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Pegasus World Cup introduces a Gr 1 Turf Race for 2019 Sep 18, 2018
Pegasus World Cup introduces a Gr 1 Turf Race for 2019Hallandale Beach, FL. September 18, 2018 - The Stronach Group, owners of the Pegasus World Cup, announced today an exciting new element to what has become, in just two short years, one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred racing calendar.
Horses for Heroes program for veterans and active-duty military personnel Sep 18, 2018
U.S. Army veteran Brian Ray was sitting tall in the saddle of a palomino quarter horse at the Crossed Arrows Ranch south of Santa Fe. The combat vet, who had spent three decades in the military, including two tours in Iraq as an adviser, focused his heart, mind and body on his connection with the horse.
 
Hong Kong Jockey Club's Mainland China Racecourse is now officially open Sep 10, 2018
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Conghua Racecourse officially opened on August 28th 2018, marking the beginning of a new era for the sport of horse racing in Hong Kong and for the ever closer relations between Hong Kong and Guangdong.
Ireland: horse therapy transforming lives of disabled children Aug 27, 2018
Ireland: horse therapy transforming lives of disabled children Before meeting Smokey the pony, five-year-old Maisie Colhoun couldn't sit up properly and was barely able to walk but the Co Derry child, who has Down's Syndrome and cannot speak, has developed an extraordinary bond with the placid animal who has helped her and dozens of other children overcom
Churchill racing club celebrates debut winner Aug 15, 2018
Churchill racing club celebrates debut winnerThe stands were a little fuller, the excitement was a little higher and the cheers were a little louder Tuesday during the sixth race at Indiana Grand. That's because the race included first time starter Distant Shore, who is owned by the Churchill Downs Racing Club.
Dubai World Cup Meeting Raised to Record $35m; Dubai World Cup Elevated to $12m Jul 25, 2018
 Dubai World Cup Meeting Raised to Record $35m; Dubai World Cup Elevated to $12mOn March 30, 2019, the Dubai World Cup meeting is set to enhance its status as the world’s richest day of horseracing. Total purses for the card, which will feature six Group 1 and three Group 2 fixtures, will increase from US $30 million to $35 million.
Wonder Gadot wins the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Jul 24, 2018
Wonder GadotFORT ERIE, July 24, 2018 –  Wonder Gadot took centre stage once again dominating a field of six with a powerful front-running performance to take the 83rd edition of the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, Tuesday at Fort Erie Race Track.
Racing community grateful Ellis Park is saved Jul 19, 2018
Racing community grateful Ellis Park is savedSay what you wish about Ron Geary, the hockey team owner who unsuccessfully attempted to move the Evansville IceMen to Owensboro in 2016. But just about everyone, it seems, has nice things to say about Ron Geary, the horse racing track owner.
British Horseracing Authority introduces Action Plan to grow diversity and inclusion Jul 07, 2018
The first ever Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for British racing has been published today by the sport’s Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG). The Action Plan covers eight core areas which it believes can – and should – be addressed to promote greater inclusion in British racing.
Wonder Gadot Wins Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Jun 30, 2018
Wonder Gadot Wins Queen’s Plate at WoodbineGary Barber's Wonder Gadot has been knocking on the door in all six of her 2018 starts, including a hard-fought second in the Kentucky Oaks, but she finally found the winner's circle with the addition of blinkers in Saturday's $1 million Queen's Plate.
Kentucky Lottery to Test ‘Win Place Show’, New Lottery Game Based on Live Horse Racing Jun 26, 2018
Kentucky Lottery to Test ‘Win Place Show’, New Lottery Game Based on Live Horse RacingThe Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors has approved a trial introduction of “Win Place Show,” a lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. The board has approved a pilot test beginning March 24, 2019.
Royal Ascot recognizes xpressbet as ‘a preferred US betting site’ Jun 18, 2018

Xpressbet Customers Get Free Daily Picks & Pay 0% Takeout on the New Royal Ascot Pick 4. Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, has once again received recognition as ‘A Preferred US Betting Site’ of Royal Ascot.  Royal Ascot, one of the world’s most prestigious meets and racing’s most recognized brands, begins Tuesday, June 19 and continues through Saturday, June 23.

Victorious Justify "fantastic" after Triple Crown win Jun 11, 2018
Victorious Justify ‘Fantastic’ Morning After Triple CrownThe morning after his breathtaking victory in the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, anointed him racing's 13th Triple Crown winner, a bright-eyed and bouncing Justify was showing no signs of the dizzying campaign that comprised six victories in just under 16 w
Triple Crown: Post Positions for the 150th Belmont Steaks Jun 06, 2018
Triple Crown: Post Positions for the 150th Belmont Steaks
Post Positions
1. Justify
2. Free Drop Billy
3. Bravazo
4. Hofburg
5. Restoring Hope
6. Gronkowski
7. Tenfold
8. Vino Rosso
9. Noble Indy
10. Blended Citizen
 
Horses Human Health: Research suggests intellectual pursuits -- horse racing betting – can help ward off dementia Jun 03, 2018
Horses Human Health: Research suggests intellectual pursuits – even betting on horses – can help ward off dementiaA Chinese study found that older people who took part in intellectual activities, such as reading, playing games or even betting on horse racing, had a lower risk of developing dementia, or might delay its o
Triple Crown Hope Justify Breezes Half-Mile in :46.80 at Churchill Downs May 29, 2018
Triple Crown Hope Justify Breezes Half-Mile in :46.80 at Churchill DownsUndefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify tuned up his preparation for the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a rapid half-mile breeze in :46.80 Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. With Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on hand, Justify breezed at 7:30 a.m.
Triple Crown Update: Belmont Stakes Horses May 22, 2018
Triple Crown Update from CBS Sports: Belmont StakesThe 150th Belmont Stakes runs Saturday, June 9, from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Justify, the undefeated colt trained by Bob Baffert, is one victory away from horse racing's coveted Triple Crown. He's going off at 4-5 at several major sports books.
Ontario Horse Racing: One Week Until Opening Day at Fort Erie Race Track May 22, 2018
Ontario Horse Racing: One Week Until Opening Day at Fort Erie Race TrackFORT ERIE (May 22, 2018) -  The 121st racing season is kicking off at Fort Erie Race Track on Tuesday, May 29, and it is sure to be one of the most exciting se
Horse Racing Triple Crown: Where to watch the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico today May 19, 2018
Horse Racing Triple Crown: Preakness Stakes at Pimlico todayWith a 6:48 pm ET start time, the Preakness will be televised on NBC. Coverage begins at 5:00 pm ET and horses will begin the call to the post at approximately 6:20 p.m.
Preakness: Hall of Famers Hope to Stay on a Roll with Derby Winner Justify May 18, 2018
Preakness: Hall of Famers Hope to Stay on a Roll with Derby Winner Justify  BALTIMORE – Not only is unbeaten Kentucky Derby (G1) Justify the hottest 3-year-old in the country, his trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith are also in the midst of a remarkable run of success together.
Favourite Justify draws 7 post for Preakness May 18, 2018
horse racing justify preaknessBALTIMORE -- Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before, and it doesn't bother him with Justify.Coming off an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby, Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's second race in a field of eight horses.
US Supreme Court to allow states to legalize sports gambling May 14, 2018
Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.
 
The 6-3 ruling is a victory for New Jersey and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition.
Justify wins 144th Kentucky Derby May 05, 2018

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ favored Justify took command at the half-mile pole and roared away to a 2 ½-length victory over Good Magic under the lights at Churchill Downs to win the 144th running of the $2,192,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) for 3-year-olds on a soggy Saturday afternoon befor

Monomoy Girl, Midnight Bisou Morning-Line Favorites For Friday's $1 Million Longines Kentucky Oaks Apr 30, 2018
Horse Racing Kentucky Oaks LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 30, 2018) – Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou, the two dominant 3-year-old fillies in the country, will clash for the first time Friday as they head a field of 14 entered Monday for the 144th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) that serves as the centerpiece of Friday’s 13-race program.
Kentucky Derby Contenders' Update Apr 30, 2018
Horse Racing News: Kentucky Derby Contenders' UpdateJuddmonte Farms’ Hofburg tuned up for Kentucky Derby 144 by working a half-mile in company in :48.20 at Churchill Downs on a cool Sunday morning.
 
Kentucky Derby Stories: Don't Tell My Wife Stables Apr 23, 2018
Kentucky Derby Stories: Don't Tell My Wife Stables "I was five years old the first time I came to the track and I just loved it. I'd sit in the paddock and watch the horse and I was enthralled by it," said Rob Slack, a partner in Don't Tell My Wife Stables. Ever since then Slack has been hooked on horses -- only this time it's with his his partners.
Adena Springs and Holy Helena named Sovereign Awards Winners Apr 21, 2018
Adena Springs and Holy Helena named Sovereign Awards WinnersAdena Springs homebred Holy Helena was voted champion 3-year-old filly and Adena Springs was honored as Outstanding Breeders at the 43rd Sovereign Awards ceremony at Palais Royale in Toronto.
Kentucky Derby Week 50/50 Charitable Gaming Raffles Apr 19, 2018
Kentucky Derby 2018LOUISVILLE, KY., (Thursday, April 19, 2018) –Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Gaming Raffle drawings to be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days.
Q & A with CTHS Ontario President Peter Berringer Apr 04, 2018
Peter Berringer has spent a lifetime in the thoroughbred racing industry. Though he was exposed to horses and racing through his family from a very early age, it was after spending a year working as Franz Crean’s assistant that he decided this would be his profession.
Thunder Snow wins 2018 Dubai World Cup Apr 01, 2018
Thunder Snow wins 2018 Dubai World CupSaeed bin Suroor has dominated the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline like no other trainer and won the US $10 million feature for a stunning eighth time with the Christophe Soumillon-ridden Thunder Snow.
 
Xpressbet Unveils 0% Takeout & Money-Back Guarantees on Triple Crown Preps Mar 02, 2018
Xpressbet Unveils 0% Takeout & Money-Back Guarantees on Triple Crown PrepsThe major Triple Crown prep races are here, and leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is giving its customers two ways to make their wagers worth even more.    Beginning with the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 3, Xpressbet custom
Dubai Racing Club releases Nominations for 2018 Dubai World Cup Feb 06, 2018
horse racing Dubai World Cup Logo Meydan EmiratesNominations for the $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) closed on January 11th with 136 of the globe’s premier Thoroughbreds. Scheduled for March 31st, 2018, the 2000m dirt fixture has been won by such superstar champions as Cigar, Dubai Millennium, Invasor, Curlin, California Chrome and Arrogate. 
 
Study: Female Jockeys' Performance Equal of Male Riders Jan 30, 2018
Study: Female Jockeys' Performance Equal of Male RidersThe performance of female jockeys is equal with that of their male counterparts, suggests an English study carried out through the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool.
Favourite, Gun Runner, wins Pegasus World Cup Jan 27, 2018
Favourite, Gun Runner, wins Pegasus World Cup Betting favorite Gun Runner, ridden by Florent Geroux, won the Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, ending the horse's career by taking the richest thoroughbred race in the world. Gun Runner, the horse of the year, easily beat West Coast to win the $16 million event at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Therapeutic riding found to be clinically effective for troubled war veterans Jan 22, 2018
Therapeutic horse riding is clinically effective in easing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans, the findings of an American study suggest. The researchers also found that riding for longer appeared to improve the outcome for the troubled veterans.
 
Xpressbet is exclusive online provider of Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship Jan 11, 2018
Xpressbet is exclusive online provider of Pegasus World Cup Betting ChampionshipJanuary 11, 2018 (Washington, PA) – Xpressbet is excited to announce it will be the exclusive online provider of the $500,000 Estimated Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship (PWCBC), offering horseplayers the opportunity to play in horse racing’s ‘most player-friendly handicapping tournament’
Horse therapy helping women in prison find new roads Jan 08, 2018
Horse therapy helping women in prison find new roadsOn a recent fall morning, four women inmates from Chester County Prison entered an indoor arena at the Thorncroft Equestrian Center and began to meet the duo who have been helping them navigate their way toward success outside of the prison walls. But Jubilee and Mia are not your traditional counselors or social workers.
Thoroughbred Daily News: A ‘Toast’ to Dreams Jan 08, 2018
Thoroughbred Daily News: A ‘Toast’ to DreamsToast, or Fairytale? “Got on a lucky one, came in at 18 to one,” the song says. “I’ve got a feeling this year’s for you and me.”
 
How a horse is helping a military veteran deal with his PTSD Dec 18, 2017
How a horse is helping a military veteran deal with his PTSDOwen McElroy says he spent years going to the doctor, trying to find out what was wrong with his hearing.
Ben's Cat named 2017 Vox Populi winner Dec 18, 2017
Ben's Cat named 2017 Vox Populi winnerThe late Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year, has been awarded the 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, or "Voice of the People," with record-breaking voter participation.
Donations sought in wake of San Luis Rey Downs fire Dec 09, 2017
The Stronach Group (TSG), in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in yesterday’s devastating Lilac Fire, which engulfed San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in northern San Diego County.  Additionally, Santa Anita is now in the process of collecting clothing items for the dozens of stable workers who were forced to flee yesterday’s flames.
 
Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario Statement Nov 22, 2017
Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario StatementNovember 21, 2017 -- For far too long the Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarterhorse horse people of Ontario have been marginalized, and put off to the side when significant decisions as to their future have been made.
Horses from southeastern Turkey to help children with disabilities Nov 13, 2017
Horses from southeastern Turkey to help children with disabilitiesThe hippotherapy center designed to offer equine-assisted therapy for young locals living near the Şanlıurfa Hippodrome was established as part of a social responsibility project being conducted by the Jockey Club of Turkey (TJK).
Horse racing Australia: Winx may race at Royal Ascot next year Nov 13, 2017
Horse racing Australia: Winx rmay race at Royal Ascot next year[Australia's Everest race] and its massive $13 million prizemoney pool is likely to keep the nation’s best sprinters like Redzel and Chautauqua from going overseas but mighty mare Winx is still in the mix for Royal Ascot next year.
Gun Runner wins Breeders' Cup Classic in Style Nov 05, 2017
Gun RunnerWhat was supposed to be an epic duel between Arrogate and Gun Runner turned into a tour de force for Gun Runner as he set blistering fractions through every call and then pulled away in the stretch to record a 2 ¼-length victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the second and final day of the World Championships at Del Mar Racetrack.
 
Bet the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Online with Xpressbet Nov 03, 2017
Xpressbet’s popular Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Headquarters is back to help bettors navigate this year’s World Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup, horse racing’s premier year-end event, will be held for the first time at San Diego’s historic Del Mar Racetrack.  The races kick off Friday, November 3 at 2:25PM ET and continue Saturday, November 4 at 1:10PM ET.
Grade 1 Winner Keen Ice Retired From Racing Oct 27, 2017
Keen IceGrade 1 winner Keen Ice , who will forever be remembered for his upset victory over Triple Crown winner American Pharoah  in the 2015 Travers Stakes (G1), will miss the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar due to a ankle injury and has been retired.
 
