Recent grade II winners Stonetastic and R Free Roll top a solid field of fillies and mares entered in the Oct. 4 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) that is part of Keeneland's opening weekend stakes extravaganza.
A conflict over 2015 dates' requests for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs arose Sept. 30 when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's dates committee held the first of several meetings to consider the state's calendar.
The second September meet at Churchill Downs since it began hosting the dates previously held by Turfway Park produced a 16.15% decline in wagering and a 13.5% drop in purses.
The Sept. 27 race card at Hazel Park Raceway near Detroit, Mich., features six stakes worth $50,000 each for horses eligible for the Michigan Sires Stakes program.
Estimate, the 5-year-old mare owned by Queen Elizabeth II, has been disqualified from her second-place finish in this year's Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot after testing positive for the prohibited substance morphine.
Three Chimneys Farm has purchased a 50% interest in Palace Malice and the multiple grade I winner could go back into training in 2015, according to an announcement from Dogwood president Cot Campbell.
Stopshoppingdebbie, Northwest Farm's undefeated homebred daughter of Curlin, will make her first start outside Washington state when she goes postward in the LA Woman Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 4.
Miss Behaviour, the even-money favorite in the 10-horse field, rolled to a commanding victory in the $500,000 Charles Town Oaks (gr. III) at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races the evening of Sept. 20.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable rebounded off a fifth-place finish against males in her last start to hold off Sweet Reason for a one-length victory in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) at Parx Racing Sept. 20.
Street Cry, Darley's leading sire whose progeny included Zenyatta and classic winner Street Sense, has been euthanized after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The son of Machiavellian was 16.
Three-time stakes winner Fiftyshadesofgold will look to keep her perfect Churchill Downs record intact in the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 20.
Topped by a Curlin colt with a strong female family, the Sept. 15 seventh session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw increases comparable to those generated during the first six sessions.
Behrens, one of the top handicap horses of the late 1990s, died Sept. 14 at Old Friends at Cabin Creek retirement farm in Cabin Creek, N.Y. He was 20.
Buyers and sellers were pleased with the results of the first four days of the Keeneland September yearling sale, but some said the format could still use some tweaking.
One of the early successes for Starlight Racing and Jack Wolf was Harlan's Holiday, the multiple grade I-winning earner of $2.9 million who went on to a successful stud career at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
A War Front colt was purchased by M. V. Magnier of Coolmore from Claiborne Farm for $2.2 million to become the new sale topper at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Gainesway stallion Tapit continued to dominate the Sept. 11 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when one of his sons was purchased by Shadwell for $1.1 million.
The action picked up early during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 11 when three yearlings each brought more than $1 million in quick succession.
The cooperative spirit between racing and breeding programs in the Mid-Atlantic region will be on full display Sept. 13 when Maryland's Laurel Park offers five stakes for horses bred and/or sired in Virginia.
As the Keeneland September yearling sale entered its third session Sept. 10, there was unanimity among the major players that the results so far indicated a strong, competitive auction market.
- By Ron Mitchell
Lyn Burleson discusses the $1.6 million yearling sold at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. watch video
- By Ron Mitchell
Craig Bandoroff discusses his War Front colt that sold for $1.3 million and the overall market. watch video
- By Ron Mitchell
Peter O'Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm talks about the yearling sale so far. watch video
A War Front colt was purchased by Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for $1.3 million as the first seven-figure offering during the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale second session Sept. 9.
John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale discusses the Keeneland September sale and Super Saver's half brother. watch video
A bay half sister to two-time champion Beholder was purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $1.1 million to become the first offering to reach seven figures during the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Keeneland's Tom Thornbury discusses September yearlings bred in other countries. watch video
Darley Australia said Sept. 5 that major international stallion Street Cry is suffering from lameness and is not covering mares as scheduled for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season that began Sept. 1.
Ending with an impressive victory by American Pharoah in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded its 36-day meet Sept. 3 with declines in average daily wagering and attendance.
Trainer Bob Baffert scored his 12th victory in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 3 when Zayat Stables homebred American Pharoah posted an impressive gate-to-wire victory over Calculator in the seven-furlong test.
When Stanley Gold saddled Sing Praises to win the Dr. Fager Stakes, the first leg of the Florida Sires Stakes series, the veteran trainer joined exclusive company in the annals of the series for 2-year-olds.
The New York Racing Association reported attendance spiked during the 40-day summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, which also experienced a decline in wagering.
On the morning of Aug. 28, Keeneland Race Course opened its new state-of-the-art dirt main track to training for the first time since the artificial Polytrack surface was replaced.
- By Ron Mitchell
Horses work over the new dirt track at Keeneland on August 28, 2014. Watch Video
With V. E. Day's Travers Stakes (gr. I), Calumet Farm stallion English Channel was represented by not only his first grade I winner but also showed that his offspring can compete at the highest level on dirt.
- By Ron Mitchell
Watch footage of English Channel as Calumet Farm stallion director Ken Wilkins talks about V. E. Day, Optimizer, horses in training and future plans for racing. watch video
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd unleashed his usual rally from far back to post a game half-length victory over Boyett in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 24 at Emerald Downs.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens' really big weekend at Saratoga Race Course concluded Aug. 24 with when the 55-year-old son of Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens won the $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes with Star Grazing.
A well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares, including 2013 winner Youcan'tcatchme, are set to contest the $150,000 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine.
Shared Belief has been installed the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) as the undefeated 3-year-old seeks to prevent older horse Game On Dude from a repeat victory in the $1 million race Aug. 24.
Multiple stakes winners Ready to Act and Daring Kathy, top the 10-horse field of 3-year-old fillies entered on the grass in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine Aug. 23.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to a Lexington pharmaceutical firm that compounds drugs for horses notifying the firm that tests show its drug products are "adulterated and misbranded."
If all goes well, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin his road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 30.
Oak Spring Farm, the 2,047-acre estate of the later Rachel "Bunny" and Paul Mellon near Upperville, Va., has been placed on the market at an asking price of $70 million.
With horses working on the track as a backdrop, about 100 friends, relatives, and colleagues of Vic Zast gathered at Saratoga Race Course the morning of Aug. 17 to reminiscence and share stories.
After being released from a hospital following treatment of influenza and pneumonia, trainer Wayne Catalano plans to be at his Arlington International Racecourse barn Thursday, Aug. 14.
Larry Collmus, who took over the race calling duties at Churchill Downs earlier this year, is moving on to succeed Tom Durkin as the announcer for the New York Racing Association.
Bal a Bali, the Brazilian Triple Crown winner who has qualified for a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), is being treated for laminitis, according to Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm.
Vic Zast, a racetrack executive, businessman, turf writer, and ardent racing fan, died Aug. 3. Zast, who had been a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse and authored the "Saratoga Diary" blog at Bloodhorse.com, was 69.
Despite an increase in racing days during the first six months of this year, total pari-mutuel handle at Churchill Downs, Inc.-owned tracks fell 9.7%, from $1.06 billion in 2013, to $958.3 million.
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