A two-day Pick Six carryover of $751,394 ballooned to a total pool of $3,932,211 Wednesday at Santa Anita, resulting in a payoff of $1,258,755.40.
"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.
Spirits were improving Wednesday at trainer Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park stable after the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old Stevie Wonderboy underwent surgery to repair a condylar fracture of his right ankle sustained in a workout at Hollywood Park.
Funeral services were held Feb. 8 for longtime California breeder Bert Altfillisch, owner of Granja Vista del Rio, who died last week at 87.
For the third consecutive Sunday, there will be no live racing at Laurel Park Feb. 12. The Maryland Jockey Club canceled the card due to a shortage of available horses because of the equine herpes outbreak in the state.
The Maryland Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course Feb.8, allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve Pimlico-based horses ran on Wednesday's card (after two were morning scratches). Five of the nine races featured Pimlico horses.
- By Tom LaMarra
Representatives of operations that have or will have gaming at racetracks left little doubt which half of the equation drives the financial engine, and they indicated marketing horse racing as an entertainment option rather than a gambling enterprise may be the way to go.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Internet, big-event days, and human-interest stories that appeal to the general public could help horse racing maintain and perhaps grow its fan base, journalists said during a Feb. 8 panel discussion at the Racing Congress in Las Vegas.
Hansel, the 1991 champion and dual classic winner for Joe Allbritton, recently arrived back in the United States from Japan.
A horse industry ethics bill making it unlawful to receive commissions from buyer and seller without full disclosure sailed through a Kentucky House of Representatives committee by unanimous vote Wednesday afternoon.
Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens has become a partner in the management of Little Red Feather Racing.
The Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium approved a plan developed by Dr. Rick Sams of The Ohio State University to establish guidelines for withdrawal times for therapeutic medications utilized by racetrack veterinarians.
Grade I winner Castledale, who is gearing up for his first season at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, will shuttle to Wayne and Alison Larsen's Te Runga Stud near Auckland in New Zealand.
Lava Man was named the 2005 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, it was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 7.
Pensioned Central Kentucky stallion Shuailaan died of colic Jan. 31 at Equine Transitional Training Alliance near Midway, Ky.
Grand Espoir Blanc, the fifth white Thoroughbred registered by the Jockey Club and the second male, was euthanized at age 21 in December.
Despite congressional efforts to stop the practice of slaughtering horses in the United States for human consumption, the Agriculture Department announced Tuesday it would continue, the Associated Press reported.
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