Frankie Dettori and Cracksman storm home to win QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot Oct 22, 2017
Cracksman and Frankie Dettori stormed clear to win the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. The son of Frankel put in a stunning display to soar clear of a high class field to hand his sire his first Group 1 success for John Gosden. John Gosden had an excellent day as Persuasive stormed home to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).
 
Xpressbet to Offer Online Wagering on 2017 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Oct 16, 2017
Xpressbet is excited to announce that handicappers will have the ability to play in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) online at Xpressbet.com. The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge is one of horse racing’s richest handicapping tournaments, showcasing one of the sport’s premier events, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held November 3 & 4, 2017 at Del Mar Racetrack.  This year’s BCBC features an estimated $1 Million Prize Pool.
Redzel wins $5.8 million in the inaugural running of The Everest Oct 14, 2017
Redzel wins $5.8 million in the inaugural running of The Everest Redzel proved himself the in-form sprinter of the year when he raced clear to take a $5.8 million winner's cheque for his owners in the inaugural running of The Everest at Randwick on Saturday.
The Everest: World's Richest Turf Race Set to Run in Australia on Saturday Oct 12, 2017
Set to be run for the first time on Saturday at Randwick in Sydney, the Everest will immediately become the world's richest turf race. With a prize fund of A$10 million – £5.92m (or $7.82m) at current exchange rates – the 1,200-metre (six-furlong) contest stands behind only the Pegasus World Cup (projected at $16m for 2017) and the Dubai World Cup ($10m) on the overall prize-money list.
Equine-assisted therapy centre opens in St-Lazare Oct 12, 2017
Equine-assisted therapy centre opens in St-LazareA new equestrian centre opening in St-Lazare offers more than just riding lessons. Instructors at Enfants en Équi-Libre are certified therapists who incorporate horses in their physical and occupational therapy.
 
Winx scores her 21st victory at Flemington Oct 07, 2017
Winx with jockey Hugh BowmanHer blue and white colours might not be as recognisable as the salmon and black of Black Caviar or the cerise of Lonhro and his dad Octagonal, but the blue and white mix is starting to become part of the amazing Winx show, that attracted more than 20,000 to Flemington on Saturday.
 
British horse racing targets true fans among young Oct 04, 2017
London (AFP) - Horse racing in England is on an "upward curve" but faces challenges in keeping both the traditionalists and the younger generation happy, a leading figure in the sport says. Paul Fisher, chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, which is responsible for blue riband events such as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, said it is essential to maintain the centuries-old history and heritage of the "Sport of Kings".
 
The Jockey Club Releases 2016 Breeding Statistics Sep 22, 2017
The Jockey Club Releases 2016 Breeding StatisticsThe Jockey Club reported this week that 1,863 stallions covered 36,045 mares in North America during 2016, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 13, 2017. These breedings have resulted in 21,624 live foals of 2017 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports.
Special Olympics equestrian program helps riders gain confidence and strength Sep 22, 2017
Special Olympics equestrian program helps riders gain confidence, strengthFor the past four years, Jonah Schmidt has evolved from a kid who was a little nervous around horses to a confident young man riding astride a quarter horse named Lola.
Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity Welcomes ASPCA Support of Bipartisan Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 Sep 22, 2017
Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity Welcomes ASPCA Support of Bipartisan Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. The bill, formally designated as H.R.
Penny Chenery, ‘First Lady of Thoroughbred Racing’, dies at 95 Sep 17, 2017
Penny Chenery, ‘First Lady of Thoroughbred Racing’, dies at 95LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2017) — Helen “Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who became a well-loved figure in her own right as a champion of Thoroughbreds and women in business and sports, died on Saturday, Sept.16 in her Colorado home following complications from a stroke.
New reforms launched to improve horse racing ownership experience through simplified administration Sep 11, 2017
New reforms launched to improve horse racing ownership experience through simplified administrationThe British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has launched a package of reforms to modernise and simplify the administration of racehorse ownership.
Gulfstream to Resume Live Racing Saturday; Horses, People All Safe in Wake of Hurricane Irma Sep 11, 2017
Gulfstream to Resume Live Racing Saturday; Horses, People All Safe in Wake of Hurricane IrmaHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced Monday it would resume live racing Saturday, Sept. 16, and that its facility would be open for simulcasting Wednesday. Training will resume at Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Tuesday morning.
Laurel Fall Meet Opens with Nine-Race Program Friday Sep 06, 2017
Laurel Fall Meet Opens with Nine-Race Program FridayLAUREL, MD – Looking to continue the momentum that has seen an increase in average daily handle for eight consecutive meets dating back to 2015, Laurel Park kicks off its 60-day fall stand with a nine-race program Friday, Sept. 8.
Jumping into Fall Racing with the Puss N Boots Cup Aug 28, 2017
Jumping into Fall Racing with the Puss N Boots CupFORT ERIE -  August 28 – Fort Erie Race Track is kicking off the fall racing schedule this Saturday, Sept. 2 with the annual Puss N Boots Cup, one of Fort Erie’s most popular racing events. First race post time is 1:20 p.m.
Canada's Eurico Da Silva wins World All Stars Jockey Championship in Japan Aug 27, 2017
Canada's Eurico Da SilvaCanada's Eurico Da Silva skillfully guided fourth-pick Le Grand Frisson to a close but awesome nose victory in the fourth leg to claim the champion title with 47 points. Finishing Day One in seventh by accumulating 16 points from a tenth and a third in the first two legs, he was tied ninth with Mirco Demuro, still 27 points behind Keita Tosaki and Yuichi Fukunaga after finishing 11th in the third leg.
2017 Travers Day all-sources handle second highest in Travers Stakes history Aug 27, 2017
A blockbuster Travers Day card, highlighted by West Coast's victory in the 148th Travers Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, generated all-sources handle of $47,870,987, a five percent increase over 2016 and the second highest total in Travers Day history. On-track handle of $10,862,095 also exceeded 2016 Travers Day wagering.
 
Only the 2015 Travers card, which featured Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, eclipsed this year's all-sources wagering.
 
2017 Travers Day 
August 26, 2017
 
New York Racing Bets sees growth and expansion in first year Aug 09, 2017
NYRA Bets sees growth and expansion in first yearFollowing its launch during the 2016 meet at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA Bets, a leading advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, has increased its geographic reach by nearly 50 percent and is now available in 29 states nationwide. The operation of NYRA Bets provides a variety of benefits to the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and its stakeholders.
Fort Erie Racing: The ponies are moving to Saturday nights! Jul 31, 2017
Fort Erie Racing: The ponies are moving to Saturday nights!FORT ERIE, July 31 - Saturday nights in August are about to get a lot more exciting. On August 5, Fort Erie Race Track will be making the switch from a Sunday afternoon post to Saturday night twilight racing.
Churchill Downs spending $60M on new gaming facility in Louisville Jul 28, 2017
Churchill Downs Inc. is investing about $60 million to build a historical race wagering facility in Louisville at its former Trackside training and simulcast wagering facility on Poplar Level Road.The 85,000-square-foot facility will offer historical racing machines, also known as instant racing, that model games off previously run horse races.
Victor Espinoza: Sights Were Set, Now the Dream Is Realized Jul 28, 2017
Over the past 15 years, there’s quite a case to be made for Victor Espinoza being the nation’s hottest professional jockey. After all, he has won seven Triple Crown races, numerous other Grade 1 races both in the United States and abroad, and the grandest of all accomplishments – being the winning jockey of America’s Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Fort Erie Race Track: Cool Catomine upsets 82nd Prince of Wales Jul 25, 2017
Fort Erie Race Track: Cool Catomine upsets 82nd Prince of WalesFORT ERIE, July 25 – Cool Catomine, a 14-1 longshot, edged past favoured Aurora Way in the last strides to take the 82nd edition of the Prince of Wales, second jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown of Racing, Tuesday at Fort Erie Race Track.
Prince of Wales Stakes field is set for July 25th running at Fort Erie Race Track Jul 22, 2017
Prince of Wales Stakes field is set for July 25th running at Fort Erie Race TrackFort Erie Race Track will host seven of the finest Canadian-bred three-year-old horses on Tuesday, July 25, as they compete for the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes.
Arrogate arrives at Del Mar for Pacific Classic Jul 21, 2017
Arrogate arrives at Del Mar for Pacific ClassicLady Luck was not on Del Mar’s side two summers ago when Triple Crown champion American Pharoah’s connections opted for the Haskell Invitational and Travers Stakes over a stakes schedule devoid of any big races for 3-year-olds on the dirt.
Fort Erie Racing: An early look at 2017 Prince of Wales Contenders Jul 14, 2017
Fort Erie Racing: An early look at 2017 Prince of Wales ContendersFORT ERIE, July 14 – The border oval is gearing up for its most prestigious day of the year on Tuesday, July 25, the 82nd running of the Prince of Wales Stakes. This highly-anticipated event features the finest Canadian-bred 3-year-old horses running one mile and three sixteenths on the dirt at Fort Erie Race Track.
QC Robert Burgess slams WEG management Jul 13, 2017

QC Robert Burgess slams WEG managementReading last Friday morning's edition of Harness Racing Update (HRU) from Dave Briggs was a very disturbing experience for me.

Why Millennials Love EquiLottery: The Perfect Prize Experience Jul 11, 2017
When the average consumer thinks about lottery, they imagine life-changing prizes such as last year’s $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. When we buy one of these tickets, even at the "smaller" $40 million jackpot level, we are buying into a dream for a better tomorrow without financial worries. We all dream of hitting the big one. Well, maybe not all of us.
 
Massachusetts Legislators Keep Racing Fund Intact Jul 08, 2017
Massachusetts Legislators Keep Racing Fund IntactMassachusetts horsemen achieved a major victory July 7 when state lawmakers reached compromise on the $40-billion 2018 budget bill that eliminates $400 million in spending yet leaves intact a significant portion of the money in the Race Horse Development Fund.
Holy Helena Pulls Off Woodbine Oaks, Queen’s Plate Double Jul 03, 2017
Holy Helena Pulls Off Woodbine Oaks, Queen’s Plate DoubleFrank Stronach's homebred filly Holy Helena captured the Woodbine Oaks on June 11, then returned this Sunday to beat males by 3 1/2 lengths in the $1 million Queen's Plate.
Great British Racing launches new marketing campaign aimed at under 18s Jun 29, 2017
Great British Racing launches new markateing campaign aimed at under 18sWith the Summer holidays just a few weeks away, Great British Racing is launching its biggest ever national under 18s campaign to encourage more families to take advantage of free entry for children and young people at racecourses across the country.
Why Millennials Love EquiLottery: It’s Social and Experiential Jun 27, 2017
Why Millennials Love EquiLottery: It’s Social and ExperientialThe only buzzword more often used to describe Millennials than social and experiential is probably the word Millennial itself. Study after study shows this age group puts a premium on the experiences they have in their day to day lives.
Finding Joy and Healing through Horse Therapy Jun 27, 2017
Through interaction with the animals, horse therapy encourages people to rebuild trust and boundaries in personal relationships, and promotes the idea of adopting new approaches to problem-solving. Sandra Goeldner says she has been struggling since her life was shattered by sexual abuse. "I'd say a lot of my confidence was beaten out of me, my personality was destroyed and I became just a closed soul who was basically dying," she says.
Why Millennials Love EquiLottery: It’s Relevant, Authentic and Unpredictable Jun 21, 2017
Why Millennials Love EquiLottery: It’s Relevant, Authentic and UnpredictableWhen you start on a journey to create a new lottery category out of whole cloth, predictability can’t be your thing. And relevancy must be at the core of what you do. Millennials apparently feel the same way about the products they buy.
Churchill Downs Incorporated announces $60 million investment in historical racing machine facility in Louisville Jun 20, 2017
Churchill Downs Incorporated announces $60 million investment in historical racing machine facility in LouisvilleChurchill Downs Incorporated has announced it is investing approximately $60 million to construct a state-of-the-art historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility in Louisville.
Xpressbet Named the Preferred US Betting Site of Royal Ascot Jun 15, 2017
Xpressbet has been named the ‘Preferred US Betting Site of Royal Ascot.’ Xpressbet, a subsidiary of The Stronach Group, an industry leader in world-class horse racing, entertainment and pari-mutuel wagering technology, will offer online wagering customers 0% Takeout on Exactas throughout the five days of Royal Ascot, which spans June 20 – 24, 2017.
Tapwrit surges past favored Irish War Cry to win G1 Belmont Stakes Jun 10, 2017
Tapwrit surges past favored Irish War Cry to win G1 Belmont StakesTapwrit handed trainer Todd Pletcher a third career victory in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, taking aim on front-running favorite Irish War Cry at the top of the stretch and then surging into the lead in the final yards to win Saturday's 149th edition of the 'Test of the Champion' at Be
EquiLottery Continues Kentucky Momentum with Ellis Park Agreement Jun 05, 2017
EquiLottery Continues Kentucky Momentum with Ellis Park AgreementEquiLottery and Ellis Park have entered into a broadcast rights agreement that will allow races from the Henderson, Kentucky racetrack to be utilized in conjunction with EquiLottery’s lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.
British Horseracing Authority 2016 Annual Report Released Jun 02, 2017
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published its annual report and accounts for 2016 which provide a comprehensive review of its operating activity and financial performance. The report highlights that shoots of growth were achieved across several key metrics in 2016, including participation, ownership, betting, viewing, field sizes and horses in training.
Strong Derby Week Boosts Churchill Downs Overnight Purses 10 Percent Jun 02, 2017
Effective Thursday, June 8, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purse offerings 10 percent thanks to record Kentucky Derby week business levels. Purses for overnight races – which include overnight stakes, allowance, maiden special weight, claiming and maiden claiming events – will rise by an approximate blended average of $3,209 per race.
Fort Erie's 120th season of racing off to a great start May 30, 2017
Fort Erie's 120th season of racing off to a great startFORT ERIE, May 30, 2017– It was a full house for opening day and the start of the 120th season of racing at Fort Erie Race Track.“We had a huge turnout and a beautiful day, it was a great way to start the season,” said Tom Valiquette, chief operating and financial office
Belmont Stakes Challenge to feature $1 million bonus May 30, 2017 The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that the Belmont Stakes Challenge, a two-day live-money handicapping tournament during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, will now feature a $1 million-bonus awarded to the contestant who first wins the Belmont Stakes Challenge and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in November.  
Live Racing Returns to Fort Erie Race Track on May 30th May 26, 2017
Live Racing Returns to Fort Erie Race Track on May 30thFORT ERIE, May 26, 2017  -  The 120th season of live racing is only days away at Fort Erie Race Track.  The horses will break from the starting gate on Tuesday, May 30 at 4:20 p.m. to begin another exciting season at the historic border oval.
Horse Racing Ireland launches "Experience It" program May 26, 2017
Horse Racing Ireland launches Experience It programHorse Racing Ireland (HRI) Ownership Department has launched the ‘Experience It’ campaign, offering individuals and groups with an interest in racing the opportunity to trial racehorse ownership.  The launch took place at trainer Paul Deegan’s yard in Athy, County Kildare. The campaign facilitates a group to lease a horse for a day.
Study of Horse Therapy For Vets Shows Positive Early Results May 23, 2017
Study of Horse Therapy For Vets Shows Positive Early ResultsCombat veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were less depressed and experienced fewer symptoms after participating in a new local therapeutic horseback-riding program, according to a study conducted by the UCF College of Medicine.
Preakness Stakes champ Cloud Computing back at Belmont Park May 23, 2017
Preakness Stakes champ Cloud Computing back at Belmont ParkTrainer Chad Brown and his crew welcomed Cloud Computing back to Belmont Park Sunday morning, some 15 hours after the colt’s dramatic victory in the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. Cloud Computing, co-owned by Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, edged Classic Empire by a head.
Preakness Update: Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to run from post 4 May 18, 2017
Preakness Update: Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to run from post 4BALTIMORE – At Wednesday afternoon’s post position draw for Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), Always Dreaming, the impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1), was assigned post 4 and installed the 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field.
Always Dreaming "calm and collected" today at Pimlico May 16, 2017
Always Dreaming was calm and collected today at PimlicoAs activity picked up at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn May 16, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming went out earlier than normal for his daily exercise.
Kentucky Derby champ Always Dreaming ranked as one of the World's Best Racehorses May 12, 2017
Kentucky Derby champ Always Dreaming ranked as one of the World's Best RacehorsesWith most leading horses on sabbatical, the biggest mover in the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017 is Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner ALWAYS DREAMING (USA) [122].
Maryland Racing Returns to Historic Pimlico Race Course May 09, 2017
BALTIMORE – Championship racing returns to historic Pimlico Race Course Thursday for the opening of its 12-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico, highlighted by the 142nd renewal of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 20. The middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the 1 3/16-mile Preakness is the centerpiece of an eight-stakes card that includes the $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2), $150,000 Gallorette Stakes (G3) and $150,000 Maryland Sprint (G3).
Kentucky Derby Winner will get to Pimlico Tuesday Morning for 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes May 08, 2017
BALTIMORE –Two days after winning his second career Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said he is impressed with how Always Dreaming came out of his 2 3/4-length victory over Lookin At Lee in Saturday’s Run for the Roses. “So far I’ve been amazed at how well he came out of the race,” said Pletcher at Churchill Downs Monday morning before taking a scheduled flight to New York later in the day. “His energy level is great.
Dick Duchossois, 95, still driving force behind Arlington Park May 06, 2017
Before a breakfast meeting at Arlington International Racecourse, a plate of fresh fruit on a conference room table led to a healthy exchange with 95-year-old Chairman Dick Duchossois about eating right.
The 143rd Kentucky Derby, May 6th 2017, Churchill Downs May 05, 2017

