A request by management and horsemen at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to reduce the number of live racing days for 2015 has renewed a discussion about the future of West Virginia Thoroughbred racing.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome has been selected to receive the 2014 Secretariat Vox Populi Award.
You’re rounding the corner toward a big blue oxer, hoping your horse will clear it right out of stride. All you’re thinking is, “Jump, buddy, jump!” But all your horse is thinking is, “Is that a … jump? Or another horse? Or … Man, I wish I had some glasses!”
Two Chicago-area harness tracks with the same ownership voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection Dec. 24 "to ensure continued operations," officials said.
The sport of kings in Great Britain is trying to become less elitist by breaking down knowledge barriers, with racing terminology being explained on big screens at courses.
The $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), Northern California's official Kentucky Derby prep, headlines the stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
The offices of Blood-Horse Publications will be closed Dec. 24-25. There will be no daily e-newsletters sent for Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.
Dortmund, winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and early favorite for the 2015 classics, was an oversized youngster who was difficult to get sold, according to breeder Emilie Fojan.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the game plan at this time for Take Charge Brandi, leading contender for champion 2-year-old filly honors, includes the Longines Kentucky Oaks and none of the Triple Crown preps.
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Millionaire grade I winner Kiri's Clown, a resident of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, was euthanized Dec. 22 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington due to complications following colic surgery.
The Ohio Thoroughbred Racing Fund, now fully supported by revenue from racetrack video lottery terminals, will almost double to more than $5 million in 2015.
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A few intriguing maidens are part of a full field of 12 entered for the $125,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 27 at Laurel Park.
Dads Caps, winless in five starts since winning the biggest race of his career in the Carter Handicap (gr. I) last spring, has been installed the 124-pound co-highweight for the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct.
BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open houses and stallion shows for the 2015 breeding season. These open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.
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Jockey Martin Pedroza and trainer Richard Baltas will face a meeting with the stewards after reported verbal and physical confrontations at Los Alamitos Race Course Sunday, Dec. 21.
While plenty of connections would gladly take the 2014 season turned in by sprinter Secret Circle, the two-time Breeders' Cup winner on Dec. 27 will look to address the "0" currently listed in the win column for this year.
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A deep and competitive field of 12 fillies and mares have been entered for the Dec. 27 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf on opening weekend at Santa Anita Park.
New York regulators have preliminarily adopted a new system of minimum penalties for multiple equine drug violations, similar to a point-type system that states have in place for motor vehicle drivers.
Grade I winner Don't Tell Sophia, the most accomplished older female runner based at Oaklawn Park the past two years, arrived Dec. 21 and is scheduled to work this weekend in preparation for her 2015 debut.
Handsome Mike, a two-time graded stakes-winning millionaire by Scat Daddy, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season for $4,000 at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which has a new purse payout structure, again highlights the stakes schedule at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for 2015.
England's Goodwood Racecourse has announced a 10-year partnership with Qatar that will result in more than £2 million invested in prize money for eight key races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2015.
The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has announced the creation of the Jeffrey D. Thornbury, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Bob Baffert will take four shots at champion Shared Belief in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the featured event as Santa Anita Park kicks off its 2014-15 winter/spring meet the day after Christmas.
A two-time graded stakes winner earlier this year at Santa Anita Park, Awesome Baby will put her speed to the test when she returns to action in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day Dec. 26 at the Arcadia track.
Los Alamitos Race Course ended a successful first winter Thoroughbred meet Dec. 21, averaging $5,640,866 in daily total combined mutuel handle during the 12-day stand, and showing a sizable gain in wagering out of state.
After a rare loss last time out, California-bred Red Outlaw will try to get back to his winning ways in the $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out Divine Oath, a close-up third in the Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, in the $100,000 W. L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Fresh off of a victory in last month's Kenny Noe Jr. Stakes, Speechify will be the one to beat in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 from Gulfstream Park.
Stakes winners My Magician, Miss Bullistic, and Sara Rocks are among 13 entered for the $125,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship for state-breds Dec. 26 at Laurel Park.
Christophe Clement is enjoying the best year of his career since going out on his own in 1991 with almost $9 million in purse earnings, including a first victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Tonalist.
Danon Platina wrapped up Japan's champion 2-year-old male honors when capturing the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (Jpn-I) by three lengths Dec. 21 at Hanshin.
High Chaparral, a two-time U.S. champion, dual European classic winner, and prominent sire, has died in his native Ireland at age 15.
Veteran trainer James DiVito posted the 1,000th win of his career Dec. 20 when Jazzy Sun prevailed in the eighth race at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Gulfstream Park is beginning a large and quick project to build stalls with the goal of resolving a potential "homeless horses" crisis in South Florida.
Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by a slim margin as he nipped Firing Line and Mr. Z in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
Jockey Robby Albarado and trainer Steve Asmussen teamed for a four-win day Dec. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Leading Laurel Park jockey Trevor McCarthy sustained a broken right wrist when he was unseated after his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the second race Dec. 20.
Brilliant 3-year-old Act of War justified his status as longtime favorite for the Grand Parade Cape Guineas (SAf-I) when scoring an authoritative win Dec. 20 at Kenilworth.
The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well in advance of the race.
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track.
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale, set for Jan. 28-29, is now available on the OBS website.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5.
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in :49 flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II).
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015.
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