Churchill Downs Inc. has teamed with the Japan Racing Association to create a series of races in Japan that could annually produce a starter in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Team Valor International has acquired a 50% interest in Poland-based Va Bank, a 4-year-old son of Archipenko, who is unbeaten in 12 career starts after winning the Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Ger-III) Aug. 27 at Baden-Baden in Germany.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure offering during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when he was bought by M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice continues to work well as the 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner prepares for a return to racing.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure purchase during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud bought the colt for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.
A War Front colt produced from Havre de Grace and a Bernardini colt who is a half brother to the Horse of the Year are among the top horses to watch during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice set a track record Sept. 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course, but the Archarcharch colt may not carry the recognizable red and yellow silks in his next race.
- By Steve Haskin
The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don’t confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary
The Keeneland September yearling sale that begins Sept. 12 features some of the hottest bloodlines in the world and has attracted top buyers from around the world.
Claiborne Farm's Bendable, off the first loss of her career, handed Enola Gray her first defeat Sept. 11 in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.
With so many siblings and half siblings to top-class runners and so many yearlings sired by the world’s leading sires, winnowing down the list of top horses to watch to light up the Keeneland September sale bid board can be a daunting task.
Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Florent Geroux swept the stakes events Sept. 11 at Kentucky Downs and did so as impressively as seemingly imaginable.
Hong Kong's first horse to race on South Korean soil becomes the first to win as he took the inaugural edition of the $700,000 race that covered 1,200 meters (about six furlongs).
A slow start only hampered Wicklow Brave for a moment Sept. 11 at the Curragh in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger (Ire-I).
Wertheimer and Frere Left Hand and Haras de Saint Pair's Vadamos both broke through for their first top-level victories Sept. 11 at Chantilly.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Sales, Kentucky, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
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Zayat Stables was named the TOBA national owner of the year during its 31st annual awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
"All I can say is he's the second-best marathon horse in the United States," said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time group/grade I winner Flintshire. "I think we just go right to the Breeders' Cup. He runs really well fresh."
Wellabled sailed over the Polytrack to earn his first stakes score in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Diadura rolled to her first black-type with a win in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
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Super Derby Prelude winner Texas Chrome turned back in a month in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. III) and bested grade III winners Dalmore and Mo Tom Sept. 10 at Louisiana Downs.
A weather delay of about 15 minutes didn't bother Watchyourownbobber in the More Than Ready Stakes, as the even-money favorite scored a clear victory in the one-mile test Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
California Chrome wasn't the only star on the work tab Sept. 10 in Southern California. Champions of 2015 Stellar Wind and Nyquist both put in drills for upcoming starts, as did 2016 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate.
Alice Springs could be Breeders' Cup-bound again via the Oct. 15 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) after winning the Sept. 10 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Ire-I) with a powerful rally under Ryan Moore.
If success on the racetrack transcends into success in the sales ring, Keeneland is well-poised to have a successful marathon September yearling sale that could end the downward spiral experienced by previous sales this year.
Robert Masterson has never had a horse like Tepin, the superstar mare who will carry his colors in next Saturday’s $1 million Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile while seeking her eighth consecutive victory for trainer Mark Casse.
Travel proved no problem for French classic winner Almanzor, as he finished well to secure a three-quarter-length victory over top filly Found in a particularly strong edition of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 10 at Leopardstown.
Laura Mongan became the first woman to train a winner of the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) Sept. 10 at Doncaster, where Harbour Law won the English classic by three-quarters of a length.
In Australia's biggest races Sept. 10, Astern secured the first group I win of his career in the Golden Rose Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill while Palentino upset stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington.
On his day, at his home track, and a bit out of his normal workout routine, California Chrome still gave trainer Art Sherman just what he wanted Sept. 10 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
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California sire Northern Indy got his first winner on the racetrack Sept. 9 at Golden Gate Fields, where Remmah Racing's 2-year-old gelding West Coast Indy won a maiden claiming race to kick off the Friday card.
Stonewall Farms announced Sept. 9 the retirement and sale of multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Mei Ling to Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
Group I-winning son of Mendez sired 73 black-type winners, including 1995 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix.
Spendthrift Farm has partnered with Churchill Downs to create the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, a new $300,000 race to be run this fall for 2-year-olds that are sired by Spendthrift stallions.
After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met Sept. 9 and voted to fully accredit the New York Drug Testing Laboratory (NYDTL) pursuant to the RMTC laboratory accreditation program.
New Jersey native John Dowd has called Florida home since training Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Songandaprayer, and after taking a break to help raise his family, he is back conditioning in the Sunshine State.
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After a minor illness knocked her out of the Torrey Pines (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 28, Nick Alexander's undefeated Enola Gray will take another shot at her first start against open company Sept. 11 in the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes.
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J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Super Derby (gr. III) at Louisiana Downs.
Stonestreet announced Sept. 8 that Florida sire Kantharos will move to Kentucky to stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Everyone is going through Saratoga Race Course withdrawal, but thankfully there is the wonderful spectacle of Kentucky Downs to ease the transition from summer to fall.
Back on their preferred surface after stints on the Triple Crown trail, Airoforce and Oscar Nominated have run well in multiple starts on turf, but have yet to find the winner's circle despite close calls.
The 10-year-old son of Street Cry will remain in New York and will stand at Irish Century Farm near Saratoga Springs.
Eddie Woods' Quarter Pole Enterprises was active at the Equine Sales of Louisiana consignor select yearling sale Sept. 7 in Opelousas, La., landing the top two highest-priced yearlings.
Keeneland's September yearling sale opens its 73rd edition at 11 a.m. EDT, Monday, Sept. 12. A total of 4,479 horses are cataloged to the sale, which will cover 13 sessions through Sunday, Sept. 25 and be streamed live on Keeneland.com.
James McIngvale's Runhappy continued to progress toward a return to the races with a seven-furlong work Sept. 8 at Keeneland. Last year's sprint champion male was clocked in 1:24 3/5.
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