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  • Alert Bay will look to repeat his winning performance in the San Francisco Mile

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Turf Mile Saturday

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more.

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    NTRA Staying Busy in Washington

    While the Triple Crown races are approaching beginning with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the NTRA continues a busy stretch in Washington putting the industry's message forward on immigration and tax issues.

  • Thunder Snow is led to the winner's enclosure after 
a head victory in the UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow Confirmed for Kentucky Derby

    Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29.

  • Horses train at Keeneland, where the spring meet concluded April 28

    Keeneland Handle, Attendance Similar to Last Year

    Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 spring meet April 28 as exceptional racing, enhanced food and hospitality offerings, one-of-a-kind special events, and warm, sunny weather yielded robust attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.

  • Seattle Slew's Kentucky Derby victory story from the pages of BloodHorse magazine is one of the features on the new channel

    BloodHorse.com Launches BackTrack Channel

    Before this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), BloodHorse.com readers will have a chance to relive some of the most memorable editions of the Louisville classic at its new "BackTrack" channel that focuses on racing history.

  • Churchill Downs Emphasizes Racing Safety, Integrity

    Churchill Downs on April 28 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.

  • Cunco Defeats Five-Horse Field in Classic Trial

    With little more than a month before the June 3 Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom, Sandown Park Racecourse staged its first flat group races April 28. Heading the card was the group 3 bet365 Classic Trial for 3-year-olds going about 1 1/4 miles. 

  • Vexatious works six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 at Churchill for the Kentucky Oaks

    Vexatious Stands Out in Oaks Move

    One Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) filly working out April 28 stood out for her attire—if nothing else—during Churchill Downs' special training time reserved for horses in its two biggest races.

  • Abel Tasman works seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 April 28 at Santa Anita

    Abel Tasman Gears Up for Kentucky Oaks Run

    Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park.

  • Practical Joke breezes under Joel Rosario April 28 at Churchill Downs

    Blinkers Likely for Practical Joke in Kentucky Derby

    After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Gunnevera works a relaxed pace ahead of the Derby at Churchill

    Sano Star Gunnevera Goes Easy Five Furlongs

    Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.

  • Billy Koch of Solana Beach Sales

    Creative Cause Filly's Sale Emotional for Koch

    After scoring a big pinhooking profit during the April 28 final session of Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, Billy Koch became emotional when discussing the effort required to get a horse to that point.

  • Unbridled

    Unbridled Unleashed

    One might wonder why the Unbridled sire line has seemed to be spectacular in spurts. Part of the reason could be phenotypical.

  • Joe Wilson, president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations

    Wilson, of TRA, Named to American Horse Council Board

    Joe Wilson, current President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) of North America has been elected to the AHC's Board of Trustees. He replaces outgoing TRA President and AHC Board Member Scott Wells.

  • Deputed Testamony

    Deputed Testamony to Maryland-Bred Hall of Fame

    The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). 

  • Union Rags colt sold for $1 million

    Union Rags Colt Hits for New Partnership Group

    A new pinhooking partnership group made a big hit at the April 27 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale, where a Union Rags colt was sold for $1 million, a tie for the second-highest price of the sale.

  • More Than Ready filly sold for $1 millon

    More Than Ready Filly Led OBS Sale Briefly

    For a brief moment April 27, a dark bay or brown daughter of More Than Ready (Hip 778) was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale-topper when sold for $1 million, only to be eclipsed by the record-priced Tiznow colt (Hip 793) sold for $2.45 million.

  • Classic Empire gallops April 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Derby, Oaks Notes from Churchill Downs, April 27

    Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. 

  • HIp 793, a colt by Tiznow, brought $2.45 million

    Tiznow Colt Brings $2.45 Million at OBS

    A Tiznow colt out of the Distorted Humor mare Moonbow lit up the board during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale when he sold to Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for $2.45 million April 27.