Thoroughbred News

Miss Temple City, Lady Eli Put in First Works of 2017

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
One could argue the turf female division was the best pound-for-pound in Thoroughbred racing last season. On Feb. 18, two of the more fearsome members took the first step toward a return to wreaking havoc in 2017. Read More...

Memorial for trainer Weaver on Friday

DRF | 2 days ago
A memorial for trainer Jerry Weaver will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific at the Golden Gate Fields test barn, where Weaver would treat workers to ice cream whenever he won a race. Read More...

Highway Star targets Heavenly Prize

DRF | 2 days ago
Highway Star, the winner of the Grade 3 Go for Wand in December, will target the $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational on March 4, trainer Rodrigo Ubillo said. Read More...

Curlin’s Approval Stretches Out Handily in Royal Delta

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Curlin's Approval handled a stretch out in distance with emphatic ease, galloping to a six-length triumph in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park Feb. 18. Read More...

Junior Alvarado targets mid-March return to race riding

DRF | 2 days ago
The bright-orange helmet cover on the rider of a Bill Mott-trained horse galloping over the Belmont Park training track Saturday morning was a dead giveaway: Junior Alvarado is back. Sort of. Read More...

Rare White Foal a Patchen Wilkes Specialty

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Get to know the stunning white foal that Patchen Wilkes Farm welcomed on Super Bowl Sunday. Though white Thoroughbreds are rare, Patchen Wilkes specializes in breeding and raising white racehorses in Lexington, Ky. Courtesy America's Best Racing Read More...

Curlin’s Approval has no problem with two turns in Royal Delta

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Marty Wolfson and owner-breeder Happy Alter never had any doubt that Curlin’s Approval would stay two turns. The problem was finding just the right time to stretch her out. That time came Saturday, at Gulfstream Park in the Grade 2 Royal Delta, and Curlin’s Approval left no doubt the farther the better. Read More...

El Areeb looks sharp in half-mile workout

DRF | 3 days ago
El Areeb, a runaway winner of four straight races, including a pair of Grade 3 stakes at Aqueduct, the Jerome and Withers, breezed a quicker-than-it-looked half-mile at his home base of Laurel Park on Saturday in 47.80 seconds. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, Feb. 19

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Malibu Alex can move forward in Lost in the Fog Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Racing luck and a clean trip could be the keys as seven evenly matched runners meet in Monday's $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at six furlongs at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Delp’s Daughter Stirs up Memories of The Bid

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Grover "Buddy" Delp, although a successful trainer and one of Maryland's best, was a relative unknown on a national scale when he unleashed Spectacular Bid on the racing world. Read More...

Bavaro back sprinting in Winkfield Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Gary Sciacca remains puzzled as to why Bavaro ran so poorly in the Gander Stakes here on Jan. 28. Perhaps the 3-year-old son of Freud simply doesn't want to run around two turns. Maybe he bounced from a 101 Beyer Speed Figure earned one start prior in winning a restricted stakes race. Read More...

Gun Runner towers over Razorback Handicap rivals

DRF | 3 days ago
The long shadow Gun Runner casts over the Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap is hardly lost on the connections of the seven rivals he will face when he launches his 4-year-old season on Monday at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Gunnevera, Three Rules Work toward Fountain of Youth

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Feb. 18 at Gulfstream Park West in preparation for a scheduled start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4.  Read More...

Conquest Farenheit back on turf in Baffle Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Conquest Farenheit had a rude start to his California career, a third-place finish at 2-5 in an optional claimer at a mile on dirt at Santa Anita on Feb. 2. Read More...

Competitive field for dozen president-themed starter stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
It's clever and resourceful, not to mention completely harmless. The concept of carding 12 horse races to honor the Presidents Day holiday was first used last year at Gulfstream Park, a quirky twist to be appreciated by history buffs and horseplayers alike. Read More...

El Areeb Sharp in Return to Worktab

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb returned to the work tab with a sharp half-mile breeze over Laurel Park's main track Feb. 18. Read More...

Uncontested faces large field, pace pressure in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Uncontested enters the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday as the top 3-year-old at Oaklawn. But he faces a new round of challenges to maintain his standing. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Three Eighty Eight finds her true calling as a dirt router

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Saturday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

McGee: Gulfstream Park pick three for Sunday, Feb. 19

DRF | 3 days ago
While trying to leverage a strong opinion on a horse in the third race Sunday at Gulfstream, I tried to come up with an early pick five (races 1-5) but found both the fourth and fifth races absolutely confounding. Go ahead and extend this opening pick three into those races if you’ve got a solid opinion, but I felt the best way to maximize my play was to land squarely on HERR DROSSELMEYER in race 3. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Golden Gate’s Big Day

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week, we have a pair of graded stakes at Laurel Park, a Triple Crown prep at Golden Gate Fields, and more. Read More...

Grade 1 Winner Illuminant Set for Return to Racing

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After finding Illuminant's top gear in the spring of 2016, trainer Michael McCarthy had to hit the brakes. Read More...

Cuomo Proposes Plan for Finger Lakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a plan to keep racing afloat at Finger Lakes Racetrack that calls for new contributions to a purse account from the track's owners. Read More...

Two turns suits latest Bodemeister winner

Dharmaster made his two-turn debut Feb. 17 at Laurel Park, with the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister coming away with a one-length victory... Read More...

