The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Dec. 17 that James G. "Jimmy" Bell, president and racing manager of Darley America, has been elected as president of the organization.
A post-sale blood test with zero tolerance for anabolic steroids will be an option offered to buyers at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale in January.
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A provision that retroactively extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses was passed by the United States Senate late Dec. 16.
The Illinois Racing Board is scrambling to cope with a huge civil judgment against the state's harness tracks that probably will push them into bankruptcy and threatens to impact Thoroughbred operations.
Stratton is the daughter of Lane's End owners William S. and Sarah Farish. A memorial service will be held Dec. 18 in Houston.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has updated its Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and Recommended Penalties and Model Rule Update.
Longtime Florida owner and trainer Gary Caple died Dec.14 in Oldsmar, Fla. after a long illness. He was 60.
Churchill Downs Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Big Fish Games (Big Fish), one of the world's largest producers and distributors of mobile and online games.
Online voting is now open at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association website for the 16th annual Moment of the Year.
As part of the 2015 Eclipse Awards Week-long events, ThoroFan will honor an industry favorite at its third annual awards breakfast sponsored by Red Brand Fence Co. Jan. 16.
Kate's Event, winner of the 2013 Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park, will begin stallion duties in 2015 at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, Calif.
Darley in Australia has purchased Brazen Beau, one of Australia's best 3-year-old sprinters, and plans to launch his stud career during the 2015 Southern Hemisphere season.
Calumet Farm has set the 2015 stud fees for its roster of stallions, including regional and foreign-based sires.
The $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) will be supported by 13 other stakes worth an additional $2.3 million when racing moves to the main track April 1 for Aqueduct's 19-day Spring Showcase meet.
Several provisions that impact the horse industry, including maintaining a ban on horse slaughter, were included in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Dec. 13.
Big Drama, the Eclipse Award-winning champion sprinter in 2010, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., for a live-foal fee of $10,000.
New York trainer David Cannizzo has been suspended 45 days and fined $6,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission after three horses he trains tested positive for a painkiller.
Equibase has introduced a leaders' list by foal crop that will enable users to determine which horse earned the most money, won the most races, or had the most stakes wins among its foal crop.
Offspring of 1996 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Grindstone took three stakes, including the co-featured events for 2-year-olds, on Oregon Championship Day for state-breds Dec. 14 at Portland Meadows.
Two-time champion jockey Jamie Spencer, who has been the retained rider for Qatar Racing since 2013, has backed off his plan to retire and will now ride freelance.
New York-bred juveniles took center stage Dec. 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a pair of impressive performances by Good Luck Gus in the $100,000 Damon Runyon Stakes and Freudie Anne in the $100,000 East View Stakes.
Many Routes became the first winner for his sire Many Rivers when he came from off the pace to win the first race Dec. 14 at Golden Gate Fields.
Fresh off a grade I victory at Los Alamitos with Take Charge Brandi in the $350,500 Starlet, trainer Wayne Lukas will return to his former Quarter Horse base with Mr. Z in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club reported attendance and handle for the Hong Kong International Races Dec. 14 were the best for the international event since 1997.
Jockey Fernando Perez was unseated after an incident approaching the far turn in the seventh race at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 13 and, though he complained of neck pain, was back in the saddle and won a race Dec. 14.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will begin carding one-mile races on the main track starting with the first race Dec. 12, in an effort to provide more options to horsemen.
The New York Racing Association released its 2015 racing schedule Dec. 12, which calls for 251 days of live Thoroughbred action, headed by a 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance has re-accredited Laurel Park for two years.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah, and jockey Martin Garcia combined to set a pair of track records at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 11.
After beginning his career with consecutive sprint wins, Acceptance will stretch out to a mile in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes Dec. 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing a pair of grade I winners to the first major race for older horses in the country, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
The Niarchos Family, racing under the Flaxman Holdings name, has won the fourth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The 2014 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet ended with a slight decrease in all-sources handle, the Woodbine Entertainment Group reported Dec. 11.
Golden Gate Fields canceled its seven-race live program Thursday, Dec. 11, due to a severe storm that drenched the San Francisco Bay Area with heavy rains and gusty winds.
The New York Racing Association announced Dec. 11 that FBI veteran George C. Venizelos will become the organization's vice president of security, effective Jan. 26.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Dec. 11 the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Tour will offer record prize money of $250,000, up 25% from 2014.
Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean will seek his third stakes win in six weeks when he defends his title in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Beyond it being his first victory as a trainer, David Rakoff's win with Petite Lapin in the final race Dec. 7 at Gulfstream Park will always carry an extra special significance for him.
Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been elected president of the Turf Publicists of America for 2015-16.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 10 it has an agreement with Lockton Insurance Brokers to offer a new risk-management and employee benefits program for the industry.
Charles Cella, president of the Oaklawn Jockey Club, announced Dec. 10 that the Arkansas racetrack will waive its $2 general admission fee for the 2015 season that begins in January.
The RMTC said Dec. 9 the Thoroughbred industry has made "major gains" this year in the number of jurisdictions operating or soon to be operating under all or part of the National Uniform Medication Program.
Young stallion Montmartre was the star on the final day of the Arqana Deauville breeding stock sale Dec. 9 before the auction closed its four-day run with record results.
A memorial service was set for Dec. 9 for trainer David Banks, who died Dec. 6 after collapsing during training hours at Evangeline Training Center Carencro, La.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, Gulfstream Park, and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have agreed to significant changes in the Florida Sire Stakes program.
Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle announced Dec. 9 that he will call his last race May 31, 2015, bringing a 29-year career as a Thoroughbred announcer to a close.
Average price increased 33% and median price was up 14.3% on the third day of the Arqana Deauville breeding stock sale Dec. 8.
Stakes winner Music City will stand his first season in 2015 at Chris Rosell's Win Row Farm in Lebanon, Ohio, for a $1,000 fee.
Irish-based sire Kodiac set a Northern Hemisphere record for individual 2-year-old winners in a year when his son Cry No More debuted Nov. 30 in Sweden, becoming number 43 of 2014.
Jason Beem, currently the announcer at Portland Meadows in Oregon, has been named announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs beginning with the 2015 Quarter Horse meet.
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