Average daily handle rose 14.6% at Laurel Park's winter meet, which started Jan. 1 and concluded March 29, although total wagering was down 5.4% overall.
Churchill Downs Racetrack announced March 31 that track superintendent David Lehr will retire from that post, effective May 31, and will be succeeded by assistant track superintendent James "Jamie" Richardson.
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital of Lexington has entered into a partnership with EquiMarker Analytics Corp. to pursue use of biomarkers in helping find solutions for some equine disorders and diseases.
Jockey James Graham, trainer Tom Amoss, and owner Maggi Moss topped the standings in their respective categories when the 81-day meet at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots concluded March 29.
Laurel Park closed its 2015 winter meet March 29, with Sheldon Russell and Claudio Gonzalez taking the respective jockey and trainer titles.
El Kabeir had his final tune-up for the $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) March 30, breezing five furlongs on Belmont Park's training track in 1:01.12, the fastest of 27 works at the distance.
Racing at Keeneland's 15-day spring meet will be broadcast live on national television, local radio networks, and Keeneland.com as part of wide-ranging coverage for race fans.
Equibase Company has announced that effective immediately it will include in its data feeds, result charts, and Equibase past performance products information on claims that were subsequently voided.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager's final pool closed March 29 with champion American Pharoah the slight 5-1 favorite and unbeaten Dortmund a close second choice at 6-1.
A pair of contenders put their final works in March 29 for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I), in advance of the April 4 race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Materiality came out of his win in the Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 in good order, trainer Todd Pletcher said March 29, and if all goes well the colt will be in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 2.
Grade I King's Bishop winner The Big Beast and defending Carter Handicap winner Dads Caps turned in final preparations March 28 for the April 4 Carter, while 3-year-olds tuning up for the Wood Memorial were also on the tab.
Trainer David Jacobson and jockey Jose Ortiz opened up decisive early leads and cruised to the finish line to win their respective titles as the inner track meet came to a close on Saturday, March 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gold Medal Dancer traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59 1/5 March 28 at Oaklawn Park, prepping for a run in the April 10 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I). A decision will be made March 30 as to whether Untapable will run.
Javier Castellano will ride all 14 races at Gulfstream Park March 28, including Ami's Flatter in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), and he wasn't even supposed to be in South Florida that day.
Headed by grade I winner Daredevil, a field of promising 3-year-olds is taking shape for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Total on-track handle at the New York Racing Association's three tracks rose 2% to $374,387,425 in 2014, the second-highest such total over the past six years, NYRA announced March 27.
In his first start since capturing the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) last summer, Competitive Edge rolled to an 8 1/4-length victory in the $60,000 Tamarac Stakes March 27 at Gulfstream Park to stay unbeaten.
Keeneland begins its 2015 spring meet April 3 with the first two days of its 15-day stand anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes(gr. I), which moves up a week as part of a richer, re-ordered stakes calendar.
One Lucky Dane, an impressive allowance/optional claiming winner in his last start at Santa Anita Park March 19, will likely join unbeaten stablemate Dortmund in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4.
Following is the March 27 update on some of the horses preparing for races on the $30 million Dubai World Cup card, to be run March 28 at Meydan.
Bill and Susan Casner won the 2009 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with WinStar Farm's Well Armed and will send out My Johnny Be Good for the S & M Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (UAE-II) March 28.
Concern, the winner of the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and the only Breeders' Cup victor to race and stand in Oklahoma, has died at the age of 25.
The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced that a uniform threshold for cobalt regulation in the U.S. was approved at its March 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park.
The "Fillies & Lilies Party," one of Kentucky Derby week's new social happenings, has named the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund as the event's charity beneficiary for 2015.
Well-bred War Correspondent, who seems to be on the upswing for trainer Christophe Clement, will join grade I winner Lochte in the $150,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 28 at Gulfstream Park.
The California Horse Racing Board is exploring out-of-competition testing at sales.
Smart Strike, a two-time champion sire in North America, was euthanized March 25 at Lane's End Farm near Lexington after succumbing to a case of laminitis. He was 23.
The Curragh will begin its 2015 racing season Sunday, March 29, a season that will be highlighted by the 150th edition of the Irish Derby (Ire-I) set for Saturday, June 27.
New security measures will be employed for horses participating in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), Keeneland announced March 25.
Upstart is tabbed the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 Gulfstream Park. Eight opponents include Itsaknockout, to whom he lost last time out via disqualification.
First-time starter Humor Vice scored comfortably at Hipodromo de las Americas March 20 and became the first winner for graded/group winner Regal Ransom.
Enrique Cantarell Diaz's Amanecer Serrano was a convincing 2 1/4-length victor March 21 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico while becoming the first winner for California-based freshman sire Sierra Sunset.
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association March 24 said they have established standing security protocols for horses racing in grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more.
A standing-room-only crowd gathered at Gulfstream Park Tuesday, March 24, for a memorial service to honor Hall of Fame horseman Allen Jerkens, who died March 18 at the age of 85.
Nine more 3-year-olds were made eligible to the Triple Crown during the late nomination period that closed March 23. The fee for each horse was $6,000.
Brian Spearman, a senior vice president at PepsiCo, has joined Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners as an equity partner and has assumed the role of chairman effective immediately.
Following is an update from March 24 on some of the horses preparing for races on the $30 million Dubai World Cup card, to be run March 28 at Meydan.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will broadcast the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) live from Meydan Racecourse March 28.
Martha McCauley Miller, wife of the late Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, died March 22 at 91. Her husband died in December 2010.
The first reported foal for Our Entourage, a stakes-winning son of Street Cry, is a colt born Feb. 21 at O'Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W.Va.
Mubtaahij is set for the $2 million S&M Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (gr. II), the final jewel of the United Arab Emirates Triple Crown, March 28 at Meydan.
Three Racing Hall of Fame jockeys and a legendary track announcer are to be inducted into Hialeah Park's Hall of Fame March 30.
Following is a look at some of the horses preparing for races on the $30 million Dubai World Cup card, to be run March 28 at Meydan.
Shared Belief, who most recently won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), and Bayern, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in his last start last November, are among 56 nominees for the April 18 Charles Town Classic.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced Amy Tarrant as the March recipient of its Award of Merit. Tarrant, a Thoroughbred owner and breeder received the award at the FTBOA awards banquet.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z will lose his blinkers for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 28 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Moreno, a homebred grade I winner for Southern Equine Stable, will head to Fair Grounds for the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 28, trainer Eric Guillot said.
Ron the Greek, a multiple grade I winner in the U.S. who now races in Saudi Arabia, will miss the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28 because of an unspecified injury.
Chilean-bred Turco Bravo landed his first North American win in the $100,000 Stymie Stakes March 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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