Led by 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, a strong contingent of U.S.-based horses head the nominees to this year's $10-million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky
In record-setting fashion, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah secured the Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year honor Jan. 26.
New York regulators have given final approval to several equine drug rules, including a new system of minimum penalties for repeat drug violators.
Stoneway Farm's Dream Dance has been disqualified from her third-place finish in the 2015 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs after she tested positive for an overage phenylbutazone.
Trainer Roy Sedlacek was banned from all racetracks in New York for five years by regulators following what officials said was evidence two horses that ran last October at Belmont were administered an opioid analgesic drug.
Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.
In his stakes and 3-year-old season debut, Whatawonderflworld rallied from fifth to score a clear victory in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Ocala Training Center.
Kaigun, Da Big Hoss, and Big John B figure to take most of the action in this early season turf test going long, with Going Somewhere a lively longshot.
Few people in the sport have ever been as genuinely beloved and admired as Bob and Beverly Lewis.
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After sending out at least 17 horses for works Sunday, the Mark Casse stable had another busy day Monday, Jan. 25, with champion Tepin and 3-year-old Airoforce on the work tab at Palm Meadows Training Center.
For Matt Schera, whose multiple graded stakes winner Race Day entered stud this year, Vorticity could be a star on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program has approved awards and classes for more than 850 shows in 43 states and Canadian provinces during 2016.
Ranlo Investments' multiple stakes winner Lady Shipman, most recently second against males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), could make her 4-year-old debut in the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint Feb. 6 at Gulfstream.
Decked out in his fresh new "Chrome" jacket in the paddock area just before the fourth race at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24, Art Sherman gave a glowing report on California Chrome's condition since landing in Dubai.
Conquest Stables' Tapit colt Conquest Big E took another step toward his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with an easy half-mile breeze Jan. 24.
The extraordinary record of Coolmore Stud stallion Galileo was recognized Jan. 23 when he was inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Hall of Fame.
Undefeated Nyquist ran a full lap around the Santa Anita Park main track during a workout Jan. 24, but was officially given a time of 1:15 3/5 for six furlongs.
Terry Lovingier's Lost Bus provided a 64-1 stunner in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Somali Lemonade died Jan. 23 from complications of foaling, according to breeder Helen Alexander, sister of the 7-year-old mare's owner, Caroline Forgason.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Charming Kitten took advantage of his class and experience to outrun a stubborn Xaverian in the stretch and win the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.
Haveyougoneaway edged game favorite Sarah Sis in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23, galloping through on the rail off the turn and working hard for the victory at Oaklawn Park.
Race favorite Kawi was given a textbook ride by Leith Innes to win the NZ$200,000 Thorndon Mile (NZ-I) Jan. 23 at Trentham and add a third top-level victory to his record.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man had his first work of 2016 Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
After finishing second in three of his first four stakes tries, Morning Fire dug down Jan. 23 to hold off a stretch challenge from Epic Journey to win the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Europe will see two fewer group I events in 2016, from 87 in 2015 to 85, following a number of changes to group and listed races approved by the European Pattern Race Committee at its Jan. 18 meeting.
Grade III winner Far Right is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut Jan. 28 at Oaklawn Park in a third-level allowance/optional claiming race for older horses at a mile.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit continued to work toward his 3-year-old debut Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park with a six-furlong workout under regular jockey Gary Stevens.
The Glen Puller-trained Illuminator downed favorite Silver Mountain to win the inaugural CTS Million Dollar at Kenilworth on Saturday, Jan. 23 in South Africa.
Due to severe winter weather, the New York Racing Association cancelled racing and simulcasting at Aqueduct Jan. 23 and will not race Jan. 24, although the track is expected to be open for simulcasting Jan. 24.
The New York Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that tickets for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.
Arnaud and Leigh Delacour have quietly built their stable, currently based at Tampa Bay Downs, into one of the most successful in the country with a focus on time and patience.
Zulu, an impressive winner of his first two starts, will skip the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) and resurface in the Feb. 27 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Due to anticipated extreme winter weather, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled live racing for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23. Other tracks have canceled at least Friday.
The 36th Asian Racing Conference begins Monday, Jan. 25 in Mumbai as Asian Racing Federation members join delegates from the six racing continents for the nearly biennial event.
Churchill Downs officials have cancelled simulcast wagering and will close their offices Friday, Jan. 22 because of a looming winter storm that could produce 5 to 9 inches of snow in the Louisville area.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino confirmed one horse on its grounds has tested positive for equine herpesvirus Jan. 21, forcing quarantine at the New Mexico racetrack.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Pin Oak Stable's Synchrony will "more than likely" make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park.
Ten 3-year-olds looking to earn a spot in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 13 and $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 12 are set for the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at seven furlongs Jan. 23 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Due to an impending winter storm, Laurel Park announced it has canceled live racing Jan. 23-24 but will offer live racing Jan. 22.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple graded-stakes winner Mohaymen signaled his readiness for the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park with a sharp final work Jan.21.
California Chrome will begin another journey to the other side of the world Jan. 21, when he'll depart from his double-wide stall at Los Alamitos Race Course at 5 a.m. PT with Dubai in his sights.
Sarah Sis, who won the Oct. 17 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland in her most recent start, will launch her 4-year-old campaign Jan. 23 in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
It's the time of year to think outside the box a bit, and that's exactly why DP Racing's Prize Exhibit is trying the dirt for the first time in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner Catch a Glimpse and her trainer, Mark Casse, are nominated for multiple Sovereign Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony April 8.
Two-time stakes winner Discreetness, who captured the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, said trainer William "Jinks" Fires.
Thoroughbred owner Donald Leifeld, who won back-to-back editions of Fonner Park's biggest stakes, died Jan. 16 in St. Paul, Neb. He was 61.
Evangeline Downs' 2016 Thoroughbred racing season will run 84 days from April 6 through Aug. 27.
The new year is so far indeed a happy one for 5-year-old Saythreehailmary's and her connections. On Jan. 10 at Aqueduct Racetrack, the dark bay mare picked up where she left off in 2015, winning her second consecutive stakes.
American Pharoah was named the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Longines World's Best Racehorse three days after winning Eclipse Awards as U.S. Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
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