Thoroughbred News

Headlines and features for Thoroughbred racing, breeding and sales

  • Summit of Speed on Radio, TV

    Calder's $1.45 million "Summit of Speed" July 11 will be carried live by HRTV and the Horse Racing Radio Network.

  • NYTHA Donates $10,000 to Rescue Organization

    The New York group that is caring for horses rescued from Center Brook Farm has received a $10,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to support the organization's programs and services for animals that are unwanted, neglected, lost and/or abused.

  • Woodbine Apprentice Beth Wyard Out 2-3 Weeks

    Apprentice jockey Beth Wyard, who was originally diagnosed with a broken left ankle after a training mishap on the morning of July 8, has torn ligaments and will only be out of action for two to three weeks.

  • Visit is closing in on her first win in the U.S. after six losses for trainer Bobby Frankel.

    Tuscan Evening, Visit Clash in Royal Heroine

    Tuscan Evening, winner of four of five starts this year since being transferred to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from the British Isles by owner William de Burgh, goes for her first graded win in the $250,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) July 11 at Hollywood Park.

  • Shaun Bridgmohan

    Injury Sidelines Bridgmohan

    Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan could be sidelined for as long as six weeks after suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was injured when a 2-year-old he was working July 6 at Churchill Downs broke down after the wire.

  • Informed will try to give trainer Doug O'Neill his 5th Hollywood Gold Cup.<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%3D8243504%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    O'Neill Aims at Fifth Gold Cup With Informed

    Trainer Doug O'Neill, perfect in four previous tries in the TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), shoots for his fifth win since 2002 when he saddles Informed for the $700,000 Cushion Track event July 11.

  • Arlington Classic winner Giant Oak looks for his first graded stakes win in the American Derby.

    Giant Oak Has Tall Task in American Derby

    Virginia Tarra Trust's homebred Giant Oak, successful in his seasonal turf debut while winning the Arlington Classic last out, will look for his first graded stakes win July 11 in the $300,000 American Derby (gr. II) at Arlington Park.

  • Keeneland Reduces RNA Commission

    Keeneland has reduced its sales commission on horses that fail to meet their reserves to 2.5%. The rate will be in effect for this year's September yearling and November breeding stock sales and the 2010 January horses of all ages sale.

  • Time Machine was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas.

    Time Machine Sets Pace at Tattersalls

    Time Machine, a 3-year-old Halling gelding, was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas. Irish trainer Robbie Hennessy purchased Time Machine on July 8 from trainer John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables.

  • Gio Ponti tries for his third consecutive grade I in the Man o' War 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%3D8204825%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Man o' War: Gio Ponti Seeks Another Grade I

    Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti, fresh off victories in the Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) and Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT), will shoot for his third consecutive grade I score July 11 in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.

  • Nicanor is among the probable entries for the Virginia Derby.

    Nicanor Among Probables For Virginia Derby

    Colonial Downs will hold the post position draw for the 12th running of the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) July 18 and an impressive list of probable starters is taking shape.

  • Presious Passion

    Plans Open for Presious Passion's Next Start

    Aside from cashing in Presious Passion's "Win and You're In" ticket for this fall's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), trainer Mary Hartmann said plans are undecided for her back-to-back United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) winner.

  • Rescue Groups See Benefits in New TJC Policy

    Owners and equine rescue groups with unidentified Thoroughbreds that sport lip tattoos now have access to free identification services provided by the Jockey Club.

  • Woodbine Suspends 'Turbo-Charged' Pick 6

    Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 8 it is suspending its "Turbo-charged Pick 6" wager promotion, while leaving open the option of bringing it back later in the season or for special events.

  • Calvin Stuart Rainey Dies

    Calvin Stuart Rainey, who started in racing as an exercise rider and later became executive director of The Jockey Club, died July 6 at his home in Green Valley, Ariz,

  • Trainer Rick Dutrow

    KHRC Suspends Rick Dutrow 30 Days

    In a rare decision, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has rejected it's stewards and hearing officer's recommendations and suspended trainer Rick Dutrow 30 days for a Clenbuterol positive that dates back to May 2, 2008.

  • Breeders' Cup Recommendations on Table

    While Breeders' Cup is currently operating with debt some believe will result in cuts to purses, a 20-member group has been working toward long-term solutions to bring the organization back to financial stability.

  • SITA's New Mare Policy Causes Confusion

    Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland executives are raising questions about the the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers' new guidlelines for older mares and barren mares, saying the policies they had agreed to support differed on one key point from what has appeared in recent published reports.

  • Ripples Maid Tops Tattersalls Opener

    The stakes-winning mare Ripples Maid brought the top price of 132,000 guineas as the Tattersalls July mixed sale opened with sharp downturns in its key business figures. The gross, average, and median all declined by 40% or more July 7 in England.

