Thoroughbred News

Iuliano Elected to AHC Board of Trustees

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, has been elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees following the organization's annual meeting and national issues forum June 11-14.  Read More...

Hushion to retire from training at end of meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Hushion respected as a horse trainer but admired for being a better person, will retire from the game after 42 years of training when the Belmont Park spring-summer meet ends on July 16. Read More...

Royal Ascot Broadcast Available Throughout World

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Royal Ascot 2017 will be broadcast in 175 territories with a reach of 650 million households this week through Ascot's media rights arrangements with Pitch International and Racecourse Media Group (RMG). Read More...

NBCSN Plans Live Coverage of Royal Meeting at Ascot

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
NBCSN presents daily live coverage of the Royal Meeting in Ascot, Berkshire, England – one of the most prestigious horse racing meets in the world – beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20, at 8:30 a.m. ET. Read More...

Diamond Bachelor has pace and class edge

DRF | 5 days ago
Diamond Bachelor should go to the lead and not look back when he faces five rivals, including stablemate Bashart, in Thursday's $44,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Arrogate Unanimous Top Choice in NTRA Poll

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Top ranked horses of all ages remains relatively quiet in week 21 of NTRA Poll. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 6/20 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 6/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

American Pharoah Halter Offered in CKRH Fundraiser

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading earner, Arrogate are among the coveted items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Read More...

Delta Bluesman to defend title in Smile Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Delta Bluesman is coming back to south Florida to defend his title a week from Saturday in the Grade 3 Smile Sprint. Trainer Jorge Navarro said Monday he's looking forward to “returning home” with Delta Bluesman. Read More...

Thistledown Preparing for 2017 Ohio Derby Day

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
JACK Thistledown Racino is going all out for the 83rd running of the Ohio Derby on Saturday, June 24. In addition to heart-pounding, live racing action, the day will feature plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family.  Read More...

Gun Runner hitting best stride

DRF | 5 days ago
Gun Runner was an honest and consistent 3-year-old. The winner of the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star, both Grade 2 events, he finished a creditable third behind Nyquist and Exaggerator in the Kentucky Derby, then bounced right back to win the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes. Read More...

KVN Corona wins Ed Burke Million Futurity to stay unbeaten

DRF | 5 days ago
KVN Corona won his stakes debut and remained unbeaten after three starts with a head win in Sunday’s $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity for Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Time and Motion rerouted to Modesty Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Time and Motion, who was scratched from the New York Stakes due to a low white blood cell count, breezed three furlongs over the Belmont Park turf course on Monday. If all continues to go well, Time and Motion could make her next start in the Grade 3 $100,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park on July 8. Read More...

War Flag shows she’s the goods

DRF | 5 days ago
War Flag on Sunday displayed an impressive turn of foot, rallying from last in an eight-horse field to win a third-level allowance race at Monmouth Park by a half-length against males on Sunday. It was her first start in this country. Read More...

Timeline okay after sustaining cuts during Pegasus win

DRF | 5 days ago
The undefeated 3-year-old Timeline appeared to have escaped injury as a result of being stepped on during the running of Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Pegasus at Monmouth Park, a race he won by 3 1/2 lengths under Javier Castellano. Read More...

Jolly Convergence seeks elusive Hong Kong victory

DRF | 5 days ago
Jolly Convergence is winless in nine starts in Hong Kong this season, but the gelding’s record is not as discouraging as it seems. Jolly Convergence was second, beaten three-quarters of a length, in a troubled trip in a six-furlong handicap June 7 and returns at the same level of competition in Wednesday’s $158,375 Lantau Island Handicap at six furlongs on turf at Happy Valley Racecourse. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 6/20 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 6/20 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Liaison Gets First Winner with Vicente’s Shadow

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Liaison, the grade 1-winning son of Indian Charlie, had his first winner June 18, when Vicente's Shadow rallied strongly to win a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight by a length at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Royal Ascot: Highland Reel in tough in Prince of Wales’s Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Highland Reel won the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita last November and the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 2. Those are brilliant credentials, but not enough to make Highland Reel a clear favorite in a tough running of the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday. Read More...

Churchill Downs seeks approval for Instant Racing machines

DRF | 5 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. has asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for approval to add devices resembling slot machines to its flagship racetrack in Louisville, according to an agenda distributed by the commission on Monday. Read More...

Miss Temple City Brings Best Self Into Third Ascot Try

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
At age 5, Miss Temple City is back at Royal Ascot for a third consecutive year, still seeking a victory on that prestigious ground but in no need of outside validation. Read More...

Defiant Honor looks for debris-free trip

DRF | 5 days ago
Defiant Honor, second with “debris” trouble in a Grade 3 stakes at Del Mar last year, makes her 3-year-old debut in a first-level allowance race going a mile at Belmont Park. Read More...

Single 6 jackpot at $112,000

DRF | 5 days ago
Three allowances are on tap for Thursday, and all are part of a Single 6 sequence (races 3-8). The jackpot stands at $112,293 after no solo winners were sold Sunday on handle of $45,478. The rollover jackpot hasn't been swept in the last 16 racing days. Read More...

Americans abound in Royal Ascot opener

DRF | 5 days ago
The five-day Royal Ascot meeting begins Tuesday with an excellent six-race card that includes three Group 1 races and six American runners. Read More...

Golden Gate: Attendance, ontrack handle rise during winter-spring meet

DRF | 5 days ago
For the first time since 2011, the Golden Gate Fields winter-spring meet showed increases in both attendance and ontrack handle. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of June 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of June 19. Read More...

