The 2016 breeding season brings challenges for stallion owners and breeders: more expensive stud fees for top-tier stallions, fierce competition for mares, and the stock market suffering a worst-ever start to a new year.
Danza, winner of the 2014 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and third-place finisher in the subsequent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will stand the 2016 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm.
- By Karen Johnson
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky Oaks, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. Read Feature
Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. A competitive nature, sly wit, and drive to succeed have carried him to the top of the game.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing a pair of grade I winners to the first major race for older horses in the country, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Son of Dynaformer may be pointed to turf by his connections in the future, but a big run in the Belmont Stakes June 7 guarantees Medal Count will be given every opportunity to excel on dirt for the remainder of this season.
Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbreds confirmed June 2 that Todd Pletcher trainee Matterhorn will run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with New Jersey-based jockey Joe Bravo to get the mount.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky
Trainer Todd Pletcher was dissatisfied with how Danza emerged from his workout on Sunday at Belmont Park. The colt will be sent to Payton Training Center in Ocala for diagnostics and time off.
Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. view slideshow
One day after saddling California Chrome to win the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman was still absorbing the magnitude of the achievement.
Art Sherman trainee California Chrome leads the slate of likely runners for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., where he'll encounter new rivals such as Kid Cruz and Social Inclusion.
Favored California Chrome took command at the head of the lane and drew well clear to win the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Kentucky Derby is like a roulette wheel. read blog
'We need heroes right now, and I'm hoping he's one of them.' -- Art Sherman, trainer of 5-2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome.
Based on the will-pays of the Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby double, California Chrome will be a big favorite in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
In-depth analysis of the 2014 Kentucky Derby including pace figures and Form Cycle Pattern of each starter. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). read blog
California Chrome, the morning-line favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 5 of 20.
Steve Haskin shares photos from Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. read blog
Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff have grown a fledgling partnership group into the program producing grade I winners such as In Lingerie, Byrama, Capo Bastone, and now Arkansas Derby (gr. I) victor Danza.
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday was the 'buzz' horse April 27 at Churchill Downs. He was one of four workers for trainer Todd Pletcher.
The BloodHorse.com News Update for Sunday April 27, 2014. Claire Novak provides insight on the stand out works, including times, and why Intense Holiday was the buzz of the track. Watch great video footage of these works. watch video
As typical of Derby works, the good ones drew waves of excitement, while others were overblown as bad works. And some were, well, just works. read blog
Under ideal conditions at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, April 27, seven contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and several Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) candidates breezed.
A few years ago Xavier Moreau was talking to his Ocala, Fla. area neighbor Wilson Winter when the retired businessman mentioned his interest in getting into Thoroughbred breeding.
Welcome to the 2014 Kentucky Derby. read blog
While Todd Pletcher often gives his horses more rest between starts than the three weeks afforded his Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Danza before this year's Kentucky Derby, he believes the Street Boss colt can deliver.
With a few horses moving off the Kentucky Derby contenders list, Steve adjusts his. read blog
Steve Haskin shares his thoughts on Danza's shocking performance in the Arkansas Derby and what it could mean for the Kentucky Derby contender.
Evan Hammonds recaps his top 5 Kentucky Derby prep race performances by horses still on the Kentucky Derby trail. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps his top 5 Kentucky Derby prep race performances by horses still on the Kentucky Derby trail.
Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner owned by Ken and Sarah K. Ramsey, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at the Churchill Downs training center April 19.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss injuries on the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass, the Churchill Downs takeout increase and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Doug Salvatore profiles each of the expected Kentucky Derby starters in terms of classic breeding and current form/speed. read blog
Steve Haskin reflects on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and shares his thoughts on who will be on top on the first Saturday in May.
Steve Haskin tells us how the final weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races have affected his Derby Dozen. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Will Take Charge, Dance With Fate, and Danza. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Will Take Charge, Dance With Fate, and Danza.
Undefeated Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution returned to work for trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows Training Center April 13, along with We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday.
Danza sent shock waves through the crowd of 63,186 at Oaklawn Park when he took command in upper stretch at odds of 41-1 and rolled to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12.
Brisnet.com Predicteform Horse-by-Horse Arkansas Derby Analysis read blog
Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin butt heads once more at Oaklawn Park in the The $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12, and they'll be joined by another new shooter from the Bob Baffert barn in Bayern.
Ride On Curlin, a leading contender for the upcoming $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), had his last major drill before the race April 6, breezing seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Oaklawn Park.
Todd Pletcher and former assistant Michael Dilger will tangle in the Aug. 11 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, when Pletcher sends two young starters and Dilger wheels back Sanford Stakes winner Wired Bryan.
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