The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium urges racing authorities to adopt the out-of-competition testing and multiple medication violation rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International Dec. 9 in Tucson, Ariz.
Juddmonte Farms, owner of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arrogate, announced Dec. 22 it has entered into an agreement to purchase Coolmore Stud's entry slot in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) Jan. 28.
Carded as the ninth and final race on Santa Anita's Dec. 26 opener, the $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) has attracted a wide open field of 11 3-year-olds, including Frank Conversation and Conquest Enforcer.
The son of Kitten's Joy has worked three times at Gulfstream in preparation for his 2017 debut, including a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.34 last weekend.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens expressed satisfaction with his contender's preparations thus far for a scheduled start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Breeders' Cup, Industry Press Releases, Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International
Powered by victories from Highland Reel (IRE) in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), Coolmore Stud has won the John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist will each receive the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing. This marks the fifth time that multiple Eclipse Awards of Merit have been presented in the same year.
Turkoman, the 1986 Eclipse champion older male, was euthanized due to infirmities of old age Dec. 21 at E.A. Ranches in Ramona, California. The pensioned son of Alydar was 34.
Finley'sluckycharm shipped the morning of Dec. 20 to California to attempt to prove she is the top 3-year-old sprinting filly in the nation in the Dec. 26 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Calling it a "last-minute gift to racing fans and bettors nationwide," Laurel Park will serve up a special live nine-race program on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
The visually impressive victory by California Chrome in the Winter Challenge Stakes Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course also proved to be just as strong on paper, with the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit earning the year's top Equibase Speed Figure.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced the launch of the Kentucky Initiative. Hallway Feeds, Hinkle Farms, the Keeneland Association, and Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services have joined as founding partners
Jockey J. D. Acosta won his 3,000th race in North America when he rode Norah B Stable’s homebred Bighearted Nana to victory in the third race at Charles Town.
Damascus, with an assist from companion Duffy, rolled to victory in the 1968 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Lightstream has made the trip west to take on the seven other fillies in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park and some new owners will be aboard for her run in the seven-furlong test.
Two starts after earning his long-awaited first graded stakes win, Holy Lute aims to cap off his 2016 campaign by duplicating that effort in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the downhill course at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
With rival and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Drefong declared out of the Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the odds are greatly in Mind Your Biscuits' favor in the 10-horse field entered for the seven-furlong test at Santa Anita Park.
That lump of coal that Pimlico Race Course fans received in their stockings came in the form of official word Dec. 20 that the home of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) would, in 2017, also be the home to only 11 additional days of live racing.
Jockey Bryce Alderson was reported to be in serious but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital Trauma Center in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 21 after being injured during the fourth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
The industry and regulators see a weakness in the current model rule on the administration of anabolic steroids but their actions will come too late to prevent racing's latest medication scandal.
Brereton Jones and Timothy Thornton's grade I winner Include Betty will look to close her 4-year-old year on a positive note Dec. 26 at Fairgrounds Race Course & Slots in the $50,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes.
Where Arrogate ends up flaunting his talents next is still up for serious discussion after the son of Unbridled's Song ripped through a solo seven-furlong move in 1:24 4/5 at Santa Anita Park Dec. 21 with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons.
Lexington plans to add staff to its 911 operation following a Dec. 18 barn fire at trainer Eric Reed's Mercury Equine Center training facility that claimed the lives of 23 Thoroughbreds.
Mickey and Karen Taylor were at Seattle Slew's side in his final years at Three Chimneys Farm, and paid gratitude to Dr. George Bagby, who invented the Bagby Basket and operated on Slew, giving him quality time late in life.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 5, will miss the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26 after spiking a temperature last week, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.
The industry will miss many from '16, including this trifecta: Ted Bates, Lucy Gay Bassett, and Monarchos
Charles Chu of Baoma Corporation, owner of TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Drefong, has donated $20,000 to Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farms.
King Glorious, Winter Challenge, Sugar Swirl, Rampart, Harlan's Holiday, Tamarac, South Beach, El Prado, Soviet Problem, Asahi Hai Futurity, Lukfook Jewellery Cup Handicap.
Breeders' Cup is calling for improved out-of-competition rules and protocols after a positive post-race drug test for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in Masochistic will result in a disqualification of his finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
And they're off, and it's Mattress Mac first out of the gate in the inaugural Pegasus Preliminary Probe, Pursuit, and Purchase.
Stonestreet Stable's homebred grade I winner Tara's Tango has been retired to the farm's broodmare band, bloodstock agent John Moynihan confirmed Dec. 20.
Fasig-Tipton Midlantic announced 229 entries for its winter mixed sale, representing a 37% spike over the number cataloged for the 2016 sale that was the first after a schedule change for the auction previously held in December.
TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runner-up Masochistic will be disqualified from that Nov. 5 finish at Santa Anita Park and placed last after failing a post-race drug test.
While a turf horse might have turned in some seemingly good efforts on dirt in the past, those races might deserve an asterisk if they were off-the-turf events.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course cancelled its Monday, Dec. 19 card because of winter weather while Parx Racing and Portland Meadows called off their Monday race cards because of poor track conditions.
James McIngavle, owner of one of the slots for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Stakes (gr. I), has purchased a three-time group I-winning Argentine-bred horse with hopes of running in the Jan. 28 race at Gulfstream Park.
Eric Reed keeps hoping at some point he will awaken to find that the events of early Dec. 18, in which 23 horses died during a fire at his training center, did not happen and that it was all a nightmare.
- By Frank Angst
While participation numbers in the H-2B Seasonal Worker Visa program faces an uncertain future, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is working with like-minded industries to get the message out about the need for such workers.
Prominent Thoroughbred owner Vincent Viola has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Army in the new Republican administration.
The 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race ceremony will be Jan. 24 in London.
Nasrullah and his son, Bold Ruler, dominated the sire list for nearly 20 years
California Chrome, the 5-year-old chestnut champion whose stellar season catapulted him to be North American racing's all-time leading earner, has been selected to receive the 2016 Secretariat Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award.
Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie was significantly upbeat after the last race of Cypress, Calif., racetrack's two-week meet.
Despite taking pressure from California Diamond nearly every step of the way in the mile stakes race for California-bred 2-year-olds, Ann Arbor Eddie pulled away late to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Owner Happy Alter reported the morning of Dec. 18 that Curlin's Approval emerged from her second-place finish in the Rampart Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park in good order and is expected to run her back during the championship meet.
Stallwalkin' Dude gained the lead in the final furlong and outkicked Green Gratto by two lengths to win the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes Dec. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Zulu returned to the races a winner in the $60,000 Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park Dec. 18.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region, Thoroughbred Racing
Turfway Park, Parx Racing, and Portland Meadows all cancelled their entire race cards Dec. 18 cards because of inclement weather.
California Chrome, the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp in.
Jacob Radosevich, younger brother of the late jockey Joshua Radosevich, accepted congratulations Dec. 17 after guiding Mobil Sky to victory in the $75,000 memorial race named for his sibling at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
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