The trainer is off to a good start this year with three wins in January, including two Jan. 17. One of those came with Majestic Jessica, owned by J and M Racing Stables, for whom Barbara has been training for eight years.
New York-based sires Bob and John and Musket Man have been sold to stand in 2016 in South Korea.
The first reported foal by Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Alpha was born Jan. 28 at Sequel Stallions near Hudson, N.Y.
After opening the season with an easy victory in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, Flexibility will try for a second straight stakes win there in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III).
For Matt Schera, whose multiple graded stakes winner Race Day entered stud this year, Vorticity could be a star on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Due to the residual impact of a winter story, full-card simulcast operations at Aqueduct Racetrack, as well as Monmouth Park and its two off-track betting parlors, Jan. 24.
Due to severe winter weather, the New York Racing Association cancelled racing and simulcasting at Aqueduct Jan. 23 and will not race Jan. 24, although the track is expected to be open for simulcasting Jan. 24.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Jan. 22 the first report foal for Flashback, a grade II-winning son of 2015 leading sire Tapit. The colt was born on Jan. 20 at Guy and Stella Jenkins' farm in New York.
New York Thoroughbred Breeders held its first meeting of 2016 Jan. 21. The newly seated board is headed by president Thomas J. Gallo III.
A New York Native American tribe has filed a lawsuit to block a recently approved casino that has everyone from upstate casinos to racetracks worried about losing business to the new gambling resort under construction.
The new year is so far indeed a happy one for 5-year-old Saythreehailmary's and her connections. On Jan. 10 at Aqueduct Racetrack, the dark bay mare picked up where she left off in 2015, winning her second consecutive stakes.
Hold Me Back, among the nation's top 10 second-crop sires in 2015, has been sold to stand in 2016 at Irish Hill Century Farm near Stillwater, N.Y.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget would also increase the takeout to cover regulatory costs and could divert VLT money from purses to equine health initiatives.
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen is eligible for consideration for the Racing Hall of Fame this year after investigations in two states found no evidence of horse abuse.
The last two races on the Jan. 10 card at Aqueduct Racetrack, races 8 and 9, were canceled because heavy fog and resulting weather-related safety concerns.
Lady Sheila Stable's multiple graded stakes winner La Verdad turned the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack into a cakewalk Jan. 9, and will have another start before being bred to Medaglia d'Oro.
On the same day she was named a 2015 Eclipse Award finalist in the Filly and Mare Sprint Division, Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad was entered in the Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack for her first start of 2016.
Zayat Stables' King Kranz, equipped with blinkers for the first time, went from maiden to stakes winner Jan. 1 in the Lost In The Fog for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Young sire Honorable Dillon wasted no time, as his first foal, a colt, was born the morning of Jan. 1 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.
A new focus on daily live racing at Belmont Park and Saratoga is the feature of a new agreement between the New York Racing Association and MSG Networks.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, whose homebred colt Hansen was champion 2-year-old male of 2011, is hoping his new purchase Let Me Go First, a son of Paddy O' Prado, makes some noise in the early-season 3-year-old races.
A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.
Belmont Park would become home to a casino with 1,000 video lottery terminals under a plan put forward Dec. 29 by Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. But the plan is considered a longshot.
Former claimer Zen Papa will face graded stakes-placed King Kranz in the $125,000 Lost In The Fog Stakes for 3-year-olds when Aqueduct Racetrack begins the new year Jan. 1.
Repole Stable's Sudden Surprise, a homebred by Giant Surprise, fought off Dr. Shane to win the $150,000 Great White Way New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Dec. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
New York State Gaming Commission officials announced an agreement Dec. 22 to continue a program through 2016 that permits the state's tracks and off-track betting corporations to video-stream races.
Bellamy Road has moved to Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y., where he will stand the 2016 breeding season for $7,500.
Multiple graded stakes winner Palace will squeeze in one more start, the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 26, before retiring to stud at Spendthrift Farm.
Officials at Finger Lakes in upstate New York said the facility risks closure as early as 2017 unless the state takes action to protect its finances in the wake of approval Dec. 21 of a full-blown casino about 25 miles away.
The Street Sense colt was hustled from the gate and never looked back in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes Dec. 19 at Aqueduct Racetrack, picking up his first stakes score while galloping clear of 6-5 favorite Tommy Macho.
In an apparent move to pressure state officials to at least lower its mandated tax rate, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack said Dec. 18 that it wants to cut the number of Thoroughbred race dates in 2016 by nearly 20%.
The New York Racing Association has released the official logo for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Six new members will join the board of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders following the organization's annual board election Dec. 15.
New York appeals court rules daily fantasy games can continue to be offered in the state while a court case examines their legality.
At the end of a year that saw record-breaking wagering and attendance, the board of directors of the New York Racing Association Dec. 9 celebrated success while at the same planning conservatively for the future.
New York's Standardbred industry warned of the growing financial consequences of racing-based daily fantasy sports sites, while a major off-track betting corporation says OTBs should have the authority to offer such contests.
Multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $2,500.
Room for Me came off a seventh in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland to return to winning form Dec. 5, when she aired by 3 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes.
Freud, this year's second-leading sire in New York who topped the list in 2014, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson.
Japan, a stakes-winning son of top sire Medaglia d'Oro, will enter stud in 2016 at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.
Tonalist came flying with a big late run Nov. 28 to win the $670,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, edging out Red Vine in a photo finish after tracking far back under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.
Coming off a third in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), Taris collected another stakes score Nov. 27 when she rolled clear to victory in the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Blinkers will go back on Tonalist, who comes off a fifth in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), as he takes on defending Cigar Mile winner Private Zone after that rival's second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Mohaymen, Flexibility, and Sail Ahoy, who filled out the top three positions in the Nov. 4 Nashua Stakes (gr. II), line up against up-and-coming Gift Box in the nine-furlong Remsen Stakes (gr. II).
An eight-acre parcel of land on the grounds of Belmont Park is no longer being offered to private developers, a move that is raising concerns in some circles that the state may be eyeing the site for a VLT casino.
Three New York legislative panels are seeking answers to the impact the daily fantasy sports industry is having on other sectors of the gambling industry, including horse racing and the state's own lottery system.
The New York State Commission Nov. 23 proposed far-reaching equine drug rules as they slapped trainer Steve Asmussen with a $10,000 fine stemming from a probe into allegations of equine abuse brought against him by PETA.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, a winner of 15 of 23 starts for earnings of more than $1.5 million, could make her final start in the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
A New York law banning racing and pari-mutuel wagering activities in the state on Palm Sunday, which dates back to the days when Richard Nixon was president, has been overturned.
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