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  • Sharp Azteca wins the Cigar Mile Handicap by 5 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Sharp Azteca Rolls to Cigar Mile Score

    Ivan Rodriguez's 4-year-old son of Freud landed his first top-level score for trainer Jorge Navarro with a 5 1/4-length victory over Mind Your Biscuits in the $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) Dec. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Indulgent wins the Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Indulgent Makes the Grade in Go For Wand

    Godolphin Racing's Indulgent notched her first graded stakes triumph Dec. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack as she battled for the early lead, drew clear in the stretch, and held on for a length victory in the Go for Wand Handicap (G3).

  • Santa Anita to Offer Unique Race Conditions

    Santa Anita Park has announced that it will be offering a couple of new and innovative race conditions in an effort to stimulate entries and boost pari-mutuel handle, effective opening day of its Winter/Spring Meeting Dec. 26. 

  • A half sister to Jack Hobbs topped the Dec. 1 session of the Tattersalls December foal sale

    Half Sister to Jack Hobbs Delivers at Tattersalls

    A Dubawi half sister to Jack Hobbs offered by Willie Carson's Minster Stud claimed top billing at the Dec. 1 session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale after John Gosden, acting on behalf of Godolphin, purchased her for 750,000gns.

  • AmWager Introduces ABC Wagering, New Features

    AmWager.com, the Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) platform of AmWest Entertainment, announced the introduction of new wagering tools for bettors, including one that focuses on multi-race bets, and a weather module

  • David Cohen is back in the saddle after multiple years on the sideline

    Jockey David Cohen Back After Three-Year Hiatus

    David Cohen, who was sixth in the nation in wins in 2009, returned to the saddle after a layoff of more than three years Nov. 30, riding for M & M Racing and trainer Robertino Diodoro in the fifth race at Fair Grounds Racing & Slots.

  • Bolt d'Oro Taking the Right Path

    I have stated on several occasions that I am a firm believer in starting a horse's 3-year-old campaign in a sprint to sharpen him up for the rigors of the Triple Crown trail.

  • The Delaware Handicap, won by Songbird this year, has been downgraded from grade 1 to grade 2 status for 2018

    AGSC Announces U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2018

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Dec. 1 presented its listing of U.S. graded and listed stakes races for 2018, the result of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 28 and 29 in Lexington.

  • LNJ Foxwoods Renews Sponsorship of TCA Seasons Auction

    The TCA Stallion Seasons Auction, which includes an online auction Jan. 3-5 and a live auction Jan. 7, is the organization's largest fundraiser. LNJ Foxwoods will be the event's top sponsor for its third consecutive year.

  • Cigar Mile Coverage Set for Fox Sports 2, MSG+

    Highlighted by coverage of the grade 1 Cigar Mile, presented by NYRA Bets, Aqueduct Live returns to the national airwaves on Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) with regional coverage in the New York area provided by MSG+.

  • Champion Sprinter Drefong Sold to Shadai

    Owners Susan and Charles Chu announced Nov. 30 that their champion sprinter by Gio Ponti has been sold to the Shadai Group and will stand at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido. Drefong won three grade 1 stakes and earned more than $1.5 million.

  • Catholic Boy training on the Del Mar main track ahead of the Breeders' Cup

    Catholic Boy to Try Dirt in Remsen

    Catholic Boy is still growing and developing, so without a big turf target late in the year, his connections are going to find out if he is a dirt horse in the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) Dec. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Gigantic Breeze at Presque Isle Downs Sept. 18

    Gigantic Breeze to Try Dirt in Claiming Crown Jewel

    Based on both class and recent form, Gigantic Breeze looks like a standout in the Claiming Crown Jewel Dec. 2 at Gulfstream Park, but the 4-year-old son of Giant's Causeway will face the challenge of starting on the dirt for the first time.

  • Lot 463, a Farhh colt, who topped the sale Nov. 29 when selling for 160,000 guineas

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale Brings Record Trade

    A record-breaking opening session of the Tattersalls December foal sale took place in Newmarket Nov. 29 and a son of Darley's Farhh (IRE) made the biggest impression on buyers when fetching 160,000 guineas (US$224,096) from Yeomanstown Stud.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    TAA Accredited Groups Show Diversity in Aftercare

    The 64 organizations accredited by the TAA are as diverse as the aftercare landscape itself. Many adopt out former runners for second careers, others are sanctuaries, and some are organizations that help both horses and humans.

  • Sharp Azteca training for the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar

    Sharp Azteca Seeks Elusive Grade 1 in Cigar Mile

    A three-time runner-up in grade 1 events, the elusive top-level prize will once again be on the table Dec. 2, when Sharp Azteca takes on Mind Your Biscuits and Practical Joke in the Cigar Mile Handicap Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).

  • CDI chief executive officer William Carstanjen

    In Nearly $1 Billion Deal, Churchill Sells Big Fish

    Just more than three years after purchasing Big Fish Games, Churchill Downs Inc. has opted to sell its mobile gaming subsidiary for nearly $1 billion and says it will focus its energy on Thoroughbred racing and casino gaming.

  • What's Going On Here: Owning Up

    Partnerships have been slighted in the way their accomplishments have been presented to voters. The slightest change in the name or line-up of partnership entities causes each to be listed separately from one another.

  • Jay Cash poses with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming Nov. 28 at WinStar Farm as part of a fundraiser for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Gets WinStar Boost

    WinStar Farm opened up the doors to its stallion barn and also showed off this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming as part of a benefit for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Nov. 28.

  • Seeking the Soul with John Velazquez wins the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Nov. 24, 2017 Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.

    The Week in Photos 11/28/2017

    Clark Handicap, Matriarch, Hollywood Derby, Japan Cup, Chevalier Cup Handicap, Mrs. Revere, Kentucky Jockey Club, Falls City Handicap, Golden Rod, Seabiscuit Handicap, Hollywood Turf Cup, Bessarabian, Kennedy Road and more.

  • Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance logo

    TAA Launches Third Annual Holiday Giving Campaign

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Nov. 28 the start of its annual holiday giving campaign. Supporters can send a heartwarming holiday e-card to family and friends with a donation to the TAA.