Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4.
Seven graded stakes winners will face off in the First Lady at Keeneland, with plenty of speedy fillies and mares perhaps setting the race up for a closer.
With a clean trip, Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will be tough to beat as part of a 12-horse field in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Stonestreet Stables' Atreides, winner of his first three starts by a combined 25 3/4 lengths, will make his first start around two turns in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds the evening of Oct. 4.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman, winner of the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland earlier this year, returns to the Lexington track for the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4.
Recent grade II winners Stonetastic and R Free Roll top a solid field of fillies and mares entered in the Oct. 4 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) that is part of Keeneland's opening weekend stakes extravaganza.
A conflict over 2015 dates' requests for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs arose Sept. 30 when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's dates committee held the first of several meetings to consider the state's calendar.
Keeneland earned its seventh Simulcast Award for production excellence Sept. 30 at the International Simulcast Conference in Delray Beach, Fla.
A colt by U.S. champion and Central Kentucky sire Big Brown sold in Australia for the highest price at the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2-year-olds in training sale Sept. 30.
Mike McCarty's Lemon Drop Dream tops a field of eight sprinters in the 162nd running of the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III) Oct. 3, opening day of Keeneland's fall meet.
Stonestreet Farm owner Barbara R. Banke and prominent horseman Ben Haggin have been chosen as the newest members of Keeneland's advisory board of directors.
Graded stakes winner Fiftyshadesofgold, last year's Texas champion 2-year-old filly, has been retired from racing with an injury, Valor Farm announced Sept. 30.
Two-time grade I winner Stopchargingmaria will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, owner Mike Repole said Sept. 30.
Rosalind, who finished in a dead-heat for first in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) last spring, will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 3 in Lexington.
The second September meet at Churchill Downs since it began hosting the dates previously held by Turfway Park produced a 16.15% decline in wagering and a 13.5% drop in purses.
Two of three distinguished veterinarians being honored by the Thoroughbred Club of American, Dr. Larry Bramlage and Dr. Gary Lavin, addressed medication use in racehorses during their acceptance speeches.
Churchill Downs concluded its 12-day meeting Sept. 28 with ties for the jockey and trainer titles and Ken and Sarah Ramsey extending their record as leading owners.
Cigar Street returned to his winning ways when he easily held off favored Departing to take the $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart took command out of the gate before cruising unchallenged through the stretch to capture the $110,000 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) on the turf Sept. 27 at Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Downs, which just wrapped up its 2014 meet with record pari-mutuel handle and average field size in excess of 10 horses per race, will request two additional racing days for September 2015.
Multiple graded stakes winner Daytona is the latest addition to the roster of Thoroughbreds at the Old Friends retirement center in Georgetown, Ky.
Keeneland has cataloged 4,026 horses for its 2014 November breeding stock sale, up 11.7% from the 3,602 lots in last year's auction.
Kentucky Downs closed out its highly successful 2014 live racing season Wednesday, Sept. 24, and the track established new records for wagering handle and starters per race during the five race-date season.
White Rose and Angel Terrace each won divisions of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon Stakes on closing day for the five-day 2014 meet at the unique Franklin, Ky. track Sept. 24.
The illustrious Stonestreet Farms broodmare band gained two more celebrities with the announcement Sept. 24 that two of their star fillies, My Miss Aurelia and Dreaming of Julia, have been retired.
Two-time Eclipse Award winner will be consigned by Spendthrift to the Nov. 3 Fasig-Tipton November sale, three days after defending her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The top-selling horse the first day of the Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale was a colt from the first crop of Central Kentucky stallion Twirling Candy.
Three Chimneys Farm has purchased a 50% interest in Palace Malice and the multiple grade I winner could go back into training in 2015, according to an announcement from Dogwood president Cot Campbell.
Two-time Horse of the Year worked five furlongs on the turf Sept. 23 in 1:01.20.
Airdrie Stud will offer 2012 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can in foal to leading sire Tapit at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale Nov. 3.
Fasig-Tipton will catalog 1,236 yearlings for the three-day October sale at its Kentucky headquarters in Lexington. The three continuous sessions from Oct. 20-22, each with equal numbers, will get under way at 10 a.m. (EDT).
Aaron Jones, who enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses, and in the sales ring, died Sept. 22 at his Eugene, Ore., home.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart is unbeaten in two turf starts at a mile this year and will bid for his first graded stakes win in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) Sept. 27 going that distance on the Churchill Downs lawn.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing and Michael Langford's Carve, both based at Churchill Downs, are among six entered in the $125,000 Homecoming Classic at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 27 at the Kentucky racetrack.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte will appear at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 24, to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.
Donald L. Snellings, the former yearling manager at Spendthrift Farm, died Sept. 18 in Lexington at age 81.
Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, has been retired and will take up stud duty at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The colt has a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory apparatus.
King of Prussia Stable announced that four-time grade I winner Princess of Sylmar will be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as a broodmare prospect at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Monday, Nov. 3.
The Keeneland September yearling sale ended Sept. 21 with slight declines in gross and average but equaled last year's $50,000 record for median in a market roughly level with that of 2013.
Jockey Jon Court, who suffered a broken right hand May 3 in the final race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Day, hopes to return to race riding at the track Sept. 26.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou took charge at the quarter pole and romped away to her first graded stakes victory in the $112,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 20 at Churchill Downs.
Keeneland September's 12th day saw losses, but the sale overall remains on track to beat last year's average and median.
For his first start back from Europe after a fourth-place finish in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I), grade III winner Undrafted will try the European-style turf course at Kentucky Downs.
Strong 11th session Sept. 19 at the Keeneland September yearling sale kept the auction on pace to produce higher overall average and median.
After hitting the gate at the start, Rimsky was soon in command and romped to a five-length win in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park Sept. 19 to become the first winner for grade I winner Line of David.
Theresa C. Fitzgerald, who was a valuable resource to owners, breeders, fans, and writers during her 15-year tenure as librarian at Blood-Horse Publications, died Sept. 13 in Versailles, Ky., at age 87.
Shadwell Estate Company announced Sept. 19 that South African-based sire Muhtafal has been retired from stud duties at age 22.
Thomas P. Harbut, an accomplished horseman and the son of Man o' War's groom, died Sept. 15 in Lexington at age 94.
Street Cry, Darley's leading sire whose progeny included Zenyatta and classic winner Street Sense, has been euthanized after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The son of Machiavellian was 16.
Seven yearlings brought $200,000 or more Sept. 16 at the Keeneland September sale's eighth session as the first week's momentum seemed to carry over into the later market.
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