Blood-Horse

Merry Meadow Heads Inside Information

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Merry Meadow, riding a three-race stakes winning streak, will face six opponents in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park March 21. Read More...

Jockeys’ Guild, Parx Racing Reach Agreement

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Jockeys' Guild has reached an agreement with Parx Racing, resolving their dispute in a manner that will not alter the current on-track accident policy at the Pennsylvania track. Read More...

Hall of Fame Trainer Jerkens Dies at 85

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, 85, died March 18 in Aventura, Fla. He had been hospitalized for several weeks with an infection. Read More...

Private Terms Could be Combat Diver’s Launch

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Gary Contessa is very optimistic about the future of Combat Diver and is looking at the March 21 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park as a launching pad for the son of Line of David's Triple Crown hopes. Read More...

Firing Line Playing Favorite in Sunland Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
There will be no Dortmund in the $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park March 22 and Firing Line will almost surely be favored for the first time since he broke his maiden at Del Mar Nov. 30. Read More...

Finnegans Wake Stays on Turf in San Luis Rey

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Finnegans Wake, the 6-year-old son of Powerscourt, will look to extend his grade II turf winning streak to four in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) going 1 1/2 miles March 21 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Royal Son Draws Rail in Wide-Open Spiral

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
WinStar Farm's Royal Son, who already has a solid victory on Turfway's Polytrack surface, drew the rail and most likely will be favored to capture the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21. Read More...

Bourbonette is Anybody’s Ballgame

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Pure Romance Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park is a 100-proof handicapping challenge with a full field of 3-year-old fillies going a mile on Polytrack. Read More...

WV Budget Plan: Take Another $2M From Purses

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Legislation for the fiscal 2016 state budget in West Virginia is calling for another reduction in video lottery terminal and table games revenue that goes to purses at Thoroughbred and Greyhound tracks. Read More...

Pimlico to Offer Pick 5 With Low Takeout

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Maryland Jockey Club announced today it will offer a Pick 5 with an industry-low 12% takeout when Pimlico Race Course opens April 2 for its spring meet. Read More...

Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Castleton Lyons has announced the three finalists for the ninth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award that will be presented April 15 at the farm near Lexington. Read More...

North Dakota Horse Park Race Meet Scrapped

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Racing officials in North Dakota have moved to leave a horse park in Fargo without races this summer because of the facility's debt problems. Read More...

Wiseman’s Ferry, Sire of Wise Dan, Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Wiseman's Ferry, the sire of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, died March 17 at Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa. Read More...

Grants Available for Out-of-Competition Tests

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
With the large concentration of graded stakes scheduled for spring and summer, The Jockey Club is reminding regulators and racetracks that it has budgeted another $250,000 in grants for out-of-competition testing. Read More...

$1.4 Million Bernardini Colt Paces OBS Opener

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
When the dust settled at the end of a fast and furious day of trading during the opening session of the expanded format OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training March 17, all indications are that bigger is better. Read More...

Arlington Announces 2015 Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) in mid-August anchors Arlington International Racecourse's 2015 stakes schedule of 18 races worth a combined $3.5 million. Read More...

Arlington Stakes Cuts Not Enough for Horsemen

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Illinois Racing Board March 17 approved a drastically reduced stakes schedule for the summer meeting at Arlington International Racecourse, putting five graded events "on hiatus." Read More...

Photographer Charles Cook Retrospective

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Pioneering racetrack photographer Charles Cook served as an aerial reconnaissance photographer in World War I. Read More...

KY Governor Signs BC Tax Exemption Bill

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear March 17 signed into law a bill that will erase the state tax for on-track pari-mutuel handle on live races at Keeneland during the two days of the Breeders' Cup Oct.30-31. Read More...

Laurel Improvement Project Nearing Completion

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The Maryland Jockey Club announced March 17 that approximately $7 million in improvements at Laurel Park, including new barns for 300 horses, could be completed within the next month. Read More...

Slideshow: The Week in Photos for 03/17/2015

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita, Gulfstream. Woodbine, Golden Gate Fields, Sunland and More. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble Among Top LA-Breds of 2014

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Vicar's in Trouble was named top accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old male when the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association earlier this month released results of its voting for divisional standouts of 2014. Read More...

March 7, 2015 – Midwest/Canada: North Stars

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Adena Springs North boasted the top three sires in Canada for 2014. Read More...

Veazey, Chamberlain Named to Evangeline Posts

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel announced March 17 that Corey Veazey has been promoted to racing secretary and Michael Chamberlain has been hired as track announcer. Read More...

