The Pizza Man delivered some home cooking Aug. 16 when he captured the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes by a length over defending winner Dandino at Arlington International Racecourse.
Fillies by Monsun and Galileo cracked the seven-figure barrier Aug. 16 at the opening session of the elite Arqana Deauville yearling sale, which saw strong trade throughout.
Alan Landsburg, a television writer, producer, and director who in later years focused on improving horse racing as a California Horse Racing Board commissioner and industry leader, died Aug. 14 at the age of 81.
Chuck Spina, a trainer for more than four decades, is the 2014 recipient of the Virgil "Buddy" Raines Distinguished Achievement Award.
Trainer Christophe Clement proclaimed Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist ready for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.88 over the Oklahoma training track Aug. 16.
Besilu Stables' Crown Queen stepped up to graded stakes company Aug. 16 and scored a third consecutive victory when edging out longshot Duff One to win the $285,000 Knob Creek Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Istanford, who would have been among the leading contenders in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. I), instead romped to victory in the $96,350 Sandy Blue Handicap as the heavy favorite the evening of Aug. 15.
Tom Early, who has championed Louisiana's Thoroughbred industry for three decades, was unanimously voted president of the board of directors of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti was still mulling over comeback options for Wise Dan but seemed more inclined toward deciding Aug. 16 after sending the Horse of the Year through his third dirt work at Saratoga Race Course.
After a nearly eight-month wait, it did not take long for jockey Cliff Berry to rack up his 2,000th career Thoroughbred win at Remington Park, reaching the milestone on opening night of the 2014 season Aug. 15.
Days End Farm Horse Rescue invites the public to its fall festival celebrating 25 years of rescuing horses and educating people Sept. 19-20 in Woodbine, Md.
Irish import Belisarius will not run in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse, the track reported.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Aug. 15 upheld a hearing officer's recommendation that Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort can't abandon December racing, but it allowed leeway should purse money not be available.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was on a bench at Del Mar near the stable area racing office the morning of Aug. 15. The right knee that he had surgically replaced exactly three weeks ago was on display for all to see.
Blood-Horse Visuals Director Anne M. Eberhardt presents images from the Friday before Arlington Million day. read blog
Another California legislative session will draw to close at the end of August without action on an Internet poker bill, but in this instance, it is a victory for the state's racing industry.
The Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana annual yearling sale has cataloged 197 horses.
California Chrome on track at Los Alamitos on August 15, 2014. Includes comments from trainer Art Sherman. Video Courtesy Los Alamitos Watch Video
Chuck Streva, a longtime chart-caller and linemaker at South Florida tracks, passed away the morning of Aug. 15 at Miami's Baptist Hospital following a long illness.
Getting back into a regular work pattern, California Chrome put in a maintenance drill at Los Alamitos Racecourse the morning of Aug. 15, covering four furlongs handily in :50 2/5.
Trainer John Gosden has declared 3-year-old Kingman in peak fitness ahead of his bid for a fourth consecutive top-level win in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) Aug. 17 at Deauville.
A daily purse structure of more than $200,000 and a 35-race stakes program worth $3.5 million have horsemen arriving from all over the country to Oklahoma City for the Remington Thoroughbred season that begins Aug. 15.
- By Claire Novak
Arlington Million contender Finnegans Wake Friday morning at Arlington Park. Watch Video
Mucho Macho Man will become the fifth Breeders' Cup Classic winner on Adena Springs' Kentucky stallion roster.
A WWII veteran and Chicago business tycoon continues to influence Arlington International Racecourse -- despite his advanced age and the political challenges faced by the Illinois racing community. read longform
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for The Alabama and the Arlington Million read blog
View more from Chris Emigh, Chris Block, and other members of the Illinois racing community in 'Man Behind the Million,' our latest longform feature currently at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform watch video
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders have elected officers and members of the board of directors.
Unbridled's Heart, a son of top sire Unbridled's Song, will relocate to Wes Melcher's Double Infinity Ranch in Texas for the 2015 breeding season. He is the first stallion for the operation near Sulphur Springs.
Jockey Tyler Baze earned his 2,000th career victory Aug. 14 at Del Mar, snapping an 0-for-46 skid as he attempted to reach the milestone.
California's State Capitol went all Chrome on Thursday, Aug. 14 as proud legislators paid tribute to the state's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
Jockey Russell Baze, who capitalized on a slew of live mounts to run away with the riding title at the Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, hopes to keep on rolling Aug. 15 at the Golden Gate Fields summer meeting.
Reneesgotzip returns to Del Mar Aug. 17 to defend her title in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Stakes (gr. III), but the speedster faces a salty cast in her first start since the 2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.
The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 14 took the first formal step toward creating rules for handling a potential dispute about which organization should formally represent horsemen at the state's tracks.
No one can really predict Hall of Fame greatness after one start, but there have been a number of fortunate trainers who have had the thrill of foreseeing potential greatness in a young horse. read blog
2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta never set foot in New York, but her first-born son Cozmic One arrived at Saratoga Springs' legendary racetrack last month to spend the summer learning about life as a racehorse.
The New York Racing Association will provide racing fans with the opportunity to vote for the Mike Venezia Memorial Award online at www.nyra.com/veneziaaward through Saturday, August 30.
A world record holder at 1 1/2 miles on turf who just missed winning the United Nations last month, Twilight Eclipse looks ready for a peak effort in Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 17.
After his in-the-money efforts in both earlier jewels of the Canadian Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds, Ami's Holiday is set to make his turf debut in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes Aug. 17 at Woodbine.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps Arlington's major stakes races on Arlington Million day. read blog
- By Frank Angst
Frank Angst and special guest Ellis Starr handicap a tricky Arlington Million field. watch video
Already a three-time stakes winner at Monmouth Park, Pants On Fire will try for a fourth stakes victory in seven career starts at the Oceanport, N.J., track in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 17.
A field of 10 males and one filly all hope to go somewhere they've never been before, and that is 1 3/8 miles in a test of stamina in the grade III heat in Canada.
Favorite Tale, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 16 at Monmouth Park. The six-furlong race is worth $100,000.
Prominent owner Frank Calabrese, who earlier this year dismissed Kirk Ziadie as his South Florida trainer, has retained Michael Petro to oversee his 40-horse stable in the Sunshine State.
When trainer Luis Olivares entered Tackleberry to run on Friday's program at Gulfstream Park, it marked the impending homecoming of one of South Florida's most popular and beloved horses in recent years.
Legislate was named South Africa's Horse of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in Johannesburg Aug. 13.
Dunkirk, the leading North American freshman sire by earnings last year, has been purchased by the Japan Race Horse Agency and will stand at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido starting in 2015.
After a 2014 season that saw him add a pair of group I placings on turf to his resume, grade I winner Verrazano has been retired. The 2013 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner will stand at Ashford Stud.
Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi will try to become the first horse to win the Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) three times when he faces an expected seven other rivals in the 1 1/4-mile turf race Aug. 16 at Woodbine.
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