Thoroughbred News

Headlines and features for Thoroughbred racing, breeding and sales

  • Federal Bill Expected for Drug Regulation

    Racing industry officials said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.

  • Four Penn National Vets Face Federal Charges

    In a move that sounded a lot like the other shoe dropping, federal criminal charges have been filed against four racetrack veterinarians involved in treating horses at Penn National Race Course near Grantville, Pa.

  • NYRA Contract with AmTote Approved

    A New York regulatory panel has approved a new 10-year tote contract between the New York Racing Association and AmTote International. NYRA had been aligned with Churchill Downs Inc.'s United Tote.

  • A. U. Miner in the Greenwood Cup.

    A. U. Miner DQ'd from Greenwood Cup Win

    A.U. Miner, who earned a second automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) by virtue of winning the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing, has been disqualified from the first-place purse earned in that July 16 victory.

  • Blog: Keystone Kops

    Thoroughbred racehorses require some basic care -- food, water, a clean environment, regular exercise, and veterinary care.

  • 'Aiken' for Thoroughbreds - By Adam Spradling

    Corinne Ashton is a world class, four-star eventer and now Grand Prix dressage hopeful...and my first official riding lesson was with her. Hear about how she trains Thoroughbreds, whom a few are OTTB's

  • Pleasant Tap

    Pleasant Tap Dies

    Champion racehorse and successful sire Pleasant Tap was euthanized Oct. 8 due to laminitis at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Here Comes Ben comes home strong to take the Forego.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9170562%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Here Comes Ben Pulls Forego Upset

    In a star-studded field that included some of the biggest name sprinters on the East Coast, it was little-known Here Comes Ben that came from off the pace to spring a 9-1 upset in the $250,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 4.

  • Oak Tree Eyes Del Mar as Future Home

    A day after the Oak Tree Racing Association received a one-year reprieve from its landlord at Santa Anita Park, its executive vice president said he's working on a long-term lease arrangement for the autumn meet at Del Mar.

  • Monmouth Park

    NJ Breeders Simply Hoping Monmouth Plan Works

    Thoroughbred breeders and owners in New Jersey hope a new summer format at Monmouth Park is successful, but they also are concerned about whether it will have a long-term positive effect.

  • Rolling Out a New Homepage

    If you're reading this blog, then you've most likely been randomly selected to preview the new BloodHorse.com homepage.

  • Major Hurdle Coming Up For Kip Deville

    Kip Deville, who has been battling laminitis at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, will have to pass a critical stage in the next two weeks if he is to have much chance of surviving.

  • Feb. 1 Deadline to Make Attempt to Name Foals

    The Jockey Club announced Dec. 23 that it has published on the registry's Web site a list of 40,263 names released from active use to aid owners and breeders make a a valid attempt to name foals of 2008 by Feb. 1.

  • El Prado (IRE)

    Prominent Sire El Prado Dead

    Irish-bred El Prado, the horse that inspired Frank Stronach to get involved in the stallion business, died of an apparent heart attack in his paddock at Adena Springs near Paris, Ky. the morning of Sept. 21.

  • Gone West

    Major Sire Gone West Euthanized

    Gone West, who carved out a successful branch of the Mr. Prospector sire line all his own as the sire of 98 stakes winners, was euthanized the night of Sept. 7 because of complications following colic surgery.

  • Summer Bird comes home strong in the Travers Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8443336%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Summer Bird Takes Flight in Travers Victory

    Summer Bird continued his meteoric rise to the top of the nation's 3-year-old ranks, as he rolled through the slop for an easy 3 1/2-length score in the $1-million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

  • Gulfstream Trying to Attract Rachel, Others

    Gulfstream Park has waved the nomination fees for grade I winners Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Summer Bird, and Quality Road to next year's Donn Handicap.

  • Bullsbay pulls away to upset the Whitney at Saratoga.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8393557%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bullsbay Scores Huge Upset in Whitney

    The longest shot in a field of six, 18-1 Bullsbay pulled a shocking upset in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga, splitting horses on the turn and pulling away for a 1 1/2-length score under Jeremy Rose.

  • Take The Points (left) outfights Black Bear Island to take the Secretariat.

    Secretariat: Take the Points Earns the Money

    Starlight Partners' Take the Points, locked in a stirring stretch duel with Black Bear Island, got up in the final strides under Kent Desormeaux to earn his first graded stakes win in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 8 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Finallymadeit

    Graded Winner Finallymadeit Euthanized

    Finallymadeit, a graded stakes winner and millionaire, was euthanized after fracturing his left front cannon bone during a workout Aug. 4 at Saratoga.

  • Heavy rains on Aug. 4 forced the facility to close until further notice.

    Derby Museum Closed Due to Heavy Rains

    Items at the Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds of Churchill Downs, suffered damage due to heavy rains Aug. 4 and the facility will be closed until further notice, museum officials said.

  • Track condition - wet

    Rainstorm Causes Severe Flooding at Churchill

    A torrential rainstorm in the Louisville area Aug. 4 has wreaked havoc at Churchill Downs. Flooding caused several horses to be removed from the barn area, both the main track and infield are completely underwater, and employees at the racetrack were unable to get off the property for hours due to severe flooding in the parking lot and on many area roads.

  • Sam-Son a New Saratoga Consignor

    Sam-Son Farm, one of Canada's most successful Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations, will have a consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, Aug. 10 and 11, in New York. The five horses cataloged include an A.P. Indy colt that is a full brother to Canadian champion Catch the Thrill and a Giant's Causeway filly that is from the family of Eclipse Award winner and Canadian Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Dance Smartly.

  • Auerbach Launching Racing Venture

    California owner Madeline Auerbach announced a new racing venture in which she is syndicating offspring by major California stallion Unusual Heat.

  • Breeders Nominate Record Number to BC Program

    Thoroughbred breeders worldwide saved nearly $1 million and nominated a record 9,630 foals to the Breeders' Cup program before Aug. 1 as part of an incentive program that exceeded expectations, Breeders' Cup officials announced Aug. 4.

  • Arlington Accredited by NTRA Safety Alliance

    The NTRA announced Aug. 4 that Arlington Park has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • Quality Road went 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:13.45 in the Amsterdam.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8384429%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Doing Well Day After Amsterdam

    Quality Road came out of his record-setting performance in the Aug. 3 Amsterdam (gr. II) in good condition and will be pointed toward the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers (gr. I) as planned, trainer Todd Pletcher reported Aug. 4.