J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Super Derby (gr. III) at Louisiana Downs.
Everyone is going through Saratoga Race Course withdrawal, but thankfully there is the wonderful spectacle of Kentucky Downs to ease the transition from summer to fall.
Back on their preferred surface after stints on the Triple Crown trail, Airoforce and Oscar Nominated have run well in multiple starts on turf, but have yet to find the winner's circle despite close calls.
James McIngvale's Runhappy continued to progress toward a return to the races with a seven-furlong work Sept. 8 at Keeneland. Last year's sprint champion male was clocked in 1:24 3/5.
Keith Desormeaux admitted Sept. 7 that 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is a long way away from a return to the starting gate, but the trainer expects the 4-year-old Afleet Alex colt to return to his barn at Santa Anita Park soon.
Up against a trio of older grade I winners in the Pacific Classic (gr. I), jockey Kent Desormeaux called Dalmore's fifth-place run in the 1 1/4-mile Del Mar summer feature a "learning experience."
Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
A dozen 2-year-olds are scheduled to seven furlongs on the Arlington International Racecourse Polytrack Sept. 10 in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III).
During a distinguished 58-race career that began in 2010, Ben's Cat has 32 victories—26 of them in stakes—and has earned more than $2.6 million.
Reigning Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Stopchargingmaria has been retired from racing, according to Shannon Potter, president of Town and Country Racing.
Robert Masterson's Tepin headlines a probable field of nine for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
British trainer John Gosden emphasized the importance of staying races during a Sept. 5 luncheon ahead of the Ladbrokes St. Leger (gr. I), the world's oldest classic run at an extended 1 3/4 miles, Sept. 10 at Doncaster.
Da Big Hoss will face eight rivals Sept. 10 when he tries to become only the second horse to capture the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) twice.
Ellis Park, which closed its 30-day meet Sept. 5, reported a rise in all-sources handle and a slight drop in on-track wagering. Purses were up 25% due to an influx of funding from Kentucky Downs and historical race wagering.
The Woodward, Spinaway, Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity, Prioress, Del Mar Derby, Bernard Baruch Handicap, John C. Mabee, Saranac, Smarty Jones, Sprint Cup and more.
Noting the drying up of money from off-track betting locations in the state, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders will increase registration fees for eligible Kentucky-breds.
Live racing returns to Turf Paradise when the Arizona track opens its 61st season, to run Oct. 16 through May 7.
Laurel Park starts its 51-day fall meet Sept. 9 and will offer 32 stakes worth combined purses of $3.25 million.
California Chrome was the unanimous choice as Del Mar's Horse of the Meeting for 2016.
Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, a sparkling parade of stakes races, and a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting-entertainment venue, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Sept. 5.
The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.
Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to about a four-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Del Mar.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' Ring Weekend prevailed in tight three-horse finish and set a turf course record in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 5, closing day at Saratoga Race Course.
Practical Joke rallied to win the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 5 at Saratoga. Classic Empire, the 8-5 favorite, wheeled soon after the start and tossed rider Irad Ortiz Jr.
After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).
Lothenbach Stable's homebred multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Mister Marti Gras has been retired from racing and is ready to start his second career, trainer Chris Block said.
The third Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course is set to start Sept. 8.
Lady Shipman ran true to her 3-10 backing in Parx Racing's $200,000 Turf Amazon Stakes, winning the five-furlong turf sprint by a length in :58.06.
Champion turf female Tepin could not be doing better as she prepares for a start in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
A total of 42 stakes worth a combined $10.6 million and two Super Saturday cards among highlights for Belmont Park's 38-day fall meet, which starts Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 30.
Through the first two-thirds of 2016, total handle is up slightly and total purses are down slightly according to Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released Sept. 5 by Equibase.
Abbondanza Racing and Nathan McCauley's Free Rose roared to the lead on the far turn and held on for a narrow win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 4 as a the field threatened to engulf him.
Mexican Gold's victory in the 10th race at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 4 marked trainer Chad Brown's 39th win of the meet, breaking a record that stood for five years.
Just behind a slow pace, Ramona Bass' Avenge struck the lead coming off the turn and bested Finest City in a close finish in the $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares Sept. 4 at Del Mar.
Tip Tap Tapizar scored by a neck in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park Sept. 4, for his first stakes victory, becoming sire Tapizar's first black-type winner.
Lucy N Ethel kept her unbeaten record intact Sept. 4 after leading all the way in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old filly sprinters at Saratoga Race Course.
Returning from an injury that sidelined him since February, embattled jockey Patrick Valenzuela wasted no time in winning his first race at Ruidoso Downs, for Quarter Horses, upon his return to racing Sept. 4.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens reported that Shaman Ghost was in good shape the morning after his head victory over Mubtaahij and Frosted in the Sept. 3 Woodward (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Ed Dunlop is hoping the extended 1 3/4 miles of the Ladbrokes St Leger (Eng-I) will play to the strengths of Red Verdon Sept. 10 at Doncaster in the world's oldest classic, for which Idaho is the early favorite.
Stall Mulligan's Iquitos kicked away from last to win the Longines Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I), Germany's top race, soundly defeating good filly Nightflower amidst a downpour.
A field of 10 talented runners will line up for the final stakes of the 2016 Saratoga Race Course meet in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Sept. 5 Closing Day program.
Three potential stars head the field in Monday's 69th Futurity: Klimt, Chasing Aces, and Straight Fire.
Union Strike became freshman sire Union Rags' first graded stakes winner at the highest level in the Sept. 3 Debutante Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar. American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, was second. The final time was 1:23.22.
Successful Native gave a star performance Sept. 3, opening day at Kentucky Downs, powering gate to wire to take the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes.
Three Rules and Cajun Delta Dawn scored for a second time in their respective divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds Sept. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Stronach Stables' Ontario-bred Shaman Ghost, the 2015 Queen's Plate winner, dove to victory in a four-horse photo Sept. 3 and nosed out Mubtaahij to steal the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
A battle between two daughters of Tapit that unfolded midstretch in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) resulted in a dead heat between Pretty City Dancer and Sweet Loretta. The final time was 1:24.18.
Cathryn Sophia went off favored at 1-9 in a field of six for the Princess of Sylmar, and turned in a text-book run, with jockey Paco Lopez perched motionless in the saddle en route to a 6 1/2-length victory.
Homebred Inspector Lynley benefitted from a perfectly timed ride from Joel Rosario and edged out favored Camelot Kitten for an upset in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.
In what has to be a first in North American racing, two different 92-year-old trainers--Don Munger and Arturo Arboleda--won races the evening of Sept. 2 at Emerald Downs.
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