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  • Nik Juarez and Valid in Maryland

    Juarez Buys Former Mount, Millionaire Valid

    Jockey Nik Juarez kept tabs on his former mount, multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Valid, who was sold to new connections in January. Then he purchased the horse and retired him to a farm in Maryland, where he arrived Aug. 22.

  • Jose Ortiz celebrates winning the Belmont Stakes aboard Tapwrit

    Tapwrit Favored on Travers Morning Line

    Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) winner Tapwrit was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite in the field of a dozen sophomores entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).

  • Astrology Colt Tops Minnesota Yearling Sale

    Paced by an Astrology colt, the Aug. 21 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association's auction of Minnesota-bred yearlings saw a decline in gross, average, and median prices when compared with the 2016 edition.

  • Enable wins the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

    Top Filly Enable Back for Yorkshire Oaks

    Juddmonte Farms' star homebred filly Enable, the dual Oaks winner and early favorite for this fall's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1), is the overwhelming pick in the Aug. 24 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) in the north of England.

  • Aerovelocity won the Centenary Sprint Cup in 2016

    Centenary Sprint Cup Upgraded to Group 1 Status

    Hong Kong's Centenary Sprint Cup has attained group 1 status ahead of the 2017/18 season and will carry a purse of HK$10 million, a HK$2 million increase that aligns its value with other group 1 events staged at Sha Tin Racecourse. 

  • Hip 62, a Too Much Bling filly that was co-sale topper at $100,000

    Too Much Bling Yearlings Top Texas Sale

    A colt and filly by perennial Texas leading sire Too Much Bling each brought final bids of $100,000 to share top billing at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's summer yearling and mixed sale that saw across-the-board gains for the yearling section.

  • Gun Runner wears the garland of flowers he earned in the Whitney Stakes

    Gun Runner Eclipses Arrogate in NTRA Poll

    Gun Runner took over first place for the first time in week 30 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top Thoroughbred Poll released Aug. 21. 

  • Equo to Support Thoroughbred Charities of America

    Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that it has formed a charitable partnership with Equo, a mobile app that connects horse owners with drivers in the United States and Canada. Equo will donate $1 to TCA per horse shipped.  

  • Barney Roy wins the 2017 St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot

    Churchill, Barney Roy Rematch Set for York

    York's premier meeting gets off to a slam-bang start Aug. 23 with an opening day that features a rematch between star 3-year-olds Barney Roy (GB) and Churchill (IRE) in the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1).

  • Portrade after winning the 2016 New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga

    Portrade Aims to Repeat in New York Turf Writers Cup

    One year after registering a front-end victory in the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (NSA-1), Portrade will try to defend that title when he faces an expected 11 other runners in the 2 3/8-mile steeplechase test Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Blackjackcat holds off Vyjack to win the Del Mar Mile Handicap

    Blackjackcat Makes the Grade in Del Mar Mile

    Al and Sandee Kirckwood's homebred Blackjackcat's has met every class challenge since the summer began and continued to improve Aug. 20 for his first graded win in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2T).

  • Can'thelpbelieving wins the Sky Classic under jockey Joe Bravo by 1 1/4 lengths

    Can'thelpbelieving Flies to Sky Classic Win

    Can'thelpbelieving (IRE) received a perfect trip Aug. 20 under jockey Joe Bravo behind dueling leaders Dragon Bay and Starship Jubilee, to power home and win the Sky Classic Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine for trainer Graham Motion.

  • Channel Maker (outside) nosed out Final Copy at the wire to win the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine

    Channel Maker Captures Breeders' Stakes

    Bill Mott's hot summer continued when his English Channel 3-year-old Channel Maker fought through the lane to deny a comeback bid by Final Copy and won the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 20.

  • Dak Attack and Robby Albarado make a move from mid-pack to win the Ellis Park Juvenile

    Dak Attack Victorious in Ellis Park Juvenile

    Albaugh Family Stable and Brereton Jones' Dak Attack took full advantage of a fast pace, coming from sixth to score his first stakes victory in the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile going seven furlongs Aug. 20 at the Kentucky track.

  • Teo Ah Khing during the Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in June

    China Horse Club Meeting Brings World to China

    Some 16,000 fans braved a morning downpour to watch four races that highlighted the China Horse Club's sixth annual Chinese Equine Cultural Festival Aug. 20 at Yiqi Racecourse in Ordos in the northern China region of Inner Mongolia.

  • Patrick Husbands guides Conquest Panthera (pink silks) to victory in the Play the King Stakes

    Conquest Panthera Takes Play the King

    Conquest Panthera, trained by Mark Casse, wore down pacesetter Dowse's Beach to capture the Play the King Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine Aug. 19, earning his first graded stakes score. The race was marred by the death of Calgary Cat.

  • Elate draws away to win the Alabama Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga Race Course

    Elate Dominates Alabama Stakes

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Elate ran down pacesetter It Tiz Well and drew off to a dominant victory in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Girvin (inside) works under Robby Albarado in company with Line Judge under trainer Joe Sharp

    Girvin, Cloud Computing Work at Saratoga

    Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) winner Girvin made his final work for the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) a swift one Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course, where he earned the bullet for five furlongs on the day.

  • Irap is pointing toward the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

    Stellar Wind, Irap Get to Work at Del Mar

    There will be plenty of quality on the track in the afternoon Aug. 19 at Del Mar, the biggest day of racing during the summer at the seaside racetrack every year, but the runners in the morning weren't too shabby, either.

  • The Del Mar paddock will be packed for the Pacific Classic Aug. 19

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Pacific Classic Day

    Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a pair of grade 1 races on Del Mar's biggest weekend, the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, and the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

  • Always Dreaming Confirmed for Travers

    Trainer Todd Pletcher saw three of his possible starters in the Travers Stakes (G1) breeze early the morning of Aug. 18, with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming going four furlongs in company with Outplay, and Tapwrit also working a half-mile.