Kentucky-based turf writer Marty McGee is the winner of the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the feature/commentary writing division, and Chicago-based Marcus Hersh landed the Eclipse in the news/enterprise category.
The highlight of the winter/spring meet is the Spiral Stakes, now under title sponsorship of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. The race for top 3-year-olds is scheduled for March 22.
WinStar Farm said Dec. 23 it has promoted David Hanley to general manager at the Versailles, Ky., operation.
Chris Baker has accepted the position of chief operating officer at Three Chimneys Farm, the Thoroughbred operation near Lexington announced Dec. 21.
The measure provides that horses running in allowance optional claiming races for a claim price of at least $25,000 will be eligible for money added to purses from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.
The American Gaming Association announced Dec. 17 that Churchill Downs Inc. will join about 13 other top gaming industry companies on the AGA board of directors.
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When veteran jockey Perry Ouzts dismounted after the sixth race at Turfway Park Friday, he had reached another milestone in his long career: his 46,000th race.
Recently retired three-time grade I winner Flat Out will enter stud for 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. He will participate in Spendthrift's Share The Upside program and stand for a fee of $10,000.
Turfway Park will increase purses for the seven stakes races on its schedule from January through March, director of racing Tyler Picklesimer announced Dec. 13.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Dec. 11 approved changes to its withdrawal time guidelines for all racing breeds in line with the national uniform medication rules.
Daughter of Naskra won four grade I stakes and produced two graded stakes winners.
Three-time grade I winner Flat Out has been retired, owner Art Preston confirmed. Stallion plans are pending.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
Because of an impending storm expected to dump several inches of snow on Northern Kentucky by post time, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for tonight, Friday, Dec. 6.
Multiple grade I winner and millionaire General Quarters (Sky Mesa -- Ecology, by Unbridled's Song) will stand at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington. His 2014 fee will be $5,000 stands and nurses.
Trainer Harvey Vanier, a mainstay at Illinois and Kentucky tracks for more than 60 years, died Dec. 1 in Versailles, Ky., at age 89.
The Churchill Downs fall meet saw a double-digit percentage decline in average daily wagering at this year's 25-day stand that wrapped Saturday, Nov. 30.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, on a 4-2 vote Dec. 3, recommended the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission adopt the national uniform medication rules for Thoroughbred racing.
Romain Malhouitre, a former manager with Dixiana and Woods Edge farms, has been named vice president and general manager of Runnymede Farm Inc., effective immediately.
Millennium Farms today announced 2014 stud fees for its four stallions, including grade I winner Swagger Jack. All fees are payable when the foal stands and nurses.
The sale comprises 545 broodmares, 154 racing or broodmare prospects, 615 yearlings, 272 horses of racing age, and four stallions. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. EST each day.
Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess again proved her affinity for Churchill Downs with a strong victory in the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 at the Kentucky track.
Multiple grade I winner Game On Dude and Travers (gr. I) victor Will Take Charge both drew well for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) to be held Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winner Swagger Jack has been retired from racing and will stand at Millennium Farms in Kentucky in 2014 as part of a partnership, farm owner Ro Parra said Nov. 25.
A patient ride from jockey Juan Vargas and a grinding late run brought Potomac River to the winner's circle at the end of the 1 1/8-mile turf event Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs, trainer Sergio Baez's first graded stakes score.
A trio of contenders for the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap (gr. I)--Golden Ticket, Bourbon Courage, and Finnegans Wake--turned in their final works Nov. 23 for the premiere race of Churchill's autumn meet.
Multiple grade I winner Game On Dude has been assigned high weight of 126 pounds for the Nov. 29 running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge, gearing up for a bid in the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I), breezed five furlongs Nov. 22 at Churchill Downs in 1:01 for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) contender Almost Famous worked three furlongs in :36 2/5 Nov. 21 at Churchill Downs, while Golden Rod (gr. II) candidate Canaryinacoalmine zipped five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Trainer had been weighing options for Golden Ticket that included a possible run in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) before he settled on staying home for a Clark bid.
Churchill Downs has announced a reduction in purses that will affect four races scheduled during the eight days remaining in the 25-day fall meet that continues through Saturday, Nov. 30.
Mike Heitzmann, a lifelong horseman and former stallion handler at Vinery, has re-united with former employer Ben Walden where he has been named stallion manager at Pauls Mill near Versailles, Ky.
Trainer Bob Baffert reported Game On Dude is on schedule for the grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare at Churchill Downs Nov. 29. Only an unfavorable weight assignment would derail the gelding from starting.
After an eight-month break, Turfway Park will kick off its 38th consecutive holiday meet Dec. 1 featuring the first phase of a three-year renovation of its Polytrack surface.
Starlight Racing principal and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance president Jack Wolf has been selected by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners as the organization's 2013 Warner L. Jones "Horseman of the Year."
The inaugural Sporting Art Auction featuring 174 lots of sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture will take place at 4 p.m. ET, Nov. 20 in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington.
Dance to Bristol, who won seven consecutive stakes this year to earn a trip to the Breeders' Cup, will be honored with a retirement ceremony at Laurel Park Nov. 16.
John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm announced fees for its 2014 roster of nine stallions, headlined by classic winner and multiple grade I-winning millionaire Shackleford who will stand his second season for $20,000.
Shuffled back at the break and swung wide off the turn, Phipps Stable homebred Abaco overcame with a strong late run to win the $112,800 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT), her first graded score, on Nov. 9 at Churchill Downs.
Secret Circle's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) win helped his dam sell for $675,000 at Keeneland Nov. 8.
A nose loss to Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (Grade I) at Santa Anita Park by Willis D. Horton's Will Take Charge might not be the late-blooming sophomore's final race of the season.
Five-time grade I winner Point of Entry arrived at Adena Springs Kentucky the morning of Nov. 7 and was settling in well, according to general manager Eric Hamelback.
Midway, Ky., farm will add a second synthetic track and seven barns for training, broodmares, and yearlings.
Darley's roster also adds Denman, Australia's leading first-crop sire and a son of Lonhro, who became Darley's first reverse shuttler in 2012.
Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Miz Ida returns to the site of her latest victory in the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 9 at Churchill Downs.
Lane's End Farm confirmed Nov. 6 its 24-year-old stallion Belong to Me has been pensioned.
Wood Memorial and Gotham Stakes (both gr. I) winner will enter stud in 2014 at Pauls Mill.
Orb, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired and will stand at Claiborne Farm in 2014.
After starting slowly, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale took off after about two hours, with two mares bringing in excess of seven figures in quick succession.
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