Howard "H" Withers, the OTB and casino operations manager for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots' 11 off-track betting facilities in the New Orleans metropolitan area, has been named general manager of racing at the track.
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2013 Fall Mixed Sale is now available on the OBS website. The site's sortable master index will provide access to pedigree updates.
John Patrick Unick, who has advised several Thoroughbred racetracks and horseman's groups in arranging workers' compensation insurance policies, is helping southeast Florida horsemen prepare a similar program for Gulfstream.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez, who retired in June due to the severity of injuries sustained in a spill at Aqueduct Racetrack in January, will make a special appearance at Laurel Park Sept. 21.
Horsemen in Florida, concerned their voice may not be heard as the state examines gambling laws, are collaborating on an economic impact study.
Where the 4-year-old son of Malibu Moon and grade II winner will stand has not been set.
El Corredor, a grade I winner who has sired 34 stakes winners and the earners of more than $33 million, will stand the 2014 breeding season at The Stallion @ Copper Crowne in Opelousas, La.
Son of Unbridled's Song out of graded stakes winner Summer Raven (by Summer Squall) retired, will stand at Brent and Crytal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Calder Casino & Race Course had been host of premier state-bred juvenile racing program for 32 years.
Equine Sales Company said its recent consignor select yearling auction produced a $140,000 sale-topper.
The red-hot team of Frank Carl Calabrese and Kirk Ziadie won the owner and trainer titles, respectively, at the Calder meet that ended Aug. 31. But they're also making noise at neighboring Gulfstream.
Calder Casino & Race Course came in last among Florida's three Thoroughbred tracks in July in the lucrative business of host-track simulcasting of races from Thoroughbred tracks outside the state.
Trainers have until Sept. 20 to become eligible to nominate horses to the 2013 Claiming Crown, to be held at Gulfstream Park Dec. 7.
Gulf Coast Equine,has relocated this month to their newly acquired property, the former Judice Farm near Sunset, La., where they will stand two stallions: Smooth Air and Bob's Proud Moment.
Calder Casino & Race Course said it will reduce overnight purses 12% effective Aug. 30 because of changes in the Florida Thoroughbred racing landscape.
Mr. Nightlinger was represented by his first winner Aug. 23 as E Z Glider posted her first victory in the first race, a maiden claiming event at Louisiana's Evangeline Downs.
An active third and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 22 in Ocala, Fla. fueled new sale open session records for average and median prices.
Big Band Sound, a grade II winning son of Bernstein, has been retired, announced Richard Schultz, who owns the horse with Kendel Standlee. The 6-year-old Danny Vella trainee suffered a minor injury during training.
Figures rose across the board for the second straight day at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 21 in Ocala, Fla.
The three-day OBS August yearling sale got off to a strong start with double-digit increases in average and median.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, TOBA
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will honor numerous owners and breeders at its 28th Annual National Awards Dinner Sept. 6 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington.
Louisiana stallion Lone Star Special was represented by his first winner when Chickasaw Bayou, posted a victory in her second start on Aug. 18 in the second race at Louisiana Downs.
Judging by the large number of potential buyers braving temperatures in the 90s on the eve of the select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. August sale of yearlings Aug. 20-22, OBS seems poised for success.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Highly respected bloodstock agent Baden P. "Buzz" Chace, 72, died Aug. 18 after a short battle with brain cancer. He had been diagnosed with cancer a month ago.
The son of War Front broke his maiden in the grade III With Anticipation Stakes.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2013 August Yearling Sale, with 841 youngsters cataloged, begins its three-day run Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Gulfstream Park announced a record $10.75 million stakes program for its 2013-14 meet that consists of 61 stakes, highlighted by the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29.
The Claiming Crown, with purses totaling $1 million this year, will continue to be held at Gulfstream Park through 2015, it was announced Aug. 15.
Hialeah Park opened a casino Aug. 14, taking its biggest step yet in the redevelopment started in 2009 when it reopened with Quarter Horse racing.
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame has donated a digital collection of the late trainer MacKenzie Miller's win photos to Lexinton's Keeneland Library and Saratoga's National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Two recent reports show that Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park are making big inroads into Florida's lucrative host-track simulcast market., while host revenue for Calder fell by $5.1 million in this year's second quarter
Austin Miller has been promoted to senior vice president of gaming operations, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Aug. 8.
Total purses for The Claiming Crown of 2013 are expected to reach $1 million and the program expanded to eight races. The program will likely be run for a second year in a row at Gulfstream Park.
Prominent American businessman John C. Malone and his wife Leslie have purchased renowned Thoroughbred nursery Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. The property was turned over to new ownership Aug. 1.
The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana has cataloged 202 horses to its annual yearling sale that will be held Sept. 24 at the Ike Hamilton Center in West Monroe, La.
A record Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) week in terms of revenue helped Churchill Downs Inc. to a record-breaking second quarter in 2013.
Spendthrift Farm has purchased Flashpoint, winner of the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III). The multiple graded stakes-winning son of Pomeroy will stand at Le Mesa Stallions for 2014.
Louisiana stallion Behindatthebar was represented by his first winner when Miss Monroe captured a five-furlong maiden special weight for juvenile fillies in her third start July 27 at Louisiana Downs.
Southeast Florida began its fourth head-to-head racing weekend July 27 with Gulfstream holding an almost 2-1 edge in pari-mutuel handle and Calder rejecting speculation it might soon cancel racing dates.
Apprentice Octavio Antonio Vergara Jr. won the first race of his career July 26 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said July 26 it signed a purse agreement with Calder Casino & Race Course.
The Louisiana State Racing Commission has concluded that no further action is needed in the case involving the former grade I winner Monzante who broke down and was euthanized following a race at Evangeline Downs July 20.
Equine Sales Company has cataloged 174 horses to its consignor select yearling sale that will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 4, in the company's sales pavilion in Opelousas, La.
The executive director of the Louisiana State Racing Commission said state veterinarians who examined Monzante following his breakdown in a July 20 race at Evangeline Downs determined the gelding was salvageable.
In response to the recent death of grade I winner Monzante, NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop has reiterated the importance of racetracks to become accredited by the Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Horses belonging to Dogwood Stable and Legacy Stable survived a large fire at the Aiken Training Track in Aiken, S.C., Jack Sadler confirmed July 20.
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 21-22 is now available via the OBS website at www.obssales.com.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has told Calder Casino & Race Course it will withhold its consent for simulcast approval effective July 25 because the group has no purse contract with the track.
Gulfstream Park and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced July 16 they signed a contract for the current meet that runs through Nov. 28.
Gulfstream Park was the runaway winner over Calder Casino and Race Course July 13-14 in their head-to-head battle, at least in terms of wagering. Gulfstream handled about $4.5 million to Calder's $1.4 million.
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