Stonestreet Stables' Terra Promessa, winner of Oaklawn's Jan. 14 Pippin Stakes, figures to dictate the tempo again in the Feb. 18 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) in Hot Springs.
We understand the reasoning behind the bundling of "big days." Tracks can charge a premium for their simulcast signal on those days while increasing handle: That's the main driver--but has the pendulum swung too far?
Oaklawn Park's road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) begins Feb. 11 with the one-mile Martha Washington Stakes.
Experimental Free Handicap a great tool, needs a fresh look
New stallions to California for 2017
Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes.
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).
The Barking Shark, a West Coast fan favorite who finished second in seven stakes, two grade 1s, died earlier this year of colic at the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy in California. The gelding by Naevus was 24.
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup generated sufficient buzz
Booming state-bred programs lift incoming stallion rosters
Eclipse Awards needs an afternoon format to draw more coverage
Fox Hill Farms' unbeaten 2-year-old of 2015 carried through her sophomore campaign in much the same way, with seven consecutive victories, earning her the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly.
Three wins in four attempts, including a pair of NSA-1 wins, vaulted the then 9-year-old son of Azamour to the 2016 Eclipse Award as top steeplechaser.
With his Eclipse Award for male sprinter awarded Jan. 21, Drefong joins Lost in the Fog (2005), Trinniberg (2012), and Runhappy (2015) as the only 3-year-olds who earned the honor this century.
'No bid' rate at January sale a troubling stat
She's a Fleet, with her Jan. 5 filly by first-crop sire Commissioner by her side, sells to Deborah Holmes during Day 3 of the Keeneland January sale.
Warmth of TCA celebration takes chill off a winter evening
Behind the scenes work, innovation to spark 2017
A look at some of the horses named for the holidays.
The industry will miss many from '16, including this trifecta: Ted Bates, Lucy Gay Bassett, and Monarchos
James McIngavle, owner of one of the slots for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Stakes (gr. I), has purchased a three-time group I-winning Argentine-bred horse with hopes of running in the Jan. 28 race at Gulfstream Park.
Nasrullah and his son, Bold Ruler, dominated the sire list for nearly 20 years
Stallion Register, Global Stallion app hit the streets
Laurel Park presents the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes Dec. 10. Both races, worth $100,000, are at seven furlongs for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired runners.
'Next Generation' crew has what it takes
Three of the seven fillies and mares entered for Aqueduct's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) are New York-breds. State-bred Bar of Gold (by Medaglia d'Oro) is the 121-pound highweight.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing. A stud deal has not yet been arranged.
In the Thoroughbred breeding business, dispersals of major breeders and/or owners allow others to purchase bloodlines and gain entry to families that they otherwise might never get in on.
Spend some time at any Thoroughbred sale and there’s no telling what you will hear. The recent Keeneland November sale left us with an earful. The following are some select sound bites.
Day 9 of the Keeneland November sale sees a Tapit mare sell for $140,000 and a Cairo Prince weanling colt that brings $120,000 as its session leaders.
Horsemen betting on the future at November sale
Sea Island, a 7-year-old daughter of Pulpit and part of the Phipps Stable reduction, sold for $480,000 during the first session of Book 2 of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale. The ticket was signed by Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm.
Breeder Charles Fipke went to $530,000 to purchase 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Pleasant Home in early trading during Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale.
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, a convincing winner of the Nov. 4 Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) has been retired and will stand 2017 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The son of Speightstown's fee will be $12,500.
Finest City wins the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) over Wavell Avenue. The 4-year-old City Zip filly gets the seven furlongs in 1:22.37.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation charged from far back to win Santa Anita's $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) to close a fantastic day of racing. It was the second stakes win on the day for J. Paul Reddam.
Thoroughbred Charities of America's "An Evening with California Chrome" fundraising event was a big hit Nov. 2 in Arcadia, Calif.
Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, KC Horse Transport, share White Horse award as given by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Nov. 3 in Arcadia, Calif.
Sophomore Accelerate is being asked to make a major step forward in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Samantha Siegel joins forces with Los Pollos Hermanos Racing on Masochistic and now has the favorite for the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Scuba may be second on the morning line for the Nov. 4 Marathon Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, but he looks like the one to beat going 1 3/4 miles.
Conventional wisdom suggests a West Coast-based horse might have the edge in the six-furlong Sprint, but historic results tell us otherwise.
Without a full field and without a whole lot of speed in the race—at least on paper—the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) looks to be Runhappy’s race to lose.
Racing's 'rock stars' are selling the sport one Tweet at a time
As the 80th fall meet of Keeneland Race Course got underway Oct. 7, we recall an Indian Summer weekend 32 years ago when Queen Elizabeth II came to visit Kentucky, spending a magical afternoon at the track.
Inaugural Breeders’ Cup makes its mark in today’s pedigrees
Trainer Aidan O'Brien goes after another grade/group I win Oct. 16 in Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT) with Best In The World (by Galileo). The 3-year-old filly catches a pair of runners each from Chad Brown and Bill Mott.
Only five passed the entry box for Belmont Park’s $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. III), with impressive first-out maiden winner Theory figuring to be the one to beat.
While great, racing needs to expand its reach beyond the Bluegrass
James McIngvale's Runhappy worked a mile in 1:38 4/5 under Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens Oct. 12 at Keeneland. The son of Super Saver is being pointed toward the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
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