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.
Trainer Bernie Flint and long-time owner Dr. Naveed Chowhan paired to upset the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland when Brooklynsway held sway over favorite I'm a Chatterbox, who could not get by the determined winner.
The jockeys participated in a question and answer session at the track and an autograph signing to raise funds for the PDJF and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sits atop the list of the world's top 100 group I and grade I races for 2015, according to International Federation of Horseracing Authorities rankings released April 22.
Dave's Friend was one of the best sprinters in the nation and Kauai King developed into a two-time classic winner, still holding the distinction of being the only Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby.
After a layoff following the first graded stakes score of her career, Pricedtoperfection is back in New York for trainer Chad Brown and will try a strong edition of the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes April 24 on the Aqueduct Racetrack turf.
American Pharoah was named Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year, and his dam Littleprincessemma was named Broodmare of the Year. Michael Blowen of Old Friends Farm received a special achievement award for his dedication to Thoroughbred retirement.
Sequel Stallions New York's Mission Impazible is off to a winning start as a sire.
Grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox began gearing up in earnest for her return to racing after arriving at Keeneland in early April. She is the 3-5 favorite for Friday's Doubledogdare (gr. III).
With the departure of champion Songbird from the race, trainer John Servis is considering Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks.
For the first time exchange wagering will be available in the U.S. when Betfair U.S. launches a platform for New Jersey residents May 10.
Wet weather that has hindered preparation of horses to race has led Hastings Racecourse to scrap its April 23 program and instead offer a 10-race card April 24.
Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) winner looks to carry on recent success April 23 at Keeneland.
Imperative and Page McKenney, second and third, respectively, behind Moreno in last year's Charles Town Classic (gr. II), are among 10 older horses entered in the $1.25 million event April 23 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
This week we take a closer look at Creator, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced April 20 that Bob Ehalt will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism at the May 19 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course.
Anthony and Gaston Grant's Green Gratto, winner of the Fall Highweight (gr. III), has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year for 2015.
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Mo Tom and Lani joined Mohaymen as three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders on the April 20 worktab at Churchill Downs.
Oaklawn Park concluded the 2016 live racing season April 16 with across-the-board increases in handle, attendance, average field size, and Oaklawn Anywhere (the tracks advance-deposit wagering site) business.
Shadwell Stable's son of Tapit cruised a half-mile in :46 4/5 under exercise rider Miguel Jaime, the fastest of 27 works at the distance, in his first workout since a Florida Derby (gr. I) fourth.
Freshman sire Union Rags' first progeny to race also became his first winner April 20 at Aqueduct Racetrack, where Brian Kahn's homebred Lady Stardust won impressively for trainer Wesley Ward.
Apparently Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley is not the retiring type.
Darien Rodriguez is having a successful Tampa Bay meet with his six-horse stable, which he operates with no employees, and he has begun picking up new owners.
With his second pre-Derby breeze coming up for trainer Doug O'Neill April 22, Nyquist galloped a circuit at Keeneland the morning of April 20.
Gainesway stallion To Honor and Serve was represented by his first winner April 19 when his first starter, French General, won his debut in the second race at Turf Paradise.
An interesting name popped up on the undercard stakes nominations for Kentucky Derby Day, but Ken Ramsey says not to get the wrong impression.
Breeders' Cup announced April 19 that the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge series will consist of 77 automatic qualifying races.
Nyquist, the unbeaten favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogs twice around Keeneland's main track April 19. Reddam Racing's champion is slated to work on Friday.
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Mike Tarp's Go Maggie Go and J K Racing Stable's Mokat pushed the number of nominees to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to 114 when the late phase of nominations closed April 13.
Songbird will not participate in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) because of a low-grade fever, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said April 17.
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining earned the second graded victory of her career and first since October 2014 with an emphatic score in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. III) April 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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