Thoroughbred News

Jerardi: Pennsylvania Derby lures the big horse, nears Grade 1 status

DRF | 3 days ago
The timing of the Pennsylvania Derby, the purse, and the bonus had given Parx a chance to attract the “big” horse. This year, they got the biggest horse of all. Read More...

Florida Hikes Breeder, Stallion Owner Bonuses

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association said Aug. 26 it has increased breeders awards bonus and stallion owner awards bonus to their highest levels to date. Read More...

FL Breeder, Stallion Owner Bonuses Approved

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association said Aug. 26 it has approved the breeder bonus and the stallion owner bonus that elevate overall breeders' awards to their highest levels to date. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Pletcher, Castellano still atop standings

DRF | 3 days ago
Heading into the final week at Saratoga, Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano still top the trainer and jockey standings, but they are far from shoo-ins. Read More...

WGOH: America’s Horse in Europe

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
European spending on U.S. yearlings is at its lowest since 1981. Read More...

All-sources handle still down at Saratoga

DRF | 3 days ago
With one week remaining in the 2014 Saratoga season, all-sources handle is down five percent while on-track handle is up nearly one percent when compared to the same time frame last year. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 8/26/2014

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Saratoga, Wise Dan, Del Mar, Monmouth Park, Hastings, Woodbine, Europe & More! Read More...

Maiden Winners Face Off in With Anticipation

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainers Graham Motion and Todd Pletcher are each double-handed with talented maiden winners, all ready to take a giant step up in the $200,000 With Anticipation (gr. II) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Redoute’s Choice receives Champion Sire award

Arrowfield Stud | 3 days ago
Redoute's Choice won the 2013/14 Australian Champion Sire award at the combined National & NSW Breeding Awards Dinner held last Saturday evening... Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 8:01 PM ET Following his runner-up effort in Sunday's GI Pacific Classic, the connections of Toast of New York... Read More...

Spendthrift to Stand Itsmyluckyday in 2015

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding interest in Itsmyluckyday, most recently runner-up in the Aug. 2 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Haskin: A Victory for the Family

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) was not just about V.E. Day, but also V.J. Day. We had the Victory in Europe tie-in and the Victory for Jerkens tie-in. Read More...

Manitoba yearling sale closes with improved figures

DRF | 4 days ago
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Manitoba yearling sale finished on Sunday with significant gains compared with last year’s renewal. Read More...

Social Inclusion sidelined with tendon injury

DRF | 4 days ago
Social Inclusion, who finished third in both the Wood Memorial and Preakness earlier this year, will be sidelined indefinitely due to a tendon injury, trainer Chad Brown reported Monday. Read More...

Free as a Bird overcomes trouble in Smart N Fancy

DRF | 4 days ago
Turning into the stretch of Monday’s $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes under Joel Rosario, Free as a Bird was trapped along the rail. There was no room, nowhere to go. Read More...

Itsmyluckyday to Spendthrift Farm in 2015

DRF | 4 days ago
Classic-placed multiple Grade 3 winner Itsmyluckyday will make his stallion debut in 2015 at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Demonstrative Soars in New York Turf Writers

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trained by Richard Valentine, the victory marked the second time Demonstrative has won the New York Turf Writers as the 7-year-old Elusive Quality gelding also took the 2012 edition of the race. Read More...

Alvarado rides 1,000th winner

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado picked up his 1,000th career victory in North America Monday at Saratoga when he guided Skerkis to an 8 1/2-length victory in the fourth race. Read More...

B.C. Announces Keeneland Host Committee

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Breeders' Cup announced Aug. 25 the formation of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee for next year's World Championships, to be held at Keeneland Race Course, Oct. 30-31, 2015. Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 OBS August Yearling Sale

DRF | 4 days ago
LIVE VIDEO: 2014 OBS August Yearling Sale Read More...

Jockey Alvarado Notches Milestone Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado won his 1,000th race in North America on Monday at Saratoga Race Course, guiding Skerkis to an easy victory in the fourth race. Read More...

Emphasis on Quality in Larger OBS Catalog

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Staging a successful auction or two is one thing. Sustaining long-term success is something else entirely, and that is exactly what Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. is doing these days in both the juvenile and yearling markets. Read More...

And They’re Off: The Final Farewell

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Watch Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman bid Steve farewell as And They're Off moves to the next chapter with Lenny's Place. The duo discuss the Travers S., Jimmy Jerkens, Tom Durkin, and the top 8 reasons Steve is leaving. Read More...

Divine Park filly a debut winner at Spa

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 3:37 PM ET 5th at SAR (Saratoga)Msw ($83k)     Winner: Lady Eli by Divine Park Lady Eli (Divine Park) gets up in last stride to win debut at Saratoga M... Read More...

Wise Dan on track for return in Saturday’s Bernard Baruch

DRF | 4 days ago
The works are done. The weights seem reasonable. The weather forecast looks fine. Read More...

Miss Behaviour set for Prioress

DRF | 4 days ago
Miss Behaviour, runner-up to Sweet Reason in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga on Aug. 2, will return for Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes, trainer Phil Schoenthal confirmed on Monday. Read More...

