Thoroughbred News

Shaman Ghost to get another shot at Suburban

DRF | 3 days ago
The only bad race Shaman Ghost has run for trainer Jimmy Jerkens came in last year's Suburban when he finished fifth. Shaman Ghost will have a chance to avenge that performance when he starts next in the Grade 2, $750,000 Suburban at 1 1/4 miles on July 8 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Red-boarders a lock to sweep Triple Crown

DRF | 3 days ago
At the Red Board Cafe, the customer is always right. After being on the winner the day after both legs of the Triple Crown, the Belmont seems all too easy Read More...

Hips to Watch: Day 2 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A chestnut colt by Curlin, who breezed in :10, heads the list of horses to watch during the May 23 second session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

One Last Shot at top of her game

DRF | 3 days ago
Though One Last Shot has near-identical race records on turf and dirt, trainer Michael Stidham is hoping that Thursday's second-level allowance feature at Belmont Park stays on the grass. Read More...

Ron ready to pull Johnson barn out of slump in Sagamore Sired Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The trainer Marvin Johnson won 137 races between 2013 and 2016 at Indiana Grand. This meet so far has been a struggle, but a horse named Ron can help get the Johnson stable back on the right track Wednesday. Read More...

Shaman Ghost delivers ‘Special’ for Adena Springs

DRF | 3 days ago
Shaman Ghost continued to establish himself as one of the better older horses in the country with his victory in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special last Friday, a score that built on family ties for his connections. Read More...

Heart’s Cry gets rare U.S. stakes winner

DRF | 3 days ago
Japanese sire Heart's Cry has accomplished much in both his racing and stallion careers, but there is one thing he's done infrequently. He was represented by just the second U.S. stakes winner of his career on Saturday when his promising son Yoshida captured the James Murphy Stakes on the Pimlico turf. Read More...

Some in Tieme aims for big payday in Belmont Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Kenny McPeek should have an active schedule during Belmont Stakes week. In addition to having Preakness third-place finisher Senior Investment for the Belmont on June 10, he is hopeful to start Some in Tieme in the Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup at 2 miles on turf June 9 if the horse is invited to the race. Read More...

Belmont Doings: Classic Empire, Japanese invader Epicharis likely to run

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be no Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes, and it's likely the race won't have the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner. But what it will have is the unluckiest horse in this year's Triple Crown, Classic Empire, as well as international intrigue with the Japanese invader Epicharis. Read More...

Gun Runner works five furlongs for Stephen Foster Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Gun Runner geared up for the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17 by working five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 on Monday for trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Grade 1 Winner, Sire Devil His Due Dies at 28

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Devil His Due, multiple Grade 1 winner and sire of 40 black-type stakes winners, including Dubai World Cup winner Roses in May, was euthanized at Margaux Farm due to the infirmities of old age May 22 Read More...

Mucho Macho Bets, Southern Wild in third showdown

DRF | 3 days ago
Southern Wild and Mucho Macho Bets finished on near-equal terms, noses apart, when third and fifth, respectively, in a blanket show photo at Keeneland on April 27. But they seem unlikely to draw an equal share of the betting when they return Thursday in the sixth race at Churchill Downs, a $51,000 first-level allowance at a mile on turf. Read More...

Diego Kosta totes top weight in Tai Shing Stream Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
The soccer star Diego Costa and the racehorse Diego Kosta have been winners this spring. Diego Costa plays for Chelsea of London in the English Premier League. Chelsea was the champion of the 2016-17 season that ended Sunday. Half a world away, Diego Kosta is doing his part to keep up winning ways at Hong Kong’s racecourses. Diego Kosta won for the first time in his seventh start during the current Hong Kong season in a five-furlong handicap on turf at Happy Valley on May 3. Read More...

Presence of Lady Eli makes Gamely a tough return spot for Avenge

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be no easy comeback race for Avenge when she makes her first start of 2017 in Saturday's Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

No day off for busy Brown following Preakness win

DRF | 3 days ago
Chad Brown did not rest on his laurels following Cloud Computing's upset victory in Saturday's 142 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. In fact, there was little rest at all for Brown, who drove back from Baltimore late Saturday night, arriving on Long Island about 1:30 a.m. Read More...

