Flexibility, the 1-2 choice, was an easy winner of the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old son of Bluegrass Cat got the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.98.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah established a single season record for earnings in 2015 while his owner, Zayat Stables LLC, finished the year as the leading owner by earnings.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple grade II winner Mohaymen breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5 at Palm Meadows Dec. 31, the first work since his arrival in South Florida earlier in December.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) and also take a look at the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III). Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. read blog
Flexibility, second in a pair of grade II tests at Aqueduct, returns to the Big A hoping the third time is the charm as he contests the Jerome Stakes Jan. 2.
Turfway Park's winter/spring Thoroughbred race meet opens Jan. 1, with eight stakes highlighting the 46-day schedule. The meet runs through April 3 and includes the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Looking through my old Derby recaps for Blood-Horse, I have compiled a series of backstretch anecdotes that I feel capture some of my most memorable behind-the-scenes moments covering the Derby. read blog
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Dec. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes and $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) are the South Florida track's first major 3-year-old races on the 2016 calendar.
American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, culminating in his breathtaking victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) that ended a 37-year drought, was honored Dec. 24 as the "Sports Story of the Year" by AP.
Voting for 2015 NTRA Moment of the Year is underway via Twitter through Jan. 3, 2016.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert added another Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) victory to his record Dec. 19, sending out winner Mor Spirit and runner-up Toews On Ice.
Raising the bar on handicapping contests, Churchill Downs Dec. 18 unveiled the inaugural TwinSpires.com Kentucky Derby Betting Championship on May 6-7.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Los Alamitos Futurity, featuring Toews On Ice, Mor Spirit, Urlacher, and Sorryaboutnothing. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
The New York Racing Association has released the official logo for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Eschewing an online poll that favored Triple Crown winner American Pharoah as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 2015, editors of the magazine went with tennis star Serena Williams.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could have as many as three participants in the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
American Pharoah, who earlier this year became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, won the online readers' poll for the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award for 2015.
Even-money favorite Found Money welcomed a return to the California bred or sired ranks with a 1 1/4 length victory in the $101,000 King Glorious Stakes Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
On Dec. 13, Mexican Triple Crown winner Huitlacoche will be making his first start outside of his native country in the Clasico del Caribe at Panama City's Hipdromo Presidente Remon.
Lenny Shulman talks about Trevor Denman, Shared Belief, Robert Evans and sits down with Kenny Rice. Kenny tells his Triple Crown story and a moment he had with Gary Busey. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions watch video
Who had the most impressive performances? Who prevailed over the toughest fields? Look for the results in the upcoming special Year-in-Review Dec. 26/Jan. 2 double issue of Blood-Horse.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a partnership with TwinSpires.com that includes naming TwinSpires.com the official presenting partner of Louisiana Derby Day on March 26, 2016.
Oaklawn Park will pay tribute to American Pharoah with a 'bobblehorse' promotion on Jan. 18, 2016.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been selected to receive the 2015 Secretariat Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
The online fashion auction "Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" continues with a second Derby chapeau going on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
A halter worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Spend a Buck's 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) owner's trophy are among the horse racing memorabilia available at the online auction site Lelands.com.
The 35th running of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) heads a list of 12 stakes worth a combined $1.025 million at Golden Gate Fields' 2015-16 winter-spring meet.
On a brisk fall morning at Calumet Farm, dual classic winner Smarty Jones stood alertly in his paddock. The 14-year-old son of Elusive Quality is settling in well at the Lexington landmark.
J. Keeler Johnson discusses ten up-and-coming contenders for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. read blog
The mutuel field was the 3-5 favorite when in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Nov. 29, and unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist was the 9-1 second choice.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen emerged from his Nov. 28 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) victory in good shape, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin the morning of Nov. 29.
Norman Casse can't help but dream about the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after two big wins on the Nov. 28 card at Churchill Downs with Airoforce and Conquest Big E.
Airoforce splashed over the sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs Nov. 28 with nary an issue, closing gamely to grind out a victory when making his dirt debut in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen stayed unbeaten and added a second straight graded stakes win to his record Nov. 28 when drawing away to a clear win in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Churchill will offer a new twist to its future wager menu with the debut of the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist is the likely individual choice, but the ever-popular "all others" wager is the morning-line favorite for the first pool of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Exaggerator was the class of the field headed into the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) on the merit of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and the Curlin colt delivered.
Smarty Jones, whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.
The $1.95 million stakes schedule for the winter meet at renovated Laurel Park includes "Win and You're In" races for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. read blog
Award recognizes American Pharoah's connections for enhancing Thoroughbred racing coverage through cooperation with media and racing publicists.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner American Pharoah is among 12 candidates for the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will enter stud at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., in 2016 for a first-year fee of $200,000, the American division of Coolmore Stud announced Nov. 6.
The last day to register online for presale of about 10,000 reserved seats for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) is Nov. 4, Churchill Downs officials said.
The stars aligned in Lexington Oct. 31 as American Pharoah completed his storybook career that included a sweep of the Triple Crown and attracting a large following of regular and non-traditional horse fans.
Nyquist cemented his status as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when the undefeated colt kicked clear leaving the second turn to win the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
A Florida senator has filed a resolution honoring J.B. and Kevin McKathan, who played a major role in the early development of Triple Crown winner and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah.
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