Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Patrick Husbands were once again atop the Woodbine standings when the track concluded its 2014 season Dec. 7.
While other concepts in the Thoroughbred business failed to come to fruition, and other racing events came, went, were scrapped, and are generally forgotten, the Claiming Crown survived and actually has grown.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will participate in the upcoming American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention and Trade Show in Salt Lake City, UT Dec. 6-10, the TAA announced Dec. 5.
Jockeys Maria Thornton and Carlos Montalvo were taken to Loyola Medical Center after being injured in a spill during the ninth and final race Dec. 4 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Pender Harbour will attempt to go farther than he ever has before when he lines up against an expected eight opponents in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) on closing day of the 2014 Woodbine meet Dec. 7.
Breeding seasons to more than 165 stallions from 20 states will be up for bid in an online auction for the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Stallion Stakes from Dec. 6-13.
Tidal Volume, a stakes-winning son of Tapit, will enter stud in 2015 at Poplar Creek Horse Center near Bethel, Ohio.
Vertiformer, a multiple graded stakes-placed 7-year-old old horse, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Poplar Creek Horse Center in Ohio.
Historical race wagering at two Kentucky racetracks registered healthy increases in October versus the same month in 2013, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Baryshnikov, a stakes-winning son of Empire Maker, has been relocated to Silver Bridle Racing in Springboro, Ohio.
Officials at Turfway Park, which begins its four-month run of live racing Dec. 1, are hoping response at the entry box for the first two programs continues through December and into next year.
San Nicola Thunder overcame a delay at the start before holding off the late rail bid from Freitag to take the $109,489 Sir Barton Stakes by a head Nov. 30 at Woodbine.
Odds-on favorite London Tower ran away with the $131,385 Ontario Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 6 1/2 lengths Nov. 30 at Woodbine with Emma-Jayne Wilson aboard.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable's Red Rifle delivered the latest in a line of satisfying stakes scores for jockey Florent Geroux Nov. 29, winning the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Donver Stable's homebred Decision Day battled for the early lead and held off hounding pressure to capture the $219,327 Coronation Futurity for 2-year-olds bred in Canada Nov. 29 at Woodbine.
Chris' Brew rides a three-race win streak into the co-featured $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes Nov. 30 at Woodbine, while South Ocean Stakes victress Galina Point tops the $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes.
A field of 11 will gather for the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course Nov. 29, contesting the only graded stakes and open event of Hawthorne Race Course's fall stand.
Already a two-time stakes winner on the Polytrack at Woodbine, filly Brooklynsway will try to pick up a third stakes score over the track Nov. 29 when she faces males for the first time in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity.
Ohio-based stallion Hostile Takeover was represented by his first winner when He's Taken won the fourth race Nov. 26 at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Well-bred Moshaagib, a 5-year-old son of Dynaformer, has been purchased by William Nicks and will stand the 2015 season at Nicks Farm near Sellersburg, IN.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission's executive director is recommending a three-year suspension of trainer Mike Norris for allegedly administering drugs on race day at least five times this spring at Indiana Grand.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course held its first-ever racing program Nov. 24 before a fairly large crowd on a wild weather day in northeastern Ohio.
Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity will try the Clark Handicap in his second race off a layoff to allow healing of a quarter crack and the removal of an ankle chip.
Favored Calgary Cat made a strong case for a Sovereign Award as Canada's top sprinter Nov. 23 with a dazzling finish in the $184,471 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Racecourse kicks off its inaugural racing season Monday, Nov. 24, with an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. EST.
After eliminating a backlog of drug testing samples from Thoroughbred races, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced a long list of sanctions levied against trainers from Aug. 1 through the end of October.
Indiana Grand Race Course will offer 120 programs of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in 2015 under a schedule approved Nov. 17 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
Bear No Joke will attempt to end a streak of three successive runner-up finishes as he defends his title in the $200,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 23 at Woodbine.
Canterbury Park received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission Nov. 20 to conduct a 70-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet in 2015.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have jointly announced Woodbine's 2015 Thoroughbred racing calendar.
Milwaukee Brew, poised to capture his second title as Canada's champion sire, will remain at $7,500 (all stallion fees are Canadian dollars, stands and nurses). His eight 2014 stakes winners are the most in Canada since 2001.
Strong Contender will stand at Kerry and Leigh Ann Hopper's R Star Stallions in Anderson, Ind., in 2015, the farm said Nov. 18.
Favored Hillaby, produced by 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, registered her first graded stakes win with a powerful stretch-running score in the $205,481 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 16 at snowy Woodbine.
Marc Laino announced Nov. 14 he is retiring as executive director of the Illinois Racing Board, effective at the end of the year. He has worked at the IRB for 28 years and served in his current post for 12 years.
ThistleDown in North Randall, Ohio, has canceled live racing for Friday, Nov. 14, due to inclement weather.
Maggi Moss has had success racing at Indiana Grand Race Course, which she calls a bright spot in Midwest Thoroughbred racing. But dysfunction and unfair practices in racing regulation are threatening the business, she said.
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Winner of the Ontario Fashion Stakes (Can-III) following a year's layoff, recently sold Native Bombshell will try to avoid a bounce as she returns to action in the $200,000 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 16 at Woodbine.
Grade II-placed stakes winner Souper Speedy has been retired to stand the 2015 breeding season at Mapleville Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course opened its barn area and dirt racing surface for training as scheduled Nov. 10 in advance of a Nov. 24 opening day.
Favored Lukes Alley posted his third consecutive win and fourth in five starts when rallying from last to capture the $198,407 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) by a neck Nov. 9 at Woodbine.
Tucci Stables' Midnight Aria, wire-to-wire winner of last year's Queen's Plate, will look to get back in the stakes column as he takes on five rivals in the $200,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 9.
Seven Ohio racetracks have been approved for a total of 770 live racing days in 2015. During its October meeting, the Ohio State Racing Commission signed off on a schedule that offers 293 days of Thoroughbred racing.
Indiana-based, grade III-placed stallion Silver Mountain will move from Swifty Farms to Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind., for the 2015 season.
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Leading Edge, a daughter of Tapit out of a grade II winner, heads Woodbine's Princess Elizabeth Stakes Nov. 2. The $250,000 race is for Canadian-foaled fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced Oct. 30 that the backlog of its drug testing samples is cleared and testing current at its Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet at Indiana Grand.
Churchill Downs announced plans for a $4.2 million capital improvement project Oct. 29 designed to upgrade accommodations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).
An Indiana veterinarian charged with administering cobalt to a horse before a race and several other offenses was suspended for 20 years and fined $20,000 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
Camelia "Cam" Casby, a longtime Thoroughbred breeder and owner who managed stables in Minnesota, Kentucky, and New York, died Oct. 25 after complications from a heart attack she suffered a week earlier. She was 63.
The 2014 Thoroughbred season at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino concluded Oct. 25 with wagering increasing across the board.
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