Thoroughbred News

Yonkers: Monday 10/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 10/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

British jockey suspeded for whip use at Ascot

DRF | 4 days ago
Top British jockey James Doyle was suspended seven days and fined approximately $16,000 for excessive use of the whip at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, a penalty that will prevent him from riding in Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, and the Melbourne Cup in Australia on Nov. 4. Read More...

Taris Flies Clear in Lexus Raven Run

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Taris blazed to the lead and kept on going in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes Oct. 18, drawing off to an authoritative nine-length score in the seven-furlong sprint at Keeneland. Read More...

Cactus Kris relishes return to Polytrack in Ruling Angel

DRF | 4 days ago
Cactus Kris overcame an awkward break and a wide trip to win her first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $108,800 Ruling Angel, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Cactus Kris relishes return to Polytrack in Ruling Angel

DRF | 4 days ago
Cactus Kris overcame an awkward break and a wide trip to win her first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $108,800 Ruling Angel, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

La Verdad confirms affinity for track in Iroquois

DRF | 4 days ago
With the disappointment of Saratoga now in the rear view mirror, La Verdad proved conclusively that she is back on top of her game by using her abundant speed to register a 1 1/4-length victory over Willet in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

La Verdad confirms affinity for track in Iroquois

DRF | 4 days ago
With the disappointment of Saratoga now in the rear view mirror, La Verdad proved conclusively that she is back on top of her game by using her abundant speed to register a 1 1/4-length victory over Willet in Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

La Verdad Sparkles on Empire Showcase Day

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad found her way back to the Belmont Park winner's circle Oct. 18, landing the $150,000 Iroquois on Empire Showcase Day to collect her fifth stakes score of the year by 1 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Four stakes on Canadian International Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Canadian International Day features four stakes, including three graded events on the turf. Lane 1 will be used on a course that will have some give to it, ground that should give an advantage to some of the European invaders. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Four stakes on Canadian International Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Canadian International Day features four stakes, including three graded events on the turf. Lane 1 will be used on a course that will have some give to it, ground that should give an advantage to some of the European invaders. Read More...

Bevy of Breeders’ Cup Workers Hit Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The countdown to the upcoming 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park intensified Oct. 18 with a bevy of workers out at the Southern California track on a pleasant, sun-kissed morning. Read More...

Blame Newcomer Flies Home at Gulfstream Park West

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:37 PM ET 5th at GPW (Gulfstream Park West)Msw ($43K)     Winner: Al Khazaaliya  by Blame Al Shaqab's Al Khazaaliya (f, 2, Blame) kicks home impres... Read More...

Father of Trainer Rick Violette Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Richard A. Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president Rick Violette Jr., died Oct. 17 after a brief illness. He was 85. Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron Shines in Champions Sprint

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
World traveler Gordon Lord Byron squeezed through a narrow gap nearing the finish line for a stunning win in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (Eng-II) Oct. 18 at Ascot. Read More...

Trainer Richard Finds Footing at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Count trainer Chris Richard as one of the more enthusiastic horsemen regarding the recent removal of Polytrack and installation of dirt before this year's fall meet at Keeneland. Read More...

Bear Access scores huge upset in Maryland Million Ladies

DRF | 4 days ago
The pacesetter Bear Access won the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies as the longest price in the 10-horse field and paid $134.20. Read More...

Lemon Drop Kid Colt Upsets Keeneland Maiden

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:26 PM ET 3rd at KEE (Keeneland)Msw ($56K)     Winner: Lemon Drop Prize by Lemon Drop Kid Lemon Drop Prize (c, 2, Lemon Drop Kid) comes alive late ... Read More...

Father of trainer Violette dies at 85

DRF | 4 days ago
Rick Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr., died Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 85. Read More...

Teenage Horse Lover Integral Part of Donegal

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
As part of Donegal Racing, Amanda Gillman often goes to the track with her mother Paula when one of their horses is in action, and accompanies them to the saddling paddock, flanking the runner's right side. Read More...

Danny Boy on Pitch for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With an Irish-themed partnership, it was only fitting that Donegal Racing pay tribute to the Irish anthem by naming a runner after the song "Danny Boy." The colt has proven to be precocious and Breeders' Cup bound. Read More...

Tiz Wonderful Filly Stays Unbeaten at Belmont

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:40 PM ET 2nd at BEL (Belmont Park)Maid of the Mist S. ($250K)     Winner: Quezon by Tiz Wonderful Quezon (f, 2, Tiz Wonderful) green, but good, as... Read More...

Madame Chiang Strikes in Fillies and Mares

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Madame Chiang capitalized when erratic front-runner Chicquita dramatically hung left in the final 100 yards and captured the QIPCO Fillies and Mares Stakes (Eng-I) Oct.18 at Ascot. Read More...

Ostrolenka delivers in Sleepy Hollow Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Several years ago, owner Eric Fein campaigned the consistent, hard-trying Musket Man, who won the Tampa Bay and Illinois derbies and ran third in the Kentucky Derby at 3 and was the runner-up in the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps – both Grade 1 races – at 4. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia Heads BC Works at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Three horses under consideration for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked on the fast main track at Keeneland Oct. 18, led by Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) winner Don't Tell Sophia. Read More...

Gutsy Noble Mission Makes All for Ascot Win

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Juddmonte Farms' Noble Mission led from the start in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) and showed the heart of lion in repelling the challenge from Al Kazeem to get the win Oct. 18 at Ascot. Read More...

