It has been 30 years since a blazingly fast 3-year-old named Spend a Buck changed the face of the Triple Crown. read blog
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, and record-setting Florida horse Catalina Red head a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Barbados, winner of the grade III Hutcheson Stakes and Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park, will undergo surgery next week to remove a small bone chip in his left knee, trainer Michael Tomlinson said Jan. 28.
The UAE Derby, which carries 170 Kentucky Derby points and a $2 million purse, drew only 10 nominations from United States-based trainers among 92 overall.
Steve Haskin presents his first official Kentucky Derby Dozen this week! See if any of your Kentucky Derby horses made the list. read blog
Going into the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, I thought favorite Upstart might need a race before delivering his best. read blog
The six broodmares, six racing prospects, four yearlings, one 2-year-old, and one stallion that were to be offered at the Barretts sale Jan. 26 represent the last vestiges of the holdings of the co-owners of Seattle Slew.
Not to be missed in all of the stakes races Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park was a dazzling debut win by Al Shaqab Racing's Khozan, a half brother to three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is likely to have three starts on the early Triple Crown trail, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, beginning with the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 1.
Upstart, a prime contender on the Triple Crown trail, was contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows a day after his impressive win in the Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II).
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II).
Suzanne Stables' Barbados became a graded stakes winner Jan. 24 with a hard fought victory over X Y Jet in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
After winning last year's Holy Bull (gr. II) with Cairo Prince, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returns to the $400,000 race Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park with another strong contender in the highly regarded Frosted.
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Smarty Jones Stakes winner Far Right is expected to resume his Triple Crown preparations at Oaklawn Park, but the son of Notional may skip next month's Southwest Stakes (gr. III) in favor of the Rebel (gr. II) March 14.
Tim O'Donohue's Governmentshutdown and Hillwood Stable's Golden Years share highweight assignment Jan. 24 for the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes, while O'Donohue also has Lake Sebago in the $100,000 Marshua for fillies.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II). read blog
Barbados, Spectacular Bid Stakes three weeks earlier, heads the Jan. 24 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old son of Speightstown will break from post seven of eight going seven furlongs.
Ralph M. Evans' New York-bred Upstart is slated to embark on his much-anticipated 3-year-old campaign Jan. 24 in the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Far Right kept a straight path through the stretch, while favored Mr. Z didn't, and that made the difference in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 19.
Zayat Stables' five-time stakes-placed Mr. Z will bid to add an elusive stakes win to his record Jan. 19 in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park's first major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was triple-handed entering the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields and emerged with an eighth win in the race after Cross the Line surged clear in early stretch.
On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with International Star in the Lecomte (gr. III).
The road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park will begin Jan. 19 with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, a one-mile test for 3-year-olds which drew a group of nine.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Jan. 16 that Mike Ziegler has been named to its new post of executive director of racing. Ziegler will assume his position Jan. 26 and will report directly to CDI president Bill Mudd.
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Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. Read Feature
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. read blog
The deadline for owners and trainers of promising 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to make their horses eligible for the 2015 Triple Crown races is approaching quickly.
Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.
Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.
Will the California-based 3yos of 2015 dominate the Triple Crown? J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts. read blog
Multiple grade I-placed Upstart will look to take another step forward toward his sophomore debut with a workout at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 12.
Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable's well-bred Savoy Stomp will look for his first stakes win Jan. 17 in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.
Calculator entered the $100,750 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park still a maiden but left a stakes winner after posting a dominating 4 1/4-length victory over stablemate Rock Shandy.
Gulfstream Park announced a multi-year partnership in which Lambholm South will become title sponsor of the $400,000 Holy Bull (gr. II), to be run Saturday, Jan. 24.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III). read blog
Trainer Chad Brown said Remsen Stakes winner Leave the Light On is expected to return to the work tab soon as the colt trains at Palm Meadows in preparation for the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.
Barbara Livingston has won an unprecedented third Eclipse Award for photography for her photograph of Tapiture working out in a driving rainstorm at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.
Watch Tapit at Gainesway Farm as Michael Hernon reviews the year's success. Hernon discusses Tapit's big races, his background, personality, some of his top winners. watch video
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jerome Stakes (gr. III), the first Kentucky Derby prep race of 2015. read blog
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.
A dozen people who left their mark on the Thoroughbred industry this year. View Newsmakers
Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by a slim margin as he nipped Firing Line and Mr. Z in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Hollywood/CashCall Futurity a record six times at Hollywood Park, has a chance to add to the total with the undefeated Dortmund in the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
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