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  • Texas Red edges Frosted in the 2015 Jim Dandy Stakes

    Texas Red Nears Return to Training

    Keith Desormeaux admitted Sept. 7 that 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is a long way away from a return to the starting gate, but the trainer expects the 4-year-old Afleet Alex colt to return to his barn at Santa Anita Park soon.

  • Dalmore after his Affirmed Stakes win

    Dalmore Ships East for Super Derby

    Up against a trio of older grade I winners in the Pacific Classic (gr. I), jockey Kent Desormeaux called Dalmore's fifth-place run in the 1 1/4-mile Del Mar summer feature a "learning experience."

  • Watchyourownbobber enters Saturday's test off a stakes win at Mountaineer.

    Watchyourownbobber to Try the More Than Ready

    Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.

  • Jockeys to Visit Local Children's Hospitals

    Jockey colonies across the country, in conjunction with racetracks, are planning visits to their local children's hospital during September, which is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

  • TRA Awards Scholarship

    Max Schneider will enter the freshman class at Vanderbilt University as the 2016 recipient of the 58th Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Scholarship for sports journalism, it was announced Wednesday by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA).

  • Three high-priced Pioneerof the Nile weanlings will be offered as yearlings at Keeneland September.

    Top Pinhook Prospects at Keeneland September

    Three colts sired by Pioneerof the Nile are among the top 10 pinhook prospects for the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale based on their respective purchase prices when they initially went through the sales ring as weanlings.

  • Trainer John Gosden

    Gosden: 'Staying Races Are So Important'

    British trainer John Gosden emphasized the importance of staying races during a Sept. 5 luncheon ahead of the Ladbrokes St. Leger (gr. I), the world's oldest classic run at an extended 1 3/4 miles, Sept. 10 at Doncaster.

  • A highlight of the meet was Innovative Idea's victory in the grade III Groupie Doll Stakes

    Ellis Park Reports Successful Meet

    Ellis Park, which closed its 30-day meet Sept. 5, reported a rise in all-sources handle and a slight drop in on-track wagering. Purses were up 25% due to an influx of funding from Kentucky Downs and historical race wagering.

  • Sweet Loretta (#1) and Pretty City Dancer (#6) dead heat in the 2016 Spinaway Stakes.

    The Week in Photos for 9/6/2016

    The Woodward, Spinaway, Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity, Prioress, Del Mar Derby, Bernard Baruch Handicap, John C. Mabee, Saranac, Smarty Jones, Sprint Cup and more.

  • Del Mar racing

    Handle, Purses Down Slightly at Del Mar

    Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, a sparkling parade of stakes races, and a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting-entertainment venue, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Sept. 5.

  • Champion Songbird won a pair of grade I stakes at Saratoga meet.

    NYRA Reports Steady Saratoga Meet Numbers

    The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.

  • Corey Lanerie was recognized at Ellis Park

    Asmussen, Lanerie Take Ellis Park Titles

    New Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, jockey Corey Lanerie and owner Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing came away as the 2016 Ellis Park meet champions.

  • Ring Weekend wins the Bernard Baruch Stakes. 
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    Ring Weekend Sets Course Record in Baruch

    St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' Ring Weekend prevailed in tight three-horse finish and set a turf course record in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 5, closing day at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Practical Joke wins the Hopeful Stakes. 
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    Practical Joke Takes the Hopeful

    Practical Joke rallied to win the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 5 at Saratoga. Classic Empire, the 8-5 favorite, wheeled soon after the start and tossed rider Irad Ortiz Jr.

  • Awesome Slew wins the Marty Jones Stakes.

    Awesome Slew Lives Up to Name in Smarty Jones

    After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).

  • Suffolk Downs

    New England HBPA Seeks Unity in Development

    The New England HBPA called for unity among owners and trainers, inviting members of rival Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to discuss plans for the development of a non-profit equine center.

  • Free Rose wins the Del Mar Derby

    Free Rose Holds Tough for Del Mar Derby Win

    Abbondanza Racing and Nathan McCauley's Free Rose roared to the lead on the far turn and held on for a narrow win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 4 as a the field threatened to engulf him.

  • Avenge wins the John C. Mabee Stakes

    Avenge Makes Grade in John C. Mabee

    Just behind a slow pace, Ramona Bass' Avenge struck the lead coming off the turn and bested Finest City in a close finish in the $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares Sept. 4 at Del Mar.

  • KY-Bred Red Verdon Aimed for St. Leger

    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.