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  • Hip 69, a Tapit filly, sells for $2.7 million to top the Book 1 session Sept. 11

    Strong Demand at Keeneland September Opener

    Fueled by unfettered demand for offspring of leading sires Tapit and War Front and a competitive international buying base, the Keeneland September yearling sale got a fast start out of the gate during the Book 1 Sept. 11 session.

  • Hip 84, a Scat Daddy colt out of the Danehill Dancer mare Luvly Rita, was the co-sale topper

    Scat Daddy Colts Top Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase

    The horse industry traditionally is slow to embrace change, as was apparent during Fasig-Tipton’s inaugural turf showcase in Lexington Sept. 10 that was topped by two colts from the last crop of Scat Daddy sold for $250,000 each.

  • Hip 50, a Scat Daddy colt, brought $250,000 as the co-sale topper at the Turf Showcase

    Vinery Sales Sells Co-Sale Topper at F-T Turf Showcase

    After watching one of his yearlings bring the co-sale topping price of $250,000 and then watching another not sell at $5,000, Vinery Sales' Derek MacKenzie had mixed feelings at the first ever Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase sale Sept. 10. 

  • Justin Zayat said he looks for an athletic physical and a healthy individual first and foremost

    Zayat Looks for Diamond in the Rough at F-T Turf Sale

    Even as the early minutes of Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase sale crept along Sept. 10, buyers who were gathered around the outdoor ring were already optimistic for the first-ever sale. One such optimistic buyer was Zayat Stables' Justin Zayat. 

  • Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud was among the sellers who believes in the new format

    Keeneland September Begins With New Format

    When Keeneland kicks off its marathon September yearling sale Sept. 11, it will be a litmus test of the sales company's overhaul of the format, with a goal of getting the auction off to a robust start that hopefully will carry throughout the sale.

  • Hogy reels in Commend to take the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes

    Ageless Hogy Prevails in KD Turf Sprint Stakes

    The ageless wonder that is Hogy added to his indefatigable reputation Saturday when he reeled in Commend in late stretch to win the $400,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (G3T) by half a length and earn his first graded score since 2013.

  • The Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase begins Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. ET in Lexington

    Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Poised for Takeoff

    As with any new venture, there is an air of uncertainty surrounding Fasig-Tipton's inaugural Turf Showcase Sept. 10. If the action on the sale grounds over the weekend is any indication, the new venue is poised for takeoff.

  • Hip 12 is a full sister to stakes winner Kitten's Cat

    Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Hips to Watch

    A pair of offspring by leading turf sire Kitten's Joy and the only War Front yearling in the sale are among the hips to watch during the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sept. 10.

  • James Keogh of Grovendale

    Keogh Offers Two Well-Bred Fillies in Turf Showcase

    When Fasig-Tipton conceived a new sale aimed at yearlings with characteristics likely to predispose them to grass racing, James Keogh was among those horsemen who welcomed the new venue and he will be represented by two well-bred fillies Sunday.

  • Applicator wins the Tourist Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs

    Applicator Upsets Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs

    It was a long time between stakes wins for Olympia Star's Applicator, but the 4-year-old Henrythenavigator gelding fired his best shot Sept. 6 to defeat a quality field in the $400,000 Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs.

  • Ellis Park enjoyed record handle at its recently concluded meet.

    Ellis Park Reports Record Handle

    Ellis Park topped last year’s benchmark meet with an even better one, with total wagering on the 31-date session that ended Monday up 15% over 2016.

  • Keep Up at Mill Ridge Farm

    Terrible Story is Keep Up's First Winner

    Mill Ridge Farm's miracle stallion Keep Up was rewarded with his first winner Sept. 2 when Terrible Story rallied in deep stretch to win a maiden race at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico.

  • Racing at Kentucky Downs begins Sept. 6 after rain delayed the weekend start

    Kentucky Downs Ready for Opening Day

    Big purses at Kentucky Downs, which completed a $5 million off-season renovation, attracted an overflow of entries to the track's maiden and allowance races, the richest in the nation.

