Prospective buyers on the hunt for can't-miss talent were busy inspecting blue chip equine prospects on the eve of Keeneland's April select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Princess of Sylmar used the $100,000 Cat Cay Stakes as a good starting point for the 2014 season at Aqueduct Racetrack April 6, gliding through an opening off the turn and cruising to victory.
Royston Ffrench entered the record books April 6 as the first European jockey in modern history to ride a winner in mainland China.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Wicked Strong will remain at Belmont Park to do the bulk of his training prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Jimmy Jerkens said April 6.
Ride On Curlin, a leading contender for the upcoming $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), had his last major drill before the race April 6, breezing seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Oaklawn Park.
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) contenders Big Bazinga and Extrasexyhippzster were out at Keeneland April 6 for morning workouts as they prepare for the upcoming race.
With the harsh winter of 2014 finally abating, Thoroughbred racing's key economic indicators of wagering and purses declined only slightly in March, according to figures released by Equibase Co.
Every time he runs, California Chrome is more impressive than his last start, and the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5 was no exception.
From maiden winner to latest addition to the field for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong soared past tiring 8-5 favorite Social Inclusion and runner-up Samraat to win the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.
Fashion Plate, staked to an early lead by jockey Gary Stevens, repulsed a bid from 6-5 favorite Ria Antonia to record her second grade I victory in a row in the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) April 5.
In one of the most thrilling editions of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I), Rosalind and Room Service hit the wire together for a dead-heat atop the race for 3-year-old fillies April 5 at Keeneland.
Remarkable old-timer Ben's Cat did not disappoint in his season debut April 5, taking the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for the fifth year in a row at Pimlico Race Course.
The 3-year-old filly was disqualified from victory in the Honeybee on March 8, but was back in front in the Fantasy. More
Sugar Shock atoned for her disqualification in the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) a month earlier with a gate-to-wire win in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Oaklawn Park.
Nashoba's Gold turned the tables on Diversy Gold and won the second installment of their budding rivalry in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies April 5 at Santa Anita Park.
A brief player on the Triple Crown trail in Florida earlier this year, Fox Hill Farm's Coup de Grace got back to sprinting and scored a game nose win in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory April 5 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Top-of-the-stretch antics cost Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend a possible victory in the $250,000 Calder Derby April 5 at Calder Casino & Race Course, as 5-1 Our Caravan drew off to win by 9 3/4 lengths.
Secret Circle, a two-time graded stakes winner at Oaklawn Park as a 3-year-old in 2012, returns to the Hot Springs, Ark., track April 10 as the one to beat in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III).
Five fillies, led in by winner Mossfun, dominated the finish of the Toohey's New Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I), the world's richest 2-year-old race, April 5 at Rosehill Gardens.
Pineau De Re captured the Crabbie's Grand National Steeplechase by pulling clear to win by five lengths April 5.
Richard "Dickie" Small, who trained 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Concern, top 1980s handicap star Broad Brush, and many other stakes winners, died April 4 at his home in Monkton, Md.
On a chilly morning at Keeneland, trainer Chad Brown sent Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) contender Bobby's Kitten through his final pre-race drill.
While some breeders are content to let Mother Nature decide when a mare's body is ready for pregnancy, others take a more proactive approach. There are many reasons why an owner might seek closer control over a mare's estrous cycle, ranging from herd synchronization to a desired foaling date to putting a breeding career on hold for a performance c...
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Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens hopes to add to his record of nine Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) victories when he rides 9-5 morning line second choice Candy Boy in the $1 million race April 5.
Trainer Dale Romans has liked Medal Count from early on, and Spendthrift Farm's Dynaformer colt rewarded his faith April 4 in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes on opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.
An updated set of racetrack safety and integrity standards has been circulated to members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, and that it is now available for public comment.
Gulfstream Park's spring/summer meet, which starts April 11, will feature a robust 2-year-old program highlighted by the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes series.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) contender Kid Cruz will miss the $1 million race April 5 due to a sore shoulder, trainer Linda Rice said.
Four jockeys were injured in falls at the Aintree Festival in England on April 4, with Mikey Fogarty and Paul Carberry both hospitalized.
Aqueduct Racetrack is unveiling a new simulcasting center and sports bar, Longshots, on the second floor April 5.
John Oxley's Coastline put in his final major work April 4 for the upcoming Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr.I), drilling five furlongs in company at Keeneland in 1:00 2/5.
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Baltimore Ravens All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker helped kick off festivities leading up to the 139th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a series of humorous social media commercials that debuted April 4.
Racetrack and casino owner MTR Gaming reports its planned merger with another casino owner is on schedule for the second half of 2014. After the merger, the company will be renamed Eldorado Resorts.
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The New York Racing Association announced that it will make its final payment April 5 on a $25 million loan provided by Genting in 2011 as per an agreement between NYRA and New York State.
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Before you hit the clubhouse, inform yourself with this official Gentleman's Guide to Fashion at the Races: Spring Edition. No capes or knickerbockers allowed.
Among this year's classic prospects, the list with Mr. Prospector inbreeding includes California Chrome, Noble Moon, In Trouble, Rise Up, Vinceremos, and Ring Weekend.
Time Warner Cable is now distributing TVG Network television programming nationwide in all systems as part of its Sports Pass package of programming.
A foal's birth marks the start of something exciting: a new partner to train, a clean slate with which to begin, and potential just waiting to be tapped. But something exciting can quickly turn to something disappointing if that foal isn't healthy.
A rainy morning in Lexington gave way to cloudy skies and dry conditions that prevailed just long enough to squeeze in the under tack preview for Keeneland's select sale of 2-year-olds in training April 3.
The outgoing chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International said it is "vitally important" racing jurisdictions adopt the National Uniform Medication Program as soon as possible.
Tweets about Keeneland's decision to return to a dirt racing surface were flying fast and furious after the Lexington oval announced the removal of Polytrack April 2. Here, a selection of comments from the industry.
Enhanced security measures will be used for horses competing in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) April 12, Keeneland announced.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale has been moved to Oct. 13 from its originally scheduled date of Aug. 25, to be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park near Dallas.
The United States Senate Finance Committee reported April 3 legislation that would extend expired or expiring tax provisions for race horses, including a provision to extend the three-year recovery period.
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