Post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:34 p.m. ET, and there is coverage on NBC from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.  Looking to watch the online? Visit NBC Sports. Listed below is the field for the 143rd running of the Derby.

 

Kentucky Derby Stories: the kidnap victim, his orphaned colt, and the American Dream May 02, 2017
$Kentucky Derby Stories: the kidnap victim, his orphaned colt, and the American DreamIt is precisely its habit of sustaining national self-mythology that keeps the Kentucky Derby so close to American hearts, year after year.
One-eyed Patch is the 'feel-good story' of the Kentucky Derby Apr 30, 2017
One-eyed Patch is the 'feel-good story' of the Kentucky DerbyIt's a gray, overcast morning at Churchill Downs when the contender trots out to begin his workout. The misshapen white hexagon marking on his forehead flashes as he ducks his head and paws at the dirt. Then the bay colt breaks into a gallop, running smoothly along the rail.
Healing horses: the therapy of riding Apr 27, 2017
Healing horses: the therapy of ridingA few years ago, Jennifer Pyjas slipped into a coma after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant.It took a year in the hospital, but Pyjas recovered and eventually moved from South Carolina to Colorado, partly because her cousin, Robyn Morgan, a long-time volunteer at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) in Longmont, knew Pyjas would be a perfect candidat
Royal Ascot attracts numerous international entries Gr 1 races starting June 20th Apr 26, 2017
Royal Ascot attracts numerous international entriesExciting entries are revealed today for the eight Group One races staged at Royal Ascot, which takes place from Tuesday, June 20 through to Saturday, June 24. A very strong US-trained challenge is in prospect, with representation in five of the eight races.
British racing applauds new levy aimed at online and off shore betting Apr 25, 2017
British Horseracing AuthorityThe British Levy Board announced that new legislation will take effect from 25 April 2017 to capture a return from all betting operators accepting bets on the sport by British bettors. This change is one of the key strategies needed to ensure the long term-health and growth of horse racing, which supports more than 85,000 jobs and is the country’s second biggest spectator sport.
Kentucky Derby Contenders: Girvin news for April 24th Apr 24, 2017
Kentucky Derby Contenders: Girvin news for April 24thLEXINGTON, KY (April 24, 2017) – With trainer Joe Sharp riding alongside on a lead pony, Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) and the top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), jogged twice around the main track Monday morning before the renovation break.
Scotland may lose one of its five racecourses Apr 20, 2017
Scotland may lose one of its five racecoursesJust 10 days after winning a first Aintree Grand National in nearly 40 years with One For Arthur, Scottish racing could lose one of its five racecourses. The track at Musselburgh is only operating on a temporary licence from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which has expressed dissatisfaction with the course's "governance".
Kentucky Downs and EquiLottery Enter Broadcast Rights Agreement Apr 17, 2017
Kentucky Downs and EquiLottery Enter Broadcast Rights AgreementKentucky-based entities Kentucky Downs and EquiLottery have entered into an agreement that will allow the use of races from the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack as the basis for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.
Watch Stellar Wind win Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park Apr 15, 2017
Stellar Wind wins Apple Blossom at Oaklawn ParkStellar Wind's résumé leading up to her 5-year-old season was already, well, stellar. She earned a championship, defeated four-time champion Beholder twice, and won six graded stakes overall—but she added a line to her accomplishments April 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Harry Connick, Jr. to sing national anthem at 143rd Kentucky Derby Apr 12, 2017
Harry Connick, Jr. to sing national anthem at 143rd Kentucky DerbyChurchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
EquiLottery has joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Apr 11, 2017
EquiLottery has joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare AllianceEquiLottery is proud to join forces with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as its newest industry stakeholder member. The TAA is the national leader in accreditation and financial support for aftercare organizations that retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds after their racing careers are completed.
 
Horses have started arriving at Fort Erie for the 2017 season Apr 10, 2017
Horses have started arriving at Fort Erie for the 2017 seasonWith opening day less than eight weeks away, owners and trainers have started shipping horses in to Fort Erie Race Track’s backstretch to get an early start on spring training. Horses started arriving on Sunday, April 9, which is three weeks earlier than previous years.
Australia's super mare Winx makes it 17 in a row Apr 08, 2017
Australia's Winx makes it 17 in a rowIn overtaking the famed New Zealand mare Sunline to secure second place on the all-time prize money list for Australasian racehorses, Winx signed off on a four-start autumn campaign with barely a moment's worry.
Pegasus World Cup to return in 2018 with record-setting USD $16 million purse Apr 05, 2017
Pegasus World Cup to return in 2018 with record-setting USD $16 million purseFresh off the heels of the inaugural running of the $12 million USD Pegasus World Cup Invitational, The Stronach Group announced today that the world’s richest Thoroughbred horse race is about to get even richer.
Ascot Racecourse to launch pool betting operation, AscotBet, in 2018 Apr 05, 2017
Ascot Racecourse to launch pool betting operation, AscotBet, in 2018The near 90 year old statutory monopoly over UK pool betting and the current arrangements with Totepool end in July 2018 when racecourses will become responsible for deciding on the management of their on course operations in the newly liberalised market.
Skelton vs Skelton: The Ultimate Point to Point Race Apr 04, 2017
Skelton vs Skelton: The Ultimate Point to Point RaceIn the build up to the Grand National Festival, Maserati GB decided to go back to the roots of the festival and set up the ultimate Point to Point horse racing challenge, pitting Maserati’s first ever SUV – the Levante -- against a horse.
Gulfstream Park enjoys 2nd highest Florida Derby handle in 66 Years Apr 03, 2017
Gulfstream Park: Second Highest Florida Derby Handle in 66 YearsHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s 66th running of the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) produced a total handle of $30.614 million, the second highest ever in Florida Derby history and the third largest handle at Gulfstream Park excluding Breeders’ Cups.
 
All slots now filled for World's Richest Turf Race, The Everest, at Royal Randwick Mar 29, 2017
All slots now filled for World's Richest Turf Race, The Everest,  at Royal RandwickRacing NSW and the Australian Turf Club today announced that all slots have been filled for the $10 million The Everest to be run for the first time at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, 14 October 2017.
Horse therapy: horses help people tackle their mental health issues Mar 24, 2017
Horse therapy: horses remind us about our humanityIt’s so cold that pigeons have sought refuge in the barn; they flutter and coo in the rafters. Chunks of ice lie by a water trough with no hope of thawing. And in the center of the arena, six teens wearing thick winter coats jam gloved hands into jean pockets, trying to stay warm, but failing. Nonetheless, the therapist is in and ready to work.
Suffolk Downs sold with racing continuing to 2018 Mar 23, 2017
Suffolk Downs horse racingThe owners of Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., have reached an agreement to sell the track and its property to a real-estate development company, but live racing and simulcasting is expected to continue at the track through at least the end of 2018, according to officials.
Arrogate handling Dubai really well says Trainer Bob Baffert Mar 21, 2017
Arrogate handling Dubai really well says Trainer Bob BaffertBob Baffert said he is delighted with Arrogate’s condition at Meydan Racecourse on Monday after the favourite for the Dubai World Cup worked for the first time under the watchful eye of his trainer. Arrogate completed a breeze of around 800 metres under work rider Dana Barnes with his dual World C
Mountaineer Park Joins EquiLottery Effort in West Virginia Mar 21, 2017
Mountaineer Park Joins EquiLottery Effort in West VirginiaEquiLottery has come to an agreement with Mountaineer Park in New Cumberland, West Virginia that will allow its lottery game based on the results of live horse racing to use video feeds from Mountaineer’s annual racing calendar.
Top-rated Arrogate will arrive at Meydan ready to run Mar 14, 2017
ArrogateTrainer Bob Baffert revealed that Arrogate will do little real work when he arrives at Meydan in the next few days ahead of his bid to win the $US10 million Dubai World Cup next Saturday. Arrogate completed his preparation for the Emirates-sponsored $10 million race on Sunday with a workout under Martin Garcia over 1,400 metres on a deep track in 1m.25s.
 
Competition may mean change to future Melbourne Cup date Mar 11, 2017
Competition for spectators may mean change to Melbourne Cup dateOver a century of tradition could be scrapped as Victorian racing chiefs consider bumping the ­Melbourne Cup from the first ­Tuesday in November.The chief executives of the Melbourne Racing Club, Moonee ­Valley Racing Club and Victoria Racing Club will meet this month to discuss the greatest shake-up of ­feature races
Horse Therapy: Kids Reading to Rescues Mar 08, 2017
Horse Therapy: Kids Reading to RescuesThere’s a place in Middle Tennessee unlike most. It’s a farm with rescue animals and also children, and they compliment each other in a way that’s both educational and therapeutic.
 
At Hickory Hill Farm in Wilson County, rescue horses are utilized in a reading program with children.
 
NBC Sports to broadcast Dubai World Cup Mar 08, 2017
NBC Sports to broadcast Dubai World CupNBC Sports viewers will get the chance to watch the world's top-ranked racehorse Arrogate compete in the US$10m Dubai World Cup from Meydan Racecourse later this month, following an agreement with Racecourse Media Group (RMG).
Osaka Hai (G1) becomes first overseas 'Win and You're in' for QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Mar 06, 2017
Osaka Hai (G1) becomes first overseas 'Win and You're in' for QIPCO Irish Champion StakesThe Japan Racing Association (JRA) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) are delighted to announce that the 10 furlong, Group 1 Osaka Hai on Sunday, April 2nd at Hanshin Racecourse has been nominated as a ‘Win and You’re in Race’ for the 2017 renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion St
American Pharoah will shuttle to Australia Mar 01, 2017
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/220146/american-pharoah-to-shuttle-to-australiaTriple Crown winner American Pharoah will shuttle to Coolmore Australia for the 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season, it was announced March 1. He will depart Kentucky in July and return to the United States at the end of the year.
Breeders' Cup Classic Champ Arrogate posts "Terrific" work at Santa Anita Feb 27, 2017
Breeders' Cup Classic Champ Arrogate posts "Terrific" work at Santa AnitaReigning Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate worked a mile at 9:05 this morning in 1:38.40, but according to Bob Baffert, a decision has still not been made as to whether he’ll stay home and run in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturd
Turkish Jockey Club opens third Horse Therapy Centre Feb 24, 2017
Turkish Jockey Club opens third Horse Therapy CentreThe Turkish Jockey Club (TJK) has opened a third horse therapy center for children with disabilities in the Şirinyer Hippodrome in the Aegean Sea city of Izmir. Izmir Deputy Governor Erol Türkmen, Provincial Director of National Educati
Fantasy Owner’s Day is on Saturday, March 18 at Laurel Park Feb 21, 2017
Fantasy Owner’s Day is on Saturday, March 18 at Laurel ParkExperience the thrill of Thoroughbred ownership! Free registration includes the ability to walk in the shoes of one of the top owner’s in the region for a day of races which includes five competitive stakes. The day’s festivities begin with an optional informative training session at 8:30 a.m.
Frank Stronach to receive E P Taylor Award of Merit Feb 18, 2017
The Jockey Club of Canada Board of Stewards is proud to announce that Frank Stronach will be presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for his longtime involvement and commitment to Thoroughbred Racing in Canada. A Member of The Jockey Club of Canada for over 20 years, Frank Stronach, has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for many years and subsequently established Adena Springs Farms which owns horse breeding farms in Kentucky, Florida and Canada.
 
