Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer may each have more than one starter in the $300,000 Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Total handle on the 17th edition of the Claiming Crown, contested for the fourth year Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park, was $10.12 million, up 0.6% from 2014.
Multiple grade II winner Etched was represented by his first winner when 2-year-old filly Eve won the first race, a mile main track test, Dec. 6 at Laurel Park.
The 35th running of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) heads a list of 12 stakes worth a combined $1.025 million at Golden Gate Fields' 2015-16 winter-spring meet.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Horse Health, Southwest Region, West Region
The emphasis will be on new ideas when many racing industry leaders gather in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 7-9 for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Sambista became the first female winner of the Champions Cup (Jpn-I), run as the Japan Cup Dirt until 2013, when pulling a 66-1 upset Dec. 6 at Chukyo Racecourse.
The U.S. and European breeding operations of American billionaire John Malone dominated the top of the market on opening day of the Arqana December breeding stock sale Dec. 5.
Grade II winner Lady Sabelia added the $100,000 Willa On the Move at Laurel Park to her resume Dec. 5, as Vorticity and Cathryn Sophia also landed impressive wins on the card.
Room for Me came off a seventh in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland to return to winning form Dec. 5, when she aired by 3 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes.
Under a heady ride from jockey Johnathon Parkes, Julinsky Prince got the second group I win of his career in the Captain Cook Stakes Dec. 5 at Trentham.
Jockey Javier Castellano guided Royal Posse to victory in the Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes to secure his fourth win in the event on the day Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Perfect Reflection beat champion and stablemate Delicacy to the finish in the Kingston Town Classic (Aus-I) Dec. 5 at Ascot and became the first 3-year-old filly to win Australia's final top-level race of 2015.
Silver Mountain showed her class in no uncertain fashion when running out a five-length winner of the World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (SAf-I) at Kenilworth Dec. 5.
California Chrome's work at Los Alamitos on December 5, 2015, including comments from Art Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos Watch Video
California Chrome's work at Los Alamitos on December 5, 2015, including comments from Art Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos
Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.
- By Steve Haskin
The death of Shared Belief shocked the racing world and reminded everyone just how gut wrenching this sport can be and how fragile these magnificent horses are. read blog
Apprentice jockey Lane Luzzi, son of veteran New York rider Mike Luzzi, won his first race Dec. 4 when he rode Midwest Thoroughbreds' Flo's Strawberry in Laurel Park's third race.
William 'Scott Billy' Buford, left a significant legacy through the sisters Idlewild and Aerolite.
Smarty Jones, a fan favorite, in late November returned to Kentucky to continue his stud career. read blog
On a brisk fall morning at Calumet Farm, dual classic winner Smarty Jones stood alertly in his paddock. The 14-year-old son of Elusive Quality is settling in well at the Lexington landmark.
The organizations have announced new and re-elected board members for 2015-16.
Race caller Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita since 1983, has announced his retirement from the Southern California track. He will not return for the 2015-16 race meet, which begins Dec. 26.
With one more month remaining in 2015, pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. races is up less than a percentage point compared with the first 11 months of 2014 but purses are down 1.68%.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will host the Fair Grounds Championship handicapping tournament Dec. 19 that will offer two paid berths into the 17th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.
Gulfstream Park has added a pair of new wagering options for the 2015-16 meet that begins Saturday, Dec. 5.
Equibase Co. announced Dec. 4 that Hank Zeitlin, who has served as president and chief operating officer of Equibase since April 2007 and guided the company to new heights in fan engagement, plans to step down.
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Dec. 4 presented its listing of U.S. graded and listed stakes races for 2016.
Retired trainer Mary Lou Tuck, who conditioned multiple grade I winner Go West Young Man, died earlier this year as a result of an extended illness.
Al Shaqab Racing's group II winner Toast of New York, who finished second in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will enter stud in Qatar in 2016.
The Tattersalls December sale ended Dec. 3 with gross sales of more than 84.17 million guineas (US$133.67 million), just 1% shy of last year's total receipts of 84.97 million guineas.
A ballot question that would allow a slot machine parlor near Suffolk Downs has cleared a hurdle and could appear on the statewide Massachusetts ballot in November.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has issued a statement in the form of a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick regarding historical racing and the Texas Racing Commission's ability to move forward on the issue.
The North American dispersal of the Estate for Sara Jane Leigh's bloodstock will be offered by Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud as agent during the first session of the upcoming Keeneland January sale on Jan. 11.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is the latest organization to endorse the American Horse Council's Welfare Code of Practice, the AHC reported Dec. 3.
Stronach Group racetracks have filed a federal lawsuit against the operators of the daily racing contest site DerbyWars, claiming that the site is operating unlawfully in using Stronach track races.
The Toronto racetrack reported an 11.3% rise in total handle; set records on its three biggest days.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Dec. 3 that the $350,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash has been upgraded to grade III for 2016 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
J. Keeler Johnson discusses ten up-and-coming contenders for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. read blog
Claiming Crown survived, and now thrives
Champion Shared Belief died Dec. 3 after a colic episode. He was rushed to UC-Davis but surgery could not fix a rupture.
Freud, this year's second-leading sire in New York who topped the list in 2014, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson.
Japan, a stakes-winning son of top sire Medaglia d'Oro, will enter stud in 2016 at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.
Sir Prize Birthday, the oldest member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's herd, was euthanized Dec. 2 at the Wallkill Correctional Facility near Wallkill, N.Y., at age 35.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Claiming Crown with focus on the Claiming Crown Jewel. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Equine Sales Company announced its 2-year-olds in training sale will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Opelousas, La., with the breeze show set for Sunday, May 8.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Claiming Crown with focus on the Claiming Crown Jewel. Sponsored by Equibase Download Equibase Past Performances for the Claiming Crown Jewel.
The $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes is a modest event on the Aqueduct Racetrack schedule, but this year two graded winners look to return to winning ways in the six-furlong test.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,796 horses for its 58th January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will be held Jan. 11-15, 2016.
Betfair has become the first betting entity to agree to a new three-year funding arrangement designed to generate more purse money for British racing as an Authorized Betting Partner.
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