As impressive as American Pharoah's workouts have been, trainer Bob Baffert seems most concerned about the weather going east for the 2-year-old champion male's 3-year-old debut.
Belardo, winner of the 2014 Dubai Dewhurst (Eng-I), and Hootenanny, victorious in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), are among 82 nominees the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack have helped push up prices of New York-bred yearlings and increased the state's foal crop in what economic development officials say has been a far-reaching impact.
Texas Racing Commission executive director Chuck Trout has imposed a $100,000 fine on jockey Roman Chapa, who was initially fined $25,000 and suspended five years after it was determined he carried an electrical device.
Winter weather didn't just force cancellations of race days this week, it also forced the Virginia Racing Commission to postpone its regular meeting that had been scheduled March 5, when it had hoped the future of racing.
Far From Over stems from one of the most prolific branches of the Betty Derr family, that of his fourth dam, the 1983 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Courtly Dee.
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A federal jury in Oklahoma City convicted three Florida men and a Florida corporation today for their participation in an illegal international gambling and money laundering enterprise.
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled racing March 6 due to the impact of winter weather on the racing surface and aggressive efforts to get the track ready for the March 7 program highlighted by the $400,000 Gotham Stakes.
A group of seven older fillies and mares will be seeking their first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 8 at Santa Anita Park.
'He wouldn't run and hide behind his mother. He'd lead through the door,' Beau Lane of Woodline Farm said of Carpe Diem, a leading contender for the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Roman Chapa has appealed the five-year suspension and $25,000 fine levied him by the Texas Racing Commission after it was determined the 43-year-old jockey carried an electrical shocking device during a stakes victory.
Judging by the final results of Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training at Gulfstream Park March 4, the sales company's decision to return its select offering to South Florida was clearly a winning one.
Clubhouse Ride, a $22,000 purchase from a 2010 Barretts sale who went on to earn more than $1.3 million, has been retired to stud at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
Santa Anita Park stewards March 5 announced the dates of A.C. Avila's California Horse Racing Board-ordered suspension, but the trainer has already stated he will contest the penalty in court.
In filings made to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year that are almost identical to its 2014-15 schedule.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced that popular electronic music DJ and producer Armin van Buuren will headline the 2015 Preakness InfieldFest concert.
After a five-furlong workout in 1:00 4/5 March 5 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Jeff Bonde said Metaboss is scheduled to race next in the 1 1/8-mile $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.
Trainer Tony Dutrow said that The Big Beast appeared fine physically coming out of a win in his 4-year-old debut March 1 and is scheduled to make his next start in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) April 9.
Although the $60,000 Islamorada Handicap March 6 at Gulfstream Park is not a graded stakes, it could feature some eventual Triple Crown horses, including Stanford and Materiality from the well-stocked barn of Todd Pletcher.
Ever wanted to work at Keeneland Race Course? You will have a chance when Keeneland hosts a job fair for seasonal employment during its 2015 spring meet that runs April 3-24.
Storied Lady will try for her second stakes win of the current meet when she starts from the outside in an expected field of six fillies and mares in the $100,000 Cat Cay Stakes Saturday, March 7, at Aqueduct Racetrack.
When entries for the Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) came out, the field of 12 included multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten, grade II winner Ball Dancing, and grade II winners Sparkling Review and Filimbi.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby, and Gotham Stakes. read blog
Salutos Amigos, carrying topweight of 125 pounds, will try for three in a row against his arch rival in six-furlong test
Consumer Credit, a winner of three straight on the turf -- including a pair of stakes at Gulfstream -- heads a full cast for the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) March 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Behind a strong quarter that saw 17% revenue growth at its New Jersey online casino, compared with the same quarter a year ago, Betfair reports a 25% revenue growth in its U.S. operations for the three months ended Jan. 31.
The field for the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7 is full, but beyond headliner Shared Belief, the race lacks the potential star power that appeared to be possible when nominations came out.
Legislation that would put a constitutional amendment legalizing pari-mutuel wagering to a vote in 2016 passed an important Georgia Senate committee March 4. The full Senate may consider the bill next week.
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Because of severe winter weather conditions, or expected winter weather, racing for March 5 has been canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Oaklawn Park.
Divisidero, a son of Kitten's Joy, broke his maiden first-time out Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and steps up to graded stakes company March 7 in a re-drawn edition of the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds.
David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson's Winning Prize will look to defend his title in $400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. I) March 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Coming off a powerful victory in the Jan. 31 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, Conquest Two Step appears the one to beat in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at the Southern California oval.
Good Friends' Stable's Private Zone, who closed last season with his third grade I stakes win in New York, is scheduled to make his 6-year-old debut Saturday, March 7, in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 10% increase in overnight purses, effective March 7, for the remainder of its 143rd Thoroughbred racing season that concludes March 29.
The would-be spoiler will get a chance at victory sans 'Brandi' March 7, as her more accomplished rival will start against boys March 14. Sarah Sis heads a group of nine sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Honeybee.
Daredevil will make his much-anticipated sophomore debut in $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park one week after the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds was postponed due to torrential rainstorms.
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir looms the one to beat in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack March 7.
Trainer Bob Lake, who began conditioning horses as a teen and continued training until retiring in 1999, died at age 82 Wednesday, March 4, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Ticket options for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland remained available after the first day of sales March 4, although most of the reserved seating available for both Oct. 30 and 31 sold out within hours.
Last time out, the son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown ran to a brilliant victory in the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), fighting back on the inside after being passed by Firing Line to eke out the score.
The decision by Stonestreet Stables to have undefeated Ocean Knight bypass the March 7 Gotham Stakes in favor of the Tampa Bay Derby sets up a showdown between that colt and Carpe Diem, owned by Stonestreet and WinStar Farms.
Racing for March 4 has been canceled at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, while Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled racing for March 5.
Oaklawn officials said Take Charge Brandi appears headed for a showdown against top 3-year-old males in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14, as last year's champion 2-year-old filly will not race in the Honeybee (gr. III).
After an encouraging start in terms of pari-mutuel wagering in January, handle on U.S. races plummeted in February compared with the same month in 2014, a decline that dropped 2015's handle behind last year's pace
Two federal agencies have issued a notice that opens the door to the possible addition of pari-mutuel gambling winnings to updated reporting and withholding requirements being developed for bingo, keno, and slot machines.
- By Claire Novak
Champion Wise Dan walks Charlie LoPresti's shedrow under Amy LoPresti on a rainy morning March 4. watch video
Under a patient ride from jockey Mark Du Plessis, Raffles Racing's Rock Diva danced her way through the field to post a three-quarters of a length victory in the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (NZ-I) March 4.
Breeders' Cup Feb. 25 said tickets for the Oct. 30-31 World Championships at Keeneland in Kentucky will be available for purchase at noon March 4.
For the past decade the most productive path to Oaks success has been through Louisiana but during that same 10-year stretch, not a single Derby winner has prepped in the Pelican State. read blog
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