This year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks have come and gone, but the memories will always remain. read blog
Paolucci is Courageously Confident in Ria Antonia. read blog
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) morning line favorite Untapable schooled in the Churchill Downs paddock on Tuesday, April 29. read blog
Run the Bluegrass, a half marathon in Lexington March 29, honors 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, discusses his insight and thoughts on this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships and year-end honors.
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the 2013 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, including comments from Tom Thornberry, Keeneland's Associate Director of Sales. watch video
Esther Marr gives us the results of the Fasig-Tipton November Sale where 24 Horses sold for $1 million or more. Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning talks about being blown away by the results tonight.
Esther Marr recaps Day 1 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the sale of Plum Pretty. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
- By Ron Mitchell
Steve Haskin, Senior Correspondent for The Blood-Horse, was the guest on Talkin' Horses with The Blood-Horse live podcast 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Oct. 23. Haskin discussed his insight and thoughts on this year's Breeders' Cup. Listen Now!
Guest blogger Mary Cage shares the story of Lights on Broadway, a horse that was rescued from a near death experience, after which he inspired the foundation of a Thoroughbred non-profit organization. read blog
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including comments from Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Esther Marr talks with Tom Thornbury, Associate Director of Keeneland Sales, about the non select sessions of the 2011 Keeneland September Sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Esther Marr talks to Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales, about expectations and predictions for the sale. Watch Video
Esther Marr recaps the Fasig-Tipton July Select Yearling Sale and the first phase of the Heiligbrodt dispersal. Watch Video
Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency explains the importance of the Fasig-Tipton Select Sale in July. Mark also explains the history of Taylor Made's 35th anniversary to Esther Marr. Watch Video
Esther Marr talks with Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton, about the July Select sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Watch Video
Stay Thirsty is the latest breeding success for Glennwood Farm Read Blog
Beyond the Blinkers is thankful for Robby Albarado's selfless acts for children and the less fortunate. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Read Blog
Beyond the Blinkers meets Ron Turcotte, jockey of Secretariat, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Read Blog
I know this is old news now, but I had the opportunity to go out to the Kentucky Horse Park twice during the FEI World Equestrian Games here in Lexington over the last couple of weeks. Read Blog
This blog will take a look at some of my behind-the-scenes experiences while working in the Thoroughbred industry, and it will also include some of the rescue stories and triumphs in racing that often get lost in the shuffle. Read Blog
Graded stakes winners Hightap and Hooh Why will attempt to upset the home track advantage of dual local stakes victor Don'ttalktome the June 26 Iowa Oaks (gr. III).
- By Esther Marr
Barbara Luna discovered that even greater than her love of campaigning runners was the passion that came from helping retired racehorses have a second chance.
In addition to being directly involved in an equine-related tragedy at Delaware Park May 26, jockey Gabriel Saez is experiencing prolonged back pain from the accident that has since kept him from participating in his livelihood.
Big Brown, who is standing his first season at Three Chimneys, was last year's Triple Crown hopeful, as he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Street Sense was the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to win the Ketucky Derby, and the first 2-year old champion to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid.
For the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Lukas has not one, not two, but three fillies that are looking to take the lilies from overwhelming favorite Rachel Alexandra...or at least get a whiff of them by checking in second, third, or even fourth.
- By Esther Marr
After watching a Discovery Channel show documenting how residents of Greensburg, Kansas, were rebuilding their tornado-ridden city as a "model green community," horse industry veterans Chad and Tammy Hassenpflug became determined to support that community in a special way.
Though her work was a bit fast for his taste, trainer Hal Wiggins was more than satisfied when his filly Rachel Alexandra made it back to the barn in good shape after zipping through a half-mile in :46 2/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 27.
Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, who sponsored the legislation that resulted in Kentucky's Breeders' Incentive Fund, has inquired about another method of garnering funds for the state's Thoroughbred industry.
Although champion Stardom Bound is the clear choice for the April 4 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) opening weekend at Keeneland, the daughter of Tapit has her work cut out of for her when facing an accomplished field of eight other females looking to secure a spot in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Michigan horse racing commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel track in Michigan.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 27 the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute more than $18.7 million in awards for 2008.
The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie, a non-profit organization, awarded $60,000 to 16 Grand Prairie, Texas charities March 12 during a ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced March 13 that it will fund 17 projects in 2009 and that Dr. Paul Lunn of Colorado State University has been elected to succeed Dr. Larry Bramlage as the chairman of its Research Advisory Committee.
Kentucky Thoroughbred farms seeking financial aid to cover their immense repair efforts for damages caused by an ice storm the week of Jan. 25 could soon receive some federal relief in the form of a loan.
Justwhistledixie, an easy winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, was a surprise favorite over morning line choices Stardom Bound and Rachel Alexandra following the March 12 opening day of betting in Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
- By Esther Marr
Even though Iain Holmes didn't pioneer the concept of using a Thoroughbred racehorse's name to raise awareness for a cause, the fact he's used that platform to promote the act of saving lives via organ donations still deserves some accolades.
On a warm and windy overcast morning March 6, trainer Joel Marr stood pensive in the shedrow of his undefeated modern-day world record holder Peppers Pride's new home at Nathan Fox's Richland Hills Farm near Midway, Ky. Although in less than 24 hours, he will be bidding farewell to the best horse he has ever trained, Marr approached the subject with ease.
Thomas Knust has been named racing secretary for the 71st live racing meet at Fairplex Park held during the annual Los Angeles County Fair in September, announced Mike Seder, association vice president and chief financial officer.
On April 19, Keeneland will host the "Grade One Gamble," a live money handicapping contest that will send three people to the 2010 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
Kentucky veterinary officials are now requiring that stallions coming from Wisconsin be tested for contagious equine metritis (CEM) prior to entering the state. The order, issued today by state veterinarian Robert C. Stout, stems from Kentucky's investigation into cases of CEM, which were first discovered in the state in December. This is the first official interstate movement restriction to result from the nationwide investigation, which includes 614 horses in 45 states.
Colonial Downs will kick off its 13th annual Thoroughbred racing season June 12 and will continue an eight week, 40-day meet through Aug. 4.
Fairmount Park, which recently put in place a zero tolerance policy on slaughter, will host an April 23 fundraiser to benefit its newly established Thoroughbred adoption program, Racehorse Alternative Choice Environment.
Charles Town jockeys will receive an increase in their losing mount fees beginning March 1 as a result of a new agreement between the Jockeys' Guild and the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association.
The late Luke Kruytbosch, who served for a decade as the track announcer at Churchill Downs, will be honored Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (EST) as the American Heart Association holds its 17th annual Crystal Heart Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, trainer Michael Matz, and owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have invited the public to attend a presentation by Dr. Lawrence R. Soma of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center and Dr. Scot Waterman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.
Jockeys at Prairie Meadows and the Iowa Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association have agreed on a new losing mount fee scale that will take effect when the track opens April 24.
Kelly's Landing, whose career was highlighted by a victory in the 2007 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), ran his last race Jan. 17 and is now enjoying some rest and relaxation.
It was announced Feb. 18 that Sherwin-Williams has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Under the terms of the agreement, Sherwin-Williams will continue as an official supplier to the NTRA through 2011 and will offer the equine industry savings of up to 40% on its products through the NTRA Advantage program.
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