The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.
Undefeated Sobradora Inc announced her arrival in the U.S Aug. 7 at Del Mar, where she took the Osunitas Stakes, but will take a significant step up against an accomplished group of turf runners Sept. 4 in the $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT).
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
Unlike her Triple Crown-winning sibling, Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra won her debut at Del Mar.
Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
She's Not Here defended her title in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) July 16, the first graded stakes at Del Mar's summer meeting.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm Racing's She's Not Here did some of the best running of her career last summer at Del Mar and she'll look to find that form again July 16 in the Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) at the seaside racetrack.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy, who topped the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 when she sold for $575,000, will be bred to Frankel on Southern Hemisphere breeding time this year.
Rise of Empire Maker and his sons and grandsons is good for Cherokee Run as a broodmare sire.
The $1.6 million buyback of Donegal Moon and the $575,000 sale of grade I winner Stormy Lucy highlighted the Fasig-Tipton July horses of all ages sale that saw competitive bidding and solid numbers.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy was purchased by SF Bloodstock for $575,000 in a private transaction after leaving the ring unsold at the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 in Lexington. The price is the highest at the auction.
The Fasig-Tipton selected horses of racing age sale that will be held for the fourth year has carved out a valuable niche within the equine sales marketplace in a short period of time.
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Fasig-Tipton has unveiled the catalog for its selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., that company president and CEO Boyd Browning Jr. says is endowed with more quality individuals than ever.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin, now three-for-three at Santa Anita Park in 2016 after his second grade I win of the year June 25 in the Gold Cup, came out of the 1 1/4-mile race in good order, according to trainer David Hofmans June 26.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got up just in time to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Lord Nelson steps back into graded company and Kobe's Back hopes to rebound in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent American Cleopatra—the 2-year-old full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah—through her first official breeze at Santa Anita Park June 17.
The 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The halters are part of the silent auction in CKRH's annual gala fundraiser, Night of the Stars.
American Cleopatra began her early conditioning at McKathan Brothers Training Center, and graduated to Santa Anita Park last week. She is expected to breeze there Belmont Stakes (gr. I) weekend, one year after her full brother swept the Triple Crown.
The next time a horse is awarded the Triple Crown trophy will be the first time for a new design, as New York Racing Association president Chris Kay has commissioned a new trophy to replace the one awarded to many previous Triple Crown winners.
For an hour June 9, trainer Bob Baffert and members of the Zayat family told stories and shared memories at Belmont Park on how American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory last year affected them.
Idle since Dec. 26, Lord Nelson came back running June 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Mike Curry finds 20 of the 75 top-three finishers during the last 25 years were five lengths or more off the pace.
The May 7 silent auction at dozens of U.S. tracks featured framed, autographed photos of Secretariat and American Pharoah.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|American Pharoah||Bob Baffert||
|Bee Brave (GB)||Simon Callaghan||
|Bunairgead (IRE)||James M. Cassidy||
|Charlie Em (GB)||Patrick Gallagher||
|Conquest Panthera||Mark E. Casse||
|Cozze Up Lady||J. Keith Desormeaux||
|Daddy D T||John W. Sadler||
|Emollient||William I. Mott||
|Famous Alice||Tim Yakteen||
|Irish Mission||Mark R. Frostad||
|Lord Nelson||Bob Baffert||
|Miss Serendipity (ARG)||Ronald L. McAnally||
|Moulin de Mougin||Richard E. Mandella||
|Queen of The Sand (IRE)||Patrick Gallagher||
|Red Button||Mark Glatt||
|Reflected Star||James M. Cassidy||
|Rusty Slipper||H. Graham Motion||
|Scarlet Strike||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Sky Preacher||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Skyway||Mark E. Casse||
|Stormy Lucy||Ed Moger, Jr.||
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