Speedy Smart Strike Filly Brings $525,000

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Smart Strike filly, who was one of the fastest workers during the under tack show, was bought by Chris Brothers' Xavier International Bloodstock for $525,000 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

Western Fair: Field set for the Molson Pace

DRF | 3 days ago
The field for this year’s Molson Pace has now been finalized, but not before some last second changes to the lineup had to be made. Read More...

Kiss At Midnight at home in dirt sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be few experiments with distances and surfaces in the future for Kiss At Midnight. The 5-year-old mare starts Thursday at Santa Anita in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs, conditions that are close to perfect for her best performance. Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Preakness Aftermath

It's not supposed to be easy, this Triple Crown thing. Yes, there was plenty of disappointment to go around when Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming chucked it at the top of the stretch, but what a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Tim Ritvo to stay at Santa Anita for a while

DRF | 3 days ago
Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, said on Sunday that he plans to spend time in California in an effort to determine how to improve business at Santa Anita. Read More...

Into Mischief Filly Tops Early at Midlantic Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bidding on behalf of an undisclosed client, Donato Lanni went to $425,000 to acquire an Into Mischief filly to top the early portion of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale May 22. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 5/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Classic Rock pointing to Woody Stephens Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Classic Rock, among the more promising 3-year-olds on the grounds now, boarded a van Monday bound for New York, where he'll test graded stakes waters for the first time June 10 in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Woody Stephens. Read More...

Jockey Arroyo drops appeals of two suspensions

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. has dropped appeals of two suspensions issued in November and March and will not ride for seven racing days at Santa Anita from Thursday through June 2. Read More...

Big Macher, Gold Rush Dancer may have date in Thor’s Echo

DRF | 3 days ago
The California-bred stakes winners Big Macher and Gold Rush Dancer are likely to return from layoffs and meet for the first time in the $100,000 Thor's Echo Handicap for state-bred sprinters at Santa Anita on June 11. Read More...

Quijote leads 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Gulfstream’s Big Drama Stakes

OBS Sales | 3 days ago
Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Florida-bred son of Pomeroy gets hi first stakes victory (Lauren Ling photo) Read More...

Saudi Chroma’s owners seek initial return on investment

DRF | 3 days ago
In March, Saudi Chroma was purchased for $360,000, the most expensive filly at the Barretts March Select Sale of 2-year-olds in-training at Del Mar.Saudi Chroma can justify the big ticket purchase Thursday when she starts in a maiden race for fillies at 4 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Settlement creates two winners of 2016 Parx Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
In a highly unusual settlement between trainer John Servis and Pennsylvania regulators, both Miss Inclusive, who was first across the wire, and Eighth Wonder, the second-place finisher, will be listed as the winners of the May 7 Parx Oaks last year at Parx Racing. Read More...

Richard’s Boy reading broad menu of stakes possibilities

DRF | 3 days ago
Richard's Boy won his second stakes of the year in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico last Friday. An attempt at a third stakes win could occur at venues as diverse as Belmont Park, Penn National, or Royal Ascot in coming weeks. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of May 22

DRF | 3 days ago
Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of May 22 Read More...

Trip Notes for May 21-22: Preakness, Dixie, Gallorette

DRF | 3 days ago
Trip notes by Michael Hammersly for races run on May 20-21. Read More...

Sparkman: Maclean’s Music joins exclusive club with Cloud Computing’s Preakness win

DRF | 3 days ago
It is too early to determine whether Maclean’s Music will join the rare successful non-stakes-winning stallions, but the victory of his first-crop son Cloud Computing in the Preakness Stakes will surely give him a golden opportunity. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Happy Valley selections and analysis for Wednesday, May 24 Read More...

Three win World Championship of Handicapping entries

DRF | 3 days ago
Preakness weekend was a winning one for a lot of players on DRF Tournaments, and Leo Vukmanovich was among the happiest. Read More...

