A large increase in entries to more than 1,200 horses has prompted Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. to expand its June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age to four days.
Apprentice jockey Jean Pierre Vallellanes guided Ricardo Romo's El Cowboy to victory April 27 in the second race at Calder Casino & Race Course for his first career win.
Itsmyluckyday, runner-up in the 2013 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) early in his 3-year-old season, rolled to an authoritative victory April 26 in a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. closed out its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training with gusto April 24, establishing sale records for gross, average, and median price for the second straight year.
- By Frank Angst
- Racing, Breeding, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Louisville classic since Decidedly in 1962, but six other Derby hopefuls were also foaled outside of Kentucky.
The Pioneerof the Nile colt breezed three furlongs in a swift :34.41 before galloping out four furlongs in :45 3/5 at Gulfstream Park April 24.
A pair of regally-bred colts by Curlin and Bernardini garnered the most attention at the third session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 23, each selling for $700,000.
While preparing 2013 Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Itsmyluckyday for a start in the $75,000 Best of the Rest Stakes to be run April 26 at Gulfstream, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. revisited last year's Triple Crown experience.
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stakeholders in Florida said they are united in backing the National Uniform Medication Program, but its fate lies with the state legislature.
A son of Tapit topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale April 22 on a bid of $725,000 from Mike Repole.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly are close to an agreement under which Gulfstream would lease Calder's racing operations and the two tracks would stop their head to head weekend racing.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s marathon four-day spring sale of 2-year-olds in training hustled out of the blocks April 21 in Ocala, Fla.
The American Graded Stakes Committee has reinstated the grade III status of the 2014 Miami Mile Handicap at Calder.
Wildcat Red, working a half-mile at Gulfstream Park the morning of April 20, was reunited with jockey Luis Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s four-day spring sale, the largest offering of 2-year-olds in training at public auction each season, is expected to once again produce a number of stakes winners from a catalog of more than 1,200.
Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito took charge at the three-sixteenths pole and held off Midnight Cello and Csaba to win the $100,000 Miami Mile Handicap April 19 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince has sustained an injury to his left front ankle and will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said April 19.
A colt by Speightstown posted the fastest quarter mile breeze April 18, stopping the timer in :20 3/5 during the fourth and final session of the under tack preview for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale.
The fastest time for a quarter mile in three days of under tack previews was posted by a bay colt by Harlan's Holiday who breezed in :20 3/5 April 17 for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale at Ocala Training Center.
Three juveniles each sped an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5 to share honors for the fastest time at the distance during the second under tack preview for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds April 16.
"Now, more than ever, we as track operators, horsemen, and regulators must come together to do everything we can to prevent any abuse of our Thoroughbred athletes," Stronach said.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano has been tabbed to ride Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), becoming the sixth jockey employed by trainer Jose Garoffalo in the colt's past six starts.
A quartet of fillies topped the breeze tab at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., April 15 during the first of four under-tack previews for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Waterford Stable's Summer Front will try to win the Miami Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT) for a second straight year when the 5-year-old son of War Front faces an expected 13 rivals in the April 19 race.
Establish racing and breeding organizations in Florida are united in opposition to a new Ocala-area Quarter Horse track it contends has several safety issues and only is concerned about offer poker and full-card simulcasts.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition announced April 14 a partnership with Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
Undefeated Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution returned to work for trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows Training Center April 13, along with We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday.
Kiaran McLaughlin was able to breathe a sigh of relief the morning of April 13 with Cairo Prince ranked 20th on the qualifying list for the Kentucky Derby after the final two major preps a day earlier.
Jockey Jose Gutierrez registered his 1,000th North American win April 11 when he guided Sharp Tongue to victory in a maiden claiming race at Calder Casino & Race Course.
A rare triple dead heat for victory was recorded in the fifth race on the April 11 night program at Evangeline Downs when the win photo showed the noses of all three horses hit the wire at the same time.
The National HBPA said April 11 it supports changes made by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in regard to uniform medication regulations.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training is set for four days, beginning Tuesday, April 15, and continuing through Friday, April 18.
Even though it faced new weekend competition from nearby Calder Casino & Race Course, Gulfstream Park came close to its record for average daily all-sources handle during its 2013-14 winter meet that ended April 6.
Top-of-the-stretch antics cost Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend a possible victory in the $250,000 Calder Derby April 5 at Calder Casino & Race Course, as 5-1 Our Caravan drew off to win by 9 3/4 lengths.
Gulfstream Park's spring/summer meet, which starts April 11, will feature a robust 2-year-old program highlighted by the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes series.
Gulfstream Park has received permission from Florida racing regulators to add 10 Fridays and one Monday to its racing schedule from April 18-June 27.
Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend will make his final prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands when the gelded son of Tapit goes to post in the $250,000 Calder Derby at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Trainer Todd Pletcher was mulling his Kentucky plans for Constitution the day after the undefeated colt's courageous victory in $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29.
Gulfstream Park set an all-time Florida Derby day handle record March 29 when $26.8 million was wagered on the live program highlighted by the 63rd edition of the grade I event sponsored by Besilu Stables.
If horseplayers had a question of which runner to bet in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29, the one Javier Castellano was named on seemed as sure a shot as any.
Newsdad, making just his second start in the past year, closed with authority to nip outsider Vertiformer at the wire in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park March 29.
Hey Leroy ran down longtime leader Mr. Online and won the $100,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the final stride March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Repole Stable's Micromanage seemed to have forgotten the way to the winner's circle, but he found it again March 29 in South Florida when galloping clear in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Tom Albertrani did a masterful job getting Godolphin's Anjaz ready to roll off more than a seven-month gap between races, and the daughter of Street Cry finally got her first U.S. victory.
In Tune proved up to the challenge of stepping into stakes company as she outlasted House Rules in the stretch to win the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Devil's Cave did all her running from the start as the 1-2 favorite in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream March 29, so stablemate Gamay Noir picked up the pieces in deep stretch to win at odds of 49-1.
Although he figures to be challenged early in the Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 29 at Gulfstream Park, Mr. Online is the 5-2 morning-line choice to return to his winning ways in the one-mile turf race.
Nikki's Sandcastle and Csaba, both seeking a return to winning ways, share co-high weight of 123 pounds in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park March 29.
Devil's Cave, winner of the Feb. 16 Sabin Stakes (gr. II), heads a field of eight including multiple graded stakes winner Unlimited Budget in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Distance-loving Inimitable Romanee aims for her third graded stakes win in a row when she takes on eight other older filly and mare rivals in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the grass March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
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