There aren't many grade I races in California that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert hasn't won, but the Malibu Stakes is one of them. He'll take a mighty whack this year with four entrants, including The Factor.
Ultimate Eagle, winner of the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in his most recent start, attempts to run his winning streak to five races when he takes on a strong field in the $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.
Julian Logan "Buck" Wheat, Churchill Downs' Director of Horsemen's Relations long known as the "Mayor of the Backside" at the home of the Kentucky Derby, died Dec. 21 of complications from injuries suffered in a fall
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Longtime Louisiana jockey Martin Brown, 67, officially retired from the saddle with a race named in his honor during the Dec. 17 Santa Super Saturday at Fair Grounds.
Tampa Bay Downs will provide a free shuttle for horses from Calder Casino & Race Course to Tampa Bay Downs starting Saturday, Dec. 31, and continuing each Saturday through the current meeting.
The New York Racing Association has lowered the takeout on Trifecta, Superfecta, Grand Slam, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 6 wagers.
The third and final phase of the dispersal of horses owned by the late Carl Lizza's Flying Zee Stable will be held Jan. 21, 2012, at Lizza's Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y.
Boys At Tosconova, winner of last year's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and second to Uncle Mo in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), continues his comeback in an optional claiming allowance feature at Gulfstream Dec. 23.
Portland Meadows received approval from the Oregon Racing Commission to greatly alter its traditional racing schedule by switching from winter to summer racing.
On-track patrons at Santa Anita Park this season will be able to bet via mobile phone wagering application, the track announced Dec. 21.
Unbeaten graded stakes winner Elusive Bluff will stand in 2012 at E.A. Ranches near Santa Ysabel, Calif., for $1,000 stands and nurses.
Golden Gate Fields reported Dec. 21 that the Northern California track enjoyed double-digit percentage increases in daily on-track handle and on-track attendance during the 2011 fall meeting.
Repent, who began his stallion career at John Sykes' CloverLeaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla., will stand in 2012 at CloverLeaf, where he will join his newly retired son, Crown of Thorns, at stud.
Paul Kemling, a leading Nebraska breeder/owner whose runners included Nebraska Hall of Famer Amadevil, died Dec. 15 at the Grand Island Veterans Home near Grand Island, Neb.
Indiana will offer 125 days of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in 2012 under schedules recently released by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs.
TVG has added Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., to its winter lineup and will televise the 2012 Oaklawn meet beginning Jan. 13.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will try a promotion that has been successful at other racetracks when it holds a starter allowance tournament scheduled to begin in March 2012.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Dec. 20 officially announced separate deals for the continuation of live racing at Monmouth Park and Meadowlands in 2012.
The Belmont Child Care Association, a non-profit corporation, has received a donation of $150,000 from Thoroughbred owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson.
Maryland racing industry officials already have scheduled their first meeting to devise a long-term strategy for live racing in the state beyond 2012.
Darley stallion Admire Moon will stand in 2012 for 4 million yen, approximately $51,000.
Like the old saying goes (or similar to it), you can lead a horse to an electrolyte replacement fluid but you can't make him drink. As most equestrians know, balancing a horse's electrolyte and fluid intake with the sweat they produce during exercise is an ongoing challenge.
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