Top News

From the Publisher: David Cassidy

David Cassidy and I met and became friends over 35 years ago. Becoming friends was easy, as we shared three of my passions--thoroughbred racing, Saratoga, and Broadway. We are the same age and met in our thirties, so I missed his days of the Partridge Family TV show and playing stadiums. He was still performing (just at smaller venues), but also looking to navigate the horse racing world. He loved racing, breeding, and a bit of betting. Sounds familiar I'm sure. A few of my favorite David memories: I got...

[ Read More ]
Johannes Vermeer’s sister sells for €1.1m at Goffs
Johannes Vermeer’s sister sells for €1.1m at Goffs

Just three lots into the start of trade on the third day of the Goffs November Foal Sale, a full-sister to G1 Criterium International winner and recent G1 Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Group 2 winner Elizabeth Browning (Ire) (lot 541) brought the hammer down at €1.1 million. Hugo Lascelles signed the ticket on behalf of unnamed American interests and said that the filly is likely to be trained eventually in England. Consigned by the Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of breeder Desert Star Phoenix Jvc, the...

[ Read More ]
The Big Interview: Joseph O’Brien

Last week, the TDN's Alayna Cullen took a trip to Joseph O'Brien's training facility, Carriganog Racing, at his family's farm in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Carriganog features Owning Hill, a 340-foot uphill gallop, which many have credited with adding stamina to horses like Rekindling, who recently made his trainer the youngest ever to win the Melbourne Cup. In the process, he denied his father, the legendary Aidan O'Brien, the victory. TDN: Joseph, before we get on to the Melbourne Cup, I just want to talk about your career. It's been amazing...

[ Read More ]
Australia Day At Goffs

The dual Derby winner Australia (GB) had been the recipient of many favourable comments throughout the yearling sales and the buzz has continued through to his second crop of foals, which included Tuesday's session topper at Goffs. The colt (lot 430), offered by Garranlea Stud, was bred in partnership by Eddie Irwin of Rockhart Trading and the China Horse Club and ended up bringing a price far exceeding the €150,000 paid for the top lot on the equivalent day of last year's foal sale, when Philipp Stauffenberg placed the successful...

[ Read More ]
Well-Bred Street Sense Firster Runs to the Money at Parx

4th-PRX, $46,250, Msw, 11-21, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:13.31, ft. ACT NOW (f, 2, Street Sense--Always Trouble, by Bernardini), a very live-on-the-board 47-10 from a morning line of 10-1, posted a comfortable debut success Tuesday afternoon at Parx Racing. Drawn widest in the field of 10, the bay showed good gate speed to prompt from second for the opening three furlongs before striding into the lead midway on the turn. She hit the quarter pole with a daylight advantage and got to drifting a bit in the final furlong, but kept...

[ Read More ]
Mastercraftsman’s Wind Chimes Stays Perfect in the Herod

   Wind Chimes debuted with a decisive score going 6 1/2 panels on the synthetic surface here last time Oct. 30, and doubled up impressively in this black-type bow. Positioned towards the rear after receiving a bump departing the outside gate, she made smooth headway into contention approaching the quarter-mile marker and kept on strongly under mild coaxing once shaken up to seize control with 300 metres remaining to register a career high in decisive fashion.    Wind Chimes is the first stakes winner produced by Listed Prix Six Perfections third...

[ Read More ]
Medaglia d’Oro’s Magny Cours Impresses in Chantilly Debut

7th-CHY, €27,000, Mdn, 11-21, unraced 2yo, c/g, 8f (AWT), 1:40.12, st. MAGNY COURS (c, 2, Medaglia d'Oro--Indy Five Hundred {GISW-US, $244, 510}, by A.P. Indy) raced under restraint off the tempo in sixth through halfway in this debut. Coaxed into contention at the quarter-mile marker, the 3-5 favourite made his challenge between rivals approaching the final eighth and was pushed out in the closing stages to comfortably best Julian Rock (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) by three lengths. The homebred bay becomes the fifth scorer for GI Garden City Breeders' Cup...

[ Read More ]
Stay Thirsty to Lovacres Ranch in California

Prominent second-crop sire Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) has been sold and will relocate to Lovacres Ranch in Southern California, the farm's Terry Lovingier confirmed to the TDN Monday. The dual Grade I winner previously stood at Coolmore's Ashford Stud and currently ranks seventh among second-crop sires in cumulative earnings. Stay Thirsty's leading earner is 'TDN Rising Star' Coal Front, winner of the GIII Gallant Bob S. at Parx Racing. Stay Thirsty will stand for a fee of $5,000 in 2018.  

[ Read More ]
“Who Do You Admire?” With David Ingordo

The following is part of a series in which we have posed the question above to a number of racing industry participants. The only rule is that you cannot choose your own boss. DAVID INGORDO: Garrett O'Rourke The person in racing that I have a great admiration for is Garrett O'Rourke. It is easy to see Garrett's fingerprints as a horseman as part of Juddmonte's team. What is harder to see is what he has done to help future generations of horse people develop under his tutelage. From being a...

[ Read More ]
37 Organizations TAA-Accredited in 2017

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has accredited 37 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations in 2017, it was announced Monday. The accredited groups include 31 that were re-accredited and six that have received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting organization in Thoroughbred aftercare, has a network of 64 accredited organizations operating 180 facilities across the United States and Canada. Accreditation is awarded for a two-year period, after which organizations must re-apply for accreditation. All organizations currently accredited by the TAA are eligible to receive financial grants to support the...

[ Read More ]