Thoroughbred News

Catalina Red faces test of stamina and class in Sam F. Davis Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s a tell-tale sign when top-class riders such as John Velazquez, Edgar Prado, Rajiv Maragh, Irad Ortiz Jr., and Julien Leparoux show up where they don’t regularly compete. Those jockeys will be among those on hand Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., where the Sam F. Davis Stakes will be run as one of three stakes on a 12-race card. Read More...

Maybellene must contend with Hollendorfer quartet in Las Virgenes

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2012 filly crop has been good to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Through midweek, Hollendorfer fillies – 2-year-olds of 2014 and 3-year-olds of 2015 – had won 22 maiden special weight races and six stakes. The total may increase Saturday at Santa Anita. Hollendorfer entered five in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes; four will start – Majestic Presence, turf stakes winner Lutine Belle, and sprint stakes winners Achiever’s Legacy and Light the City. Impressive maiden winner Glory will scratch for another spot. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: The Martha Washington

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Upgraded Marine Gives Canada 44 Graded Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
At the Jockey Club of Canada's Graded Stakes Committee annual review of the graded and listed stakes in Canada, the committee upgraded one listed race to bring the total to 44 graded stakes in Canada for 2015. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Jan. 31: Picks for Sam Davis, Las Virgenes, Endeavour

DRF | 2 days ago
In the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, I’m going with My Johnny Be Good, whose only outings on dirt in his last two starts were a decided cut above good efforts on Polytrack in his first two starts. Read More...

Hovdey: Thinner Sadler thick with contenders

DRF | 2 days ago
John Sadler, finding himself in his mid-fifties, decided a while back to start taking care of himself like one of the racehorses in his large public stable, which meant a diligent exercise routine and healthy food.m “It was a quality of life choice,” Sadler said. “I love what I do, and I want to be able to enjoy it for a long time.” Read More...

NTRA Meets With Treasury on Withholding Taxes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials met with a representative of the United States Department of Treasury Jan. 28 to discuss the racing industry's efforts to alter the pari-mutuel withholding tax structure. Read More...

Oasis Dream’s Cladocera Takes the Cape Verdi

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:48 AM ET 4th at MEY (Meydan Racecourse)G2 Cape Verdi S. ($200k)     Winner: Cladocera (Ger) by Oasis Dream (GB) Oasis Dream's Cladocera Takes the... Read More...

Jerardi: Las Virgenes Stakes a puzzle from Beyer standpoint

DRF | 2 days ago
I was fairly certain Upstart was going to run really well in last Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes. Any 2-year-old that can get a 102 Beyer in his third start and run well in all four starts on both coasts is dangerous. The horse ran even better than I imagined, blowing away a pretty solid field to win by 5 1/2 lengths, earning a 105 Beyer. Don’t think we will be seeing him in New York-bred races any time soon. Upstart is a serious Kentucky Derby contender. Frosted was second in the Holy Bull and improved on his Remsen number by six points, going from an 89 to a 95. Read More...

Penn National Gaming Reports Losses for 2014

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Penn National Gaming reported fourth quarter of 2014 losses of $250.4 million Jan. 29 as the casino and racetrack owner also reported losses of $233.2 million for the year. Read More...

2014 Experimental Free Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
2015 Experimental Free Handicap Read More...

Pandolfo: Going the extra distance at Yonkers and everywhere

DRF | 2 days ago
Yonkers Raceway has scheduled more matinee cards featuring mile and a quarter trotting races for 2015. While these races make for a nice change in the norm, they do not offer fans/handicappers a key element that has been a staple of harness handicapping—final quarter times. Read More...

Palace Malice Sustains Minor Foot Bruise

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training program in Aiken, S.C. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 22 to January 25

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for January 22 to 25, 2015. Read More...

American Pharoah co-high weight on Experimental Free Handicap

Pioneer of the Nile’s American Pharoah, champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and the FrontRunner S. (G1), shared the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club’s 2014 Experimental Free Handicap... Read More...

Texas Red, American Pharoah Share Top Weight on EFH

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:34 AM ET Texas Red (Afleet Alex) and American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) tie at top of Experimental Free Handicap. Read More...

Ties Atop TJC’s Experimental Free Handicaps

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Jockey Club's 2014 Experimental Free Handicap features ties in both the male and female categories: Texas Red and champion American Pharoah top the male list and champion Take Charge Brandi, Lady Eli are the top females. Read More...

Belle Gallantey Looks for More in Ladies ‘Cap

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After opening 2015 with a fifth-place finish in the Affectionately Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, two-time grade I winner Belle Gallantey will try to bounce back in her second start of 2015 on Saturday, Jan. 31. Read More...

Ladies ‘Cap: Belle Gallantey Seeks Turnaround

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After opening 2015 with a fifth-place finish in the Affectionately Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, two-time grade I winner Belle Gallantey will try to bounce back in her second start of the year Jan. 31. Read More...

NJ Breeders Holding Online Season Auction

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Seasons to 33 stallions will be available through the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey 2015 Stallion Season Auction, which begins at 12 p.m. Jan. 30 and ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 1. Read More...

NTRA meets with Treasury over tax policy

DRF | 2 days ago
Officials with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and several horseplayers met with an official in the Treasury Department this week in Washington to discuss the NTRA’s request for a change in how gambling winnings are taxed, the president of the NTRA said on Thursday. Read More...

