Divine Park, undefeated winner of the Withers (gr. III) at Aqueduct in April, will run for the first time since that race in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Nov. 15.
Dalvina, an impressive winner of the Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct Nov. 11, has been turned over to trainer Graham Motion to continue her American campaign.
Trainer Linda Rice hit the "trifecta" in the Nov. 11 Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct.
Bruce Levine won the first training title of his career at the 2007 Meadowlands meet in New Jersey.
- By Dan Johnson
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Nov. 8 approved a plan by Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for a 2008 racing season over the objections of Thoroughbred interests that wanted a longer spring meet.
The Nov. 10 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct will be run at a demanding 1 3/8 miles. The turf race also will prove to be a challenge to handicappers.
Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will remain in training for a 9-year-old campaign in 2008 and possibly travel to Dubai to run in March, trainer Graham Motion said Nov. 5.
Chatain, the winner of the Nov. 3 William Livingston Stakes at Meadowlands, will run next in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24, according to trainer Angel Penna Jr.
Sugar Shake proved much the best in the $107,300 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr.III) at Aqueduct Nov. 4, but the winner had an assist when the 9-5 favorite, Altesse, was pulled up after her rein broke early in the race.
Aqueduct canceled its nine-race program Nov. 3 when jockeys decided they would not ride due to extremely windy conditions. Suffolk Downs also canceled its live racing card.
Sugar Shake looks to regain the form she had earlier this year when she won the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Nov. 4.
Royal Highness is headed to the breeding shed in Europe, but she has some business to attend to first: The Nov. 3 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct.
Jockey Cornelio Velasquez won five races on the nine-race card at Aqueduct Nov. 1.
New York Racing Association officials met with racing officials from Delaware Park, Monmouth Park, Meadowlands, and Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack Oct. 31 to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Lady of Venice, a top turf runner formerly trained by Patrick Biancone, is now being trained Kiaran McLaughlin, while two of Biancone's other horses have been transferred to Todd Pletcher.
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Oct. 29 grade I winner Lear's Princess would not go through the sale ring Nov. 4 as originally planned and will be pointed toward a 2008 campaign on the racetrack.
Trainer Todd Pletcher worked 12 of his pre-entered Breeders' Cup horses Oct. 21 at Belmont Park, while Discreet Cat sizzled in prepartion for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Trainer Tony Dutrow won his 1,000th career race Oct. 18 in the ninth race at Belmont Park with Zayat Stables' New York-bred La Ransom.
A rematch between Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Majestic Warrior and runner-up Ready's Image takes place in the Oct. 6 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Barclay Tagg, who won last year's Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) with Showing Up, has another good chance this year with Nobiz Like Shobiz, who has taken to the turf.
Rosinka, a game runner-up to Lahudood in the Sept. 30 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, is under serious consideration for the Breeders' Cup Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.
People who live near Belmont Park got a chance to voice their opinions about the franchise to operate Thoroughbred racing at three tracks in New York.
In a race reminiscent of Rags to Riches beating Curlin by a head in this year's Belmont Stakes, the Sept. 30 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park featured Curlin catching favored Lawyer Ron in the final yards for a neck win.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin enjoyed a big upset in winning the Sept. 29 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park against a stellar field with Lahudood. McLaughlin's less surprising winner earlier on the card, Etched, could be bound for the $2-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.
Jockey Joe Bravo, who fractured his left clavicle bone in a Sept. 7 spill at Belmont Park, is a "week to 10 days" away from galloping horses, his agent, Drew Mollica, said Sept. 30.
Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor Stables, said Sept. 27 that Jazzy, the winner of the Gallant Bloom (gr. II), will be supplemented for $150,000 to compete in the inaugural running of the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park Oct. 26.
Trainer Bobby Frankel said Sept. 25 he would likely run Ginger Punch, a back-to-back grade I winner in New York, in the Sept. 30 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Discussions are under way on whether to supplement Gallant Bloom Stakes (gr. II) winner Jazzy to the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Dirt Sprint.
In his final breeze for the Sept. 30 Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, Discreet Cat worked five furlongs in 1:00.84 on Belmont's fast main track Sept. 24.
Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sept. 24 that Any Given Saturday, Octave, and Fairbanks came out of their respective starts over the weekend in good shape.
Jockey agent Randy Romero is hoping he's found another Fernando Jara in apprentice Aldo Arboleda, who joined the New York jockey colony Sept. 15.
The Green Monkey, a $16-million 2-year-old purchase at auction, is scheduled to make his much-anticipated racing debut at Belmont Park in the fourth race Sept. 15.
Trainer Bob Baffert will use the $75,000 More Than Ready Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 12 as gauge as to what the future holds for multiple stakes winner E Z Warrior.
Tiz Wonderful, a graded stakes winner and undefeated 2-year-old last year, suffered a career-ending and potentially life-threatening suspensory injury and is being treated at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.
Better Talk Now, a multiple grade I winner, has recovered from a puncture wound he suffered in July and August and is back in serious training at his Fair Hill, Md., home base, trainer Graham Motion said Sept. 12.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches, with Angel Cordero Jr. aboard, took to the Belmont Park main track at daybreak Sept. 8 to work in preparation for a start in the Sept. 15 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I).
Rags to Riches will not run in Saturday's Ruffian Handicap (gr.I) against older fillies and mares at Belmont Park, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday morning.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino won't be compelled to install a synthetic racing surface, at least not in the immediate future. But the Iowa track's dirt surface could be the topic of future discussion.
- By Dan Johnson
Wyandotte County, Kan., voters on June 26 approved a measure that will allow The Woodlands racetrack to install slot machines. The revenue eventually could push purses above the $200,000-per-day level at the once-bankrupt track.
- By Jeff Johnson
A year after an unprecedented string of catastrophic breakdowns left horsemen wondering what was wrong with the dirt track at Arlington Park, they were singing the praises of a new synthetic racing surface.
A winner of 11 races and more than $4.6 million in his stellar career, Stonecrest Farm's 8-year-old gelding Perfect Drift will nonetheless be trying to end a 12-race losing streak when he faces seven rivals in Friday's $100,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Phoenix-based Tie Rod duplicated his success in the Rattlesnake Stakes last month with a 2 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday.
Perfect Drift, the old warrior who finished third in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), turned in his final prep for this year's 1 1/4-mile race with a five-furlong workout Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center in Louisville.
- By Dan Johnson
The mixed meet at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino experienced a 12.5% increase in overall betting per day, but a 4.6% drop in on-track wagering.
Prairie Meadows jockey Vicki Warhol is out indefinitely after having a shoulder and five ribs broken while being trampled by a horse in its stall.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino has selected Gary Palmer to be its new general manager.
Trainer H. Graham Motion has a contender in two of the three big races at Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing, so he's in a good spot to assess the relative quality of Saturday's fields.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift looks to become the first horse to win the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) three times on Saturday at Arlington Park.
Jockey Beverly Burress broke her arm in a spill June 27 in the second race at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
A three-member panel of the Emirates Racing Authority on Monday heard the appeal of the connections of Brass Hat over the gelding's disqualification of his second-place finish in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
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