Thoroughbred News

King: Last-race loss makes this right time to bet on Running Mate

DRF | 3 days ago
Now that Running Mate has lost, and with some backers likely to jump off his bandwagon, he now holds more wagering appeal in Saturday's Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Texas Chrome Named Texas Horse of the Year

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association announced its 2016 Texas Champions Jan. 19, and the appropriately named Texas Chrome will be honored as the Texas Horse of the Year. Read More...

Guest Suite’s Class Can Prevail in LeComte Stakes (G3)

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue this Saturday with a competitive renewal of the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Calhoun going after stakes double in Fremont, Pelican

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bret Calhoun will seek a stakes double Saturday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., when he sends out Supermason in the $70,000 Fremont and Lucky Andy in the $100,000 Pelican. Read More...

Fair Grounds Horses Nearing Release From Quarantine

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the equine herpesvirus outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

End of Fair Grounds Quarantine Appears to be on Horizon

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the equine herpesvirus outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

Country Candy doesn’t need the lead in Dixie Belle

DRF | 3 days ago
Country Candy drew what might prove to be an ideal post for the $125,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn Park. She will break from gate 7 in a field the same size, and while she has the speed to show the way in the six-furlong race, she also could track runners drawn to her inside. Read More...

Hovdey: Horse of the Year vote often shows respect for elders

DRF | 3 days ago
The announcement of the 2016 Horse of the Year will cap the evening Saturday at Gulfstream Park when the Eclipse Awards are presented for the 46th time. If social media chit-chat and informal polls are right, 5-year-old California Chrome will top 3-year-old Arrogate for the honor, despite the fact that the younger horse beat the older horse the only time they met in the Breeders' Cup Classic. And, of course, polls are never wrong. Read More...

Last two chances to qualify for NHC

DRF | 3 days ago
A crowd of approximately 650 horseplayers and their guests are about to descend on Treasure Island in Las Vegas for the National Handicapping Championship. The world’s richest horse race betting contest – with its expected purse of $2.5 million – starts next week, from Jan. 27-28. Players still looking to qualify have two opportunities this weekend, only at DRF Tournaments, which can be found at tournaments.drf.com. Read More...

Beyer Sire

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF Breeding Beyer Sire Performance Standings Read More...

Chrome seeks rare Eclipse double

DRF | 3 days ago
Since the Eclipse Awards began in 1971, just one horse – John Henry – has been named Horse of the Year in non-consecutive years, a feat California Chrome could equal on Saturday night when the 46th annual Eclipse Awards dinner is held at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Spendthrift Farm adds stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs

DRF | 3 days ago
The Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs will be split into two divisions for the 2017 renewal, with the addition of a race for fillies. Read More...

Dennis Moore takes over Del Mar track maintenance job

DRF | 3 days ago
Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita, has been named the director of track maintenance at Del Mar, the track announced on Thursday. Read More...

Delta Bluesman hard to gauge in Sunshine Millions Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Gulfstream Park horseplayers face a big question about Delta Bluesman, the speedy favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint: Has he simply lost his edge, or will he rebound for a front-running victory? Read More...

As more rain falls, so do bettors’ hopes for turf racing

DRF | 3 days ago
While much-needed rain continues to aid the environment and fill the state's reservoirs, turf racing at Santa Anita has been a victim of the conditions. There are no turf races at Santa Anita on Saturday, and wet weather over the weekend makes turf racing doubtful for Sunday. Read More...

Dac making rare sprint appearance in Forego Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Dac gets his second chance at sprinting when he faces favored The Great War and an overflow field in the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Forego Stakes on Saturday at Turfway. Read More...

OBS Championship Stakes Fields Set

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The four Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s Day of Champions races that will be run Jan. 24, one day prior to the sales company’s winter mixed sale, have drawn 40 entrants. Read More...

Top contenders in Saturday sprint bookend field

DRF | 3 days ago
There is no stakes race Saturday at Aqueduct, but the feature, a second-level allowance/optional $62,500 claimer, came up a contentious nine-horse affair that looks to set up for a closer. Read More...

First foal is a colt for G1 winner The Big Beast

Ocala Stud’s The Big Beast, the Grade 1 winner and leading sprinter, sired his first reported foal on Jan. 3rd when a colt was born in Ocala, FL... Read More...

Sunshine Millions Turf contenders hard to separate

DRF | 3 days ago
The $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park drew eight well-matched older horses. Reporting Star, Go Around, Enterprising, and Our Way are the main contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Finnegans Wake to Stand at Ballena Vista Farm

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The grade 1 winner and 8-year-old son of Powerscourt won or placed in 12 graded stakes. Read More...

