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This week's Look Back feature recalls Swale's easy victory in the 1984 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park, his 3-year-old debut.
Trainer Graham Motion said Jan. 4 that if Ring Weekend runs well in the San Gabriel (G2T), a freshening could be ahead with plans to ship to England for the Queen Anne Stakes (GIT) at Royal Ascot in June.
When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.
The 3-year-old Shackleford colt scored by 15 lengths under Javier Castellano over a muddy track.
The colt's 3-year-old campaign launches Jan. 7 at Gulfstream Park in the $100,000 Dania Beach (G3), a 7 1/2-furlong turf race that drew nine entrants.
The Kentucky state veterinarian's office has imposed an embargo on horses from any Louisiana track or training center from entering any Kentucky track or training center.
Liam O'Rourke also hired to stallion season sales team
Grand prize includes trip to the race at Gulfstream Park
Tod Marks won the 2016 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for a picture of the stretch run of the Sloan Hurdle at the Iroquois Steeplechase meet in Nashville.
St. Elias Stable's multiple stakes winner Bode's Dream will put her perfect form on the line when she makes her first start as a newly-turned 3-year-old against a field of six challengers in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 7.
American Oaks, San Pasqual, Robert J. Frankel, Mr. Prospector, Jerome, Tokyo Daishoten, Chinese Club Challenge Cup, Louisiana Futurity, Pago Hop, Pan Zareta Overnight, Woodchooper, Tropical Park Derby, Via Borghese and more.
Godolphin Racing's Hemsworth is set to kick off his sophomore campaign in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park Jan. 7.
The anticipated retirement of multiple Japanese champion Maurice came this week with an announcement that the son of Screen Hero will stand at Shadai Stallion Station.
Natalie Voss has won the 2016 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for an examination of head trauma and the racing industry's response to preventive measures.
John Scheinman has won the 2016 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for "Andrew Beyer: Rebel with a Cause," a profile of the former Washington Post racing columnist, horseplayer, and creator of the Beyer Speed Figures.
Starlight Racing will be represented by Neolithic in the upcoming $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), scheduled to be held for the first time Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Bob Feld is TOBA's January member of month
California Chrome stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. He worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I).
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots reported a fifth horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus, with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture allowing the horse to be released to a private farm where it will be kept in isolation.
- By Steve Haskin
It is 2017. That means it's been 50 years since Thoroughbred racing entered, encompassed, and changed my life, altering its course forever.
WinStar Farm's Carpe Diem, a grade 1 winner at both 2 and 3, sired his first reported foal on New Year's Day when a colt was born Sunday at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla.
Carlos R. Figueroa, a longtime New England trainer and the self-styled "King of the Fairs," passed away Jan. 3 in New Hampshire from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.
The first reported foal from the initial crop by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born at Brookdale Farm early morning Jan. 3, the family-run operation announced.
Remained the leading owners of 2016 ahead of Juddmonte Farms, with $7,458,736 in earnings.
"Time Bandits" profiled the remarkable longevity of Hall of Fame Jockeys Alex Solis, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.
The quarantine situation at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has already caused several disruptions among horsemen. Trainer Mark Casse is knocking wood that, so far, Valadorna remains among the unaffected.
ESPN has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television—Feature Programming for its news magazine program E:60 feature "Barnyard Buddies," on the unusual relationships between racehorses and stable companion animals. The program aired May 3, 2016.
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television—Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), featuring the dramatic duel between Arrogate and California Chrome.
Following Royal Inheritance's impressive maiden win last month at Aqueduct Racetrack, owner Joseph Bulger decided it was an opportune time to sell the Regal Ransom filly who has been supplemented to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
With the entire Fair Grounds backstretch currently under quarantine due to an EHV-1 outbreak, no horses are permitted to ship in or out of the track—an issue that could complicate hopes to run Gun Runner in the Pegasus World Cup (G1).
According to final statistics released Jan. 2 by Equibase Company, Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate led all Thoroughbreds in North American earnings with a bankroll of $4,084,600.
The New York Racing Association has announced a $1 million bonus to any Japan-based Thoroughbred who competes in and wins the 149th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
China Horse Club has bought into grade I winner Abel Tasman, China Horse Club's racing and bloodstock manager Michael Wallace confirmed Jan. 2.
Mary Jo Pons, matriarch of Maryland's Country Life Farm and a driving force behind the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, died of natural causes on Monday evening, Jan. 1 at Bright View Assisted Living in Bel Air, Md. She was 87.
Horses reported to receive steroid administrations in 2016 in California who have come back to race fared very well in their first starts after those treatments, winning at about three times the normal rate.
Stretching out to two turns proved to be no problem for El Areeb Jan. 2 in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack; in fact it proved very much to the Exchange Rate colt's liking.
Two horses on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots spiked temperatures Jan. 2. As a result of this development, the precautionary step has been taken to place the entirety of the Fair Grounds backstretch under quarantine.
After ranking second in 2014 and 2015, trainer Chad Brown would not be denied in 2016 as he moved to the top of the leading trainers by earnings for the first time.
Jockey Javier Castellano finished 2016 as the leading rider by earnings for a fourth straight year.
Before the close of 2016, owner/breeder Ken Ramsey had hoped to see his name among the top three leading breeders in North America.
Darley's position as the third-leading North American breeder by earnings doesn't give the full picture of how strong the 2016 racing year was for the international operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Darby Dan Farm's freshman sire Dialed In held onto the title of leading North American first-crop sire, which he claimed after moving past Lane End's Union Rags in late November.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Lexington for the 2017 season where he will stand for $7,500.
He may not have beaten Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate, but Midnight Storm still found a way to impress in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (G2) Jan. 1.
The horse, trained by Mike Stidham, resides in Barn 36 and contracted EHV-1 non-neurogenic type, also called "wild type" strain.
Owner Kaleem Shah sent seven horses to Doug O'Neill and six to Art Sherman.
Two high-profile sophomores of 2016, G M B Racing's Mo Tom and Brittlyn Stable's Forevamo returned from lengthy layoffs to post their first works Jan. 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Carolyn Vogel's Squadron A went last to first to secure his first graded stakes win Jan. 1 in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Oscietra, the first foal of Australia's champion racemare Black Caviar, did well in her Flemington Racecourse debut Jan. 1, although fading to third after setting the pace in the 1,000-meter (about five-furlong) New Year Plate.
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