Horse therapy integrated into senior living facility in Arizona Feb 18, 2017
Horse therapy integrated into senior living facility in ArizonaIf in 1987 you asked David Freshwater and David Barnes if by 2017 they thought they’d be managing 39 retirement communities nationwide—and now creating one of their very own state of the art facilities in Tucson—you might get a laugh.
EquiLottery and Charles Town Racing Reach Broadcast Rights Agreement Feb 15, 2017
EquiLottery and Charles Town Racing Reach Broadcast Rights AgreementEquiLottery has come to an agreement with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia that will allow its game based on the results of live horse racing to use video feeds from its nearly year round racing calendar.
Rolling Stone goes inside horse racing's 'Hunger Games' Feb 14, 2017
Rolling Stone goes inside horse racing's 'Hunger Games'If you step off the elevator on the wrong floor in a Las Vegas casino only to see a man holding a lucky rodent skull, three women in cleavage-baring horse-jockey outfits and hundreds of frothing men screaming themselves hoarse, end times might seem nigh.
Ontario Horse Peoples' Alliance responds to Ontario Racing proposal Feb 09, 2017
Ontario horse racing: Horse Peoples' Alliance responds to Ontario Racing proposalThe Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario has concerns that the proposal of Ontario Racing, as a basis for the going forward of the industry, speaks primarily, and perhaps completely, to and about the needs and concerns of race tracks.
Dubai World Cup Day 2017 Nominations Released Feb 07, 2017
Dubai World Cup Day 2017 Nominations ReleasedArrogate, officially recognised as the world’s best racehorse of 2016, has been nominated for the Saturday March 25 Dubai World Cup, along with a host of other global stars of racing.The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old, who was the runaway winner of the Pegasus World Cup, produced his star performance to date when beating the 2016 Dubai World Cu
TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar set for Aug 19th on NBC Sports Feb 05, 2017
TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar set for Aug 19th on NBC SportsThe 27th running of the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be held on Saturday, August 19 at Del Mar and be broadcast live by the NBC Sports Network, it has been announced.The Grade I mile and one-quarter for 3-year-olds and up, captured last year in spectacular fashion by subsequent Horse of the Year California Chrom
Official Finish Time Updated for Pegasus World Cup, New Gulfstream Park Track Record Feb 03, 2017
Official Finish Time Updated for Pegasus World Cup, New Gulfstream Park Track RecordA correction has been made to the official finish time for the 1 1/8 mile Pegasus World Cup (G1) run at Gulfstream Park on January 28, 2017.Upon subsequent detailed review of the race performance data, it has been determined that the winning horse ARROGATE (Unbridled's Song) fini
Healing horses helping cancer patients in India Feb 03, 2017
Healing horses helping cancer patients in IndiaThe Indian Cancer Society (ICS) is trying its hand at equine therapy to help cancer patients overcome the fear and sense of powerlessness that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Last week, three cancer survivors were taken to the Mahalaxmi Race Course to familiarise them with horses.
Horse Racing Australia: The Everest will be World’s Richest Turf Event Feb 01, 2017
Horse Racing Australia: The Everest will be World’s Richest Turf EventRacing New South Wales (RSW) and the Australian Turf Club today announced the launch of The Everest, an exciting new race with prizemoney of $10 million.  This not only makes it the richest 1200 metre race in the world but also the richest turf race in the world.
Horse racing on the streets of London: plans underway Jan 31, 2017
Not one but two companies are in competition to bring horseracing to the streets of London's city centre. Cycling and Formula One events have featured regularly on the streets of some of the world's biggest cities and now the prospect of horses thundering through London is a real possibility, with the BHA confirming it has spoken to the team behind one of the bids.
 
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup: A Celebration of Racing Jan 29, 2017
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup: A Celebration of RacingAn all-time record handle of $40.217 million was set at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 28th across the 12-race program capped by the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).
The inaugural Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park Jan 27, 2017
Pegasus at Gulfstream ParkVisiting Gulfstream Park is always a great experience: the weather is perfect, the facility is spectacular, and the racing is superb. This year, with the first running of the now richest horse race in the world, the $12m Pegasus World Cup, there is even more of a buzz in the air.
Pegasus World Cup runner Arrogate takes top spot in World's Best Racehorse Rankings Jan 24, 2017
Arrogate named World's Best Racehorse for 2017With his impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), ARROGATE (USA) [134] secured the titled of 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse. Arrogate won the Classic by a half-length after chasing down CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [133], the world's second highest rated horse.
California Chrome Voted 2016 Horse of the Year Jan 21, 2017
California Chrome Voted 2016 Horse of the YearThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced this evening that California Chrome, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and North America’s all-time leading money earning Thoroughbred, was voted as Horse of the Year, an honor which he also won in 2014, at t
Pegasus World Cup: "Jockey" McGregor & "Trainer" Lovitz choose "silks" Jan 18, 2017
Pegasus World Cup: "Jockey" McGregor & "Trainer" Lovitz choose "silks"UFC Champion & 'Jockey' Conor McGregor and Actor, Comedian & 'Trainer' Jon Lovitz are back for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational's '13th Jockey' comedic short film series.
California Chrome attracts crowd for 1st Pegasus workout at Gulfstream Park Jan 14, 2017
California Chrome attracts crowd for 1st Pegasus workout at Gulfstream ParkHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – California Chrome attracted a crowd for his first workout over the Gulfstream Park track Saturday morning, when racing’s most enduring star breezed five furlongs in preparation for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.
Arrogate could work Sunday or Monday for Pegasus World Cup Jan 14, 2017
Arrogate could work Sunday or Monday for Pegasus World CupBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of the Year along with arch-rival California Chrome, likely will work on Santa Anita’s main track “Sunday or Monday” as he prepares for a widely anticipated rematch with the popular California-bred in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park
Horse Racing Ireland reports positive growth in 2016 Jan 13, 2017

Horse Racing Ireland reports positive growth in 2016Following unprecedented success on the track for Irish-trained horses in 2016 under both Flat and National Hunt codes, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has announced a positive set of industry figures for the year, with growth across almost all areas. Irish bloodstock sales increased for the seventh consecutive year and

Horses helping humans: equine therapy helps child injured during Haitian earthquake Jan 12, 2017
Horses helping humans: horse therapy helps child injured during Haitian earthquakePort-Au-Prince, Haiti --Judeley Hans Debel runs as fast as his prosthetic leg can take him when he arrives at a Haitian equestrian center. A riding session with his favorite horse is the highlight of his week.
 
Jose Ortiz to ride Ontario-bred Shaman Ghost in Pegasus World Cup Jan 12, 2017
Jose Ortiz to ride Shaman Ghost in Pegasus World CupTrainer Jimmy Jerkens, who is preparing Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost for a start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28, said the mount on the Grade 1 winner will go to 2016 Eclipse Award finalist Jose Ortiz.
Ontario-bred Breaking Lucky to run in Pegasus World Cup Jan 11, 2017
 Breaking Lucky to run in Pegasus World CupReeves Thoroughbred Racing has reached a deal with Gunpowder Farms and West Point Thoroughbreds to run grade 3 winner Breaking Lucky in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Arrogate continues prep for rematch with California Chrome at Pegasus World Cup Jan 09, 2017

Arrogate continues prep for rematch with California Chrome at Pegasus World CupBreeders' Cup Classic winner Arrogate stepped up his preparation for the Pegasus World Cup, and a mouthwatering rematch with California Chrome, with a racecourse workout at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Breeders' Cup Challenge Series begins today in South Africa Jan 07, 2017
Horse Racing: Breeders' Cup Change Series begins today in South AfricaThe 2017 Breeders’ Cup Challenge begins today, Saturday, January 7th, at Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa with two outstanding Group 1 turf events in the one mile R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, for an automatic berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and the 1 1/8 mile R1 million Maine Ch
2016 Eclipse Awards Finalists Announced Jan 06, 2017
2016 Eclipse Awards Finalists AnnouncedLed by Horse of the Year candidates Arrogate, California Chrome and Songbird, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the finalists for the 2016 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.
Argentine stakes winner, Eragon, out of quarantine, readys for Pegasus World Cup Jan 05, 2017

EragonJames McIngvale's Eragon cleared quarantine in Miami and arrived Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park for his upcoming engagement in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28. South American import Eragon, a three-time group 1 winner in Argentina, stepped off McIngvale's van at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Using horse training to guide the business elite towards enlightenment Jan 04, 2017
Using horse training to guide the business elite towards enlightenmentLisa Arie has trained with horses for years, but her specialty is in training executives.The so-called "CEO whisperer" lives on 160 acres of Colorado plains, where since 2005, she and husband Jess have run an experiential learning center for CEOs, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs to unplug and discover h
Godolphin has launched the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League Jan 02, 2017
Godolphin has officially launched the Godolphin Fantasy Stable LeagueGodolphin has officially launched the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League, offering loyal fans a unique and exciting opportunity to get closer to the team.
Dean Reeves: Pegasus World Cup Playbook Dec 30, 2016
Dean Reeves: Pegasus World Cup PlaybookIt is now down to about five of us looking for horses for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, but there's still some quality horses out there and I think you will see some deals done over the next four or five days.
California Chorme "full of himself" as he preps for Pegasus Dec 29, 2016
California Chorme "full of himself" as he preps for Pegasus
Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome  's training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn't alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie's At The Gap Dec. 29.
Keen Ice joins cast for $12 million Pegasus World Cup Dec 28, 2016
Donegal Racing and the brothers Jerry and Ronnie Frankel have reached a partnership agreement to start Donegal's Keen Ice in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in south Florida on Jan. 28, the partners said on Wednesday.
 
James L. Gagliano: New RCI Rule on Out-of-Competition Testing Needs to be Adopted Dec 27, 2016
James L. Gagliano It has been called “racing’s latest medication scandal” and that is probably an understatement when one fully considers the consequences to participants who abided by rules and to bettors who assumed that all horses were competing on a level playing field. 
 
It's Opening Day at Santa Anita! Dec 26, 2016
California Horse Racing: It's Opening Day at Santa AnitaSanta Anita’s Winter Meet, which opens today, will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component.
California Chrome Earns Top 2016 Equibase Speed Figure Dec 22, 2016
The visually impressive 12-length victory by California Chrome   in the $180,000 Winter Challenge Stakes Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course also proved to be just as strong on paper, with the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit earning the year's top Equibase Speed Figure. Completing 1 1/16 miles in track-record time of 1:40.03 on fast dirt, California Chrome earned a 130 ESF, which is the best run this season (through Dec. 21).
 
Using equine therapy to help children with cognitive disabilities Dec 21, 2016
Using equine therapy to help children with autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and moreJessica Moore is a physical therapist assistant who wanted to focus her professional life on children with disabilities. She also is a horse lover. 
 
Japan's 61st Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) set for December 25th Dec 20, 2016
Japan's 61st Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) set for December 25thThe countdown has begun, to not only the New Year, but also to one of the biggest days in the Japanese horseracing calendar: the 61st Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) will be staged on Sunday, Dec. 25 at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo.
California Chrome wins second Secretariat Vox Populi Award Dec 19, 2016
California Chrome wins second Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” AwardCalifornia Chrome, the 5-year-old chestnut champion whose 2016 stellar season catapulted him to be North American racing’s all-time leading earner, again has been selected to receive the 2016 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award.
California Chrome wins Winter Challenge at Los Alamitos by 12 lengths Dec 17, 2016
California Chrome wins Winter Challenge at Los Alamitos by 12 lengthsCalifornia Chrome’s racing career in his home state finished in the spectacular fashion everyone expected. He won Saturday’s $180,000 Winter Challenge by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos and did it without really trying.
Racing against California Chrome in the Winter Challenge Dec 16, 2016
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/218453/taking-on-chrome-in-winter-challengeThe term "also-ran," like so much racetrack parlance, is firmly entrenched in the American lexicon. Taken literally, the term describes any horse in a race that did not finish in the top three, but it has taken on a pejorative connotation.
Dec 16th is last day to vote in the Secretariat Vox Populi Award Dec 15, 2016
Secretariat Vox Populi AwardOnline voting is now open for the seventh annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. 
 
California Chrome draws gate 10 for Saturday's Winter Challenge at Los Alamitos Dec 15, 2016
California Chrome has drawn gate 10 for Saturday's Winter Challenge at Los AlamitosCalifornia Chrome, who has been based at Los Alamitos since January, 2014, will race for the first time locally (and last time in California) in the $180,000 Winter Challenge Saturday.
 
Special needs kids get leg up from healing horses Dec 14, 2016
Special needs kids get leg up from healing horsesAn encounter in Harry Swimmer's local grocery store parking lot changed his life more than 20 years ago. He met a girl in a wheelchair named Stacy. She was deaf and nonverbal. Swimmer learned she had cerebral palsy. It gave him an idea.
Horse racing in Japan is $22.5 billion passion Dec 14, 2016
Horse racing in Japan is $22.5 billion passionHorses, bikes, powerboats and motorbikes all have one thing in common in Japan -- they're part of a small selection of sports that members of the public are legally able to gamble on. And in the case of horse racing, the Japanese people certainly make the most of it.
Pegasus World Cup: Horse Racing’s $12 Million Wager Dec 13, 2016
Pegasus World Cup: Horse Racing’s $12 Million WagerFlorida’s Gulfstream Park next month will host a new race with the world’s largest purse in thoroughbred racing: the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, run on dirt at 11/8 miles. But while the winnings are record-setting, the outsized purse isn’t the only thing about the Jan. 28 race that has set the racing world abuzz.
Horsepower: Horses can be friends, teachers and healers Dec 12, 2016
Horse Power: horses helping peopleHorses are more than transportation, they can be friends, teachers and healers. No one knows that better than clinical psychologist Robert G. Magnelli. Magnelli uses horses in his practice. He calls the program Horsepower. Officially, it's called equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning.
Japan's Maurice ridden by Ryan Moore storms to Hong Kong Cup victory Dec 11, 2016
Horse racing: Japan's Maurice with jockey Ryan Moore storms to Hong Kong Cup victoryMaurice and Satono Crown, both trained by Noriyuki Hori, were the highlights for the Japanese runners in the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Harness Racing Australia: whips banned starting in 2017 Dec 09, 2016

Harness Racing Australia to be whip free in 2017Australian harness racing is banning the use of whips in training and racing from 1 September 2017 in a world-leading animal welfare initiative that improves the industry’s image and enhances its sustainability. The decision sets the pace in animal welfare and for the long-term support and sustainability of the industry.

Jockey Javier Castellano looking for 6th title at Gulfstream Park Dec 08, 2016

Jockey Javier Castellano looking for 6th title at Gulfstream ParkThough he missed the opening weekend of Gulfstream Park’s 2016-2017 Championship Meet with commitments out of town, jockey Javier Castellano is gearing up for a return to South Florida with his sights set on a sixth consecutive riding title.

Sudanese refugee rider recognised with Young Achiever Award in UK Dec 07, 2016
Overcoming adversity in life and sport is something nearly everyone has to face, but aspiring jockey Abdulkareem Musa Adam has endured more than most would in several lifetimes. The 19-year-old has been nominated in the Young Achiever category for Wednesday's Daily Mirror Pride of Sport awards, and his life story should serve as an inspiration for others. Originally from Darfur in western Sudan, Adam suffered tragedy as a seven-year-old. While he and his brother attended to their cattle, his parents and two sisters were killed when their village was bombed in 2004.
Owner of Kentucky’s oldest horse farm: Thoroughbred racing must focus more on fan experience Dec 05, 2016
Runnymede Kentucky’s oldest horse farmRunnymede Farm, whose owners say it is Kentucky’s oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding operation, is preparing for its 150th anniversary. But before he talks about history, Brutus J.
First Pegasus World Cup highlights Gulfstream Park meet Dec 03, 2016
First Pegasus World Cup highlights Gulfstream Park meetHorses taking aim on the Kentucky Derby typically hog the spotlight at Gulfstream Park, which has a rich history of producing Triple Crown racing stars. But that’s about to change. When the track kicks off its 77th meet on Saturday, much of the buildup will be directed toward a brand new race — the $12
Healing horses are "the magic vitamin” Dec 03, 2016
Horse therapy with a guitarWhen Dr. Blair Barone-Rice added a handful of severely abused horses to her herd a year and a half ago, she never could have foreseen the dramatic impact the fragile horses would have on a group of equally fragile people.
 
