Thoroughbred News

Vernon: Flanagan Memory seeks a big win in Crawford Farms Trot

DRF | 3 days ago
Flanagan Memory heads to Friday’s $193,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon Downs looking for his first stakes win of the season, but the 6-year-old son of stallion Kadabra has already provided more magical moments than anyone associated with the trotter ever expected. Read More...

Mineshaft Colt Tops OBS Day 3 Watch List

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Ontario-Sired Bonuses to Continue for 2017-18

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Though Ontario-sired bonus payments were reduced for 2016, Woodbine and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association said there is no plan to eliminate the program for 2017-18. Read More...

Soldat busts out of the gate at OBS sale

DRF | 3 days ago
The select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale served as a fine coming-out party for Soldat, whose first offering of yearlings helped propel him to the upper echelon of the Tuesday's sire lists. Read More...

Washington sale holds steady

DRF | 3 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale saw a steady renewal on Tuesday, led by a $78,000 Harbor the Gold colt. Read More...

Brad Free’s Del Mar preview: Curious track profile on first day of racing week

DRF | 3 days ago
After two dark days, racing resumes Wednesday at Del Mar. Three of the eight races are a mile on dirt and include low-odds contenders with similar up-front styles – Desert Madam (race 1), Kristo (race 5), and Conquest Cobra (race 7) all run on or near the lead. Read More...

Gemologist filly stellar in Saratoga unveiling

Ingrid lived up to her advanced billing with an eye-catching six-length victory in a Saratoga maiden special weight contest Wednesday... Read More...

Lederman making the most of ‘borrowed time’

DRF | 3 days ago
It was only fitting Larry Lederman filled in at the mike for Monmouth Park announcer Frank Mirahmadi when he was recovering from surgery last week. Mirahmadi and Lederman are longtime friends and have great respect for each other's work. Also, for the last five years Lederman has been bravely dealing with his own serious health issues. Read More...

Mare Unbridled Melody has two stakes winners on consecutive days at Saratoga

DRF | 3 days ago
On August 19 and 20, the mare Unbridled Melody achieved the feat of having two of her progeny win stakes on turf at Saratoga. She four stakes winners from five foals of racing age. Read More...

O’Connor high on Flashy Chelsey

DRF | 3 days ago
A generation ago, Rob O'Connor was the leading trainer at Ellis Park, tying Bernie Flint with 12 winners each at the 1991 meet. Echoes of those glory days were sounded last Sunday when O'Connor sent out Flashy Chelsey to a hard-fought victory in a $37,200 turf allowance. Read More...

California Chrome Pacific Classic Highlights

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
California Chrome streaked to a five-length win over Beholder and Dortmund in Saturday's TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to earn a spot in this fall's Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar Del Mar Handicap Highlights

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ashleyluvssugar held off a furious rally from Metaboss to win the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap and a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf starting gate. Experience Saturday's Del Mar thrills and social scene firsthand in this new video. Read More...

Stryker Phd to defend title in Muckleshoot Tribal Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Stryker Phd came out of his fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 14 in excellent shape and will make his next start in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at Emerald Downs on Sunday. The Classic headlines the Xpressbet Washington Cup card, which is made up of six $50,000 stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in Washington or British Columbia. A total of 65 horses were nominated. Read More...

Huasca returns from long layoff in sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Huasca will be welcomed back by some familiar foes when she makes her first start in almost a year Friday at Gulfstream Park in the ninth race, a $44,000 allowance sprint at six furlongs. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 8/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 8/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Timonium meet opens with larger purses

DRF | 3 days ago
The seven-day Maryland State Fair season at Timonium begins Friday and runs through Sept. 5. Purses and the trainers' bonus program have been increased in an attempt to boost field size. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 8/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 8/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Look for Ethanol to turn on the gas late

DRF | 3 days ago
There are several fast horses in Friday's Woodbine headliner, which could set the table for a closer like Ethanol in the five-furlong Ontario-sired allowance. Read More...

O’Connor high on Flashy Chelsey

DRF | 3 days ago
A generation ago, Rob O'Connor was the leading trainer at Ellis Park, tying Bernie Flint with 12 winners each at the 1991 meet. Echoes of those glory days were sounded last Sunday when O'Connor sent out Flashy Chelsey to a hard-fought victory in a $37,200 turf allowance. Read More...

Borel: ‘This is what makes me happy’

DRF | 3 days ago
Horsemen and fans who were skeptical when it was announced in March that Calvin Borel had decided to retire were proven correct when the Hall of Fame jockey recently decided to return to riding. In recent interviews with Ellis Park publicity, Borel revealed why he decided to return. Read More...

Picklesimer getting ready for the rush at Kentucky Downs

DRF | 3 days ago
If a jockey can only ride as fast as his or her mount can run, well, a racing secretary might only be as effective as the purses he or she can offer. That might make Tyler Picklesimer the best racing secretary in the world these days. Read More...

Appropriate ending to Shared Belief Stakes?

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be fond remembrances no doubt mixed with sadness on Friday at Del Mar when the Shared Belief Stakes is run for the first time, but there could be a poignant result in the race. Read More...

Abelman uses cash wits to earn BCBC berth

DRF | 3 days ago
Steve Abelman is the latest longtime cash player to find success in the contest world. Abelman, 60, finished first overall in a BCQualify event on Sunday to win his $10,000 entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge on the DRF Tournaments site. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: The Gamble

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Taylor boys' play for California Chrome pays off Read More...

Indiana Grand Diaries: What’s Driving New Interest In Racing, Breeding Programs?

