Both the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced support for re-introduced legislation that would give USADA oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing.
Multiple grade 1 winner and 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch A Glimpse will return to her roots to run in Woodbine's $175,000 Nassau Stakes (G2T) May 27.
Fox Hill Farm's champion Songbird will make her first start of 2017 in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park June 10.
Carrot Farm's UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) runner-up Epicharis is one step closer to his bid in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10, as he emerged from a May 24 breeze in good order and entered isolation in Japan.
John Oxley's Classic Empire, who finished second in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) by a head, is scheduled to begin preparations for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a morning jog May 25 at Churchill Downs.
In re-introducing federal legislation that would give the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing, Congressmen Paul Tonko and Andy Barr emphasized the need for uniformity in medication rules.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced May 24 that the Phipps family will be the recipient of the inaugural Dinny Phipps Award when it is presented at the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration the evening of June 8 in New York City.
With the glow of the sun pink on the horizon and most of the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn just beginning to rustle with activity, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing departed from Baltimore to return to his Belmont Park home base May 21.
Dragon Bay mustered a giant upset in the $175,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2) at Woodbine May 20, holding off 4-5 post-time favorite Are You Kidding Me by a neck.
G. Watts Humphrey's homebred Morticia secured her second stakes win of the season May 20 when she just held off Lull to win the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes on the Belmont Park turf.
In a field of nine older horses for the $175,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2), Ronald Kirk, John Bates, and Michael Riordan's multiple graded stakes winner Are You Kidding Me stands out as the one to beat May 20 at Woodbine.
After finishing fifth in her graded stakes debut, Phillips Racing Partnership's Bellavais will try to return to her stakes-winning form when she faces an expected seven other 3-year-old fillies in the Soaring Softly Stakes May 20 at Belmont Park.
The New York Racing Association announced May 16 that the King's Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course will be renamed in honor of H. Allen Jerkens.
It was a Chester and Mary Broman homebred sweep in the one-mile Ruffian Stakes (G2), as their Highway Star fought off fellow colorbearer Bar of Gold by half-length to earn her third graded stakes win.
Hawksmoor channeled her prior European form when she led every point of call, including the final bob over grade 1 winner Dacita, to take the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3T) and earn her first North American-based victory.
Farrell has earned herself a rest after a testing campaign that commenced early last fall at Churchill Downs and culminated with a surprising last-place finish in the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5 at the same Louisville oval.
Woodford Racing's Timeline continued his ascent in the 3-year-old ranks May 13 at Belmont Park with a commanding victory in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3).
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing tuned up for his expected run in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) with a half-mile breeze in :48.85 over the Belmont Park training track May 13.
Boggy conditions at Belmont Park were of no concern to John Murrell's Zhukova, who trounced her male rivals by six lengths May 13 in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (G1T).
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a quartet of graded stakes at Belmont Park and grade 3 races at Arlington International Racecourse and Santa Anita Park.
Abel Tasman emerged none the worse for wear following her 1 1/4-lengths Oaks triumph and could resurface in the June 10 Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park should she continue to enthuse her Hall of Fame conditioner with her ability to bounce back.
With rain in the forecast, handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up Saturday's top stakes.
Salty's connections will point her next to the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
This week is a stakes report headlined, "Counterpoint's Track Record" on the 1951 Peter Pan Stakes won by Counterpoint. Following is a BloodHorse staff report from the June 16, 1951 issue.
Miss Temple City's connections hope a start in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3T) May 13 at Belmont Park will get her on track for her ultimate target—a return to Royal Ascot in June.
Master Plan, an also-eligible Derby horse who didn't make the field, put in a half-mile breeze the day after in preparation for the Peter Pan Stakes.
Chester and Mary Broman's Highway Star will seek a second straight graded stakes win May 13 in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park.
Having already taken down some of the best turf performers in Europe, Dermot Weld-trained Zhukova (IRE) is now aiming at making her first stateside impression a winning one.
Paul Pompa's grade 1 winner Connect added Belmont Park's $200,000 Westchester Stakes (G3) May 6 to his list of victories, which has now reached six out of lifetime starts.
Martin Schwartz' Sea Calisi made her return to the races a winning one in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) May 6 at Belmont Park.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon returned to the winner's circle after a series of close finishes, after she overtook Pretty N Cool entering the turn and held on for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap (G3) May 5 at Belmont Park.
Construction has begun at Aqueduct Racetrack to add a new turf course on what has been the facility's inner dirt track and to renovate the facility's main dirt track for winter racing, New York Racing Association officials said May 4.
Grade I winner Sea Calisi (FR) will try to win the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) a second straight year when she faces an expected six other fillies and mares, including Suffused (GB), in the 1 3/8-mile turf test May 6 at Belmont Park.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen is set to return to the races in the $200,000 Westchester Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park May 6 after an extensive layoff.
Vincent Viola went to Aqueduct Racetrack with his father early in life, and learned lessons that have helped him in his profession and a market trader, business founder, and Thoroughbred owner, lessons he is using with Derby hopeful Always Dreaming.
Anthony Bonomo, whose Brooklyn Boyz Stables is one of the partners on Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, said his first trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—a visit that was his wife Mary Ellen’s idea—drew him into the sport.
Churchill Downs Inc. officials say they'll try again next year to get a Japanese horse in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1)—with hopes to add to the international draw and revenues of its signature event.
John Piesen, a long-time handicapper for the New York Post, died after a brief illness. He was 80.
A new state budget in Albany for the first time gives the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund authority to negotiate directly with insurance companies for not just traditionally covered workers.
State regulators in New York are moving to add several drugs to race-day threshold standards in order to be in sync with national model rules of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Irad Ortiz Jr. added another riding crown to his résumé when he secured the Aqueduct Racetrack 2017 spring meet title following closing day April 23.
With a late kick in the stretch, Hope Jones' Party Boat overcame frontrunner Team of Teams to score by a length in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack April 23.
Aqueduct Racetrack's third race April 23, a $100,000 optional-claiming allowance race, could have been mistaken for a stakes event, with Economic Model and Shagaf competing.
The New York Racing Association has announced a long-distance turf bonus program for the upcoming 2017 Belmont Park spring/summer meet.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have big stakes cards at Charles Town and Laurel Park, a pair of graded stakes at Santa Anita Park, and more.
Analyze the Odds wins by 4 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct for owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher, the same team that raced freshman sire and grade 1 millionaire Overanalyze.
In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research, and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy.
Gunnevera, winner of the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), returned to the worktab at Gulfstream Park West April 15 for the first time since his late-closing third in the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 1.
An upstate New York harness racetrack, struggling to compete with added casino gambling in the region, is scuttling plans to open for another racing season April 21.
The Thoroughbreds will make their way back to the Spa City in a prelude to the annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course when the famed Oklahoma Training Track officially opens for spring training April 17.
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