Thoroughbred News

Team Texas Red Partners With TV Star

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Travers Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Texas Red and Team Texas Red will partner with Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud" for this weekend's race. Read More...

Group I Winner Bahri Retired From Stud Duty

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bahri, sire of 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) victor Sakhee among 16 stakes winners, has been retired from stud duty at the age of 23, Shadwell Estate Co. and Girsonfield Stud and Racing announced Aug. 28. Read More...

Shadwell Sire Bahri Pensioned in England

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bahri, sire of 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) victor Sakhee among 16 stakes winners, has been retired from stud duty at the age of 23, Shadwell Estate Co. and Girsonfield Stud and Racing announced Aug. 28. Read More...

Lubash wins West Point Stakes for second time

DRF | 3 days ago
Lubash parlayed a perfect stalking trip behind the leaders into his second win in the West Point Stakes at Saratoga on Friday. Read More...

Litfin: Pick three play at Saratoga for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin outlines his pick three strategy for Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Sunday, Aug. 30

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his best plays on Sunday's program at Del Mar. Read More...

Texas Red picks up sponsor for Travers

DRF | 3 days ago
Texas Red, the Jim Dandy Stakes winner who is likely to be the second or third choice in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, will be sponsored in the Travers by Gas Monkey Garage, a company founded by Richard Rawlings, host of the television show “Fast N’ Loud,” the brokers of the deal announced Friday. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 8/30 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

She’s All Ready shakes off rivals to win Seeking the Ante

DRF | 3 days ago
She’s All Ready proved she was more than a one-hit wonder when following her one-sided debut victory with another equally impressive performance, a convincing three-length triumph over Super Surprise in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies Friday at Saratoga. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, August 29

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Sparkman: Nerud was a modern Wizard of the Turf

DRF | 3 days ago
The first racehorse I ever fell in love with was Gallant Man. His trainer was John Nerud. Read More...

Horse health: Take a critical look at supplements in joint care

DRF | 3 days ago
Although joint injuries can occur from a bad step or intense strain from a single competition, most joint problems have a long history. Subtle heat in a joint, a stilted gait, or an odd angling of the limb while walking out usually signal a problem. Read More...

Jc’s Shooting Star pulls upset in Fleet Indian

DRF | 3 days ago
The connections of Jc’s Shooting Star, a maiden after losing her first six starts, hoped she could be third in Friday’s $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga. Jc’s Shooting Star did two spots better than that, rallying from last to win the Fleet Indian by a head. Read More...

Former Midwest jockey Sensenbach dies at 58

DRF | 3 days ago
Paul R. “Lee” Sensenbach Jr., a retired jockey in the Great Plains region, died Monday at age 51. Read More...

Free: Del Mar pick four play for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 3 days ago
A 50-cent pick four ending with a longshot single is the play Saturday at Del Mar. The wager on races 7-10 is structured using TicketMaker, and the total cost is $54. The bet allows for one “miss” in the early races, trying to “get live” to the single. Read More...

Texas Chrome’s connections mull next-race options

DRF | 3 days ago
Danny Keene and trainer Shea Stuart on Friday were debating their next move with Texas Chrome, who improved his record to 3 for 3 with a win in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity earlier this month at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Wicked Strong looks good in work

DRF | 3 days ago
Wicked Strong, fourth in the Grade 1 Whitney here Aug. 8, put in a solid six-furlong workout Thursday morning over the main track, going six furlongs in 1:12.41 under exercise rider Kelvin Pahal in preparation for the Woodward next Saturday. Read More...

McLaughlin points Bay of Plenty to Woodward

DRF | 3 days ago
Bay of Plenty, who won the Alydar Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths, will run in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Read More...

Cavorting staying with own kind in Prioress

DRF | 3 days ago
Wanting to keep Cavorting in her own age group as long as possible, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin plans to run the Grade 1 Test winner back in the Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes for 3 -year-old fillies at Saratoga on Sept. 6. Read More...

Hovdey: In ’78, Cauthen just mingled with the stars

DRF | 3 days ago
Since winning the Belmont Stakes aboard American Pharoah last June, Espinoza has flashed his Triple Crown grin far and wide – red carpets, awards shows, business confabs, charity flings, two appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, both times in jockey drag. Steve Cauthen has been there, although he didn’t do quite that. Read More...

MJC: Laurel Meet Offered Building Blocks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Based on the results of a 23-day summer meet at Laurel Park that generated positive numbers and response from the local community, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to do so again next year -- on some level. Read More...

O’Neill points Nyquist, Mrazek to Labor Day stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill will have a team of 2-year-olds spread across the nation on Labor Day. Read More...

Court Vision colt wins Saratoga MdSpWt battle

Top-10 First-Crop sire Court Vision got his second winner Friday when Heated Verdict won a hotly-contested $83,000 maiden special weight contest at Saratoga... Read More...

Beholder has light exercise Friday morning

DRF | 3 days ago
Beholder, winner of the $1 million Pacific Classic against males Aug. 22, was on the track before dawn Friday at Del Mar. Read More...

Racing office being repaired after accident

DRF | 3 days ago
The eastern wall of the backstretch racing office was being repaired earlier this week after a car crashed into it. Read More...

Bearrock N Roll back routing in Monday claimer

DRF | 3 days ago
Bearrock N Roll will try to win for the 24th time when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race at Hastings on Monday. The horse he will have to catch and beat in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that drew six horses is Go for Guinness. Read More...

