Thoroughbred News

Hard Not to Like Wins Record Diana Thriller

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga while setting a new course record. Read More...

Hebbronville by a neck in Jersey Shore

DRF | 3 days ago
Blame Jim, the heavy favorite in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, gave up the ghost rather easily in upper stretch of the six-furlong sprint, but Hebbronville and W V Jetsetter came to fight and put on a good battle, with Hebbronville prevailing by a neck. Read More...

Hold the Giant still perfect after Edmonton Juvenile win

Hold the Giant, a 2-year-old son of Hold Me Back, is undefeated in two starts following his two-length victory in the $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile S... Read More...

Uncle Vinny Placed First in Sanford Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A late move into second place by Uncle Vinny paid off when the son of Uncle Mo was placed first in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 at Saratoga Race Course after Magna Light was disqualified from first. Read More...

Judy the Beauty Headlines Honorable Miss

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty headlines the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going six furlongs July 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Kiss the Daddy continues resurgence in Power by Far

DRF | 3 days ago
After going 3 for 30 to start her career, Kiss the Daddy has now reeled off three consecutive wins after taking Saturday's Power by Far Handicap at Parx Racing. Read More...

Frosted, Texas Red Head Jim Dandy Works

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Godolphin Stable's Frosted put in his final work July 25 before the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) to be run Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, going four furlongs in 47.91 over the main track under exercise rider Rob Massey. Read More...

Uchenna beats Strut the Course in Ontario Matron

DRF | 3 days ago
Uchenna rallied inside under a fine ride from Alan Garcia to notch her first Woodbine stakes in Saturday’s Grade 3 Ontario Matron, upsetting champion Strut the Course in the process. Read More...

DeVivo: How I’d play Saratoga for Monday, July 27

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Joe DeVivo provides a play three play on Monday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Uchenna Closes to Ontario Matron Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Triton Racing's Uchenna bided her time at the back of the pack and then pounced with a bold rail move July 25 to win the $150,000 Ontario Matron (Can-III), taking her first graded stakes for trainer Roger Attfield. Read More...

London Tower Set for Eternal Search

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser runner-up London Tower will try to nail down the third stakes win of her career on Wednesday, July 29 at Woodbine in the Eternal Search Stakes. Read More...

First-time starter School Board Prez gets up in Miss Ohio

DRF | 3 days ago
School Board Prez, a heavily backed first-time starter shipping in from Chicago, ran down pacesetter Ibelieveinmiracles in deep stretch to win Saturday’s $75,000 Miss Ohio Stakes for 2-year-old Ohio-bred fillies at ThistleDown. Read More...

Honor Code, Noble Bird Breeze for Whitney

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Met Mile (gr. I) winner Honor Code went five furlongs in 1:01 flat, while Noble Bird got the same distance in :59.90 July 25 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Read More...

The Corsican Points to Arlington Million

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Mrs. Fitriani Hay's The Corsican scratched from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot Racecourse July 25 and will now take aim at the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15. Read More...

Realm First Winner for Haynesfield

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
First-time starter Realm took the first race at Saratoga Race Course July 25, giving Central Kentucky stallion Haynesfield his first winner as a sire. Read More...

Fornatale: How I’d play Saratoga for Sunday, July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Peter Fornatale provides insight into a pick three play on Sunday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Jim Dandy Stakes contenders work

DRF | 3 days ago
Four potential contenders for the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes – Texas Red, Frosted, Upstart, and Materiality – turned in their final works for the race on a busy and, for a short while, foggy Saturday morning at Saratoga. Read More...

Riker scores front-running upset in Colin

DRF | 3 days ago
Riker held off a persistent The Zip Zip Man in the stretch to take the $125,000 Colin Stakes for 2-year-olds under Jesse Campbell at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Honor Code works in Fog for Whitney

DRF | 3 days ago
Fog enveloped the track for the first hour of training Saturday morning at Saratoga, but three contenders for the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes on Aug. 8 put in workouts during that time. Read More...

Cumani’s Postponed Gutsy King George Winner

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Postponed and Eagle Top fought out the finish in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I), but Postponed was unyielding and got the best of the favorite to win by the slimmest of margins July 25 at Ascot. Read More...

Spring to the Sky seeks repeat in Lucky Coin

DRF | 3 days ago
Spring to the Sky had a relatively easy time when he defeated five rivals in last year’s Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga. Life won’t be as simple Monday when he seeks a repeat in the $100,000 stakes scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on Saratoga’s outer turf course. Read More...

Stellar Wind has choice of stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind is running in a Grade 1 race in August at Del Mar, but a specific goal was not clear as of Saturday morning. Trainer John Sadler said the options include two $300,000 races – the Clement Hirsch Stakes against older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles next Saturday or the Del Mar Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 15. Read More...

Big John B likely to go in Del Mar Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Big John B won his first stakes on dirt in Friday’s $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at 1 1/2 miles at Del Mar. The race is likely to have been a one-time surface change and not a new direction in the career of the 6-year-old gelding. Read More...

Postponed by a nose in King George VI

DRF | 3 days ago
There would not be another coronation for Golden Horn on Saturday, as the star 3-year-old was scratched from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot because of soft ground, paving the way for Postponed to step forward and notch the most important victory of his career. Read More...

