Point Given has a scare in workout; D'Wildcat will go to Florida for the Swale; Early Flyer is likely to contest the San Rafael; Lasersport has fractured knee.
Sunday's grade II La Cañada Stakes at 1 1/8 miles is shaping up to be a battle of titans. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Spain won the series opening La Brea Stakes Dec. 30 and if the Bob Baffert- trained El Encino winner Chilukki makes the lineup, then the La Cañada becomes a true rubber match of the three-race La Cañada series for 4-year-old fillies.
A bill that would give $18 million to New Jersey's racing industry for purses this year unanimously passed a state Senate committee today. The bill appropriates $11.7 million to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and $6.3 million to the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners' Association.
The agribusiness of Thoroughbred racing and breeding will be the subject of a segment on PBS's American Farm Review series that will be filmed Friday at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.
Traffic will increase on the road to Gulfstream Park's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) next week as a field of 10, including some West Coast invaders, assembles for the grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain on Saturday, Feb. 17, serves as the final major prep for the 50th anniversary running of the Florida Derby and the 3-year-old classics beyond.
Best Of The Bests announced himself the horse to beat in the group I Dubai World Cup with a performance of sheer dominance in the Listed second round of the Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday night.
Graded stakes winner Allen's Oop has been retired from racing after injuring a tendon in his left front leg during a workout at Fair Grounds on Feb. 7.
The EDS "Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge," a rotisserie-style fantasy game that lets racing fans pick their own stable of Kentucky Derby horses, trainers and jockeys, will go live this Saturday, Feb. 10. The game's top winner will receive a trip to the Kentucky Derby and a $5,000 betting voucher.
Proving that it's never too late to start a career at stud, 14-year-old Federal League will begin his stallion career at Sharon Cole's Mystic Hill Farm in the Finger Lakes region near Bloomfield, N.Y.
Penn National Gaming reported triple digit increases in revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31. Slot machines at Charles Town Races and two Mississippi casinos fueled the growth.
Grade II winner Southern Rhythm has arrived at Mark Ridall's Twin Creek Farm near West Chester, Pa., where he will stand for a private fee.
Horse of the Year Tiznow was enjoying another walk day today at Barn 37 at Santa Anita, his second in-a-row following his loss as the odds-on favorite to Wooden Phone in Saturday's Strub Stakes. Trainer Jay Robbins was at a loss to explain the colt's dull performance in the Strub but said the Breeders' Cup Classic champ will continue to train into the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap March 3.
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