Midwest Region

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

  • Strong Will wins his maiden on debut at Arlington

    Strong Will First Winner for Strong Mandate

    Winning on debut for owner Carolyn Wilson and trainer Larry Rivelli, Strong Will turned in an impressive performance for his sire Strong Mandate June 17 at Arlington when he secured a $32,000 maiden special weight on the all-weather track. 

  • The Pizza Man

    The Pizza Man, Work All Week Take on Pony Duty

    Midwest Thoroughbreds' 2015 Arlington Million (G1T) winner The Pizza Man and 2014 champion sprinter Work All Week returned to the barn of Roger Brueggemann on the Arlington International Racecourse backstretch last week for careers as stable ponies.

  • Amy Sondej (right) in the winner's circle after her first victory as a trainer with Bosphorus Storm at Thistledown June 12

    Amy Sondej Earns First Victory as Trainer

    Trainer Amy Sondej scored the first win of her career June 12, when Bosphorus Storm set the pace and won the eighth race at Thistledown by 2 3/4 lengths. The win came with Sondej's 10th starter. She also has three seconds and a third.

  • Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame to Honor Baird

    The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will go to the late Dale Baird, who came to the Upper Ohio Valley from Illinois and made it his home, training horses at what was then Waterford Park and would become Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Carlos H. Marquez Jr. returns after his 3,000th win in a claiming race at Arlington International Racecourse

    Carlos Marquez Notches Win No. 3,000

    Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. notched his 3,000th victory in North America when he guided Savemethelastdance to a two-length score in the seventh race May 26 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • A Justin Phillip colt consigned as Hip 370 sells for $275,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale

    Justin Phillip Colt a Home Run for Horseman Centeno

    Victor Centeno, a former assistant to Florida horseman Nick de Meric, knocked it out of the park during the May 22 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds sale when a colt he bought for $6,000 was sold for $275,000.

  • Sophie Doyle at Keeneland

    Sophie Doyle Hopes to Carry Success to Arlington

    It's been quite an adventure for jockey Sophie Doyle since she came to ride full time in the United States in 2013. This summer, another chapter will be written in her story when she competes at Arlington International Racecourse for the 2018 meet.

  • Sol Kumin

    Kumin Sends Out Trio in Search of Derby Glory

    Owner Sol Kumin has a sprinkling of yearling buys and more recent private purchases as his Monomoy Girl seeks to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks while Justify, Audible, and My Boy Jack go looking for roses in the Kentucky Derby.

  • 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.