Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Keystoneforvictory passed two-time victor The Pizza Man late and went on to post a mild upset in the $100,000 Stars and Stripes (G3T) at Arlington International Racecourse July 8.
Keen Ice, racing for the first time since his seventh-place finish in the March 25 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), overpowered 1-2 favorite Shaman Ghost by three lengths.
West Coast shipper It Tiz Well found her way back to the winner's circle July 8 when she held on to take the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) as the odds-on favorite.
Amerman Racing's Oscar Performance took command of the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1T) entering the first turn after a handful broke well, and the initiative paid off.
The 32nd annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner will be held Sept. 9 at Calumet Farm near Lexington.
Merry Fox Stables homebred Guilty Twelve put in a sustained stretch drive to nip favored Zipessa in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (G3T).
In just her second start in the United States, Dona Bruja (ARG) has already proved that she's a force to be reckoned with on the grass as she easily swept by five rivals to take the $100,000 Modesty Handicap (G3T) July 8.
The New York-bred took jockey Joel Rosario on a spin around Big Sandy and cruised to an easy $350,000 payday in the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (G2).
Under heady handling from jockey Javier Castellano, New Money Honey took command in midstetch and held off stablemates Sistercharlie and Uni to lead a sweep of the top three positions for trainer Chad Brown.
Practical Joke, the 3-5 favorite in a five-horse cast, got off the rail and got the lead late to win Belmont Park's Dwyer Stakes (G3) July 8. The son of Into Mischief got the one-turn mile in 1:35.16.
Lothenbach Stables’ Sonic Boom, unbothered by early pace pressure, opened a clear lead on the backstretch and held firm for a dominant 1 3/4-lengths win in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 American Derby at Arlington International Racecourse.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate stepped up his workout regimen July 8 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for his next start in the July 22 TVG San Diego Handicap (G2).
The Fasig-Tipton horses of racing age sale will be the first for Elite Sales since it was formed by Bradley Weisbord and Liz Crow.
Jockey Iram Vargas Diego won his 1,000th race in North America July 7, when he guided Mr Lexis to victory in the ninth and final race of the night at Lone Star Park.
Ulysses (IRE) charged to the lead in the final furlong in the July 8 Coral-Eclipse (G1) at Sandown, then was all out to hold off the best-performing of the 3-year-olds, Barney Roy (GB), winning by a nose.
Ben's Cat is currently recovering in the McGee Medicine Center under the care of Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh.
Racing has been Jason Servis' livelihood as long as he can remember and while the start of his training career wasn't exactly planned, he has thrived as a conditioner, sending out at least one graded stakes winner for the past four seasons.
Off the Triple Crown trail and with a clean trip, Calumet Farm's homebred Hence once again found his winning stride July 7 in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows.
Drawing away from the field without seeing the whip, Bob Baffert-trained Zulfikhar delivered on his lofty price tag, winning his debut by 3 3/4 lengths July 7 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Sequel Stallions, an upstate New York Thoroughbred breeding farm, announced July 7 that Buster and Teri Brown will take over the management of the farm, located in Columbia County.
Massachusetts horsemen achieved a major victory when lawmakers reached compromise on the $40 billion 2018 budget bill that eliminates $400 million in spending yet leaves intact a significant portion of the money in the Race Horse Development Fund.
It didn't take long for value-conscious horseplayers to see the benefits of the NYRA Bets Pick 5 rolled out July 4 for players at the advance-deposit wagering site, as well as on-track and in-state players
Grade 1-winning sprinter Bonapaw was euthanized July 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., due to complications caused by the equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. He was 21.
The fourth edition of the Stars And Stripes Racing Festival is on tap at Belmont Park July 8, with five graded stakes worth a collective $3.7 million to be contested.
Runner up last out in the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, Sam-Son Farm homebred Mythical Mission looks to notch her first stakes victory in the $225,000 Bison City Stakes July 9 at Woodbine.
- By Steve Haskin
The more Arrogate accomplishes, the more we want to see if he can top it. Unlike the vast majority of today's champions, we want to know just how high a ceiling our champions have.
After a positive test for methamphetamine in Richard's Boy, owner Rockingham Ranch is taking extra measures to ensure the security of the Idiot Proof gelding ahead of his start in the July 8 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T).
Gentlemen's Bet, a three-time black-type stakes winner and twice grade 1-placed son of Half Ours, has been retired and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Stakes results from the holiday weekend are a reminder of the importance of 2-year-old racing in the yearling marketplace...especially for the younger stallions trying to build their résumés and for sires that stand below the five-figure line.
The 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) was tabbed by trainer Mark Casse as Salty's upcoming target following her five-furlong breeze in 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs July 7.
As it continues a $400 million renovation plan, the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack has been granted a $290 million loan, according to The Real Deal, which covers real estate news in New York.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Derby and Iowa Derby
Shane's Girlfriend hasn't fired her best every time she makes it out for a race, but when she does the results are impressive.
The July 8 Coral-Eclipse (G1) at Sandown pits a clutch of the season's top 3-year-olds against some accomplished elders, including Decorated Knight, who was last seen finishing second behind Highland Reel at Royal Ascot.
Grade 1 winner Time and Motion and the Argentina-bred Dona Bruja (ARG) will be the ones to beat in the $100,000 Modesty Handicap (G3T) July 8 at Arlington International.
Patricia Generazio homebred Pure Sensation will try to secure a third graded stakes win in as many Parx starts and defend his title in the $200,000 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T) June 8. The five-furlong turf sprint has attracted a dozen entries.
Before she tasted Breeders' Cup glory and took home end-of-the-year honors, everything came together for Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City one afternoon last year at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Neel has been with Ro Parra's farm since 2006.
In terms of handle, United States horse racing enjoyed a steady second quarter, an important metric as it includes the three Triple Crown races.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Lothenbach Stables own the obvious heavyweights in the American Derby (G3T), one of three graded turf stakes being run July 8 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Multiple grade 1 winner Tinners Way was euthanized July 5 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY., where he had been pensioned since 2010.
MarketWatch interview: Dan Hall
Fasig-Tipton has added a dozen entries to its ever-expanding selected horses of racing age sale scheduled for July 10 at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's group 2 winner Mubtaahij has been relocated to Southern California and is now under the care of trainer Bob Baffert.
Highlighted by the Maryland Million program, four graded events, and a tribute to recently retired Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat, the Maryland Jockey Club will offer 44 stakes worth $4.42 million in purses during its fall meet at Laurel Park.
United Nations, Mother Goose, Princess Rooney, San Carlos, King Edward, Highlander, Singspiel, Dominion Day, Wilshire, American, Landaluce, Smile Sprint, Carry Back, Dr. James Penny Memorial, Bashford Manor, Queen's Plate and more.
Owners of horses of racing age currently not Breeders' Cup nominated have until July 15 to get discounts.
High winds damaged three barns at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races the evening of July 5, but no horses or humans were injured and the track expects to not miss any race dates.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has banned Murray Rojas, her husband Eduardo Rojas, and trainer Stephanie Beattie from entering horses at the Grantville, Pa., track.
Dede McGehee's homebred Dolphus has three things going for him in the July 8 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3): speed, good recent form, and pedigree.
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