The nine members of a reconstituted Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission have been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf under legislation he signed into law in late February.
While the success of its move to lower takeout across the board will be determined over time, bettors did support opening night of the low-takeout Canterbury Park meet May 20.
Trainer Ned Allard was high on Always Sunshine coming into the $150,000 Sagamore Spirit Maryland Sprint Stakes (gr. III), and the Parx Racing shipper did not disappoint May 21 on a cloudy day at Pimlico Race Course.
California Chrome got an early wake-up call May 21 at Los Alamitos Race Course to record his second timed workout since returning to Southern California after his standout victory in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
In time, Keeneland, the leafy little sporting racetrack, emerged as the behemoth of international Thoroughbred sales.
Preakness day began on a somber note May 21 at Pimlico Race Course with the death of grade I winner Homeboykris following his victory in the first race.
It was a soggy start to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day as steady to heavy rain fell at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, and more of the same was forecast throughout the day May 21.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance and an increase in handle for the May 20 card at Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by Go Maggie Go’s impressive Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) score.
Trainer Gary Sherlock, now 70 years old, is making his first classic start with high-school friend Tom Mansor.
Stakes double payoffs with Go Maggie Go
Repole Stable's Lost Raven showed a new dimension May 20 at Pimlico Race Course and it paid off for her first graded stakes victory.
Maximum Edge shows competitive spirit in first win.
Lightly raced but perfectly primed for a big effort, Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go soared to her second grade II victory May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
Ahh Chocolate, owned and bred by Stoneway Farm, earned her second graded stakes victory May 20 in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes presented by Maker's Mark at Pimlico Race Course.
Multiple graded stakes winner Private Zone breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 May 20, marking his second workout at Belmont Park this month as he prepares for the June 11 True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont.
John Oxley's Noble Bird rebounded from a disappointing effort at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier with a dominant victory in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky state senator, attorney for the state's horse racing commission, and the owner/breeder of stars Groupie Doll and Brass Hat, died May 20 at age 85.
Owner and trainer Otabek Umarov has been ejected and excluded from Churchill Downs and suspended by Kentucky stewards.
For the fourth year in a row and fifth overall, 10-year-old warrior Ben's Cat won the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 20 and did it in dramatic fashion under the bright sun at Pimlico Race Course.
Scott Bergsrud's 12-horse consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training embodies his pinhooking philosophy of buying a wide range of price levels as long as he feels they can turn a profit.
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney, the likely favorite for the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20, was scratched the morning of the race by trainer Mary Eppler for what she described as a filling in a tendon in his left foreleg.
Claire Novak reports on the horses training Friday for the Preakness, including Lani, Abiding Star, Exaggerator, Uncle Lino, and Nyquist.
Follow Me Crev's connections were disappointed when a severe quarter crack knocked him out of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), but he's made his way back and will seek his first graded stakes score May 22 in the Californian (gr. II).
Reddam Racing’s Nyquist went twice around the Pimlico Race Course main track the morning of May 20 in his final preparations for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Either the track at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was playing faster or the horses were just faster as the under tack show for the May 23-24 sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded May 19 with five of the eight fastest clockings.
Salutos Amigos will look to win what has been an elusive graded stakes score outside of his favorite venue of Aqueduct Racetrack May 21 in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
The weather forecast for Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day not surprisingly generated talk during the May 19 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
The last three horses expected for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) arrived at Pimlico Race Course May 19 and settled into their stalls at the Baltimore racetrack.
- By Tom Pedulla
He says all indications are Nyquist is "sitting on go" and he expects a big effort Saturday, as befitting his morning line odds.
The ordinary horse has a grinding tenacity that wears out lesser animals and gives faster, better-bred horses fits.
Although Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, the overwhelming 3-5 morning line favorite, looks to be a standout as he takes his eight-race unbeaten streak into the Preakness Stakes, it is still a horse race.
Organizers of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup planned for January 2017 said they already have 12 ownership groups on board at $1 million each.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Preakness Stakes. Hear wet track suggestions and why Uncle Lino or Abiding Star could prove an upset. Sponsored by Equibase
The morning of May 19 left trainer Doug O'Neill pleased with Nyquist's strong final pre-race gallop under exercise rider Jonny Garcia leading into the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
William M. "Bill" Backer, who after teaching the world that sharing a Coke could bring people together imparted his passion for Thoroughbreds, died Friday, May 13, in Warrenton, Va.
Claire Novak reports the news of the day including Nyquist's activities, Collected on the track, and the arrivals of Lani and Stradivari.
Kona Gold's family connections out to win namesake race with homebred San Onofre. Santa Anita's 6 1/2-furlong Kona Gold Stakes (gr. II) to run right after the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Dutton, friends with Ring Weekend's trainer Graham Motion, joined this partnership to get involved in racing with a high caliber horse like the multiple graded stakes winning son of Tapit.
The $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III) on the May 21 Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico Race Course has drawn a field of 12, including some proven graded stakes winners.
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist drew post position No. 3 and was pegged the 3-5 favorite for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Find out what Nyquist’s connections had to say after the Preakness draw. Courtesy America's Best Racing.
Lawmakers at the New York state Capitol are considering a "hybrid" public and private composition for the future leadership of the New York Racing Association.
A pair of recent graded stakes winners in Kentucky, Lightstream and Wonderment, are scheduled to try turf for the first time in the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes Saturday, May 21 at Belmont Park.
Reddam Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist drew post 3 and was tabbed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite May 18 for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
A Harlan's Holiday colt breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 and a colt from the first crop of Mission Impazible worked a quarter-mile in :21 3/5 to top the May 18 under tack show workouts for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Paulassilverlining figures to be favored to register a second straight stakes score in the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. III) May 21 at Belmont.
Trainer Cliff Sise confirmed May 18 that Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) pacesetter Danzing Candy has been transferred to the barn of Bob Baffert.
Trainer and co-owner Gary Sherlock is confident that Uncle Lino is ready for the challenge of facing unbeaten Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and the other nine horses entered in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) .
So, just what did we learn about Lani in the Kentucky Derby?
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had two horses who are combined 0-for-8 against undefeated champion Nyquist but that isn’t stopping him from taking another shot May 21 with Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
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