Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer 37 stakes this year, including the Indiana Derby (gr. II), which moved from its traditional spot the first Saturday in October to mid-July.
Hall of Fame ballot will include jockeys Chris Antley, Victor Espinoza, Corey Nakatani, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds Black Tie Affair, Kona Gold, Lava Man, and Xtra Heat; and trainers King Leatherbury and David Whiteley.
Lets Go Stable and WinStar Farm's Daredevil, whose 3-year-old debut in the Feb. 28 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) was postponed until March 7 due to heavy rains, returned to the work tab March 2.
Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 3 closed March 1 with the mutuel field, or "All Others", the tepid 4-1 favorite, while American Pharoah and Dortmund were the top two individual interests.
The Great War, who was last of 10 in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park Feb. 28 after bleeding during the race, is no longer a candidate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
After torrential rain washed away the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 28, grade I winner Daredevil looks set to remain in the field when the rescheduled race runs March 7.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion filly Take Charge Brandi March 2 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14.
Multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir, most recently second in the Withers (gr. II), had his final serious work March 1 at Belmont Park for the $400,000 Gotham (gr. III) March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After a sensational 2014 season at Emerald Downs, where he won in a trio of stakes, including the Longacres Mile (gr. III), Mona and Jim Hour's Stryker Phd has garnered honors as Washington's Horse of the Year.
Gulfstream Park announced a record $4.7 million summer stakes schedule March 1. The schedule will feature five graded stakes starting April 25 with the Miami Mile (gr. III) on the turf.
French group I winner Creator, a resident of Old Friends retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized Feb. 28 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington due to complications from colic.
Mother Nature continues to have an impact on North American racing as Laurel Park canceled its Sunday, March 1, live race card, due to a winter storm producing snow and freezing rain.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced four appointments to the Illinois Racing Board, including a consumer loan executive and campaign contributor as chairman.
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a request by Oaklawn Park Feb. 28 to add two Wednesdays to its 2015 Racing Season -- March 18 and March 25-to compensate for days lost to winter weather.
The California Horse Racing Board suspended A. C. Avila Feb. 27 for 60 days and fined the trainer $10,000 after one of the horses in his care tested positive for an elevated level of acepromazine.
The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 27 that The Jockey Club Information Systems has purchased a majority ownership interest in Blood-Horse magazine.
King T. Leatherbury's evergreen Ben's Cat has been named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
Media outlets in Cincinnati and Las Vegas report that Caesars Entertainment on Feb. 26 sold off enough of its interest in Turfway Park to Dan Gilbert's Rock Ohio Ventures to make Rock Ohio the majority owner of the track.
There are 154 fillies on the list of early nominees to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), including Willis Horton's 2014 champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi.
The Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 27 that West Point Thoroughbreds has been named official partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and presenting sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge.
The Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award has announced six semifinalists for this year's award; with finalists to be announced March 17 and the winner to be revealed at an April 15, invitation-only cocktail reception at Castleton Lyons.
With the Feb. 27 announcement that The Jockey Club has purchased a majority interest in Blood-Horse, Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, answers questions about the transaction.
Due to winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has been cancelled for Feb. 27, along with racing at Maryland's Laurel Park.
Two-time champion steeplechase jockey Matt McCarron has been named the new trainer at the Pons family's Merryland Farm in Hydes, Md.
Group III winner Nephrite was represented by his first reported foal Feb. 20 when a chestnut filly arrived at Park Stud in Ontario.
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Churchill Downs Inc. officials said Thursday, Feb. 26, they aim to build on last year's highly profitable Kentucky Derby week but acknowledged they see little opportunity for racing growth outside of that week.
Sifting through options for his many Triple Crown prospects can be challenging, but trainer Todd Pletcher didn't overthink the process when it came to finding a starting spot for grade I winner Daredevil.
Jerry Lambert, one of California's leading jockeys in the 1960s and 1970s, died Feb. 24 at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif.
China Horse Club has acquired a minority interest in grade I winner Daredevil, who is set to make his 3-year-old debut Feb. 28 in the $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the recipients of its Award of Merit honored at state breeders associations' awards ceremonies in February.
Horse PAC, the bipartisan political action committee of the NTRA, announced Feb. 25 it has surpassed the $3 million mark in total disbursements to federal political candidates and parties since its 2002 inception.
Gulfstream Park and Fasig-Tipton have announced a $1 million bonus to the owner of the 2016 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner if that horse is a graduate of this year's 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale.
A group of prominent organizations involved in Thoroughbred breeding, racing, and sales in North America issued a joint statement Feb. 24 in reaction to the British Horseracing Authority's enhanced equine anti-doping rules.
Mike Luzzi, America's Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, has been named the winner of the 2015 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers.
Streaking champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi is a narrow choice as the favored individual horse, but the ever-popular mutuel field is the morning-line favorite in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager odds.
After reviewing the off-the-turf renewal of this year's Joe Hernandez Stakes conducted Feb. 22 at Santa Anita Park, the American Graded Stakes Committee has decided not to reinstate the listed status of the race.
A pair of 3-year-olds trained by Bob Baffert are the top individual choices according to the morning line for this weekend's Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, the third of four Derby future wagers that will be offered.
In Feb. 24 release, the Virginia Equine Alliance praised legislation that has passed the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Woodbine Entertainment released a 2015 Thoroughbred stakes schedule consisting of 102 stakes worth more than $20 million in purses for the 133-day meet.
Due to severe winter weather, including high winds and record low temperatures, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course has canceled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 24.
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced the formation of a marketing partnership with Fantasy Sports Network, which will assist in the launch of a paid Monmouth Park daily fantasy game featuring professional sporting events.
On March 7 at Santa Anita Park the track and Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard's history-making win in the Santa Anita Handicap of 1940.
Trainer David J. Wells has been sentenced to five years intermediate punishment, with the first three months in prison, for his role in rigging races by giving drugs to horses racing at Penn National Race Course.
Derby Eve Lexington, a new fundraiser the night before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be held for the first time May 1 at the polo barn at Saxony Farm in Lexington.
Feb. 22's Pick 5 at Santa Anita Park has yet to be paid out because of a tote malfunction, track officials said Sunday night.
Trainers of the top three finishers in the Feb. 21 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds reported their horses exited the 1 1/16-mile event in good order.
China Horse Club's Parranda, an easy winner of the Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park in early January, made her overseas journey worthwhile with a strong victory in the CECF Singapore Cup (Sin-I) Feb. 22.
Sachiaki Kobayashi's Copano Rickey, upset winner of last year's February Stakes (Jpn-I), became the first horse to capture the race in back-to-back years Feb. 22, this time as the favorite.
Laurel Park, forced to end live racing after the second race Feb. 21 because of weather conditions, canceled its full-card for Feb. 22 because of lingering impact from the storm.
As snowflakes began to fall at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 21, heavily favored Condo Commando opened her 3-year-old campaign with an impressive front-running victory in the $100,000 Busher Stakes.
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