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  • America's Native Spirit: Bourbon Birthplace

    Kentucky has a reputation for its share of notable contributions to American culture. Topping that list are Thoroughbreds and bourbon. More at www.AmericasBestRacing.net.

  • Trainers of Thoroughbreds in New York will be required to maintain a minimum of four continuing education hours per year

    NY to Require Trainer Continuing Education

    Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers will now be required to fulfill at least four hours annually of continuing education coursework in order to retain their racing licenses with New York state.

  • Kent Desormeaux with trainer Gary Stute.

    Desormeaux Questions Photo Finish System

    Jockey Kent Desormeaux said he doesn't trust the validity of photo finish systems used to determine the placings in close finishes and said the industry should move to an updated system.

  • Mastery wins the Grade I 2016 Los Alamitos Cashcall Futurity

    The Week in Photos for 12/13/2016

    Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, Starlet, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Remington Springboard Mile, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Vase, Hong Kong Cup, Maryland Juvenile Filly Champ & Futurity, Louisiana Champion Day races and more.

  • Hall of Famer Ramon Dominguez would like to see more transparency in U.S. racing.

    Jockeys Call for Transparency in U.S. Racing

    After listening to a talk about the importance of letting investigators know when inside information may be involved with a horse, several jockeys questioned the level of transparency in U.S. racing.

  • Vega celebrates his 1,000th win

    Richard Vega Gets 1,000th Win

    Trainer Richard Vega notched his 1,000th career victory Dec. 11 when Masio hit the wire first in the seventh race at Parx Racing. 

  • Carl Mattacola

    Guild Aims for Uniform Medical Oversight

    The Jockeys' Guild is reaching out to medical professionals at tracks throughout the country to try to improve on-track care of riders, with particular attention paid to concussions and head injuries.

  • Charismatic at Old Friends on Dec. 12, 2016, near Georgetown, Ky.

    Charismatic Settles Into Old Friends

    As 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic adjusts to his new life at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., the farm's founder Michael Blowen is already planning the next group of arrivals from Japan.

  • Fair Grounds Creates Racing Club

    Following the success of the Churchill Downs Racing Club, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has created the Fair Grounds Racing Club, which will offer 200 people a chance to experience the thrills of Thoroughbred racing as an owner.

  • A.P. Indy, after his victory in the 1991 Hollywood Futurity

    Futurity, Starlet Likely to Remain at Los Al

    Running a pair of historically relevant and pricey late-season grade I races is not in the best business interest of Los Alamitos Race Course. Two weeks of racing in December is not enough to support two grade I races and their purses.

  • Ed Martin

    ARCI Advances Multiple Violator Rule Changes

    The head of the ARCI believes recommended changes to the multiple medication violator provision of the National Uniform Medication Program will help states that have not adopted the provision put it in place.

  • California Chrome

    Nominations in for Winter Challenge at Los Al

    A group of 32 horses, ranging from a trio grade III winners to an 0-for-12 maiden, have been nominated to possibly take on California Chrome in the $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Go Maggie Go

    Romans Fillies to Skip Rampart

    Graded stakes-winning fillies Birdatthewire and Go Maggie Go, both nominated to Saturday's $100,000 Rampart (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, will skip the one-mile race and aim for a later start during the Championship Meet, trainer Dale Romans said.

  • Maurice, Ryan Moore up, wins the Longines Hong Kong Cup

    Maurice Rolls to Victory in Hong Kong Cup

    Japanese superstar Maurice (JPN) rolled to a dramatic, stretch-running victory Dec. 11 in the Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), capping a day that saw Japan and Hong Kong sweep the honors on the Sha Tin Racecourse turf.

  • Mobile Bay Turns Tables in LA Classic

    Mobile Bay, second to The Pickett Factor in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes one year ago, turned the tables on that rival and four others in the 1 1/8-mile race for state breds Dec. 10.

  • Mastery comes home strong in the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity

    Mastery Passes Two-Turn Test in Futurity

    Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).

  • Stakes and Chops

    There have been many, myself included, who were shocked by the Graded Stakes committee's decision to downgrade two of the most historic Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, from grade I to grade II.

  • Bode's Dream remains undefeated under John Velazquez

    Bode's Dream Perfect in House Party

    Bode's Dream registered a comfortable front-running victory in the $75,000 House Party Stakes, scoring by 2 3/4 lengths in the first of six $75,000 stakes on the Dec. 10 Juvenile Showcase card at Gulfstream Park.

  • California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.67 on Dec. 10

    California Chrome Logs Final 'Challenge' Work

    The first quarter went in :24.95 and the half in :48.90. With a quick tap from regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney at the eighth pole, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit finished up the five furlongs in 1:00.67.

  • Pure Sensation jogging at Sha Tin Dec. 10

    Pure Sensation a Non-Runner for HK Sprint

    Pure Sensation, the only American entry in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races, returned to the Sha Tin all-weather track for a light jog Dec. 10 but was declared a non-runner for Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).

  • Gulfstream Park's P.J. Campo

    Juveniles Showcased at Gulfstream Saturday

    The multitudes who follow Gulfstream Park's stakes races for newly turned 3-year-olds come January will get some previews Dec. 10, when the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track holds a juvenile showcase with all 11 races for 2-year-olds.

  • Big Brown will stand the 2017 season for $7,500

    Dutchess Views Lowers Fee for Big Brown

    Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, New York has announced the 2017 fees for its roster of stallions, which includes two of this year's leading New York sires, Big Brown and Bellamy Road.

  • New York Calls Off Belmont Development

    Four years after the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began floating ideas for re-developing a large, unused parcel at Belmont Park, state officials Dec. 9 called off a long-stalled bidding process for the site.

  • Firing Line at Churchill Downs

    Firing Line to Crestwood

    Firing Line, who won the 2015 Sunland Derby (gr. III) by 14 1/4 lengths and was runner-up to American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will enter stud at Crestwood Farm near Lexington in 2017.

  • Equestrian Group Earns International Award

    The International Federation of Equestrian Sports (FEI) has been declared International Sports Federation of the Year at the International Sports Awards 2016.

  • Pure Sensation arrives in Hong Kong on November 30, 2016

    Pure Sensation Questionable for HK Sprint

    Pure Sensation, the only American entry in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races, is a questionable starter due to problems with both his left hind leg and left fore foot, local stewards said Dec. 9.