Ten 3-year-olds looking to earn a spot in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 13 and $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 12 are set for the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at seven furlongs Jan. 23 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple graded-stakes winner Mohaymen signaled his readiness for the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park with a sharp final work Jan.21.
Ocala Stud and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA) have joined Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. in committing to donate $10,000 to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Ocala Initiative.
The first reported foal for He's Had Enough is a bay filly born Jan. 17 at Susan and John Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds near Reddick, Fla.
Veteran jockey Elvis Trujillo returned to action at Gulfstream Park Jan. 18 for the first time since the 2013-2014 championship meet.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
The connections of Beholder, La Verdad, and Glen Hill Farm also accepted honors with quote-worthy responses Jan. 16 at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Goldencents, the back-to-back Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, sired his first reported foal Jan. 14 when a filly was born at Le Mesa Farm near Carencro, La.
Glen Berman will start as executive director Feb. 15, replacing Kent Stirling who stepped down last year.
The first reported foal for Uncaptured, Canada's Horse of the Year of 2012, is a filly born Jan. 3 at J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud Farm.
Owner Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables reflected on the accomplishments of American Pharoah, the homebred colt who was named champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year for 2015.
Honor Code earned his Eclipse Award the old-fashioned way. He campaigned from late winter until the fall, didn't duck the competition, and won prestigious and historic grade I events in New York.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
When Zayat Stables finally broke through with a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win with American Pharoah, it proved worth the wait, as he delivered U.S. racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Dominating the division in Southern California and a tough-as-nails defeat against the older Stopchargingmaria in the Breeders' Cup was enough for Stellar Wind to be named the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly.
The consistent Big Blue Kitten won three of his six 2015 starts and never finished worse than third while racing almost exclusively in grade I company in earning champion turf male honors.
Dawalan took the steeplechase courses of the United States in stride and earned a 2015 Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser.
Speed, stamina, class, and gameness were the hallmarks in an unbeaten season for J. Paul Reddam's Nyquist, a three-time grade I winner who was the overwhelming choice for the 2015 Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old male.
Runhappy's late-season run of with three grade I wins earned him Eclipse as top sprinter.
Lady Sheila Stable's star La Verdad dominated the female sprint division all year in New York. Her year's work was good enough for her to be named champion female sprinter.
Rick Porter's unbeaten filly towered over the competition; won all four starts by a combined 22 lengths.
Team Valor International's Mexikoma, fifth in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes in his previous start in December, reeled in a determined Mr. Jordan in deep stretch to win the Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
X Y Jet was untouchable on the lead again Jan. 16 in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park.
Manchurian High somehow found another gear late to forge to the lead in the stretch of the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf to claim victory in that race a second straight year Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, a group of leading business and civic leaders dedicated to bringing first-class horse racing to Georgia, unveiled plans Jan. 16 for a ground-breaking, mixed-use racetrack development.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert often describes American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, as the "horse of a lifetime." But that doesn't mean he's not looking for the next one.
Ahmed and Joanne Zayat, in South Florida where their American Pharoah is expected to be crowned with racing's top honor later today, are OK following a fire in the couple's suite late Jan. 15 at the Diplomat.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star returns to the site of his greatest accomplishments Jan. 16, when the reigning Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner starts in the $60,000 Louisiana Stakes.
Trainer Stanley Gold will resist the temptation to run undefeated 3-year-old Awesome Banner in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park, opting to send the colt in the Swale Stakes (gr. III).
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live coverage of the Florida Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 16.
An examination of horses trained by Kirk Ziadie involved in 18 clenbuterol positives in Florida in 2012 and 2013, points to the negative impact on horsemen who compete against a trainer breaking the rules.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen continued to work forwardly for his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with a five-furlong breeze Thursday morning.
Wildcat Red, who clearly enjoys Gulfstream Park, having won the 2014 Hutcheson Stakes and Fountain of Youth Stakes there, returns off a four-month layoff against other Florida-breds in the Sunshine Millions Sprint.
A full field of Florida-breds headed by Chad Brown-trained Fundamental has been entered for the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
Saraguaro is slated to seek his third straight stakes victory in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 16 at Gulfstream, while Flutterby will race for nonagenarian Jerry Bozzo in the Sunshine Millions Distaff.
- By Evan Hammonds
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
With the 45th Eclipse Awards taking place Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park, it's remarkable the changes in the event--and coverage--since the inaugural "Winners Circle" dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in 1972.
Jim Rome, whose passion for horse racing appears to exceed his passion for his popular syndicated sports talk show, gave the keynote address Jan. 13 as part of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Gulfstream Park.
Thoroughbred ownership certainly has its rewards, but speakers on the first day of the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference Jan. 12 made clear it's different than the average business.
Supplements to the horses of racing age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale can be viewed online on the OBS website.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart began 2016 the way his 2015 season ended -- with a victory in a graded stakes, this time the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) for 4-year-olds and up Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Al Shaqab Racing's versatile Mshawish successfully transfered his graded stakes-winning form to the dirt Jan. 9, edging Valid by a head in the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Sheer Drama, an Eclipse Award finalist for champion older female of 2015, will race this year, trainer David Fawkes said Jan. 9.
Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva vied for command early and stayed on the pace before she took the lead off the turn and galloped away unchallenged to win the $150,000 Marshua's River (gr. IIIT) Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Stroud's Lane Farm has launched a commercial stallion operation near Reddick, Fla., and will offer mare owners a trio of new stallions for the 2016 breeding season.
Citing some revenue reductions, as well as the success of the program itself, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has informed members that breeder award rates will be cut by 2% later this year.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
The undefeated Tapit colt went four furlongs in :47 4/5 and galloped out five-eighths in 1:00 4/5 at Palm Meadows as he continues to prepare for his season debut Jan. 30 in the Holy Bull (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres will inaugurate its new stallion facility in Morriston, Fla., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala from 6-10 p.m. (ET) Jan. 16.
Matt Lyons, vice president and general manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds, announced Jan. 7 new staff assignments at the Woodford farm operations in Kentucky and Florida.
The late-closing Lochte is scheduled to seek his fourth straight stakes victory in Saturday's $200,000 Fort Lauderdale, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 4-year olds and up.
A study designed to determine the levels of exercise-industry pulmonary hemorrhage in 2-year-olds racing in South Florida is complete, but the data won't be released until a scientific paper is published after peer review.
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