Sheikh Hamdan's South African champion Majmu outclassed her rivals to win the Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas (SAf-I) Dec. 6 at Kenilworth.
Irish-bred Moriarty prevailed in a tight finish in the Kingston Town Classic (Aus-I) Dec. 6 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, besting Disposition and Elite Belle in Australia's final group I race of 2014.
Shuka bested five other group I winners to get a repeat win in the Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (NZ-I) Dec. 6 at Trentham.
Grade II winner Gervinho, the 2013 champion California-bred 3-year-old male, has been retired and will stand the 2015 breeding season at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif., for a fee of $3,500.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Chad Brown, and jockey Javier Castellano finished atop the standings in the inaugural Penn Gaming Racing Challenge, which concluded Nov. 29.
The Keeneland library has acquired the collection of prominent Southern California equine photographer Katey Barrett. The material includes about 12,000 color slides, as well as print photographs and programs.
While other concepts in the Thoroughbred business failed to come to fruition, and other racing events came, went, were scrapped, and are generally forgotten, the Claiming Crown survived and actually has grown.
Prominent jockey Cornelio Velasquez was taken to a hospital and two horses died from injuries in a midstretch accident in the eighth race over the inner track at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec 5.
It appears doubtful that an impasse between the company that controls the simulcast rights for Gulfstream Park and a cooperative representing 23 tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region will be resolved in time for the Dec. 6 start.
Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will shift from Central Kentucky to stand in 2015 at Frank Stronach's newly reopened Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Keeneland will run the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes a week earlier on the schedule beginning next season and increase the purse to $1 million for its major Triple Crown prep race.
There will be a sense of normalcy, with no neighborhood competition from Calder Casino & Race Course, and a scent of some still-fresh paint Dec. 6 when Gulfstream Park opens its 2014-15 "Championship Meet."
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will participate in the upcoming American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention and Trade Show in Salt Lake City, UT Dec. 6-10, the TAA announced Dec. 5.
As expected, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other involved parties will appeal a Franklin Circuit Court's decision last month to order the reinstatement, with back pay, of former chief state steward John Veitch.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project's board is no longer supporting casino legislation in the Bluegrass state, but will support Instant Racing, a gaming form that has proven successful at two Kentucky tracks.
As 2014 enters the home stretch, the freshman sire title seems to have boiled down to a three-way race.
P.J. Campo, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park, will assume the duties of general manager at the Hallandale Beach, Fla. track, effective immediately.
This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) had it all: a close finish, a thrilling run through the stretch, and a lingering controversy. read blog
Eight races that carried listed status in 2014 will be upgraded to grade III in 2015, highlighting a relatively stable review of graded and listed stakes completed by the American Graded Stakes Committee of TOBA.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 5 that the NTRA Advantage program has surpassed the $700 million mark in sales of goods and services since the inception of the group purchasing arm in 2002.
The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation have announced that the sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held July 8 in Lexington.
A two-time stakes winner this year, Page McKenney will try for the day's top prize in the $200,000 Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, one of eight races in the $1 million Claiming Crown.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos. read blog
Jockeys Maria Thornton and Carlos Montalvo were taken to Loyola Medical Center after being injured in a spill during the ninth and final race Dec. 4 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Pender Harbour will attempt to go farther than he ever has before when he lines up against an expected eight opponents in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) on closing day of the 2014 Woodbine meet Dec. 7.
Cot Campbell kicks off his next series of stories from the world of Thoroughbred racing. Campbell recalls an attempt to woo the business of a Saudi prince with a homespun dinner that goes horribly wrong. read blog
Wagering on United States races for the month of November declined by more than $50 million in 2014 when compared to the previous year, due in great measure to the first day of the Breeders' Cup falling on Oct. 31.
Apprentice jockey Alexandra Jara suffered a broken collarbone Dec. 3 in a scary spill in which her mount, Princes On Thelake, died in a race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jewel Stakes and Canterbury Stakes from the Dec. 6 Claiming Crown event at Gulfstream Park. watch video
A Mr. Greeley mare brought the top price as the Tattersalls December mare sale concluded Dec. 4, bringing to a close a record year for the sales company in Newmarket, England.
Citing its mobile channel as a key driver, Betfair reports that its U.S.-based advance deposit wagering company TVG enjoyed a 15% spike in handle for the six months ended Oct. 31.
Breeding seasons to more than 165 stallions from 20 states will be up for bid in an online auction for the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Stallion Stakes from Dec. 6-13.
Tax provisions that were favorable to the horse industry and expired in 2013 have been extended by the U.S. House of Representatives and are expected to become law by the end of the year.
Severe and recurring cases of colic are frequently caused by a horse’s environment, diet, and genetics. Study results have also proven a link between cribbing and an increased risk of colic. Researchers are working to better understand the link between the two.
Art Sherman, trainer of 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner California Chrome, will be honored Dec. 6 at Golden Gate Fields.
Concluding its 10th season, Zia Park reported record all-sources handle of $536,316 for the 56-day meeting that ended Dec. 2.
Fresh from a big win in Louisiana, Yahilwa returns to Southern California in search of her third consecutive victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) Dec. 6 at Los Alamitos.
U S Ranger, the 10-year-old Danzig sire and former champion sprinter in Europe, has been sold and relocated to Rancho San Miguel Farm near San Miguel, CA to stand for the 2015 breeding season.
On Dec. 6, 8-year-old Eighttofasttocatch will make his final career start in the $125,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park, a race he has won three consecutive years.
Posset, full sister to the multiple group I winner Midday, was the highlight of the third day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale when selling for 625,000 guineas ($1,031,250 in U.S. funds) Dec. 3.
Lenny Shulman sits down for a fun interview with Ken Ramsey. Lenny also talks about racing this year's stand outs next year; including Bayern, Shared Belief, California Chrome, Hopportunity, and Honor Code. watch video
Keeneland has cataloged 1,610 horses for its 57th January Horses of All Ages sale Jan. 12-15, 2015. The January Sale is noted for its robust trade in high-quality racing and broodmare prospects and short yearlings.
Tom Durkin will host the Thoroughbred Charities of America's 25th annual Select Stallion Season Auction to be held Jan. 10 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington.
The board of the New York Racing Association Dec. 3 approved the racing corporation's 2015 budget, but not before a spirited debate by some board members over equine drug issues.
- By Claire Novak
Champion Will Take Charge gets his photo taken by Anne M. Eberhardt at Three Chimneys for an upcoming article on new stallions. watch video
New York Racing Association chairman Dr. David Skorton announced Dec. 3 he is stepping down from the post to spend more time getting ready for his new job as head of the Smithsonian Institution.
A series of unspecified complaints prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to send warning letters to several firms the agency said were marketing equine ulcer products without its approval.
Co-owners Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys released a plan Dec. 3 to have Palace Malice target five races in 2015, culminating with a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Steve Haskin and Ron Mitchell discuss the races held over the holiday weekend, and how they impact the year-end honors. Listen Now
Early in 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved tiludronate for intravenous administration in horses with navicular disease. Despite being a relatively new drug used in veterinary medicine, some equine practitioners are already prescribing tiludronate for “off-label” use in horses with other conditions, such as osteoarthritis by ...
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