The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue Saturday with the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Multiple stakes winner Easton Angel was purchased by Mick Flanagan for 500,000 guineas to top the Feb. 2 first day of the Tattersalls February sale at the paddocks in Newmarket, England.
Having saddled the winners of the last five editions of the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), Chad Brown looks to continue his race-specific dominance when he leads over 9-5 morning line favorite Rymska Feb. 4.
Nutrition is critical for the in-foal broodmare to deliver a healthy foal
- By Steve Haskin
In honor of American Pharoah's Birthday, I thought I would reprint my column recapping his historic Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown victory. Brings back a lot of special memories.
Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes.
Lighthouse Bay, winner of the 2013 Prioress Stakes (G1), has been purchased by Shadai Farm in a deal brokered by Greg Harbut of Harbut Bloodstock.
Classic Empire, winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), has been assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap for 2016.
A behind-the-scenes look at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the career finale of fan favorite and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome.
When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity will look for his second straight score in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly squashed a NYRA restructuring bill with a "pocket veto."
After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.
Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Houston Ladies Classic, Hurricane Bertie, John B. Connally Turf Cup, La Prevoyante Handicap, W.L. McKnight Handicap, and more.
- By Steve Haskin
Atlanta Falcons’ starting tight end Jacob Tamme is having a ball as a partner, along with fellow NFL star Wes Welker, in the Hat Creek Racing partnership run by Gatewood Bell.
After an in-depth review of its racing medication rules relative to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s recommendations, a Kentucky council is recommending penalty classification changes for a pair of medications.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
With positive returns in handle, attendance, television ratings, and the on-track experience, the Pegasus World Cup (G1) figures to remain in South Florida at The Stronach Group's Gulfstream Park.
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).
Crestwood Farm's grade I-winning miler Jack Milton got his first foal Jan. 30, when a colt bred by David Lavoie was born on a farm near Ocala, Fla.
With her five-furlong move over the turf at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 1, Tepin again succeeded in sparking renewed hope that Plan 'A' can come off as scheduled.
The European Pattern Committee implemented a five-year ban on downgrading any group race of 13 furlongs or more.
Lauded as a "game changer" by organizers from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club, the 1,200-meter (six-furlong) race offers the same shareholder buy-in concept pioneered by The Stronach Group, which organized the Pegasus.
Steve Barham (Oregon), Bennett Liebman (New York), and Allan Monat (Illinois) will comprise the independent panel the Association of Racing Commissioners International has formed to certify compliance with key integrity standards each year.
The Barking Shark, a West Coast fan favorite who finished second in seven stakes, two grade 1s, died earlier this year of colic at the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy in California. The gelding by Naevus was 24.
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup generated sufficient buzz
With short yearlings a hot commodity at winter mixed sales, the stallion with the most foals of 2016 entered at the Feb. 6-7 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky auction is San Pablo, a son of Jump Start who who or placed in 16 of 19 career starts.
Recent EHV-1 (Equine herpesvirus 1) outbreaks have again focused attention on this nasty disease.
- By Frank Angst
The solid overnight ratings for the first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) could be something to build on for future editions of the event as organizers hope one day television rights provide revenues for the stakeholders.
Booming state-bred programs lift incoming stallion rosters
An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record.
Those inside the aftercare industry say there is still a lot of work to be done.
Despite a tenuous situation, Spendthrift Farm general manager Ned Toffey says there is reason for optimism in the prognosis of multiple grade 1 winner Lord Nelson as he battles laminitis.
Ray Arsenault of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, near Toronto, earned the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend's 18th annual National Handicapping Championship (NHC).
A deep international buying bench helped boost the aggregate and hold the average price steady at the two-day premier yearling sale held by New Zealand Bloodstock in Karaka, New Zealand.
Some minor shuffling in the Derby Dozen, and plenty of new names amongst those Knocking On the Door.
The members of Little Red Feather Racing started 2017 with a feather in their caps.
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, and Mastery each recorded bullet works Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
Florida pinhooking and 2-year-old in training sale pioneer Clyde D. Rice, 79, passed away Jan. 30 at his home at Indian Prairie Ranch near Anthony, Fla.
Richie Migliore, a popular former jockey who has made a name for himself as a TV analyst at NYRA racetracks, has begun freelance announcing work at Fasig-Tipton sales.
Arthur Kelley, who founded the non-profit R.A.C.E. Fund Inc. to help off-track Thoroughbreds, died Jan. 25. He was 98.
- By Steve Haskin
In three races, Arrogate has led all the way, came from third, and came behind from fifth. He’s won being on the inside and won being on the outside, and won his three stakes in three different states in the East, West, and South.
Stronach Stable's Shaman Ghost exited his second place finish in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park in good order, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
When Fasig-Tipton conducts its Kentucky winter mixed sale Feb. 6-7, 32 horses from the Rockin' Z Ranch dispersal will offered without reserve by Vinery Sales.
Stormy Liberal's Clocker's Corner win hits the century mark
Keeneland director of sales operations Geoffrey Russell was honored with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's (ITBA) 2016 Wild Geese Award at its National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at The Heritage Killenard.
Red Oak Stable's homebred Unbridled Mo played the upsetter Jan. 29 in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3).
For the fourth year in a row, trainer Mike Maker saddled the winner of the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (G3T) at Sam Houston Race Park as Bigger Picture crossed the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front.
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