Midnight Storm has been rolling of late, with back-to-back scores in the Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) and Eddie Read (gr. IIT), but could face a challenge for his ideal spot at the front of the pack July 21 in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT).
With his 12-race losing streak broken, Canadian Horse of Year looks to build on recent stakes success.
After a parade of dangerous storms tore through town and put a damper on everyone's best laid plans last Saturday, the silver lining is a grade I doubleheader of the Alabama Stakes and a redrawn Fourstardave Handicap Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
Freud is the most successful stallion to have entered stud in New York and stayed there, but he cannot escape comparisons with his full brother Giant's Causeway.
Four Mongolian races Aug. 21 will showcase horses the club has purchased worldwide and promote Thoroughbred racing.
Multiple graded stakes winners Ashleyluvssugar, Flamboyant, and Finnegans Wake will take the logical step forward on the Del Mar turf schedule for a run in the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 20.
Multiple graded stakes-winning owner Conquest Stables has announced it will have a complete dispersal of racing and breeding stock at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale this fall. Lane's End will act as consignor for Conquest Stables.
The California Horse Racing Board in the near future will begin using biological markers designed to identify the effects of substances administered to racehorses.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Del Mar Handicap (gr. II) and Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
A month after Monique Snowden was found dead in King County, Wash., the local Sheriffs' Office for the first time gave an indication that the trainer's death was "likely a suicide."
Libby's Tail, a 2-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful who came from seventh to win first time out at Belmont Park going 5 1/2 furlongs July 2, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the redrawn Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 20.
If trainer Mark Casse has his way, there will be different winners of each of the three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, which concludes Aug. 21 with the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.
Arlington Million, Beverly D., Secretariat, Best Pal, American St. Leger, Pucker Up, Saratoga Special, Rancho Bernardo Handicap and more.
Three stakes winners all possessing an affinity for Woodbine, success at seven furlongs, and with multiple stakes wins so far this year will face off Aug. 20 in the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT).
A furlong from the wire the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) appeared to be anyone's race, but that's when Seventh Heaven unleashed a late run none of her 11 filly and mare rivals could match as she registered a 2 3/4-length victory.
The Maryland State Fair will offer trainer bonuses worth $20,000 for the seven-day Timonium meet that begins Aug. 26.
Jockey David Michael Lopez secured the 1,000th riding victory of his career Aug. 17 when he guided 1-9 favorite Baime to a front-running score in the eighth race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association president Tom Early reported that 96-year-old active trainer Joe Pennino of Covington, La., died Aug. 17.
On the Del Mar grass for the San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT), Mokat found her best footing and won impressively. On Aug. 20 she'll return to the turf for the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT).
King of Prussia Stable's Mo d'Amour, fourth in her last two starts in grade I company, heads a field of seven entered for the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies Aug. 20.
Phipps, Brennan got the ball rolling
Already a two-time graded winner going two turns, Tara's Tango added a sprint score to her résumé Aug. 17 in the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar.
It was races like the New Hampshire Sweepstakes that came to mind as I looked out over the beautiful Rockingham Park infield for the first and only time. Soon Rockingham will be gone, taking with it some of the great moments in racing history.
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Six challengers will attempt to remove champion Songbird from her undefeated throne in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
Live Oak Stud homebred Za Approval has been retired sound after a long and successful racing career that saw the 8-year-old gelding amass $1,394,666 in six years of racing.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, as part of "Maryland Pride" day at Laurel Park Aug. 20, will attempt to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at six furlongs on the grass for the seventh consecutive year.
The Ingrid and Markus Jooste-owned Legal Eagle was crowned Horse of the Year for the 2015-16 South African racing season Aug. 16 in Johannesburg at the country's annual Equus Awards ceremony.
Severe weather has forced racing cancellations, put horsemen in some dangerous situations, damaged property, and necessitated a lot of extra work.
Topped by three six-figure transactions, Arqana’s one-day v.2 yearling sale at Deauville Aug. 17 registered turnover of €3,481,000 ($3,933,300), a 14% gain from last year.
The New York Racing Association will cap paid attendance for Travers Stakes (gr. I) day at 50,000, and also said Aug. 17 that all reserved seats, dining, and hospitality are sold out for the Aug. 27 program at Saratoga Race Course.
West Virginia Racing Commission staff will explore, among other things, whether capital improvement money racetracks get from a video lottery terminal fund can be used to pay for accreditation through the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Mt. Brilliant Farm owner Greg Goodman announces Aug. 16 the retirement of 'founding' farm manager Jody Alexander.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
A yearling colt by City Zip was purchased by Robert Hess Jr. for $50,000 to top the Aug. 16 Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Inside Straight, who scored his first stakes win last out after several transformations, tops the oversubscribed field for the Aug. 20 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino in in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Jockey Club announced the election of Barbara Banke and J. Michael O’Farrell Jr. to its board of stewards, filling the expired positions of Stella F. Thayer and Peter S. Willmott.
The Chocolate Soldier
The head of the New York Racing Association tangled with a state financial oversight board member Aug. 16 in a seemingly annual dispute over how the racing corporation reports on its financial performance.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Off Track Thoroughbreds
HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, one of the prominent leaders in equine sport, will be the keynote speaker at the 50th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities.
Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget's outstanding season looks likely to have spawned several new relationships, judging by the action during a lively Part II of the Arqana August yearling sale Aug. 16 in Deauville.
Son of Tiznow will stand for $1,000 introductory stud fee.
A top-flight field of 13, led by group I winners Postponed, Highland Reel, and Hawkbill, has been entered for the $1.25 million Juddmonte International (Eng-I) Aug. 17, opening day of the prestigious Ebor Festival at York.
A showdown between Scat Daddy's star juveniles Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 21 at Deauville will likely not take place as Caravaggio is being aimed instead toward a race in September, Racing Post reports.
When Stuart Morris and his clients were deciding on venues for their yearlings being offered for sale, they chose the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August sale for a son of Flatter, bypassing the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale
Woodbine Entertainment Group and partners plan to launch a new initiative that will challenge Canadian start-ups, entrepreneurs, developers, and students to use technology to help bring horse racing to the next level.
The Jockey Club announced that transcripts, a video replay, and PowerPoint presentations from the 64th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing are available at jockeyclub.com.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked a half-mile in :47 Aug. 16 at Del Mar, prepping to defend her title in the Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
A new approach to handicapping horse racing from sports data company STATS aims to help handicappers uncover their own overlooked gems.
Martin Schwartz specializes in importing turf fillies from Europe who in turn specialize at winning Arlington's top race for distaffers on Arlington Million day
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