War Story could be in position to turn the tables on his rival -- especially after putting in a sensational five-furlong breeze in :58 4/5 March 18.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z will lose his blinkers for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 28 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Moreno, a homebred grade I winner for Southern Equine Stable, will head to Fair Grounds for the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 28, trainer Eric Guillot said.
Callback crossed the wire first, a neck ahead of fellow Bob Baffert trainee Maybellene, but was disqualified for interfering with another runner in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line threw his hat emphatically into the ring of Triple Crown contenders with a dominating victory in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 22 at Sunland Park.
Shug's Hope won the sixth race at Sunland Park March 21 and became the first winner for New Mexico stallion Shame On Charlie, a full brother to dual champion filly Indian Blessing.
American Pharoah will return to Oaklawn Park for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 11, owner Ahmed Zayat said March 20.
Lord Nelson, who appeared to be one of the only challengers to favored Firing Line in the $800,000 Sunland Derby March 22, will not be making the trip to New Mexico, trainer Bob Baffert said March 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino earned reaccreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, the NTRA announced March 19.
Pine Bluff, winner of the 1992 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a multiple graded stakes winner for breeder Loblolly Stable, has been confirmed dead by his final owner, Danny Fred Duncan of Duncan 21 and Change Farm in Texas.
There will be no Dortmund in the $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park March 22 and Firing Line will almost surely be favored for the first time since he broke his maiden at Del Mar Nov. 30.
Vicar's in Trouble was named top accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old male when the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association earlier this month released results of its voting for divisional standouts of 2014.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel announced March 17 that Corey Veazey has been promoted to racing secretary and Michael Chamberlain has been hired as track announcer.
American Pharoah came out of his 6 1/4-length victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) "perfect", trainer Bob Baffert said March 15.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line had his final local breeze the morning of March 15 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III).
American Pharoah bobbled at the break but never looked back, galloping gate-to-wire to win the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) by 6 1/4 lengths in his season debut March 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable exited her runner-up effort in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14 in good condition and will remain in training at Oaklawn Park until early April.
Matthew Schera's Race Day edged past a stubborn Midnight Hawk near the wire to capture the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) for 4-year-olds and up March 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Untapable wasn't unstoppable in her season debut March 14, missing the victory by half a length to gate-to-wire winner Gold Medal Dancer in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Months have passed to the point that when American Pharoah makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday, March 14, in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, it will come just seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby.
A minor operation to place a pin in the right knee of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi March 12 was a "textbook procedure," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported March 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns Belterra Park in Ohio and more than 10 other casinos in the United States, has confirmed it has received a proposal from Gaming and Leisure Properties to acquire its real estate assets.
Total handle for the recently concluded 32-day Thoroughbred meet at Sam Houston Race Park increased more than 15% to $51,258,598 in 2015 compared with the 2014 meet, as average daily handle improved a fourth straight year.
Two-time grade II winner Tapiture, who closed out last season with a runner-up finish to Goldencents in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), is scheduled to make his 4-year-old season debut March 14, in the Razorback H.
This season Baffert comes in loaded for bear, with Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah set to make his 2015 debut. American Pharoah has turned in a series of scintillating works at Santa Anita.
Take Charge Brandi will miss the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) with a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee. The injury will also prevent her from a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission March 10 upheld an administrative law judge's order that trainer Tom Amoss be suspended 60 days and fined $5,000 in a therapeutic medication case that has dragged on for three years.
Maybry's Boy, a graded stakes-winning son of Broad Brush, has been relocated to Danny O'Brien's farm near Gilbert, Ariz.
Shared Belief will likely look toward the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 11 for his next race, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said March 8, a day after a dominating win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Ike Walker took control after a quarter mile and coasted to a dominating victory in the $40,000 South Mississippi Owners and Breeders' Stakes March 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.
Texas Racing Commission executive director Chuck Trout has imposed a $100,000 fine on jockey Roman Chapa, who was initially fined $25,000 and suspended five years after it was determined he carried an electrical device.
Roman Chapa has appealed the five-year suspension and $25,000 fine levied him by the Texas Racing Commission after it was determined the 43-year-old jockey carried an electrical shocking device during a stakes victory.
Trainer Tony Dutrow said that The Big Beast appeared fine physically coming out of a win in his 4-year-old debut March 1 and is scheduled to make his next start in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) April 9.
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Because of severe winter weather conditions, or expected winter weather, racing for March 5 has been canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Oaklawn Park.
The would-be spoiler will get a chance at victory sans 'Brandi' March 7, as her more accomplished rival will start against boys March 14. Sarah Sis heads a group of nine sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Honeybee.
Oaklawn officials said Take Charge Brandi appears headed for a showdown against top 3-year-old males in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14, as last year's champion 2-year-old filly will not race in the Honeybee (gr. III).
The Texas Racing Commission has suspended jockey Roman Chapa five years and fined him $25,000 after stewards determined he carried an electrical shocking device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory in a stakes.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast showed no signs of rust in his first race since winning the Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion filly Take Charge Brandi March 2 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14.
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a request by Oaklawn Park Feb. 28 to add two Wednesdays to its 2015 Racing Season -- March 18 and March 25-to compensate for days lost to winter weather.
Due to winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has been cancelled for Feb. 27, along with racing at Maryland's Laurel Park.
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- Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky
Churchill Downs Inc. officials said Thursday, Feb. 26, they aim to build on last year's highly profitable Kentucky Derby week but acknowledged they see little opportunity for racing growth outside of that week.
Owner Willis Horton confirmed Feb. 25 that the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14 is under consideration as a target for champion Take Charge Brandi, although a decision has not yet been made.
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Zayat Stables will continue its chess game of 3-year-old prep racing by shipping Mr. Z to the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), while American Pharoah runs in the Rebel (gr. II) and El Kabeir starts in the Gotham (gr. II).
Aided by cancellations and healthy purse accounts, Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and Turfway Park in Kentucky have increased overnight purses.
With a sharp move to the rail by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Far Right claimed the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 22. He had previously won the Smarty Jones Stakes at the Arkansas track.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
John Wentworth's Chocolate Ride went right to the front and never looked back to upset the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 21.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox rallied from far off the pace to win the $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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