Thoroughbred News

Headlines and features for Thoroughbred racing, breeding and sales

  • Alix Road Sets Pace at Arqana Sale

    Alix Road, a 5-year-old daughter of Linamix, brought the top price of 310,000 euros to top the opening session of the Arqana December breeding stock sale in France. Xaviar Bozo's Intercontinental Bloodstock purchased her from Hara des Capucines Dec. 6.

  • Patena fights off Hooh Why to take the Display Stakes at Woodbine.

    Display: Patena Holds On For Victory

    Patena, an impressive maiden winner last out, had no problem in his first stakes test, as the 2-year-old Seeking the Gold colt gamely hung on for a narrow victory in the $150,000 Display Stakes on a cold and snowy day at Woodbine Dec. 6.

  • Portland Meadows Makes Schedule Changes

    The Oregon Racing Commission has approved a schedule change for Portland Meadows that will drop four Sunday programs in January while adding eight Wednesday dates through the end of February, the track announced.

  • Big Drama cruises to victory in the Delta Jackpot.

    Big Win for Big Drama in Delta Jackpot

    Big Drama proved over the summer and fall that he could win big at Calder Race Course. He now has proved he can win big outside the friendly confines of the South Florida track.

  • Four Gifts pulls away from C. S. Silk to take the Delta Princess.

    Four Gifts Scores in Delta Princess

    Four Gifts delivered an early holiday present to owners Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt when she charged through the stretch to catch C. S. Silk inside the eighth pole and win the Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess Powered by Youbet.com Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 5 at Delta Downs.

  • E.J. Perrodin (right, holding sign) celebrates his 3000th win at Fair Grounds on Dec 5.

    Resilient Perrodin Wins No. 3,000

    Barely a year after a career-threatening injury, jockey E.J. Perrodin won his 3,000th career race aboard He's Royal Dee in the ninth race at Fair Grounds Dec. 5.

  • Flying Pidgeon Dead at 27

    Flying Pidgeon, a grade I winner, millionaire, and member of the Calder Hall of Fame, was euthanized Dec. 5 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Wild Again with Three Chimneys stallion manager Sandy Hatfield in September 2008.<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%3D6965443%26ref%3

    Wild Again Euthanized at Age 28

    Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay announced Dec. 5 that inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and prolific stallion Wild Again was euthanized earlier in the day due to the infirmities of old age.

  • OBS Winter Mixed Sale Has 613 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 613 horses for its 2009 winter mixed sale. The auction will be held Jan. 6 and 7 in Central Florida.

  • Mine That Bird is one of the Sovereign Award finalists in the 2-year-old male category.

    Sovereign Award Finalists Announced

    The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the finalists for this year's Sovereign Awards. Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ontario, Canada Dec. 12.

  • Judge Rules for Fulton in Stallion Suit

    A Kentucky state judge has ruled on a summary judgment in favor of Stan Fulton in his lawsuit against Stonewall Farm Stallions, saying the stud farm owes the horseman and racetrack owner more than $800,000 on the sale of sire It's No Joke.

  • Funny Cide is presented to his fans at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    Funny Cide Heats Up Horse Park

    Kentucky Derby winner and champion Funny Cide was welcomed to his new home at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions by several hundred fans and managing partner Jack Knowlton Dec. 5.

  • NYTHA Re-Elects Violette as President

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) announced the results of its election of owner and trainer directors to its Board Dec. 5. Richard A. Violette, Jr., president, ran unopposed and was re-elected president of NYTHA.

  • Barbaro Fund Supports Reseach Projects

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Dec. 5 announced that its subsidiary, NTRA Charities, has disbursed $90,801 in support of one new and two continuing equine medical research projects.

  • Wait a While

    Wait a While Tests Positive in BC

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Wait a While, champion 3-year-old filly of 2006, tested positive for procaine in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, it was confirmed Dec. 5 by the California Horse Racing Board. Procaine is a local anesthetic found in the antibiotic procaine penicillin G.

