Thoroughbred News

Asmussens outrun personal, professional trials

DRF | 1 day ago
Spring is the season of rebirth, and never has that been more so for trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

U.S. Handle, Purses Up in April

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Total number of races and starts also increase. Read More...

With Songbird out, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager offers tons of value

DRF | 1 day ago
No one will ever know how Songbird would have fared Friday in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, although many fans will forever maintain that she was a shoo-in. Read More...

Danzing Candy to show the way in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. isn’t quite sure which horses, if any, will push his first Kentucky Derby starter on the early pace. He only knows that Danzing Candy will be winging it from the get-go. Read More...

Ramseys Go It Alone with Oscar Nominated

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After negotiating with a mystery partner to pay the supplemental entry fee to get Oscar Nominated into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Ken and Sarah Ramsey will run the son of Kitten's Joy themselves. Read More...

Banke takes Stonestreet Farm to new heights

DRF | 1 day ago
It would be off the mark to say that Barbara Banke simply “carried on” at Stonestreet Farm following the death of husband Jess Jackson five years ago. Instead, Banke, with her own style of leadership, has put her own spin on shaping what is now an international operation. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets chance to shine in wide-open Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 1 day ago
The silver lining to the disturbing news that Songbird would not run in the Kentucky Oaks is what shimmers before racing fans Friday. Instead of having, say, just 10 3-year-old fillies with a 2-5 favorite, this renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Oaks became one of the most competitive in years. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse can burnish credentials in Edgewood

DRF | 1 day ago
Catch a Glimpse, an ascendant star in the female turf division, looks to stretch her winning streak to six in the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood Stakes Friday on the Churchill Downs turf. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Brown looks for green beyond the turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Chad Brown doesn't mind having the reputation as a turf trainer. But he doesn't want to be known as just a turf trainer. Read More...

Hot Kiss streaks into a new season

DRF | 1 day ago
Hot Kiss will take a three-race win streak into her 4-year-old debut on Friday at Woodbine in a second-level $62,500 optional-claiming route. Read More...

Fresh Horses Plentiful in 2016 Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The three trainers of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runners expected to start in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are confident the six weeks between races will not be a problem for their horses. Read More...

EquiLottery, IGT Global Reach Agreement

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
EquiLottery and IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) ("IGT") have entered into an agreement whereby IGT can elect to promote EquiLottery to lotteries across the U.S. Read More...

Nyquist Jogs, Schools at Churchill Downs

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Nyquist jogged two miles, schooled in the paddock and in the gate, largely without incident. Read More...

Adversaries Unite at Trainers’ Dinner

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
An evening of laughter and warmth began with the presentation of a trophy to Bob Baffert as the winning trainer of last year's Derby. Read More...

Concord Fast justifies short price in Riley Allison

DRF | 2 days ago
Concord Fast flattered Collected on Tuesday when he rallied to a 1 1/2-length win over Ten Penny Cents in the $100,000 Riley Allison on the closing-day card at Sunland Park. Read More...

Next ARCI Town Meeting in Ocala

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Earlier meetings described as "sparky and productive." Read More...

Pocono: Burke quartet ready for battle in Pennsylvania Classic Final

DRF | 2 days ago
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night’s $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning-line odds, it is easy to understand why. Read More...

Godolphin establishing awards for farm, racetrack workers

DRF | 2 days ago
Godolphin announced that it is establishing the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards to recognize excellence and achievement for grooms, foaling crews, exercise riders, office staff, and others who work on both farms and racetracks in the United States. Read More...

New Award for Horse Racing’s Top Employees

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Godolphin announced May 3 the launch of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, in partnership with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and The Jockey Club. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Power Alert Seeks Turf Sprint Rebound

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
AJ Suited Racing Stable's Power Alert (AUS) looks to become the first repeat winner of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. IIIT) when he faces 12 rivals including grade I winner Hootenanny May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Grudge Match in the Alysheba

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Eagle, Noble Bird, and Majestic Harbor have taken turns beating one another. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 2 days ago
Let’s look at a few contenders for this Derby and see how they stack up in terms of similar Derby runners since 1991. Caveat emptor: These stats are mostly intended to be fun, playful, silly, or just interesting discussion starters, so use them at your own risk when upgrading or downgrading who you’re likely to bet Saturday. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse Looks Tops in Edgewood

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Catch a Glimpse has already won at Woodbine, Keeneland, and Gulfstream Park, and looks to add Churchill Downs to that list in the Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Asmussen to saddle Tapit duo in Kentucky Oaks (G1)

Tapit will have a formidable duo in Royal Obsession and Taxable in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs... Read More...

