With the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) on the 6 1/2-furlong downhill course at Santa Anita coming up in early November, plenty of connections with top turf sprinters see the wisdom in prepping on the unique course in the Eddie D. (gr. IIIT).
Two of racing's biggest stars—California Chrome and Beholder—will make their final starts before the Breeders' Cup on the Oct. 1 Santa Anita Park card as they take advantage of the opportunity to prep at the site of this year's World Championships.
Louisiana-bred standout Star Guitar, a winner of 22 stakes in the Pelican State, saw his first winner as a stallion Sept. 24 when Clifford Grum's homebred Senor Guitar rallied from fifth to score a clear win in a Churchill Downs maiden-claiming race.
After a poor performance in his first graded stakes try in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), late-developing 3-year-old Connect bounced back with a narrow win over Gun Runner in the $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.
After twice settling for minor placings in graded stakes, Noholdingback Bear would not be denied in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III) as he rallied four wide in the stretch to secure his first graded stakes victory.
Evelyn Stockwell's homebred Brave Anna upset five other juvenile fillies Sept. 24 in the £102,078 ($132,701) Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural has ended a campaign supporting the addition of casinos to the northern part of New Jersey.
Jockey Irwin Rosendo rallied Cupid's Hit from sixth place to a clear victory in the final race of the Sept. 21 card at ThistleDown to notch the 1,000th victory of his career.
Undefeated Ancient Secret will race outside of New York for the first time Sept. 24 in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.
Participants and fans will have an opportunity to own some racing history when an on-site auction is conducted Aug. 24 and 25 Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H.
In most of Nyquist’s 10 starts, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner has led or raced closed to the leaders early, but trainer Doug O’Neill doesn’t believe last year’s champion juvenile male needs to be close early.
The timing of a low-grade fever in the spring could not have been worse for Songbird, but with deft handling the undefeated champion juvenile filly of 2015 continued to deliver spectacular races through the summer.
State and local officials have filed a lawsuit seeking the 43 horses determined to be abandoned in June at a Mercer County farm to rule that the horses are owned by Mercer County Fiscal Court, not Charles and Maria Borell.
The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance welcomed a move from the West Virginia Racing Commission Sept. 20 when the regulator became the first in the country to require its tracks to join the industry safety organization.
West Virginia-based sire Gattopardo saw his first black-type stakes winner Sept. 17 when filly Unaquoi won the Rachel's Turn Stakes at Charles Town Races.
In his first stakes start, Albaugh Family Stable homebred Not This Time rallied four wide in the far turn then drew off in the stretch to post about a six-length victory in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs.
After racing near the back of the field of six fillies and mares early, Engaginglee rallied four wide in the stretch to earn a narrow victory in the $100,000 Locust Grove Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 17 on a muddy track at Churchill Downs.
Exaggerator delivered a five-furlong move Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a planned start in the Sept. 24 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II). Meanwhile at San Luis Rey Downs, Nyquist also worked.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner Paynter sold for $520,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16, becoming the fourth session's highest-priced horse a bit more than a quarter of the way into the session.
While Red Lodge is the only stakes winner entered in the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 18 on the Woodbine turf, the expected full field is dotted with juvenile fillies who flashed talent in their maiden wins.
Off his dominating victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Del Mar, California Chrome has moved back to the top of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice continues to work well as the 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner prepares for a return to racing.
Wellabled sailed over the Polytrack to earn his first stakes score in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Diadura rolled to her first black-type with a win in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
A weather delay of about 15 minutes didn't bother Watchyourownbobber in the More Than Ready Stakes, as the even-money favorite scored a clear victory in the one-mile test Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
Travel proved no problem for French classic winner Almanzor, as he finished well to secure a three-quarter-length victory over top filly Found in a particularly strong edition of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 10 at Leopardstown.
In Australia's biggest races Sept. 10, Astern secured the first group I win of his career in the Golden Rose Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill while Palentino upset stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington.
Eddie Woods' Quarter Pole Enterprises was active at the Equine Sales of Louisiana consignor select yearling sale Sept. 7 in Opelousas, La., landing the top two highest-priced yearlings.
Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
Noting the drying up of money from off-track betting locations in the state, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders will increase registration fees for eligible Kentucky-breds.
Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, a sparkling parade of stakes races, and a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting-entertainment venue, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Sept. 5.
Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to about a four-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Del Mar.
After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).
Champion turf female Tepin could not be doing better as she prepares for a start in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
Through the first two-thirds of 2016, total handle is up slightly and total purses are down slightly according to Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released Sept. 5 by Equibase.
Thoroughbred owner Jerry Jamgotchian, who is suing the Indiana Horse Racing Commission over so-called "jail-time" claiming rules, has received a waiver of the rule from Pennsylvania for a horse he recently claimed there.
Saying the stewards' decision was a judgment call not subject to appeal, the New York State Gaming Commission will not consider an appeal of their choice to take no action against Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed a civil case in U.S. District court that argues an Indiana rule that requires horses claimed in the state to wait at least 60 days before racing outside Indiana is invalid under federal law.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms welcomed a new horse in Ide Aug. 29 and, according to farm founder Michael Blowen, he's a head-turner.
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
After rolling to victories in her first two starts, Sweet Loretta will try for a top-level score in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
After overwhelming rivals in his first three starts, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules will try to make it four straight wins when the juvenile son of Gone Astray returns in the Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Sept. 3 at Gulfstream.
Oaklawn Park has reached a multi-year agreement with United Tote as its new provider for race wagering, ending a long-time relationship with AmTote.
In his third start, Florida-bred gelding Itsbeenonmymind scored a front-running win in the 12th race Aug. 20 at Gulfstream Park to become the first winner for his Kentucky-based sire Bold Warrior.
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Michigan-based Zulu Magic picked up his first winner when Poof Its Magic drew off to victory in his debut Aug. 19 at Hazel Park. Ontario stallion Signature Red was represented by his first winner Aug. 20 when Signature Spring won at Woodbine.
An attorney for embattled trainer Ramon Preciado believes the arrest of one of the trainer's former grooms, Marian Vega, lends credence to Preciado's contention that his six clenbuterol positives this year were the result of sabotage.
A furlong from the wire the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) appeared to be anyone's race, but that's when Seventh Heaven unleashed a late run none of her 11 filly and mare rivals could match as she registered a 2 3/4-length victory.
Jockey David Michael Lopez secured the 1,000th riding victory of his career Aug. 17 when he guided 1-9 favorite Baime to a front-running score in the eighth race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
Severe weather has forced racing cancellations, put horsemen in some dangerous situations, damaged property, and necessitated a lot of extra work.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
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