Severe weather has forced racing cancellations, put horsemen in some dangerous situations, damaged property, and necessitated a lot of extra work.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
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HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, one of the prominent leaders in equine sport, will be the keynote speaker at the 50th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities.
A top-flight field of 13, led by group I winners Postponed, Highland Reel, and Hawkbill, has been entered for the $1.25 million Juddmonte International (Eng-I) Aug. 17, opening day of the prestigious Ebor Festival at York.
A showdown between Scat Daddy's star juveniles Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 21 at Deauville will likely not take place as Caravaggio is being aimed instead toward a race in September, Racing Post reports.
The Jockey Club announced that transcripts, a video replay, and PowerPoint presentations from the 64th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing are available at jockeyclub.com.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked a half-mile in :47 Aug. 16 at Del Mar, prepping to defend her title in the Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
A new approach to handicapping horse racing from sports data company STATS aims to help handicappers uncover their own overlooked gems.
Martin Schwartz specializes in importing turf fillies from Europe who in turn specialize at winning Arlington's top race for distaffers on Arlington Million day
Jockey Michelle Payne, who made history by becoming the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) last year, has been offered the mount on Azkadellia for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Aug. 14, working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 ahead of possible starts in the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I),
Bob Baffert will bid to win the Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) for a third time when he sends out Pretty N Cool and Enchanting Lady against grade I winner Tara's Tango Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who retired in March, will return to the saddle Aug. 27 at Ellis Park in western Kentucky. The three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning rider has 5,146 career wins.
Champion went an easy four furlongs in :47.49, galloping out in 1:01.19.
Point Piper, owned by Dan Gatto, Russo Racing, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, capitalized on a fast early pace to win the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 14 at Emerald Downs and in the process set a track record for one mile.
Gunnevera, a son of Dialed In, rallied from last to win the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14. With Javier Castellano up, the Antonio Sano-trained colt covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.00.
De Coronado, a 3-year-old full brother of superstar mare Zenyatta, drastically cut back in distance and broke his maiden Aug. 14 at Dundalk in Ireland.
Jason Loutsch, racing manager for Albaugh Family Stable, connections for Brody's Cause, hopes the same starting point works for 2-year-olds Not This Time and Reedini, both dominant winners in their second career starts Aug. 12 at Ellis Park.
German-bred Australian champion Protectionist, winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), posted his first European group I win in style Aug. 14 after making all the pace in the Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten.
Following a pair of thirds at the group I level this year, Ribchester broke through at the top level Aug. 14 with a game win in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) over the straight mile at Deauville.
California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Los Alamitos the morning of Aug. 14. The colt will ship to Del Mar Aug. 15 for Del Mar's TVG Pacific Classsic (gr. I) Aug. 20.
Quality Road colt impressive in stakes score
Try Your Luck crossed the finish line first in the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT), but after a stewards' inquiry close runner-up Noble Beauty was elevated to the victory Aug. 13 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's third condition book will see a 5% reduction in overnight purses.
Last seen in the U.S. finishing second to Tepin in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), Mondialiste (IRE) would not be denied Aug. 13, emerging from a multi-horse stretch battle in the Arlington Million XXXIV Stakes (gr. IT).
Sea Calisi, the even-money favorite, wins the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT). It's the fourth Beverly D. win for owner Martin Schwartz.
One start after earning his first grade I-placing, Beach Patrol secured his first top-level win, holding off a game Long Island Sound in the stretch to secure a close victory in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Arlington.
Undefeated Lady Eli continued to work toward her first start of the year, putting in an 'A+' move Aug. 13 on Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course, according to trainer Chad Brown. She is slated to run in the Aug. 27 Ballston Spa (gr. IIT).
Sky Chai Racing's distance specialist Da Big Hoss easily held back good-closing Clondaw Warrior to win the $300,000 American St. Leger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 13 at Arlington International Racecourse.
The New York Racing Association called off the final six races of the card Aug. 13, citing severe weather conditions. The Fourstardave (gr. IT) and Adirondack (gr. II) will be rescheduled.
Initially concerned about rain forecast for the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., area over the weekend, trainer Keith Desormeaux decided to pass on the penultimate workout for Travers (gr. I) hopeful Exaggerator scheduled for Aug. 13.
Champion and California freshman sire Acclamation gained his first winner Aug. 12 at Del Mar when son Accountability posted a game half-length victory in the eighth race.
STATS LLC, the world's leading sports technology company, and Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry's official database, today announced the launch of a new interactive past performance product called STATS Race LensTM.
Trainer Richard Mandella has confirmed Spendthrift Farm's champion Beholder for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), a race for which California Chrome and Dortmund are also pointing, Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
Trainer David Donk is hoping that the third time is the charm when he sends out Gerald and Susan Kresa's New York-bred multiple stakes winner King Kreesa in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 13.
Delaware Park has canceled live racing for Aug. 13 because of excessive heat in the Wilmington, Del., area.
A tearful Steve Asmussen takes his place in the Hall of Fame Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is joined by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta.
Maryland star Ben's Cat breezed a half-mile Aug. 12 at Laurel Park in his final timed work before seeking to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for the seventh successive year Aug. 20.
The Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard-Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) drew a field of 11 for the Aug. 14 event at Deauville, including defending winner Esoterique, whose opponents include English classic winner Galileo Gold.
Stryker Phd will seek to become the first horse to win the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) in three consecutive years Aug. 14 at Emerald Downs.
Indiana-based stallion Sangaree saw his first winner Aug. 11, when Sung delivered a front-running victory in a maiden special weight race at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Gulfstream Park announced Aug. 11 that two racing programs have been added to the summer meet schedule.
Sagamore Farm's Recruiting Ready will take a second straight shot at an initial stakes win when the Algorithms colt faces an expected four other juveniles in the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Because of a shortage of available horses, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack has canceled its Saturday, Aug. 13 live racing card.
Plenty backing up the Woke Up Dreamin gelding's 3-5 morning line
The rider earned three consecutive Eclipse Awards (2010-12) while with Rushing, and added a considerable amount of wins to his career total, which was just 15 shy of 5,000 at the time of his retirement.
Scat Daddy filly gets her final U.S. work at Keeneland Aug. 11 and will ship to France Aug. 13. Stablemate Acapulco will miss the Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I), however, due to a foot issue.
After a gutsy victory in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), California Chrome improved his rating from 126 to 128 and is the second-highest rated horse in the world in the sixth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
The Jockey Club will provide a live video stream for the 64th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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