Pamela Blatz-Murff, who helped develop the Breeders' Cup into one of racing's more prestigious and successful events, has joined the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Bob Elliston, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd., will join Keeneland in the new position of vice president of racing and sales, effective Aug. 29, the Lexington track announced July 26.
Multiple graded-stakes winner Futural has died, reports Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
A pair of Kentucky-bred colts will square off for the second time in their careers July 26 in the £200,000 Qatar Vintage Stakes (Eng-II) for 2-year-olds at the Goodwood Festival.
Attorneys for two sides in the convoluted court battle over historical race wagering in Kentucky were in court again July 25, arguing whether the type machines in use at Kentucky Downs are in compliance with state regulations.
Jockey Corey Lanerie scored an unusual double July 23 at Ellis Park, where he won publicity races aboard a camel and an ostrich.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred filly Rachel's Valentina, who is out of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has been retired, Stonestreet announced via Twitter July 24.
Arturo Aparicio, an 18-year-old apprentice from Panama, landed his first and second wins in the United States July 17 at Ellis Park.
"Divine intervention in the nightcap," Ellis Park announcer Jimmy McNerney told the crowd after Blame Angel captured the eighth race July 22 by 2 3/4 lengths.
Seven-year-old gelding Ain't in No Hurry led most of the way in his first start ever to take Ellis Park's second race July 22 by three lengths in the field of $16,000 maiden claimers.
The first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes in 2017 at Gulfstream Park will carry grade I status.
Tom McCarthy, best known for training General Quarters, a former claimer who went on to win the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died July 21 after a battle with melanoma. He was 82.
Officials from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say they've found at least temporary homes for 15 of the 43 horses declared abandoned last month at a Mercer County farm and are working to find homes for the 28 horses that remain.
The free event will go from the starting gate to the barn of John Hancock, a third-generation trainer and starts at 7:30 a.m.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan has been selected to receive the inaugural Rood & Riddle Comeback Award from the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Midwest Region, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Thoroughbred Breeding, Mid-Atlantic Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
The Jockey Club July 20 noted that Reports of Mares Bred for the 2016 breeding season are due by Aug. 1.
A Kentucky Department of Agriculture council will consider changes to the law that would allow local officials to more quickly take possession of horses when they are determined to be abandoned.
Leading sire Tapit reached a significant milestone when his son Cupid won the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) the evening of June 16 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Northeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
The deadline for nominations for the new Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards is Aug. 1, officials said July 19.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Northeast Region, Thoroughbred Racing, Mid-Atlantic Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky
Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park will host automatic qualifying races for this year's Claiming Crown, which is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino established pari-mutuel handle and attendance records July 16, when it offered a 10-race program featuring the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II).
Dr. Naveed Chowhan finally acquired the filly Brooklynsway in November 2015, and she has rewarded him and trainer Bernie Flint with a solid 2016 campaign.
Cupid, whose last win came in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) in March, rebounded from two disappointing efforts to gut out a victory in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino the evening of July 16.
Grade I winner Gemologist was represented by his first winner July 16, when first-time starter Morganite captured the eighth race at Del Mar.
Mary and Gary West’s Family Tree picked up her second consecutive graded stakes victory July 16 with a handy score in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Freshman sire Dialed In gained his first black-type winner when Ruffenuff set the pace and won the $50,000 Princess Margaret Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths in her debut July 16 at Northlands Park.
In his first serious try at Del Mar, trainer Chris Hartman knows he's going to be a target in the hypercompetitive claiming game at the seaside racetrack, but he's ready for a fight.
A rules committee for horse racing's umbrella group of regulators, the Association of Racing Commissioners, failed to advance an industry-supported recommendation on expanded out-of-competition testing at its meeting July 14 in Seattle.
Grade I-winning freshman sire stood at Three Chimneys Farm, the longtime home of his sire, Dynaformer.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced July 13 grants totaling $535,851 have been awarded to 71 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA's mission.
There were no surprises July 19 when Fasig-Tipton kicked off the yearling season with its selected sale as the auction mirrored results seen at most North American sales the last two years.
A bay colt by Tapit from an active stakes-laden female family was bought by Cromwell Bloodstock for $450,000, becoming the second-highest priced purchase at the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearling sale.
A beautiful son of Curlin lit up the bid board at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale when he was purchased by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds for $475,000.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners went to $235,000 to purchase a filly from the first crop of Violence during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearling sale. The filly was consigned as Hip 61 by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Rise of Empire Maker and his sons and grandsons is good for Cherokee Run as a broodmare sire.
The list of horses to watch during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale July 12 in Lexington is topped by the only two yearlings in the auction by leading sire Tapit.
The $1.6 million buyback of Donegal Moon and the $575,000 sale of grade I winner Stormy Lucy highlighted the Fasig-Tipton July horses of all ages sale that saw competitive bidding and solid numbers.
There was excitement at the Fasig-Tipton July selected sale of horses of racing age July 11 when grade III winner Donegal Moon was presented late in the evening, but he left the ring unsold after bidding reached $1.6 million.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy was purchased by SF Bloodstock for $575,000 in a private transaction after leaving the ring unsold at the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 in Lexington. The price is the highest at the auction.
Topped by the Storm Cat mare Kitness, the dispersal of horses owned by Elisabeth “Betty” Alexander’s Eutrophia Farm grossed $1,673,000 during the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale.
As the yearling sales season kicks off July 12 with the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected sale in Lexington, breeders and consignors will be watching to get an indication of the market.
Lexington newspaper features Blood-Horse as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in its Business Monday section.
The Fasig-Tipton selected horses of racing age sale that will be held for the fourth year has carved out a valuable niche within the equine sales marketplace in a short period of time.
Tom's Ready, winner of the Woody Stephen Stakes (gr. II) in June, will stand at Spendthrift Farm upon his retirement following an agreement with owner GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to the son of More Than Ready.
Godolphin homebred Moiety, who was a promising filly at 2 but suffered a setback, made her career debut July 8 at Arlington and delivered with a four-length win over five other 3-year-old fillies in a maiden special weight event.
The Factor was represented by his first winner July 9 when Senora Acero drove to a two-length triumph in the sixth race at Ellis Park.
Grade I winner Halo America died July 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky. At 26 she was euthanized because of declining health.
The task of identifying horses allegedly abandoned on a Central Kentucky farm continued this week, with The Jockey Club representatives taking DNA samples that have been sent to a laboratory for analysis.
If weanling price is an indication of how a particular horse sells as a yearling the following year, two offspring of first-crop sire Graydar should be in demand at the July 12 Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale in Lexington.
Presque Isle Downs juvenile victor Jay Wow became the first winner for Darby Dan Farm sire Jersey Town July 6.
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