Fresh off his most prestigious career win and in search of his fifth consecutive victory, Alert Bay heads a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in California in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Jan. 24.
With a top rating of 130, Japan-based Just a Way was crowned the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse during ceremonies in London Jan. 20.
Grade I winner and defending champ Big Macher, along with multiple stakes winner Rousing Sermon and potential star San Onofre, head a deep and competitive field of nine older horses for the $150,000 California Cup Sprint.
Though she has never raced on turf, 3-year-old Heat the Rocks has run well at a mile, finishing second last out in the Dec. 7 Soviet Problem Stakes. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will also sent out Light One.
Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up will be pointed for Dubai World Cup and gets a new rider, Frankie Dettori.
Newly crowned Horse of the Year California Chrome drilled seven furlongs at Los Alamitos Race Course Jan. 19 as he continues preparations for his expected 2015 debut next month in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II).
Sam's Sister came running off the turn and wore down front-runner Sweet Marini to win in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II), her second straight graded stakes victory, Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Far Right kept a straight path through the stretch, while favored Mr. Z didn't, and that made the difference in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 19.
Multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red exited his fifth-place finish in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic with a right hind injury, trainer Jose Garoffalo said Jan. 19.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star, winner of the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, was bred in New York by Marylanders Katharine Voss and Robert Manfuso.
Repole Stable's Micromanage won his second straight stakes of Aqueduct Racetrack's inner-track meet Jan. 19, scoring over a muddy and sealed track in the first running of the $100,000 Jazil Stakes.
With Edgar Prado's smashed helmet serving as a powerful reminder, the Jockeys' Guild listened to a talk on concussions at its annual assembly Monday, Jan. 19, in Hollywood, Fla.
Jockey Roman Chapa has been summarily suspended by Texas Horse Racing Commission stewards pending an investigation into his winning ride aboard Quiet Acceleration in a stakes race Jan. 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.
With no permanent funding source for the industry's Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund, the Jockeys' Guild is working to rally more support for its "Dollar Start" effort.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that Mike Mayo and Ron Rippey have been selected to the inaugural class of the National Handicapping Championship Hall of Fame.
Here is a complete list of the 2014 Eclipse Award winners, as voted on and presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Equibase, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers Association.
The Monday, Jan. 19, live racing card at Laurel Park in Maryland has been canceled, but simulcasting from other tracks will continue
Favorite Captain Serious held off several late challengers to win the $100,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes for New York-breds Jan. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Newly minted champion Take Charge Brandi breezed five furlongs Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for her 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31.
Tough Sunday's recovery from multiple health issues as a young horse proved nothing less than extraordinary when seemingly against all odds the colt made it to the races and became a winner last month at Santa Anita Park.
Zayat Stables' five-time stakes-placed Mr. Z will bid to add an elusive stakes win to his record Jan. 19 in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park's first major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
The 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse ceremony will be held in London Jan. 20, at which time the year's final rankings will be revealed.
Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky. has announced a partnership with Kentucky Downs to establish a satellite facility at the Kentucky racetrack.
California Chrome, a colt who was running against his fellow California-breds at the beginning of the season, soared through his conditions and emerged Horse of the Year as the annual Eclipse Awards were presented Jan. 17.
In 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was one of those rare horses who transcended the sport and became racing's newest glamour star.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable was a runaway winner for best 3-year-old filly with four grade I victories, including defeating older mares in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Though her 2014 campaign didn't end the way her connections had hoped, Close Hatches put together a strong enough resume to capture the Eclipse Award as champion older female.
He is known as "Little Bill," a nickname given to him by older riders in recognition of a riding style matching that of Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker.
American Pharoah tops Breeders' Cup winners Texas Red and Hootenanny to be named the top 2-year-old male of 2014.
On Nov. 1 Take Charge Brandi won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). It was her first score for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas since breaking her maiden in June, but launched her championship season.
Pletcher secured his second straight Eclipse as outstanding trainer in ceremonies Saturday, Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park and his seventh outstanding trainer award overall.
On the strength of their prepotent stallion Kitten's Joy, Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their fourth Eclipse Award as top owner and second in a row as their 2014 runners earned $10,524,948.
Main Sequence, a homebred of the Nicarchos family's Flaxman Holdings, won all four of his starts in 2014--each at the grade I level--to secure an Eclipse Award in the older male division.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was triple-handed entering the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields and emerged with an eighth win in the race after Cross the Line surged clear in early stretch.
Thegirlinthatsong was the first to the wire in the $200,000 La Canada (gr. II) for older fillies Jan. 17 at Santa Anita Park.
When he won the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Work All Week became only the second Illinois-bred to capture a Breeders' Cup event. He won five of six starts in 2014 and was second once for earnings of $1,131,173.
Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of the Year sold for only $20,000 as a yearling, it isn't hard to see that she could become a champion.
For a second consecutive year, Ken and Sarah Ramsey were voted an Eclipse Award as outstanding breeders, once again eclipsing perennial leader Adena Springs Farm.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of three consecutive grade I NSA races, lands the Eclipse Award as the top steeplechase horse of 2014.
Main Sequence found North American turf racing to his liking in 2014, as the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings homebred won all four of his starts--each at the grade I level--to secure the turf male Eclipse Award.
Though she didn't start for seven months, New York-bred Dayatthespa proved her credentials at season's end with a powerful victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) to earn an Eclipse as top female turf horse.
On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with International Star in the Lecomte (gr. III).
Fresh off the claim, Sr. Quisqueyano upset the $250,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park, holding off East Hall by a half-length in a shocker.
Louisiana-bred String King put away tough pacesetter Gentleman's Kitten and carried on to a well-earned victory Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, taking the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) to become a graded winner.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, by Munnings, takes 3-year-old fillies wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Late-running Manchurian High swept to the lead on the far outside at the top of the stretch and kept going, pulling away to an authoritative win in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf on Saturday Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Albano was expected to ace the Louisiana Handicap in his Jan. 17 return to the races, but it was longshot Hard Aces who notched his first stakes score at odds of 9-1 in the $75,000 Fair Grounds event.
New York-bred Weekend Hideaway dispatched pacesetter Happy My Way with a furlong to run and romped clear to win the $100,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Rank outsider Sacred Star stunned 16 opponents in the JR & N Berkett Telegraph (NZ-I) Jan. 17 at Trentham when he unleashed an explosive rally to win by four lengths.
Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's not. The voting for 2014 Horse of the Year fell into the latter category, and the outcome surely will be debated for quite some time.
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