Thoroughbred News

Keeneland brings back Lafayette for Prelude to the Cup Day

DRF | 2 days ago
Keeneland officials have released details for the Thursday before the Breeders’ Cup, Oct. 29. Read More...

Upstart’s connections weigh options for Travers, Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Rick Violette can rattle off a host of reasons to run his New York-bred Upstart on Saturday in the Grade 1, $1.6 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. He can name only one not to run: American Pharoah. Read More...

True Sense filly tops Manitoba sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Manitoba Division) yearling sale closed on Sunday with across-the-board declines. Read More...

Mena sidelined four weeks with collarbone fracture

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Miguel Mena will miss the upcoming meets at Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs when sidelined about four weeks after suffering a fractured right collarbone in a post-parade accident prior to the fifth race Sunday at Ellis Park in western Kentucky. Read More...

Jerardi: An August to remember

DRF | 2 days ago
This August explosion has been as unexpected as it has been glorious. Who saw this coming? Read More...

Archarella sharp in turf debut

Archarcharch racked up his seventh winner from his first crop, second-most of any 2015 freshman sire, when Archarella zipped to a two-length win... Read More...

Terranova barn at center of racing universe

DRF | 2 days ago
Several hours before Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s anticipated arrival at Saratoga Race Course, trainer John Terranova’s operation was bracing to be in the eye of the storm once again. Read More...

Northern California dates set for 2016

DRF | 2 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board has set the 2016 calendar for Northern California. Read More...

American Pharoah Stops in Lexington

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A quick hello from the Triple Crown champ at Blue Grass Airport en route to NY for the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

No Marathon three-peat for McDonald

DRF | 2 days ago
There won’t be a trainer three-peat in Sunday’s Humboldt County Marathon in Ferndale. Melanie McDonald, who won the 1 5/8-mile race with A Thousand Aces in 2013 and Mahogany Run last year, is not entering a runner this year. Read More...

Flintshire taking it easy in Sword Dancer preparation

DRF | 2 days ago
International traveler Flintshire, the expected favorite for the $1 million Sword Dancer at Saratoga on Saturday, put in his second day of local training on Wednesday. Read More...

Seven-day meet opens Friday at Maryland State Fair

DRF | 2 days ago
A Maryland tradition for more than 125 years continues when Timonium opens for a seven-day meet in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair. Read More...

Baze looking forward to Japan jockey competition

DRF | 2 days ago
Russell Baze never expected that doing something he loves would turn him into a world traveler. But on Friday, Baze flies to Japan to represent the United States in the weekend’s World All-Star Jockeys competition at Sapporo Racecourse. Read More...

Za Approval looks to end drought in featured optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
The durable millionaire Za Approval can end a drought Friday in the excellent Woodbine feature. The third-level optional claimer, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass, could yield a starter for next month’s Grade 1 Woodbine Mile. Read More...

Jebrica returns from long layoff in claiming sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Jebrica will be dropping to a new low when he makes his first start in over a year in a $25,000 claiming race at Emerald Downs on Friday night. Read More...

Elusive Harmony can give a needed boost to Mitchelhill barn

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s been a fairly unproductive start so far for Sally Mitchelhill since she assumed the training of horses in the aftermath of Kirk Ziadie having been denied his trainer’s license in early July for medication violations. But if she is to get relief from that slump, it might well come Friday when Mitchelhill sends out Elusive Harmony in the $44,000 feature at a mile on the main track. Read More...

Devil in Disguise will try to pair wins in claiming feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Hastings, Devil in Disguise, Senor Rojo, Off the Top Read More...

Betfair, Paddy Power in merger talks

DRF | 2 days ago
Betfair, the British exchange-wagering operator and owner of TVG and HRTV, is in formal discussions to merge with the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, the two companies said on Wednesday. Read More...

Key Race report: Leading Wild returns in claiming race

DRF | 2 days ago
Leading Wild (#1, ML 6-5) returns in Wednesday's sixth race at Woodbine, a six-furlong claiming race on the all-weather track. It will be her first start since finishing first by one length in a claimer July 22 at Woodbine. The second-, third-,10th-, and 11th-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...

La potranca de Arch ocupó el primer lugar en las ventas de potros selectos de un año

OBS Sales | 2 days ago
Hip No. 214, una hija de Arch consignada por Beth Bayer, Agente, pasó a Niall Brennan, agente para Marc Keller por $320.000 ocupando el primer lugar de las ventas de potros selectos de un año 2015 de la compañía Ocala … Read More...

American Pharoah Is 1-5 Morning-Line Favorite in Travers Stakes

The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has not lost since his debut more than a year ago, winning eight straight races with one breathtaking performance after another. Read More...

Gisser: The rebirth of Northfield Park

DRF | 3 days ago
This summer, I was able to enter a time warp simply by driving 15 miles south from my home to Northfield Park. If you have any doubt Northfield Park is back, you are simply just not paying attention. Read More...

