Thoroughbred News

Sparkman: Happy hour for Patrona Margarita

DRF | 2 days ago
A good horse can come from anywhere. That racing truism has been used for centuries to explain the emergence of a talented racehorse from unfashionable parents and sometimes unfathomable locations. Both descriptions apply to Patrona Margarita, the 23-1 winner of the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Happy Valley selections and analysis for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Read More...

Johnny Bear’s Northern Dancer win a family affair

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Ashlee Brnjas said she had seen the replay of Saturday's Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes too many times to count by the time training ended here Sunday morning. Brnjas and her father, John Burness of Colebrook Farms, recorded their first Grade 1 win when Johnny Bear won the Northern Dancer. Read More...

Trip Notes for September 16-17: Woodbine Mile, Northern Dancer, De Francis Dash, and more

DRF | 2 days ago
Trip notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races run on September 16-17, including the Woodbine Mile. Read More...

Nominations Being Accepted for Pete Pedersen Award

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The deadline to nominate a steward for the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) 2017 Pete Pedersen Award, which is awarded to stewards who have served the sport of horse racing with distinction, is Oct. 15, 2017.  Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Sept. 13 – Sept. 14

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Field taking shape for the International Trot

DRF | 2 days ago
The world-class field for the 2017 Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino is rounding into shape. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of Sept. 18

DRF | 2 days ago
Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of Sept. 18 Read More...

Strong Market Continues Through Keeneland Book 3

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Book 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale closed Sept. 17 with the headliner a half brother to recent Saratoga Special Stakes Presented by Coors Light (G2) winner Copper Bullet for $625,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. Read More...

Violence Leads Freshmen by Average at Keeneland Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hill 'n' Dale Farms' stallion Violence may be second on the BloodHorse's leading first-crop sire list but he owns the title of top Keeneland September sire for his class through the auction's sixth session conducted Sept. 17. Read More...

The Red Mile: Kentucky Sire Stakes champions decided

DRF | 3 days ago
The 2017 Kentucky Sire Stakes finals were held on Sunday night at The Red Mile, with 2-year-olds going for purses of $250,000 in each of their championship and 3-year-olds racing for $175,000 in theirs. Read More...

The Red Mile: Kentucky Sire Stakes champions decided

DRF | 3 days ago
The 2017 Kentucky Sire Stakes finals were held on Sunday night at The Red Mile, with 2-year-olds going for purses of $250,000 in each of their championship and 3-year-olds racing for $175,000 in theirs. Read More...

Job Opportunity: Arrowfield Sydney Office

Arrowfield Stud | 3 days ago
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Job Opportunity: Arrowfield Sydney Office

Arrowfield Stud | 3 days ago
Arrowfield Head Office, Administrative Assistant  Arrowfield is the leading Australian-owned... Read More...

Gigantic Breeze shows versatility in winning Presque Isle Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Taken out of his usual game plan, Gigantic Breeze went where the wind blew in the $200,000 Presque Isle Mile – and blew the race wide open under a cagey ride from Mario Pino on Sunday night at the Pennsylvania track. Read More...

Gigantic Breeze shows versatility in winning Presque Isle Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Taken out of his usual game plan, Gigantic Breeze went where the wind blew in the $200,000 Presque Isle Mile – and blew the race wide open under a cagey ride from Mario Pino on Sunday night at the Pennsylvania track. Read More...

Remembering Penny Chenery

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Industry leaders remember Chenery's success, her heart, and her commitment to racing. Read More...

First Winners for Duke of Mischief, Despite the Odds

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Duke of Mischief's son Mr. G T brought his sire his first victory with a score at Gulfstream Park, while Despite the Odds earned his first win as a stallion when Fenton's Four won at even money at Laurel Park. Read More...

Capla Temptress Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth in Natalma

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Exploding down the stretch while coming from well off the pace, Irish-bred invader Capla Temptress took the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1T) Sept. 17 in her North American debut, stamping her ticket to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Read More...

Stardoza Becomes Data Link’s First Black-type Winner

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Claiborne Farm's freshman sire Data Link got his first black-type stakes winner Sept. 17 when his daughter Stardoza won the Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Keeneland September still tracking ahead at midway point

DRF | 3 days ago
The Keeneland September yearling sale hit its halfway point with the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, and returns continued to outpace last year’s auction, headed up by a $625,000 Verrazano colt. Read More...

Keeneland September still tracking ahead at midway point

DRF | 3 days ago
The Keeneland September yearling sale hit its halfway point with the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, and returns continued to outpace last year’s auction, headed up by a $625,000 Verrazano colt. Read More...

Force impresses in Rolling Green Stakes win

DRF | 3 days ago
The rapidly improving Force ($6) won his U.S. stakes debut Sunday, unleashing a strong stretch kick to win the $55,875 Rolling Green Stakes going away on closing day at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Force impresses in Rolling Green Stakes win

DRF | 3 days ago
The rapidly improving Force ($6) won his U.S. stakes debut Sunday, unleashing a strong stretch kick to win the $55,875 Rolling Green Stakes going away on closing day at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Agent Young Acquires Son of Verrazano for $625,000

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A ridgling from the first crop of Verrazano lit up the bid board Sept. 17 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, going to agent Steve Young for $625,000. Read More...

