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  • Longtime Oaklawn Jockey Club chairman and president Charles Cella

    Obituary: Cella Loved Getting Fans to Oaklawn Park

    Charles J. Cella, longtime president and chairman of the board of the Oaklawn Jockey Club, died Dec. 6 of complications from Parkinson's disease. According to his sons John and Louis Cella, Cella was at home in St. Louis, surrounded by family.

  • Second Flight - By Evan Hammonds

    The Pegasus' date on the calendar has a certain appeal. The late January date gives runners plenty of time to recuperate from their efforts in the Breeders' Cup, but allows them time not to miss the year's breeding cycle.

  • Jose Ortiz celebrates after winning Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Good Magic

    Ortiz Expected to Quickly Bounce Back From Knee Surgery

    Jose Ortiz, a top candidate for the Eclipse Award as the outstanding jockey in North America, should return to competition sooner than expected after undergoing minor knee surgery Dec. 5 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

  • Joseph Appelbaum is the new president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

    Joseph Appelbaum Elected NYTHA President

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced the results of its 2017 election for president and Board of Directors Dec. 5. Joseph Appelbaum, running unopposed, was elected to his first term as president.

  • Sharp Azteca with Javier Castellano win the 29th Running of the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct on December 2, 2017

    The Week in Photos 12/4/2017

    Cigar Mile Handicap, Remsen, Demoiselle, Bayakoa, Champions Cup, Go for Wand Handicap, Nathan Handicap, Middle Handicap, Claiming Crown Jewel, and more.

  • Iowa State to Study Equine Anticancer Immunotherapeutic

    NovaVive Inc., an animal health immunobiology company, today announced that its anticancer immunotherapeutic for horses will be evaluated in a clinical study at Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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    Senate Passes Tax Bill, Moves to 'Conference'

    Senators scrambled Saturday, December 2, to muster the necessary 51 votes to pass its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, effectively laying down a marker to jump start negotiations with the House of Representatives on a final package.

  • Consignors Embrace Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Changes

    If pre-sale interest is any indication, changes in Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic winter mixed sale that takes place Dec. 5 are resonating with buyers and sellers. Held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., the sale begins at 11 a.m. ET.

  • Majestic Heat scores in the Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos

    Majestic Heat Rolls in Bayakoa

    A surface switch seems to be paying off for Majestic Heat, who is now two-for-two on dirt as she earned her first graded victory in the 1 1/16-mile $201,035 Bayakoa Handicap (G2) Dec. 3 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Stellar Wind at the Keeneland November sale, where she sold to Coolmore for $6 million

    Stellar Wind Works, Possible for Pegasus

    Stellar Wind was back on the work tab Dec. 3, breezing a half-mile in :50 flat at Palm Meadows Training Center for a possible start in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27. 

  • Done Talking, sire of Done Acting, stands in South Carolina at Elloree Training Center

    Done Acting First Winner for Done Talking

    Skeedattle Associates' Done Acting became the first winner for his sire Done Talking when he narrowly scored by a nose in a $22,726 maiden claiming event at Laurel Park Dec. 3. 

  • Gun Runner puts in an easy half-mile work Dec. 3 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    Gun Runner Back to Work for Pegasus

    Gun Runner had his first timed work Dec. 3 since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), as the Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's colt took a step toward his final career start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27.

  • Kingsport and jockey Jesse Campbell gallop home by 2 1/2 lengths to win the Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine

    Kingsport Wins Another Edition of Sir Barton

    Kingsport, who won the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes two years ago, swept by his rivals in the stretch to claim the 2017 edition of the stakes event for Ontario-sired horses Dec. 2 at Woodbine. The race was marred by the death of Conquest Cavalry.

  • This daughter of Iffraaj brought a session-topping 110,000 guineas (US$155,671) on the final day of the Tattersalls December foal sale

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale Concludes With Gains

    A strong renewal of the Tattersalls December foal sale closed Dec. 2 in Newmarket with a pair of six-figure lots led by a 110,000 guineas (US$155,671) daughter of Iffraaj (GB) who provided a fine return for her breeder Overbury Stud.

  • Flowers for Lisa and Paco Lopez take the Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Park

    Flowers for Lisa Wires Claiming Crown Jewel

    Breaking from the outside post 12, Flying P Stable's Flowers for Lisa hustled for the lead and never looked back, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Park Dec. 2. 

  • Frank Stronach (right) said Shaman Ghost will be an exciting addition to the California stallion ranks

    Shaman Ghost to Enter Stud in California

    The Canadian champion and grade 1 winner is part of Frank Stronach's efforts to build up California breeding. He is one of three Adena Springs stallions that will stand on the West Coast in 2018.

  • Catholic Boy draws clear in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Catholic Boy Relishes Switch to Dirt in Remsen

    Catholic Boy, a More Than Ready 2-year-old colt trained by Jonathan Thomas for Robert LaPenta, turned on his engine in the stretch and motored away to a decisive 4 3/4-length score in the Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 2