 
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Announces U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2017 Dec 02, 2016
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders AssociationLEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 30 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 790 unrestricted U.S.
California Chrome anticipated to run in upcoming meet at Los Alamitos Nov 29, 2016
California Chrome anticipated to run in upcoming meet at Los AlamitosA pair of grade I races for 2-year-olds and an anticipated start by California Chrome   highlight the 2016 Winter meet at Los Alamitos. The eight-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 8 and continue through Sunday, Dec.
Ryan Moore to be World's Best Jockey for 2016 Nov 29, 2016
Ryan Moore to be Worlds Best Jockey for 2016Each year, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and Longines. The scoring for the award is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.
Recent research shows people obtain therapeutic benefit from interacting with horses Nov 29, 2016

A study released recently by university researchers reinforces a long-held belief of a Kamsack woman who has been fostering therapeutic sessions with horses at Ravenheart Farm...Researchers Colleen Dell of the University of Saskatchewan and Darlene Chalmers of the University of Regina released study results showing that people who participated in mental health and addictions treatment programs involving interactions with horses reported therapeutic benefits in their healing.
 
Melbourne Cup winning jockey claims another first in Australian racing Nov 28, 2016
Melbourne Cup winning jockey claims another first in Australian racingMichelle Payne has claimed another slice of racing history as the first Victorian dual licence holder to win aboard a horse she trains. Last year, Payne became the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner.
Champion Stayer Kitasan Black Takes 2016 Japan Cup Nov 27, 2016
Kitasan Black wins Japan CupFAVOURITE Kitasan Black, the champion stayer in Japan, landed the country's richest race, the Japan Cup, making all under a measured Yutake Take. The four-year-old won last year's Japanese St Leger and the Tenno Sho (Spring, 2m) in May, but a top-level success over middle distances had eluded him until now.
Calling all artists: 2017 Breeders Cup needs you Nov 25, 2016
The call is going out:  Sponsors and Artists – we need you. The Breeders’ Cup, the World Championships of horse racing, is headed to Del Mar next November. Along with its world class racing comes a week-long festival produced by the Breeders’ Cup Host Committee that will excite and entertain the San Diego community with all things horse.
 
California Chrome Trainer wins 2016 Big Sport of Turfdom award Nov 23, 2016
California Chrome Trainer wins 2016 Big Sport of Turfdom awardThe Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced Nov.
Equine therapy helping inmates at county jail Nov 23, 2016
Horses helping inmates through Equine TherapyThe discussion between four inmates and a trio of therapists was about personal space. "Somebody invades my space, I hit," said one of the inmates at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.
Healing Through Equine Therapy Nov 23, 2016

"This is a very effective therapy because it's integrative. It very nicely pulls together all the body, mind, spirit mechanisms and systems."

Posted by Racing Future on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ontario Horse Racing: Horse Peoples’ Alliance of Ontario has "grave" concerns, demands information Nov 22, 2016
Ontario Horse Racing: Horse Peoples’ Alliance of Ontario has "grave" concerns, demands information For far too long the Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarterhorse horse people of Ontario have been marginalized, and put off to the side when significant decisions as to their future hav
New research shows Maryland horse racing industry rebounding Nov 21, 2016
After years of decline, Maryland's horse industry has rebounded and is generating $1.1 billion a year — 23 percent more than in 2010, a new study says. The study, released Monday by the Sage Policy Group, concludes that the industry — which has a ripple effect on the state's economy — is "finally moving in the right direction" but hasn't come all the way back to its early 2000s highs.
 
Horses helping veterans to heal: "I'm grateful every day" Nov 19, 2016
Mark Moran found himself in the Del Mar paddock for the first time on the second weekend of November—cane, wooden leg, eye patch, and all. It was on his bucket list. The trip south from his home in Washington state was a gift of sorts from his cousin, Boone McCanna. Moran, 66, is riddled with cancer—untreatable adenoid cystic carcinoma—but he's not overly concerned. "I'm going to live until I die," Moran says. "I should have died in Vietnam, and I've had 47 years since then, had a family—six grandkids—and I'm grateful every day."
 
UK Bettors Guide to Hong Kong Racing Nov 16, 2016
Happy Valley, Hong KongFROM Wednesday, British punters will be able to bet into the huge Hong Kong pools after a deal was signed between local racing authorities and Betfred, Ladbrokes and Coral. The Hong Kong pools are famously vast - betting turnover averaged an astonishing £134,944,842 per meeting last season - and free access to that kind of liquidity, in a restrictionless PMU environment, is su
Paulick Report: Andrew Beyer, A Rebel With A Cause Nov 14, 2016
Paulick Report: Andrew Beyer, A Rebel With A CauseWriting in Paulick Report, John Scheinman, explains that "there was no fanfare, no rapturous odes, no good riddance or heartfelt goodbyes" when Andrew Beyer retired from journalism this year.
‘My horse saved my life’ says teen rider later diagnosed with heart condition Nov 14, 2016
‘My horse saved my life’ says teen rider later diagnosed with heart conditionA 17-year-old student believes her horse may have “saved her life” after an undiagnosed heart condition caused her to lose consciousness in a field. Jemima Lailey was bringing in her six-year-old ex-racehorse Matrix (pictured) on October 30 when she collapse
Ontario Racing to hold more consultations Nov 12, 2016

As noted on Ontarioracing.com, "Ontario Racing is engaging in industry-wide consultations on a proposed framework for long term funding for horseracing in Ontario. You can review that presentation that outlines the proposed framework here. We encourage all interested parties to share feedback by completing the survey below and sharing their thoughts and perspectives."

Arrogate leads most recent LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Nov 10, 2016
A month of impressive performances worldwide has led to significant changes at the top of the ninth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016. Leading the way is ARROGATE (USA) [134], who ran down CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [133] in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to claim the top spot. California Chrome led for most of the Classic, but Arrogate kept coming, and he finally got in front of his foe just before the wire to win by a half-length. Although the first seven home were Grade 1 winners, the top two were 10 3/4 lengths in front of third place finisher Keen Ice.
Horses do help people heal Nov 10, 2016
Horses helping people Since 2014, Darlene Chalmers, assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Work and her colleague Colleen Dell from the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, have been looking at the effectiveness of horse therapy on individuals.
New Jersey voters reject casino expansion outside Atlantic City Nov 09, 2016

New JerseyNew Jersey voters rejected a measure that would have allowed casinos outside Atlantic City, but approved a referendum on the allocation of gas tax funds to the state's transportation costs. Voters said yes to the question asking whether every penny of the state's 37.5-cent per gallon gas tax should go exclusively to the transportation fund.

California Chrome retains 1st place in final NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll Nov 08, 2016
California Chrome, the leading Thoroughbred in North America with earnings over $14 million, held on to first place in the final NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for the year despite being beaten a half-length by Arrogate (16 first-place votes and 418 points and ranked second in the Poll) in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) at Santa Anita Park. California Chrome has led the poll for all 36 weeks of 2016 voting, clinching the final week’s tally with 30 first-place votes and 442 points overall.
 
Horses and Human Health: horses helping young cancer patients Nov 08, 2016

Kaia Carroll pets a horse.  CBS NEWSIn New Jersey, a little girl who has been battling cancer is starting third-grade this week, after she couldn’t go to school last year. Kaia Carroll recently discovered the healing power of horses, and said she hasn’t had this much fun in months. The eight-year-old has a rare form of Leukemia. The last year of her life has been a blur of doctors, hospitals and chemotherapy.

Emirates Melbourne Cup 2016: Kerrin McEvoy wins on Almandin Nov 01, 2016
Emirates Melbourne Cup 2016: Kerrin McEvoy wins on AlmandinAlmandin, ridden by Australian Kerrin McEvoy, won the 156th running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most popular horse race. It was McEvoy's second Melbourne Cup success, after first winning with Brew in 2000.
Emirates Melbourne Cup: "It's a very exciting thing to be a part of" Oct 31, 2016
Melbourne Cup: "It's a very exciting thing to be a part of"Tony Martin admitted he had never seen anything like it as thousands of people lined the streets of Melbourne to catch a glimpse of the trainers and jockeys competing for Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup.
New plan for U.S. Virgin Islands horse racing Oct 31, 2016
New plan for U.S. Virgin Islands horse racingAccording to VIConsortium, a new horse racing proposal put forward by Governor Kennth Mapp sees VIGL, a Virgin Islands firm that operates the Caravelle Hotel, and whose parent company runs multiple assets on the mainland in the betting business, spending no less than $27 million to rebuild the St.
California Chrome tops list of pre-entered horses for Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Oct 26, 2016
California Chrome tops list of pre-entered horses for Breeders' Cup at Santa AnitaLed by North America’s all-time leading money earner CALIFORNIA CHROME, two-time Breeders’ Cup champion mare BEHOLDER, Travers Stakes winner ARROGATE, defending champions TEPIN and FOUND (IRE) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner NYQUIST, an all-star international ca
Horse therapy helps treat body and mind Oct 21, 2016
Horse therapy helps treat body and mindCROWNSVILLE, Md. — Lana Robinson’s short-term memory has been weakened from Alzheimer’s, but her childhood memories of horseback riding remain intact. Today at 62, Mrs. Robinson rides Chrissy with ease. A volunteer and instructor walk along her left, and another volunteer is at her right, but Mrs.
Ontario Horse Racing: Another Record-Setting Year for Fort Erie Oct 21, 2016
Ontario Horse Racing: Another Record-Setting Year for Fort ErieIt was another record setting year at the Fort Erie Race Track, as the 119th season of live racing at the border oval came to a close on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Among the many positive highlights for the year was a 20 percent increase in all-source wagering to $28,855,000 over 40 days of racing.
Ontario racing industry has new advocacy organization Oct 20, 2016
Ontario Horse Peoples Alliance logoHorse people from the Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries in Ontario have joined together to form the Horse Peoples’ Alliance of Ontario.
Horse racing First: Melbourne Cup to be live streamed on social media Oct 16, 2016
Horse racing First: Melbourne Cup to be lives streamed on social mediaThis past week Twitter announced that it has formed a new partnership with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to stream the 2016 @Emirates Melbourne Cup to an Australian and global audience. This will be  the first Twitter live streaming deal the social media company has announced outside of the United States.
California Chrome Remains In 1st Place on NTRA Poll Oct 11, 2016
Horse Racing NTRACalifornia Chrome, the leading Thoroughbred in North America with earnings over $13 million, continues to hold the top spot in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The all-time leading money earner in the U.S., California Chrome has led the poll for all 32 weeks of 2016 voting, clinching this week’s tally with all 41 first-place votes and 410 points overall.
Jockey Matters: Mental Health & Wellbeing Oct 11, 2016

The Jockey Matters: Mental Health & Wellbeing film begins the discussion of depression and mental health in the  sport and features contributions from Sir AP McCoy, Leighton Aspell, Daryl Jacob and Mark Enright, the first jockey to speak publicly about suffering from depression. The film gives advice for those affected by mental health issues and signposts jockeys to the 24 hour confidential Wellbeing Helpline set up by the Professional Jockeys Association.

Adena Springs North Annual Open House and Stallion Show Oct 05, 2016
Horse Racing Stallion Adena Springs Giant GizmoRacing Future applauds all farms that open their doors to the public  to share their horses with all of us so it is always a pleasure for us to post Open House events. Here in Canada, this weekend offers a great opportunity to visit a premiere breeding facility -- Adena Springs North in Aurora, Ontario.
Victor Espinoza Rides California Chrome to Victory in Awesome Again Oct 01, 2016
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to Victory in the 2016 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita ParkSuperstar California Chrome was sensational yet again at Santa Anita on Saturday, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 2 ¼ lengths over rival Dortmund, who pressured him early.
NBC to televise world's richest horse race, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Sep 26, 2016

NBC Sports Group has reached an agreement with The Stronach Group for exclusive United States media rights to the inaugural running of the $12 Million USD Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The world’s richest thoroughbred race will be contested on January 28, 2017 at The Stronach Group’s premier destination, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

In Wake of Vitali Case, ‘We Need Better Regulation’ says Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity Sep 21, 2016
Coalition for Horse Racing IntegrityThe following is a Letter to the Editor the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity sent to Paulick Report on September 21, 2016.
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation to Research Laminitis Sep 15, 2016
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation to Research LaminitisThe American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has announced financial support for two research projects investigating support limb laminitis, in which lameness in one limb results in laminitis in the opposite limb.Subsequent separation of the coffin bone from the hoof wall causes
Horses help residents during hospital rehabilitation centre visit Sep 14, 2016
The bond between patient and horse formed instantly when Trigger and his equine pals paid the Regional Rehabilitation Centre a visit. "They're beautiful horses," said Robert (Gibby) Gibson while feeding Trigger a piece of apple at Hamilton General Hospital on Tuesday. "I can't get over how good they are."
 
Paulick Report: Recent Out of Competition Testing Commentary Sep 08, 2016
Horse racing out of competition testingThis week's article by Natalie Voss at Paulick Report about the state of out of competition testing covered a lot of ground, particularly why this is not a standard practice in every racing jurisdiction.
Horse Racing Australia: Racing New South Wales to create horse welfare fund Sep 06, 2016

Racing New South Wales Racing NSW will establish a Horse Welfare Fund which will be predominately funded by a deduction of 1% of all prizemoney paid in NSW. It is estimated that $204 million of prizemoney will be paid in the coming year, accordingly $2 million will be taken from prizemoney. This will be in addition to Racing NSW's existing horse welfare schemes.

