Northeast Region

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

  • Twisted Tom takes the Empire Classic under Javier Castellano at Belmont Park

    Twisted Tom Clinches Empire Classic

    Twisted Tom, a sophomore gelding by Creative Cause, proved much the best against his elders with a three-length victory in the Empire Classic after running down the pacesetting Control Group.

  • Litfin at Large: State-Bred Cards Take Center Stage

    It's the calm before the impending Breeders' Cup storm, and besides the Grand National Steeplechase (NSA1) at Far Hills, the only graded stakes to be contested in North America on Saturday is the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland.

  • Effinex Dies Suddenly From Ruptured Pulmonary Artery

    Grade 1 winner Effinex, who entered stud this year, died suddenly Oct. 18 just before 9 p.m. due to a ruptured pulmonary artery, according to owner Dr. Russell Cohen. "He filled a huge void in my life. He was such a cool horse," Cohen said.

  • Tiz a Slam opens up to a 3 1/4-length lead in the Ontario Derby at Woodbine

    Tiz a Slam Gets Redemption in Ontario Derby

    Chiefswood Stable's homebred Tiz a Slam exacted revenge over Holy Helena with a 3 1/4-length victory in Woodbine's $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) Oct. 15, after finishing second to the filly in the Queen's Plate earlier in the summer.

  • Happy Like a Fool wins the Matron Stakes at Belmont Park

    Happy Like a Fool Kicks Away in Matron

    Returning to the United States and to the dirt did the trick for the Wesley Ward-trained Happy Like a Fool, as she pulled away from rivals in the Belmont Park stretch to win the $150,000 Matron Stakes (G3) Oct. 15. 

  • Engage wins the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park

    Engage Overwhelms Foes in Futurity Stakes

    The step up into graded stakes company proved an easy transition for Woodford Racing's Engage, as the son of Into Mischief busted through an outside seam en route to a 3 1/2-length victory in the Oct. 14 $150,000 Futurity Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park.

  • Rubilinda wins the Pebbles Stakes at Belmont Park

    Rubilinda Holds Off Party Boat in Pebbles Stakes

    After a wide, sweeping move coming into the Belmont Park stretch, Don Alberto Stable homebred Rubilinda still had enough left to hold off late surges from Party Boat and Thais to win the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes Oct. 14. 

  • Priceless Gem after her 1965 Futurity victory at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Look Back: Priceless Gem Tops Buckpasser in Futurity

    This week's Look Back feature is a recap of the 1965 Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct won by filly Priceless Gem. The story, headlined "Priceless Gem Beats The Boys" was written by William H. Rudy and appeared in the Oct. 2, 1965 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Separationofpowers pulls away in the Frizette Stakes Oct. 8

    Separationofpowers Too Good in Frizette

    Klaravich Stables' Separationofpowers rallied in the Belmont Park stretch to secure her first graded stakes victory by open lengths Oct. 8 in the $400,000 Frizette Stakes (G1).

  • War Flag (inside) gets up to win the Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park

    War Flag Rallies Late to Win Flower Bowl

    In her fourth U.S. start and first try against top-level company, War Flag wore down pacesetter Grand Jete (GB) in late stretch then held off grade 1 winner Dacita to take the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (G1T) at Belmont Park Oct. 8.

  • Firenze Fire seizes victory in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park

    Firenze Fire Bounces Back to Win Champagne

    Sanford Stakes (G3) winner Firenze Fire rallied along the rail in the far turn under Irad Ortiz Jr. then edged Good Magic by about three-quarters of a length at the wire to win the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) Oct. 7 at Belmont Park.

  • Keen Ice winning the Suburban Handicap in July at Belmont Park

    Keen Ice Stands Out in Jockey Club Gold Cup

    Without Gun Runner or Arrogate to contend with, Donegal Racing and Calumet Farm's Keen Ice stands out in the seven-horse field entered for the Oct. 7 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park. 

  • Suffolk Downs Will Have Live Racing in 2018

    As Suffolk Downs concluded a successful 2017 live racing season of eight days Oct. 1, the pressing question on the minds of many was whether live racing would return next year to New England. The answer is in the affirmative.

  • Elate is in control at the front of the field in the Beldame Stakes

    Elate Dominates Beldame Stakes

    There was no question Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Elate was the best horse Sept. 30 in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (G1), but at the top of the stretch it was still up in the air whether she would be able to show it.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher has a pair for the Sept. 30 Pilgrim Stakes (G3T)

    Pilgrim Packed With Potential

    Evaluator, trained by Michael Dilger, and a pair of runners trained by Todd Pletcher—Maraud and Seabhac—take the jump to the grade 3 level in Belmont's Sept. 30 Pilgrim Stakes (G3T).

  • Elate wins the Alabama Stakes Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course

    Elate Faces Older in Beldame Stakes

    As the lone top-level winner in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (G1) field, Elate appears to be poised for success in her initial try against older horses Sept. 30 at Belmont Park.

  • From left, Paul, Jane, and Rich Schosberg

    Paul Schosberg Dies at 79

    Paul Schosberg, a Thoroughbred breeder, two-term president of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, and the father of trainer Rick Schosberg, died Sept. 25 after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

  • New York Clocker Suspended at Least 10 Years

    State regulators in New York revoked the license to work in the racing industry of a former head clocker at the New York Racing Association for his role in an alleged conspiracy involving electronic trespassing of internal NYRA records.