Saratoga Race Course is set to open its summer meet July 22 and will feature 69 stakes worth a record $18.725 million, anchored by the $1.25 million Whitney (gr. I) Aug. 6 and the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27, during the 40-day stand.
Two challengers are confirmed, but a few more 3-year-old fillies are expected to line up against champion Songbird in the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park will host automatic qualifying races for this year's Claiming Crown, which is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Long-time industry and publishing executive Charles E. Hayward July 18 announced the formation of Hayward Advisory Services LLC to assist racing companies grow their business through a strategic planning process.
The most lucrative North American race meet of the year thus far in terms of overnight purses begins July 22 with the opening of Saratoga Race Course.
Claiborne Farm’s 6-year-old War Front gelding Departing moved closer to the $2 million mark in career earnings when he captured the $102,800 Michael Schaefer Memorial Stakes July 16 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Officials at Del Mar reported increases in attendance and pari-mutuel handle for the California track's opening three-day weekend.
There's something about the Del Mar turf course that brings out the best in A Venneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm.
Belmont Park's spring/summer meet wrapped up July 17, with jockey Jose Ortiz winning his third straight individual title on the New York Racing Association circuit and trainer Chad Brown earning his first at the 54-day meet.
- By Steve Haskin
I am posting one of my favorite Hangin' With Haskin blogs to introduce the upcoming "15 favorites" blog, which will be posted on or about Aug. 1.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino established pari-mutuel handle and attendance records July 16, when it offered a 10-race program featuring the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II).
Longshot Midnight Miley made quick work of eight overmatched opponents in the Ontario Matron (Can-III) as she romped gate-to-wire to a open-lengths win July 17 at Woodbine.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird both were put through workouts July 17 at Del Mar in preparation for top-level East Coast starts this summer.
Live Oak Plantation's stakes-placed Awesome Slew, who is based at Monmouth Park this summer, is being aimed for the Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Dr. Naveed Chowhan finally acquired the filly Brooklynsway in November 2015, and she has rewarded him and trainer Bernie Flint with a solid 2016 campaign.
Gulfstream Park has named Pete Aiello track announcer for its upcoming Championship Meet.
Although Art Sherman was considering running California Chrome in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar this summer without Lasix, the trainer said July 17 he'll likely use it as a precaution.
Three-time champion mare Beholder went through a business-like workout July 17 at Del Mar, where she covered seven furlongs in company in 1:27 under gray skies with regular rider Gary Stevens at the controls and trainer Richard Mandella looking on.
Cupid, whose last win came in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) in March, rebounded from two disappointing efforts to gut out a victory in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino the evening of July 16.
She's Not Here defended her title in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) July 16, the first graded stakes at Del Mar's summer meeting.
Grade I winner Gemologist was represented by his first winner July 16, when first-time starter Morganite captured the eighth race at Del Mar.
Mary and Gary West’s Family Tree picked up her second consecutive graded stakes victory July 16 with a handy score in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
WinStar Farm homebred American Patriot overhauled pacesetter He'll Pay in the stretch and edged away to win the $200,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 16 at Delaware Park.
Freshman sire Dialed In gained his first black-type winner when Ruffenuff set the pace and won the $50,000 Princess Margaret Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths in her debut July 16 at Northlands Park.
I'm a Chatterbox waltzed to victory on the track and then survived an objection to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 16 at Delaware Park.
Following the recent win of their The Conglomerate in the Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I), trainer Joey Ramsden and owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste teamed up July 16 to win another Kwa-Zulu group I feature, the Mercury Sprint, with Red Ray.
Seventh Heaven came back from a drubbing in the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) last time out and defeated Oaks runner-up Architecture in the Irish equivalent July 17 at the Curragh.
Yearling sales have long been integral elements of the Thoroughbred industry, and over its 100 years of relating the business and pleasure of racing and breeding, The Blood-Horse’s coverage of these sales grew exponentially as the times changed.
If there were any lingering doubts about California Chrome's condition in preparation for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) after some less than sparkling recent workouts at Los Alamitos, he put those concerns away in a July 16 breeze at Del Mar.
Del Mar's opening day July 15, on a Friday for the first time since the 1970s, saw an increase in attendance and all-sources handle, but a decrease in on-track handle.
Peter Miller hasn't had Monster Bea for long, but he's already reaped the rewards.
The $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) headlines a stakes schedule worth $550,000 for the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos meet.
There are 1,043 yearlings cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale Aug. 23-25. The catalog is now available via the OBS website.
In his first serious try at Del Mar, trainer Chris Hartman knows he's going to be a target in the hypercompetitive claiming game at the seaside racetrack, but he's ready for a fight.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association July 15 said it continues to work on restoring payments for breeder and stallion awards after corrective language failed to win approval before the state General Assembly adjourned.
Parx Racing has added a $150,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile Sept. 3 designed to serve as a Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) prep for Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia.
Coming off a wire-to-wire romp at Churchill Downs, Gun Runner will head to Monmouth Park for rematch with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
A rules committee for horse racing's umbrella group of regulators, the Association of Racing Commissioners, failed to advance an industry-supported recommendation on expanded out-of-competition testing at its meeting July 14 in Seattle.
Grade I-winning freshman sire stood at Three Chimneys Farm, the longtime home of his sire, Dynaformer.
David Bienstock and Chuck Winner's Flamboyant just started to hit his stride early in 2016, when he shipped overseas for the Dubai Turf (UAE-I) in March.
Regulatory body altered verbiage to move into line with court ruling, but issue currently only concerns Quarter Horse racing.
Flipcup looks to continue her winning ways July 17 at Woodbine Racetrack in the $150,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (CAN-III), the second start of her 5-year-old campaign.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) at Delaware Park featuring I'm a Chatterbox, Mei Ling, Paid Up Subscriber, and Penwith.
Horseplayers will determine the success or failure of racing, regulators were told during a two-day training program held recently at Emerald Downs and the Seattle Thompson Hotel in Washington.
Lael Stables' Divining Rod, a grade III winner who has been away from the races since last August, worked five furlongs at Fair Hill Training Center July 14 in preparation for his 4-year-old debut.
The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show to benefit the Foxie G Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue will take place July 17 in the infield at Pimlico Race Course.
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After winning the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by 14 1/4 lengths, Frosted finds himself as co-second-highest rated horse in the world and is the biggest mover in the fifth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Canterbury Park's July 16 program will feature the Battle of the Surfaces, which features a dirt race and a turf race run simultaneously with a common pool.
Majority owners Perry and Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions announced that California Chrome will run to benefit cancer research, as a portion of his earnings through the remainder of his racing career will be committed to the charity.
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