Mike McCarty's Lemon Drop Dream tops a field of eight sprinters in the 162nd running of the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III) Oct. 3, opening day of Keeneland's fall meet.
The second September meet at Churchill Downs since it began hosting the dates previously held by Turfway Park produced a 16.15% decline in wagering and a 13.5% drop in purses.
Two of three distinguished veterinarians being honored by the Thoroughbred Club of American, Dr. Larry Bramlage and Dr. Gary Lavin, addressed medication use in racehorses during their acceptance speeches.
Cigar Street returned to his winning ways when he easily held off favored Departing to take the $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths.
Kentucky Downs, which just wrapped up its 2014 meet with record pari-mutuel handle and average field size in excess of 10 horses per race, will request two additional racing days for September 2015.
The illustrious Stonestreet Farms broodmare band gained two more celebrities with the announcement Sept. 24 that two of their star fillies, My Miss Aurelia and Dreaming of Julia, have been retired.
Two-time Horse of the Year worked five furlongs on the turf Sept. 23 in 1:01.20.
Fasig-Tipton will catalog 1,236 yearlings for the three-day October sale at its Kentucky headquarters in Lexington. The three continuous sessions from Oct. 20-22, each with equal numbers, will get under way at 10 a.m. (EDT).
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing and Michael Langford's Carve, both based at Churchill Downs, are among six entered in the $125,000 Homecoming Classic at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 27 at the Kentucky racetrack.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte will appear at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 24, to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.
The Jockey Club announced Sept. 18 that 2,230 stallions covered 36,656 mares in North America during 2013, resulting in 21,697 live foals of 2014 being reported on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 9.
Flashback, a grade II-winning son of leading sire Tapit, has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Churchill Downs and restaurant company Yum! Brands Inc. have signed a five-year agreement that extends the company's role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Will Take Charge breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Sept. 10 under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, fastest of 21 other workers at the distance.
A Kentucky racing official Sept. 12 said the state has been at the forefront of research into cobalt, a naturally occurring element said to have blood-doping qualities if used at high levels.
Keeneland expects to have about 45,000 people on its grounds for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships, track vice president and chief operating officer Vince Gabbert said Sept. 12.
EquiLottery, a game based on the results of live races, has picked up support from leading Thoroughbred breeding farms in Kentucky, president and chief executive officer Brad Cummings said Sept. 11.
A $1.45 million Dubawi filly headed Keeneland September's third session, which posted overall declines Sept. 10. But the auction's overall average and median remain ahead of last year's clip.
Super Saver's first crop began attracting attention at the 2013 yearling sales. His foals have only improved since then and have now placed the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner at the top of the freshman sire list.
Here is a selection of noteworthy pedigrees for yearlings set to sell at Keeneland's September auction Thursday, Sept. 11, the final day of Book 1.
Flaxman Stables bought the lone Dubawi yearling in the Keeneland September sale Sept. 10 for $1.45 million. Out of the 2003 Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Casual Look, the bay filly was bred by William S. Farish.
Vinery Stables' Regally Ready, blowout winner of a stakes on the dirt in his last start, is scheduled to return to his best surface Sept. 13 in the $200,000 More Than Ready Mile on the grass at Kentucky Downs.
As the Keeneland September yearling sale entered its third session Sept. 10, there was unanimity among the major players that the results so far indicated a strong, competitive auction market.
Eoin Ryan will replace Eric Hamelback as general manager of Adena Springs Kentucky, the farm said Sept. 10.
Led by a $1.6 Unbridled's Song -- Tizamazing colt, Keeneland's September yearling sale posts significant gains across the board at its second session Sept. 9.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm bought the half brother to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow. The colt is by Unbridled's Song.
Canadian farm owner Robert Krembil buys a daughter of Tapit out of graded stakes winner Super Espresso for $1 million. She is the fourth horse to sell for a million or more at the Keeneland September sale.
A selection of noteworthy pedigrees for Book 1's third session at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A War Front colt was purchased by Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for $1.3 million as the first seven-figure offering during the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale second session Sept. 9.
Trainer Phil Simms and Jerry Namy's Don't Tell Sophia, who hadn't raced since a third-place finish in the grade II Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park in March, circled the field to win the $108,200 Locust Grove at Churchill.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home honors as national owner of the year and national breeder of the year for 2013 during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner in Lexington the evening of Sept. 5.
Grade II-winning sprinter Fast Bullet will stand alongside his sire, Speightstown, for the 2015 season at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund Advisory Committee Sept. 5 approved formation of a subcommittee to explore possible purse bonuses or races for horses sired by Kentucky-based stallions.
Keeneland has made some improvements for its September yearling sale, including amenities for clients and special marketing in Lexington.
Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who made a splash at this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was suspended for four games by for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, a close third in this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and one-for-one on turf, will return to the grass Sept. 6 for the inaugural $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs.
Churchill Downs on Sept. 5 opens its second annual September meet, which runs 12 days every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Sept. 28.
David Garvin, a Thoroughbred breeder and founder of the retail chain Camping World, died Aug. 30 in an accidental fall at his home on Ironwood Farm near Bowling Green, Ky. He was 71.
- By Ron Mitchell
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David P. Holloway, a longtime Thoroughbred owner who raced top sprinter Bet On Sunshine, died Aug. 21. He was 83.
Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington will collaborate to host the second Sporting Art Auction scheduled Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland sales pavilion.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to a Lexington pharmaceutical firm that compounds drugs for horses notifying the firm that tests show its drug products are "adulterated and misbranded."
The Jockey Club announced Aug. 20 it has elected six new members: Ian G. Banwell, Everett R. Dobson, Helen Groves, Roy Jackson, William Shively, and Frank Stronach.
Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron, and Randy Romero, as well as active riders Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel will be at Kentucky Downs for "Hall of Fame Day" Sept. 10.
Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables have entered into a partnership on Thoroughbreds developed by Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu operation, one of North America's top racing and broodmare outfits in recent years.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY, has announced the release of the History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds, by sports journalist and photographer Rick Capone.
Delta Princess, the dam of champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Aug. 5 due to a degenerative stifle condition according to a release from Adena Springs.
Javier Barajas, a veteran trackman with international experience managing dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, has been named track superintendent for Keeneland, officials at the Lexington oval announced Aug. 5.
Silver Springs Farm, located on Brentsville Rd. near Paris, Ky., was recently purchased by Steve and Shelley Johnson of Midway, Ky.
Keeneland Association is apparently delaying its plans to offer historical racing at a new 40,000-square foot facility that was scheduled to open in July 2015.
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