Maryland-based jockey Sheldon Russell won the 1,000th race of his career March 7 in style by guiding Sean Shay's Shayjolie to victory in the $100,000 Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Four tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region have canceled live racing for March 7 because of the continued impact from a winter storm.
Video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack have helped push up prices of New York-bred yearlings and increased the state's foal crop in what economic development officials say has been a far-reaching impact.
Winter weather didn't just force cancellations of race days this week, it also forced the Virginia Racing Commission to postpone its regular meeting that had been scheduled March 5, when it had hoped the future of racing.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced that popular electronic music DJ and producer Armin van Buuren will headline the 2015 Preakness InfieldFest concert.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Racing, Handicapping, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Because of severe winter weather conditions, or expected winter weather, racing for March 5 has been canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Oaklawn Park.
Racing for March 4 has been canceled at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, while Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled racing for March 5.
After an encouraging start in terms of pari-mutuel wagering in January, handle on U.S. races plummeted in February compared with the same month in 2014, a decline that dropped 2015's handle behind last year's pace
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, which began its 2015 race meet the evening of March 1, has canceled its second program March 2 because of track conditions.
Mother Nature continues to have an impact on North American racing as Laurel Park canceled its Sunday, March 1, live race card, due to a winter storm producing snow and freezing rain.
There will be a live race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015 and 2016 now that track ownership and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have come to terms.
Meadowlands, which contracts with Monarch Content Management to negotiate host fees for its signal, issued a statement Feb. 27 on the ongoing dispute that is blacking out its signal from 23 racetracks.
King T. Leatherbury's evergreen Ben's Cat has been named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
A New York casino panel has approved another round of bids for a gaming facility in the Southern Tier region of the state located near Binghamton and just across from the Pennsylvania border.
Due to winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has been cancelled for Feb. 27, along with racing at Maryland's Laurel Park.
Two-time champion steeplechase jockey Matt McCarron has been named the new trainer at the Pons family's Merryland Farm in Hydes, Md.
In Feb. 24 release, the Virginia Equine Alliance praised legislation that has passed the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced the formation of a marketing partnership with Fantasy Sports Network, which will assist in the launch of a paid Monmouth Park daily fantasy game featuring professional sporting events.
New York regulators are still not saying when the findings of an investigation into allegations of horse abuse by trainer Steve Asmussen will be released.
Laurel Park, forced to end live racing after the second race Feb. 21 because of weather conditions, canceled its full-card for Feb. 22 because of lingering impact from the storm.
Penn National, Charles Town, Laurel, and Turfway Park have canceled racing for Feb. 21. Penn National and Charles Town are now dark until Feb. 25, while Turfway is scheduled to resume live racing Feb. 22.
Due to winter weather live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and at Penn National for Feb. 20 has been canceled, along with racing at Aqueduct and Laurel.
The Maryland Jockey Club Feb. 19 announced the return of Black-Eyed Susan Day's "Ultimate Girls' Day Out," celebrating the spirit and strength of women May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
Pimlico Race Course plans a spring schedule featuring 21 stakes worth more than $4.2 million, including eight graded events on Preakness weekend May 15-16.
In anticipation of extreme winter conditions including single-digit wind chill temperatures, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack for Thursday, Feb. 19.
Due to winter weather, including temperatures and winds anticipated to produce a wind chill well into single digits and below, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 has been canceled.
Recommendations for new protocols for stewards, outriders, and racetracks have been adopted by the West Virginia Racing Commission as a result of a two-horse collision during a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Feb. 17 tabled a request by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to reduce the number of live racing dates it was awarded for 2015.
Mike Repole's Misconnect connected on the biggest win of his career when he ran down Cutty Shark in the final yards to take the $250,000 General George Handicap (gr. III) at Laurel Park by a neck Feb. 16.
Four horses stormed toward the finish line in the $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds Feb. 16 at Laurel Park before Savvy Street won the tightest of finishes over Combat Diver.
Maryland-based Lady Sabelia's graded stakes debut in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (gr. II) was a runaway success at Laurel Park Feb. 14 as Mrs. Frank P. Wright's homebred mare led gate to wire.
Three months after taking the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Zee Bros returns to Laurel Park as the 117-pound starting highweight in the $250,000 General George Handicap (gr. III) Feb. 16.
Virginia legislators have advanced bills that would provide funding for the Virginia Equine Alliance, a non-profit group that could shape racing in the state.
In 2014, U.S. horse racing appeared on pace to register its fewest positive drug tests for anabolic steroids since the industry moved to outlaw the drugs from racing in 2008-09. But recent events in Maryland changed that.
Due to inclement weather including low temperatures and high winds, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for Thursday night, Feb. 12, has been canceled.
Multiple graded stakes winner Sam's Sister appears the one to beat in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) from Laurel Park Feb. 14.
The $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) is the highlight of the 2015 stakes schedule at Delaware Park this season, the biggest of five graded events on the calendar at the Wilmington track.
A fourth Maryland trainer has been suspended and fined in connection with a positive test for the synthetic anabolic steroid stanzolol.
Maryland stallion Freedom Child was represented by his first two reported foals Feb. 6-7 at Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md.
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced that Frank Mirahmadi will become its new track announcer when the 2015 racing season kicks off on Saturday, May 9.
A state-approved 10% reduction in video lottery terminal revenue and continued softness in the regional gambling market have led officials and horsemen at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort to reduce purses.
Fasig-Tipton Co. announced Feb. 9 Southern Equine Stables' continuation in 2015 of a strategic plan to reduce a portion of its Thoroughbred holdings.
Equine Encore Performance at Charles Town reported assisting with the placement of 54 horses from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races during its first year of operation.
On the heels of the Maryland Racing Commission suspending trainer Hector Garcia, the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to ban Garcia and his sometimes-boss Juan C. Vazquez from its racetracks.
Citing winter weather conditions in the region, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have canceled their Thursday evening, Feb. 5 cards.
Three trainers have received suspensions and fines in Maryland in conjunction with positive tests for stanozolol, a synthetic steroid formerly known as Winstrol that is now available only through drug compounders.
Led by the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2, Monmouth Park announced a graded stakes schedule worth $3.5 million for 2015. In addition, the popular bonus programs for owners and trainers will return.
Due to winter weather with low temperatures and high winds expected to produce a wind chill well into single digits, live racing at Charles Town in West Virginia has been canceled for Friday night, Jan. 30.
Majestic Affair lived up to his 2-5 odds when he romped to a 5 3/4-length win in the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes over seven rival 3-year-olds Jan. 29 at Laurel Park.
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