The $1.1 million Claiming Crown, which gives claiming horses their shot in nine stakes restricted to horses who have started for a tag in 2014 or 2015, will return to Gulfstream Park Dec. 5.
The annual Jockeys' Guild Assembly will be Tuesday and Wednesday Feb. 16-17 in Hollywood, Fla., at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Lady Eli, who stepped on a nail at Belmont Park and came down with laminitis July 4, has returned to trainer Chad Brown at his Palm Meadows Training Center base in Florida.
Good Friends Stable's multiple grade I winner Private Zone will get some rest and relaxation before commencing a 2016 campaign, co-owner and racing manager Rene Douglas said Dec. 1.
Mongolian Stables' Mongolian Saturday breezed a half-mile clockwise over Gulfstream Park's main track Nov. 27 in anticipation of his next assignment in the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
As Tampa Bay Downs prepared to begin its meet Nov. 28, Peter Berube, general manager at the Florida racetrack, discussed its model for success in the face of competition from tracks with alternative gaming.
After four starts on grass to open her career, N.T.S. Stable and Kathryn Davey's Andreya's Reward will try dirt for the first time in the $75,000 Hut Hut Stakes Nov. 28 at Gulfstream Park West.
Since moving down to Florida in September, Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte has been unbeatable. He continued his streak Nov. 21 at Gulfstream Park West, claiming the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT).
The Dec. 5 Claiming Crown, with total purses of $1.1 million for nine races, has attracted 309 nominations and will highlight opening day of Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet.
Graded stakes winner Chitu has been retired to stud at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala for a $3,000 fee. The farm reports he will become the first Florida stallion to participate in the "Share the Upside" program.
OwnerView in January will present its first New Owner of the Year Award, which will honor a new Thoroughbred owner who has been successful in the sport and has had a positive impact on the industry.
J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud has set fees for its 12-stallion roster, including new stallions The Big Beast ($6,000) and I Spent It ($3,000).
Continuing an upward progression that began this summer, Saraguaro followed his first stakes victory last month with another strong performance Nov. 7, winning the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview by 1 1/4 lengths.
Leading sire Ghostzapper's fee remains at $60,000.
H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall is scheduled to seek a repeat victory in the Millions Classic Preview, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a field of seven.
The Florida track will offer 23 stakes worth $2.7 million on six Saturdays.
I Spent It, winner of the 2014 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2016 at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida. A fee will be announced soon.
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.
Horsemen's groups are rallying to head off a move to decouple live racing from casino-style gambling at pari-mutuel facilities in Florida. Currently, tracks with slot machines must also offer live racing.
The Big Beast, winner of last year's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2016 at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association was recognized by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.
"He breezed awful fast," trainer Marcus Vitali said of the five-furlong move, timed in 1:00.85 Oct. 12 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Topped by the stakes-winning Red Giant filly Puddifoot at $120,000, the consignor preferred session of the Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale fell in virtually all key statistical categories Oct. 13.
Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT) challenger Big John B would the sixth Breeders' Cup starter bred by Florida-based BryLynn Farm.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s October horses of racing age will be held at 10 a.m. EDT Oct. 12. The mixed sale begins Oct. 13, with the horses of racing age session Oct. 14.
Kent Stirling, who has served as executive director of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association since 1995, will transition out of the position this year.
Gretna Racing, which won a license to offer Quarter Horse barrel racing as a steppingstone to apply for slot machines, was dealt a setback when the Florida First District Court of Appeal Oct. 2 reversed its earlier opinion.
A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.
Fantasy sports, fixed odds, and broader distribution were offered as potential avenues of growth for the pari-mutuel racing industry - all with caveats - during an Oct.6 session at the International Simulcast Conference.
All-sources and live wagering and purses increased substantially during Gulfstream Park's 55-day summer meet that concluded Oct. 3 with the $1.3 million Florida Sire Stakes.
An Oct. 5 panel discussion on how a shortage of Thoroughbred owners is largely responsible for reductions in field size in recent years generate a more serious assessment of the state of owner recruitment.
Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement with Lambholm South to sponsor the 36th renewal of the Tampa Bay Derby, the track's grade II Triple Crown prep race scheduled for March 12, 2016.
Multiple graded stakes winner Senor Swinger will relocate to La Mancha Farm in Ocala, Fla,. for the 2016 breeding season, as property of Michael V. Laurato.
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Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid gamely put away an onslaught of closers to win the $75,000 Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Gene Sipus and Julia Moya each pinhooked weanlings to the September yearling sale and sold them profitably for six figures in Book 3 of the sale.
'Decoupling' of racing, gaming heating up
The registered foal crop for 2015 is expected to reach 22,000. The number of stallions covering mares in 2014 dropped 5.7%, while the number of mares bred increased 1.6%.
In a survey designed to combat claims that the leaders of horsemen's groups don't represent their membership, the Florida HBPA Sept. 16 released the results of a poll that said most respondents support use of Lasix.
Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner Noble Bird will sit out the rest of the year after emerging from the Aug. 8 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course with a hip injury, trainer Mark Casse said Sept. 12.
Donald R. Dizney's grade II-winning homebred Bahamian Squall will retire to Dizney's Double Diamond Farm near Ocala, Fla., to stand for the 2016 breeding season.
There are 811 horses cataloged for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Grade III winner Fury Kapcori has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.
Ramiro Restrepo is opening doors for Fasig-Tipton with horsemen in the Caribbean and South America.
It's a Factum aced the second race at Hastings Racecourse Aug. 9, going gate to wire while becoming the first winner for young Florida stallion Factum, a half brother to prominent sire War Front.
Sagamore Farn and Mel Paikoff's Happy My Way, a grade III-winning gelding by Wilko, was put down following a slab fracture that could not be repaired. The 5-year-old ran fifth Aug. 1 in a stakes race at Mountaineer.
Rebounding from an eighth-place finish in the Smile Sprint (gr. II), Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger's Falling Sky captured the $75,000 Trinniberg Stakes at Gulfstream Park Aug. 1.
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Calder Casino & Race Course is said to be planning to demolish its seven-story grandstand/clubhouse building beginning in December after a two-month meet operated by Gulfstream Park.
When Andy and Harry Hernandez suited up for the third race July 16 at Gulfstream Park, the five-furlong turf event became more about family and less about competition.
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