Industry Press Releases

Thoroughbred Industry Press Releases and Announcements

  • Thistledown Racing Season Opens April 30

    "Return" is the theme of JACK Thistledown's 2018 race meet that opens Monday, April 30, as Thoroughbreds and horsemen come back for live racing and a celebrated racing series makes a stop in Cleveland.

  • Belterra Park celebrated a milestone win by Perry Ouzts last year

    Belterra Park to Open Racing Season April 27

    Belterra Park will begin its 2018 Thoroughbred racing season Friday, April 27, with weekly races Thursday - Sunday until Sept. 30. Post time for races is 1:20 p.m. The full racing schedule can be found by visiting

  • Mid-Atlantic Breeders to Support MATCH SERIES

    The revival of the widely acclaimed MATCH SERIES (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) gained further momentum this morning with the announcement that the region's breeders organizations will pay bonuses.

  • NYRA, MSG Networks Extend Regional Telecast Agreement

    The New York Racing Association and MSG Networks announced today a multi-year extension of their long-standing agreement for MSGN's telecast of NYRA's Thoroughbred racing programming, including NYRA's flagship 'Live' shows.

  • Racing at Wyoming Downs

    PariMAX, Wyoming Downs Reach Historical Gaming Deal

    PariMAX Holdings and its technology and services provider AmTote International, both wholly owned entities of The Stronach Group, are pleased to announce that PariMAX has entered into a new long-term agreement with Wyoming Downs.  

  • An artist's rendering of the new access to Churchill Downs.

    Website Outlines Kentucky Derby Parking, Traffic Plan

    Churchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced today new entry procedures that will be in effect for guests visiting the track any day of Derby Week (Saturday, April 28, 2018 through Saturday, May 5, 2018).

  • HRRN Logo

    HRRN to Cover Charles Town Classic

    Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) announced Thursday it will broadcast the 10th running of the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2) live this Saturday, April 21.

  • Breeders' Cup Announces Full 2018 Challenge Schedule

    The Breeders' Cup today announced its 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In presented by America's Best Racing full schedule, which currently consists of 82 automatic qualifying stakes races into corresponding Breeders' Cup races.

  • Churchill Downs

    Derby Week Begins With Celebration of Louisville Art

    Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts have joined forces for the third year to kick off Derby week by celebrating Louisville's extraordinary arts scene and live racing at Opening Night presented by Budweiser.

  • Equestricon 2018 Set for Louisville, Tickets on Sale

    Tickets are now on sale for a week-long fan experience organized by Equestricon, highlighted by its second-annual racing convention, festival and trade show on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

  • 600 Cataloged for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 600 entries for its Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday, May 21-22, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.

  • NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Re-Accredits Woodbine

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, near Toronto, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. 

  • Oklahoma Training Track

    Saratoga's Oklahoma Training Track Opens

    In the surest sign that the annual meet at Saratoga Race Course is fast approaching, the famed Oklahoma Training Track is now officially open for spring training for the Thoroughbreds who will compete at the historic Spa later this summer. 

  • Donegal Racing Supports Grayson-Jockey Club

    Donegal Racing, a leading Thoroughbred ownership syndicate, announced today that it will be donating the proceeds of two of its 2018 seasons to Keen Ice to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

  • Bucchero

    Bucchero Named Indiana-Bred Horse of the Year

    The year 2017 was a banner year for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) and the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program (ITBDP) as Indiana-breds graced the national stage and brought awareness to the growth of the regional program. 

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park to Add Four $100,000 Turf Stakes

    Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs are teaming again to boost the Kentucky racing circuit and keep horses and jobs in the state during the summer, with Kentucky Downs funding four new $100,000 turf stakes at Ellis on Aug. 5.

  • Heart to Heart

    Heart to Heart Owners Make Pledge to TCA

    A portion of the earnings from Heart to Heart's run in the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) at Keeneland April 13 has been pledged to Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) by owners Terry and Toby Hamilton.

  • Second Stride Receives Land Donation

    Second Stride, a 501c3 not for profit organization for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, announced today it has received a donation of 46.46 acres of land from Dinwiddie and Irene Lampton.

  • Aintree Racecourse

    Minella Rocco Highweight in 40-Horse Grand National

    The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Minella Rocco, runner-up in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, will shoulder top weight, with Noel Meade's Road To Riches sneaking in at the bottom of the 40-runner field set for the Grand National April 14 at Aintree.

  • Randox Health Grand National Festival Begins at Aintree

    The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse will once again see Britain's leading equine welfare organizations and charities come together to highlight the welfare factors which affect Britain's horses.

  • Doug O'Neill is one of the trainers who has returned horses to San Luis Rey Downs

    Displaced San Luis Rey Horses Returning

    The first of the Lilac fire horses who had to be evacuated from San Luis Rey Downs and take up residence at Del Mar in December began to filter back to the Bonsall training center this past weekend and more followed Monday.

  • Owner Conference Set For Breeders’ Cup Week

    OwnerView announced today that the fifth Thoroughbred Owner Conference will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., from Tuesday, October 30, through Thursday, November 1, 2018.

  • Mary and Chester Broman

    Chester and Mary Broman Repeat as Top 2017 NY Breeders

    Chester and Mary Broman were named New York's outstanding breeders for the second straight year and fifth time overall and Mind Your Biscuits, the 2016 New York-bred horse of the year, was once again the voters' pick for the top honors in 2017.

  • Justify

    Justify Favored in Final Derby Future Wager Pool

    Four weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), lightly raced and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Justify closed as a resounding 3-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW).  

  • T.I.P. Non-Competition Award Applications Available

    Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program's (T.I.P.'s) two annual awards, the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award, are now available online.

  • Ticket Prices Set for Churchill Downs Breeders' Cup

    The Breeders' Cup today announced ticket prices and availability for the 35th Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at historic Churchill Downs.

  • 2018 Preakness Logo

    Preakness Budweiser InfieldFest Announces 2018 Lineup

    The Stronach Group officially announced that multi-platinum recording artist Post Malone and electronic duo ODESZA will perform at the 2018 Budweiser InfieldFest Concert at the 143rd Preakness on Saturday, May 19.

  • TOBA to Host Ownership Seminar at Keeneland

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting an Ownership Seminar Sunday, April 22 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The day-long seminar will provide an inside look at the basics of Thoroughbred ownership. 

  • Bold d'Oro at Santa Anita April 1

    Bolt d'Oro Tops KDFW Pool 4 Morning-Line Odds

    A tightly-grouped foursome headed by Ruis Racing's San Felipe (G2) winner Bolt d'Oro (#2, 5-1) sits atop the morning-line odds for the 24 wagering interests set for this weekend's fourth pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Luis Saez finished atop the Gulfstream Park meet standings

    Pletcher, Saez Defend Gulfstream Park Titles

    Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Luis Saez successfully defended their respective titles, easily outdistancing their peers during the 2017-2018 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park.

  • New York Horsemen Encouraged by State Budget

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, working in collaboration with the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund and the New York Racing Association, was able to secure two key provisions.