Godolphin Racing's Innovative Idea, winner of Ellis Park's Aug. 6 Groupie Doll (gr. III), came close to being retired and bred in late March.
Jockey Francisco Torres was transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Ind. after his mount flipped in the starting gate before the fifth race Aug. 7 at Ellis Park.
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules and Curtis Mikkelsen's Cajun Delta Dawn won their respective divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds Aug. 6 at Gulfstream on a day that produced a 24% spike in handle from the same card a year ago.
Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt defied all odds to take the early lead as Olympic Eventing got underway at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 6.
A day after graded stakes winner Recepta suffered a fractured pelvis while galloping at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Jimmy Toner reported that she is in comfortable and stable condition at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs.
Racing at Ruidoso Downs was canceled Aug. 6 following a torrential downpour with hail that hit the track several minutes before horses were set to come on to the track for the first race. The heavy rain lasted about 30 minutes.
Former jockey and Maryland Jockey Club clerk of scales Thomas "Tommy" Lee died Aug. 3 at the Delaware Hospice Center. He was 79.
With Parx Racing in Pennsylvania closed for live racing from Aug. 10-Sept. 2, the Maryland Jockey Club Aug. 6 said it will pay all shipping expenses to Laurel Park for horses stabled at Parx throughout August.
The Jim Stable's 10-year-old Ben's Cat, winner of 26 stakes in his career, will try for his seventh consecutive victory in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes Aug. 20, which is "Maryland Pride Day" at Laurel Park.
There are 551 yearlings cataloged for Book 1 of the 2016 Tattersalls October yearling sale, scheduled for Oct. 4-6 in Newmarket.
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron has been named the 2016 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award and will receive the honor in ceremonies at Del Mar Aug. 21.
He will be the track announcer for the 2016 Gulfstream Park West meet that begins Oct. 5.
Veteran track announcer Bobby Neuman will call the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course, the track announced Aug. 4. The 12-date season will run from Sept. 8-25.
A professor of veterinary anatomy, Dr. Susan Stover was notified this week that she has been selected for induction into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame.
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules, an easy winner of his first two starts, figures to garner much of the attention in the $200,000 Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes for 2-year-olds Aug. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the regional owners and state and Canadian breeders that will be recognized at its National Awards Dinner Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington.
In an effort to consolidate its operations at one of its two Central Kentucky locations, Walmac Farm will put its storied 248-acre Paris Pike property on the market.
Racetrack and casino owner Penn National Gaming announced Aug. 3 that it acquired Rocket Games, a leading developer of social casino games, for approximately $60 million cash.
Alexis Renault will work closely with Bernard Salvat through 2016, then replace Salvat when he retires in 2017.
East Boston, Mass. track will host the second of three scheduled live racing weekends.
Two and half months after entering into an agreement to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland from Penn National Gaming Inc., The Stronach Group announced Aug. 2 it has closed the deal.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting a Pedigree and Conformation Clinic Aug. 8-9 and an Ownership Seminar Aug. 12 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and Saratoga Race Course, respectively.
Longtime race caller Tony Bentley will take the mike in the announcer's booth at Suffolk Downs when live racing returns to the East Boston, Mass., racetrack Aug. 6-7.
Team Valor International reached a major milestone July 30 when Blossom d'Orange provided the 1,000th win for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, scoring by five lengths in the Produccion Nacional (Uru-III) at Maronas in Uruguay.
The Munnings colt Barkley did everything he could to remain undefeated, but the improving Sky Mesa gelding Opportunistic just got the better of him in the $75,100 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds July 31 at the Washington racetrack.
A $3 million National Handicapping Championship Tour bonus will be awarded to any horseplayer who wins the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Nov. 4-5 and the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 27-29, 2017.
Upon earning his 4,000th career victory July 31 at Ellis Park, jockey Corey Lanerie recalled thinking he'd never make it to 1,000.
Highly regarded 4-year-old colt Tencendur, whose 3-year-old campaign was cut short because of a broken sesamoid near his left front foot, is scheduled to make his first start since last June in an allowance event at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 1.
McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban, who earned his first career victory with a 27-1 upset in the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), will be pointed to the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Southern Equine Farm presented a check for $5,000 to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America July 30 at Saratoga.
Mind Your Biscuits powered through on the rail in his graded stakes debut July 30, overtaking Maniacal in the stretch for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Amsterdam (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.
Ellis Park canceled its last two races July 29 after a thunderstorm blew through the area, causing overflowed drains and standing water on the track.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has been granted approval by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to make up five racing programs that were cancelled earlier in the year because of adverse weather conditions.
The Essex will also have a purse increase, as will ten other stakes races.
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The American Horse Council Foundation is seeking to update the economic impact study of the horse industry in 2017.
Gary Barber's Lexie Lou, who won the 1 1/8-mile Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 on the Queen's Plate program at Woodbine, returns July 30 for the $125,000 Victoriana Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass.
The 53-year-old native of Louisiana recorded his 4,000th win aboard Pitts Racing Stables Speed Horse's Space Book in the second race at Evangeline Downs, a $5,000 claimer for fillies and mares.
Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and Iowa Derby (gr. III) winner American Freedom arrived at Monmouth Park late in the afternoon of July 27 for the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Stradivari, who sustained a career-ending lateral condylar fracture of his right front leg during training hours at Saratoga Race Course July 22, is recuperating at nearby Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital after undergoing surgery July 26.
Stakes schedules with combined purses of more than $3.2 million were announced July 27 by Churchill Downs for the Kentucky track's upcoming 2016 meets.
Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, has been re-appointed for another five years effective in September.
The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will host two of their annual charity events next month in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association July 26 announced that the 31st annual TOBA National Awards Dinner will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
Pamela Blatz-Murff, who helped develop the Breeders' Cup into one of racing's more prestigious and successful events, has joined the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Bob Elliston, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd., will join Keeneland in the new position of vice president of racing and sales, effective Aug. 29, the Lexington track announced July 26.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced 106 yearlings, 21 broodmares, nine weanlings, and two horses of racing age are cataloged for the Texas summer yearling and mixed sale.
Horse Racing Ireland July 26 launched an industry assistance program for the Irish Thoroughbred industry.
The 16-year-old son of Darshann sired eight graded/group I winners.
Gun Runner became the first 3-year-old stabled outside of Monmouth Park to arrive for the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I), set for July 31 at the New Jersey racetrack.
Multiple graded-stakes winner Futural has died, reports Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
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