A revamped racing program and enhancements to the customer experience were among the successes trumpeted by the NYRA board of directors Aug. 6, and in return president Christopher Kay received a bonus and a raise.
Seventeen-year-old Cheyanna Patrick is doing double duty on the education front, honing her skills as a jockey at Indiana Grand Race Course and laying the groundwork for a possible career as a lawyer.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY, has announced the release of the History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds, by sports journalist and photographer Rick Capone.
The Texas Racing Commission has indicated it won't address historical race wagering at its Aug. 12 meeting because it needs more time to study it.
- By Steve Haskin
There seemed to be an inordinate amount of people who were displeased with the result of the Aug. 2 Whitney Handicap, mainly due to the winning trainer Eric Guillot, who, to put it mildly, is not your typical trainer. read blog
After spending his life around horses, Jess Lester Malen died in the city that calls itself the Horse Capital of the World. A retired jockey and trainer, Malen, 93, originally from Nebraska City, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 3.
Last-minute bid secures sale-topper for Willis Horton, and Sequel Stallions proves New York is quickly growing beyond its reputation as a regional market.
Vic Zast, a racetrack executive, businessman, turf writer, and ardent racing fan, died Aug. 3. Zast, who had been a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse and authored the "Saratoga Diary" blog at Bloodhorse.com, was 69.
European champion and dual classic winner Rodrigo de Triano has died of pneumonia at age 25 in Japan, where he stood during his stallion career.
The Horse Racing Committee of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided Aug. 5 to stick with the allocation percentage it voted on at its previous meeting.
Scientists from the University of Liverpool and Queen Mary University of London, both in England, have examined the mechanisms that cause tendon aging in horses, which could open up the possibility of better treatment for both horses and humans in the future.
Eric Mitchell recaps the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, including the major numbers of the sale, and highlights some of the top hips. Watch Video
The second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 5 saw steady momentum gains that led to the third million-dollar horse of the sale.
Eaton Sales sold the filly by War Front--Charming, by Seeking the Gold, to Willis Horton. Watch Video
The head of the New York Racing Association is suggesting the racing giant might not be able keep open both its downstate Thoroughbred tracks when it morphs back into some form of private control in the fall of 2015.
Filly is out of the family of grade I winner and grade I producer Take Charge Lady. Willis Horton, owner of Will Take Charge, bought her.
Colt out of the family of Birdstone and Bird Town session-topper so far.
Bobby's Kitten looks ideally suited for the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) Friday, Aug. 8, at Saratoga Race Course, where he cuts back in distance and class.
Peterman brings more than 27 years of experience in his field and has already begun his position as the track's official starter effective July 10. Peterman replaces John Jamison.
Delta Princess, the dam of champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Aug. 5 due to a degenerative stifle condition according to a release from Adena Springs.
There are 471 horses cataloged in the elite Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, set for Oct. 7-9 at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, England.
Saratoga, Del Mar, Europe, Mountaineer, Woodbine, Monmouth, Louisiana Downs & More. View Slideshow
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has scheduled three legislative briefings in August and September. The first one will be held Aug. 7 at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- By Frank Angst
More good news for connections of Moreno and his fans: In recent years, winners of the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) have enjoyed more Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) success than the winners of any other race conducted after June 1 read blog
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has converted a 9,600-square-foot casino restaurant into an upscale off-track betting parlor that will be open year-round.
Eliminating race-day Salix is gaining momentum. read blog
Roy and Gretchen Jackson and All Inn Stable announced Aug. 8 the retirement of millionaire and multiple graded-stakes winner Willcox Inn, who will stand at Saratoga Stud.
The Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live coverage of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, Aug. 8. It will also be broadcast by HRTV on tape delay basis.
Kate's Main Man, the 2010 national claimer of the year who ranks third among Iowa-breds in career earnings, is one of three inductees to the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place Aug. 2.
Zeki tied the Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino record for most wins in a Thoroughbred meet when he wired the field in the $95,200 Ralph Hayes Stakes Aug. 2.
Javier Barajas, a veteran trackman with international experience managing dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, has been named track superintendent for Keeneland, officials at the Lexington oval announced Aug. 5.
Back stories and analysis of opening night at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 4.
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Eric Mitchell takes us through the first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Watch several of the day's top sellers in the ring as Eric gives the final numbers. watch video
Pair of fillies by leading sire Tapit each sell for seven figures opening night, Aug. 4.
Elite turf runner and young California-based stallion Thorn Song, the winner of two grade I races and earnings of more than $1.1 million, has died due to complications of severe laminitis.
Solis/Litt Bloodstock about the daughter of champion She Be Wild for $1,150,000.
Nat Rea's Regis Farms bought the filly, who purchased as a weanling for $550,000 at Keeneland November last fall.
Gainesway as agent sold the colt for $675,000 to John Ferguson midway through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale.
Before making a formal recommendation of a regulatory testing limit on cobalt, North American racing regulators have decided to consider the results of two scientific research studies.
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale continues its two-night run Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Following is a selection of noteworthy yearlings from the final session.
EquiLottery, a new game that would link state lotteries and pari-mutuel racing pools, will be introduced to the New Mexico Racing Commission at its Aug. 21 meeting.
Thanks, in part, to a bump in wagering from a Triple Crown being on the line this year in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the Belmont Park spring-summer meet saw improved total all-sources handle numbers compared with 2013.
Silver Springs Farm, located on Brentsville Rd. near Paris, Ky., was recently purchased by Steve and Shelley Johnson of Midway, Ky.
Get a sneak peek at 'Man Behind the Million,' heading home to a tight-knit community and an unmistakable legacy on the struggling Illinois racing scene. Coming Aug. 11 at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform watch video
President Obama has signed into law a bill that makes it legal for veterinarians to provide the care necessary to horses away from their licensed place of practice and across state lines.
- By Tom LaMarra
Equibase reports pari-mutuel wagering on United States Thoroughbred races in July was down 3.47% and purses fell 5.67% from the same month a year ago with 13 fewer race days.
"Here comes the most famous maiden in the world," said one horseman Aug. 4 on the backside of Saratoga Race Course as unraced Jess's Dream made his way to the main track.
With Ashado about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this week, I felt it was appropriate to post this as a guest blog, as it depicts the love of a horse beautifully by a young fan, Alexa Ravit. read blog
Favored Skyway, a recent shipper from Churchill Downs, gave trainer Mark Casse his first victory at Del Mar Aug. 3 with a confident ride by Stewart Elliott in the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds (gr. II).
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