Thoroughbred News

Northfield: Wednesday 4/26 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 4/26 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Classic Empire Tops NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With the prep races over, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes after results were released April 24.  Read More...

Albarado undergoes surgery for broken leg

DRF | 4 days ago
Veteran jockey Robby Albarado underwent surgery Monday morning at University of Kentucky Hospital for a compound lower-leg fracture he suffered when thrown from his mount several strides out of the starting gate during the eighth race Sunday at Keeneland. Read More...

Prairie Meadows opens meet with focus on boosting field size

DRF | 4 days ago
Prairie Meadows Racetrack begins its 67-day 2017 Thoroughbred race meet Thursday in clear need of one very, very important element: horses. Read More...

No Triple Crown fever in Multiplier camp – yet

DRF | 4 days ago
Multiplier's first try against other winners produced a graded-stakes victory when the colt gamely captured the Grade 3, $250,000 Illinois Derby on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Read More...

Derby clocker: McCraken’s breeze pleases Wilkes

DRF | 4 days ago
After McCraken suffered his first defeat when he finished third as the 8-5 favorite in the Blue Grass earlier this month, trainer Ian Wilkes was looking for a sign here Monday that McCraken was indeed moving in the right direction leading up to the 2017 Kentucky Derby. And Wilkes got exactly what he was looking for. Read More...

OBS Hips to Watch Include Tapwrit’s Half Brother

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Hips to watch for Ocala Breeders' Sales' spring 2-year-olds in training sale. Read More...

Hong Kong: Sea Jade tries to put bleeding incident behind him

DRF | 4 days ago
Sea Jade seemed to run an inexplicably poor race when 12th in a turf sprint at Happy Valley Racecourse on March 15, until a post-race exam determined that the 3-year-old bled. The diagnosis puts the focus on Sea Jade in his return to racing on Wednesday. Read More...

The Cookie Man tries turf, routing in Wednesday feature

DRF | 4 days ago
The Cookie Man has been one sweet treat for trainer Teresa Connelly and jockey Pablo Morales at this Tampa Bay Downs meet, winning two sprints and finishing second in another. On Wednesday, he will look to transfer that good dirt form to turf while routing for the first time in the featured sixth race, a first-level optional $75,000 claimer going one mile. Read More...

Repeat of last puts J’s Indian Charm in winner’s circle

DRF | 4 days ago
If J's Indian Charm can run as well as she did in her blowout win in her last start, she will win the feature race at Gulfstream Park Thursday. But if she regresses, the six furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies becomes a wide-open event. Read More...

Geroux gets mount on Hence in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Hence, winner of the Sunland Derby in his last start, will be ridden by Florent Geroux in the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday. Read More...

Lady Fog Horn Named Indiana-Bred Horse of the Year

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association recently announced its Indiana-bred champions and Indiana-bred and sired champions. Read More...

Romans Mulling Rider Options for J Boys Echo

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Dale Romans said April 24 he and owners Albaugh Family Stable were still discussing who might ride J Boys Echo in the first leg of the Triple Crown after his regular rider, Robby Albarado, sustained a fracture to his lower left leg. Read More...

Irad Ortiz Jr. takes Aqueduct jockey title

DRF | 4 days ago
Irad Ortiz Jr. won four races on the first day of the Aqueduct spring meet and kept winning in bunches, taking his first spring riding title with 30 victories, more than double that of runner-up Rajiv Maragh (14). Read More...

Alvarado hurt, will miss start of Belmont meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado will miss the start of the Belmont Park spring/summer meet after he was involved in a spill Sunday at Aqueduct. Read More...

McCraken Finishes Strong in Five-Furlong Move

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph. Read More...

Giant Payday gets break from the heavyweights

DRF | 4 days ago
Giant Payday gets some class relief as he starts in a Wednesday's seventh race at Keeneland, a conditioned allowance for 3-year-olds on the turf – one of two such races anchoring the card as the meet moves into its final days. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 4/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 4/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Castellano, Espinoza, Gomez, Goldikova elected to Racing Hall of Fame

DRF | 4 days ago
There will be a celebration of two riding careers still gloriously active, mixed with the sad reminder of a great who recently died, at this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Read More...

Saez serving suspensions for riding infractions

DRF | 4 days ago
Luis Saez, the leading jockey at the four-month championship meet at Gulfstream Park this winter, is serving two sets of three-day suspensions stemming from recent riding infractions at Keeneland. Read More...

Father-to-be Borel on cloud nine

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Calvin Borel has no prospective mount for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, and yet the Hall of Fame jockey says he has seldom been happier in his life. The reason? At age 50, Borel will become a father for the first time this fall. Read More...

Total Joint goes for two in row on Gulfstream turf

DRF | 4 days ago
Total Joint, a 5-year-old Florida-bred has shown an affinity for the Gulfstream Park turf course and will be going for his second-straight win over it when he runs in a $25,000 optional claiming race that will serve as Wednesday's feature. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Happy Valley. Read More...

Paquita Coqueta times it just right in Mizdirection

DRF | 4 days ago
Paquita Coqueta led for the most important stride of Saturday's $84,425 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. After leading narrowly with a furlong to go, Paquita Coqueta was passed by Coniah, but fought back late to win by a nose. Read More...

Goldikova, Espinoza Among Hall of Fame Inductees

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Three-time Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) winner Goldikova, multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockeys Javier Castellano and Garrett Gomez, and Triple Crown-winning rider Victor Espinoza have been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Team player Inordinate gets his reward in San Juan Capistrano

DRF | 4 days ago
Inordinate has gone from being a pacemaker for then-stablemate Flintshire at Saratoga last summer to becoming a graded stakes winner at Santa Anita last weekend. Saturday, Read More...

