Keeneland concluded its spring meeting April 29 and reported gains in attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
Seven-time stakes winner Lady Shipman will look to build on her impressive resume when she headlines a field of seven in the $100,000 License Fee Stakes May 1 at Belmont Park.
Pletcher said he is in a good place with his contenders coming into the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Eric Guillot was pleased with the morning performance by McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban April 29 at Keeneland, as the grade III-placed Uncle Mo colt breezed six furlongs in 1:12 on a fast track under jockey Paco Lopez.
Several contenders for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) turned in works over a fast Churchill Downs main track April 29.
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown.
New York-based trainer Rudy Rodriguez plans to keep a large string of horses in Maryland this summer and visited Laurel Park the week of April 24 to check out his new surroundings.
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement.
Ben Cat's is being pointed for the May 20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, a race he's won four times, after his comeback in the Laurel Park allowance.
Act IV, Presented by Fasig-Tipton: Meet American Cleopatra, the sister of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah currently in training at McKathan Brothers Training Center. More at www.AmericasBestRacing.net.
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Wilson begins his duties as the new track superintendent in early May, shortly before Delaware Park begins its 79th season of racing.
Del Mar and The Stronach Group this year will offer a $1 million bonus to a horse that sweeps three grade I races: the TVG Pacific Classic, Xpressbet.com Awesome Again Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic.
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Churchill Downs has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Mongolian Saturday, winner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), drew the 2 post in a tough international field for Sunday's Chairman's Sprint Prize (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse In Hong Kong.
Toews On Ice heads a field of five 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes on the April 30 opening night Churchill Downs card.
Grade III stakes winner Metaboss, who underwent surgery last spring to remove an ankle chip, is scheduled to make his first start in 13 months for new trainer Michael Dickinson in an April 29 allowance race on the Laurel Park turf.
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.
The connections of Miss Temple City, who became the first female winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) last out April 15, have confirmed the filly will be pointed toward the £175,000 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."
Keeneland's Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) closes out the spring meet April 29. California invader Generosidade faces 11 older fillies and mares going 12 furlongs.
A pair of colts by Kentucky stallions—Air Force Blue and Stormy Antarctic—are the respective top two favorites for the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket.
The New Mexico Racing Commission immediately will begin enhanced out-of-competition testing at SunRay Park in Farmington as the state regulator launches an enhanced effort to halt cheating.
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat.
Fans who arrive early for Keeneland's closing day of the spring meet will get a chance to see Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist breeze.
Enhancing what already is American racing's most lucrative daily purse program, Kentucky Downs will pump an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its five-date, all-turf meet in September.
Veteran rider Justin Stein, whose 1,028 victories include the 2012 Queen's Plate with Strait of Dover, has announced he will retire from race riding following the May 1 card at Woodbine.
Jockey Jose Ortiz and trainer Rudy Rodriguez wrapped up Aqueduct Racetrack's 19-day spring season April 24 with their second and third straight meet titles, respectively, while Midwest Thoroughbreds was the leading owner.
Kaabraaj lowered Emerald Down's track record for six furlongs April 23, covering the distance in 1:06.86 in the day's eighth race.
Werther accelerated clear of front-runner and favorite Lovely Day in the stretch and won the HK$20 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) by 4 1/2 lengths April 24 at Sha Tin.
In two days Churchill Downs Inc. sold out all 200 available memberships for its first racing club.
Get to know 19-year-old New York-based jockey Eric Cancel, whose mounts earned more than $5.4 million in 2015. Courtesy of ABRFilms
Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin breezed at Palm Beach Downs April 23 in his final South Florida tune-up ahead of a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Da Big Hoss continued his good form in long turf races when he secured his second graded stakes win of the season going 1 1/2 miles on the grass April 23 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course recently concluded its winter-spring meet and showed a 31% rise in daily average handle for the 65-day stand.
Sound Proposition came in off the also-eligible list and scored his first group I win in thrilling fashion in the Manco Easter Stakes April 23 at Ellerslie.
Fonner Park received some good news April 23 when the Nebraska Department of Agriculture lifted the racing restriction put in place for a second barn at the Grand Island track.
Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.
Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
After a swift five-furlong breeze by Cathryn Sophia the morning of April 23 at Keeneland, trainer John Servis said he is leaning toward running the two-time grade II winner in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist wanted to go early, but quickly settled into a smooth stride in his second-to-last breeze April 23 at Keeneland before the Louisville classic.
First-time starter Milton Freewater got up in the final stride in race one at Los Alamitos Race Course April 22 and became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Creative Cause.
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