Thoroughbred News

That Handicapping Show: Breeders’ Cup Friday

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! Read More...

Sherman, Others Honored by Turf Writers

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Art Sherman, who trains Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome, and others were honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association the evening of Oct. 29. Read More...

California Chrome runs for the gold

DRF | 2 days ago
To suggest that Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the top draw on Breeders’ Cup weekend is only a slight exaggeration. Read More...

Speedsters take the stage for pair of Saturday sprint stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s all about speed Saturday at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Pleasantly Perfect sold to stand in Turkey

DRF | 2 days ago
Pleasantly Perfect, a multiple Grade/Group 1 winner, has been purchased by Turkish-based owner and breeder Levent Sarikaya, and will stand at the Turkish National Stud in 2015. Read More...

No Nay Never to retire to Coolmore after Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
No Nay Never, a graded or group stakes winner in three countries, will be retired after his scheduled start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita to stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Read More...

Competitive Edge on way back

DRF | 2 days ago
While trainer Todd Pletcher will run two undefeated Grade 1 winners in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, his other undefeated Grade 1-winning juvenile colt is close to returning to his barn. Read More...

Enchanting Lisa tries first dirt stakes in Chilukki

DRF | 2 days ago
On the same day trainer Charlie LoPresti had hoped to run two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, before a cannon bone injury sent the horse to the sidelines, he will be leading over Wise Dan’s little half-sister, Enchanting Lisa, to run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Chilukki Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Trainers hope to get off Breeders’ Cup duck

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement, Ken McPeek, John Sadler, and Wesley Ward have won a lot of races in their careers. Oddly enough, none of the quintet has won a Breeders’ Cup race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Friday Selections

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Breeders' Cup Friday races. Read More...

Eye protection for Sweet Reason

DRF | 2 days ago
Sweet Reason will be equipped with a transparent green bubble over her right eye Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint because of an injury she incurred in her last race, the Sept. 20 Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Three Alarm Fire, Bay of Plenty on a roll ahead of stakes debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Seven 3-year-olds will meet in the $200,000 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday, but the focus will be on Bay of Plenty and Three Alarm Fire, two lightly raced but obviously talented runners. Read More...

Velazquez hopes to cap comeback year with Breeders’ Cup success

DRF | 2 days ago
“So, what are you planning to do? You going back?” The questions, posed to him by his wife, Leona, caught John Velazquez by surprise. They came last November, a few weeks after Velazquez was seriously injured in a spill at Santa Anita early on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Among other issues, Velazquez had to undergo surgery to remove his spleen. Read More...

Identifying Profitable Yearlings In-Utero

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
More than 1,900 broodmares will be offered in-foal at this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Read More...

TVG Offering Shared Belief Guaranteed Odds

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
TVG has announced it will offer a guaranteed 5-2 return on win bets on Shared Belief for wagers up to $20 made Friday, Oct. 31, through TVG's mobile platforms. Read More...

Shamardal Blueblood Marches On at Lingfield

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:19 PM ET 6th at LNG (LINGFIELD)Listed 32Red.com/Choose EBF Nominated River Eden Fillies S.     Winner: Hidden Gold (Ire) by Shamardal Lingfield L... Read More...

Velvet Mesquite brings success on downhill course into Sen. Ken Maddy

DRF | 2 days ago
Velvet Mesquite won her stakes debut in the California Distaff Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Oct. 11. By the next morning, trainer Blake Heap began plotting a schedule to have the massive 4-year-old filly ready for Saturday’s $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes over the same hillside turf course. Read More...

Eastern Fillies Top Good Field in Goldikova

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Eastern based Filimbi and Strathnaver, along with four-time Santa Anita turf stakes winner Pontchatrain, head a strong field of nine fillies and mares Nov. 2 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Pleasantly Perfect Sold to Stand in Turkey

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Pleasantly Perfect has been purchased by Turkish interests and will stand at the Turkish National Stud in 2015, Murat Sancal of Sancal Racing said Oct. 30. Read More...

BC 2014: Shared Belief at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Classic favorite Shared Belief, walking after visiting track at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Europeans figure prominently in Breeders’ Cup turf events

DRF | 2 days ago
This year’s European contingent on Saturday at the Breeders' Cup is long, and it is strong. Let’s take a look, race by race, listed in post position order, at the European invasion. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering strategy

DRF | 2 days ago
The undefeated Shared Belief is going to be the clear-cut favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and even his detractors (Are there any? How could there be?) would probably concede that it is impossible to rule him out of the number, whether you are engaging in horizontal or vertical wagers. Read More...

Sunbean, Ide Be Cool rebound candidates in Gold Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Sunbean and Ide Be Cool find themselves in an unusual position heading into Saturday night’s $100,000 Gold Cup at Delta Downs. Both horses are looking to get back into the win column. Read More...

Trainer Murphy makes most of life-changing betting score

DRF | 2 days ago
Anyone who dreams of a life-changing journey to the races has an idol in Breeders’ Cup trainer Conor Murphy. Murphy, who starts Dimension in Saturday’s $1 million BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, is proof anything is possible in the world of race betting. Read More...

Shared Belief leads the way in battle for Breeders’ Cup immortality

DRF | 2 days ago
After Shared Belief won his first start at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 19, 2013, he was transferred to the Hollywood Park barn of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who was informed the horse was for sale. Hollendorfer asked Marty Wygod, who bred and owned Shared Belief, if he could have the first crack at buying the horse. Read More...