Ontario Horse Racing: Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost wins Gr 1 Woodward at Saratoga Sep 04, 2016
Ontario-bred Shaman Ghost wins 2016 WoodwardStronach Stables' Ontario-bred Shaman Ghost, the 2015 Queen's Plate winner, dove to victory in a four-horse photo Sept. 3 and beat Mubtaahij by a head to steal the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course. Dual grade I winner Frosted, favored at 2-5 in the field of nine, broke poorly and was all-out at the end.
France holds first re-trained racehorse day Aug 31, 2016
Cirrus des Aigles with Charlie SoumillonThe inaugural Journée de la Reconversion des Chevaux de Course (The Retrained Racehorse Day), organised in partnership with France Galop, was held on Saturday 27th August, 2016, at Deauville-La Touques racecourse.
Juddmonte Farm's Arrogate sets record in Travers Stakes Aug 29, 2016
Arrogate's tour-de-force victory in Saturday's $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes was the fastest running in the 147 year history of the “Midsummer Derby" as the steely-gray son of Unbridled's Song devastated the field by some 13 1/2-lengths with his stablemate American Freedom taking up the place slot in the field of 14 3-year-olds. 
California Chrome: What A Horse! Aug 24, 2016
California Chrome | Benoit photoThe GI Pacific Classic was not supposed to be easy for California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit). The opposition included last year’s winner in the superstar mare Beholder (Henny Hughes) and a serious race horse in Dortmund (Big Brown). In Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) and Imperative (Bernardini) there were still two more millionaires in the race.
Future of Northlands Racetrack: "Anything is possible" Aug 17, 2016

Future of Northlands Racetrack: "Anything is possible"Hold all tickets until the race is official. Post positions for Saturday’s Canadian Derby were drawn Tuesday morning for a race that was widely believed to be the final Derby at Northlands.

But, then again, maybe not.

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel to resume riding Aug 16, 2016
Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel will resume his riding career on Aug. 27 at Ellis Park, the Hall of Fame jockey confirmed Monday. Borel, 49, recently returned from New York, where he attended Friday's Hall of Fame ceremony. His agent upon his return will be Frank Bernis, who also lines up the mounts for Brian Hernandez Jr.
 
Equine therapy provides needed peace and quiet Aug 16, 2016
Equine Therapy ROCK CITY, Ill. — Rising Star Farm appears to be much like many others from the narrow gravel roadway. But looks can be deceiving. A special home for 10 dogs, 22 cats, cattle, chickens and 17 horses, the farm is a haven for critters — and people — in need.
Mondialiste wins 34th Arlington Million Aug 15, 2016
Mondialiste continued his love affair with North America as he swept through in the home straight under jockey Danny Tudhope to claim the $1 million first prize. Trained by David O'Meara for owners Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, Mondialiste had captured the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and finished second to superstar Tepin in the Breeders' Cup Mile on his two runs across the pond last year, and he once again excelled stateside.
 
Thirteen in field for 34th Arlington Million on August 13th Aug 12, 2016
Arlington Million Horse RacingA competitive international field of 13 passed the entry box for Saturday's 34th running of the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million as part of the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association Annual Report Released Aug 09, 2016
horse racing NTRA Annual report
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released its Annual Report for 2015-2016. The 28-page report includes the organization’s audited financial statements.
 
British Columbia Supports Horsemen with Incentive Programs Aug 05, 2016
 
British Columbia Supports Horsemen with Incentive Programs2017 Horsemen Incentive Programs
Wintering Money for Lower Level Claiming Horses at Hastings 2017 Program
 
Haskell Longshots All In the Family Jul 30, 2016

Locals, longshots, brothers-in-law… Call them what you’d like, but successful trainers Eddie Plesa Jr. and Jason Servis will be representing the home team in Sunday’s GI Betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Plesa is set to saddle Live Oak Plantation homebred Awesome Slew (Awesome Again), recently third in the GIII Pegasus S. June 19, while Servis brings GIII Withers S.

Former Racehorse a Potential Olympic Star Jul 29, 2016

Blackfoot MysteryThe hurdles on the road to Rio de Janeiro for a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding named Blackfoot Mystery (Out of Place), nicknamed “Big Red,” began just a few miles away from the Kentucky Horse Park, at a place called Milestone Farm. That’s where John O’Meara bred the ex-racehorse turned Olympic-bound champion named to the 2016 U.S. Eventing Team.

Racing The Best Tonic for Cancer-Stricken Feiss Jul 28, 2016

Saratoga RacecourseDan Feiss eats, sleeps and breathes horse racing.

The Pink Sheet handicapper has been around the ponies all of his life. Now 51 years old, Feiss first started handicapping when he turned 18, and hasn’t stopped since. He even started owning horses in 2002, when he got into his mid-30s.

Amis Gizmo Rockets to Prince of Wales Victory Jul 27, 2016
Prince of Wales Winner Amis GizmoIvan Dalos' Amis Gizmo avenged a half-length loss in the Queen's Plate, first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with a powerful victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie Race Track. 

Man o' War's Only Loss is Saratoga's Greatest 'Upset' Jul 26, 2016

The great Man o' WarUpsets. They happen all the time in sporting competitions of all sorts. Horse racing in particular—with so many factors influencing the outcome of each race—is filled with stories of heavy favorites that were beaten by unexpected longshots.

Horse racing marketing: Chrome vs Dortmund Jul 25, 2016
Horse racing marketing: Chrome vs Dortmund (Photo: Emily Sheilds)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y. – Promotions and track giveaways are nice, but if Thoroughbred racing really wants to create new fans, all it has to do – ALL it has to do – is offer a quick backstory to those who didn’t already know it on the two main protagonists in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.
Saratoga & Deauville: Racing's Grand Old Sisters Jul 23, 2016

Historic Saratoga RacecourseAugust 1864. It was the best of times in France: Napoleon III's Second Empire was at the height of its glory, enabling prosperous ladies and gentlemen to escape the heat of Paris and head north for the delights of Deauville, the Duc de Morny's new racecourse on the Normandy coast just a few hundred yards from the sunny beaches that were bringing new meaning to the idea of summer vacation.

Non-Profits Get Day in Sun During Saratoga Meeting Jul 22, 2016

Saratoga Community Outreach BoothThe New York Racing Association, Inc. will host more than 40 local non-profit organizations, schools and PTAs at Saratoga Race Course during the upcoming season, which begins on Friday, July 22 and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

Everything You Need to Know About 2016 Saratoga Meeting Jul 21, 2016

Historic Saratoga RacecourseRacing fans will be greeted by a series of exciting new attractions, perennial favorite events and world-class thoroughbred racing when they return to the Spa for opening weekend of the 2016 racing season at Saratoga Race Course, July 22-25, presented by NYRA Bets.

Horses Helping Cancer Survivors in Colorado Jul 20, 2016
Equine Therapy for Cancer SurvivorsMolly Theresa is a local celebrity. The miniature donkey has achieved minor fame due to her appearances in nearby nativity scenes. But this is only a seasonal job. For the rest of the year, Molly Theresa is a therapy animal for Mule Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, southeast of Roggen. Her role on the ranch just got bigger.

Around the World in 8 Months; S. African Star Begins Breeders' Cup Odyssey Jul 19, 2016

Smart Call Takes a Dip in Indian OceanWhile planning for an end-of-year tilt at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is not unusual for a top-class runner, it becomes so when quarantine regulations dictate you must start your journey eight months before.

The Blood-Horse Nearing 100th Anniversary Jul 16, 2016

The Blood-Horse MagazineBlood-Horse magazine is celebrating its 100th anniversary. But like the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry it covers, the Lexington-based publisher is evolving.

Trevor Denman Back to Call Del Mar Meeting Jul 15, 2016

Trevor Denman Back to Call Del Mar MeetingAbout 2 p.m. on Friday, Trevor Denman will step into the announcer’s booth at Del Mar, adjust his head-worn microphone, stare into his mounted set of binoculars and do something he hasn’t done in a while: Call a race.

“And away they go.”

Popular Hat Contest Back for Del Mar's Opening Day Jul 14, 2016

Del Mar Hat ContestDel Mar is gearing up for a fashionable and fabulous Friday opening.

The summer season will kick off on July 15, and it’s the first time in a while that it will be held at the start of a weekend, said Chris Bahr, director of events and promotions. Last year, Opening Day was a Thursday, and for many years, it traditionally fell on a Wednesday.

 

Horses Nurture Human Clients at Shayna Meadows Jul 12, 2016

Shayna Meadows Horses Helping HumansHorses have been carrying human burdens for centuries, and the task is transitioning from a physical burden to a mental one through equine assisted therapy. It’s been a practice since the Ancient Greeks, and was further developed in Europe in the 1960s. Relatively new in the U.S., equine assisted therapy can help depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

All You Need to Know About 2016 Del Mar Meeting Jul 12, 2016

Horses break from the gate at Del MarSummer racing at Del Mar once again promises to be a flashy affair, with big hats, colorful silks, musical stars, and the return of the popular racehorse “Chrome.”

The 39-day season kicks off July 15 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Panel Announced for July 20 Saratoga Preview Event Jul 09, 2016

Saratoga Turf RacingST Publishing Managing Editor Tom Law will join three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez, Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion and Starlight Stables founder Jack Wolf as a panelist at the National Museum of RaST Publishing Managing Editor Tom Law will join three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez, Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion and Starlight Stables founder J

Nolan Ramsey Following in Grandfather's Racing Footsteps Jul 08, 2016

The Ramsey Family after Queen's Plate VictoryNolan Ramsey (pictured wearing #5), grandson of well-known owner/breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey, was one of many connections of Sir Dudley Digges who crowded together on the Woodbine turf course for a photo after the Queen's Plate.

Inaugural Keeneland Korea Cup Set for September Jul 07, 2016

Horses racing at Korea Racing AuthorityThe Korea Racing Authority (KRA) and Keeneland Association July 6 announced the inaugural Keeneland Korea Cup, which will offer a purse of 1 Billion Korean Won (approximately $855,000) and be held as part of an international day of racing at Seoul Racecourse in South Korea Sunday, Sept. 11.

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding Doing Great Work in Illinois Jul 06, 2016

Horsefeathers Therapeutic RidingThree-year-old Jack Foster sat on his mother’s lap as she wrapped a towel carefully around his neck.

“Jack has cerebral palsy and low muscle tone,” said his mother, Emily Foster, of Northbrook, Ill. “The biggest challenge is holding his head up.”

2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe to Gulfstream Park Jul 05, 2016
Clásico Internacional del CaribeGulfstream Park will host the 2017 Clásico Internacional del Caribe, the Caribbean's premier Thoroughbred race, the Confederation of Caribbean Racetracks announced July 1 at its mid-year meeting at the Florida track.
Sir Dudley Digges Wins Queen's Plate 157 for Ramsey Family Jul 04, 2016

Sir Dudley Digges Wins Queen's PlateKen Ramsey put his money where his mouth was Sunday.

The Kentucky native was so confident in his horse Sir Dudley Digges’s chances to win the $1-million Queen’s Plate that he bet roughly $3,600 on the horse. The three-year-old son of Gio Ponti proved to be money in the bank, surging past Scholar Athlete and 5-to-2 favourite Amis Gizmo in deep stretch to secure the stirring upset win.

Analyzing the 2016 Queen's Plate Field Jul 02, 2016

Queen's Plate 2016The American Triple Crown season has come and gone, but north of the border at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, the Canadian version is set to get underway. The first jewel is the Queen's Plate, the premier event of Canadian racing. It's also the most prestigious, and oldest continuously run race in North America since it began in 1860.

Trainer Attfield Goes For Record 9th Queen's Plate on Sunday Jul 01, 2016

Trainer Roger Attfield after 8th Queen's Plate WinRoger Attfield won his first Queen’s Plate. On Sunday, he will once again attempt to stand alone as the winningest trainer in the race’s history.

Shakhimat completed a successful workout at Woodbine on Tuesday and will be one of the favourites for the 157th Plate.

Fashion, Food & Music Add to Growing Queen's Plate Experience Jun 30, 2016

Fashion at the Queen's PlateJust a few years ago there were suggestions that the Queen’s Plate might become obsolete; deader than the Dodo Bird; the dinosaur of Canadian sports.

Times have changed.

Hippotherapy Proves Beneficial to Speech Patients Jun 29, 2016

Hippotherapy Aids Speech Patients“What do you like on your pizza?” asked Beth Macauley.

“Pep-pe-ro-ni!” said Davide Sirilli, sounding out each syllable.

“Good. Now say that in a full sentence,” said Macauley.

“I like pep-pe-ro-ni on my pizza,” Davide answered.

Hippotherapy Proves Beneficial to Speech Patients Jun 29, 2016

Hippotherapy Aids Speech Patients“What do you like on your pizza?” asked Beth Macauley.

“Pep-pe-ro-ni!” said Davide Sirilli, sounding out each syllable.

“Good. Now say that in a full sentence,” said Macauley.

“I like pep-pe-ro-ni on my pizza,” Davide answered.

Longines Celebrates Women in Thoroughbred Racing Jun 28, 2016

Princess Anne 2016 Longines Ladies Award WinnerHorse racing is surely one of the oldest sports known to man, and now one of the most valuable leisure industries of the age. Even in these digital times nothing can beat the excitement of seeing in the flesh the true beauty and grace of a fully stretched thoroughbred passing the winning post.



Rival Van Companies Work to Rescue Horses From SoCal Fires Jun 25, 2016

Horses Rescued from Southern California FiresWhen two brush fires erupted in the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley earlier this week prompting mandatory evacuations in some cities, residents moved quickly, taking clothes, their pets and a few important documents with them to safer ground.

Queen's Plate Fashion Advice Jun 24, 2016
Queen's Plate FashionYou’ve seen it in all the magazines and blogs – fancy hats and fascinators, gorgeous dresses and jumpsuits, suits and ties to the nines… well, now it’s your turn. We breakdown the do’s and don’ts when it comes to going to the races, in style.

DO opt for classics.

New Book on All-Time Great Exterminator Drawing Raves Jun 23, 2016

Exterminator All-Time Great RacehorseHe still gets included on the list of all-time Thoroughbred greats if you extend the list long enough, but what hazy recollections come to mind when you hear the name Exterminator?

Horses Helping Humans at Stars & Strides Center Jun 22, 2016

Stars & Strides Therapeutic Riding Center“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”

That’s what British statesman Winston Churchill thought; and moreover, it’s what David and Teresa Miller, owners of Stars & Strides Therapeutic Riding Center believe.

2016 Racing in North America Could be One for the Ages Jun 21, 2016

Songbird remains unbeaten in Summertime OaksWhat Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) did in Saturday’s GII Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita was spectacular. She remained unbeaten in eight career starts and so thoroughly dominated her competition that she was eased up by jockey Mike Smith at the three-sixteenth-pole. She looked like the horse of the century, yet she may not even be the Horse of the Year.

Woodbine Partners with SWA for Master Plan Development Jun 18, 2016

Woodbine Racing and SlotsWoodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that it has selected SWA Group, a leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, to create the master plan to guide the long-term vision for Woodbine’s overall development and expanded entertainment offering across its 680 acres of largely undeveloped land.

Reflecting On Tepin's Historic Royal Ascot Victory Jun 17, 2016

Tepin Heading to Winner's Cirlce at Royal AscotSometimes people ask me why I don’t write more often because they enjoy reading what I write. I guess honestly because I feel like “who cares what I have to say on the subject” or maybe because I’d rather just wait until something really moves me.

First Royal Ascot Starters for Prince Charles Jun 16, 2016

Prince Charles and Duchess of CornwallFor centuries it has been known as the sport of kings, yet for the past six decades at least, flat racing in Britain has been inextricably linked with the horse-devoted Queen.

