Peter Willmott has been re-elected to another three-year term as chairman of TOBA's board of trustees.
Santa Anita Park, which hosted the Breeders' Cup as recently as 2009 and is hosting this year's edition, will host the 2013 Breeders' Cup, pending the approval of a final host-site agreement.
Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton's My Miss Aurelia wrapped up an Eclipse Award-winning campaign last November with a three-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Soon after that, though, the bay daughter of Smart Strike was sidelined by a shin injury and wouldn't even be seen on an official worktab until mid-May.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's Executiveprivilege was sent off the 2-5 favorite in Wednesday's Grade 3, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar and easily lived up to her backers' expectations with a 1 1/4-length win over Speedinthruthecity. The bay daughter of First Samurai completed 6 1/2 furlongs on the Polytrack in 1:16 4/5 to remain perfect in three career starts.
Executiveprivilege runs to her 2-5 backing facing seven 2-year-old fillies in Del Mar's Sorrento Stakes, defeating Speedthruthecity by 1 1/4 lengths.
Bettors won't have to look hard to find something in common with all five of the contestants in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Aug. 11 for 3-year-olds.
Lenny and Steve discuss Allen Jerkens and Emma's Encore, Janis Whitham and Fort Larned, Dullahan and Hansen, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
My Miss Aurelia made her 2012 debut a winning one Aug. 8, overpowering four other 3-year-old fillies to take the $100,000 Mandys Gold Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
One of the top horses at Saratoga regardless of surface, Wise Dan will revert back to turf competition Saturday when he lines up for the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap. The talented five-year-old gelding tried the turf for the first time 13 months ago, winning the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap, and finished fourth against a deep field in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile two starts later. Since then, Wise Dan has raced exclusively on the main track for trainer Charles Lopresti, delivering sensational wins in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, Grade 2 Fayette Stakes and Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes as well as a head second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap most recently.
Lenny and Steve discuss Allen Jerkens and Emma's Encore, Janis Whitham and Fort Larned, Dullahan and Hansen, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.
Morrow Cove has stamped herself as a talented filly on the improve in her past two starts for trainer Graham Motion. Whether she's good enough to get a graded score will be discovered Aug. 11 at Monmouth Park.
Grade I winner Data Link, who set a course record at Monmouth Park in his previous race, tops a field of nine older turf specialists entered in the Aug. 11 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, Britain's premier jockeys' competition, will take place Saturday at Ascot Racecourse. The unique event features top jockeys in four teams -- Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and for the first time this year The Girls -- battling against each other in a thrilling six-race showdown.
Alternation seeks redemption against a short field of four others in the $200,000 Governor's Cup Stakes at Remington Park Aug. 11, but Zayat Stables' speedy Prayer for Relief presents a challenge.
A race-day ban of Salix in graded stakes for 2-year-olds would be extended to listed stakes as part of a new evaluation program.
Horses participating in Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 25 will be subject to increased disclosure of vet records, monitoring and testing.
Alternation, who saw a four-stakes win streak snap in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap June 16, returns to action for owner-breeder Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel in Saturday's $200,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park. The son of Distorted Humor figures to be a prohibitive favorite against four rivals going 1 1/8 miles.
My Big Boy, a grade I winner for Heidi Doubleday, died July 30 at Doubleday's After Hours Farm in Marshall, Va.
Organizers have announced the inaugural Jim Hurst Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 28 at Connemara Golf Tournament in Nicholasville, Ky.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has released the stakes schedules for the 2012 Belmont Park and Aqueduct fall meets.
Helen (Penny) Chenery, renowned for the last four decades as the key owner of the great Secretariat, has been selected Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's 81st annual Testimonial Dinner, Club president Julie Cauthen announced Wednesday. Mrs. Chenery was selected by the Thoroughbred Club's board of directors and will be honored at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on the evening of September 30.
Churchill Downs Inc. has invested at least an additional $1 million in Kentucky Downs, the track in South Central Kentucky that has reaped millions in revenues from Instant Racing machines introduced last fall.
New York state racing regulators will impose new security protocols for horses racing in the upcoming Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, though they are less burdensome than those put in place during this year's Belmont.
Turfway Park will open its 54th fall race meet September 6 with a new post time for night racing and a change in smoking policy, but with no stakes on the 16-day schedule.
Penny Chenery has been selected as the Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's Testimonial Dinner. The event takes place at Keeneland Sept. 30.
Turfway Park has announced the elimination of all stakes, including Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, from the schedule for its 16-day fall meet that begins Sept. 6 and concludes Sept. 30.
Monarchos, who underwent colic surgery July 31 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington, won't be returning Wednesday, Aug. 8, as planned to Charles Nuckols III's Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky.
- By Vic Zast
The media took about a nanosecond to realize that both trainer Roger Attfield and jockey John Velazquez, who teamed up to win Monday's feature race with Kissable, were about to enter the Hall of Fame on Friday. read blog
Esther Marr recaps Day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the overall results. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Esther Marr recaps Day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale, and the overall results. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
After suffering significant setbacks in prices on its opening night, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale experienced a welcome surge in business during its second and final session Aug. 7 in upstate New York.
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