Led by a record 42 nominees from Todd Pletcher's barn, 413 3-year-olds were nominated to the 2014 Triple Crown series during the early nomination period, which closed Jan. 25.
The $250,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. II), originally scheduled for April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, will now be contested on May 11 at Belmont Park.
The New York Racing Association posted a 2.3% average daily total handle gain for 2013. The increase follows a 2012 season during which NYRA posted sizable gains in all handle categories.
Caixa Eletronica, a popular four-time graded stakes winner, died as the result of injuries he suffered in a training accident Jan. 4 that also claimed the life of maiden Six Drivers.
Javier Castellano earned his first year-end riding title and David Jacobson was leading trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2013.
The purse for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel of the Triple Crown, will be $1.5 million for the 146th renewal June 7, 2014, the New York Racing Association announced Dec. 28.
NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay outlined some of the plans the organization has for 2014 and provided an update on what has happened so far this year during a Dec. 10 keynote address in Arizona.
The board of the New York Racing Association met for the first time a year ago, but it wasn't until its eighth meeting Dec. 4 that its members offered significant disagreement to a proposal made by chair David Skorton.
The New York Racing Association is finalizing a "fresh look" budget for 2014 that will hike fees imposed on simulcast partners and raise prices for racetrack admission and parking while cutting a number of expenses.
In her final breeze in preparation for the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack, Groupie Doll completed four furlongs in :48.55 on the Belmont Park training track Nov. 25.
Reigning champion female sprinter Groupie Doll breezed a half mile Nov. 16 on the Belmont Park training track as she prepares for her second career start against males in the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.
Juvenile filly Artemis Agrotera had long travel day Oct. 29, but with the rail, will have short run to the lead in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
A week or so after the 2005 Breeders' Cup, I returned to my desk at Thoroughbred Times from a break and played back a voicemail from Merv Griffin requesting I call back.
Uphill Stable's Clearly Now returned to his winning ways when he skillfully stalked the pace to score a 1 1/2-length triumph in the Oct. 26 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
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Ouija Board is one of only a dozen to achieve multiple Breeders' Cup victories. The brilliant mare personifies everything we love about the sport of racing.
Centring, grade I-placed in three New York events this season for trainer Tom Albertrani, looks to break through with a class drop in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. IIIT) Oct. 26 at Belmont Park.
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Pari-mutuel takeout rates and other issues were discussed during a lightly attended meeting of the New York State Racing Fan Advisory Council Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
Saratoga Snacks, owned by Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells, took the lead coming into the stretch and held on tenaciously to capture the $250,000 Empire Classic Handicap Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
Effie Trinket and King Kreesa score on the turf at 1 1/16 miles in the Ticonderoga Stakes and Mohawk Stakes, respectively, at Belmont Park Oct. 19 as part of the Empire Showcase Day card.
Chester and Mary Broman's Artemis Agrotera worked a half in a bullet :46.77 at Belmont Park Oct. 18. The Frizette Stakes (gr. I) winner is being prepared for a run at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
King Kreesa and Notacatbutallama headline Mohawk, while filly Effie Trinket seeks second stakes score in Ticonderoga Stakes Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
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Grade II winner Wired Bryan will try for a second straight stakes win against other New York-bred juveniles when he starts in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
One race after seeing her three-race win streak come to an end, grade I winner Discreet Marq bounced back to claim her third stakes victory this season with a clear victory in the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes Oct. 14 at Belmont.
Two-time champion Royal Delta sizzled four furlongs in :46.50 before the maintenance break at Belmont Park Oct 12 as she prepped for an attempt at her third straight Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Grade I winner Boisterous is looking to get back on track in the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 12 at Belmont Park, a race he has won twice before, but Live Oak Plantation's Za Approval looms large.
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Sam-Son Farms' homebred Up With the Birds closed with a rush to take the $500,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park, earning his first graded stakes victory for trainer Malcolm Pierce.
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst handicap the loaded field of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Will Flat Out win for a third time? watch video
Richard Santulli's Laughing has emerged as a middle-distance grass star this year, and hopes to add the Flower Bowl Sept. 28 at Belmont Park to victories in the Diana, Ballston Spa, and Eatontown.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred Big Blue Kitten will try to secure his third straight grade I win when he faces an expected nine rivals in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational Stakes Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
HRTV will be providing on-site coverage Sept. 28 of 10 grade I Breeders' Cup World Championships prep races from Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park.
Todd Pletcher's mantle, assuming he has a mantle, is filled with so many Eclipse Awards it must look like a row of war horses lined up for battle. But there is always room for more.
Jockey Joel Rosario is expected to resume riding around the weekend of Oct. 12-13 at Belmont Park, agent Ron Anderson said Sept. 24.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Sept. 23 that Belmont Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Champion Royal Delta wrapped up serious preparation for defense of her Beldame Invitational Stakes (gr. I) win with a four-furlong breeze Sept. 23 at Belmont Park.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb registered a second straight five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Monday, Sept. 23 at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.
As so often is the case as summer turns to fall, Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has a stable of Thoroughbreds moving in the right direction.
Turtle Bird Stable's Cluster of Stars improved her undefeated record to six wins at the cost of Dance to Bristol in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 21 at Belmont Park.
At Belmont, Todd Pletcher worked Cross Traffic and Palace Malice while Chad Brown breezed Last Gunfighter, and at Saratoga Kiaran McLaughlin sent Alpha through his final paces for the Sept. 28 event.
The New York State Gaming Commission and NYRA announced Sept. 20 enhanced security measures will be in place for horses competing in the September 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Shanghai Bobby, the champion 2-year-old male of 2012, made his first start off the layoff a winning one Sept. 20 in the 6 1/2-furlong Aljamin overnight stakes at Belmont Park.
Dance to Bristol returns to Belmont Park for the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) on Sept. 21 to prep for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), and a salty field of eight other 4-year-old fillies awaits her.
Shanghai Bobby, 2012 champion 2-year-old male, will make his first start in more than five months when he competes in the $100,000 Aljamin overnight stakes Friday at Belmont Park.
Still last in mid-stretch, Peace Preserver rallied between horses to secure the first graded stakes win of her career with an upset tally in the $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 14 at Belmont Park.
Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Strong Mandate bounced of his most recent win 11 days ago with a bullet half-mile breeze Sept. 13 at Churchill Downs, leaving his Hall of Fame trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, to marvel afterward.
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Grade I winner Better Lucky heads a six-horse field in the $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 14 at Belmont Park, looking to get back on track after a brief respite.
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