Owner Judy Helmbrecht, wife of Kentucky trainer Bill Helmbrecht, died March 9 of cancer in Rochester, Minn.
San Felipe winner will not wear blinkers in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby.
Team Valor International's State of Play, winner of the With Anticipation (gr. IIT) last September at Saratoga, heads the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on opening day at Keeneland April 6.
Keeneland will begin its spring meet April 6 with full fields and quiet optimism in what has become a very competitive Thoroughbred racing environment in terms of purse money and horse population.
In 2010 the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington had 14 sessions. In the 11th, cataloged as Hip No. 3474, was Hero of Order.
TVG will provide live coverage of the annual race meets at Keeneland and Woodbine that begin Friday, April 6.
Augustin Stable's Ever So Lucky, third in the Swale Stakes (gr. III) in March, worked five furlongs in :59 2/5 at Keeneland April 3 in preparation for an expected start in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on Turfway Park races during its winter/spring meet dropped 11.2%, while ontrack handle on live racing was down 16.5%, track officials said April 2.
John Oxley's Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Prospective, a major contender for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs the morning of April 2 in 1:01 1/5.
Headed by champion Hansen and Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Prospective, there are 11 probable starters for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
An upset loss in the Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 did not prevent Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags from being the favorite in Churchill Downs' final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool of 2012.
A day after Take Charge Indy captured the Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Patrick Byrne said he plans to ship the colt to Churchill Downs early for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Grand Slam, who is represented by four 3-year-old stakes winners in 2012, died March 31 at Ashford Stud.
Reigning American 2-year-old champion Hansen tuned up for a planned run in the upcoming Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) with a strong five-furlong work in :59 4/5 March 31 at the Churchill Downs Trackside training center.
Dream of Summer, dam of grade I winner Creative Cause, gave birth to a gray filly by Eskendereya at Taylor Made Farm on the evening of March 28.
Shackleford, last year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner, will stand at stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2012 racing season.
Montjeu, a Cartier Award winner and an outstanding sire at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland, died March 29 after a short illness due to complications from septicemia, an infection in the bloodstream.
Keeneland officials said the Lexington racetrack will be the first in the country to introduce "fractional wagering" and a decimal odds display when the spring meet begins April 6.
Borgia, a globetrotting German-bred champion filly who specialized in long distance racing, died March 29. The daughter of Acatenango out of the Tarim mare Britannia was 18.
Dam of Rachel Alexandra is confirmed in foal to champion Lookin At Lucky.
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide 10 hours of live racing coverage this weekend, including exclusive broadcasts of the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the Florida Derby, and the Louisiana Derby.
Chadds Fords Stable's Union Rags was installed as the 3-1 favorite in the third and final betting pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager that kicks off its three-day run March 30.
John Ward Jr., recently hired as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, has asked to begin his new job April 16, not April 1 as previously announced.
Veteran campaigner Count One has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Robert and Holly Leroux's Deo Volente near Big Clifty, Ky.
Prospective, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 10, breezed five furlongs 1:03 on a fast main track at Churchill Downs the morning of March 27.
Twenty 3-year-olds added during the late nomination process to the Triple Crown that closed March 24. A total of 418 now eligible for Derby, Preakness, and Belmont.
Two-time Cartier Award winner New Approach was represented by his first winner when his son Dawn Approach won at the Curragh March 25 in his initial start.
Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year who produced her first foal this year, has been pronounced in foal to Darley stallion Bernardini.
Coolmore stallions Uncle Mo and Zoffany will be shuttling this year to Coolmore Australia.
Went the Day Well did a good imitation of Animal Kingdom when he easily won the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 24, giving Team Valor International consecutive victories in the race.
In Lingerie destroyed an overmatched group of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III), leading a one-two finish for trainer Todd Pletcher March 24 at Turfway Park.
Hansen, the 2-year-old champion of 2011 who is among the favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 March 24 at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center.
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss have announced that 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta will be bred this year to Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit.
You wouldn't know it by his record, but Stealcase has always been a standout ever since he arrived in the barn of trainer Mark Casse. He will finally try to put it all together in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.
Newtown Anner Stud's More Than Love will carry top weight and figures the one to beat in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 22 at Turfway Park.
A large and wide-open field of 12 was entered for Turfway Park's signature race and at least one of the winners should be moving on to Louisville six weeks from now.
Just when we thought we had the key matchups for final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preps all figured out, a couple major curveballs from two of the top contenders were thrown March 22.
The online voting process to determine who will march in this year's Survivors Parade presented by Kroger on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs will close March 23 at 5 p.m. ET.
The deadline for late nominations to the 2012 Triple Crown is March 24.
Louise I. Humphrey, who bred and raced horses with her son, G. Watts Humphrey Jr., died March 18 at her Florida home.
Barbara Borden, a longtime racing official on the Kentucky circuit, was named state racing steward effective April 1, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 20.
"The Road to the Kentucky Derby," a four-Saturday package of televised stakes that stemmed from recommendations in the 2011 McKinsey and Company report, will begin March 24 with the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
A halter worn by Zenyatta while at Lane's End Farm is being auctioned on eBay to benefit victims of recent tornadoes that killed 21 people in Kentucky.
For the third consecutive year, Churchill Downs and NBC have partnered to give one person the chance to place a $100,000 win bet in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 5.
A full field is possible for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 24, Turfway Park officials said. The race highlights a four-stakes program at the Kentucky racetrack.
An ethics panel has said that Donna Ward can continue to train horses in Kentucky but not race them at tracks in the state once her husband, John Ward, becomes executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
Dogwood Stable's Aikenite, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing
Hansen breezed an easy half-mile at Churchill Downs' Trackside Training Center March 18, the first work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender since his return to Kentucky.
The next edition of the popular live podcast, Talkin' Horses with The Blood-Horse will feature Michael Hernon and Brian Graves from the Lexington-based Gainesway Farm.
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.
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