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  • NJ Sports Betting Put on Hold by Court Order

    A temporary restraining order requested by professional sports leagues has put New Jersey's plans to allow sports betting on hold. The state had planned to begin taking wagers Oct. 26.

  • The Big Apple's Big Vote

    The outcome of this year's New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association could significantly change the priorities of the owners and trainers organization.

  • Hootenanny
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    Ward Sends Talented Duo to Juvenile Turf

    Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.

  • Lab: Delays Followed Suspicious Samples Spike

    Officials at a Lexington equine drug-testing laboratory blamed recent long delays in processing samples on a spike of nearly 100 times the number of usual suspicious results this year compared with 2013.

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    Midnight Lucky Out of F&M Sprint, Retired

    Dual grade I winner Midnight Lucky has been withdrawn from consideration for the DraftKings Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) following a six-furlong workout Oct. 24 and will be retired, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.

  • Dayatthespa won the First Lady on Oct 4.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-bfWpsvp">Order This Photo</a>

    Dayatthespa Silenced All Doubters

    The chestnut daughter of City Zip had been overlooked at a 2-year-olds in training sale for immaturity, offset knees, and a wider than typically accepted way of walking in front. She has since soared above all expectations

  • HRRN Plans 17 Hours of Breeders' Cup Coverage

    Horse Racing Radio Network, the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Ky., plans to to provide 17 hours of live Breeders' Cup coverage from Santa Anita Park beginning Wednesday, Oct. 29.

  • Gutsy Lankan Rupee Makes All in Manikato

    Lankan Rupee, Australia's newly minted Horse of the Year and champion sprinter, blasted from the starting gate at Moonee Valley Oct. 24 and held on for a narrow victory in the Aus$1 million Manikato Stakes (Aus-I).

  • Presque Isle Horsemen Payments Delayed

    Horsemen owed $2.2 million in purses and owner rewards and an unknown amount from claiming transactions from the Presque Isle Downs meeting completed Sept. 25 are awaiting checks and looking for answers.

  • Meadowlands

    Meadowlands Cancels Friday Card

    The Meadowlands Racetrack has canceled its six-race Thoroughbred program for Friday, Oct. 24. Heavy rains have plagued coastal New Jersey and New England the past couple days forcing the cancellation of the all-turf card.

  • Distorted Humor Tops WinStar Stallion Fees

    WinStar Farm announced 2015 stud fees for most of its 22-stallion roster, which is headed again by leading sire Distorted Humor at $100,000 stands and nurses, and includes a new fee for leading freshman sire Super Saver.

  • That's Who won the 2014 Jack Cole Stakes.

    Zia Park Hosts New Mexico Classic Cup Series

    A full field of 12 is set to go in the $180,000 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Classic Cup Championship, which headlines a rich 12-race card for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses Oct. 26 at Zia Park.

  • Bel's Starlet, 27, Dies at Our Mims

    Bel's Starlet, a multiple stakes winner who finished third in the 1993 Gamely Handicap (gr. IT), died Oct. 23 at the age of 27 at Our Mims Retirement Haven near Paris, Ky., where she had lived since 2007.

  • Teen Pauline won the 2014 Top Flight Handicap. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3100291660&k=W2xzSV8">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Pair Heads Turnback the Alarm

    Todd Pletcher appears to hold a strong hand in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 26 with the duo of Teen Pauline and Dame Dorothy, who are both riding three-racing winning streaks.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Fall Meet Begins Oct. 26

    Cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors signify the return of live horse racing to the Louisville area as Churchill Downs, the historic home of the Kentucky Derby, opens for its 125th fall meet Sunday, Oct. 26.

  • Love Me Only sold for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Ashford Execs Testify in Love Me Only Trial

    Executives of Coolmore Stud and its U.S. entity Ashford Stud were on the witness stand Oct. 23 during the fourth day of a trial over the disputed sale of the broodmare Love Me Only in 2011.

  • Gary Stevens won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic aboard Mucho Macho Man. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Classic/i-9h439ZJ">Order This Photo</a>

    Stevens Says He'll Ride in Breeders' Cup

    Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a 10-time Breeders Cup winner, will be riding in this year's event at Santa Anita Park, exactly 14 weeks to the day after undergoing total knee replacement surgery July 25.

  • Bill Mott has had a way with the ladies, including multiple Eclipse award winner Royal Delta.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2369617945&k=cwSrCsk">Order This Photo</a>

    Mott's BC Fillies are Close to His Heart

    Although the Hall of Fame trainer is closely associated with the legendary Cigar, he has always had that 'je ne sais quoi' with the fillies, including Breeders' Cup contenders Emollient and Close Hatches.

  • Delaware Park

    Handle Down at Challenged Delaware Park Meet

    Delaware Park officials reported a decline in pari-mutuel handle for the 2014 racing season that ended Oct. 22 but said they will continue to explore ways to strengthen the product in a gambling-congested Mid-Atlantic region.

  • That Handicapping Show: Hagyard Fayette S.

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. The duo discuss early speed versus tactical speed and examine Departing, Code West, Pick of the Litter, and Long River.

  • That Handicapping Show: Hagyard Fayette S.

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. The duo discuss early speed versus tactical speed and examine Departing, Code West, Pick of the Litter, and Long River.

  • BC Challenge a Lucrative Entry for Starters

    Now in its eighth year, the Breeders' Cup Challenge provides automatic bids to horses that win top stakes in the U.S. and throughout the world that correspond with one of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races.

  • Trainer Peter Miller

    Can Calculator Figure in BC Juvenile?

    Calculator lacks the high profile of several of his foes in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but he is an improving colt who is far better than his maiden status would have one believe.

  • F-T October Yearling Sale Recap Day 3

    Ian Tapp recaps the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale, including details on the day's top sellers, impressions from participants, and a rare white sales yearling.

  • Breeders' Cup Features 201 Pre-Entered Horses

    The Breeders' Cup unveiled its pre-entrants for the 31st World Championships the morning of Oct. 22 at Santa Anita Park, with 201 horses named for the 13-race festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

  • Hip 984, a filly by Tapit, brought $410,000 to top the October yearling sale.

    Tapit Filly Tops Record F-T October Sale

    Led by a $410,000 Tapit half sister to graded winner and sire Desert Party, the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale set records for gross, average, and median as pinhookers and end-users battled for choice prospects.

  • California's Golden Eagle Farm Set to Close

    Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, Calif., founded and owned by the late John and Betty Mabee, is scheduled to close Oct. 31 after 40 years of operation, according to Golden Eagle racing manager Janine McCullough.

  • Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou travels to Santa Anita for the Autumn Miss Stakes.

    Queen's Plate Winner Lexie Lou in Autumn Miss

    Southern California race fans will get a rare look at a Queen's Plate winner when Lexie Lou takes on a full field of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 25 on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Romansh faces 6 in the Bold Ruler.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2885677728&k=q7mPGx7">Order This Photo</a>

    Romansh Tries One Turn in Bold Ruler

    The $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 25 drew a classy, competitive field of seven, headed by proven graded stakes horses Romansh, River Rocks, and Salutos Amigos.

  • Declaration of War Moving to Ashford Stud

    Declaration of War, third on his only start on dirt in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will relocate to Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 22.