Newly crowned single-season North American earnings record holder Javier Castellano picked up a graded win Dec. 14 at Gulfstream Park when he guided Heart Stealer in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes.
Gulfstream Park moved ahead of Tampa Bay Downs during November in Florida's three-way competition for host-track simulcast business, according to data released Dec. 12 by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
Shy's Aly, the only foal in the first crop of Florida-based stallion Too Shy Will Fly, rallied from last early to post a 7 1/2-length victory in a maiden special weight race Friday, Dec. 13, at Calder Casino & Race Course.
With a victory in the third race at Gulfstream Park Friday, Dec. 13, Javier Castellano established a new North American single-season purse earnings record for jockeys.
Normandy Invasion and Itsmyluckyday, both highly regarded sophomores early in the season, have returned to training in Florida and will prepare for their 4-year-old campaigns in 2014.
R Free Roll will stay in South Florida as she tries to nail down the first graded stakes win of her career Dec. 14 at Gulfstream Park in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III).
Nevada Kid went to the lead and was never headed in the $192,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Dec. 7, wrapping up a solid day of racing that featured eight events worth a total of $1 million at the South Florida oval.
Csaba successfully defended his title in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III), notching consecutive wins when he put away Valid in the final sixteenth of the Dec. 7 test at Calder Casino & Race Course.
In a civil suit filed Nov. 26 in a state court in Miami, Hialeah Park is seeking to take control of administration of its purse account from the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man breezed three furlongs at Gulfstream Park early the morning of Dec. 7, marking his first workout since capturing the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
Hialeah Park has begun its fifth consecutive Quarter Horse racing season and is preparing for a year in which it might have its biggest chance yet to regain a Thoroughbred racing license.
The first major event of the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet will take place Dec. 7 with the Claiming Crown, a collection of eight stakes races worth a total of $1 million.
Millions Turf Preview Stakes winner Bad Debt shares co-highweight assignment with Philly Ace in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 7 at Calder, a race Philly Ace won in 2012 in his last start.
Csaba returns to graded stakes company for the first time since this summer in a title defense of the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Dec 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 3 the promotion of Maureen Adams to president and general manager of Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Trainer Jamie Ness collected his 2,000th career victory when Caylee's Song won the second race at Laurel Park Nov. 28.
Eclipse Award champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Big Drama heads HallMarc Stallion's 2014 roster.
The annual Jockeys' Guild Assembly will be held Jan. 27-28, 2014, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla.
Northwest Stud near Ocala, Fl. has announced its stud fees for the 2014 breeding season, including the latest stallion to join its rapidly-growing roster, grade I winner Turbo Compressor.
Joe and Helen Barbazon announced the arrival of four additional stallions at their newly formed Pleasant Acres Stallions near Morriston, Fl., along with the 2014 stud fees for the roster, which now numbers six.
Calder Casino & Race Course is planning a mid-December move of its poker room from its racing building to its casino building, perhaps in an effort to increase revenue.
Woodford Thoroughbreds will stand first-year stallions Soldat for $5,000 and Currency Swap for $3,500.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association Nov. 6 elected officers and outlined its strategy for 2014.
P.J. Campo, who served as vice president and director of racing for the New York Racing Association, has taken a job as vice president of racing with The Stronach Group.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man returned to his Gulfstream Park base just before noon Nov. 6 following a cross-country flight from Southern California.
Florida lawmakers should ensure the racing and breeding industry has the tools to compete in a competitive gambling market, the executive director of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association said Nov. 4.
Team Valor International said its recent private purchase Mexikoma, who rallied well to finish a close-up sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 2, is headed to Florida to prepare for his 3-year-old season.
High Cotton will remain at $7,500 stands and nurses, while new stallion Prospective still stand for $5,000.
Calder Hall of Fame trainer Bill White achieved the milestone 2,000th career victory when his horse Determinato crossed the finish line in the $50,000 Kaiser Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 26.
Gil Campbell's homebred Scandalous Act, who swept the three-race Florida Stallion Series races for fillies, worked a half-mile in :51 4/5 at Calder Oct. 25 in preparation of the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Brethren and Winslow Homer are new to the Central Florida farm's 13-stallion roster.
Prospective, Malibu Moon's grade II-winning earner of $719,130, has been retired from racing and will stand at J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud in Florida for the 2014 breeding season.
Racing will resume in the Miami area Oct. 25, with Calder Casino & Race Course saying it will keep sending its live and imported signals to Gulfstream Park rather than joining Gulfstream in a cross-town simulcast blackout.
Turtle Pond Farm's Marty Hershe, a longtime Florida breeder, died Oct. 3 at age 92. A memorial service was held recently at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. in Ocala, Fla.
Capitalizing on the momentum of this year's thriving auction market, the consignor preferred session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale in Ocala, Fla., enjoyed substantial gains in all key economic indicators.
Joe and Helen Barbazon of Morriston, Fla., announced Oct. 15 the formation of Pleasant Acre Stallions to be located in Marion County near their current Thoroughbred facility, Pleasant Acres Farm.
Results from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale and high expectations for this week's OBS fall mixed sale indicated growing confidence in additional segments of the Florida marketplac
Brethren, a graded stakes-winning half brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver, has retired to stud at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Currency Swap, winner of the 2011 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), will stand the 2014 breeding season at Woodford Thoroughbreds Ocala in Central Florida. The multiple graded stakes winner's stud fee is set at $3,500.
The number of trainers that have nominated themselves for the right to nominate horses to the $1 million Claiming Crown increased this year to 283 from 276 in 2012.
Tiz Showbiz was the first winner for Hello Broadway with his Sept. 30 win in the first race at Delaware Park.
Gulfstream Park said Sept. 30 it has started construction of a $4 million structure with 380 new stalls on the south side of racetrack property.
Northwest Stud has announced that Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) winner Wrote and multiple graded stakes winner Duke of Mischief have joined the farm's stallion roster.
Lanwades Stud and HallMarc Stallions announced Sept. 26 the relocation of leading American sire Leroidesanimaux to stand at Lanwades in Newmarket beginning in 2014.
A revamped Festival Day celebration featuring three graded races worth $700,000, three cards offering three major stakes apiece, and a record $2,695,000 in purse money highlight Tampa's stakes schedule for the 2013-14 meet.
The Florida Senate Committee on Gaming was told Sept. 23 it will review multiple scenarios prepared by a consultant in regard to the possible expansion of gambling in the state.
Trainer Marty Wolfson sent out four horses in the $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream Park Sept. 21, and hit the board with two of them when My Pal Chrisy won and Starship Truffles came in third.
In what amounts to another victory in its battle with neighboring Calder Casino & Race Course, Gulfstream Park announced Sept. 19 it will hold the inaugural Sunshine Millions Preview Day on Nov. 9.
Since fans at the Hallandale Beach track last saw her, the 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly established herself as a grade I winner and subsequently was purchased for $1 million at auction.
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