Thoroughbred News

Lovely Bernadette Kicks Clear for Valley View Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Lovely Bernadette confirmed she had a new, successful twist to her career when she shook clear in late stretch for her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland. Read More...

Lovely Bernadette gets perfect trip in Valley View

DRF | 3 days ago
Sometimes the inside post in a bulky field can be problematic, but Florent Geroux worked out a perfect stalking trip Friday aboard Lovely Bernadette in winning the 27th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Dortmund Retired, Will Stand at Bonita Farm in Maryland

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Grade 1 winner Dortmund has been retired from racing "for good" and will stand at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., for the 2018 breeding season, owner Kaleem Shah said Oct. 20. Read More...

No Human, Equine Injuries From Margaux Farm Fire

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A fire significantly damaged a barn on the property of Jim and Susan Hill's Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky. Oct. 20 but no people or horses were injured in the blaze. Read More...

Ohio Mixed Sale Extends Entry Date to Oct. 27

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners have announced that they will be extending the date for sale entries to Friday, October 27.  The mixed sale will be held Sunday, December 3 at Majestic Farm in Batavia, Ohio starting at 1:00 p.m. Read More...

LUXAIR Jets Becomes Official Marketing Partner of TOBA

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Oct. 20 that LUXAIR Jets has become an official marketing partner of TOBA.   Read More...

Paradise Woods, Avenge Work Toward Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Richard Mandella's Paradise Woods and Avenge worked toward their Breeders' Cup engagements the morning of Oct. 20 with six-furlong jaunts at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Harness: Average up sharply on first day of Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale

DRF | 3 days ago
The first session of the two-day Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale was staged on Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and Rockin Image filly Rockinbythebeach headed the bidding, fetching $93,000. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Dortmund retired, will stand in Maryland

DRF | 3 days ago
Dortmund, a multiple Grade 1 winner, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., for an advertised fee of $7,500. Read More...

Heavenly Love, Flameaway Tune Up for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse was honing his Breeders' Cup hand on two fronts the morning of Oct. 20 headlined grade 1 winner Heavenly Love and stablemate  Flameaway working together before the break at Keeneland. Read More...

The Empire That Almost Was

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
There is no doubt the greatness was there with Classic Empire. And there is no doubt it was confronted by enough obstacles to prevent it from fully surfacing. But it did on occasion manage to trickle out, to show the world what might have been. Read More...

Brooklynsway, Chalon, Piedi Bianchi in November Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Fasig-Tipton has added Brooklynsway, Chalon, and Piedi Bianchi to the catalog for the November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Read More...

Al Ain favored against 16 rivals in Japanese St. Leger

DRF | 3 days ago
Al Ain, the winner of the Grade 1 Japanese 2000 Guineas in April, will be favored to win Sunday’s Grade 1 Japanese St. Leger at 1 7/8 miles on turf at Kyoto Racecourse against 17 rivals. Read More...

Mr. Crow pointed to Bold Ruler Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Mr. Crow, a disappointing sixth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh, worked a half-mile Friday in preparation for a start in next Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap. Read More...

Elate works toward BC Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Elate, the multiple Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly, worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 on Friday morning over the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga. Read More...

Freehold: Rookie fillies compete in New Jersey Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 3 days ago
Some Renditions (pace) and Chaperess (trot) won the pair of $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes/Standardbred Development Fund finals for 2-year-olds that were raced on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Read More...

El Deal to miss BC Sprint with suspensory injury

DRF | 3 days ago
El Deal, winner of the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga, will miss the Breeders' Cup Sprint due to a lesion in the suspensory of his left foreleg, trainer Jorge Navarro said Friday. Read More...

Montauk to sit out Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 days ago
Montauk, who rolled to an impressive 11 1/4-length debut win Oct. 7 at Belmont, will not contest the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Hovdey: Moore tries to deliver level playing fields

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainers hate the unknown, venturing forth only when the risk is significantly greater than the reward. Any discomfort in the adventure of the first Breeders' Cup to be held at Del Mar, however, could stem from the inordinate amount of publicity that the surfaces – both dirt and turf – has received over the past several years. These are, after all, the playing fields. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 10/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 10/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 10/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 10/23 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Hemlock Channel will need his best in Harvest Plate

DRF | 3 days ago
Hemlock Channel isn't the most consistent horse around, but when he shows up with his best stuff he can be a handful. Read More...

Jockey Hebert nears 4,000 career-win mark

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Tracy Hebert is approaching a milestone of 4,000 career Thoroughbred wins in North America, and he could hit that mark this week at his Zia Park base in Hobbs, N.M. Read More...

Minnesota Racing Commission Helps Retired Horses

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $46,000 to Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions, This Old Horse and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. Read More...

Venerable gelding Royal F J retired at 10

DRF | 3 days ago
The 10-year-old gelding Royal F J has run his last race. Read More...

