Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 28 it had signed a purchase agreement to acquire 25% interest in Saratoga Casino Holdings for approximately $30.6 million in cash.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's defection, Shared Belief's final breeze, and the first racetrack visits for international contenders Dank and Toronado after clearing quarantine. watch video
Genting Americas is using its casino anniversary at Aqueduct Racetrack Oct. 28 as part of a well-timed message to proclaim how valuable it has been to New York State government.
A cracked windshield on a Tex Sutton plane caused minor shuffling in plans for the transportation of Breeders' Cup contenders in New York and Kentucky, but all runners are expected to arrive at Santa Anita Park by Oct. 29.
The outcome of this year's New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association could significantly change the priorities of the owners and trainers organization.
The chestnut daughter of City Zip had been overlooked at a 2-year-olds in training sale for immaturity, offset knees, and a wider than typically accepted way of walking in front. She has since soared above all expectations
Led by increases in five major states, the number of mares bred in North America this year increased 1.1% while the number of stallions declined 8.9%, according to the Report of Mares Bred released by The Jockey Club Oct. 21.
Sanctions against Doug O'Neill for a June 2013 drug positive calling for the highest level of penalty would not be levied until earlier in October when an agreement between the NYSGC and the trainer was reached.
Effinex pulled the upset Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic, reeling in pacesetter So Lonesome to score at odds of 17-1 on Empire Showcase Day, the card for New York-breds at Belmont Park.
Defending champion Saratoga Snacks takes on eight fellow New York-breds Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, the main feature on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Walter Swinburn's Legendary (GB) attended the pace in the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) and kicked clear to hold off 2-1 favorite Up With the Birds Oct. 11 at Belmont Park, collecting his first graded score.
Jay Em Ess Stable raced the filly By the Light, who earned almost $900,000. Now a broodmare, By the Light produced By the Moon, the first homebred grade I winner for the stable.
Santa Anita Park and the New York Racing Association announced an all-new $2 wager called the "Belmont/Santa Anita Cross-Country Double," which will link Belmont Park's final race each day to a selected race at Santa Anita.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' favored Ring Weekend withstood an inquiry to win the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4.
Good Luck Gus took the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes, securing his first stakes score for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Breeders' Cup said Oct. 3 it will not permit trainer Doug O'Neill to enter horses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships "due to recent administrative action" in New York.
Alpha, a son of leading sire and fellow Darley stallion Bernardini -- and the first horse to win both the Travers and the Woodward in nearly 15 years -- has been retired to Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in New York.
West Point founder Terry Finley is running for New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president against two-term incumbent Rick Violette Jr.
The New York State Gaming Commission has levied suspensions and fines for trainers Doug O'Neill and Bruce Levine after horses in their barns tested positive in post-race tests for prohibited substances.
Rockville Centre Stakes winner Bustin It heads a field of nine for the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes.
After a troubled third-place finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, Wonder Gal will try to nail down her first grade I victory in the $500,000 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 4.
Trainer Tony Dutrow isn't sure if I Spent It will start in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He's just focused on Saturday's $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
You wouldn't be out of line if you called the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4 the best grade III race of the year.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist returned to winning ways Sept. 27 at the site of his greatest triumph, defeating older horses in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Good Friend Stable's Private Zone, in his second start of the year, ran strongly to just pass Dads Cap at the wire to take the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Former claimer Belle Gallantey continued her grade I success Sept. 27, taking the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in a wire-to-wire romp.
Sophomore Stopchargingmaria, winner of the C.C.A. Oaks and Alabama Stakes (both gr. I) at Saratoga, steps up against older fillies and mares in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Startup Nation, 2-for-2 with a grade II stakes win, looks for another victory in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds on the turf Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Having already won the Forego (gr. I) and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) this year, Palace could cement his status as the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a victory in the Sept. 27 Vosburgh (gr. I).
Main Sequence, Imagining, and Twilight Eclipse -- the top three finishers from the last month's Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga -- will face off again Sept. 27 in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT)
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist and Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner V. E. Day breezed Sept. 22 over the training track at Belmont Park in preparation for the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
Chester and Mary Broman's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Artemis Agrotera will face five rivals as she looks to continue her winning ways in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.
New York officials are recommending that all horses be vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) after six cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in the state.
California Chrome may have lost the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but the potential for a Triple Crown winner helped to drive up the New York Racing Association's overall pari-mutuel handle in the first half of 2014.
Behrens, one of the top handicap horses of the late 1990s, died Sept. 14 at Old Friends at Cabin Creek retirement farm in Cabin Creek, N.Y. He was 20.
Harlan C. Abbey, who had a long career as a local sportswriter, newspaper editor, author, and avid horseman, died Sept. 8 at his home in Clarence, N.Y. He was 84.
Travers (gr. I) winner V. E. Day worked seven furlongs in 1:28.30 at approximately 8 a.m., with TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) victor Wicked Strong going six furlongs in 1:15.93 at 9:45 a.m.
Martin Schwartz has enjoyed great success buying European fillies and bringing them over to enjoy graded stakes success in the U.S., a move he seeks to repeat with Xcellence, who makes her third U.S. start in the Sands Point
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) has announced the recipients of its two noncompetition awards for 2014, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award.
Exercise rider Juan Vazquez, 39, died the morning of Sept. 5 following a training accident at Belmont Park.
The New York State Gaming Commission Sept. 4 said it will issue a standard 10-year suspension to anyone who violates the harness racing rule prohibiting the use of substances that abnormally oxygenate a horse's blood.
Sandra Sweet Lovato, a horsewoman and wife of retired Eclipse Award-winning jockey Frankie Lovato, Jr., died Sept. 3 in Norwalk, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 54.
- By Frank Angst
One year after London Bridge became the first New York-bred to win a race at the Breeders' Cup World Championships, horses bred in the Empire State are securing spots with an eye toward doing more damage at this year's event. read blog
Belmont Park's fall championship meet is set to open Sept. 5 and run for 38 days through Oct. 26.
Evan Hammonds recaps big races from Saratoga this weekend. Wise Dan, Itsmyluckyday, and Tom Durkin have big days at the Spa. watch video
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning after May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Antonio Miuccio's Palace dazzled in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30, diving to the rail and drawing off to finish the seven-furlong test in 1:21.95.
Stonetastic turned an evenly matched race on paper into a runaway victory on the track, registering a powerful 8 1/2-length score in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) from Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30.
New York officials said Aug. 29 they are conducting a probe into the relatively high number of equine deaths during the New York Racing Association's Saratoga Race Course meet.
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