Recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red turned in his penultimate breeze Saturday, Aug. 15, ahead of his planned bid in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Just Wicked was content to let Tonasah set the pace in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course, but when it came down to a stirring stretch duel, the 2-year-old Tapit filly would not be denied.
Marette Farrell of Exhale Enterprises talks about the market for NY-bred yearlings at Saratoga. Watch Video
In advance of the Fasig-Tipton sale of NY-bred yearlings, Select Sales' Carrie Brogden talks about bringing a smaller consignment of high-quality horses. Watch Video
Marette Farrell of Exhale Enterprises talks about the market for NY-bred yearlings at Saratoga.
Former leading Japanese sire Manhattan Cafe, a three-time group I winner, has died at the age of 17.
- By Steve Haskin
This column is about Titans of the Turf, both equine and human. It is about Dr. Fager and Damascus and John Nerud and Frank Whiteley. read blog
In advance of the Fasig-Tipton sale of NY-bred yearlings, Select Sales' Carrie Brogden talks about bringing a smaller consignment of high-quality horses.
Use of race-day furosemide will be the topic for a daylong forum put together by the New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 25 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Maryland-based stallion Admiral Alex picked up his first winner Aug. 14 when his first starter Captain Alex scored a clear victory in his debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden-claiming race at Laurel Park.
In the absence of undefeated Lady Eli, Sentiero Italia announced her presence in the 3-year-old filly turf division with a victory in the Maker's Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Chenery's lessons could benefit 'Pharoah'
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course this week to train for a possible start in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
The Virginia Equine Alliance plans to run a day of flat racing Sept. 20 at Great Meadow, while the owners of Colonial Downs continue to float proposals to offer racing through an alternative horsemen's group.
Barretts Sales, having conducted paddock auctions of horses of racing age during the Del Mar race meeting the past four years, is inaugurating a select yearling sale this season. It will be held Aug. 15.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's grade I winner The Big Beast turned in his first work since his second-place finish in the Aug. 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, going five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Aug. 14.
If you don't have a ticket for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes card at Saratoga Racecourse, don't even think about going to the track that day: the New York Racing Association said it's sold out.
Frosted returned to the track Aug. 14 for his first serious work since running second in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga, breezing 4f in :51.25 on the main track in preparation for the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
With a diminished number of horses remaining in his division in Southern California, trainer Mark Casse has decided not to run any more horses at the current Del Mar meet and return to the East Coast.
The 59th annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale is slated for Aug. 18.
The Niarchos family's Karakontie, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), is slated to make his 2015 debut Aug. 16 in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville.
It appears the worst is behind undefeated turf star Lady Eli, who continues to make significant strides in her recovery from laminitis in her front feet.
The New York Racing Association is seeking a bugler to play "Call to the Post" for the remainder of the Saratoga Race Course meet after regular NYRA bugler Sam Grossman took a leave to attend to a personal matter.
Lenny Hale has been elected chairman, chief executive officer, and president of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Euro Shippers face tough Chad Brown duo in The Arlington Million. read blog
The two-session Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-breds Aug. 15-16 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., figures to be strong off the recent history of the sale and the demand seen so far this year in the open yearling market.
Busanda is remembered as the dam of 1966 Horse of the Year Buckpasser, a four-time champion broodmare sire whose name is a familiar presence in pedigrees.
John Nerud, Hall of Fame trainer and industry leader, died the morning of Aug. 13 at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y. He had turned 102 Feb. 9.
In her first race in more than seven months, grade II winner Taris will encounter a familiar foe in the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16 at Del Mar.
Remembrances of John Nerud from social media.
With two straight stakes wins at Emerald Downs, local star Stryker Phd appears poised to defend his title in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16.
The New Jersey State Senate honored Monmouth Park and the racetrack's recent success in hosting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who captured the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 2.
Big Blue Kitten, a three-time grade I winner and morning-line favorite for the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15, will take up stud duty at the end of his racing career at Calumet Farm.
After winning the Sanford (gr. III) with Uncle Vinny, trainer Todd Pletcher will try for middle jewel of the 2-year-old trio at Saratoga when sending out Saratoga Mischief Aug. 15 for Twin Creeks Racing.
Queen's Plate runner-up Danish Dynaformer takes on Prince of Wales winner Breaking Lucky in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for Canadian-breds Aug. 16 at Woodbine. The 12-furlong race is the third leg of Canada's Triple Crown.
Are You Kidding Me leads three horses coming out of the Nijinsky Stakes as they stretch out to 10 furlongs in the Sky Classic and face off against last year's Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker.
Trainer Dale Romans confirmed Aug 13 that William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) runner-up Keen Ice will breeze Aug. 15 in preparation for a start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park. read blog
American Pharoah has reclaimed the top spot in the sixth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015, replacing Golden Horn. Shared Belief remains tied for third with Able Friend.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Arlington Million (gr. IT) featuring Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, and Up With the Birds. Watch Video
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Panelists at the Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law conference offered potential options regarding immigration policy in the hope they make it easier for horse racing to attract and maintain workers.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Aug. 12 that a grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted another local Thoroughbred horse trainer on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Arlington Million (gr. IT) featuring Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, and Up With the Birds. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Arlington Million.
- By Steve Haskin
Although his body steadily deteriorated over the past couple of years, his mind refused to follow and he still was looking for ways to improve the sport, NYRA, and the Breeders' Cup right up until his final breath. read blog
Pretty N Cool showed her standout debut victory in the slop during Del Mar's opening weekend was no fluke in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 12 at the seaside racetrack.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey hopes the $500,000 Fourstardave (gr. IIT) will open the door to a Breeders' Cup bid for Ironicus, who will do battle with last year's Fourstardave winner Seek Again Aug. 15 at Saratoga.
A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall. Meanwhile, the debate on the bill continues.
DP Racing's Prize Exhibit will look to claim her third straight graded turf victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. I) Aug. 15.
Decked Out, with a pair of 91 Equibase Speed Figures under her belt, holds the experience edge in Saratoga's Aug. 15 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies.
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