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
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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.
ABR Films spent an action-packed day of racing on Blue Grass Stakes day at Keeneland with trainer Kenny McPeek and went behind the scenes to learn about his training strategies and witness the excitement of horse racing at its highest level.
Industry veterans Fletcher Mauk (Small Batch Thoroughbreds) and Josh Stevens (J. Stevens Bloodstock) have partnered with Advantage Agri-Marketing Services (Tyler Clarke and Jimmy Hall) to create Small Batch Sales.
WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing's undefeated One Liner is out indefinitely and will miss his planned start in the April 15 Arkansas Derby (G1) and is off the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail.
New York horsemen and tracks will pay the full costs of equine drug testing in the state, an amount that totals more than $4 million annually, under a state budget deal that was given final adoption by lawmakers April 9.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner New Money Honey is scheduled to make her sophomore debut April 13 in Keeneland's Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (G3T), a one-mile turf race loaded with talent.
What may have looked like a prep race on paper for Ruis Racing's Union Strike turned into an easy victory for the Union Rags filly April 9 in the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Highway Star got back to her winning ways April 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a half-length victory over Indulgent in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (G3).
Swear, the stakes-winning son of Redoute's Choice, and Hit It a Bomb, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner by War Front, are new additions to the roster of five at Spendthrift Australia.
St. Elias Stable's grade 1 winner Sweet Loretta got back to winning form when she took the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (G3) by three lengths at Keeneland April 9.
Dortmund, who won the Santa Anita Derby with a relentless effort two years ago, has been retired, owner Kaleem Shah said April 9.
Horace William "Salty" Roberts, founder of Race Track Chaplaincy of America, died April 7 in Hollywood, Fla., after a sustained illness. He was 85.
Trainer Eddie Kenneally said morning of April 9 that the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Sailor's Valentine, who won by a half-length at odds of 22-1, will be aimed at the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs May 5.
Isabelle de Tomaso's Irish War Cry has settled back into his Fair Hill base in good condition following his victory in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Hall of Fame trainer has 81 grade 1 wins but has never won the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Two of the four group races on Chantilly's April 9 card might have unleashed a pair of serious contenders for the upcoming classics in Gold Luck and Graphite.
The relative quiet surroundings of Keeneland's Barn 43 provided the perfect setting for the connections of Irap the morning of April 9 as they went about digesting what the son of Tiznow pulled off the evening before.
Dennis O'Neill's keen eye has yielded two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winners and another of his sale finds, Irap, is en route to Churchill Downs following a stunning upset victory in the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
Multiple grade 1 winner Lady Eli was the headline performer during a star-studded morning of turf workers at Keeneland April 9 with the dark bay mare turning in a sharp five-furlong drill in advance of the April 15 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T).
After her trainer's cue, the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro filly breezed through the turn and into the stretch for her first timed workout of 2017 and covered three furlongs in the easiest :35 4/5.
Trainer Ian Wilkes had his humor intact and his perspective on point Sunday morning less than 24 hours after McCraken finished third in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, the colt's first loss in five career starts.
Keeneland officials reported a spike in attendance for this year's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) card and cited improved on-track handle, although total pari-mutuel handle was slightly down.
Joe Turner's hombred Sircat Sally extended her undefeated streak to five when she easily coasted to a win in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (G3T) April 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Gormley showed a different dimension in a grind-it-out Santa Anita Derby (G1) victory.
Miss Sky Warrior will head to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on a roll after securing her fifth straight victory April 8 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After running third in her last two graded stakes attempts, Golden Eagle Farm's Hillhouse High broke through in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2T) when holding off a late run from Mokat, giving trainer Richard Baltas the 1-2 finish.
Following in the footsteps of former stablemate Beholder, the lightly raced daughter of Union Rags romped by 11 3/4 lengths April 8 in the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G1).
Reddam Racing's Irap moved to the lead turning for home and held off a late challenge from grade 1 winner Practical Joke to upset the 93rd edition of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Irish War Cry put doubts to rest April 8 in the $750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets (G2), clearing Battalion Runner by open lengths to rebound from his lackluster performance last out.
Semaphore Racing and Homewrecker Racing's Sailor's Valentine broke through in a big way April 8, upsetting seven other 3-year-old fillies to win the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
Gaston and Anthony Grant's veteran performer Green Gratto broke through for his first top-level score in his 53rd career start, holding off 4-5 favorite Unified at the wire to pull the upset in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1).
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