  • Big City Man

    Big City Man Dies of Strangulated Cecum

    Big City Man, who defeated champion Indian Blessing in this year's Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), died July 5 of a strangulated cecum, several hours after a six-furlong work in 1:13.40 at Hollywood Park.

  • Indian Blessing<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%3D5997609%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Indian Blessing Looking to Bounce Back

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's homebred Indian Blessing will try to rebound from the worst start of her career, as she ships to Florida for the first time to take on eight challengers in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) July 11 at Calder Race Course.

  • Benny the Bull<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%3D4821860%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Benny the Bull Eyes Smile Sprint Repeat

    Last season, IEAH Stables and partners' Benny the Bull capped a five-race win streak in the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), a victory that solidified his Eclipse Award as the nation's top sprinter. Now, months after being brought back from retirement the 6-year-old horse will try to win the event for the second year in a row, as he takes on five rivals July 11 at Calder Race Course.

  • HealthWatch: EEE, WEE, & VEE

    Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis (EEE, WEE, and VEE) are arboviruses -- meaning they are transmitted by blood-feeding insects or ticks -- and these pathogens can cause fatal neurologic disease in horses.

  • French Stallion Anabaa Dies

    Anabaa, a major French stallion at Alec Head's Haras du Quesnay near Deauville, died July 7 of acute peritonitis after undergoing colic surgery.

  • Robbins Tops Del Mar Meet Officials

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 70th race meeting beginning July 22 led by a veteran team of racing officials. Heading up the effort will by DMTC's vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, who also serves as the track's director of racing and racing secretary. This will be his 29th summer in the seaside racing office.

  • New Book Goes Inside Prominent Equine Clinic

    Readers can now take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the leading equine veterinary hospitals with the release of "Equine ER: Stories From a Year in the Life of an Equine Veterinary Hospital."

  • Mine That Bird works four furlongs at Churchill Downs with Jamie Theriot in the saddle.

    Mine That Bird Looks 'Sharp' in Workout

    Mine That Bird continued his progress toward the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) when he breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 July 7 at Churchill Downs. The time was co-sixth fastest of the day among 66 horses working the distance over a fast track.

  • Seigenfeld Leaving Triple Crown Productions

    Ed Seigenfeld will step down as executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions (TCP) at the end of August. He has led the organization since March 1990, overseeing the Chrysler and Visa sponsorships of the Triple Crown and managing the network television negotiations for the series.

  • Leroidesanimaux's First Winner

    Champion Leroidesanimaux was represented by his first winner when his son Marfach won July 6 at seven furlongs at Roscommon in Ireland.

  • Dick and Janene Watson

    Horsemen Wary of 'Arbitrary' Exclusions

    The growth of casino-style gaming at racetracks has brought with it executives with little or no experience in horse racing, something horsemen said makes them more vulnerable to exclusionary practices.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird with exercise rider Leo Atempa, works out July 6 at Monmouth Park.

    Summer Bird, Papa Clem Work for Haskell

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird and Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Papa Clem had their first works over the Monmouth track July 6 in preparation for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Aug. 2.

  • No Man o' War for Better Talk Now

    New York Racing Association stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes said trainer H. Graham Motion confirmed that 10-year-old Better Talk Now would skip the July 11 Man o' War (gr. IT).

  • Quality Road

    Quality Road Continues on Comeback Trail

    Edward P. Evans' Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Quality Road continued on the comeback trail as he breezed July 5 for the first time since being transferred to the stable of trainer Todd Pletcher on June 15.

  • Rachel Alexandra<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%3D8266928%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Breezes Over Oklahoma Track

    BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra breezed July 6 over the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course in her first workout since her record-setting victory in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) eight days ago.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

    Wet Track Delays Mine That Bird's Workout

    A wet track July 6 prompted trainer Chip Woolley to delay by a day a scheduled work at Churchill Downs for Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • RMTC Board Approves New Testing Standards

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board of directors has approved new national laboratory standards for testing, the implementation of a laboratory accreditation program and a new independent Equine Quality Assurance Program.

  • Retired jockey Merlin Volzke

    Pincay Award to Retired Jockey Volzke

    Retired jockey Merlin Volzke will become the first of his profession to receive the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award in a presentation by the Hall of Fame rider during the July 11 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup program at Hollywood Park.

  • Roman Ruler

    Roman Ruler Sires First U.S. Winners

    Grade I winner Roman Ruler, whose first two winners won outside the United States, was represented by three winners in the U.S. July 5.

  • Zensational goes wire to wire in the Triple Bend 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%3D8301303%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Triple Bend: Zensational Baffert's New Beast

    Zensational is trainer Bob Baffert's newest sprint star. The front-running 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song became a grade I winner in his stakes debut, leading all the way to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park July 5.