One of the most successful partnerships in Thoroughbred racing, that of Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Jamie Ness, ended quietly with a phone call the week of Feb. 15.
I'm a Chatterbox, second to Stellar Wind in the voting for 2015 champion 3-year-old filly, is back on the track preparing for her 4-year-old debut, which could come in the April 15 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn.
It remains to be seen whether the connections of Shogood will attempt to stretch him out around two turns for his next start, but on Feb. 20 he had little trouble winning the 6 1/2-furlong WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park.
Trainer Wesley Ward continued his roll at the Turfway Park winter/spring meet the evening of Feb. 19 with three victories, including the returning group II-winning filly Acapulco.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund paid out more than $10.5 million to eligible horses based on 2015 races, and the number of mares nominated to the program continues to increase.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland last year fueled double-digit tourism growth in Lexington in 2015, VisitLEX said Feb. 17.
Oaklawn Park in Arkansas will increase overnight purses by as much as $3,000 for overnight races and bump up purses for three stakes by $50,000.
David McCaffrey, who has spent the past 25 years in leadership positions with the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association, has been hired as executive director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
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- By Tom LaMarra
- Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Racing, Southwest Region, Southeast Region, Midwest Region
Trainer Tom Amoss said the field for the Feb. 20 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds is one of the deepest he has seen at the Louisiana track, and he believes that's good for Mo Tom, who he trains for G M B Racing.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Samuel Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews, last of 14 heading into the far turn, rallied strongly in the stretch to win the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park.
Dr. James Bryant and Linda Davis couldn't just move on with their lives after their homebred Page McKenney was claimed in July 2013 to race for Adam Staple and trainer Mary Eppler.
With cold weather and high winds forecast for the Austintown, Ohio area, Mahoning Valley Race Course has cancelled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 13.
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Feb. 9 announced several incentives for those who breed in Minnesota, including bonuses for graduates of the MTA auction and a new stakes for eligible 2-year-olds.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Racing, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Southeast Region
Oaklawn Park allowance winner Whitmore will start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 after a good workout in company the morning of Feb. 8 at the Arkansas racetrack.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel Feb. 8 said it will ban horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus in those states.
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the president and executive director of the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are seeking to have other board members added to the litigation as defendants.
The first reported foal for Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man is a colt born Feb. 3 at Breakaway Farm in Indiana.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open house days showcasing stallions for the 2016 breeding season. Open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.
Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, in comments that helped kick off the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association symposium Feb. 2, said horse racing and breeding in the state is strong, but challenges remain.
Michael Smith, who served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1993-2002, has been hired as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
Melissa Cantacuzene's The Pickett Factor, winner of the Louisiana Classic Stakes in his last start, returns to action Feb. 6 for the $200,000 Louisiana-bred Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs.
Brian Elmore, who oversees racing operations at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, is to retire Feb. 26 from Centaur Gaming, which operates the two Indiana racetracks.
Turf Paradise in Arizona is the second racetrack in the Southwest to enact a quarantine because of equine herpesvirus. Live racing continues at the Phoenix track, though no horses may enter or leave the grounds.
- By Frank Angst
- International, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing, Midwest Region, Northeast Region
Officials from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division, and Woodbine Entertainment Group plan to meet in the near future to discuss reductions in Ontario Sire purse bonuses for 2016.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation will hold its fifth annual online stallion season auction Feb. 1-7.
The 2016 Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund will be worth $5.79 million, up 4.2% from last year under a proposal approved by the Ohio State Racing Commission Jan. 26.
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The Illinois Racing Board Jan. 26, over the objection of horsemen and breeders, advanced a request by the state's three remaining tracks for more flexibility in carding races.
Kiss the Kid, a 13-year-old Lemon Drop Kid stallion, is standing at Poplar Creek Horse Center in Bethel, Ohio, for a fee of $2,500 this year.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows racetracks to "recapture" purse money, "threaten to crush" horse racing.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner Catch a Glimpse and her trainer, Mark Casse, are nominated for multiple Sovereign Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony April 8.
Thoroughbred owner Donald Leifeld, who won back-to-back editions of Fonner Park's biggest stakes, died Jan. 16 in St. Paul, Neb. He was 61.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Southeast Region
Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
Multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis will make her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 at Oaklawn Park, according to trainer Ingrid Mason.
Tidal Volume, a stakes-winning son of leading stallion Tapit, sired his first reported foal, a filly out of the Woodman mare Runawayskye, Jan. 7.
Digital Kitchen's production of "Ironman Perry Ouzts," directed by the Hennegan Brothers, has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television-Feature.
Elusive Bluff, a 10-year-old son of Elusive Quality who won both career starts, has been relocated to Southern Indiana Equine near Austin, Ind., for the 2016 breeding season.
Wentworth Brochu's Chocolate Ride worked a tad slow Jan. 3 but remains on target for the Jan. 16 Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course wrapped up its 2015 fall/early winter season with across-the-board gains in total handle, on-track handle, average field size, and daily purse distribution.
On a day in which Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course posted record single-program pari-mutuel handle of $1,182,223, a record payoff of $415.20 for a $2 wager provided a trainer with her first-ever career victory.
Daniel J. Guttman of Bexley, Ohio, has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund advisory committee. Guttman, 43, will serve a three-year term.
Dale Bennett learned about Thoroughbred training from his father, Gerald, a native of Canada who has won more than 3,500 races in his career and regularly winters at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.
Grade I-placed Maimonides will stand the 2016 breeding season at Hand Ride Stables in Dublin, Ohio. His fee has been set at $2,500, live foal stands and nurses.
Eagle, a 3-year-old Candy Ride colt, seems to have hit his stride after earning his first stakes victory in the Tenacious Stakes Dec. 19 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Trainer Tom Amoss, multiple leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has a couple of promising 2-year-olds he hopes end up competing in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in 2016.
The pre-race protocol of Thoroughbreds racing at Remington Park in 2016 will include a quick stop on a scale where their weight will be recorded and that information will be provided to the public before the race.
Canterbury Park received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission Dec. 17 to conduct a 69-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet.
Appollos Baby Girl drew off in the stretch to win a six-furlong maiden-claiming race by 4 3/4 lengths on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Hawthorne Race Course, becoming the first winner for Illinois-based stallion Live From Appollo.
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