Sudden Surprise scores in Funny Cide

DRF | 3 days ago
Sudden Surprise was no surprise. Sent away favored in a short field, Sudden Surprise scored a handy two-length victory in the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds, which kicked off a program showcasing statebreds on Travers Eve at Saratoga. Read More...

Zayas expected back for Florida Sire Stakes next weekend

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be a familiar name back in the entries next Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Edgard Zayas, who has been sidelined since the middle of July, is set to make his comeback on the card featuring the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes. Read More...

Stacy Mitchhart to Conclude TOBA Dinner

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Nashville-based singer/songwriter Stacy Mitchhart and his band will perform American blues music at the conclusion of the 30th annual National Awards Dinner. Read More...

Stellar Wind a cut above Torrey Pines foes

DRF | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind is expected to win Sunday’s $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Bradester seeks third straight graded stakes win in Iselin

DRF | 3 days ago
Bradester won the first two graded stakes races for older horses on dirt this season at Monmouth Park, and his five rivals will be hard-pressed to stop him Sunday in the final such race of the season, the Grade 3, $150,000 Iselin Stakes. Read More...

Report from August 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, August 20. Read More...

Wise Dan among 31 nominated to Woodbine Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Two-time Woodbine Mile winner Wise Dan heads the list of 31 nominees for this year’s edition of the Grade 1 turf event on Sept. 13. Read More...

Fleet Eagle will be tough to catch in Sunday allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
If Fleet Eagle can come close to reproducing the 100 Beyer Speed Figure he received for his blowout win going 6 1/2 furlongs May 17 in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap in his first start at Emerald Downs, it is game, set, and match when runs in an unrestricted allowance race Sunday. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew seven horses and headlines a 10-race card that begins at 2 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

More Than Just a Name for Run for Retts

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
"She's running for Rett Syndrome. She's running for my girls and our family. She's going to do amazing things. Nobody can tell me any different. She's the underdog and so are our girls." Read More...

Large Crowd Watches American Pharoah Gallop

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
On a glorious morning at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 28, an estimated crowd of 15,000 flocked to the track to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his final gallop before his bid in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes. Read More...

Smart N Fancy matches Lady Shipman, Free as a Bird

DRF | 3 days ago
The $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga on Sunday matches two of the top filly or mare turf sprinters in the East, Lady Shipman and Free as a Bird. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 3 days ago
Despite 10 races carded for the seaside Saturday, options seem limited with a few short fields and four races (2, 4, 8, and 10) loaded with firsters. At least one race, however, with a big, contentious field, provides an opportunity, particularly for trifectas/superfectas. Read More...

TimeformUS Preview: The Travers

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
American Pharoah looks to be first Triple Crown winner to take Travers since Whirlaway in 1941. Read More...

Seth Hancock Named Keeneland Trustee

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Seth W. Hancock, longtime member of the Keeneland board of directors, was appointed a Keeneland trustee, effective Aug. 25 upon the retirement of current Keeneland trustee Louis Lee Haggin III. Read More...

Swagger Jack Moves to Dana Point

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of leading sire Smart Strike, has relocated to Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be $3,500. Read More...

Hancock named Keeneland Association trustee

DRF | 3 days ago
Seth Hancock, part of the family that founded central Kentucky’s Claiborne Farm, has been appointed a trustee of the Keeneland Association, replacing Louis Lee Haggin III, who has retired from the position, the company announced on Friday. Read More...

Glen Hill Farm to Sponsor One Dreamer Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs. Read More...

Blues Blaster holds class edge in Humboldt County Marathon

DRF | 3 days ago
Thirty years ago, Bruce Dillenbeck finished third as a jockey in the Humboldt County Marathon. On Sunday, he hopes to win the race as a trainer, in the $20,000, 1 5/8-mile stakes race on closing day of the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale. Read More...

Hebbronville, W V Jetsetter get rematch in rich allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
The 3-year-olds Hebbronville and W V Jetsetter, who were a neck apart as the one-two finishers in a Grade 3, $100,000 stakes last month, are rematched in another $100,000, six-furlong sprint Sunday at Parx Racing. Read More...

Champion Divine Fortune Dies After Fall

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Divine Fortune, the 12-year-old champion steeplechaser of 2013, was euthanized Aug. 27 as a result of injuries sustained when he fell during the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Conquest Strate Up faces males in stakes debut in Vice Regent

DRF | 3 days ago
Conquest Strate Up will face males in her stakes debut in Sunday’s $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds over one mile on Woodbine’s turf course. Read More...

Key Race report: Tanner’s Popsicle returns in optional claimer

DRF | 3 days ago
Tanner's Popsicle (#5, ML 5-2) returns in Friday's seventh race at Canterbury Park, a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer. It will be his first start since finishing second by seven lengths in an optional claimer July 2 at Canterbury Park. The first- and third-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

First Winner for Desert Key

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Desert Key, a grade I-placed son of E Dubai, was represented by his first winner Aug. 27 when Gospel Grey Key won the second race at Remington Park. Read More...

American Pharoah draws a crowd for Friday gallop

DRF | 3 days ago
Standing along the rail in the winner’s circle, trainer Bob Baffert looked up at the packed Saratoga grandstand and said, “Look at this, wow!" Read More...