Ben's Cat, who parlayed a strong second-place finish in last year's Parx Dash Stakes into a victory in the grade III Turf Monster Handicap two races later, is one of nine entered in this year's $150,000 Parx Dash.
Two previous winners of the Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) will face each other again when the race is run June 10 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Turf racing has returned to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, which reopened its seven-furlong course on Memorial Day.
Virginia Kraft Payson's Ruthenia made the most of her Monmouth Park debut with a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 28 at the New Jersey racetrack.
Two-time graded stakes winner Silver Max appears the one to collar in the $125,000 Arlington Classic, which kicks off the "Mid-America Triple" on turf for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park May 26.
Doubles Partner, third in the April 13 Makers 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland after an unfortunate trip, returns to one of his favorite grass courses for the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill May 5.
Atlantic City Race Course will begin the live Thoroughbred racing season in New Jersey April 27 with the usual full fields for its all-turf program.
Monmouth Park, expected to be under lease to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, proposes to begin its live meet May 12 and offer 75 days of racing, 10 of them all-turf programs at Meadowlands.
Will it be grass or dirt for Lothenbach Stables Mister Marti Gras? He was entered in the Feb. 25 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf and the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) on dirt on the same card.
Though the specifics of the Monmouth Park racing schedule for 2012 are undecided, Atlantic City Race Course will offer the customary six days of all turf racing this spring.
Relocation of its lighting system will allow Colonial Downs to offer nighttime turf races as part of its new schedule in 2012.
Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix toyed with the field to easily win the $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs Nov. 12.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Hit It Rich shadowed front-running Unbridled Essence for more than a mile, then took over in the lane and pulled away to win the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf Nov. 12.
A European import coming off a difficult trip at Woodbine is among the classy turf runners seeking to keep Gio Ponti from winning his second consecutive Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Keeneland.
Shkspeare Shaliyah and Pure Gossip turned in strong rallies to win two grade III turf stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 2 and appear headed to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Two-year-old males will be in the spotlight in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 when Saratoga brings the curtain down on its 2011 meet.
Multiple grade I winner Court Vision has been purchased privately by Spendthrift Farm and will be trained by Dale Romans through the remainder of the season before retiring to stud.
Rahystrada won the Colonial Turf Cup and Aruna won the Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs in Virginia June 18.
Barbara Hunter's homebred Snow Top Mountain, first or second in 10 of 12 starts thus far, will seek her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs June 11.
If entries for the first two programs are any indication, Colonial Downs in Virginia should have a strong meet from a wagering perspective. Entries total 231 horses for the first two days.
Phillips Racing Partnership homebred Winter Memories served notice May 30 with an emphatic score in the Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park May 30.
Donegal Racing's Paddy O'Prado put an exclamation mark on his 2011 debut with an impressive come-from-behind victory in the $200,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico Race Course May 21.
A racetrack whose obituary was written more than 10 years ago finds itself in the odd situation of being the most stable track in New Jersey -- for now at least -- as it prepares to open its 65th season April 28.
The $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs June 18 is now open to older turf horses -- one of several changes for the 2011 summer meet at Colonial Downs.
Despite moderate fractions, Jerry and Ann Moss' Cozi Rosie circled most of her foes and drew away to a comfortable 1 1/4-length tally in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21.
Two runners undefeated on the turf will face six others in a deep renewal of the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita Park Jan. 29.
- By Tom LaMarra
An analysis of statistics compiled by the Equine Injury Database for a two-year period shows a slight decline in the number of catastrophic injuries, officials said Dec. 15.
The weather forecast for Nov. 5, first day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, got a bit more interesting with predictions of rain and snow showers from late in the evening of Nov. 4 through noon the following day.
Serious Attitude, the lone filly in the field of 12, rallied from off the pace and rolled home at a price to win the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT), a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event, at Woodbine Oct. 16.
A strong field of 12 turf sprinters is set for the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Handicap at five furlongs on the grass July 31 at Penn National.
A world record for a one-mile turf race was established at Monmouth Park June 6 when Colvin Green's Mandurah won a starter handicap in 1:31.23 on a firm course at the New Jersey racetrack.
Atlantic City Race Course ended its six-day meet April 24 with encouraging gains in a critical year for Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey.
Ammerland Stud's Nordic Truce took advantage of a strong speed duel to go three-for-three in his career in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds April 2, opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.
Woodbine begins its long meet April 2 with a focus on change, a strong purse structure and stakes schedule, and hope its expansion project gets off the ground.
Kentucky Downs concluded what became a three-day meet with declines in total pari-mutuel handle.
Consecutive days of heavy rain led Kentucky Downs, which offers only turf racing, to cancel its six-race program Sept. 26.
The connections of top dirt sprinter Fabulous Strike took a pass on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup, but the handicap lured a full field of turf sprinters that rank among the best at East Coast and Midwest racetracks.
Total purses of almost $1 million will be offered at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course for what the track is calling the "Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Racing Festival" July 31-Aug. 1.
Opening day at Colonial Downs comes a week earlier this year when live racing returns June 5. The following day, Colonial Downs will be open for the first time ever on the same day as a Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Wesley Ward, who plans a venture to the Royal Ascot meet in England this year, came away from River Downs very pleased with the performances of members of his stable that prepped in front of the public at the Ohio track May 24.
The New Jersey racing scene shifts to Monmouth Park May 9 after kicking off with a six-day Atlantic City Race Course meet at which total handle quadrupled.
Two 3-year-olds with excellent turf form hope to leave behind mediocre efforts on dirt and synthetic surfaces in the $150,000 American Turf Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the grass May 1 at Churchill Downs. But the field is contentious from top to bottom.
More competition for Kentucky racing will come April 20 when Indiana Downs begins a 62-day meet featuring purse increases for most overnight races and an expanded stakes schedule worth more than $1 million.
The marquee race at River Downs in Ohio will now be titled the $200,000 Budweiser Select Cradle Stakes. Since 1977, the Miller Brewing Co. had sponsored Ohio's richest race for 2-year-olds.
A switch to five-day racing weeks and a long stretch of dry weather are among the factors helping Gulfstream Park buck an industry trend of lower pari-mutuel handle.
David and Jill Heerensperger's Artiste Royal didn't show his age when he went from last to first to win the $150.000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Jan. 19.
Economic conditions have led the operators of Pinnacle Race Course in Michigan to put some expansion plans on hold, but the track's inaugural meet in 2008 exceeded expectations, officials said.
Kentucky Downs wrapped up its 16th season of live racing with increases in on-track business for its six-day turf-only race meet that ended Sept. 23.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, which opened in the spring of 2004, is scheduled to offer its first turf race Sept. 1.
Tizdejavu again stamped himself as a major player in the 3-year-old turf ranks with another effortless victory, this time in the July 12 American Derby (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.
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