Defending champion Saratoga Snacks takes on eight fellow New York-breds Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, the main feature on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races were granted permission Oct. 15 to reduce live racing dates for the final months of 2014.
The owner of Colonial Downs said Oct. 15 the racetrack has withdrawn its request for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing for 2015, as well as a request to have a new horsemen's group.
Normandy Invasion, the talented but trouble-prone Fox Hill Farms runner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has fractured a sesamoid, according to owner Rick Porter.
After three narrow losses in grade I turf events on East Coast this summer, hard-trying gelding is poised to turn the tables in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
A pair of top 3-year-olds working toward Breeders' Cup starts delivered workouts on opposite sides of the country Monday, Oct. 13, as classic winner Tonalist and grade I winner Bayern completed Columbus Day workouts.
Front-running La Tia, under extreme pressure in the final sixteenth from the onrushing Byrama and Overheard, rebuffed her challengers for a neck victory in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Belmont.
Favored Passion for Action, making his stakes debut, kicked clear in the drive for an impressive 3 1/4-length win in the $223,966 Cup and Saucer Stakes for 2-year-old Canadian-breds on the Woodbine turf Oct. 12.
The stallion Offlee Wild, who this year stood at Pin Oak Lane Farm in Pennsylvania, has been sold to Turkish interests, Murat Sancal of Sancal Racing in Lexington said Oct. 11.
Walter Swinburn's Legendary (GB) attended the pace in the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) and kicked clear to hold off 2-1 favorite Up With the Birds Oct. 11 at Belmont Park, collecting his first graded score.
The Meadowlands Racetrack has canceled its six-race Thoroughbred card on the turf scheduled for the night of Saturday, Oct. 11 due to heavy rains across New Jersey the night before and into Saturday morning.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Oct. 10 the addition of Richard W. Palmer, Daisy Phipps Pulito, and Beverly R. Steinman to its board of trustees.
Jay Em Ess Stable raced the filly By the Light, who earned almost $900,000. Now a broodmare, By the Light produced By the Moon, the first homebred grade I winner for the stable.
In a movie, Belle Gallantey's rags to riches 2014 season would end with a victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), but in real life her connections are taking time before committing to the race.
For every big-name contender expected to arrive at the Breeders' Cup World Championships every season, there are several whose connections agonize over the decision to send them there.
Embattled trainer Doug O'Neill has been handed an additional 45-day suspension in California for violating terms of an earlier agreement with the state's racing board.
Swynford Stakes winner Conquest Boogaloo will stretch out to a route for the first time when he faces an expected 10 other Canadian-bred juveniles in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes Oct. 12 at Woodbine.
Coming off a victory in the Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) in her U.S. debut, George Bolton and Peter Leidel's Annecdote tops a solid field of 12 older fillies and mares entered in the Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT).
A request by Suffolk Downs that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reconsider its decision to award its Boston area casino license to Wynn Resorts didn't get out of the starting gate at a public hearing Oct. 9.
Santa Anita Park and the New York Racing Association announced an all-new $2 wager called the "Belmont/Santa Anita Cross-Country Double," which will link Belmont Park's final race each day to a selected race at Santa Anita.
Racing Hall of Fame member Cigar, whose 16-race win streak from 1994-96 included victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died at age 24 Oct. 7 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
Multiple grade III winner Za Approval will try to win a second straight edition of the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) when he starts in the 1 1/8-mile turf race Oct. 11 at Belmont Park.
Officials at Monmouth Park broke ground the morning of Oct. 8 on a new 7,500-seat amphitheater, set to debut in 2015.
A weanling colt from the first crop of Shackleford was the standout on the second and final day of the reformatted Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga fall sale Oct. 7 and brought the auction's overall highest price of $150,000.
The first session of the reformatted Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale Oct. 6 saw a Curlin filly and an Elusive Quality mare sell for the highest price of $60,000.
The New England horsemen who are attempting to lease the recently closed Suffolk Downs and bring back live racing next year will be represented by a new board of directors of their chapter of the HBPA.
Euro Charline, winner of the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) this summer, will miss the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 11 at Keeneland after developing lameness in her right hind ankle.
With impressive win in Mazarine Stakes, 2-year-old filly now among the favorites for Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining (by Ghostzapper), rallied past Evrybdymstgetstonz to win the six-furlong Matron Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
Odds-on choice Conquest Harlanate used a ground-saving trip under Patrick Husbands to post an authoritative victory in the $179,264 Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 5 for her second graded stakes win in a row at Woodbine.
International Star closed with a rush to overtake favored Conquest Titan approaching the wire for victory in the Grey Stakes (Can-III), his first stakes win, Oct. 5 at Woodbine.
Eased just off the pace in the turn by red-hot jockey John Velazquez, Blofeld then rallied along the rail to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
Carl Gambardella, the all-time leading rider in New England, hadn't been back to Suffolk Downs in four years but wanted to be on hand for the last day of the meet, as it is slated to be the 79-year-old track's last.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' favored Ring Weekend withstood an inquiry to win the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4.
Good Luck Gus took the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes, securing his first stakes score for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Favored Daredevil cruised to victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Belmont Park Oct. 4, handing trainer Todd Pletcher his third consecutive win in the prestigious race.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
The owner of Colonial Downs said the Virginia racetrack and its network of off-track betting parlors will close Nov. 1 if the Virginia Racing Commission doesn't approve its plan for live Thoroughbred racing in 2015.
Alpha, a son of leading sire and fellow Darley stallion Bernardini -- and the first horse to win both the Travers and the Woodward in nearly 15 years -- has been retired to Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in New York.
Stuart Slagle, currently racing secretary at Hastings Racecourse, has been named new Thoroughbred racing secretary at Woodbine, effective Nov. 10.
Owner-breeder Jon S. Kelly and Stronach Group executive Mike Rogers have been named to the board of trustees of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
West Point founder Terry Finley is running for New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president against two-term incumbent Rick Violette Jr.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, regularly a dominant force in New York's 2-year-old landscape, sends out Paris Bikini as the favorite in the $200,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
The board of directors of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario Division has unanimously approved a reduction of fees for our consignors, to help reestablish the annual winter mixed sale Nov. 29.
With multiple entries in both the Grey and Mazarine (both Can-III) stakes, trainer Mark Casse is a strong threat to sweep both juvenile events Oct. 5 on the Woodbine Polytrack.
Grade III winner Cinco Charlie is the only horse with stakes credentials in compact field for the six-furlong Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 5.
The New York State Gaming Commission has levied suspensions and fines for trainers Doug O'Neill and Bruce Levine after horses in their barns tested positive in post-race tests for prohibited substances.
A national event promoting second careers for Thoroughbreds, being held at Pimlico Oct. 3-5, will feature an interactive "American Idol"-type competition being streamed live on BloodHorse.com.
Mary Eddy, 16, and Kayla Urbasik, 14, were co-winners in the Thoroughbred Charities of America's second annual essay contest.
Rockville Centre Stakes winner Bustin It heads a field of nine for the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes.
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