Camelot Kitten defeated a game Airoforce in an exciting finish in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old turf runners Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Jim Stable's 10-year-old Ben's Cat, winner of 26 stakes in his career, will try for his seventh consecutive victory in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes Aug. 20, which is "Maryland Pride Day" at Laurel Park.
Del Mar has never offered an elite race restricted to 3-year-olds and continues to see young stars ship east for lucrative purses.
A few select moments from racing's history through the decades, found in our Aug. 6 issue of BloodHorse.
The Haskell Invitational, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Nassau, Clement L. Hirsch, Bing Crosby, Jim Dandy, Bowling Green Handicap, Amsterdam, Monmouth Cup, Shuvee Handicap, Oceanport, Royal North, Molly Pitcher and more.
He will be the track announcer for the 2016 Gulfstream Park West meet that begins Oct. 5.
Graded stakes winner Recepta, co-owned and co-bred by John Phillips, was injured during training at Saratoga Race Course on the morning of Aug. 5.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate cruised to his third straight victory in Southern California Aug. 4 at Del Mar and may be heading east for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
A legislator who co-sponsored recently adopted legislation on daily fantasy sports said a line included in the new law aims to prohibit unlicensed horse racing contests that do not support the racing industry.
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules, an easy winner of his first two starts, figures to garner much of the attention in the $200,000 Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes for 2-year-olds Aug. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
Gamble's Ghost is looking to move forward from a seventh-place finish in the Queen's Plate July 3.
Liam Benson, a 21-year-old student of the University of Louisville's Equine Industry Program, is preparing for what he hopes to be the biggest victory of his training career when he saddles Expected Ruler Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Racing took full advantage of a five-weekend month of July but the gains in pari-mutuel handle and purses appear to go beyond kindness of the calendar.
Six runners from the Oceanside Stakes will try the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
GMB Racing's Mo Tom, entered in the Aug. 6 West Virginia Derby (gr. II), will pass on the race, trainer Tom Amoss said Aug. 4.
Kent Hollingsworth's column key to publication's 100th anniversary
Jerkens cannot help but recall his father's Hall of Fame career throughout the prestigious summer meet.
Fox Hill Farms' champion Songbird returned to the worktab for the first time since her victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks for what trainer Jerry Hollendorfer described as a "perfect work."
Two stakes-placed fillies, a recent maiden winner, and three maidens are entered to go to the gate in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Del Mar.
TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Wavell Avenue got to the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 with a significant class drop Aug. 3 in the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes a small tweak of adding more time between races has delivered big results for Frosted, who figures to be favored in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course.
Don Alberto Stable's Guapaza, an import from Chile trained by Chad Brown, figures to take the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) a long way Aug. 6 at Saratoga.
Off the Tracks will have to hold off fellow graded stakes winners Lewis Bay and Lightstream in a tough tussle in the seven-furlong Longines Test Stakes
When he won the 1930 Travers, he defeated "seemingly unbeatable" Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox by 8 lengths. The stakes race bearing his name is run each year at Saratoga as a prep for the Travers Stakes.
Godolphin Stables' Frosted made history in his last start, and those fortunate enough to watch him rumble are anticipating his return in the Aug. 6 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
East Boston, Mass. track will host the second of three scheduled live racing weekends.
Multiple graded stakes winners Camelot Kitten and Airoforce top the field for the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Ramon Dominguez isn't riding in races anymore, but after avoiding the track for some time after a racing accident in January 2013, he is very active again in the sport he dominated for years.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's brilliant juvenile, Kentucky-bred Caravaggio, the early favorite for next year's Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), is among the 10 entries for the €250,000 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh.
Kent Hollingsworth, editor of The Blood-Horse from 1963-87, a 'most unforgettable character'
Stoneway Farm's homebred Ahh Chocolate looks to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in the Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) when she returns for the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 6 at Ellis Park.
A well-timed ride from Luis Contreras propelled Breaking Lucky to his first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Seagram Cup (Can-III) Aug. 1 at Woodbine.
On a stakes-loaded card for state-breds, trainer Todd Fincher dominated the July 31 program at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
Mark Russell's 10-year-old gelding Russell Road, winner of 31 of 61 starts, will attempt to clear the $2 million mark in earnings Aug. 6 in the $100,000 Northern Panhandle Stakes for West Virginia-breds at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Cupid and Ohio Derby victor Mo Tom are among a field of 12, with another on the also-eligible list, entered for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Longtime race caller Tony Bentley will take the mike in the announcer's booth at Suffolk Downs when live racing returns to the East Boston, Mass., racetrack Aug. 6-7.
Team Valor International reached a major milestone July 30 when Blossom d'Orange provided the 1,000th win for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, scoring by five lengths in the Produccion Nacional (Uru-III) at Maronas in Uruguay.
Owner-trainer Otabek Umarov will not be racing horses while he appeals a 10-year suspension of his racing license.
The Munnings colt Barkley did everything he could to remain undefeated, but the improving Sky Mesa gelding Opportunistic just got the better of him in the $75,100 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds July 31 at the Washington racetrack.
As part of the Blood-Horse's 100th anniversary issue on Aug. 6, I have been asked to list (with links) my 15 favorite Hangin With Haskin blogs.
Julie Gilbert and Aaron Sones' Trojan Nation, a head second in the April 9 Wood Memorial (gr. I) as a maiden before venturing to the Triple Crown trail, finally broke through on his ninth try July 31 at Del Mar.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
Unlike her Triple Crown-winning sibling, Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra won her debut at Del Mar.
Upon earning his 4,000th career victory July 31 at Ellis Park, jockey Corey Lanerie recalled thinking he'd never make it to 1,000.
A nine-time stakes winner entering racing July 31 and an unquestioned turf sprinting talent, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman broke through for her first graded score in the $150,000 Royal North (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine.
Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator continued to show his affinity for off tracks with a sweeping off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Stablemates Genre and Eskenformoney battled down the stretch in $100,000 Molly Pitcher S (gr. III) July 31 at Monmouth Park before Genre thrust out her neck for the victory.
Unlucky not to win the recent Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I), up-and-coming Marinaresco scored a popular and emotional win in the Mike and Carol Bass Champions Cup (SAf-I) July 31 at Greyville.
Favored Blacktype, an impressive winner of an allowance race at Belmont Park in his previous start, rallied in the stretch to win the $158,500 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Highly regarded 4-year-old colt Tencendur, whose 3-year-old campaign was cut short because of a broken sesamoid near his left front foot, is scheduled to make his first start since last June in an allowance event at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 1.
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