California native Jim McCullough has been tabbed as the new announcer for Zia Park Racetrack and Casino's 12th season of live racing, which starts Sept. 10.
With a motivation to give its horses and horsemen more time to adapt and transition to its racing surfaces, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club applied for and was granted a later start date for its 2017 summer race meeting.
An elevated temperature will force Grupo Seven C Racing Stable's grade I-placed Majesto to scratch from the $1.25 million Travers Presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course, according to the outfit's racing manager.
Bolstered by increased purses and a new trainer bonus program, live racing shifts to Timonium for the annual Maryland State Fair meet, which starts Aug. 26.
Chad Brown has a hard time believing his charge has come this far to run in the Aug. 27 Ballston Spa (Gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Jim Rome thought he would eventually start to get over losing Shared Belief. The horse owner and syndicated sports talk radio star thought time would help.
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A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar.
Owner Vince Scuderi announced Aug. 25 his multiple grade I-winning homebred Dads Caps has been retired from racing.
The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance.
Runhappy, last year's champion sprint male, returned to Keeneland Aug. 25 for work over the track. It was his first recorded workout of the year.
California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling."
New York-based trainer Chad Brown celebrated his 1,000th win Aug 24 when heavily favored Mr Maybe won the $100,000 John's Call Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Son of Dansili will be making his 16th start in graded/group stakes
Masochistic, one of the top sprinters in 2015, made a strong return to racing in a July 8 allowance race at Santa Anita Park after a nine-month layoff and has been training forwardly for the $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 27 at Del Mar.
The Aug. 27 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) drew a field of 10 fillies and mares to go seven furlongs at Saratoga Race Course. The field is deep, from 6-year-old grade I winner Sheer Drama to the Acorn Stakes (gr. I)-winning 3-year-old filly Carina Mia.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Mohaymen, a four-time grade II winner, will cut back to one turn for the first time since last November in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
Green Lantern Stables' A.P. Indian, in the midst of a four-race win streak capped by his first victory in grade I company, drew outside of the other speed in a full field for the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
Ashleyluvssugar held off a furious rally from Metaboss to win the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap and a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf starting gate. Experience Saturday's Del Mar thrills and social scene firsthand in this new video.
Taylor boys' play for California Chrome pays off
Fourteen—the largest field since 1977—entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, and the winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) breaks in the thick of it Aug. 27.
Postponed could be bound for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park should he emerge in good order from a planned run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct 2 at Chantilly.
The stable of Arnaud Delacour, who learned from conditioners such as Christophe Clement and Alain de Royer- Dupree, has grown in numbers and quality in recent years in the United States.
New York-breds square off in six stakes races Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course during New York Showcase Day. New York Derby winner Hit It Once More highlights $200,000 Albany Stakes for sophomores.
In just her third workout since becoming the first U.S.-based horse to win the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), Tepin let it be known she is well on course for an expected start in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17.
Placing of Alabama Stakes has kept it from the cover
Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, drilled six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22 in preparation for her scheduled start in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) early in September.
The Laurel Park summer meet training title ended up in a tie between Tim Keefe and Hamilton Smith, but jockey Jevian Toledo easily captured the riding title.
A Veneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm put in a repeat performance on the Southern California grass Aug. 21 to win the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in front-running fashion.
Hillsbrook Farms' homebred Camp Creek, supplemented for $12,500 off of his maiden victory, rallied from well off the pace to upset the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for 3-year-old Canadian-breds Aug. 21 at Woodbine.
Phillips Racing Partnership's turned the tables on 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse Aug. 21 and took the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Gestut Brummerhof's German homebred Messi collected his second graded stakes win in North America in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) Aug. 21 at Woodbine.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen will pass on the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course and instead run in the $700,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) on the same program.
Speedy Boarding and jockey Freddy Tylicki posted their first victories at the highest level when they captured the Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) for older fillies and mares Aug. 21 at Deauville.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line has hit another speed bump on his path to a potential run in the Breeders' Cup.
Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.
Lady Aurelia kept her record perfect in three starts when leading all the way in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for juvenile colts and fillies Aug. 21 at Deauville.
Robbin Martens' Ready Itaglio, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred by Indygo Shiner, rallied from next-to-last in a 12-horse field to win the $150,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) Aug. 20 at Northlands Park in Alberta.
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
Ashleyluvssugar opened a long, comfortable lead down the backstretch, then was all out in the stretch to deny fast-finishing Metaboss in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by the Japanese Racing Association Aug. 20.
The best 3-year-old turf fillies in Southern California battled it out in a thrilling stretch run Aug. 20 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), but an invader from the East ended up getting a head in front at the wire.
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Red Oak Stable's Unbridled Mo sat off the speed of Tejana before pushing past the pacesetter in late stretch to capture the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 20 by a neck.
Janice Attard's longshot Glenville Gardens overtook pacesetter Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run and fended off the closing rush of Tower of Texas to win Play the King (Can-IIT) Aug. 20 at Woodbine.
Grade I-placed multiple times, Tourist finally got his breakthrough win at the highest level Aug. 20 in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Exaggerator, winner of the Preakness and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (both gr. I), put in his final workout ahead of the Travers (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in 1:00.95 on Saratoga Race Course's main track Aug. 20.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind logged her first breeze Aug. 20 since she defeated three-time champion Beholder in Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I).
An attorney for embattled trainer Ramon Preciado believes the arrest of one of the trainer's former grooms, Marian Vega, lends credence to Preciado's contention that his six clenbuterol positives this year were the result of sabotage.
St. Elias Stable's Nonna Mela wasn't supported too much at the betting windows, but put in the performance of a heavy favorite Aug. 19 in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the July 30 Jim Dandy (gr. II), post a bullet half-mile breeze at Saratoga Aug. 19 in his final serious move before Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.
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