Miller Racing's Call Pat validated her graded stakes-winning credential from last year's Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III), with a score Feb. 14 in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
True to form, jockey Jose Ferrer displayed a minimum of emotion after reaching the 4,000-win milestone Feb. 14 aboard 3-year-old Florida-bred filly Rocket Bottle in the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
Dr. James Bryant and Linda Davis couldn't just move on with their lives after their homebred Page McKenney was claimed in July 2013 to race for Adam Staple and trainer Mary Eppler.
In her first timed workout since the easiest of scores in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II), Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird covered four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Feb. 14 in :48 2/5.
With Nyquist already making plans to head east for the Florida Derby (gr. I), Mor Spirit is more likely to stay home in Southern California for his Triple Crown preps.
The Maryland Racing Commission has heard the pros and cons of allowing the Maryland Jockey Club to operate an off-track betting parlor at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium and will vote on the issue Feb. 16.
For the second consecutive day, racing at Aqueduct Racetrack was canceled Feb. 14 due to extreme winter weather conditions including high winds and sub-zero wind chills.
There was an intensity in Peter Miller's eyes as he peppered the winner circle with as many high fives as he could, indicating the neck victory in the seventh race was a little more than just a run-of-the-mill allowance win.
A tough-luck finisher in two graded stakes runs in the past year, Stonestreet Stable's homebred Tara's Tango broke through Feb. 13 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Airoforce invades New Orleans to take on the local contingency (led by G M B Racing's Mo Tom) in the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation put together back-to-back victories in a big way Feb. 13 when he rallied to take the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Track plans to get non-impacted runners back in action despite virus.
Phipps Stable homebred Reload opened his 7-year-old season with a bang, outlasting longshot Take the Stand (Arg) in the stretch to win the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, Feb. 13 on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.
Bolo fired his best off a seven-month layoff in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, where he caught odds-on grade I winner Obviously in the final strides to secure his first graded victory.
Godolphin's Dancing House put away not one but two favorites at separate points to win her first stakes in the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 13 at Laurel Park.
After beating the boys last time out in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the 5-year-old Bernstein mare handled her own division with exactly the kind of dominance trainer Mark Casse was seeking in her season debut.
Awesome Banner and Cherry Wine, two leading candidates for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 27, turned in impressive five-furlong workouts this morning at Gulfstream Park.
After a tough beat in the Jan. 23 American Beauty Stakes, Rags Racing Stable's grade II winner Sarah Sis takes on eight rivals in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Destin surged to the lead off the far turn and then turned back a stretch challenge from Rafting to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Godolphin Racing's Penwith finally broke through to her first graded score Feb. 13, when she took the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park by three lengths.
After a four-furlong breeze from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13, trainer John Shirreffs said Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Ziconic will likely make his debut at Santa Anita Park Feb. 20.
Some of the West Coast's brightest equine stars from last year are getting back into the swing of things at Santa Anita Park.
Hialeah's signature 3-year-old event was among nation's best
With single-digit temperatures expected during racing hours, Turfway Park canceled live racing for Feb. 13, and New York's Aqueduct Racetrack also canceled the day's card, citing high winds and sub-zero wind chills.
Last year's Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Saratoga Mischief is entered for his 3-year-old season debut Sunday, Feb. 14 in the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Nyquist's first step onto the Triple Crown trail comes Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park, where he'll look to keep his undefeated record intact against five other sophomore males in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
Green Gratto, who has become a force in the New York sprinter ranks in the fall and winter, is among nine horses entered for the $250,000 General George Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Laurel Park.
The upcoming Texas Thoroughbred Association 2-year-olds in training sale is a go for April 4 at Lone Star Park.
Page McKenney, who developed into a genuine stakes horse with lifetime earnings over $1 million, was named the Maryland-based horse of the year for 2015 by the Maryland Racing Media Association.
Crowded field of 14 set for Feb. 15 Oaklawn Park test on Road to Kentucky Derby.
Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 12 that Drew Fleming has been named to the new position of senior vice president, development and administration.
Five stakes -- two of them graded -- worth $625,000 highlight the inaugural spring Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Sales, Southeast Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will host a pedigree and conformation clinic March 1 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Once a legitimate hopeful for the Triple Crown series, Richard Pell's Calculator will make his first start in more than a year Feb. 13 at Santa Anita Park.
Legislation that would remove the requirement that racetracks with gaming also offer live racing has been introduced in the West Virginia Senate.
Officials at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino are working to curtail an outbreak of equine herpesvirus that has resulted in 64 horses testing positive, including six that have died, and could impact the track's premier race.
With cold weather and high winds forecast for the Austintown, Ohio area, Mahoning Valley Race Course has cancelled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 13.
Due to stabling concerns in Southern California as result of the Breeders' Cup World Championships being held at Santa Anita Park, Barretts Equine is moving its October yearling sale back to the Los Angeles Fairgrounds.
What makes these two Bernardinis (Zulu and Shagaf) so special and why would anyone gamble on a pair of horses who are unproven in stakes company and basically bucking history, with so few races? read blog
A pair of unbeaten 3-year-olds -- Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist -- are rated as the top individual horses on the morning-line for the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen, undefeated winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 in his sophomore debut, sparkled in his return to the work tab Friday morning.
- By Frank Angst
I enjoyed catching up with owner-breeder Dennis Drazin last week for a Winner's Circle feature in the Feb. 13 Blood-Horse magazine. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
In her fourth mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins broke her maiden in the second race at Santa Anita Park Feb. 11 aboard Blue Law.
Two prominent employees of the New York Racing Association are leaving their positions in February. Director of communications John Durso Jr. and chief security officer George Venizelos have taken private-sector jobs.
With an early deadline rescinded, Texas racetracks will run through the end of the month. Meanwhile another racing commission vote on historical racing is coming Feb. 18.
John C Oxley's Airoforce has done little wrong in his career.
Trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor International, who teamed to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom before later going their separate ways, are back with another promising 3-year-old in Kasseopia.
The Japan Racing Association has suspended jockey Luis Contreras for the use of the painkiller oxycodone, according to a Feb. 11 report from Sports Hochi.
After a worldwide search saw applications submitted from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later in February.
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