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.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Industry Press Releases, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Off Track Thoroughbreds
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.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man, whose first North American offspring are foals of 2016, will not shuttle to B. Wayne Hughes satellite facility in Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season, the farm announced July 3.
String King defended his victory in last year's $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf with another Turf win on the evening of July 2 at Evangeline Downs.
Jockey Trevor McCarthy, who was injured in a post-race spill July 2 at Laurel Park, took off his mounts Sunday and remains day-to-day with a sore right knee, agent Scott Silver said.
After a third-place run in the Plate Trial June 12, an extra furlong seemed to suit Sir Dudley Digges July 3 in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
A well-beaten third in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) last time out, Silverwave was much the best July 3 when he sprung a surprise the Prix du Saint-Cloud (Fr-I).
Benjamin Hutzel's homebred colt Passion for Action rallied from off the pace in a six-horse field to win the $173,777 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine for his third stakes win in four starts this year.
Live Oak Plantation's World Approval has been knocking on the door at the top level and broke through July 3 for his first grade I win in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.
Only in the United States for two weeks, the 23-year-old jockey from Arequipa, Peru, which is the same hometown as perennial leading Southern California jockey Rafael Bejarano, won in his first day of racing at Santa Anita Park July 2.
Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, worked a half-mile on the inner turf course at Belmont Park July 3, about a year since her last race at the New York track.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux, completed an impressive 2-year-old stakes double July 2 at Churchill Downs.
Total handle July 2 on Gulfstream Park's Summit of Speed program was $9.702 million, an increase of 18% from 2015 when Gulfstream first played host to the event.
Seajay Racing's Spelling Again turned back a late bid from Cali Star and won the Princess Rooney Handicap Presented by Hardacre Farm (gr. II) by a neck July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Dalmore continued his rapid improvement on the Southern California circuit July 2 with an upset of odds-on favorite Danzing Candy in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Smack Smack halted a seven-race winless streak coming from off the pace to edge pacesetter Shotgun Kowboy in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).
An aggressive early ride by Nik Juarez early paid off for Res Judicata controlled the pace early and drew off in the stretch for an upset win in the $100,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Monmouth Park.
Monster Racing Stables Delta Bluesman extended his streak of hitting the wire first and claimed his first stakes win July 2 in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Ingrid and Markus Jooste's The Conglomerate caused a 20-1 surprise when holding on to win the R4.25 million Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I) July 2 at Greyville.
Rallying toward the center of the course, Dimension scored an upset victory in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-II) July 2 at Woodbine.
Off the Tracks led all the way in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) July 2 at Belmont Park, turning back dual grade II winner Lewis Bay at the end to gamely earn her first grade I score.
King Glorious, a California-bred multiple grade I winner and successful sire, passed away at the age of 30 in Japan, Kate Hunter of Paca Paca Farms shared via Twitter July 2.
Rated R Superstar closed from the clouds and snuck wide down the lane, surprising 2-5 favorite Awesome Banner to win the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
- By Steve Haskin
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Undefeated Lady Eli is set to take yet another significant step in her recovery from laminitis with a workout scheduled for July 3 at Belmont Park.
Brody's Cause and Cherry Wine are back to work since finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Both breezed a half-mile July 2 at Churchill Downs.
North America's leading turf sire Kitten's Joy got his first European group I winner July 2 when Kentucky-bred Hawkbill edged favorite The Gurkha by a half length in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
Songbird worked five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's main track in 1:01 July 2 in preparation for her East Coast summer campaign.
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