A familiar name stands atop the final standings following the completion of the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Javier Castellano claimed the title as top rider in the series for a third consecutive year.
The first five months of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races calendar for 2017 have been set, with 76 days of live racing to be conducted from Jan. 11 through May 20 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Washington-based freshman sire Understatement saw his first winner Oct. 1 when filly Classic Statement drew off to a five-length score in the fourth race at Hastings Racecourse.
Rogers Dream won Sept. 27 by a length at Finger Lakes
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules, an easy winner of his first two starts, figures to garner much of the attention in the $200,000 Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes for 2-year-olds Aug. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale came to an end June 10, with a Majesticperfection filly breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5, co-fastest during six days of workouts.
The penultimate under tack session June 9 for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale once again resulted in a handful of juveniles sharing the day’s fastest times for both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile breezes.
An Into Mischief colt posted the fastest quarter-mile time of : 20 4/5 when the first of six under tack workout sessions for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age was conducted June 5.
With steady rain falling, the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale began May 17, with two juveniles sharing the top eighth of a mile workout time of :10 and four equaling the best quarter-mile time of :21 3/5.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.
Imperative and Page McKenney, second and third, respectively, behind Moreno in last year's Charles Town Classic (gr. II), are among 10 older horses entered in the $1.25 million event April 23 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Undefeated Nyquist galloped at Keeneland April 18 and is expected to work again April 22 at the Lexington track as he prepares for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The champion racemare remains on track for the April 16 Apple Blossom (gr. I), while Whitmore moved closer to his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on the same day.
In keeping with tradition, California-based horses again populate the list of nominees for the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which this year will be run April 23.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Dec. 23 approved the $1.25 million purse for the 2016 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), but the vote wasn't unanimous.
Co-owner Jim Rome said on Twitter Sept. 21 that Shared Belief, who hasn't raced since April, is officially back in training.
Tucci Stables' Riker will try to make it three straight Saturday when he faces an expected four other 2-year-olds in the $125,000 Swynford Stakes on the Polytrack at Woodbine.
Young Central Kentucky stallion Tizway gained his first winner Aug. 16 when Tizzarunner won the first race at Woodbine by a nose.
Dream of Me and It's High Time secured victories in divisions of the Florida Sire stakes series for 2-year-olds and 2-year-old fillies Saturday, Aug. 8 at Gulfstream Park.
Continuing his recovery from a hip fracture at Pegasus Equine Rehabilitation and Training Center in Redmond, Wash., Shared Belief still doesn't have a timetable for a return to racing.
Pennsylvania-bred 5-year-old Page McKenney, who needed 13 starts to break his maiden in claiming company two years ago, has developed into a legitimate competitor in graded stakes.
Northwest Stud stallion Gone Astray got his first winner when first-time starter It's High Time won the second race May 21 at Gulfstream Park. The winner is a homebred for Tracy Pinchin.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium enjoyed a robust opening day May 18.
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Acting Zippy||William Don Bennett||
|Enriched||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Fiddlers Afleet||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Gone Astray||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Indian Dance||Lawrence E. Murray||
|No Advantage||Stephanie S. Beattie||
|Redding Colliery||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Researcher||Neil R. Morris||
|Tizway||H. James Bond||
|Understatement||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Wicked B. Havior||Bradley N. Heidelberg||
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