Trainer purchased Exaggerator, Texas Red
Smarty Jones, whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.
The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association has scheduled its third annual educational symposium for Feb. 2, 2016, at the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington.
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.
Stabling issues in California, which have been at or near the center of several disputes involving the state's tracks this year, finally came to a head at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 19.
To defend his title as Canada's outstanding sprinter, Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat will need a strong performance in the $200,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 22 at Woodbine.
Racing Australia chairman John Messara defended his organization's approach toward modifying whip use after the Australian Jockeys Association voted for the third time to support postponing any rule changes for 12 months.
Pat Thompson of Ridgeley Farms announced Nov. 19 that young stallion He Be Fire N Ice has moved to Southern California and will stand at Ridgeley Farm in Hemet.
A colt by Europe's leading freshman sire Zoffany paced the fourth session of the Goffs November Foal Sale Thursday, Nov. 19 in County Kildare, Ireland.
Dolphus, a Lookin At Lucky half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is scheduled to make his career debut in the sixth race Nov. 22 at Fair Grounds.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced after the close of trading Nov. 19 that it has repurchased 944,756 shares of its common stock from The Duchossois Group Inc. in a privately negotiated transaction.
Graded stakes winner Chitu has been retired to stud at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala for a $3,000 fee. The farm reports he will become the first Florida stallion to participate in the "Share the Upside" program.
Los Alamitos Race Course will not be able to support the 2016 editions of the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and the Starlet (gr. I), track official Brad McKinzie said during a California Horse Racing Board session Nov. 19.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Delta Downs Jackpot featuring Exaggerator, Whitmore, Forevamo, and Found Money. Watch Video
Riders Sebastian Saez and Sophie Doyle were transported to a Louisville area hospital after a spill in the stretch of the fifth race Nov. 19 at Churchill Downs.
Michael Anifantis has been named director of racing for Monmouth Park Racetrack to replace the retiring Mike Dempsey.
At a time when some Mid-Atlantic region tracks are cutting live racing dates, Maryland is moving in the opposite direction as part of a master plan to make the state a year-round Thoroughbred racing and stabling destination.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Delta Downs Jackpot featuring Exaggerator, Whitmore, Forevamo, and Found Money. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Delta Downs Jackpot.
Oblivious to a lawsuit and controversy between his connections and former trainer, James McIngvale's Runhappy is on track for the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Favorite moments with Tiago.
Incidents make tough game even tougher.
West Virginia's high court has overturned a circuit court decision that vacated a WVRC order to suspend and fine seven jockeys in a 2009 case in which they were permitted to ride over the published weight.
Adena Springs reported that 2007 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Tiago has been euthanized after a long battle with an inoperable chronic digestive disorder.
The 26th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction will be held Monday, Jan. 4-Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.
Richard "Rick" Pasko, a prominent member of the Washington Thoroughbred community for five decades, died Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Auburn, Wash. as as a result of a heart attack.
With the conclusion of the autumn yearling sale Nov. 18, the French sales company Arqana completed 2015 with record sales for the four yearling auctions.
Sir Alfred James Munnings' signed painting Lord Astor's "Broodmare and Foal" brought the top price of $207,000, including buyer premium, at the third annual Sporting Art Auction, held Nov. 18 at Keeneland.
A colt by last year's leading European freshman sire, Lope de Vega, secured the spotlight during the third session of the Goffs November foal sale Nov. 18 in County Kildare, Ireland.
A step down in class should make Hronis Racing's Elektrum a formidable favorite in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 at Del Mar.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Nov. 18 approved customary live racing dates, but the schedules for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort are expected to be drastically reduced.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte, upset winner of the 2014 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), tops the field for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 21.
Four-time group I winner Al Kazeem will stand for £12,000 (US$18,280) for the 2016 season after proving subfertile when initially retired. The 7-year-old will enter stud at owner/breeder John Deer's Oakgrove Stud.
After more than a five-month break from racing, Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva will look to add more South Florida success to her record in the My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 on the Gulfstream Park West turf.
Carl F. Pollard's Kiss Moon will attempt to land her second graded stakes win of the year in the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 at Churchill Downs, but Canadian invader Button Down is favored.
The $1.95 million stakes schedule for the winter meet at renovated Laurel Park includes "Win and You're In" races for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico.
Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge will offer a $500,000 bonus for any horse to win both the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and 2016 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase within 12 months.
Shotgun Kowboy, winner of the Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) and Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park, turned in his final breeze Nov. 18 at his home track leading up to the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I).
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Lenny Shulman recaps the Breeders' Cup meet at Keeneland and sits with Ken Ramsey to discuss several scoops on plans for Bobby's Kitten, international racing, and International Star. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions watch video
After considerable delay, New York regulators Nov. 23 are poised to release the much-anticipated results of a probe into allegations by an animal rights group about horses under the care of trainer Steve Asmussen.
Headed by Victor Espinoza and Ryan Moore, some of the world's top riders will compete in the Longines International Jockeys' Championship Dec. 9 at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong.
Citing dangerous wind conditions, Hawthorne Race Course canceled live racing for Nov. 18.
A proposal designed to prevent shipment of horses from racetracks to slaughter facilities stalled Nov. 17 at the Illinois Racing Board meeting as its sponsor withdrew the plan and abruptly resigned.
The Breeders' Cup on Nov. 17 released final handle figures from this year's World Championships, showing a 2.4% decline in all-sources wagering during the Oct. 30-31 event at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington.
Javier Castellano, who has secured the past two Eclipse Awards as outstanding rider, eclipsed his own single-season earnings mark Nov. 15, ending the day with purse earnings of $26,237,639.
Because of a reduction in horses, Lexington training center will close Dec. 1 for the winter and may not reopen.
Undefeated La Appasionata will be chasing her first graded win Nov. 21 in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III), as the runners she easily conquered last out face her for another try at Delta Downs.
The horse who ran fourth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) will get a chance to run that same distance on dirt in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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