Thoroughbred News

Right Hand Man holds off Mach One Rules in Oakland Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jeff Bonde had been a bit frustrated since Right Hand Man’s third-place finish in the Oak Tree Sprint at Pleasanton on July 4, but the frustrations vanished on Saturday when the 3-year-old gelding ($19.40) held off Mach One Rules to win the $66,125 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Fort Pulaski ends losing streak in Mr. Sulu Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Fort Pulaski broke a couple losing streaks on Saturday at Fair Grounds, winning for the first time in nine 2017 starts and for the first time in six turf tries when he captured the $50,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes by a half-length over heavily favored Trust Factor. Read More...

Birdie Gold Earns Quick Return in Red Carpet

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Gary Mandella did not plan on running Teneri Farm homebred Birdie Gold so soon after her U.S. debut Nov. 4 in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T). Read More...

Tricky Escape Shows Her Mettle in Cardinal Handicap

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jon Marshall's Tricky Escape proved most adept at getting a heated battle to go her way when she just got her nose down over Fair Point to take an off-the-turf edition of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap. Read More...

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet Makes Noise in Frost King

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Be Vewy Vewy Quiet delivered on his pari-mutuel promise winning the $125,000 Frost King Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds by a head over Silent Sting on a rainy Nov. 18 at Woodbine. Read More...

Dream Tree Holds Off Midnight Bisou in Desi Arnaz

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Just more than three weeks after their debut race, when Dream Tree held off a closing Midnight Bisou by a desperate nose at Santa Anita Park, the stage was set again during the stretch run in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 18 at Del Mar. Read More...

Dream Tree bests Midnight Bisou in Desi Arnaz Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The stakes were higher than in their debut last month at Santa Anita but the result was the same on Saturday at Del Mar for Dream Tree and Midnight Bisou, as Dream Tree again nosed out her budding arch-rival, this time in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Tricky Escape takes off-the-turf Cardinal Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
It may have been watered down, but the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap went to Tricky Escape on Saturday – and the 4-year-old filly’s connections couldn’t have been much happier about it. Read More...

Keeneland November Sale Concludes With Strong Results

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Fierce competition for quality horses among an exceptionally deep buying bench generated healthy results as Keeneland's November breeding stock sale concluded Nov. 18. Read More...

Limousine Liberal Sweeps to Bet on Sunshine Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Katherine Ball's Limousine Liberal found himself in a familiar place Nov. 18 after taking the $80,000 Bet on Sunshine Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths: the winner's circle at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Money’soncharlotte Out to Stamp Season in Falls City

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Money'soncharlotte aims to put an exclamation point on what has been a career-year when she heads up the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 23. Read More...

Fire Away on the Mark in Artie Schiller

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Phipps Stable's homebred Fire Away overtook Monster Bea in the stretch and outkicked his rival by a length to post his first win in more than a year when he captured the $150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes Nov. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Read More...

My Miss Chiff takes Happy Ticket S.

My Miss Chiff became Into Mischief's 17th stakes winner of 2017 on Saturday when she won the $50,000 Happy Ticket S. on opening day of the Fair Grounds meet... Read More...

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet prevails in Frost King Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Be Vewy Vewy Quiet ($5.60) made amends for back-to-back low-priced losses with a determined score in Saturday’s $125,800 Frost King Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Fire Away breaks through in Artie Schiller

DRF | 3 days ago
Fire Away had come close several times in his seven preceding races, but hadn't won. On Saturday at Aqueduct, he broke through with his first stakes win in the $150,000 Artie Schiller, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up. Read More...

Limousine Liberal Too Good in Bet on Sunshine

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Katherine Ball's Limousine Liberal found himself in a familiar place Nov. 18 after taking the $80,000 Bet on Sunshine Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths: the winner's circle at Churchill Downs. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Keeneland November: Middle market propels gains in average, median

DRF | 3 days ago
The 2017 edition of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale faced its share of challenges – the late scratch of co-headliner Lady Eli, fewer horses offered in the elite Book 1 portion, the lack of a high-profile dispersal, and a soft lower-end market, to name a few – but an increasingly strong middle market propelled overall gains in average and median sale prices at the close of the marathon sale. Read More...

Nine entered in Fall Highweight Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Stallwalkin' Dude, Seymourdini, and Threefiveindia are the top contenders in a field of nine entered Saturday for the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight at Aqueduct on Thanksgiving Day. Read More...

Eightthehardway scores repeat in Ruff/Kirchberg Memorial Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Defending winner Eightthehardway got back on track as he splashed home for a repeat victory in the $75,000 Ruff/Kirchberg Memorial Handicap for Ohio-accredited older horses Saturday at Mahoning Valley, as the track kicked off a big few days of racing. Read More...

New York Racing Association Releases 2018 Dates

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The New York Racing Association, Inc. has released its 2018 racing calendar, which calls for 229 days of live thoroughbred action at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

NYRA to race five less days in 2018

DRF | 4 days ago
The New York Racing Association will race 229 live dates in 2018, five less than were approved for this year. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Trilliant is on the improve as she makes her U.S. debut

DRF | 4 days ago
It has obviously taken some time for Trilliant to figure out the game, but she’s really stepped up her efforts in her past couple of outings. Read More...

Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my four Sunday runners at Cheltenham and Fontwell

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls provides the inside track on his runners at Cheltenham and Fontwell on Sunday including Old Guard in the Greatwood... Read More...

Pat Lang, track photographer, dies at 65

DRF | 4 days ago
Pat Lang, who endeared himself to countless horsemen as the track photographer at racetracks in Kentucky and Ohio, died Friday following complications from lung cancer. Read More...

Sunday Racing Tips: Old Guard to add a further Greatwood victory?

Tony Calvin provides his best bets for the Greatwood Hurdle on the final day of the Cheltenham November Meeting as well as a selection for the Southern National... Read More...

Fornatale: How I’ll play Aqueduct for Saturday, Nov. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
I’ll be taking a shot in the late double at Aqueduct today, starting out with one of the last grass stakes we’re likely to see in New York for many months, and paying off in an interesting maiden special weight for statebred juvenile fillies. Read More...

Factum will stand at Poplar Creek for 2018 season

DRF | 4 days ago
Factum, a half-brother to leading commercial sire War Front, will relocate to Poplar Creek Horse Center in Bethel, Ohio for the 2018 breeding season for a private fee. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Pre-Thanksgiving Lull

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week there’s only one graded stakes on the schedule, but there are still several horses of interest involved in other races. Read More...

Matt Dinerman New Track Announcer at Golden Gate Fields

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
There will be a new voice of racing by the San Francisco Bay Dec. 26, as Golden Gate Fields announced the hiring of Matt Dinerman as track announcer Nov. 17. Read More...

Graded Winner Ocean Knight Joins Get Away Farm

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ocean Knight, a graded stakes-winning son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, has joined the stallion band at Manny Andrade's Get Away Farm in Lowell, Fl. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

TOBA November Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
On September 13, one outstanding yearling colt shone like a copper penny—his breeder Alina Muther's Copper Penny Stables, that is. The dark bay son of Orb – Tally Ho Dixie, by Dixieland Band brought $1 million.  Read More...

Tom Harris Named Track Announcer at Emerald Downs

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Emerald Downs announced Nov. 17 that Tom Harris will be track's new full-time announcer. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 11/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 11/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Fabulous Strike Stakes draws eight

DRF | 4 days ago
A field of eight, including a David Jacobson-trained entry, has been entered for the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Stakes at Penn National on Thanksgiving Eve. The card also includes a pair of $100,000 stakes, the Swatara and the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 11/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 11/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Farrell Could Try Turf in Next Start

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Coffee Pot Stables' Farrell, the one-length winner of the Chilukki Stakes (G2), may try turf for the first time in the Nov. 24 Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs, according to trainer Wayne Catalano. Read More...

Royal Mo Set for Stud Career in 2018

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Royal Mo suffered a career-ending injury six days ahead of the Preakness Stakes (G1) this year, but after surgery at New Bolton Center and several months to recuperate, the son of Uncle Mo is now in a position to pursue a stallion career. Read More...

Conveyance Filly Tops Keeneland’s Penultimate Session

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Joel Zawitz paid $50,000 for a weanling filly by first-crop sire Conveyance from the family of champion Indian Blessing for the most expensive purchase during the 11th and penultimate session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 17. Read More...

The Player Signals His Readiness for Clark Handicap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In his final serious work in advance of his expected start in the Nov. 24 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (G1) at Churchill Downs, graded stakes winner The Player cruised through a five-furlong breeze easy as he pleased. Read More...

Trainers Diodoro, Pish on deck for Oaklawn

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainers Danny Pish and Robertino Diodoro both plan to have strings at Oaklawn Park this winter. Read More...

Chief Know It All heads Diodoro foursome for Zia stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Robertino Diodoro is loaded for Wednesday's Land of Enchantment stakes program at Zia Park, with four stakes runners including Chief Know It All for the Zia Derby. Read More...

American Dubai likely to await Sunland meet

DRF | 4 days ago
American Dubai, a multiple stakes winner who was expected for the Zia Park Championship, is instead getting some time off. Read More...

Miller barn has it going every which way

DRF | 4 days ago
After finishing 1-2 in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and winning two races on the Breeders' Cup program, trainer Pete Miller is setting himself an even greater challenge, trying to become the first American trainer to win the Group 1, 1,200-meter Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Dec. 10. Read More...

Woodford Reserve, BC Mile goals for Divisidero next year

DRF | 4 days ago
Divisidero, the millionaire turf specialist owned by the Gunpowder Farms of Tom Keithley, has been turned out for an unspecified period but will rejoin trainer Buff Bradley's stable at Fair Grounds over the winter to prepare for a 2018 campaign as a 6-year-old. Read More...

Yonkers: Sunday 11/19 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Sunday Afternoon 11/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...