Midwest Region

News and features for Midwestern farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • From left, Peter Sacopulos, secretary of ITOBA, Rachel McLaughlin, on-air racing analyst and host of the ITOBA banquet, and Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing.

    Indiana Grand's Schuster Honored by ITOBA

    Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand, was recently honored with the Hall of Distinction award at the annual Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (ITOBA) banquet April 15 at Indiana Grand.

  • Thistledown Racing Season Opens April 30

    "Return" is the theme of JACK Thistledown's 2018 race meet that opens Monday, April 30, as Thoroughbreds and horsemen come back for live racing and a celebrated racing series makes a stop in Cleveland.

  • Belterra Park celebrated a milestone win by Perry Ouzts last year

    Belterra Park to Open Racing Season April 27

    Belterra Park will begin its 2018 Thoroughbred racing season Friday, April 27, with weekly races Thursday - Sunday until Sept. 30. Post time for races is 1:20 p.m. The full racing schedule can be found by visiting BelterraPark.com.

  • Bucchero

    Bucchero Named Indiana-Bred Horse of the Year

    The year 2017 was a banner year for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) and the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program (ITBDP) as Indiana-breds graced the national stage and brought awareness to the growth of the regional program. 

  • Cosmic Burst trains April 10 at Oaklawn Park

    Cosmic Burst Could Light Up Fantasy

    Norma Lee Stockseth and Todd Dunn's Cosmic Burst, winner of the March 10 Honeybee Stakes (G3), is poised to move forward in Oaklawn's April 13 Fantasy Stakes (G3). The daughter of Violence is one of eight 3-year-old fillies for the $400,000 event.

  • Owner/Breeder James Coulter Dies at 71

    Owner/breeder James Coulter, who campaigned graded stakes winner and 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) starter Sugar Shock, passed away March 20 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill., north of Chicago. He was 71.

  • Ken Ramsey and his wife Sarah plan to send approximately 10 horses to Woodbine

    Ramseys to Run a String at Woodbine

    The good impression Woodbine management made on owner Ken Ramsey during some of his stakes wins at the suburban Toronto track encouraged the Eclipse Award-winning owner to commit a string of horses this year.

  • Noble Indy (inside) fights off Lone Sailor to capture the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course

    Noble Indy Takes Louisiana Derby

    The already loaded slate of classic contenders on the roster for WinStar Farm got another boost March 24 when Noble Indy, the son of Take Charge Indy owned in partnership with Repole Stable, fought off Lone Sailor to win the Louisiana Derby.

  • Eye of the Leopard Relocated to Minnesota

    Eye of the Leopard, the Canadian champion 3-year-old colt of 2009 and Queen's Plate winner, has been relocated from Calumet Farm to Osborne Farm near Cambridge, Minn., for the 2018 season. His stud fee will be $1,500 live foal stands and nurses.

  • My Boy Jack takes the Southwest Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Oaklawn Park

    Desormeaux Mulls Options for My Boy Jack

    Next-race plans are pending for My Boy Jack, who was to be flown to his Southern California base Feb. 21 following a dominant performance in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 19 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Hawaakom races down the rail in the Razorback Handicap to win in the mud at Oaklawn Park

    Hawaakom Skims Rail for Upset Razorback Victory

    Jockey Corey Lanerie found the rail to be the best spot to place Hawaakom for a stretch run in the Razorback Handicap (G3) on the Feb. 19 Presidents' Day card at Oaklawn Park and the strategy paid off as the pair posted a 3 1/4-length upset victory.

  • Bravazo (outside) edges Snapper Sinclair to win the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course

    Bravazo Scores the Upset in Risen Star Stakes

    In his second start this year and third crack against graded stakes company, Bravazo tracked pacesetter Snapper Sinclair every step of the way and got his best stride down when it counted to win the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds.

  • Oaklawn Park

    Oaklawn to Increase Overnight Purses

    Effective Feb. 17, Oaklawn Park is increasing all allowance and maiden special weight races by $3,000. Allowance races will range from $79,000 to as high as $83,000. Maiden special weight races will increase to $78,000 from $75,000.

  • Midwest/Canada Regional: Standing Tall

    Ivan Dalos will tell you his foray into Thoroughbred racing and breeding began purely by chance. He will tell you one of the first horses he bred, Victory Gallop—who stunned the racing world when he won the 1998 Belmont Stakes (G1)—was a “fluke.”

  • Ready's Image will stand the 2018 season at Midwest Equine and Veterinary Hospital in Indiana

    Ready's Image Moved to Indiana

    Ready's Image, winner of the grade 2 Sanford Stakes at 2, will stand at Midwest Equine and Veterinary Hospital near Trafalgar, Ind., for the 2018 breeding season.

  • Canterbury Park will run 35 stakes races in 2018, featuring three new races and higher purses

    Canterbury Park Announces 2018 Stakes Schedule

    Canterbury Park racing officials announced Jan. 24 a Thoroughbred stakes schedule for the 2018 season with 35 races worth a total of $2.375 million, including three new races and increased purses for nine existing stakes.