A rule that would limit use of the riding crop by jockeys during races is expected to be put in place at the upcoming 24-day Santa Anita Park autumn meet set to begin Sept. 26.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has released its 2014-15 stakes schedule consisting of 32 stakes worth $4.6 million, highlighted by the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) Nov. 22.
Top Fortitude, overlooked by bettors at 30-1 after a poor 2014 debut a month earlier, outfought his challengers in the stretch May 10 to post a huge surprise in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita.
Paul and Andrena Van Doren's Rise Up continued to impress with a sparkling gate-to-wire victory in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23.
Dual graded stakes winner Uh Oh Bango has been retired and will enter stud in 2014 at E.A. Ranches farm near Ramona, Calif. A fee has yet to be announced for the 6-year-old son of Top Hit.
All-sources handle for the season was $141,735,025, up 12.52% compared with the 2011-12 meeting that produced $125,963,850. This year's daily average handle from all sources was $1,629,138, or 13.81% higher.
Vinery New York has scheduled its annual stallion show and open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y.
Rule, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will stand stud in 2013 at Vinery New York near Poughquag, N.Y.
Goldencents went wire-to-wire in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III) at Delta Downs Nov. 17, setting quick early fractions and responding with something more to hold off a late run from 9-5 favorite Bern Identity.
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom and Pete handicap the Delta Downs Jackpot. watch video
Bern Identity turned in a sharp half-mile breeze Nov. 10 in preparation for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) in a week's time at the Vinton, La., track for trainer Kelly Breen.
Odds-on favorite Bern Identity made quick work of seven rivals in the $200,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs Oct. 20 in preparation for next month's $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III).
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Hymn Book returned to winning ways Oct. 19, taking the $80,750 Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont Park.
Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man seeks the first grade I stakes victory of his career in the Sept. 1 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course; it would also be a first for trainer Kathy Ritvo.
Highlighted by the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III), Delta Downs has announced a stakes schedule consisting of 32 stakes with purses totaling $4.64 million during the 2012-2013 meet.
- By Pete Denk
Top class stayer gets plenty of pace to run at. read blog
Ron the Greek heads a nine-horse field as the 3-1 favorite for the $750,000 Whitney Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Several key contenders for the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) breezed July 29 on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course, and trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Mike Repole's Caixa Eletronica.
Even though it's more than a week away, the Aug. 3-5 stakes extravaganza at Saratoga Race Course is taking shape, with the release by the New York Racing Association of a list of probables for the four graded stakes.
Rule made his 5-year-old debut a winning one July 7 in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Monmouth Park, sitting just off a dawdling early pace before drawing off under jockey Joe Bravo to get the job done.
Preston Stables' Flat Out will make his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. III) July 7, having been transferred from the barn of Scooter Dickey.
Churchill Downs announced major changes in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and Kentucky Oaks June 14, with a points system that rewards top finishes in selected races from this fall through the 2013 edition of the classics.
Game On Dude makes his first start since he was unplaced in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he takes on Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) winner Morning Line in the Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
One year after registering his most lucrative victory, Duke of Mischief returns to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to defend his title in West Virginia's $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 14.
Trainer Bill Mott's team swooped into Southern California with Ron the Greek to snare the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in convincing style March 3.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bench the Judge||Justin R. Evans||
|Gallant Gent||Craig Anthony Lewis||
|Grand Slam Andre||Henry Dominguez||
|Litigation Risk||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|My Time to Star||Dale L. Romans||
|Oak Motte||Danny Pish||
|Rule||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Uh Oh Bango||R. Kory Owens||
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