If the 116th edition of the Longines Dixie Stakes (G2T) is any indication, the current vintage of Live Oak Plantation's homebred World Approval may be as good as ever.
Having started his 2017 campaign off in smashing fashion last month, World Approval will try and duplicate that top-level form when he headlines a field of 10 in the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (G2T) at Pimlico Race Course May 20.
Following a quiet spring during the Pimlico meet, trainer Tim Keefe has gotten off to a quick start at Laurel Park's summer meet. He's also a triathlete and assists his wife in the area of racehorse aftercare.
Graded stakes-placed Cherry Wine turned in a typically steadfast move in preparation for his expected start in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), working five furlongs May 14 in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
Shesthewinner became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Paddy O'Prado when the 2-year-old filly won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park June 25.
Donegal Racing, which has run such grade I winners as Paddy O'Prado and Dullahan in Triple Crown races, is back with late-running Keen Ice, who encountered a ton of trouble last month in the Kentucky Derby.
Not For Love, Maryland's leading sire for the past 12 years, has been retired from breeding duties at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.
A group of Thoroughbred industry leaders will gather in Lexington Feb. 23 for a presentation about the launch of the Retired Racehorse Project's "Thoroughbred Makeover."
Pimlico Race Course plans a spring schedule featuring 21 stakes worth more than $4.2 million, including eight graded events on Preakness weekend May 15-16.
Daddy's Kid could be the class play as he takes on eight opponents in the $200,00 John B. Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston Race Park the night of Jan. 24. Also on the bill is the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic.
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Laurel Park will recognize the popular locally based gelding Eighttofasttocatch upon his retirement with a ceremony after the fourth race Saturday, Dec. 13.
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Sylvia Heft's Eighttofasttocatch put away his rivals in impressive fashion Dec. 6, cruising to an unprecedented fourth victory in the $125,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park while passing the million-dollar mark.
On Dec. 6, 8-year-old Eighttofasttocatch will make his final career start in the $125,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park, a race he has won three consecutive years.
Baryshnikov, a stakes-winning son of Empire Maker, has been relocated to Silver Bridle Racing in Springboro, Ohio.
Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana's open yearling and mixed sale Oct. 26 posted large gains in average and total receipts.
Popular Ben's Cat won the battle but lost the war when Talk Show Man caught the gallant favorite in the final strides of the $126,250 Maryland Million Turf Oct. 19 at Laurel Park.
Ben's Cat will remain on turf as he targets a record fourth win in the 29th Jim McKay Maryland Million at Laurel Park Oct. 18.
The Jim McKay Maryland Million has attracted 188 pre-entries to the nine stakes races on the Oct. 18 card at Laurel Park.
Keeneland's September yearling sale Sept. 8-21 is widely expected to maintain recent momentum in the Thoroughbred market with good balance between supply and demand.
A change in location and a strong catalog propelled the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling and broodmare sale to record levels Aug. 11.
Sale executives and consignors are feeling optimistic about Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale, which kicks off the major yearling auction season in Lexington July 14 starting at 10 a.m. EDT.
Augustin Stable's Utley, winless since last April, got back on track with an off-the-pace upset score in the $400,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico Race Course May 17.
Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds takes on highweights Hamp and Hey Leroy May 17 in the $400,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico Race Course.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Baryshnikov||Michael J. Maker||
|Bim Bam||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Eighttofasttocatch||Timothy L. Keefe||
|Grand Rapport||Eddie Kenneally||
|Lonely Whistle||Edward Maher||
|Paddy O'Prado||Dale L. Romans||
|Pocket Patch||Flint W. Stites||
|Slews Answer||H. Graham Motion||
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