Champion racemare takes next step of expected big campaign March 12 in Florida.
More than five years after the race that led the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to sanction its then-chief steward John Veitch, legal proceedings continue.
If all goes as planned, Santa Anita Park will have a new turf course when the Breeders' Cup arrives later this year.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Kentucky, Breeders' Cup
Northern Spur, champion grass horse of 1995, died earlier this month at a New York farm following a bout with colic. An Irish-bred son of Sadler's Wells, Northern Spur was 25.
Victor Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita's highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
Santa Anita Park plans a complete overhaul of its turf course, and officials will meet Feb. 25 to decide details and timing of the plan.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland last year fueled double-digit tourism growth in Lexington in 2015, VisitLEX said Feb. 17.
After beating the boys last time out in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the 5-year-old Bernstein mare handled her own division with exactly the kind of dominance trainer Mark Casse was seeking in her season debut.
Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 12 that Drew Fleming has been named to the new position of senior vice president, development and administration.
Looking to launch a campaign that could include another run at the boys at Keeneland in the Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) this spring, trainer Mark Casse has entered Tepin in the Feb. 13 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, the champion female sprinter of 2015, has been retired from racing and will be bred later this year to top sire Medaglia d'Oro.
The 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned to the worktab with a four-furlong breeze in :52 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 28 and is gearing up for a 2016 racing campaign.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky
In record-setting fashion, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah secured the Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year honor Jan. 26.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said American Pharoah, the newly minted World's Best Racehorse, brought fans back to the sport.
Gulch, champion sprinter of 1988, was euthanized the morning of Jan. 17 because of complications of cancer at Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup
When Zayat Stables finally broke through with a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win with American Pharoah, it proved worth the wait, as he delivered U.S. racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
American Pharoah's win in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to land the first Triple Crown in 37 years was named the 2015 National Thoroughbred Racing Association "Moment of the Year."
- By Evan Hammonds
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Southeast Region, Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup
With the 45th Eclipse Awards taking place Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park, it's remarkable the changes in the event--and coverage--since the inaugural "Winners Circle" dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in 1972.
He had new co-owners and new silks, but California Chrome got his mojo back with a powerful victory in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, his first start off a nine-month layoff.
Lady Sheila Stable's multiple graded stakes winner La Verdad turned the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack into a cakewalk Jan. 9, and will have another start before being bred to Medaglia d'Oro.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Southeast Region, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a finalist in the Horse of the Year and 3-year-old male categories for the 2015 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.
Scott Serio has won the 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his photograph of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah working out on the Keeneland training track in preparation for last year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
This is a fifth Eclipse Award for Rees, who retired in November after 34 years with the Courier-Journal.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah established a single season record for earnings in 2015 while his owner, Zayat Stables LLC, finished the year as the leading owner by earnings.
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Dec. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, culminating in his breathtaking victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) that ended a 37-year drought, was honored Dec. 24 as the "Sports Story of the Year" by AP.
Randall Lowe's turf sprint specialist will move from Kathleen O'Connell's barn to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Voting for 2015 NTRA Moment of the Year is underway via Twitter through Jan. 3, 2016.
More than $110,000 was pledged by Thoroughbred owners and trainers during New Vocations' annual Breeders' Cup Pledge fund-raiser.
Multiple grade I-winning mare remains on owner-breeder Harold Queen's Ocala farm while trainer David Fawkes awaits word on whether she will race at 6 or be retired to the breeding shed.
America's Best Racing, a multi-media fan development platform initiated and funded by The Jockey Club, and Breeders' Cup Limited have expanded their multi-year cross-promotional marketing agreement.
Runhappy, winner of two grade I sprints this year, will attempt a third Dec. 26 in Santa Anita Park's Malibu Stakes. The Super Saver colt breezed seven furlongs Dec. 15 at the California track.
Breeders' Cup and NBC Sports Group Dec. 14 announced a three-year renewal of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series the two groups introduced in 2014, televising 16 of the best series races from top U.S. racetracks.
Eschewing an online poll that favored Triple Crown winner American Pharoah as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 2015, editors of the magazine went with tennis star Serena Williams.
American Pharoah, who earlier this year became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, won the online readers' poll for the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award for 2015.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.
With one more month remaining in 2015, pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. races is up less than a percentage point compared with the first 11 months of 2014 but purses are down 1.68%.
Good Friends Stable's multiple grade I winner Private Zone will get some rest and relaxation before commencing a 2016 campaign, co-owner and racing manager Rene Douglas said Dec. 1.
Dressed in Hermes and Manhattan Dan, who raced 1-2 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) before fading, head the one-mile Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, works Nov. 25 at Keeneland toward a start in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Oblivious to a lawsuit and controversy between his connections and former trainer, James McIngvale's Runhappy is on track for the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
The Breeders' Cup on Nov. 17 released final handle figures from this year's World Championships, showing a 2.4% decline in all-sources wagering during the Oct. 30-31 event at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington.
Javier Castellano, who has secured the past two Eclipse Awards as outstanding rider, eclipsed his own single-season earnings mark Nov. 15, ending the day with purse earnings of $26,237,639.
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