Thoroughbred News

What’s Going On Here: Points and Pace

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Is the points system for entry to the Kentucky Derby altering the pace of the race? Read More...

Amoss Believes Lanerie Best Fit for Mo Tom

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Tom Amoss believes jockey Corey Lanerie is a great fit for Mo Tom in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets post 11 in Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Rachel’s Valentina has been pegged a lukewarm 7-2 favorite in an oversubscribed field of 3-year-old fillies in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, to be run Friday at Churchill Downs as the 11th of 13 races. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: King on Beyer Speed Figure patterns

DRF | 2 days ago
Although there are a vast number of considerations in handicapping the Kentucky Derby, one key element is determining which horses are the fastest. So let’s take a look at the probable Derby competitors by their Beyer Speed Figures, and the figure patterns they exhibit coming into the race. Read More...

Jockey DeShawn Parker Gets 5,000th Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Deshawn Parker won the 5,000th race of his career when he guided heavy favorite Be Nice to victory in the third race May 2 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update for May 3

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak updates us on Nyquist's gallop, Exaggerator, Lani, California shippers Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation, and the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Nyquist Strong in First Churchill Gallop

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist was strong May 3, in his first gallop over the Louisville track. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina 7-2 Oaks Favorite

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, entered for May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks Read More...

Lani Breezes in Final Derby Preparation

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01. Read More...

Breeder Lucy Gay Bassett dies at age 87

DRF | 2 days ago
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of former Keeneland President Ted Bassett, died on May 1 at her home on Lanark Farm in Woodford County, Ky. She was 87. Read More...

No new herpes cases at Parx

DRF | 2 days ago
While the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing is ongoing, there has not been a confirmed case of the disease at the Bensalem, Pa., track since April 25. Read More...

First Starters for Stay Thirsty, Shackleford

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Thirstforlife to make first start in Churchill Downs stakes. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy Seeks Texas Mile Prize

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
C. R. Trout's Shotgun Kowboy, an Oklahoma-bred who last year showed enough promise to warrant a start in the grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, will make his third start off a layoff in the May 6 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Stanco Hopes for Oaks Sequel with Mo d’Amour

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Ed Stanco, whose Princess of Sylmar took him on a magical journey three years ago including a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), is back in the race this year with Mo d'Amour. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks (G1) on tap for Afleet Alex filly

Multiple graded stakes filly Dream Dance landed in post 5 in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs... Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen – May 3, 2016

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
It all comes down to this in the final Derby Dozen for 2016. Steve Haskin has one final shuffle up his sleeve. Read More...

Danzing Candy, Trojan Nation Train in KY

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The last two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners to arrive at Churchill Downs May 2 went onto the track for the first time May 3. Read More...

Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Visions of Roses: Whitmore’s Journey

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Join Chance Moquett, the 23-year-old son of trainer Ron Moquett, as he describes the memories that are made with a runner on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Read More...

Deshawn Parker wins his 5,000th race

DRF | 3 days ago
Deshawn Parker became the 32nd rider to win 5,000 races Monday night, when he won the third race at Mountaineer Park aboard Be Nice for trainer Eric Reed. Read More...

Breeder Lucy Bassett Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of James E. "Ted" Bassett, died May 1 at 87. She owned Lanark Farm in Woodford Co., Kentucky, and bred Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration. Read More...

Zenyatta Bred to Medaglia d’Oro

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred to Medaglia d'Oro the morning of May 2, according to Zenyatta.com, the mare's official website. Read More...

Zenyatta bred to Medaglia d’Oro

DRF | 3 days ago
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and newly elected Hall of Famer, was bred to Medaglia d’Oro for the 2017 foaling season. Read More...

Fanticola Up to Defend Royal Heroine Title

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A wide-open field of 14 will contest the May 5 $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Sire of horses running in the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Regent n’Flashy, dam of Big Red Mike, dies at 21

DRF | 3 days ago
Regent n’Flashy, the dam of 2010 Queen’s Plate winner and Canadian champion Big Red Mike, has died, according to an announcement by owner Dom Romero’s Terra Farms. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Pleasantly Perfect

DRF | 3 days ago
What do Strike the Gold, Sea Hero, and Pleasantly Perfect have in common? They all have been at stud in Turkey. While Kentucky Derby winner Strike Gold died in that country in 2011, Derby winner Sea Hero is still at stud there, as is Pleasantly Perfect. Read More...

