie going away under Jeffrey Alderson. Read More...