Litfin: Santa Anita pick four play for Friday, Oct. 31

DRF | 2 days ago
It sure seems like the 2-year-old grass races with 14-horse fields are the spots to cast a wide net in the Breeders’ Cup Friday pick four, while there is considerably more to go on in the Dirt Mile and Distaff. Read More...

Mountaineeer Mile a tricky 11-horse puzzle

DRF | 2 days ago
The $130,000 Mountaineer Mile is an 11-horse head-scratcher with top contenders shipping in from Kentucky, New York, and Maryland. Read More...

Line of David chalks up fifth winner

Freshman sire Line of David got his fifth winner from his first crop on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs when Lead the Line rallied for a half-length maiden win going six furlongs... Read More...

Vernon: Bee A Magician must overcome post nine in Muscle Hill

DRF | 2 days ago
Some people have been let down by the 2014 performance of last year’s Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. Trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman is not one of them. Heading into Saturday’s $178,000 Muscle Hill at Vernon Downs, Bee A Magician may be as sharp as any of the ten trotting mares in the select field. Read More...

Group Success For Teofilo’s Fate

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:26 AM ET 5th at SCD (SAINT-CLOUD)G3 Prix de Flore     Winner: Fate (Fr) by Teofilo (Ire) Fate (Fr) (Teofilo {Ire}), a 1/2 to Pride (Fr) (Peintre ... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 2 days ago
SUNSET GLOW is the deserving 7-2 morning-line favorite, but she has history working against her as the favorite hasn’t won the Juvenile Fillies Turf since it was established in 2008. She also reportedly did not eat up after arriving in California, and trainer Wesley Ward altered her training schedule, missing a planned workout. Daily Racing Form’s Mile Welsch also mentioned she looked listless on the track in one of his clocker reports. Despite her excellent record, she looks vulnerable in what appears to be a wide-open race. Read More...

BC Saturday card kicks off early with pair of juvenile stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup Saturday card begins with the $100,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint, a ridiculously wide-open race that figures to set a frantic tone for an incredible afternoon. Read More...

Strut the Course stretches out in Maple Leaf Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Strut the Course was a dominant winner of the Classy ’n Smart Stakes on Sept. 28, and will now stretch out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine Read More...

Goldencents, Secret Circle, Carpe Diem head OBS Breeders’ Cup contingent

OBS Sales | 2 days ago
W.C. Racing’s Goldencents and Michael E. Pegram , Karl Watson, Paul Weitman’s Secret Circle are back to defend their titles as they head a contingent of 19 OBS graduates at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday. Goldencents, winner of … Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 2 days ago
A deep search for the true speed in this fascinating renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint finds this conclusion: It should very well be Stonetastic (#3), hurried up the rail by Paco Lopez, followed closely by a trio of mid-drawn runners: Artemis Agrotera (#5), Leigh Court (#6), and Judy the Beauty (#7). Read More...

Report from October 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 16. Read More...

BC, NBC Extend Media Rights Deal 10 Years

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
NBC Sports Group is extending its media rights partnership with Breeders' Cup through 2025 with a 10-year extension, it was announced Oct. 30. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for October 23 to October 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for October 23 to 26, 2014. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup, NBC extend broadcast deal

DRF | 2 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup will be televised on NBC’s networks through 2025 under a 10-year extension to a current agreement, the companies announced Thursday. Read More...

Verglas’ Vert de Grece Strikes In the Criterium International

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:50 AM ET 4th at SCD (SAINT-CLOUD)G1 Criterium International     Winner: Vert de Grece (Ire) by Verglas (Ire) Britannia Thoroughbreds' Vert de Grec... Read More...

Smith Has Calming Influence on Tom’s Tribute

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
If you watch Mike Smith in the post parade of the upcoming Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, don't be surprised to see him slouched a bit in the saddle, his feet dropped out of the irons. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2014 Preview: Eskendereya and Northern Afleet

This weekend at Santa Anita, Northern Afleet Kaigun will attempt to give his sire his second Breeders’ Cup winner with Kaigun in the Mile (G1)... Read More...

Sequel Stallions New York releases 2015 stud fees

DRF | 2 days ago
Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, N.Y. has released its advertised stud fees for the 2015 breeding season, with no changes among its returning roster. Leading New York stallion Freud will once again command the farm’s highest stud fee. Read More...

NBC Extending Breeders’ Cup Deal

The Breeders’ Cup will stay on NBC and NBCSN through 2025, the NBC Sports Group was to announce Thursday. Read More...

A Hall of Fame Jockey Steers a Protégé to Success

Mike Smith, who will ride in the Classic on Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup, has been mentoring Drayden Van Dyke, the leading candidate to win the Eclipse Award as the top apprentice rider in North America. Read More...

Miss Mischief Seeking to Make the Grade

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The daughter of Into Mischief is looking to extend a three-race winning streak and pick up her first graded stakes win. Read More...

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:46 PM ET Hope you're ready for this one... Part two of our Breeders' Cup Special Edition includes everything you... Read More...

Zenyatta: Champion Mother

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Learn more about Zenyatta's life as a broodmare in this companion piece to 'Long Live The Queen," Tracy Gantz's Breeders' Cup longform at www.BloodHorse.com/Zenyatta. Read More...

Leparoux Posts Career Win 2,000 at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Julien Leparoux rode In My Time to a one-length win in the ninth race Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Churchill Downs to secure his 2,000th career win. Read More...