The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's board of directors has approved funding for eight new research projects on problems that include foal pneumonia, laminitis, vitamin D's role in immunity, and stem cell therapy.
Fortunate Prospect, a top sprinter and broodmare sire, was euthanized due to complications of old age March 15 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
Informed Decision, a 2009 Eclipse champion, delivered her first foal, a colt by Street Cry, at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm in Paris, Ky., on March 11.
When the equine medical director for Kentucky gave her monthly report at the March 14 meeting, it showed only one fatality since Dec. 1 at Turfway Park, the only track in the state conducting live racing during the period.
Animal Kingdom underwent a nuclear scan March 13 at Palm Beach Equine Medical Center, which revealed the start of a stress fracture in his hind end. The injury will not require surgery.
As Zenyatta becomes accustomed to being a mother to her newborn Bernardini colt, numerous questions have been raised by fans -- from how the champion mare is handling her new role--to which stallion she will be bred to next.
Spring Hill Farm, who finished fourth in the March 10 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), suffered a right knee fracture and will have surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington March 14.
Grade I winner Majesticperfection's first crop of foals include a colt out of Mazel Tov and one out of Silver Comic.
Calling it a "tease" with details to follow later, Churchill Downs Inc. chairman and CEO Robert Evans said March 13 the company plans to construct "The Mansion" at its flagship track in Louisville.
Eddie Woods is pumped up about the possibility that another graduate from his sale program, Union Rags, can become a classic winner just as Big Brown did.
Churchill Downs Inc reported 19% growth in revenue for 2011 due largely to a Mississippi casino and online wagering.
John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer who was fired from his position as chief racing steward in Kentucky, has filed legal documents seeking to be reinstated and to have a one-year suspension imposed on him lifted.
Bob Baffert-trained colt will be sidelined indefinitely with a hind end issue.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Hansen wrapped up his week at Turfway Park with a paddock appearance the evening of March 9, but his majority owner reaffirmed that the colt will run next in New York, not Kentucky.
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, became one of America's most beloved new moms when she delivered a healthy dark bay colt at about 10:10 p.m. EST March 8 in Lexington, Kentucky.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
The Jockey Club and National Thoroughbred Racing Association introduced the first in a series of fun, edgy videos designed to build a social network following for horse racing.
American Lion, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tiznow, had his first mare pronounced in foal. Casner Racing's 5-year-old stallion is standing his first season at stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington.
Churchill Downs announced March 9 it will increase walk-up general admission prices for this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, but will keep prices unchanged for online and advance sales.
The Jockey Club Foundation, a charitable trust that assists individuals in the Thoroughbred community, announced it has has been renamed The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, effective immediately.
Arienza, a regally bred filly out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, has been retired from racing and has been moved to Lexington with plans to be bred to a yet to be determined stallion.
A strong mix of accomplished stars headed by major stakes performers Grace Hall and On Fire Baby comprise the list of 94 fillies nominated to the Kentucky Oaks.
Noverre, an English champion who ran in two Breeders' Cup events, died in India, where he was standing at stud,
After 40 years as a trainer, John Ward is in the final days of overseeing his stable of horses at Gulfstream Park as he prepares to assume his new duties as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission April 1.
Grade I winner Haynesfield has gotten his first seven mares in foal including stakes winner Soundwave.
Shotgun Gulch, a grade I winner who was retired from racing following an injury in February, has been purchased privately by Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm from breeder/owner/trainer C.R. Trout.
Grade I winners Courageous Cat and Twirling Candy, who are standing their first year at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., have gotten their first mares in foals.
Eclipse Award champion and recent Gotham (gr. III) winner Hansen will school in the paddock at Turfway Park March 9 between the sixth and seventh races,
Churchill Downs named Ryan Jordan to the post of general manager and promoted Greg Bush to vice president, operations the company announced March 6.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, who stands at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., and fellow WinStar stallion Sidney's Candy have had their first mares pronounced in foal.
Central Kentucky equine broker Bill Mauk has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
A busy final day in the second betting pool of Churchill Downs' 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended with the "All Others" interest narrowly edging individual choice Union Rags to emerge as the pool's favorite.
Juvenile champion Hansen, a leading contender for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following his smashing win in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III), is expected to return to Aqueduct for the Wood Memorial.
After a long stretch duel and a fortuitous head-bob at the wire, State of Play prevailed in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 3 at Turfway Park.
Union Rags attracted strong support during first of three days of betting in the second pool of Churchill Downs' 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but the mutuel field ended the day as a narrow favorite March 2.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, West Region, Kentucky, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The American Graded Stakes Committee is taking a more realistic approach to implementing a pilot program to ban race-day medication for juvenile graded stakes. It acknowledges regulatory change will take time.
Severe weather moving across Kentucky the afternoon of March 2 prompted Turfway Park to cancel live racing and simulcasting and for Churchill Downs and Keeneland to halt simulcasting operations.
Champion Hansen, grade I winner Union Rags, and El Padrino head the list of 3-year-olds nominated to the 88th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Graded stakes winners Grace Hall and Summer Applause are among the 3-year-old fillies nominated to the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 7.
In yet another sign of trouble for the Kentucky horse racing industry, Turfway Park said it will slash overnight purses 25% effective March 3 because of an overpayment coupled with lower pari-mutuel handle.
Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Inc. announced March 1 their joint venture to purchase Lebanon Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, and develop a new video lottery terminal facility.
Mr. Prankster will try for a sweep of the preps leading up to the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) when he faces off against five fellow 3-year-olds in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 3.
Keeneland has cataloged 161 horses for its 20th April sale of 2-year-olds in training. The number is down 4.7% from last year's total of 169.
Representatives of eight advance deposit wagering companies seeking licenses to do business in Kentucky appeared before a racing commission subcommittee Feb. 29 to answer questions about their applications.
Eastern tent caterpillar eggs have begun hatching well ahead of last year's schedule, and the egg hatch is expected to be completed by the first full week of March, University of Kentucky officials said Feb. 29.
Graded stakes winner Now I Know, who was retired in mid-February after fracturing her left front knee, has been purchased privately by Bonnie Baskin to become a broodmare.
Always in My Heart, who won the Sam Houston Distaff Stakes Feb. 25, has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old mare is booked to Mineshaft.
Castaway, who won a division of the Feb. 20 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), kept getting better and better as a yearling, according to Mark Taylor of Kentucky-based Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Trainer John T. Ward, who conditioned Monarchos to an upset victory in the 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been appointed executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Kentucky
TOBA will hold a Thoroughbred ownership seminar Thursday, March 22, at Gulfstream Park and a pedigree and conformation clinic Sunday, March 25, at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla.
The hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington is back in operation after being shut down following an accident involving a similar piece of equipment in Florida.
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