Few truly 'retire' from the sport
The Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) is without a clear-cut favorite, giving bettors many ways to go.
Champion Strut the Course is the 5-2 morning line choice, as she tries for a repeat in the July 3 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Birdatthewire returns to Gulfstream Park for the Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) on the Summit of Speed card. The switch of the race from six to seven furlongs should play to her favor.
Forget about external pressures when it comes to yearling sales.
The 9-year-old son of Unbridled's Song sits atop the first-crop sire list and already has a stakes winner in Tremont Stakes victor Silver Mission.
Grade III winner Mo Tom has several things in his favor for the June 25 Ohio Derby at Thistledown which is the reason he's the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.
Jockey Ovie Scurlock, who rode in three Kentucky Derbys and rode Coaltown for Calumet Farm and trainer Ben Jones, died earlier this month at 97.
Americans making Royal Ascot the new summer place to be.
Paid Up Subscriber, a daughter of Candy Ride, wins Churchill Downs' Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) by three lengths over Brooklynsway. Champion Untapable runs fourth.
Three of the six entrants for Belmont's June 18 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at a mile are grade I winners. Red-hot trainer Chad Brown trains two of the others.
Ever-popular The Pizza Man, winner of last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT), returns to Churchill Downs for the June 18 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT). The race goes under the lights with an approximate post of 9:05 p.m.
Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall Farm, which bred champion mare Tepin, noted the large number of recent graded stakes winners that were raised at farms within a six-mile radius near Paris, Ky.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, sprint champion male of 2015, has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right front cannon bone and will be given 60 days off according to trainer Laura Wohlers.
Breeders enjoy Beholder's talents from the farm.
Racing's big holiday weekends becoming a thing of the past.
Florida horseman Niall Brennan, along with Mike Ryan, purchased Nyquist as a yearling, then broke, trained, and sold the Derby winner as a 2-year-old.
Marylanders moving the needle with Pimlico study, breeders' incentives.
Hard work makes racing luck a lot easier
Divisidero edged ahead of World Approval late to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) by neck. The son of Kitten's Joy got the nine furlongs in 1:47.37.
Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Hronis Racing's Nancy From Nairobi, a British-bred 5-year-old mare, gets her first graded stakes win while winning her third straight mile turf race at Santa Anita in the May 5 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT).
Trainer Chad Brown has a strong pair in Sea Calisi and Guapaza for the May 7 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile race drew six older fillies and mares.
A full gate of 14 is set for the Pat Day Mile (gr. III) May 7, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. The one-turn-mile event for 3-year-olds is slated as race 10 and goes for a purse of $250,000.
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Full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, entered for May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of James E. "Ted" Bassett, died May 1 at 87. She owned Lanark Farm in Woodford Co., Kentucky, and bred Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration.
Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30.
Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings has a strong three-of-a-kind hand for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in Rachel's Valentina, Terra Promessa, and Royal Obsession.
Keeneland's Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) closes out the spring meet April 29. California invader Generosidade faces 11 older fillies and mares going 12 furlongs.
Prevailing mood is that the foal crop is inching forward
The Blood-Horse has always played the Blue Grass Stakes close to the vest
With the departure of champion Songbird from the race, trainer John Servis is considering Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks.
A dozen new stallions take up residence in New York for 2016.
Nyquist, the unbeaten favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogs twice around Keeneland's main track April 19. Reddam Racing's champion is slated to work on Friday.
LNJ Foxwoods' Nickname, winner of last year's Frizette Stakes (gr. I), holds a class advantage over her four rivals in Keeneland's Beaumont Stakes (gr. III). The race is for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, 184 feet.
Swipe, a four-time runner-up to Nyquist in graded stakes last year, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the April 16 Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Trainer Mark Casse has confirmed that he has picked 14 horses from Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm. The horses were previously trained by Stanley Gold.
Champion Nyquist jogged on Keeneland's synthetic training track a day after galloping on the main track at the Lexington oval. He is slated to work for the first time since winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) April 15.
Centennial Farms' Unified is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the April 9 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) off one start. The son of Candy Ride broke his maiden Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Cash is King's unbeaten Cathryn Sophia is the even-money morning-line favorite for Keeneland's April 9 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
Wonderment, a New York-bred filly by Cosmonaut, wins Turfway Park's Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) in wire-to-wire fashion, getting the mile in 1:39.04.
Magazine's run-up to the classics has expanded dramatically
Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go (by Ghostzapper) making just her second career start, tops Paola Queen and odds-on favorite Off the Tracks in the 50th running of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II).
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
Ralph Evans' Upstart, a grade II winner and player on the Triple Crown trail last year, makes his 2016 debut as the 120-pound highweight in the March 19 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Florida thrives with growth of juvenile market
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Bern Identity, a grade II-winning son of Bernstein, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at Bombay Stud Farm in Jamaica.
Mohaymen, California Chrome top week one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association polls for 2016.
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