Grade I winner Hoppertunity returns to Santa Anita Park Jan. 10 as the 4-year-old tops the field of 11 older horses in the grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
If California Chrome is voted Horse of the Year, it is inconceivable to think that none of his connections--owner, breeder, trainer, and jockey--will be even be an Eclipse finalist. read blog
Lea looked like he would be a major player in 2014, when he began a promising campaign with victories in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) and the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
As a new year begins and live racing continues at Aqueduct Racetrack, a host of capital improvements are under way at Belmont Park in preparation for the upcoming spring meet. Live racing returns to Belmont April 29.
The nine-race Jan. 9 opening-day card at Oaklawn Park drew 92 entries, three more than the corresponding date last year and seven more than in 2013 at the Hot Springs, Ark., Thoroughbred track.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has announced Clearwater Beach, Fla., as the host city for the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference. The 2015 conference will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Oct. 5-7.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Southeast Region, Kentucky, Northeast Region
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Jan. 7 the 2015 schedule for its seminars and clinics. These educational events feature various topics for prospective, new, and established owners and breeders.
How big an impact do the early Kentucky Derby prep races have on the Derby itself? read blog
Citing extreme weather conditions, several racetracks have canceled live racing programs for Jan. 7.
John Scheinman has won the 2014 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for "Memories of a Master: The Determined Life of Dickie Small," which appeared on bloodhorse.com.
A WWII veteran and Chicago business tycoon continues to influence Arlington International Racecourse -- despite his advanced age and the political challenges faced by the Illinois racing community. read longform
Citing unresolved investigations in New York and Kentucky of Steve Asmussen following a 2014 video from an animal rights group alleging horse abuse, the trainer will not be considered in 2015 for the Hall of Fame.
George Moncrief, assistant track superintendent at Oaklawn Park, has been named track superintendent for the 2015 race meet at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys from around the country will attend the 75th annual Jockeys' Guild Assembly Jan. 18-20 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla.
Trainer Ronnie Warren, who saddled Coax Me Chad to a runner-up finish in the 1984 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and set records at Keeneland during a long career, died Dec. 31 in Little Rock, Ark.
NBC Sports has won the media Eclipse Award for television features for "California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion," the story of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner.
Pari-mutuel handle on U.S. races declined 2.84% in 2014, marking the seventh time in eight years that fewer dollars have been wagered.
NBC Sports has won the Eclipse Award for live television programming for its broadcast of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), the 11th such award for the network.
Dortmund, the early favorite for the 2015 spring classics, drilled a half mile at Santa Anita Park Jan. 4 in his first workout since winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
Shrinking Violet, a bargain buy for owner/trainer Wesley Ward making her initial start at Santa Anita Park, scored a 10-1 upset in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) on the hillside turf course Jan. 4.
Jockey Luis Saez continued his recent hot streak at Gulfstream Park by riding five winners on the Jan. 4 card.
Favored Paulassilverlining slipped through on the rail at the head of the lane and fought Noble and a Beauty to the wire to prevail by a nose in the $98,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Tough Sunday defied the odds of a difficult birth and multiple serious health issues as a youngster to finally become a winning racehorse Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
If trainer Anthony Granitz seemed a bit subdued after scoring his 1,000th career victory Jan. 4 in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs with Wedding Savior, it was perfectly understandable.
William Stice, who trained Two Altazano to a win in the 1994 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. III), died Dec. 21 at his home in Glendale, Ky. He was 60.
Multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red sizzled through a five-furlong breeze over Gulfstream Park's main track the morning of Jan. 4 in preparation for the upcoming $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic.
With Australia marking his third consecutive Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner last spring, trainer Aidan O'Brien was honored at the annual Moyglare Dinner Jan. 3 in County Kildare, Ireland.
Despite bobbling at the start and racing wide on the first turn, favored El Kabeir posted an impressive 4 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 3 from rainy Aqueduct Racetrack.
Veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Gunning from the rail for Rafael Bejarano, Seduire put away pace rival Xoxo leaving the turn and kicked away in the drive to win the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr.II) in a powerful performance Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Mrs. Frank P. Wright's homebred Lady Sebelia added a fourth stakes win to her record in taking the What a Summer, one of four $100,000 events on the Jan. 3 card at Laurel Park.
A fast pace under strong pressure failed to deter front-running Bluegrass Singer, who shook loose of his rivals in the lane and held sway to the wire in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Missing the break proved advantageous for Night Prowler, who came fast and late for his first stakes victory Jan. 3 in the Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Ekati's Phaeton wouldn't be denied in her bid for a first stakes victory, holding off R Sassy Lass through the stretch to take the $100,000 Old Hat (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park by a half length Jan. 3.
Bayern and California Chrome took another step toward a possible early-season rematch when the leading Horse of the Year contenders worked sharply about an hour apart the morning of Jan. 3 at their respective training bases.
Eclipse-Award winning jockey Kyle Frey fractured his right collarbone and sustained other injuries when his mount went down approaching the far turn in the seventh race Jan. 2 at Golden Gate Fields.
Gulfstream Park plans to build an additional 200 temporary stalls for horses that are facing eviction from the stables at neighboring Calder Casino & Race Course, officials of the Florida HBPA said.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, which wrapped up its successful inaugural racing season Dec. 30, will open its 2015 winter/spring meet Monday, Jan. 5.
Trainer Mary Eppler began 2015 in style at Laurel Park when she saddled three winners the afternoon of Jan. 2.
The Dubai World Cup Carnival, offering purses in excess of $38 million, kicks off its 11-date stand Jan. 8 at Meydan Racecourse.
Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis became the 29th North American jockey to win 5,000 races when he reached that milestone Jan. 1 when he rode longshot Lutine Belle to victory in the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
A competitive field of 12 fillies and mares is set to contest the Jan. 4, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) at 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita Park's unique downhill turf course.
The connections of California Chrome are expected to be on hand at Santa Anita Park Jan. 10 when the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner is honored with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award.
Jockey Stephanie Slinger was taken to Loyola Medical Center complaining of rib and back pain after being thrown from her mount in the fifth race Jan. 1 at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Ill.
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.
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