Dayatthespa to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November sale

DRF | 4 days ago
Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa will be offered at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale at the end of her autumn campaign. Read More...

Clearly Now likely to face seven rivals in Forego

DRF | 4 days ago
Clearly Now, coming off a 6 1/4-length victory in last month’s Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, figures to be favored against as many as seven rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Dayatthespa to be Offered at F-T November

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Lane's End will consign grade I winner Dayatthespa to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale. New York-bred won 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT). Read More...

Calumet Farm’s English Channel and V. E. Day

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Watch footage of English Channel as Calumet Farm stallion director Ken Wilkins talks about V. E. Day, Optimizer, horses in training and future plans for racing. Read More...

V. E. Day Adds to English Channel’s Resume

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With V. E. Day's Travers Stakes (gr. I), Calumet Farm stallion English Channel was represented by not only his first grade I winner but also showed that his offspring can compete at the highest level on dirt. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 8/27 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 8/27 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 8/26 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 8/26 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Ancient Goddess promising import for P.G. Johnson Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Wednesday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga, which honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame trainer, is filled with question marks. None is bigger, perhaps, than how European invader Ancient Goddess will run in her U.S. and two-turn debut against six other juvenile fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Read More...

Demonstrative wins Turf Writers; Makari euthanized

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Richard Valentine and the connections of Demonstrative had every reason to celebrate after their veteran hurdler outfinished Barnstorming to win Saratoga’s Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup for the second time in the last three years. But there was little joy in the winner’s circle on Monday after Makari suffered a fatal injury when falling over the final jump in the grueling 2 3/8-mile event. Read More...

Pender Harbor tries to rebound on Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Millionaire Pender Harbour, a 2009 CTHS yearling sale graduate, appears to have found a nice spot in the $125,000 Elgin Stakes on Wednesday as part of Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day at Woodbine. Read More...

Desert Steel seeks to build on Polytrack performance in stakes debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Desert Steel cruised to a 5 1/4-length victory against maidens on July 27, and will try to parlay that victory into a stakes win on Wednesday in the $150,000 Generous Portion for California-bred 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Pair of 3-year-old restricted stakes top card

DRF | 4 days ago
Indiana Grand Race Course once again breaks up the handicapping week with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old Indiana-bred progeny of donated stallions sold at the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association live auction or were listed as reserve not attained for the Internet auction. There will be a race for 3-year old fillies and the Paul Tinkle for colts and geldings. Both have a $75,000 purse and will be run at a mile on the main track. Read More...

Fair Grounds to update video boards

DRF | 4 days ago
Fair Grounds announced Monday the purchase and imminent installation of two video boards, one of several enhancements the track pledged to make this past spring when the Louisiana legislature signaled it might consider denying Fair Grounds a state-issued license to host live racing and run off-track betting parlors due to problems with the facility. Read More...

Belterra Park Planning 20% Purse Reduction

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Belterra Park, which opened for gaming and Thoroughbred racing in May, plans to reduce overnight purses by about 20% according to its next condition book effective Aug. 30. Read More...

Fair Grounds to Add Two Video Boards

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced Aug. 25 it is partnering with Coogan and Coogan, a Mandeville-based electronic video screen and scoreboard provider, for the purchase and installation of two new video boards. Read More...

Shared Belief likely to run before BC Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
The day after Shared Belief's victory in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said he likely would run him one time prior to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Impressive debut winner West Riding returns Wednesday

DRF | 4 days ago
West Riding, an impressive debut winner going two turns on July 30, faces first-level allowance company in race 5 on Wednesday going 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Santa Anita surface renovation complete

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita has completed the renovation of its main track and will reopen for training on Sept. 2, the track announced in a press release on Monday. The stable area opens on Sunday. Read More...

Mike Smith to ride Beholder

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Smith will be the new rider for two-time champion Beholder, who continued her preparation for a return to action with a seven-furlong workout in 1:24 on Monday morning at Del Mar. Read More...

Indiana Hires Second Lab to Handle Backlog

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A backlog at its primary laboratory has led the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to contract with second lab on an emergency basis. Read More...

Spendthrift acquires breeding interest in Itsmyluckyday

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding interest in Itsmyluckyday, who was most recently a close runner-up in the Whitney H. (G1) at Saratoga. The multiple graded stakes-winning son of Lawyer Ron will continue racing throughout the remainder of 2014, starting with this Saturday’s $600,000 Woodward S. (G1) at Saratoga, before he takes up stud duty at the Lexington-based farm in 2015... Read More...

Stopshoppingdebbie Runs Win Streak to Nine

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Northwest Farms' Stopshoppingdebbie remained undefeated in nine career starts after prevailing by a half-length over stablemate Goin to the Window Aug. 24 in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Racing Needs Owners Like Rome, Who Can Handle the Ride

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Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Monday, Aug. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
There are a number of key scratches or additions on Monday’s card that make a bit of re-handicapping necessary. Read More...