Thoroughbred News

Secretariat Photo Album

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
I have posted photos of Secretariat over the years, but never all of them in one place. I figured it was time to put all these photos together in a single blog, just to have them archived and easily accessible. Read More...

Battle of Midway drills seven furlongs for Haskell

DRF | 3 days ago
Fresh off winning three races on opening day, jockey Flavien Prat was busy Thursday morning at Del Mar working several of his top stakes horses, most notably Battle of Midway. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar right where he belongs in Eddie Read

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 turf stakes in Southern California are a perfect fit for Ashleyluvssugar. His success at that level of competition makes the Grade 2 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar Saturday an appropriate spot for Ashleyluvssugar's first start of the summer. Read More...

Weekend Hideaway to start meet in John Morrissey

DRF | 3 days ago
After winning the Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park for the second straight year in his last start, the hard-knocking 7-year-old Weekend Hideaway is ready to kick off the Saratoga session the same way he did last summer, in the 6 1/2-furlong John Morrissey for New York-breds. Read More...

Just a Smidge, Tyfosha likely to get rematch in stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The 2-year-old filly Just a Smidge ran to expectations in Wednesday's fifth race for maiden fillies at Del Mar, scoring a hard-fought win over Tyfosha in what could be a preview of major stakes for the division. Read More...

Bowies Hero may have La Jolla, Del Mar Derby in future

DRF | 3 days ago
Bowies Hero may have a busy Del Mar summer meeting. After winning Wednesday's $120,660 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf, trainer Phil D'Amato was contemplating two more starts on turf for the colt in coming weeks: the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles Aug. 6 and the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 3. Read More...

Smart qualifier Hold Air Hostage looks like Rainbow Derby favorite

DRF | 3 days ago
Hold Air Hostage should go favored over a handful of fellow major stakes winners on Saturday when he starts as the fastest qualifier in the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, July 22: Picks for Sanford, Eddie Read, New York Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
There is little form to go on in Grade 3 Sanford Stales for 2-year-olds at Saratoga, and with no one in the field having raced more than twice, anyone is eligible to take an unexpectedly big step forward. Read More...

TVG Plans Special Coverage, Events at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Beginning July 21, TVG will be live from its trackside location at Saratoga for its six-week summer meeting, covering every race, every day of the meet while raising awareness for leading racehorse retirement, re-training, and aftercare programs.  Read More...

Oh Marvelous Me streaks into optional claimer

DRF | 3 days ago
Horse for the course, Oh Marvelous Me, will be gunning for his third straight win in a $40,000 optional-claiming race at Emerald Downs Saturday evening. Read More...

Stevens looks to continue Arapahoe stakes roll with Galactic Princess

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Scott Stevens is 3-for-6 in stakes this season at Arapahoe Park and has a favorite's chance to continue his success in Saturday's CTBA Breeders Oaks. Read More...

Summer season starts with Spa, Del Mar contest qualifiers

DRF | 3 days ago
It's a busy weekend at DRF Tournaments with a host of qualifiers to go along with one of racing fans' favorite weekends of the year: the start of the Del Mar and Saratoga meets. Read More...

Hovdey: Defeat always lurks, even for the great ones

DRF | 3 days ago
The recitation of historic anomalies is not meant to splash an ounce of cold water on the return of Arrogate in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on Saturday. This is a big deal, from all angles, because Arrogate has separated himself from his contemporaries with a series of performances that only the very best have ever matched. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 15 – July 18

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from July 13 – July 18

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Rodriguez, Baker have solid contenders in New York Derby, Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Finger Lakes offers one of the better cards of its season Saturday, with the upstate wine country track holding the $150,000 New York Derby and the $75,000 New York Oaks. Read More...

Arrogate poised to leave fans, rivals breathless again in San Diego Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
On Saturday, the second half of Arrogate's 2017 season commences when he runs in the Grade 2, $300,000 San Diego Handicap, the first of three straight starts he could make here at Del Mar, capped by the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Polar Vortex wins Ellen’s Lucky Star Stakes; Mind Reader takes Snack

DRF | 3 days ago
Polar Vortex’s best game is two-turn turf racing, and while playing it against fellow Indiana-breds for the first time Wednesday, she rallied nicely from the back of the pack to win the $105,200 Ellen’s Lucky Star Stakes at Indiana Grand. Read More...

