Stakes winners Buy Sell Hold and Dream It Is will be challenged by a full field of impressive 2-year-old filly winners in the Saratoga Race Course opening day co-feature, the Schuylerville Stakes at six furlongs.
Ana O'Brien, the jockey daughter of perennial leading Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, could be sidelined until November as a result of injuries she sustained in a fall during the July 18 evening race card at Killarney Racecourse.
A well-matched group of sophomore fillies accustomed to trading blows with one another co-headline the opening day of Saratoga as graded stakes winners Fifty Five, Dream Dancing, and Sweeping Paddy are set to start in the Lake George Stakes (G3T).
Below is a rundown of horse racing television, radio, and online streaming coverage through the opening weekends at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course.
The opening weekend of the all-important race meet begins with five graded stakes, including opening day co-features of the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies and the Lake George Stakes (G3T) for 3-year-old fillies on turf.
This year Hialeah offered a much different race meet, racing not recognized by the AQHA or reported by Equibase. For many, this meet created chills of concern as Hialeah rolled out a series of races to meet its minimum state racing requirements.
Patrick Biancone is seeking to have his training license reinstated in Kentucky, where the conditioner has not saddled a horse since losing his license following a 2007 discovery of cobra venom and other substances in his Keeneland barn.
Week 25 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll of all ages remains status quo in the top-10 results released today.
Graded stakes victories by Skye Diamonds and West Coast, the continued emergence of apprentice jockey Evin Roman, and a spectacular debut by the well-regarded 2-year-old Zulfikhar highlighted Los Alamitos' Summer Thoroughbred Festival.
Trainer Chad Brown won his second straight Belmont Park spring-summer individual meet title, while jockey Jose Ortiz posted two victories July 16, closing day, to clinch the riding title for a second straight year.
In the time between races of Del Mar's 10-race opening day card July 19, fans and horsemen figure to give some thought to the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be contested at the seaside Southern California track this fall.
Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 21 for its 40-day summer meet that includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.775 million in purses.
Classic winner Oxbow gets his first winner when juvenile filly Delaphene breaks her maiden July 16 over the turf at Arlington International.
Entourage Stable's Pink Lloyd keeps rolling this year for Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Bob Tiller as the 5-year-old gelding adds the July 16 Vigil Stakes (G3) at Woodbine while picking up his first graded stakes.
Disco Chick, a 6-year-old multiple stakes-winning filly by Jump Start, earned her first win of the year with a decisive score in the six-furlong Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park July 16.
Going off as a four-horse race, the $100,000 Lynbrook Stakes at Belmont Park for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies was nothing short of a match race on paper, but in the end it was Todd Pletcher-trained Pure Silver who prevailed July 16.
Isabelle de Tomaso's multiple grade 2-winning homebred Irish War Cry continued preparations for his next start with a six-furlong breeze at the Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md. the morning of July 16.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club 2016-17 season, driven in part by massively increased international wagering, was so powerful it surprised even CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.
A rail-skimming ride by Brian Hernandez Jr. guided W.S. Farish's Eagle to victory July 15 in the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial, one of four $100,000 stakes races on the Indiana Derby (G2) undercard at Indiana Grand Race Course.
If his score in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) was a fluke and his nose win in the Ohio Derby (G3) was just enough, Irap's five-length win in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G3) was the best evidence yet that Reddam Racing's Tiznow colt is the real deal.
Left alone on the front end to walk through fractions as she pleased, Overture made sure her rivals paid the price during the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3) as she recorded a gate-to-wire victory at Indiana Grand Race Course July 15.
It wasn't long after West Coast's 2 3/4-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Los Alamitos Derby that the word "Travers" came out of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's mouth.
Green Lantern Stables' Frostmourne broke through for his first graded win in the June 3 Penn Mile Stakes (G2T) and put in a repeat performance July 15 in the $200,000 Kent Stakes (G3T) at Delaware Park.
