Semaphore Racing and Homewrecker Racing's Sailor's Valentine broke through in a big way April 8, upsetting seven other 3-year-old fillies to win the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
After winning four of his first five starts, Centennial Farms' Unified will try grade 1 company for the first time in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and some additional race days in the first quarter of 2017 helped purses surge nearly 8% in the first three months of the year.
New York launches continuing education for trainers
Oscar Performance is entered for his 2017 debut in the Transylvania Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G3T) April 7, in what will mark the first start for the Kitten's Joy ridgling since winning last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T).
Of the dozen horses entered in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25 on the Polytrack at Turfway Park, nine had never won a race on dirt.
Following a strong five-furlong work March 28 at Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla., the connections of Classic Empire set the Arksansas Derby (G1) as the next target for last year's champion juvenile male.
Honorable Duty will try for a third straight stakes win at the Fair Grounds meet and the most prestigious victory of his career when he faces an expected nine rivals in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (G2) April 1.
Skychai Racing purchased a minority interest from owner Dr. Kendall Hansen in grade 3 winner Fast and Accurate, who will be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) for $200,000.
Kendall Hansen's longshot Fast and Accurate continued his improvement by leaps and bounds March 25 with a victory in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3).
Jack Hobbs rallies in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1); Japanese filly Vivlos beats the boys in the Dubai Turf.
Kitten's Cat, a two-time stakes winner on turf, will try Polytrack in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25 at Turfway Park.
The NTRA is continuing efforts to what it hopes will be a successful finish on new tax reporting and withholding rules while working with the industry to make sure it will quickly transition to the new rules.
- By Frank Angst
If you think there should be a rule against a suspended trainer moving his horses to his wife, not only are you correct but there is such a rule; in fact, it's the industry standard.
Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable's Masochistic will try to open 2017 by winning the $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) for the second time March 11 at Santa Anita Park.
The company that launched the first betting exchange in the United States, Betfair US, believes its first year performance offers some encouraging trends for the industry.
Risen Star Stakes (G2) winner Girvin has put together past performances that hint at the combination of careful planning and needed adjustments required in Thoroughbred training.
It's early in the process but because the wording in a current Florida Senate bill would potentially outlaw ADW, industry leaders have quickly weighed in to make sure legislators understand how devastating that outcome would be for horse racing.
- By Frank Angst
Sometimes it's worthwhile to just look at all the places the pari-mutuel dollar goes in racing. The California Horse Racing Board annual report for fiscal year 2015-16 breaks down where every pari-mutuel wagering dollar goes in the state.
- By Frank Angst
The California Horse Racing Board's annual report documents the challenge racing faces as the percentage of pari-mutuel money generated for tracks' and horsemen's purses declines as more handle shifts to advance-deposit wagering outlets.
After delivering dominating victories in his first two starts this season in graded stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, El Areeb will return to the New York oval March 4 to try to continue that good form in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3).
- By Frank Angst
One year after Lani started in all three Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes have rolled out welcome mats for Japan-based 3-year-olds.
Fans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots figure to be plenty familiar with most of the starters in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Saturday, Feb. 25.
Citing research that suggests the metabolite of Dextromethorphan can stay in a horse's system at a wider variance of time than previously realized, the KHRC earlier this year dropped sanctions in three cases where the metabolite was discovered.
The KHRC on Feb. 21 settled its case against Otabek Umarov, suspending the trainer for five years in a case involving Umarov's refusal to allow an out-of-competition sample to be collected from Looks to Spare on April 30, 2016 at Churchill Downs.
Southwest-based trainer Clinton Stuart picked up the 1,000th victory of his career Feb. 20 when he sent out Stewart Levine and Curtis Culver's Crossbow Star to a victory in a maiden-claiming race at Sam Houston Race Park.
The impressive connections behind One Liner had the undefeated son of Into Mischief ready for his stakes debut Feb. 20 in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.
With an early draw for the Feb. 25 Louisiana Derby Preview Day card, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots saw 38 horses entered for four graded stakes, including the $400,000 Risen Star (G2).
An appeals court upheld a decision by a United States District Court that found no patent infringement by the historic racing company Exacta Systems.
Third Day successfully stretched out to one mile and picked up his second win in as many starts Feb. 8 when he rallied from fourth to win a $60,000 overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.
A methamphetamine overdose combined with some heart issues caused the Dec. 14 death of retired jockey Garrett Gomez, according to an autopsy report from the Pima County (Az.) medical examiner.
After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.
After an in-depth review of its racing medication rules relative to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s recommendations, a Kentucky council is recommending penalty classification changes for a pair of medications.
- By Frank Angst
The solid overnight ratings for the first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) could be something to build on for future editions of the event as organizers hope one day television rights provide revenues for the stakeholders.
An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record.
His usual self in his stall in Barn 2 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Jan. 29, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome awaited a scheduled trip to Taylor Made Farm where he will begin his stallion career.
The new owners of Imperative are feeling good about their purchase after the grade 2 winner secured a narrow win in the first edition of the $400,000 Poseidon Handicap Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
When West Point Thoroughbreds bought into Gunpowder Farms' Canadian classic winner and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) horse Breaking Lucky, it marked a pleasant return for the former partners.
For a 1 1/8-mile race, trainers Art Sherman and Bob Baffert will be paying an added level of attention to the start of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
For trainer Art Sherman, Jan. 27 marked one more early morning of welcoming a new day with his once-in-a-lifetime horse California Chrome.
There's nothing like a $12 million race to spur some careful thought from owners and trainers about their horses' racing careers.
Following tests of horses quarantined at two Keeneland barns following a positive for equine herpesvirus "wild strain" reported Jan. 21 at Turfway Park, a single horse at the Lexington track tested positive for EHV-1.
From its use of stakeholders to boost the purse and help recruit horses, alternate entries, and weight allowance for horses racing without race-day furosemide, the Pegasus World Cup will offer innovative ideas on several race condition fronts.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings or World Golf Rankings.
In many ways the entries alone mark an early "mission accomplished" for the first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) as it has attracted the world's two top dirt horses in training in California Chrome and Arrogate.
The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has placed an order of quarantine on a barn on the Turfway Park backstretch after a horse from that barn tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 (EHV-1) "wild strain."
The first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) features depth comparable to last year's Dubai World Cup (G1).
Entries for the five stakes races on Saturday's card that also were offered on last year's card total 48. That total of 48 is up five horses from the number of runners in last year's five stakes on Lecomte day.
While wagering on U.S. races in 2016 was flat--up less than 1% compared with 2015--bettors continue to support a reduced Thoroughbred racing product.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the equine herpesvirus outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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