Thoroughbred News

UAE Derby Press Conference

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Comments from Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Jockey Christophe Soumillon after Thunder Snow's victory in the UAE Derby. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Read More...

Thunder Snow Gets Up in UAE Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Thunder Snow, only days after being made a late nominee to the U.S. Triple Crown series, justified the investment with a hard-fought victory March 25 in the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse. Read More...

Dialed In colt returns to win at Santa Anita

What'sontheagenda dug in to claim victory by a nose over Zap Again in a maiden special weight contest for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park... Read More...

Vazirabad repeats in Dubai Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
The French stayer Vazirabad is very much at home in the Dubai desert. For the second consecutive year, Vazirabad won the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday on the undercard of the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Read More...

No. 1 Sophomore Sire Shackleford tallies another MdSpWt winner

Grandpa's Dream prevailed by a head in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race Saturday at Oaklawn Park... Read More...

Dubai Gold Cup Press Conference

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Comments from the Jockey Christophe Soumillon and Trainer Alain De Royer-Dupré after Vazirabad's victory in the 2017 Dubai Gold Cup Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Read More...

Second Summer takes Godolphin Mile; Sharp Azteca finishes third

DRF | 3 days ago
Second Summer stormed up the inside of the muddy Meydan track to give trainer Doug Watson his second straight win in the Group 2, $1 million Godolphin Mile. Read More...

Godolphin Mile Press Conference

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Comments from trainer Doug Watson after Second Summer's victory in the Godolphin Mile Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Read More...

Second Summer catches Sharp Azteca in Godolphin Mile

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In the final strides of the 1,600-meter test, Jorge Navarro's mood turn a turn for the worse as grade 2 winner Second Summer surged through on the inside to win by a neck while Sharp Azteca faded to third. Read More...

King: Gulfstream Park pick four for Saturday, March 25

DRF | 4 days ago
With a ho-hum first half of the card Saturday at Gulfstream, the most appealing wager of the day is the late pick four, particularly since I have a 4-1 price horse to single in the featured Skip Away Stakes in Fear the Cowboy. Read More...

Harness: Bee A Magician retired after injury

DRF | 4 days ago
It was reported by Standardbred Canada on Friday that Bee A Magician, who earned the most money ever for a Canadian-sired Standardbred mare, has been retired after suffering an injury during training. Read More...

Yonkers: Blue Chip Matchmaker Series action continues

DRF | 4 days ago
The second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for pacing mares was contested Friday evening at Yonkers Raceway with three $40,000 divisions taking place. None of the first leg winners were able to repeat, leaving the door open for new faces Empress Deo, Mackenzie A, and Bedroomconfessions to emerge. Read More...

Bernier: How I’ll play Santa Anita on Saturday, March 25

DRF | 4 days ago
The featured event on Saturday’s Santa Anita program is the nightcap, the Grade 2 San Luis Rey. I’m planning on keying in on two separate double sequences – one linking races 4 and 5, and the other races 8 and 9. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Dubai World Cup Night

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Along with the Dubai World Cup (G1) card, the stateside stakes slate includes a pair of Triple Crown preps at Turfway Park and Sunland Park. Read More...

Santa Anita: Saturday’s pick six jackpot carryover swells to $386,039

DRF | 4 days ago
The single ticket jackpot carryover has swelled to $386,039 for Saturday’s program at Santa Anita. Read More...

Different Paths, Futures for Two Spiral Contenders

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
King and His Court and Bronson, two 3-year-old horses entered in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25, have taken different paths to the Turfway Park race and are headed in different directions after the race. Read More...

Florida Ruling Means Dozens Of Drug Positives Likely To Be Dismissed

Dozens of administrative complaints for medication violations in Florida are likely to be dismissed after the state's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issued an order accepting the recommendations of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gierkink: How I’ll play Gulfstream on Sunday, March 26

DRF | 4 days ago
The Gulfstream championship meet is winding down, and Sunday’s early pick five is made up mostly of low-level claimers who have some appeal. Read More...

Prominent owner, breeder Bert Klein dies at 86

DRF | 4 days ago
Bert Klein, a prominent owner and breeder who raced horses in partnership with his late wife, Elaine, and son, Richard, died Friday morning following an illness. He was 86. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 3/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 3/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 3/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 3/27 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, March 25, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Triple Crown nominee Rapid Dial sprints in Sunday feature

DRF | 4 days ago
Rapid Dial, who last week was announced as one of the late nominees to the Triple Crown, will meet winners for the first time in the eighth race Sunday at Oaklawn. The optional $62,500 claiming sprint for 3-year-olds will be run over six furlongs. Read More...

Mountaineer fixture Parker expanding his horizons

DRF | 4 days ago
Deshawn Parker has been looking to change up his circuit, and he said following the close of the Oaklawn meet April 15 he plans to move his tack to either Indiana Grand or Presque Isle. Read More...

Hovdey: For Stevens, most everything old is new again

DRF | 4 days ago
Gary Stevens is on the move again. He's taking his two-year-old knee, his three-month old hip, his truck, and his record of nearly 6,000 winners to Arkansas next week and then on to Kentucky, where the Hall of Famer will set up shop at Keeneland for the prestigious spring meet that begins on April 7. First, though, Stevens will fly in and out of New Mexico for Sunday's Grade 3 Sunland Derby, a nine-furlong event that has drawn an all-star array of riding talent to handle 3-year-olds from some of the nation's top stables. Read More...

