The $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity (gr. I), an annual stop for future Triple Crown contenders, will once again be the most lucrative event on the stakes calendar for the 2012 autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 29 at Belmont Park is the centerpiece of Super Saturday, which features four additional Grade 1s and the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap, each a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup on November 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park.
The California Horse Racing Board, looking to improve upon a rule it approved last year, is considering a change that would void the claim of a horse that is later placed on the official veterinary list for being unsound.
Gutierrez, 25, and Puhich, an agent since 1944, will receive the Mr. Fitz Award, named for the late Hall of Fame trainer James "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, for typifying the spirit of racing. Gutierrez rose from the relative obscurity of Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver to sweep the opening two legs of the Triple Crown aboard I'll Have Another.
Rules governing exchange wagering gained initial approval from the California Horse Racing Board at its meeting Sept. 20, more than a year after the commission had announced its intention to promulgate them.
Divine Park colt brings $110,000 to top the 10th session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 20. With one session remaining, business has remained strong compared to year-ago numbers.
"You never can predict something like that," trainer Chad Brown said of the blowout. "She's been very strong in her gallops. Six weeks out from the Breeders' Cup, I think she needed a race, so I'm not at all upset about winning by that many and having a strong final time. I think she needed the race and we got the race we needed."
Tom and Pete handicap the Pennsylvania Derby this weekend. watch video
Read the story of Canadian grade I winner Rahy's Attorney, who is being re-trained as a stable pony. read blog
Undefeated Awesome Feather returned from an eight-month layoff and took a 10th straight trip to the winner's circle Sept. 20, crushing a field of lesser foes in the $85,000 Nasty Storm Stakes at Belmont Park.
Multiple grade III-placed Racketeer, a gelded son of Awesome Again who won or placed in 26 of 52 career starts, is the newest resident at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
The Breeders' Cup has announced the launch of Blazing Silks, Breeders' Cup Edition, an interactive social network game that allows horse racing fans and social gamers to train and care for Thoroughbred horses. Fans can then race their horses against friends and past Breeders' Cup Champions in photorealistic 3D races at some of the most famous racetracks in the world. Blazing Silks combines the thrill of racing with immersive role-playing gameplay, allowing the ownership, training and caring for your own Thoroughbred with the interactive elements that have helped propel social gaming into the mainstream.
The Breeders' Cup has launched Blazing Silks, Breeders' Cup Edition, an interactive social network game that allows racing fans and social gamers to train and care for Thoroughbreds.
Pete shines the spotlight on takeout rates. read blog
Tom and Pete handicap the Pennsylvania Derby this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Pennsylvania Derby.
The Stemmans Horse Sale Company has scheduled its winter mixed sale for Jan. 6, 2013 at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, La.
Fellow racing photographer and journalist Kate Hunter has the rare privilege of seeing some of the best horses, including mares and foals, from around the world. read blog
The top three finishers from the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational are expected to headline "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont, along with Point of Entry, Shackleford, Royal Delta, and others.
Editor's note: This article is part of TheHorse.com's ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 International Society of Equitation Science conference, held July 18-20 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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