Queen's Plate Week to Kick Off with Benefit at Early Mercy Jun 15, 2016

Being AP ScreeningThis year marks the 157th running of Canada's most famous horse race, the Queen's Plate. To celebrate one of the city's oldest and chicest sporting traditions, filled with fashion and fast horses, we invite you to an exclusive screening of Being AP, a documentary that profiles the 2015 final season of 20-time Champion Jockey Sir AP McCoy.

Tack Donation Benefits Montana Equine Therapy Programs Jun 15, 2016

Tanya Punt is transforming a near-death experience into a life-giving opportunity for veterans who, like her, have suffered a traumatic brain injury or another ravage of war.

Punt, 45, of Billings, was thrown from a horse April 12, 2014, during a barrel racing competition, landing on her helmet-less head. Doctors feared she wouldn’t survive her brain injury, or that she’d at least be paralyzed on her left side. Instead she made a complete recovery — except for losing her senses of smell and taste.

Tepin First U. S. Winner of Royal Ascot's Queen Anne S. (G1) Jun 14, 2016

Tepin and Julian Leparoux Win Queen Anne at Royal AscotAmerican raider Tepin (11-2) landed the Queen Anne Stakes to open Royal Ascot 2016 in spectacular fashion.

Despite concerns that the unusually soft conditions the Mark Casse-trained five-year-old beat the 9-2 favourite Belardo by half a length under Julien Leparoux, with Lightning Spear (20-1) a further length a quarter back in third in the Group One contest.

Belmont Stakes Pedigree Profiles Jun 10, 2016

Belmont Stakes Pedigree HandicappingPedigree is perhaps the most important factor in analyzing a horse's ability to navigate the testing 12 furlongs of the Belmont Stakes. Here are pedigree snapshots of this year's Belmont contenders:

Remembering Woody's Untouchable Record: Five Belmonts Jun 10, 2016

Woody Stephens Third Belmont with Creme FraicheThe great Kentucky-born trainer and two-time Kentucky Derby winner Woody Stephens enjoyed a career in racing that was, by any measure of success, a lifelong highlight reel.The Stanton native won a pair of Kentucky Derbys and five runnings of the Kentucky Oaks, but the accomplishment for which the Hall of Fame trainer is best known happened a long way f

Neil Latham 'American Thoroughbred' Photo Show Now Open in NY Jun 08, 2016
“Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred” More than 25 large-scale black and white photographs of some of the USA’s greatest race horses are on show in the debut exhibition of British born photographer Neil Latham.

Belmont Fan Bash Set for June 9 Jun 08, 2016

Belmont Stakes Fan BashAmerica’s Best Racing (ABR) has announced that the second annual Belmont Fan Bash, sponsored by Ninety North Racing Stable, will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).

Hope Farm Granville Lives Up to Its Name Jun 08, 2016
Hope Farm GranvilleSusan Ginise has a heart for horses and helping. As the co-owner of Hope Farm Granville, she put the two together to teach horsemanship and riding lessons to those most in need.

“We teach equine assisted therapy,” Ginise said, meaning children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges come to Ginise for therapy, on a horse.
All You Need to Know About Belmont Stakes Festival 2016 Jun 06, 2016

Start of the Belmont StakesThe 2016 Belmont Stakes may have some of its luster a year after the 1-1/2 mile race in New York played host to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Undefeated no more, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will skip the event due to health concerns. However, Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator will be there, as will be several other of horse racing's top 3-year-olds.

The Aga Khan's Harzand Wins Investec/Epsom Derby Jun 05, 2016

Harzand Wins Investec DerbyThe Aga Khan homebred Harzand moved to the lead in mid-stretch of the Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and fought off a challenge from Us Army Ranger to win the 1 1/2-mile classic June 4 at Epsom Downs.

Sensational Oaks Win by Minding Jun 04, 2016
Minding Wins Investec OaksNot even a nasty mid-race ­incident and a less than ideal preparation could prevent Minding from stamping ­herself as one of the best ­fillies of modern times in the Investec Oaks on Friday.
 
Derbies in England & France Highlight Weekend Racing Jun 03, 2016

Epsom & French Derbies Highlight Weekend RacingIt's Derby weekend at Epsom and in Chantilly. It's Yasuda Kinen Sunday in Tokyo. And it's "the weekend of the mile" in United States thoroughbred racing.

Historic Rockingham Park in the Homestretch Jun 02, 2016

Horses Break From the Gate at Rockingham ParkLou Smith must be spinning in his grave.

Rockingham Park’s late and larger than life former owner, who turned the track into what was regarded as “Little Saratoga” in its glory days, would surely be dejected by the news that the 116-year-old track has been sold for development and is shuttering its doors for good.

An Investec Derby Festival Primer Jun 01, 2016

Revelers at the Investec Derby FestivalThe next two Classics of the year take place at Epsom Downs this week, with the premier three-year-old colts' race, the Investec Derby, on Saturday and the Investec Oaks on Friday.

No Exaggeration: Relationships Often Key to Stallion Deals May 31, 2016

Future WinStar Farm Stallion Wins Preakness StakesMany business deals are all about the Benjamins, but when it comes to standing stallions a deal can hinge more on personal connections than on money.

BraveHearts Equine Center in Illinois Helps Veterans Heal May 30, 2016

The stallion kicked out, nostrils flaring. In the ring, it faced off against a 32-year-old former infantryman.

Months ago, Mitchell Reno was sitting in a hotel room with a half-gallon of vodka and dark plans. But this April afternoon found him serenely still as a stallion kicked up sawdust in an arena in Poplar Grove. Slashes across the horse's heaving belly and back revealed fights in the Wyoming wild.

The horse zeroed in on Reno, who wrestles with PTSD and knows a thing or two about scars, the kind you can see and the kind you can't.

2016 Venezia Award Goes to... Mario Pino May 28, 2016

Jockey Mario PinoMario Pino was announced as the 2016 recipient of the of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, earning the prestigious honor awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.

New ESPN Film Highlights Japan's Star Equine Loser May 27, 2016

Animated Rendering of Haru UraraThere really is nobility in failure.The Japanese have a thing for losers. As chronicled by the famed scholar Ivan Morris, Japan’s greatest historical heroes are notable for their utter lack of success, immortalized only after their goals have been thwarted, their dreams crushed.

RTIP's Innovator's Circle Contest Back for 2016 May 26, 2016

2015 Innovator's Circle winner Shaun PyrahHorse racing's first pitch contest, giving entrepreneurs a chance to bring change and innovation to the horse racing industry, is returning for another year. In 2015, the winner of the Innovators' Circle competition won $15,000 and the contest's finalists earned significant exposure and access to the executives in horse racing.

Horses Helping 'War' Against Addiction in Montana May 25, 2016

Families Benefit from Equine Therapy in MontanaShelly Fyant from Arlee painted circles around the eyes of a horse named Big Medicine on Wednesday night.

"The circle gives us a clear vision so we can see our enemy," she said.

Uncle Mo's Value Skyrocketing May 24, 2016

Uncle Mo at Ashford StudNyquist's third-place finish in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) won't diminish the luster of Uncle Mo, his sire and dominant second-crop stallion.

A week before the second leg of the Triple Crown, industry experts conservatively projected the value of Ashford Stud's son of Indian Charlie had grown to between $120-$140 million.

Preakness Stakes Contender Profile - Collected May 21, 2016

Collected Wins the Lexington StakesThe 2016 Preakness Stakes field is comprised of 11 runners, three of whom are multiple graded stakes winners in North America. Handicappers can quickly guess that Nyquist and Exaggerator are two of three. But the third? That's the Bob Baffert-trained Collected.

This 'Page' is Racing's Latest Rags to Riches Story May 20, 2016

Page McKenneyEvery once in a while, Hollywood likes to crank out a good old-fashioned horse racing picture. Rags-to-riches or the rise-from-obscurity stories are favorites, likeNational Velvet and Seabiscuit.

Adam Staple's Page McKenney, a 6-year-old gelding in the Pimlico Race Coursebarn of trainer Mary Eppler, might not make for a classic—but he has got plenty of the elements for a good yarn.

Nyquist Latest Classic Winner Developed by Niall Brennan May 18, 2016

Pinhooker Nial BrennanHorseman Niall Brennan has been selling 2-year-olds that he's raised, broken, and trained since 1991 and has sold so many good horses over the years it's hard to keep track. However, you remember the classic wins and classic years.

Equine Therapy Aiding Soldiers & Families at Fort Rucker May 18, 2016

Soldier Lunging a Horse at Fort RuckerThere are countless methods of therapy used to help Soldiers and family members through difficult times, but helping agency personnel on Fort Rucker aren’t horsing around when it comes to providing the best treatment for those under their care.

Maryland Breeding Industry Set For Renaissance May 17, 2016

Sagamore Thoroughbred Farm in MarylandBob Manfuso walked through one of the stables at his 195-acre Howard County farm like a proud papa — or, more accurately, a doting grandpa — as he watched his newest foal, a bay colt born the previous night, bond in a stall with his mother.

Preakness Stakes Contender Profile - Stradivari May 14, 2016

StradivariThere will be several 'new shooters' to greet Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist in the Preakness starting gate on May 21. Of those, Stradivari is the lightest on experience but just might be the most intriguing upset possibility.

New 'Dark Horse' Movie a Winner with Critics May 13, 2016

Does the world really need another inspirational horse-racing movie? From “National Velvet” to “Secretariat,” the against-the-odds tale of equestrian pluck is a staple of cinema.

But who said that love was about need?

Stronach Group Unveils World's Richest & Most Innovative Race May 12, 2016

Pegasus Word Cup at Gulfstream ParkThe Stronach Group announced May 11 the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup will be held Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.         

With a purse that would make it the world's richest Thoroughbred race, the Pegasus World Cup will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on dirt and was created to attract the world's biggest stars in racing.

Damaged Lives Restored at Georgia Equine Therapy Center May 12, 2016

Emily Davidoff overdosed on heroin 26 times before ending up in rehab in July of 2015. 

"I was trying to kill myself," the 24-year-old, now 10 months sober, tells PEOPLE. "I didn't care about my life and I didn't care about anybody else." 

It was during her third stint in rehab that Emily found the desire to keep living from an unlikely source: a horse. 

"This horse had a story just like mine – she was abandoned and alone," Emily recalls. "I never knew I could bond with an animal like that but I cried on that horse before I cried in front of anybody else." 

Vast Tony Leonard Photo Collection Coming to Light May 10, 2016

As images come flowing from the rail at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, documenting every move of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist's quest for the Triple Crown, a dedicated team in Paris, Ky. is still drowning in images from Triple Crowns past.

Nyquist On to Baltimore After Kentucky Derby Score May 08, 2016

I wrote last week that the strength of the 3-year-old division was based in Southern California. Then, as if on cue, Nyquist and Exaggerator ran 1-2 in a formful Kentucky Derby.

In fact, for the first time in the pari-mutuel history of the Kentucky Derby, the first four favorites in the betting finished in that order.

Southern California-based horses have won four of the past five Kentucky Derbies: I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist.

Saint's Owner Benson Has Two Derby Chances May 06, 2016

New Orleans Saints Owner Tom BensonExpect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 at Churchill Downs as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.

Bloodstock Agent Dennis O'Neil Riding High Again With Nyquist May 05, 2016

Dennis O'Neil & 2012 Kentucky Derby Winner I'll Have AnotherThe not-so-secret weapon that has carried owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill back to Louisville, Ky., is Doug’s older brother, Dennis O’Neill. The bloodstock wizard selected both the unbeaten champion Nyquist and Grade 2 winner Land Over Sea as unraced 2-year-olds.

'Lifesavers' Lives Up to Name for Horses & Veterans Alike May 03, 2016

Wild Horse RescueKERN COUNTY, Calif. - Down a windy road, past free-range cows and several farm houses is a place called Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue in Twin Oaks, California. It's a safe haven for rescued horses and broken veterans.

Some of the Kentucky Derby's Most Colorful Characters May 03, 2016

One of the most interesting elements of covering the Kentucky Derby year after year is finding out how (relatively) accessible it is. Sure, you have to have the right 3-year-old Thoroughbred peaking at just the right time with just the right trip around 1 ¼ miles, but the Derby has been won by racing veterans and relative newcomers; by the rich and the less-rich; the bluebloods and the blue-collar types.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Brody's Cause Apr 30, 2016

In his racing debut last August, Brody's Cause failed to fire as the 3-1 second choice in a Maiden Special on the Ellis Park turf. After that it didn't take long for the chestnut colt establish himself as one of North America's top juveniles - breaking his Maiden at Churchill Downs, scoring in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) over eventual Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Exaggerator and running a sold third to Nyquist in the subsequent Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

Breeder of Air Force Blue Does Things The Old Fashioned Way Apr 28, 2016

When it comes to breeding and raising thoroughbreds, Arthur B Hancock III holds fast to his faith in a few simple truths.

"If you take care of the land it will take care of you, and if you take care of your horses they will take care of you," Hancock says, as he stands under the blue sky stretching over the quiet paradise of his 2,200-acre Stone Farm near Paris, Kentucky.

Fan Friendly Improvements for 2016 Prairie Meadows Meeting Apr 27, 2016

Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will have a new look when its Thoroughbred meet begins April 28.

The Iowa track has added two high-definition information boards on either side of its LED odds and wagering totals display. A jumbo 18-foot-by-31-foot high definition Daktronics video screen, similar to those installed at Keeneland and Del Mar, will sit atop the tote board to provide a view of every live race.

Diabled Youth Find Solace at Mitey Riders Program Apr 27, 2016

Harry Swimmer with a Mitey RiderAn encounter in Harry Swimmer's local grocery store parking lot changed his life more than 20 years ago.

He met a girl in a wheelchair named Stacy. She was deaf and nonverbal. Swimmer learned she had cerebral palsy.

It gave him an idea.

Hints & Tips For Your Kentucky Derby Viewing Party Apr 25, 2016
Kentucky Derby Party TipsThe 160,000 fans who fill Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May can attest that the Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest parties of the year. With gambling, fashion, mint juleps and plenty of socializing, the Derby is much more than just a horse race.
Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Creator Apr 23, 2016

Creator and Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.On February 12 Creator finished second to a horse named Call the Colonel in a Fair Grounds maiden special, the fifth straight loss of his racing career. Just over two months later the colt is a Grade 1 winner and one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.

'Chrome' a Big Draw for New Horse Country Tours Apr 22, 2016

California Chrome at Taylor Made FarmUse him for a windbreak, a coat rack, a barn doorstop. It doesn’t matter to California Chrome as long as you set him free in his paddock for most of the day and have a bag of Mrs. Pastures horse cookies handy on demand.

Record International Interest in '16 Royal Ascot Meeting Apr 21, 2016

Horses around the turn at Royal AscotA record number of overseas entries from eight countries feature among a total of 394 entries for the eight Group One highlights at Royal Ascot in June this year.

There are 164 overseas entries in all, as against a previous best of 156 in 2013, including a record 35 from outside Europe (previous highest 27 in 2011).

