It may not be the splashy return to racing that was expected from Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, but trainer Simon Callaghan is hoping a July 9 allowance race at Santa Anita Park will set the colt up for a big summer.
New testing thresholds take effect Sept. 1
Presque Isle Downs juvenile victor Jay Wow became the first winner for Darby Dan Farm sire Jersey Town July 6.
The Tattersalls July Sale registered a spectacular start with a record-breaking session that saw turnover better all previous sessions at the midsummer fixture, reaching 7,208,629 guineas ($9,764,088) for the 234 lots sold.
Effinex looks to rebound and reclaim his title July 9 in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, while Eagle aims to break through after two consecutive runner-up efforts in graded stakes.
Camelot Kitten will face some familiar rivals, as well as some international newcomers, when the Kitten's Joy colt tries to secure a third straight graded stakes score in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 9.
A total of 30 invites have gone out for the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I), centerpiece of the racing season at Monmouth Park, to be renewed for the 49th time July 31.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion filly Songbird will be pointed to the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 24 at Saratoga Race Course for her next start.
With an ongoing horse neglect case involving trainer Maria Borell and her father grabbing headlines, Carlo Vaccarezza hopes the return of his turf star Little Mike after a two-year hiatus sends a different message—that most racehorse owners care.
The Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) is without a clear-cut favorite, giving bettors many ways to go.
The Korea Racing Authority and Keeneland Association July 6 announced the inaugural Keeneland Korea Cup, which will offer a purse of 1 billion Korean won (approximately $855,000) at Seoul Racecourse.
Grade I winner The Pizza Man towers over his field in the Stars and Stripes, but only if he can regain his form of a year ago when he won the Arlington Million. He is winless in two starts this season.
Canada's Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse will face her toughest field since winning last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 9 at Belmont Park.
Swipe, a good third in a June 26 allowance race in his first start since mid-April, wheels back off 13 days' rest for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 9 at Belmont Park.
Private Zone, scratched from the June 10 True North Stakes (gr. II) in New York due to trainer Brian Lynch's positive drug test for marijuana, will get the chance to make his season debut in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
With an eye toward selecting dates that will help more members attend, the next Jockeys’ Guild Assembly will be conducted Dec. 11-13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Euro Charline, the first 3-year-old to capture the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares in 2014 at Arlington, has been retired from racing and will be entered in the Tattersalls December sale, owner Team Valor International said July 6.
Donegal Racing’s Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) winner Donegal Moon has been added to the Fasig-Tipton horses of racing age sale July 11 in Lexington.
Dealing with the Arthritic Horse
Kentucky Downs hopes to have about $4 million worth of facility renovations in place by the time the track opens for its five days of live racing beginning Sept. 3.
Lack of 3-year-old races force sophomores to hit the road
Remington Park will be following and enforcing a health policy to safeguard horses participating at Oklahoma racetracks in the wake of the lifting of the quarantine on the isolated case of equine herpesvirus at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
Suffolk Downs, which will host the first racing programs this year in Massachusetts, attracted 192 entries for 22 races scheduled for July 9-10 as part of its six-day 2016 race meet.
Trainer Wesley Ward is favoring the Prix Morny (Fr-I) in France for his star juvenile filly Lady Aurelia, one of the most impressive winners at Royal Ascot in June, and hopes to work her at Keeneland in the next 10 days.
Dark Nile and Browse, the one-two finishers in the local Our Mims Stakes in early June, are among nine 3-year-old fillies entered for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at Delaware Park.
Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before July 15 for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita.
For a second straight year Churchill Downs registered an increase in total pari-mutuel handle for its 38-day spring meet.
Revisit the Queen's Plate trip of Sir Dudley Digges.
With June's biggest race day seeing a significant decline in pari-mutuel handle, wagering on United States races for the month also declined compared with the same month in 2015.
Presentations and discussions about the successful Time to Ride campaign and benefits of microchipping highlighted the American Horse Council's annual meeting that wrapped up June 14 with the National Issues Forum.
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Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the Award of Merit recipients honored at state breeders' association awards ceremonies in June.
Leading Maryland jockey Trevor McCarthy returned to the saddle July 4 at Laurel Park two days after he was thrown from a horse in the gallop-out after a victory.
Though the numbers will vary depending on revenue generated by video lottery terminals, purse accounts at West Virginia racetracks will take another hit because of a legislature-mandated reduction to help support the fiscal 2016-17 budget.
Two sharp turf sprinters owned by Colts Neck Stables, along with The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat and recent grade III winner Pure Sensation, are among 10 horses entered in the $200,000 Parx Dash (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up July 9 at Parx Racing.
Loooch Racing Stables' Mo Dont No, sixth of 10 in his first start around two turns in the Ohio Derby in open company, wheeled back a week and two days later to easily capture the $75,000 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup July 4 at Thistledown.
The Racing Australia Board July 4 announced controversial new rules for the registration of Thoroughbred foals and their owners that bring them under the Australian Rules of Racing, despite an outcry from breeders.
Woodbine reported its July 3 Queen's Plate program produced pari-mutuel wagering records and the second-highest attendance in the 157-year history of the race.
Empyrean Stables' Zipessa broke through the graded ranks July 4 at Parx Racing, obtaining the lead early and maintaining it late in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Jockey Kieren Fallon, a six-time champion in Great Britain who career was often marred by controversy, has retired from race riding after battling deep depression for nearly three years.
Trainer Doug O'Neill continues to put the foundation under Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist for his first start since a third in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), although exactly where that race will be has not yet been revealed.
The 2016 spring meet featured a record Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) attendance and the second-largest total wagering and attendance in the 142-year history of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Heavy rain the morning of July 4 led Ellis Park to cancel its live racing program for the Monday holiday.
Steve Neff, who won multiple riding titles at River Downs and Latonia Race Course (now Turfway Park) in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio, area, died the week of June 26, said his friend and former riding colleague Clifton Schwing.
Trainers Arnaud Delacour and Graham Motion each entered two in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes, which will offer a look at many promising 3-year-old fillies should the 1 1/16-mile event remain on the turf July 6 at Delaware Park.
Seajay Racing's Spelling Again, winner of the July 2 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, could be headed to western Kentucky for the Aug. 8 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park.
Trainer Mac Robertson swept the two Minnesota-bred stakes July 3 at Canterbury Park, which reported record attendance and healthy pari-mutuel handle on a program that began in the late afternoon.
Classic winner Animal Kingdom will get a rest in Kentucky for the second half of 2016 rather than heading to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Gary Barber’s Lexie Lou set rapid fractions, was collared by two other mares at the top of the stretch, and fought back for a game victory in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
Charles Fipke's homebred Canadian classic winner Danish Dynaformer found success with some class relief in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man, in preparation for his next start July 9, worked a half-mile July 2 at Arlington International Racecourse.
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