Brexit Revenge and Special Portion found their way to the winner's circle for Wood Memorial victor I Want Revenge and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner New Year's Day.
Disco Partner not only answered the question of whether he could handle added distance in the $150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes, he did so in a manner that made the query look foolish.
The champion daughter of Medaglia d'Oro came and conquered July 15 at Delaware Park, where she claimed the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) for Delaware native Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Actress won the Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh to become the first black-type winner for Declaration of War, while What a Catch was Justin Phillip's first black-type winner in the Rockville Centre Stakes at Belmont Park.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Enable tracked the pace in the July 15 Darley Irish Oaks (G1) at the Curragh, blew past the leader turning for home and drew off to win every bit as easily as she had in her last start, the Investec Oaks (G1) at Epsom.
Harry Angel turned the tables on 3-year-old rival and previously undefeated Caravaggio in the July 15 Darley July Cup at Newmarket, where he won by 1 1/4-lengths over the best of the older horses, Limato, as Caravaggio finished fourth.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate logged his final timed workout for the July 22 TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) under the watchful eye of Bob Baffert and met his trainer's expectations with a six-furlong run in 1:11 flat.
The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Shakeel moved into contention and two furlongs from the wire and engaged with Permian in a thrust-and-parry battle to the wire, where Shakeel prevailed by a nose in 2:30.42 over the good going.
Multiple grade 1 winner Miss Temple City was put through her first serious paces since returning from an ambitious season debut last month at Royal Ascot, working five furlongs in company with stablemate Quidura (GB) July 14.
When Mike Smith hangs up his tack for the final time, many fans will remember him as racing's "ladies' man."
While racing fans everywhere eagerly await opening day at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course next week, there is solid stakes action across the nation July 15.
Trainer Mike Hushion, a respected mainstay on the New York Racing Association circuit, will bring the curtain down on nearly five decades of horse racing with his final two entries, Jupiter Rising and Voodoo Song, at Belmont Park July 16.
Clemmie, a full sister to dual Guineas winner Churchill, was an easy winner in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (G2), positioning her as a leading early candidate for next season's 1,000 Guineas.
Roly Poly went right to the lead in the July 14 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (G1) at Newmarket and powered home first by 1 1/4 lengths over Wuheida.
Multiple grade 2 winner Miss Sky Warrior, eighth in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), has returned to training following the removal of a chip from her knee.
Entourage Stable's Ontario-bred Pink Lloyd has been assigned top weight for Woodbine's $125,000 Vigil Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds and older July 16.
Trainer Antonio Sano said July 13 the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 26 is the ultimate goal for multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera, who will not venture to the Upstate New York track for the July 29 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2).
Multiple grade 1 winner Dortmund, who was retired from racing in April, is back in training at Los Alamitos Race Course, trainer Art Sherman said July 13.
Grade 1 winner Illuminant has been retired from racing after emerging from a recent workout with some minor signs of discomfort, her connections announced July 13.
Winner of the Camelot Irish E.B.F. Mooresbridge Stakes (G2) at Naas May 1, Minding suffered an injury that forced her to miss a great part of the racing year as she prepared for a May 26 tilt in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1).
Enable seeks the Oaks double as she leads a field of 10 for the Darley Irish Oaks (G1) July 15 at the Curragh.
M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb, who has been sidelined since late March because of a fractured knee, will move to the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., July 15 to continue his recovery.
Among the best horses Ng trained are Billion Win, Kingston Treasure, Sweet Sanette, Sure Win King, and Basic Instinct.
As both Arrogate (134) and Winx (132) continue their preparations for upcoming campaigns, Gun Runner (125) has moved into the third spot in the fifth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017.
Caravaggio, undefeated in six previous starts, will take on some familiar foes and, for the first time, older rivals in the July 15 Darley July Cup (G1) at Newmarket.
An interesting field will face off in the one-mile Forbidden Apple, including grade 1 winner Grand Arch and Mohaymen, who will be trying grass for the first time
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