Breeders' Cup Ltd. and Keeneland Association joined forces Aug. 18 for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money to fight ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more widely called "Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association restated its strong support for the continued use of Lasix (furosemide, also commonly called Salix) at its summer convention Aug.15-17 in Oklahoma City.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders have elected officers and members of the board of directors.
Dunkirk, the leading North American freshman sire by earnings last year, has been purchased by the Japan Race Horse Agency and will stand at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido starting in 2015.
After a 2014 season that saw him add a pair of group I placings on turf to his resume, grade I winner Verrazano has been retired. The 2013 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner will stand at Ashford Stud.
One of the most prominent races of the upcoming Kentucky Downs meeting has been renamed the More Than Ready Mile after the internationally successful stallion standing at WinStar Farm.
Achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 22 states and Canada will be honored at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual National Awards Dinner.
Larry Collmus, who took over the race calling duties at Churchill Downs earlier this year, is moving on to succeed Tom Durkin as the announcer for the New York Racing Association.
The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America is seeking nominations for the 12th annual White Horse Award.
Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan took to a class drop and eked out a victory Aug. 9 in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III), staving off the late run of Tapit's World to claim the Ellis Park test by a head.
John Mayer and sons Griffin and Walker enjoyed success at Fasig-Tipton's recent Saratoga select sale with a small consignment from the family's historic Kentucky farm.
Growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia that have seen Russia call for an embargo of U.S. agricultural products has sale officials at Keeneland concerned.
The Breeders' Cup announced that registration is now open for the sixth Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, which will be held at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31-Nov 1.
Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron, and Randy Romero, as well as active riders Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel will be at Kentucky Downs for "Hall of Fame Day" Sept. 10.
Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables have entered into a partnership on Thoroughbreds developed by Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu operation, one of North America's top racing and broodmare outfits in recent years.
Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host its second annual golf tournament Oct. 1 at Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington Ky., with a portion of the proceeds from the event benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY, has announced the release of the History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds, by sports journalist and photographer Rick Capone.
After spending his life around horses, Jess Lester Malen died in the city that calls itself the Horse Capital of the World. A retired jockey and trainer, Malen, 93, originally from Nebraska City, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 3.
Delta Princess, the dam of champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Aug. 5 due to a degenerative stifle condition according to a release from Adena Springs.
Javier Barajas, a veteran trackman with international experience managing dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, has been named track superintendent for Keeneland, officials at the Lexington oval announced Aug. 5.
Silver Springs Farm, located on Brentsville Rd. near Paris, Ky., was recently purchased by Steve and Shelley Johnson of Midway, Ky.
Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan, a lackluster fifth in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) last time out, will try to add a second graded win to her record Aug. 9 in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park.
Bertha Cochran Wright was the widow of Warren Wright Jr., whose father started Calumet Farm. She was an avid horsewoman and provided active support of many local charities.
She's a Tiger, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, has been retired and will be offered for sale in the fall at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.
Hard Spun, one of an elite group of stallions to sire at least two grade I winners in North America in 2014, will return to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2015 breeding season after a successful season in Japan.
Despite an increase in racing days during the first six months of this year, total pari-mutuel handle at Churchill Downs, Inc.-owned tracks fell 9.7%, from $1.06 billion in 2013, to $958.3 million.
Keeneland officials announced July 31 that 4,181 yearlings have been cataloged for the 70th annual Keeneland September yearling sale to be held Sept. 8-21.
Sizzling Quatorze, a first-out winner by 7 3/4 lengths at Delaware Park, is the first reported for first-crop sire Concord Point.
Second-crop sire Einstein (Spend a Buck--Gay Charm, by Ghadeer) will move to Adena Springs Kentucky to Adena Springs Canada for the 2015 breeding season.
Churchill Downs Inc. on July 31 became the 24th racetrack entity in the United States to commit to making a contribution to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.
Garden Secrets, the dam of Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Forest Secrets and a half sister to Hall of Famer Silverbulletday, was euthanized July 22 at Glenary Farm near Frankfort, Ky.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported July 30 that the track and casino company had record second quarter net revenues of $303.7 million, up 7% over the $283.6 million figure for the same period a year ago.
Churchill Downs is finalizing a five-year contract to manage the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and another casino in Colorado owned by Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. CDI is pursuing a 25% equity stake in Saratoga Harness Racing.
Equibase Company announced July 29 the launch of a redesigned equibase.com website that features a multi-homepage concept with user-chosen pathways for new/casual fans, regular visitors, and seasoned handicappers.
Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm, announced the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) will carry a $1 million purse for its 29th running Saturday, Oct. 4.
Shanghai Bobby, the undefeated 2-year-old champion male of 2012, will stand the 2014 and 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons Brazil.
Calumet Farm has appointed Ken Wilkins as its new director of the farm's stallion division, effective immediately. Among Wilkins' initial tasks will be to expand Calumet's stallion roster.
Keeneland Association is apparently delaying its plans to offer historical racing at a new 40,000-square foot facility that was scheduled to open in July 2015.
Keeneland has begun installation of the dirt racing surface on its main track, the final step in the renovation project that is on schedule for completion next month in advance of the fall meeting.
Shanon Nicole, owned and bred by Connie Apostelos, benefited from a quick early pace to rally and capture the $205,200 Indiana Grand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Race Course July 23.
The second September meet in the 140-year history of Churchill Downs will offer eight stakes races with total purses of $925,000 during a 12-day run.
Stallion War Chant will permanently move to Yarradale Stud in western Australia, the farm said July 22. He has stood at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky and has shuttled to Yarradale for three years.
Veterinarians Larry R. Bramlage, Edward H. Fallon, and A. Gary Lavin have been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as Honored Guests.
Spendthrift Farm's Temple City was represented by his first winner when Jusgimmetenminutes won the first race at Arapahoe Park July 20.
Closing in on the 47th running of the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), Medal Count put in another solid breeze at Churchill Downs July 19.
Three Breeders' Cup board of director seats will be filled following two run-off elections being held July 21-22. The elections will fill a pair of four-year seats and a seat with a one-year term.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a plan to distribute an additional $1 million in purse money from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund in 2014 and 2015.
Attendees who register by Aug. 15 for the inaugural Thoroughbred Owner Conference in Lexington will receive an iPad mini as a bonus upon arrival at the Oct. 13-16 event.
Mucho Macho Man, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old son of Macho Uno will stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky.
Fasig-Tipton's July yearling sale opens the yearling auction season with mixed figures and a $550,000 sale-topper, a Cowboy Cal half brother to Hoppertunity and three-quarters brother to Executiveprivilege.
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