The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that an updated set of racetrack safety and integrity standards has been approved by members of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Advisory Board and the NTRA board.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program announced five winners of the 2015 Pete Pedersen Award, presented annually to stewards who have made important contributions to the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries.
The fourth session of the Arqana breeding stock sale in Deauville, France, Dec. 8 posted a gain of 36% in gross over a year ago as the 2015 auction closed with figures down slightly from the 2014 edition.
Berry, 53, of Jones, Okla., has determined this Remington Park season will be his final in the saddle. The track's all-time leading Thoroughbred rider has 2,124 local wins heading to his final three days of competition.
Square Dancer and Touching Promise were honored as the top horses at Hastings Park for the 2015 season at British Columbia's annual Thoroughbreds Awards Dinner.
The online fashion auction "Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" continues with a second Derby chapeau going on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
A physical education teacher outlasted 416 players to win $10,000 and a trip to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas as the fifth annual TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Series Championship winner.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have won the fifth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states.
Mongolian Saturday and Green Mask, the respective winner and third-place finisher in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), put in their final works Dec. 7 in preparation for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint.
Turf writers Steve Haskin and the late Raleigh Burroughs have been elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Dec. 7.
Tigertail Ranch's homebred 3-year-old Mobile Bay tops a competitive renewal of the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic on Dec. 12 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer may each have more than one starter in the $300,000 Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Total handle on the 17th edition of the Claiming Crown, contested for the fourth year Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park, was $10.12 million, up 0.6% from 2014.
Multiple grade II winner Etched was represented by his first winner when 2-year-old filly Eve won the first race, a mile main track test, Dec. 6 at Laurel Park.
The 35th running of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) heads a list of 12 stakes worth a combined $1.025 million at Golden Gate Fields' 2015-16 winter-spring meet.
Grade II winner Lady Sabelia added the $100,000 Willa On the Move at Laurel Park to her resume Dec. 5, as Vorticity and Cathryn Sophia also landed impressive wins on the card.
Apprentice jockey Lane Luzzi, son of veteran New York rider Mike Luzzi, won his first race Dec. 4 when he rode Midwest Thoroughbreds' Flo's Strawberry in Laurel Park's third race.
The organizations have announced new and re-elected board members for 2015-16.
Race caller Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita since 1983, has announced his retirement from the Southern California track. He will not return for the 2015-16 race meet, which begins Dec. 26.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will host the Fair Grounds Championship handicapping tournament Dec. 19 that will offer two paid berths into the 17th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.
Gulfstream Park has added a pair of new wagering options for the 2015-16 meet that begins Saturday, Dec. 5.
Equibase Co. announced Dec. 4 that Hank Zeitlin, who has served as president and chief operating officer of Equibase since April 2007 and guided the company to new heights in fan engagement, plans to step down.
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Dec. 4 presented its listing of U.S. graded and listed stakes races for 2016.
Retired trainer Mary Lou Tuck, who conditioned multiple grade I winner Go West Young Man, died earlier this year as a result of an extended illness.
Al Shaqab Racing's group II winner Toast of New York, who finished second in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will enter stud in Qatar in 2016.
The Tattersalls December sale ended Dec. 3 with gross sales of more than 84.17 million guineas (US$133.67 million), just 1% shy of last year's total receipts of 84.97 million guineas.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has issued a statement in the form of a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick regarding historical racing and the Texas Racing Commission's ability to move forward on the issue.
The North American dispersal of the Estate for Sara Jane Leigh's bloodstock will be offered by Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud as agent during the first session of the upcoming Keeneland January sale on Jan. 11.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is the latest organization to endorse the American Horse Council's Welfare Code of Practice, the AHC reported Dec. 3.
The Toronto racetrack reported an 11.3% rise in total handle; set records on its three biggest days.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Dec. 3 that the $350,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash has been upgraded to grade III for 2016 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
Freud, this year's second-leading sire in New York who topped the list in 2014, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson.
Japan, a stakes-winning son of top sire Medaglia d'Oro, will enter stud in 2016 at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.
Sir Prize Birthday, the oldest member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's herd, was euthanized Dec. 2 at the Wallkill Correctional Facility near Wallkill, N.Y., at age 35.
Equine Sales Company announced its 2-year-olds in training sale will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Opelousas, La., with the breeze show set for Sunday, May 8.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,796 horses for its 58th January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will be held Jan. 11-15, 2016.
Betfair has become the first betting entity to agree to a new three-year funding arrangement designed to generate more purse money for British racing as an Authorized Betting Partner.
Khozan, a son of Distorted Humor out of grade I producer and graded stakes winner Delta Princess, will stand the 2016 season at Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla. A fee will be announced in the future.
Madison County Thoroughbred Farm in Iowa reports that its successful stallion Wild Gold has died of natural causes at age 25.
The $1.1 million Claiming Crown, which gives claiming horses their shot in nine stakes restricted to horses who have started for a tag in 2014 or 2015, will return to Gulfstream Park Dec. 5.
The annual Jockeys' Guild Assembly will be Tuesday and Wednesday Feb. 16-17 in Hollywood, Fla., at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Jim Edwards, state steward for the New Jersey Racing Commission at Monmouth Park, the Meadowlands, and Atlantic City Race Course since 2004, has been appointed as The Jockey Club steward at the NYRA tracks.
The New York Racing Association has released its 2016 racing calendar, with 237 days of live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Robert Beck announced Dec. 1 that he will step down from the position, effective Dec. 7.
The Jockey Club has issued a reminder that the requirements for registration of unregistered yearlings and 2-year-olds must be completed by Dec. 31 to avoid additional late registration fees.
Turfway Park will begin its four-month run of live racing Dec. 3 and offer its first stakes, the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural for fillies and mares, on the first Saturday program of the meet Dec. 5.
The third and final Thoroughbred meet of 2015 at Los Alamitos Race Course begins Dec. 3 with an eight-race program. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday basis through Dec. 20 with first post at 12:30 PST.
Total pari-mutuel handle during the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet was $104,626,990, up 9.9% from $95,225,065 for a 24-day fall meet in 2014. Average daily handle jumped 25.6% to $4,982,238 from $3,967,711 in 2014.
British-based Frankie Dettori has been named the Longines World's Best Jockey for 2015, besting U.S. Triple Crown-winning rider Victor Espinoza and British-based Ryan Moore for the title.
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