Churchill Downs has launched the 2003 Kentucky Derby "Road to the Roses" Fantasy Challenge -- a free, Internet-based game of skill through which participants can win a VIP trip to the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, plus wagering vouchers, and other prizes and merchandise.
The longest running of the two British horseracing television channels, the Racing Channel, closed Jan. 31 after more than seven years on the air.
A bronze statue of the Queen Mother is to be unveiled at Cheltenham Racecourse by Her Majesty the Queen on Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Thursday, March 13.
Roland Richard Sahm, who along with his wife, Ramona, campaigned 1986 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Super Diamond. died on Jan. 25
The simmering dispute that took some of the joy out of Azeri's Horse of the Year announcement at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards dinner has been settled.
- By Tom LaMarra
Live racing is scheduled to return Feb. 4 to Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort if track and weather conditions permit, though track management and the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association remain at odds over aspects of their contract.
Michael Gill's Boston Brat, who set a track record for five furlongs in his last start, equaled Gulfstream Park's record for 5 1/2 furlongs Monday as he raced the distance in 1:02 2/5.
Evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in the tissues of a small number of aborted equine fetuses in Kentucky, according to a press release issued Monday by the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.
Frank Tatman, who has relocated his P. B. & J. Farm operation from New Mexico to Orland, Calif., announced that his stallion Hoolie also made the move
Mercedes Won, a champion, millionaire, and grade I winner, has been pensioned because of declining fertility
One week after a spokesperson for New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey said a bill to legalize video lottery terminals at state racetracks was off the table, the issue apparently is back on.
- By Tom Precious
Gov. George Pataki has rocked the New York racing industry with a plan to dramatically alter the revenue-sharing arrangement for the state's long-stalled video lottery program and also impose a higher tax on pari-mutuel handle.
- By Victor Ryan
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has approved a proposal by the New York Racing Association to allow stewards more flexibility in determining disqualifications of horses that veer in front of a rival during a race.
- By Tom LaMarra
Dan Fick, a longtime executive director of racing for the American Quarter Horse Association, is expected to be named executive director of The Jockey Club during a board of stewards meeting Feb. 6.
Talk about hot on the Derby trail, Bob Baffert has won the first two major Kentucky Derby preps at Santa Anita, with different horses – Domestic Dispute and Kafwain. In addition, both horses won in magnificent style, and neither of them are even Baffert's main Derby hope.
As many of the first northern 2-year-olds by Stravinsky are in various stages of pre-schooling, his first southern generation made a significant impact on the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale
Duncan Grimley has resigned as joint general manager of Coolmore's Australian division.
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