Timing can mean everything, and in the case of the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga, it could result in a long-awaited grade I victory for Unrivaled Belle.
A legal challenge to stop the current Aqueduct casino bidding process and award the contract to a previous bidder was tossed out by a New York state judge July 29, said state officials who were in the courtroom.
The Last Meow is scheduled to be offered during the select yearling sale's second session Aug. 3.
A Pennsylvania horse trainer was charged July 28 with trying to rig races at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course by injecting horses with performance-enhancing drugs.
Charles Fipke's homebred Perfect Shirl, a maiden when the summer began, notched her third consecutive win and made a successful stakes debut when taking the Lake George (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies July 28 at Saratoga.
The star-studded Diana (gr. IT), set for July 31 at Saratoga, includes multiple grade I winners Proviso and Forever Together, as well as Phola and Maram.
Richard Pell's Fly Down, who turned in a huge effort in the Belmont Stakes last out in his grade I debut, returns as the horse to beat in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 31 at Saratoga.
Fasig-Tipton officials have spiced up the latest edition of the Saratoga select yearling sale with more international flavor in the pedigrees of the horses that are cataloged.
Pleasant Prince, making his first start since the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), is the 6-5 morning line favorite for the $100,000 Ohio Derby (gr. III) at Thistledown July 31.
A near-record number of 3-year-olds were nominated to the Aug. 7 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Informed Decision, the 2009 Eclipse Award winner as top female sprinter, won her first race beyond seven furlongs, and first around two turns, July 27 in the $100,000 Windward Stakes at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
For the first time, Fasig-Tipton is offering video clips of yearlings cataloged for this year's Saratoga select yearling sale on its website.
In an effort to raise money for The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York, the groups have organized a basketball game between members of the Saratoga jockey colony and New York horsemen.
Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky will face off against Derby winner Super Saver in Sunday's Haskell
The New York Racing Association has suspended nine stakes and reduced purses for 12 others during its fall meets at Belmont Park and Aqueduct.
A group of creditors involved in the NYCOTB bankruptcy proceeding has suggested a number of changes, including a 1% surcharge on wagers, according to a June document.
Quality Road, the top older male in training, continued preparations for the Aug. 7 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) with what trainer Todd Pletcher termed a "spectacular" five-furlong move.
Fly Down, the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up, tuned up for Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) with a bullet half-mile move July 26 under jockey Jose Lezcano.
Dr. Chris H. Runde, chairman of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, has been selected to receive the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association's 2010 Distinguished Veterinarian Award.
Trappe Shot and Uptowncharlybrown worked in New York the morning of July 26 in preparation for the $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 1.
Jockey Craig Gibbs remained in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on July 26, two days after being injured at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association conduct a pedigree and conformation clinic on Monday, Aug. 2 and a Thoroughbred ownership seminar on Thursday, Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Jockey Javier Castellano got off to a blazing start July 25 at Saratoga Race Course, sweeping the early Pick 4 en route to five consecutive wins on the card.
Overlooked Maybesomaybenot took the lead from the inside post for jockey Julien Leparoux and never looked back, springing a 9-1 surprise in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths July 25 at Saratoga.
On-track wagering was stable and overall handle declined slightly during the 57-day Belmont Park meet that concluded July 18.
Rachel Alexandra's trainer Steve Asmussen said that he and co-owner Jess Jackson would soon sit down to discuss what's next for the reigning Horse of the Year after her facile victory in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 24.
The two best 3-year-old fillies in the country, Blind Luck and Devil May Care, appear to be headed for a showdown in the Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 21.
Trainer Christophe Clement, a three-time winner of the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT), sends out 7-2 morning line favorite Strike It Rich for the 16th renewal of the $150,000 grass event at Saratoga July 28.
Jockey Craig Gibbs was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center late July 24 after being injured in a spill at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Rachel Alexandra did what the fans at Monmouth Park came to see her do -- win the $412,000 Lady's Secret. But it was not a walkover for the reigning Horse of the Year, as she was made to work by pacesetter Queen Martha.
Making her case as the best 3-year-old filly in the nation, Devil May Care dispatched five overmatched rivals in the Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, easily drawing away in the stretch for her third grade I victory
Acting upon the advice of the Delaware Racing Commission veterinarians, Delaware Park cancelled its live racing card July 24 due to the excessive heat in the area.
Connie and Michael, the 5-1 morning-line co-second choice in today's Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been scratched with an abscess on her right front foot.
Opening day ontrack handle was down 14.3% from the opening day of 2009.
Le Mi Geaux came from off the pace under Freddie Lenclud to pull a 9-1 upset in the $100,000 Schuylerville (gr. III), the first graded stakes of the Saratoga meet. She is the first stakes winner for her sire First Samurai.
Starting July 23 at Saratoga and continuing at Belmont Park and Aqueduct, the stewards' race-day decisions involving the official order of finish will be communicated via the simulcast feed and will also be posted to NYRA.com
Assistant trainer Scott Blasi is confident that Rachel Alexandra is progressing nicely during her 4-year-old campaign.
Boosted by a 20% increase in import simulcasting handle, Colonial Downs concluded its 40-day meet July 21 with a 13.2% increase in all-source wagering.
Dogwood Stable will send out a pair of juveniles for Saratoga's opening weekend Sanford Stakes (gr. II), including the only stakes winner, Lou Brissie.
Trainer Bob Baffert was less than enthused about the Del Mar track condition as Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over the Polytrack in the mist on the morning of July 21.
The top three finishers of the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), including winner Devil May Care, top a field of eight in a historic edition of the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 on opening weekend at Saratoga.
It's not the race most people would have anticipated for her, but reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will continue her 2010 campaign in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 24 at Monmouth Park.
Monmouth Park, which is conducting an experimental race meet with average daily purses of about $1 million, would be sold under a recommendation from an advisory committee appointed by New Jersey's governor.
Saratoga will kick off its 142nd meet with a stellar opening day card, highlighted by the $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies and the $75,000 James Marvin Stakes that drew a field of 10
Robin Scully's Clovelly Farms will disperse its stock at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The Lexington farm will sell approximately 35 head consisting of mares, weanlings, and racing stock.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's website, NTRA.com, will offer free, live video streaming of the July 24 Lady's Secret Stakes from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
Grade I winner and millionaire Macho Again has been retired from racing and sold for stallion duty to Haras Gran Derby in Venezuela.
Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Ramon Dominguez captured the trainer and jockey titles, respectively, during the Belmont Park spring/summer meet that ended July 18.
Paddy O'Prado, a son of El Prado, showed again his top turf form in the July 17 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT), brushing to the lead in the stretch and defeating Interactif.
Life At Ten earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) with her victory July 17 in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) at Delaware Park.
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