King: How I’ll play Golden Gate for Saturday, Feb. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
Daily Racing Form writer Byron King tells how he will play Golden Gate on Saturday. Read More...

Uncontested Back at Oaklawn for Southwest

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Uncontested will look to score an Oaklawn Park Triple Crown prep double in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 2/20 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 2/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/20 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

All Shacked Up powers to allowance win

Three-year-old All Shacked Up got his second career victory in a one-mile allowance race on Feb. 14... Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, Feb. 19

DRF | 3 days ago
One of the main issues for tackling Santa Anita’s Sunday card is how to gauge the track condition. Heavy recent rain almost surely will impact the footing, though it’s encouraging that track management still carded a couple of turf events for Sunday. So, if they felt good enough to card such races, we’ll rely on their judgment that the footing will be decent. With that in mind, the end-of-the-day pick three (races 8-10), with a turf race as its middle leg, has some appeal. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Peck: Laurel Park pick four for Saturday, Feb. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
Here's a look at Saturday's late pick four at Laurel, which includes four stakes races, highlighted by the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie and the Grade 3 General George. Read More...

Stronach to be honored at Sovereign Awards

DRF | 3 days ago
Frank Stronach will be presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for his longtime involvement in Thoroughbred racing in Canada at this year’s Sovereign Awards ceremony. Read More...

Winkfield right up Even Thunder’s alley

DRF | 3 days ago
After an ill-fated attempt to stretch out in distance in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Even Thunder is back sprinting and back in New York in Monday's $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Matrooh once again back off long vacation

DRF | 3 days ago
Matrooh, winner of the Grade 3 Bold Ruler in the fall of 2015, returns from a 13-month layoff in a $78,000 allowance/optional claimer going a mile at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hill riding promising 3-year-olds in Uncontested, Farrell

DRF | 3 days ago
Uncontested goes for his second consecutive stakes win of the Oaklawn Park meet Monday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest, while Farrell seeks her third straight stakes victory Saturday when she runs in the Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Final Horses Out of Isolation at Fair Grounds

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The final horses remaining in the testing protocols for the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have returned two negative tests and have been released back into the general horse population on the backstretch. Read More...

Gotham still under consideration for El Areeb

DRF | 3 days ago
While trainer Cal Lynch said he would like to wait until April 8 to run the El Areeb next – in either the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct or the Blue Grass at Keeneland – he did say Friday that the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 4 remains a possibility for the gray son of Exchange Rate. Read More...

Rain Could Threaten Gun Runner’s Razorback Hopes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Where a equine herpesvirus type-1 outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots disrupted initial plans for Gun Runner's 2017 debut, a looming threat from Mother Nature could toss yet another wrench into his connections' best-laid hopes. Read More...

February Stakes in Tokyo draws wide-open field of 16

DRF | 3 days ago
Copano Rickey and Moanin have won the last three runnings of the Grade 1 February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse, but they will need a reversal of form to keep the streak alive in Sunday’s running of the $1.86 million February Stakes, at a mile on dirt. Read More...

Gierkink: How I’ll play Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
The late pick five begins with race 8 with a group of $75,000 maidens going long on the grass. It can be pared down to two droppers from maiden special weight company – LITTLE IRISHDANCER (4), who was among four next-out winners in her last race at Churchill, and PSALMODY (7) – along with the in-form duo of LITTLE HAVANA (3) and GOLD LACE (6). Read More...

Conquest Fahrenheit makes California Stakes debut in Baffle

DRF | 4 days ago
Conquest Fahrenheit, who was second in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine last September, is scheduled to have his California stakes debut in Monday's $75,000 Baffle Stakes. Read More...

Potential Bailout Plan for Finger Lakes to Be Discussed

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With the opening of a new nearby casino already eating into racino revenues at Finger Lakes Racetrack, the horsemen's group at the track and state officials have stepped up negotiations to avoid what could be the closure of the track. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Golden Gate Fields and Turf Paradise for Saturday, Feb. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
Free: How I'd play Golden Gate Fields and Turf Paradise for Saturday, Feb. 18 Read More...

Half Brother to Royal Delta Tests Turf Prowess

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
When Delta Prince tried the turf in his third start, the results were spectacular. Read More...

Through The Lens: ‘Chrome’ Time at Taylor Made

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The popular son of Lucky Pulpit easily settled in to the routine at Taylor Made, residing in the same stall where he rested up in 2015 prior to resuming his racing campaign the following year. Read More...

No shortage of opponents for Bluegrass Flag

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Tom Morley thought he had a nice spot picked out for Bluegrass Flag – a first-level allowance race for New York-breds. Unfortunately, a snowstorm prompted the cancellation of that day's Aqueduct card. Plan B became Sunday's $100,000 Franklin Square Stakes. Read More...

Q&A: The Makeover Effect on the Market

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
As the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover is shaping up to be the largest in its relatively short history, Erin Shea talked to RRP's president, Steuart Pittman, about the effect the event has had on the off-track Thoroughbred market. Read More...

Imperative stays on schedule for Santa Anita Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Imperative worked a half-mile in 49 seconds on Santa Anita's infield training track Friday, an exercise trainer Bob Hess Jr. said keeps the 7-year-old gelding on schedule for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. Read More...

Retirement can wait for Spring Fever favorite Sunday Rules

DRF | 4 days ago
Retirement has been postponed for Sunday Rules, the 6-year-old mare returning from an extended layoff in the Spring Fever Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...