Uncle Mo Looks for First-Crop Classic Glory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
As young sires go, about the only question left for Uncle Mo to answer is his ability to get a classic horse, and he'll begin that effort for the first time this year. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: More Than Ready

DRF | 3 days ago
A fair number of stallions shuttle between the Northern and Southern hemispheres during their respective breeding seasons, but few if any have done it to the degree of success achieved by More Than Ready. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Mineshaft

DRF | 3 days ago
Mineshaft could be forgiven if he’s starting to develop a complex. The stallion is the only Horse of the Year by the great stallion A.P. Indy and now stands directly across the aisle from his pensioned sire in the Lane’s End stallion barn. Yet one rarely hears the 2003 Horse of the Year discussed when the topic turns to A.P. Indy’s sons at stud. Most of the headline attention goes to veteran classic sire Malibu Moon or to the commercially popular champion Bernardini. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Kitten’s Joy

DRF | 3 days ago
Ken Ramsey has never hesitated to support his homebred pride and joy, turf champion and leading sire Kitten’s Joy, with the lion’s share of the mares from his own broodmare band, and he has been rewarded for his faith with many high-end runners. Still, one target remains elusive. He’s brought three homebred colts by the stallion to the Kentucky Derby, with all of them running unplaced. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Giant’s Causeway

DRF | 3 days ago
There is very little Giant’s Causeway hasn’t done while fashioning one of the most complete racing and breeding careers in the last two decades. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park horses to watch for week of May 2

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of May 2. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Eskendereya

DRF | 3 days ago
On an anecdotal basis, few things seem to get a stallion’s foals hot like sending him overseas. Such is the case with Eskendereya, who will be represented by his first Kentucky Derby starter in Mor Spirit about eight months after being sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association and exported to that country to continue his stud career. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Uncle Mo

DRF | 3 days ago
Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Uncle Mo Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Trappe Shot

DRF | 3 days ago
Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Trappe Shot Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Curlin

DRF | 3 days ago
Exaggerator was part of a career year last year for young sire Curlin, as he ran with a maturity beyond his years to become a well-traveled multiple graded stakes winner. However, the best was yet to come, as the colt romped in the slop in the Santa Anita Derby to establish himself as a serious threat in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Corona del Inca Wins Gran Premio Criadores

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Corona del Inca wins Gran Premio Criadores (Arg-I) at Palermo Race Course the evening of May 1, earning an automatic berth into the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) through the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series. Read More...

Asmussen Breezes Four Oaks Hopefuls

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen's four Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls had easy, half-mile workouts before the renovation break May 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Nyquist Top 3YO in Final Pre-Derby NTRA Poll

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Nyquist tops poll of experts in the 3-year-old poll, while California Chrome tops overall poll. Read More...

Ohio Steps Up in American Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I's Ohio drew some raised eyebrows in his United States debut and will look to make another significant step forward in the $100,000 American Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 6 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Spill The Beans wins Hawkesbury Guineas

Arrowfield Stud | 3 days ago
Arrowfield's smashing son of Snitzel, Spill The Beans set a new track record in Saturday's Hawkesbury Guineas G3, his second Group 3 win this season... Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: Illman on pedigree

DRF | 3 days ago
Who wants to go 1 1/4 miles? Handicappers obsess over that question, sometimes to their detriment, every first Saturday in May. Read More...

Hovdey: Running for roses and a maiden victory

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be a lot heard in Louisville this week about Wood Memorial runner-up Trojan Nation trying to become the first maiden to win the Kentucky Derby in 83 years. His arrival at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon was sure to be greeted by winks and derision, while trainer Paddy Gallagher would be following on Tuesday. Was he ready for the ridicule? Read More...

Big John B sidelined until fall with injury

DRF | 3 days ago
The summer racing season in California will not be the same without Big John B, the veteran marathon specialist who has been sidelined with a hind-end issue. Read More...

Risk Factor back from layoff in Thursday feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Rohan Crichton was born in New York and grew up in Jamaica, the son of a horse owner who started going to the track as a young child. Even when he went off to university after high school, he pined for a career as a trainer. Nowadays, Crichton is a partner in an accounting firm, but in 2013, he took out a trainer's license and now trains 10 horses as a side job. The fastest of them may be Risk Factor, who makes his first start since November and just his second since January 2015 in the featured third race Thursday at Gulfstream. Read More...

Carina Mia between two spots

DRF | 3 days ago
Sitting two spots out of the starting gate for Friday's Kentucky Oaks, trainer Bill Mott was torn between entering Carina Mia in the Grade 1, $1 million Oaks as an also-eligible or simply entering her in the Grade 2, $200,000 Eight Belles, a seven-furlong race on the same card. He is not allowed to enter in both races. Read More...

The wait is finally over for Hernandez

DRF | 3 days ago
Onn Saturday, Brian Hernandez Jr. finally gets to fulfill every jockey's dream when he rides in the Kentucky Derby for the first time. He will be aboard longshot and Louisiana Derby runner-up Tom's Ready. Read More...

Hit the ‘all’ button in Royal Heroine Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
How do you handicap mayhem? That is the question Thursday at Santa Anita, where 14 fillies and mares – the maximum number of starters for a one-mile turf race – will jostle for position in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes. Read More...

This pony a Kentucky Derby veteran

DRF | 3 days ago
Doug O'Neill's barn, which supports racehorse aftercare via a number of outlets, is known for using off-the-track Thoroughbreds as stable ponies – most famously, the barn's multiple Grade 1 winner Lava Man. Read More...