Desert Madam, a hard-trying California-bred from the barn of Bill Spawr, will make her stakes debut in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Dec. 3
A rare offering from Juddmonte's famous Hasili family dominated proceedings at Tattersalls December Mare sale Nov. 30, snapped up by Amanda Skiffington for 775,000gns (US$1,016,537).
Trainer Chad Brown will send three representatives west to Del Mar for the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3, but they'll have to deal with other invaders as well as some 3-year-olds who have done their best running at the seaside racetrack.
Three of the seven fillies and mares entered for Aqueduct's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) are New York-breds. State-bred Bar of Gold (by Medaglia d'Oro) is the 121-pound highweight.
King and His Court faces fellow stakes winners Pachi Cruze, Vanish, and Jurojin going two turns in the Dec. 3 Display Stakes at Woodbine.
Protonico, a four-time graded stakes-winning son of Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand the 2017 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky for a fee of $6,500.
Still eligible and going stronger than ever, Royal Posse will try to capture the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel for a second straight year Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park, opening day of the track's Championship meet.
Jockey Luis Saez has begun serving a five-day suspension instead of continuing a legal tussle with New York racing regulators over an alleged "careless riding" incident this summer at Saratoga Race Course.
While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.
The Jockeys' Guild announced Nov. 30 that 27 members have been elected to the organization's senate, including six new members, Jose Ortiz, Joe Rocco Jr., William Antongeorgi, Eddie Garcia, Esgar Ramirez, and Ricky Ramirez.
Average daily all-sources handle at this year's Gulfstream Park West meet was approximately $3.52 million, down 1% from the 2015 meet average of $3.56 million, according to a review of Equibase charts by HorseRacingFLA.com.
The most fascinating Eclipse Award race, however, looms in one of the human divisions--the season's top trainer.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing. A stud deal has not yet been arranged.
A pair of grade I races for 2-year-olds and an anticipated start by California Chrome highlight the 2016 Winter meet at Los Alamitos.
Dams of Derby winners rarely come on the market, let alone a mare who has produced one who also scored in the Irish equivalent, so Harzand's dam Hazariya was always going to sell for a premium when offered in the Tattersalls December Mares Sale.
The grade I-winning son of Mineshaft is being syndicated for 50 shares and will stand for an introductory fee of $10,000.
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Wednesday racing and a five-day week return to the schedule for the first time since 2009 when Turfway Park opens its holiday race meet Wednesday, Nov. 30.
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I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.
Ryan Moore dominated his competition for much of the year en route to winning the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Jockey. It is the second time in three years that the British jockey has won the award.
Stall has put on a clinic during the first two weeks of the Crescent City oval's 145th racing season.
Legislation permitting the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund to look at alternative coverage options for its increasingly expensive workers compensation insurance program has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Dubawi (IRE) was again the big draw in the opening session of the Tattersalls December mare sale as The Miniver Rose (IRE), the only mare cataloged in foal to him, was the sale topper at 550,000gns.
Though Jet Phone was not the brightest star on Valor Farm's roster, the homebred Texas stallion who died Nov. 27 shortly after developing kidney and liver problems will be sorely missed.
The grade I-placed winner will be the first son of Pioneerof the Nile to stand in Florida.
Churchill Downs reports a 1.9% increase in purses paid at the 21-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 27 in Louisville.
Trainer Karl Broberg secured the 2,000th victory of his career when he sent out Mr. Graceful to a front-running score in the ninth race Nov. 26 at Delta Downs.
A familiar name stands atop the final standings following the completion of the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Javier Castellano claimed the title as top rider in the series for a third consecutive year.
Nebraska horsemen Robert "Red" Lee, who was the key figure in launching Horsemen's Park in 1998 in Omaha, died Nov. 26 in Silver Creek, Neb. He was 88 years old.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association will hold its annual Nominating Meeting/Awards Dinner Dec. 8 at the Sport of Kings at Gulfstream Park.
In the Thoroughbred breeding business, dispersals of major breeders and/or owners allow others to purchase bloodlines and gain entry to families that they otherwise might never get in on.
The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.
The 5-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped out to an easy lead, was never threatened, and drew off to a 7 3/4-length victory.
Calumet Farm's Term of Art rallied late to take the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, which lost its grade III status pending review after being switched from turf to dirt Nov. 27 at Del Mar.
Paul Pompa Jr.'s Connect exited his gutsy Nov. 26 victory in the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack in good shape, trainer Chad Brown reported from his Belmont Park base the morning of Nov. 27.
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Kitasan Black led from the first jump and was never challenged in a dominating victory Nov. 27 in the 36th running of the Japan Cup in association with Longines at Tokyo Racecourse.
Two races after Journey Home took the Jimmy Durante (gr. IIIT) at the seaside racetrack, stablemate Ring Weekend earned his sixth graded stakes win in the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT).
Sam-Son Farm's Journey Home made her journey west a winning one Nov. 26 at Del Mar with a clear score in the in the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT), but the victory was not without controversy, albeit by no fault of the War Front filly.
The build up around McCraken live up to the billing in the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as Janis Whitham's homebred used his big turn of foot to edge clear late under Brian Hernandez Jr. and remain unbeaten in three career starts.
Siena Farm homebred Isabella Sings led every step of the way Nov. 26 to register a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park West.
Coffee Pot Stables' homebred Farrell took a field of 12 fillies gate to wire to win the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs by six lengths.
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd got up in the final stride to put a head in front of G. G. Ryder to win the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.
Connect added to an already banner year for trainer Chad Brown as he engaged in a thrilling stretch duel with Divining Rod and just got his nose down at the wire to win the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
After finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths behind Rose Brier, Lubash was placed first after stewards determined that the first-place finisher interfered with his stretch run Nov. 26 in the 100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park West.
In his first stakes try, Mo Town soared past favored Takaful in the stretch and was not seriously threatened late to post a clear victory in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Two lots sold for 100,000 guineas or more Nov. 26 at the Tattersalls December foal sale, bringing a close to the four-day sale.
Arlene's Sun Star Stable's Miss Sky Warrior continues to find new gears during her steps up in class, turning back at late bid from favorite Jamyson 'n Ginger to capture the $300,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Race Course.
For the third consecutive season, Tapit has broken his own the single-season progeny earnings record.
After taking eight starts to secure her maiden win, Verve's Tale didn't waste any time securing her first stakes victory.
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