Thoroughbred News

Are You Kidding Me looks to repeat in Eclipse Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Are You Kidding Me, Canada's reigning champion older male runner, will try to win the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes for the second year in a row Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Beam Appointed to Ohio Fund Advisory Panel

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Craig Beam, owner and operator of Thorobeam Farm in Sabina, Ohio, has been named by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund three-member committee. Read More...

HOF Ceremony Only Open to Museum Members

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Tickets are free for museum members and up to two tickets each are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony will also be streamed live online. Read More...

NY Regulators Tighten Underage Gambling Rules

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The New York State Gaming Commission May 23 approved a regulation to standardize and increase penalties against gambling operations—including racetracks—that let any minor under age 18 place wagers on their products. Read More...

Barretts: Hansen filly zips furlong in 9 4/5

DRF | 4 days ago
A filly from the first crop of champion Hansen turned in the fastest time of the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age under-tack show on Wednesday at Del Mar, covering the distance in 9 4/5 seconds. Read More...

Colt is First Winner for Maclean’s Music

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Freshman sire Maclean's Music was represented by his first winner when Glen Hill Farm homebred Is Everybody Happy won his debut in the third race at Delaware Park May 25. Read More...

Lexington Horseman Randolph Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Richard (Dick) Fitz Randolph, founder of Randolph Farm near Versailles, Ky., died May 15 at age 77. Read More...

Heavy favorites falter in two stakes for Indiana-breds

DRF | 4 days ago
The heavy favorites both swung and missed in the two Indiana-bred stakes races Wednesday at Indiana Grand, as Strong Composition won the $103,700 Sagamore Sired Stakes for 3-year-olds and Peyton’s Pass captured the $102,950 Swifty Sired Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Trace Creek has lots of options after winning Hanshin Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
The 6-year-old Trace Creek ran a career-best race in upsetting the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup last Saturday at Arlington at odds of 44-1. The first stakes win of his 26-start career behind him, Trace Creek will be pointed to a stakes on turf or synthetic for his next start. Read More...

Harness: Enggren seeks elusive Elitlopp win with Resolve

DRF | 4 days ago
Resolve, who received the 2015 O’Brien Award for the best older male trotter to compete in Canada, races in the first of two Elitloppet eliminations. The top four finishers from each division advance to the same-day final. Resolve is trained by two-time Elitloppet winner Ake Svanstedt, who also will drive the stallion. Read More...

Enola Gray, Ralis Headline Cal-Bred Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Enola Gray, one of the standouts from Santa Anita Park's winter/spring meeting will hope to make an encore performance May 28 at the Southern California racetrack. Read More...

NYRA confident it’s moving toward reprivatization

DRF | 4 days ago
Officials with the New York Racing Association seemed confident that a bill would get done by next month that would return the company to private control, but they sidestepped questions concerning one proposal that could include an unspecified loss of casino revenue. Read More...

Enchanting Lady Targets Winning Colors

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After picking up a grade I placing at Churchill Downs in her previous race, the connections of Enchanting Lady hope she can nail down her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III). Read More...

NYRA Board Awaits Action on Legislation

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
As it waits for a decision on the future of the New York Racing Association, the organization's board of directors May 25 spent less than five minutes discussing rumors of a proposal that would keep the association under state control. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 5/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 5/27 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 5/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 5/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Beholder Fires Bullet, Ready to Rumble

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder threw down a warning to her rivals May 25 at Santa Anita Park, when she clocked a five-furlong bullet in :59 2/5 and earned the "breezing" tag rarely awarded on the South California circuit. Read More...

Centeno Recovering in Florida After Spill

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Daniel Centeno, who suffered a fractured collarbone after a fall in the fourth race at Pimlico Race Course May 21, returned home to Tampa, Fla., to continue his recovery. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 5/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 5/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bullards Alley was nearly scratched from Louisville Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Tim Glyshaw was elated to get the first graded stakes victory of his 12-year training career last Saturday but conceded that it nearly didn’t happen. Read More...

NYRA re-privatization bill introduced

DRF | 4 days ago
The chairman of the New York Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee introduced a bill on Wednesday that would restore control of the board of the New York Racing Association to the association itself, as part of a “re-privatization” plan required by statute. Read More...

Hansen, Speightstown Progeny Fast at Barretts

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Millennium Force, a daughter of Hansen, turned in the fastest furlong work of :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts May 2-year-old sale at Del Mar. Among those working a quarter-mile, a son of Speightstown posted :20 3/5. Read More...

Mixed meet opens with trials for Quarter Horse stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
It will be trial mania over the first three dates of the Ruidoso Downs meet that opens Friday. The New Mexico track will run 44 such races for Quarter Horses through Sunday to determine the fields for the $1 million Ruidoso Futurity and the $1 million Ruidoso Derby. The trials include a Sunday rematch of the one-two finishers from last year’s All American Futurity, Jess Good Candy and One Fabulous Eagle. Read More...

Maclean’s Music sires first winner

DRF | 4 days ago
Maclean’s Music had a world of talent, and unfortunately only had one chance to show it, but he surely made the most of the opportunity. Now, his first foals are 2-year-olds, and he’s also starting to show talent as a sire. Maclean’s Music got his first winner today when the colt Is Everybody Happy won the third race at Delaware Park, a $34,000 maiden special weight race at 4 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

TAA Benefits Greatly From Preakness Weekend

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
More than $100,000 was raised for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which had a major presence May 20-21 on Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) days. Read More...

Dazzling Gem candidate for Matt Winn Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Dazzling Gem, a creditable third behind American Freedom in the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard, could run next in the $100,000 Matt Winn on the big Stephen Foster Handicap night card June 18 at Churchill Downs, although trainer Brad Cox may want to go elsewhere. Read More...

