The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the winning owner of the 3-year-old that wins this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) arrived March 29 at Churchill Downs.
Florida horseman Dan Rapp has joined Walmac Farm as head of stallion nominations.
Zenyatta, last year's Horse of the Year for Jerry and Ann Moss, is no longer in foal.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project board of directors elected Corey Johnsen March 29 to serve as its chairman of the board.
To celebrate the arrival of the recently retired grade II winner Ball Four at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky., the 10-year-old son of Grand Slam will make an appearance at Keeneland April 16.
Decisive Moment, second to Animal Kingdom in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III), was the first contender for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum Brands (gr. I) to arrive at Churchill Downs.
Maker's Mark Distillery officials announced March 28 that the 2011 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) commemorative bottle will honor Keeneland Race Course in commemoration of its 75th anniversary.
The committee formed to seek a replacement for Breeders' Cup president and CEO Greg Avioli has engaged executive search firm Spencer Stuart to manage the process, the Breeders' Cup announced March 28.
Animal Kingdom took the overland route to a possible start in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he drew off late for a 2 3/4-length win in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 26
Summer Soiree had no trouble in her synthetic surface debut, as she dismantled the field in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 26 at Turfway Park and stamped herself a serious threat for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks.
Lane's End stallion Mineshaft is recovering from colic surgery performed March 24 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., according to the Versailles farm.
An entity headed by California horse owner Jerry Jamgotchian has filed suit against Lane's End Stallions.
Eclipse Award winner The Wicked North was euthanized March 24 at Hagyard Equine Medical Center near Lexington because of complications from an intestinal lipoma strangulation.
Thoroughbred racing returns to Keeneland April 8, the official start of the track's 75th anniversary celebration.
WinStar Farm's promising 3-year-old homebred colt Cal Nation will point for the Jerome Handicap (gr. II) with a possible eye toward the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), according to racing manager Elliott Walden.
Synthetic racing surfaces have brought out the best in Positive Response, so he'll get another opportunity over the Turfway Park Polytrack in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 26.
Summer Soiree takes on 10 rivals in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 26 at Turfway Park. The one-mile Polytrack contest is one of five stakes on Turfway's 12-race program.
Ball Four, a son of Grand Slam, has been retired and sent to Old Friends near Midway, Ky. Michael Blowen, owner of Old Friends related the story of how he got the gelding.
Fly Down, who placed in some of America's most prestigious races, including the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), may not return to the United States following the Dubai World Cup.
ESPN's coverage of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) from Churchill Downs is one of six nominees for a Sports Emmy Award in the live sports special category.
Grade I winner Afternoon Deelites has been pensioned due to infertility and will be sent to Old Friends equine retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.
Alastair Donald and Ed Sackville have decided to leave Kern/Lillingston Bloodstock and have created the Sackville Donald bloodstock agency.
Bloodstock agent Tommy Eastham has opened his EastWynd Sales Agency near Lexington. The firm is accepting new clients.
Officials at Turfway Park reported March 21 that as many as 18 runners are being pointed toward the March 26 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 19, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List.
Churchill Downs Incorporated announced March 21 that William C. Carstanjen, currently the company's chief operating officer, has been promoted to company president, effective immediately.
The 14 horses ready to start in the $10-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 are expected to make history as the highest earning field in racing history outside Japan.
Rogue Romance will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a fracture in his left forefoot, trainer Ken McPeek reported March 18.
An effort by Kentucky horsemen to keep Turfway Park open for off-season training and stabling has failed, meaning the Northern Kentucky track will close its barn area in mid-April.
The Kentucky HBPA has sent a letter to the chairman of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in support of senior state steward John Veitch
Veteran rider Perry Ouzts, 56, earned career win number 5,600 at Turfway Park on March 18 when he rode Joe Six Pack, a 10-year-old gelding, to victory in the fourth race.
Leadership of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation on March 18 defended the organization from allegations of neglect among some horses under the care of the equine retirement program.
The account wagering operation owned by Churchill Downs Inc. avoided losing its license to operate in California by reaching agreement with tracks in the state before a deadline expired March 18.
Regal State, whose son, Pleasantly Perfect, won the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), was euthanized March 18 at Robin F. Scully's Clovelly Farms near Lexington at age 28.
Cathy Roby, who oversaw the care of such retired horses as John Henry, Forego, Bold Forbes, Cigar, Alysheba, Kona Gold and Da Hoss at the Kentucky Horse Park, died March 16 in Lexington.
The NTRA board of directors has approved the organization's Safety and Integrity Alliance 2011 Code of Standards.
What is believed to be the only foal outside Japan by two-time Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Conduit was delivered Feb. 24 at Catesby Clay's Runnymede Farm near Paris, Ky.
Churchill Downs Inc. plans to expand beyond pari-mutuel wagering should online gambling be legalized on the state or federal levels, company officials said March 15.
TVG will broadcast live from Turfway Park on Saturday, March 26, covering the Northern Kentucky track's 12-race card that includes the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Keeneland will host Commerce Lexington's Good Morning Bluegrass, presented by Fifth Third Bank, on Friday, March 25, from 7:30-9 a.m., as part of Keeneland's 75th anniversary festivities.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings from continuing operations of $19.6 million in 2010, up from $17.7 million for 2009.
TrueNicks has elected horseman and bloodstock manager Doug Cauthen to its board of directors. President of Doug Cauthen Bloodstock Services, Cauthen operates an independent bloodstock management company based in Lexington.
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The comprehensive study will look at where Thoroughbred racing is and where it needs to be to prosper. Results will be presented Aug. 14 at The Jockey Club Round Table Conference.
Repole Stable's unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#23), an easy winner in his 2011 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes, emerged as the favorite in the second of three pools of Churchill Downs' 2011 KDFW.
The attorney for jockey John Velazquez said her client is a scapegoat in connection with the events surrounding last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) in which Life At Ten was eased during the course of the race.
On the eve of his seasonal debut, unbeaten champion Uncle Mo emerged over the inexperienced Runflatout as the narrow choice in the March 11 first day of Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
The estate of the late Edward P. (Ned) Evans will disperse its Thoroughbred yearlings, weanlings, broodmares, and racing stock at Keeneland's September yearling and November breeding stock sales.
PNC Bank has filed a suit against Waterville Bloodstock, John Goldthorpe and others, contending they are in default on notes that exceed $1 million.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is calling on other racing industry groups to take a look at the practice of conducting jockey interviews during the moments leading up to a race.
After much anticipation during the 15-day period following Zenyatta's mating to Bernardini, it was confirmed that the Horse of the Year is in foal.
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