Malagacy to Return to Training After Layoff

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Given the summer off, Sumaya U.S. Stable's Malagacy is expected to soon return to the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, owner Oussama Aboughazale announced Sept. 17 while attending the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Untamed Domain Grinds Out Summer Stakes Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Untamed Domain, an Animal Kingdom 2-year-old colt trained by Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds, sat off the pace and finished with enough in the tank to run down Hemp Hemp Hurray in the Summer Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine Sept. 17. Read More...

Capla Temptress rallies to win Natalma Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The diminutive Capla Temptress used her impressive turn of foot to capture Sunday’s Grade 1, $265,900 Natalma Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In contest at Woodbine. Read More...

Capla Temptress rallies to win Natalma Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The diminutive Capla Temptress used her impressive turn of foot to capture Sunday’s Grade 1, $265,900 Natalma Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In contest at Woodbine. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Woodbine Turf Showcase

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week there are three races with Breeders' Cup implications on the Woodbine grass and two at Churchill Downs in the juvenile ranks. Read More...

Winx Makes it 20 Straight Wins With Randwick Triumph

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After a few anxious moments where jockey Hugh Bowman was uncharacteristically getting to work on Australia's superstar mare, Winx responded with her usual kick to score a victory in the Colgate Optic White Stakes Sept. 16, her 20th straight win. Read More...

Capri Shines in St. Leger, Possible For Arc

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Capri worked to the lead late in the William Hill St. Leger Stakes (G1) at Doncaster Sept. 16 and held on gamely to win by a half length over Crystal Ocean. Read More...

Lane, Humidor Rally to Win Makybe Diva Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Within 90 minutes of picking himself up off the turf, jockey Damien Lane would win the group 2 Let's Elope Stakes before coming from last on Humidor to take the group 1 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes. Read More...

Wise Gal First Black-Type Winner for Einstein

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Wise Gal, bred and owned by Eric Wirth and trained by Dove Houghton, drove away from her opponents impressively to win the $100,000 Selima Stakes Sept. 16 at Laurel Park. She is the first black-type winner for her sire, Einstein. Read More...

Girvin Works for Oklahoma Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Girvin will get a bit of class relief. Next on tap for the three-time graded stakes winner is the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) Sept. 24 at Remington Park. Read More...

Final Sold for Sire Tapit, ‘The Man at This Sale’

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Tapit, the runaway leading sire of the 2017 Keeneland September sale, saw his last yearling of the auction go through the ring Sept. 16. Mike Ryan paid $300,000 for a colt that is a half brother to grade 1 winner Pyro. Read More...

Breakout Keeneland September Sale for Violence

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Yearlings by Violence, the second-leading freshman sire of 2017, are selling big at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Through the first day of Book 3, he's sold 16 yearlings for an average of $285,625. Read More...

Romantic Vision Upsets Locust Grove

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. expertly guided Romantic Vision along the rail to victory in the $100,000 Locust Grove Stakes (G3) Sept. 16 at Churchill Downs.  Read More...

Quidura Shows Her Class in Canadian Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Quidura (GB) backed up a confident ride at the hands of jockey Junior Alvarado Sept. 16 when she used every inch of the Woodbine stretch to showcase her class in a one-length victory in the $250,000 Canadian Stakes (G2T). Read More...

Chublicious Upsets De Francis Dash at 10-1

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The field may have been scratched down to four for the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3), but David Gruskos' Chublicious still found a way to provide a stunner in the six-furlong sprint at Laurel Park. Read More...

Pioneerof the Nile Colt Pops at $525,000

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Agent Steve Young stretched to $525,000 for a colt by Pioneerof the Nile to lead the Sept. 16 session at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

The Tabulator Charges to Iroquois Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Carolyn Wilson's The Tabulator picked up an automatic berth to the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) and 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a strong run in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Read More...

World Approval Captures Woodbine Mile

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Live Oak Plantation's homebred World Approval punched his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) Sept. 16 in the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1T) at Woodbine. Read More...

Courtlandt Shopping Fillies in Keeneland’s Book 3

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Don Adam's Courtlandt Farm has been active throughout the Keeneland September yearling sale, and after buying colts earlier in the week, was shopping for fillies during the Sept. 16 session that began Book 3. Read More...

Huckabays Rewarded by Trappe Shot Investment

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jody and Michelle Huckabay bought an interest in Trappe Shot, and during the Sept. 16 session of Keeneland September yearling sale, they were rewarded when a filly by the Claiborne Farm stallion was sold for $480,000. Read More...

Uni Runs Down La Coronel Late to Win Sands Point

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After close calls in her first two U.S. starts, Uni broke through for her first graded stakes win Sept. 16 in the $400,000 Sands Point (G2T) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Patrona Margarita Surges to Pocahontas Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Stretching out in distance seemed to do the trick for Patrona Margarita who pulled away from her competition in the stretch to win the Sept. 16. $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.  Read More...

Johnny Bear Earns Emotional Northern Dancer Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Standing alongside her father and co-owner John Burness, trainer Ashlee Brnjas and witnessed Johnny Bear get his head down over Hawkbill in the 1 1/2-mile Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (G1T). Read More...

Agent Ryan Continues Buying Spree in Book 3

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
As the Keeneland September yearling sale moved into Book 3 Sept. 16, agent Mike Ryan continued his buying spree in search of "Saturday afternoon" horses. Read More...

Vibrant Trade Continues in Keeneland September Book 3

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The positive energy from week one of the Keeneland September yearling sale carried forward, as the sale resumed Sept. 16 following a one-day break and the session was topped by the sale of a colt by Pioneerof the Nile for $525,000 to Steve Young. Read More...