Churchill Downs' exclusive Infield Club, which offered a new guest experience for fans of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks in 2009, will return for this year's renewals with several venue enhancements.
TVG will broadcast exclusive live coverage of the 39th annual Eclipse Awards from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 18.
A bill requiring a constitutional amendment for expanded gambling in Kentucky has been introduced in the state General Assembly by Republican Senate President David Williams.
Creditors of Magna Entertainment Corp. have apparently reached an agreement that will end the racetrack operating company's bankruptcy case.
Bert Welker, owner of Silverton Farm in Midway, Ky and former general manager of Stonewall Stallions, will operate his own sales agency this year under the name Welker Sales Agency.
The American Horse Council has released a new brochure entitled "Caregiver's Guide to Rehabilitating the Neglected Horse," instructing owners on how to care for neglected horses.
The first foal by grade II winner Zanjero was born Jan. 8 at Clifton Farm. The foal is a filly out of Frangible.
Wearing blinkers for the first time, Lookin At Lucky worked four furlongs on Pro-Ride at Santa Anita Jan. 9 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut, probably in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on March 13.
Jeff Taylor has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture taken at the Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Races in Clarke County, Va. The photo appeared in The Winchester Star on March 9, 2009.
Joe Drape has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Enterprise category for "Despite Outcry, Derby Owners Fall Silent on Drugs for Horses," which appeared in The New York Times on April 30, 2009.
The Illinois Racing Board decided late Jan. 5 that Fairmount Park will race only three days in 2010 because of a dispute with union employees.
Nat Wess, a longtime presence on the racing scene in California and Minnesota, retired December 31, 2009, completing a 45-year career in thoroughbred racing.
Santa Anita-based horsemen had fond memories of the late former trainer J.E. "Cotton" Tinsley, who will be remembered during a gathering of his friends on Jan. 11 at Arcadia Golf Course. Tinsley was found dead Jan. 4
Ronald Waranch, who raced Southern California grade II winners Northern Afleet and Saint Afleet, died Jan. 6 at age 78.
Jason, Evan, and Les Instone of twinspires/brisnet preview the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II). Watch Now
ESPN Radio has won the 2009 media Eclipse Award in the audio/multi-media Internet category for its live coverage of last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Fasig-Tipton has ramped up its race sponsorship at Gulfstream Park as the Lexington sales company and Florida racetrack unveiled the new "Fasig-Tipton Filly Festival" to be run during the 2010 meet.
The date for the 2010 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), Turfway Park's prep race for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been changed to March 27, a week later than the race traditionally has been run.
NBC Sports has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category for its documentary "The Story of Mine That Bird, 50-1", which aired at the beginning of its Preakness Stakes.
Horse owner and Hollywood producer David Milch has created a show titled "Luck" that will be shown on HBO, Variety reported Jan. 6.
Wagering on U.S. racing in 2009 declined by 9.9% to total $12.3 billion, compared with $13.7 billion the previous year, according to figures released Jan. 6 by Equibase Company.
Adena Springs topped the list of leading individual breeders in North America in 2009 with earnings of $12,853,329, according to statistics released by The Jockey Club Information Systems Jan. 6.
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) has announced the top earners in the Ontario Sired Racing Rewards Program for 2009.
Churchill Downs reported that its online sale of 3,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) reserved seat packages sold out Jan. 6 in 48 minutes.
The early nomination deadline for the 2010 Triple Crown -- the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) -- has been set for Jan. 16.
Sean Clancy has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category for his column "Life's Work," which appeared in the Blood-Horse on Jan. 3, 2009
James "Ted" Bassett III has stepped down from his position as a member of the Breeders' Cup board of members and trustees it was announced in a Jan. 5 release.
The Jockey Club is once again offering owners and breeders the opportunity to contribute, through a voluntary checkoff program, to Thoroughbred aftercare programs at the time they register their foals in 2010.
ESPN's telecast of the 2009 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) has won the Media Eclipse Award for National Television - Live Racing. The Belmont Stakes program was aired on ABC on June 6, 2009 from Belmont Park.
The Japan Racing Association has announced that all JRA graded races will be open to foreign-trained horses starting in 2010.
The trainer of Ledge's Monarchos, fourth-place finisher in the Dec. 19, 2009 Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park, has been suspended 30 days after the 2-year-old filly tested positive for the prohibited substance Clenbuterol.
Many Central Kentucky breeding operations holding open houses around the five-day Keeneland January Sale (Jan. 11-15). Farms in the Ocala, Fla., area will be open around the Jan. 19-20 OBS mixed sale
A trainer who allegedly left several Thoroughbred horses either dead or neglected at a Southern Ohio farm has been suspended by Kentucky stewards for "conduct detrimental to racing."
Buddy's Saint, open-length winner of the Nashua Stakes (gr. II) and Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct in November, is being pointed toward the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Calder Casino & Race Course concluded its 47-day Tropical Meet on Jan. 2 with Kathleen O'Connell highlighting the session by becoming the first woman to win a training title in the 39-year history of the Florida racetrack.
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner Life Is Sweet was scratched from the the Jan. 2 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) when she "tied up a little" following a morning jog, according to trainer John Shirreffs.
He plans to build a one-mile training track on the property, which is located approximately six miles from the Aiken Training Track.
It came down to the last race of the year at Santa Anita, but Garrett Gomez notched his fourth straight national purse earnings title on Dec. 31.
In the tightest race in years, Darley's freshman stallion Offlee Wild honors as the nation's top first-crop sire over Hill 'n' Dale Farm's Roman Ruler.
Cash Asmussen, a former Eclipse Award winning jockey in the U.S. and leading rider in Europe, has reportedly been sued by a bank for failure to make payments due in October on a loan of more than $2.99 million.
The race for leading freshman sire in 2009 between Roman Ruler and Offlee Wild will be decided in the colt and gelding division of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31 at Fair Grounds.
The much anticipated return of Sidney's Candy became a bit of a disappointment when the 2-year-old was beaten by Tiny Woods, finishing fourth in an allowance race at Santa Anita.
Monique Koehler, known for her tireless work saving retired racehorses through Thoroughbred retirement programs, will be recognized with the 2009 Special Eclipse Award, it was announced Dec. 30.
Special Guest Host Suzanne Dorman, Creative Director at The Blood-Horse, and James Scully of Twinspires.com preview the Tropical Park Derby (gr. III) on January 1 at Calder Race Course. Watch Now!
New York racing authorities are authorized to conduct unannounced drug testing of horses expected to compete at tracks in the state even when if they are stabled far away under rules effective Jan. 1.
Two auctions that were to raise funds to provide long-term care for well-known equine photographer Tony Leonard and his wife, Adele, have been canceled indefinitely
Animal control officials and police are currently looking for a Thoroughbred trainer they suspect has left several horses either dead or neglected in Clermont County near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Louisville television station WLKY has won its second Eclipse Award for Local Television for its feature on Tom McCarthy, trainer of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter General Quarters.
Rancho Temescal near Piru, Calif., has announced an option for California breeders breeding mares to the farm's stallion Suances in 2010.
Hawthorne Racecourse has announced a $100,000 grand prize giveaway on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, the next to last day of the tracks current meet.
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