Belmont Park would become home to a casino with 1,000 video lottery terminals under a plan put forward Dec. 29 by Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. But the plan is considered a longshot.
Looking through my old Derby recaps for Blood-Horse, I have compiled a series of backstretch anecdotes that I feel capture some of my most memorable behind-the-scenes moments covering the Derby. read blog
Officials at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races report the track enjoyed record handle per race of $111,664 for its 1,447 races in 2015.
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Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic division has cataloged 167 head for the Midlantic winter mixed sale scheduled for Jan. 31, 2016, with a single session beginning at 11 a.m. EST.
On a day in which Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course posted record single-program pari-mutuel handle of $1,182,223, a record payoff of $415.20 for a $2 wager provided a trainer with her first-ever career victory.
Pensioned stallion Fuji Kiseki, sire of a number of good runners in Japan and elsewhere, including four champions, has died at the age of 23 at Shadai Farm.
Former claimer Zen Papa will face graded stakes-placed King Kranz in the $125,000 Lost In The Fog Stakes for 3-year-olds when Aqueduct Racetrack begins the new year Jan. 1.
Magna Graduate, the sire of Iowa Derby (gr. III) winner Jessica's Star, has been relocated to Dr. Robert Zoellner's Rockin' Z Ranch near Beggs, Okla., for the 2016 breeding season.
Florida owner/breeder Leonard Lavin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
Daniel J. Guttman of Bexley, Ohio, has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund advisory committee. Guttman, 43, will serve a three-year term.
A Deep Impact half brother to 2011 U.S. champion 3-year-old male and Central Kentucky stallion Animal Kingdom won his Dec. 27 debut at Nayakama Racecourse in Japan in the day's fourth race.
Sidelined after sustaining multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung during a spill at Los Alamitos Race Course Sept. 17, jockey Flavien Prat registered his first win on the comeback trail Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Gender Agenda turned the tables on grade I winner Stormy Lucy to earn the first stakes win of her career in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
State-bred juveniles take center stage at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in divisions of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31.
Repole Stable's Sudden Surprise, a homebred by Giant Surprise, fought off Dr. Shane to win the $150,000 Great White Way New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Dec. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The 2015-16 meet at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino got off to a good start, but it was sidetracked Dec. 27 when live racing was canceled because of a winter storm that dumped more than nine inches of snow on the area.
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Dec. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
Winner of the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) got off the mark as a sire when Kisskiss Telltell won her debut Dec. 27 in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) victor gained his first winner when Australian-bred Gasoline won at Ellerslie in New Zealand Dec. 26.
Favored Gold Ship was upstaged in his career finale Dec. 27 when lightly regarded Gold Actor captured his first group I race and capped a four-race win streak in the Arima Kinen (Jpn-I) at Nakayama Racecourse.
Watch 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome work at Los Alamitos Dec. 27, 2015 with Victor Espinoza. watch video
Watch 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome work at Los Alamitos Dec. 27, 2015 with Victor Espinoza.
California Chrome's workout Dec. 27 at Los Alamitos Race Course looked a lot like his drills of old, with the track empty as he stepped onto the dirt surface, but it also had a touch of something new.
James McIngvale's 3-year-old sprinting superstar became a three-time grade I winner Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, where he set the pace and pulled away from the field to win the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths.
With a determined rally near the center of the track, Birdatthewire caught Hot City Girl in deep stretch to earn the first grade I victory of her career in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Om, a son of Munnings, was an easy winner of the Dec. 26 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita. The 6-5 favorite got the mile in 1:35.57.
Goldy Espony dictated the pace throughout the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante Stakes (gr. IIIT) and rolled to a clear win Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Queen Bee Racing's Toowindytohaulrox provided an opening-day shocker Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, unleashing a furious closing drive in the stretch to win the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (gr. IIIT) at odds of 21-1.
Back against state-breds after finishing unplaced in graded company in New York, Ravenheart proved best in knuckling down late for a narrow win in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 26 at Laurel Park.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Charming Kitten holds off Kaigun to win the W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Gaston and Anthony Grant's Green Gratto opened a seven-length lead turning for home and was never threatened in the stretch in the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes Dec. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes and $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) are the South Florida track's first major 3-year-old races on the 2016 calendar.
Best Behavior would not be denied Dec. 26, holding off a challenge from 1-5 favorite Stonetastic in the stretch to register a clear victory in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner brings five-race win streak to California to face six in Santa Anita's Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Dale Bennett learned about Thoroughbred training from his father, Gerald, a native of Canada who has won more than 3,500 races in his career and regularly winters at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.
American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, culminating in his breathtaking victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) that ended a 37-year drought, was honored Dec. 24 as the "Sports Story of the Year" by AP.
Trainer has a pair of homebred Bernardini colts for Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
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Golden Gate Fields experienced a 3.08% year-over-year increase in total all-sources handle in 2015 despite racing three fewer days.
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New York State Gaming Commission officials announced an agreement Dec. 22 to continue a program through 2016 that permits the state's tracks and off-track betting corporations to video-stream races.
The New Mexico Racing Commission reported Dec. 23 it has begun a search for a new executive director to replace Vince Mares.
Bellamy Road has moved to Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y., where he will stand the 2016 breeding season for $7,500.
The Casse trainee won a pair of graded stakes in 2014, but will be looking for his first victory of the year in the 1 1/2-mile McKnight.
While she will start from the outside post in a field of 12, Goldy Espony will try for a fifth win in six starts when she goes in the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. III) Saturday.
Kentucky attorney general finds KHRC lacked authority to allow Lasix-free races, which could hinder Keeneland's plans to conduct such events in 2016.
Jacks or Better Farm's Dogwood Trail is geared up for the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 26, where she will seek to run her record to 2-for-2 in graded stakes competition.
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