Mid-Atlantic Region

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

  • 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.

  • Pure Sensation winning last year's Parx Dash under Kendrick Carmouche

    Pure Sensation Back for Parx Dash

    Patricia Generazio homebred Pure Sensation will try to secure a third graded stakes win in as many Parx starts and defend his title in the $200,000 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T) June 8. The five-furlong turf sprint has attracted a dozen entries.

  • Laurel Park

    Laurel Park Fall Meet Features 44 Stakes Races

    Highlighted by the Maryland Million program, four graded events, and a tribute to recently retired Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat, the Maryland Jockey Club will offer 44 stakes worth $4.42 million in purses during its fall meet at Laurel Park.

  • Charles Town Races will not miss any race dates after high winds damaged three barns

    Storm Damages Barns at Charles Town

    High winds damaged three barns at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races the evening of July 5, but no horses or humans were injured and the track expects to not miss any race dates.

  • Joe Bravo celebrates his fourth United Nations win in the past six years

    Bigger Picture Dives to Record United Nations Score

    A crafty ride from Joe Bravo set 10-1 shot Bigger Picture up with dead aim on his first grade 1 victory July 1 in the United Nations Stakes, and the 6-year-old Badge of Silver gelding responded with a dazzling win in course-record time. 

  • Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken is still chasing a grade 1 score

    Haskell Likely Next for McCraken

    Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken recorded a half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Churchill Downs July 1 in preparation for a likely start in the July 30 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, trainer Ian Wilkes said.

  • Ben’s Cat at his new home at Chris and Bayne Welker’s Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky., June 29

    Ben's Cat Settles Into New Kentucky Home

    Chris Welker spent the morning sitting under a tree in a paddock watching Ben's Cat settle into his new home on a breezy June 29 at Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky. She considered pinching herself, but didn't want to spoil the tranquility.

  • Dr. Fager, under 134 pounds and on turf for the first time, guts out a victory in the 1968 United Nations Handicap

    Look Back: Dr. Fager Delivers on Turf in United Nations

    This week is the race recap of the 1968 United Nations Handicap won by Dr. Fager written by Dave Hooper titled "Dr. Fager Proving His Class; Rivals among those convinced after great duel with Advocator."