  • Corey Lanerie accepts his fourth riding title at Ellis Park

    Asmussen, Lanerie Lead Ellis Park Meet

    It came down to the next-to-last race of the 2017 Ellis Park meet that ended Sept. 4, but 2016 meet-leader Steve Asmussen repeated as leading trainer, edging 2015 winner Brad Cox 18 wins to 17.

  • Unified Retired to Lane's End

    The multiple graded stakes winner Unified, a precocious grade 1-placed son of Candy Ride trained by Jimmy Jerkens, will stand for $10,000 in 2018 at Lanes End.

  • Fans look out from a balcony at Churchill Downs during the 2017 Kentucky Derby

    Churchill Downs Adds European Path to Derby

    Churchill Downs is eager to stimulate added international interest in next year's Kentucky Derby through the creation of a path to gain a berth for horses based in Europe and the expansion of its current series for Japan's top dirt horses.

  • An Abbreviated History of Absolute Insurer Rule

    Bob Heleringer, a Louisville, Ky., attorney and former racing official who has taught equine regulatory law at the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, looks at the legal history of Absolute Insurer rule.

  • Zipessa will look for her second stakes win in the One Dreamer Stakes

    A Lucrative Wednesday in Kentucky

    The short Kentucky Downs all-turf meeting is scheduled to begin with a bang Sept. 6 with four stakes on the 10-race card at the unique Franklin, Ky. track.

  • The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards honor the Thoroughbred industry's hard-working employees

    Godolphin Announces TIEA Finalists

    The finalists for five of the six prestigious Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Presented by Godolphin were announced Aug. 30. The winner of the sixth category, the Thoroughbred Industry Community Award, is Leslie Janecka.

  • Broodmare of the Year Leslie's Lady with her 2017 Medaglia d'Oro colt at Nancy and Fred Mitchell's Clarkland Farm near Lexington, Ky. July 3, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

    TOBA Announces Regional Owners of the Year

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Aug. 30 that Juddmonte Farms, John Oxley, Spendthrift Farm and Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence have been selected as the TOBA Regional Owners of the Year.

  • Racing at Turfway Park resumes Nov. 29 with upgrades to the stakes schedule and adjustments to Spiral Stakes Day

    Turfway Moves Spiral Day, Updates Stakes Schedule

    The Northern Kentucky track has moved the Spiral Stakes (G3) to March 17, seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). It is also bringing the Kentucky Cup Classic, last run in 2011, to the Spiral Stakes undercard.

  • Sarvis

    Jockey Sarvis Lands Career Win 2,000

    In guiding 4-5 favorite Barrister Jim to a front-running victory in the fifth race at Belterra Park on Aug. 27, jockey Dean Sarvis secured the 2,000th victory of his career.

  • RMTC, Horsemen React to Kentucky Court Decision

    With a Kentucky judge agreeing with many concerns about equine medication and testing policies raised in recent years by horsemen, the industry group that shapes that policy—the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium—defended its approach.

  • Dak Attack and Robby Albarado make a move from mid-pack to win the Ellis Park Juvenile

    Dak Attack Victorious in Ellis Park Juvenile

    Albaugh Family Stable and Brereton Jones' Dak Attack took full advantage of a fast pace, coming from sixth to score his first stakes victory in the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile going seven furlongs Aug. 20 at the Kentucky track.

  • The Del Mar paddock will be packed for the Pacific Classic Aug. 19

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Pacific Classic Day

    Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a pair of grade 1 races on Del Mar's biggest weekend, the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, and the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

  • Ten City gets sponged off after winning the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs June 30

    McPeek Seeks Sweep in Ellis Juvenile, Debutante

    Trainer Kenny McPeek took both of Churchill Downs' closing-night stakes for 2-year-olds with the colt Ten City and the filly Sunny Skies and now will shoot for a sweep in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes and Ellis Park Debutante Stakes Aug. 20.