M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb signaled his readiness for the $350,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a sharp five-furlong breeze over Laurel Park's main track Feb. 26.
Jockey Albin Jimenez reached the 1,000-win milestone Feb. 25, after Ice Wine Stable's Zarman led gate to wire in the fourth race at Turfway Park and drew off to break his maiden by a decisive 5 1/4 lengths.
Convey, traveling the most comfortably, nipped Pinzolo by a neck at the wire. Absolute Blast finished a head back in third and a neck better than Zhui Feng, who had another neck on Grendisar.
Centennial Farms' Unified fired fresh off an eight-month layoff Feb. 25 with a front-running victory in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) over favored Mind Your Biscuits.
The Risen Star Stakes (G2) became an unlikely coming out party for Brad Grady's Girvin when he captured the $400,000 test by two lengths over Untrapped, earning 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Danny Chen's Yorkiepoo Princess won her third straight stakes race at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 25 with another a clear score in the $150,000 Busher Stakes.
Picking up her third consecutive stakes score, the Malibu Moon filly aired by 3 1/2 lengths after showing the way from the start through solid fractions in the 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.
Honorable Duty called up all his improved fortitude in the stretch of the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Feb. 25 when he held strong over International Star and a stubborn Dazzling Gem to take the 1 1/16-mile test by half a length.
Dortmund, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner recently transferred by owner Kaleem Shah from trainer Bob Baffert to Art Sherman, could make his first start for Sherman in the March 11 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Maxis Stable's Enterprising stalked favorite Oscar Nominated and gained an advantage in the deep stretch to win the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) Feb. 25 by three-quarters of a length to give trainer Mike Maker the exacta for the race.
In what will be his lone serious work in advance of the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4, Irish War Cry got the thumbs up from his conditioner when he covered five furlongs in 1:01.65 Saturday morning.
A Tapit colt bought back for $625,000 tops list of juveniles entered in the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale that have previously gone through a sales ring.
Winx, a 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry, sailed to a two-length victory in the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick.
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With Stewart Elliott being named the winner of this year’s prestigious George Woolf Award, it rekindled memories of those glorious five weeks in racing and Triple Crown history.
Eugene Roche, perhaps the oldest active hot-walker in the country at age 91, died Friday, Feb. 24, in Louisville, Ky.
Five starts into his career, Guest Suite is threatening to take his connections down the path of most resistance with the grandest of rewards.
Kentucky equine-industry participants and supporters got the chance to emphasize the important impact horses have on the state and local economies during visits with state legislators on Wednesday's KEEP Day in Frankfort.
In his quest to reassert himself as a divisional leader, Oscar Performance turned in a sparkling effort Feb. 24, when he worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 over the main track at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Three Rules worked five furlongs in :58.91 and Beasley worked four furlongs in :48.11, both firing the bullet for their respective distances Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park.
Dave Litfin handicaps the weekend's top graded stakes races including three stakes for 3-year-olds or 3-year-old fillies this weekend.
California sire and son of Harlan's Holiday Boat Trip got his first three foals Feb. 21 at Running Horse Equine Center near San Francisco.
Stewart Elliott, best known as the regular rider for 2004 dual classic winner and champion Smarty Jones, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
With Canada's horse racing industry celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, leading industry groups in the country are calling on tracks, training centers, agricultural societies, communities, farms, and fans to mark the occasion.
Tom Pedulla of America's Best Racing recently spent some time with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert to talk about this year's classics.
The group 3 U.A.E. Oaks Sponsored by Al Naboodah-Ashok Leyland and the Nad Al Sheba Trophy Sponsored by Al Naboodah VDL Buses highlighted racing at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates Feb. 23.
The California Horse Racing Board unanimously approved a measure to allow races to be run with medication-based eligibility conditions during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Feb. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
A four-pronged attack has trainer Mike Maker poised to take down the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Multiple graded stakes winner and Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Unique Bella was sent out for a five-furlong move early Feb. 23 at Santa Anita Park. She breezed in 1:00 1/5 for her expected start in the March 4 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds.
Malcolm Pierce is 59, and like many in the business, he's seen a lot of things in racing come full circle during his career. The Malcolm Pierce story just happens to be one of those "full circle." tales.
A pair of top-level races Sunday at Sha Tin will showcase some of Hong Kong's proven stars, including two former Horse of the Year honorees.
The number of racing dates at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could plummet by at least 15 percent under a proposal pushed by state officials to help the track cope with competition from a newly opened commercial casino.
With Foolish Pleasure campaigning in Florida, Louisiana in 1975 offered a haven for other nominees to the Kentucky classic.
Apprentice jockey Shelbi Kurtz, 22, scored her first win Feb. 22, when she guided Fancy Is My Name to a half-length victory in the third race at Turfway Park.
The 1996 Preakness winner died Feb. 17 and was buried at Murmur Farm.
Mind Your Biscuits is scheduled to kick off his 2017 season in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Feb. 25.
Fans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots figure to be plenty familiar with most of the starters in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Saturday, Feb. 25.
Jim Penney, a charter member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame who saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, died Feb. 21 at his home in Edgewood, Wash.
The top four finishers of the Jan. 14 Ruthless Stakes, led by winner Yorkiepoo Princess, are entered for Aqueduct's Busher Stakes Feb. 25. The $150,000 race offers 50 points to the winner in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) standings.
The house horse has held a decided advantage in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) in recent years, with three of the last four winners having prior form or being a regular trainee over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots surface.
Barbara Fritchie, Royal Delta, Buena Vista, General George, Bayakoa, Razorback, Southwest, and more.
Uncontested will likely make his next start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn Park, co-owner Harry Rosenblum said Feb. 22.
Stonestreet Farm's homebred Breeders' Cup runner-up Valadorna takes on Coffeepot Stables' homebred Golden Rod Stakes (G2) romper Farrell in the 1 1/16-mile test.
M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb will return to Aqueduct Racetrack for his next start in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 4, trainer Cal Lynch confirmed Feb 22.
With the $1 million, betfair.com Haskell Invitational (G1) leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer a $3,725,000 stakes schedule for the 2017 racing season, which kicks off May 13.
The memories of the coppery chestnut colt, are still fresh nearly two decades on. His arc—a scant two months that spring and summer—was brief, but it was oh so brilliant.
Citing research that suggests the metabolite of Dextromethorphan can stay in a horse's system at a wider variance of time than previously realized, the KHRC earlier this year dropped sanctions in three cases where the metabolite was discovered.
The KHRC on Feb. 21 settled its case against Otabek Umarov, suspending the trainer for five years in a case involving Umarov's refusal to allow an out-of-competition sample to be collected from Looks to Spare on April 30, 2016 at Churchill Downs.
Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Buena Vista Stakes that was taken off the turf Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park will not have its grade 2 status reinstated. It will be recognized as a grade 3 race.
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