  • Bret Calhoun

    Calhoun Off To a Good Start in Louisiana

    Bret Calhoun became the first trainer this season to saddle four winners on a single Fair Grounds program Nov. 30, but that achievement pales in comparison to what the Texas-born conditioner is hoping to accomplish before the local season ends March 29, 2009.

  • Signing Set for Eclipse Press' Skipingo

    Prominent Thoroughbred breeder Jane Lyon and her daughter, Karen Bailey, have captured the story of their horse Skipingo in a new children's book, "Skipingo Home: A Thoroughbred's Second Chance."

  • War Cry to Stand at Hunter View Farm

    War Cry, a $2.7-million yearling and a half-brother to grade II winner and prominent sire E Dubai (by Mr. Prospector) and grade I winner and European champion producer No Matter What (by Nureyev), will stand the 2009 season for $2,500 at Richard Moylen's Hunter View Farm near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

  • Tampa Veterinarians Must Pay to Play

    Tampa Bay Downs is requiring veterinarians to pay their first-ever licensing fees for its meet that begins Dec. 13. A licensing fee for blacksmiths was planned but has been put off until the 2009-10 racing season.

  • Secretariat Stakes winner Winchester, will try to rebound in the Turf Cup following a 7th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

    Weld, Winchester Take Aim at Turf Cup

    The Irish tandem of trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Patrick Smullen, who combined to win the Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park four years ago with Dress to Thrill, have returned with their sights set on the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Dec. 6.

  • Baroness Thatcher, back in the Southern California barn of reinstated trainer Patrick Biancone runs in the Bayakoa Handicap.<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%3D6956131%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bayakoa: Baroness Thatcher Makes Return

    Baroness Thatcher, reunited with trainer Patrick Biancone following her purchase a month ago for $1.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, makes her next start in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park Dec. 7.

  • Oklahoma Stallion Wild Tale Dead

    Wild Tale, who entered stud in 2008 at Dr. Warren Center's Mighty Acres near Pryor, Okla., died from liver problems Dec. 3.

  • Gouldings Green been retired from racing for stud duty at Mohns Hill Farm.

    Gouldings Green to Mohns Hill

    Gouldings Green, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing for stud duty at Mohns Hill Farm near Reinholds, Pa

  • That Handicapping Show: Dec. 5 (Video)

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs on December 5. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 5 on Saturday, Dec. 6.

  • Sean Feld (left) and Billy Ajello

    Inside Track: An Investment in Youth

    University of Kentucky student Sean Feld and alumnus Billy Ajello have defied the notion one must reach a particular age or gain a certain level of experience to invest in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • NHC Tour Entrants Now Being Accepted

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form announced Dec. 4 that signups for the 2009 NHC Tour are now being accepted at www.ntra.com/nhctour.

  • Tattersalls' December Gross Down 51%

    Tattersalls' December sale ended quietly in England with a breeding stock session in which a 3-year-old colt, sold as a jumping prospect, topped trade at 65,000 guineas. The other figures for Dec. 4 were 139 horses sold, a gross of 656,650 guineas, an average price of 4,724 guineas, and a median price of 2,800 guineas. During the four-day breeding stock portion of the December auction, the 610 horses that sold grossed 33,355,150 guineas and averaged 54,681 guineas. The median was 12,500 guineas.

  • Sky Conqueror will enter stud in 2009 Firestone Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

    Sky Conqueror to Firestone Farms

    Sky Conqueror, a Canadian champion and a grade I winner at Churchill Downs, will enter stud in 2009 at Morgan Firestone's Firestone Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

  • RTCA to Spread Christmas Cheer

    The Race Track Chaplaincy's New York division has teamed up with Darley USA, a group of local breeders and owners, and a concerned group of Saratoga residents to bring some Christmas joy to approximately 100 people connected to the backstretch community at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Classic winner Funny Cide, shown winning the 2003 Preakness, will be welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park on Dec 5.

