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  • Chelokee

    Chelokee Relocated to Vinery

    Chelokee, who sustained injuries during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard at Churchill Downs, has changed residencies from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Tom Simon's Vinery, both near Lexington.

  • Forty Niner Days Euthanized

    Forty Niner Days, a multiple graded stakes winner in the early 1990s, was euthanized Aug. 22 due to extensive cancer at the UPF Ranch near Tehacahpi, Calif.

  • Surf Cat <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4422121%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Surf Cat on Board for Pacific Classic

    A lot is at stake Aug. 24 in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, which marks not only one of the most prestigious races of the year on the West Coast, but also earns the winner an automatic spot in the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Jim Barbetta and Michelle Mattiske

    Inside Track: Wedding at the Wire

    A relationship that began nine years ago will culminate in a wedding revolving around two passions the betrothed couple share: horse racing and Saratoga Race Course.

  • Terry Houghton

    Houghton Glad to Return to Michigan

    After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

  • Jeremy Rose

    Rose Suspension Reduced to 90 Days

    Jockey Jeremy Rose, who was suspended for six months for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during a June 23 race at Delaware Park, had his suspension reduced to 90 days following a July 22 hearing.

  • Reflections Offered on Rose Decision

    Following a three-hour hearing that resulted in the reduction of Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jeremy Rose's suspension from six months to 90 days, attorney Alan Foreman and Bernard Daney, chairman of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, reflected on the outcome.

  • Terry Houghton

    Houghton: Glad to Be Back Home

    After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

  • Pinnacle Reaches the Top in Attendance

    Jerry Campbell, chairman and CEO of the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich., said he couldn't remember the last time horse racing was featured on the front page of The Detroit News. Even when the old Detroit Race Course was up and running 10 years ago, he failed to recall when the sport had been such a prominent topic of interest among local patrons.

  • Challenges for Kentucky Not Going Away

    The bipartisan Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming, which meets periodically when the Kentucky General Assembly isn't in session, has made strides in educating lawmakers on the importance and scope of Kentucky's horse industry. And the challenges for the industry won't go away.

  • Stolen Chevy with trainer Mike Estes

    InsideTrack: Different Kind of Beginning

    In this day and age, more and more stories seem to be popping up about Thoroughbreds being retired from racing and retrained to do different jobs, from police assistants to track ponies to show circuit performers.

  • Benny the Bull won the True North (gr. II) June 7 at Belmont Park in his most recent start. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4821860%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Benny the Bull Back in Action in Smile

    Though the July 12 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) at Calder Race Course will host an impressive cast of seasoned performers, Benny the Bull has clearly stated his case as the top contender in the group.

  • Ten Juveniles Look for First Big Score

    The July 5 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park is shaping up as a wide-open race, as 10 California-based 2-year-olds are all traveling six furlongs for the first time and looking for the first major victory of their careers.

  • Chelokee<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1229952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

    Dr. Larry Bramlage, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about him being released from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington within weeks.

  • Horse inside the ECB Equine Spa

    ECB Equine Spa Comes to Churchill

    John Christensen has teamed with Churchill Downs to install an equine hydrotherapy spa product and service at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center on Poplar Level Road in Louisville.

  • Jeremy Rose

    Update: Rose Responds to Whip Incident

    Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards' hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23.

  • Janney Addresses Safety Recommendations

    Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman Stuart Janney, along with American Association of Equine Practitioners veterinarian Larry Bramlage, addressed numerous inquiries from the media during a June 17 conference call.

  • Christie's to Auction Horse Racing Books

    An important group of horse racing books from the library of Sir Roderick William Cameron, founding member of the American Jockey Club at Jerome Park in 1866 and owner of Clifton Berley Stud in New York, will be auctioned at Christie's in New York June 12.

  • KY Farms Implement Employee CPR Training

    On a late-spring morning at the Keeneland library near Lexington, the American Heart Association recognized representatives of Keeneland, Darley, and Stonestreet Farm for training their employees in CPR and placing automated external defibrilators on their properties.

  • Daily Track-Surface Reports Called Key

    After track superintendents from across the nation discussed various methods for maintaining their individual surfaces at the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, Dr. Mick Peterson offered ways to apply what was learned and make the necessary changes to lessen on-track injuries.

  • Belmont will be keeping its dirt track.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4610058%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Track Supers: Don't Diss Dirt Just Yet

    On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.

  • Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

    With the racing industry being scrutinized in the area of track safety, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track maintenance professionals from around the country.

  • Inside Track: Happy Trails

    In the midst of the disappointments and tragedies that sometimes occur in the horse industry, it's refreshing to hear a story with not one, but two happy endings.

  • Tesio winnner Icabad Crane

    Belmont Profile: Icabad Crane

    Icabad Crane's connections had faith in him at least hitting the board in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico, and their intuitions were proved right when the son of Jump Start finished a game 5 3/4 lengths in third behind Big Brown.

