Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of the Year sold for only $20,000 as a yearling, it isn't hard to see that she could become a champion.
For a second consecutive year, Ken and Sarah Ramsey were voted an Eclipse Award as outstanding breeders, once again eclipsing perennial leader Adena Springs Farm.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of three consecutive grade I NSA races, lands the Eclipse Award as the top steeplechase horse of 2014.
Main Sequence found North American turf racing to his liking in 2014, as the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings homebred won all four of his starts--each at the grade I level--to secure the turf male Eclipse Award.
Though she didn't start for seven months, New York-bred Dayatthespa proved her credentials at season's end with a powerful victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) to earn an Eclipse as top female turf horse.
On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with International Star in the Lecomte (gr. III).
Fresh off the claim, Sr. Quisqueyano upset the $250,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park, holding off East Hall by a half-length in a shocker.
Louisiana-bred String King put away tough pacesetter Gentleman's Kitten and carried on to a well-earned victory Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, taking the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) to become a graded winner.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, by Munnings, takes 3-year-old fillies wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Late-running Manchurian High swept to the lead on the far outside at the top of the stretch and kept going, pulling away to an authoritative win in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf on Saturday Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Albano was expected to ace the Louisiana Handicap in his Jan. 17 return to the races, but it was longshot Hard Aces who notched his first stakes score at odds of 9-1 in the $75,000 Fair Grounds event.
New York-bred Weekend Hideaway dispatched pacesetter Happy My Way with a furlong to run and romped clear to win the $100,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Rank outsider Sacred Star stunned 16 opponents in the JR & N Berkett Telegraph (NZ-I) Jan. 17 at Trentham when he unleashed an explosive rally to win by four lengths.
Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's not. The voting for 2014 Horse of the Year fell into the latter category, and the outcome surely will be debated for quite some time.
Grade I winner Sam's Sister heads a field of seven older fillies and mares for the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
In a race full of returning runners, Carve proved best to take the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park.
NYRA in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, announced Jan. 16 additional steps to further enhance safety protocols for Thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct.
Repole Stable's Micromanage will start from the inside post in an expected field of seven older horses in the $100,000 Jazil Stakes on a Jan. 19, Monday holiday card at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park will begin Jan. 19 with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, a one-mile test for 3-year-olds which drew a group of nine.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Jan. 16 that Mike Ziegler has been named to its new post of executive director of racing. Ziegler will assume his position Jan. 26 and will report directly to CDI president Bill Mudd.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's frustration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals practically spills off the 27 pages summing up its investigation of the Steve Asmussen stable.
As part of its extensive investigation into Steve Asmussen stable following allegations of horse mistreatment from an animal rights group, the KHRC compiled safety numbers in which the trainer fared well
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong allowance optional claimer at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
Retired New York Racing Association announcer Tom Durkin has joined West Point Thoroughbreds, it was announced Jan. 15 by West Point founder and president Terry Finley.
A nearly one-year investigation in Kentucky cleared trainer Steve Asmussen of allegations of horse abuse brought by the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Jerry Bossert says the nation's best 3-year-old in 2014 was California Chrome. But will the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner edge Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victor Bayern in Eclipse Award voting?
- By Karen Johnson
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, West Region, Southwest Region, Southeast Region, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky
Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. Read Feature
Galway Downs was approved as an official training facility by the California Horse Racing Board Jan. 15, providing a needed option to small training operations being forced to relocate from Fairplex Park.
The first four finishers from the Dec. 6 Gold Rush Stakes return to Golden Gate Fields Jan. 17 and stretch out a half-furlong longer in the $100,000 California Derby at 1 1/16 miles on the Tapeta all-weather surface.
Officials are crediting a collaborative effort after Kentucky delivered its safest year on record in 2014 in terms of both number of equine breakdowns in races and rate of equine breakdowns.
The New York Racing Association announced that Sean S. Perl has been named assistant racing secretary for Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
The $100,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf drew a well-matched field of 11, while Reporting Star heads the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf on Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Back at Gulfstream Park, Wildcat Red appears the one to beat in the $250,000 Sunshine Million Classic on Jan. 17, but East Hall could prove his strongest challenger.
Second to Horse of the Year hopeful California Chrome in the Nov. 29 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar, Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou heads a field of eight 4-year-old fillies set for the La Canada Stakes Jan. 17.
Happy My Way is set to make his 2015 debut in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park, where the 5-year-old gelding developed into a stakes-placed performer last season.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
The deadline for owners and trainers of promising 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to make their horses eligible for the 2015 Triple Crown races is approaching quickly.
Philip Hanrahan, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, will step down in mid-February after the organization's winter convention in Carefree, Ariz.
Trainer Billy Gowan had several options for the 4-year-old debut of Ride On Curlin, but he decided to take what he believes is the path of least resistance: a second-level allowance Jan. 15 in the ninth race at Oaklawn.
Live racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has been cancelled for Wednesday, Jan. 14 due to winter weather conditions; racing has also been cancelled at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.
Kentucky horse racing commissioners are expected to listen Jan. 15 to a staff report on an investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen that followed allegations of horse mistreatment from PETA.
The 23rd running of the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes has produced arguably the most impressive field in recent memory with its nine entrants for Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, including Top Decile and West Coast Belle.
Brereton C. Jones' Albano looks to kick off what could be a breakthrough year when he heads the Louisiana Handicap; grade I winner Kitten's Dumplings returns for her first race since November of 2013 in the Marie G. Krantz.
Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.
The NTRA, Lockton Insurance Brokers, and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage have completed development of a new jockey accident coverage insurance program for racetracks that aims to offer enhanced coverage.
In the Nov. 8 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT), Gainesway Stable's Villandry finally notched a graded win for trainer Charles LoPresti. Following a move to the barn of David Carroll, he looms Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds.
The 30th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, with purses and awards of more than $1 million for Maryland-sired horses, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Laurel Park.
Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.
Bayern, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) who suffered a minor crack several days ago, galloped two miles Jan. 12 and may breeze at the end of the week, said owner Kaleem Shah.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas had planned to take his time with Take Charge Brandi, but the finalist for champion 2-year-old filly of 2014 has other ideas.
Will the California-based 3yos of 2015 dominate the Triple Crown? J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts. read blog
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