Half Dome Dude set a track record Dec. 2 at Remington Park, flying to the mark at the rarely run distance of 4 1/2 furlongs.
While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality.
The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course's $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a "paid workout" for the 2014 Horse of the Year.
Owner Charles "Chuck" Sandford died at his home near Chicago Dec. 2 following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
The California Horse Racing Board sent out a reminder to licensees Dec. 2 that key aspects of medication rules will be changing Jan. 1.
Jose Ortiz extended his domination of the fall meet jockey standings Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, with five winners from seven mounts on Friday's program.
Addition of world's richest race makes upcoming Championship Meet even more important.
The multiple graded stakes-winning gelded son of War Front retires with nearly $2 million in earnings.
The Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) already looks like a match race on paper. Why not just officially make it a two-horse race?
In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II.
Doctor J Dub had already raced 19 times with four wins, all in South Florida, by the time he joined trainer Jena Antonucci's string at Gulfstream Park in May.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia has been retired and will be sent to Pioneerof the Nile in 2017, SF Bloodstock’s Tom Ryan announced Dec. 2.
Miss Temple City will look to carry trainer Graham Motion's scorching streak on the Del Mar turf into the final day of the seaside racetrack's fall meet in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Dec. 4.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
Melmich and Aldous Snow have class edge in 14-furlong heat over Woodbine's all-weather surface
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Valadorna will winter in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to conditioner Mark Casse.
With the race's graded status restored, Term of Art is now a graded stakes winner and his dam becomes a graded stakes producer.
A look back at A Gleam winning 1952 Westerner Stakes as well as pedigree information on the daughter of *Blenheim II.
Desert Madam, a hard-trying California-bred from the barn of Bill Spawr, will make her stakes debut in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Dec. 3
Trainer Chad Brown will send three representatives west to Del Mar for the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3, but they'll have to deal with other invaders as well as some 3-year-olds who have done their best running at the seaside racetrack.
Three of the seven fillies and mares entered for Aqueduct's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) are New York-breds. State-bred Bar of Gold (by Medaglia d'Oro) is the 121-pound highweight.
King and His Court faces fellow stakes winners Pachi Cruze, Vanish, and Jurojin going two turns in the Dec. 3 Display Stakes at Woodbine.
Protonico, a four-time graded stakes-winning son of Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand the 2017 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky for a fee of $6,500.
Still eligible and going stronger than ever, Royal Posse will try to capture the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel for a second straight year Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park, opening day of the track's Championship meet.
Jockey Luis Saez has begun serving a five-day suspension instead of continuing a legal tussle with New York racing regulators over an alleged "careless riding" incident this summer at Saratoga Race Course.
While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.
The Jockeys' Guild announced Nov. 30 that 27 members have been elected to the organization's senate, including six new members, Jose Ortiz, Joe Rocco Jr., William Antongeorgi, Eddie Garcia, Esgar Ramirez, and Ricky Ramirez.
Average daily all-sources handle at this year's Gulfstream Park West meet was approximately $3.52 million, down 1% from the 2015 meet average of $3.56 million, according to a review of Equibase charts by HorseRacingFLA.com.
The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Nov. 30, launched its much anticipated website designed to provide a one-stop shop for important information, news, features, and commentary.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing. A stud deal has not yet been arranged.
A pair of grade I races for 2-year-olds and an anticipated start by California Chrome highlight the 2016 Winter meet at Los Alamitos.
Bennett Liebman, government lawyer in residence and an adjunct professor of law at the Albany Law School, will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Conference on Officiating Horse Racing Monday, Dec. 5,
Clark Handicap, Cigar Mile Handicap, Remsen, Japan Cup, Demoiselle, Falls City Handicap, Golden Rod, Fall Highweight Handicap, Hollywood Turf Cup, Jimmy Durante, Kentucky Jockey Club, Mrs. Revere, My Charmer Handicap, Native Driver and more.
Wednesday racing and a five-day week return to the schedule for the first time since 2009 when Turfway Park opens its holiday race meet Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Ryan Moore dominated his competition for much of the year en route to winning the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Jockey. It is the second time in three years that the British jockey has won the award.
Stall has put on a clinic during the first two weeks of the Crescent City oval's 145th racing season.
Churchill Downs reports a 1.9% increase in purses paid at the 21-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 27 in Louisville.
Trainer Karl Broberg secured the 2,000th victory of his career when he sent out Mr. Graceful to a front-running score in the ninth race Nov. 26 at Delta Downs.
A familiar name stands atop the final standings following the completion of the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Javier Castellano claimed the title as top rider in the series for a third consecutive year.
Nebraska horsemen Robert "Red" Lee, who was the key figure in launching Horsemen's Park in 1998 in Omaha, died Nov. 26 in Silver Creek, Neb. He was 88 years old.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association will hold its annual Nominating Meeting/Awards Dinner Dec. 8 at the Sport of Kings at Gulfstream Park.
The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.
The 5-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped out to an easy lead, was never threatened, and drew off to a 7 3/4-length victory.
Calumet Farm's Term of Art rallied late to take the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, which lost its grade III status pending review after being switched from turf to dirt Nov. 27 at Del Mar.
Paul Pompa Jr.'s Connect exited his gutsy Nov. 26 victory in the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack in good shape, trainer Chad Brown reported from his Belmont Park base the morning of Nov. 27.
Kitasan Black led from the first jump and was never challenged in a dominating victory Nov. 27 in the 36th running of the Japan Cup in association with Longines at Tokyo Racecourse.
Two races after Journey Home took the Jimmy Durante (gr. IIIT) at the seaside racetrack, stablemate Ring Weekend earned his sixth graded stakes win in the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT).
Sam-Son Farm's Journey Home made her journey west a winning one Nov. 26 at Del Mar with a clear score in the in the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT), but the victory was not without controversy, albeit by no fault of the War Front filly.
The build up around McCraken live up to the billing in the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as Janis Whitham's homebred used his big turn of foot to edge clear late under Brian Hernandez Jr. and remain unbeaten in three career starts.
Siena Farm homebred Isabella Sings led every step of the way Nov. 26 to register a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park West.
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