Heating Up on the Triple Crown Trail
Profiles of Derma Sotogake, Kingsbarns, and Two Phil's
Profiles of Derma Sotogake, Kingsbarns, and Two Phil's
Frank Fletcher still has Derby fever, but it's not the Kentucky kind.
West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Bobby Flay, and Woodford Racing's multiple graded stakes winner First Captain, unraced since late October, is set to make his 5-year-old debut in the April 1 $150,000 Ghostzapper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Two Rebel Stakes (G2) participants that came up just short in the 1 1/16-mile race Feb. 25 at Oaklawn Park are looking for a change in fortune April 1 in the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1).
The Spring Meet will present 19 stakes, including five grade 1s.
Fresh off what appeared to be the best race of his career, Du Jour retains the riding services of European legend Frankie Dettori and heads a field of six older horses going one mile on turf in the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
HIWU advises that a positive test from the presence of a prohibited substance in a supplement, whether or not it was properly labeled, will be prosecuted by HIWU as ADMC Program violations.
Winngate Stables’ dual graded-stakes winner Kathleen O. will make the second start of her 4-year-old campaign April 2 in the $100,000 Top Flight Stakes, a 1 1/8 main track test for older fillies and mares at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In a bit of a surprise for the 2023 legislative session, Kentucky lawmakers have approved a bill that will allow wagering on sports in the state.
Former Sallee Horse Vans vice president Robert "Bob" Maxwell will be remembered for his extraordinary kindness and generosity.
Oaklawn created the $250,000 Matron Stakes to enhance its program for older female sprinters with the hope of earning graded status quickly. So far, so good. The inaugural running March 31 lured a field of seven, including grade 1 winner Matareya.
The 5-year-old son of Constitution looks to regain his form in the $150,000 1 1/2-mile Temperence Hill Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 2.
With only Friday's closing day program remaining, Jaime Rodriguez and Jamie Ness will respectively finish as leading jockey and trainer during Laurel Park's calendar year-opening winter meet.
Trainer Dermot Weld is preparing to unleash sophomore Tarawa and last year's Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) captress Homeless Songs for their 2023 debuts.
The board of trustees of the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation is pleased to announce Cory Moelis has joined the TERF board.
There are offerings located throughout the United States, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will host a Tesio Talk and continental breakfast in the International Room at Laurel Park on Federico Tesio Stakes day, April 15.
Jerry O'Dwyer's current stable star, Sibelius—winner of Gulfstream Park's Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) Dec. 31—pulled off a thrilling upset of defending champion Switzerland in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) March 25 at Meydan Racecourse.
Sentell "Sonny" Taylor Jr. built a career of nearly six decades as a racing official and ambassador for the sport. "What I've especially enjoyed the most is all the different kinds of amazing people I've met and encountered in racing," he said.
Industry veteran Robert Clay does not yet dream of being on the Road to the Kentucky Derby despite knowing a colt he bred will be in the Florida Derby (G1) starting gate.
Tickets for the 40th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 3 and 4 at iconic Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., will go on sale Thursday, May 4.
A rundown of television and radio coverage of horse racing for the week as compiled by America's Best Racing.
The Road, presented by Gainesway and Darby Dan Farm
One of many goals set by president and owner Kevin Preston was bringing back the track's marquee race, the Super Derby.
The 2023 live racing season at Prairie Meadows begins on May 12 with Thoroughbreds. There will be 20 days of Thoroughbred-only racing through June 17. The 60-day mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse schedule will take place June 18-September 30.
The overseas-based Modern Games, who became North America's champion turf male last year after successful excursions to win the Woodbine Mile (G1T) and Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) at Keeneland, will soon be in pursuit of more North American glory.
With standout California turfer Quattroelle absent, Harris Farms' homebred Closing Remarks rates a huge chance from off the pace in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2T) April 1 going a mile on turf at Santa Anita Park.
Just four days ago on a blustery afternoon at Turfway Park, the Sagan family watched as their first homebred, Two Phil's, soared down the stretch to capture the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3), thus solidifying a spot in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Dale Romans speaks with Tom Pedulla of America's Best Racing.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Kentucky homebred Law Professor drops down from graded company for the April 1 Excelsior Stakes, a $125,000 contest at 1 1/8 miles for older horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.
National HBPA's Rick Hiles explains his group's opposition to HISA.
Tyler's Tribe, who had been expected to return in the April 1 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park after two instances of bleeding last year, will instead race in an easier $103,000 allowance March 30 at the Arkansas oval.
Pin Oak Stud's Empirestrikesfast has been added to the list of late Triple Crown nominations after a clerical error was discovered, according to a release from Churchill Downs.
Fair Grounds wrapped up its 151st season of racing March 26, having offered the richest stakes schedule in Louisiana history at $8.5 million.
An element of a lawsuit brought by gamblers who lost bets on the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) has sustained a significant setback in federal court.
Barbara Banke and Drew Fleming of Breeders' Cup have distributed a letter expressing their support for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.
There is a crisis silently brewing in the equine veterinary world. The diminishing availability of equine practitioners has affected the availability of primary and emergency care for horses throughout the United States and beyond.
Great British Racing International and Ascot Racecourse have released March 29 the first in a video series, An American Dream: The Return to Royal Ascot, which documents Harlan Malter's ambitious dream of returning to the prestigious meet.
BloodHorse will accept applications through April 17 for a new paid internship position to work on the leading industry publication's various platforms this summer.
The catalog for the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up and Horses in Training Sale has been released, with 201 breeze-up 2-year-olds and 154 horses in training set to go under the hammer at Park Paddocks May 3-4.
Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day will speak at the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy dinner event on Wednesday, March 29 for Turfway Park jockeys and their families addressing the joys and the struggles of a career in the saddle of a thoroughbred racehorse.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be present this year at the Santa Anita Derby April 8 and has partnered with 1/ST to promote accredited aftercare awareness throughout the day.
Dollars and Sense with Frank Angst
After a sixth-place finish in the Louisiana Derby, Instant Coffee has dropped out of the NTRA Top 10 3-Year-Old Poll and, barring a wave of defections, is unlikely to amass enough qualifying points to run in the May 6 opening leg of the Triple Crown.
Returning to the stakes ranks after an auspicious comeback in an allowance optional claimer March 16, graded winner Smile Happy breaks from the rail against six rivals in the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile (G3) April 1 on the Arkansas Derby (G1) undercard.
The filly is a homebred for Tom and Sandy McKenna, who own and stand Conquest Mo Money at their McKenna Thoroughbreds in New Mexico.
The 9-year-old son of English Channel, Cross Border, who recently kicked off his steeplechase career, was a 4 3/4-length winner in the $15,000 G.H. Bostwick maiden starter hurdle March 25 at Aiken, S.C.
Porter on Pedigrees
Hollie Doyle will return to action at Newcastle March 31 after overcoming complications with an injury sustained earlier this year.
New York Thoroughbred Breeders is pleased to announce the nominees for the New York-bred divisional champions of 2022. A panel will vote on the winners of each division and the 2022 New York-bred Horse of the Year.