  • Tale Of Ekati heads to the Belmont Park main track escorted by 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4653383%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Belmont Profile: Tale of Ekati

    It's difficult to characterize the rise to greatness for a horse like Tale of Ekati, who was born already virtually flawless, according to John Phillips, managing partner of Darby Dan near Lexington, where the colt was foaled.

  • The 2008 Breeders' Cup logo

    Reserved BC Tickets Sold as Package Deal

    After the third jewel of the Triple Crown has been run, the attention of horsemen and fans will be turned toward the Oct. 24-25 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park and how to acquire tickets for the two-day event.

  • The Tin Man's last win came in the 2007 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT). <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1292138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Tin Man Enjoying Retirement

    The Tin Man, who has spent the last several months recovering from a fractured knee at Santa Anita Park, has been sent to Martin and Pam Wygod's River Edge Farm near Buellton, Calif., for his retirement.

  • Significant Minority Support Racing Ban

    In the wake of the tragedy that followed the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Eight Belles' fatal breakdown, alarming statistics reflecting the percentage of those who would support a horse racing ban were revealed by a Gallup poll.

  • Icabad Crane

    Preakness Profile: Icabad Crane

    Icabad Crane proved he stands a chance in the second jewel of the Triple Crown with his impressive performance in the April 19 Frederico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico.

  • Inside Track: Burnett's Journey

    On April 28, long time racetrack worker and paraplegic Rodney Burnett began a daunting journey with a worthy mission. Burnett, 51, is currently en route to the West Coast in a covered wagon on a 2,500-mile cross country trip that began in Williston, Fla.

  • Tizdejavu upsets the Crown Royal American Turf under Garret Gomez.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4378712%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Catching Tizdejavu in American Turf

    Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth's Kentucky homebred Tizdejavu made his sire, multiple champion Tiznow proud in posting a gate-to-wire victory as heavy rains continued in the May 2 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Giant Gizmo takes the Alysheba.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4378527%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stronach, Frankel Win Again With 'Gizmo

    Steady rain and sloppy track conditions did nothing to dampen the fortunes of Stronach Stables and trainer Bobby Frankel when the 4-year-old homebred Giant Gizmo scored a come-from-behind victory in the $166,050 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, giving them their second graded stakes win on the May 2 card.

  • Clay model replica of the Barbaro statue which will be created by Alexa King.

    King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

    Surrounded by images of their deceased colt projected on the walls of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Roy and Gretchen Jackson May 1 announced they have selected equine sculptor Alexa King to create a permanent memorial honoring the 2006 Derby victor.

  • Jon Miller, senior vice president of NBC, discusses World Equestrian Games coverage at Churchill press conference with John Long, left, and Jack Kelly, center.

    NBC to be Broadcast Partner of WEG

    On the lavish fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites, two days prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, representatives of the World Games 2010 Foundation announced NBC as the official network broadcast partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010.

  • Visionaire is accompanied from the racetrack by trainer Michael Matz aboard his pony Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

    Things are relatively quiet at the barn of trainer Michael Matz and void of the media buzz that surrounded other such barns as Richard Dutrow and Eoin Harty leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Big Brown knows he's prepping for an upcoming race.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4347211%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown: 'A Dream Come True'

    Big Brown has caused quite a stir on the backside in the days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), so much so that trainer Richard Dutrow decided the easiest way to handle the media was to host a daily question and answer session.

  • Alex Waldrop was one of several speakers at the Kentucky International Equine Summit in Lexington April 28.

    Industry Growth Said to Need Cooperation

    Because lack of growth appears to be one of the many issues plaguing the horse industry, the Kentucky International Equine Summit in Lexington hosted an April 28 seminar to tackle the topic and seek solutions.

  • Atlantic City will not send out the simulcast signal of their six-day live meet, which begins April 23.

    No Simulcasts for Atlantic City

    Atlantic City Race Course, which opened April 23 for six days of all-turf racing, will not send out the simulcast signal of its live meet due to a disagreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • Rescued Cappucino Kid to Old Friends

    Cappucino Kid, an earner of nearly $250,000, was rescued from a feedlot in Washington State March 23 and is on his way to a new home at Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Ahead of Her Time, shown winning the 2008 Camelia Stakes, was euthanized after a sesamoid fracture.

    Ahead of Her Time Euthanized

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's 4-year-old filly Ahead of Her Time, who was named Louisiana's 2007 champion 3-year-old filly, recently fractured a sesamoid during a morning training session and was euthanized.

  • Jones: Casino Bill 'Improperly Handled'

    The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project said the organization is "disappointed" not only in the failure of legislation calling for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, but also with the way the measure was handled from the beginning of this year's General Assembly session.

  • The sole American-based runner in the Duty Free field is J. Paul Reddam's Notional.

    International Field Set for Duty Free

    Keeping with the international spirit of Dubai World Cup Day, an incredibly accomplished field of 16 older males and females from seven different countries will go postward in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

  • Welfare and Safety Summit Approaching

    The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, slated for March 17-18 at Keeneland, will be a time of learning new approaches to solving industry issues, as well as continuing the discussion of progress on topics brought up at the first meeting in October 2006.