Thoroughbred News

Aqueduct: Closer Looks for April 16, 2014

DRF | 1 day ago
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Taptowne arrives early for Texas Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Nominations for the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile on April 26 don’t close until Thursday, but one invader for the race, Taptowne, is already on the Lone Star backstretch, readying for a start. Read More...

AHC’s Issues Forum Scheduled for June 24

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
"Where Have All the Horses Gone" is the theme for the American Horse Council's 2014 National Issues Forum held June 24 in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AHC's annual meeting. Read More...

Summer Front Aims to Defend Miami Mile Crown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Waterford Stable's Summer Front will try to win the Miami Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT) for a second straight year when the 5-year-old son of War Front faces an expected 13 rivals in the April 19 race. Read More...

Emollient Back at Keeneland in Doubledogdare

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Juddmonte homebred, 2-for-2 at Keeneland after notching double grade I wins at the Lexington oval, finds softer spot April 18 in $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (gr. III). Read More...

Florida Groups Target New Quarter Horse Track

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Establish racing and breeding organizations in Florida are united in opposition to a new Ocala-area Quarter Horse track it contends has several safety issues and only is concerned about offer poker and full-card simulcasts. Read More...

Harness Racing: Top horsemen promote the sport, retired racehorses

DRF | 2 days ago
With the busy schedule of the country’s leading catch drivers and trainers, it is very rare that you will find them giving up a day off to come to a national equine expo, but on April 13th at Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH, Ronnie Wrenn Jr, Aaron Merriman, Trace Tetrick, Mickey Burke, and Luke Ebersole participated in the harness racing demonstration. Read More...

Santiva Moves to Swifty Farms in Indiana

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Santiva, a grade II-winning son of Giant's Causeway, has moved from Gerry and Dana Aschinger's War Horse Place near Lexington to Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind. Read More...

WV to Tackle Latest Round of Model Rules

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Thoroughbred industry stakeholders in West Virginia will meet May 6 to consider changes in the state's racing rules, including a few related to the National Uniform Medication Program. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Catalogs 580 Juveniles

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic division has cataloged 580 entries for its 2-year-olds in training sale May 19-20 at Timonium, Md. Read More...

Rail good spot for Harris in Aqueduct allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
Contrary to common perception, the rail has been the place to be this spring in Aqueduct’s one-mile dirt races, and that’s where Harris breaks from against five opponents in Thursday’s $67,000, first-level allowance feature. Read More...

Slideshow: The Week in Photos for 4/15/2014

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Japan, Australia, Santa Anita Park, Woodbine, Calder & More. Read More...

Blue Grass runner-up Medal Count is Derby-bound

Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, last Saturday’s runner-up in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, will make his next start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 3rd at Churchill Downs, trainer Dale Romans confirmed on Tuesday... Read More...

My Flag Dies

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:42 AM ET Claiborne Farm has announced the passing of My Flag (Easy Goer). Read More...

American Equine Summit Set for April 26-27

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The 2014 American Equine Summit, which will feature presentations from prominent equine experts, will be held April 26-27 at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, N.Y. Read More...

Darby Dan names Hamilton as Director of Client Development

Darby Dan Farm has named John Hamilton as the new Director of Client Development at the Lexington-based farm... Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Charles Town Classic soars to high stature

DRF | 2 days ago
Two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, when all the major Derby preps are done, is perfect timing to get some attention for your race and your race track. And Charles Town management has certainly done that with a huge purse and what promises to be a great card of racing culminating with Game On Dude trying to defend his title in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic. Read More...

Champion Producer My Flag Dies at Claiborne

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Four-time grade I winner My Flag died at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., after foaling a healthy bay colt by Bernardini on April 12. Read More...

Noble Tune retired to stud in South Africa

DRF | 2 days ago
Graded stakes winner Noble Tune has been retired and will begin his stud career with the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season at Rathmor Stud in South Africa. He will stand for a fee of 25,000 Rand, or about $2,365 in U.S. funds. Read More...

Oaklawn stewards disqualify Please Explain for positive test

DRF | 2 days ago
Please Explain, an outside contender for the Kentucky Oaks, has been disqualified from her third-place finish in the Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes on March 8 at Oaklawn Park after she tested positive for an excessive level of a regulated corticosteroid, according to Oaklawn stewards. Read More...

European imports add intrigue to Appalachian Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
A pair of newbies from overseas gives the Appalachian Stakes even further intrigue, a welcome element of handicapping difficulty that will be resolved when the Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian is run as the eighth of nine Thursday races at Keeneland. Read More...

Grade 1 winner, producer My Flag dies at Claiborne

DRF | 2 days ago
My Flag, a Grade 1 winner and dam of champion Storm Flag Flying, was euthanized due to complications from foaling after producing a healthy Bernardini colt on April 12. She was 21. Read More...