Over the weekend, three horseplayers earned spots in the National Handicapping Championship with Indiana Grand's first ever qualifier for the NHC. It's another step of many by the Centaur... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full... Read More...

Full Travers Field Awaits Exaggerator

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Fourteen—the largest field since 1977—entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, and the winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) breaks in the thick of it Aug. 27. Read More...

Postponed Could Try BC Turf After Arc

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Postponed could be bound for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park should he emerge in good order from a planned run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct 2 at Chantilly. Read More...

Attila’s Storm Colt Tops New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale

Hermano, a yearling colt by Attila’s Storm out of the winning and stakes-placed Dome mare Hand Glide, sold for $100,000 to top the August 19-20 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Exaggerator surrounded in 14-horse Travers gate

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Baffert's two horses are on the inside, Steve Asmussen's pair drew on the outside, and Exaggerator – the morning-line favorite – is smack dab in the middle for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Early buybacks hurt OBS select session

DRF | 3 days ago
The select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale was hampered early by a run of buybacks and finished behind the pace set by last year’s sale Read More...

Midshipman Filly Tops Record-Grossing MN Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association enjoyed a record gross for its yearling sale Aug. 22 as total receipts reached $517,350, led by an auction-topping Midshipman filly for $50,000. Read More...

Flatter Colt Tops OBS Select Yearling Session

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Topped by a son of Flatter sold for $210,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale session mirrored recent sales with declines in all key statistical categories and a high buy-back rate. Read More...

Flatter colt tops OBS Selected Yearling Sale

OBS Sales | 3 days ago
Hip No. 24, consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, went to Stan Hough, Agent for Sagamore Farm, for $210,000 (Louise Reinagel photo) Read More...

Deep Impact gets rare U.S. winner

DRF | 3 days ago
Japanese supersire Deep Impact was represented by a rare winner in the U.S. on Friday, as Tale of Life won an allowance race at Saratoga. Read More...

Scat Daddy’s credentials still growing

DRF | 3 days ago
The late Scat Daddy added two additional Grade/Group 1 winners to his résumé over the weekend, as Harmonize posted a breakthrough victory in the Del Mar Oaks and Lady Aurelia continued her globetrotting juvenile campaign by winning the Prix Morny in France. Read More...

Shanel to Head Food and Beverage for TSG

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Stronach Group Aug. 23 announced the appointment of Tamir Shanel as executive vice president, food and beverage. Read More...

Paynter colt near top at OBS August Yearling sale

Paynter, whose first crop are yearlings of 2016, had one of the top-five selling lots during the first day, the Selected session, of the Aug. 23-25 OBS August Yearlings sale... Read More...

Dark Angel Offspring in Demand at Goffs UK

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate continued its summer shopping on opening day of the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23, buying 12 lots, including a Dark Angel colt who was the day's top-price at £250,000 ($329,759). Read More...

Trio of six-figure Gemologist yearlings at OBS Select sale

Gemologist, the leading freshman sire at the OBS April Sale, was again at the top of the list for first crop sires for the Select session of the OBS August Yearling sale... Read More...

Minnesota yearling sale posts record gross

DRF | 4 days ago
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling sale posted one of the strongest renewals in its history Monday, featuring a record gross, near-record average sale price, and a $50,000 Midshipman filly drawing the highest bid. Read More...

Ontario-sired program bonus program to continue in 2017-18

DRF | 4 days ago
The HPBA of Ontario and Woodbine Entertainment Group have announced that the Ontario-sired bonus program will not be eliminated during eligible horses’ 2- and 3-year-old campaigns in 2017-18. Read More...

Delacour Barn Has Come Into Its Own

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The stable of Arnaud Delacour, who learned from conditioners such as Christophe Clement and Alain de Royer- Dupree, has grown in numbers and quality in recent years in the United States. Read More...

Jamgotchian Takes Challenge Of ‘Claiming Jail’ Rules To U.S. Supreme Court

Jerry Jamgotchian is nothing if not persistent. The California-based Thoroughbred owner has fought a five-year battle over Kentucky regulations that prohibit a claimed horse from racing out of state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Paulick Report 8/23 News Minute Presented By NYRA Bets

The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com) sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn't stop after you've had your morning coffee.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Six Stakes Fill NY Showcase Day

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
New York-breds square off in six stakes races Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course during New York Showcase Day. New York Derby winner Hit It Once More highlights $200,000 Albany Stakes for sophomores. Read More...

Tepin Back to Brilliant in Saratoga Work

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In just her third workout since becoming the first U.S.-based horse to win the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), Tepin let it be known she is well on course for an expected start in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17.  Read More...

Songbird back in California; Cotillion at Parx next

DRF | 4 days ago
The unbeaten, champion filly Songbird arrived back at trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's Del Mar barn Monday and will remain in California to train until her next scheduled start, the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion on Sept. 24 at Parx Racing. Read More...

Espinoza in Japan this week for jockey competition

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Victor Espinoza, who won the Pacific Classic on Saturday with California Chrome, will be gone all week in order to ride in an all-star jockey competition in Sapporo, Japan, this weekend. Read More...

Irish Freedom helps Baffert turn page on Travers

DRF | 4 days ago
Irish Freedom, a 2-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile who won his debut Sunday at Del Mar, is owned by Donegal Racing, the same outfit whose Keen Ice upset American Pharoah in last year's Travers Stakes. Read More...

Southern CA Tracks, TOC Have Dates Agreement

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Three Southern California racetracks and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have agreed to a three-year calendar that maintains year-round racing. Read More...