Pat Day, Churchill Down's all-time leading rider, continued his spring hot streak on Wednesday, winning five races from seven mounts for his 22nd five-win-performance at the Louisville track.
Frank Olivares, the dean of the local jockey colony at 54, announced Wednesday that he is retiring from riding after a comeback of less than a year.
Fortunate Event, a half-sister to Snow Chief Stakes winner Cheiron, will make her debut in the $75,000-added Nursery Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at five furlongs at Hollywood Park Sunday.
Arlington Park kicks off its 77th season with a 3 p.m. (CDT) post time Friday, the first of 96 days of racing that continues through Sept. 19.
Mark it down...12:48 p.m. That's when Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones stepped off the van at Pimlico following his two and a half-hour trip from Philadelphia Park, where has been treated like royalty for the past week. Oh, yes, 20 minutes earlier, Rock Hard Ten and Borrego arrived from Louisville.
The £250,000 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket on July 8 has attracted an outstandingly high-class entry of 72 horses.
Youbet.com is providing shuttle service to and from the May 14 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. The online wagering company is providing 10 coach buses to shuttle as many as 500 tourists from 16 hotels in and around Baltimore to the Preakness Stakes and back for this year's running of the second leg of the Triple Crown series.
Irish group II winner Van Nistelrooy will return to Trelawney Stud in Cambridge, New Zealand.
The Maryland Racing Commission rejected the proposed sale of the struggling Rosecroft Raceway, saying the terms of the deal could harm the state's Thoroughbred industry.
California stallion Storm Creek is scheduled to shuttle to Stoney Bridge near Karaka, New Zealand.
Ballymacoll Stud Farm homebred North Light tuned up for the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) when he took the lead with four furlongs remaining and held off a challenge to win the Totesport Dante Stakes (Eng-II) at York Racecourse on Wednesday.
The U.S. Senate passed an international tax bill that includes two provisions that are favorable for the horse industry. The first is the clarification that the 30% alien withholding provision does not apply to nonresident aliens wagering in foreign countries; the second is a reduction in the holding period for horses to qualify for capitol gains treatment from 24 months to 12 months.
The strong market for 2-year-olds in training continued with a record-breaking sale at Barretts' May sale of juveniles May 11. High water marks for average, median, and buy-back rates were eclipsed at the auction, conducted at the Hinds pavilion in Pomona California.
Trainer Nick Zito reported Wednesday morning that The Cliff's Edge had some "pulsation" in his right front foot, making the Gulch colt questionable for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
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