Breeders' Cup Ltd. and Keeneland Association joined forces Aug. 18 for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money to fight ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more widely called "Lou Gehrig's Disease.
- By Frank Angst
With its return to dirt racing this fall, Keeneland hopes to hear that greeting--cue Eric Clapton--from more horsemen interested in prepping their top starters for main-track races in this year's Breeders' Cup. blog
Evan Hammonds looks at the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes, and Alabama Stakes. watch video
Trainer Charlie LoPresti was still mulling over comeback options for Wise Dan but seemed more inclined toward deciding Aug. 16 after sending the Horse of the Year through his third dirt work at Saratoga Race Course.
Getting back into a regular work pattern, California Chrome put in a maintenance drill at Los Alamitos Racecourse the morning of Aug. 15, covering four furlongs handily in :50 2/5.
After a 2014 season that saw him add a pair of group I placings on turf to his resume, grade I winner Verrazano has been retired. The 2013 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner will stand at Ashford Stud.
NYRA's Martin Panza said tracks need to focus on reducing race days or carded races in order to maintain quality for fans and bettors. He said the U.S. needs to build race days with national and international appeal.
Fox Hill Farms' highly regarded Cassatt muscled her way to victory Aug. 9 in the $105,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park, earning her first graded stakes score and extending her winning streak to three.
Despite skipping a start in the Aug. 9 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT), two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan moved forward in his recovery from colic surgery when he worked over the main track at Saratoga that day.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is expected to return to the worktab for the first time since running fourth in the Belmont Stakes when he breezes Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
With Wise Dan still progressing in his comeback from May 16 colic surgery, favoritism and a highweight assignment in Saratoga's $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) go to Dale Romans trainee Silver Max.
Vic Zast, a racetrack executive, businessman, turf writer, and ardent racing fan, died Aug. 3. Zast, who had been a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse and authored the "Saratoga Diary" blog at Bloodhorse.com, was 69.
Delta Princess, the dam of champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Aug. 5 due to a degenerative stifle condition according to a release from Adena Springs.
- By Frank Angst
More good news for connections of Moreno and his fans: In recent years, winners of the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) have enjoyed more Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) success than the winners of any other race conducted after June 1 read blog
Javier Barajas, a veteran trackman with international experience managing dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, has been named track superintendent for Keeneland, officials at the Lexington oval announced Aug. 5.
Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked five furlongs in 1:02.04 on Saratoga's main track Aug. 2 as trainer Charlie LoPresti continues to weigh options for a comeback race.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.
For the second year in a row City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, is the primary non-profit beneficiary for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Frank Angst's Keeping Pace blog debuts with a look at the Breeders' Cup Challenge series to date and automatic qualifiers Bayern, Taghrooda, and Big Macher. read blog
Breezing for the third time since returning to training after colic surgery, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan went an easy five furlongs in 1:03.72 over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga Race Course July 25.
The Breeders' Cup announced July 23 the final composition of its board of directors upon the completion of runoff voting by the 45 Breeders' Cup Members.
Review the racing career of Classic winner Mucho Macho Man. view slideshow
Three Breeders' Cup board of director seats will be filled following two run-off elections being held July 21-22. The elections will fill a pair of four-year seats and a seat with a one-year term.
Mucho Macho Man, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old son of Macho Uno will stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Untapable will face males in the July 27 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), trainer Steve Asmussen told Monmouth Park officials July 14.
Sentient Jet, a Breeders' Cup sponsor from 2008 through 2011, is back in the fold, the partners announced July 14. The aviation company will sponsor the grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Belle Gallantey, a $35,000 claim just seven months ago, lulled rivals to sleep on the front end and then carried on to upset the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 12 at Delaware Park.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan clicked through his first breeze since his May 16 colic surgery, getting a half-mile on the Keeneland lawn in :50 2/5 and galloping out in 1:02 2/5 under exercise rider Damien Rock.
Lord Lloyd-Webber's The Fugue, a four-time group I stakes winner, has been retired, trainer John Gosden said. The mare earned more than $3 million in a 17-race career.
Minorette posted a mild upset in the $1 million Belmont Oaks (gr. IT) July 5 at Belmont Park, landing her first North American victory at odds of 6-1.
California Chrome could make his first start back after a brief layoff in a race at Los Alamitos in September en route to the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Construction may be going full-steam-ahead on the main track at Keeneland, but that hasn't stopped two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan from progressing in his recovery from colic surgery.
Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before July 15.
Eight candidates are seeking to fill six available positions on the Breeders' Cup board of directors, the organization announced June 26. The 45 Breeders' Cup Members vote to fill these positions.
When Del Mar and Keeneland host their first Breeders' Cup World Championships, the two tracks will both be relying on relatively new dirt surfaces as their main tracks.
A three-year plan of upcoming Breeders' Cup sites does not include eight-time host Churchill Downs or the New York Racing Association, a five-time host; but Cup officials said the schedule should not be seen as a snub.
The opportunity to race at the track closest to the Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding industry that has helped make the Breeders' Cup possible proved a major factor in awarding the 2015 Breeders' Cup to Keeneland.
In a move that would keep the timing of its "Fall Stars" weekend in place, Keeneland hopes to start its 2015 fall meet one weekend earlier than usual.
Breeders' Cup announces the 2015 host site as Keeneland. watch video
Breeders' Cup Ltd. announced June 24 that the 2015 World Championships will be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, will return to Santa Anita Park in 2016, and will be held at Del Mar in 2017.
A victory in Peru June 22 earned Stud Couet's Valiant Emilia a starting berth in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) later this year at Santa Anita Park.
The June 22 Clasico Cesar Del Rio (Peru-III) at Hipodromo de Moterrico will be the first-ever Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge event held in Peru.
Santa Anita Park announced it will hold a morning press conference June 24 to "announce a three-year plan for the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships that includes The Great Race Place."
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Breeders' Cup has selected Keeneland as host site for the 2015 World Championships, with the event returning to Santa Anita Park in 2016 and Del Mar in 2017.
Calder Casino & Race Course said June 16 it has canceled its "Summit of Speed" program scheduled for July 5 because of its pending racing-dates deal with nearby Gulfstream Park.
Claire Novak updates us on how the horses returned from the Belmont Stakes and their future plans. Tonalist and Commissioner may point towards the Travers and Breeders' Cup is still in sight for California Chrome. watch video
Palace Malice proved his class in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, winning his second grade I a year after taking the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Close Hatches turned back Princess of Sylmar and picked up the pieces when Beholder finished fourth in the June 7 Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Fairplex will remain open as part of Southern California's off-site stabling through the Breeders' Cup World Champions this fall rather than closing July 10 as earlier planned.
Victor Espinoza has been a model of consistency aboard California Chrome, but Belmont Park presents unique challenges during the running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), said NYRA analyst and retired rider Richard Migliore.
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