Thoroughbred News

Headlines and features for Thoroughbred racing, breeding and sales

  • Stuart, 27, New Bluegrass Sales Director

    Sandy Stuart is the new director of sales for Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, and he's finding out what it's like being in charge of a consignment for the first time at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction in Lexington.

  • Our Edge made easy work of 10 rivals in the 2009 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Our Edge Rules Over Barbaro Rivals

    Our Edge, a fast-developing 3-year-old colt trained by Nick Zito for Robert LaPenta, made easy work of 10 rivals in the $152,100 Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park July 19.

  • Belmont Stakes Champion Summer Bird with Jockey Eddie Castro in the saddle, works 3/4's of a mile at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. in preparation for the Haskell Invitational.

    Summer Bird Drills Six Furlongs at Monmouth

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird, expected to take on Preakness (gr. I) champion Rachel Alexandra in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I), worked 1:13 4/5 for six furlongs at Monmouth Park July 19 as he continues to prepare for the $1 million event.

  • Battle of Hastings outfinishes Straight Story to win the Virginia Derby.

    Battle of Hastings Double Tough in VA Derby

    In a carbon copy of last month's Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT), Battle of Hastings dug in late to head Straight Story to win the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) on the Colonial Downs turf July 18.

  • Misremembered and Victor Espinoza take the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park.<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%3D8342024%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Misremembered Posts Unforgettable Swaps Win

    Trainer Bob Baffert won the first stakes of his career with a horse he bred when Misremembered led all the way to upset 7-10 choice Grazen in the $284,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood July 18.

  • Caprice Uses Inside Path to Win Dick Memorial

    German-bred Caprice saved ground throughout, snuck through a hole on the inside in upper stretch, and held off Trensa by a neck to win the $171,050 Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 18 on the Delaware Park turf.

  • Evita Argentina storms home in the A Gleam at Hollywood Park.<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%3D8341954%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evita Argentina Shines Brightly in A Gleam

    Evita Argentina charged from last to post a two-length victory in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 18 to become the first 3-year-old to win the race since Honeymoon in 1946.

  • Blind Date gets up late to take the Virginia Oaks.

    Blind Date Rallies To Score In Virginia Oaks

    William Backer's homebred filly Blind Date came from off the pace to take a short advantage in mid-stretch, then narrowly outdueled Shared Account to win the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) by a head July 18 at Colonial Downs.

  • El Prado

    El Prado Slowing Down, But Not Done

    El Prado, who has sired 74 stakes winners, including the hot young stallion Medaglia d'Oro, experienced declining fertility during the 2009 breeding season, but will continue to cover mares in 2010 if he remains healthy, according to Eric Hamelback, who is the general manager of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation near Paris, Ky.

  • Wildcat Heir Off to Fast Start as a Stallion

    Wildcat Heir, who was fast enough to win the six-furlong Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) in 2004, is getting off to a fast start as a stallion in 2009. As of July 17, there were already 11 winners in the first crop sired by the 9-year-old Forest Wildcat horse, which stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Silver Timber pulls away in the Jaipur Stakes under Eibar Coa.
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    Silver Timber Chops Down Jaipur Foes

    Silver Timber, in a no-holds-barred speed duel with even-money favorite Heroes Reward from the very start, finally inched clear of his rival in upper stretch and held on for a narrow victory in the $156,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Belmont turf July 18.

  • Alcomo and Willie Martinez draw off in the Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park.

    Alcomo Earns BC Berth With Greenwood Cup Win

    Alcomo, a multiple stakes winner in his native Brazil, finally showed his winning U.S. form when he took over off the final turn and drew away for a 1 3/4-length score in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup July 18 at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack.

  • Eaton's Gift won the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder on July 11 for owner Zayat Stables and trainer Dale Romans.

    Zayat, Romans Part Ways

    Zayat Stables' graded stakes winners Eaton's Gift and Thorn Song have been removed from the barn of Dale Romans, the trainer said July 18.

  • Candy Ride Relocated to Lane's End

    Candy Ride, whose son Chocolate Candy ran fifth in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be relocated from Hill 'n' Dale Farm to Lane's End Farm for the 2010 breeding season.

  • Baird Picks Up Win No. 2,000

    Longtime Chicago-based jockey E. T. Baird notched the 2,000th victory of his career when he guided John Karakourtis's Bond Street to a 2 1/2-length win for trainer Hugh Robertson in the second race July 17 at Arlington Park.

