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Breeders' Cup announced June 8 that Calumet Farm in Lexington has been named an official farm partner of Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah shipped well the morning of June 7 from New York to Churchill Downs, where he arrived early afternoon with more than 100 fans and members of the media waiting at the barn.
American Pharoah was thriving in his role as Thoroughbred racing's latest superstar June 7, one day after winning the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Triple Crown.
It's back to the main track for Gallant Stables' Majestic Harbor, who will bid to return to the winner's circle June 13 in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
B. Wayne Hughes Spendthrift Farm near Lexington is the newest member of Horse Country Inc., a tourism initiative for Central Kentucky's horse farms, equine clinics, and other equine-related attractions.
Charlie Boden, head of sales at Darley since 2006, is leaving the company July 1.
Co-owner/breeder Perry Martin revisits the 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and looks ahead to California Chrome's future at stud.
Grade I winner Personal Diary and graded stakes winners Strike Charmer, I'm Already Sexy, and Aurelia's Belle head a competitive field of 12 entered for the June 6 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill.
Champion Escena, who won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, died June 3 at Diamond A Farms near Versailles, Ky.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced June 3 the appointment of Nathan McCauley to its board of directors. He currently has more than two dozen horses in training and on the family's McCauley Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice on June 2 put in his final work at Churchill Downs before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
Keeneland announced June 1 that Walt Robertson, vice president of sales, will retire from day-to-day duties June 30. Robertson will continue at the lead on the Sporting Art Auction.
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Jeff Burch has been named senior vice president of NTRA Advantage, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's group purchasing arm.
The Kentucky Derby Museum June 5 plans to unveil updates to six exhibits to recognize 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner American Pharoah.
Breeders' Cup June 1 said it has extended its out-of-competition drug testing program to include the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, which offers winners automatic berths in the World Championships.
Alsvid carried on with his winning ways May 30 at Churchill Downs, upsetting the season debut of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Work All Week in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. I).
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner had a schooling session in the Churchill Downs starting gate and resumed galloping around the one-mile oval May 29.
Trainer Dale Romans said May 28 that Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan has been retired from racing because of a hairline fracture in one of her sesamoids.
Work All Week was the king of midwest sprinters last year. In the Breeders' Cup, he defeated defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle and two-time Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) winner Private Zone.
Charlie LoPresti heard the news he's been waiting on for months now, as the doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital cleared two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan for galloping May 26.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in his previous start, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on a fast track at Churchill Downs May 27.
Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah continued his training for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy Churchill Downs main track May 25.
Queen of Silence scored a tenacious neck victory in her career debut May 25 in the second race at Gulfstream Park, fighting off rivals late and becoming the first winner for Twirling Candy.
Michele and Cliff Love's Xtra Luck took over from pacesetter Majestic Harbor in early stretch and held his command for a comfortable win in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) May 23 at Churchill Downs
American Pharoah continued his preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 3/16 miles on the Churchill Downs main track under regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez May 23.
It was a busy day for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park the morning of May 22 as three of his hopefuls for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) worked at the New York oval.
Trainer Paul McGee also has the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II), a 1 1/2-mile dirt race on the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, under consideration.
Churchill Downs Inc. has filed suit against Daily Racing Form, alleging the company's DRF Bets wagering service violated the Interstate Horseracing Act when it took bets on this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, dominating winner of the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), came out of the race in good order and will ship to Churchill Downs May 18 to prepare for his bid for the Triple Crown.
Thieves broke into the office of the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown and stole about $300 and a TV.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable, winner of last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed five furlongs May 11, and on May 14 was shipped to Belmont Park to prepare for the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
A group of Preakness contenders arrive at Pimlico Race Course after a flight from Kentucky. watch video
The Kentucky Equine Education Project said May 12 Fasig-Tipton, for the second year, will sponsor its grassroots funding program.
Trainees for the two-year Darley Flying Start scholarship program come from seven different countries, the Darley International Student Program said May 11.
Koda Chrome finished third in his career debut May 7 at Belterra Park in Ohio, but to say it wasn't splashy would be an understatement.
A May 6 vote to change the recommended testing threshold for the anti-bleeding medication furosemide when it is administered 24 hours before a race triggered another debate and posed more questions.
Ellis Park and RaceTech have extended their existing licensing agreement for historical racing games at the Henderson, Ky., racetrack. The new agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2016.
U.A.E. Derby (UAE-II) winner Mubtaahij, who was eighth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in his U.S. debut, will remain in the United States to aim for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6, trainer Mike de Kock confirmed May 4.
NBC Sports reported that its live coverage of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on NBC averaged 16 million viewers, up 4% from 15.3 million last year, according to information from The Nielsen Company.
Workouts of note May 4 included last year's 3-year-old champion filly Untapable and grade I winner Lea, who both worked in Kentucky.
Kentucky Downs will ask regulators May 6 to let it offer about $4.2 million in Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements during its 2015 meet, as well as spend $50,000 to advertise the incentive program.
Keeneland will ask the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 6 for permission to offer Thoroughbred simulcasts at The Red Mile, the Lexington harness track that is constructing a facility for historical race wagering machines.
A. Stevens Miles Jr., a retired Kentucky banker, civic leader, and Thoroughbred owner, died April 25 in Louisville. He was 85.
NBC Sports said the May 2 telecast of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs registered a 10.8/24 overnight household rating and share, the highest since it first broadcast the race in 2001.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won his fourth Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2, said the feeling of winning the classic at Churchill Downs for the fourth time was different than in the past.
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on the 13-race Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) program May 2 totaled a record $194.3 million, up 4% from $186.6 million in 2014, Churchill Downs Inc. said.
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
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