New York Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack Friday, Nov. 2, with opening weekend featuring the the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park.
Love of Money, winner of the 2004 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) who later found a home in the Keystone State as a stallion, died earlier this month at age 11.
Grade I winner and world record holder Red Giant was represented by his first winner the evening of Oct. 25 when Snow Leopard won a maiden special weight at Penn National Race Course.
Ten 2-year-old Canadian-foaled fillies will try to burnish their credentials in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes Oct. 28 at Woodbine, an important steppingstone to next year's north-of-the-border classics.
Closing weekend at Belmont Park is highlighted by a pair of grade III races, with both the $150,000 Bold Ruler Handicap and the $150,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares set for Oct. 27.
Grade I winner Sean Avery, who split the field in the Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) as the favorite last month, is the 5-2 morning line choice for the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park Oct. 27.
Wise Dan and Animal Kingdom will enter the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park off vastly different preparation schedules.
While Point of Entry has rolled to three straight grade I wins in New York turf races this season, the 4-year-old Dynaformer colt will face some of the top European horses in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Mark Loewe has been named vice president of Ohio racing operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., subject to regulatory approvals.
The New York Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal of trainer Rick Dutrow versus the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Oct. 23. It was the most serious setback for Dutrow, and his ability to train horses in New York
Working handily, Trailblazer completed five furlongs in 1:02 on the Cushion Track in preparation for the Breeders' Cup. Trailblazer has been pointing to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
West Point Thoroughbreds' 5-year-old mare Belle of the Hall will head to California for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3, the partnership group announced Oct. 23.
Turf writers Jay Hovdey and the late Whitney Tower have been chosen as the National Museum of Racing's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor recipients for 2012.
Royal Delta and Point of Entry, two of the top horses pointing to the Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park, turned in bullet workouts on Oct. 22 at Belmont Park.
Delaware Park has cancelled live racing Oct. 24, the second time within a month the track has taken such action due to insufficient entries.
Trainer Chad Brown sent out undefeated Awesome Feather Oct. 21 at Belmont Park for her penultimate morning work prior to an expected start in the 1 1/8-mile Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I).
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Street Sense will stand the 2013 season at Darley's farm in Japan, and Desert Party, a $2.1 million auction 2-year-old and a multiple stakes winner, will stand at Sequel Stallions in New York.
Pierrot Lunaire took a big step toward a possible steeplechase Eclipse Award when he came from off the pace to overtake Divine Fortune in the $250,000 Grand National (NSA-I) at New Jersey's 92nd Far Hills Races Oct. 20.
Godolphin Racing's multiple grade I winner It's Tricky has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle.
Lunar Victory and Saratoga Snacks were the favorite and second choice, respectively, in the $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park Oct. 20--and they ran that way.
Star Contender, confidently ridden by Patrick Husbands, took command near the top of the lane and cruised home a 3 1/4-length winner in the $250,400 Cup and Saucer Stakes.
Jockey Jesse Campbell enjoyed a memorable day at Woodbine Oct. 19, riding five winners on the nine-race card.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had Godolphin Racing stars Alpha, Emcee, and Questing prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with workouts at Darley's Greentree Training Center on Oct. 19 in Saratoga Springs.
New York state, in the first full day controlling the New York Racing Association, said it will review a tentative deal track officials previously made to replace United Tote as NYRA's totalizator contractor.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Hymn Book returned to winning ways Oct. 19, taking the $80,750 Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont Park.
For the second time in eight days, Animal Kingdom breezed six furlongs on the turf in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
The New York Racing Association is now the nation's largest state-controlled racing entity, paving a new and highly uncertain future for the not-for-profit corporation that has seen its highs and lows.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Oct. 15 that he will be stepping down as leader of the province and will also prorogue the government until a new leader for the Liberal party can be named.
Frost Giant, a leading first-crop sire, will stand in 2013 at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y, for $7,500
A federal judge has ruled against owner Michael Gill and trainer Anthony Adamo in a lawsuit they filed against the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission over the pair's ejection from Hollywood Casino at Penn National.
Steeplechase runners will compete at Colonial Downs as Central Virginia's new spring racing event will kick off in April 2013.
Frustrated with a Breeders' Cup decision to require starters in its five juvenile races at this year's World Championships to race without Salix, owner Mike Repole will not send any horses to this year's event.
Apprentice jockeys Jorge Vargas Jr. and Tori Gandia recorded their first victories Oct. 17.
A field of nine, including the 3-year-old filly Haldane, will contest the 1 1/8-mile event in which 5-year-old Lunar Victory is the 8-5 favorite to pick up his fifth win in six 2012 starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Demonstrative, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (NSA-I), will battle with several veteran runners and new arrivals to American racing in the $250,000 Grand National (NSA-I), at Far Hills Races Oct. 20.
El Corredor, the sire of 31 stakes winners, will stand in 2013 at Questroyal North near Stillwater, N.Y. The 2013 fee will be $7,500 when foal stands and nurses.
The equine industry in New York represents a $4.2 billion economy responsible for 33,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs, a group of racing-related organizations said in a study released Oct. 16.
New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) said Oct. 15 that final regulations on sports wagering have been published and it will begin to accept applications. No licenses will be issued before Jan. 9, 2013.
Niigon, winner of the 2004 Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine, died Oct. 14 after suffering a broken femur in his stall at Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.
Tickets for the 138th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) went on sale Oct. 15 and the Maryland Jockey Club announced a new vendor will be handling ticket sales for the May 18, 2013 event at Pimlico Race Course.
With a perfect front-running ride from Frankie Dettori, Joshua Tree repelled his challengers to win the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) for the second time in three years at Woodbine Oct. 14.
French raider Siyouma, unleashed in the homestretch by Gerald Mosse, stormed past the leaders to post an impressive win in the $1 million E. P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 14.
Lightly-raced Next Question, making his stakes debut for trainer Mike Trombetta, had all the answers in producing a 16-1 upset in the Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT) on the Woodbine turf course Oct. 14.
Phipps Stable's homebred Boisterous ran like an even-money favorite should in the $150,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 13 at Belmont Park, looping the field on the far turn to score by two.
Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred La Cloche, a half sister to Winter Memories, came flying with a tremendous late kick to win the $150,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park Oct. 13.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter will leave New Bolton Oct. 14 or 15 for Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center in Elkton, Md., owner Ahmed Zayat said.
The Aiden O'Brein-trained 3-year-old Imperial Monarch drew position 10 of 11 and was installed as the 3-1 favorite on the morning line for the Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine Oct. 14.
Siyouma, a group I winner at Newmarket last month, is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the $1 million E. P. Taylor Stakes (gr. IT) at Woodbine Oct. 14.
Prodded by a rash of equine deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack last winter, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Oct. 11 imposed what officials promised will be the first round of rules intended to make for safer racing.
Multiple grade I winner Jackson Bend, who raced for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito and owners Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei of Jacks or Better Farm, has been retired to stand for $5,000 at Journeyman Stud in 2013.
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