Tom McCarthy, best known for training General Quarters, a former claimer who went on to win the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died July 21 after a battle with melanoma. He was 82.
More than seven months after tearing his labrum and fracturing his shoulder in two places in a training accident, jockey Sheldon Russell will make his long-awaited comeback July 23 at Laurel Park.
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird arrived at Saratoga Race Course just before 8 p.m. EDT July 20 in advance of her upcoming engagement in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24.
Pretty N Cool, who began her career last summer at Del Mar, rallied powerfully in the stretch to win the $75,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes July 20 at the seaside racetrack.
Due to extreme temperatures and a heat index exceeding 110 degrees forecast for the evening, Canterbury Park has canceled live racing for July 21, its next scheduled racing program.
Mark Russell's Charitable Annuity, who won seven of 10 starts including the West Virginia Breeders' Classic last year, was named 2015 West Virginia-Bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan has been selected to receive the inaugural Rood & Riddle Comeback Award from the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Thoroughbred Breeding, Mid-Atlantic Region, Kentucky, Southwest Region, West Region, Midwest Region
The Jockey Club July 20 noted that Reports of Mares Bred for the 2016 breeding season are due by Aug. 1.
Delaware Handicap, Indiana Derby, Kent, Ontario Matron, Darley Irish Oaks, Carl Hanford Memorial.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Southeast Region, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, West Region, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Kentucky
The deadline for nominations for the new Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards is Aug. 1, officials said July 19.
Wings of Desire is among nine runners confirmed for the 66th running of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot.
Gun Runner and Creator both worked five furlongs in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., July 18 as they continue preparation for their next starts for trainer Steve Asmussen.
California Chrome remains the leading Thoroughbred in North America in the weekly NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll released July 18.
Saratoga Race Course is set to open its summer meet July 22 and will feature 69 stakes worth a record $18.725 million, anchored by the $1.25 million Whitney (gr. I) Aug. 6 and the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27, during the 40-day stand.
Two challengers are confirmed, but a few more 3-year-old fillies are expected to line up against champion Songbird in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
Officials at Del Mar reported increases in attendance and pari-mutuel handle for the California track's opening three-day weekend.
Belmont Park's spring/summer meet wrapped up July 17, with jockey Jose Ortiz winning his third straight individual title on the New York Racing Association circuit and trainer Chad Brown earning his first at the 54-day meet.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird both were put through workouts July 17 at Del Mar in preparation for top-level East Coast starts this summer.
Live Oak Plantation's stakes-placed Awesome Slew, who is based at Monmouth Park this summer, is being aimed for the Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Gulfstream Park has named Pete Aiello track announcer for its upcoming Championship Meet.
Three-time champion mare Beholder went through a business-like workout July 17 at Del Mar, where she covered seven furlongs in company in 1:27 under gray skies with regular rider Gary Stevens at the controls and trainer Richard Mandella looking on.
The $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) headlines a stakes schedule worth $550,000 for the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos meet.
There are 1,043 yearlings cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale Aug. 23-25. The catalog is now available via the OBS website.
Coming off a wire-to-wire romp at Churchill Downs, Gun Runner will head to Monmouth Park for rematch with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Horseplayers will determine the success or failure of racing, regulators were told during a two-day training program held recently at Emerald Downs and the Seattle Thompson Hotel in Washington.
Lael Stables' Divining Rod, a grade III winner who has been away from the races since last August, worked five furlongs at Fair Hill Training Center July 14 in preparation for his 4-year-old debut.
After winning the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by 14 1/4 lengths, Frosted finds himself as co-second-highest rated horse in the world and is the biggest mover in the fifth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Canterbury Park's July 16 program will feature the Battle of the Surfaces, which features a dirt race and a turf race run simultaneously with a common pool.
Majority owners Perry and Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions announced that California Chrome will run to benefit cancer research, as a portion of his earnings through the remainder of his racing career will be committed to the charity.
Two members of Congress who support pari-mutuel tax changes submitted a joint letter July 12 urging the United States Department of Treasury to finalize new language.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 306 yearlings for its annual New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced July 13 grants totaling $535,851 have been awarded to 71 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA's mission.
Mike Rogers of The Stronach Group was elected, while owner/breeder Fred Hertrich III and Clem Murphy of Coolmore Stud were re-elected, to the 14-member Breeders' Cup board of directors.
The Maryland Jockey Club July 12 announced a $3.25 million fall stakes schedule featuring 32 stakes(four graded) and five Super Saturdays with four or more stakes.
The Maryland Racing Commission July 12 gave its approval for the sale of Rosecroft Raceway, a harness track located south of Washington, D.C., to The Stronach Group from Penn National Gaming Inc.
Barretts will hold its fifth racehorse sale at Del Mar July 23 and expects up to 40 horses to be offered.
Jockeys Orlando Mojica and Frankie Pennington both won their 2,000th career race July 10, with a caveat for Mojica.
Lexington newspaper features Blood-Horse as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in its Business Monday section.
Santa Anita Park reported a 3% increase in on-track attendance and a 5% decrease in all-sources pari-mutuel handle for its 99-day winter/spring meet, which ended July 10.
Thoroughbred owner and NBC Sports horse racing and hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk will deliver the keynote address at OwnerView's third Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Santa Anita Park in California Nov. 2, 2016.
Robert Marzilli's Caren went gate to wire to capture $250,000 Bison City Stakes, second leg of the filly Triple Tiara, July 10 at Woodbine.
Stellar Wind, champion 3-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs in company under Victor Espinoza July 10 at Santa Anita Park in 1:14 1/5 in preparation for a rematch with Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar July 30.
Gentlmens Agrement won for the fourth time in six starts July 10 to spoil the anticipated return of 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Little Mike after a more than two-year layoff at Gulfstream Park.
Tom's Ready, winner of the Woody Stephen Stakes (gr. II) in June, will stand at Spendthrift Farm upon his retirement following an agreement with owner GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to the son of More Than Ready.
Sheep Pond Partners' undefeated Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, and Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire breezed on the inner turf course July 10 at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
Godolphin homebred Moiety, who was a promising filly at 2 but suffered a setback, made her career debut July 8 at Arlington and delivered with a four-length win over five other 3-year-old fillies in a maiden special weight event.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione continued his hot start for Gulfstream Park's summer meet July 9, when he rode five winners during the 12-race card.
Champions Beholder and Songbird both worked July 9 at Santa Anita Park toward top-level summer affairs on opposite coasts.
The third and final day of the Tattersalls July sale saw trade continue in robust fashion, pushing the turnover for the sale past the previous record set 10 years ago.
Trainer Ted H. West, 43, announced his retirement July 8. A licensed trainer in his own right for the past 17 years, West started with his father, retired trainer Ted West, when he was a young boy.
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