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.
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.
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.
The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has announced the creation of the Jeffrey D. Thornbury, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Travis Stone, race caller at Monmouth Park in 2014, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs and will be the voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented the Special Eclipse Award at ceremonies Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Ed Musselman's litigation against Churchill Downs Inc. involving backstretch access has come to an end after the Indian Charlie publisher and the track owner on Dec. 16 jointly agreed to a voluntary dismissal.
The departure of the executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project is apparently related to changes in staffing and expenditures as it refocuses its efforts away from trying to get legalized casino gambling.
Four horse industry veterans will share their experiences as part of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association's second annual educational symposium Feb. 3.
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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Dec. 17 that James G. "Jimmy" Bell, president and racing manager of Darley America, has been elected as president of the organization.
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A provision that retroactively extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses was passed by the United States Senate late Dec. 16.
Stratton is the daughter of Lane's End owners William S. and Sarah Farish. A memorial service will be held Dec. 18 in Houston.
Churchill Downs Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Big Fish Games (Big Fish), one of the world's largest producers and distributors of mobile and online games.
Calumet Farm has set the 2015 stud fees for its roster of stallions, including regional and foreign-based sires.
Several provisions that impact the horse industry, including maintaining a ban on horse slaughter, were included in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Dec. 13.
Breeders' Cup Ltd. has filed suit against a New Jersey-based air charter company, claiming the firm breached a contract under which it was to transport attendees back to Lexington following this year's races.
John J. Brunetti Sr.'s Red Oak Farm is relocating 10 of its best broodmares to Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, the Florida farm announced Dec. 10, and also plans changes to its racing operation.
Anne M. Eberhardt catches up with Wise Dan at Charlie and Amy LoPresti's barn at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. read blog
Recovering from a minor non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of his right front fetlock, Wise Dan has been powering along down the shedrow -- and trainer Charlie Lopresti fully expects him to run in 2015.
A memorial service was set for Dec. 9 for trainer David Banks, who died Dec. 6 after collapsing during training hours at Evangeline Training Center Carencro, La.
The Keeneland library has acquired the collection of prominent Southern California equine photographer Katey Barrett. The material includes about 12,000 color slides, as well as print photographs and programs.
Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will shift from Central Kentucky to stand in 2015 at Frank Stronach's newly reopened Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Keeneland will run the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes a week earlier on the schedule beginning next season and increase the purse to $1 million for its major Triple Crown prep race.
As expected, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other involved parties will appeal a Franklin Circuit Court's decision last month to order the reinstatement, with back pay, of former chief state steward John Veitch.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project's board is no longer supporting casino legislation in the Bluegrass state, but will support Instant Racing, a gaming form that has proven successful at two Kentucky tracks.
The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation have announced that the sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held July 8 in Lexington.
U S Ranger, the 10-year-old Danzig sire and former champion sprinter in Europe, has been sold and relocated to Rancho San Miguel Farm near San Miguel, CA to stand for the 2015 breeding season.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,610 horses for its 57th January Horses of All Ages sale Jan. 12-15, 2015. The January Sale is noted for its robust trade in high-quality racing and broodmare prospects and short yearlings.
Tom Durkin will host the Thoroughbred Charities of America's 25th annual Select Stallion Season Auction to be held Jan. 10 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington.
Co-owners Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys released a plan Dec. 3 to have Palace Malice target five races in 2015, culminating with a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Keeneland has moved closer toward launching historical race wagering both in Lexington with harness track partner The Red Mile and on a planned new Quarter Horse track in the Corbin, Ky. area.
The state cabinet that oversees the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission likely will appeal a circuit court judge's ruling that former Kentucky chief steward John Veitch was improperly dismissed in November 2011.
Champion Silver Charm was bright-eyed and settling in well at Old Friends Farm Dec. 2 following a long journey home to Kentucky from Japan.
Vertiformer, a multiple graded stakes-placed 7-year-old old horse, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Poplar Creek Horse Center in Ohio.
Churchill Downs wrapped up 2014 with a double-digit decline in all-sources wagering during the 24-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 30.
WinStar Farm stallion Fast Bullet had to be euthanized early Dec. 2 due to complications from colic. He was 6.
Historical race wagering at two Kentucky racetracks registered healthy increases in October versus the same month in 2013, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Officials at Turfway Park, which begins its four-month run of live racing Dec. 1, are hoping response at the entry box for the first two programs continues through December and into next year.
Daily purses were up 9.2% for Churchill Downs' weather-shortened fall meet, which concluded Nov. 30.
Two horses from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Dortmund and American Pharoah, paced the individual selections Nov. 30 as the first pool for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) concluded.
West Coast Belle kept her record perfect in three career starts for owners Gary and Mary West when coming from off the pace to take the $230,400 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir went to the front and kept on going Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs, just holding off Imperia to win the $233,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) by a head.
The date for Old Friends' open house to welcome Silver Charm has been changed from Monday, Dec. 1 to the following day.
As Churchill Downs' fall meet nears conclusion, veteran jockey Jon Court is sitting comfortably among the leaders, not bad for a rider expected to be out of action much longer after suffering serious damage to his right hand.
Hoppertunity made the most of his chance to finally run at Churchill Downs, grinding out his greatest career victory Nov. 28 in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
Willis Horton's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Delta Princess (gr. III) winner Take Charge Brandi and Zayat Stables LLC's Delta Jackpot (gr. III) runner-up Mr. Z both to have one more start in 2014.
A circuit court judge has ruled John Veitch, the former chief state steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, was improperly dismissed from his position in November 2011 and has ordered him reinstated with back wages.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Frivolous stalked the early pace before taking over in the stretch and held off 9-10 favorite Don't Tell Sophia to win the $222,600 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.
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