Lava Man was named the 2006 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, becoming a back-to-back winner of the honor, which was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 5.
Tony Petrillo has been promoted to vice president of facilities and operations, Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced Feb. 7. Petrillo had served as the racetrack's director of facilities and operations since 1999.
Elona Whetstone's Mr. Pursuit, fresh off a second-place finish in the Maxxim Gold Cup Handicap at Sam Houston on Jan. 27, is the 118-pound high weight among 11 older horses entered for Saturday's featured $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Trainer Cam Gambolati said Spectacular Bid Stakes winner Buffalo Man would stay in Florida for Monday's $100,000 OBS Championship in Ocala rather than travel to New Orleans for Saturday's $300,000 Risen Star (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Cambiocorsa, a five-time stakes winner, has been retired from racing and is booked to Ghostzapper.
Kentucky-based Richland Hills will stand multiple graded stakes winner Pies Prospect at Vince Tucciarone's Fox Tale Stud in Coopersburg, Pa.
Australian champion and leading stallion Redoute's Choice sired his first reported North American foal, a filly, born Feb. 6 at Windfields Farm near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Blood-Horse's Triple Crown expert Steve Haskin provides a horse-by-horse analysis of the opening pool of the 2007 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which begins at noon (ET) on Feb. 8.
Gateway Community and Technical College and Turfway Park announced the release of their first annual commemorative poster specially designed for the March 24 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). The winning design, to be unveiled at a Feb. 23 reception, was produced by 58-year-old Bill Fox, a freelance illustrator.
The Jockeys' Guild has launched a federal and state legislative agenda for 2007 aimed at improving pay and other benefits for riders.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - So many people owe thanks to Jonabell Farm founder John A. Bell III, who served on countless committees with numerous industry organizations for more than a half-century.
By Sean Clancy - In early January, I found myself at my kitchen table, trying to figure out an end to the book I was writing on Barbaro and Matz. I couldn't shake Matz' voice from my head, "How do you know that's the end? Maybe there's a lot more to the story..."
Corey Johnsen has resigned as president of Magna Entertainment Corp. southern operations to join a group of private investors that is in the process of acquiring controlling interest of another North American racetrack.
Churchill Downs launched the official Web site for the 2007 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the official 2007 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Web site.
Trainer Cole Norman was involved in a fatal head-on car accident Feb. 5 in Arkansas that left an 86-year-old Hot Springs, Ark., woman dead.
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner and Argentine champion Candy Ride is a filly born Jan. 21.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Taste of Paradise is a colt born Feb. 5 at Robert Ochocki's Columbiana Farm near Paris, Ky.
Magna Entertainment has sold two properties for about $30 million combined to parent company MI Developments, the companies announced Feb. 7.
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