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  • Trio of Colts Pace CTHS Ontario Sale

    A trio of colts shared  top billing at the Aug. 31 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Div.) 2017 Canadian Premier Yearling Sale, which saw its gross increase but suffered declines in both median and average compared to its 2016 exercise.

  • Sally Lundy at Pimlico Race Course in 1990

    Trainer Sally Lundy Passes at Age 63

    Longtime horsewoman, Sarah "Sally" Ann Lundy, the first woman to saddle a starter in the Belmont Stakes (G1), passed away Aug. 26 after a long battle with cancer. She turned 63 years old the day she died. 

  • First Samurai

    Just Be-Cause

    First Samurai, as is the case for most of the other sons of Giant's Causeway, is a bit different from his sire phenotypically in that he is imbued with a good deal more power in his make-up.

  • Songbird

    Looking back at Songbird's racing career.

  • Sporting Chance breaks his maiden July 22 at Saratoga Race Course

    Lukas Has Sporting Chance in Hopeful Stakes

    Sporting Chance will aim to give trainer D. Wayne Lukas his eighth win in the  $350,000 Hopeful Stakes when he breaks from post 6 in a field of eight for the 113th edition of test on the closing day of the Saratoga Race Course meeting. 

  • Harmonize gallops over the main track at Keeneland

    Harmonize Seeks Glens Falls Rebound

    Larkin Armstrong's Harmonize, bred by Jack Swain III, seeks to rebound off a fourth in the July 22 Diana Stakes (G1T) at the Spa in the Sept. 2 Glens Falls Stakes (G3T) at 1 3/8 miles. Swain is also represented by his grade 3-placed homebred Lottie.

  • Unified Retired to Lane's End

    The multiple graded stakes winner Unified, a precocious grade 1-placed son of Candy Ride trained by Jimmy Jerkens, will stand for $10,000 in 2018 at Lanes End.

  • Rick Porter called Songbird "the most popular horse that has been around in years"

    Champion Songbird Retired

    Two-time Eclipse Award champion Songbird has been retired from racing after recent X-rays revealed damage to her hind suspensories and a bone chip, owner Rick Porter announced Aug. 31.

  • Fans look out from a balcony at Churchill Downs during the 2017 Kentucky Derby

    Churchill Downs Adds European Path to Derby

    Churchill Downs is eager to stimulate added international interest in next year's Kentucky Derby through the creation of a path to gain a berth for horses based in Europe and the expansion of its current series for Japan's top dirt horses.

  • Tomy Lee in the winner's circle after taking the 1958 Del Mar Futurity

    Look Back: Tomy Lee Cruises to Del Mar Futurity Win

    In conjunction with Tom Hall's Throwback Thursday features in BloodHorse Daily, BloodHorse.com each Thursday will present corresponding race stories from the pages of the magazine. This week is a recap of the 1958 Del Mar Futurity won by *Tomy Lee.

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    California Takeout Increase Falls Short

    Since California lawmakers approved a takeout hike effective for the 2011 racing season, the price increase on horseplayers has failed to deliver projected purse increases and has been followed by reduced handle and race days.

  • An Abbreviated History of Absolute Insurer Rule

    Bob Heleringer, a Louisville, Ky., attorney and former racing official who has taught equine regulatory law at the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, looks at the legal history of Absolute Insurer rule.

  • Catholic Boy runs down Irish Territory to win the With Anticipation by a length

    Catholic Boy Prevails in With Anticipation

    In his second start, Robert LaPenta's Catholic Boy posted a 12-1 upset, rallying from midpack to take the $150,000 With Anticipation Stakes (G3T) for 2-year-olds by one length Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course. 

  • Zipessa will look for her second stakes win in the One Dreamer Stakes

    A Lucrative Wednesday in Kentucky

    The short Kentucky Downs all-turf meeting is scheduled to begin with a bang Sept. 6 with four stakes on the 10-race card at the unique Franklin, Ky. track.

  • Spectator wins the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar

    Spectator Has More to Prove in Del Mar Debutante

    For Spectator the bigger picture of her 2-year-old campaign, if everything goes right, will feature the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), but a most important step comes Sept. 2 in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (G1).

  • The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards honor the Thoroughbred industry's hard-working employees

    Godolphin Announces TIEA Finalists

    The finalists for five of the six prestigious Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Presented by Godolphin were announced Aug. 30. The winner of the sixth category, the Thoroughbred Industry Community Award, is Leslie Janecka.

  • Broodmare of the Year Leslie's Lady with her 2017 Medaglia d'Oro colt at Nancy and Fred Mitchell's Clarkland Farm near Lexington, Ky. July 3, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

    TOBA Announces Regional Owners of the Year

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Aug. 30 that Juddmonte Farms, John Oxley, Spendthrift Farm and Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence have been selected as the TOBA Regional Owners of the Year.

  • West Coast ridden by jockey Mike Smith lead wire to wire as he passes the clubhouse for the first time on the way to the win in the 148th running of The Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    The Week in Photos 8/29/2017

    Travers, Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Forego, H. Allen Jerkens, Ketel One Ballerina, Nunthorpe, Juddmonte International, Ballston Spa, Pat O'Brien, Lucien Barriere Grand Prix de Deauville, Torrey Pines, Philip H. Iselin, Ontario Colleen and more.

  • Hip 78, a daughter of Bodemeister out of the Jump Start mare North Freeway, set a Barretts record when she sold for $300,000

    Strong Cal-Breds Shine at Barretts Select Yearling Sale

    Three yearlings—all California-breds—sold for six figures each at the Barretts select yearling sale Aug. 29 at Del Mar. A daughter of Bodemeister brought $300,000, an Unusual Heat filly sold for $200,000, and Mucho Macho Man colt brought $120,000.

  • Donated hay being loaded onto a Brook Ledge van

    Emergency Response Groups Helping Horses in Texas Flood

    There are several equine-specific disaster relief funds that you can donate to that will support the efforts of emergency response groups and organizations that are helping horses impacted by the flooding.

  • Breaking & Training - Readying Runners

    With the yearling sales in full swing, buyers are looking for the outfits that can put the best mental and physical foundation under their purchases to transition them into talented runners.

  • Indiana Grand Adjusts End-of-Meet Schedule

    During its monthly meeting Aug. 25, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a request to alter the final week of racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

  • Racing at Turfway Park resumes Nov. 29 with upgrades to the stakes schedule and adjustments to Spiral Stakes Day

    Turfway Moves Spiral Day, Updates Stakes Schedule

    The Northern Kentucky track has moved the Spiral Stakes (G3) to March 17, seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). It is also bringing the Kentucky Cup Classic, last run in 2011, to the Spiral Stakes undercard.