Bobby Flay's America went from last to first in a field of eight to win the $100,000 Affectionately Stakes Jan. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
An injury to Mr. Jordan, an undefeated 3-year-old son of Kantharos, is not as serious as initially believed, and the prognosis is that the colt will be able to fully recover, according to trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.
Trainer Danica Guy was represented by her first group I winner Jan. 1 when In Style held off closer Whosyourmaster in the Sistema Railway Stakes (NZ-I) at Ellerslie Racecourse for her third win in a row.
For the second straight year, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey were North America's respective top trainer, jockey, and owners for 2014.
Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly is considering an extension of its Jan. 1 eviction deadline for the approximately 300 horses that remain stabled in a recently fenced-in area of its barn area.
El Kabeir has earned 11 points toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but is looking for more as he heads the field in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 3 from Aqueduct Racetrack.
Jerry Hollendorfer's stakes-winning duo of Seduire and Light the City clash with dual graded winner Conquest Harlanate in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for newly-turned 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Jan. 3.
After breaking through with his first stakes victory in six tries, Dynamic Sky attempts to surpass $1 million in career earnings as one of the favorites in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Irad Ortiz Jr. topped the year-end riding standings for the first time and David Jacobson secured his third consecutive training title on the New York Racing Association's circuit in 2014.
Jockey Trevor McCarthy, trainer Kieron Magee, and owner Midwest Thoroughbreds topped the Maryland Jockey Club standings for 2014. The MJC operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.
When Ekati's Phaeton goes to the post in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 3 at Gulfstream Park, the filly will be starting a fresh season as a 3-year-old.
While Crown the Kitten is scheduled to make his graded stakes debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes Jan. 3 on the turf at Gulfstream Park, the Kitten's Joy gelding enters the 1 1/16 mile turf race with experience.
PTK's Cerro will look to keep his perfect record at Laurel Park intact in the $100,000 Native Dancer Stakes, one of four stakes on the Jan. 3 program at the Maryland racetrack.
Two half-length losses from arguably being a champion, Top Decile has zeroed in on the listed $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as her sophomore debut for trainer Al Stall Jr.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives Dec. 31 passed an amended bill that extended the simulcast rights of Suffolk Downs for 90 days to give track ownership and horsemen time to work on a plan to restore live racing.
The New York Racing Association, effective Jan. 28, will mandate a minimum number of official recorded workouts for certain categories of racehorses.
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was back in the irons with four mounts on the Dec. 31 card at Gulfstream Park, eight days after being injured in a scary spill at the Florida track.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course ended its inaugural meet Dec. 30 with record total pari-mutuel handle of $1,102,566.
The Jockeys' Guild announced Dec. 30 that 27 Guild members have been elected to the organization's Senate, including seven new Senate members, Baze, Carr, Leparoux, Mawing, Ortiz, and Trujillo.
Portland Meadows officials have cancelled the Tuesday, Dec. 30 card because of unsafe track conditions.
As 2014 came to a close, fewer than 25 racetracks were able to field more than eight horses per races, according to a review of statistics. And the top two tracks on the list each raced only five programs.
Finalists for 2014 Eclipse Awards will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 7, during a 30-minute program on HRTV that will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST.
Two-time grade I winner Belle Gallantey, ninth in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in her last start Oct. 31, is one of nine fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Affectionately Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 1.
Suffolk Downs, slated for closure Dec. 31, will be allowed to remain open for simulcasting only under the terms of a bill that cleared the Massachusetts Senate on Dec. 29.
As many in the Thoroughbred industry are aware, there is an ongoing dispute regarding stabling at the track formerly known as Calder Race Course, now operating as Gulfstream Park West.
Santa Anita Park reported dramatic increases in handle and attendance for opening day of its winter meet Dec. 26.
Former jockey Andrea Terrill is suing Suffolk Downs near Boston, Mass., for injuries she sustained in a 2013 race.
Bettys Bambino closed with a rush in his stakes debut to capture the $100,000 Daytona (gr. IIIT) in the final North American graded race of the year Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Odds-on choice The Lewis Dinner and 16-1 outsider Chasing Bubbles, both by Posse, were victorious in a pair of New York Stallion Series divisions for state-bred 2-year-olds Dec. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gentildonna brought a fitting close to her illustrious racing career Dec. 28 in scoring an impressive win in the Arima Kinen (Jpn-I), Japan's season-ending all-star race at Nakayama Racecourse.
Main Sequence, a leading candidate for Horse of the Year after winning four grade I races consecutively, arrived in South Florida the morning of Dec. 28 to begin preparations for his 2015 campaign.
Two-year-old Catalina Red set a track record at Tampa Bay Downs Dec. 27 when he won the $65,000 Pasco Stakes by a neck over X Y Jet as the 3-5 favorite.
Recent British import Lady Pimpernel landed her first United States victory by a nose when she came from off the pace in the $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Santa Anita Park Dec. 27.
Facing older horses for the first time in his career proved no problem for Divine Oath as he held on to top the field in the $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park Dec. 27.
Distinctiv Passion came out running for jockey Mike Smith and was never headed en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Team Valor International's Speechify won his second stakes in a row when he rallied from just off the pace to take the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Ghost Bay, owned and bred by Howard Bender, went from last to first to break his maiden and capture the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 27 at Laurel Park.
An outside post and a wide trip couldn't stop favored Irish Mission as she held off stablemate Tabreed by three-quarters of a length to take the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) from Gulfstream Park Dec. 27.
Apprentice jockey Andre Ramgeet suffered multiple injuries and will be sidelined indefinitely after being unseated when his mount Gator Jack stumbled badly in the fourth race Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
After finishing second by a half length as the 7-10 favorite in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26, Taris was found to have suffered an injury to her right front ankle that will require surgery, trainer Simon Callaghan said.
Both Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victor California Chrome posted works Dec. 27 with a possible rematch looming that could include Shared Belief.
At the age of 62, jockey Gary Bain can still find the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park.
Shared Belief bounced back from a horrible trip in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with his third grade I victory of the year, holding off a game Conquest Two Step by a neck in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Alert Bay held back a powerful late challenge from Home Run Kitten to prevail in the $201,250 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Outsider Sam's Sister ran down a tiring odds-on favorite Taris in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
Copper Penny Stables' Spotted Heart flew to a 23-1 upset in the $125,000 Maryland Filly Championship for state-bred 2-year-old fillies Dec. 26 at Laurel Park.
State-bred juveniles take the spotlight at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 28 in $150,000 divisions of the New York Stallion Series at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.
California-bred Bettys Bambino, 3-for-4 on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park, makes his stakes debut Dec. 28 in the $100,000 Daytona (gr. IIIT).
After not winning a stakes in his first two seasons of racing, Salutos Amigos nailed down the third of his 4-year-old campaign when he drew off in the stretch to win the $98,000 Gravesend Dec. 26.
Silviniaco Conti won the William Hill King George VI Chase for the second straight year Dec. 26 at Kempton.
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