Thoroughbred News

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...

Awesome Gent back with statebreds in New York Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Favoritism in the 10-horse New York Derby at Finger Lakes will likely go to either Awesome Gent or Extinct Charm. Read More...

Disco Chick tries to transfer good form to turf in Power By Far

DRF | 2 days ago
Disco Chick, a three-time stakes winner this year on dirt, will try turf for only the second time in her career in the Power By Far, one of two turf stakes for Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday's card at Parx Racing. Read More...

McCarthy, Trainer of General Quarters, Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tom McCarthy, best known for training General Quarters, a former claimer who went on to win the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died July 21 after a battle with melanoma. He was 82. Read More...

Filly claimed by Vitali in Kentucky not permitted to run at Gulfstream

DRF | 2 days ago
Garden Goddess was scratched as the 8-5 morning-line favorite from a Thursday race at Gulfstream Park after officials determined the filly was ineligible to race because of a premature transfer of ownership. The scratch drew attention once again to an ongoing situation with trainer Marcus Vitali and the status of his sizable stable. Read More...

Long-Awaited Return for Jockey Russell

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
More than seven months after tearing his labrum and fracturing his shoulder in two places in a training accident, jockey Sheldon Russell will make his long-awaited comeback July 23 at Laurel Park. Read More...

Songbird Arrives at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Following her cross-country flight, she settled in to her stall in advance of her planned start in the Coaching Club American Oaks and a paddock schooling session between races on Friday. Read More...

Champion Songbird Settles In at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird arrived at Saratoga Race Course just before 8 p.m. EDT July 20 in advance of her upcoming engagement in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 14 to 17

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 14 to 17, 2016. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Laying a New Foundation

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Stallion Register to adopt black-type rules Read More...

California Chrome begins final run in San Diego Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
It is possible to list on one hand the starts remaining for California Chrome, whose career will end in the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream in January. But first, he will have to beat Dortmund on Saturday in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Noholdingback Bear at top of his game for Bold Venture

DRF | 2 days ago
Noholdingback Bear turned heads when he lowered Woodbine's synthetic track record in the allowance prep for the Bold Venture Stakes July 1. The rapid 3-year-old will take on older opponents Saturday in the $150,000 Bold Venture at the same 6 1/2-furlong distance of the prep. Read More...

A Tale Of Two Cities: The Synchronicity Of Saratoga And Deauville

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General Issues Focus of Saratoga ‘Preview’

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A large crowd at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame July 20 peppered panelists with questions on a wide variety of Thoroughbred racing issues. Read More...

Harness: Lady Shadow, Gerrity Memorial highlight Post Time with Mike and Mike

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Ron Adams will be on the show to talk about Lady Shadow and Racing Secretary Peter Iovino will discuss Saturday's Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Hotel Casino. Read More...

Pretty N Cool Back to Del Mar Winner’s Circle

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Pretty N Cool, who began her career last summer at Del Mar, rallied powerfully in the stretch to win the $75,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes July 20 at the seaside racetrack. Read More...

Snowden Found Dead After Prospect’s Breakdown

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Tragedy was compounded with more tragedy July 18 in the state of Washington. Read More...

Pretty N Cool gets third career stakes win in CERF Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Pretty N Cool was becoming a sour filly at the beginning of the year when trainer Bob Baffert took her out of training at Santa Anita. Read More...

Ultraflame takes inside route to win Deputy Minister Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Ultraflame ($7.60) hit the front along the inside at the top of the stretch before drawing clear to take the $125,000 Deputy Minister Stakes under Emma-Jayne Wilson on Wednesday night at Woodbine. Read More...

‘Chrome,’ Dortmund Face Off in San Diego ‘Cap

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Back in his namesake state for more than three months now, California Chrome is set to resume his 2016 campaign July 23 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, where he'll take on fellow multiple grade I winner Dortmund. Read More...

Canterbury cancels Thursday card due to extreme heat

DRF | 3 days ago
Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., canceled its Thursday racing program because of heat. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 99 degrees near the racetrack on Thursday afternoon. Heat indices are forecast to remain above 100 degrees into the evening. First post for the card was scheduled for 6:46 p.m. Central. Read More...

Queen Caroline, Inconclusive wins divisions of Ta Wee Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The second division of the Ta Wee Stakes was clean, with Queen Caroline stalking the pace and winning by three-quarters of a length over Havana Dream. Read More...

Juveniles Contend for Sanford Superiority

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) kicks off the annual battle for 2-year-old superiority July 23 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Valenzuela denied jockey’s license by California Horse Racing Board

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has been denied a jockey’s license by the California Horse Racing Board, ending a months-long quest to resume his troubled career on the West Coast. Read More...

CHRB Denies Valenzuela License Again

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board has denied jockey Patrick Valenzuela a license to ride during races in the state, citing a recommendation made by a hearing officer, according to a July 20 news release from the regulatory agency. Read More...