Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs will have no overlapping dates next year under a schedule approved Oct. 26 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Kentucky Downs had requested seven days, up from five this year.
Churchill Downs is in the process of preparing an application to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships in 2018, the next open year in the rotation, an official at the Kentucky racetrack said Oct. 23.
Four contenders for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) turned in solid works the morning of Oct. 23 at Keeneland, which will host the World Championships Oct. 30-31.
Racetrack and casino owner Penn National Gaming Inc. reports third quarter financials better than guidance offered earlier this year.
The $8.8 million, state-of-the-art clinic will be about two miles from Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
As a pioneer in air horse transport and a passionate Thoroughbred owner and breeder, there were few waking moments Dave Clark didn't spend thinking about horses.
Augustin Stables' Lucky Lindy traveled south from Woodbine on an Illinois raiding trip and easily claimed his second graded score, sailing home in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/4 lengths.
JMJ Racing Stables' Interpol has caught much of the betting public by surprise in his last two upset victories, but he won't be sneaking up on anyone in the $1 million Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) Oct. 18.
Half of the 12 horses entered in the E. P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) will be making their first or second start in North America.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Horse Health, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
The RMTC, which met Oct. 13, cited progress in state-by-state adoption of components of the National Uniform Medication Program and also added four drugs to the list of controlled substances.
Three last-time-out graded stakes winners will look for a second graded score in a row in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 17 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Ronald DiCicilia (Cilio), who operated Crown's Way Farm in Illinois and Crown's Way South in Ocala, Fla., died Oct. 8 in Itsaca, Ill., at age 78.
Fasig-Tipton has added six supplemental entries to its November sale, including grade I winner Dame Dorothy.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open house days showcasing stallions for the 2016 breeding season. These open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.
Skychai Racing hopes to continue to reap dividends on its June 21 claim of Da Big Hoss, one of 11 entered in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland Oct. 15.
Loooch Racing Stable's Dubacious, sent to the lead in the opening quarter of a mile, led throughout to score a one-length victory in the $150,000 Best of Ohio Endurance Oct. 10 at ThistleDown.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission Oct. 10 voted 4-0 to remove Joe Gorajec from the position of executive director and appointed his deputy to serve on an interim basis while a search for a replacement is conducted.
Trainer Mike Keogh will be represented by a pair of talented Gus Schickedanz homebreds Oct. 11 at Woodbine with Springhouse in the Cup and Saucer and Sweet Grass Creek in the Bunty Lawless.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission is scheduled to meet Oct. 10 for an executive session at which it will discuss the fate of Joe Gorajec, the commission's longtime executive director.
Earle Mack's Born in a Breeze will try for a second straight stakes win and third consecutive victory overall when the 3-year-old Leonnatus Anteas colt starts in the $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes Sunday, Oct. 11 at Woodbine.
Square Dancer, unbeaten in three starts over the track, heads Hastings Park's Oct.12 $100,000 BC Premier's Handicap (Can-III).
Work All Week, the champion male sprinter of 2014 and winner of last year's Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has been retired because of a stress fracture in his right knee.
Bloodstock specialist Zach Madden and Ro Parra's Millennium Farms have partnered to create Buckland Sales, an independent sales agency premiering its first consignments in November.
Canterbury Park will begin a search for a new director of racing and racing secretary following the announcement that Doug Schoepf has retired after 21 years at the Shakopee, Minn., track.
With record purses of $750,000 for five stakes restricted to Ohio-breds, the Best of Ohio series attracted 54 entries for its Oct. 10 renewal at ThistleDown Racino.
Jockey diagnosed with 'incomplete spinal cord injury' perseveres after July 22 incident.
Melnyk Racing Stable's Lukes Alley, a winner Sept. 12 in his first start since November 2014, quickly jumps up to graded stakes company for the $150,000 Durham Cup (Can-III) at Woodbine Oct. 3.
Breeders' Cup and Red Mile have opened sales for the "Breeders' Cup Bash," to be held Oct. 30-31 at the simulcast facility at Red Mile.
Ohio's three Thoroughbred racetracks have been approved for a total of 293 racing dates for 2016 as approved Sept. 29 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.
Keeneland has cataloged 4,476 horses for its 2015 November breeding stock sale, which will be held Nov. 2-13 and begin two days after the track hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships for the first time.
Midwest Thoroughbreds is hoping its two stable stars punch their tickets to the Breeders' Cup in races at Keeneland during its opening weekend.
The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 29 voted to consolidate all 2016 Chicago-area racing at Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course, averting potential draconian cuts at both those tracks.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, West Region
Stallion Where's the Ring will return east, this time to Ontario's Colebrook Farm Stallion Station, for the 2016 season.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
ARCI Sept. 29 announced members of a committee that will work with regulators in each racing state to complete implementation of reforms that make up the National Uniform Medication Program.
The Illinois Racing Board upheld the stewards' decision to disqualify Secret Gesture in the 2015 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) from first to third place and also confirmed a $1,500 fine against her rider Jamie Spencer.
Super Derby (gr. II) winner Mobile Bay takes his show on the road to Remington Park for the Sept. 27 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III). The nine-furlong race for 3-year-olds is worth $400,000.
Departing, Mylute, and Ulanbator figure to mix it up late in Lukas Classic Stakes under the Twin Spires.
Brazilian group I winner Holding Glory will enter stud in 2016 at Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind.
Skylord picked up his first winner as a sire when Cindy Patrick's Check Or a Wreck drew off in the stretch of a maiden-optional claiming race for 2-year-old Indiana-bred fillies sired by registered Indiana stallions Sept. 22.
The Ohio HBPA, which withdrew permission for its races to be simulcast in a dispute with track management over the number of available stalls, said ThistleDown officials agreed Sept. 18 to increase the number of stalls.
Billy's Star, winner of the Aug. 23 Victoria Park Stakes last time out, heads a group of eight sophomores, including Victoria runner-up Firespike, in the $150,000 Canadian (Can-III) Sept. 20 at Woodbine.
For the second time in three years, the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has pulled the plug on the exporting of ThistleDown Racino's live racing signal.
Citing higher than anticipated handle on its Aug. 15 Arlington Million card and following days, Arlington International Racecourse announced it will card additional races daily and increase purses for state-bred races.
Kentucky Downs, which was rebuffed last year in its attempt to add racing days to its 2015 schedule, will try again for 2016, track president Corey Johnsen said Sept. 16.
In an effort to provide a measure of protection for horses and racetrack workers in Illinois, an Illinois Racing Board commissioner wants to require tracks to consider their welfare in the event of track shutdowns.
Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss, claimed for $50,000 in June, made big on that investment with an off-the-pace victory in the $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up Sept. 14 at Kentucky Downs.
Canterbury Park reported increases in pari-mutuel handle, purses, and attendance for its 2015 meet that ended Sept. 12.
Stacked Deck held off 2014 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) winner Calgary Cat with a determined drive and claimed his first graded score Sept. 13, winning this year's edition of the $150,000 test at Woodbine.
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) won't include Wise Dan after the two-time winner's retirement, but runners who dwelt in his shadow will have a chance to shine Sept. 13 at Woodbine.
"The other Casse," Conquest Daddyo was overlooked off a runner-up finish in the Aug. 15 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 15, but finds himself a graded stakes victor in just his third start.
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