The Thoroughbred industry has made meaningful progress in important areas such as medication, uniformity, and capitalizing on big events, but greater unity is needed going forward.
- By Steve Haskin
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The last two races on the Jan. 10 card at Aqueduct Racetrack, races 8 and 9, were canceled because heavy fog and resulting weather-related safety concerns.
The Irish Turf Club honored Galway Racecourse manager John Moloney Jan. 9 for his contributions to Irish racing during the annual Moyglare Dinner at the K Club in County Kildare.
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked six furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Sunday morning in 1:14 flat as he prepares for his 3-year-old debut.
Kazumi Yoshida's Maurice has been named the Japan Racing Association's 2015 Horse of the Year and best sprinter or miler.
Momentum from the record-breaking Book 1 session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale carried over to Book 2 Jan. 10 with new benchmarks in average and gross.
Supplements to the horses of racing age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale can be viewed online on the OBS website.
Spirited bidding from a gathering of about 250 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center Jan. 9 bought $714,000 in stallion seasons to benefit of the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
Glenye Cain Oakford previews the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including comments from Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell, and Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
He had new co-owners and new silks, but California Chrome got his mojo back with a powerful victory in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, his first start off a nine-month layoff.
Speedway Stable's Collected made the most of his first start on dirt with a smooth victory from just off the pace in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart began 2016 the way his 2015 season ended -- with a victory in a graded stakes, this time the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) for 4-year-olds and up Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Glenye Cain Oakford previews the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including comments from Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell, and Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
The Book 1 portion of Magic Million's Gold Coast yearling sale closed Jan. 9 with a Fastnet Rock filly selling for Aus$1 million (US$695,300), bringing number of seven-figures sellers to a record six for the four-day session.
Al Shaqab Racing's versatile Mshawish successfully transfered his graded stakes-winning form to the dirt Jan. 9, edging Valid by a head in the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Markus and Ingrid Jooste's Legal Eagle silenced doubters when he cut back in distance to win the one-mile L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (SAf-I) Jan. 9 at Kenilworth.
Sheer Drama, an Eclipse Award finalist for champion older female of 2015, will race this year, trainer David Fawkes said Jan. 9.
Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva vied for command early and stayed on the pace before she took the lead off the turn and galloped away unchallenged to win the $150,000 Marshua's River (gr. IIIT) Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Lady Sheila Stable's multiple graded stakes winner La Verdad turned the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack into a cakewalk Jan. 9, and will have another start before being bred to Medaglia d'Oro.
Mister Lucky Cat, a half brother to grade I winner Girolamo and to grade II winner Daydreaming, has joined the stallion roster at Oklahoma Equine Reproductive Center near Washington, Okla.
Taylor Made Farm has released Ecatalog, an online catalog that includes photos, pedigrees, updates, and walking videos of each horse in Taylor Made's consignment at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Revolutionary, WinStar's multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire, sired his first reported foal Jan. 8, when a filly was born at Rancho Ballena near Ramona, Calif.
Stroud's Lane Farm has launched a commercial stallion operation near Reddick, Fla., and will offer mare owners a trio of new stallions for the 2016 breeding season.
For the third consecutive year, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2015 with $9,399,425 in earnings.
Citing some revenue reductions, as well as the success of the program itself, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has informed members that breeder award rates will be cut by 2% later this year.
Undefeated Songbird worked five furlongs in a bullet :58 1/5 Jan. 8 at Santa Anita Park under regular rider Mike Smith.
Yearlings from the first crop of Coolmore Stud's five-time group I winner Pierro brought the top prices during the Jan. 8 third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale in Australia.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
Jacobs Entertainment announced Jan. 8 the selection of Cushman & Wakefield-Thalhimer to sell the properties formerly used as off-track betting facilities in conjunction with its Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Va.
Stakes winner Flick died Jan. 8 from complications of colic. The 24-year-old gelding resided at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership filed a lawsuit Jan. 7 against the state's comptroller alleging that a budget provision allowing the withholding of operating funds from the Texas Racing Commission is unconstitutional.
Peace Burg, listed in the catalog as the only mare at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in foal to leading sire War Front, has been withdrawn after producing a filly from that mating.
Total wagering on Standardbred races in the United States was, like betting on Thoroughbred racing, up slightly in 2015 compared with the previous year.
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Robert Holley, a former member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, died at age 74, Monday, Jan. 4 in Lexington.
The undefeated Tapit colt went four furlongs in :47 4/5 and galloped out five-eighths in 1:00 4/5 at Palm Meadows as he continues to prepare for his season debut Jan. 30 in the Holy Bull (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Citing unprecedented levels of rainfall and inclement weather across Ireland and the United Kingdom, Tattersalls Ireland has rescheduled its January Cheltenham sale.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. read blog
Minutes after 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome makes his 5-year-old debut in Santa Anita's San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), his full sister Hope's Love will return from a seven-month layoff in a maiden special weight.
Spendthrift Farm's Shakin It Up, winner of the Malibu (gr. I), Strub (gr. II), and San Vicente (gr. II) stakes, sired his first reported foal late Jan. 6, when a colt was born at Brandywine Farm in Paris, Ky.
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The Maryland Jockey Club has enacted a house rule for the Laurel Park meet that requires trainers of claimed horses to report joint injections administered in the previous 30 days.
Keeneland's January mixed sale, which runs Jan. 11-15, features a larger catalog and the prospect of bargain shopping at a time when the marketplace for mares and young stock has been highly selective.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the San Pasqual Stakes. Learn about the implications of California Chrome's return to face Hoppertunity. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres will inaugurate its new stallion facility in Morriston, Fla., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala from 6-10 p.m. (ET) Jan. 16.
Three Chimneys Farm announced Jan. 7 that Jacob West has been appointed as director of bloodstock services, a new division created to expand the farm's commercial reach for its growing customer base.
Breeder Jack Swain III resides in Manhattan, but his heart may reside in the Bluegrass. This year, his biggest equine stars included the now-five-year-old Noble Bird, who won the June 13 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the San Pasqual Stakes. Learn about the implications of California Chrome's return to face Hoppertunity. Sponsored by Equibase Download Equibase Past Performances for the San Pasqual Stakes.
A total of 1,796 horses have been cataloged to the January horses of all ages sale which runs through Friday, Jan. 15.
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