Admire Rakti Wins Caulfield Cup for Japan

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Japanese raider Admire Rakti made a storming seven-wide run in the final 150 meters and snatched a half-length victory in the Aus$3 million Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) Oct. 18. Read More...

Alcibiades Winner Peace and War Out of BC

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Qatar Racing's Peace and War, winner of the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I), has been injured and will not run in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1. Read More...

Sherman pleased with California Chrome’s work

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman stood in the stands at Los Alamitos on Saturday morning, a few minutes before California Chrome was to come on the track and work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This was to be the longest and most important of the four works he will have prior to the race, and Sherman was anxious that it would go as planned. Read More...

Travers Winner V. E. Day To Run in BC Classic

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day, winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), will run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1, according to racing manager Cynthia Curtis. Read More...

Beholder drills for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 4 days ago
Beholder will have one more work before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but her workout Saturday at Santa Anita was the final major drill, and trainer Richard Mandella turned it into a mini-race. Read More...

Welsch: Belmont BC clocker’s report for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
There are upward of 40 potential Breeders’ Cup starters currently stabled at Belmont or Aqueduct, the overwhelming majority of whom will get in all major preparation for their races prior to shipping to Santa Anita over the next 10 days. Read More...

Frankel’s Bro is the Champion!

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:31 AM ET 5th at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco Champion S.     Winner: Noble Mission (GB) by Galileo (Ire) Khalid Abdullah's Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo {Ir... Read More...

Palace, Zivo work for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Empire Showcase Day didn’t just pertain to Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. On Saturday morning, two of the possible 10 New York-breds who could be pre-entered Monday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held in two weeks at Santa Anita, put in workouts for their respective races. Read More...

Big Night for Trout in Oklahoma Classics

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
C.R. Trout capped a three-win night in the Oklahoma Classics Oct. 17 when Imahit went gate-to-wire to handily defeat favored Z Rockstar for a repeat victory in the $155,500 Classics Cup at Remington Park. Read More...

Invincible Spirit’s Charm Spirit Powers to QEII Success

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:54 AM ET 4th at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. Sponsored by Qipco (British Champions Mile)     Winner: Charm Spirit (Ire) by Invincible Spirit (I... Read More...

Noble Mission by a neck in QIPCO Champion Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Noble Mission ensured that Ascot's flat-season finale had a truly emotional finish as he beat Al Kazeem by a neck in a thrilling edition of the QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

V. E. Day pointing to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day is being pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Saturday. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
There could be some vulnerable favorites on Empire Showcase Saturday at Belmont. Let’s try to exploit them. Read More...

Archipenko’s Madame Chiang Takes the Fillies & Mares

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:20 AM ET 3rd at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares S.     Winner: Madame Chiang (GB) by Archipenko Kirsten Rausing's Madame Chiang (GB) (Archipenko) wins Ascot's G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares S. Read More...

Charm Spirit takes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Charm Spirit completed a wonderful spell for the Head family with a brave victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Read More...

Litfin: Belmont pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
While there is a $300,000-guaranteed late pick four, I’m more interested in the all-stakes early pick four on races 2 through 5, the Sleepy Hollow, Maid of the Mist, Mohawk and Iroquois. It’s a pretty simple caveman play, based on the fact that the first two legs offer some price potential, and the last two look like they’re strictly two-horse affairs. Read More...

Admire Rakti scores in Caulfield Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Admire Rakti won the biggest race of his career in Saturday’s $2,634,000 Caulfield Cup in Australia and immediately vaulted to the top of future-book lists for the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 4. Read More...

Madame Chiang rebounds in QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Madame Chiang, who struggled against top-class company in the English Oaks and Prix Vermeille in France in recent starts, had no difficulty with the heavy ground at Ascot Racecourse in England on Saturday, scoring an upset win in the $880,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes. Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron Strikes in the British Champions Sprint

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:40 AM ET 2nd at ASC (ASCOT)G2 Qipco British Champions Sprint S.     Winner: Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) by Byron (GB) Cyrus Poonawalla & Morgan Cahalan's Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) (Byron {GB}) wins Ascot's G2 British Champions Sprint S. Read More...

Nayef’s Forgotten Rules Is the Long Distance King At Ascot

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:14 AM ET 1st at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup     Winner: Forgotten Rules (Ire) by Nayef Moyglare Stud's Forgotten Rules... Read More...

Nayef’s Forgotten Rules Is the Long Distance King At Ascot

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:14 AM ET 1st at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup     Winner: Forgotten Rules (Ire) by Nayef Moyglare Stud's Forgotten Rules... Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron wins QIPCO Champions Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Second or third in his last four starts, and previously a winner only once this year, the 7-year-old Gordon Lord Byron broke through with a powerful, brave victory in the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Sprint on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Trout wins 3 stakes on Classics Night

DRF | 4 days ago
The breeding program that has produced Grade 1 winner Shotgun Gulch and Canadian champion Hollywood Hit was on full display at Remington Park on Friday night, when C.R. Trout saddled three of his homebreds to stakes wins, including Imahit in the featured $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
If handicappers knew that the Santa Anita main track would be as biased Saturday as it was Friday, planning would be easy – just find the speed. Read More...

Heart’s Cry’s Admire Rakti Lifts the Caulfield Cup

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:05 AM ET 9th at CAU (CAULFIELD)G1 Caulfield Cup (A$3m)     Winner: Admire Rakti (Jpn) by Heart's Cry (Jpn) Heart's Cry's Admire Rakti Lifts the Ca... Read More...