  • Thoroughbred Charities Awards Grants

    Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has announced grants of $879,547 have been awarded to 86 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits.

  • Quality Road is on track to make his first start in more than four months 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%3D7958411%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Ready, Munnings to Haskell

    Edward Evans' homebred Quality Road worked five furlongs in 1:01.41 July 17 at Belmont Park and is on track to make his first start in more than four months in the $150,000 Amsterdam (gr. II) at Saratoga on Aug. 3.

  • Stewart Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

    Dr. Rodney Stewart, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations including possession of cobra venom, has been granted a stay of that action until his appeal can be heard, according to a ruling by a Franklin (Kentucky) Circuit Court judge.

  • Kiss With a Twist

    Kiss With a Twist Retired

    Stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Kiss With a Twist has been retired to Alfred Nuckols' Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.

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    Increased Starters Boost Saratoga Purses

    Saratoga purses will increase significantly based on the number of horses starting in each race, according to the new 2009 purse incentive program announced July 17 by The New York Racing Association (NYRA) for the six-week meet running from July 29 through Sept. 7.

  • Fasig-Tipton Rejoins NTRA

    Just days before its first yearling sale of 2009, Fasig-Tipton announced it has rejoined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen to Fight Six-Month Texas Suspension

    Steve Asmussen, currently the country's leading trainer in money and races won, was slapped with a six-month suspension and a $1,500 fine by the Lone Star Park stewards on July 16 for a positive urine test that contained a lidocaine metabolite in a horse he trained in 2008.

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel to Receive Espy as 'Top Jockey'

    Calvin Borel, who won two-thirds of the Triple Crown on different horses, is among dozens of national sports and entertainment figures who will celebrate the best athletic moments of the year during the 2009 Espys.

  • 'Peb' Mural Marks Del Mar's Colorful History

    The color and characters that make Del Mar special are revealed in the unique artistry of Pierre Bellocq, known more familiarly as Peb, whose large-scale mural will be unveiled at the track during the 2009 season's opening weekend July 25.

  • Arizona Student Wins Sunland Scholarship

    Arthur Pegg, a Race Track Industry Program senior at the University of Arizona, was awarded the 2009-2010 Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Responsible Gaming Scholarship.

  • Spring House is closing in on the $1-million mark in career earnings.<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%3D5636563%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hollywood Meet Closes With Four-Horse Sunset

    The lack of horse inventory has troubled the 2009 spring/summer Hollywood Park season from its outset, so it's not surprising that the closing day $150,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) July 19 attracted just four horses to the turf course.

  • Breeders' Cup, TVG Reach Agreement

    The Breeders' Cup and TVG announced July 16 a multi-year agreement renewing TVG as an official media partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. As part of the agreement, TVG will remain the exclusive marketing partner in the ADW category and become title sponsor of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • Nijinsky Bullet Named New England HOY

    Nijinsky Bullet, a four-time winner at Suffolk Downs last year, was named the recipient of the 2008 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 67th Annual Awards Dinner July 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Mass.

  • Strong Hope to Winding Oaks Farm

    Strong Hope, a multiple grade II winner and sire of stakes winner Trophy Collector, has been relocated to stand at stud at Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla.

  • TOBA Names Breeders of the Year

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association recently announced its annual list of recipients of its state breeder of the year awards. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Keeneland.

  • Delaware Changes Course on Toe Grabs

    After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four millimeters to be permitted for racing on dirt.

  • Larry Jones has a pair of colts lined up for the Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Jones Has Pair of Live Ones in Barbaro Stakes

    It Happened Again and Doc's Friend, a pair of colts from the barn of Larry Jones who defeated older horses last time out, lead a full field of a dozen 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Delaware Park.

  • Anti-VLT Senator Takes Kentucky Appointment

    A Republican Kentucky senator who chaired the committee that killed legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks has been appointed as commissioner of the Kentucky Public Service Commission by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • I Want Revenge

    IEAH Says I Want Revenge Injury Not Disclosed

    IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), for which he was the morning- line favorite.

  • NY Bill Gives Group More Money From Purses

    A New York horsemen's group will continue to get additional purse money to fund its operations, including health benefits for backstretch workers at New York Racing Association tracks, under final passage of legislation July 16 by the state Senate.