John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
With positive returns in handle, attendance, television ratings, and the on-track experience, the Pegasus World Cup (G1) figures to remain in South Florida at The Stronach Group's Gulfstream Park.
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).
Crestwood Farm's grade I-winning miler Jack Milton got his first foal Jan. 30, when a colt bred by David Lavoie was born on a farm near Ocala, Fla.
With her five-furlong move over the turf at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 1, Tepin again succeeded in sparking renewed hope that Plan 'A' can come off as scheduled.
The European Pattern Committee implemented a five-year ban on downgrading any group race of 13 furlongs or more.
Lauded as a "game changer" by organizers from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club, the 1,200-meter (six-furlong) race offers the same shareholder buy-in concept pioneered by The Stronach Group, which organized the Pegasus.
Steve Barham (Oregon), Bennett Liebman (New York), and Allan Monat (Illinois) will comprise the independent panel the Association of Racing Commissioners International has formed to certify compliance with key integrity standards each year.
The Barking Shark, a West Coast fan favorite who finished second in seven stakes, two grade 1s, died earlier this year of colic at the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy in California. The gelding by Naevus was 24.
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup generated sufficient buzz
With short yearlings a hot commodity at winter mixed sales, the stallion with the most foals of 2016 entered at the Feb. 6-7 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky auction is San Pablo, a son of Jump Start who who or placed in 16 of 19 career starts.
Recent EHV-1 (Equine herpesvirus 1) outbreaks have again focused attention on this nasty disease.
- By Frank Angst
The solid overnight ratings for the first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) could be something to build on for future editions of the event as organizers hope one day television rights provide revenues for the stakeholders.
Booming state-bred programs lift incoming stallion rosters
An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record.
Those inside the aftercare industry say there is still a lot of work to be done.
Despite a tenuous situation, Spendthrift Farm general manager Ned Toffey says there is reason for optimism in the prognosis of multiple grade 1 winner Lord Nelson as he battles laminitis.
Ray Arsenault of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, near Toronto, earned the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend's 18th annual National Handicapping Championship (NHC).
A deep international buying bench helped boost the aggregate and hold the average price steady at the two-day premier yearling sale held by New Zealand Bloodstock in Karaka, New Zealand.
Some minor shuffling in the Derby Dozen, and plenty of new names amongst those Knocking On the Door.
The members of Little Red Feather Racing started 2017 with a feather in their caps.
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, and Mastery each recorded bullet works Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
Florida pinhooking and 2-year-old in training sale pioneer Clyde D. Rice, 79, passed away Jan. 30 at his home at Indian Prairie Ranch near Anthony, Fla.
Richie Migliore, a popular former jockey who has made a name for himself as a TV analyst at NYRA racetracks, has begun freelance announcing work at Fasig-Tipton sales.
Arthur Kelley, who founded the non-profit R.A.C.E. Fund Inc. to help off-track Thoroughbreds, died Jan. 25. He was 98.
- By Steve Haskin
In three races, Arrogate has led all the way, came from third, and came behind from fifth. He’s won being on the inside and won being on the outside, and won his three stakes in three different states in the East, West, and South.
Stronach Stable's Shaman Ghost exited his second place finish in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park in good order, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
When Fasig-Tipton conducts its Kentucky winter mixed sale Feb. 6-7, 32 horses from the Rockin' Z Ranch dispersal will offered without reserve by Vinery Sales.
Stormy Liberal's Clocker's Corner win hits the century mark
Keeneland director of sales operations Geoffrey Russell was honored with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's (ITBA) 2016 Wild Geese Award at its National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at The Heritage Killenard.
Red Oak Stable's homebred Unbridled Mo played the upsetter Jan. 29 in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3).
For the fourth year in a row, trainer Mike Maker saddled the winner of the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (G3T) at Sam Houston Race Park as Bigger Picture crossed the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front.
John Oxley's champion 2-year-old Classic Empire edged unbeaten rising stars Mastery and McCraken to be the favored individual contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
The only short yearling in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale sired by 2016 leading freshman sire Dialed In was purchased by Machmer Hall Farm for $70,000 to top the one-day auction Jan. 29.
The 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and champion 2-year-old Champagne Room worked five furlongs Jan. 29 in a minute flat, in preparation for her 3-year-old debut in Santa Anita Park's Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4.
Nicanor, the full brother to the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Barbaro, got his first winner as a sire when Joseph Besecker's Nicamore sped to a 2 1/4-length victory in a Jan. 28 maiden claiming race at Laurel Park.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said Arrogate is doing well after his win in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
The rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup drew the best afternoon ratings for a non-Triple-Crown horse race since American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic.
His usual self in his stall in Barn 2 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Jan. 29, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome awaited a scheduled trip to Taylor Made Farm where he will begin his stallion career.
In a rousing pari-mutuel wagering success, Gulfstream Park registered all-sources handle of $40.217,924 on its Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) card, setting a handle record for the track.
A friend and mentor to many, Mooney offered his wise counsel to both aspiring and veteran journalists and also to cancer patients. In his last months, he showed not only how to live but how to die with courage and grace.
Ashleyluvssugar got his 2017 season off on the right foot, but he certainly had to earn it. A likely prep for bigger and better things in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Jan. 28 at Santa Anita Park turned into a dogfight in the stretch.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
The 6-year-old son of Hard Spun came off a Dec. 31 victory in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream for trainer Mike Maker and got the perfect ground-saving rail trip in the McKnight.
There was no denying the class of Suffused Jan. 28 as she rallied three-wide down the Gulfstream Park turf to best Arles by a length in the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (G3T).
The new owners of Imperative are feeling good about their purchase after the grade 2 winner secured a narrow win in the first edition of the $400,000 Poseidon Handicap Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Happy Alter's homebred Curlin's Approval was much the best when scoring her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.
Trainer Mark Casse declared 'all systems go' for Classic Empire to make his sophomore debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 after working an easy five furlongs with grade 1 winning-stablemate Pretty City Dancer.
- By BloodHorse Staff
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