The winners of the Pilgrim and Miss Grillo stakes automatically have a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Fillies.
Buyers and sellers were encouraged by the 6.7% growth in the Keeneland September yearling sale's overall average price and an increase of 13.6% in the median. The positive results are a good omen for the November sale.
The daughter of Speightstown wins her fourth turf sprint of the year. Trainer Todd Pletcher has the top two finishers.
The world's largest online sports wagering company announced Sept. 21 its plans to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association names Jerry and Ann Moss the leading owners for 2009. Edward Evans is TOBA's national breeder of the year, and Hi Card Ranch is the top small breeder of the year.
Keeneland has successfully developed the September sale into the largest international marketplace for Thoroughbred yearlings. But will the sale continue offering the kinds of horses European buyers want? Read Blog
Zayat Stables has retired grade III winner Heart Ashley, who will be offered as a broodmare prospect during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale.
Seven creditors are negotiating to clear the slate on nearly $100 million in debt owned by the New York Off-Track Betting Corp.
The crash of an Aero Commander 500-B Aug. 11 over Oregon ripped a large hole in the fabric of California's horse community, and no one is confident it can be patched. Read Blog
Saratoga shows us there is a real hunger and passion for good Thoroughbred racing. Read Blog
Why support an industry that cannot sustain itself? Because wherever this debate occurs, it's important to see that the racetrack is only part of the equation. Read Blog
The grade III Hollywood Juvenile Champion is the son of Successful Appeal's second stakes win in three starts.
Rightly So ran a thrilling wire-to-wire race at Belmont Park, holding off the favorite Qualia.
How can handle numbers be so elusive in an industry as regulated as pari-mutuel wagering? Read Blog
Shining like a copper penny, Summer Bird officially moved into the last open stall in Paul Mill's stud barn.
Can a company once mired in debt and known for its revolving door in the executive suite since it was created in 1999 provide substantive change in the troubled Maryland racing market? Read Blog
Deserving favorite claims Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) for Augustin Stable and trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
MI Developments notified the Oak Tree Racing Association May 14 that it was ending its lease agreement.
A little gate training and an easy gallop was all Jackson Bend required May 14 to be honed for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Some bettors across the country nearly got shut out of the May 1 Kentucky Derby when AmTote International's multi-jurisdictional wagering hub in Portland, Ore., locked up twice within 50 minutes of the Derby's post time.
Louisiana trainer Terry Vance had a suspension reduced from six months to 60 days because the classification of the drug found in his horse had been reduced from Class 2 to the less potent Class 3.
The May 1 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) has six graded/group stakes winners entered.
Awesome Act worked in :48 1/5 and galloped out in 1:00 2/5 on April 27. Jockey Julien Leparoux was in the irons.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup trophy was on display April 24 at a black-tie dinner for Los Angeles racing, business, and fashion leaders.
Grade I winner Bluegrass Cat got his first winner April 23 at Keeneland.
A $3.5 billion international equestrian complex with a racetrack is being proposed for this project that involves a partnership of Dubai and Chinese companies.
The clamor falls to the floor, leaving only murmurs in the air. Did Personal Ensign get there? Read Blog
MTR Gaming Group reported declines in revenue and earnings for 2009, but also saw improvement in these areas for the fourth quarter of the year.
The auction, being held Feb. 16-16, will be run strictly through email and by phone, with all bids confidential. The resulting foals must become registered Pennsylvania-breds.
The Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and two other Pennsylvania races lost their graded status for 2009 because the state racing commission didn't follow a more extensive drug testing protocol required by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
Seattle Ruler became Roman Ruler's first stakes winner Sept. 20 at Fairplex Park.
The son of Elusive Quality worked five furlongs in 1:01.14 in preparation for his next start Oct. 3 in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I).
The yearling market continues its slump but trading was brisk during the fifth session of the 14-day Keeneland September Yearling sale.
A potential outbreak of strangles at Hoosier Park has forced Kentucky racetracks and public training stables to temporarily ban all horses from the Indiana track.
The first foal out of millionaire Madcap Escapade won a graded stakes in her third start Aug. 7 in the grade III Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar. The filly by Pulpit was sold as a weanling in 2007 for $1.7 million.
The son of Elusive Quality broke a 30-year-old track record for six and half furlongs at Saratoga in his first start since winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) back in March. The former record of 1:14 2/5 was set by Topsider on Aug. 1, 1979.
The Blood-Horse MarketWatch releases its top 10 Broodmare of the Year candidates.
California horse owner Michael Power was found in contempt and fined for making several false and defamatory statements about John Harris, a director for the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.
Six workers were injured when the roof of a barn being renovated slipped off its jacks and onto the ground. No horses were in the barn and no other barns were damaged.
By Eric Mitchell - The drumbeat to regulate steroids in sale horses is loud and growing. But if the industry only implements a ban on steroids and moves on, then it's missed an opportunity to address other important issues.
Taylor Made Stallions released the details of a incentive program for both Northern Afleet and Southern Image. Breeders who pay $10,000 to breed to these stallions will have more options regarding their payment due dates.
English Channel is a dream come true for a small, 13-mare Central Kentucky Thoroughbred nursery named Keene Ridge Farm. The 170-acre farm has not only produced a Breeders' Cup winner but may also have a turf champion.
Kip Deville is further proof that a truly good horse can come from anywhere. The 4-year-old winner of the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) is the second Oklahoma-bred horse to win a Breeders' Cup World Championship race. The first was the outstanding mare Lady's Secret, who won the Distaff in 1986.
Lahudood is the first homebred Breeders' Cup World Championship winner for the powerful Shadwell Stable. Prior to the daughter of Singspiel's victory Saturday in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I), Shadwell's best finish as breeder had been Sakhee's second place in the 2001 Classic.
Slew's Tiznow has been scratched from the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) because of a fever. The colt is the third 2-year-old Breeders' Cup contender to be scratched since Oct. 24 due to fever.
Maryfield is the first stakes winner out of Sly Maid, a decent stakes-placed runner by Desert Wine. Ontario partners John Harvey, Jr. and Mike Carroll acquired Sly Maid with Robyn's Nest Farm for $50,000 out of the 1997 Keeneland January winter mixed sale and enjoyed remarkably good commercial success with her.
The excitement of Fall Stars weekend at Keeneland was muted Oct. 6 by the loss of two horses and a potential career-ending injury to a third.
By Eric Mitchell - It's been almost 20 years since I'd seen the Old Man, and the first time for Matthew. You know how time gets away. The Old Man's health has not been too good lately so a visit was essential.
By Eric Mitchell - In many ways, Keeneland September has already established itself as an event. Why else would consignors continue to offer more horses there? They have to believe they are selling at the epicenter, and that there is no better place to be.
A temporary ban on the release of race video replays from Magna Entertainment tracks may continue through the end of the week for Post Time Technologies business partners, which include The Blood-Horse and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
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