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  • Suffolk Downs

    Horsemen Close to Reopening Suffolk Downs

    A deal that would allow horsemen to lease Suffolk Downs and operate a live race meet in 2015 and 2016 appears to be close at hand, representatives said at a hearing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Feb. 19.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin

    McLaughlin in Derby Pursuit With Full Hand

    Kiaran McLaughlin, a former D. Wayne Lukas assistant who grew up near Lexington, has started five horses in the Derby, all longshots. He came tantalizingly close to winning with his initial starter, the 71-1 Closing Argument.

  • Cladocera comes home strong to take the Balanchine Stakes.

    Cladocera Captures Meydan's Balanchine Stakes

    France-based filly Cladocera posted her second win of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival in the $200,000 Balanchine Stakes (UAE-II) Sponsored by District One on the turf at Meydan Racecourse the night of Feb. 18.

  • Far Right

    Redrawn Southwest Stakes Attracts Field of 11

    The redrawn Southwest Stakes (gr. III), part of a Presidents' Day program that was lost due to severe winter weather, brought back 10 of the original 12 sophomore entrants for Feb. 22 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Condo Commando
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    Condo Commando to Open 2015 in Busher

    Last seen cruising to an easy win in the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) to close 2014, Condo Commando is scheduled to make her 3-year-old season debut Feb. 21 in the $100,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • MJC Sets 'Ultimate Girls' Day Out'

    The Maryland Jockey Club Feb. 19 announced the return of Black-Eyed Susan Day's "Ultimate Girls' Day Out," celebrating the spirit and strength of women May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • F-T, Gulfstream to Host Poker Tournament

    Fasig-Tipton, in conjunction with Gulfstream Park, will host a charity poker tournament to benefit New Vocations and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund in advance of the company's Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Haskin: Welcome to the New Kentucky Derby

    Major steppingstones, such as the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Arkansas Derby are now just one of many ways of getting to the winner's circle on the first Saturday in May.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Fountain of Youth

    Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst preview the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Fountain of Youth Stakes.

  • Complications Related to Intrauterine Marbles

    While breeders might try anything to get their mares into heat, some other mare owners will try anything to keep their mares out of heat. From aggressive behavior to performance problems, some mares can turn into different animals when they're in estrus. Fortunately, veterinarians have many options by which to keep mares out of heat. One common techni...

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    Hard Aces Bought Privately, Moving to Sadler

    Hard Aces, sharp winner of the Louisiana Handicap in his first start of 2015, has been sold privately to Hronis Racing with plans to ship to Southern California to take on Shared Belief in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

  • CHRB Rule Would Void Claim if Horse Bleeds

    A provision voiding the claim of a horse placed on the veterinarian's list for bleeding was approved for a 45-day public comment period by the California Horse Racing Board, though members expressed their concerns.

  • TVG CEO Kip Levin

    Officials Discuss TVG Purchase of HRTV

    The chief executive officer of TVG, on the heels of the announcement owner Betfair has purchased rival HRTV from The Stronach Group, said Feb. 18 the company plans to maintain both networks and market them accordingly.

  • Mufajaah (left) won the Bayakoa Stakes by a neck on Feb. 18.

    Mufajaah to Get Another Start at Oaklawn

    Mufajaah, impressive winner of the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed for the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14, postponing retirement at least one more race, trainer Dan Peitz said Feb. 18.

  • Slideshow: Thunder Gulch

    As a companion to the feature in the February 21, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse, 'The Thunder Rolled,' we present a visual look at Thunder Gulch's 1995 championship season.

  • Skyring won the 2014 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap.

    Skyring Back for Fair Grounds Handicap

    On Feb. 21, the 6-year-old son of English Channel returns with a new trainer, and his connections' hope that he can ace the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT), a race in which he finished second in 2014.

  • TVG Acquiring HRTV; Operations to Merge

    Betfair and The Stronach Group announced Feb. 18 that TVG will assume operations of HRTV, bringing together the two competitors that televise North American and some international horse races.

  • Mending Tendon and Joint Injuries with PRP

    What makes recommendations for regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) inexact is that these approaches are based in biology, not chemistry, said Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Cornell. Each preparation is just as variable and unique as one horse is to the next. Recognizing this can go a long way in setting clients’ expe...

  • Irish Mission has earned $1,266,863 in 28 starts.

    Very One Stakes Irish Mission's Next Mission

    After closing 2014 with a win in the La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf, Irish Mission will attempt to open 2015 with a win on that same course in the Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT.)

  • Ralph Evans, on the right holding trophy, following Upstart's win in the Funny Cide Stakes.

    Upstart Has Hopeful Evans on Derby Trail

    A Thoroughbred owner for nearly 50 years, Ralph Evans has attended just one edition of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)--the 1979 renewal. Upstart could take him back with a runner and is looking to continue on the path Feb. 21.

  • Beneteau Colt Brightens Up MM Perth Sale

    A colt by Australia's current leading freshman Beneteau sold Feb. 17 for $340,000 (US$266,048), the highest price in eight years at the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale, but key market indicators were down.

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    Parranda, My Option Eye Rich Singapore Race

    Nine stakes winners, including China Horse Club's U.S.-based multiple graded stakes winner Parranda, are set for the first running of Singapore's richest race, the CEFC Singapore Cup, Feb. 22 at Kranji Racecourse.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

    Charles Town Cancels Feb. 18-19 Programs

    Due to winter weather, including temperatures and winds anticipated to produce a wind chill well into single digits and below, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 has been canceled.