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  • Horsemen at Los Alamitos Donate to San Luis Rey Victims

    The Quarter Horse Benevolent Charitable Foundation and Los Alamitos Race Course owner and CEO Dr. Edward Allred each donated $25,000, and F. Jack Liebau, vice president of the Los Alamitos Racing Association, donated $10,000 to relief efforts.

  • Trainer Martine Bellocq and her husband Pierre Bellocq Jr. had six horses at San Luis Rey

    Trainer Martine Bellocq in Critical Condition

    Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego for burns she received while trying to rescue her horses during the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in Bonsal, Calif., Dec. 8.

  • Horses from the barns of trainers Doug O'Neill and Sal Gonzalez jog around the Del Mar main track Dec. 10

    San Luis Rey Horsemen Begin to Recover From Fire

    If there was any indication healing from the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 was beginning, it was the return of humor Dec. 10 at Del Mar, where the majority of evacuated horses and horsemen have been relocated.

  • Marsha was the third filly to sell for more than $8 million in 2017 when she sold Dec. 5 at Tattersalls December

    Oppenheim: Big Gains at Goffs and Tattersalls

    Clearly the market in Europe, as in America, is up, as demonstrated by the sale of three top fillies for $8 million or more: Songbird ($9.5 million) and Tepin ($8 million) at the Fasig-Tipton November sale; and Marsha, who sold 6 million guineas.

  • Lucky Lilac after her score in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin Dec. 10

    Lucky Lilac Takes Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

    Lucky Lilac (JPN) circled the leaders into the stretch run in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) Dec. 10, grabbed the lead and held off Lily Noble (JPN) by three-quarters of a length, giving her sire, Orfevre (JPN), his first grade 1 winner.

  • Gun Runner at Fair Grounds

    Gun Runner Logs Second Pegasus Work

    Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner had his second timed work Dec. 10 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in preparation for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Highland Reel wins the Hong Kong Vase, the seventh top-level win of his racing career

    Highland Reel Goes Out a Winner in Hong Kong Vase

    Making the final start of his globetrotting career, Highland Reel reversed the order of finish from the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) a month earlier, defeating Talismanic in the Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1) Dec. 10 at Sha Tin by 1 3/4 lengths.

  •  Jala Jala wins the Caribbean Classic Stakes with Irad Ortiz Jr. at Gulfstream Park

    Ortiz, Douglas Star in Clasico Internacional del Caribe

     Jala Jala's Clasico del Caribe win capped a big day for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who earlier on the stakes card also won aboard Mexico's Jaguaryu in the $124,000 Copa Dama and Panama's Coltimus Prime in the $91,000 Copa Invitacional.

  • Mobile Bay with jockey Diego Saenz scores his second straight win in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds.

    Mobile Bay Battles Back in LA Champions Day Classic

    Tigertail Ranch homebred Mobile Bay opened up by nine lengths in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes, but his competition caught up in the stretch and he had to fight to the wire to secure his second consecutive victory in the race. 

  • California Chrome

    Taylor Made Donates California Chrome Season

    Taylor Made Stallions and the California Chrome syndicate have donated a no-guarantee season to California Chrome to aid in helping backstretch workers most affected by the fires in California.

  • Silent Sting wins the Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine

    Silent Sting Takes Kingarvie

    Stronach Stables' Silent Sting came flying through the stretch along the rail to win the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds Dec. 9 at Woodbine.

  • Dream Tree wins the Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course

    Dream Tree Draws Off in Easy Starlet Triumph

    One race after taking the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1) with McKinzie, Dream Tree gave trainer Bob Baffert the sweep of the day's top-level tests when she drew clear of Yesterday's News in the stretch to take $300,000 Starlet Stakes (G1).

  • Trainer Jeff Runco, left, wins his 4,000th career race Dec. 9 with Vua Saigon at Laurel Park

    Jeff Runco Celebrates 4,000th Victory

    With Vua Saigon's win in the fifth race on the Dec. 9 Laurel Park card, trainer Jeff Runco joined an exclusive club as he becomes just the twelfth conditioner in the history of North American Thoroughbred racing to reach the 4,000 win plateau.  

  • San Luis Rey Downs smolders in the aftermath of a devastating fire

    Equine Death Toll From San Luis Rey Fire at 46

    The equine death toll from the devastating brushfire that ripped through San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Dec. 7 is at 46 as of the morning of Dec. 9, according to officials at the California Horse Racing Board.

  • Aron Wellman (pictured at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale) was on the ground at Del Mar to aid in volunteer efforts

    Wellman Pens Detailed Account of San Luis Rey Aftermath

    Aron Wellman, president of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, penned a detailed account Dec. 8 of his experience at Del Mar in the wake of the Lilac fire that engulfed San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 and the outpouring of support that followed.

  • New York Veterinarian Suspended, Fined

    A New York veterinarian has been suspended and fined after he allegedly improperly provided the drug albuterol to a licensed owner without examining the horse and for using a fictitious name of the horse in connection with the incident.

  • A Time For Heroes

    Never in memory have so many horse lovers sacrificed so much and worked so diligently in assisting the horses at San Luis Rey Downs through their horrible and frightening ordeal.

  • Options for Assisting San Luis Rey Fire Victims

    The Stronach Group, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in the Dec. 7 devastating Lilac Fire.

  • Big Blue sold for AU$102,000 to Maher Bloodstock at the William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale

    Big Blue Tops Inglis December Sale

    An outstanding draft of racing stock presented by Godolphin resulted in a perfect clearance rate, highlighted by the top-priced lot at a successful William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale Dec. 8 near Melbourne, Australia.

  • Facebook Live Video Depicts San Luis Rey Rescue Efforts

    As his Facebook page was flooded with "thank you" messages for his Dec. 7 efforts to save horses during a fire at San Luis Rey Training Center, Leo Tapia's response was understated: "Thanks, we did everything we could to save them," Tapia said.

  • Arrogate has now retired at precisely the time that his sire might finally, posthumously, become a consistent sire of consistent sires.

    Not Quite Time for a Swan Song

    Unbridled’s Song leads the North American sires of 2017 list, primarily on the exploits of his son Arrogate, who has now retired at precisely the time that his sire might finally, posthumously, become a consistent sire of consistent sires.

  • Massachusetts Reduces Thoroughbreds' Cut of Fund

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Dec. 7 to approve a revision in the percentage split of the state's Horse Racing Development Fund that will strip money from the Thoroughbred horsemen and redirect to it to Standardbreds.

  • Marsha sold for a record-setting 6 million guineas Dec. 5 during the Tattersalls December mares sale

    Tattersalls Concludes Record Year

    After a year in which all of its auctions posted significant gains in key market areas, Tattersalls has ended 2017 with another record year of turnover, with around 331 million guineas in total sales.

  • Highland Reel is chasing one last top-level win in the Dec. 10 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin

    Globetrotter Highland Reel Set for Curtain Call

    Few, if any, horses have logged as many frequent flier miles as Highland Reel (IRE) has in recent years. His career has spanned four years, four continents, and seven countries, and he will run his final race Dec. 10 in the Hong Kong Vase (G1).

  • Tax rules had a significant impact on handle at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar

    November U.S. Handle Up 6.39% Due to New Tax Rules

    New tax rules regarding withholding and the reporting of pari-mutuel wagers have driven total U.S. wagering above $890.8 million for November. The average handle per race day is up 9.7% for the month compared with a year ago, according to Equibase.