Familiar Horses for U.S. Fans to Watch at Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A list of both the U.S.-based horses who shipped over for the meet, and other horses with U.S. ties running at Royal Ascot this week. Read More...

Breeder Hargus Sexton Dies at 96

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Hargus Sexton, who along with his wife, Sandra, bred dozens of stakes winners, died at his farm outside Versailles June 15 at the age of 96 Read More...

Gun Runner aims at Saratoga’s Whitney

DRF | 5 days ago
Gun Runner is scheduled to leave Churchill Downs for Saratoga on June 26, with the next start for the superstar colt most likely to come in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 5 at the upstate New York track. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from June 13 – June 14

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Trip Notes for June 17-18: Stephen Foster, Fleur de Lis, Summertime Oaks, and more

DRF | 5 days ago
Trip Notes for stakes races run on June 17-18, including the Stephen Foster, Fleur de Lis, Summertime Oaks, and more. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DRF | 5 days ago
Happy Valley selections and analysis for Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Read More...

Woodbine announces turf endurance series

DRF | 5 days ago
Woodbine racing office announced a new turf endurance series Friday. Read More...

Calgary Cat pointing to Highlander Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Calgary Cat finished a narrow third in his most recent start in the Grade 2 Connaught Cup Stakes over seven furlongs on the turf here June 3, and is on track to shorten up for his next start in the Grade 2, $250,000 Highlander Stakes over six furlongs on the turf as part of the Queen’s Plate undercard July 2, trainer Kevin Attard said. Read More...

Noholdingback Bear returns to De Paulo’s Woodbine barn

DRF | 5 days ago
Noholdingback Bear, Canada's champion male sprinter of 2016, has returned to trainer Mike De Paulo's barn at Woodbine after a brief stint with trainer Brian Lynch in New York. Read More...

Pleasanton opens fair season amid hope for better days

DRF | 5 days ago
It is far from the best of times for California racing as the sport returns to its roots beginning Thursday when the Northern California fair racing season starts with the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting. Read More...

First Time’s The Charm: Remembering Mr. Hooper

When a 96-year-old Thoroughbred trainer turned heads recently by winning a fist-bumping race at Gulfstream Park, there was an immediate flashback to one name, Fred W. Hooper, who more than any other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Mach One Rules just gets up in Budweiser Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Under a well-timed ride by Isaias Enriquez, Mach One Rules edged Prime Engine in the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald Downs Sunday. Read More...

Sunday DRF Tournaments contest turns into runaway

DRF | 5 days ago
Fathers’ Day was a winning day for Michael Stich. Stich was the big winner on DRF Tournaments on Sunday, netting a $2,000 seat to the Wynn Challenge plus $500 in travel. Read More...

Pocono: Treviso, Overdraft Volo stay undefeated in 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
A pair of $72,328 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies were the marquee events on Sunday night's card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and Treviso and Overdraft Volo would score victories. Read More...

Natural Wonder ($32.60) takes Satin and Lace with near-record time

DRF | 6 days ago
Natural Wonder, sent away among the longest shots in the field, wore down pace-setting favorite Pretty Perfection to win the $100,000 Satin and Lace Stakes on Sunday night at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Velazquez’s timing gives Hay Dakota Mystic Lake win

DRF | 6 days ago
Hay Dakota dropped too far behind a slow pace last summer at Canterbury Park in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, his strong rally falling a neck short of victory. But his rider Sunday in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile, Denny Velazquez, timed things better and Hay Dakota won an exciting edition of the one-mile grass race by a neck. Read More...

September Stars has no significant injuries, trainer says

DRF | 6 days ago
September Stars, pulled up after winning the $77,995 Possibly Perfect Stakes on June 4, recently underwent a battery of tests that showed no significant injuries, trainer Paddy Gallagher said last week. Read More...

Cat Burglar likely for Saturday’s Precisionist Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Cat Burglar, the winner of the 2016 Santana Mile and an optional-claimer in March in his only start this year, is likely to represent leading stakes trainer Bob Baffert in the Grade 3 Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Spirit of Shanghai First Winner for Shanghai Bobby

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
William Peeples' Spirit of Shanghai became the first winner for her sire Shanghai Bobby when she took a maiden claiming race for juvenile fillies at Santa Anita Park June 18 by a length.  Read More...

Ballagh Rocks holds off Projected in Poker Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Ballagh Rocks, benefitting from a smart and aggressive ride by Jose Lezcano, held off the even-money favorite Projected to win the Poker Stakes by a neck. Read More...

Timeline suffers cut on hind leg in Pegasus triumph

DRF | 6 days ago
Timeline did everything asked of him quite comfortably at Monmouth Park on Sunday and appears Haskell-bound after winning the Grade 3 Pegasus by 3 1/2 lengths. But sometimes things are not as simple as they seem, and on Sunday night trainer Chad Brown said Timeline had been stepped on during the race and had a cut on his right hind leg. Read More...

Bendable Returns From Injury to Take Desert Stormer

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Trainer Richard Mandella was hopeful Claiborne Farm's homebred Bendable would come back as strong as she was before she fractured a splint bone in October, but he wanted to see her do it on the racetrack. Read More...

Bendable rallies in stretch to take Desert Stormer

DRF | 6 days ago
Bendable began her 4-year-old season with a comprehensive win in Sunday’s Grade 3 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita, her first victory in a graded stakes. Read More...

Minks Aprise, on two weeks’ rest, wins Trillium Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Despite competing on short rest, Minks Aprise justified her favoritism with a one-length score under Rafael Hernandez in Sunday’s $107,400 Trillium Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...