Thoroughbred News

Crabcakes facing stiffest test yet in Wide Country

DRF | 3 days ago
Four $75,000 supporting stakes will set the table at Laurel Park on Saturday for the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie and Grade 3 General George, which will conclude the 10-race card. Read More...

Futile steps up to stakes company in Pelican

DRF | 3 days ago
Futile will look to extend his winning streak to four races when he makes his stakes debut in the $100,000 Pelican Stakes on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The six-furlong sprint drew a field of eight older horses and shares a card with the $50,000 Minaret Stakes, another six-furlong sprint that drew a field of nine older fillies and mares. Read More...

Complete Starts Information Added at Equibase Site

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Equibase Company announced Feb. 16 the expansion of racing statistics available on equibase.com with the addition of complete starts information for every jockey, trainer and owner.  Read More...

Japanese Runners Vie for Kentucky Derby Spot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Fifteen 3-year-olds, including one owned by Sheikh Mohammed, are set for the Hyacinth Stakes Feb. 19 at Tokyo Racecourse, which carries a qualifying opportunity to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). Read More...

Yonkers: Mach It A Par makes her 2017 debut on Friday

DRF | 3 days ago
When trainer Rich Banca purchased Mach It A Par sight unseen last winter, he thought he was getting a mare who knew how to win and who could be effective in the mid-level conditions at Yonkers. When she showed up to the barn, her appearance didn’t instill confidence, but Banca was undeterred. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 18: Picks for Barbara Fritchie, General George, Minaret

DRF | 3 days ago
As tough as By the Moon will be, I like High Ridge Road to beat her again in Saturday's Barbara Fritchie Stakes at Laurel Park. Read More...

Harness: Goshen Yearling Sale set for September 10

DRF | 3 days ago
The third annual Goshen Yearling Sale has been scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 Read More...

Cassidy plans to run Prize Exhibit only if Buena Vista stays on turf

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jim Cassidy is hoping there's just enough moisture to put some give in the turf Saturday at Santa Anita, but not enough to wash the one-mile Buena Vista Stakes onto the main track, because his mare Prize Exhibit will be the one to beat if the race stays on turf. Read More...

Curlin’s Approval ready to break distance barrier in Royal Delta

DRF | 3 days ago
Owner-breeder Happy Alter has predicted 2017 will be a breakout year for Curlin's Approval. But to gain any real national attention, Curlin's Approval will have to prove her mettle around two turns, a step she'll try to take for the first time Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 Royal Delta. Read More...

Country Candy has favorable post position in Two Altazano

DRF | 3 days ago
Country Candy will have favorable post position Saturday night when she takes on a Bret Calhoun-trained trio in the $65,000 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston. Read More...

McLaughlin has solid duo for Barbara Fritchie

DRF | 3 days ago
The Maryland Jockey Club has tightened up its traditionally two-day Winter Festival at Laurel Park into a single six-stakes card this year, and the result packs an undeniably stronger punch. Read More...

New Award to Honor Top Dubai World Cup Participants

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The inaugural winners of the new His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards, established by Sheikh Mohammed, will be honored March 23, two days before the 2017 renewal of the Dubai World Cup. Read More...

Plenty of potential on display in El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields may not have a true headliner among its field of seven, but there's not a throwout in the bunch, and each has given at least a hint of potential. Read More...

Zoccali: Paying homage to my mentor, Sam McKee

DRF | 3 days ago
Sam McKee was one of the few people in harness racing that really understood me, an ironic fact since I was an Italian kid from Bensonhurst who was never afraid to give an opinion and Sam was a soft-spoken man from Michigan. We couldn’t come from backgrounds that were any more different. Read More...

3-year-olds get their shot in Turf Paradise Derby, Arizona Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
At this time of the year much of the national focus turns to the 3-year-olds. It's no different on a regional scale, as Turf Paradise runs its two biggest races for sophomores Saturday.Nine males compete in the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby (race 7), while nine fillies go at it in the $30,000 Arizona Oaks (race 5). Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch for week of Feb. 13

DRF | 3 days ago
Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch for week of Feb. 13 Read More...

Pippin Trio Back in Bayakoa

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Stonestreet Stables' Terra Promessa, winner of Oaklawn's Jan. 14 Pippin Stakes, figures to dictate the tempo again in the Feb. 18 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) in Hot Springs. Read More...

Zasha is Morning Line Favorite for Peppers Pride Handicap

C. Donnell Echols’ Zasha, a 6-year-old daughter of Desert God trained by Joel Marr, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Look Back: Broad Brush’s Wild Pennsylvania Derby Win

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Broad Brush seemingly had put away the rest of the field with a big move in the last turn, opening up some five lengths heading for the quarter pole, but then the race changed dramatically. Read More...

Harness: Missile J off to flying start for new connections

DRF | 4 days ago
John McGill and Brian Carsey share ownership of Missile J, who they purchased for $115,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old male pacer has gone 3-for-3 for his new owners and trainer Scott DiDomenico, fueling optimism for a limited stakes schedule later this season. Read More...

Eskenformoney Makes Seasonal Debut in Royal Delta

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Having broken through at the end of 2016 to earn her first graded stakes victory, StarLadies Racing and Lisa Troutt's Eskenformoney will aim to duplicate that form when she makes her seasonal debut in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G2). Read More...

Monmouth taking stall applications for what could be shorter meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Stall applications are now available on the Monmouth Park website and in the track’s administration building for this season’s meet. They are due by March 16. The New Jersey Racing Commission has approved a 71-day Thoroughbred season for 2017, which includes 56 race days at Monmouth and 15 turf-only cards at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Laurel: Sound the Horns looks promising

DRF | 4 days ago
Sound the Horns is by far the most lightly raced horse in race 7 Friday at Laurel Park, but he also is the most promising. Read More...