American Pharoah, Texas Red top Experimental Free Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2014, and Texas Red, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, were assigned the co-high weight of 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap, a weight-based ranking of the previous year’s 2-year-olds put out annually by The Jockey Club that was released on Thursday. Read More...

PA Breeders Offering Stallion Season Auction

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association stallion season auction will be conducted Jan. 29-31, with proceeds to benefit the organization's political action committee and Turning For Home, a racehorse aftercare program. Read More...

Penn National Gaming takes $233.2 million loss for 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the owner of 26 casinos and racetracks across the U.S. and Canada, took a $316.5 million impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to a $233.2 million loss for the year, according to financial statements released on Thursday. Read More...

Texas Red co-high weight on Experimental Free Handicap

Afleet Alex’s Texas Red, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and American Pharoah shared the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club’s 2014 Experimental Free Handicap... Read More...

Talented Field Assembles for the Sam F. Davis

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III). Read More...

Can IRT can Measure Skin Temperature Changes Underwater?

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Water treadmill workouts are gaining in popularity, especially for rehabilitating injuries. Compared with swimming pool exercises, water treadmill therapy allows the horse to maintain correct posture and gives a handler the ability to control the speed... Read More...

Measuring Horses’ Skin Temperature Changes Underwater

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Water treadmill workouts are gaining in popularity, especially for rehabilitating injuries. Compared with swimming pool exercises, water treadmill therapy allows the horse to maintain correct posture and gives a handler the ability to control the speed... Read More...

Kaigun Makes 2015 Debut in Arcadia Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kaigun, one of the most honest and classy grass horses in training last year, makes his first start since November when he takes on eight opponents in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 31 at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Horse Who Changed the Triple Crown

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
It has been 30 years since a blazingly fast 3-year-old named Spend a Buck changed the face of the Triple Crown. Read More...

Filly by The Factor Tops OBS Winter Opener

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
On a bid of $190,000 from George Bolton and Peter Leidel, a yearling filly from the first crop of multiple grade I winner The Factor topped the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale. Read More...

Secret Circle Part of Salty Palos Verdes Cast

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The 2013 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Secret Circle makes his seasonal debut in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) from Santa Anita Park Jan. 31. Read More...

Testa Rossi Makes Endeavour Return for Brown

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Testa Rossi makes her return to the races in the $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) from Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 31. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:06 PM ET Fields have drawn for a quintet of graded stakes Saturday, highlighted by Santa Anita's GI Las Virgenes S.... Read More...

Fillies Vie for Grade I Glory in Las Virgenes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Her bid to upset champion Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet (gr. I) falling just short last time out, the Bob Baffert-trained Maybellene appears to be the one to beat Jan. 31 in the grade I Las Virgenes at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Invasor headed to Uruguay for three breeding seasons

DRF | 2 days ago
Invasor will return to his South American roots to stand at Uruguay’s Haras Cuatro Piedras for three years, beginning with the 2015 Southern Hemisphere season Read More...

The Factor filly tops Winter Mixed Sale’s opening session

OBS Sales | 2 days ago
Purchased for $190,000 by George Bolton and Peter Leidel (Louise Reinagel photo) Read More...

Vercingetorix heads de Kock trio in Al Rashidiya

DRF | 2 days ago
There are some familiar names — and very good horses - on the Thursday card at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, with Vercingetorix’s appearance in the Group 2, $200,000 Al Rashidiya Stakes highlighting the action. Read More...

Kentucky Approves Racing License for Blasi

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A licensing committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the license request of Scott Blasi, Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer who last year was at the center of allegations from an animal rights group. Read More...

OBS winter mixed consignor select session posts even returns

DRF | 2 days ago
The opening consignor select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale concluded on Monday with an increased average sale price, but a downturn in gross and median price. Read More...

Ocean Knight, Catalina Red Top Sam F. Davis

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, and record-setting Florida horse Catalina Red head a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

The Great War to Return in 96ROCK Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Great War, a promising colt who finished fourth in last year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) is set to make his 2015 debut in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 31 at Turfway Park. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn Horses to Watch for Jan. 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Mary Rampellini's Horses to Watch at Oaklawn Park for the week of Jan. 26. Read More...

Knee Chip Sidelines Hutcheson Winner Barbados

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Two-time stakes winner will undergo surgery to remove chip from upper left knee. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 1/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 1/30 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 1/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 1/30 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 1/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 1/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Multiple stakes winner Barbados to undergo minor knee surgery

DRF | 2 days ago
Barbados, winner of the Spectacular Bid and Hutcheson Stakes this month at Gulfstream Park, will undergo minor knee surgery Tuesday at the Rood and Riddle equine medical center in Kentucky, trainer Mike Tomlinson revealed Wednesday at Gulfstream. Read More...

Arlington purse structure to take a hit

DRF | 2 days ago
The Illinois Racing Board, a body in transition as new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner sets up his administration, certified recapture for racetracks in 2015, which is likely to result in significantly lower purses for the Arlington meet. Read More...

War Correspondent will not start in Arcadia Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Saturday’s $200,000 Arcadia Stakes for turf milers at Santa Anita Park will not include a runner from trainer Christophe Clement’s stable. Clement said on Wednesday that he hoped to send the 5-year-old War Correspondent, but that he was told on Tuesday that a flight to California had been canceled. War Correspondent will start in a stakes at Gulfstream Park in the coming weeks. Read More...