A rainy morning in Lexington gave way to cloudy skies and dry conditions that prevailed just long enough to squeeze in the under tack preview for Keeneland's select sale of 2-year-olds in training April 3.
The outgoing chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International said it is "vitally important" racing jurisdictions adopt the National Uniform Medication Program as soon as possible.
Tweets about Keeneland's decision to return to a dirt racing surface were flying fast and furious after the Lexington oval announced the removal of Polytrack April 2. Here, a selection of comments from the industry.
Enhanced security measures will be used for horses competing in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) April 12, Keeneland announced.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale has been moved to Oct. 13 from its originally scheduled date of Aug. 25, to be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park near Dallas.
The United States Senate Finance Committee reported April 3 legislation that would extend expired or expiring tax provisions for race horses, including a provision to extend the three-year recovery period.
There was no unanimity on reactions to the April 2 announcement by Keeneland that the iconic Lexington track would replace its synthetic Polytrack surface with a state-of-the-art dirt track later this year.
Deuce Greathouse has officially joined the team at Four Star Sales, managing partner Kerry Cauthen announced April 3.
Princess of Sylmar, who won a pair of stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack before going on to win four grade I races during her 2013 season, will return to the track April 6 to make her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Cat Cay.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap two big Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend in the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby. watch video
Diversy Harbor, who rallied from ninth in the stretch to edge Nashoba's Gold in the China Doll Stakes, will face her rival again on the Santa Anita Park turf in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 5.
On the strength of his outstanding recent breeze, Conquest Stables' Conquest Titan remains on target for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 12, trainer Mark Casse said.
Pedigree Handicapping with Brisnet.com and Doug Salvatore: Friday, April 4, at Keeneland read blog
Old Friends and New Vocations have entered into an agreement to jointly benefit Thoroughbreds in their post-racing and post-breeding careers.
TVG is introducing several innovations as part of its live coverage of the Keeneland Race Course meet that begins April 4.
Under a business plan change at the farm, Three Chimneys will not offer a consignment at this year's Keeneland September yearling sale.
Turf Paradise is coordinating two fundraisers to assist injured jockey Anne Von Rosen, who was paralyzed below the waist in a spill March 11 at the Arizona track.
This Saturday, Social Inclusion will make his much-anticipated stakes debut in the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, one of four grade I races for 3-year-olds being run this weekend. read blog
The $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Oaklawn Park will provide Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria an excellent opportunity to rebound off a dull effort in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II).
Graded stakes producer Willow Woodman died March 31 due to the infirmities of old age. She was 23.
Gulfstream Park has received permission from Florida racing regulators to add 10 Fridays and one Monday to its racing schedule from April 18-June 27.
A "Jocktails" charity event will take place during Blue Grass Stakes week with members of the Keeneland jockey colony tending bar for tips to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
- By Claire Novak
"Enchanting Lisa, I'm excited to get back to the races," trainer Charlie LoPresti said, running down a list of siblings to Horse of the Year Wise Dan who are expected to start at Keeneland's spring meeting. read blog
Although he'll be facing some stakes winners when he makes the first stakes start of his career April 4 in the Bay Shore (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, Favorite Tale figures to receive plenty of attention.
Maybe Social Inclusion will stomp this field, but if there's a chance he won't, we could ascribe it to all the early speed in the Wood Memorial coupled with his relative inexperience.
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