Grade II winner No Jet Lag makes his first start since he was well beaten by Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) when he takes on nine opponents in the $200,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Odds-on Swiss Lake Yodeler wore down 23-1 shot Rovenna in the final yards to win the $200,250 Soviet Problem Stakes Dec. 21 on the next-to-last day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Grade I winner Sweet Lulu makes her first start since a fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) as the likely choice in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) opening day Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Hollywood Park has sadly faded into the Southern California sunset, but Santa Anita Park opens for a new season Dec. 26 with a couple of extra months tagged on at the end of the meet.
Phipps Stable's Mr Speaker found a rail seam and skimmed to a 10-1 surprise in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Strapping Groom made short work of a short field, drawing away to win by daylight in the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack on Dec. 21.
Multiple graded winner Cyber Secret lived up to his favored billing in the Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park Dec. 21, setting a track record for 1 1/16 miles of 1:42.26 on the Polytrack en route to a 4 1/2-length victory.
Chris Baker has accepted the position of chief operating officer at Three Chimneys Farm, the Thoroughbred operation near Lexington announced Dec. 21.
Outsider Elusive Gold scored a 28-1 shock when upsetting a star-studded field by a head Dec. 21 in the Grand Premier Cape Guineas (SAf-I) at Kenilworth.
Photographer Chad Harmon, who won the WinStar StableMates Saratoga Challenge, shares photos from his visit to WinStar Farm on December 20, 2013. View Slideshow
Calder Casino & Race Course on Dec. 20 released its 2014 stakes schedule through July 5, when it will hold the annual Summit of Speed with four graded sprint stakes.
Grade I winner Monba was represented by his first winner as a stallion when Percy Jackson won the the third race at Penn National Race Course Dec. 20.
Jockey Fernando De La Cruz won four more races at Tampa Bay Downs Dec. 20, giving him 20 wins from 48 mounts in the first seven days of the meet.
Santa Anita Park, with the approval of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, will reduce the takeout on its Daily Double wager to 18% during the upcoming season, and will offer the bet three times daily.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners is sponsoring no-cost mobile mammography screening services to women Dec. 27 at Turfway Park as part of a charitable partnership with the regional affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
City Wolf, a half brother to top North American sires Ghostzapper and City Zip, has joined the rapidly-growing stallion roster at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla., near Ocala, Joe and Helen Barbazon announced.
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Few Japanese runners in international competition have been more impressive than Lord Kanaloa, who won 13 of 19 starts overall.
Trainer Kathy Ritvo will be feted at the NETWA annual awards dinner in July, when jockey Tammi Piermarini and Richard Sheehan Jr., DVM, will also be among the honorees.
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Your horse is itchy. You find patches of missing hair on his sides and shoulders. There are gaps in his mane, holes in his tail. Sweet itch? It could be. But then again, maybe not. Belgian researchers say the only way to be sure that your horse is affected by sweet itch is to evaluate him using a confirmed diagnostic test for the disease.
Trainer Jane Cibelli, who recently completed a 60-day suspension for a medication violation at Tampa Bay Downs, won her first race of the season at Gulfstream Park Dec. 19 after getting permission to race.
Multiple graded stakes winner Mission Approved, winner of the 2011 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT), has retired from racing.
OwnerView, a website and information resource developed by The Jockey Club and TOBA to assist both current and prospective owners, will host a national two-day ownership conference in October 2014 at Keeneland.
The finish line is in sight for Betfair Hollywood Park, which attracted 112 entrants for its final program Dec. 22 consisting of 11 races.
Bourbon Courage, fourth in the Clark Handicap (gr. I), takes on Csaba and Neck 'n Neck in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes Dec. 22 prep for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
With a deadline fast approaching, Ohio racetracks and horsemen's groups indicated Dec. 19 they are close to having definite deals on the percentage of video lottery terminal revenue that will go to purses.
Owner Willis Horton isn't in a hurry to make a deal for likely 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge, and hasn't signed stud contracts or partnership agreements for the chestnut son of Unbridled's Song, he said Dec. 19.
Tommy and Wyndee Eastham announced Dec. 19 that they have relaunched Legacy Bloodstock, the Lexington, Ky.-based Thoroughbred sales agency that Tommy Eastham co-owned with former partner Mark Toothaker.
The Ohio State Racing Commission Dec. 19 postponed granting a new racetrack gaming facility a 2014 racing permit because its owners have decided not to have pari-mutuel clerks for live or simulcast racing.
After 15 years of fighting to pay the bills, Priscilla Clark, president of Tranquility Farm, is in the process of downsizing her model horse retirement operation and relocating to Northern California.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Dania Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds. watch video
The measure provides that horses running in allowance optional claiming races for a claim price of at least $25,000 will be eligible for money added to purses from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.
Woodbine's 131-day meet produced all-sources per card wagering of $3,095,872, a 6.41% increase over the $2,909,394 recorded in 2012.
Canterbury Park officials announced a 2014 stakes schedule Dec. 19 that includes 24 races with purses totaling more than $1.8 million.
The American Gaming Association announced Dec. 17 that Churchill Downs Inc. will join about 13 other top gaming industry companies on the AGA board of directors.
New York racetrack Finger Lakes has launched an advance deposit wagering site, FingerLakesBonusBets.com. The site will offer phone and Internet wagering powered by eBet Technologies.
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Dean Trennepohl and Dan Hanlin have acquired Storms Eye and Europe to stand at their Bare Foot Farms near Bennington, Ind.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela resumes riding at Santa Anita Park when it opens on Dec. 26 after taking some time off due to an illness.
Flashback, favored in each of his five career starts, figures to be the choice again when he runs in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park on opening day of the winter meet Dec. 26.
Trainer Chad Brown will saddle two promising juveniles in Plueven, a two-time stakes winner in France making his U.S. debut, and impressive first-out winner Request in the Dania Beach Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 21 at Gulfstream.
The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California unanimously voted to appoint owner William Strauss to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of Dennis Cardoza.
Palace, who became a graded stakes winner in his most recent start, heads a field of six sprinters entered in the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap, which will be contested at six furlongs Dec. 21 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In his first two-turn start, undefeated Samraat extinguished any doubts about his ability to handle route racing with a scintillating 16 3/4-length score in Damon Runyon Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds Dec. 18.
Here's a follow-up look at racing statistics of juveniles involved in the furosemide observational study results released Dec. 16 by Breeders' Cup from this year's World Championships and two California-bred stakes.
A 20-foot long monument within the garden paddock at Betfair Hollywood Park that marks the burial place of the great Native Diver will be moved, along with his remains, to Del Mar in the next few weeks.
Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, discusses his insights and thoughts on the older male and older female divisions.
Becky Thomas and Joe McMahon announced that multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales will stand at Sequel Stallions near Hudson, N.Y. His 2014 fee will be $6,500 stands and nurses.
Paced by Novellist, Christoph Berglar has won the third annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeder of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and Breeders' Cup World Championships.
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