Despite fewer races and race days, commingled wagering on U.S. racing rose nominally during the month of March, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase April 5.
A Texas-bred daughter of Too Much Bling was purchased by Danny Keene for $95,000 to top the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale conducted by the Texas Thoroughbred Association April 4 at Lone Star Park.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox zipped through five furlongs in a bullet :59 at Keeneland April 4 as the 4-year-old filly prepares for the April 22 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, impressive winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II), put in his first work at Churchill Downs the morning of April 4.
Although the number of horses cataloged is down this year from last at the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale that will be held April 4, sales director Tim Boyce said the auction will still likely have as many quality horses.
A Texas-bred filly by Too Much Bling worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 as the fastest worker during the April 2 under tack show for the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.
The $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) on the April 2 Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park drew six talented older horses who will go 1 1/8 miles over the main track.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel has decided to retire, effective immediately, according to his agent, retired jockey Larry Melancon.
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.
Top turf sprinter Bobby's Kitten won his European debut easily March 28 when he posted an 8 1/2-length victory in the March 28 listed Cork Stakes at Cork Racecourse in Ireland.
Keeneland Association has filed a motion in federal court seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the Lexington racing and sales entity by Tapeta Footings founder and trainer Michael Dickinson.
The number of Triple Crown nominees grew to 377 after nine horses were made eligible for the three-race series during its late nomination phase that closed just before midnight EDT on March 21.
Common Hope, the dam of ill-fated Shared Belief, produced a full brother to the 2013 champion 2-year-old male on March 19 at Sancal Racing at Elmendorf Farm near Lexington.
Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.
They saved the best for last at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, when a Smart Strike colt lit up the bid board late for $1.7 million.
Deep into the second day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, a Smart Strike colt moved to the top of the price list.
An attractive Twirling Candy filly was purchased by LNJ Foxwoods for $825,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training March 16.
- By Ron Mitchell
Cary Frommer, who sold the day 1 sale topper, discusses buying and selling Uncle Mo juveniles. Also learn of Cary's marmoset. watch video
Trainer Bob Baffert went to $475,000 to buy a Malibu Moon colt early in the March 16 second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2-year-olds in training sale.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company kicked off its 2-year-olds in training sale March 15 with across-the-board declines as a striking son of Uncle Mo topped the day's trading at $1.3 million.
An Uncle Mo colt was purchased for $1.3 million by Mike Repole in partnership with Coolmore Stud to take over as leader during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Twirling Candy colt was bought by a partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar, and China Horse Club for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Curlin colt who breezed a quarter-mile in :21 was purchased by MMG Stables for $625,000 to become the second-highest offering about two-thirds through the first session of the OBS sale of 2-year-olds March 15.
A War Front colt who breezed a quarter mile in :20 3/5 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training was purchased by Jason Litt for $675,000.
Trainer Bob Baffert signed the ticket at $435,000 for a Quality Road colt that was the early co-topper at the March 15 first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.
Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Several hundred friends, family, and members of the horse community were on hand as the late Norman E. Casse was remembered March 13 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company wrapped up three days of under tack workouts March 11 ahead of its March 15-16 sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A filly by The Factor and an Adios Charlie colt set themselves apart March 10 by posting the fastest times during the second under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale.
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
Norman E. Casse, who helped build the Florida breeding and sales industry and patriarch of a family of horsemen, died March 6 at his farm in Ocala, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 79.
Led by a striking son of Tapit sold for $1.8 million, the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training produced across-the-board increases in all key statistical categories.
Frank Stronach talks about the Partnership between Fasig-Tipton and Gulfstream Park for the Florida Sale. Watch Video
Below is a list of horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training to be conducted March 2, beginning at 4 p.m. EST.
Fasig-Tipton President and CEO Boyd Browning discusses the March 2, 2016 Florida sale. watch video
A Curlin filly expected to be among the top offerings at the March 2 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training has been withdrawn after a sore shin was detected late Feb. 29.
The Feb. 29 under tack workouts for the March 2 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training resulted in 10 horses tying for the fastest time of :10 at the popular distance of an eighth of a mile.
The North American Thoroughbred industry will be watching with rapt attention Wednesday, March 2, when Fasig-Tipton launches the 2-year-olds in training sale season with the March sale at Gulfstream Park.
Timber Country, the champion 2-year-old male of 1994 and 1995 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner who went on to a successful stallion career in Japan, died Feb. 24 at Lex Stud in Hokkaido at age 24.
It appears that life at Sunland Park is returning to normal as the New Mexico track is prepared to race Feb. 26 for the first time in more than a month as an outbreak of equine herpesvirus appears to have abated.
Gunpowder Farm's Divisidero will have a new rider when the 4-year-old son of Kitten's Joy makes his first start since last July in the $150,000 Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27.
Three jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack have been fined by the New York State Gaming Commission for "failure to ride in a professional manner" in separate incidents earlier in February.
Moanin, a New York-bred son of Henny Hughes, unleashed a quick turn of foot at the top of the stretch and continued his momentum for a 1 1/4-length victory in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse Feb. 21.
With racetrack, veterinary, and racing commission officials convinced an outbreak of equine herpesvirus is now under control, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino was taking entries for Feb. 26.
Vicar, the 1999 Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth Stakes (both gr. I) winner, died Jan. 24 at the Korean Racing Authority's Jeju Stud Farm as a result of a "throat obstruction," according to the KRA.
As Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino proceeds with plans to resume live racing later in February despite an outbreak of equine herpesvirus, the New Mexico Livestock Board reported Feb. 15 there have been four new cases.
Page McKenney, a 6-year-old route specialist, posted his first graded stakes victory and first in a sprint Feb. 15 when he wore down Majestic Affair to win the General George Stakes (gr. III) at Laurel Park.
Lexington-based bloodstock agent David Ingordo, who was responsible for selecting the great Zenyatta for Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss as a yearling, has been added to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Undefeated Mohaymen (15) and Nyquist (17) were the top individual horses, while the mutuel field option, or "all others" (24), was favored when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Feb. 14.
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