Cracking ‘Downs’ – By Eric Mitchell

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
All eyes will be on Ruidoso Downs' promising new rules to deter cheating. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen for March 17, 2015

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Will Texas Red leaving the trail affect the order of Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen? Read More...

Retired Woodbine Executive Kenney Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
John (Jack) H. Kenney, a longtime executive of Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly Ontario Jockey Club), died March 14 at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 79. Read More...

Wildcat Red Leads Florida-Bred Honorees

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Wildcat Red was honored as the 2014 Florida-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association annual awards banquet and gala March 16. Read More...

Lenny’s Place: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
St. Patrick's Day has Lenny talking about Kentucky Derby Fever, bad actors in the sport, and getting his Irish on with Dell Ridge Farm's Des Ryan. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions Read More...

Texas Red Off the Kentucky Derby Trail

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red has been taken off the trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Black Caviar Cleared of High Cobalt Level

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
A urine sample taken from undefeated three-time Horse of the Year Black Caviar after her win in the 2011 T. J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) has returned a cobalt level within normal parameters. Read More...

Former Churchill Downs GM Parkerson Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Danny Parkerson, a former Churchill Downs Racetrack general manager and Churchill Downs Inc. senior vice president, died March 13 following an illness. He was 72. Read More...

Expanded OBS March Sale Starts Tuesday

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Auction aims to attract top-end buyers as well as a strong middle-market buying base. Read More...

Olympic Glory to Shuttle to Arrowfield Stud

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Four-time European group I winner Olympic Glory will join the stallion roster at Arrowfield Stud in Australia for this year's Southern Hemisphere season, making him the first shuttler for the Al Shaqab operation. Read More...

Some Parx Riders Plan to Not Accept Mounts

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Some riders at Parx Racing have informed management they will not accept mounts on or after March 19 unless the track unconditionally guarantees they are covered by the Parx on-track insurance policy. Read More...

Tattersalls Extends Support of Curragh Races

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Tattersalls sale company has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the Irish Two Thousand Guineas and Irish One Thousand Guineas (both Ire-I) at the Curragh as well as the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) from 2015 to 2017. Read More...

Palmer Subject of Keeneland Presentation

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Legendary Turf writer subject in first Keeneland Library Lecture Series this year. Read More...

Short on Horses, Two Tracks Warn Horsemen

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
With field size an issue as winter turns to spring, two racetracks located about 45 minutes apart are reinforcing policies designed to keep horses on the grounds. Read More...

Retired Jockey Steve Kisielewski Dies

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Steve Kisielewski, a retired jockey who was the lead outrider at Delaware Park for nearly three decades before retiring in 2007, died March 4 in his home town of Wilmington, Del. Read More...

Canterbury Changes Date for Mystic Lake Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Canterbury Park has changed the date for the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the richest race of the Minnesota track's 2015 season, from Aug. 23 to Aug. 29. Read More...

Godolphin, Bernardini Dominate Aiken Trials

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Godolphin-owned 2-year-olds by Central Kentucky sire Bernardini ruled divisions for maiden colts and maiden fillies March 14 at the 73rd Aiken Trials, an annual spring ritual for the more than seven decades in South Carolina. Read More...

Grade I Winner and Sire Ogygian Dies at 32

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Multiple grade I winner and sire Ogygian, the oldest resident at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., died March 14 because of complications from colic. The son of Damascus was 32. Read More...

Hoop of Colour Claims Santa Ana Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Hoop of Colour captured her second straight victory since moving to Southern California from England with a win in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Royal Son Takes on Western Invaders in Spiral

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
With an impressive win at Turfway Park last time out in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, Royal Son appears to be the one to beat in the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III). Read More...

CT Classic an Option for Shared Belief

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) is now on the radar as a next possible start for champion Shared Belief. Read More...

Nakatani Taken to Hospital After Spill

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Jockey Corey Nakatani was taken to the hospital March 15 after a spill in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

NYRA Oversight Likely to Be Extended One Year

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
It appears increasingly likely that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will get his desire to extend the life of the state's control over the New York Racing Association. Read More...

American Pharoah’s Options Open After Rebel

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
American Pharoah came out of his 6 1/4-length victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) "perfect", trainer Bob Baffert said March 15. Read More...

Firing Line Drills for Sunland Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line had his final local breeze the morning of March 15 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III). Read More...

Bathtime for Mr. Z

Blood-Horse | 2 weeks ago
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, pointing for the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), after training March 15 at Oaklawn Park. Read More...