Following a half-mile breeze in :49 flat Aug. 25 at Greentree Training Center, Godolphin Racing's Frosted will make his next start in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
A Chilean race won by Gran Villano initially reported as a stakes did not meet black-type criteria, so Mister Nofty became Scat Daddy's 75th stakes winner in the Aug. 24 Grover Buddy Delp Memorial Stakes.
With the closure of Lane's End Texas, Valor Farm acquired a couple stallions owned entirely or in part of Robert and Janice McNair. The further consolidate, the McNairs decided to relocate Stonesider from New York.
California native Jim McCullough has been tabbed as the new announcer for Zia Park Racetrack and Casino's 12th season of live racing, which starts Sept. 10.
- By Steve Haskin
Let’s cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn’t an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.
With a motivation to give its horses and horsemen more time to adapt and transition to its racing surfaces, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club applied for and was granted a later start date for its 2017 summer race meeting.
An elevated temperature will force Grupo Seven C Racing Stable's grade I-placed Majesto to scratch from the $1.25 million Travers Presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course, according to the outfit's racing manager.
Bolstered by increased purses and a new trainer bonus program, live racing shifts to Timonium for the annual Maryland State Fair meet, which starts Aug. 26.
Chad Brown has a hard time believing his charge has come this far to run in the Aug. 27 Ballston Spa (Gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Aug. 24 again postponed action on breeder and stallion award payments that haven't been paid since earlier this year because of ambiguous language in a new horseracing reform law,
The rough start at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s August yearling sale never smoothed out, with overall statistics during the second day of the two-day open session as sobering as the first.
Jim Rome thought he would eventually start to get over losing Shared Belief. The horse owner and syndicated sports talk radio star thought time would help.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read Blog
A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar.
Owner Vince Scuderi announced Aug. 25 his multiple grade I-winning homebred Dads Caps has been retired from racing.
John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer and former chief steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, has won another round in his lentgthy court battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the convoluted Life At Ten case.
A Harbor the Gold yearling colt led trade Aug. 23 at Emerald Downs during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale. The yearling session saw the average down a bit but a significant gain in median.
- By Steve Haskin
Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records?
The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance.
TVG Pacific Classic, Alabama, Fourstardave, Breeders', Del Mar Oaks, Lake Placid, Del Mar Handicap, Adirondack, Del Mar Mile, Monmouth Oaks, Cliff Hanger, and more.
Runhappy, last year's champion sprint male, returned to Keeneland Aug. 25 for work over the track. It was his first recorded workout of the year.
California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling."
New York-based trainer Chad Brown celebrated his 1,000th win Aug 24 when heavily favored Mr Maybe won the $100,000 John's Call Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
There were no surprises at the first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale, as the free-fall in prices and large percentage of buybacks seen the previous day during the select sale continued at the Aug. 24 session.
Son of Dansili will be making his 16th start in graded/group stakes
Masochistic, one of the top sprinters in 2015, made a strong return to racing in a July 8 allowance race at Santa Anita Park after a nine-month layoff and has been training forwardly for the $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 27 at Del Mar.
The two-day Goffs UK Premier yearling sale produced increases in average and median, and though gross receipts dropped 2% from last year, 23 fewer horses were sold in 2016.
The Aug. 27 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) drew a field of 10 fillies and mares to go seven furlongs at Saratoga Race Course. The field is deep, from 6-year-old grade I winner Sheer Drama to the Acorn Stakes (gr. I)-winning 3-year-old filly Carina Mia.
With only five 4-year-old fillies entered, what the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27 lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Mohaymen, a four-time grade II winner, will cut back to one turn for the first time since last November in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
Green Lantern Stables' A.P. Indian, in the midst of a four-race win streak capped by his first victory in grade I company, drew outside of the other speed in a full field for the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
- By Ron Mitchell
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.
Though Ontario-sired bonus payments were reduced for 2016, Woodbine and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association said there is no plan to eliminate the program for 2017-18.
California Chrome streaked to a five-length win over Beholder and Dortmund in Saturday's TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to earn a spot in this fall's Breeders' Cup Classic.
Ashleyluvssugar held off a furious rally from Metaboss to win the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap and a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf starting gate. Experience Saturday's Del Mar thrills and social scene firsthand in this new video.
Taylor boys' play for California Chrome pays off
Fourteen—the largest field since 1977—entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, and the winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) breaks in the thick of it Aug. 27.
Postponed could be bound for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park should he emerge in good order from a planned run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct 2 at Chantilly.
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association enjoyed a record gross for its yearling sale Aug. 22 as total receipts reached $517,350, led by an auction-topping Midshipman filly for $50,000.
Topped by a son of Flatter sold for $210,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale session mirrored recent sales with declines in all key statistical categories and a high buy-back rate.
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate continued its summer shopping on opening day of the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23, buying 12 lots, including a Dark Angel colt who was the day's top-price at £250,000 ($329,759).
The stable of Arnaud Delacour, who learned from conditioners such as Christophe Clement and Alain de Royer- Dupree, has grown in numbers and quality in recent years in the United States.
New York-breds square off in six stakes races Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course during New York Showcase Day. New York Derby winner Hit It Once More highlights $200,000 Albany Stakes for sophomores.
In just her third workout since becoming the first U.S.-based horse to win the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), Tepin let it be known she is well on course for an expected start in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17.
Three Southern California racetracks and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have agreed to a three-year calendar that maintains year-round racing.
A son of third-leading first crop sire Mission Impazible is among the yearlings that could attract buyers’ attention during the Aug. 24 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August sale.
Placing of Alabama Stakes has kept it from the cover
- By Steve Haskin
Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.
The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 22 issued temporary permits to five interactive fantasy sports operators given a new state law that regulates the activity.
After taking some hits in the 2-year-old market, especially in the lower- to mid-price ranges and in the late-season auctions, those who buy horses primarily to be sold later said they would be more selective in their purchases this year.
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