Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.
Aktabantay, a $625,000 yearling purchase, is set to seek his first stateside triumph and graded-stakes success in the Miami Mile in his third start for trainer Tom Morley.
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Twenty-nine tracks will auction signed photographs of American Pharoah and Secretariat on Derby Day.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced April 27 that former commissioner Frank Kling will return to chair a re-vamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
The European highweight older horse will stand for Aus$18,700
Steve Haskin fine tunes his Kentucky Derby Dozen as we approach the final week
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.
The connections of Miss Temple City, who became the first female winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) last out April 15, have confirmed the filly will be pointed toward the £175,000 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."
Adena Springs South expands under Frank Stronach
A gallery of stallions from across the country.
Freshman son of Flatter's first crop showing potential
Keeneland's Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) closes out the spring meet April 29. California invader Generosidade faces 11 older fillies and mares going 12 furlongs.
Prevailing mood is that the foal crop is inching forward
A pair of colts by Kentucky stallions—Air Force Blue and Stormy Antarctic—are the respective top two favorites for the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket.
The New Mexico Racing Commission immediately will begin enhanced out-of-competition testing at SunRay Park in Farmington as the state regulator launches an enhanced effort to halt cheating.
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes versatility is a big advantage for Nyquist, who heads to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undefeated in seven starts.
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat.
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney, who was claimed for $16,000 in 2013 and since then has earned more than $1 million, was named Pennsylvania-bred horse of the year for 2015.
John Burness calmly handles the challenges at Ontario's Colebrook Farms
Fans who arrive early for Keeneland's closing day of the spring meet will get a chance to see Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist breeze.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Enhancing what already is American racing's most lucrative daily purse program, Kentucky Downs will pump an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its five-date, all-turf meet in September.
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The Race Track Chaplaincy of America has named Dan Waits as the new executive director of the organization. He replaces Craig Wiley, who recently retired from the position.
Kentucky Derby contender, a son of Curlin, has won at four different tracks.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).
Veteran rider Justin Stein, whose 1,028 victories include the 2012 Queen's Plate with Strait of Dover, has announced he will retire from race riding following the May 1 card at Woodbine.
Son of Two Punch sired 58 stakes winners, including 16 graded stakes winners.
Racing regulators in New York have slapped a five-year ban on trainer Jerome Palumbo in a case state officials began investigating more than four years ago after one of his horses tested high for TCO2.
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Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez have been selected for induction this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
Highlighted by the 148th renewal of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, June 11, Belmont Park will kick off its 54-day spring/summer meet on Friday, April 29.
The Breeders’ Cup announced April 25 that Churchill Downs will host the World Championships in 2018, with the two-day event taking place Nov. 2-3 and televised live by NBC Sports Group.
Prominent Thoroughbred owner Stuart Subotnick will be honored at the 2016 Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration held Thursday, June 9, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.
Jockey Jose Ortiz and trainer Rudy Rodriguez wrapped up Aqueduct Racetrack's 19-day spring season April 24 with their second and third straight meet titles, respectively, while Midwest Thoroughbreds was the leading owner.
Time and Motion proved to be a fitting winner April 24 in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Kaabraaj lowered Emerald Down's track record for six furlongs April 23, covering the distance in 1:06.86 in the day's eighth race.
Werther accelerated clear of front-runner and favorite Lovely Day in the stretch and won the HK$20 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) by 4 1/2 lengths April 24 at Sha Tin.
In two days Churchill Downs Inc. sold out all 200 available memberships for its first racing club.
Get to know 19-year-old New York-based jockey Eric Cancel, whose mounts earned more than $5.4 million in 2015. Courtesy of ABRFilms
Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for the first time, Finest City rallied furiously past her competitors in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 1-2 favorite and defending Great Lady M. winner Fantastic Style.
Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.
Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin breezed at Palm Beach Downs April 23 in his final South Florida tune-up ahead of a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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Raging Smoke took the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes presented by CANTER Mid-Atlantic wire-to-wire April 23, and in the process gave trainer Mike Salvaggio the biggest win of his career.
Da Big Hoss continued his good form in long turf races when he secured his second graded stakes win of the season going 1 1/2 miles on the grass April 23 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course recently concluded its winter-spring meet and showed a 31% rise in daily average handle for the 65-day stand.
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