Nominations close May 30 for Del Mar's two premier stakes for 2-year-olds -- the Del Mar Debutante for fillies and the Del Mar Futurity for all juveniles. Both are grade I events.
There are only five entered in the $250,000 Californian (gr. II), a major prep for the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), but the race's big three -- Tiago, Heatseeker, and Surf Cat -- all appear at the top of their games for Hollywood Park's 1 1/8-mile Cushion Track test May 31.
Undefeated Zenyatta, a smashing winner of the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. IT) in her last start, returns to her Hollywood Park base for the $175,000 Milady Handicap (gr. II), where she will face seven rivals on the Cushion Track May 31.
Add a little more distance and throw in a few extra runners, and a rerun of the May 3 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) is essentially what you'll have in the $100,000 Dogwood (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Millionaire Kelly's Landing will make his first start in graded company since last October when he faces five older horses in the $125,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Clem Florio, a retired Maryland Turf writer and handicapper, died of pancreatic cancer May 25 in Hollywood, Fla.
A group I winner in Italy and group placed on several occasions in France, Gary Tanaka's Sudan will tackle seven rivals in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 31. All of the older horses will carry 123 pounds.
Grade I winner Peace Rules not only sired his first winner May 25, but also his initial stakes winner in the process.
A backstretch improvement program has begun at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, which will spend up to $10 million over the next 10 years to build new barns, refurbish old ones, and make other barn-area upgrades.
The New York Racing Association and Horse Racing Simulation LLC announced May 28 the launch of an interactive horse racing simulation game that will feature four grade I races associated with Belmont Stakes Day, including the actual 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) featuring Big Brown's quest to win all three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown.
Millionaire and multiple stakes winner Nashoba's Key suffered a freak stall accident at Hollywood Park and had to be euthanized May 28.
Replacement of the asphalt base is likely the next step in the ongoing efforts to improve Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface.
Although top jockeys from across the country were clamoring for a chance to ride Casino Drive in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), one rider's prior experience at shooting down Triple Crown contenders made him the perfect man for the job. On May 28, it was announced that Edgar Prado would become the colt's pilot, adding more intrigue to the highly-anticipated June 7 event.
Officials of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) Stables partners attend the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wednesday, May 28, 2008.
New York Gov. David Paterson sent mixed signals about reopening the deal giving the New York Racing Association a 25-year franchise extension to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.
- By Tom Precious
New York Gov. David Paterson is sending mixed signals on whether he wanted to re-open talks with the New York Racing Association over its deal for a new franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks.
A colt by Exceed and Excel topped the second session of the Magic Millions national weanling sale on Australia's Gold Coast Wednesday.
A six-furlong, £250,000 event will be added to the Tattersalls Timeform Millions races, which are open to graduates of Book 1 of the 2008 Tattersalls October yearling sale.
Fusaichi Pegasus, who has 2008 worldwide progeny earnings of $4.9 million, will shuttle to Liliana Solari's Haras Don Alberta in Chile.
For the second day in a row since being treated for a slight quarter crack, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite Big Brown was out on the track, galloping 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park on Wednesday, May 28. The colt just jogged on Tuesday.
The R.A.C.E. Fund, a racehorse retirement organization, announced that substantial funding by the Penn National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has largely contributed to the continued success of the program.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender Casino Drive went to the track for a scheduled work Wednesday, May 28, but in the end it was decided by the clockers that the time was too slow to be published as an official workout.
Highland Bud, a two-time Breeders' Cup Steeplechase winner and 1989 Eclipse Award winner, was euthanized May 20 because of a debilitating sinus condition.
The New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club will host the "Rags to Riches Belmont Bash" at the Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury, N.Y., June 5.
In a flurry of responses filed recently in federal court, Kentucky horsemen claim Churchill Downs Inc. owes purse funds upwards to $3 million in unpaid fees from wagering revenues, and have asked a judge to force the racetrack company to pay out funds lost from a 20% purse cut.
- By Tom LaMarra
Though it has no regulatory oversight of equine health and safety, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has adopted a resolution saying it supports the state's efforts to "invest in horse health and welfare."
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