The California Horse Racing Board's Race Dates Committee took a step toward resolving a nearly six-month-long dispute regarding Northern California's 2017 schedule Nov. 16, with a recommendation that largely resembles 2016's slate in the region.
The 18th running of the $1.1 Claiming Crown, to be hosted by Gulfstream Park for the fifth consecutive year, received 279 nominations for the nine-race event that will highlight the opening of the Championship Meet on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) will be broadcast live at 4:45 p.m. CST as "The Race of the Week" on Sirius XM Radio on Saturday, November 19.
In the case of Arrogate, it is the horse's owner, Juddmonte Farms, that holds the upper hand, assuming they are interested in participating at Gulfstream Park on January 28.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Nov. 14 Juddmonte's homebred and leading turf horse Flintshire will stand the 2017 breeding season for a fee of $20,000, live foal stands and nurses.
S Samdow, Inc.'s Chao Chom provided the stunner of the Nov. 13 Del Mar card with an upset of 1-9 favorite Enola Gray in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes.
King and His Court, under a ground saving trip by Gary Boulanger, zipped up the rail to defeat stablemate State of Honor in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.
This year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner-up will target next year's $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-I), according to assistant trainer Norman Casse.
Trainer John Shirreffs has 25 horses stabled at Del Mar for the Bing Crosby meeting. That's 25 more than his combined total for the first two fall meets.
Sent to post at odds of 29-1 in a field of 11 for the 1 1/16-mile event, Hay Dakota was third-to-last at the top of the stretch but swung wide to deliver his late kick and outran Bondurant at the finish to stop the clock in 1:43.60 over firm turf.
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Ghostly Presence got up in the final strides to catch heavy favorite Enstone in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine Nov. 12.
Tora Yamaguchi, agent for Rafael Bejarano, reported Nov. 12 that the perennial Del Mar riding champion has a strained ligament in the outer portion of his right hand that is of relatively minor concern.
Sticksstatelydude has raced at seven different racetracks and in four different states, but does his best in one--the Empire State.
Bigger Picture picked up his first graded victory and held off accomplished rivals to get the job done Nov. 12 at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning the $200,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT) over Danish Dynaformer and Wake Forest.
Gallery Racing announced Nov. 12 that 2015 champion sprinter Runhappy has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Claiborne Farm in 2017.
Jockey Sarah Shaffer suffered three broken ribs and a broken clavicle during a first-race spill Nov. 12 at Laurel Park.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. is expected to be sidelined through mid-January after the 41-year-old native of Peru sustained a broken left tibia and fibula during a fall during the fourth race at Churchill Downs Nov. 10.
The top two morning-line choices for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) pit east vs. west but the connections of each of the 10 juveniles entered have reason for optimism.
The members of the newly formed Horse People's Alliance of Ontario, which represents Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse stakeholders throughout the Canadian province, have taken another step forward by forming an advisory committee.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for further evaluation Nov. 10, following an accident in the fourth race at Churchill Downs.
A balanced field of nine Ontario-bred juveniles, including stakes winner Pachi Cruze, are set to go to post in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity going 1 1/8 miles over the Woodbine main track Nov. 13.
Tepin exited her runner-up effort in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) behind Tourist well, according to Norman Casse and could make one more start in the $2.967 million Longines Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) on Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
While there are no guarantees, the door has been left open for Suffolk Downs to continue to offer a limited number of live racing days beyond the 2017 season.
The original plan was for Nuovo Record to run in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), then stop over and train at Del Mar for next month's Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).
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After a break that followed starts in all three Canadian Triple Crown races, Queen's Plate Stakes winner Sir Dudley Digges is scheduled to make his racing return Nov. 12 in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner dethrones California Chrome, who led eight previous editions of this year's Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
Racing, like football, is a game of inches, a sport wherein slight margins can mean the difference between glory and defeat. An example was the Nov. 12 Discovery Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct. By inches—a nose, in fact—the stakes went to Dynaformer.
Mr. Jordan began his career in the fall of 2014 with three straight wins, including a pair of impressive open-length stakes victories at Gulfstream Park West.
Set to make his first start since a fourth-place run in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course this summer, Gift Box will headline a competitive field of 11 in the $150,000 Discovery (gr. III).
Live Thoroughbred racing is set to return in New Orleans in just ten days, as Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will open for the start of the 145th Thoroughbred racing season on Saturday, Nov. 19 with a 3 p.m. Twilight first post.
In theory, having Del Mar's 2015 Bing Crosby meeting open on the Thursday before the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland and mingling races with the event Friday and Saturday was supposed to be a business enhancer.
True Sweetheart wired a field of 11 2-year-old fillies at first asking Nov. 8 at Parx Racing, becoming the first winner for her sire, Uptowncharlybrown, with an emphatic 10-length victory.
Minding, a five-time group one winner in 2016, was named the Cartier Horse of the Year Nov. 8 at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards.
While Breeders' Cup scheduling accounts for most of the wagering declines in October 2016 compared with last year, handle still declined even when last year's Breeders' Cup is not considered.
Zindaya capped what was quite a weekend for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, Chad Brown, and Javier Castellano in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Roger Attfield, the defending Autumn winner glided to the lead as the field straightened for home in the 1 1/16-mile main track event, and then was geared down in the final strides.
Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate came out of the race in good condition, trainer Bob Baffert said Nov. 6, the morning after the climactic end to the World Championships.
Trainer Mark Casse's seven Breeders' Cup entrants are all well as of Nov. 6, including champion grass mare Tepin, a charging second in her Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) defense attempt, who appeared no worse for the wear.
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Fox Hill Farm's champion Songbird will get a freshening at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., before returning to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for her 4-year-old campaign.
Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others, earned the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
Myron Miller's Kiss to Remember stalked the early leaders, poked her head in front at the top of the stretch, and turned back a late challenge from favorite Birdatthewire to win the Nov. 5 $200,000 Chilukki (gr. II) at Churchill Downs by a head.
WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber's Tourist turned the tables on several horses and did it on the biggest stage Nov. 5 in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Finest City wins the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) over Wavell Avenue. The 4-year-old City Zip filly gets the seven furlongs in 1:22.37.
Highland Reel set a stiff pace and was never seriously challenged en route to a win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
A two-time grade I winner at a mile, Obviously cut back a bit in distance to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.
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