Ghost Locket strong contender in Jack Bishop

DRF | 4 days ago
Ghost Locket was entered in the Prairie Rose Stakes over six furlongs on Thursday night at Prairie Meadows. If she is scratched, she has a good chance to win the $45,000 Jack Bishop Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Friday night at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Cocked and Loaded, Candy My Boy try turf in Arlington Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
A couple 3-year-olds who at least wandered around the margins of the Triple Crown trail, Cocked and Loaded and Candy My Boy, will take their talents to turf Saturday in the Grade 3 Arlington Classic, which shares top billing on the card here with the Grade 3 Matron Stakes. Read More...

Lone Star Park Handicap field begins to take shape

DRF | 4 days ago
The field for Monday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap was just starting to take shape Wednesday. Racing secretary Mike Shamburg said he had a number of horses under consideration for the 1 1/16-mile race, including probable starters Cyrus Alexander, Mobile Bay, Shotgun Kowboy, and Rocket Time. Read More...

Brooklynsway Heads Arlington Matron

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint. Read More...

Matt Bryan says Exaggerator’s saga began at Lone Star Park

DRF | 5 days ago
The tale of Exaggerator started back in 2012 at Lone Star Park when Matt Bryan attended a 2-year-olds in training sale at the Dallas area track in order to meet Keith Desormeaux. Read More...

Woodward, Hancock made Hall of Fame Pillars

DRF | 5 days ago
William Woodward Sr. and Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr., two giants of racing and breeding, have been elected into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in the Pillars of the Turf category, the museum announced Wednesday. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from May 21 – May 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Dogwood Trail among candidates for local Princess Rooney prep

DRF | 5 days ago
Nominations closed last Sunday for the eight stakes at Gulfstream Park on June 4 that serve as preps for the rich Summit of Speed program July 2 that includes the Grade 2 Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint. Read More...

O’Neill to be well represented on California Gold Rush program

DRF | 5 days ago
Doug O'Neill does not have to look far for a reminder of his success with California-breds. One of his stable ponies is Lava Man, the California-bred who earned more than $5.2 million in the 2000s. Read More...

Hovdey: Plenty of company for Gutierrez’s gaffe

DRF | 5 days ago
So it was last Saturday when Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez could not sustain the pressured momentum of a hot first quarter and half and ended up beaten conclusively by their former wing man, Exaggerator, and Pimlico homeboy Kent Desormeaux. Let the flogging begin. Read More...

Sebes blends old and new handicapping methods

DRF | 5 days ago
It's never easy to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship. And the feat gets trickier still when you're trying to accomplish it in a field with 2,000 other runners. But that hasn't stopped Jim Sebes (pronounced SEE-biss) from winning his way to the NHC twice in the last three years via one of the NTRA free contests. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from May 19 – May 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Art Auction to Benefit Bright Futures Farm

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Fast Market was a stakes winner in Canada, and resides at Bright Futures Farm in Pennsylvania, which provides reschooling and retirement, primarily for Thoroughbreds. The auction will benefit Bright Futures Farm. Read More...

Woodward, Hancock to Racing Hall of Fame

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Arthur B. "Bull" Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr. have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame as the 2016 Pillars of the Turf selections. Read More...

Alter strongly invested in Curlin’s offspring

DRF | 5 days ago
Happy Alter currently has seven progeny of Curlin in his stable, including Curlin's Princess, who will be among the favorite's in Friday's $44,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Beholder puts pedal to the metal in Vanity drill

DRF | 5 days ago
Beholder was allowed to rock and roll Wednesday at Santa Anita, where she posted a dazzling five-furlong work in preparation for the Grade 1 Vanity Mile on June 4. Read More...

Monmouth: Food trucks and stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Monmouth Park has stakes Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this holiday weekend. It is also Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival weekend at the track. Read More...

Distance, not talent, the issue for O’Neill juveniles

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill has two runners in a maiden special weight race at 4 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita – Mr. Louis and Secret House. While O'Neill thinks each is capable of winning on Friday, he is more encouraged by their long-term prospects. Read More...

Second Summer’s changes for the better

DRF | 5 days ago
Two decisions made last winter have changed the career of Second Summer, who won his first stakes in the $200,345 Californian Stakes last Sunday. Second Summer was gelded and was switched from races on turf to the main track. Read More...

Mining Diamonds still testing which surface she prefers

DRF | 5 days ago
Mining Diamonds will start against winners for the first time in a first-level optional $75,000 claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Friday. The race will help trainer Peter Miller determine whether Mining Diamonds is best suited to races on the main track or turf. Read More...

Lone Curlin sells for $225k at F-T Midlantic

DRF | 5 days ago
Two days after his son Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes, sire Curlin reaped immediate benefits at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. His lone offering sold to George A. Mellon for $225,000 out of the consignment of bloodstock agent Bobby Dodd. Read More...

Belmont Fan Bash to Be Held June 9

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Tickets are $15 in advance and provide the opportunity to celebrate the Belmont Racing Festival, highlighted by the Belmont Stakes, as well as provide donations to the two Thoroughbred retirement organizations. Read More...

Florida Won, Are You Kidding Me in Eclipse

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Are You Kidding Me, last year's Sovereign Award winner for champion older horse, is set to make his second start of the year in the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. Read More...

Court Order Has Preciado Racing Again at Parx

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
While Pennsylvania gets its new horse racing regulator in place, multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Ramon Preciado, who is accused of six clenbuterol positives in April and May at Parx Racing, continues to win races. Read More...