Stonestreet Stable's homebred grade I winner Tara's Tango has been retired to the farm's broodmare band, bloodstock agent John Moynihan confirmed Dec. 20.
Fasig-Tipton Midlantic announced 229 entries for its winter mixed sale, representing a 37% spike over the number cataloged for the 2016 sale that was the first after a schedule change for the auction previously held in December.
TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runner-up Masochistic will be disqualified from that Nov. 5 finish at Santa Anita Park and placed last after failing a post-race drug test.
While a turf horse might have turned in some seemingly good efforts on dirt in the past, those races might deserve an asterisk if they were off-the-turf events.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course cancelled its Monday, Dec. 19 card because of winter weather while Parx Racing and Portland Meadows called off their Monday race cards because of poor track conditions.
James McIngavle, owner of one of the slots for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Stakes (gr. I), has purchased a three-time group I-winning Argentine-bred horse with hopes of running in the Jan. 28 race at Gulfstream Park.
Eric Reed keeps hoping at some point he will awaken to find that the events of early Dec. 18, in which 23 horses died during a fire at his training center, did not happen and that it was all a nightmare.
- By Frank Angst
While participation numbers in the H-2B Seasonal Worker Visa program faces an uncertain future, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is working with like-minded industries to get the message out about the need for such workers.
Prominent Thoroughbred owner Vincent Viola has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Army in the new Republican administration.
The 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race ceremony will be Jan. 24 in London.
Nasrullah and his son, Bold Ruler, dominated the sire list for nearly 20 years
California Chrome, the 5-year-old chestnut champion whose stellar season catapulted him to be North American racing's all-time leading earner, has been selected to receive the 2016 Secretariat Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award.
Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie was significantly upbeat after the last race of Cypress, Calif., racetrack's two-week meet.
Despite taking pressure from California Diamond nearly every step of the way in the mile stakes race for California-bred 2-year-olds, Ann Arbor Eddie pulled away late to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Owner Happy Alter reported the morning of Dec. 18 that Curlin's Approval emerged from her second-place finish in the Rampart Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park in good order and is expected to run her back during the championship meet.
Stallwalkin' Dude gained the lead in the final furlong and outkicked Green Gratto by two lengths to win the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes Dec. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Zulu returned to the races a winner in the $60,000 Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park Dec. 18.
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Turfway Park, Parx Racing, and Portland Meadows all cancelled their entire race cards Dec. 18 cards because of inclement weather.
California Chrome, the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp in.
Jacob Radosevich, younger brother of the late jockey Joshua Radosevich, accepted congratulations Dec. 17 after guiding Mobil Sky to victory in the $75,000 memorial race named for his sibling at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
After getting a sharp break out of post 1, the rest of Stanford's 1 1/16-mile tour around Gulfstream Park went exactly as hoped, as he led every point of call en route to a three-length win in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday (gr. III).
Ridden by Edgard Zayas, the 3-year-oild Midshipman filly finished one length in front of the late-closing You Bought Her, who was 3 1/4 lengths ahead of the 3-5 favorite, Stonetastic.
Jockey Jose Montano notched his 1,000th career victory Dec. 16 when he piloted Aritzia to victory in the eighth race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
StarLadies Racing's Eskenformoney got her first graded win when she ran down the odds-on favorite Curlin's Approval to take the Rampart Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 17.
Winter conditions including snow, sleet, and freezing rain forced the cancellation of the nine-race live program at Laurel Park Dec. 17.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have California Chrome in his Southern California swan song, a trio of grade III races at Gulfstream Park, and more.
Trainers taking on California Chrome in the Winter Challenge Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, are doing so for various reasons.
While no foul play is suspected, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports that an investigation is being conducted following the death of two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez.
I'm a Chatterbox turned in her first timed move since running fifth in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), working three furlongs in :37 1/5 in preparation for a possible seasonal bow in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (gr. IIII).
The 2016 Thoroughbred Mares Bred Report shows what stallions North American mares were bred to in 2016 as reported to The Jockey Club. The chart lists all stallions that bred at least one mare.
California Diamond will stretch out to a mile for the first time as he aims for his fifth stakes win of 2016 in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes Dec. 18 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
On a sun-splashed morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center, Sticksstatelydude turned in a four-furlong work in :49.75 Dec. 16 that his connections hope is a step toward a spot in the gate for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I).
Kentucky Downs has renamed a major stakes event on its racing calendar to honor 2016 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tourist.
California Chrome exercise rider Dihigi Gladney has been around ponies, horses, and a few bulls, throughout his life.
The new rule specifically addresses the problem of "secret commissions" or kick-backs with any buying or selling of a Thoroughbred.
When Kerwin Clark finally got to celebrate his 3,000th win at Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino Dec. 15, the moment was better than he imagined. How the milestone occurred, however, is something the 40-plus year veteran could have never fathomed.
In the first week of entries for the Thoroughbred Makeover applications from 231 trainers representing 256 horses were received, according to the Retired Racehorse Project.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps two stakes races and shares thoughts on some up-and-coming 2yos
Remembering the career of Garrett Gomez
Equine Sales Company announced Dec. 15 its complete 2017 schedule of auctions. In addition to the 2-Year-Olds in Training sale already announced for May 9 with a breeze date of May 7, two other sales will be held at the Opelousas, La., facility.
Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields are planning to limit the amount of advance deposit wagering operations that are permitted to take bets on races at the two racetracks, Scott Daruty said at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 15.
While winning four races in a row already made for a memorable night, jockey Ashley Broussard sensed she could accomplish something even more special after scoring that fourth straight win in the seventh race Dec. 14 at Delta Downs.
Stallwalkin' Dude will look to gain class relief, headlining a field of eight in the $100,000 Gravesend for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the inner dirt track Dec. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
No show or place bets will be taken if California Chrome starts in the Dec. 17 Winter Challenge at Los Alamitos.
Happily clicking through three furlongs in a bullet :35 1/5 to earn the rare Southern California "breezing" designation from local clockers Dec. 15 at Santa Anita Park, Champagne Room signaled her readiness to get back to business.
Retired equine veterinarian Brent Kelley, who also wrote or contributed to a number of books on horses and animals, died Dec. 11 in Bourbon County, Ky. He was 75.
Jockey agent Ron Anderson was among those who have spent much of the last 24 hours trying to digest news that the life of Garrett Gomez has come to a tragic end.
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