The veterinary staff of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has added some additional protocols to its operations in an effort to cut down on the number of equine fatalities at the state's tracks.
Pete Denk analyzes the field for Arlington Million XXX. read blog
Trainer Roger Attfield is hoping a stretch-out to 1 1/4 miles in the $250,000 Sky Classic (Can-IIT) will enable Forte Dei Marmi to land his first North American stakes victory Aug. 19 at Woodbine.
Sugarinthemorning will try to shake off a case of seconditis when she takes on six opponents in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) over the Polytrack Aug. 19 at Del Mar.
Five of the top six finishers from the July 25 Lake George Stakes, including top two Centre Court and Better Lucky, return to fight for supremacy in the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT) Aug. 19 at Saratoga.
Quick Wit, who won the off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 10, remains an outside possibility for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
There is now less than a month to go until the final English classic of the season, the Group 1 St. Leger, which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on Sept. 15.
Darley Stud Management's British-bred Afsare, originally scheduled for a turf work Thursday morning, fulfilled an alternate plan and worked four furlongs in :48 over Arlington Park's Polytrack due to a steady rain that fell during training hours.
Last year's Grade 1 Alcibiades and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner went off as the 2-1 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Lake George, only to get buried in traffic along the inside. Stephanie's Kitten ended up a frustrating fourth, beaten a grand total of a half-length by Centre Court.
He's the gift that keeps on giving and the equine version of the Energizer Bunny. Making the 52nd start of his career Aug. 19, Awesome Gem steps forward to defend his title at Emerald Downs.
The injury that will keep Acclamation from defending his title in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic has been determined to be a "mild strain" of a ligament in the area of the left front pastern.
Dual grade 1 winner Jackson Bend breezed a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track on the morning of Aug. 16, covering the distance in :49.33 as he preps for the $500,000 Forego (gr. I) Sept. 1.
Grade 1 veteran Awesome Gem will take on 10 rivals as he goes for a title defense in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs.
The injury that will keep Acclamation from defending his championship in the TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 26 has been determined to be a mild strain of a ligament in the area of the left front pastern.
Golden Gate Fields opens its brief 2012 summer meeting Aug. 17 with a "Happy Hour" racing program that features half-price admission, food and drink specials, and live music between races.
British-bred Afsare, originally scheduled for turf work on the morning of Aug. 16 in preparation for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), instead drilled a half-mile over the Arlington Park main track due to a steady rain.
H. Graham Motion has 15 Grade 1s throughout his career, including in such prestigious events as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Turf, but one race still on the trainer's bucket list is the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park.
The winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday will have a strong claim as America's best three-year-old turf male, but trainer Christophe Clement is more concerned with building Summer Front's resume for a lifetime achievement award.
Jockey Samuel Camacho, Jr., who lost his status as an apprentice only this past May, will be out of action for an extended period of time after breaking his leg in a training mishap at Monmouth Park Aug. 15.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition has announced it will continue its Operation Gelding Program after receiving a $15,000 donation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation.
"We are thrilled that Phyllis Wyeth has chosen to stand Union Rags at Lane's End," Will Farish said. "He has all the makings of a top stallion. He was a brilliant racehorse with outstanding conformation and he has an exceptional pedigree."
The Jockey Club announced Aug. 16 it has launched "Thoroughbred World," an interactive game in which participants simulate horse breeding and racing.
NTRA Advantage partner John Deere will help recognize the outstanding breeder in New York state by offering the winner John Deere equipment.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) will celebrate Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, and all fans who wear pink will receive free admission.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions and high point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, announced Thursday the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2012 -- the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the Arlington Million and talk about Millions day. watch video
Bryan Beccia, the regular exercise rider for Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos and other top horses, has been granted a conditional license to resume his career in Kentucky.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the Arlington Million and talk about Millions day. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Arlington Million.
Antonio Francesco's Simmard, who was experiencing his best year of racing, has been retired due to an injury. Breeding plans are undecided.
- By Claire Novak
Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) contender Point of Entry knew how to turn on the racehorse pose - eventually. But first he had to be bribed to come to the front of the stall, and then. read blog
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The national owner and breeders of the year will be announced during TOBA annual awards dinner, being held at Keeneland.
Colorspin, a major producer for Meon Valley Stud in England, died Aug. 13 at age 29.
Gulfstream and Calder appear headed toward another dispute over southeast Florida racing dates, with Gulfstream preparing for a major expansion in the second half of 2013 and Calder planning to push for December racing again.
- By Vic Zast
NYRA scheduled the best horses to race Wednesday in the fifth race instead of the ninth or the tenth. read blog
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