The first day of turf works for the upcoming spring meet at Keeneland brought out a contingent of horses from trainer Wesley Ward's barn March 31, headed by two Breeders' Cup winners.
Two-time grade I winner Stopchargingmaria is scheduled to make her 2015 debut April 4 in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) on the opening weekend card at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington.
Churchill Downs Racetrack announced March 31 that track superintendent David Lehr will retire from that post, effective May 31, and will be succeeded by assistant track superintendent James "Jamie" Richardson.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) runner-up Luck of the Kitten will try to start his 3-year-old season on the right foot when he faces a large field in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Racing at Keeneland's 15-day spring meet will be broadcast live on national television, local radio networks, and Keeneland.com as part of wide-ranging coverage for race fans.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager's final pool closed March 29 with champion American Pharoah the slight 5-1 favorite and unbeaten Dortmund a close second choice at 6-1.
Materiality came out of his win in the Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 in good order, trainer Todd Pletcher said March 29, and if all goes well the colt will be in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 2.
Mubtaahij drew off to an easy victory in the $2 million Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (UAE-II) Saturday, March 28 at Meydan and punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Champion Groupie Doll delivered her first foal on March 5, about a week before her original March 11 due date. The colt was rushed immediately to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
Keeneland begins its 2015 spring meet April 3 with the first two days of its 15-day stand anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes(gr. I), which moves up a week as part of a richer, re-ordered stakes calendar.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Handicapping, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
The lengthy dispute that has kept members of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative from offering wagering on racetracks represented by Monarch Content Management has ended, an official confirmed March 27.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is progressing well since he returned to tack-walking, but the chestnut gelding will require 30 more days in his recovery from a non-displaced fracture before he can go to the track.
The "Fillies & Lilies Party," one of Kentucky Derby week's new social happenings, has named the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund as the event's charity beneficiary for 2015.
Smart Strike, a two-time champion sire in North America, was euthanized March 25 at Lane's End Farm near Lexington after succumbing to a case of laminitis. He was 23.
New security measures will be employed for horses participating in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), Keeneland announced March 25.
"If you don't do it (again), they're right there to say, 'This guy can do better.' That's the way it goes," said Nick Zito, who will saddle Quimet in the March 28 Florida Derby (gr. I) and Frammento in the Blue Grass (gr. I).
Despite delays in the turnaround of equine drug test results in 2014, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, March 23, opted to extend its agreement with LGC Science to be its testing lab.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, March 23, approved changes that will allow more flexibility in the use of Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund purse money generated by wagering on historical races.
Trainer Tevis McCauley will have to answer to multiple charges, including allegations of "milkshaking" and medication rule violations, following an investigation by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff.
Pin Oak Stable rides a hot streak with two graded stakes winners this month, a $950,000 sale 2-year-old by sire Broken Vow, and general manager Clifford Barry-bred Florida Derby (gr. I) hopeful Itsaknockout.
Martha McCauley Miller, wife of the late Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, died March 22 at 91. Her husband died in December 2010.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission March 23 approved a regulation that would permit the state's racetracks to card races that would prohibit the administration of furosemide within 24 hours of post time.
In April Kentucky Downs plans to change its current historical racing machines, currently the Cella family's Instant Racing games, to a new player in the market called Encore Gaming.
The late nomination period for this year's Triple Crown ends March 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Thereafter, 3-year-olds can be made eligible only through supplemental nomination fees.
Don't Leave Me rolled down the center of the track past front-running favorites Sweet Success and Sharla Rae and won the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.
Dubai Sky collected his fourth straight victory and second straight stakes with an impressive win in the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is considering a proposal that would permit the state's racetracks to card races that would prohibit the administration of furosemide within 24 hours of post time.
Carrie Brogden's Back Flip, a viral video star as a newborn foal in 2012, will try to move forward in the March 21 Pure Romance Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park.
WinStar Farm's Royal Son, who already has a solid victory on Turfway's Polytrack surface, drew the rail and most likely will be favored to capture the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21.
The Pure Romance Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park is a 100-proof handicapping challenge with a full field of 3-year-old fillies going a mile on Polytrack.
Castleton Lyons has announced the three finalists for the ninth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award that will be presented April 15 at the farm near Lexington.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red has been taken off the trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear March 17 signed into law a bill that will erase the state tax for on-track pari-mutuel handle on live races at Keeneland during the two days of the Breeders' Cup Oct.30-31.
Danny Parkerson, a former Churchill Downs Racetrack general manager and Churchill Downs Inc. senior vice president, died March 13 following an illness. He was 72.
Legendary Turf writer subject in first Keeneland Library Lecture Series this year.
With field size an issue as winter turns to spring, two racetracks located about 45 minutes apart are reinforcing policies designed to keep horses on the grounds.
The people and horses who make Kentucky home for the winter racing season continued to make a good go of it, and this year has been particularly positive from a business standpoint.
Multiple grade I winner and sire Ogygian, the oldest resident at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., died March 14 because of complications from colic. The son of Damascus was 32.
Beholder, the two-time champion and six-time grade I winner, went out for an easy six furlongs in 1:14 March 13, still preparing for a likely appearance in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.
As the Ohio State Racing Commission begins a comprehensive review of its medication rules and examines the National Uniform Medication Program, it has a hired a longtime veterinarian to consult on policies and procedures.
The Jockey Club has released equine race fatality year-over-year statistics comparing 2013 and 2014 and a six-year summary of statistics collected from the Equine Injury Database.
Alchaasibiyeh, who set a world record when she sold for $3.75 million at the 1984 Keeneland July selected yearling sale, died at age 32 Thursday, March 12, at Elizabeth Mateo's Premier Sporthorses farm in Alpharetta, Ga.
A new license plate option for Kentucky drivers, featuring a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew, has been unveiled by the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation.
While it's difficult to determine if their efforts are making much of a dent in illegal bookmaking in the U.S., federal law enforcement officials have been busy the past few years prosecuting these sports wagering operations.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 12 that Steve Koch has been named executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career, but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony. Read Feature
The story, written by Tom LaMarra, told the tale of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day's personal journey to faith throughout his riding career. It is the third award-winning longform feature produced by Blood-Horse.
The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,100,500 to fund research in 2015, including 10 new projects, seven second-year projects, and two career development awards.
Common Hope, the dam of recent Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Shared Belief, produced a filly by Victory Gallop March 10 at Sancal Racing at Elmendorf Farm near Lexington.
The North American Racing Academy and the North Lexington Family YMCA are partnering in a pilot program for student jockeys who need help getting in shape for the vigorous jockey training school.
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