Shared Belief has first work since Jan. 3

DRF | 2 days ago
Shared Belief, last year’s champion 2-year-old male who has been sidelined all year with foot problems, took his first step toward a return to action with a three-furlong work at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday morning that trainer Jerry Hollendorfer timed in 38.40 seconds over the Tapeta surface. Read More...

WGOH: One for the Little Guys

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tax court opinion will help owners who aren't living alongside their horses. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton releases Midlantic juvenile sale catalog

DRF | 2 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale catalog is now online, featuring a group of 580 juveniles. Read More...

Vespone Filly Takes Diane Trial

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:13 AM ET 1st at SCD (SAINT-CLOUD)G3 Prix Penelope     Winner: Goldy Espony (Fr) by Vespone (Ire) Henri-Alex Pantall's Goldy Espony (Fr) (Vespone {Ire... Read More...

Bejarano to ride Wildcat Red in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Jose Garoffalo confirmed Tuesday that Rafael Bejarano will ride Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby. Bejarano will be the sixth different jockey to be aboard the Fountain of Youth Stakes winner and Florida Derby runner-up in as many starts. Read More...

Mutual Trust Sibling Stays Perfect at Saint-Cloud

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:45 AM ET 2nd at SCD (SAINT-CLOUD)?29,000 Prix Nubienne (Cond)     Winner: Starflower (GB) by Champs Elysees (GB) Starflower (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}... Read More...

Managing Horses with Excessive Tearing

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
"Horse eyes are awesome," began Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, assistant professor and veterinary ophthalmologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. "But excessive tearing is not awesome." Read More...

Field Set for A$4 Million Queen Elizabeth S.

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:57 AM ET A field of 12 has been drawn for the G1 Queen Elizabeth S. at The Championships at Randwick in Aus Saturday. Read More...

Publicizing of Veterinary Files Is Urged for Triple Crown Events

Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of the Jockey Club, said the goal was to ensure that the horses were sound and not under the influence of unnecessary drugs. Read More...

Podcast: End of the Derby Road

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Steve Haskin reflects on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and shares his thoughts on who will be on top on the first Saturday in May. Read More...

Tygart: Parallels Between Olympics, Racing

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency says there are parallels between issues facing the U.S. horse industry and the Olympics when it comes to ensuring the integrity of those sports. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 7:47 PM ET Ogden Mills Phipps, Chairman of The Jockey Club, pens an open letter to the industry calling for disclosure... Read More...

Noble Tune to Stand in South Africa

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Noble Tune, a half brother to grade II winner Honor Code, has been retired from racing and will launch his stud career later this year in South Africa when the Southern Hemisphere season begins. Read More...

Phipps: Make Public Triple Crown Vet Records

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The chairman of The Jockey Club April 14 called for public release of the veterinary records of all horses entered in this year's Triple Crown races, and also said the industry should partner with USADA to push drug reform. Read More...

Kitten Kaboodle, Zinzay Meet in Appalachian

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kitten Kaboodle and Zinzay, the one-two finishers in the 2013 JPMorgan Chance Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT), square off in the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 17 at Keeneland. Read More...

Phipps Calls for Public Vet Records for Triple Crown runners

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:41 PM ET Ogden Phipps calls for open vet records for Triple Crown runners. Read More...

Anderson Seeks Sweet Victory With Sugar Shock

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Iowa-based trainer Doug Anderson isn't a well-known name in the Thoroughbred horse racing game. But when his filly Sugar Shock contests the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), things may change for the small-time conditioner. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/16 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 4/16 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 4/15 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 4/15 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 4/15 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 4/15 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Phipps calls for publicly available veterinary files for Triple Crown contenders

DRF | 2 days ago
The chairman of The Jockey Club released a statement Monday calling for trainers of horses entered in the Triple Crown events to make the horses’ veterinary records publicly available beginning 14 days before each of the three races. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen 4/14/2014

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Steve Haskin tells us how the final weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races have affected his Derby Dozen. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct handicapping notebook April 16

DRF | 2 days ago
Similarly to Friday, when all seven dirt winners were no worse than second at any point of call, early speed was a prerequisite for success in Saturday’s six dirt races, all of which were one-turn events no longer than 7 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Haskin: Art Sherman, Dave Erb ‘Swap’ Stories

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
With California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman being thrust into the Kentucky Derby spotlight at age 77, so too will the great Swaps, as Sherman was the immortal Cal-bred's regular work rider. Read More...

Grade I Winner Egg Drop Bred to Tapit

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade I winner Egg Drop, whose retirement was announced April 8, has been bred to Tapit, the current leading North American sire by earnings, for 2015. Read More...

Mixed Reaction to Churchill Takeout Increase

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky horsemen expected backlash from Churchill Downs' decision to charge the maximum takeout rates allowed by state law, but they hope positives follow from increased purses that improve the racing product. Read More...

One for the Roses: Cairo Prince

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Steve Haskin makes the case for Kentucky Derby contender Cairo Prince. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was able to breathe a sigh of relief the morning of April 13 with Cairo Prince ranked 20th on the qualifying list. Read More...