While Labor Day weekend has something of an anti-climactic feel in the wake of a history-making Travers Stakes (gr. I), there are still 35 races to be run at the "September place to be" over the last three days.
Travers, Longines Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Priority One Jets Forego, Ballerina, Ketel One King's Bishop, Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa, Pat O'Brien, Anticipation, Torrey Pines and more.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed a civil case in U.S. District court that argues an Indiana rule that requires horses claimed in the state to wait at least 60 days before racing outside Indiana is invalid under federal law.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms welcomed a new horse in Ide Aug. 29 and, according to farm founder Michael Blowen, he's a head-turner.
Dr. Patricia Hogan will be honored with the first-ever New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association "EquiStar Award" for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of New York's retired racehorses.
Kirk Wycoff of Three Diamonds Farm Aug. 29 filed an appeal to the New York State Gaming Commission regarding the decision of the stewards to take no action against longshot Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT).
With six wins in the nine graded turf stakes on the flat at the Saratoga Race Course meet, trainer Chad Brown looks poised to add to that tally as he sends out three solid contenders in the seven-horse field entered in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.
Champagne Room broke her maiden in the grade II Sorrento by 1 1/4 lengths and now heads a field of the most impressive fillies from Del Mar's loaded 2-year-old summer slate in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
Frosted emerged from his Aug. 6 Whitney (gr. I) victory in fine fettle at Saratoga Race Course, and returns Sept. 3 to take on eight rivals in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
After rolling to victories in her first two starts, Sweet Loretta will try for a top-level score in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
After overwhelming rivals in his first three starts, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules will try to make it four straight wins when the juvenile son of Gone Astray returns in the Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Sept. 3 at Gulfstream.
The son of legendary Kentucky farm manager Charles A. Kenney was an accomplished Thoroughbred and Standardbred veterinarian.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird, now settled back in at her home base in Southern California following a pair of grade I wins at Saratoga Race Course, put in her first workout Aug. 31 in preparation for the $1 million Cotillion (gr. I).
Kentucky Downs will begin its lucrative five-day, all-turf meet Sept. 3 with four stakes—two of them for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs—worth a total of $1.4 million. The 10-race card saw 136 horses make the overnight.
Multiple graded stakes-placed Swipe has been retired from racing and is entered in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale as a stallion prospect, Keith Desormeaux's assistant trainer Julie Clark reported Aug. 31.
Dennis Drazin is TOBA's September member of month
Oaklawn Park has reached a multi-year agreement with United Tote as its new provider for race wagering, ending a long-time relationship with AmTote.
John Scully, who began calling races at Fairmount Park in southern Illinois in 1970 and has been the track announcer there ever since, will retire after the races of Sept. 5.
Top-level horses and horsemen on the comeback trail were among the big stories the last full week of August, and they found entry to the winner's circle a little harder than it used to be.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 360 yearlings for its Midlantic fall yearling sale to be held Tuesday Oct. 4 in Timonium, Md. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. EDT.
Smiling Tiger filly tops Aug. 30 auction
Suffolk Downs will host the third and final of three weekends of live racing Sept. 3-4 for its 2016 racing season.
The most famous resident of Los Alamitos will be honored on "California Chrome Day'' Sept. 10 at the track.
Evangeline Downs concluded its scheduled 84-day Thoroughbred season Aug. 27, with Colby Hernandez and Karl Broberg repeating as the meet's top jockey and trainer, respectively.
Tioga Downs, a Standardbred track west of Binghamton in the struggling Southern Tier region of New York, will be permitted to install slot machines and table games under a plan approved Aug. 30 by the New York State Gaming Commission.
The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 30 reported that a preliminary review has found that surface conditions at Saratoga Race Course are not to blame for the 14 equine deaths during the track's current meet.
Remington Park in Oklahoma will offer more statistical data to horseplayers and fans when it brings back a program by which horses are weighed before each race and the information disseminated to the public.
Hong Kong-based Rich Tapestry, a U.S. grade I winner, disappointed in a gate trial at Sha Tin Aug. 30, putting in question his anticipated career finale in the $608,000 Keeneland Korea Sprint in South Korea.
The challenges of tracking retired racehorses were evident in the results of research discussed Aug. 30 during a New York State Gaming Commission aftercare summit in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Gordon E. Layton, prominent Central Kentucky equine veterinarian, Thoroughbred breeder, and co-owner of Loch Lea Farm, died Aug 28 at his home in Paris, Ky. He was 84.
Visuals director Anne M. Eberhardt revisited Southern Equine's striking white-faced Bodemeister foal to track his progress. See how much he's grown at nearly three months old!
Six stakes and total purses of $845,000 for 11 races will be offered Sept. 3 when Parx Racing returns from a more than three-week break with a program for mostly Pennsylvania-bred runners.
VinMar Farm near Versailles, Ky., has decided to disperse, with horses to be sold at Keeneland’s September yearling sale and November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 8. St. George Sales will handle the dispersal.
From Citation to California Chrome, read who has led in earnings over the decades.
Precious few fillies have found success in the Run for the Roses
Tom Chiota, 70, who managed the daily operations of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. as its president for more than 30 years, died in the early morning of Aug. 29.
The first yearling sale held in Texas since 2014 was conducted Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park, topped by a colt and a filly by the state’s leading sire Too Much Bling that sold as part of the dispersal of Lane’s End Texas.
Trainer Todd Pletcher heads to the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course with a fresh horse in Made You Look, who is set for his first start since his maiden-breaking win June 19 at Belmont Park.
Unraced since her victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) June 14 at Royal Ascot, reigning champion turf female Tepin beezed on the turf course at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 29, covering five furlongs in a bullet :58.44 in company.
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules, who has been described as a Saratoga-type horse by trainer Jose Pinchin, will seek to remain undefeated in his fourth start when he stretches out another furlong in the $300,000 Florida Sire Affirmed Stakes.
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd provided the exclamation point to a memorable Washington Cup day for trainers Larry and Sharon Ross Aug. 28 at Emerald Downs.
Washington-based stallion Atta Boy Roy joined the ranks of freshman sires with first black-type winners Aug. 28 when Risque's Legacy went gate to wire to capture the Washington Cup Two-Year-Old Filly Stakes on Washington Cup Day at Emerald Downs.
Though horses bred by Machmer Hall finished second in graded stakes over the weekend, it was Drefong's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) victory that the farm's connections found most exciting.
Monmouth Park said it has received an anonymous contribution of $60,000 for its racehorse aftercare program, and thus will end a policy of charging $1,000 per horse that leaves the grounds to race at Suffolk Downs and then returns.
The scratch of odds-on morning-line favorite Enola Gray opened the door of opportunity in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 28 at Del Mar and Belvoir Bay shot right through it.
The morning after Cavorting added another impressive Saratoga Race Course victory to her résumé in the Aug. 27 Personal Ensign (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin lavished praise on the 4-year-old filly.
Central Kentucky sire War Front, currently the leading sire of juveniles in England and Ireland, and second on the U.S. list, got his 50th black-type winner Aug. 31 when Intelligence Cross captured the Round Tower Stakes (Ire-III) at the Curragh.
On the morning following Arrogate's record-smashing performance in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.
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