Racing took full advantage of a five-weekend month of July but the gains in pari-mutuel handle and purses appear to go beyond kindness of the calendar.
Owner-trainer Otabek Umarov will not be racing horses while he appeals a 10-year suspension of his racing license.
Maiden Laoban secured the first win of his career in dramatic fashion, scoring a gate-to-wire win in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on July 27 fined trainer Ramon Preciado and suspended him from the front side for his behavior following a June 2015 race at Parx Racing and his behavior at a July 2015 hearing before the stewards.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Flintshire had plenty of excuses not to win the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (gr. IIT) but didn't need to use any of them as he overcame a slow pace and trouble in the final turn.
Grade I winner Birdatthewire will try to end a five-race skid dating back to her top-level win when she starts in the $100,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. III) Sunday, July 31 at Monmouth Park.
New York-based jockey Jose Ortiz secured the 1,000th victory of his career when he guided Moonlight Song to a three-quarter-length victory in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes July 28 at Saratoga Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) victor Exaggerator will renew their rivalry July 31 at Monmouth Park in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
Penn National Gaming reported increases in revenue, income from operations, and adjusted earnings for its second quarter but the racetrack, casino, and hotel owner noted those increases finished below guidance.
Seven weeks after Creator scored a narrow win against Destin in the final U.S. classic of the season, those two are set for a rematch in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
A Kentucky court hearing scheduled Monday, Aug. 1 could determine if the KHRC can move forward on its intentions to immediately sanction trainer Otabek Umarov for allegedly refusing to allow a horse to receive pre-race testing in late April.
A trio of 3-year-olds stole the show in the £1 million ($1.31 million) Qatar Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) with French classic winner The Gurkha taking top honors July 27 at Goodwood.
With a strong outside rally in the final furlong, Dacita (CHI) just edged Recepta at the wire to win the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Entered off back to back graded stakes wins, grade II winner Paulassilverlining will try to extend that streak to three against a deep field of female sprinters in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Stakes (gr. II) July 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
The six rivals facing Highland Reel in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot had no answer for his early speed, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo led every step to score a clear victory.
The simple sentence posted at 10:50 a.m. July 17 on the Alberta Downs Facebook page was not especially surprising to anyone following the twists and turns of the small track this summer: "There will be no racing today at Alberta Downs."
Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.
With divisional leader Tepin away, Miss Temple City and 10 other turf females will try to take advantage in the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Officials from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say they've found at least temporary homes for 15 of the 43 horses declared abandoned last month at a Mercer County farm and are working to find homes for the 28 horses that remain.
Jockey Antonio Gallardo, currently ranked second in wins this season among North American-based jockeys, secured the 1,000th victory of his career July 19 when he guided The Fazz Man to victory in the seventh race at Presque Isle Downs.
Perfect in three starts, New York-bred Ancient Secret will try for her first graded stakes score in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) on opening day of the Saratoga Race Course meet Friday, July 22.
A Kentucky Department of Agriculture council will consider changes to the law that would allow local officials to more quickly take possession of horses when they are determined to be abandoned.
Jockey Michael Davila Jr. registered the 1,000th riding victory of his career July 18 when he guided Chickaletta to a front-running victory in the first race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
I'm a Chatterbox waltzed to victory on the track and then survived an objection to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 16 at Delaware Park.
A rules committee for horse racing's umbrella group of regulators, the Association of Racing Commissioners, failed to advance an industry-supported recommendation on expanded out-of-competition testing at its meeting July 14 in Seattle.
Off a solid runner-up performance in an allowance-optional claiming race at Belmont Park, Inspector Lynley is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $200,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 16 at Delaware Park.
Players have been slow to warm to exchange wagering through the first seven weeks of its full operation in New Jersey.
Canada's Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse added another spectacular victory to her resume July 9 at Belmont Park, holding off all challengers to win the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT).
In his first U.S. start, Deauville held off a late charge from Highland Sky to win the the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday, July 9 at Belmont Park.
Undefeated Coppa proved up to the test in her first graded stakes try, holding off stretch challengers to her inside and outside to win the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 9 at Belmont Park.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion filly Songbird will be pointed to the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course for her next start.
Canada's Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse will face her toughest field since winning last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 9 at Belmont Park.
For a second straight year Churchill Downs registered an increase in total pari-mutuel handle for its 38-day spring meet.
An aggressive early ride by Nik Juarez early paid off for Res Judicata controlled the pace early and drew off in the stretch for an upset win in the $100,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Monmouth Park.
Rallying toward the center of the course, Dimension scored an upset victory in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-II) July 2 at Woodbine.
After winning his maiden debut by 10 1/4 lengths May 28 at Pimlico Race Course, Recruiting Ready is scheduled to ship west for the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Churchill Downs.
After scoring a clear victory in his Woodbine debut in last year's Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III), Red Rifle will try to defend that title Friday, July 1 in the 1 1/4-mile main-track race.
The model rules committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International will consider an industry recommendation to expand out-of-competition testing when it meets July 14 in Seattle.
The Jockeys' Guild and Kentucky tracks hope to take a big step forward this year in rider concussion protocol.
AAEP Racing Committee presented at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 28 at Keeneland.
Respected equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage said reduced use of a specific corticosteroid has contributed to the reduction in catastrophic breakdowns.
Under a patient ride by Jose Ortiz, grade I winner By the Moon found room in the two path in early stretch and muscled through rivals on her way to a clear victory in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III) June 25 at Belmont Park.
A computer glitch linked to United Tote resulted in more than $100,000 in bogus wagers pouring into a daily double pool in late April at Plainridge Park, a Massachusetts Standardbred track.
Franklin, Ky. Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd on June 23 granted sanctioned owner-trainer Otabek Umarov a stay in his 10-year suspension until an administrative hearing is conducted or until the court can rule on a temporary injunction motion.
Last year's TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Wavell Avenue will attempt to get untracked in 2016 when she faces an expected five other fillies and mares in the Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III) June 25 at Belmont Park.
Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd plans to issue a ruling in the next day or two on a request for a stay by suspended owner/trainer Otabek Umarov.
Equimagine full-body equine imaging device allows for open area CT scans of horses.
After earning a classic placing in her previous start in France, Al Shaqab Racing's Qemah would not be denied June 17 as she powered home in the final furlong of the £226,840 Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) to score a 1 3/4-length victory.
Increased entry fees await participating owners in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships but Breeders' Cup officials note that many owner benefits have been added to the event in recent years and more will be unveiled in 2016.
Last year's Irish and European highweight for more than 13 1/2 furlongs, Order of St. George, again lived up to his distance-loving reputation Thursday, June 16 at Royal Ascot.
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