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  • Remembering an Oasis Among New York City OTBs

    The Playwright was, to most who wandered in off of West 35th Street, a typical midtown Irish pub. But it had a secret identity. It was one of the few NYC OTBs that happened to be housed in an actual food and beverage establishment.

  • What's Going On Here: Something's Missing

    The big preps for this year’s Breeders’ Cup have come and gone. Yet, the three biggest names for the upcoming World Championships were conspicuously missing…and missing not just from races in October—but since Labor Day.

  • Kitasan Black (JPN) wins the 2017 Tenno Sho Spring (G1)

    Kitasan Black Faces Tough Field in Tenno Sho (Autumn)

    Japan's reigning Horse of the Year, Kitasan Black (JPN), starts his race toward retirement in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse Oct. 29—a 2,000-meter test where all but a handful of the nominees also are winners of graded stakes.

  • Hip 383, a Medaglia d'Oro half brother to Miss Ella, brought $250,000

    Wilsons Acquire Well-Related Medaglia d'Oro Colt

    A Medaglia d'Oro colt who is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Miss Ella was one of the stars during the Oct. 24 second session of the Fasig-Tipton October sale when bought by David and Holly Wilson for $250,000.

  • Miss Sunset with Julien Leparoux wins the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland.Oct. 21, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

    The Week in Photos 10/24/2017

    Raven Run, QIPCO Champion, QIPCO Fillies & Mares, prix Royal-Oak, Caulfield Cup, Kikka Sho, Rodd and Riddle Dowager, Sycamore, Pin Oak Valley View, and more.

  • ABR Wired: Marianne Barnes

    ABR Wired: Master Distiller Marianne Barnes

    Horse farms, bourbon, and racing: It doesn't get much more Kentucky than that! Spend a day with Castle & Key Distillery's Marianne Barnes, the first female master distiller in the state since prohibition, as she visits farms and facilities on a tour.

  • Hip 506 is an Into Mischief half brother to grade 2 winner Kobe's Back

    Frommer Acquires Colt With 'Stallion's Pedigree'

    Like many pinhookers, Cary Frommer and partners are buying at the top of a polarized market with the hope they will be selling at the top of the 2-year-old market next spring, and she hopes an Into Mischief colt bought for $270,000 fits the bill.

  • 2017 Fasig-Tipton October Sale Recap Day 1

    Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale Recap Day 1

    Claire Novak recaps the day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale, including comments from Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock, Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable, and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.

  • Hip 131, a Tapit filly out of Raffishing Look, sold for $250,000

    Crow Thrilled to Get Tapit Filly for $250,000

    Liz Crow, acting on behalf of Mathis Stables, was pleased she was able to acquire a chestnut daughter of leading sire Tapit for $250,000 Oct. 23 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton October fall yearling sale.

  • Hip 96, a Ghostzapper filly, sells for $275,000

    Ghostzapper Filly Landed in Good Spot at Fasig-Tipton

    A Ghostzapper filly initially pointed toward to an August sale lit up the bid board during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton October fall yearling sale Oct. 23, bringing a final bid of $275,000 from Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable.

  • ABR Wired: An Afternoon at Keeneland with Nexus Racing Club

    ABR Wired: An Afternoon with Nexus Racing Club

    Dare Sutton and Sam Bussanich, co-founders along with Sophie Shore of Nexus Racing Club, gave America’s Best Racing a behind-the-scenes tour of a day at the races at Keeneland.

  • Trainer Gary Patrick's Sashenka gives him win 2,000

    Trainer Patrick Celebrates 2,000 Wins

    Pure Justice won the $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes Oct. 21 at JACK Thistledown Racino, giving trainer Gary Patrick career win 2001. Two races earlier, his 4-year-old filly Sashenka won the sixth race for the milestone 2,000th victory.

  • Dale Romans

    Churchill Downs Racing Club Recruiting New Owners

    Up to 200 people can experience the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership this fall with unraced 2-year-old Rare Form, the latest addition to the popular Churchill Downs Racing Club stable.

  • Still Dreaming After All

    Ulcers, good news? Most definitely when it not only provided an explanation for Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming's abrupt form reversal, it virtually plucked him out of retirement and put him on the path for a 4-year-old campaign.

  • Arrogate puts in his last serious work before the Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 23 at Santa Anita

    Arrogate, Gun Runner Polished in Classic Works

    A stacked edition of the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) looms in the near future and two of this year's top contenders, Arrogate and Gun Runner, put in their last serious works Oct. 23 at Santa Anita Park before the Nov. 4 test at Del Mar. 

  • Birdstone Colt Tops Iowa Fall Sale

    A yearling Birdstone colt bred and consigned by Iowa State University was sold for $55,000 to Larry Cascio to top the Oct. 22 fall sale conducted by the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association.

  • Beverly Lewis watches Charismatic during his run for the Triple Crown at Belmont Park

    Beverly Lewis Dies at Age 90

    Beverly Lewis, who with her husband Bob campaigned four classic winners from 1995-2000, died Oct. 20 at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness.

  • Into Mischief at Spendthrift Farm

    Spendthrift Announces 2018 Stud Fees

    B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm announced 2018 stud fees for its roster set to stand at the Lexington-based farm this upcoming breeding season, topped by Into Mischief who will stand for $100,000. 

  • Gunnevera prior to the Kentucky Derby

    Gunnevera Works Bullet Five Furlongs at Gulfstream

    Multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera topped the worktab for the fourth consecutive time the morning of Oct. 22 at Gulfstream Park West, where the Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 flat under Edgard Zayas.

  • Kiseki and Mirco Demuro win the Kikuka Sho

    Kiseki Lands Japanese St. Leger

    Kiseki overcame a downpour from an approaching typhoon, soft turf, and 17 rivals to land his first top-level win in the Kikuka Sho (G1) or Japanese St. Leger Oct. 22 at Kyoto Racecourse.

  • Apple Betty wins the 1 1/2-mile Dowager Stakes at Keeneland by 3 1/2 lengths

    Apple Betty Surges to Dowager Win

    Stalking just behind the leader for most of the 1 1/2-mile turf test, Apple Betty powered to a 3 1/2-length win in the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes (G3T) Oct. 22 at Keeneland.

  • Hip 339, a Ghostzapper colt consigned by his breeder Adena Springs

    Tapit Yearlings Among Fasig-Tipton Hips to Watch

    A colt and a filly by Gainesway's leading sire Tapit are among the horses to keep an eye on during the Oct. 23 opening session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale. The auction in Lexington begins at 10 a.m. daily through Oct. 26.

  • Abel Tasman works at Santa Anita Oct. 22

    Abel Tasman Avoids Trouble in Breeders' Cup Work

    Abel Tasman had just left the gate for her workout when Vegas Vic was wrapping up his. In the process of galloping out, Vegas Vic broke down, but the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) contender was able to avoid any incident.

  • Twisted Tom takes the Empire Classic under Javier Castellano at Belmont Park

    Twisted Tom Clinches Empire Classic

    Twisted Tom, a sophomore gelding by Creative Cause, proved much the best against his elders with a three-length victory in the Empire Classic after running down the pacesetting Control Group.

  • Collected is one of four starters Bob Baffert is pointing to the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar

    Collected, Stellar Wind Work for Breeders' Cup

    TVG Pacific Classic (G1) winner Collected, one of trainer Bob Baffert's four for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), worked six furlongs at Santa Anita in a bullet 1:12 flat under Martin Garcia, the fastest of 14 drills at the distance Oct. 21.