Thoroughbred News

Pletcher trio will take aim at Keen Ice in Donn Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Anyone looking for an emerging star in the wide-open handicap division need only turn to Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park to find a number of worthy candidates hoping to enhance their reputation's in the season's first major test for older horses on dirt. Read More...

Godolphin’s Halling Dies at Age 25

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Halling, a son of Diesis who provided Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin with some of its earliest success at the group I level, died Feb. 2 at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, as a result of the infirmities of old age. Read More...

Hovdey: In the racing world it’s just a superlative Saturday

DRF | 4 days ago
The first-class racing packed into two hours at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Saturday will be far more entertaining than the butchering set for Sunday on a football field in San Francisco. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 6: Picks for Donn, San Antonio, San Marcos

DRF | 4 days ago
Pace is an especially interesting factor in Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, and is the reason why I'm going with Financial Modeling. Read More...

Tammy the Torpedo enters Suwannee River in top form

DRF | 4 days ago
Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year. Racing fans have become accustomed to Brown's dominance, particularly on the grass, and that's a primary reason the trainer's uncoupled duo of Tammy the Torpedo and Light In Paris will draw close attention in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwannee River, the richest of three turf stakes on a 13-race Saturday card at Gulfstream. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter enters Hooper on cusp of stardom

DRF | 4 days ago
Is Ami's Flatter a star in the making? The lightly raced but talented Ami's Flatter will get the opportunity to prove just that when he takes on a strong field that includes Tommy Macho and Wildcat Red in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Crist: For now, time is on Songbird’s side

DRF | 4 days ago
With dominant champions such as American Pharoah, Beholder, and Runhappy commanding most of the racing world's attention last fall, it is entirely possible that insufficient attention has been paid to the 2-year-old champions of 2015. That is about to change quickly, with Songbird making her season debut Saturday in the Las Virgenes at Santa Ainta, and Nyquist scheduled to make his nine days later in the San Vicente. Read More...

Easy Win for Frosted in First Meydan Start

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Frosted took an impressive step toward his early spring goal of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he overwhelmed eight rivals to win the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored by EGA (UAE-II) Feb. 4 at Meydan. Read More...

Daddy’s Boo has speed-figure edge in turf-mile feature

DRF | 4 days ago
Handicappers who focus on Beyer Speed Figures won't have to search long for a winner in the featured seventh race Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Beyer par for the one-mile turf race is an 82, and Daddy's Boo just happens to have scored a pair of 82 Beyers in her last two races, making her the only horse in the field to have reached the 80 mark. Read More...

Safety Issues at Center of Guild Assembly

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Jockeys' Guild will continue efforts to raise awareness and develop the best treatment for rider concussions when it meets for its annual assembly Feb. 15-17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Read More...

Repeat of last puts Flamboyant in San Marcos picture

DRF | 4 days ago
In his 18-race career in two countries, Flamboyant has never won consecutive races. Saturday's $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita would be as good of a race as any to accomplish that. Read More...

Meadowlands: Callahan provides insight into Saturday drives

DRF | 4 days ago
One of the sport’s leading drivers, Corey Callahan, is already off to a quick start in 2016 and he’ll enter the second month of the year with a full plate of contenders on Saturday’s 14-race Meadowlands program. Callahan, like many of the top drivers, has to shuffle from track-to-track to earn a living but has devoted weekends to the Meadowlands. Read More...

Jerardi: Tough acts for Songbird, Mor Spirit to follow

DRF | 4 days ago
That was some show put on by three 3-year-olds last Saturday at Gulfstream Park. They all dominated, ran fast and gave the strong hint that there is much more to come. Read More...

The Pizza Man set to deliver in Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
The Pizza Man made a lot of dough last year in becoming an Eclipse Award finalist in the older-male turf division. On Saturday, the homebred gelding embarks on what owner Richard Papiese hopes will be another huge year when making his 7-year-old debut as the 122-pound highweight and solid favorite in the 34th running of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Read More...

Penn National Gaming reports increased revenue for 2015 but will restate financials

DRF | 4 days ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the operator of 27 gambling facilities in the U.S. and Canada, had revenue of $2.84 billion in 2015, according to the company, but it has yet to release any net income figures for the year due to a need to restate its financial statements. Read More...

Distance the question for Code Warrior in California Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Songbird is running at Santa Anita on Saturday, but Code Warrior will still face a tough Hollendorfer-trained filly, Kiss N Scat, in the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Chiropractor, Flamboyant Vie in San Marcos

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Grade I winner Chiropractor and upset San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Flamboyant both figure to be running late as they head the eight-horse field in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 6. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 28 to January 31

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 28 to 31, 2016. Read More...

Northfield: Ronnie Wrenn Jr gets win 3,000

DRF | 4 days ago
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park’s 15th race on Wednesday (February 3). Read More...

Frosted crushes track record in Dubai

Tapit’s multiple graded stakes-winning 4-year-old Frosted put on a stellar display Thursday evening at Meydan Race Course... Read More...

Runners for ‘Team Baffert’ Head San Antonio

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Dortmund may be on the sidelines for now, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert still holds a good hand going into the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Mor Spirit Makes Season Debut in Lewis

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
As the series of Southern California Triple Crown preps really kicks into gear with the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park, once again a Bob Baffert-trained colt looms prominently. Read More...