Three Grade I Winners Vie for La Troienne

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade I winners Curalina, Sheer Drama, and Angela Renee will seek to enhance their reputations in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) on the May 6 Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

NBC Sports Group Sets Derby Week Coverage

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
NBC Sports Group will present 15 1/2 hours of live coverage of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, the network announced May 3. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist bursting with energy

DRF | 2 days ago
There was lots to look at and lots to look for during Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks training session, which featured the first local gallop from the undefeated Nyquist and first real local work by the Japanese invader Lani. Read More...

Brody’s Cause owner will donate purse to college

DRF | 2 days ago
Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody’s Cause, has announced the winner’s share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Venus Valentine lands post 10 for Kentucky Oaks (G1)

Congrats' graded stakes-winning filly Venus Valentine drew post 10 of 14 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1)... Read More...

Haskin: We Shadwell Overcome

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
They say to err is human; to forgive, divine. Well, why can’t that apply to horses as well? Read More...

Brody’s Cause? An Iowa Community College

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Dennis and Susan Albaugh announced that if their horse, Brody's Cause, wins the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 7 at Churchill Downs, he will donate his share of the purse to the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation. Read More...

Star-studded fields on Kentucky Oaks undercard

DRF | 2 days ago
Led by elite older females Curalina and Sheer Drama, 51 horses were entered in five supporting stakes on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It's no small task. Every Derby field is filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Meadowlands: Nine trotters sign up for Elitlopp Playoff

DRF | 2 days ago
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother’s Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field. Read More...

Yearlong Process to Set Derby Odds

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially. Read More...

Synthetic inner track being considered for Aqueduct

DRF | 2 days ago
The New York Racing Association is once again considering the installation of a synthetic surface for its Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, an official of the association told the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board at a meeting on Tuesday. Read More...

Carina Mia, Nickname Face Off in Eight Belles

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Carina Mia came up short in points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Nickname's connections opted not to run, but both graded winners will still be prominent on Oaks Day in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Nyquist’s Groom Keeps Top Derby Horse Happy

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Groom Elias Anaya is in charge of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Nyquist and has a long history with America's greatest race. Read More...

NYRA Looking at Synthetic Track for Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After years of discussion, New York Racing Association officials May 3 said they are planning a 2017 capital budget expense associated with installing a synthetic surface at Aqueduct Racetrack. Read More...

Graeme Baxter paints American Pharoah portrait

DRF | 2 days ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been immortalized yet again. A portrait of himself and Bob Baffert, commissioned by the Hall of Fame trainer and his wife, Jill, was recently unveiled in a private ceremony. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Points and Pace

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Is the points system for entry to the Kentucky Derby altering the pace of the race? Read More...

Amoss Believes Lanerie Best Fit for Mo Tom

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Tom Amoss believes jockey Corey Lanerie is a great fit for Mo Tom in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets post 11 in Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Rachel’s Valentina has been pegged a lukewarm 7-2 favorite in an oversubscribed field of 3-year-old fillies in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, to be run Friday at Churchill Downs as the 11th of 13 races. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: King on Beyer Speed Figure patterns

DRF | 2 days ago
Although there are a vast number of considerations in handicapping the Kentucky Derby, one key element is determining which horses are the fastest. So let’s take a look at the probable Derby competitors by their Beyer Speed Figures, and the figure patterns they exhibit coming into the race. Read More...

Jockey DeShawn Parker Gets 5,000th Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Deshawn Parker won the 5,000th race of his career when he guided heavy favorite Be Nice to victory in the third race May 2 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update for May 3

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak updates us on Nyquist's gallop, Exaggerator, Lani, California shippers Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation, and the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Nyquist Strong in First Churchill Gallop

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist was strong May 3, in his first gallop over the Louisville track. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina 7-2 Oaks Favorite

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, entered for May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks Read More...