High Cotton, Florida's leading first-crop sire by progeny earnings with more than $500,000, will stand in 2012 for $5,000, double his 2011 fee.
A bill introduced Nov. 3 in the Florida legislature could allow Hialeah Park to again hold annual Thoroughbred meets, provided that it becomes a site for the Breeders' Cup.
Florida breeder/owner Harold Queen has retired his homebred Eclipse Award winner and Breeders' Cup winner Big Drama.
Gone Astray, a grade II winner and millionaire, will enter stud in 2012 for a fee of $4,500 at Northwest Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Tampa Bay Downs will open its 2011-12 meet Dec. 3 with lower pari-mutuel takeout rates on some wagers and $1.5 million in capital improvements.
Three southeast Florida pari-mutuels are asking the Supreme Court of Florida to consider a review of a lower court's decision that authorizes Hialeah Park to have a casino with Las Vegas-style slot machines.
The Gadsden County Florida Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Gretna Racing LLC's request to authorize a referendum.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale in Central Florida will have a new horses of racing age section in 2012. The horses of racing age will be offered consecutively in a designated portion of the catalog.
Two bills that would authorize three destination resorts with casinos, including roulette and other table games, in the southeast Florida counties of Miami-Dade and Broward were introduced in the state legislature Oct. 26.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering late in the afternoon Oct. 19 approved an application by Gretna Racing LLC to use its Quarter Horse permit to conduct pari-mutuel barrel racing at its facility in Gretna, Fla.
Crown of Thorns, a multiple graded stakes winner, will enter stud in 2012 at John and Susan Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale will begin its two-day run Oct. 18 in Central Florida. There are 441 lots cataloged for the auction.
Historic Hialeah Park won another court round in its effort to match casinos at Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course.
Fasig-Tipton will conduct its Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training next year later than usual. The auction is scheduled for March 26 at the Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach.
The Jockey Club reported Sept. 15 that 2,904 stallions covered 44,184 mares in North America during 2010, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 7, 2011.
It did not take long for the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale to reach the seven-figure mark, with Mandy Pope paying $1 million for a gray/roan filly by Unbridled's Song out of Silvery Swan.
Florida-bred grade I winner First Dude will stand the 2012 breeding season at Don Dizney's Double Diamond Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Calder Casino & Race Course has reinstated trainer Kirk Ziadie, two years after it barred him for reasons it now says are related to positive drug tests on horses and late payments to vendors.
Harold Queen's Big Drama, champion sprinter of 2010, will return to the races Sept. 4 at Calder Casino & Race Course with an eye toward this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Beautiful Pleasure, voted the 1999 champion older female after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), died recently in Kentucky because of complications from laminitis.
Hialeah Park has hired Steve Calabro, a former Gulfstream Park president, for its new position of director of gaming, and believes the courts will uphold its plans to open a casino with slots and a poker room.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino has unveiled a $3 million capital improvement project, including installation of the Trakus system, that will be completed in time for the 2011-12 season that runs from Dec. 3 through April 8.
The final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August sale of yearlings ended with another day of across-the-board increases despite a smaller amount of horses offered for sale.
Gulfstream Park has backed off plans to try to start a phase-out of race-day medications with the 2011-2012 race meet that runs Dec. 3 through April 8 at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track.
Gross, average, and median for the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale all increased from the comparable session in 2010.
A Midnight Lute filly purchased by SGV Thoroughbreds brought the top price of $110,000 Aug. 23 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. select yearling sale.
Higher racing purses in the Empire State resulting from the opening of a VLT casino won't be limited to New York-breds.
Stakes winner Hal's Image sired his first winner when his son Jordan's Image won at Calder Casino and Race Course Aug. 7.
Gulfstream Park's meet, which will run from Dec. 3-April 8 will have 53 stakes. A second finish line has been added to allow for races at 1 1/16 miles. The Florida Derby (gr. I) to be run Saturday, March 31.
Gulfstream Park has not set a timetable for possible future contact with Florida racing regulators on chairman Frank Stronach's goal of phasing out use of legal race-day medications such as the anti-bleeding drug Salix.
Calder Casino & Race Course has increased some purses 5% beginning with its July 21 program. It is the second purse increase in roughly a month.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 772 yearlings for its August yearling sale. The number is down 14.3% from 2010's total of 901.
Sam Gordon resigned as president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association July 14 citing "personal reasons" in a letter, organization officials said July 15.
Dick Hancock, executive director of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association for 22 years, plans to retire before his contract ends, according to organization president Fred Brei.
The under tack show for the OBS June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age got under way June 18.
Latent Heat, a grade I winner, sired his first winner when his daughter Starship Flash won at Calder Race Course,
Calder Casino & Race Course and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's board of directors June 3 jointly announced a 7.5% purse increase beginning with Calder's June 3 race card.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 623 lots for its June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale in Central Florida.
Calder Casino & Race Course and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on May 26 agreed to an extension until June 1 on talks for an Advance Deposit Wagering agreement.
Greyhound tracks in Florida are preparing for business as usual after the Florida legislature did not pass a controversial bill that would have allowed them to stop live racing.
The Florida legislature will end its 2011 regular session May 6, and it appears language authorizing a special Breeders' Cup permit for Hialeah Park will have to wait a year.
The Florida House and Senate by wide margins have passed similar bills that would allow Greyhound tracks to stop racing or choose to significantly reduce racing schedules beginning July 1, 2011.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino reported April 25 that the Florida track produced sizable increases in on-track and total handle, attendance, field size, and the number of races run over the turf during its 79-day meet.
Injured jockey Eibar Coa returned to the Gulfstream Park winner's circle on closing day April 24 and presented Paco Lopez with a trophy to commemorate his second straight riding title.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino's 10-cent Rainbow 6 returned $3,279.26 to 1,311 winning tickets April 23 as the track's total handle for the day exceeded $13 million.
As it prepares to open its race meet April 25, Calder Casino & Race Course as of April 22 did not have a contract for Advance Deposit Wagering with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
A filly from the first crop of Corinthian was purchased by trainer Mark Casse for $320,000 to top the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2011 Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training on April 20.
Take a Picture and Cruisen Mizzy, both sired by Mizzen Mast and bred in Pennsylvania, brought the top two prices April 19 during the second session of the Ocala Breeders Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training quickly built up some momentum and finished ahead of last year's pace in several important statistical categories on its opening day in Central Florida.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training starts its four-day run April 18 in Central Florida. There are 1,377 horses cataloged for what is the largest juvenile auction in North America.
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