Three entrants who have distinguished themselves in distance races, Congrats, Imperialism and Surf Cat, will have to deal with a pair of sharp and improving 5-year-old sprinters in Major Success and Jet West at seven furlongs in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) on Saturday.
Miss Matched could be the horse to beat in the $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares Saturday at Gulfstream Park in her first start since finishing third in the Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Downs on Sept. 30.
Smokey Glacken and Splendid Blended will clash in an outstanding renewal of Saturday's $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Handicap (gr. III), with a full field of 12 fillies and mares entered in the 6½-furlong sprint at Gulfstream Park.
- By Jack Shinar
California racing associations that operate meets of at least four continuous weeks would be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of dates, the state's horseracing board decided Feb. 16.
Apprentice jockey Randall Toups was expected to be released Friday from North Shore University Hospital in New York after being treated for injuries he sustained during a spill in Aqueduct's fifth race Thursday.
More than 100 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to outlaw the $12 billion Internet gambling industry, according to the Reuters news service.
- By Tom LaMarra
Legislation to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling at Kentucky racetracks was introduced Feb. 16 by legislators in the House of Representatives and Senate.
Breeder/owner Walter Merrick, who was a prominent figure in Quarter Horse racing, died Feb. 4 at age 94.
John Shirreffs, who won last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with Giacomo, has replaced Eoin Harty as trainer of last year's Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) runner-up A.P. Warrior.
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the 2006 Breeders' Cup Stakes program would feature 135 races and allocate $8 million in Breeders' Cup Funds to stakes races across North America.
In his first workout since finishing second in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4, Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III's 3-year-old First Samurai drilled five furlongs in :59 2/5 Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park.
Joanies Bella, Ohio champion 2-year-old filly of 2001, died of colic Feb. 14 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
The return of grade I winner Happy Ticket highlights the 2006 edition of "Louisiana Premiere Night" to be held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino Saturday.
Grade I winner Tapit's first crop includes a filly born Jan. 20 at Xavier and Sharon Moreau's farm near Ocala, Fla.
The ploy by Magic Millions' senior staff to lure Sydney-based bloodstock agent Kieran Moore all the way across Australia to visit the Perth yearling sale, which ended Wednesday, proved a masterstroke.
Keeneland has cataloged 223 horses for its 14th select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington. The number is down from 262 in 2005.
Hear No Evil, a son of Carson City who was a stakes winner on both dirt and turf, will stand at Jim and Sheila DiMare's Rising Hill Farm near Ocala, Fla., for a fee of $5,000.
Sugar's Saint, a 7-year-old son of Saint Ballado out of the multiple stakes-winning Valid Appeal mare Sugar's Image, will stand at Barbara LaCroix' Ocala Jockey Club near Ocala, Fla.
Maryland officials reported Wednesday that a horse which tested positive for equine herpesvirus type-1at Fair Hill Training Center in Cecil County, Md., last week, has recovered from its fever and has shown no signs of neurologic illness.
A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means veterinarians are much closer to being able to anticipate the injuries or problems a horse might ...
Straight conformation in the forelimb doesn't necessarily beget a more successful racehorse. This is what a research group from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine discovered in a recent study. However, the group also determined that certain forelimb deviations have a negative effect only on horses' 2-year-old race records.
University of Wisconsin researchers have shown that certain forelimb characteristics in the growing foal are associated with higher birth weights, and a foal's carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the carpal conformation of both of its parents. Additionally, they implicate both genetics and the environment in the forelimb conformation of a Thorou...
An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training routines. David Evans, BVSc, PhD, associate professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney...
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