Not that plans were ever set in stone, but what owner James McIngvale characterized as some heel bruising has champion sprinter Runhappy targeting the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) for his first race of 2016.
The barn area at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., sustained extensive damage and two horses were injured when a tornado hit the area March 30.
The $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) on the April 2 Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park drew six talented older horses who will go 1 1/8 miles over the main track.
Photo Call, good enough to run fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last year, will have to contend with stakes winner Quiet Kitten in a relatively soft field for Orchid Stakes
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. Presented by Equibase. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Florida Derby.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel has decided to retire, effective immediately, according to his agent, retired jockey Larry Melancon.
Sandiva, who loves Gulfstream Park, faces off against Tammy the Torpedo, who also enjoys the home cooking in Florida; and the dangerous Lady Lara in a deep Honey Fox field.
Thoroughbred owner and trainer Hal Woodford Steele Jr., died March 30 in Lexington.
Richard Thalheimer, an expert on gaming and the Thoroughbred industry, died March 25 in Nicholasville, Ky., due to the effects of ALS. He was 72.
Aqueduct Racetrack would see a sharp increase in the number of slot machines it offers at its Resorts World casino under a deal being negotiated at the Capitol in Albany as part of state budget talks, Newsday reported.
Dubai World Cup (UAE) runner-up Mubtaahij, who already made one trip to the U.S. to run fourth in the 2015 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will be moved to the care of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin for a stateside campaign.
A son of first-crop sire The Factor, who previewed with a furlong work in :09 4/5, brought $460,000 to top the Barretts select 2-year-old sale at Del Mar March 30.
Trainer Doug O'Neill still has a chance to make the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Gomo, but there is little margin for error for the 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo in the April 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II).
Claimed three times in 2015, Guns Loaded looks to continue his steady path of improvement on the Santa Anita Park hillside turf course April 2 in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT).
After registering his biggest career win in his previous start, Grand Tito will try for a second straight grade II score when he stretches out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Pan American Stakes.
Slipping saddle can't stop California Chrome in the World Cup and more inside the April 2, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.
John Oxley's Airoforce, who turned in an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) last time out, seeks to rebound in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
X Y Jet, the gritty sprinter who just missed winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) when edged by Muarrab in the final strides March 26 at Meydan, has been sidelined with a chip in his left knee.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will begin its 51st season of Thoroughbred racing on April 6 in Opelousas, La. and will feature 26 stakes races with a total value of more than $2 million.
Edward "Buddy" Bishop, 80, served as registrar for 19 years.
Del Mar's summer meet, highlighted by the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and several other Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races, will have projected purses of $525,000 per day.
Follow along with America's Best Racing for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as GMB Racing Manager Greg Bensel experiences the 2016 Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Watch Video
The New Mexico racing commission added eight days to the schedule and also increased purses for overnight races.
Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
Multiple stakes-placed Merlot and 3-year-old filly Color Me Gold netted the co-highest price of $30,000 at the March 26 paddock sale at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Follow along with America’s Best Racing for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as GMB Racing Manager Greg Bensel, the vice president of communications with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, experiences the 2016 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds vying to earn enough points to qualify for the starting gate of the upcoming Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.
- By Steve Haskin
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This week we take a closer look at Cupid, winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Family and friends will say their good-byes to Jeff Lukas during a funeral service March 30 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Atoka, Okla.
A subcommittee of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission March 29 opted to delay a vote and instead solicit input on the percentage of revenue Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses and breeding funds get from casino gaming.
The fourth and final 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend times up well with the Florida Derby (gr. I) showdown of unbeatens in Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's 2-year-old champion Nyquist.
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
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In keeping with tradition, California-based horses again populate the list of nominees for the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which this year will be run April 23.
Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable, and Get Grounded Stable announced March 29 that multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired from racing.
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With a cool breeze wafting over the Del Mar racetrack, a half-dozen 2-year-olds zipped a furlong in :09 4/5 during the March 28 under tack preview for the upcoming Barretts select 2-year-old sale.
Larry and Cindy Jones' homebred colt Jensen isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his broodmare sire, Hard Spun, in the April 2 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway.
With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.
Top turf sprinter Bobby's Kitten won his European debut easily March 28 when he posted an 8 1/2-length victory in the March 28 listed Cork Stakes at Cork Racecourse in Ireland.
Louisiana State Racing Commission member and 2001 winner of the National Handicapping Championship Judy Wagner is the new chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
New York-based trainer Rick Schosberg said he feels an obligation to the people and horses that made his success possible, so he invests time in racehorse aftercare via the New York THA's Take the Lead program.
Keeneland Association has filed a motion in federal court seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the Lexington racing and sales entity by Tapeta Footings founder and trainer Michael Dickinson.
Bill White was re-elected to a second term as president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association March 24.
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