Steve Haskin shares memories of covering the Kentucky Derby
At this point, handicappers can be excused for being a trifle gun-shy when it comes to evaluating this crop of 3-year-olds, simply because the most consistent thing about them has been their inconsistency.
La Coronel stamped herself the pro-tem leader of a deep bunch of 3-year-old turf fillies when she handily bested an 11-horse field that included 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner New Money Honey and runner-up Coasted.
Always Dreaming, impressive winner of the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, breezed April 14 for the first time since his five-length victory in the $1 million event.
In a move designed to build the confidence of new horseplayers while emphasizing that racing offers a different form of gambling from random gaming like the lottery, Oaklawn Park is paying more money for winning on-track show wagers this year.
A “hidden” sire-line story has emerged in two hemispheres bracketed by one daughter (Winx) and one son (Street Boss). They serve to remind us of how much influence the late Street Cry has exerted on the international breeding scene.
The only colt by Frankel to be offered at a British breeze-up sale in 2017 and the first juvenile by leading Japanese sire Deep Impact to ever be offered in Europe as a 2-year-old are among the 152 on offer for Tattersalls' Craven breeze-up sale.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.
More than five months after falling short in the Breeders' Cup, La Coronel got her redemption by proving much the best over those who were best that day when she drew clear by 3 1/4 lengths in the Keeneland stretch to win the Appalachian Stakes.
An upstate New York harness racetrack, struggling to compete with added casino gambling in the region, is scuttling plans to open for another racing season April 21.
Looking to end the longest losing streak of a storied career, multiple grade 3-winning Maryland-bred gelding Ben's Cat will kick off his 11-year-old season in an open $50,000 allowance April 16 at Laurel Park.
Leonard Zenith’s UpHill Stable finally hits its stride
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Kentucky, Bloodstock & Markets, Thoroughbred Racing
Spendthrift Farm stallion Flat Out is batting 1.000 in his young career in the breeding shed after his daughter, the aptly named Flat Drunk, became his first starter and first winner when she captured the first race on the card at Keeneland April 13.
Gulfstream Park registered record daily average all-sources handle of just under $10 million a day for its 2016-2017 championship meet that concluded April 2.
Lael Stables' homebred No Dozing, who has four graded stakes starts under his belt, holds the class edge in Keeneland's Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15. The 1 1/16-mile race for sophomores is worth $200,000.
WinStar's Elliott Walden will serve as president.
Nominations for the second Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, principally sponsored by Godolphin, open May 8. They can be submitted until Aug. 1.
After his impressive performance in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), Arrogate (134 rating) finds himself alone atop the second edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 575 entries for its Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale to be held May 22-23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
It was a long time between wins for Fox Hill Farm's Kentuckian, but a determined effort by his connections to return him to winning form came through Feb. 20, when the 5-year-old gray edged Texas Two Step by a neck in a conditional allowance race.
This week's "Look Back" feature is a stakes report of the 1968 Arkansas Derby won by Nodouble, who would go on to earn a classic placing by finishing third in the Preakness Stakes.
This raiding trip to Oaklawn Park for a run at the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) comes on the heels of a game runner-up finish in the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1).
Not only will Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel's group 1 winner face an overflow field in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes April 15 at Keeneland, but she'll also face older horses for the first time.
Thanks to lack of the clarity on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, Classic Empire could bring the hype full circle back to him should the 8-5 morning-line favorite prevail in the Arkansas Derby against 11 others.
Scuba might find the water deep in the Ben Ali, where he makes his seasonal debut and will be tested on the front end by Conquest Enforcer and Bird Song at Keeneland
Individually, Lady Eli, Time and Motion, and Catch a Glimpse could vie for favoritism in any entry box. Together, they headline the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley that boasts four top-level winners in its eight-horse field.
Classic contender Whitmore and veteran sprinter Holy Boss are set for a rematch in the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park going six furlongs April 15.
A1A Racing is offering a $250,000 bonus to the breeder of first-year sire Peace and Justice's first non-restricted, black-type stakes winner.
Topped by a Kodiac colt sold for £360,000 ($447,782), the Goffs UK breeze-up sale at Doncaster soared to new levels April 12.
Keeneland announced a new program April 12 that will pay a cash bonus to any Book 1 September yearling sale graduate that wins a grade/group 1 stakes anywhere in the world. The bonus will be split between the seller and buyer.
Breeders' Cup released its 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series April 12. With 81 events listed, there are 62 grade/group 1 events in 13 countries.
Blue Grass, Ashland, Madison, Carter Handicap, Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Oaks, Queen Elizabeth, Oka Sho, Gazelle, Royal Heroine, Shakertown, Wood Memorial, Transylvania, Providencia, Excelsior, Disftaff H., Commonwealth, Bay Shore and more.
Panels focusing on televised coverage of horse racing, the South American breeding and racing industry, and international integrity efforts will highlight the business sessions at the second Pan American Conference.
Heading into April weekends we love seeing stories with headlines such as "Preps to Clear Derby Picture" because: a) the features always focus on the obvious, over-worn angles, and b) the results often prove them to be incredibly wrong.
Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes said he's been waiting for the right son of his marquee stallion Malibu Moon.
Several contenders are well-poised to earn graded stakes status.
Toner himself admits to being guilty of underestimating what Bellavais would be capable of—that is until he witnessed her competitive fire literally jump into someone's face over the Gulfstream Park turf Jan. 7.
Stellar Wind, who defeated Beholder twice last year after earning a divisional championship in 2015, makes her 2017 debut in Oaklawn Park's Apple Blossom Handicap (G1).
The 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In television schedule will include 11 live programs featuring 17 qualifying races and other major stakes on the road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Heart to Heart will try and lead a field of 12 at every point of call in the Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) in an attempt to better his runner-up in this spot one year ago.
The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses hopes to highlight the promotion of Thoroughbreds in second careers, helping racing owners bridge the gap to their horses' retirement, and connect aftercare efforts and horseplayers.
Janis Whitham's McCraken arrived at trainer Ian Wilkes' Barn 26 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 10 following a third-place finish in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Mike Langford has campaigned two millionaires, but it's a horse with $256,800 in earnings under the care of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen that the Jonesboro, Ark., owner calls his most talented runner to date.
Although L and N Racing didn't start its first horse until June 2015, the partnership has already hit a home run in Lookin At Lee, who was purchased for $70,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
2017 is coming up roses for Bill Betz. This year alone, the Kentucky horseman has co-bred three graded stakes winners, including J Boys Echo
How did the weekend stakes results impact the Derby Dozen? Did Blue Grass winner Irap make the cut?
Mark "Snake" Thompson, a fixture at North American racetracks and sales for several decades, continues to improve from the effects of a stroke as his friends and colleagues continue to help raise funds for his care.
The son of Mecke had broken his pelvis and developed colic. He was standing at stud at Oakmont Stables in Arizona.
Tattersalls has cataloged 213 2-year-olds and 91 horses in training for its Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale May 4-5.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's Rockshaw looks to remain undefeated in 2017 when he lines up against seven 3-year-old males for the six-furlong $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 13.
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