The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution.
Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional winter meet, has announced that the prestigious $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT), which was most recently run in May 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31.
On a cold day in early December D. Wayne Lukas made the 1 1/2-hour trip from Louisville, Ky. to Georgetown to catch up with the son of Summer Squall that he'd saddled to a surprise victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Laurel Park's 56-day winter meet to offer 22 stakes worth $2.2 million.
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Miss Temple City added to her already impressive résumé as a turf miler Dec. 4 in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
Gail Wood and Dr. Ruth Barbour's homebred and longshot Bangkok nabbed odds-on favorite Melmich at the wire to win the Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) Dec. 4 at Woodbine.
Laoban, the 27-1 upset maiden winner of the 2016 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), posted a five-furlong workout in 1:00.41 at Gulfstream Park Dec. 4.
Jockey Paco Lopez registered his 2,000th victory aboard Yourdreamsormine in the ninth race Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park.
J J Brevan Stable's Chance of Luck dug in late to win the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs and become the first black-type stakes winner for sire Skipshot.
Jockey Jon Court, 56, scored the 4,000th win of his career when he guided Erik Orantes' City Without Pity to victory in Turfway Park’s fourth race Dec. 3.
Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar.
With a deft ride from jockey Javier Castellano, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Annals of Time turned the tables on Chad Brown stablemates Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten to win the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3 at Del Mar.
Royal Posse had to work hard for it this time, but the 5-year old gelding came away with another victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the centerpiece of a nine-race $1 million Claiming Crown card on the Dec. 3 card.
It wasn't the smoothest of starts, but it was a stellar finish for King and His Court, who came from last to take the $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 3.
Ballybrit Stable's Dynatail became the first winner for 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail when she broke her maiden at fourth asking with a wire-to-wire run Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Highway Star dug deep in the stretch to get a nose over High Ridge Road in the $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 3.
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,
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