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  • A scene at Santa Anita Park on November 1, 2014. Photo By: Chad B. Harmon

    Santa Anita Institutes 'Ship and Stay' Program

    With its traditional Winter Meet opener looming Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park announced a first-ever "Ship and Stay" program that is intended to attract out-of-state horsemen and to incentivize them to keep running in California throughout the new year.

  • Heartwood pulls off a big upset in the Steel Valley Sprint Stakes

    Heartwood Upsets Steel Valley Sprint

    Heartwood recovered from a minor stumble at the start and four-wide trip around the turn to post a big upset victory at odds of 68-1 in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint Stakes at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course Nov. 20.

  • Songbird at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton November sale

    Songbird to be Bred to Arrogate in 2018

    Mating options for nine-time graded 1 winner Songbird are plentiful, but after evaluation of pedigree and consideration of various sires' physicals and types, it was champion 3-year-old colt Arrogate that was the best fit for her first breeding.

  • Coca-Cola Official Soft Drink Partner of Kentucky Derby

    Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (both G1), today announced a five-year partnership with local bottler Coca-Cola Consolidated.

  • Daddys Lil Darling works over the turf course at Keeneland in October

    Daddys Lil Darling Tops Mrs. Revere Stakes

    Normandy Farm homebred Daddys Lil Darling is set to take on a field of 10 other 3-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2T) Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs, where she has finished first or second in three graded stakes efforts.

  • Win the War surges ahead of Grace and Dignity to win the Glorious Song Stakes in the Woodbine stretch

    Win the War Dominates Glorious Song Stakes

    Win the War waited patiently to make her move around fading favorite Grace and Dignity, who set a quick early pace, and drew off to a 11 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine. 

  • Munnings' A Morning's Work, Newmarket Heath

    Munnings Painting Tops 2017 Sporting Art Auction

    Spirited bidding and the sale of Sir Alfred Munnings' A Morning's Work, Newmarket Heath for $186,300, including buyer premium, highlighted the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction, held the afternoon of Nov. 19 at Keeneland.

  • Hoppertunity will attempt to become the fourth two-time winner of the Clark

    Hoppertunity, Diversify Head Clark Handicap

    Multiple grade 1 winner Hoppertunity will attempt to join an exclusive club of two-time winners when he lines up for his fourth $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (G1) Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. 

  • Dream Tree (inside) holds off a closing Midnight Bisou in the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar

    Dream Tree Holds Off Midnight Bisou in Desi Arnaz

    Just more than three weeks after their debut race, when Dream Tree held off a closing Midnight Bisou by a desperate nose at Santa Anita Park, the stage was set again during the stretch run in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 18 at Del Mar.

  • Fire Away wins the Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Fire Away on the Mark in Artie Schiller

    Phipps Stable's homebred Fire Away overtook Monster Bea in the stretch and outkicked his rival by a length to post his first win in more than a year when he captured the $150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes Nov. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • TOBA November Member of the Month

    On September 13, one outstanding yearling colt shone like a copper penny—his breeder Alina Muther's Copper Penny Stables, that is. The dark bay son of Orb – Tally Ho Dixie, by Dixieland Band brought $1 million. 

  • Royal Mo retires with a record of 2-2-1 from six starts and $267,200 in earnings

    Royal Mo Set for Stud Career in 2018

    Royal Mo suffered a career-ending injury six days ahead of the Preakness Stakes (G1) this year, but after surgery at New Bolton Center and several months to recuperate, the son of Uncle Mo is now in a position to pursue a stallion career.

  • Farrell takes the Nov. 4 Chilukki Stakes by a length at Churchill Downs Sept. 23 to return to winning form

    Farrell Could Try Turf in Next Start

    Coffee Pot Stables' Farrell, the one-length winner of the Chilukki Stakes (G2), may try turf for the first time in the Nov. 24 Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs, according to trainer Wayne Catalano.

  • El Deal took the July 29 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga by eight lengths in his most recent victory

    Grade 1 winner El Deal Retired

    El Deal, winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga Race Course this July, has been retired from racing, owners Al and Michelle Crawford announced Nov. 17.  

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Horses at the Keeneland November sale on Nov. 9, 2017 Keeneland in Lexington, KY.

    Newcomers: 2018 Stallion Showcase

    New sires are on display across the bluegrass as breeding season approaches, and BloodHorse visuals director Anne M. Eberhardt paid a visit to many during the November breeding stock sales.

  • Santa Anita Park

    CHRB Conditionally Approves California Meet Proposals

    The CHRB conditionally approved racing meet applications for both Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields during its monthly meeting Nov. 16 at Del Mar, but the conditions are far from settled with opening day for both meets just around the corner.

  • Racing at Golden Gate Fields

    Golden Gate to Close as Auxiliary Stable in 2018

    Tim Ritvo says, even though it may result in a significant loss to Northern California's horse population, the current plan for the 2018 season is to shut down Golden Gate Fields as an auxiliary stable for about two months of fair racing.

  • Exaggerator at WinStar Farm

    Exaggerator to Shuttle to Chile

    Exaggerator, a multi-millionaire son of Curlin who won three grade 1 races including the 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1), will shuttle to Haras Doña Icha in Chile in 2018, it was announced Nov. 16.