H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall is scheduled to seek a repeat victory in the Millions Classic Preview, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a field of seven.
The Florida track will offer 23 stakes worth $2.7 million on six Saturdays.
I Spent It, winner of the 2014 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2016 at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida. A fee will be announced soon.
A Florida senator has filed a resolution honoring J.B. and Kevin McKathan, who played a major role in the early development of Triple Crown winner and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah.
Horsemen's groups are rallying to head off a move to decouple live racing from casino-style gambling at pari-mutuel facilities in Florida. Currently, tracks with slot machines must also offer live racing.
The Big Beast, winner of last year's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2016 at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida.
Joseph E. "Spanky" Broussard, who trained on the Chicago and New Orleans circuits for 50 years, died over the Aug. 26 at age 74.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association was recognized by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.
Harold Queen's multiple grade I winner Sheer Drama breezed five furlongs over Gulfstream Park's main track Oct. 21, her final work for the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Keeneland.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
As a pioneer in air horse transport and a passionate Thoroughbred owner and breeder, there were few waking moments Dave Clark didn't spend thinking about horses.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Horse Health, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
The RMTC, which met Oct. 13, cited progress in state-by-state adoption of components of the National Uniform Medication Program and also added four drugs to the list of controlled substances.
Ronald DiCicilia (Cilio), who operated Crown's Way Farm in Illinois and Crown's Way South in Ocala, Fla., died Oct. 8 in Itsaca, Ill., at age 78.
Topped by the stakes-winning Red Giant filly Puddifoot at $120,000, the consignor preferred session of the Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale fell in virtually all key statistical categories Oct. 13.
A 2-year-old Crown of Thorns filly and a 4-year-old Malibu Moon gelding zipped three-eighths of a mile in :32 4/5 to top the under tack show for the horses of racing age section of the OBS fall mixed sale.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open house days showcasing stallions for the 2016 breeding season. These open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s October horses of racing age will be held at 10 a.m. EDT Oct. 12. The mixed sale begins Oct. 13, with the horses of racing age session Oct. 14.
Kent Stirling, who has served as executive director of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association since 1995, will transition out of the position this year.
Gretna Racing, which won a license to offer Quarter Horse barrel racing as a steppingstone to apply for slot machines, was dealt a setback when the Florida First District Court of Appeal Oct. 2 reversed its earlier opinion.
A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.
Fantasy sports, fixed odds, and broader distribution were offered as potential avenues of growth for the pari-mutuel racing industry - all with caveats - during an Oct.6 session at the International Simulcast Conference.
All-sources and live wagering and purses increased substantially during Gulfstream Park's 55-day summer meet that concluded Oct. 3 with the $1.3 million Florida Sire Stakes.
An Oct. 5 panel discussion on how a shortage of Thoroughbred owners is largely responsible for reductions in field size in recent years generate a more serious assessment of the state of owner recruitment.
Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement with Lambholm South to sponsor the 36th renewal of the Tampa Bay Derby, the track's grade II Triple Crown prep race scheduled for March 12, 2016.
The Oct. 3 Florida Sire Stakes finale at Gulfstream Park will feature three juveniles seeking their second win in the series.
Multiple graded stakes winner Senor Swinger will relocate to La Mancha Farm in Ocala, Fla,. for the 2016 breeding season, as property of Michael V. Laurato.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
ARCI Sept. 29 announced members of a committee that will work with regulators in each racing state to complete implementation of reforms that make up the National Uniform Medication Program.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid gamely put away an onslaught of closers to win the $75,000 Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Murphy Farm Hay and Feed Company of Louisburg, N.C., has initiated a voluntary limited recall of alfalfa hay because of potential blister beetle contamination following the deaths of six horses.
Equine Sales Company today announced a catalog of 214 horses for its Oct. 25 open yearling and mixed sale in Opelousas, La. The third renewal of this auction will be the biggest yet.
Team Valor International has bought unbeaten Brazilian champion filly Juno, who recently captured Brazil's equivalent of the One Thousand Guineas in winning for the fifth time in as many career starts.
Cyber Secret, winner of the 2013 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) for Charles Cella, will move from Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., to Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stables near Hot Springs, Ark., for the 2016 breeding season.
The Maryland Jockey Club Sept. 18 announced it will partner with Gulfstream Park and the Claiming Crown to hold nine "Win and You're In" races Nov. 1 at Laurel Park.
In a survey designed to combat claims that the leaders of horsemen's groups don't represent their membership, the Florida HBPA Sept. 16 released the results of a poll that said most respondents support use of Lasix.
- By Myra Lewyn
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Ken and Sarah Ramsey were named National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year the evening of Sept. 11 during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association national awards dinner held at Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
Fasig-Tipton will stage The Florida Sale, its premier juvenile in-training sale, at Gulfstream Park Wednesday, March 2.
The Pickett Factor will try to extend his Louisiana Downs win streak to four straight races when he starts in a graded stakes for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II).
Tribal Drama and Ballet Diva won divisions of the Florida Sires Stakes for the offspring of Florida-nominated sires Sept. 5 at Gulfstream Park.
A catalog of the 464 horses entered for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale is available on the OBS website.
Florida-based sire Get Rich Quick saw his first winner Sept. 4, when his first starter, Set and Go, won a maiden claiming race for 2-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Central Kentucky-based sire General Quarters picked up his first winner Thursday, Sept. 3 when Golden Legacy Stable's Beautiful Sin won a maiden claiming race by 3 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park.
Adios Charlie, a grade II-winning son of Indian Charlie who stands at Ocala Stud in central Florida, got his first winner Sept. 3 when R Sweet Exchange won the sixth race at Gulfstream Park.
Gulfstream Park will present a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during its 2015-2016 "Championship Meet," highlighted by the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold are well-positioned to improve on their record 16 wins in the Florida Sires Stakes Series in the Affirmed and Susan's Girl divisions at Gulfstream Park Sept. 5.
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale closed out its three-day run Aug.27 with another steady day of trading in the second of two open sessions.
The first open session at the Ocala yearling sale saw the average rise 14.6% and the median go up 13.9%. The buy-back ride slid to 20.8%.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. saved the best for last during the select session of its August yearling sale Aug. 25.
On the heels of another record-setting 2-year-olds in training sale season, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. will seek to keep the momentum rolling as the focus shifts to the next generation at its August yearling sale Aug. 25-27.
Donald R. Dizney's grade II-winning homebred Bahamian Squall will retire to Dizney's Double Diamond Farm near Ocala, Fla., to stand for the 2016 breeding season.
There are 811 horses cataloged for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 25.
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