- By Pete Denk
Mid-Summer Derby bears little resemblance to Kentucky Derby. read blog
Mid-Summer Derby bears little resemblance to Kentucky Derby. read blog
A colt by Old Fashioned consigned by Bobby Jones Equine topped the final open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Yearling Sale in Central Florida on Aug. 23, selling to trainer Greg Gilchrist for $55,000.
The California Horse Racing Board approved a Southern California dates calendar for 2013 that requires Betfair Hollywood Park to give a 10-month commitment to racing.
Multiple Grade 1 winner and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game on Dude drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the 22nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic this Sunday at Del Mar.
Although the two supporting stakes on Sunday's Pacific Classic Day program at Del Mar drew short fields of six apiece, both Grade 2 events feature top-level performers. Coil and Camp Victory are the most accomplished entrants in the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes on Polytrack, while Jeranimo, Mr. Commons and Norvsky are the big names in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap on turf.
Last year at Saratoga Race Course, Royal Delta bolstered her Eclipse Award credentials with a 5 1/2-length win in the Grade 1 Alabama, and she later sewed up champion three-year-old filly honors with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.
Two T's At Two B and Candy Coded Kisses, respective winners of the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will bid for second-leg Stallion Stakes victories at Calder on Saturday when starting in the $125,000 Affirmed and Susan's Girl divisions, part of the 10th annual Juvenile Showcase program, a rich day of racing dedicated entirely to two-year-olds with an estimated $550,000 in stakes purses to be awarded.
Jockey Robert Walsh deftly avoided trouble on Demonstrative when leader Divine Fortune fell over the final jump, going on to win the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-I) at Saratoga Aug. 23.
Royal Delta will make her first start at Saratoga since winning the 2011 Alabama (gr. I) as the 124-pound highweight in the Personal Ensign Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 26.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Travers Stakes this weekend. watch video
A yearling son of Holy Bull topped the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association's yearling and mixed sale, bringing $56,000 Aug. 11 at Canterbury Park. The price was a record for the auction.
Finding a clear path on the outside at just the right time, jockey Robert Walsh deftly avoided trouble on Demonstrative when leader Divine Fortune fell over the final jump in Thursday's 71st running of the Grade 1, $145,500 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap at Saratoga, going on to win by a length.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced Aug. 22 that Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC will pay a civil penalty of $1.25 million to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Travers Stakes this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Travers Stakes.
The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Monmouth Park officials and a group of dedicated animal welfare advocates have joined forces to form a non-profit association responsible for finding new homes and new careers for the noble and deserving horses who have raced at the track.
Explosively Fast, a son of Ghostly Moves, brought the top price for a Thoroughbred of $59,500 during the New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred yearling sale Aug. 18 at Ruidoso Downs.
Furosemide will be the only medication permitted on race day in Kentucky effective Sept. 4, and the drug will be administered by regulatory veterinarians only under new Kentucky Horse Racing Commission rules.
Daily Racing Form has announced the release of Old Friends magazine, designed to raise funds for the Old Friends retirement center based in Georgetown, Ky., and with a division in New York.
Daily Racing Form announced the publication of a special commemorative Old Friends magazine, which is designed to help generate public awareness of the issue of Thoroughbred retirement and aftercare in general and financial support specifically for Old Friends. The nonprofit company operates a farm based near Georgetown, Kentucky, which cares for more than 120 retired racehorses and draws nearly 20,000 visitors a year.
Owner, breeder and restaurateur Carlo Vaccarezza, a resident of Parkland, Florida, and the proprietor of Damiano restaurant in Boca Raton and Frank & Dino's in Deerfield Beach, was still savoring the Grade 1 Arlington Million triumph by his homebred Little Mike five days after the son of Spanish Steps, who made his career debut at Calder in 2009, led every step of the way to capture the internationally prestigious 10-furlong turf race.
The Aug. 26 edition of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar is about more than a trophy for trainer Bob Baffert, who last week lost two-time Classic winner Richard's Kid in a swiftly-orchestrated sale.
Grade III winner Z Fortune died suddenly of a heart attack the morning of Aug. 23, his owner, HRTV reporter Carolyn Conley reported via her Twitter account.
After a protracted battle that went the length of the stretch, French raider Shareta edged past The Fugue near the wire to capture the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) at York Racecourse Aug. 23.
The Group 1, £550,000 St Leger is a little more than three weeks away, and Thought Worthy laid down his credentials for the final British classic of the season, run over an extended 1 3/4 miles at Doncaster on September 15, with a gutsy front-running success in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.
The Jockey Club has elected six new members to its board of directors: Bill Casner, Brereton Jones, Earle I. Mack, Barry Ostrager, Kevin Plank, and Stuart Subotnick−the industry organization announced Aug. 23.
Florida sire West Acre was euthanized Aug. 16 due to complications of laminitis at Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell's Stonehedge Farm South near Williston, Fla. The unraced son of Forty Niner was 17.
Frankel has confirmed his status as the best horse in the world Wednesday by becoming the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 twice in his career thanks to his seven-length victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Suddenly, with the onset of Travers Week, the tone of the racecourse has shifted to horse racing. Saturday alone will feature four graded stakes. The horses that will race are among the best of their generations. read blog
Nuckols Farm reported that 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos continues to progress at the Midway, Ky., farm following emergency colic surgery.
The brilliant Frankel kept his perfect record intact with a scintillating performance in the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at York Racecourse Aug. 22.
Dan Howe, PhD, a molecular parasitologist at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, has developed a new assay to aid in diagnosing equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). This enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA, measures antibodies to the surface antigens (SAGs) SnSAG2, SnSAG3, and SnSAG4 of Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite t...