List of leading contenders narrows to 20 following final weekend of prep races leading to May 4 Kentucky Derby.
Gary Seidler's multiple graded stakes winner Queenie Belle has been retired from racing due to a slight muscle injury. She will be bred to Fusaichi Pegasus.
Jockey Jerry Bailey may ride either of Coolmore's two Kentucky Derby candidates, according to a report in the Irish Times.
Three juveniles brought prices that topped the previous sale record of 125,000 guineas during the first session of the Tattersalls breeze-up auction on Wednesday in England.
The first payments in Fayette County's Purchase of Development Rights program (PDR) include owners of three Thoroughbred Farms.
TVG will again produce "The Works" from Churchill Downs, focusing on Kentucky Derby and Oaks-bound horses and their daily doings at the Louisville track.
Red Masque upset 2-5 favorite Royal Gem to win Wednesday's Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland. The $111,000 race was the first added-money victory for the 3-year-old son of Red Ransom.
An Evansville Slew filly breezed the fastest eighth of a mile Wednesday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April juvenile auction.
A gelded yearling by Prince of the Mt. brought the top price of $20,000 at the Louisiana Breeders Sales Co.'s spring open mixed sale on Sunday (April 14).
Gemstar-TV Guide became part of its eighth class action suit in two weeks on Tuesday.
Representatives of 15 Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Standardbred organizations will meet May 1 at a by-invitation-only meeting to implementation of recommendations on drug-testing, medication, security, and enforcement.
New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund establishes new deadlines regarding stallion applications...Auction and fundraiser to benefit Betsy Wells scheduled for April 28...2002 Class of Hall of Fame inductees to be named April 30.
Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale and EquineSpectrum's online Mixed Sale both start Wednesday, as do workouts for the upcoming OBS sale.
Bottled water bought in the Churchill Downs infield on Oaks and Derby Day will cost $1.25, one penny less than the same product at Thornton's stores in greater Louisville.
Darley has added Eclipse Award winner Fantastic Light to its galaxy of frequent flyers.
In a deal that will give it exposure in a major market, TV Games Network has reached a two-year agreement to exclusively air live Southern California horseracing on FOX Sports Net West (FSN) and FOX Sports Net West 2 (FSN2).
Mayakovsky, winner of the Gotham and fourth in the Santa Anita Derby, breezed four furlongs in :47.20 for trainer Patrick Biancone at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
Farish, Goodman, Toffan and McCaffery's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful Came Home worked five furlongs in 1:01 4/5, breezing, over a fast Santa Anita main track on Tuesday with regular rider Chris McCarron in the irons.
Some 35,000 temporary seats will be added to Arlington International Racecourse for the 19th running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
With Darby Dan Bloodstock acting on his behalf, casino industry veteran Stanley Fulton purchased an Unbridled's Song colt for $850,000 to top Keeneland's April 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday.
Some 35,000 temporary seats will be added to Arlington International Racecourse for the 19th running of the Breeders' Cup championships, increasing the track's capacity to 45,000.
The $100,000 Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland Wednesday showcases a field of 3-year-old colts and geldings running nine furlongs on the turf.
Kip and Suzanne Knelman, who bred Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner Buddha in the name of Farfellow Farms, privately sold the colt's dam, Cahooters, about two weeks prior to the April 13 race to Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds and Castleton Lyons.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- For a change, let's all accept the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby as the best horse. Period.
By Billy Reed -- Recalling the unveiling of the Breeders' Cup concept, it was sort of like being there when Elvis Presley slouched into Sun Records in Memphis and mumbled, "I'm here to make a record for my mama." Or being on the front row the day a young geek named Bill Gates first told an audience that someday computers would run the world.
A repository for X-rays will be set up for at least some of Australia's major yearling sales well ahead of the 2003 auctions.
Proponents of "pull-tab" machines for the horse racing industry and dockside gaming for riverboat casinos may have renewed hopes in Indiana. Gov. Frank O'Bannon has said he will call lawmakers back for a special session beginning May 14.
While the Thoroughbred industry makes an aggressive push toward unification on the issue of drug testing and medication, two organizations involved in the regulation of racing -- the Association of Racing Commissioners International and the National Association of Pari-Mutuel Regulators -- continue to go their separate ways.
A Los Angeles federal district court judge dismissed the California Horse Racing Board's morphine case against trainer Bob Baffert April 15.
Central Kentucky horsewoman Diane Perkins, who raced such top performers as Lord At War and La Gueriere, will be dispersing her breeding stock by auction July 13 at her Wimborne Farm near Paris, Ky
Successful breeder/owner Claude Cowan Jr. died April 14 in a Hot Springs, Ark., hospital.
As difficult to believe as this may seem, we're actually going to keep it relatively short this week, as everyone saw what transpired on Saturday and has formed their own opinions. We are starting from scratch and tossing the past performances. We've looked at them so many times over the past four months, they no longer register in our brain.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s grade I winner Officer, gearing up for a start in Saturday's Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, worked a half-mile in an impressive :47 4/5, breezing, over a fast track at Santa Anita Monday.
A Grand Slam filly zipped a quarter mile in :20 4/5, turning in the fastest time for the distance Monday during the final under tack show for Keeneland's April juvenile auction.
California racing officials pondering what to do about a building workers' compensation insurance crisis are closer to submitting legislation that would increase pari-mutuel takeout in the state.
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John and Donna Ward are the Kentucky Thoroughbred Media's Ambassadors of Racing for 2002.
Group I winner Distant Music, who entered stud this year at Morristown Lattin Stud in Ireland, will stand the Southern Hemisphere season at the Woodard family's Yallambee Stud in Australia.
The decision to scratch One Tuff Fox from the Illinois Derby (gr. II) was mandated by state racing rules and was in the best interest of the wagering public, chief state Steward Eddie Arroyo said Sunday
Russell L. Reineman Stable's Pretty Gale, a half-sister of Illinois Derby winner War Emblem, beat Lunar Star by 7 1/4 lengths in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap at Sportsman's Park on Sunday.
Mountain Rage kicked clear of Doc Holiday in the stretch to win Sunday's $82,050 La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita. Under Victor Espinoza, the Bob Baffert-trained son of Mecke completed the mile in 1:34.84 on firm turf.
Oaklawn Park posted gains in attendance and both on-track and total handle during the Arkansas track's 52-day meet which concluded Saturday, when 52,122 fans attended for Arkansas Derby day.
The familiar colors of Bob and Beverly Lewis visited the Keeneland winner's circle following consecutive races Sunday, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas there to greet the winning horse on both occasions, most notably following Orientate's victory in the $272,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II).
Queen Maya, a 2-year-old half-sister to Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Buddha, is a late entry to Equine Spectrum's online mixed auction.
Bella Bellucci drew off in the stretch to win Sunday's $108,200 Comely Stakes (gr. III) by seven lengths, completing the one-turn mile in 1:35.50 on the fast track. The full sister of Japanese champion 3-year-old Kurofune will make her next start in the Kentucky Oaks.
Keeneland's director of sales will be "very happy" if average stays the same at Tuesday's juvenile auction.
Valhol is being prepared for a start in the April 27 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park. Since finishing a disappointing eighth in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), the 6-year-old gelded son of Diazo has been sidelined with a foot ailment.
Sale records were established for gross revenue and average price during the Doncaster breeze-up auction, which ended its two-day run on Friday in England.
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