Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable, and Get Grounded Stable announced March 29 that multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired from racing.
Larry and Cindy Jones' homebred colt Jensen isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his broodmare sire, Hard Spun, in the April 2 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway.
Louisiana State Racing Commission member and 2001 winner of the National Handicapping Championship Judy Wagner is the new chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Bill White was re-elected to a second term as president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association March 24.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots closed its 144th racing season March 27 with Florent Geroux, Mike Stidham, and Midwest Thoroughbreds taking the respective jockey, trainer, and owner titles.
Exaggerator is among the seven 3-year-olds listed as probable for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the Curlin colt can improve on his third-place finish last time out.
Cape Cross, sire of last year's English Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn, has been retired from the Darley stallion roster following an illustrious career at stud.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Pennsylvania-bred Tisdale, owned by Harlow Stables, won an entry-level allowance race March 26 at Oaklawn Park and could resurface in a stakes, perhaps the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for owners March 25.
Romping maiden winner, late Triple Crown nominee, could run April 16 in grade I.
Santa Anita Park will feature the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stakes, a top-level event with a $100,000 purse for Arabians, April 2.
Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) and now a resident at the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions, will visit Turfway Park April 2 as part of the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) program.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder could make her first start of 2016 also her first start on turf, trainer Richard Mandella said March 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit worked four furlongs March 24 in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Park, and earned the "breezing" tag in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
Trainer Peter Moody, who said he will give up training and not appeal a six-month ban for a cobalt positive, went out a winner March 24 when the 6-year-old millionaire gelding Flamberge won the group I William Reid Stakes.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona has won the contest to take Trevor Denman's position as Santa Anita Park's permanent race caller.
The final three weeks of racing will at Oaklawn Park this season will feature the highest purses in its history, the Arkansas racetrack announced March 23.
Dr. Purcell brings experience in fundraising and in issues surrounding the unwanted horse to this position. She will work to enhance the UHC efforts and cultivate relationships with new members and donors.
A total of 93 horses have been consigned to the catalog for the Equine Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training set for May 10, in Opelousas, La.
Gulfstream Park sets increases in purses and number of stakes for 2016, as it aims to draw top horses and large fields to its spring-summer meet.
Matthew Carter, the treasurer for the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association under investigation for possible misuse of funds, was found dead March 20 in the the Susquehanna River near City Island, Pa.
Headed by the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), which was won last year by Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, Monmouth Park Racetrack has released its $4.65 million stakes schedule for 2016.
Two-time U.S. Horse of the Year Wise Dan and seven-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Mark Casse are among the 15 Thoroughbred candidates on the ballot for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Co., and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company on March 22 jointly announced they have amended the anabolic androgenic steroid policy.
The Virginia Equine Alliance March 22 announced immediate and longer term plans for horse racing in the state and introduced a new website focused on all aspects of Virginia racing.
Equibase Company announced March 22 the expansion of racing coverage with the addition of entries and results from several international racing jurisdictions.
A total of 1,216 juveniles have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2016 Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training that is now available via the OBS website.
Horse Racing Alberta and the government of Alberta have signed a new 10-year agreement that will continue to support the province's horse racing industry.
Five U.S.-based Dubai World Cup contenders are preparing for March 26 race.
Leading Australian trainer must serve six-month ban for unintentional overage.
Land of Enchantment day Nov. 23 will again serve as centerpiece of meet.
Reschedules first post time to accommodate 14-race card.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
Woodbine's new Tapeta main track, installed following its 2015 meet, was open to horses for the first time on March 18th. Initial reviews of the surface are quite favorable.
Silken Cat, the Canadian champion 2-year-old filly of 1995 and dam of Speightstown died March 15 at the age of 23, Taylor Made Farm reported March 18 on its Facebook page.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has named John Evans as its first Award of Merit recipient of 2016.
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
An athletic Starcraft gelding was the standout at the March 18 Hong Kong International Sale at Sha Tin Racecourse as the hammer dropped at HK$8.5 million (US$1,103,896) on the purchase by Liu Yu Wen.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II-winning son of Tapit soared through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Friday morning over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Legislation that would end dog racing at Tucson Greyhound Park but allow the track to operate off-track betting parlors for another two years passed the Arizona Senate Finance Committee March 16.
Emerald Downs in Washington and Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, will offer a bonus for horses that sweep the tracks' signature events for 3-year-olds in 2016.
Reddam Racing's Land Over Sea, who has finished second to undefeated champion Songbird in her past two races, is scheduled to arrive in Louisiana March 21 for the $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 26.
A racing rarity, if not a first at Santa Anita Park, occurred when Seventh Sense captured the fifth race March 12 at the Southern California track.
Caterpillars tied to widespread foal loss in 2001
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
The Jockey Club March 17 said its Graded Stakes Out-of-Competition Testing Grant Fund program again will be in effect in 2016.
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