With the end of the Churchill Downs spring meet July 5, Delaware Park is expecting an influx of Kentucky horsemen who are seeking more opportunities than will be available at Ellis Park.
Eclipse Award winner Princess Rooney has been diagnosed with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis and is being treated at Gentry Brothers Farm near Lexington.
Belmont Park ushers in its 59-day spring/summer meet April 30, on the heels of a tumultuous winter for the New York Racing Association.
The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation and Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital - built 80 years ago by Charles S. Howard, owner of Seabiscuit - are slated to benefit from a special Ridgewood Ranch tour and reception in honor of the legendary runner's 75th birthday.
With Indian Blessing resting up for a summer-fall campaign in shorter races, a pair of 3-year-old fillies who have tackled the Eclipse Award winner - Backseat Rhythm and Highest Class - are looking for their chance to shine.
The $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) is shaping up just like the Feb. 9 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) did, and that's fine as far as Neil Howard is concerned. The trainer sends 4-year-old Grasshopper to the March 8 event looking for the same form the colt showed in his Mineshaft victory - and Howard fully expects similar results.
Grasshopper made an impressive 4-year-old debut and earned his first graded stakes victory when he took the $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.
Trainer Mark Hennig won his 1,000th race Nov. 11 when Dinner Break captured the sixth race on closing night at Meadowlands Nov. 10.
Two days after the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, the top four finishers in the $1-million race were all recovering well to the satisfaction of their trainers.
He was the favorite for a reason, and Saturday afternoon Street Sense proved he belongs at the top of the 3-year-old division when he turned back a determined Grasshopper after hooking up in a fierce duel at the head of the stretch in the 138th running of the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
The name of Mill House's multiple stakes winner Brilliant was among nine dropped in the entry box on Wednesday for Saturday's $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
William Farish's Patriot Act, runner-up by a neck when favored in the Tenacious Handicap last month, gets a chance to make amends in the Louisiana Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.
Mill House's Brilliant, the morning line favorite for Saturday's $150,000-added Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs, was scratched from the race by trainer Neil Howard on Saturday morning after the colt tied up following a trip to the track on Friday.
Mill House's Brilliant, whose season includes victories in Churchill Downs' Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) and the Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park, will finish his year Saturday as the likely favorite in the second running of the $150,000-added Commonwealth Turf for 3-year-olds.
Mill House's Brilliant has been made the 5-2 favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT), which drew a field of eight 3-year-old grass runners, including Peter Vegso's Go Between, also a multiple graded stakes winner.
Mill House's homebred Brilliant, under steady handling from Mark Guidry, rolled to a 6 1/2-length win in the $492,500 Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Delaware Park turf Saturday.
Mill House's homebred Brilliant, the 4-5 favorite, kicked his way to the front at the sixteenth pole and stayed unbeaten on the turf in three starts with a half-length victory in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs Saturday.
J.F. "Jake" Howard, retired chairman of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, died June 3 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
The combination of trainer Neil Howard and jockey Robby Albarado reunited in the winner's circle with Private Gift in the $75,000 Truly Bound Breeders' Cup Handicap, the Christmas Eve feature of the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
California stallion Madraar was represented by his first winner when his son Arabian Star won Dec. 9 at Woodbine.
Mill House's favored America Alive, last of a tightly bunched field at the head of the stretch, rallied on the outside to get up in the final stride, nosing G P Fleet to win the $167,700 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sunday on the Churchill Downs turf course.
Former claiming horse G P Fleet returns to the scene of his most significant victory as he faces a strong field of seven rivals in Sunday's $150,000-added River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
After more than 11,000 racing fans enjoyed "Pat's Day" at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, horsemen gathered to honor the Hall of Fame jockey at a charity roast Saturday evening.
Alumni Hall outran the outsider On Thin Ice through the stretch to win the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) Saturday as Keeneland ended its 17-day fall meeting.
