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  • Lovely Bernadette wins the 2017 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes - Josephine Abercrombie

    What's Going on Here: Party On

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend offers us the opportunity to extend birthday wishes to a pair of pioneers and congratulations to a pair of new trailblazers in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Miss Sky Warrior gallops at Churchill Downs before last year's Kentucky Oaks

    Multiple Grade 2 Winner Miss Sky Warrior Retired

    Al and Arlene London's homebred Miss Sky Warrior, a winner of three consecutive grade 2 races in 2016-17 and a favorite for last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has been retired. She will be bred to American Pharoah for 2018.

  • What's Going On Here: Dan The Man

    The TCA held its 28th stallion season auction and celebration Jan. 7, and Dan Rosenberg, a longtime board member and past president of the TCA, was honored with the Allaire du Pont leadership award. Few have been as deserving.

  • Dan Rosenberg (left) receives the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award from Thoroughbred Charities of America president Mike McMahon

    Rosenberg, Caribbean Group Honored by TCA

    The 28th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America stallion season auction and celebration honored Dan Rosenberg and Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare during its main fundraising event Jan. 7 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

  • Jack Van Berg

    Trainer Jack Van Berg Dies at 81

    Jack Van Berg, the Hall of Fame trainer and the son of a Hall of Fame trainer, died Dec. 27 in Little Rock, Ark., at the age of 81. He is best known as the trainer of dual classic winner and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, 'America's Horse.'

  • Second Flight - By Evan Hammonds

    The Pegasus' date on the calendar has a certain appeal. The late January date gives runners plenty of time to recuperate from their efforts in the Breeders' Cup, but allows them time not to miss the year's breeding cycle.

  • What's Going On Here: Surprise Surprise

    For most of us that live east of the Pecos, the Breeders’ Cup weekend of Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar was like stumbling onto the lost city of the Incas. Who knew it was the best-kept secret in racing?

  • Americanize takes Nov. 3 opener at Del Mar

    Americanize Earns His Stripes in Damascus

    Americanize, a 4-year-old homebred for Kaleem Shah making his stakes debut Nov. 3, shook clear of Mr. Hinx to win the seven-furlong Damascus Stakes, the first race on the opening day Breeders' Cup program at Del Mar.

  • Angie Cheak, winner of 2017 White Horse Award

    Cheak Honored with White Horse Award

    Angie Cheak, who spearheaded the rescue of 43 Thoroughbreds from a Mercer County, Ky., farm, was honored with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Nov. 2 at Del Mar.

  • Orbolution wins the Aug. 31 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

    StarLadies Pick a Pair for Breeders’ Cup

    StarLadies Racing, a partnership group led by Laurie Wolf, has two 2-year-old fillies for the Breeders' Cup: Orbolution in Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf and Stainless in Saturday's Juvenile Fillies.

  • Nothing beats a mint julep at the Derby.

    What's Going On Here: The List

    Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured an article “101 Things to Do Before You Die (At Age 101). In that bent, we’ve thought this through and have come up with a few “Things to Do in Racing Before You Die:”

  • Happily wins the group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly

    Happily the Star in Juvenile Fillies Turf

    While the race usually is a difficult puzzle considering the light form on 2-year-old fillies and a huge influx of European runners, this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) Nov. 3 at Del Mar features a ready-made star in Happily.

  • Stephanie Seymour Brant leads Significant Form into the Belmont Park winner's circle

    Whispers on Significant Form Prove True

    The word was out early on Significant Form early, and so far she's backed it up. The daughter of Creative Cause is one of the headliners of the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1T).

  • Seymourdini returns to graded stakes company in Belmont's Bold Ruler Handicap (G3)

    Bold Ruler Stacked; Miss Sky Warrior Returns

    A pair of grade 3 stakes Oct. 28 at Belmont Park hold plenty of intrigue. The seven-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap is deep and wide while the 1 1/16-mile Turnback the Alarm Handicap features the return of Miss Sky Warrior.

  • What's Going On Here: Something's Missing

    The big preps for this year’s Breeders’ Cup have come and gone. Yet, the three biggest names for the upcoming World Championships were conspicuously missing…and missing not just from races in October—but since Labor Day.

  • What's Going On Here: Joy Ride

    The Thoroughbred world received a pretty good surprise when John Sikura and Ken Ramsey announced that Kitten’s Joy would be moving from Ramsey Farm to Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington for 2018.

  • Limousine Liberal works over Keeneland's main track Sept. 30

    Fan Favorite Limousine Liberal Heads Phoenix

    Keeneland's Fall Stars weekend kicks off with the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2), a 'Win and You're In' event for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1). Headliners include Limousine Liberal and Whitmore.

  • G. Watts Humphrey Jr.

    TCA Honors G. Watts Humphrey

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr. was the Thoroughbred Club of America's 86th Honor Guest Sept. 29 at Keeneland. The Churchill Downs' board chairman spoke out on improving the racetrack experience, raising purses in Kentucky.

  • Tony Cummins (left) and friend John O’Herlihy at Keeneland where Cummins sold a Quality Road colt for $95,000 Sept. 20

    First-Time Pinhooker Hits Book 5 Paydirt

    Tony Cummins of Boston bought his first horse, a Quality Road weanling, last year for $5,000. He sold the colt Sept. 20 for $95,000 during Book 5 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • The Keeneland September session topper Sept. 20, a daughter of first-crop sire Atreides

    Sept. 20 Session Topper Brings $175,000

    A racy gray/roan filly from the first crop of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms’ Atreides topped the ninth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly, Hip 3077, brought $175,000 Sept. 20, the first session of Book 5.

  • Hip 587, a Scat Daddy colt, sells for $1.1 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale

    Scat Daddy Colt Brings $1.1 Million

    Moments after a colt by Will Take Charge sold for $975,000, a colt by Scat Daddy brought $1.1 million during a heated early start to Book 2 Sept. 13 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. M.V. Magnier signed the ticket from the back ring.

  • Hip 564, a colt by Will Take Charge, brought $975,000

    Will Take Charge Colt Brings $975,000

    Hip 564, a flashy son of champion Will Take Charge, sold to Willis Horton for $975,000 early during the Sept. 13 second session of Book 2 at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • After veering sharply to the outside, Sporting Chance survives an inquiry to win the Hopeful

    Sporting Chance Bolts, Hangs on in Hopeful

    Robert Baker and William Mack’s Sporting Chance bolted to the outside in deep stretch, but still held on to win the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (G1) over favored Free Drop Billy at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 4.

  • James "Mattress Mack" McIngvale is sheltering victims of Hurricane Harvey at two of his furniture stores

    Mattress Mack Aids Houston Flood Victims

    James "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Thoroughbred owner and Houston businessman and philanthropist, has opened two of his Gallery Furniture stores as shelters for victims of Hurricane Harvey. At present, some 450 people are housed at each store.