Ocampo breaks hand, Talamo bruises thigh in spill

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Israel Ocampo will be out for at least a month, and Joe Talamo will not ride this weekend after the pair sustained injuries in a two-horse spill Thursday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Notis the Jewell streaks into B.C. Cup Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Notis the Jewell is clearly the one to beat in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Distaff for fillies and mares bred or sired in British Columbia or Washington on Sunday at Hastings. Read More...

Opportunity knocks for trio stepping down from stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Successful Native, Blackjack Baby, and Apache Brave all will be shaking a notable rival Sunday when they meet in the featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park West. The horses last faced Extravagant Kid in separate handicaps and lost to him in either September or October. Read More...

Just a Smidge, searching for winning form, drops in class

DRF | 3 days ago
Just a Smidge will start in the $70,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The drop in class may revive the filly's fortunes. Read More...

Irap euthanized after developing laminitis

DRF | 3 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Irap has been euthanized after developing laminitis as a complication from an injury he sustained in the Pennsylvania Derby. Read More...

Fornatale: Late moves can be tricky in live-bankroll contests

DRF | 3 days ago
So often in live-bankroll play it all comes down to the endgame. The same can be true in mythical contest play, but where the strategy there often comes down to pure math, in live-bank play things get a lot more complicated. It's really like the difference between limit hold 'em – a purely mathematical game – and no limit hold 'em – a strategist's delight. Read More...

Litfin at Large: State-Bred Cards Take Center Stage

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
It's the calm before the impending Breeders' Cup storm, and besides the Grand National Steeplechase (NSA1) at Far Hills, the only graded stakes to be contested in North America on Saturday is the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland. Read More...

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Irap Euthanized

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Reddam Racing's multiple graded stakes winner Irap, winner of more than $1.6 million in his career, was euthanized after developing laminitis, his connections announced Oct. 20. Read More...

Daddy’s Boo gets stamina test in Dowager Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Unlike some turf marathons, the 26th running of the Grade 3, $125,000 Dowager sure doesn't lack for pace. Read More...

Ahead of Breeders’ Cup, Imperial Hint proving size isn’t everything

DRF | 3 days ago
The overachieving 4-year-old Imperial Hint will be Del Mar bound on Tuesday for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, in which he will be among the favorites. Read More...

Navarro appealing post-race cocaine positive at Monmouth

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro has been fined $2,500 for a positive finding of cocaine and its metabolites in the post-race sample of a horse that won at Monmouth Park in June. Read More...

Horse Races Now App Launching ADW

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The fan app Horse Races Now is busy launching an advance deposit wagering platform that will be available to its 300,000 active users. Read More...

Crazy Prophet sharp for B.C Cup Classic repeat bid

DRF | 3 days ago
The $50,000 British Columbia Cup Classic Handicap headlines the eight-race closing-day card Sunday at Hastings, and Crazy Prophet will try to win Classic for the second year in a row. Read More...

Petrov targets Steel Valley Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Ron Moquett said Petrov will be pointed to the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint on Nov. 20 at Mahoning Valley in Ohio after keeping his non-stakes record perfect with a one-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance here Wednesday. Read More...

Romans hoping for big November with juveniles

DRF | 3 days ago
The next six weeks could be big ones for trainer Dale Romans. His two Breeders' Cup Juvenile hopefuls, Free Drop Billy and Hollywood Star, were flown to California on Monday, while some of his other stable stars could be in action at the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet. Read More...

McCraken readies for first test against older horses in Fayette

DRF | 3 days ago
Three-year-olds begin merging into the Thoroughbred mainstream around this time of year, and trainer Ian Wilkes is as interested as anyone else to see how McCraken will match up when facing older horses for the first time. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Oct. 14 – Oct. 16

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale entries up 17 percent

DRF | 3 days ago
A North American yearling season that saw more peaks than valleys in 2017 closes at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, which expands this year to four days after drawing near-record entries. Read More...

Englehart has five for Shesastonecoldfox Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart isn't holding back in the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox Stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday and has entered five of the 14 2-year-old fillies in the field. Read More...

Inflexibility back up north for Carotene Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Inflexibility will look to double up on the Woodbine turf in Sunday's $125,000 Carotene Stakes for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles on the E.P. Taylor course. Read More...

Mizzen Mast: Mastering the End of the Line

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Mizzen Mast was both a carbon copy of his sire Cozzene (on turf) and an accomplished versatile runner, as seen with his graded stakes wins, on the dirt. He was virtually a throwback in pedigree to what had worked in the last half of the 20th century. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: New ‘Detection’ Methods?

A trainer in Oklahoma whose horse tested positive for Ritalin is no longer under suspension pending the case against her because she offered to take a polygraph and the stewards agreed and had a lie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hoosier: Trainer Brian Brown brings six-pack to Crown eliminations

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Brian Brown has something very few trainers coming into the Breeders Crown have ever had. The Delaware, Ohio-based trainer arrives at Hoosier Park this weekend with six horses competing for spots in lucrative finals on October 27-28. Among that solid group is a pair of 3-year-old pacing colts with more than $1 million banked individually in 2017. Read More...