After defeating males in her most recent start in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, Evita Argentina headlines a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland April 8.
Adele Dilschneider's Terrain put in his final major move for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Keeneland on April 4 with exercise rider Keith Harris up.
A federal jury in Frankfort, Ky., convicted Thoroughbred owners William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham April 3 of scamming their clients out of nearly $95 million in a diet-drug settlement.
Confirming Bill Mott's suspicions that he was a natural turf horse, Darley Stable's Stormalory came from off the pace to take the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania (gr. IIIT), the opening day feature at Keeneland on April 3.
In what has been a tough, grin-and-bear-it kind of year for sellers of 2-year-olds, Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock got a break from the bad news April 2 in Lexington. A son of Songandaprayer, which Dapple had purchased for $110,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Easter Fall yearling sale, turned in the fastest work at an eighth of a mile during the under tack show for the Keeneland juvenile auction. The dark bay or brown colt covered the distance in :9 4/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack surface.
This is a list of horses to keep an eye on during the April 6 first session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
This is a list of horses to keep an eye on during the April 7 second session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington:
Turfway Park ended its 2009 winter/spring meet with double-digit declines in handle and purses paid, and a significant drop in field size compared to the same period in 2008. The 2009 meet began Jan. 1 and ended April 2.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Churchill Downs will be the first U.S. racetrack reviewed by an inspection team as part of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance accreditation process. The inspection visit will begin Monday, April 6.
Theophilus Irvin Jr., the first black man hired by the Kentucky State Racing Commission, died March 31 in Lexington.
Weekend in Indy, dam of graded stakes winners Any Given Saturday and Bohemian Lady, died in mid-January from foaling complications.
Vallenzeri set a world Thoroughbred auction record last year as a $7.7-million buy-back at the Keeneland September yearling sale. He's back at Keeneland trying to find a new home again, this time as Hip No. 22 in the April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Saarland, who was one of the top 2-year-olds of 2001, died March 11 because of injuries suffered after running into a feeder.
Irish group winner Mingun was represented by his first winner when his initial starter, his juvenile son Coo Cachoo, won April 2 at Santa Anita.
Adele Dilschneider's Terrain, runner-up in last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), is scheduled for a five-furlong work on April 4 in preparation for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) according to trainer Al Stall Jr .
Churchill Downs and Mattel have announced release of the Kentucky Derby Barbie Doll in conjunction with the 135th Run for the Roses.
Got Koko, a grade I winner for Aase Headley and Paul Leung and a broodmare for Jess Jackson's Stonestreet operation, died from foaling complications.
Ridden in TheStars, dam of 2005 TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Silver Train, was found dead in her paddock at Joe Mulholland Sr.'s Mulholland Farm near Georgetown, Ky.
The Kentucky fall yearling sale is back on this year's Fasig-Tipton calendar after the auction firm's officials announced in mid-March that it had been canceled.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 1 that it will conduct a New Owner Seminar April 30 at the Kentucky Derby Museum, in Louisville, Ky.
Bert Welker has joined Kitty Taylor's Warrendale Sales as a bloodstock associate. He previously was the general manager at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Churchill Downs will ask the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for permission to hold three night programs under temporary lights during its upcoming spring meet.
Although champion Stardom Bound is the clear choice for the April 4 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) opening weekend at Keeneland, the daughter of Tapit has her work cut out of for her when facing an accomplished field of eight other females looking to secure a spot in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Friesan Fire, whose Louisiana Derby (gr. II) romp cemented his status as one of the leading Triple Crown contenders, will most likely not have another race before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones said April 1.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said he has been proactive in his support of expanded gambling to assist horse racing and breeding, and the "continued tough economy may further underscore that effort."
Champion Stardom Bound is scheduled to run in the April 4 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, but her half-brother by Roman Ruler won't be offered during the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
HRTV will provide live coverage of Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is scheduled for April 6 and 7 in Lexington. Sessions begin each evening at 7 p.m. (EDT).
Snow Dance, who won or placed in a dozen graded turf stakes, was euthanized March 28 after undergoing colic surgery several days earlier.
Some of the 3-year-olds entered in the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania (gr. IIIT) made brief stops on the Triple Crown trail and are now switching gears. Others began their careers on dirt but have recently found success on turf. Whatever the individual case may be, it has made for an interesting field of eight in Keeneland's feature race April 3, which is opening day of the Lexington racetrack's 15-day spring meet.
The 85th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), one of the most prestigious races leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be run April 11 during Keeneland's 2009 spring race meeting.
Keeneland officials announced March 31 that, for the first time, wagering on the track's upcoming spring race meeting will be available on all major North American betting platforms.
Jockey Alan Garcia, whose most recent stakes win came aboard Godolphin Stables' Regal Ransom in the March 29 UAE Derby (UAE-II), will spend the spring meet at Keeneland in Lexington for the first time in his career, agent Tony Micaleff said March 31.
Champion Stardom Bound and Hooh Why have put in their final works for the April 4 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.
Alysheba, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year, was euthanized March 27 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.
Churchill Downs Inc. has moved to protect its interest in joint ventures with bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp. by joining in a flurry of objections filed recently in a Delaware federal court.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 27 the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute more than $18.7 million in awards for 2008.
Keeneland has announced that post time for the first race will be 1:05 p.m. (ET) during its April 3-24 spring meet. Post time has previously been 1:10 p.m.
Sky Mesa, who was hoped to be back breeding around March 20 after two operations related to colic, remains on the sidelines at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
After 12 years of sponsoring the Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, William S. Farish's Lane's End has relinquished its support of the $500,000 event. The 1 1/16-mile Futurity for 2-year-olds is run in early October and had been sponsored by the farm since 1997.
Eastern tent caterpillars have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, and their population numbers are trending up, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has reported.
Jockey Victor Lebron, the leading rider at Turfway Park for the ongoing winter-spring season, will undergo surgery March 27 to repair two fractured bones and tissue damage incurred in a racing accident on March 21 at the Florence, Ky. track.
The vocation "author" can now be added to the resume of James E. "Ted" Bassett III, who served Keeneland for more than 40 years as president, chairman of the board, and trustee.
Storm Mesa, a grade II-winning daughter of Sky Mesa, has been retired from racing because of a fractured sesamoid in her right front leg.
Perfect Drift, the gelding who earned more than $4 million and finished third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on March 24 and become a seasonal resident at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.
To celebrate this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the new Oldham Country Public Library in La Grange, Ky. near Louisville will host an equine-themed, nationally touring exhibit April 13-May 18.
Lil E. Tee, who won the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at odds of 16-1, was euthanized March 18 at Old Frankfort Stud in Kentucky at age 20.
WinStar Farm's homebred Hold Me Back overcame a poor break to win the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park in his first start of 2009 for trainer Bill Mott March 21.
Hot Cha Cha, a 9-1 outsider making her stakes debut, seized the lead from favored Fitz Just Right leaving the eighth pole and drew away to a romping six-length win in the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 21.
Jockey Victor Lebron sustained a sprained right ankle after he fell from his mount in the third race at Turfway Park on March 21. The diagnosis, made following a trip St. Luke Hospital in West Florence, Ky., was good news for the leading rider at Turfway, who feared the injury was more serious.
Perennial leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will be joined by first-time honorees in trainer Mike Maker and jockey Victor Lebron when Kentucky Thoroughbred Media (KTM) honors the winners of its 19th annual leading owner, trainer, and jockey awards.
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