The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course's $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a "paid workout" for the 2014 Horse of the Year.
Owner Charles "Chuck" Sandford died at his home near Chicago Dec. 2 following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
The California Horse Racing Board sent out a reminder to licensees Dec. 2 that key aspects of medication rules will be changing Jan. 1.
Jose Ortiz extended his domination of the fall meet jockey standings Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, with five winners from seven mounts on Friday's program.
Stoll Keenon Ogden attorney Jim Philpott has been elected president of the American College of Equine Attorneys.
Addition of world's richest race makes upcoming Championship Meet even more important.
The multiple graded stakes-winning gelded son of War Front retires with nearly $2 million in earnings.
The Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) already looks like a match race on paper. Why not just officially make it a two-horse race?
In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II.
Doctor J Dub had already raced 19 times with four wins, all in South Florida, by the time he joined trainer Jena Antonucci's string at Gulfstream Park in May.
Exacta Systems has reached an agreement with Ellis Park to provide the Henderson, Ky., racetrack with its historical horse racing system and games.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia has been retired and will be sent to Pioneerof the Nile in 2017, SF Bloodstock’s Tom Ryan announced Dec. 2.
Miss Temple City will look to carry trainer Graham Motion's scorching streak on the Del Mar turf into the final day of the seaside racetrack's fall meet in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Dec. 4.
The curtain came down on a record year of trading for Tattersalls in Newmarket Dec. 1 with the fourth and final installment of the December mares sale.
J. Keeler Johnson shares thoughts on four up-and-coming contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
Melmich and Aldous Snow have class edge in 14-furlong heat over Woodbine's all-weather surface
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Valadorna will winter in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to conditioner Mark Casse.
Anchor Down, a multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit who defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will enter stud at Gainesway.
With the race's graded status restored, Term of Art is now a graded stakes winner and his dam becomes a graded stakes producer.
V. E. Day, winner of the 2014 Travers Stakes (gr. I), has been retired and will enter stud at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N. Y. He will stand for an introductory price of $6,500 in 2017.
Greg and Jo Griffin's Lime Country Thoroughbreds will expand and take over the operation Feb. 15 of prominent owner and breeder Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud.
A look back at A Gleam winning 1952 Westerner Stakes as well as pedigree information on the daughter of *Blenheim II.
Desert Madam, a hard-trying California-bred from the barn of Bill Spawr, will make her stakes debut in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Dec. 3
A rare offering from Juddmonte's famous Hasili family dominated proceedings at Tattersalls December Mare sale Nov. 30, snapped up by Amanda Skiffington for 775,000gns (US$1,016,537).
Trainer Chad Brown will send three representatives west to Del Mar for the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3, but they'll have to deal with other invaders as well as some 3-year-olds who have done their best running at the seaside racetrack.
Three of the seven fillies and mares entered for Aqueduct's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) are New York-breds. State-bred Bar of Gold (by Medaglia d'Oro) is the 121-pound highweight.
King and His Court faces fellow stakes winners Pachi Cruze, Vanish, and Jurojin going two turns in the Dec. 3 Display Stakes at Woodbine.
Protonico, a four-time graded stakes-winning son of Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand the 2017 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky for a fee of $6,500.
Still eligible and going stronger than ever, Royal Posse will try to capture the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel for a second straight year Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park, opening day of the track's Championship meet.
Jockey Luis Saez has begun serving a five-day suspension instead of continuing a legal tussle with New York racing regulators over an alleged "careless riding" incident this summer at Saratoga Race Course.
While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.
The Jockeys' Guild announced Nov. 30 that 27 members have been elected to the organization's senate, including six new members, Jose Ortiz, Joe Rocco Jr., William Antongeorgi, Eddie Garcia, Esgar Ramirez, and Ricky Ramirez.
Average daily all-sources handle at this year's Gulfstream Park West meet was approximately $3.52 million, down 1% from the 2015 meet average of $3.56 million, according to a review of Equibase charts by HorseRacingFLA.com.
The most fascinating Eclipse Award race, however, looms in one of the human divisions--the season's top trainer.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing. A stud deal has not yet been arranged.
A pair of grade I races for 2-year-olds and an anticipated start by California Chrome highlight the 2016 Winter meet at Los Alamitos.
Dams of Derby winners rarely come on the market, let alone a mare who has produced one who also scored in the Irish equivalent, so Harzand's dam Hazariya was always going to sell for a premium when offered in the Tattersalls December Mares Sale.
The grade I-winning son of Mineshaft is being syndicated for 50 shares and will stand for an introductory fee of $10,000.
Clark Handicap, Cigar Mile Handicap, Remsen, Japan Cup, Demoiselle, Falls City Handicap, Golden Rod, Fall Highweight Handicap, Hollywood Turf Cup, Jimmy Durante, Kentucky Jockey Club, Mrs. Revere, My Charmer Handicap, Native Driver and more.
Wednesday racing and a five-day week return to the schedule for the first time since 2009 when Turfway Park opens its holiday race meet Wednesday, Nov. 30.
- By Steve Haskin
I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.
Ryan Moore dominated his competition for much of the year en route to winning the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Jockey. It is the second time in three years that the British jockey has won the award.
Stall has put on a clinic during the first two weeks of the Crescent City oval's 145th racing season.
Legislation permitting the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund to look at alternative coverage options for its increasingly expensive workers compensation insurance program has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Dubawi (IRE) was again the big draw in the opening session of the Tattersalls December mare sale as The Miniver Rose (IRE), the only mare cataloged in foal to him, was the sale topper at 550,000gns.
Though Jet Phone was not the brightest star on Valor Farm's roster, the homebred Texas stallion who died Nov. 27 shortly after developing kidney and liver problems will be sorely missed.
The grade I-placed winner will be the first son of Pioneerof the Nile to stand in Florida.
Churchill Downs reports a 1.9% increase in purses paid at the 21-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 27 in Louisville.
Trainer Karl Broberg secured the 2,000th victory of his career when he sent out Mr. Graceful to a front-running score in the ninth race Nov. 26 at Delta Downs.
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