While the study indicates no ill effects from race-day medication on North American pedigrees, it also shows that North American-bred horses don't need race-day medication to be successful.
Eric Mitchell, editorial director and editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse, shares his thoughts on the recent Texas ruling about registration of cloned foals for the American Quarter Horse Association and how that might impact the Thoroughbred industry.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Total purses for The Claiming Crown of 2013 are expected to reach $1 million and the program expanded to eight races. The program will likely be run for a second year in a row at Gulfstream Park.
Distorted Humor had the top Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling average of $567,000. Quality Road had the top average among first-crop yearling sires at $287,500
Banning AI has kept the lid on Pandora's Box. watch video
Medaglia d'Oro is the leading sire by average price for stallions represented by at least two yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select yearling sale.
Everything has to fall into place for a top horse to sell well at Saratoga.
Aftercare needs a long-term strategy. read blog
The tablet-optimized product features new handicapping tools for analyzing pace and offers a speed rating that has been harmonized with Timeform's European ratings.
Fasig-Tipton, Barretts playing a vital role in attracting owners. read blog
Social media transforms fans from spectators to participants. read blog
Forget the definition of "horse racing," Gretna wants gaming. read blog
Jim Tafel's homebred Looking Cool certainly kept his cool in the heat of battle down the Prairie Meadows stretch June 29 to prevail by a neck at 17-1 odds in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III).
Debt Ceiling improved his career to a perfect 3-for-3 by taking the $111,400 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in a commanding fashion June 29.
Virginia racing industry leaders Anne Poulson, Ernie Oare, and Dr. Jens von Lepel resigned from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association board June 28 over the controversial firing of former executive director Glenn Petty.
The 2013 Triple Crown left us much to celebrate. read blog
Conviction pulls Stevens and Lukas out of their slumps. read blog
Orb is perfectly suited for the Belmont Stakes. read blog
Trainer finds victory in seventh Kentucky Derby start read blog
Take the walkover from the barns to the saddling paddock with Kentucky Derby winner Orb. Cameo by Overanalyze. Watch Video
Eric Mitchell recaps the Kentucky Oaks, won by Princess of Sylmar, and the other stakes action on Oaks day. Watch Video
The winner is a homebred for Don Dizney, who also bred and raced the winner's dam and granddam.
Frac Daddy and Java's War getting bathed following April 27, 2013 works at Churchill Downs. watch video
Ken McPeek talks about Frac Daddy and Java's War at Churchill Downs the morning of April 27. watch video
Frac Daddy and Java's War have five-furlong maintenance works at Churchill Downs April 27.
Black Onyx's final tune-up at Churchill Downs April 27 was less about time and more about attitude, said jockey Joe Bravo, who flew in specifically for the work. The son of Rock Hard Ten worked four furlongs in :48 3/5.
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Sheikh Mohammed was unaware that steroids were being given.
There should be a spot in the Derby for a special filly. read blog
The champion-producing mare changed the life of a small Missouri breeding operation.
A better presentation would be helpful, as would better information. read blog
Trainer Bob Baffet said his team is working with the state of California to find the causes behind sudden deaths in his barn.
Officials with the California Horse Racing Board vigorously contested reports that the state has seen any spike or even a significant increase in the number of sudden death cases statewide.
Sudden deaths in California from cardiac failure rose from six in fiscal year 2011 to 11 over the same period in 2012. Seven of the horses were in Bob Baffert's barn; a cause has not been determined.
Security at racetracks has been too reactionary. read blog
Fasig-Tipton Texas' 2-year-olds sale offered older horses for first time.
Scotti, 86, worked in racing as a jockey, trainer, and jockey agent. He died March 30.
Breeders' Cup should take the uncertainty out of site selection. read blog
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is now stabilized with a full board of directors.
Declining handle is forcing the closure of the state's only freestanding OTB network.
Business boomed at the March 4 Barretts March selected 2-year-olds in training sale where the average price jumped 31.1%, the median rose 17.6%, and the gross was up nearly 4% despite fewer horses being sold than in 2012.
Kitten's Joy daughter and Augustin Stable homebred prevails in rough-run grade III at Gulfstream Park.
The daughter of Harlan's Holiday got her second career graded stakes win in her second start of the year.
Owners and breeders shine in weekend stakes. read blog
If racetracks look like they don't care, why should the new fan? read blog
A Texas HORSE survey shows 43% of owners, breeders, and trainers intend to reduce their investment in the state's racing in 2013 because of better opportunities in the surrounding states with gaming.
The good news is Churchill recognizes changes will be made. read blog
A filly named Glorious Dancer caused two significant changes in the life of horseplayer Michael Beychok. read blog
Higher-energy Eclipse Award ceremony Jan. 19 honors longtime owner/breeder Morton Fink with three trophies. Godolphin/Darley also picks up three awards.
The goal is to make the event more exciting and accessible to fans. read blog
Holding the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park plus the addition of several new charity events has given the event new life.
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