Racing has been Jason Servis' livelihood as long as he can remember and while the start of his training career wasn't exactly planned, he has thrived as a conditioner, sending out at least one graded stakes winner for the past four seasons.
Off the Triple Crown trail and with a clean trip, Calumet Farm's homebred Hence once again found his winning stride July 7 in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows.
Drawing away from the field without seeing the whip, Bob Baffert-trained Zulfikhar delivered on his lofty price tag, winning his debut by 3 3/4 lengths July 7 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Sequel Stallions, an upstate New York Thoroughbred breeding farm, announced July 7 that Buster and Teri Brown will take over the management of the farm, located in Columbia County.
Massachusetts horsemen achieved a major victory when lawmakers reached compromise on the $40 billion 2018 budget bill that eliminates $400 million in spending yet leaves intact a significant portion of the money in the Race Horse Development Fund.
It didn't take long for value-conscious horseplayers to see the benefits of the NYRA Bets Pick 5 rolled out July 4 for players at the advance-deposit wagering site, as well as on-track and in-state players
Grade 1-winning sprinter Bonapaw was euthanized July 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., due to complications caused by the equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. He was 21.
The fourth edition of the Stars And Stripes Racing Festival is on tap at Belmont Park July 8, with five graded stakes worth a collective $3.7 million to be contested.
Runner up last out in the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, Sam-Son Farm homebred Mythical Mission looks to notch her first stakes victory in the $225,000 Bison City Stakes July 9 at Woodbine.
- By Steve Haskin
The more Arrogate accomplishes, the more we want to see if he can top it. Unlike the vast majority of today's champions, we want to know just how high a ceiling our champions have.
After a positive test for methamphetamine in Richard's Boy, owner Rockingham Ranch is taking extra measures to ensure the security of the Idiot Proof gelding ahead of his start in the July 8 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T).
Gentlemen's Bet, a three-time black-type stakes winner and twice grade 1-placed son of Half Ours, has been retired and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Stakes results from the holiday weekend are a reminder of the importance of 2-year-old racing in the yearling marketplace...especially for the younger stallions trying to build their résumés and for sires that stand below the five-figure line.
The 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) was tabbed by trainer Mark Casse as Salty's upcoming target following her five-furlong breeze in 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs July 7.
As it continues a $400 million renovation plan, the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack has been granted a $290 million loan, according to The Real Deal, which covers real estate news in New York.
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