Two high-quality horses who had less-than-ideal trips during the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will return to the track Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After Arrogate posted a four-furlong move in :48 flat Dec. 8, Juddmonte Farms manager Garrett O'Rourke reiterated that a start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28 is being given serious consideration.
John Ortiz earned his first training win Dec. 7 when Julie Burke guided Red Charm to victory in the fifth race at Turfway Park.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced wagering on Woodbine's 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season, which concluded Dec. 4, rose sharply over the 2015 meet.
During the winter months, Travis Stone and John Imbriale will divide time in the announcer's booth, stepping in for Larry Collmus, who will return to the microphone in early April, and give NYRA a pair of respected voices to call each day's races.
With a move on the calendar from January to December and a move on the map from South Florida to ever-popular Las Vegas, the Jockeys' Guild is expecting a large turnout for its assembly Dec. 12-13 at the MGM Grand.
Brown will run his first starters at Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet on Saturday.
Trainer Antonio Sano has mapped out a best-case-scenario schedule for multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera, targeting the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park following a prep race.
Multiple stakes winner Three Rules, who suffered his first loss in six starts in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5, may kick off his 3-year-old season in the $200,000 Swale (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park.
John C. Oxley, the owner of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire, has pledged to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation 1% of the owner's share of any grade I wins by the colt from now through the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Dec. 11 feature intriguing matchups of defending champions including reigning Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Highland Reel.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired from racing, it was announced Dec. 8. Stud plans are pending.
Tomonori Tsurumaki's A.P. Indy, by Seattle Slew, came four wide into the stretch of the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and held Dance Floor safe through the stretch to win by a neck.
Undefeated Mastery is the commanding favorite for the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I). He's also a colt under expectations.
Multiple graded stakes winner Paulassilverlining is set to make her first start since finishing third in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), headlining a field of seven Dec. 10 in the 31st running of the $125,000 Garland of Roses.
Laurel Park presents the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes Dec. 10. Both races, worth $100,000, are at seven furlongs for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired runners.
Undefeated stakes winner Bode's Dream is set for a return to Gulfstream Park and a return to action Dec. 10, when the daughter of Bodemeister comes off a sixth-month layoff for a scheduled start in the $75,000 House Party Stakes for juvenile fillies.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian’s lengthy battle to overturn Kentucky regulations that restrict when and where a horse can run after being claimed in the state has hit the end of the road following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of his petition.
The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) has elected Rhonda Norby of Equibase Company to serve as president of the organization for 2017 and 2018, it was announced Dec. 6 at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming.
Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy, and Scott Stevens are the five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Dec. 7.
Australian Hugh Bowman won Wednesday night's Longines International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley in Hong Kong as the sole American contestant, Florent Geroux, finished off the board.
Though he missed the opening weekend of Gulfstream Park's 2016-2017 Championship Meet with commitments out of town, jockey Javier Castellano is gearing up for a return to South Florida with his sights set on a sixth consecutive riding title.
The Hong Kong International Races offer trainer Aidan O'Brien further opportunities to add to his remarkable season, when Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) hero Highland Reel attempts to defend his crown in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong Vase (HK-I).
Well more than half of the respondents to an Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) focus group study and survey that included input from 3,000 people support a central rule-making entity whose rules apply to all participants.
A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
The Jockey Club plans to actively oppose changes to the current multiple medication violation penalty system currently on the agenda for the Association of Racing Commissioners International Model Rules Committee Dec. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.
The National Steeplechase Association has named Virginia horseman Randy Rouse the recipient of the F. Ambrose Clark Award.
Having already carved out his own niche as a local legend, Sunbean will aim to equal one of the state's all-time greats when he makes his expected start in the Dec. 10 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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A pair of 2-year-olds who already have open stakes victories over the Remington Park surface in U S Officer and Cool Arrow will face one another there Sunday, Dec. 11 in the $300,000 Springboard Mile Stakes.
According to numbers released Dec. 4 by Equibase, handle through November is similar to the first 11 months of 2015 and purses are down slightly.
Trainer Chris Davis earned his first career win Nov. 27 with Uncork the York at Fair Grounds.
College students with an interest in racing surfaces could find a steppingstone into the industry through new internships being offered.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution.
Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional winter meet, has announced that the prestigious $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT), which was most recently run in May 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31.
On a cold day in early December D. Wayne Lukas made the 1 1/2-hour trip from Louisville, Ky. to Georgetown to catch up with the son of Summer Squall that he'd saddled to a surprise victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Laurel Park's 56-day winter meet to offer 22 stakes worth $2.2 million.
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Miss Temple City added to her already impressive résumé as a turf miler Dec. 4 in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
Gail Wood and Dr. Ruth Barbour's homebred and longshot Bangkok nabbed odds-on favorite Melmich at the wire to win the Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) Dec. 4 at Woodbine.
Laoban, the 27-1 upset maiden winner of the 2016 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), posted a five-furlong workout in 1:00.41 at Gulfstream Park Dec. 4.
Jockey Paco Lopez registered his 2,000th victory aboard Yourdreamsormine in the ninth race Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park.
J J Brevan Stable's Chance of Luck dug in late to win the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs and become the first black-type stakes winner for sire Skipshot.
Jockey Jon Court, 56, scored the 4,000th win of his career when he guided Erik Orantes' City Without Pity to victory in Turfway Park’s fourth race Dec. 3.
Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar.
With a deft ride from jockey Javier Castellano, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Annals of Time turned the tables on Chad Brown stablemates Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten to win the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3 at Del Mar.
Royal Posse had to work hard for it this time, but the 5-year old gelding came away with another victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the centerpiece of a nine-race $1 million Claiming Crown card on the Dec. 3 card.
It wasn't the smoothest of starts, but it was a stellar finish for King and His Court, who came from last to take the $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 3.
Ballybrit Stable's Dynatail became the first winner for 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail when she broke her maiden at fourth asking with a wire-to-wire run Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Highway Star dug deep in the stretch to get a nose over High Ridge Road in the $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 3.
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