Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion has been retired, according to owner Ron Sanchez. Stud plans are pending for the Pioneerof the Nile colt, who was graded stakes-placed on three occasions in 2014.
The American Academy of Equine Art has announced that in 2016 it is creating a new level of involvement called "member."
Woodford Thoroughbreds of Reddick, Fla., has announced it will introduce a special incentive plan in 2016 for breeders who send mares to the farm's seven stallions.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission on Dec. 9 approved the 2016 Thoroughbred Breed Development Program that includes an additional $1.4 million as a result of legislation passed earlier this year.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a partnership with TwinSpires.com that includes naming TwinSpires.com the official presenting partner of Louisiana Derby Day on March 26, 2016.
- By Frank Angst
- International, Horse Health, Southwest Region, West Region, Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping
The four finalists to present their ideas during the Innovators' Circle, which offers a $15,000 prize, offered ideas in technology to prevent breakdowns, a multi-race wager, a jackpot game, and micro-ownership in horses.
A pricey compact between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe allows for the decoupling of casino gambling and pari-mutuel racing, but whether that provision becomes law remains to be seen.
Horse of the Year California Chrome is among the 181 horses accepted for the 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.
The 2017 Investec Derby (Eng-I), which will have its 238th renewal at Epsom Downs June 3, 2017, has attracted 416 yearling entries.
Sheikh Abdullah Almaddah's Green Mask has been dealt a setback in his preparations for the Dec. 13 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) after foot bruising was detected following a Dec. 7 workout at Sha Tin Racecourse.
South Africa's reigning champion rider, Gavin Lerena, booted home the last two winners to take top honors in the Dec. 9 Longines International Jockeys' Championship at a rain-soaked Happy Valley Racecourse.
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., is seeking a track announcer to replace Frank Mirahmadi, who has resigned to become one of the announcers at Santa Anita Park in California.
Oaklawn Park will pay tribute to American Pharoah with a 'bobblehorse' promotion on Jan. 18, 2016.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been selected to receive the 2015 Secretariat Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that an updated set of racetrack safety and integrity standards has been approved by members of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Advisory Board and the NTRA board.
During a University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, experts on social media encouraged racing to move beyond raw numbers of social media and sharpen their digital media efforts.
New York's Standardbred industry warned of the growing financial consequences of racing-based daily fantasy sports sites, while a major off-track betting corporation says OTBs should have the authority to offer such contests.
- By Steve Haskin
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The Racing Officials Accreditation Program announced five winners of the 2015 Pete Pedersen Award, presented annually to stewards who have made important contributions to the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
A visual look at some of the new stallions for 2016, arranged in alphabetical order.
The fourth session of the Arqana breeding stock sale in Deauville, France, Dec. 8 posted a gain of 36% in gross over a year ago as the 2015 auction closed with figures down slightly from the 2014 edition.
Berry, 53, of Jones, Okla., has determined this Remington Park season will be his final in the saddle. The track's all-time leading Thoroughbred rider has 2,124 local wins heading to his final three days of competition.
Multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $2,500.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland in his last start, recorded his first work at Santa Anita Dec. 8, getting six furlongs in 1:11 4/5.
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Square Dancer and Touching Promise were honored as the top horses at Hastings Park for the 2015 season at British Columbia's annual Thoroughbreds Awards Dinner.
The University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing started in a big way when it asked five panelists to offer 45 ideas in 45 minutes on improving racing and the marketing of the sport.
American Pharoah the top incoming stallion for 2016 and more inside the December 12, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine.
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The online fashion auction "Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" continues with a second Derby chapeau going on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
Lenny Shulman talks about Trevor Denman, Shared Belief, Robert Evans and of course sits down with Kenny Rice. Kenny tells his Triple Crown story and a moment he had with Gary Busey. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions
A physical education teacher outlasted 416 players to win $10,000 and a trip to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas as the fifth annual TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Series Championship winner.
A halter worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Spend a Buck's 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) owner's trophy are among the horse racing memorabilia available at the online auction site Lelands.com.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have won the fifth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states.
Mongolian Saturday and Green Mask, the respective winner and third-place finisher in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), put in their final works Dec. 7 in preparation for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint.
Turf writers Steve Haskin and the late Raleigh Burroughs have been elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Dec. 7.
Tigertail Ranch's homebred 3-year-old Mobile Bay tops a competitive renewal of the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic on Dec. 12 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A Redoute's Choice weanling filly out of a half sister to the dam of unbeaten European Horse of the Year Zarkava was the top seller on Day 2 of the Arqana December breeding stock sale Dec. 6
Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer may each have more than one starter in the $300,000 Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Total handle on the 17th edition of the Claiming Crown, contested for the fourth year Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park, was $10.12 million, up 0.6% from 2014.
Multiple grade II winner Etched was represented by his first winner when 2-year-old filly Eve won the first race, a mile main track test, Dec. 6 at Laurel Park.
The 35th running of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) heads a list of 12 stakes worth a combined $1.025 million at Golden Gate Fields' 2015-16 winter-spring meet.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Horse Health, Southwest Region, West Region
The emphasis will be on new ideas when many racing industry leaders gather in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 7-9 for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Sambista became the first female winner of the Champions Cup (Jpn-I), run as the Japan Cup Dirt until 2013, when pulling a 66-1 upset Dec. 6 at Chukyo Racecourse.
The U.S. and European breeding operations of American billionaire John Malone dominated the top of the market on opening day of the Arqana December breeding stock sale Dec. 5.
Grade II winner Lady Sabelia added the $100,000 Willa On the Move at Laurel Park to her resume Dec. 5, as Vorticity and Cathryn Sophia also landed impressive wins on the card.
Room for Me came off a seventh in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland to return to winning form Dec. 5, when she aired by 3 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes.
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