With final court approval of the $7.2 billion deal in place, the merger of bookmaker Paddy Power and betting exchange Betfair became official Feb. 2.
Sassicaia and jockey John Bisono courageously split horses in deep stretch to register a victory in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After earning a stakes win and grade III placing last season, Flora Dora is scheduled to begin her 3-year-old campaign on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Northeast Region, Midwest Region
Officials from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division, and Woodbine Entertainment Group plan to meet in the near future to discuss reductions in Ontario Sire purse bonuses for 2016.
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Two-time Carter Handicap (gr. I) winner Dads Caps is scheduled to make his first start in more than seven months in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
A colt and filly by hot stallion Curlin posted the two top prices at the 2016 Consignor Preferred Session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company winter mixed sale Jan. 27.
After opening the season with an easy victory in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, Flexibility will try for a second straight stakes win there in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III).
In his stakes and 3-year-old season debut, Whatawonderflworld rallied from fifth to score a clear victory in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Ocala Training Center.
After finishing second in three of his first four stakes tries, Morning Fire dug down Jan. 23 to hold off a stretch challenge from Epic Journey to win the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Thoroughbred owner Donald Leifeld, who won back-to-back editions of Fonner Park's biggest stakes, died Jan. 16 in St. Paul, Neb. He was 61.
A by-the-numbers look at Zayat Stables' American Pharoah's Triple Crown run in which he became the 12th Triple Crown winner completing a sweep of the classics with his June 6 victory in the Belmont Stakes.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
When Zayat Stables finally broke through with a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win with American Pharoah, it proved worth the wait, as he delivered U.S. racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Behind his homebred Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables secured the Eclipse Award in the outstanding breeder category.
Mo Tom used a sustained run through the long Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots stretch to secure a victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16.
Manchurian High somehow found another gear late to forge to the lead in the stretch of the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf to claim victory in that race a second straight year Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
Chocolate Ride will try for a third graded victory on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots grass in less than 12 months Jan. 16 in the $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT).
An examination of horses trained by Kirk Ziadie involved in 18 clenbuterol positives in Florida in 2012 and 2013, points to the negative impact on horsemen who compete against a trainer breaking the rules.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Jan. 13 upheld a decision by its board of stewards to suspend trainer Ramon Preciado 21 days and fine him $1,500 for a pair of clenbuterol positives last summer.
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen is eligible for consideration for the Racing Hall of Fame this year after investigations in two states found no evidence of horse abuse.
Jacobs Entertainment announced Jan. 8 the selection of Cushman & Wakefield-Thalhimer to sell the properties formerly used as off-track betting facilities in conjunction with its Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Va.
On the same day she was named a 2015 Eclipse Award finalist in the Filly and Mare Sprint Division, Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad was entered in the Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack for her first start of 2016.
On Saturday, Jan. 2, Colts Neck Stables' Awesome Speed held off a stretch challenge from El Charro to score a clear victory in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes for newly turned 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Awesome Banner put away an early challenge from Noholdingback Bear and drew off in the stretch to post a 4 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Isotherm, winner of the 2015 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. III) on the Belmont Park turf, will make his 2016 season debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
With a determined rally near the center of the track, Birdatthewire caught Hot City Girl in deep stretch to earn the first grade I victory of her career in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Gaston and Anthony Grant's Green Gratto opened a seven-length lead turning for home and was never threatened in the stretch in the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes Dec. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Best Behavior would not be denied Dec. 26, holding off a challenge from 1-5 favorite Stonetastic in the stretch to register a clear victory in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky attorney general finds KHRC lacked authority to allow Lasix-free races, which could hinder Keeneland's plans to conduct such events in 2016.
X Y Jet continued his roll on Saturday, Dec. 19 as he easily secured the first stakes score of his career while nailing down his third straight win overall in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Eric Guillot is not prepared to say if Moreno will return to racing in 2016, but he gave the grade I winner a work Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The pre-race protocol of Thoroughbreds racing at Remington Park in 2016 will include a quick stop on a scale where their weight will be recorded and that information will be provided to the public before the race.
The New York Racing Association will offer free horse transportation for all Parx runners participating at Aqueduct Racetrack from Dec. 26 through Feb. 12.
A Florida administrative law judge has recommended South Florida-based trainer Kirk Ziadie have his racing license suspended for six years and be fined $18,000 for repeated clenbuterol violations in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Tommy Macho will try the Aqueduct inner track Dec. 19 when he faces an expected six rivals in the Queens County Stakes.
Appollos Baby Girl drew off in the stretch to win a six-furlong maiden-claiming race by 4 3/4 lengths on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Hawthorne Race Course, becoming the first winner for Illinois-based stallion Live From Appollo.
NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance calls on tracks to work with their state regulators to make sure testing standards are up to par.
The top two choices in the Dec. 12 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes at Fair Grounds hooked up in early stretch, but it didn't last long as The Pickett Factor put away Mobile Bay and drew off to win.
Ohio-based freshman sire Mixmaster picked up his first winner Dec. 12 when Mixed Colors rallied from fourth to win the first race, a maiden special weight event for Ohio-breds, at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Cali Star put away Best Behavior in early stretch and drew off to victory in the $100,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) to claim the first stakes victory of her career in the one-mile test for fillies and mares Dec. 12.
A participant and audience member in a panel on "Fixing Racing," the final panel of the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, echoed the same sentiment: Cooperation is key in building integrity.
While a panel of experts on daily fantasy gaming and its current legality differed on some details, they largely agreed this relatively new gaming form is here to stay and racing should work with it.
- By Frank Angst
- Handicapping, Thoroughbred Racing, Southwest Region, West Region, Horse Health, International
The four finalists to present their ideas during the Innovators' Circle, which offers a $15,000 prize, offered ideas in technology to prevent breakdowns, a multi-race wager, a jackpot game, and micro-ownership in horses.
During a University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, experts on social media encouraged racing to move beyond raw numbers of social media and sharpen their digital media efforts.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
The University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing started in a big way when it asked five panelists to offer 45 ideas in 45 minutes on improving racing and the marketing of the sport.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, West Region, Southwest Region, Horse Health, International
The emphasis will be on new ideas when many racing industry leaders gather in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 7-9 for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Jockey Javier Castellano guided Royal Posse to victory in the Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes to secure his fourth win in the event on the day Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park.
With one more month remaining in 2015, pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. races is up less than a percentage point compared with the first 11 months of 2014 but purses are down 1.68%.
Stronach Group racetracks have filed a federal lawsuit against the operators of the daily racing contest site DerbyWars, claiming that the site is operating unlawfully in using Stronach track races.
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