Chuck Fipke has had great success hitting the board in classic races with longshot maiden winners Tale of Verve and Golden Soul, and will try that formula again in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Mizz Money, winner of the May 21 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico, heads Churchill Downs' Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) June 11 under the Twin Spires.
Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Dominus sired his first winner from his first starter when the filly P Boo reported home first by 4 1/4 lengths in a $28,000 maiden special weight race at Evangeline Downs.
Curalina joins Stopchargingmaria, Sheer Drama, Cavorting, and others in a short but strong field June 11 at Belmont Park.
Robert Masterson's Tepin has touched down in England and is safely ensconced at the Lambourn stable of David Lanigan as she continues her preparations for the group I Queen Anne Stakes June 14, first day of the prestigious Royal Ascot meet.
Graded stakes winner Delay of Game, a resident of Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky., since 2010, was euthanized the evening June 6 due to the infirmities of old age, Old Friends president Michael Blowen announced.
Mike McMahon, co-owner of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock and founder of Bourbon Lane Racing Stable, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Charities of America, the organization announced June 7.
Trainer Dale Romans is enjoying a new perspective after what he describes as a "life-changing" experience.
An unusually marked white-headed foal was born June 5 at Mike Moreno's Southern Equine Farm near Midway. The colt is a son of Bodemeister out of Out for Revenge, by Bernardini.
As a result of an increase in the number of horses cataloged for its July 12 selected yearling sale, Fasig-Tipton has moved its selected horses of racing age sale to an evening session July 11.
Airdrie Stud's rock-solid sire Proud Citizen was euthanized June 4 due to complications from laminitis.
Hansen's Victory went gate to wire in the first race at Hastings Race Course June 5 and became the first winner for U.S. champion and South Korean-based freshman sire Hansen.
Richard Eamer, who owned divisions of Mandysland Farm in California and Kentucky during the 1980s and 1990s, died May 2, it was announced in the June 5 edition of the Los Angeles Times. He was 88.
Tri-Bone Stables' New York-bred Effinex, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) in his last start April 16, is among the nominees for the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 18 at Churchill Downs.
The Player, a 3-year-old Street Hero colt, is headed to bigger things after a victory June 3 in an allowance race at Churchill Downs.
Taking advantage of racing's "What have you done for me lately?" mindset, Keith Desormeaux has found value at sales, an angle he says helped him land classic winner Exaggerator and Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red.
Black Hawk Stable's Alsvid successfully defended his title in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) June 4 at Churchill Downs and snapped an 11-race winless streak in the process.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced June 3 three additional members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The latest appointments bring the newly established commission to full capacity with 15 members.
Multiple grade I winner Mshawish has been retired from racing after a minor soft tissue injury was discovered June 3 at Belmont Park.
The 5-year-old Bernstein mare clicked off the solid fractions that have become her trademark—splits of :12 2/5 and :24 1/5 under regular rider Julien Leparoux en route to a four-furlong time of :48 2/5 and a five-furlong gallop out in 1:01 1/5.
Some of the top tracks in North America are offering their racing signals, or will offer those signals, for wagering on the first U.S.-based exchange wagering platform.
With burners Toews On Ice, Limousine Liberal, and Union Jackson all drawn inside, the Aristides could set up for a closer like Alsvid or Barbados.
Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.
Kentucky-bred filly wins in England
Meet from July 2-Sept. 5 will provide Kentucky with a summer 2-year-old stakes.
One day after the Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs produced a dead heat for win, the Green Carpet Stakes at Belterra Park Gaming, located about 90 minutes away in Ohio, did the same May 29.
Untapable, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2014, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 May 30 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) June 18 at the Kentucky racetrack.
WinStar Farm's Creator, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs May 30 at Churchill Downs and is expected to travel to New York May 31 to continue preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Stallion deals are often more about relationships than money.
The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Samuel Henderson's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Suddenbreakingnews, recently discovered to be a ridgling, continued preparations for the $1.5 million classic with a six-furlong breeze May 29 at Churchill Downs.
Not one but two 4-year-old fillies secured their first stakes wins when Diva Express and I'm a Looker earned the dead-heat victory in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) May 28 at Churchill Downs.
Tepin turned in a solid work May 28 at Churchill Downs and was on the fence for a trip to Royal Ascot, but trainer Mark Casse a day later said the champion mare is going to England.
Trainer Dale Romans invoked the name of Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens the morning of May 28, a fitting move considering he had just gone old-school in preparing his pair of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls.
After determining Otabek Umarov violated out-of-competition testing rules and possessed hypodermic needles, syringes, and injectable medications at Churchill Downs, Kentucky stewards revoked the owner-trainer's license for 10 years.
Fasig-Tipton, Coolmore America, and WinStar Farm have teamed up to host the “Night For A Cure” fundraising party July 10, with all proceeds going to benefit the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund.
Millennium Farms announced May 26 that longtime farm manager Bobby Miller has been named its vice chairman. Assistant farm manager Jose Rodarte will take on the role of farm manager.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Samuel Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews remains on track for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after a May 26 work at Churchill Downs.
Freshman sire Maclean's Music was represented by his first winner when Glen Hill Farm homebred Is Everybody Happy won his debut in the third race at Delaware Park May 25.
Richard (Dick) Fitz Randolph, founder of Randolph Farm near Versailles, Ky., died May 15 at age 77.
After picking up a grade I placing at Churchill Downs in her previous race, the connections of Enchanting Lady hope she can nail down her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III).
Arthur B. "Bull" Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr. have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame as the 2016 Pillars of the Turf selections.
Thirteen of the 30 individuals on the ballot for election as Breeders' Cup members are seeking re-election to the 39-member board, the organization announced May 25.
Trainer Tim Glyshaw called an audible May 21 at Churchill Downs, and it resulted in the first graded stakes victory of his career with Bullards Alley in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT).
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Lightly raced but perfectly primed for a big effort, Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go soared to her second grade II victory May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky state senator, attorney for the state's horse racing commission, and the owner/breeder of stars Groupie Doll and Brass Hat, died May 20 at age 85.
Owner and trainer Otabek Umarov has been ejected and excluded from Churchill Downs and suspended by Kentucky stewards.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 17 approved a new agreement that will increase losing mount fees on lower-purse races in the state.
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