William S. Farish's homebred filly Reunited, teamed again with Robby Albarado, overtook the faltering pacesetter Forest Music in the final 100 yards and staved off the charging outsider Miss Terrible by a head to win the $300,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Sunday.
Trainer Neil Howard earned his 1,000th career win with Soul Search in the seventh race at Keeneland Wednesday, one of three races in a row won by jockey Robby Albarado.
California stallion Strike Gold, sire of 25 stakes winners, was euthanized Oct. 7 at Gary and Marlene Howard's Hideaway Farms near San Jacinto, Calif., because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
There was a big shadow cast at Saratoga Friday, and it was Shadow Cast who was responsible as the 4-year-old Smart Strike filly upset heavily favored Ashado in the $400,000 Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino has suspended live racing until May 19 so officials can address concerns by jockeys about the condition of the racing surface.
Having just missed last time out when they moved too soon, Robby Albarado and 17-1 shot America Alive timed their move perfectly Saturday, taking the $470,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Shadow Cast, who had a three-race win streak broken in her last start, rebounded to win the $336,300 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Friday at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Neil Howard was fined $1,000 and his Alumni Hall was disqualified from a third-place finish in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited drug procaine, Fair Grounds stewards ruled March 10.
Shadow Cast rallied to capture her third straight stakes win at Fair Grounds Race Course, winning the $125,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf Saturday.
Shadow Cast chases her third consecutive stakes victory when she lines up against seven fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course in Saturday's $125,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds.
The first offspring by stakes winner Stormy Jack is a filly foaled Jan. 23 at the Barretts Sale grounds.
Alumni Hall, ridden by Robby Albarado, turned back the closing Colonial Colony in the stretch to win Saturday night's $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston Race Park by three-quarters of a length.
America Alive won a thrilling renewal of the $100,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap on the Fair Grounds turf Saturday, closing with a flurry on the far outside to nail Rapid Proof on the wire.
Colonial Colony will be seeking his first win since his 62-1 shocker in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in June when he lines up in the $60,000 Louisiana Handicap Friday at Fair Grounds.
Shadow Cast picked up right where she left off earlier this year at Fair Grounds, returning to capture the $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over the Stall-Wilson turf course Saturday.
Trainer Neil Howard listed William S. Farish's Fayette (gr. III) winner and Pimlico Special (gr. I) runner-up Midway Road as 50-50 for the Nov. 26, $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) after a six-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs Monday.
Midway Road stuck his nose in front at the finish to score a narrow victory in the $161,250 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) Saturday as Keeneland concluded its 17-day fall meeting.
Farish, Elkins & Webber's Alumni Hall, far back early, took command in mid-stretch to win the $75,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap by 2 ½ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park.
On Thursday Midway Road is scheduled to make his first start since June. His trainer Neil Howard is also looking ahead to the next starts for Breakaway, Gradepoint, and Shadow Cast.
The connections of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft may have a prime Triple Crown candidate this year with lightly-raced Gradepoint, who posted a resilient come-from-behind win over odds-on favorite Mr. Jester in the $150,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds Sunday.
Shadow Cast rallied in the stretch to overtake Quick Temper and capture the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Fair Grounds.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- For clues as to why the coronation of Mineshaft as Horse of the Year was not unanimous, a call to Sigmund Freud would be necessary. The human mind can be a strange thing.
Laura de Seroux, trainer of Azeri, said Tuesday that in the wake of the defections of Candy Ride and Perfect Drift, she will keep her options open regarding the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Neil Howard may saddle a longshot Saturday in the Preakness (gr. I), but he sent out a favorite to win the $600,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) Friday. Mineshaft and Robby Albarado won the Pimlico Special over Western Pride and longshot Judge's Case.
Arizona Steward Gerry Howard Dies in Traffic Accident
Mineshaft, winner of the New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds, heads a field of eight older colts and geldings in the grade III, $150,000-added Ben Ali to be run Friday at Keeneland.
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