The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Jan. 4 announced the launch of the TOBA Owners Concierge VIP Program, an extension of its pilot concierge program.
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television/Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Hampton Court, a track record-setting group I winner in Australia, will shuttle to Spendthrift Farm near Lexington to stand the 2016 breeding season.
Mary Simon of Daily Racing Form has won the 2015 Media Eclipse Award in the Audio/Multi-Media and Internet category for "Regret's Derby at 100: Filly Made a Case for Equality."
Digital Kitchen's production of "Ironman Perry Ouzts," directed by the Hennegan Brothers, has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television-Feature.
Elusive Bluff, a 10-year-old son of Elusive Quality who won both career starts, has been relocated to Southern Indiana Equine near Austin, Ind., for the 2016 breeding season.
Due to freezing rain and snow, Portland Meadows in Oregon canceled its Jan. 4 live racing program. Management will monitor conditions regarding the live card scheduled for Jan. 5.
Disabled jockey Michael Straight visited the Gulfstream Park winner's circle following the seventh race Jan. 3 to raise awareness of advancements being made in the treatment of paralysis.
Dede McGehee's homebred half brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra could make his stakes debut in the grade III race Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds.
Wentworth Brochu's Chocolate Ride worked a tad slow Jan. 3 but remains on target for the Jan. 16 Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
James Graham, who has been riding full-time in Southern California, is set to return to riding full-time at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots starting the week of Jan. 4.
Longtime California racing official Dick Wheeler died Jan. 3 at his Monrovia, Calif., home. He was 69.
Horses owned by regional racing clubs will compete in a series of races beginning Monday, Jan. 4 at Portland Meadows.
ITV network has won exclusive rights to broadcast British horse racing in the United Kingdom over the next four years, beginning Jan. 1, 2017, ending Channel 4's more than three decades of coverage.
California's top freshman sire of 2015 is Rancho San Miguel resident Slew's Tiznow, whose runners banked $185,537 during the year.
Jockey John Velazquez has competed at racetracks around the world during his Hall of Fame career, but the 44-year-old rider will be breaking new ground when he heads to Australia Jan. 2.
Jockey Chad Lindsay and trainer Karen "Boots" Yanez notched their first wins Jan. 1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Getting established in a veteran-dominated colony at Tampa Bay Downs seems like a minor task compared with what the young rider faced at the start of his career in April 2012.
Gulfstream Park announced Jan. 1 that its live races in 2015 produced a record $1.338 billion in handle. Gulfstream's record handle represented a 14% increase from its previous record handle of $1.174 billion in 2014.
Young sire Honorable Dillon wasted no time, as his first foal, a colt, was born the morning of Jan. 1 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah established a single season record for earnings in 2015 while his owner, Zayat Stables LLC, finished the year as the leading owner by earnings.
Mechanicville, N.Y., native Chad Brown earned his first year-end NYRA training title, while jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his second consecutive riding title.
Monmouth Park will become the first U.S. racetrack, and first New Jersey outlet of any kind, to offer daily fantasy sports games when it launches its fantasy sports website Jan. 2.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple grade II winner Mohaymen breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5 at Palm Meadows Dec. 31, the first work since his arrival in South Florida earlier in December.
Starlight Racing's Itsaknockout, who hadn't raced since his ninth-place finish in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned a winner in an allowance/optional claiming event Dec. 31 at Gulfstream.
A new focus on daily live racing at Belmont Park and Saratoga is the feature of a new agreement between the New York Racing Association and MSG Networks.
Four-time grade I winner Little Mike has not raced since winning the Flying Pidgeon Stakes May 17, 2014, at Gulfstream Park, but trainer/owner/breeder Carlo Vaccarezza is preparing the gelding for a 2016 comeback.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, whose homebred colt Hansen was champion 2-year-old male of 2011, is hoping his new purchase Let Me Go First, a son of Paddy O' Prado, makes some noise in the early-season 3-year-old races.
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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the 2016 schedule for its seminars and clinics.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course wrapped up its 2015 fall/early winter season with across-the-board gains in total handle, on-track handle, average field size, and daily purse distribution.
Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., has set fees for its 2016 stallion roster, which is led by successful freshman sire Big Drama who will see his stud fee increased from $10,000 in 2015 to $15,000 (stands and nurses) in 2016.
Eclipse Award finalists will be revealed live at 11:05 a.m. EST Jan. 6 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on GulfstreamPark.com, Xpressbet.com, and all outlets carrying the Gulfstream Park simulcast feed.
Turfway Park's winter/spring Thoroughbred race meet opens Jan. 1, with eight stakes highlighting the 46-day schedule. The meet runs through April 3 and includes the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Darley announced Dec. 30 that freshman sire of 2015 Regal Ransom was euthanized Dec. 29 because of complications from colic. Regal Ransom, by Distorted Humor, was 9 years old.
Disabled jockey Michael Straight will raise awareness in the advancements of treating paralysis by walking into the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park Jan. 3 with the help of a bionic exoskeleton.
Officials at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races report the track enjoyed record handle per race of $111,664 for its 1,447 races in 2015.
Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic division has cataloged 167 head for the Midlantic winter mixed sale scheduled for Jan. 31, 2016, with a single session beginning at 11 a.m. EST.
On a day in which Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course posted record single-program pari-mutuel handle of $1,182,223, a record payoff of $415.20 for a $2 wager provided a trainer with her first-ever career victory.
Magna Graduate, the sire of Iowa Derby (gr. III) winner Jessica's Star, has been relocated to Dr. Robert Zoellner's Rockin' Z Ranch near Beggs, Okla., for the 2016 breeding season.
Florida owner/breeder Leonard Lavin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
Daniel J. Guttman of Bexley, Ohio, has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund advisory committee. Guttman, 43, will serve a three-year term.
Sidelined after sustaining multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung during a spill at Los Alamitos Race Course Sept. 17, jockey Flavien Prat registered his first win on the comeback trail Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
State-bred juveniles take center stage at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in divisions of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31.
Repole Stable's Sudden Surprise, a homebred by Giant Surprise, fought off Dr. Shane to win the $150,000 Great White Way New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Dec. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The 2015-16 meet at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino got off to a good start, but it was sidetracked Dec. 27 when live racing was canceled because of a winter storm that dumped more than nine inches of snow on the area.
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Dec. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes and $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) are the South Florida track's first major 3-year-old races on the 2016 calendar.
American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, culminating in his breathtaking victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) that ended a 37-year drought, was honored Dec. 24 as the "Sports Story of the Year" by AP.
Golden Gate Fields experienced a 3.08% year-over-year increase in total all-sources handle in 2015 despite racing three fewer days.
The New Mexico Racing Commission reported Dec. 23 it has begun a search for a new executive director to replace Vince Mares.
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