Midwest Region

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

  • Little Mike

    Little Mike, Silver Max Work for Engagements

    Trainer Dale Romans sent Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Little Mike and stablemate Silver Max through works at Churchill Downs Sept. 22, preparing the turf contenders for upcoming starts in New York and Kentucky.

  • WV Begins Long Process of Examining Salix

    The West Virginia Racing Commission heard the pros and cons of race-day furosemide use Sept. 17 and pledged to examine the steps necessary to implement mandatory administration of the anti-bleeding drug by third-party vets.

  • Arlington Race Voided as Turf Rail Collapses

    The ninth race at Arlington Park Sept. 15 was declared no contest by the stewards when several sections of the turf rail came apart and fell onto the course in front of the field, causing interference to most of the horses.

  • Volcat won the Virginia Oaks on July 21 at Colonial Downs.

    Pucker Up Draws Full Field of Twelve

    A full field of 12 grass-favoring sophomore fillies, topped by Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) winner Volcat and Italian transplant Angegreen, will line up Sept. 15 for the $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park.

  • Arlington 'Super Testing' Leads to Positives

    "Super testing" conducted early in this year's Arlington Park meet resulted in 26 positives for prednisone but found no evidence of other prohibited substances, according to the Illinois Racing Board.

  • Gold Edge wears down pacesetter La Song to win the Arlington-Washington Lassie.

    Arlington-Washington Lassie: Gold Edge Shines

    Dolphus Morrison's homebred Gold Edge remained unbeaten in three starts when she inched by La Song in the final yards to win the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) by a neck Sept. 8 at Arlington Park.

  • Pataky Kid sprints home in the Arlington-Washington Futurity.

    Pataky Kid Shows Promise in A-W Futurity Win

    Pataky Kid continued his progress up the ladder and gave a hint of good things to come in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 8 at Arlington Park, earning his first stakes score for Swifty Farms.

  • Sweet Redemption won the Ontario Debutante at Woodbine in her only start.

    Field Fills for Arlington-Washington Lassie

    An overflow field of 14 juvenile fillies including stakes winners Sweet Redemption, American Sugar and Gold Edge passed the entry box for the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III), run at a one-turn mile Sept. 8.

  • Muppet Man won the Meadowlake Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 4.

    Eight Enter Arlington-Washington Futurity

    Curtis Green's local stakes winner Muppet Man brings a two-for-two record into the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), headlining a field of eight juveniles set to go a one-turn mile at Arlington Park Sept. 8.

  • Morrison's Gold Edge Preps for Lassie

    Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, winner of the Lisa M Stakes at Arlington Park Aug. 4, breezed five furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:00 4/5 the morning of Sept. 3 in preparation for the upcoming Arlington-Washington Lassie.

  • Congrats and Roses takes the Minnesota Distaff Classic Championship at Canterbury.

    Records Set During Minnesota Festival

    The 19th running of the Festival of Champions, a day reserved for the best Minnesota-breds in the state, showcased some familiar faces Sept. 2 at Canterbury Park in front of a Festival-record crowd of 17,053.

  • Middie streaks home to win the Washington Park Handicap under Francisco Torres.

    Middie Makes His Move in Washington Park

    Outsider Middie spurted away from the field in upper stretch to post a 3 3/4-length victory under jockey Francisco Torres in the $150,000 Washington Park Handicap in track-record time over Polytrack at Arlington Park Sept 1.

  • Group Appeals Latest Ruling in Ohio VLT Case

    The Ohio Roundtable, a public policy group challenging the 2011 law authorizing racetrack video lottery terminals in Ohio, has appealed a common pleas court ruling that found the organization lacks standing in the case.

  • Woodbine

    Woodbine Seeks to Cut 11 Racing Days

    Citing uncertainty due to the scheduled end of its slots-at-racetracks program in March 2013, Woodbine has submitted a request to the Ontario Racing Commission to cancel 11 Thoroughbred Thursday afternoon programs.

  • Salix (furosemide)

    WV Sets Salix Meeting; Updated Rules Filed

    The West Virginia Racing Commission has officially scheduled a meeting for Sept. 17 to take comments from industry representatives on the use of furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, on race day.

  • Slot Machines

    Illinois Governor Vetoes Gambling Expansion

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Aug. 28 vetoed a gaming expansion measure that would have allowed slot machines at racetracks and authorized five new casinos around the state, but hinted he may approve if changes are made.

  • Thistledown requested 122 live racing days.

    For Ohio Tracks, 2013 a Transitional Year

    With one exception, there could be little change in live racing dates at Ohio tracks in 2013, but significant alterations are possible for 2014 should more facilities begin operating video lottery terminals.

  • Partners Granted Permit for Thistledown

    The company whose permit to operate Thistledown was approved by the Ohio State Racing Commission Aug. 22 indicated the planned video lottery terminal operation at the racetrack will be more than temporary.

  • Woodbine is located in Ontario.

    Will Ontario Slots Program Be Revisited?

    Just days before a government panel is set to release recommendations for the future of horse racing in Ontario, the industry is receiving support from politicians questioning the end of the slots-at-racetracks program.

  • I'm A Dreamer holds off Marketing Mix to take the Beverly D. at Arlington Park.

    I'm A Dreamer Just Gets By in Beverly D.

    Hayley Turner became the first female jockey to win the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 18 when she rode I'm A Dreamer to hold off the late charge of Marketing Mix at Arlington Park by a nose.

  • Afsare at Arlington Park.

    Million Entrant Afsare Works at Arlington

    British-bred Afsare, originally scheduled for turf work on the morning of Aug. 16 in preparation for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), instead drilled a half-mile over the Arlington Park main track due to a steady rain.

  • Star Guitar

    Louisiana Champion Star Guitar Retired

    The king of the Cajuns, Star Guitar, has been retired after a sensational career in which he captured 24 of his 30 starts and three consecutive Louisiana-bred horse of the year titles.