Finest City kicks off season in Santa Monica

DRF | 3 days ago
Finest City, who won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last November, will be favored to win her 2017 debut in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Classic far softer spot for Awesome Slew

DRF | 3 days ago
After taking on graded stakes company in each of his last five starts, Awesome Slew will begin his 4-year-old campaign against much softer competition when he faces statebred company for the first time in Saturday's $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

First foal is a filly for G1 winner Danza

Spendthrift Farm’s Danza, dominant winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1), sired his first reported foal Sunday, Jan. 15 when a filly was born at Millennium Farms in Lexington, KY... Read More...

TimeformUs Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, January 20

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Aqueduct on Friday, January 20. Read More...

O Dionysus stands out in Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The three $75,000 stakes preceding the Native Dancer at Laurel Park on Saturday are the Frank Whiteley Jr. and the Marshua, both for 3-year-olds, and the Nellie Morse, for older fillies and mares. The four stakes are part of the 20-cent Rainbow 6. The final three stakes are included in the 12-percent takeout pick five. Read More...

Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes to Add Filly Race

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Spendthrift Farm and Churchill Downs have announced an expansion of the Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes, which will now be run as two divisional races starting in 2017: one for 2-year-old males, and, now, one for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Jan. 21: Picks for Louisiana Stakes, Lecomte, Gasparilla

DRF | 3 days ago
In Saturday's Louisiana Stakes at Fair Grounds, I like Seeking the Soul, who comes into this off the two best performances of his career. Read More...

Page McKenney launches comeback in Native Dancer

DRF | 3 days ago
The Native Dancer is the last of four $75,000 stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday. It also will be the comeback race for Page McKenney, one of the most popular runners in the region, who will be making his first start in nine months. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Jan. 13 – Jan. 16

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 1/20 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Maker’s Mark aftercare facility has record-breaking 2016

DRF | 3 days ago
The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), which operates from the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, placed 62 retired Thoroughbreds in new homes in 2016 – a facility record. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 1/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Detailed Report on Horse Health, Management Released

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The report is the third equine study since 1998 conducted by NAHMS. It focuses on horses at farms and ranches, breeding farms, boarding and training stables, and riding stables. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 1/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Prep Analysis: Totality is due for some racing luck in Fair Grounds’ LeComte

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Prep Analysis for the LeComte at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia Voted Top Midlantic-Bred for 2016

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia has earned the Mid-Atlanic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred for 2016. Read More...

Del Mar Hires Veteran Trackman Dennis Moore

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Veteran trackman Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita Park, has agreed to accept the additional role of director of track maintenance at Del Mar, the San Diego County racetrack announced Jan. 19. Read More...

Bennett has good shot in all three stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Chance of Luck and R Angel Katelyn gave Gerald Bennett a sweep of the two stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 3, and those two promising 3-year-olds, along with stablemate Royal Jewely, will look to give the trainer a stakes triple on Saturday here. Read More...

Eagle Way brings two-race win streak into Hong Kong Classic Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Eagle Way will have his Hong Kong stakes debut in Sunday’s $1,289,124 Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse; it is the first leg of the 4-year-old classic series. Read More...

Can Vending Machine dispense with rivals in California Derby?

DRF | 3 days ago
Eight 3-year-olds will find out if they are truly on the Derby trail in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Vending Machine is the only runner in the field to have run for a tag – and he's also the most accomplished. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Sunday, January 22, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Sha Tin. Read More...

Chief Cicatriz risks perfect record in Hank Mills Sr.

DRF | 3 days ago
Chief Cicatriz brings his unbeaten record in from New Mexico to challenge some of this circuit's top sprinters in Saturday's $30,000 Hank Mills Sr. The 5 1/2-furlong dash drew a field of eight 4-year-olds and up. Read More...

Jessies First Down named World Champion Quarter Horse

DRF | 3 days ago
Jessies First Down, a winner of five stakes at five tracks in three states, was named the 2016 World Champion Quarter Horse in a ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Mexikoma to Stand at Keen Farms

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Mexikoma, a stakes-winning son of Birdstone, has been retired to stud and will stand his first season at Dallas and Donna Keen's Keen Farms in Burleson, Texas. He will stand for a $1,000 fee as property of the Keens. Read More...

PA Development Fund Helped Brandt Expand Feed Business

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund is producing features on people who have benefitted from the millions of fund dollars invested into local economic development, farm expansion, and job creation. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: No Bid, No Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
'No bid' rate at January sale a troubling stat Read More...

National HBPA Set for Convention in March in Las Vegas

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The HBPA is the world's largest organization representing Thoroughbred owners and trainers, with close to 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. Read More...

Remains of Glacial Princess to be Moved to Old Friends

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
On Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, the remains of two-time Ohio Horse of the Year Glacial Princess will be transferred from the former Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio to Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.  Read More...