Summit Point, Tango Run, Best of You meet again in Miss Ohio

DRF | 3 days ago
Summit Point, Tango Run, and Best of You, who have already squared off in short but busy careers, will seek “Miss Ohio” honors Saturday at Thistledown. Read More...

Del Mar Addressing Safety, Field Size Concerns

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The iconic seaside racetrack is taking on safety issues and field size challenges. Read More...

Square Dancer gets class relief as he seeks to end skid

DRF | 3 days ago
Square Dancer, the 2015 local Horse of the Year, will try to get back on track in a $25,000 claiming run that closes the eight-race card at Hastings on Saturday. Read More...

Trip the key for Wilbo in Don Bernhardt

DRF | 3 days ago
Corey Lanerie worked out a perfect trip aboard Wilbo from the 1 hole in a victory at the Churchill Downs spring meet. Trainer Chris Hartman is hoping for more of the same Saturday at Ellis Park, where Wilbo will break from the rail when he faces nine other older horses in the $50,000 Don Bernhardt. Read More...

Trip the key for Wilbo in Don Bernhardt

DRF | 3 days ago
Corey Lanerie worked out a perfect trip aboard Wilbo from the 1 hole in a victory at the Churchill Downs spring meet. Trainer Chris Hartman is hoping for more of the same Saturday at Ellis Park, where Wilbo will break from the rail when he faces nine other older horses in the $50,000 Don Bernhardt. Read More...

Square Dancer gets class relief as he seeks to end skid

DRF | 3 days ago
Square Dancer, the 2015 local Horse of the Year, will try to get back on track in a $25,000 claiming run that closes the eight-race card at Hastings on Saturday. Read More...

Everything Lovely takes on males in My Frenchman

DRF | 3 days ago
A well-matched field of turf sprinters Saturday should make for an exciting $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes, highlight of the final weekend at Monmouth Park before the July 30 Haskell. Read More...

Everything Lovely takes on males in My Frenchman

DRF | 3 days ago
A well-matched field of turf sprinters Saturday should make for an exciting $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes, highlight of the final weekend at Monmouth Park before the July 30 Haskell. Read More...

Mind Reader takes to turf for first stakes win

Mind Reader, a 3-year-old son of Gemologist, scored by two lengths in the $100,000 Snack S. July 19 at Indiana Downs, the first turf start and stakes victory for the gray or roan sophomore... Read More...

Mind Reader takes to turf for first stakes win

Mind Reader, a 3-year-old son of Gemologist, scored by two lengths in the $100,000 Snack S. July 19 at Indiana Downs, the first turf start and stakes victory for the gray or roan sophomore... Read More...

Anythingyoucando makes stakes debut in Distaff Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses who last raced in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, and Minnesota are in New Mexico for Saturday night's one-mile $55,000 Downs at Albuquerque Distaff Handicap. Read More...

Fast and Foxy back with own kind in California Governor’s Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday's $50,000-added California Governor's Cup Handicap is the only game in town for female sprinters. The six-furlong dirt race is the only Northern California sprint stakes offered fillies and mares during the summer. Read More...

Jules Watson, longtime DRF clocker, dies at 90

DRF | 3 days ago
Jules Watson, who witnessed the morning developments of such greats as Secretariat and Spectacular Bid during a lifetime of clocking horses, died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Hallandale Beach, Fla. He was 90. Read More...

Minks Aprise fresh for Ontario Matron

DRF | 3 days ago
Minks Aprise defied the skeptics when she captured the Trillium Stakes on short rest. She's had five weeks off heading into Saturday's $125,000 Ontario Matron and should be favored to double up in the Grade 3 stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Why takeout matters

DRF | 3 days ago
Among serious horseplayers, takeout, or the amount of money taken out of every bet, is a four-letter word. But how big a concern is it for the average player? Given its economic impact on anyone’s winnings, it should be high on the list of factors to consider for anyone making a wager. Read More...

