Even-money choice Rule took the $750,000 Boyd Gaming's Delta Jackpot (gr. III) in tenacious style at chilly Delta Downs Dec. 4, winning a virtual match race with Uh Oh Bango by a neck on a sloppy track.
New York shipper Quiet Temper broke her maiden in style when she crushed the field in the $500,000 Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess Stakes Powered by Youbet.com (gr. III) on a sloppy track at snow-pelted Delta Downs on Dec. 4.
Aqueduct's Bed o' Roses and Next Move Handicaps are going on hiatus this spring, the New York Racing Association announced Dec. 4, along with other changes in the track's 2010 stakes schedule.
A life-sized bronze statue of the legendary John Henry will be unveiled by his Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally at Santa Anita Park's picturesque paddock gardens Dec. 26, opening day of the track's 75th anniversary meet.
The Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and two other Pennsylvania races lost their graded status for 2009 because the state racing commission didn't follow a more extensive drug testing protocol required by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
California's $5-million gelding Lava Man is set to return to action in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 12 at Hollywood Park. "I think he's ready," trainer Doug O'Neill said.
Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Woodbine Racetrack, announced that David S. Willmot plans to leave the post of CEO, effective with the board of directors next meeting June 4, 2010. Willmot announced his intentions during the WEG directors meeting Dec. 4.
The Nov. 6-7 Breeders' Cup World Championships during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet provided a major shot in the arm for November purses, which were up 24.9% over the same month a year ago when the Breeders' Cup was held in October.
In celebration of the historic year by two of racing's great females, The Blood-Horse and ExclusivelyEquine.com will offer a digital edition Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta commemorative magazine titled "Queens of the Turf: Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta's Race for 2009 Horse of the Year."
The Jockeys' Guild will conduct its annual Assembly Dec. 7-8 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the University of Arizona's 2009 Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Breeders' Cup expected a loss of about $5.6 million this year, but with 2009 coming to an end, it appears the loss will be closer to $1.3 million.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 4 passed the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009 (H.R.4154) that would extend and make permanent the 45% inheritance tax and the current $3.5 million exemption, $7 million for married taxpayers, according to an advisory from the American Horse Council.
Blood-Horse Publications has announced The Blood-Horse will publish a Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010 combined issue featuring a "Year in Review", recapping the top industry stories of 2009, and include a "Auctions Digest."
Graded stakes winner Snortner will stand in 2010 at Cal Fischer's Madera Thoroughbreds near Madera, Calif.
Stakes winner Waupaca has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2010 at C.L. and Ellen Caines' Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Okla.
The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and Texas.
Diagnostic pathologists at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), Newmarket recently published the first report of equine abortions in England caused by leptospirosis.
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