Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Public relations executive Ed Lewi, founder of the Capital Region public relations agency that has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for NYRA since the late 1970s, passed away Aug. 29. He was 81.
Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, who conditioned a record 12 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winners in career spanning six decades, has died at age 87 in Sydney.
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time.
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Favorite Kawi christened group I racing in New Zealand for the 2015-16 season when easily winning the Makfi Challenge at Hastings.
Amid the hubbub around a potential budding rivalry between Untappable and Stopchargingmaria, Harold Queen's Sheer Drama played spoiler Aug. 29, defeating both in the $750,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Aug. 29 announced the promotion of Andrew Harding to executive director of its Racing Authority division, effective Sept. 1.
Trainer Chris Waller's star sprinter-miler Boban dug down in the closing stages and prevailed in a tight three-horse finish in the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (Aus-I) Aug. 29 at Caulfield.
Code Warrior turned in an impressive debut score in the sixth race Aug. 28 at Golden Gate Fields to give trainer Manny Badilla an emotional and notable victory.
Still going strong at age 8, Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash won the $150,000 West Point Stakes for a second time Aug. 28, scoring by a length from King Kreesa at Saratoga Race Course.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Texas Red and Team Texas Red will partner with Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud" for this weekend's race.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Nashville-based singer/songwriter Stacy Mitchhart and his band will perform American blues music at the conclusion of the 30th annual National Awards Dinner.
"She's running for Rett Syndrome. She's running for my girls and our family. She's going to do amazing things. Nobody can tell me any different. She's the underdog and so are our girls."
On a glorious morning at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 28, an estimated crowd of 15,000 flocked to the track to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his final gallop before his bid in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes.
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
Divine Fortune, the 12-year-old champion steeplechaser of 2013, was euthanized Aug. 27 as a result of injuries sustained when he fell during the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga Race Course.
New York stewards reach out to media, public
If you blinked, you might have missed it. American Pharoah was on the Saratoga Race Course main track for all of five minutes for an easy gallop Aug. 27. It was the Triple Crown winner's first time on the track.
Hronis Racing's grade I winner Stellar Wind towers over a field of five other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Del Mar.
Though pleased with how his horse is doing, trainer Rick Violette remains undecided whether to start Ralph Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced the establishment of a 2-year-olds in training sale to be held in April at Lone Star Park. The auction will be similar to the one held by Fasig-Tipton Texas in previous years.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester and Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid will go toe-to-toe once again in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park.
Palace Malice, a six-time graded stakes winner and the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victor, has been retired and will stand stud at Three Chimneys.
The $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), headed by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will be televised by NBC network during a two-hour program Aug. 29.
Oaklawn Park is projecting average daily purse distribution of $475,000, a 9.1% increase over 2015, for the meet that begins Jan. 15, 2016.
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide exclusive live coverage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return attempt to win the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Still looking to recapture the magic from his performance on the first Saturday in May, Competitive Edge may have found the right spot in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Red Rifle faces tougher targets in the Aug. 29 $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga including Juddmonte Farms' interntional traveler Flintshire.
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
Stopchargingmaria and champion Untapable were one-two in the Aug. 2 Shuvee Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. They meet again at the same nine-furlong trip Aug. 29 in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah stepped off the van at Saratoga Race Course at precisely 3 p.m. Aug. 26 for his next assignment, the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) coming up Aug. 29.
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With an eye toward a possible proposal to change New York's rules on the race-day medication furosemide, the state's Gaming Commission met in Saratoga Springs Aug. 25 to solicit opinions about the medication.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah drew post 2 and was installed as the 1-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) to be run Saturday, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
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Zayat Stables has committed to donating a percentage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's purse earnings for the remainder of his racing career to support retired racehorses.
At a forum designed to educate state regulators about furosemide, the very people the presentations were designed to enlighten may well have left with more questions than answers.
Wise Dan was bright-eyed and bushy tailed the morning of Aug. 25, powering his way through a five-furlong bullet in :59 flat on the dirt at Keeneland.
Keeneland Race Course announced that tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 25, for its Oct. 29 "Prelude to the Cup" race card leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31.
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.
Xpressbet posted on its website Aug. 24 a statement that said the online wagering site was the victim of a form of cyberterrorism Saturday, Aug. 22, the date of the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) from Del Mar.
Trainer John Terranova and crew are preparing to host American Pharoah at Saratoga for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29.
Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos won more than 4,000 races and seven Breeders' Cup events in his lengthy career, and he remains grateful for his many years in the racing business.
The chairman of the panel that regulates horse racing and all gambling entities in New York state has resigned, just over a month before the Gaming Commission is expected to award licenses to commercial casino operators.
Stonestreet Stables' Jess's Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, won his highly anticipated career debut in dramatic fashion Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
The West Virginia Breeders' Classics will have a new announcer for its 29th edition as Travis Stone has been tabbed as the new voice of the event to be run Oct. 10 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.
Young Indiana stallion Silver Mountain gained his first winner Aug. 23 when Big Silver Hoss drew off in early stretch and convincingly won the third race at Presque Isle Downs.
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