In a civil suit filed Nov. 26 in a state court in Miami, Hialeah Park is seeking to take control of administration of its purse account from the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man breezed three furlongs at Gulfstream Park early the morning of Dec. 7, marking his first workout since capturing the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2.
- By Tom LaMarra
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Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
Owner Ray Struder fell in love with Landaluce back in 1982. He wants to extend her legacy by winning the Dec. 7 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) with his Rosalind.
Jockey Fernando De La Cruz earned the 1,000th win of his career as he picked up a pair of victories at Tampa Bay Downs Dec. 4.
- By Eric Mitchell
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Hialeah Park has begun its fifth consecutive Quarter Horse racing season and is preparing for a year in which it might have its biggest chance yet to regain a Thoroughbred racing license.
The first major event of the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet will take place Dec. 7 with the Claiming Crown, a collection of eight stakes races worth a total of $1 million.
Millions Turf Preview Stakes winner Bad Debt shares co-highweight assignment with Philly Ace in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 7 at Calder, a race Philly Ace won in 2012 in his last start.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man will return to competition in 2014 with a goal of defending his title in the $5 million race he won Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, according to his connections.
Angelica Zapata will try to register fourth straight stakes victory and first career graded stakes win when she faces a full field of fillies and mares in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap Dec. 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course
Csaba returns to graded stakes company for the first time since this summer in a title defense of the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Dec 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 3 the promotion of Maureen Adams to president and general manager of Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The winter racing season officially arrives in the Miami area Nov. 30 when Gulfstream Park begins what it is calling the "Champions Meet" for 2013-14.
Apriority, winless in 12 starts since taking the Mr. Prospector Stakes Dec. 31, 2011, returned to the winner's circle Nov. 24 after a five-length victory in a $41,500 optional claiming allowance test at Gulfstream Park.
Robert Masterson's Tepin picked an opportune moment for her first stakes score, as the 2-year-old filly ran down favorite Badnah for a facile victory in the $500,000 Delta Princess Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs Nov. 23.
Eclipse Award champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Big Drama heads HallMarc Stallion's 2014 roster.
The annual Jockeys' Guild Assembly will be held Jan. 27-28, 2014, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla.
Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., announced the addition of Rattlesnake Bridge, Doctor Chit, and Archwarrior, to their stallion roster for 2014.
Northwest Stud near Ocala, Fl. has announced its stud fees for the 2014 breeding season, including the latest stallion to join its rapidly-growing roster, grade I winner Turbo Compressor.
Grade II winner Miss Behaviour will try to add to her resume, and her owner's pocketbook, when she starts in the lucrative Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Nov. 23.
After rolling to victory in the Street Sense Stakes Oct. 27 at Churchill Downs, Coastline will make his graded stakes debut in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23.
Joe and Helen Barbazon announced the arrival of four additional stallions at their newly formed Pleasant Acres Stallions near Morriston, Fl., along with the 2014 stud fees for the roster, which now numbers six.
- By Frank Angst
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Regulators and racing leaders are taking a close look at facilities such as the Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy in Texas, which offers products with names such as Equine Growth Hormone, Game Changer, and Tourniquet.
Magomet Kappushev, who once trained and rode horses for Russian President Vladimir Putin, finished second in the first race at Gulfstream Park Nov. 11 in his U.S. debut.
Mordi's Miracle posted an upset in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park Nov. 9, but his three-length triumph could hardly be termed a miracle.
Calder Casino & Race Course is planning a mid-December move of its poker room from its racing building to its casino building, perhaps in an effort to increase revenue.
Glen Hill Farm's dual grade I winner Marketing Mix, fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, has been retired.
Woodford Thoroughbreds will stand first-year stallions Soldat for $5,000 and Currency Swap for $3,500.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association Nov. 6 elected officers and outlined its strategy for 2014.
P.J. Campo, who served as vice president and director of racing for the New York Racing Association, has taken a job as vice president of racing with The Stronach Group.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man returned to his Gulfstream Park base just before noon Nov. 6 following a cross-country flight from Southern California.
Florida lawmakers should ensure the racing and breeding industry has the tools to compete in a competitive gambling market, the executive director of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association said Nov. 4.
Team Valor International said its recent private purchase Mexikoma, who rallied well to finish a close-up sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 2, is headed to Florida to prepare for his 3-year-old season.
Cool Coal Man, a grade II-winning son of Mineshaft, will stand the 2014 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.
High Cotton will remain at $7,500 stands and nurses, while new stallion Prospective still stand for $5,000.
Alphabet Soup and Touch Gold have both returned to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Paris, Ky., where they will stand in 2014. Both stallions had stood the last three breeding seasons at McMahon of Saratoga.
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Calder Hall of Fame trainer Bill White achieved the milestone 2,000th career victory when his horse Determinato crossed the finish line in the $50,000 Kaiser Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 26.
Dance With Fate, a $120,000 graduate of the OBS April Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training by Larry Zap and trainer Peter Eurton, will seek his first stakes victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 2.
Gil Campbell's homebred Scandalous Act, who swept the three-race Florida Stallion Series races for fillies, worked a half-mile in :51 4/5 at Calder Oct. 25 in preparation of the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Brethren and Winslow Homer are new to the Central Florida farm's 13-stallion roster.
About 100 representatives of the southeast Florida horse industry took their "Horse Racing Keeps Florida Running!" message to an Oct. 23 public workshop on possible changes in pari-mutuel and gaming laws.
Champagne Stakes winner Havana, undefeated in his first two starts for Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith, is one of six 2-year-olds in training sale graduates pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Prospective, Malibu Moon's grade II-winning earner of $719,130, has been retired from racing and will stand at J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud in Florida for the 2014 breeding season.
Racing will resume in the Miami area Oct. 25, with Calder Casino & Race Course saying it will keep sending its live and imported signals to Gulfstream Park rather than joining Gulfstream in a cross-town simulcast blackout.
Fasig-Tipton will conduct the Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training for 2014 at Adena Springs South in Williston, near Ocala on March 24, 2014, with the under-tack show scheduled for March 21.
Fred High, making his third attempt in the rich West Virginia Breeders' Classic Stakes, upended previous winners Russell Road and Lucy's Bob Boy to post a mild upset at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 19.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo is expected to be out of action at Gulfstream Park for 90 days, according to agent Cliff Collier.
Pensioned broodmare Wheatly Way, dam of grade I winner Bevo, died Oct. 17 at Joclyn Helmbrecht's Echo Lane in Ocala, Fla.
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