Jockey Corey Nakatani was taken to the hospital March 15 after a spill in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.
American Pharoah came out of his 6 1/4-length victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) "perfect", trainer Bob Baffert said March 15.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line had his final local breeze the morning of March 15 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III).
American Pharoah bobbled at the break but never looked back, galloping gate-to-wire to win the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) by 6 1/4 lengths in his season debut March 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Imperious in his previous three starts, Able Friend was even more impressive March 15 in winning the first international edition of Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable exited her runner-up effort in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14 in good condition and will remain in training at Oaklawn Park until early April.
Liberal, Peru's 2014 Horse of the Year, won the Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (Arg-I) March 14 at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo in Buenos Aires.
Warren's Veneda continued her dominating run at Santa Anita Park March 14 with a commanding 7 1/4-length victory in the $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I).
Matthew Schera's Race Day edged past a stubborn Midnight Hawk near the wire to capture the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) for 4-year-olds and up March 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Untapable wasn't unstoppable in her season debut March 14, missing the victory by half a length to gate-to-wire winner Gold Medal Dancer in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Trainer Jack Carava secured his 1,000th career win in the first race March 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Mamdooha shrugged off a nearly year-long layoff to win her fifth straight race and fourth straight stakes in the $100,000 Correction Stakes March 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux is unsure Texas Red can get ready in time for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, but that isn't going to stop him from trying.
Plucky Belle and Victorian jockey Linda Meech landed the biggest win of their careers March 14 at Rosehill Gardens when denying top 3-year-old filly First Seal a victory in the Coolmore Classic (Aus-I).
Three-year-old Brazen Beau pulled a huge upset March 14 in winning the Lexus Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I) at Flemington, while Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee not only was beaten but failed to place.
Training partners David Hayes and Tom Dabernig enjoyed a one-two finish in the Australian Cup (Aus-I) March 14 at Flemington as Spillway got to the finish line just a whisker ahead of stablemate Extra Zero.
Savaria gamely drove through a gap in the final 200 meters and won the New Zealand Oaks (NZ-I) in tight finish March 14 at Trentham.
California Chrome worked seven furlongs March 13 in an easy 1:23 4/5, turning in his final local workout before shipping to Dubai for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
The New Hampshire Senate narrowly passed a bill 13-11 late in the evening March 12 that would allow the development of two casinos in the state.
Horsewoman Dona Albright, a longtime member of the racing community at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, died March 11 at age 74.
Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races April 12.
Beholder, the two-time champion and six-time grade I winner, went out for an easy six furlongs in 1:14 March 13, still preparing for a likely appearance in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.
Emerald Downs has announced a "Ship and Run Incentive Program" in which out-of-state horses will receive a $400 bonus for their initial start at the Auburn, Wash., track in 2015.
Coneygree became the first novice chaser in more than four decades to win the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup and did so in a smashing front-running tour de force March 13.
Able Friend, Hong Kong's highest-rated horse, takes on 10 opponents, including top-class Irish runner Gordon Lord Byron, for the first international edition of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup March 15 at Sha Tin.
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
Months have passed to the point that when American Pharoah makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday, March 14, in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, it will come just seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby.
A minor operation to place a pin in the right knee of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi March 12 was a "textbook procedure," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported March 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Amateur jockey Tom Weston, injured when his horse fell at Cheltenham Racecourse during a steeplechase March 12, was reported in stable condition in intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England.
The Jockey Club has released equine race fatality year-over-year statistics comparing 2013 and 2014 and a six-year summary of statistics collected from the Equine Injury Database.
Constitution, winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, has been ruled out of the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28 at Meydan because of heat and soreness in his left shin.
Glen Hill Farm's Diversy Harbor, a first-time graded stakes winner in her last race, highlights a field of 11 older fillies and mares in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Officials from the Jockeys' Guild plan to meet with riders at Parx Racing Friday, March 13, over continued concerns about the Philadelphia area track's request that riders sign an indemnity waiver.
Cole Harden triumphed in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival March 12, denying retiring jockey Tony McCoy a success in the only big race of the meeting that he has never won.
Experienced amateur jockey Tom Weston was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England, after his mount Benbane Head fell during a jumps race on the March 12 St. Patrick's Day card at Cheltenham.
Shadwell Stable's Mamdooha will return from a year-long layoff and attempt to extend her win streak to five straight races when she starts in the Correction Stakes at six furlongs March 14 at Aqueduct.
In the year's first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015, recent Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Shared Belief has landed in the top spot.
An incentive program to attract out-of-state horses to race in California that has had success over the past four seasons at Del Mar will expand to the entire Southern California racing circuit April 2.
While it's difficult to determine if their efforts are making much of a dent in illegal bookmaking in the U.S., federal law enforcement officials have been busy the past few years prosecuting these sports wagering operations.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 12 that Steve Koch has been named executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Total handle for the recently concluded 32-day Thoroughbred meet at Sam Houston Race Park increased more than 15% to $51,258,598 in 2015 compared with the 2014 meet, as average daily handle improved a fourth straight year.
Last year's 3-year-old filly champion and Breeders' Cup Distaff winner faces five opponents in 1 1/16-mile test at Oaklawn Park.
Two-time grade II winner Tapiture, who closed out last season with a runner-up finish to Goldencents in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), is scheduled to make his 4-year-old season debut March 14, in the Razorback H.
This season Baffert comes in loaded for bear, with Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah set to make his 2015 debut. American Pharoah has turned in a series of scintillating works at Santa Anita.
Warren's Veneda will look to keep trending upward with a win in the $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) March 14 at Santa Anita Park, a race that features perpetual shipper Cassatt.
Dodging Bullets held off tenacious longshot Somersby to win the group I Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse in England March 11, giving Paul Nicholls a fifth victory in the two-mile test.
Ron Turcotte, the Hall of Fame rider best known as the jockey for 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is hospitalized with fractures in both legs after a single-vehicle accident March 9.
Take Charge Brandi will miss the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) with a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee. The injury will also prevent her from a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named its champions and leaders for 2014, with Real Solution and Divine Fortune topping the list.
Unbeaten Faugheen ran his record to nine wins when leading in an unprecedented 1-2-3 finish for trainer Willie Mullins in the Stan James Champion Hurdle March 10 at the Cheltenham Festival.
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