Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Awesome Banner led from the start in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and opened up in the stretch to win by five lengths Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park and remain unbeaten.
Mare Smart Call downed the favorites when she ran out an emphatic winner against males in the Jan. 30 J&B Met (SAF-I) at Kenilworth.
A slow start threw her off her usual front-running game, but Cash is King's talented Cathryn Sophia didn't falter in the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Canada's leading race for 2-year-old fillies, the Natalma Stakes, has been upgraded to grade I status.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Shagaf was an easy winner of a 3-year-old allowance race at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29 and appears headed to his stakes debut in his next start.
After earning a stakes win and grade III placing last season, Flora Dora is scheduled to begin her 3-year-old campaign on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, International
Officials from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division, and Woodbine Entertainment Group plan to meet in the near future to discuss reductions in Ontario Sire purse bonuses for 2016.
Nyquist was assigned high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club's 2015 Experimental Free Handicap and Songbird was the highest-weighted filly with 125 pounds.
In his first race since 2014, jockey Stewart Elliott couldn't have started worse, but finished up just fine.
Two-time Carter Handicap (gr. I) winner Dads Caps is scheduled to make his first start in more than seven months in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned to the worktab with a four-furlong breeze in :52 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 28 and is gearing up for a 2016 racing campaign.
At any level of racing, there is something a bit magical about an undefeated horse. Make it a 3-year-old colt, and the mind goes to one place.
Citing "the prolonged impact of the extreme winter weather that moved through the area this past week," Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races' Jan. 29-30 live racing programs have been recheduled for Feb. 2-3.
Oaklawn Park has banned from its grounds all horses from New Mexico and Arizona because of the recent equine herpesvirus outbreaks in those states, Oaklawn director of Racing David Longinotti announced Jan. 28.
Bolstered by having the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with American Pharoah, owner Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert have nominated the largest numbers of 3-year-olds among the 368 nominated to this year's series.
Racing in mainland China served as the topic for the seventh business session of the Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai Thursday, Jan. 28.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has announced it will open 17 races currently restricted to Hong Kong resident horses to international competition effective from the start of the 2016-17 season.
Graded stakes winners Azar, Life Imitates Art, and Conquest Daddyo will take to the Gulfstream Park Turf Jan. 30 for the $100,000 Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Cash is King's filly won both of her starts by a combined 29 lengths, each in handy fashion, and takes on graded stakes company Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Having won the Sweetest Chant Stakes four years running, trainer Chad Brown, a mastermind of turf horses, shoots for number five with Pricedtoperfection -- but he'll still face tough competition.
Regarded as the top 3-year-old prospect on the East Coast, Mohaymen is the third major contender to open his sophomore season in the Holy Bull for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Cairo Prince and Frosted also ran here.
Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) winner Awesome Banner will try for a third win in as many starts when he faces other 3-year-olds sprinting in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
After opening the season with an easy victory in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, Flexibility will try for a second straight stakes win there in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III).
Citing the continued impact of the extreme winter weather that moved through West Virginia's eastern panhandle last weekend, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 28.
California Chrome will run Feb. 25 in a 2,000-meter handicap to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE_I) rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed Jan. 26.
The Asian Racing Conference continued Wednesday in Mumbai with a discussion of the updated methods used in various jurisdictions to market horse racing.
Led by 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, a strong contingent of U.S.-based horses head the nominees to this year's $10-million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky
In record-setting fashion, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah secured the Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year honor Jan. 26.
New York regulators have given final approval to several equine drug rules, including a new system of minimum penalties for repeat drug violators.
Stoneway Farm's Dream Dance has been disqualified from her third-place finish in the 2015 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs after she tested positive for an overage phenylbutazone.
Trainer Roy Sedlacek was banned from all racetracks in New York for five years by regulators following what officials said was evidence two horses that ran last October at Belmont were administered an opioid analgesic drug.
Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.
In his stakes and 3-year-old season debut, Whatawonderflworld rallied from fifth to score a clear victory in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Ocala Training Center.
Kaigun, Da Big Hoss, and Big John B figure to take most of the action in this early season turf test going long, with Going Somewhere a lively longshot.
Few people in the sport have ever been as genuinely beloved and admired as Bob and Beverly Lewis.
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After sending out at least 17 horses for works Sunday, the Mark Casse stable had another busy day Monday, Jan. 25, with champion Tepin and 3-year-old Airoforce on the work tab at Palm Meadows Training Center.
For Matt Schera, whose multiple graded stakes winner Race Day entered stud this year, Vorticity could be a star on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program has approved awards and classes for more than 850 shows in 43 states and Canadian provinces during 2016.
Ranlo Investments' multiple stakes winner Lady Shipman, most recently second against males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), could make her 4-year-old debut in the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint Feb. 6 at Gulfstream.
Decked out in his fresh new "Chrome" jacket in the paddock area just before the fourth race at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24, Art Sherman gave a glowing report on California Chrome's condition since landing in Dubai.
Conquest Stables' Tapit colt Conquest Big E took another step toward his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with an easy half-mile breeze Jan. 24.
The extraordinary record of Coolmore Stud stallion Galileo was recognized Jan. 23 when he was inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Hall of Fame.
Undefeated Nyquist ran a full lap around the Santa Anita Park main track during a workout Jan. 24, but was officially given a time of 1:15 3/5 for six furlongs.
Terry Lovingier's Lost Bus provided a 64-1 stunner in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Somali Lemonade died Jan. 23 from complications of foaling, according to breeder Helen Alexander, sister of the 7-year-old mare's owner, Caroline Forgason.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Charming Kitten took advantage of his class and experience to outrun a stubborn Xaverian in the stretch and win the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.
Haveyougoneaway edged game favorite Sarah Sis in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23, galloping through on the rail off the turn and working hard for the victory at Oaklawn Park.
Race favorite Kawi was given a textbook ride by Leith Innes to win the NZ$200,000 Thorndon Mile (NZ-I) Jan. 23 at Trentham and add a third top-level victory to his record.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man had his first work of 2016 Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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