    Funny Cide Dealing With Soreness Issues

    When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a phenomenal athlete.

  • Marcavelly will enter stud at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

    Marcavelly to Colebrook in Canada

    Marcavelly, a two-time graded stakes winner, will enter stud at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

  • Jockeys' Guild Bankruptcy Plan OK'd

    A Kentucky federal judge has confirmed the reorganization plan which will allow the Jockeys' Guild to emerge from bankruptcy, a little more than 13 months after the protective action was taken, and just days before the group's annual national assembly in Las Vegas.

  • NYRA Announces 2009 Stakes Schedule

    The New York Racing Association will raise the purses on 13 grade I races offered at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga in 2009. The hikes are part of the 2009 NYRA stakes schedule, which was approved by NYRA's Board of Directors at a meeting Dec. 3. It now awaits approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

  • Mountaineer Parent Closes Michigan Track

    The parent company of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia announced Dec. 4 it has ceased operations at Jackson Harness Raceway, a Michigan facility it purchased in 2005.

  • Judge Jump-starts ClassicStar Litigation

    More than two years after the first federal lawsuits were filed in connection to the former ClassicStar broodmare lease operation, efforts are being made to clear legal logjams that have impeded resolution of now multiple disputes.

  • Leading Louisiana Sire Leestown Dead

    Leestown, the leading Louisiana sire by progeny earnings this year and last, was euthanized Dec. 2 because of a broken shoulder.

  • Big Brown's dominating Preakness win is one of the contenders for NTRA Moment of the Year.<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%3D4542731%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Moment of the Year Voting Under Way

    Voting is underway on ntra.com for the 10th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year," it was announced Dec. 4. Voters can choose from among 12 images, drawn from the year's events.

  • Kodiak Kowboy will not enter stud in 2009 and instead will remain in training.

    Kodiak Kowboy Remains in Training

    Three-year-old Kodiak Kowboy, a Canadian champion and a grade II winner this year and last, will not enter stud in 2009 and instead will remain in training.

  • Record Purses for Steeplechase Season

    The 2008 National Steeplechase Association season, which came to a close Nov.29 with the inaugural Palm Beach race meet, set new highs in total and average purses.

  • Racketeer Right Back for Native Diver

    Racketeer, runner-up to Heatseeker in last year's Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), makes a one-week turnaround for trainer Barry Abrams in this year's $100,000-added renewal of the 1 1/8-mile Cushion Track event Dec. 6 at Hollywood Park.

  • Black Mamba will run in the Hollywood Turf Cup against males.

    Black Mamba Ready to Strike in Turf Cup

    The 5-year-old mare Black Mamba, scratched from the one-mile Matriarch at Hollywood Park this past weekend, instead will run in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) at 12 furlongs Dec. 6 against males.

  • Azeri, in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, highlights Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 12-17.

    Azeri to Sell at Keeneland January Sale

    Azeri, 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older mare, in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, highlights Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 12-17.

  • Veterinarian Stewart States His Case

    Suspended equine veterinarian Rodney Stewart testified Dec. 3 that he was unaware that a soft-sided cooler he left in a refrigerator in a barn at Keeneland contained the prohibited substance cobra toxin.

  • BH Advertising Rates Reduced

    The Blood-Horse, the nation's oldest continually-published weekly news magazine for Thoroughbred racing and breeding, will reduce its print advertising rates by 5% effective January 2009.

  • And They're Off: Dec 3 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Shulman and Haskin review Thanksgiving week racing (who was the most impressive), continue the Eclipse Awards discussions, evaluate the grading of stakes races and more! Plus, Stable Boy is back from vacation.

  • Quasimodo to West 12 Ranch

    Quasimodo, a 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at West 12 Ranch near Lodi, Calif.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Announces Stakes Schedule

    A total of 75 stakes, beginning with the $250,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day Dec. 26, will be featured during the 84-day 2008-09 season at Santa Anita Park.