Chasing Man o’ War’s ghost

DRF | 4 days ago
For me, there is one Big Red and he was born a hundred years ago, on March 29, 1917. If others of the same nickname preceded him, they were simply opening acts. Anyone since? Call them Big Red all you want, but, to me, they are imposters. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits favored in Dubai Golden Shaheen

OBS Sales | 4 days ago
J Stables, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Summer, Summers, Kisber and Summers’ Mind Your Biscuits, the 5/2 favorite in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), heads a five horse contingent of OBS graduates participating in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup card at … Read More...

Japan: Red Falx looks to rebound in Takamatsunomiya Kinen

DRF | 4 days ago
Red Falx will have his 2017 debut in Sunday’s Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at six furlongs on turf at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan. The $1.733 million Takamatsunomiya Kinen drew a full field of 18. Read More...

Owner-Breeder Bertram Klein Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Bertram Klein, who had much success as a breeder and owner along with his late wife, Elaine, and son, Richard, died March 24.  Read More...

African Rose can notch unique Henson victory

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Miguel Hernandez could pull off an unusual racing feat Sunday when he saddles African Rose in the $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap at Sunland Park. The mare is the 123-pound highweight in a mile race she has won three times – one of her victories coming with Hernandez in the saddle. Read More...

Brandy’s Girl challenges males in turf-sprint feature

DRF | 4 days ago
After being narrowly defeated twice already this winter by the red-hot Pretty Perfection, including a frustrating half-length setback in the Captiva Island Stakes earlier this month, Brandy's Girl may find taking on males an easier proposition when she runs as one of the top choices in Sunday's second-level optional $62,500 claiming feature at five furlongs on turf. Read More...

State of Honor likely to run in Florida Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
State of Honor, arguably flying a bit under the radar on the Kentucky Derby trail despite finishing behind only McCraken and Tapwrit in his last two starts at Tampa Bay Downs, is likely headed back to Gulfstream Park for the $1 million Florida Derby next Saturday. Read More...

Goodyearforroses eyes Grade 1 debut in Gamely Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Goodyearforroses, unbeaten in three starts since joining trainer Richard Baltas’s stable last fall, is likely to start in the first Grade 1 race of her career in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita on May 27. Read More...

Masochistic targets Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Masochistic, the three-time stakes winner who was second in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes in his first start of the year March 11, is bound for Kentucky. Read More...

Three stakes at Los Al’s July meeting

DRF | 4 days ago
The Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby on July 15 will be worth $200,000 and is the richest of three stakes at the eight-day Los Alamitos summer meeting July 6-16, the track announced Thursday. Read More...

Noted and Quoted can make launchpad of Sunland Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert has a fun but sobering response when asked why Grade 1 winner Noted and Quoted will launch her 3-year-old season on the road Sunday, traveling from her Southern California base to New Mexico for the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. “There's a filly by the name of Unique Bella out here … ” Read More...

Moomey finds the tonic in Ultimate Betting Challenge

DRF | 4 days ago
Eric Moomey, recovering from recent illness, made his first trip since this year’s NHC, to Santa Anita for the Ultimate Betting Challenge. He ended up winning over $67,000 between his bankroll, prize money, and a seat to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. He’s also now eligible for a $1 million bonus should he go on to win the BCBC. Read More...

Ingrid looks ready to fire off long layoff

DRF | 4 days ago
Ingrid, idle since winning her career debut last summer at Saratoga, begins her 3-year-old campaign Sunday in a first-level allowance for New York-bred fillies going six furlongs. Read More...

Arnold Believes Spiral is Good Spot for Convict Pike

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A strong runner-up finish in the Colts and Geldings Division of the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center in January gave George "Rusty" Arnold II confidence to enter Convict Pike in the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park March 25.  Read More...

Sharp Azteca could face challenge in Godolphin Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Sharp Azteca has traveled to Dubai from North America to start as the favorite in the Group 2, $1 million Godolphin Mile, and to win, he must find a way to beat a horse named North America. Read More...

Yonkers: Stratton feeling good heading into round two of Levy series

DRF | 4 days ago
Breaking into any driving colony is difficult. It takes patience and hard work, but more importantly it takes efficiency when given the chance. Jordan Stratton was an up and coming driver heading into 2016 at Yonkers Raceway. The events in the early spring catapulted him to headliner and Stratton hasn’t lost a step. Read More...

Sunland Derby attracts cast from far and wide

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses from major winter meets around the country will converge on New Mexico on Sunday to chase after the $800,000 purse of the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, as well as the race's 85 points for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Harness: 56 remain eligible to North America Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
The connections of 56 three-year-old pacers have made the first sustaining payment to remain eligible to the 34th Pepsi North America Cup. Read More...

Litfin at Large: Getting Handle on Dubai World Cup Card

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
For some reason, or combination of reasons, I never seem to do much good on Dubai World Cup Day, so even though they're running nine stakes worth a total of $30 million in the desert Saturday, I am again finding it difficult to come up with a plan. Read More...

Zulu Seeks Skip Away Rebound

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The 4-year-old son of Bernardini is scheduled to compete at Gulfstream March 25 in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3), seeking to recapture the form that had earned him the favorite's role in last year's Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland. Read More...

Man o’ War at 100: Champion’s legacy echoes through century

DRF | 4 days ago
The great Man o' War was foaled March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud in Kentucky. A century later, his very large hoofprints still thunder through Kentucky. Read More...

TimeformUS Kentucky Derby prep analysis: Looking for a Giant Payday in Turfway’s Spiral Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona analyzes the 2017 Kentucky Derby prep races. Read More...

Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Can Virtual Machine replicate his maiden win?

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Friday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Mar. 17 – Mar. 20

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Cal Expo, Dover, Meadowlands and others. Read More...

Three Stakes Highlight Los Alamitos Summer Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Three stakes, including a pair of graded events, worth $425,000 will highlight the summer meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...