Willis Horton's Will Take Charge was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the Churchill Downs barn of trainer D. Wayne Lukas the morning after winning the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
If Will Take Charge hadn't secured an Eclipse Award as the nation's top 3-year-old already, his determined head victory over multiple grade I winner Game On Dude in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 29 certainly wrapped it up.
Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess again proved her affinity for Churchill Downs with a strong victory in the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 at the Kentucky track.
While the finish figures to be more difficult to predict, on paper Almost Famous looks like he will be the early leader in the $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30 at Churchill Downs.
Grade III winner Madly Truly will return to Churchill Downs and dirt racing for the first time since her maiden special weight debut four races ago when she starts in the $150,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30.
Multiple grade I winner Game On Dude and Travers (gr. I) victor Will Take Charge both drew well for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) to be held Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winner Swagger Jack has been retired from racing and will stand at Millennium Farms in Kentucky in 2014 as part of a partnership, farm owner Ro Parra said Nov. 25.
Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
By virtue of her impressive score in the Nov. 2 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, Don't Tell Sophia will be the 122-pound high weight and likely favorite when she goes postward in the Falls City Handicap (gr. II).
Eclipse Award hopeful Game On Dude worked a strong four furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park Nov. 24 and afterward trainer Bob Baffert said he would ship to Churchill Downs Nov. 27 to compete in the Clark Handicap (gr. I).
A patient ride from jockey Juan Vargas and a grinding late run brought Potomac River to the winner's circle at the end of the 1 1/8-mile turf event Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs, trainer Sergio Baez's first graded stakes score.
A trio of contenders for the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap (gr. I)--Golden Ticket, Bourbon Courage, and Finnegans Wake--turned in their final works Nov. 23 for the premiere race of Churchill's autumn meet.
Brereton C. Jones' homebred 2012 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can has been retired, trainer Larry Jones confirmed Nov. 22.
Multiple grade I winner Game On Dude has been assigned high weight of 126 pounds for the Nov. 29 running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge, gearing up for a bid in the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I), breezed five furlongs Nov. 22 at Churchill Downs in 1:01 for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) contender Almost Famous worked three furlongs in :36 2/5 Nov. 21 at Churchill Downs, while Golden Rod (gr. II) candidate Canaryinacoalmine zipped five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Trainer had been weighing options for Golden Ticket that included a possible run in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) before he settled on staying home for a Clark bid.
LeRoy Neiman's Flat Racing, a one-of-a-kind glazed ceramic tile mural, sold for $291,000, including buyer premium, to top the inaugural Sporting Art Auction held Nov. 20 at Keeneland.
A Louisville Democrat has drafted legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow three stand-alone casinos, plus five others at horse tracks.
Churchill Downs has announced a reduction in purses that will affect four races scheduled during the eight days remaining in the 25-day fall meet that continues through Saturday, Nov. 30.
Mike Heitzmann, a lifelong horseman and former stallion handler at Vinery, has re-united with former employer Ben Walden where he has been named stallion manager at Pauls Mill near Versailles, Ky.
Cathy and Bob Zollars' Daddy Nose Best will attempt to notch his fourth consecutive victory when facing a full field of 13 other rivals in the Nov. 23 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Wise Dan, a leading contender to repeat as Horse of the Year after a second straight win in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will be paraded in the paddock at Churchill Downs on closing day, Saturday, Nov. 30.
After an eight-month break, Turfway Park will kick off its 38th consecutive holiday meet Dec. 1 featuring the first phase of a three-year renovation of its Polytrack surface.
Pulpit's grade I-winning son Power Broker has been retired from racing and will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, for a 2014 fee of $10,000 live foal.
Millionaire Corinthian, winner of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, will move from the Beck family's Gainesway near Lexington, to Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane near New Freedom, Pa., for 2014.
Starlight Racing principal and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance president Jack Wolf has been selected by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners as the organization's 2013 Warner L. Jones "Horseman of the Year."
Veterinarian Brooke Bowman and Louis Merryman announced the formation of Heritage Stallions, a new Thoroughbred stallion facility to be operated near Chesapeake City, Md.
Ken Ramsey, who along with his wife Sarah operate the most successful racing stable in North America this year, says the couple is dropping efforts to have a claim of one of their horses voided.
The inaugural Sporting Art Auction featuring 174 lots of sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture will take place at 4 p.m. ET, Nov. 20 in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington.
Game On Dude and Will Take Charge stand out on the nomination list released Nov. 17 for the upcoming $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
A drop from grade I competition paid off for Emotional Kitten, who came roaring down the stretch to sweep past outsider Effie Trinket and win the $205,100 Mrs. Revere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies the night of Nov. 16.
After tracking the early leaders through the far turn, River Seven edged past Frac Daddy in deep stretch to win the $115,400 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) the night of Nov. 16 on the turf at Churchill Downs.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Will Take Charge breezed four furlongs Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare Nov. 29.
Bobby Burch, who paved the technology path for The Jockey Club and its affiliated companies for the past 29 years, will retire as president of The Jockey Club Technology Services at the end of 2013.
Louisville attorney Bob Heleringer, who served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1980-2002, has been named executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project.
- By Frank Angst
- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Regulators and racing leaders are taking a close look at facilities such as the Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy in Texas, which offers products with names such as Equine Growth Hormone, Game Changer, and Tourniquet.
Helped by dispersals and a global array of buyers, Keeneland's November sale ended Nov. 14 with substantial gains and a record-equaling median.
If Kentucky is going to join the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Reform's efforts to put uniform medication rules in place in each racing state, it's going to take some work and time.
Canadian grade I winner Turallure was euthanized Nov. 14 after taking a bad step and shattering his right hind pastern during a gallop at Keeneland.
Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud has announced its stud fees for 2014, led by Creative Cause and Proud Citizen, who will each stand for $15,000.
Frac Daddy will race at Churchill Downs for the first time since his off-the-board finish in the Kentucky Debry Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he starts in the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 16.
Effie Trinket, a three-time stakes winner at Belmont Park, ventures from New York for the first time to face graded company in the $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) on the grass Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs.
Keeneland's November sale continued running up huge gains at its penultimate session Nov. 13, staying on track to beat last year's figures across the board.
Three Chimneys Farm announced their 2014 stallion roster, with several of their stallions' fees showing decreases from 2013.
Jockey Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby and a 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, will take the rest of the year off as he recovers from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington has released its 2014 stallion roster and stud fees, headed by Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute, who will stand for $30,000 and $25,000, respectively.
The TCA Stallion Season Auction Jan. 2-4. Three-day fundraiser consists of a telephone and online auction and culminates with a live select stallion season auction at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington.
WinStar commissioned an artist to create a graffiti-style mural to promote entering stallion Paynter.
John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm announced fees for its 2014 roster of nine stallions, headlined by classic winner and multiple grade I-winning millionaire Shackleford who will stand his second season for $20,000.
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