Los Alamitos Race Course's outside-the-box tactic of offering at least $10,000 to any horse that finishes the Winter Challenge accomplished its goal--to draw competition for California Chrome.
Todd Pletcher attempts to corner the market in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes (gr. III), sending out three of the field's seven entrants in graded stakes winners Stanford, Madefromlucky, and Keen Ice.
Stonetastic, second in this race a year ago, will look to flaunt her speed in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl Stakes for females 3 and up at Gulfstream Park Dec. 17.
Mohaymen is set to return to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's barn in the next couple months for a 2017 campaign—a comeback his connections hope comes complete with a return to form.
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Kentucky, Bloodstock & Markets
Graded stakes winner Lady Shipman, an Eclipse Award finalist in 2015 for champion female sprinter, has been retired to Taylor Made Farm and will be bred to Coolmore Stud stallion Uncle Mo in 2017.
The New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedule for the 2017 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 25 stakes worth over $3 million in purses.
Dr. Dan Han, chief of neuropsychology clinical service at the University of Kentucky, encourages jockeys to follow gradual protocol in return to racing after a concussion and to communicate with physician about mood changes.
A bill lawmakers passed intended to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return NYRA to private hands sits among the few pieces of legislation not yet delivered to the governor for his consideration.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate was all business when he worked five furlongs in :58.40 Dec. 13 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 77 works that day.
Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers will now be required to fulfill at least four hours annually of continuing education coursework in order to retain their racing licenses with New York state.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux said he doesn't trust the validity of photo finish systems used to determine the placings in close finishes and said the industry should move to an updated system.
After listening to a talk about the importance of letting investigators know when inside information may be involved with a horse, several jockeys questioned the level of transparency in U.S. racing.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will undergo hip replacement surgery next week, the legendary rider announced Dec. 13, and is unsure when or if he will return to the saddle for yet another comeback.
Panelists Stacy Burton, her partner Jan Hortyk, Michael Straight, Jackie Fires, and Anne Von Rosen discussed their everyday needs and how the PDJF assists them.
Walter Swinburn, who rode Shergar to victory in the 1981 Epsom Derby (Eng-I), died Dec. 12, according to reports. He was 55.
Trainer Richard Vega notched his 1,000th career victory Dec. 11 when Masio hit the wire first in the seventh race at Parx Racing.
The Jockeys' Guild is reaching out to medical professionals at tracks throughout the country to try to improve on-track care of riders, with particular attention paid to concussions and head injuries.
Following the success of the Churchill Downs Racing Club, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has created the Fair Grounds Racing Club, which will offer 200 people a chance to experience the thrills of Thoroughbred racing as an owner.
Steve Sexton, who served as president of Churchill Downs racetrack from 2002-09, died Dec. 12 according to family and friends.
John A. Bell III established a legacy of integrity
Brad Grady's Cool Arrow got away with dawdling fractions and had plenty left late to win the $300,000 Springboard Mile with ease Dec. 11 at Remington Park.
Running a pair of historically relevant and pricey late-season grade I races is not in the best business interest of Los Alamitos Race Course. Two weeks of racing in December is not enough to support two grade I races and their purses.
Dolphus, a half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra gets his third win Dec. 11 at Gulfstream Park in a 9 1/2-length victory in a $45,000 optional claiming allowance race.
A group of 32 horses, ranging from a trio grade III winners to an 0-for-12 maiden, have been nominated to possibly take on California Chrome in the $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Soul Stirring solidified her place atop Japanese racing with a 1 1/4-length score in the Dec. 11 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Jpn-I) and became her sire's first grade I winner.
Graded stakes-winning fillies Birdatthewire and Go Maggie Go, both nominated to Saturday's $100,000 Rampart (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, will skip the one-mile race and aim for a later start during the Championship Meet, trainer Dale Romans said.
Japanese superstar Maurice (JPN) rolled to a dramatic, stretch-running victory Dec. 11 in the Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), capping a day that saw Japan and Hong Kong sweep the honors on the Sha Tin Racecourse turf.
Trainer Jonathan Thomas has found a home at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., which allows him farm time as well as continued racetrack work.
Clearsky Farms' Abel Tasman continued her upward trajectory with an upset victory in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 10 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Mobile Bay, second to The Pickett Factor in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes one year ago, turned the tables on that rival and four others in the 1 1/8-mile race for state breds Dec. 10.
Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).
Greatbullsoffire dominated a field of eight juveniles when he took the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity by six lengths lengths Dec. 10 at Laurel Park.
The class advantage Paulassilverlining owned on paper heading into the $125,000 Garland of Roses was confidently flaunted Dec. 10, as the daughter of Ghostzapper lived up to her 1-9 favoritism with a 2 1/4-length win.
Bode's Dream registered a comfortable front-running victory in the $75,000 House Party Stakes, scoring by 2 3/4 lengths in the first of six $75,000 stakes on the Dec. 10 Juvenile Showcase card at Gulfstream Park.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Midwest Region, Northeast Region, Kentucky, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
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The first quarter went in :24.95 and the half in :48.90. With a quick tap from regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney at the eighth pole, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit finished up the five furlongs in 1:00.67.
Pure Sensation, the only American entry in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races, returned to the Sha Tin all-weather track for a light jog Dec. 10 but was declared a non-runner for Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
The multitudes who follow Gulfstream Park's stakes races for newly turned 3-year-olds come January will get some previews Dec. 10, when the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track holds a juvenile showcase with all 11 races for 2-year-olds.
Tom Albertrani last won on the West Coast with Gozzip Girl in 2009, when he won the American Oaks (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
An effort in New York to set minimum annual continuing education thresholds for Thoroughbred trainers is back on track, with state regulators expected next week to embrace the new rule.
Able Friend tries to overcome a frustrating series of misfortunes to return to glory in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).
Pure Sensation, the only American entry in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races, is a questionable starter due to problems with both his left hind leg and left fore foot, local stewards said Dec. 9.
Trainer Jesus Mendoza took out his winning ticket to show he believed in his filly, no matter what her price was on the Los Alamitos Race Course tote Dec. 8.
Corey Johnsen, president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, will give the keynote address at the National HBPA's 2017 convention March 8-11 at Las Vegas' South Point Hotel and Casino.
Two high-quality horses who had less-than-ideal trips during the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will return to the track Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After Arrogate posted a four-furlong move in :48 flat Dec. 8, Juddmonte Farms manager Garrett O'Rourke reiterated that a start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28 is being given serious consideration.
John Ortiz earned his first training win Dec. 7 when Julie Burke guided Red Charm to victory in the fifth race at Turfway Park.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced wagering on Woodbine's 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season, which concluded Dec. 4, rose sharply over the 2015 meet.
During the winter months, Travis Stone and John Imbriale will divide time in the announcer's booth, stepping in for Larry Collmus, who will return to the microphone in early April, and give NYRA a pair of respected voices to call each day's races.
With a move on the calendar from January to December and a move on the map from South Florida to ever-popular Las Vegas, the Jockeys' Guild is expecting a large turnout for its assembly Dec. 12-13 at the MGM Grand.
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