Favored Daredevil cruised to victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Belmont Park Oct. 4, handing trainer Todd Pletcher his third consecutive win in the prestigious race.
Wagering on United States Thoroughbred races for September was down 10.55% from the corresponding month in 2013, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase Oct. 4.
A long layoff proved no problem for the talented No Nay Never, who scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Cirrus des Aigles' highly anticipated return from injury was spoiled Oct. 4 at Longchamp when he was disqualified from first in the QNB Prix Dollar (Fr-II), race he had won three times previously.
Trainer Joan Petrowski won her 1,000th race Oct. 3, when she sent out Dynamo Run to victory in the first race at Northlands Park.
The owner of Colonial Downs said the Virginia racetrack and its network of off-track betting parlors will close Nov. 1 if the Virginia Racing Commission doesn't approve its plan for live Thoroughbred racing in 2015.
Quality Rocks, winner of the Arlington-Washington Lassie in her most recent start, will put her undefeated streak on the line Oct. 8 in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Trainer Chris Waller tallied two group I exactas Oct. 4 at Royal Randwick, the first in breathtaking fashion when French-bred He's Your Man bested stablemate Royal Descent by the slimmest of margins in the Epsom Handicap.
Runner-up in last year's race, Cheveley Park Stud's Integral dominated in this year's Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 4 at Newmarket, leading all the way to victory.
With sporadic rain showers throughout the day for Keeneland's fall meet opener Friday, which also marked the return to dirt for the Lexington track, attendance and handle figures were down compared with last year.
Breeders' Cup said Oct. 3 it will not permit trainer Doug O'Neill to enter horses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships "due to recent administrative action" in New York.
Win machine Work All Week remained undefeated in nine starts on dirt and stamped his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a smart win in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 3
Qatar Racing's Peace and War notched her U.S. debut at Keeneland in impressive fashion Oct. 3, taking the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) with a determined closing run.
Pre-race favorite Taghrooda has a wide draw and 19 rivals to beat in a full field for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's premier middle-distance race Oct. 5 at Longchamp.
Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux is recovering from five fractured ribs and a bruised lung in Covina, Calif., where he and his wife, Rosie, recently bought a home, according to trainer Bob Hess, a longtime friend.
Victor Espinoza, to begin a seven-day suspension Oct. 4 for his ride on Sky Kingdom in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) a week earlier, says he will not appeal the stewards decision against him.
Stuart Slagle, currently racing secretary at Hastings Racecourse, has been named new Thoroughbred racing secretary at Woodbine, effective Nov. 10.
TVG's on-site high-definition coverage of the "Fall Stars Weekend" at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington will include a number of production enhancements.
Bahamian Squall captured his first race in more than a year in impressive fashion Oct. 2, taking over on the turn into the homestretch and continuing on to a 1 1/4-length victory at rainy Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, regularly a dominant force in New York's 2-year-old landscape, sends out Paris Bikini as the favorite in the $200,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
The Breeders' Cup and Keeneland Oct. 2 unveiled the official event logo for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held next year at Keeneland.
Conquest Tsunami, who won his career debut in the spring on the former Polytrack at Keeneland, will make his second start at the track Oct. 5 with a still unblemished record in the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. III).
With multiple entries in both the Grey and Mazarine (both Can-III) stakes, trainer Mark Casse is a strong threat to sweep both juvenile events Oct. 5 on the Woodbine Polytrack.
Grade III winner Cinco Charlie is the only horse with stakes credentials in compact field for the six-furlong Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 5.
Stopshoppingdebbie has won her first nine races, all at Emerald Downs, and seeks to hit the big time when she tackles five foes at Santa Anita in the L.A. Woman Stakes (gr. III), her first graded test.
The $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4 has attracted a 12-horse grab-bag, and trainer Tom Proctor's consistent Avanzare would appear to head the crowded field of turf runners.
Canadian champion Alpha Bettor and grade I winner Boisterous are among the favorites in the six-horse field entered in the $150,000 Durham Cup (Can-III) over 1 1/8 miles at Woodbine Oct. 4.
Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches, undefeated in four races in 2014, headlines a compact field of six fillies and mares entered for the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) Oct. 5 at Keeneland.
Sky Lantern and Integral were the respective winner and runner-up in last year's Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I), and are set to hook up in this year's edition Oct. 4 at Newmarket.
Horseplayers now will know when a racehorse is running for the first time after having been reported as a gelding, it was announced Oct. 2 by Equibase Company president Hank Zeitlin.
The New York State Gaming Commission has levied suspensions and fines for trainers Doug O'Neill and Bruce Levine after horses in their barns tested positive in post-race tests for prohibited substances.
Undefeated Twotwentyfive A heads the $350,000 In Reality Division of the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes Series Oct. 4 at Gulfstream Park for Fred Brei and Stanley Gold, with
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4.
The $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) has drawn a field of 11 fillies vying for grade II status going 1 1/16 miles Oct. 4.
Secret Circle and Goldencents, a pair of indomitable Breeders' Cup winners from last year, clash in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Rockville Centre Stakes winner Bustin It heads a field of nine for the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes.
After a troubled third-place finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, Wonder Gal will try to nail down her first grade I victory in the $500,000 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 4.
Trainer Tony Dutrow isn't sure if I Spent It will start in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He's just focused on Saturday's $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
You wouldn't be out of line if you called the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4 the best grade III race of the year.
The New England Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association submitted an application Oct. 1 to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct a live meet at Suffolk Downs next year.
Seven graded stakes winners will face off in the First Lady at Keeneland, with plenty of speedy fillies and mares perhaps setting the race up for a closer.
With a clean trip, Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will be tough to beat as part of a 12-horse field in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Stonestreet Stables' Atreides, winner of his first three starts by a combined 25 3/4 lengths, will make his first start around two turns in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds the evening of Oct. 4.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman, winner of the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland earlier this year, returns to the Lexington track for the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4.
Recent grade II winners Stonetastic and R Free Roll top a solid field of fillies and mares entered in the Oct. 4 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) that is part of Keeneland's opening weekend stakes extravaganza.
While it already has faced many hurdles, if the declining North American foal crop is not turned around soon, North American racing will require creative solutions from racetracks and horsemen or face further contraction.
Centennials Farms' Wicked Strong, who clipped heels in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and unseated jockey Rajiv Maragh, will not be sent to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup and will be put away for the remainder of the year.
The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2015 racing schedule similar to this year, with questions remaining about how purses for those dates will be funded.
A conflict over 2015 dates' requests for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs arose Sept. 30 when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's dates committee held the first of several meetings to consider the state's calendar.
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