Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
Louisiana State Racing Commission member and 2001 winner of the National Handicapping Championship Judy Wagner is the new chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Bill White was re-elected to a second term as president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association March 24.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, who captured the grade II Risen Star Stakes in his last start, was a commanding winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 26.
Earle Mack, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Take the Stand popped the gate from the rail post position and never looked back in a handy victory in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Pennsylvania-bred Tisdale, owned by Harlow Stables, won an entry-level allowance race March 26 at Oaklawn Park and could resurface in a stakes, perhaps the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
In his final timed workout in preparation for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Doug O'Neill kept the distance the same for Reddam Racing's undefeated Nyquist, but added some company to spice things up March 25.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
A total of 93 horses have been consigned to the catalog for the Equine Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training set for May 10, in Opelousas, La.
Gulfstream Park sets increases in purses and number of stakes for 2016, as it aims to draw top horses and large fields to its spring-summer meet.
Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Co., and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company on March 22 jointly announced they have amended the anabolic androgenic steroid policy.
The Virginia Equine Alliance March 22 announced immediate and longer term plans for horse racing in the state and introduced a new website focused on all aspects of Virginia racing.
A total of 1,216 juveniles have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2016 Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training that is now available via the OBS website.
Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic took charge soon after the start and never relinquished her lead en route to a commanding victory in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Seemingly doing all they can to get as far away from undefeated Songbird as possible, Southern California residents Land Over Sea and Street Fancy will head to New Orleans for the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 26.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has named John Evans as its first Award of Merit recipient of 2016.
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II-winning son of Tapit soared through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Friday morning over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has announced the new and re-elected members of its board of directors after votes were tallied March 15.
They saved the best for last at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, when a Smart Strike colt lit up the bid board late for $1.7 million.
You Bought Her will take another shot at the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 16 at Gulfstream Park, a race she missed last year by a closing neck.
Deep into the second day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, a Smart Strike colt moved to the top of the price list.
An attractive Twirling Candy filly was purchased by LNJ Foxwoods for $825,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training March 16.
Trainer Bob Baffert went to $475,000 to buy a Malibu Moon colt early in the March 16 second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2-year-olds in training sale.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company kicked off its 2-year-olds in training sale March 15 with across-the-board declines as a striking son of Uncle Mo topped the day's trading at $1.3 million.
An Uncle Mo colt was purchased for $1.3 million by Mike Repole in partnership with Coolmore Stud to take over as leader during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Twirling Candy colt was bought by a partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar, and China Horse Club for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A Curlin colt who breezed a quarter-mile in :21 was purchased by MMG Stables for $625,000 to become the second-highest offering about two-thirds through the first session of the OBS sale of 2-year-olds March 15.
Trainer Bob Baffert signed the ticket at $435,000 for a Quality Road colt that was the early co-topper at the March 15 first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.
Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Harold Queen's homebred Sheer Drama was named Florida-bred Horse of the Year during the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association annual awards banquet and gala in Ocala, Fla., the evening March 14.
Lady Eli continued her long road back from laminitis with her third timed workout, and first going a half-mile, March 14 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
Several hundred friends, family, and members of the horse community were on hand as the late Norman E. Casse was remembered March 13 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Destin delivered a second straight stakes win at Tampa Bay Downs March 12, this time landing the track's top classic prep race: the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby Stakes (gr. II).
Amerman Racing's Baciami Piccola made the best of her first U.S. start March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs, where she closed widest of all in the stretch to win the $155,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT).
Champion Tepin set a stakes record and a course record March 12 in the $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIT) at Tampa Bay Downs, running the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.26 when catching leader Isabella Sings
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
A strong push to decouple racing from gaming officially hit the wall with the end of this year's Florida legislative session March 11, but a horsemen's coalition said it fully expects the issue to come up again in 2017.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company wrapped up three days of under tack workouts March 11 ahead of its March 15-16 sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Al Shaqab Racing's multiple grade I winner Mshawish will stand at Taylor Made Stallions in 2017, the stud farm announced March 11.
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