Saratoga Race Course in New York and Del Mar in California have been re-accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Grade I winner Daisy Devine will be offered at this year's Keeneland November sale, it was announced Aug. 21. The millionaire will be consigned by Eaton Sales as agent for owner James M. Miller.
The documentary "Penny & Red: the Life of Secretariat's Owner," depicting the life of Penny Chenery, whose family's Meadow Stable bred and raced the great racehorse, will have its premiere Sept. 20 in Lexington.
Big Band Sound, a grade II winning son of Bernstein, has been retired, announced Richard Schultz, who owns the horse with Kendel Standlee. The 6-year-old Danny Vella trainee suffered a minor injury during training.
Game On Dude will break from post 11 at Del Mar Aug. 25 in a field of 13 for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the richest race in the west for older horses.
Average yearling prices at the 2013 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale Aug. 20 increased 33.6% over 2012.
The Maryland State Fair at Timonium opens Aug. 23 for an expanded live meet this year.
The 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races Nov. 1-2 highlight the 27 graded stakes carded for the 24-day Santa Anita Park fall meet that begins Sept. 27.
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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will honor numerous owners and breeders at its 28th Annual National Awards Dinner Sept. 6 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington.
Top sprinter Jimmy Creed has been retired from racing and will stand stud in 2014 at his owner B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm. A grade I winner by Distorted Humor, he sustained a minor injury to a sesamoidean ligament.
The Breeders' Cup has retained Front Row Marketing Services to market and sell commercial rights and sponsorship opportunities for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Jockey Club announced Aug. 20 the election of Barbara Banke, Bobby Flay, Andrew Rosen, and Bill Thomason to the Club's membership.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's political action committee cleared the $3 million mark, the organization said Aug. 20.
John Velazquez, Jerry Bailey, and Angel Cordero, Jr., the three winningest jockeys in the history of Saratoga Race Course, will be honored by the track Friday morning, Aug. 23, at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).
Game On Dude, likely favorite for the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), put in a sharp drill of five furlongs in :59 3/5 Aug. 19 at Del Mar in his final major move leading up to the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile race Aug. 25.
The Track Superintendents' and Arena Managers' Field Day attracted a record 120 registrants, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Aug. 19.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association are implementing enhanced security measures for the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Red Bishop, 1995 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner and a successful stallion in Turkey, was euthanized there Aug. 7 due to complications resulting from a fractured tibia.
The son of War Front broke his maiden in the grade III With Anticipation Stakes.
Favored Prayer for Relief turned the tables on his local nemesis Alternation and held off a determined run from Worldly by a head in the $175,000 Governor's Cup Stakes on the night of Aug. 17.
Trainer Chad Brown was in excellent spirits on the morning of Aug. 18, the day after enjoying the biggest day of his training career with a pair of grade I grass wins in the Sword Dancer and Arlington Million.
Trainer Todd Pletcher's dynamic duo of Palace Malice and Verrazano, leading contenders for the upcoming Travers Stakes (gr. I), took to the Saratoga Race Course main track Aug. 18 for their final workout before the race.
Amberjack will attempt to complete a rare sweep of the Big Apple Triple and earn a $250,000 bonus when he competes in the $150,000 Albany Stakes Aug. 21 at Saratoga Race Course.
Both trainer Ken McPeek and regular rider Alan Garcia were pleased with the way War Dancer performed in his final breeze Aug. 17 prior to the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Frac Daddy was also on the tab.
"Today, he's got his ears pricked and he's looking around at people eating Dunkin' Donuts," trainer says of Travers-bound speedster's Aug. 17 move.
Jake Delhomme was elected president of the board of directors for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the annual election of officers, it was announced Aug. 17.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Aug. 17 that changes the requirement for a negative Coggin's test for horses coming into the state from six months to one year.
Richard's Kid, looking for an unprecedented third victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), had trainer Doug O'Neill smiling after a six-furlong jaunt in 1:13 3/5 over the Polytrack for Joe Talamo Aug. 16.
Tell a Great Story will be scratched from the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) after breaking out in hives the morning of Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course, according to Tom Mullikin, Sagamore Racing's general manager.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2013 August Yearling Sale, with 841 youngsters cataloged, begins its three-day run Tuesday, Aug. 20.
If Little Mike repeats in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 17, breeder/owner Carlo Vaccarezza might use the Arlington Park winner's circle as a platform to challenge Horse of the Year Wise Dan to a match race.
The appearance of suspended trainer Carla Gaines in the public area at Del Mar the weekend of Aug. 10 has prompted the California Horse Racing Board to review its current suspension policy.
TwinSpires.com is launching a new faster-paced, multi-track wager Aug. 17 that is structured so players will see the first race through the fifth race in 90 minutes.
Gulfstream Park announced a record $10.75 million stakes program for its 2013-14 meet that consists of 61 stakes, highlighted by the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29.
Second and third in the July 24 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, Watsdachances and Tapicat will rematch Aug. 18 in the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT).
The Claiming Crown, with purses totaling $1 million this year, will continue to be held at Gulfstream Park through 2015, it was announced Aug. 15.
He was a half-length short as the favorite in the Queen's Plate, but Up With the Birds will get a second chance at glory Aug. 18 when he challenges nine rivals in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.
Barclay Tagg said he has no concrete plans for Charles Fipke's grade I winner Java's War, who was moved to the trainer's barn Aug. 14 after previously being trained by Ken McPeek.
Janis Whitham's homebred Fort Larned remains on track for the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) after a half-mile breeze Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund mare registration deadline has been extended to Sept. 15.
Live thoroughbred racing returns to Golden Gate Fields Aug. 16 when the Northern California track opens its 2013 summer meeting, a 19-day affair that runs through Sept. 15.
Ten domestic and three European-based 3-year-olds comprise a field of 13 for the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 17 on the turf course at Arlington Park, with Jack Milton established as the 3-1 favorite.
Three-time British champion jockey Ryan Moore will ride the 9-5 morning line favorite Dandino, a grade II winner, in the American St. Leger Stakes Aug. 17 at Arlington Park.
Little Mike, who took the 2012 Arlington Million (gr. IT), will defend his crown against a field that includes the winners of group I races on four other continents in the Aug. 17 running at Arlington Park.
The American Graded Stakes Committee decided Saratoga's off-the-turf National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes will retain a grade III status for 2013.
Allen Murray, who with his wife, Audrey, operated Murmur and Berkley farms in Darlington, Md., died Aug. 13 at age 80.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Aug. 14 that registration is open for the Sovereign Stable Free NHC Online Contest to be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at games.ntra.com.
Brendan Heeney, a former assistant to trainers Graham Motion and Mike Trombetta, has joined EQUIX as an equine analyst.
Dancing Rain, winner of the Epsom and German Oaks in 2011 and in foal to superstar Frankel, has been entered in Tattersalls December sale in Newmarket, England.
A Kentucky-bred son of Sky Mesa was sold for $60,000 to top the Aug. 13 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Northern California sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
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