Gift Horse on the Derby Trail

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Success in the purchasing of horses is often attributed to seeing what others don't see; in other words, looking past physical issues or deficiencies that turn other buyers off. Read More...

Laurel Plans Fundraiser to Benefit Martinez

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Laurel Park will hold a fundraiser and silent auction benefitting jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland Feb. 13, featuring dozens of items during its Winter Carnival weekend. Read More...

Belmont Adds Three Marathon Stakes for 2016

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A trio of new marathons, two of them for fillies and mares, will offer horsemen and fans at Belmont Park an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the longest stakes races available in American racing. Read More...

N.Y. Legislation Would Halt OTB Casino Plans

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a measure banning casinos by either of the two Long Island-based OTBs. Read More...

Making the Grade: Discreetness

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn. Read More...

741 Applications for Thoroughbred Makeover

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Retired Racehorse Project announced it has received applications from 488 trainers for 741 horses for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover that will take place Oct. 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. Read More...

Sudden Surprise Tries Two Turns in Gander

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Repole Stables' Sudden Surprise will try two turns for the first time Saturday, Feb. 6 in the $100,000 Gander Stakes for New York-bred sophomores at Aqueduct Racetrack. Read More...

Songbird Ready for 2016 Debut in Las Virgenes

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird will make her 2016 debut in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 and will again be a commanding favorite when the gates open at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Harness: Ron Burke, Tim Tetrick on Mike and Mike this week

DRF | 5 days ago
On the Mike and Mike show this week is leading trainer Ron Burke along with top driver the “Bionic Man” Tim Tetrick. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 2/5 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Meydan: Frosted, Mubtaahij compete in separate stakes Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
Two hopefuls for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26 are scheduled to start Thursday night at Meydan, but not in the same race. Frosted, winner of the Grade 1 Wood and the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, and most recently seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, starts in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2, while Mubtaahij, last seen finishing fourth behind second-place Frosted in the Belmont Stakes, races in the Group 3, $200,000 Firebreak Stakes. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 2/5 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 2/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 2/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

The Pizza Man Opens 7-Year-Old Campaign

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Midwest Thoroughbreds homebred The Pizza Man makes his first foray into Florida to open up his 7-year-old season against a compact but talented field of turf runners going nine furlongs at Gulfstream Park Read More...

Dolphus likely to run next in Risen Star

DRF | 5 days ago
Dolphus, who was scratched at the gate of the Lecomte after acting up and briefly getting loose, returned to action Sunday with a three-quarter-length win in a first-level, two-turn allowance at Fair Grounds. He will make his next start in the Risen Star, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

Forever Unbridled pointing to Apple Blossom

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart said he plans to train Forever Unbridled straight into the April 15 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park after the improving 4-year-old filly won her second straight Grade 3 race in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic last Saturday night at Sam Houston. Read More...

Dubai Decisions Hang on Donn

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Connections of Keen Ice, Mshawish will use Feb. 6 race as guide for World Cup runs. Read More...

Da Big Hoss pops career Beyer in Connally Turf Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Da Big Hoss popped a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 103 for his win in last Saturday night’s Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Nickname draws rail for Martha Washington

DRF | 5 days ago
Nickname, the winner of the Grade 1 Frizette, drew the rail for the $100,000 Martha Washington on Saturday at Oaklawn. She is part of an eight-horse field that also includes the undefeated multiple stakes winner My Master Plan. Read More...

Oaklawn: Gordy Florida still on target for Southwest

DRF | 5 days ago
Gordy Florida, who ran a bold second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones last month at Oaklawn, remains on course for the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes after breezing five furlongs in 1:03.20 on Wednesday. Read More...

El Deal on his way back

DRF | 5 days ago
El Deal, undefeated in four starts but unraced since last May 1, returned to the work tab over the weekend, breezing three furlongs in 38 seconds over the Belmont training track. Read More...

In Equality hits the road for Risen Star

DRF | 5 days ago
In Equality, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Jerome herer on Jan. 2, was scheduled to leave Belmont Park by van on Friday morning and head to Louisiana, where he will make his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 20. Read More...

Capossela Stakes fails to fill

DRF | 5 days ago
Only four horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela Stakes, and the racing office opted not to card it. It will be brought back for Sunday's card. Read More...

Broussard draws big, evenly matched field

DRF | 5 days ago
There was only one Spanky Broussard, but there are 16 3-year-old fillies entered in the inaugural running of the $50,000 Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Stakes on Friday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Vincento back quickly for Gander

DRF | 5 days ago
Vincento had six weeks between his first start and his second start and seven weeks between his second start and his third. Saturday, Vincento will make his second start in one week when he runs in the $100,000 Gander Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hovdey: Cal Cup winners off to bigger and better

DRF | 5 days ago
It feels strange to suggest that no fewer than three and maybe even four of the five winners of Cal Cup races at Santa Anita Park last Saturday could be heard from in large ways down the line. Read More...

Mid-Atlantic: Fritchie, General George fields in flux

DRF | 5 days ago
The retirement of Eclipse Award winner La Verdad last weekend has resulted in added interest from horsemen for the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes, according to Coley Blind, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. Read More...

Making the Grade: Mo Tom

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...