Mid-Atlantic Region

News and features for Mid-Atlantic farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Chublicious wins the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash by a neck over Blu Moon Ace

    Chublicious Upsets De Francis Dash at 10-1

    The field may have been scratched down to four for the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3), but David Gruskos' Chublicious still found a way to provide a stunner in the six-furlong sprint at Laurel Park.

  • Wise Gal becomes her sire's first black-type winner in the Selima Stakes at Laurel Park

    Wise Gal First Black-Type Winner for Einstein

    Wise Gal, bred and owned by Eric Wirth and trained by Dove Houghton, drove away from her opponents impressively to win the $100,000 Selima Stakes Sept. 16 at Laurel Park. She is the first black-type winner for her sire, Einstein.

  • Jorge Navarro

    Monmouth Stewards Urge Large Fines for Gindi, Navarro

    Monmouth Park stewards have fined both owner Randal Gindi and trainer Jorge Navarro $5,000 for conduct "extremely detrimental to racing"—behavior documented in a Youtube video—and have requested that the state regulator increase the fine for both.

  • Mark Casse, pictured here with Classic Empire, said he is unable to predict when the champion colt might race again

    Classic Empire to Bypass PA Derby, Future Undecided

    John Oxley's multiple grade 1 winner Classic Empire will not run in the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx Racing and his connections do not have plans yet for the colt's next start, trainer Mark Casse said Aug. 29.

  • Conquest Big E wins Gulfstream's Coast is Clear Handicap July 23

    'Big E' Out for Iselin Conquest

    Front-running Conquest Big E figures to have the pace edge Aug. 26 at Monmouth Park in the $100,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3). The 4-year-old stiffest challenge figures to come from Will Farish's classy Eagle.

  • Nik Juarez and Valid in Maryland

    Juarez Buys Former Mount, Millionaire Valid

    Jockey Nik Juarez kept tabs on his former mount, multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Valid, who was sold to new connections in January. Then he purchased the horse and retired him to a farm in Maryland, where he arrived Aug. 22.

  • Gun Runner is the commanding favorite in the Whitney Stakes

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Whitney Day at Saratoga

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a loaded card at Saratoga Race Course, featuring two grade 1 races, highlights the schedule.

  • Hip 124 is a Speightstown half brother to Tapwrit

    Riggio and Bandoroff Offer Tapwrit's Half Brother

    Len Riggio and Craig Bandoroff are returning to familiar grounds Aug. 7-8, offering a half brother to classic winner Tapwrit, at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Wekeela wins the Matchmaker with a ground saving trip

    Wekeela Wins Matchmaker over Miss Temple City

    A ground-saving trip on the inside by Javier Castellano enabled Wekeela to open up down the Monmouth Park stretch and best multiple grade 1 winner Miss Temple City in the $100,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (G3T) July 30. 

  • Sharp Azteca wins the Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Sharp Azteca, Classy Class Head Monmouth Cup

    Coming off a game runner-up effort to Mor Spirit last month in the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), Sharp Azteca aims to find his way back to the winner's circle in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3) July 30.

  • Purses Announced for West Virginia Breeders’ Classics

    The $350,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic will highlight a 9 race program worth a total of $1,000,000 in stakes purses when Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races hosts West Virginia Breeders’ Classics XXXI on Saturday, October 14. 

  • Girvin finished second by a nose in the Ohio Derby last out

    Girvin Has Final Work Ahead of Haskell

    Multiple graded stakes winner Girvin put in his final breeze July 23 for his next start in the 50th renewal of the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) July 30 at Monmouth Park.

  • Fasig-Tipton Logo

    Fasig-Tipton Returns Midlantic Sale to December Date

    Fasig-Tipton has shifted the sale date of its upcoming Midlantic Mixed Sale. The sale, which had been held in late January the past two years, will return to its traditional date and be conducted on Monday, December 4 of this year.

  • Ben's Cat underwent colic surgery July 6 in Kentucky but did not survive complications

    Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat Dies

    Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who underwent colic surgery July 6 to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, was euthanized July 18 due to complications that arose during his recovery. 

  • Frostmourne is all alone at the finish of the Kent Stakes

    Frostmourne Coasts to Kent Stakes Victory

    Green Lantern Stables' Frostmourne broke through for his first graded win in the June 3 Penn Mile Stakes (G2T) and put in a repeat performance July 15 in the $200,000 Kent Stakes (G3T) at Delaware Park.

  • Rick Porter leads Songbird and Mike Smith into the Delaware Park winner's circle

    Songbird Holds Fast in Delaware Handicap

    The champion daughter of Medaglia d'Oro came and conquered July 15 at Delaware Park, where she claimed the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) for Delaware native Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Songbird and Mike Smith after their Ogden Phipps Stakes win

    Songbird Gives Porter Another Crack at Del Cap

    For owner Rick Porter, a victory in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) would mean a lot as the big race at his local track. On July 15 he will send out two-time champion Songbird in an effort to land the $750,000 race for fillies and mares.