Thoroughbred News

My Miss Aurelia returns vs. Grace Hall and Better Lucky

DRF | 4 days ago
Only in Saratoga will one see three Grade 1 winners – including one champion – show up in a $100,000 overnight stakes. Read More...

Pure Tactics eyes Green Flash, Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
On Friday, Pure Tactics won his second consecutive race in an optional claimer over five furlongs on turf. The victory, which came over five stakes winners, has left trainer Doug O’Neill thinking of running Pure Tactics in the $90,000 Green Flash Handicap on Aug. 13 and, later, the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Generous Portion next for My Fiona

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Walther Solis said on Saturday that CTBA Stakes winner My Fiona will be pointed for the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes over six furlongs for statebred fillies on Aug. 27. Read More...

Del Mar: Daily Gameplan for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Plus daily Gameplan for Del Mar on Sunday, July 20. Read More...

Rip Van Winkle Colt Wins the Anglesey

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:29 PM ET 5th at CGH (CURRAGH)G3 Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey S.     Winner: Dick Whittington (Ire) by Rip Van Winkle (Ire) Michael Tabor's Dick Whittington (Ire) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}) wins The Curragh's G3 Anglesey S. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, July 19

DRF | 4 days ago
With the introduction of 50 cent pick fours and pick fives, I have become almost exclusively a multi-race exotics player. I understand there can be a downside to this by letting potential exacta and trifecta winners go by in pursuit of a pick something you might not hit. But this is where I am right now. Read More...

Walcott rides Tempered Sapphire, Consecrate to wins by combined 25 lengths

DRF | 4 days ago
Leading jockey Rico Walcott had an easy time Saturday winning the $49,900 Madamoiselle for fillies and mares and the $48,980 Northlands Oaks by a combined 25 lengths. Read More...

Saratoga: Daily Game Plan for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Plus Daily Gameplan for Saratoga on Sunday, July 20. Read More...

Washington Sale Establishes Bonus Program

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association has announced a new Emerald "Buy Here/Win Here" bonus program for WTBOA summer sale yearlings. Read More...

Haskell horses get in workouts

DRF | 4 days ago
Several of the contenders for the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 27 tuned up on Saturday morning. Read More...

Distance makes the difference for Geaux Wando

DRF | 4 days ago
Geaux Wando’s form dramatically improved when he was stretched out to 1 3/8 miles three weeks ago. Read More...

Distance makes the difference for Geaux Wando

DRF | 4 days ago
Geaux Wando’s form dramatically improved when he was stretched out to 1 3/8 miles three weeks ago. Read More...

Galileo Colt Breaks Through on Curragh Debut

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:54 AM ET 1st at CGH (CURRAGH)?16,500 Darley EBF Maiden     Winner: East India (GB) by Galileo (Ire) Derrick Smith colorbearer East India (GB) (Galil... Read More...

Crist: Sanford analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
The nine juveniles entered in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes, the first graded stakes of the year for 2-year-old males in New York, fall into three categories: The 1-2 finishers from Belmont’s Tremont Stakes June 20; the 1-2 finishers from the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs June 28; and several second-time starters who won their debuts. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Free: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, July 19

DRF | 4 days ago
“Non-favorite-single” is the theme of a three-leg sequence (races 7-9) Saturday at Del Mar, where the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap is the anchor. The objective is to get live to Morning Fix, listed at 6-1. Read More...

Are Mares with Constant Forage Access More Fertile?

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Are you having trouble getting a mare in foal? Try ensuring she has constant access to forage. Recent study results suggest that broodmares appear to have better fertility levels if allowed to nibble on hay or grass continuously day and night. Read More...

Free’s preview: Time for 2-year-olds

DRF | 4 days ago
Here come the 2-year-olds. They swamped the entries on Saturday at Del Mar, where a maiden special weight was split. It will be run as races 1 and 5. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick four play for Saturday

DRF | 4 days ago
While I like several horses on the July 19 card, the races fell in such a way that leveraging those opinions in pick-whatevers was difficult. In the end, I settled for a late pick four on races 8-11. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday

DRF | 4 days ago
Del Mar has a full 11-race card for the first Saturday of its summer meeting, and I’ll look to make my first play in the opener. Read More...

My Fiona fights back to win CTBA Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
When My Fiona and Lost Bus brushed early in the stretch of Friday’s $100,500 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar, My Fiona responded by taking revenge on her rival. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 8:54 PM ET A crowd of 25,612 packed the old Spa for opening day and were treated to a thrilling renewal of the GIII... Read More...

Stevens Will Require Full Knee Replacement

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens' damaged right knee is worse than originally thought and will require complete replacement, complicating his plans for a later comeback. Read More...

Stevens’s knee injury worse than initially thought

DRF | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens said Friday he will need to undergo a full knee replacement next week after doctors informed him that the damage to his right knee is more severe than first believed, including a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament. Read More...

Memorable opening day for Englehart, Dettori

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremiah Englehart had to wait a long time for his first Saratoga victory. Not so for Frankie Dettori. Read More...

Tourist, Dettori Both Win on Spa Opening Card

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Making his first start in stakes company, front-running Tourist put away Storming Inti rounding the turn for home and spurted clear in the stretch to take the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes on opening day at Saratoga July 18. Read More...

Tourist Takes the Sir Cat S.