The Future of Aftercare Funding: An OTTB Subsidy

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Two major questions arise when horses first retire from racing: where will they go, and who will fund the next chapter of their lives? Read More...

Ky. HBPA Teams with Ellis for ‘College Day’

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Free laptops and scholarships for lucky college students this Sunday. Read More...

Look Back: Shuvee Completes a Filly Triple Crown

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Big, powerfully muscled Shuvee, daughter of champions Nashua and Levee, won New York's Triple Crown for Fillies by taking the $100,000-added Coaching Club American Oaks. All she had to overcome was luck. Read More...

Overanalyze filly debuts a 9 ½-length maiden winner

Primo Extremo lived up to her name in her career debut on July 19, rolling to a 9 ½-length maiden special weight win going 5 ½-furlongs... Read More...

Overanalyze filly debuts a 9 ½-length maiden winner

Primo Extremo lived up to her name in her career debut on July 19, rolling to a 9 ½-length maiden special weight win going 5 ½-furlongs... Read More...

Artie Schiller colt takes Del Mar’s Oceanside for third stakes victory

Bowie’s Hero powerful move down the stretch of the Del Mar turf course carried the 3-year-old Artie Schiller colt to victory in the $120,000 Oceanside S... Read More...

Artie Schiller colt takes Del Mar’s Oceanside for third stakes victory

Bowie’s Hero powerful move down the stretch of the Del Mar turf course carried the 3-year-old Artie Schiller colt to victory in the $120,000 Oceanside S... Read More...

Despite smaller crowd, Del Mar officials content with safely run opener

DRF | 4 days ago
A safely run racing day more than offset a downward spike in on-track attendance on opening day Wednesday for Joe Harper, Del Mar’s president and chief executive. Read More...

Bowies Hero wins Oceanside Stakes on Del Mar’s opening day

DRF | 4 days ago
Bowies Hero rallied late under Tiago Pereira to win the $120,660 Oceanside Stakes, Del Mar's opening day feature. Read More...

Stronach Group in talks to partner on Massachusetts race meet

DRF | 4 days ago
The top racing official of The Stronach Group is scheduled to meet on Monday with the owner of two racetrack properties in the Boston area to discuss the possibility of partnering on a Thoroughbred meet at Raynham Park or Brockton Fairgrounds. Read More...

Arrogate Begins Del Mar Journey in San Diego Handicap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert wants the four-time graded/group 1 winner to add two more top-level wins to his résumé in the Aug. 19 TVG Pacific Classic (G1) and Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), but the journey begins in the San Diego Handicap (G2). Read More...

Reinhart: Tweaking the Hall of Fame process for the better

DRF | 4 days ago
When it was announced that Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg were going to appear on the ballot for induction to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame for next year, my reaction was mixed. While both potential inductees are certainly worthy of inclusion, I wondered why again no drivers or trainers appeared on the ballot, which seems to have become a common occurrence. Read More...

Direct Dial, Admiral Jimmy Vie Again in Sanford

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Seven colts and one gelding are slated to start in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) for 2-year-olds as racing heats up at Saratoga Race Course July 22, the day after opening day. Read More...

The Meadows: Blais practicing patience with Hurricane Beach

DRF | 4 days ago
A headstrong youngster, Hurricane Beach was gelded last year and has won three of six races this season. He heads to Saturday’s eliminations of the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows off a 9-1/4 length win in 1:51 at Harrah’s Philadelphia on July 9. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: Field set for 2017 Gerrity Memorial

DRF | 4 days ago
Saratoga Casino Hotel is set to welcome some of North America’s finest Standardbred performers for the ninth annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Free For All Pace on Saturday (July 22). Read More...

Harness: Goshen Yearling Sale catalog now available

DRF | 4 days ago
The complete roster and pedigree pages for the third annual Goshen Yearling Sale on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY are now available on the web. Read More...

Leatherbury, Maryland Racing Mourn Ben’s Cat

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Connections and Maryland horsemen salute four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat following his July 18 death at age 11. Read More...