Pennsylvania freshman sire El Padrino's first starter became his first winner June 8 at Delaware Park, where longshot Whereshetoldmetogo rallied in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths.
30' x30' mural, painted by Agustin Zarate, to be unveiled outside The Village Idiot restaurant in Lexington June 29
Smiles and laughter filled the halls of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, N.Y. Thursday when five of the New York Racing Association's best jockeys made their annual visit.
East West Stable's Enstone (by Tiznow), holds a class edge over her fellow 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser. The nine-furlong filly classic drew a field of 12 Canadian-breds.
A Midnight Lute colt and a son of Midshipman turned in the fastest eighth-mile and quarter-mile works June 8, during the second session of the under tack show for the June 13-14 Ocala Breeders' Sales 2-year-old and horses in training sale.
Sagamore Farm's Recruiting Ready will try to extend his win streak to four June 10 in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park, but he'll have to fend off a trio of last-out grade 3 winners if he wants to earn his own graded score.
After grabbing the top two positions in last year's Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G3T), Patricia Generazio homebreds Pure Sensation and Disco Partner are back for another edition of the turf sprint June 10 at Belmont Park.
Martin Panza pioneered recruiting Japanese horses to the American Oaks at Hollywood Park last decade, and he's doing the same thing at NYRA as Epicharis follows Lani as a Belmont Stakes entrant
Lookin At Lee will not be carrying a lunch pail during the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park, but trainer Steve Asmussen knows his horse will bring that mental approach to the 1 1/2-mile classic.
While Arrogate, with a ranking of 134, and Winx (132) continue to maintain their top two positions in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017, Ribchester moved into the third spot at 124.
There are several types of hoof cracks, and some are more serious. Splits often start at the ground surface. Quarter cracks are located in the rear third of the hoof and can be either proximal (along the side) or distal (more toward the rear).
Steve Haskin reflects on the legacy of 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull.
The 2017 Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast concluded June 8 with records for the 15-day auction that consisted of weanlings, broodmares, yearlings, and racehorses.
Claire Novak shares information on Belmont Stakes contender Epicharis, who did not go to the track to train Thursday morning after being treated for lameness. Plus footage of Irish War Cry and Gormley in their first trips over the track!
Holy Bull was 1994 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old. "If you were putting together your fantasy horse stable for the last 25 years, you'd have to have Holy Bull in your top five," Godolphin USA president Jimmy Bell.
Michael Lund Petersen, a co-owner of the successful worldwide Pandora Jewelry company, hopes his Mor Spirit will become an unforgettable keepsake by continuing to win mid-distance races at the highest level.
Newly minted Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) favorite Irish War Cry got his first look at the massive Belmont Park oval the morning of June 8, when he hit the main track for a 1 1/2-mile gallop with trainer Graham Motion keeping tabs.
Two-time champion filly Songbird is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for her 2017 debut in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Klein Racing's homebred Believe in Bertie, first or second in 10 of 12 starts, tops the field of seven fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (G3T) June 10 at Churchill Downs.
The Little Red Feather partnership has been at the forefront of innovation for Thoroughbred ownership groups. From launching in 2002, the group has more than 300 partners, has successfully crowdsourced a winner through their LRF Thoroughbred Fund.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
- By Lenny Shulman and Claire Novak
- International, Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region
The status of Japanese contender Epicharis is in question for the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after the colt was treated with bute June 7 and did not go out to train June 8 at Belmont Park.
This week is a column that included the headline, "A Low Curtsy for Tom Fool," written by George F. T. Ryall followed by a stakes report of the 1953 Metropolitan Handicap won by Tom Fool. Both stories ran in the May 30, 1953 issue of The Blood-Horse.
Brian Lynch, back from temporarily surrendering his trainer's license a year ago, has Meantime in the June 10 Belmont Stakes after scoring June 3 with Oscar Performance in the Pennine Ridge Stakes.
With the Race Horse Development Fund, which was created to give the struggling Massachusetts horse racing and breeding industry a lifeline, now in serious peril, Thoroughbred horsemen traveled to the state capitol in Boston to lobby lawmakers June 7.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales 2-year-olds and horses of racing age sale got a fast start out of the gate June 7, with some of the day's best workout times recorded during the first set.
- By Paul Volponi
The daughter of Scat Daddy was purchased last year by Moyglare Stud Farm for $2.55 million at the Keenland November breeding stock sale, and is now trained by Christophe Clement.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Abel Tasman will cut back in distance when the daughter of Quality Road tries the one-turn mile of the Acorn Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
With champion Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with a hoof abscess, Irish War Cry inherited the position of favoritism for the 1 1/2-mile race, and was installed as the 7-2 morning-line choice.
A foot abscess knocked Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), and left the rest of the entrants' connections to wonder how the race will play out in his absence.
Earle Mack envisions a new award that honors his late friend Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps as both an honor and a challenge.
Claire Novak interviews trainer Mark Casse about Classic Empire's defection from the Belmont Stakes (G1), and checks in on the juvenile champion on a busy Wednesday morning as the remaining Belmont contenders gear up for the race.
The War Front colt will travel to England June 13 for trainer Todd Pletcher, who confirmed Frankie Dettori will have the mount in the one-mile June 20 test.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has purchased a 25% interest in Belmont Stakes (G1) contender J Boys Echo, Jason Loutsch of owner Albaugh Family Stable announced June 7.
In search of a yearling with classic potential, Albaugh Family Stable stepped up to acquire J Boys Echo for $485,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Two starts back, the 3-year-old son of Flatter missed by a neck to Belmont Stakes (G1) contender Senior Investment in the April 15 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) after drawing clear in the stretch.
I found it more than a bit ironic that a slew of damaging headlines preceded and followed the May 25 announcement of the reintroduction of Reps. Barr and Tonko's sponsored federal bill, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.
The New York Racing Association announced June 7 the formation of a new board of directors that moves the racing corporation from the state government to private hands. The new privatized board will be chaired by Michael Del Giudice.
Parx Oaks ruling has us seeing double
Champion Classic Empire will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) because of a hoof abscess in his right front, trainer Mark Casse said June 7.
Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card promises to be one of the most exciting events of the year for Thoroughbred racing fans and bettors alike.
Curlin was a champion who dominated the sport ... except for those spring days in 2007 when he faced two fellow members of his 3-year-old crop, Street Sense and Hard Spun.
Gratitude and humility flow freely from jockey Channing Hill, something the 29-year-old is particularly mindful of these days. He remembers all too well when that wasn't necessarily the case.
Customers looking for customization of their racing experience should find a useful tool in the new NYRA Now app, which not only provides access to all things New York Racing Association but lets the user determine the experience.
Beholder Mile, Shoemaker Mile, Penn Mile, Connaught Cup, Yasuda Kinen, Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council Silver Jubilee Cup Handicap, Aristides, Pennine Ridge, Eatontown, Hendrie, Evangeline Mile and more.
Son of Redoute's Choice honored as Highveld Horse of the Year, champion sprinter, and champion older horse for the 2016-17 season.
Owner West Point Thoroughbreds said Twilight Eclipse, who once sold at auction for $1,000 but reached racing's heights, has been retired from racing.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate got back to work June 6 at Santa Anita Park, where he put in his first timed breeze since his victory in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (G1).
Japanese-bred colt covered five furlongs in 1:06, but ran the last three in :37 on the Belmont Park training track.
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