Moreno is scheduled for his first start in the Pelican State Saturday, in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Upstart is tabbed the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 Gulfstream Park. Eight opponents include Itsaknockout, to whom he lost last time out via disqualification.
"If you don't do it (again), they're right there to say, 'This guy can do better.' That's the way it goes," said Nick Zito, who will saddle Quimet in the March 28 Florida Derby (gr. I) and Frammento in the Blue Grass (gr. I).
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A standing-room-only crowd gathered at Gulfstream Park Tuesday, March 24, for a memorial service to honor Hall of Fame horseman Allen Jerkens, who died March 18 at the age of 85.
Trainer Tevis McCauley will have to answer to multiple charges, including allegations of "milkshaking" and medication rule violations, following an investigation by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff.
Brian Spearman, a senior vice president at PepsiCo, has joined Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners as an equity partner and has assumed the role of chairman effective immediately.
Three Racing Hall of Fame jockeys and a legendary track announcer are to be inducted into Hialeah Park's Hall of Fame March 30.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced Amy Tarrant as the March recipient of its Award of Merit. Tarrant, a Thoroughbred owner and breeder received the award at the FTBOA awards banquet.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z will lose his blinkers for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 28 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A three-horse spill in the sixth race March 21 at Tampa Bay Downs sent jockeys Keiber Coa, Silvia Zapico, and Ricardo Mejias to the St. Joseph's Hospital Trauma Center in Tampa, Fla.
Harold Queen's homebred Sheer Drama finally got a clean trip over the Gulfstream Park dirt course and showed what she's capable of unencumbered in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (gr. II) March 21.
Joseph Shields Jr.'s homebred Classic Point, away since last November, returned to the races in fine form to post an upset in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 21 at Gulfstream Park.
A catalog of 1,203 horses for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com.
Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart breezed five furlongs in :59.55 March 21 at Palm Meadows in the final tune-up for his run in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28.
John Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds now owns 100% of He's Had Enough, a grade I-placed son of Tapit. Woodford, one of Florida's largest stallion operations, began standing He's Had Enough this year in partnership.
Long after his physical presence is gone, we will still find the spirit of Allen Jerkens in the people he touched, and in the way they treat their horses because of his influence.
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, 85, died March 18 in Aventura, Fla. He had been hospitalized for several weeks with an infection.
On an upward trend since her career debut in 2011, the Ghostzapper mare had a breakthrough year in 2014 and begins her 6-year-old season March 21 in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
For the second consecutive day, big-ticket juveniles were plentiful at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training March 18 in Florida.
When the dust settled at the end of a fast and furious day of trading during the opening session of the expanded format OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training March 17, all indications are that bigger is better.
Wildcat Red was honored as the 2014 Florida-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association annual awards banquet and gala March 16.
Auction aims to attract top-end buyers as well as a strong middle-market buying base.
Godolphin-owned 2-year-olds by Central Kentucky sire Bernardini ruled divisions for maiden colts and maiden fillies March 14 at the 73rd Aiken Trials, an annual spring ritual for the more than seven decades in South Carolina.
With an impressive win at Turfway Park last time out in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, Royal Son appears to be the one to beat in the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. wrapped up a three-day under tack preview for its March sale of 2-year-olds in training March 12 at Ocala Training Center.
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
The strongest effort yet to bring pari-mutuel wagering to Georgia stalled this week when a supporters couldn't secure the votes needed to advance this year's legislation.
Six juveniles worked a furlong in under 10 seconds, each going :9 4/5. The final under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales March sale begins 8 a.m. March 13.
Jockey Federico Mata emerged relatively unscathed from a spill he took during the first under tack preview for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training at the Ocala Training Center on March 11.
Alchaasibiyeh, who set a world record when she sold for $3.75 million at the 1984 Keeneland July selected yearling sale, died at age 32 Thursday, March 12, at Elizabeth Mateo's Premier Sporthorses farm in Alpharetta, Ga.
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- Handicapping, International, Thoroughbred Racing, West Region, Kentucky, Southeast Region
While it's difficult to determine if their efforts are making much of a dent in illegal bookmaking in the U.S., federal law enforcement officials have been busy the past few years prosecuting these sports wagering operations.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. held the first of three under-tack previews for its March 2-year-olds in training sale with hip No.'s 1-203 breezing Wednesday, March 11, on the Ocala Training Center's SafeTrack synthetic surface.
The under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training begins Wednesday, March 11.
Kentucky Equine Research president Joe Pagan, Ph.D., will discuss proper nutrition for horses being treated with Lasix (furosemide, formally called Salix) at a March 16 seminar in Ocala, Fla.
Apprentice jockey Eric Cancel tallied his first victory in the United States when riding Acclaimed Racing Stable's Little Baker to victory March 8 in the third race at Gulfstream Park.
Son of Flatter breezed half mile March 7 in first workout since Fountain of Youth DQ.
Carpe Diem made his 2015 debut in style March 7, taking the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs by five lengths. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up claimed his third win from four starts.
Stephanie's Kitten was ready to run in her return to the races, as she took the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs March 7.
Anstu Stables' Eh Cumpari claimed his first stakes victory in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Flavor Racing, Brous Stable, and Wachtel Stable's Quality Rocks rallied from just off the pace to capture the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies March 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code, in his first start of 2015, mowed down the front-runners with a strong rally to capture the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 7.
Ready for Rye became Tom Albertrani's third winner on the day when he upset favored Daredevil by 2 3/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Gulfstream. The trainer entered the card 0-for-60.
Because of an issue with his right hind leg, Khozan has been taken off the road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), according to Al Shaqab Racing's U.S. racing manager Bradley Weisbord.
A federal jury in Oklahoma City convicted three Florida men and a Florida corporation today for their participation in an illegal international gambling and money laundering enterprise.
Judging by the final results of Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training at Gulfstream Park March 4, the sales company's decision to return its select offering to South Florida was clearly a winning one.
In filings made to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year that are almost identical to its 2014-15 schedule.
Although the $60,000 Islamorada Handicap March 6 at Gulfstream Park is not a graded stakes, it could feature some eventual Triple Crown horses, including Stanford and Materiality from the well-stocked barn of Todd Pletcher.
When entries for the Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) came out, the field of 12 included multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten, grade II winner Ball Dancing, and grade II winners Sparkling Review and Filimbi.
Consumer Credit, a winner of three straight on the turf -- including a pair of stakes at Gulfstream -- heads a full cast for the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) March 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.
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