Welsch: Gulfstream Horses to Watch for week of Feb. 15

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Mike Welsch provides a list of horses to watch at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

O’Neill Ships Ann Arbor Eddie for El Camino Real Derby

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill and Reddam Racing will look to sweep the two winter derbies at Golden Gate Fields and repeat in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) Feb. 18. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Feb. 15

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh provides a list of horses to watch at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Diamond Gem sparkles at Gulfstream Park

Gemologist's latest winner Diamond Gem repelled a stiff challenge by Switzerland to win a Feb. 15 Gulfstream Park maiden special weight affair by a hard-fought length... Read More...

Laurel: Five last-out stakes winners among eight in Barbara Fritchie

DRF | 4 days ago
The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie, the top race of the Laurel Park winter meet, and the feature race on this Saturday's Winter Festival program, on Wednesday drew a field of eight, including five last-out stakes winners. Read More...

The Week in Photos 2/14/2017

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Arcadia, Sam F. Davis, Tampa Bay, Gulfstream Park Handicap, Lambholm South Endeavor, San Vicente, Santa Maria, Suwannee River, and more. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/17 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 2/17 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/17 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 2/17 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Mo Town, Guest Suite among large cast expected for Risen Star

DRF | 4 days ago
At least a dozen 3-year-olds were expected to be entered Thursday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds. Fair Grounds racing officials on Wednesday listed Arklow, Girvin, Guest Suite, It's Your Nickel, Local Hero, Mo Town, Shareholder Value, So Conflated, Sorry Erik, Takeoff, Untrapped, and U S Officer as expected entrants in the Risen Star. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 2/17 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 2/17 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Stakes-winning sprinter Alsvid retired

DRF | 4 days ago
Alsvid, the millionaire sprinter who won his 8-year-old debut last month at Oaklawn, has been retired, trainer Chris Hartman said Tuesday. The gelding will be sent to the Elk City, Okla., farm of owners Jim and Jo Brenda Rogers. Read More...

Stakes Could be Next for Sumaya U.S. Stables’ Ghalia

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Sumaya U.S. Stables' Ghalia stamped herself as a candidate for the April 1 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) with a gutsy performance in the featured ninth race Feb. 15 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Blue Tone arrives for Razorback

DRF | 4 days ago
Blue Tone, winner of the Grade 3 San Gabriel last month at Santa Anita, arrived Tuesday at Oaklawn for an intended start in the Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap on Monday, trainer Bob Hess Jr. said. Read More...

McLaughlin Aims for Repeat in Barbara Fritchie

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A year after shipping two of his distaffers to sweep the top spots in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is again going with strength in numbers as he sends out Takrees and Clothes Fall Off in this year's race. Read More...

Lukas has promising pair for Southwest

DRF | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has a pair of 3-year-olds targeting the Southwest in Warrior's Club and Dilettante. Warrior's Club won the Spendthrift Farm Stallion Stakes in October at Churchill Downs, while Dilettante popped a Beyer Speed Figure of 88 for a maiden win. Read More...

Petrov the latest in a line for Moquett

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Ron Moquett has come up with a quality 3-year-old each of the last two meets at Oaklawn, and it appears he has another such runner in Petrov. Petrov goes Monday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes, a race Moquett won in 2015 with Far Right and finished second in last year with Whitmore. Read More...

Yockey’s Warrior vastly improved since last visit to Arkansas

DRF | 4 days ago
Yockey's Warrior leads a second-level, optional $62,500 claiming sprint at six furlongs Friday at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Sassicaia returns from long layoff in tough spot

DRF | 4 days ago
Sassicaia, winner of the Grade 3 Toboggan in 2016 when last seen on the inner track, and consistent veterans Chief Lion and Life in Shambles comprise half of the six-horse field Friday at Aqueduct in a $78,000, third-level allowance race that also is open to horses who have not won a stakes since March 1, 2016. Read More...

Coasted getting in shape for 3-year-old debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Coasted, second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, was sent to Florida for the winter by trainer Leah Gyarmati, and after a brief freshening is slowly starting to work her way back into shape for her 3-year-old campaign. Read More...

South American import Huracan Americo possible for Fountain of Youth

DRF | 4 days ago
Among the paddock schoolers at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday was Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in his native Chile at 2 who is currently being pointed toward a possible start in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 4. Read More...

Wild Shot will point to Tampa Bay Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Wild Shot, beaten 3 1/2 lengths when fourth behind McCraken last weekend in the Sam Davis Stakes, will return to Tampa Bay Downs for the March 11 Tampa Bay Derby “unless I see no reason not to go,” said trainer Rusty Arnold. Read More...

Mines and Magic ready to launch comeback in Wild Pearl

DRF | 4 days ago
Duly regrouped at Payson Park, Mines and Magic is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut here at Gulfstream Park on Saturday in the $60,000 Wild Pearl at seven furlongs. Read More...

Buena Vista at mercy of weather

DRF | 4 days ago
A strong storm expected to bring plenty of wet weather to Southern California was forecast to hit beginning Friday and lasting through Saturday, and that could impact the Grade 2, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older females, scheduled for one mile on the turf course Saturday. Read More...

Arrogate training right along

DRF | 4 days ago
While no next race has yet been picked out for Arrogate, it certainly is looking like he'll be racing again within the next six weeks or so. There had been thought prior to the Pegasus World Cup that he might get a break after that race, but he ran so well that day and came out of it so well that he's continued right along with his training. Read More...

Millionaire, Graded Stakes Winner Alsvid Retired

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Millionaire and multiple stakes winner Alsvid has been retired, trainer Chris Hartman said Feb. 14 Read More...