Thoroughbred News

Will Take Charge gets in his Whitney work

DRF | 1 day ago
After postponing his work one day due to track conditions, trainer D. Wayne Lukas was finally able to send the 2013 Travers winner Will Take Charge out to work three furlongs over a wet and sealed Oklahoma training track early Tuesday morning in his final major prep for Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney. Read More...

Beau Genius, Grade 1 winner and pensioned sire, euthanized at 29

DRF | 1 day ago
Grade 1 winner and pensioned sire Beau Genius was euthanized July 25 at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., due to declining health. He was 29. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 7/30 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 7/30 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 7/30 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 7/30 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 7/29/2014

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Monmouth Park, Saratoga, Del Mar, Europe, Parx, Canterbury, Woodbine & More! Read More...

Keeneland shelves plans for Instant Racing parlor

DRF | 1 day ago
Keeneland has put its plans to build a parlor for slot-machine-like devices on hold “indefinitely” because of its recent selection as the host of the Breeders’ Cup two-day event in 2015, the track’s chief operating officer confirmed Tuesday. Read More...

Bergman: Sebastian K losing his air of invincibility entering Cashman

DRF | 1 day ago
The perception from this corner when looking at Sebastian K’s arrival on these shores, is that with each passing week there is a change in how his superiority is being perceived and challenged. Read More...

Chad Brown new trainer of Social Inclusion

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday that Social Inclusion will join his stable at Saratoga on Wednesday. The seventh-place finisher in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell, Social Inclusion is owned by Rontos Racing Stable and has been based at Gulfstream Park throughout his 3-year-old campaign with Manny Azpurua. Read More...

WGOH: Patience Is Shah’s Virtue

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Owner Kaleem Shah believes in giving horses time to succeed. Read More...

Rocky Transition for New Drug Rules in West Virginia

West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 9:40 PM ET Toormore (Ire) tries to get back on track in Goodwood's G2 Lennox S...R Free Roll splashes to victory in the... Read More...

Kingman vs. Toronado at Glorious Goodwood

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the group I Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Read More...

Emperors Palace 2YO Sale Set for August

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The 2014 Emperors Palace National 2-year-old sale will be held over three days, from Aug. 13-15, at the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association complex at Gosforth Park in South Africa. Read More...

R Free Roll Leads the Way in Honorable Miss

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
R Free Roll pulled a mild upset July 28 at Saratoga Race Course when shooting straight to the lead and holding firmly in the stretch to take the $200,000 HRTV Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for filly and mare sprinters. Read More...

Prominent Sire Beau Genius Dies at 29

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The millionaire and grade I-winning son of Bold Ruckus was euthanized July 25 due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...

R Free Roll wires Honorable Miss Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Danny Gargan and his owner, Richard Averill, knew the only way to beat the 6-5 La Verdad in Monday’s $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at a soggy Saratoga was to take the race right to the speedy favorite. And that strategy paid big dividends after their Florida invader R Free Roll sprinted to a 1 1/4-length, wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 2 dash for older fillies and mares. Read More...

R Free Roll Wires the Honorable Miss H.

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 4:54 PM ET 8th at SAR (Saratoga)GII Honorable Miss H. ($200,000)     Winner: R Free Roll by Rockport Harbor R Free Roll (Rockport Harbor) goes virtually ... Read More...

As Revenue Drops, NY Casinos Get Extra Hours

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
State regulators in New York have acted quickly to issue a new rule letting racetrack-based casinos operate an extra two hours a day. Read More...

Meadowlands: Drop The Ball looks for Lady Liberty repeat

DRF | 2 days ago
Drop The Ball has been something of a streaky performer throughout her career, but driver Corey Callahan believes the 6-year-old pacing mare is on an upswing as she gets ready for Saturday’s $177,750 Lady Liberty Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Grade II Winners to Battle in WV Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade II winners Candy Boy, Tapiture, and Vicar's in Trouble, all of which competed in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), are among nine 3-year-olds entered in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 2. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 7/29 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 7/29 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Tuesday 7/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Calumet Farm hires Wilkins as director of stallion division

DRF | 2 days ago
Calumet Farm has named Ken Wilkins, formerly of Spendthrift Farm, to be the new director of the farm’s stallion division. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 7/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Charges Forward spices it up with Salsa

Arrowfield Stud | 2 days ago
All Salsa's win last week was notable for young jockey Sam Clipperton and the filly's owner-breeders, the Esplin family... Read More...

Wilkins to Direct Calumet Stallion Division

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Calumet Farm has appointed Ken Wilkins as its new director of the farm's stallion division, effective immediately. Among Wilkins' initial tasks will be to expand Calumet's stallion roster. Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale

DRF | 2 days ago
LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale Read More...

Toast of New York to Pacific Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Toast of New York, best known for winning the United Arab Emirates Derby, is scheduled to fly to California and take on elders in Del Mar’s biggest race, the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, according to Cindy Niemitz, a California-based representative for the International Racing Bureau. Read More...

