Longtime California sire Benchmark was euthanized June 23 due to the infirmities of old age, according to a release from Ballena Vista Farm. He was 26.
Multiple grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits emerged from a June 23 bullet breeze in good shape as he nears his stateside return in the $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G2).
Trainer Mark Casse was at the Royal Ascot meet June 23 to saddle La Coronel to a fifth-place run in the Coronation Stakes (G1) and July 2 he'll be at Woodbine to watch King and His Court and State of Honor compete in the Queen's Plate.
Kitasan Black, the 2016 Japanese Horse of the Year and last year's Japan Cup (G1) winner, is the standout in the 1 1/2-mile Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse June 25, for an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T).
The Player, unraced since he finished second in last year's Indiana Derby (G2), is slated to make his 4-year-old debut in the Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes on closing night of the Churchill Downs spring/summer meet June 30.
In his first start since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Untrapped will try to secure his first stakes win in the Ohio Derby (G3) June 24 at JACK Thistledown.
Led by El Castillo's 3-year-old filly Soy Realidad, a field of 12 is entered for the 1 1/4-mile Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) June 25 at Hipodromo de Monterrico.
Veteran jockey agent Ivan Puhich died June 19 at age 89, according to a statement from Santa Anita Park June 22.
The lead up to the Breeders' Cup will feature the Oct. 7 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), which had its purse trimmed by $250,000.
Joe Osborne, who has been acting as interim chief executive of Godolphin's global operation, will now take the position in a permanent capacity, it was announced June 22.
Carl Moore Management's female sprinter Finley'sluckycharm will attempt to remain unbeaten at Churchill Downs when she concedes 6-10 pounds to 12 rivals in the June 24 running of the Chicago Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares.
The record-setting heat wave in California has led the Oak Tree Racing Association to cancel the June 22 opening day of the Pleasanton meet.
Topped by the sale of German group 2-placed Lockheed (GB), Goffs reported a dozen horses sold for gross receipts of £4,525,000 (US$5,060,760) at its fourth London Sale held June 19 at The Orangery, Kensington Palace.
Honors were received at the American Horse Publications' annual conference.
Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, has been elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees following the organization's annual meeting and national issues forum June 11-14.
Journeyman Horacio Karamanos, a perennial leading rider in Maryland since his arrival in 2002, celebrated Father's Day in style, winning the third race June 18 at Laurel Park for his 2,000th career victory.
For trainers Garry and Zack Simms, Father's Day holds a special meaning for the father-son team since Garry was diagnosed with cancer nearly eight years ago.
Trainer Steve Asmussen was still beaming the morning of June 18 following Gun Runner's stellar seven-length victory in Saturday night's $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Sweeping Paddy tracked the early leaders before he launched a four-wide move in the stretch to take over and quickly drew away for a 3 1/2-length win over 5-2 favorite Proctor's Ledge in the $100,000 Regret Stakes (G3T) June 17 at Churchill Downs.
Freshman sire Brethren picked up his first winner June 16 at Evangeline Downs, where his daughter Feisty Embrace captured a five-furlong maiden special weight in the day's first race.
Jockey Paco Lopez was sent to the hospital and taken off all his mounts at Monmouth Park June 17, after he was kicked by a horse in the paddock prior to the running of the first race.
Unexpected heavy rains forced the New York Racing Association to cancel the final six races at Belmont Park June 17 to ensure the safety of all participants.
Northwest Stud of Ocala, Fla., is sending 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) winner Wrote to New Zealand for the shuttle season, it was announced June 16.
Richard Migliore is leaving his position at NYRA TV following the July 8 card at Belmont Park, the retired jockey and current racing analyst announced June 16.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' grade 1 winner The Pizza Man will make his season debut June 17 in the $50,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse.
Thoroughbred owner and breeder and current chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. G. Watts Humphrey Jr. will be Honor Guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America's 2017 testimonial dinner Sept. 29 at Keeneland Race Course.
Sweeping Paddy and Proctor's Ledge are set to rematch June 17 at Churchill Downs in the $100,000 Regret Stakes Presented by Cox's Smokers Outlets (G3T) against a well-matched field of 12 3-year-old fillies.
Connections of some United States-based runners who plan to compete in the Royal Ascot meeting June 20-24 gathered for a news conference June 15 at the historic Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.
Trainer Manny Azpurua, a fixture on the South Florida Thoroughbred racing scene since 1980, died June 13 at Florida Medical Center.
Lazy Lane Farm's Hansel, winner of the 1991 Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) and subsequently Eclipse Award winner as champion 3-year-old colt that season, was euthanized June 13 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 29.
Undefeated grade 1 winner Mastery has been retired after arriving at Claiborne Farm June 12, according to representative Bernie Sams. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) will begin stud duty at the Kentucky operation in 2018.
Always Dreaming (16 first-place votes; 347 points) the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner who did not run in the Belmont Stakes was voted the best 3-year-old by the media.
In a footnote to the official chart, Equibase will recognize both Miss Inclusive and Eighth Wonder as the winners of the 2016 Parx Oaks.
Voador Magee's victory in the Grande Premio Brasil gives the Brazilian-bred a all expense paid berth to the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1).
Both total handle and on-track handle for the first two days of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival increased significantly over 2016's festival, the New York Racing Association announced June 9.
With no live racing June 15 and June 22, the track will now run a pair of three-day weeks, beginning June 16 and June 23, in advance of a five-day closing week, which starts June 30.
Barretts has rescheduled its sixth annual paddock at Del Mar from its original date of Sunday, July 30, to Wednesday, July 26, following that day’s race card.
Smiles and laughter filled the halls of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, N.Y. Thursday when five of the New York Racing Association's best jockeys made their annual visit.
While Arrogate, with a ranking of 134, and Winx (132) continue to maintain their top two positions in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017, Ribchester moved into the third spot at 124.
The 2017 Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast concluded June 8 with records for the 15-day auction that consisted of weanlings, broodmares, yearlings, and racehorses.
The War Front colt will travel to England June 13 for trainer Todd Pletcher, who confirmed Frankie Dettori will have the mount in the one-mile June 20 test.
Owner West Point Thoroughbreds said Twilight Eclipse, who once sold at auction for $1,000 but reached racing's heights, has been retired from racing.
No stranger to success with juveniles, trainer Todd Pletcher has entered four runners in the $150,000 Tremont Stakes for 2-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on Belmont Park's main track June 9.
Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred By the Moon will be seeking to defend her crown when the 5-year-old mare tops a field of 10 entered in the $250,000 Bed o' Roses Invitational (G3) on the June 9 Belmont Park card.
Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate is likely to make his next start in the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) July 22 at Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert said June 5.
A winner in his last five races, Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners' Whitmore will put his streak on the line in the $250,000 True North Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park June 9.
Code Warrior dueled early and had more than enough left in the tank to take Hendrie Stakes (G3) June 4 at Woodbine.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner-up Lookin At Lee breezed four furlongs in :48.33 under the early morning sunshine on the Belmont Park main track June 4 in preparation for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1).
Both Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry and Mark and Nancy Stanley’s Hollywood Handsome have been confirmed for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, West Region
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