After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).
Champion turf female Tepin could not be doing better as she prepares for a start in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
Through the first two-thirds of 2016, total handle is up slightly and total purses are down slightly according to Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released Sept. 5 by Equibase.
Thoroughbred owner Jerry Jamgotchian, who is suing the Indiana Horse Racing Commission over so-called "jail-time" claiming rules, has received a waiver of the rule from Pennsylvania for a horse he recently claimed there.
Saying the stewards' decision was a judgment call not subject to appeal, the New York State Gaming Commission will not consider an appeal of their choice to take no action against Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed a civil case in U.S. District court that argues an Indiana rule that requires horses claimed in the state to wait at least 60 days before racing outside Indiana is invalid under federal law.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms welcomed a new horse in Ide Aug. 29 and, according to farm founder Michael Blowen, he's a head-turner.
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
After rolling to victories in her first two starts, Sweet Loretta will try for a top-level score in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
After overwhelming rivals in his first three starts, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules will try to make it four straight wins when the juvenile son of Gone Astray returns in the Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Sept. 3 at Gulfstream.
Oaklawn Park has reached a multi-year agreement with United Tote as its new provider for race wagering, ending a long-time relationship with AmTote.
In his third start, Florida-bred gelding Itsbeenonmymind scored a front-running win in the 12th race Aug. 20 at Gulfstream Park to become the first winner for his Kentucky-based sire Bold Warrior.
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Michigan-based Zulu Magic picked up his first winner when Poof Its Magic drew off to victory in his debut Aug. 19 at Hazel Park. Ontario stallion Signature Red was represented by his first winner Aug. 20 when Signature Spring won at Woodbine.
An attorney for embattled trainer Ramon Preciado believes the arrest of one of the trainer's former grooms, Marian Vega, lends credence to Preciado's contention that his six clenbuterol positives this year were the result of sabotage.
A furlong from the wire the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) appeared to be anyone's race, but that's when Seventh Heaven unleashed a late run none of her 11 filly and mare rivals could match as she registered a 2 3/4-length victory.
Jockey David Michael Lopez secured the 1,000th riding victory of his career Aug. 17 when he guided 1-9 favorite Baime to a front-running score in the eighth race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
Severe weather has forced racing cancellations, put horsemen in some dangerous situations, damaged property, and necessitated a lot of extra work.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
A new approach to handicapping horse racing from sports data company STATS aims to help handicappers uncover their own overlooked gems.
In her career debut, juvenile filly Risque's Legacy scored a front-running victory in a maiden special weight race Saturday, Aug. 13 at Emerald Downs to become the first winner for Washington-based freshman sire Atta Boy Roy.
Last seen in the U.S. finishing second to Tepin in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), Mondialiste (IRE) would not be denied Aug. 13, emerging from a multi-horse stretch battle in the Arlington Million XXXIV Stakes (gr. IT).
One start after earning his first grade I-placing, Beach Patrol secured his first top-level win, holding off a game Long Island Sound in the stretch to secure a close victory in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Arlington.
With a line in the daily fantasy sports legislation passed last week in New York specifically prohibiting horse racing handicapping tournament sites, two of the larger such sites will restrict play of New York customers in cash tournaments.
Indiana-based stallion Sangaree saw his first winner Aug. 11, when Sung delivered a front-running victory in a maiden special weight race at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Sagamore Farm's Recruiting Ready will take a second straight shot at an initial stakes win when the Algorithms colt faces an expected four other juveniles in the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Classic-placed Cherry Wine will return to grass racing Saturday, Aug. 13 as one of nine 3-year-olds entered in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse.
One of the highlights of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association annual report for fiscal year 2015-2016 is the feedback generated in its efforts to update rules on reporting and withholding of big pari-mutuel winning tickets.
- By Frank Angst
Zia Park Enacts Ship-In Policy for Meet
On a cross country course that proved too much for many of the world's top eventing riders and horses Aug. 8 at the Rio Olympics, U.S. rider Boyd Martin and his off-track Thoroughbred Blackfoot Mystery thrived.
Innovative Idea yielded the early lead but regained top status when it mattered most to win the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) by a half-length over 28-1 longshot Emmajestic Aug. 6 at Ellis Park.
Switching to an off-the-pace running style paid big dividends for Paola Queen Aug. 6 as she rallied in the center of the track to score a 55-1 upset win in the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
In his second Olympic competition in eventing, rider Boyd Martin will pair with off-track Thoroughbred Blackfoot Mystery for the competition set to begin Saturday, Aug. 6.
A legislator who co-sponsored recently adopted legislation on daily fantasy sports said a line included in the new law aims to prohibit unlicensed horse racing contests that do not support the racing industry.
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."
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