Trainer Jimmy Jerkens reported that Shaman Ghost was in good shape the morning after his head victory over Mubtaahij and Frosted in the Sept. 3 Woodward (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Ed Dunlop is hoping the extended 1 3/4 miles of the Ladbrokes St Leger (Eng-I) will play to the strengths of Red Verdon Sept. 10 at Doncaster in the world's oldest classic, for which Idaho is the early favorite.
Stall Mulligan's Iquitos kicked away from last to win the Longines Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I), Germany's top race, soundly defeating good filly Nightflower amidst a downpour.
Grade I winner First Defence, sire of multiple grade I winner and champion Close Hatches, will stand at Haif Stud alongside United States.
A field of 10 talented runners will line up for the final stakes of the 2016 Saratoga Race Course meet in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Sept. 5 Closing Day program.
Three potential stars head the field in Monday's 69th Futurity: Klimt, Chasing Aces, and Straight Fire.
Union Strike became freshman sire Union Rags' first graded stakes winner at the highest level in the Sept. 3 Debutante Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar. American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, was second. The final time was 1:23.22.
Successful Native gave a star performance Sept. 3, opening day at Kentucky Downs, powering gate to wire to take the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes.
Three Rules and Cajun Delta Dawn scored for a second time in their respective divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds Sept. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Stronach Stables' Ontario-bred Shaman Ghost, the 2015 Queen's Plate winner, dove to victory in a four-horse photo Sept. 3 and nosed out Mubtaahij to steal the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
A battle between two daughters of Tapit that unfolded midstretch in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) resulted in a dead heat between Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta. The final time was 1:24.18.
Cathryn Sophia went off favored at 1-9 in a field of six for the Princess of Sylmar, and turned in a text-book run, with jockey Paco Lopez perched motionless in the saddle en route to a 6 1/2-length victory.
Homebred Inspector Lynley benefitted from a perfectly timed ride from Joel Rosario and edged out favored Camelot Kitten for an upset in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
In what has to be a first in North American racing, two different 92-year-old trainers--Don Munger and Arturo Arboleda--won races the evening of Sept. 2 at Emerald Downs.
Three-year-old sprint filly Quiet Reflection took on older males Sept. 3 and rolled to her second group I victory of the year in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Graded stakes system takes cue from Europe's pattern program
Trainer Art Sherman sent California Chrome back out to breeze at Los Alamitos for the first time since his impressive Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) victory, and the 2014 Horse of the Year turned in a steady work Sept. 3.
An Irish-bred filly by Sea The Stars was the best seller at the BBAG premier yearling sale Sept. 2 in Germany, bringing €500,000 ($559,900) from South Africa's leading owner, Mayfair Speculators, along with Peter and Ross Doyle.
Laurel Park's Sept. 10 Turf Festival, highlighted by five grass stakes worth $500,000, attracted more than 200 nominations, Maryland Jockey Club officials said.
Dylan Mouth will likely start as the favorite in the $270,271 Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) Sept. 4 at Baden-Baden but he will be up against a pair of capable fillies in Serienholde and Nightflower among a competitive field of 11.
Thoroughbred owner Jerry Jamgotchian, who is suing the Indiana Horse Racing Commission over so-called "jail-time" claiming rules, has received a waiver of the rule from Pennsylvania for a horse he recently claimed there.
What is being called the first international horseracing convention and trade show has been scheduled for August 2017 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., event organizers announced Sept. 2.
Saying the stewards' decision was a judgment call not subject to appeal, the New York State Gaming Commission will not consider an appeal of their choice to take no action against Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker will introduce legislation that would restore delayed breeder and stallion awards payments and also alter some of the parameters of the Thoroughbred breeding program.
Keane Stud has acquired controlling ownership of second-crop sire Dublin; The Lumber Guy sold to stand in Chile.
Taking a journey into prognostication, we've hypothesized what might happen were mares by Galileo to meet up in the breeding shed with Tapit or his sons.
Finalists for the inaugural Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards presented by Godolphin were announced Sept. 2. The TIEA ceremony will be held Oct. 7 on the opening day of Keeneland’s fall meet.
Fillies by Silent Name and Justin Phillip shared top price of CAN$95,000 ($72,485) during the Sept. 1 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario Division Canadian preferred yearling sale.
Undefeated Sobradora Inc announced her arrival in the U.S Aug. 7 at Del Mar, where she took the Osunitas Stakes, but will take a significant step up against an accomplished group of turf runners Sept. 4 in the $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT).
J. Keeler Jonson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Gary Barber's Monster Bea and Abbondanza Racing's Free Rose, who won the first two legs of the Del Mar turf series for 3-year-olds, will have a rubber match of sorts Sept. 4 in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT).
Trainer Kiaran will send out Kareena, Takrees, and Coniah to face an expected seven other 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II).
Sanford Stakes (gr. III) winner Bitumen and New York-bred Runaway Lute appear to be the top colts in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The traditional curtain closer on the meet has a field of seven.
While Labor Day weekend has something of an anti-climactic feel in the wake of a history-making Travers Stakes (gr. I), there are still 35 races to be run at the "September place to be" over the last three days.
Travers, Longines Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Priority One Jets Forego, Ballerina, Ketel One King's Bishop, Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa, Pat O'Brien, Anticipation, Torrey Pines and more.
Owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed a civil case in U.S. District court that argues an Indiana rule that requires horses claimed in the state to wait at least 60 days before racing outside Indiana is invalid under federal law.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms welcomed a new horse in Ide Aug. 29 and, according to farm founder Michael Blowen, he's a head-turner.
Dr. Patricia Hogan will be honored with the first-ever New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association "EquiStar Award" for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of New York's retired racehorses.
Kirk Wycoff of Three Diamonds Farm Aug. 29 filed an appeal to the New York State Gaming Commission regarding the decision of the stewards to take no action against longshot Inordinate in the Aug. 27 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT).
With six wins in the nine graded turf stakes on the flat at the Saratoga Race Course meet, trainer Chad Brown looks poised to add to that tally as he sends out three solid contenders in the seven-horse field entered in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.
Champagne Room broke her maiden in the grade II Sorrento by 1 1/4 lengths and now heads a field of the most impressive fillies from Del Mar's loaded 2-year-old summer slate in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
Frosted emerged from his Aug. 6 Whitney (gr. I) victory in fine fettle at Saratoga Race Course, and returns Sept. 3 to take on eight rivals in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
After rolling to victories in her first two starts, Sweet Loretta will try for a top-level score in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
After overwhelming rivals in his first three starts, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules will try to make it four straight wins when the juvenile son of Gone Astray returns in the Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Sept. 3 at Gulfstream.
The son of legendary Kentucky farm manager Charles A. Kenney was an accomplished Thoroughbred and Standardbred veterinarian.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird, now settled back in at her home base in Southern California following a pair of grade I wins at Saratoga Race Course, put in her first workout Aug. 31 in preparation for the $1 million Cotillion (gr. I).
Kentucky Downs will begin its lucrative five-day, all-turf meet Sept. 3 with four stakes—two of them for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs—worth a total of $1.4 million. The 10-race card saw 136 horses make the overnight.
Multiple graded stakes-placed Swipe has been retired from racing and is entered in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale as a stallion prospect, Keith Desormeaux's assistant trainer Julie Clark reported Aug. 31.
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