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 5:31 PM ET 9th at SAR (Saratoga)Sir Cat S. [$100K]     Winner: Tourist by Tiznow Tiznow colt is uncatchable in the Sir Cat S. Read More...

Tourist impresses in Sir Cat Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-old turf division gained another major player during Friday’s opening-day program at Saratoga after Tourist withstood a strong try from Ring Weekend to register a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes. Storming Inti, who went postward as the 8-5 co-choice along with Tourist, finished nearly four lengths farther back in third. Read More...

Los Alamitos Gets Passing Mark for First Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Los Alamitos Race Course received passing marks for its two-week Thoroughbred meet that ended July 13, but a track official conceded that there was room for improvement. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Early pick four all dirt sprints

DRF | 4 days ago
Dirt sprinters comprise all four legs of an early pick four on races 2 through 5, beginning with a six-furlong allowance for New York-breds that features the seasonal debut of Groupthink. Read More...

Sparkman: Divine rewards for deep family

DRF | 4 days ago
Whatever Ogden Phipps paid for the top-class Argentine mare Dorine, by Aristophanes, when he purchased her privately and imported her in 1970, she proved a bargain many times over. Her first American foal, the Bold Ruler colt Our Hero, set a track record in the Atlantic City Handicap and won the Garrison Handicap as well, but it was her winning daughter, Grecian Banner, by Hoist the Flag, who made Dorine look cheap at any price. Read More...

Quality critical to New York breeding program

DRF | 4 days ago
As the racing calendar rolls into the showcase meet at Saratoga Race Course, there is perhaps no more lucrative time to have a New York-bred on the track. Read More...

Two extra days possible for Santa Anita’s fall meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita may add two days of racing to its autumn meeting, and Los Alamitos may move the date of the richest race of its county fair meeting in September, after discussions at Friday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Tiznow’s Tourist goes gate-to-wire to capture $100,000 Sir Cat S. at Saratoga

WinStar Farm LLC and Gary Barber's Tourist ran his turf record to a perfect 3-for-3 in the $100,000 Sir Cat S. Friday at Saratoga... Read More...

Fashion Alert Proves Best in Schuylerville

Michael Compton | 4 days ago
Fashion Alert made it 2-for-2 in stakes appearances, outfinishing Take Charge Brandi after a protracted battle to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville, the opening-day feature for the 146th meet at Saratoga Race Course.   Bumping with Evrybdymstgetstonz after breaking inwardly, Fashion Alert was quickly righted by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and took […](Read more...) Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 7/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/20 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Arlington Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Plus Graded Stakes analysis for the Arlington Oaks by Marcus Hersh. Read More...

Fashion Alert puts on a show in G3 Schuylerville S.

Fashion Alert out-battled a stubborn Take Charge Brandi to run her record to 2-for-2, both in stakes, in Friday's $250,000 Schuylerville S. (G3)... Read More...

Fashion Alert puts on a show in G3 Schuylerville S.

Fashion Alert out-battled a stubborn Take Charge Brandi to run her record to 2-for-2, both in stakes, in Friday's $250,000 Schuylerville S. (G3)... Read More...

Wanted: Fantasy League Horseplayers to Play Against Ray

It’s year three of the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ‘Capping horse racing fantasy league and I invite our readers to once again join in and “Play Against Ray.” It’s for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

One finish line for 20 horses racing on turf and dirt

DRF | 5 days ago
Canterbury Park will offer the Battle of the Surfaces, a race featuring 20 Thoroughbreds, with post positions 1-12 being run on turf and post positions 13-20 run on dirt. Read More...

Street Boss Filly Debuts a Winner at the Spa

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 2:47 PM ET 4th at SAR (Saratoga)Msw [$83K]     Winner: Street Blush by Street Boss First Street Blush takes a Saratoga maiden special weight on debut. Read More...

Enterprising possible for La Jolla

DRF | 5 days ago
Oceanside winner Enterprising will have two or three starts at the Del Mar meeting, trainer Tom Proctor said on Friday. Read More...

New Del Mar turf course plays fast

DRF | 5 days ago
The new turf course at Del Mar, widened and resod over the winter, was used for three races on Thursday’s opening-day program. Read More...

Fashion Alert Takes GIII Schuylerville S.

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 2:22 PM ET 3rd at SAR (Saratoga)GIII Schuylerville S. [$150K]     Winner: Fashion Alert by Old Fashioned Old Fashioned's Fashion Alert takes the GIII Sch... Read More...

Fashion Alert clearly best in Schuylerville

DRF | 5 days ago
The two-horse race that Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes looked to be on paper played out that way on the racetrack, with heavily favored Fashion Alert dueling with then edging away from Take Charge Brandi in the opening-day feature at Saratoga. Read More...

Miss Behaviour works at Laurel, Test Stakes next

DRF | 5 days ago
Earlier this week, trainer Phil Schoenthal settled on the Test Stakes for Miss Behaviour's next start and on Friday he gave her a strong workout for the race. Read More...

Former Penn Clocker Enters Plea Agreement

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A former clocker at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has entered a plea agreement and is cooperating with prosecutors in connection with charges that he and two others defrauded the public. Read More...

Jeremiah Englehart snaps 0-for-58 drought at Saratoga

DRF | 5 days ago
When Winter Games ($31) held off Goodnewsisnonews in Friday’s opener, it gave Jeremiah Englehart his first victory at Saratoga. He had previously gone winless in his first 58 starters. Read More...