A Thoroughbred owner for nearly 50 years, Ralph Evans has attended just one edition of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)--the 1979 renewal. Upstart could take him back with a runner and is looking to continue on the path Feb. 21.
Team Valor International's Speechify, winner of his past two races, will make his 2015 debut against solid Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint winner Weekend Hideaway Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, a three-time winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will send out the duo of Eskenformoney and Enchantress Feb. 21 in the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.
Gulfstream Park president Tim Ritvo announced Feb. 16 the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track is taking steps to improve physical access for patrons with disabilities.
Dual Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence breezed an easy half-mile on turf in :50 at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 16 in preparation for his scheduled 2015 debut in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT).
The first reported foal by grade II winner and Bridlewood Farm stallion Corfu is a filly born Jan. 31 at Green Key Farm in Sparr, Fla.
A Florida-based company said Feb. 12 it will enter the historical race wagering market as a systems, platform, tote, and game provider.
Legislation governing equine medication policy is scheduled to be heard Feb. 18 by the Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee.
Homebred Merry Meadow, winner of the Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) for trainer Mark Hennig, is the 121-pound highweight in a field of seven entered for the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park.
More than halfway into the 2014-15 championship meet at Gulfstream Park, fast-rising White Wabbit Wacing holds a narrow lead over two-time defending champions Ken and Sarah Ramsey in the competition for leading owner.
The sale company will follow the uniform medication model rules adopted for racing by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Medication rule changes will begin in March.
Constitution notched his second grade I victory Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and did so impressively, taking the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) wire-to-wire while holding off 2014 Donn victor Lea.
Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva won her second straight stakes and first North American graded contest with a length victory over Rosalind in the Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Wildcat Heir's hallmarks were consistency and the ability to transmit precocious speed, characteristics that made him highly desirable to Florida breeders.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association faces a second lawsuit challenging the legality of a 10% administrative fee the association gets from state incentive awards.
Fresh off a victory in the Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) 14 days earlier, Lochte looks to continue his winning ways Feb. 7 in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT).
The War Pass gelding began his career winning a $50,000 maiden claiming event at Saratoga Race Course, and on Feb. 7 he will try to become a stakes winner in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream.
Son of First Samurai faces a tall task Feb. 7 for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, coming back to defend his title against Commissioner and Constitution along with European invader Sloane Avenue.
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight remained undefeated in two starts and aced both his 3-year-old and stakes debuts Jan. 31, taking the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Knocked from last year's Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park.
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.
Calder and Churchill Downs Inc. still have not applied for any of the permits required to tear down barns and put up new structures, the head of the development department for the city of Miami Gardens said.
The first reported foal for Rattlesnake Bridge is a colt foaled at 3 a.m. EST Jan. 26 at Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 175 entries for its flagship Florida 2-year-olds in training sale that will be held March 4 at Gulfstream Park for the first time.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. predicts a solid start to its 2015 auction season during the Jan. 28-29 winter mixed sale, which will offer a consignor preferred session, open session, and horses of racing age section.
Rocketing from far back, Forum Racing's Birdatthewire easily took the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) in a 12-1 surprise from Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Consumer Credit became a graded winner Jan. 24, closing on the outside with a solid run to capture the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
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).
Retired trainer James P. "Jim" Cunningham died Jan. 16 at Baycare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin, Fla., after a lingering illness. He was 71.
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.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Liaison is a filly that was born Jan. 6 in Micanopy, Fla.
The Florida horseman helped select Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck as a yearling for friend Dennis Diaz. Fuentes then raised and broke the 1985 Derby winner and Horse of the Year.
Csaba, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Kitten's Joy, has been retired to stud and will stand the 2015 season at Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres Stallions near Morriston, Fla.
Multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red exited his fifth-place finish in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic with a right hind injury, trainer Jose Garoffalo said Jan. 19.
Steve Coburn, co-owner/breeder of California Chrome, was effusive in praising fans.
Though her 2014 campaign didn't end the way her connections had hoped, Close Hatches put together a strong enough resume to capture the Eclipse Award as champion older female.
- By Tom LaMarra
Javier Castellano not only accumulated the most purse earnings by a jockey in 2014 with $25,056,464, he won the most races -- 315 -- of any rider in North America.
He is known as "Little Bill," a nickname given to him by older riders in recognition of a riding style matching that of Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker.
Pletcher secured his second straight Eclipse as outstanding trainer in ceremonies Saturday, Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park and his seventh outstanding trainer award overall.
New York-bred Weekend Hideaway dispatched pacesetter Happy My Way with a furlong to run and romped clear to win the $100,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
California Chrome's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was voted the 2014 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.
HRTV will again provide live coverage of the Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 17, organizers announced Jan. 14.
Back at Gulfstream Park, Wildcat Red appears the one to beat in the $250,000 Sunshine Million Classic on Jan. 17, but East Hall could prove his strongest challenger.
The 2015 Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will begin Feb. 7 with top races at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, officials said Jan. 14.
Happy My Way is set to make his 2015 debut in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park, where the 5-year-old gelding developed into a stakes-placed performer last season.
Palm Meadows Training Center, a satellite facility for Gulfstream Park, has added a standing magnetic resonance imaging unit, which it says is the first at a Thoroughbred racetrack or training center in North America.
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.
Lea left no doubts he's back, posting an impressive 1/2-length victory over Confrontation to take the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10. It was his second Hal's Hope score.
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish earned his first graded victory on North American soil Jan. 10, spinning wide off the final turn but still managing a neck decision in the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIT) at Gulfstream.
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.
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