Santa Anita Park plans a complete overhaul of its turf course, and officials will meet Feb. 25 to decide details and timing of the plan.
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
This week we take a closer look at Gun Runner, winner of the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Gary Stevens said he didn't know grade I winner Mor Spirit was wearing earplugs when he jumped in to work him on the fly Feb. 23. After failing to get a response on the turn, he eased the Bob Baffert trained-runner.
Online wagering provider Xpressbet has signed on as the title sponsor of Gulfstream Park's preeminent races for 3-year-olds, the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been named the charitable recipient of the 2016 Fillies and Lilies Party, to be held after the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on Friday, May 6.
Majority interest in graded stakes winner X Y Jet has been sold to California-based Rockingham Ranch, with the March 26 Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Meydan as the main target.
California Chrome as expected was entered for a 1 1/4-mile handicap at Meydan Racecourse Feb. 25 that will be his first start in Dubai this year and serve as his prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26.
Gunpowder Farm's Divisidero will have a new rider when the 4-year-old son of Kitten's Joy makes his first start since last July in the $150,000 Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27.
I'm a Chatterbox, second to Stellar Wind in the voting for 2015 champion 3-year-old filly, is back on the track preparing for her 4-year-old debut, which could come in the April 15 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn.
Three jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack have been fined by the New York State Gaming Commission for "failure to ride in a professional manner" in separate incidents earlier in February.
J Stables' Off the Tracks, who won her first two starts in 2015, returned from an eight-month layoff Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park with a 4 1/4-length win in the $65,000 Margate Handicap.
Eclipse Award-winning rider Kyle Frey suffered hematomas and crush injuries to his muscles covering his femur and humerus during a fifth-race spill Feb. 20 at Golden Gate Fields.
Zulu and Awesome Speed both worked a half-mile Feb. 21 in preparation for the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Though early indications are John Oxley's Airoforce came out of his 10th-place finish in the Risen Star (gr. II) in good health, trainer Mark Casse said the Colonel John colt is likely off the Triple Crown trail.
Smokey Image just seems to find trouble working recently in the mornings at Santa Anita Park, and although that might make trainer Carla Gaines uncomfortable in the moment, it may end up being a blessing in disguise.
It remains to be seen whether the connections of Shogood will attempt to stretch him out around two turns for his next start, but on Feb. 20 he had little trouble winning the 6 1/2-furlong WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park.
Jockeys Joel Rosario and Rafael Hernandez will both be sidelined for at least a month after suffering injuries in a spill in a turf race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20.
Moanin, a New York-bred son of Henny Hughes, unleashed a quick turn of foot at the top of the stretch and continued his momentum for a 1 1/4-length victory in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse Feb. 21.
Jockey Juan Hernandez won three consecutive races Feb. 20 at Golden Gate Fields, picking up his 1,000th victory in the United States in the process.
Jockeys Rafael Hernandez and Joel Rosario were transported to a local hospital after a chain-reaction spill in the Melody of Colors Stakes Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park.
A visually impressive last-out allowance score proved to be an indicator of future success for Paulina's Love in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Backstretch talk of Gun Runner being an improving 3-year-old proved true Feb. 20 as he opened his 2016 season with a victory in the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II).
Last of nine early, Venus Valentine rallied along the rail in the stretch to pull off a 74-1 shocker in the $200,000 Twinspires.com Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Chocolate Ride struck for a second consecutive win in the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 20, leading at every point of call before holding off fast-finishing Roman Approval at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Ziconic brought back good and bad memories for John Shirreffs all in one shot during his debut Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Majestic Harbor outdueled Eagle in the long Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots stretch to snap a seven-race losing streak and earn his first stakes win since 2014 Feb. 20 in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III).
Sheer Drama, Harold Queen's multiple grade I-winning homebred, breezed for the first time this year Feb. 20 on the main track at Gulfstream Park in preparation for her 2016 campaign.
The long-range forecast is for Vorticity, runner-up in two graded stakes in New York last month, to run in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn, trainer Chuck Lawrence said.
The Blood-Horse hits its stride as the Triple Crown takes hold
Chautauqua unleashed his trademark burst of speed with less than a furlong to run down Flemington's famed straight and snatched victory in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Aus-I) Feb. 20.
Apprentice jockey Kevin Orozco won the first race of his career Feb. 19 by scoring aboard Elle Woods Too in finale at Golden Gate Fields.
Both of Reddam Racing's Southern California-based Triple Crown contenders are scheduled to head out of town for their next, and likely last, preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Wesley Ward continued his roll at the Turfway Park winter/spring meet the evening of Feb. 19 with three victories, including the returning group II-winning filly Acapulco.
Historical wagering at the Red Mile in Lexington, conducted in partnership with Keeneland, enjoyed a fast start in its initial months of operation in 2015.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated Mohaymen worked an easy half-mile Feb. 19 in his final work for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Mike Cusimano, a long-time horse identifier for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, died Jan. 13 in Sallisaw, Okla. He was 65 years old.
When it comes to winter racing and training, Gerald Aschinger, who operates War Horse Place in Kentucky with his wife, Dana, said Tampa Bay Downs is an excellent spot to build a foundation for horses before they head north.
With racetrack, veterinary, and racing commission officials convinced an outbreak of equine herpesvirus is now under control, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino was taking entries for Feb. 26.
A Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course official who admitted to accepting a $1,000 bribe from a trainer in exchange for race information was sentenced to four months in federal prison Thursday, Feb. 18.
Steve Willard, who as part of Team Zenyatta earned the 2010 Special Eclipse Award, died the night of Feb. 16.
The connections of Dolphus said Thursday they plan to scratch from the Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) as the timing of the race doesn't quite fit for the half brother of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.
A full field of 3-year-olds will line up for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, Feb. 20 for the 30th renewal of the 6-1/2 furlong race.
J. Stables' undefeated grade III winner Off the Tracks makes her long-awaited return to the races Feb. 21 in the $65,000 Margate Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.
Turf Paradise ended its quarantine Feb. 18, which prevented horses from leaving or entering the stable area since Jan. 28 in response to the presence of equine herpesvirus.
As a result of better than expected pari-mutuel handle and an increase in video poker revenue throughout the meet, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a purse increase effective for the final 14 days of the meet.
Grade I winners Stormy Lucy and Her Emmynency will meet in the $200,000 Buena Vista (gr. IIT), and despite the mile turf race's grade II label, they'll have to beat field worthy of the top level to win Feb. 20 at Santa Anita.
He raced for New Orleans, becoming the pride and joy of anyone who called the bayous home and making Louisiana the capital of the horse racing industry for a brief yet unforgettable period of time.
West Point Thoroughbreds, provider of Thoroughbred racing partnerships, has hired Teal Albertrani as director of customer service based at WPT headquarters in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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