Empyrean Stables' Zipessa broke through the graded ranks July 4 at Parx Racing, obtaining the lead early and maintaining it late in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Jockey Kieren Fallon, a six-time champion in Great Britain who career was often marred by controversy, has retired from race riding after battling deep depression for nearly three years.
Trainer Doug O'Neill continues to put the foundation under Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist for his first start since a third in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), although exactly where that race will be has not yet been revealed.
The 2016 spring meet featured a record Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) attendance and the second-largest total wagering and attendance in the 142-year history of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Trainers Arnaud Delacour and Graham Motion each entered two in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes, which will offer a look at many promising 3-year-old fillies should the 1 1/16-mile event remain on the turf July 6 at Delaware Park.
Seajay Racing's Spelling Again, winner of the July 2 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, could be headed to western Kentucky for the Aug. 8 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park.
Trainer Mac Robertson swept the two Minnesota-bred stakes July 3 at Canterbury Park, which reported record attendance and healthy pari-mutuel handle on a program that began in the late afternoon.
Charles Fipke's homebred Canadian classic winner Danish Dynaformer found success with some class relief in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
String King defended his victory in last year's $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf with another Turf win on the evening of July 2 at Evangeline Downs.
After a third-place run in the Plate Trial June 12, an extra furlong seemed to suit Sir Dudley Digges July 3 in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
A well-beaten third in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) last time out, Silverwave was much the best July 3 when he sprung a surprise the Prix du Saint-Cloud (Fr-I).
Live Oak Plantation's World Approval has been knocking on the door at the top level and broke through July 3 for his first grade I win in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.
Only in the United States for two weeks, the 23-year-old jockey from Arequipa, Peru, which is the same hometown as perennial leading Southern California jockey Rafael Bejarano, won in his first day of racing at Santa Anita Park July 2.
Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, worked a half-mile on the inner turf course at Belmont Park July 3, about a year since her last race at the New York track.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux, completed an impressive 2-year-old stakes double July 2 at Churchill Downs.
Seajay Racing's Spelling Again turned back a late bid from Cali Star and won the Princess Rooney Handicap Presented by Hardacre Farm (gr. II) by a neck July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Dalmore continued his rapid improvement on the Southern California circuit July 2 with an upset of odds-on favorite Danzing Candy in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Smack Smack halted a seven-race winless streak coming from off the pace to edge pacesetter Shotgun Kowboy in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).
An aggressive early ride by Nik Juarez early paid off for Res Judicata controlled the pace early and drew off in the stretch for an upset win in the $100,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Monmouth Park.
Monster Racing Stables Delta Bluesman extended his streak of hitting the wire first and claimed his first stakes win July 2 in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Ingrid and Markus Jooste's The Conglomerate caused a 20-1 surprise when holding on to win the R4.25 million Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I) July 2 at Greyville.
Rallying toward the center of the course, Dimension scored an upset victory in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-II) July 2 at Woodbine.
Off the Tracks led all the way in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) July 2 at Belmont Park, turning back dual grade II winner Lewis Bay at the end to gamely earn her first grade I score.
Rated R Superstar closed from the clouds and snuck wide down the lane, surprising 2-5 favorite Awesome Banner to win the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Undefeated Lady Eli is set to take yet another significant step in her recovery from laminitis with a workout scheduled for July 3 at Belmont Park.
Brody's Cause and Cherry Wine are back to work since finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Both breezed a half-mile July 2 at Churchill Downs.
North America's leading turf sire Kitten's Joy got his first European group I winner July 2 when Kentucky-bred Hawkbill edged favorite The Gurkha by a half length in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
Songbird worked five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's main track in 1:01 July 2 in preparation for her East Coast summer campaign.
Trainer Art Sherman has said for weeks leading up to California Chrome's next start in the July 23 San Diego Handicap (gr. II)—when the blinkers go on, that's when things get serious.
Gary and Mary West's American Freedom earned his first graded score with a clear victory in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) July 1 at Prairie Meadows.
After the completion of the eighth race at Belmont Park July 1, an error was made in regards to the order of finish, according to the New York Racing Association.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich returned to the familiar Woodbine winner's circle July 1 in the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III).
Champion turf mare Tepin is taking it easy at her Churchill Downs base and has settled in well since returning June 27.
After a good rest following an uncharacteristic run in the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Rachel's Valentina is coming back to the races.
Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi (IRE), winner of the March 16 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park last out, chases a second graded victory in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.
Gulfstream Park will host the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe, the Caribbean's premier Thoroughbred race, the Confederation of Caribbean Racetracks announced July 1 at its mid-year meeting at the South Florida track.
The 14-day quarantine of one barn at Ruidoso Downs was lifted July 1.
Great Big Story profiles Andrew Lakeman, who was paralyzed in 2007 in a racing accident. Instead of leaving the sport, Lakeman got a trainer's license, bought a horse, and became a trainer.
The Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Triple Bend, the Irish Derby, the Pretty Polly, Bed o'Roses Handicap, Chicago Handicap, and more.
German-bred Wake Forest (GER), who has done little wrong in a pair of starts for trainer Chad Brown this year, chases his second grade I victory in a row in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 3 at Monmouth Park.
Gary and Mary West's Family Tree turned the tables on Ready to Confess and earned her first stakes win June 30 in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, the tough-luck second-place finisher last time out in the Woodbine Oaks June 12, will take on males for the first time in her career as the only filly in the field for the $1 million Queen's Plate July 3.
Champion Strut the Course is the 5-2 morning line choice, as she tries for a repeat in the July 3 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Coming on the heels of a successful 28-day meet at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Jockey Club shifts live racing to Laurel Park for the opening of its summer meet with a nine-race twilight program July 1.
Lady Shipman is no stranger tackling the boys, having finished second in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, and she not only has the class in this field, but gets a weight allowance as well.
Stakes winners Nonna's Boy and Res Judicata also are contesting the race, seeking their first graded stakes wins.
Santa Anita Park June 29 completed the installation of its new turf course, which will be ready for use for the Southern California track's fall meet, which begins Sept. 30.
Also entered are graded stakes winners Danish Dynaformer and Ami's Holiday.
Full Mast will tangle with improving Smokem Kitten and defending King Edward winner Tower of Texas in the one-mile turf battle at Woodbine. Solemn Tribute should improve off his first 2016 start.
Veteran handicapper Dave Litfin dives into the July 2 Mother Goose (gr. I) at Belmont Park; his selections include Rachel's Valentina and Off the Tracks.
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