Casse is bullish on Bollente at Del Mar

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse has yet to win a race at this meet, but his runners have been firing. He finished second with four of his first six starters and had another second-place finish in a maiden race Sunday. Read More...

Tornado touches down near Suffolk

DRF | 2 days ago
A tornado ripped through the city of Revere, where the stable area of Suffolk Downs is located, on Monday morning, but no humans at the track or horses suffered any injuries and there was no damage to any structures. The afternoon card went on as scheduled. Read More...

Shanghai Bobby to shuttle to Brazil

DRF | 2 days ago
Champion Shanghai Bobby will shuttle to stand the 2014 and 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons at Fazenda Mondesir near Bage, Brazil. Read More...

Godolphin’s Romansh on Schedule for Whitney

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple stakes winner Romansh remains on track for Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) despite missing a scheduled work July 28 because of the weather. Read More...

No Worries for Paquette in First Race Call

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jessica Paquette, senior director of communications at Suffolk Downs, wears many hats in her role at the track and now she can add race-calling to the long list. Read More...

Travers or Pennsylvania Derby Next for Bayern

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert said July 28 that William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Bayern is under consideration for either the Travers Stakes (gr. I) or Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for his next start. Read More...

Catalano still in ICU but improving

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano remained in the intensive care unit of St. Alexius Hospital in northwest suburban Chicago as of Monday, but Catalano has made steady progress recovering from a severe illness that hospitalized him on July 22. Read More...

Willet finds soft spot to kick season into gear

DRF | 2 days ago
Willet has yet to win a graded stakes, and that will be trainer Jimmy Iselin’s major goal this season for his talented New York-bred, who returns to Saratoga as the likely favorite in a statebred allowance race for fillies and mares here Wednesday. Read More...

Bayern runs his way into Travers picture

DRF | 2 days ago
The Travers really wasn’t on trainer Bob Baffert’s mind for his 3-year-old Bayern when he decided late last week to ship him cross-country for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. It is now. Read More...

Larry Jones still on road to recovery

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Larry Jones has resumed galloping horses on a limited basis, and said he has recently begun hauling horses “short distances,” but he is still a long ways off from making a full recovery from a training accident in April. Read More...

Kingman has edge over Toronado in Sussex

DRF | 2 days ago
Fresh off a major triumph Saturday in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, trainer John Gosden goes for another with Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex on Wednesday at Goodwood in England. Read More...

Garcia looking to stay hot in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 2 days ago
The adrenaline of winning a $1 million race, the anticipation of an upcoming Grade 1 race, and the wonder of youth all served jockey Martin Garcia quite well Sunday night into Monday. Read More...

Bahamian Squall gets second shot at Vanderbilt

DRF | 2 days ago
With a better post position and a little racing luck, Bahamian Squall may well have won the 2013 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and become a Grade 1 winner. Trainer David Fawkes will give Bahamian Squall a second chance to win the six-furlong Vanderbilt on Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Candy Boy, Tapiture meet in West Virginia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, the headliner on a nine-stakes card Saturday at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort near Chester, has drawn a field of nine, including Candy Boy, who will ship in from Southern California for trainer John Sadler, and Tapiture, who is based at Saratoga with Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Catalano’s Daughter Reports Progress

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
While trainer Wayne Catalano remains hospitalized in a suburban Chicago, his daughter Shelbi Hill reports her father is improving. Read More...

Bergman: Cultivating a better tomorrow (Part 4)

DRF | 2 days ago
In his continuing series on improving the sport, Jay Bergman looks at a way to revamp the system and breathe more life into our sport for fans and bettors. In the first three parts of this series, Jay looked at some of the problems the sport deals with and specifically focused on the on-the-track product. Included is an excerpt from part three to lead into the final installment, his formulated system for the future of racing Read More...

Weekend stakes looking strong

DRF | 2 days ago
Nine 3-year-olds, headed by the stakes winner G. G. Ryder, were nominated for Saturday’s Roger Dupret Derby at Santa Rosa. Read More...

Cedillo in right place at right time

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Abel Cedillo found himself in the right place at the right time – at the wire aboard Amnesia in Saturday’s Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa and again on Sing and Tell in the Luther Burbank Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Wake Up Nick a short price in Graduation

DRF | 2 days ago
Wake Up Nick, already a stakes winner against open company, moves back into a race restricted to California-breds at Del Mar on Wednesday and looms an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Coronation Cup has no shortage of speed

DRF | 2 days ago
The Mellon turf course might not be wide enough to handle all the horses who look like they want to go to the lead in Wednesday’s $100,000 Coronation Cup at Saratoga. Read More...

Rain puts damper on Whitney works

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher’s decision to move Palace Malice’s final Whitney workout from Sunday to Saturday proved prescient as heavy rains left the track wet on Sunday and Monday. Read More...

Autograph session to benefit cancer research

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano will sign autographs at Saratoga Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, with voluntary donations made by patrons given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research to find cures for childhood cancers. Read More...