Barkley edges Mach One Rules once again in Governor’s Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Barkley defeated Mach One Rules in the $50,000 Governor’s at Emerald Downs Sunday in a continuation of their one-sided relationship. Read More...

Pocono: Fear The Dragon foils Huntsville in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
In Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, all eyes were on Huntsville after his impressive seasonal debut at The Meadows on May 6, but Fear The Dragon had other ideas as he made a swift brush from fifth to first in the backstretch and went on to defeat Huntsville in a 1:49 1/5 career-best mile. Read More...

Flamboro Downs: Western Fame finishes first in Confederation Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Western Fame picked up the biggest win of his career to date when he held off Check Six in the lane to grab top honors in the C$176,000 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old male pacers on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Read More...

Moonless Sky promoted to first in Fran’s Valentine

DRF | 4 days ago
Pacific Heat was a clear winner of Sunday’s $125,690 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for California-bred turf females at Santa Anita, but was disqualified for causing interference in early stretch. Read More...

Santa Anita: Pick-six carryover of $253,350 for Thursday

DRF | 4 days ago
The Memorial Day racing week begins at Santa Anita on Thursday with a carryover of $253,350 in the single ticket pool of the $2 pick six. Read More...

Hips to Watch: Day 1 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Hips to Watch: Day 1 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Read More...

Outrageous Green snaps Yo Y Me’s streak in Inaugural

DRF | 4 days ago
Outrageous Green ended the five-race win streak of Yo Y Me on Sunday, when he defeated that rival in the $30,000 Inaugural for 3-year-olds at Arapahoe Park. The race was the first stakes of the meet in Colorado. Read More...

Itsallaboutyou relishes mud in John Wayne Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Another wet track produced another win for Itsallaboutyou at Prairie Meadows. Itsallaboutyou won well over a muddy strip April 3 at Will Rogers Downs, captured an Iowa-bred allowance race on a sloppy track April 30 at Prairie Meadows, and on Saturday night splashed to a nose victory over One Fine Dream in the $60,000 John Wayne Stakes. Read More...

Preakness Wrapup: Clouds Got in the Way

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Steve Haskin reflects on Cloud Computing's victory in the 2017 Preakness Stakes. Read More...

Grizzel Edges Enstone in Selene Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In her fourth start in the United States, Merriebelle Stable and Anna Doyle's Grizzel earned her first graded stakes victory when she edged favorite Enstone in the final furlong of the $125,000 Selene Stakes (G3).  Read More...

Grizzel defeats favored Enstone in Selene Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The former European runner Grizzel remained unbeaten on Woodbine’s Tapeta with a daylight score over Enstone in Sunday’s Grade 3, $131,300 Selene Stakes. Read More...

Santa Anita stewards fine Miller for scratching horse

DRF | 4 days ago
Leading trainer Peter Miller was fined $1,500 for scratching Got Even from Sunday’s eighth race at Santa Anita for not wanting to race the 8-year-old gelding. Read More...

Drizzy earns shot at Santa Anita Juvenile

DRF | 4 days ago
Drizzy will have his stakes debut in the $100,000 Santa Anita Juvenile on July 2 after a smart win in his first start on Saturday. Read More...

Ransom the Moon may target San Carlos Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
A move to sprints has redefined Ransom the Moon’s career this spring, and launched discussions regarding which races to use as a goal this summer and fall. Ransom the Moon won his stakes debut in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on Saturday and is a candidate for the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on July 1. Read More...

What a View sharp in prep for Shoemaker Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
What a View, the 6-year-old gelding, and his trainer, Kenny Black, are big fans of Santa Anita’s turf course. Saturday, What a View won his sixth race in 10 starts on the Santa Anita turf course in the $98,000 Crystal Water Stakes for California-bred turf milers. The race served as a prep for the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on turf on June 3. Read More...

La Coronel Prepares for Royal Ascot Run

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse looks to invade and score at Royal Ascot again this year with John Oxley's multiple graded stakes winner La Coronel in the one-mile Coronation Stakes (G1).  Read More...