Triple Crown winner American Pharoah worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park the morning of Sept. 27 as the Zayat Stables homebred continues to progress toward the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
In only the fourth start of his career, Lucky Charm Stable's Smooth Roller lived up to his name with an impressive score in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Photo Call and jockey Drayden Van Dyke split rivals midstretch and continued well to register a clear victory in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird continued her winning ways in style Sept. 26, drawing clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park to build a 3-for-3 record.
Spendthrift Farm's indefatigable 5-year-old mare was once again much the best at Santa Anita Park, taking the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) in the easiest of gallops Sept. 26.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist preserved his perfect record Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park, determinedly turning back the valliant inside run of Swipe to claim the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture returned to winning form Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, gamely holding off favored Viva Majorca to win the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
When the earliest training session at Santa Anita Park Sept. 26 resembled a Southern California freeway during rush hour, it was a pretty good indication of how local trainers felt about the ongoing heat wave in the region.
Those hoping to see Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind back in action on Santa Anita Park's jam-packed opening day Sept. 26 will likely only have to wait a week to watch the 3-year-old daughter of Curlin run.
Los Alamitos Race Course ended its three-week Thoroughbred meeting Sept. 25, but how the Orange County racetrack judges "success" is still up in the air.
A final soundness exam Oct. 1 by Dr. Larry Bramalge of Rood & Riddle will clear the 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit for a return to training, and he is expected to ship back to trainer Art Sherman's California base.
Donato Lanni and John Youngblood's Avanzare will seek his third straight graded turf score Sept. 27 in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced Sep. 24 that Arapahoe Park has joined as a member.
Shared Belief, who has not raced since suffering a non-displaced hip fracture in the Charles Town Classic April 18, is in training with expectations that he could return to the races at Santa Anita Park's winter meet.
Horse Racing Radio Network has scheduled three hours of Breeders' Cup Challenge coverage from Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Songbird, Fox Hill Farms' unbeaten Medaglia d'Oro filly, faces three fillies she topped in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. II) Sept. 26 in Santa Anita's Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles.
Yet to find the winner's circle so far in his 4-year-old campaign, the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 may be Bayern's last hurrah.
Undefeated Nyquist looms a short-priced favorite as he tries two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
With another run against males in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) potentially in Beholder's future, it might be easy to overlook the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita, but that would be misguided.
A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
California Horse Racing Board commissioner George Krikorian's Big Book has been disqualified from her victory in the July 25 Fleet Treat at Del Mar because of a test that showed elevated levels of acepromazine.
Jockey agent Derek Lawson was surprised when he walked into Flavien Prat's room at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Sept. 23. His rider was standing up, by himself, looking him right in the eye.
Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, is scheduled to be released from Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Calif. Sept. 23 after suffering a stroke Sept. 18.
Sky Kingdom, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of successful sire Empire Maker, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington for a $5,000 fee.
Five days after breaking multiple vertebrae in his back and puncturing a lung after a fall at Los Alamitos Race Course, jockey Flavien Prat was out of bed and walking for the first time Sept. 22.
The Breeders' Cup has today revealed the new logo for the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Co-owner Jim Rome said on Twitter Sept. 21 that Shared Belief, who hasn't raced since April, is officially back in training.
Millionaire Smart Bid, a two-time graded stakes-winning son of Smart Strike, has been relocated to stand the 2016 breeding season at Milky Way Farm near Temecula, Calif., for a fee of $3,500.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returned to the worktab for the first time since his runner-up finish in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) when he breezed an easy half in :49 4/5 at Santa Anita Park.
The finish line came just in time for Super Majesty, who won $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies over fast-finishing Chide Sept. 19 on the "Downs After Dark" card at Churchill Downs.
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed, died of a heart attack the morning of Sept. 19.
Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, is recovering from a stroke he suffered Sept. 18, according to O'Neill's operations manager Sharla Sanders.
California-based freshman sire Run Brother Ron saw his first winner Sept. 18 when Gunslinger Rules drew off in the stretch to score a five-length victory in a maiden claiming race at Stockton (San Joaquin Fair).
When asked during the Sept. 16 Republican debate on CNN, primary candidate Carly Fiorina told a national audience that if elected president her Secret Service code name would be "Secretariat".
The morning after a fall at Los Alamitos Race Course caused multiple fractures in his back, jockey Flavien Prat remains in the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center's intensive care unit.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder turned in what might end up being her final timed workout in preparation for the Sept. 26 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) when she covered six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 Sept. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
After a spill that sent Flavien Prat and Santiago Gonzalez to the ground Sept. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, both jockeys were transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will miss the rest of 2015 due to a cannon bone bruise.
Nearly a month after the California Horse Racing Board hit the brakes on third-party administration of furosemide in the state, the governing body spent just more than a minute to move the process along at a meeting Sept. 16.
Beholder will target the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a potential showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Ned Toffey confirmed. Her connections have also decided not to offer her at auction this year.
Joe Morris, who was general manager at Golden Gate Fields for The Stronach Group from 2011-13, is returning to the company as senior vice president of West Coast operations.
Jockey Victor Espinoza and partner Karina Smirnoff will see how long they last in a televised dancing competition that begins the evening of Sept. 14 on ABC.
Tested the length of the stretch by Noosito, Stryker Phd showed his mettle with a hard-fought three-quarter length victory in 1:40.75 for 1 1/16 miles.
With a closing drive aboard 3-year-old filly Nite Delite in a maiden special weight event Sept. 12 at Los Alamitos, jockey Edwin Maldonado claimed his 1,000th victory.
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Ken and Sarah Ramsey were named National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year the evening of Sept. 11 during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association national awards dinner held at Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in 2016.
With temperatures touching triple digits in Southern California recently, trainer Richard Mandella took it easy on Beholder Sept. 11 at Santa Anita Park.
After a 17-year absence, live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing with pari-mutuel wagering returns to Casper, Wyo., for four days: Sept. 12-13 and 19-20.
Betfair, the exchange wagering giant and owner of U.S. advance-deposit wagering company and racing channel TVG, plans to merge with Paddy Power to become one of the world's largest public online betting and gaming companies.
Del Mar raced to a close of its 76th summer season on Labor Day, completing a 40-day meet that saw total handle figures rise by nearly 10% thanks to four additional race days.
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