With snow blanketing the ground and an arctic blast dropping temperatures to below freezing, Central Kentucky offered an apt setting for Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale that ushers in the 2017 sale season.
This month, TVG, America's Horse Racing network, will debut The Starting Gate, a new hour-long show that will air Saturday and Sunday mornings, providing a look at the horse racing industry, emerging prospects, current stars, and personalities.
The 2017 auction season kicks off Jan. 9, with the five-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, which has 1,893 horses cataloged.
This week's Look Back feature recalls Swale's easy victory in the 1984 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park, his 3-year-old debut.
The Kentucky state veterinarian's office has imposed an embargo on horses from any Louisiana track or training center from entering any Kentucky track or training center.
WinStar Farm's Carpe Diem, a grade 1 winner at both 2 and 3, sired his first reported foal on New Year's Day when a colt was born Sunday at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla.
The first reported foal from the initial crop by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born at Brookdale Farm early morning Jan. 3, the family-run operation announced.
Following Royal Inheritance's impressive maiden win last month at Aqueduct Racetrack, owner Joseph Bulger decided it was an opportune time to sell the Regal Ransom filly who has been supplemented to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Before the close of 2016, owner/breeder Ken Ramsey had hoped to see his name among the top three leading breeders in North America.
Darley's position as the third-leading North American breeder by earnings doesn't give the full picture of how strong the 2016 racing year was for the international operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Darby Dan Farm's freshman sire Dialed In held onto the title of leading North American first-crop sire, which he claimed after moving past Lane End's Union Rags in late November.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Lexington for the 2017 season where he will stand for $7,500.
Godolphin broodmare Cara Rafaela, the dam of Darley stallion Bernardini, has been euthanized due to the infirmities of old age according to a Dec. 30 release from Darley. She was 23.
Six years ago Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm began implementing a plan to purposefully increase the scope and quality of both its broodmare band and its stallion roster.
Trainer Paul McGee earned the 1,000th victory of his career Dec. 29 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when well-regarded juvenile December Seven posted a four-length victory in the seventh race, an allowance-optional claiming event.
One of the favorite memories evoked around bucolic Mill Ridge Farm is the tale of Begum, a daughter from the first crop of the legendary Alydar who was given a chance by the farm's founder Alice Chandler to overcome odds previously not tackled.
Champion and classic winner Nyquist, who is set to stand his first season at Darley in 2017, is currently recovering at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute after undergoing successful colic surgery Dec. 22.
Bill Mooney, the award-winning turf writer who ranks among Thoroughbred racing’s premier historians, has been recognized by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and the Kentucky Senate for his contributions to the horse industry.
The National HBPA Foundation and HBPA state affiliates are rallying to assist trainer Eric Reed and his wife, owner Kay Reed, after 23 horses in their care were killed in an early-morning barn fire Sunday.
Longtime owner Clifford Grum, the former publisher of Fortune magazine, died Dec. 19 in Lufkin, Texas.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced the launch of the Kentucky Initiative. Hallway Feeds, Hinkle Farms, the Keeneland Association, and Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services have joined as founding partners
Lexington plans to add staff to its 911 operation following a Dec. 18 barn fire at trainer Eric Reed's Mercury Equine Center training facility that claimed the lives of 23 Thoroughbreds.
Mickey and Karen Taylor were at Seattle Slew's side in his final years at Three Chimneys Farm, and paid gratitude to Dr. George Bagby, who invented the Bagby Basket and operated on Slew, giving him quality time late in life.
Eric Reed keeps hoping at some point he will awaken to find that the events of early Dec. 18, in which 23 horses died during a fire at his training center, did not happen and that it was all a nightmare.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region, Southwest Region, West Region
Turfway Park, Parx Racing, and Portland Meadows all cancelled their entire race cards Dec. 18 cards because of inclement weather.
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that Jill Byrne, director of programming and broadcasting at Churchill Downs will host the 27th Annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration to be held Saturday, January 7.
Kentucky Downs has renamed a major stakes event on its racing calendar to honor 2016 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tourist.
In the first week of entries for the Thoroughbred Makeover applications from 231 trainers representing 256 horses were received, according to the Retired Racehorse Project.
Retired equine veterinarian Brent Kelley, who also wrote or contributed to a number of books on horses and animals, died Dec. 11 in Bourbon County, Ky. He was 75.
Old Friends at Kentucky Downs has two new Thoroughbred residents who promise to be fan favorites: multiple stakes-winner Good Lord, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, and Monmouth Park's 2014 grade III Iselin winner Balance of Power.
Mohaymen is set to return to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's barn in the next couple months for a 2017 campaign—a comeback his connections hope comes complete with a return to form.
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Kentucky, Bloodstock & Markets
Graded stakes winner Lady Shipman, an Eclipse Award finalist in 2015 for champion female sprinter, has been retired to Taylor Made Farm and will be bred to Coolmore Stud stallion Uncle Mo in 2017.
The New York Racing Association announced Dec. 14 that NYRA Bets is now available in Kentucky, and will become available in Virginia on New Year's Day for residents 18-years-and older.
Services have been planned for former Churchill Downs racetrack president Steve Sexton, who died Dec. 12 at age 57 from brain cancer.
As 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic adjusts to his new life at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., the farm's founder Michael Blowen is already planning the next group of arrivals from Japan.
Steve Sexton, who served as president of Churchill Downs racetrack from 2002-09, died Dec. 12 according to family and friends.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region, Southeast Region, West Region, Southwest Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America.
Firing Line, who won the 2015 Sunland Derby (gr. III) by 14 1/4 lengths and was runner-up to American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will enter stud at Crestwood Farm near Lexington in 2017.
Ward, husband of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission equine medical director Mary Scollay, had worked as a jockey valet at racetracks in Illinois, Louisiana, and Florida.
Corey Johnsen, president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, will give the keynote address at the National HBPA's 2017 convention March 8-11 at Las Vegas' South Point Hotel and Casino.
John Ortiz earned his first training win Dec. 7 when Julie Burke guided Red Charm to victory in the fifth race at Turfway Park.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian’s lengthy battle to overturn Kentucky regulations that restrict when and where a horse can run after being claimed in the state has hit the end of the road following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of his petition.
Retired Racehorse Project announced Dec. 7 the opening of trainer applications for the 2017 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover.
Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech, announces that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services.
A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,892 horses for its 2017 January horses of all ages sale, to be held Jan. 9-13 in Lexington.
BloodHorse and Weatherbys announced today they have jointly developed a free Global Stallions app that is now available for Apple and Android phones and tablets.
Retired classic winning trainer and former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission John Ward has joined the Water, Hay, and Oats Alliance, which supports federal intervention to bring about national uniformity in medication policy.
College students with an interest in racing surfaces could find a steppingstone into the industry through new internships being offered.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution.
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