Goulding: Del Mar pick three for Sunday, July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
(5) MASOCHISTIC looks pretty solid in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby, and I am going to single him and then hope for bigger prices in the next two legs of the pick three that starts on Race 6. Read More...

Conquest Boogaloo needs clean trip in Prince of Wales

DRF | 3 days ago
Trouble has seemed to follow Conquest Boogaloo in each of his last three starts, and he’ll be looking for a clean trip Tuesday in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown over 1 3/16 miles on dirt. Read More...

Crist: Diana Stakes preview

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday’s featured Diana Stakes at Saratoga is the first of 15 (17 if you count the steeplechases) Grade 1 races at the meet. May they all be such brain-teasers on paper. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday July 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Golden Horn Scratched From King George

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot Racecourse lost some of its luster the morning of the July 25 race when undefeated favorite Golden Horn was withdrawn. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Sunday, July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Well, we tried utilizing a key horse last weekend as our linchpin for numerous multi-race and in-race wagers, but when the storms came, that race was washed off the turf, and our key horse scratched. A week later, however, there appears to be a similar opportunity, this time with ROCK ME BABY in the California Dreamin’ Handicap (race 8). Read More...

Not A Single Doubt leads on 2YO winners

Arrowfield Stud | 4 days ago
Six days out from the season's end, two new winners have taken Not A Single Doubt to the head of the Australian 2YO Sires' list, with 22 individual winners... Read More...

Fifth stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Arrowfield Stud | 4 days ago
Wild Rain's Listed success on the season's last Saturday makes Manhattan Rain Australia's joint leading 2nd Season Sire of stakeswinners in 2014/15... Read More...

Saratoga Video Report

DRF | 4 days ago
A daily video report from Saratoga, hosted by Mike Welsch. Read More...

Big John B Rides Rail to Win Cougar II ‘Cap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A switch in surfaces was no problem for Michael House's turf specialist Big John B in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar. Read More...

Big John B rides rail to win Cougar II

DRF | 4 days ago
Big John B and Rafael Bejarano were stuck on the rail behind the front-runners at the end of the backstretch in Friday’s $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar. It turned out to be an ideal position. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Really interesting card nearly from start to finish, with an apparently well-matched group of 2-year-olds in the Sanford and an interesting edition of the Grade 1 Diana. Personally, I’d lay more horses at short odds on this card than play at longer prices, but that’s not an option in North American parimutuel wagering, and so, onward. Read More...

Jockey Oriana Rossi Undergoes Surgery

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Oriana Rossi had surgery July 23 after sustaining fractures to her back and neck in a spill at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino July 22, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Read More...

34,783 Attend Opening Day at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A paid crowd of 34,783 attended opening day of Saratoga Race Course's 2015 summer meet July 24, which featured a total all-sources handle of $17,706,202. Read More...

Saratoga opening-day business surges

DRF | 4 days ago
The tornado that the National Weather Service flashed a warning about never came, so Saratoga’s 147th meet was able to storm out of the starting gates in a major way Friday. Read More...

Fast Closer Mrs McDougal Snatches Lake George

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Mrs McDougal closed on the outside with ground-devouring strides, overtaking battling front-runners Feathered and Cara Marie late to win the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (g. IIT) July 24, opening day at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Mrs McDougal goes wide to win Lake George

DRF | 4 days ago
With Lady Eli fighting the good fight against laminitis at Belmont Park, trainer Chad Brown will need one of his plethora of other 3-year-old fillies to step up and fill those shoes for the major races in the division later this year. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga for Saturday, July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin provides insight into the late pick four on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Familiar Foes Meet in Prince of Wales Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Queen's Plate victor Shaman Ghost will bid to add a second Canadian classic victory to his record July 28 in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 7/26 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/26 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Unbeaten duo Fly On The Night and Venecia Style meet in Robert Papin

DRF | 4 days ago
Fly On The Night risks her unbeaten record in Sunday’s $143,000 Prix Robert Papin at 5 1/2 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, one of the first major stakes of the year for 2-year-olds in France. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Saturday, July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free outlines his top plays on Saturday's card at Del Mar. Read More...

Florida shipper Off the Tracks surprises in Schuylerville

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Roderick Rodriguez had never started a horse at Saratoga nor won a stakes of any kind anywhere coming into opening day of the 2015 meet. He accomplished both those milestones on Friday, thanks to the speedy 2-year-old filly Off the Tracks, a talented daughter of Curlin who rallied to an impressive 3 1/4- length victory over Banree and six others in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes. Read More...

Hall of Fame: Lava Man has ‘leader’s mentality’

DRF | 4 days ago
There are no days off for Lava Man, the 2015 Hall of Fame inductee. At the age of 14, Lava Man thrives on activity. He is a pony for longtime trainer Doug O’Neill at Los Alamitos, guiding the stable’s young horses to and from the track. Read More...

Hall of Fame: Xtra Heat earned her carrots

DRF | 4 days ago
Xtra Heat has earned her carrots many times over. The bargain-basement purchase became a Grade 1-winning multimillionaire, an Eclipse Award winner, and now a Hall of Famer. The Dixieland Heat mare will take her place in the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

Harness: PA Harness Week for July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Each week DRF Harness will bring you PA Harness Week. This 30-minute show highlights the best of Pennsylvania harness racing as well as what is happening on the national scene. Read More...