Odds-on choice Richard's Kid gave every indication he's ready to try for a third win in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) with an impressive turn of foot to capture the Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) in track record time at Del Mar.
Street Life earned street cred at Saratoga Race Course July 27, punching his ticket to the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) by taking the $100,000 Curlin Stakes for Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm.
Cantor Gaming and a California horse racing industry coalition announced July 27 that they are teaming up to provide an intrastate Internet poker platform pending state legislative approval of such gaming.
The form of the June 9 Belmont Stakes rose to the top in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga, as the respective fourth and fifth from the "Test of the Champion" -- Street Life and Five Sixteen -- dominated the rest. Street Life, the slight 2-1 second choice, rallied from last in the slop to mow down Five Sixteen, who was himself 2 1/2 lengths clear of Ever So Lucky. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Lezcano, the son of champion Street Sense will now likely try to emulate his sire by adding the Grade 1 Travers to his resume on August 25.
Anne Campbell is being honored by the New York Race Track Chaplaincy for her contributions to living and working on the backstretches of the New York Racing Association tracks.
Rail Trip will be making his first start at Del Mar in nearly three years when he lines up in the outside gate for the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28.
Of the five stakes on the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational undercard at Monmouth Park on Sunday, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated is the $100,000 Majestic Light Stakes, which marks the U.S. debut of exciting South American miler Brujo de Olleros.
Afleeting Lady, second to Royal Delta in the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) last month, top a field of nine entered for the $200,000 Molly Pitcher (gr. II) at Monmouth July 29.
Former Canadian rider Chantal Sutherland, now based in Southern California, returns to Woodbine July 29 to ride Awesome Fire in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, final leg of the triple tiara series for 3-year-old fillies.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland ships in to Woodbine on Sunday to ride Awesome Fire in the C$250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara Series.
Eight-year-old gelding Get Serious looks to turn back the clock once again when he goes for his third victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) over his favored Monmouth Park turf course July 29.
Three individuals and two horses have been selected for induction into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame this year.
Contenders for the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) were out on the track either at Monmouth Park or Saratoga Race Course the morning of July 27, as fine-tuning continued two days before the $1 million race.
Instead of going straight to the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on September 1 as originally planned, multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford may run next Sunday in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
Former Three Chimneys stallion Arazi is living out his first full year as a pensioner at Mike Becker's Independent Stallions in Victoria, Australia, Three Chimneys reported July 27.
Hammer Time looks at the success of Old Fashioned's yearlings in the auction ring. read blog
Trainers, jockeys, backstretch workers, and fans at Thistledown near Cleveland, Ohio, have raised $6,000 to help a groom who being is treated for cancer.
The Jockey Club is reminding stallion managers to submit Reports of Mares Bred for the 2012 breeding season by Aug. 1.
Fourteen horses are set for Thursday's Group 2, £100,000 Goodwood Cup, part of the British Champion Series, run over two miles on the third day of Glorious Goodwood.
This year's Travers Celebration on Aug. 23 will benefit the Backstretch Employee Service Team, the Times Union Hope Fund, and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
As a result of revenues generated by Instant Racing, Kentucky Downs will offer record purses during the six-day, all-turf meet that begins Sept. 8.
What a pleasure it has been over the last few summers for Arlington's guests to watch the musical growth of bugler Jean Laurenz, and lately her star just seems to keep on rising.
With the backdrop of the successful 2012 Saratoga and Del Mar meets, America's Best Racing will be activating a fan development initiative focused on the start of Thoroughbred racing's "Second Season." This effort, designed to attract and educate new fans to the sport through signature, big events, is being supported with renewed cooperation by and collaboration with several of America's best racetracks.
Arena Leisure and Northern Racing announced Friday the permanent closure of Hereford Racecourse and the temporary closure of Folkestone Racecourse, both located in England. The company set out plans to cease trading at Hereford and Folkestone racecourses at the end of the 2012 season.
The 12th annual Travers Celebration will return this summer to support the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST), the Times Union Hope Fund and its newest beneficiary, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), on August 23 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. (EDT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Multiple stakes winner Crimson Classic, who contested the 1997 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died of a heart attack July 25 at Echo Valley Horse Farm.
Silver Screamer, winner of the June 30 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) last out, is the 123-pound high weight in a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 29.
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host an educational forum on sale yearlings Aug. 16 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Lexington.
Sometimes good things come to those who wait. Such appears to be the case for the Phipps Stable, whose homebred Point of Entry secured his first grade I win with his victory July 14 in the Man o' War.
First-crop sire McCann's Mojave came through with his first winner July 25. His 2-year-old son Biltmore Boogie won by a neck at five furlongs in :58:92 at Santa Rosa in his initial start
- By Vic Zast
Rain entered the picture early on Thursday. By 7:00 am, it was teeming. Then it stopped and stayed dry for the rest of the day, although a few miles away there were downpours. read blog
Nationwide, the combination of very hot weather and persistent dry conditions continue to challenge horse owners with parched pastures and high hay and feed prices. Now, with no end to the drought and heat in sight, owners might have to rethink what they feed their horses.
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