Bahamian Squall retired to Double Diamond Farm in Florida

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner Bahamian Squall has been retired from racing and will debut at stud for the 2016 breeding season at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Fury Kapcori retired to Journeyman Stud in Florida

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 3 winner Fury Kapcori has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

OBS August: Arch filly tops even select session

DRF | 3 days ago
The opening select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale closed with a late flurry of top prices on Tuesday to help bring returns close to last year’s kickoff day of selling. Read More...

Arch Filly Paces Trade at OBS Select Session

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. saved the best for last during the select session of its August yearling sale Aug. 25. Read More...

American Pharoah draws post 2 for Travers

DRF | 3 days ago
American Pharoah drew post 2 and was installed as the 1-5 favorite by NYRA linemaker Eric Donovan for Saturday’s 146th Travers, a race American Pharoah enters riding an eight-race winning streak. Read More...

Lasix Issues Laid Out for NY Regulators

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With an eye toward a possible proposal to change New York's rules on the race-day medication furosemide, the state's Gaming Commission met in Saratoga Springs Aug. 25 to solicit opinions about the medication. Read More...

Arch filly tops Selected Yearling Sale

OBS Sales | 3 days ago
Hip No. 214, a daughter of Arch consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, went to Niall Brennan, Agent for Marc Keller for $320,000 to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 Selected Yearling Sale. The bay filly is out of graded … Read More...

American Pharoah Draws Post 2 for Travers

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah drew post 2 and was installed as the 1-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) to be run Saturday, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Familiar arguments at New York Lasix conference

DRF | 3 days ago
Veterinarians, researchers, trainers, owners, and regulators rehashed arguments over the proper role for the regulated anti-bleeding medication furosemide during a day-long conference Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., organized by the New York Gaming Commission. Read More...

U.S. appeals court: New Jersey sports betting unconstitutional

DRF | 3 days ago
A federal appeals court has upheld a series of rulings saying an effort by New Jersey to legalize sports betting is unconstitutional. Read More...

Fornatale: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, Aug. 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Let's take a horse-by-horse look at Wednesday's late pick four at Saratoga. Read More...

Average, Median Rise at Doncaster Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Offspring of first-crop stallions grabbed the spotlight on opening day of the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales premier yearling sale Aug. 25, selling for the day's top two prices. Read More...

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Texas commission backs historical racing rules

DRF | 3 days ago
The Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday voted against repealing rules that provide for the installation of historical racing terminals at the state’s tracks, according to a commission spokesman. The vote was a tight one during a meeting in Austin, Texas. Read More...

Lasix Forum Raises More Questions

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
NYSGC wanted information to set future policy Read More...

Just Do It by Tom LaMarra

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board should adopt the entire National Uniform Medication Program. Read More...

Smack Smack plans to be determined

DRF | 3 days ago
Plans for Smack Smack, winner of the $175,000 Governor’s Cup at Remington Park on Aug. 15, are to be determined, trainer Don Von Hemel said. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot eyes BC Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Ivan Fallunovalot has been made eligible for the Breeders’ Cup, and now his connections are debating the best path to get him to the $1.5 million Sprint on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Read More...

Zayat Stables to Donate to New Vocations

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Zayat Stables has committed to donating a percentage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's purse earnings for the remainder of his racing career to support retired racehorses. Read More...

Louisiana adopts national uniform medication rules

DRF | 3 days ago
The Louisiana Racing Commission adopted national uniform medication rules during a meeting Monday, but there will be a grace period before penalties are levied against the connections of horses in violation of the new guidelines, state officials said. Read More...

Texas Red finally gets another shot at American Pharoah

DRF | 3 days ago
While American Pharoah has annihilated virtually every 3-year-old he has faced this year en route to winning the Triple Crown, the intrigue of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.6 million Travers Stakes is the first meeting between him and Texas Red, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, in 11 months. Read More...

Del Mar: Miller able to retire All Squared Away

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Peter Miller’s quest to re-acquire and retire stakes winner All Squared Away has come to fruition. A private purchase last week enabled Miller to take possession of All Squared Away and retire him, bringing to a close a saga in which Miller claimed the horse with the intention to retire him, only to start anew when the claim was voided. Read More...

Forum: No Easy Way to Proceed on Lasix Issue

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
At a forum designed to educate state regulators about furosemide, the very people the presentations were designed to enlighten may well have left with more questions than answers. Read More...

Gemologist colts shine at OBS August Select Yearling sale

A pair of colts from the first crop of Gemologist brought bids of $280,000 and $240,000 during the select session of the OBS 2015 August Yearling sale... Read More...

Jacobson targets a second New York Turf Writers Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer David Jacobson is hoping history will repeat itself when he sends out his recent claim All Together against defending champion Demonstrative and eight other steeplechase rivals in Thursday’s Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap. Read More...

Jess’s Dream lives up to pedigree in debut

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had a cell phone full of congratulatory texts and was still receiving kudos from fellow horsemen Tuesday morning for the eye-catching debut performance of Jess’s Dream in Monday’s sixth race. Read More...

Del Mar: Bayern status up in the air

DRF | 3 days ago
Bayern will head to Santa Anita at the end of this meet and could race there this fall, but already there have been discussions between Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah about whether to go on with him, being as Bayern has not reproduced the strong form of 2014, when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Read More...