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  • Fair Grounds Donates to LA Flood Relief

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced today that in conjunction with First American Bankcard, Inc. a donation of $27,847 is being made to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

  • Arrogate and Mike Smith are all alone at the finish of the Travers.

    Arrogate Blazes to Travers Record

    Arrogate blew apart the 3-year-old division with the fastest Travers (gr. I) performance in history, and a new track record for 1 1/4 miles Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course. The Unbridled's Song colt blazed under the wire in a final time of 1:59.36. 

  • Flintshire repeats in the Sword Dancer

    Flintshire Dominant Again in Sword Dancer

    Juddmonte Farms' Flintshire got the most patient of rides from jockey Javier Castellano, shot through on the rail at the top of the stretch, and easily held off a late drive from Money Multiplier to dominate once again on U.S. soil.

  • A.P. Indian flies home to win the Forego

    A.P. Indian Gets Second Grade I in Forego

    A.P. Indian, a son of Indian Charlie, won his second consecutive grade I sprint in stakes record time in the Priority One Jets Forego Stakes at Saratoga. The final time was 1:20.99. The 6-year-old gelding is a Green Lantern Stables homebred. 

  • Drefong leads the way home in the King's Bishop

    Drefong Gallops Home to King's Bishop Score

    Charles Chu's Drefong broke alertly from the outside in a field of 12, took the lead, and never faltered en route to victory in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Haveyougoneaway comes through with the victory in the Ballerina

    Haveyougoneaway Surges to Ballerina Win

    Since moving to New York and to the barn of Thomas Morley, Haveyougoneaway has been a different mare and she took another step forward Aug. 27 with a hard-earned victory in the $500,000 Ballerina (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Cavorting comes running late to capture the Personal Ensign.

    Cavorting on Top in Personal Ensign

    Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting came out on top in a cavalry charge down the stretch of the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I), the first of six grade I races on the Aug. 27 Travers Day card. The final time for the 1 1/8-mile race was 1:48.61.

  • Loto Canada, Rosses Head WA HOF 2016 Class

    Former star Washington-breds Loto Canada and Flamme along with trainers Larry and Sharon Ross, jockey Jack Leonard, and breeder Robert L. Edwards have been elected to the Washington Racing Hall of Fame as the class of 2016.

  • Nyquist

    Nyquist Begins Work for Pennsylvania Derby

    After noticing Reddam Racing's Nyquist was getting a little skinny at Del Mar, trainer Doug O'Neill decided to send the Uncle Mo colt north on Interstate 5 to train at the much more relaxed San Luis Rey Training Center.

  • Fourstar Crook wins the 2016 Yaddo Stakes.

    'Crook' 50th Black-Type Winner for Freud

    Freud, New York's current leading sire, gained his 50th black-type winner Aug. 26 when Fourstar Crook won the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Enola Gray wins the 2016 Fleet Treat Stakes

    Unbeaten Enola Gray Steps Up in Torrey Pines

    Nick Alexander's homebred Enola Gray will take an undefeated record into the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 28 at Del Mar, but the lightly raced Grazen filly will be up against the toughest field she's ever faced.

  • Del Mar, Jockey Club Back Enhanced Testing

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Jockey Club formally announced that they both will provide additional funding to the Ken Maddy Laboratory at the University California-Davis to enhance the California Horse Racing Board's medication testing program.

  • Newmarket

    British Races to Support Small Breeders

    The Thoroughbred Breeders Association in Great Britain, in conjunction with racecourses and the British Horse Racing Authority, will be piloting two races in September of 2016 to support small breeders.

  • Frosted at Greentree Training Center

    Woodward Up Next for Frosted

    Following a half-mile breeze in :49 flat Aug. 25 at Greentree Training Center, Godolphin Racing's Frosted will make his next start in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

  • Mister Nofty winning the Grover Buddy Delp Memorial Stakes

    New Stakes Winner Gets Scat Daddy to 75

    A Chilean race won by Gran Villano initially reported as a stakes did not meet black-type criteria, so Mister Nofty became Scat Daddy's 75th stakes winner in the Aug. 24 Grover Buddy Delp Memorial Stakes.

