Jockey John Velazquez, returning from a serious injury sustained last fall during the Breeders' Cup World Championships, got his first win in six tries at Gulfstream Park when 2-5 choice Got Lucky cruised to victory Jan. 29.
Fresh off a victory over the Tampa Bay Downs turf course, Nicklaus Way goes in search of his first graded stakes win for trainer Ian Wilkes Feb. 1 in the $150,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Asserting Bear and Matador, two tested Ontario-breds will take on the solid duo of Harpoon and Vinceremos from the barn of Todd Pletcher in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Airdrie Stud has reported the birth of the first foal by grade I winner Creative Cause. The gray or roan filly is out of the Indian Charlie mare Incarnate Memories.
Acting under a looming deadline, the Illinois legislature Jan. 29 reauthorized advance deposit wagering in the state, staving off a draconian cut in 2014 racing dates.
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Danedream gave birth to a bay filly by Frankel just before midnight Monday, Jan. 27.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Havana is likely to make his 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park March 1, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
Images from the six-time grade/group I winner St Nicholas Abbey's career. view slideshow
The first reported foal by Algorithms arrived the morning of Jan. 29 at Bruce and Connie Brown's Fairview Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Grade II winner Honor Code is unlikely to contest the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, but could target the March 1 Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Lively trade drove increases in aggregate, average, and median on the first day of New Zealand Bloodstock's select yearling sale Jan. 29 at Karaka.
Will Take Charge remains on course for his 2014 debut in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9, but a start in the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) is unlikely, owner Willis Horton says.
Prominent European sprinter Bated Breath was represented by his first reported foal when a bay filly out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Precious Secret was born at Barton Stud Jan. 11.
New Year's Day, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), received the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club's 2013 Experimental Free Handicap released Jan. 29.
- By Steve Haskin
What seemed like a remarkable recovery falls short. read blog
When a racehorse breaks down on the track, you're not only faced with the devastating loss of a horse, but also economic loss and, potentially, an injured jockey. One of the most common sites of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses is the fetlock and its surrounding structures.
Two highly regarded New York-breds lead a field of six 3-year-olds entered for the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on Feb. 1, both coming off impressive performances to tackle open company.
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A New Hampshire Senate committee voted 4-1 to recommend passage of a bill that would allow the state to authorize two casinos. But the bill will be tabled while the House considers any expansion of gambling.
With focus on safety, presenters at the Jockeys' Guild assembly outlined the dangers of concussions, explained a new baseline testing initiative, and provided initial results from the U.S. Jockey Injury Database.
Prominent South African sire National Assembly died Jan. 22, it was reported by Highlands Stud, where he stood from 1998-2010. The son of Danzig was 30.
Steve Haskin presents his first official Kentucky Derby Dozen this week! See if any of your Kentucky Derby horses to watch made his Derby Dozen. read blog
Over the past 25 years, Florida and California have been the predominant routes taken by winners of the Kentucky Derby. See how the top four finishers of all the major prep races have fared since 1989.
Steve Haskin chooses one Kentucky Derby contender to examine each week. This week Steve examines, and defends, the Sham Stakes winner Midnight Hawk.
Godolphin's unbeaten champion filly Certify is set to make her long-awaited return to racing in the $200,000 Cape Verdi (UAE-II) Jan. 30 at Meydan.
Gold Case, a dual stakes-winning son of Forty Niner, has been purchased by William Nicks to stand the 2014 season at Nicks Farms near Sellersburg, Ind. Out of the Private Account mare Silent Account, his fee is $500.
Strapping Groom makes his return to the graded ranks Feb. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (gr. III), a six-furlong sprint on the Withers (gr. III) undercard.
See the bottom of this story for information on how you can support Double L and also be entered in a fun contest. read blog
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The New Zealand Bloodstock premier yearling sale at Karaka ended Jan. 28 with a new leading consignor, but the headline grabber was sire Fastnet Rock.
The board of directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders held its first meeting of 2014 on Monday, Jan. 27, and enacted several changes to the organization.
Photos from Santa Anita, Hong Kong, Tampa Bay Downs, Sam Houston Race Park, Gulfstream and more. view slideshow
A yearling son of Midnight Lute and a 2-year-old son of Majestic Warrior each brought $70,000 to top the Barretts January mixed sale that saw increases in nearly every category.
Honors Stable Corp.'s Wildcat Red has recovered from a cold and will be entered in the $200,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II), to be run at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Feb. 1.
- By Frank Angst
- Racing, Health, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Amid a changing landscape of funding sources in horse racing, the Jockeys' Guild has turned to state lobbyists to help ensure its interests are considered.
The Jockeys' Guild presented awards to three individuals for outstanding achievements and service to the horse industry Jan. 27 during its annual Assembly in Hollywood, Fla.
Stephen Panus, vice president of communications for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, acknowledged many newspapers have discontinued racing coverage. He encouraged riders to embrace social media.
Grade III winner Soaring Empire was represented by his first reported foal when a colt was born Jan. 24 at Phoenix Farm near Paris, Ky.
Apprentice jockey Taylor Rice, the 25-year-old niece of trainer Linda Rice, won four races at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 27.
Gemologist, a grade I-winning son of Tiznow, was represented by his reported first foal when a bay colt was born Jan. 15.
While Fastnet Rock offspring dominated the top of the market, a relatively strong middle market pushed median price into positive territory on opening day of the New Zealand Bloodstock premier yearling sale Jan. 27 at Karaka.
Julien Leparoux, Mike Maker, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who teamed to win the John B. Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston Jan. 25, top the standings in the jockey, trainer, and owner categories for new series.
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced the launch of its newly formed Ambassador Program to assist the organization in promoting retired raceshorses in second careers.
With another cold blast of air settling in from the north, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races had canceled its live racing program for the evening of Jan. 28.
WinStar Farm has announced registration is open for Fantasy Derby 2014, which offers a grand prize of two box seat tickets to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
WinStar Farm has announced it will again offer the "Breed To Win" promotion in which it will give away 13 free stallion seasons.
With more horses living to a ripe old age than in the past, veterinarians have become incredibly well-versed in managing senior equids. But there are still some points that researchers are working to understand. For instance, exactly what impact does aging have on the immune system?
- By Steve Haskin
The party is about to begin. The guests, both two-legged and four-legged, are arriving to celebrate Penny Chenery's 92nd birthday. read blog
Jose Arias of Bell Gardens near Los Angeles topped a field of 500 to win the 15th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 26 in Las Vegas.
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