Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park
With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Frank Angst
Dale Romans discusses Keen Ice, Kent Desormeaux, and the Haskell. Watch Video
- By Frank Angst
Bob Baffert's assistant Jimmy Barnes discusses American Pharoah's tail and Friday's tunnel incident. Watch Video
Donegal Racing's classic-placed Keen Ice looked a picture galloping on a sunny summer morning Saturday, Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park as he wrapped up work for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
American Pharoah galloped on a pleasant summer morning Saturday at Monmouth Park, wrapping up preparations for the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.
When the racing spotlight falls on Monmouth Park this weekend, Dennis Drazin, who has helped guide the track in recent years, is confident fans who attend and watch on national television will see a top track.
Other than an anxious moment while walking to the Monmouth Park paddock for a schooling session, American Pharoah quickly settled down as he prepares for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
A recommendation by an attorney for Delaware racing stewards to drop a therapeutic medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher could impact the sport's move toward uniform medication rules, Pletcher's attorney said.
Louisiana-based freshman sires Custom for Carlos and Flashy Wise Cat saw their first winners Thursday, July 30 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel.
For his first start since sweeping the Triple Crown, American Pharoah drew post four for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) to be run Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.
Monmouth Park officials said July 30 that they reached out to other tracks to try to create a post-Triple Crown three-race series that would have carried a bonus.
Jockey Ruben Rojas is facing multiple charges after Delaware State Police arrested him in connection with the July 29 shooting of a trainer at Delaware Park.
Robert LaPenta's March will try to secure a third straight graded stakes win when he starts in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Wertheimer et Frere homebred Solow won his fourth straight group I stakes and eighth consecutive race overall Wednesday, July 29 when he secured a hard-fought victory in the Qatar Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood.
Trainer Bob Baffert will relish allowing American Pharoah dictate any plans between the Aug. 2 Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.
Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Inc. and Elevage II purchased a 20% share in successful sire Curlin for more than $6 million at a U.S. Justice Department auction in May.
A late move into second place by Uncle Vinny paid off when the son of Uncle Mo was placed first in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 at Saratoga Race Course after Magna Light was disqualified from first.
Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser runner-up London Tower will try to nail down the third stakes win of her career on Wednesday, July 29 at Woodbine in the Eternal Search Stakes.
Lael Stables' Ageless will try to win the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) for a second straight year when she starts from the outside in the expected field of seven fillies and mares Sunday, July 26 at Woodbine.
A number of grade I winners, including several champions, worked July 23 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course as well as the Oklahoma training track.
Following an extensive investigation by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division, three Louisiana jockeys have been arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged race-fixing scheme.
Strong second quarter revenues for Penn National Gaming Inc. helped the racetrack and casino owner to increased net income compared with the same quarter last year.
Gold medal winner Bode Miller has a new base for his horse racing aspirations as the celebrated alpine skier tries to bring some of the modern training techniques that helped him to the top of his sport to the Sport of Kings.
Tremont Stakes winner Cocked and Loaded will try for a second straight stakes victory when he starts in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday, July 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
For the second time in nine months, Old Friends plans to welcome a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner as War Emblem is scheduled to join the Thoroughbred retirement farm in September.
A winner of three straight stakes and four straight races overall, Celestine will try to land her first graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) July 24, opening day at Saratoga.
Twice grade III-placed Uncle Sigh breezed four furlongs in :49.54 on the Oklahoma training track Tuesday, July 21, at Saratoga Race Course as the son of Indian Charlie prepares for his first start in more than a year.
High Dollar Woman withstood an extended challenge from Sweetgrass to deliver a front-end, upset victory in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) Saturday night at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Syntax took command in the stretch and held off Money Multiplier's closing run to register a half-length victory in the $200,250 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, July 18 on the Delaware Park turf.
Supporters of federal legislation that would give USADA oversight of drug testing in Thoroughbred racing will face opposition from lawmakers who have proposed legislation with seemingly similar goals in Washington.
Leo Azpurua Sr., who in 1980 founded Parkhurst Farms in Ocala, died July 15 at age 82 in Gainesville, Fla.
A bipartisan bill introduced July 16 in the U.S. House of Representatives would see the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency create an independent organization for oversight of medication issues in horse racing.
- By Frank Angst
Keeneland simulcast director Jim Goodman discusses the opening of the new Keeneland-Red Mile simulcast center. Watch Video
In its annual report released July 15, the NTRA noted strides it made in the past fiscal year to work with horseplayers to improve horse racing.
- By Frank Angst
Just days before it was reported July 12 that California Chrome would miss at least three months of racing because of a cannon bone bruise, Larry Bramlage talked about that type of injury at the Welfare. read blog
Oklahoma-based freshman sire Euroears saw his first winner July 11 when his first starter, Eurodevilwoman, posted a two-length victory in her career debut in the fifth race at Lone Star Park.
Fantastic Style took command coming out of the turn and then drew off to an easy victory in the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, July 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
California-based freshman sire Informed picked up his first winner July 11 when his first starter, juvenile filly Dragon Flower, won her debut by 2 1/4 lengths in the fifth race at Los Alamitos.
After finishing second in his two most recent stakes tries, Stanford took care of business Saturday, July 11 to win the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
After finishing second to Ben's Cat in the previous two editions of the five-furlong turf race at Parx Racing, Tightend Touchdown would not be denied Saturday, July 11, edging longshot Mongolian Saturday by a nose.
A Kentucky judge has ruled that Keeneland acted improperly regarding a money transfer from a buyer's account and that ultimately trainer Jack Van Berg was wrong to request the transfer of funds.
Florida-based stallion Iqbaal saw his first winner July 9, when juvenile filly Happy as a Queen won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park.
After finishing second in three straight races, including a runner-up finish in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), Stanford will try to secure his first stakes victory July 11 in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
One of the reasons Dr. Larry Bramlage believes trainers are handling cases of lameness better than ever before is because they realize that rather than being the problem, it signals a problem.
Mick Peterson would like to see more tracks document information on their racing surfaces and coordinate that information with data from the Equine Injury Database to improve safety for horses and riders.
While the Jockey Injury Database has seen increased participation in the past year, supporters of the database said increased support is critical for generating meaningful numbers.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission believes Truesdail Laboratories missed seven positives, including a Class I drug, in just 26 days of handling drug tests for the state.
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