Trip Notes for April 22-23: Charles Town Classic, Elkhorn, and more

DRF | 4 days ago
Trip notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races run on April 22-23, including the Charles Town Classic and Elkhorn. Read More...

Clearsky Farms to be well represented in Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Clearsky Farm has progressed farther and faster than many other major breeding and racing entities. In less than a decade, the operation has bred and raised several Grade 1 winners, including champion Arrogate, North America's richest racehorse. Read More...

Capps, longtime racing executive and professor, dies at 71

DRF | 4 days ago
Tim Capps, a longtime racing executive who was the director of the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, died Saturday, several months after being hospitalized in Louisville for a stroke, according to friends and associates. Capps was 71. Read More...

Three turf allowances for Thursday threatened by rain

DRF | 4 days ago
Four of the nine Thursday races are scheduled for turf, including all three allowances that serve as co-features. Clearly these races will be much more enjoyable for horseplayers if conditions permit their staying on turf, so hopefully that's what will happen. Read More...

Sparkman: Itsinthepost brightens waning days of Sea-Bird line

DRF | 4 days ago
Itsinthepost, winner of the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, is a gelding, and therefore will not have the opportunity to extend the line of his great-great grandsire Sea-Bird or sire, American Post. Read More...

Pocono: The beat goes on for Highalator

DRF | 4 days ago
The win streak for 3-year-old colt pacer Highalator now stands at eight after a 1:53 victory in a $16,000 non-winners of five races/$50,000 lifetime event on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Read More...

Distinctiv Passion uses speed to capture Swift Thoroughbred Inaugural

DRF | 4 days ago
Distinctiv Passion set fast fractions on his way to one-length win over Venetian Mask in Sunday’s opening-day feature, the $50,000 Swift Thoroughbred Inaugural at Hastings. Read More...

Stormy Liberal Wins Third Straight Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The $40,000 claim from October continued to pay dividends for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller April 23 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Apr. 19- Apr. 20

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Stormy Liberal reaffirms fondness for hillside course in Siren Lure

DRF | 4 days ago
After Stormy Liberal won his third consecutive stakes on the hillside turf course in Sunday’s $84,130 Siren Lure Stakes at Santa Anita, trainer Peter Miller said the 5-year-old gelding will be staying home in the near future. Read More...

Zippit E wins second straight sprint in Wayne Hanks Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
Zippit E went straight to the front Sunday under Eddie Martin, held the lead while racing two or three paths off the fence the entire trip, and stayed on solidly to win the Wayne Hanks Memorial by 1 3/4 lengths at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Irad Ortiz Jr. Wins Aqueduct Riding Title

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Irad Ortiz Jr. added another riding crown to his résumé when he secured the Aqueduct Racetrack 2017 spring meet title following closing day April 23. Read More...

Albarado Fractures Ankle, Off J Boys Echo in Derby

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Jockey Robby Albarado sustained a fracture of his left ankle after falling at Keeneland April 23 and will be off mounts for some time, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful J Boys Echo, agent Rob Ebanks confirmed.  Read More...

Albarado Fractures Lower Leg, Off J Boys Echo in Derby

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Jockey Robby Albarado sustained a fracture of his lower left leg after falling at Keeneland April 23 and will be off mounts for three to four weeks, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful J Boys Echo, agent Ron Ebanks said.  Read More...

Gold for the King overcomes all obstacles to win Times Square

DRF | 5 days ago
He was returning from a four-month layoff, needed a shoe repair in the paddock, and raced widest of all in the stretch. None of that mattered to Gold for the King, who rallied stoutly in the final three-sixteenths of a mile to win the $100,000 Times Square division of the New York Stallion Series by 1 3/4 lengths over T Loves a Fight on closing day at Aqueduct. Read More...

Southern Ring Speeds to Whimsical Victory

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Southern Ring, back home at Woodbine after a winter at Tampa Bay Downs, dug in to win the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) April 23 and spoiled the seasonal debut of 2016 Canadian Horse of the Year Caren. Read More...

Fractured ankle will prevent Albarado from riding J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Robby Albarado fractured his left ankle when thrown from his mount several strides out of the starting gate during the eighth race Sunday at Keeneland and will be forced to miss his upcoming ride in the Kentucky Derby with J Boys Echo. Read More...

Party Boat parlays perfect trip into Memories of Silver victory

DRF | 5 days ago
Sunday, at Aqueduct, Party Boat received a beautiful trip under Joel Rosario and parlayed it into a one-length victory in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic long-range goal for Collected

DRF | 5 days ago
The 4-year-old colt Collected is progressing so rapidly this spring that co-owner Peter Fluor has aspirations of a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Read More...

Shirreffs gets Royal Mo ready in case he makes Kentucky Derby field

DRF | 5 days ago
Without a guaranteed berth for the Kentucky Derby on May 6, there is no certainty Royal Mo will be sent to Churchill Downs next weekend. That has not kept trainer John Shirreffs from preparing the colt in the event a spot develops in coming days. Read More...

Southern Ring scores front-running win in Whimsical

DRF | 5 days ago
On a track favoring inside speed, the favored Southern Ring went straight to the lead and never looked back to take the Grade 3, $147,250 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Santa Anita Cancels April 27 Racing

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Santa Anita Park cancelled its live racing for April 27 because of a lack of entries, Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle said April 23. Read More...

Party Boat Upsets Fifty Five in Memories of Silver

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
With a late kick in the stretch, Hope Jones' Party Boat overcame frontrunner Team of Teams to score by a length in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack April 23.   Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of April 23

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Ron Gierkink provides a list of horses to watch at Woodbine. Read More...