Big Apple Showcase Day for New York-breds at Belmont Park has solid fields for all six of its stakes races. The $200,000 Commentator Stakes and $125,000 Kingston Stakes have drawn many top older runners.
Trainer Mike Maker has three sophomores for the May 27 Arlington Classic Stakes (G3T), including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner Fast and Accurate.
John Sikura’s instincts result in classic bloodlines
The Stronach Group's Belinda Stronach delivered an insightful closing keynote speech during the second Pan American Conference, which ran May 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
Issues of ownership, marketing, and integrity were the strong suits in the second day of the Pan American Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was sponsored by the Latin American Racing Channel and The Jockey Club.
A trainer's panel discussing international travel and racing challenges highlighted day one of the second Pan American Conference May 18 in Washington, D.C.
Focused on the movement's traction and steps for further success, day one of the two-day International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) was well attended.
The second Pan American Conference, bringing together industry insiders from North and South America, will have a session-packed two-day run May 18-19 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
Pimlico's future, improving Maryland program the topics of Preakness week
Derby week a perfect time to grow the sport
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero rolled down the center of the Churchill Downs turf course, winning the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T) for the second year in a row.
Shortleaf Stable's Benner Island, a 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown, holds off the late surge of Union Strike to win the Eight Belles Stakes (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs. She covers the trip in 1:24.28.
Miss Sky Warrior's trainer Kelly J. Breen notes the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has a 'Final Four' feel, but the talent runs much deeper for Churchill Downs' main event May 5.
Local Hero and Uncontested, one-time Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopefuls, face a new challenge cutting back to one-turn for the May 6 Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.
Calumet Farm's Vexatious, trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, has had excuses in all three of her 2017 starts, but may put it all together in the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
John Oxley's Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) after drawing post 14.
Derby/Oaks week gives owners the ride of their lives
The annual Kentucky Derby Trainer's Dinner gives trainers a chance to laugh a little and blow off some steam. Trainer Mike Maker was first up May 2 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, and he stole the show.
Breeder/owner Chris Baccari brought Salty along slowly; the Quality Road filly earns a spot in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Richard Mandella-trained Paradise Woods, winner of the April 8 Santa Anita Oaks (G1), drew post four in the 14-horse lineup for the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.
The Kelly Breen-trained Miss Sky Warrior, winner of five straight, is ready for the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). Breeder/owner Al London, along with wife, Arlene, can't wait to get to Louisville.
Fast and Accurate, winner of the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 April 30 at Churchill Downs while readying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Ron and Ricki Rashinski ran Bushfire in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Chicago-area couple returns in 2017 as the co-owners of Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Sailor's Valentine.
The industry could use a few more guys like Bob Lewis
Instead of marketing the high-reward, yet high-risk exotic bets that are hard to explain and harder to hit, Oaklawn Park took aim at the lowly show bet.
Confirming his newfound love affair with sprint racing, Whitmore easily won Oaklawn Park’s Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 15.
Lael Stables' homebred No Dozing, who has four graded stakes starts under his belt, holds the class edge in Keeneland's Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15. The 1 1/16-mile race for sophomores is worth $200,000.
Heading into April weekends we love seeing stories with headlines such as "Preps to Clear Derby Picture" because: a) the features always focus on the obvious, over-worn angles, and b) the results often prove them to be incredibly wrong.
Stellar Wind, who defeated Beholder twice last year after earning a divisional championship in 2015, makes her 2017 debut in Oaklawn Park's Apple Blossom Handicap (G1).
Live Oak Plantation's homebred Awesome Slew rallied in the center of the track and ran down favorite A. P. Indian to win Keeneland's Commonwealth Stakes (G3) April 8.
There was a time in the early 1980s when the quick wit of the late comedian Don Rickles was matched with the speed of the equine Don Rickles.
Coffee Pot Stable's homebred Farrell, by Malibu Moon, drew clear in the lane of the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) to win by 31/4 lengths.
Moyglare Stud Farm's Celestine, the heavy 3-10 favorite, easily took the Honey Fox Stakes (G2T). The grade 1-winning daughter of Scat Daddy earned her first graded stakes win in last year's Honey Fox.
Arrogate’s big finish, career earnings are unprecedented
Man o' War's restored barn a link to storied past
Regardless of what is written down and published, there’s always another angle—another lead, another quote, another phone call that could add further depth to a story. These Denali graduates have added their own exclamation points to this one.
There is nothing run of the mill about Anne Morgan and Tim Little's Mill Creek Farm. Called "horse heaven" by one of their clients, the full-service farm outside Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been rolling along for some 30 years.
Allen Poindexter's homebred Chanel's Legacy has dominated in Oaklawn's Dixie Belle and Martha Washington stakes. The 3-year-old filly takes the next logical step March 11 in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) in Hot Springs, Ark.
Normandy Farm's Daddys Lil Darling, who ran in four graded stakes to close out 2016, takes to turf for her seasonal debut in the March 11 Florida Oaks (G3T) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Argentinian-bred Sixties Song easily won the March 5 Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1) at Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Sunday's Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1) in Chile serves as benchmark for international classifications for South American runners.
The $500,000 Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1), South America's richest race, has drawn of a field of 16. The 1 1/2-mile turf race will be run for the first time at the Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Tom Hamm, the general farm manager at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Stallions, will become the general manager for Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm near Ocala, Fla., later this year.
The Chad Brown-trained Ticonderoga, fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) is the one to beat while he makes his 3-year-old bow in the March 4 Palm Beach Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park.
BloodHorse celebrates the 40th anniversary of the unbeaten Triple Crown winner’s campaign with the first-in-a-series look at his 3-year-old debut March 9 at Hialeah Park.
The top four finishers of the Jan. 14 Ruthless Stakes, led by winner Yorkiepoo Princess, are entered for Aqueduct's Busher Stakes Feb. 25. The $150,000 race offers 50 points to the winner in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) standings.
The memories of the coppery chestnut colt, are still fresh nearly two decades on. His arc—a scant two months that spring and summer—was brief, but it was oh so brilliant.
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.
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