Two stakes that guarantee the winners berths in West Virginia Breeders Classics races at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have been moved from August to September to avoid a conflict with new stakes at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Kentucky, Off Track Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Mike McMahon, co-owner of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock and founder of Bourbon Lane Racing Stable, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Charities of America, the organization announced June 7.
Former Irish champion jockey Joseph O'Brien saddled four winners from seven starters June 6 at two racecourses in Ireland to formally launch his training career.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who galloped the morning of June 6 at Belmont Park, is expected to face 12 other 3-year-olds in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Tickets for this year's two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park are now on sale to the general public, officials said June 6.
The New York Racing Association will match all prize money won by registered American Thoroughbreds on opening day of the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show as an incentive to promote the presence of the breed in the show ring.
As a result of an increase in the number of horses cataloged for its July 12 selected yearling sale, Fasig-Tipton has moved its selected horses of racing age sale to an evening session July 11.
Tri-Bone Stables' New York-bred Effinex, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) in his last start April 16, is among the nominees for the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 18 at Churchill Downs.
The Player, a 3-year-old Street Hero colt, is headed to bigger things after a victory June 3 in an allowance race at Churchill Downs.
The 4-year-old Warrior's Reward colt Requite, away since last August at Saratoga Race Course, returned a winner June 5 in the $75,000 Parrot Key Stakes at Gulfstream Park and could make his next start in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (gr. II).
Songbird's fractional times were :36 2/5, :48 2/5, and 1:00 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:28.
Dale Romans' Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders Cherry Wine and Brody's Cause wrapped up their major preparations for the June 11 final jewel of the Triple Crown, undertaking very different workouts the morning of June 4 at Belmont Park.
Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Kent Desormeaux issued a brief statement June 4 through his agent J. R. Pegram, stating that he will return to riding June 9 following a brief stay in an alcohol rehabilitation program.
Joe Clancy of ST Publishing and Richard Rosenblatt of The Associated Press earned top honors in the New York Racing Association's seventh annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist spent his last morning on the main track at Pimlico Race Course with an energetic two-mile jog the morning of June 4.
Former Tampa Bay Downs general manager Lorraine M. King died May 31 in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Idle since Dec. 26, Lord Nelson came back running June 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced June 3 three additional members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The latest appointments bring the newly established commission to full capacity with 15 members.
Multiple grade I winner Mshawish has been retired from racing after a minor soft tissue injury was discovered June 3 at Belmont Park.
There will be six sessions of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, with the first one set for June 5.
Minding overcame traffic trouble in the early stretch and won the £475,000 Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) June 3, giving trainer Aidan O'Brien a sixth triumph in the English filly classic.
Beating the light rain that began to fall at Belmont Park June 3, Todd Pletcher worked both his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls, Destin and Stradivari, on the training track.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien will have five of the 16 horses scheduled to run in the £1,545,000 ($2.2 million) Investec Derby (Eng-I) June 4 at Epsom Downs.
Lael Stables' grade 3 winner Divining Rod, third behind 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 140th Preakness Stakes (gr. I), is getting closer to his first race of the season.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. will suspend its fall mixed sale this year to allow for expansion and renovation of its sale pavilion complex.
Tyler Gaffalione, the 2015 Eclipse Award winner for outstanding apprentice jockey, took off his mounts June 3 at Gulfstream Park after a hospital stay June 2.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has formed a task force to review information on glaucine and address the issue of recent positives for the substance.
Charles Fipke homebred Forever d'Oro is under consideration for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to trainer Dallas Stewart, following his maiden victory May 29 at Belmont Park.
Grade I winner Sheer Drama put in her final work for Belmont Park's June 11 Ogden Phipps (gr. I) June 2, breezing five furlongs in a bullet :59.32 at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist, who suffered his first career loss in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), returned to the track June 2 for the first time since his third-place finish in the May 21 Preakness.
Heart to Heart could find his way back to the winner's circle for his first grade I victory in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) June 4 at Santa Anita Park, a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Koji Maeda's UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Lani turned in a characteristically lengthy breeze early the morning of June 1 at Belmont Park, his penultimate work for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11.
Ceremony to honor retired jockey is set for June 12, Woodbine Oaks Day.
Not For Love, Maryland's leading sire for more than a dozen years, was euthanized the evening of May 29 because of complications from colic.
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A single winning ticket resulted in a Santa Anita Park Pick 6 payout of $1,478,942 May 30.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club May 31 said live coverage of its races will be available via the Racing.com platform in Australia beginning with the June 1 program at Happy Valley.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association will add a mixed session to its summer yearling sale scheduled Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park.
Three-time leading Arlington trainer started career in 2000.
A Fastnet Rock half brother to Australian champion Whobegotyou brought the overall highest price at the record-breaking Magic Millions National weanling sale May 29-30 on the Gold Coast.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator got a feel for the Belmont Park surface on a rainy morning May 30 in his first trip to the track since his arrival in New York from Maryland the previous day.
Untapable, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2014, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 May 30 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) June 18 at the Kentucky racetrack.
Third choice Makahiki bested a strong field of 3-year-olds in the Tokyo Yushun (Jpn-I, Japanese Derby) to claim his first top-level win by a nose May 29 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Samuel Henderson's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Suddenbreakingnews, recently discovered to be a ridgling, continued preparations for the $1.5 million classic with a six-furlong breeze May 29 at Churchill Downs.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track shortly after daybreak May 29 with exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez aboard.
After two days of walking, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator returned to the track with an easy gallop Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course.
Mario Pino was announced as the 2016 recipient of the of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, earning the prestigious honor for jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.
Gulfstream Park will offer $525,000 in purses over seven stakes June 4 as part of its Summit of Speed Preview Day program.
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. has added five older horses and 39 juveniles to its June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale that will be held in Ocala, Fla., June 14-17.
Jockey Cornelio Velasquez, who has earned five riding titles at New York Racing Association tracks and has won four Breeders' Cup races, is moving his tack to Gulfstream Park.
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