Thoroughbred Breaking News

  • Elate draws away to win the Alabama Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga Race Course

    Elate Dominates Alabama Stakes

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Elate ran down pacesetter It Tiz Well and drew off to a dominant victory in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Dacita wins the Beverly D. Stakes

    Dacita Edges Tough Rivals in Beverly D.

    With a strong drive in the stretch, Dacita managed to edge out a tough field of 10 fillies and mares to win the $600,000 Beverly D. Stakes (G1T). Dona Bruja and Grand Jete dead-heated for second. 

  • Manuel Franco celebrates his first Saratoga Race Course grade 1 on World Approval

    World Approval Kicks Clear in Fourstardave

    Dialing back in distance and skimming easily over good turf after a heavy rainstorm Aug. 12 at Saratoga Race Course, veteran World Approval kicked clear to win the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (G1T).

  • A War Front colt kept the fireworks going late when he was purchased for $995,000

    Godolphin Lands War Front Colt for $995,000

    A War Front colt kept the fireworks going late during the Aug. 8 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale when he was purchased by representatives of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation for $995,000.

  • Hip 181 was purchased on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods

    Orb Filly Brings $750,000 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

    A  dark bay filly by Orb that is a half sister to graded stakes winner Corfu sold to Solis/Litt Bloodstock on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods after bringing a final bid of $750,000 during the Aug. 8 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Hip 98, an Into Mischief colt

    Jacksons Go to $850,000 for Into Mischief Colt

    Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who race as Lael Stable, bought Hip 98 during opening night at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, an Into Mischief colt who is a half brother to graded stakes winners Ami's Holiday and Ami's Mesa. 

  • Hip 44 is a half brother to Battle of Midway

    Repole, Eclipse Go to $900,000 for Medaglia d'Oro Colt

    Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners bought the half brother to Santa Anita Derby (G1) runner-up Battle of Midway. The colt's dam is grade 1 winner Rigoletta, who is a sister to stakes-placed Evening Concerto.

  • Hip 34 sold for $750,000

    First Curlin Sold at Saratoga Brings $750,000

    Juddmonte Farms, which had already bought two other yearlings, picked up a daughter of Purple Cat (Bluegrass Cat). Second dam produced grade 1 winner Sky Diva and Quick Little Miss.

  • Gun Runner takes the Whitney with style

    Gun Runner Cruises in Whitney

    Cruising for home on his lonesome under a confident ride from Florent Geroux, the 3-5 Steve Asmussen-trained favorite continued to draw away en route to a 5 1/4-length win over Keen Ice.

  • Ransom the Moon (inside) wins the Bing Crosby, with Roy H, Moe Candy (outside), and a riderless Drefong just behind

    Ransom the Moon Wins Wild Bing Crosby

    A few strides into the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, champion sprinter Drefong dropped jockey Mike Smith to the main track. Even though he was ineligible to win after that point, the colt had an undisputed impact on who won the race.

  • Abel Tasman grinds out a win in the CCA Oaks

    Gutsy Move Gets Abel Tasman CCA Oaks Win

    A gusty move to the front of the six-horse field on Abel Tasman from jockey Mike Smith after the first quarter-mile earned the Quality Road filly her third consecutive grade 1 victory in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).

  • Accelerate soars clear as Arrogate can be seen finishing far back to his outside

    Accelerate Springs Stunning Upset as Arrogate Falters

    Hronis Racing's Accelerate stunned the world July 22 with a dominant upset in the $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap (G2). Jockey Victor Espinoza sent the horse to a gate-to-wire victory as Mike Smith was unable to get heavily favored Arrogate going.

  • Ben's Cat underwent colic surgery July 6 in Kentucky but did not survive complications

    Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat Dies

    Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who underwent colic surgery July 6 to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, was euthanized July 18 due to complications that arose during his recovery. 

  • Rick Porter leads Songbird and Mike Smith into the Delaware Park winner's circle

    Songbird Holds Fast in Delaware Handicap

    The champion daughter of Medaglia d'Oro came and conquered July 15 at Delaware Park, where she claimed the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) for Delaware native Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Joe Bravo celebrates his fourth United Nations win in the past six years

    Bigger Picture Dives to Record United Nations Score

    A crafty ride from Joe Bravo set 10-1 shot Bigger Picture up with dead aim on his first grade 1 victory July 1 in the United Nations Stakes, and the 6-year-old Badge of Silver gelding responded with a dazzling win in course-record time. 

  • Gun Runner wins the Stephen Foster Handicap by seven lengths

    Gun Runner Powers to Easy Stephen Foster Win

    In his first start since finishing second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (G1), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner drew off in the stretch for an easy victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17 at Churchill Downs.

  • Mastery won the San Felipe Stakes in impressive fashion but was pulled up after the race

    Mastery Retired After Claiborne Farm Arrival

    Undefeated grade 1 winner Mastery has been retired after arriving at Claiborne Farm June 12, according to representative Bernie Sams. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) will begin stud duty at the Kentucky operation in 2018.

  • Tapwrit draws clear to win the Belmont Stakes over Irish War Cry

    Tapwrit Wears Down Irish War Cry to Win Belmont Stakes

    With an inside trip just off favored Irish War Cry, Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta's Tapwrit angled out late in the final turn under jockey Jose Ortiz and kicked well clear of the rest in the 1 1/2-mile classic.

  • China Horse Club's Teo Ah Khing leads Abel Tasman into the Belmont Park winner's circle

    Abel Tasman Too Strong in Acorn

    Abel Tasman, winner of the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), put on another last-to-first showcase when she shot up the rail and withstood a challenge from Salty to capture the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (G1).

  • Epicharis in his last day of training at Belmont Park June 6, before his soundness issues began

    Epicharis Out of Belmont Stakes

    Epicharis, who traveled from Japan to contest the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), was a vet scratch the morning of the race June 10, after he failed to train several days in a row at Belmont Park.

  • Racing Loses One of its Greats: Holy Bull Dead at 26

    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.

  • Bal a Bali and jockey Mike Smith win the Shoemaker Mile

    Comeback King Bal a Bali Takes Shoemaker Mile

    Rounding the turn for home in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (G1T) June 3 at Santa Anita Park, Bal a Bali again validated owner Calumet Farm's decision to keep the striking bay off their stallion roster for another year.