  • Valor Farm Adds Stonesider to Roster

    With the closure of Lane's End Texas, Valor Farm acquired a couple stallions owned entirely or in part of Robert and Janice McNair. The further consolidate, the McNairs decided to relocate Stonesider from New York.

  • What Makes Byk Tick?

    Let’s cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn’t an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.

  • Majesto

    Majesto Spikes Fever, to Scratch From Travers

    An elevated temperature will force Grupo Seven C Racing Stable's grade I-placed Majesto to scratch from the $1.25 million Travers Presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course, according to the outfit's racing manager.

  • BC, TwinSpires Offer Online Option for BCBC

    The Breeders' Cup, in conjunction with TwinSpires.com, today announced that for the first time fans can now register and play online in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), exclusively with Twinspires.com.

  • Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg

    Pennsylvania Breeder Awards Remain On Hold

    The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Aug. 24 again postponed action on breeder and stallion award payments that haven't been paid since earlier this year because of ambiguous language in a new horseracing reform law,

  • Weak OBS August Sale Fails to Recover

    The rough start at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s August yearling sale never smoothed out, with overall statistics during the second day of the two-day open session as sobering as the first.

  • Co-owner Jim Rome gives Shared Belief a kiss after his win in the 2014 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park

    Jim Rome Remembers Shared Belief

    Jim Rome thought he would eventually start to get over losing Shared Belief. The horse owner and syndicated sports talk radio star thought time would help.

  • Del Mar

    Del Mar Critics Speak Out at CHRB Meeting

    A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch's Suspension Sent Back to KHRC

    John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer and former chief steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, has won another round in his lentgthy court battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the convoluted Life At Ten case.

  • Harbor the Gold Colt Leads Washington Sale

    A Harbor the Gold yearling colt led trade Aug. 23 at Emerald Downs during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale. The yearling session saw the average down a bit but a significant gain in median.

  • American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

    Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records?

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    A Travers Day Christmas Present

    The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance.

  • Songbird wins the 136th running of The Alabama at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  Photo by Skip Dickstein

    The Week in Photos for 8/23/2016

    TVG Pacific Classic, Alabama, Fourstardave, Breeders', Del Mar Oaks, Lake Placid, Del Mar Handicap, Adirondack, Del Mar Mile, Monmouth Oaks, Cliff Hanger, and more.

  • Madeline Auerbach

    CHRB Member Calls for Trainer 'Profiling'

    California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling."

  • OBS Numbers Plummet During Open Session

    There were no surprises at the first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale, as the free-fall in prices and large percentage of buybacks seen the previous day during the select sale continued at the Aug. 24 session.

  • Masochistic Looms in Pat O'Brien

    Masochistic, one of the top sprinters in 2015, made a strong return to racing in a July 8 allowance race at Santa Anita Park after a nine-month layoff and has been training forwardly for the $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 27 at Del Mar.

  • Wavell Avenue wins Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga

    Ballerina Stakes Has Stage Full of Talent

    The Aug. 27 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) drew a field of 10 fillies and mares to go seven furlongs at Saratoga Race Course. The field is deep, from 6-year-old grade I winner Sheer Drama to the Acorn Stakes (gr. I)-winning 3-year-old filly Carina Mia.

  • Mohaymen

    Mohaymen Cuts Back to Sprint in King's Bishop

    Shadwell Stable's homebred Mohaymen, a four-time grade II winner, will cut back to one turn for the first time since last November in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • A.P. Indian (center) wins Alfred G. Vanderbilt July 30 at Saratoga

    A.P. Indian Puts Streak On Line in Forego

    Green Lantern Stables' A.P. Indian, in the midst of a four-race win streak capped by his first victory in grade I company, drew outside of the other speed in a full field for the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.