New Colorado Ranch Offers Equine Therapy Apr 20, 2016

Equine Therapy Dawn Solomon became addicted to horses at a riding stable in Aurora.

Now she hopes that love, along with her counseling degree, can help people with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance addiction.

She, along with investors, is betting a ranch that horse therapy can help.

Ricardo Santana Jr. Honored as Jockey of the Week Apr 19, 2016

Ricardo Santana Celebrates Creator's Win in Arkansas DerbyJockey Ricardo Santana Jr. was dominant this spring at Oaklawn Park. Santana finished things off in style by winning the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on Saturday and also wrapped up the meet’s riding title.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Exaggerator Apr 16, 2016

Exaggerator & Kent Desormeaux take Santa Anita DerbyIt's no exaggeration to say that Exaggerator is one of the most consistent colts in this year's three-year-old crop. He won a pair of graded races last year at two and put it all together in his third start at three, a sensational victory in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 9

'Warriors on Horseback' Ryan Book Award Winner Apr 15, 2016

Warriors on Horseback CoverWarriors on Horseback, written by John Carter and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, was named the winner of the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award on April 13. The announcement was made at an evening reception at the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons in Lexington, Ky.

Oaks/Derby Tickets Auction Benefits Retired Racehorse Project Apr 14, 2016

Kentucky Derby crowdTwinSpires.com, the official wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby, and PaulickReport.com, a leading Thoroughbred information website, have teamed to auction a pair of tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks to benefit the Retired Racehorse Project.

Australian Superstar Winx Gets a Rest After Nine Straight Victories Apr 05, 2016

Winx Wins AgainAustralia: Winx will not bid win a tenth stakes race in succession after trainer Chris Waller confirmed the brilliant mare is done for the campaign, a decision he acknowledged will disappoint many punters.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Lani Apr 02, 2016
Lani Wins UAE DerbyBack in 1971, Canonero II shipped up from Venezuela to shock the racing world by winning the Kentucky Derby in his very first North American start. The connections of Lani, winner of the March 26 U. A. E. Derby (G2), will try to pull off a similar feat.

Lani was a two-time winner in his native Japan, including a listed stakes victory, before his lucrative score in the Meydan twilight.
Hong Kong Races Gain Full International Recognition Apr 01, 2016
Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong KongHong Kong has been promoted, effective Sept. 1, to Part I status of the International Cataloguing Standards book by the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee. 

Tuttipaesi Makes the Grade for All Female Partnership Mar 31, 2016

Tuttipaesi After Santa Ana VictorySix-year-old Tuttipaesi (IRE) had to come a long way to win last weekend's Grade 2 Santa Ana, even beyond the many miles she's logged racing around the world. The daughter of Clodovil (IRE) raced in Italy and England before Team Valor International brought the filly stateside to become the first acquisition in the all-female partnership Valor Ladies.

Colorado First Responders Reap Benefits of EAGALA Mar 30, 2016
Law enforcement experts say post traumatic stress disorder is a silent killer of first responders.
 
Frank Gale, with Colorado’s Fraternal Order of Police, calls it “the most significant problem facing first responders in Colorado.”
 
Colorado First Responders Reaping Benefits of EAGALA Therapies Mar 30, 2016
Logo - Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Personal DevelopmentLaw enforcement experts say post traumatic stress disorder is a silent killer of first responders.

Frank Gale, with Colorado’s Fraternal Order of Police, calls it “the most significant problem facing first responders in Colorado.”

Finalists for Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Announced Mar 29, 2016

Horses and BooksThree finalists for the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been announced by the Ryan family's Castleton Lyons, founding sponsor of this lucrative competition for racing-oriented literary works since 2006. Jockeys ruled the day in 2015, with two of the three top entries focusing on those brave men and women, who, pound for pound may be the best athletes in all of sport.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Cupid Mar 26, 2016

Cupid Wins the Rebel StakesIn classical mythology Cupid is the god of desire and the son of the war god Mars and the love goddess Venus. In the modern thoroughbred world Cupid is the Rebel Stakes (G2) winner and the son of all-world sire Tapit and the exceptional broodmare Pretty 'n Smart. The contemporary legend also stars Bob Baffert, who is virtually unconquerable when he flies into Oaklawn Park.

Saints Owner Benson Back in Racing Game in a Big Way Mar 25, 2016

Mr and Mrs Benson after a Saints VictoryThere's a new love in Tom Benson's life these days. 

Walk into his office, turn to the left and the prominent pictures on the wall aren't of the New Orleans Saints or the Pelicans. They're pictures of horses.

World Cup Fave California Chrome Has 'It' Factor Mar 24, 2016

Stand on the Meydan surface and soak up the morning sun, and watchCalifornia Chrome   stride out onto the racetrack. There's his signature ear prick, a turn of the head toward snapping cameras—the look of eagles.

Horses Help the Healing at Missouri Equine Center Mar 23, 2016
Clients at Equine Therapy Center in MissouriKids of all ages and genders are benefiting from an Equine Therapy program in the Ozarks.

"Our students are children that have anxiety or have had a death in their families or their parents are going through a divorce," said Gena Wenger, professional counselor for Nixa Public Schools and H.A.Y. (Horses Assisting Youth) Foundation board member.


A Snapshot of Horse Racing in Chile Mar 22, 2016

Valaprasiso Racetrack in ChileEver since arriving in Viña (as the city is fondly called) I’ve been dying to check out the racetrack. My bus drives past the Valparaiso Sporting Club on its way to deliver me to classes, and my university, situated on a hill overlooking the city, provides a convenient view of the track.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Destin Mar 19, 2016
Destin Winning Tampa Bay DerbyShadwell Farm has an especially strong hand for the 2016 Classics with a pair of unbeaten colts in Mohaymen and Shagaf.
Inside the Jockeys Room with Prat & Wilson Mar 18, 2016

Flavien Prat and Emma-Jayne WilsonJockeys Flavien Prat and Emma-Jayne Wilson take America's Best Racing’s readers inside the jockeys’ room in 2016. Prat rides on the Southern California circuit after launching his career in his native France, where he was named champion apprentice in 2009 and won a Group 1 race in 2013. He also won the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes in 2015 in his first full year of riding in the U.S.

Derby Museum American Pharoah Exhibit Opens May 1 Mar 17, 2016
American PharoahTouting "artifacts never before seen by the public," the Kentucky Derby Museum announced it will open an American Pharoah-themed exhibit before another horse makes a run at the Triple Crown.

Take the Reins Therapeutic Center Off & Running Mar 16, 2016

If you're driving between Colorado City and Snyder on Texas 208 and you happen to see a woman on horseback flailing her arms and flopping her legs, don't worry.

She's fine.

"I really look like a crazy person when I get on the back of a horse," said Andrea Barefield, 24 and founder of Take the Reins Therapeutic Center, a newly launched nonprofit.

Why the spectacle? That's how she trains her horses.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary: Racing Thriving at Tampa Mar 15, 2016

Tampa Bay DownsA recent three-day trip to Tampa, Florida, which was the scene of such a brilliant Derby Festival day on Saturday, reminded me once again why it is one of my favorite race-day experiences in America. 

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Shagaf Mar 12, 2016

It wasn't especially pretty. It wasn't especially fast. But Shagaf got the job done in the Gotham Stakes, giving owner Shadwell Farm a second unbeaten Kentucky Derby prospect.

Hawthorne Reaches Agreement With Contest Site DerbyWars Mar 11, 2016

Hawthorne Race Track in ChicagoIn the first agreement of its kind between a racetrack and racing contest site, DerbyWars will contribute revenue to Hawthorne Race Course and Illinois horsemen.

Talkin' Derby With Author/Historian Bill Doolittle Mar 10, 2016

America's Best Racing's David Hill interviews author/Kentucky Derby historian Bill Doolitle:

EAAT Programs Available at Riding Therapy Center of Victoria in Texas Mar 09, 2016

Riding Therapy Center of VictoriaEquine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) are treatments that incorporate equines in an equine environment with rehabilitative goals that are related to the rider's needs and abilities. EAAT promotes emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth in people with a variety of diagnoses.

Influence of Breeder/Racing Ambassador McCaffery Lives On Mar 08, 2016
Nearly a decade after the death of prominent California owner, breeder, and racing-industry philanthropist Trudy McCaffery, her legacy lives on – both on the track and off.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Gun Runner Mar 05, 2016

After a promising juvenile season Gun Runner made the shortlist for many Kentucky Derby winter book handicappers. With his victory in the February 20 Risen Star Stakes (G2) the Steve Asmussen-trainee currently sits second behind Mohaymen on the Kentucky Derby qualifying points list.

Historic Overall of British Levy System in Works for 2017 Mar 04, 2016

British HorseBritish Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust hailed a “truly historic” intention from the British government to replace the Levy betting system by April 2017.

In a seismic overhaul that could see up to £30 million (€39m) of additional income plunged into the industry, bookmakers would be forced to contribute to Levy from profits taken in betting shops and online.

Woodbine's New Tapeta Surface Nearing Debut Mar 03, 2016

Woodbine Installs Tapeta SurfacesMother Nature was kind to Woodbine Entertainment Group at the start of the laying-in process for the new Tapeta course on the one-mile main track earlier this winter. But a recent onslaught of freezing rain, ice pellets, and snow has provided a taste of what Lake Ontario’s volatile weather patterns are capable of dishing out on an annual basis.

Ryan Moore Lands in Dubai for Super Saturday Card Mar 01, 2016

Ryan MooreRyan Moore whose has just finished a successful stint in Hong Kong, is set for his first rides of the year in Dubai this week when he will partner headline acts Sole Power and Keen Ice on Meydan's Super Saturday card.

Moore, regarded by many as one of the world's finest Flat jockeys, has spent the last six weeks riding on the Hong Kong circuit and partnered 14 winners from 107 mounts.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Suddenbreakingnews Feb 27, 2016

Suddenbreakingnews Wins Southwest StakesNever having raced outside of Oklahoma, Suddenbreakingnews was on few handicappers radar prior to the February 15 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Even at the top of the stretch the colt looked like an also ran before unleashing a furious rally to earn his first graded stakes victory.

The Three Decade History of the Equicizer Feb 26, 2016

Equicizer DemonstrationThirty-four years ago, the very first Equicizer he built enabled the 1980 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey Frank Lovato Jr. to recover from a broken leg and return to the saddle. These days, Lovato’s distinctive mechanical wooden horse is at the center of his world and continues to deliver the support he needs.

Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser Set for Gulfstream Park Feb 25, 2016

The third "Jockeys and Jeans" fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is set for Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park.

The event, held last year at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, will feature a video of the 1962 Preakness and the 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The top finishing Hall of Fame jockeys from those races will be on hand to answer questions for attending fans and media during a panel presentation and sell signed photos of the famous races to benefit PDJF.

Horses & Human Health Research Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals Feb 24, 2016

Horses and Human Health Research FoundationUp to $100,000 is up for grabs for researchers investigating the impact of horses on humans, thanks to the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).

Past grant funding opportunities have been limited to $50,000, but the successful completion of HHRF’s 10-Year Anniversary Research Funding Campaign enabled the foundation to double the size of grant funding available for this grant cycle.

Horses & Human Health Research Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals Feb 24, 2016
Up to $100,000 is up for grabs for researchers investigating the impact of horses on humans, thanks to the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).

Past grant funding opportunities have been limited to $50,000, but the successful completion of HHRF’s 10-Year Anniversary Research Funding Campaign enabled the foundation to double the size of grant funding available for this grant cycle.

Former MLB Star Baldelli in the Thoroughbred Breeding Game Feb 23, 2016

Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays Star Rocco BaldelliNever underestimate the value of a good eye. Without a keen batting eye, it’s nearly impossible to be a successful hitter in the major leagues. It takes a different type of eye to be successful in the breeding industry, but a good eye is just as crucial when buying mares or yearlings at auction.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Nyquist Feb 20, 2016

Nyquist Flies Home in San Vicente StakesDespite an unblemished record at two and an Eclipse Award trophy on his mantle, Nyquist has has to earn the respect of many racing fans the hard way. His performance in the February 15 San Vicente Stakes (G2), in which he defeated the graded winner Exaggerator in near track record time, was just the kind of signature victory he needed to validate his stellar 2015 campaign.

Stallion Season Auction to Benefit PDJF Feb 19, 2016

PDJF LogoSeasons to Lane's End-based stallions Honor Code, Liam's Map, Tonalist, The Factor, Union Rags, and Mr Speaker, will headline an online auction that will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. 

BC Champ Tepin Invited to Royal Ascot Feb 18, 2016

Tepin Wins Breeders' Cup MileTepin (Bernstein) has been invited to compete in the G1 Queen Anne S. at the Royal Ascot meet, an invitation owner Bob Masterson is eager to accept. The invitation came after the 5-year-old mare kicked off her 2016 campaign with an easy win Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in the GIII Endeavour S.

Equines for Freedom Program Helping to Fight PTSD Feb 17, 2016

Equines For Freedom Program We all have the utmost respect and appreciation for our veterans, the brave men and women who fight for our protection and freedom.

There is a wonderful program called Equines For Freedom. Organized in February 2015, EFF is located on the campus of Marley’s Mission in Newton Township.

Equines For Freedom Program Helping to Fight PTSD Feb 17, 2016

We all have the utmost respect and appreciation for our veterans, the brave men and women who fight for our protection and freedom.

There is a wonderful program called Equines For Freedom. Organized in February 2015, EFF is located on the campus of Marley’s Mission in Newton Township.

This therapeutic program brings horses, humans and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Process together.

Woodbine Developing New Entertainment Venue Feb 16, 2016

New Woodbine Entertainment VenueWoodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group Inc. (Trinity) today announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack.

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Mor Spirit Feb 13, 2016

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Mor SpiritAstute Kentucky Derby handicappers often look past flashy early spring performances, instead preferring horses ready to peak on the first Saturday in May. Mor Spirit is firmly on the radar of those players.

Ken & Sarah Ramsey Targeting World's Biggest Races in 2016 Feb 12, 2016

Leading Owners Ken and Sarah RamseyAs the breeding season began earlier this week in chilly Kentucky for Kitten’s Joy, the Ramsey Farm’s foundation sire, Ken Ramsey was in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, where he could be heard via mobile phone flipping through the thick dossier of paperwork that keeps track of his worldwide bloodstock and racing prospects.

Mike Smith Reflects on Songbird & Other Fantastic Fillies Feb 11, 2016
Mike Smith Wins Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies on SongbirdMike Smith let the question dangle, let it roll around in his head, let it swim like a whiskey over ice. Over the phone, it’s hard to see, but there’s no doubt, Smith looked up at the sky, squinted his eyes like mail slots and blew a kiss in the air.

Royal Delta, Zenyatta, Azeri, Sky Beauty, Inside Information, Heavenly Prize…

Study Confirms Horses Can Read Human Emotions Feb 10, 2016
Sussex Study on Horses Reading Human CuesFor the first time psychologists from Sussex University have shown that horses are able to distinguish human facial expressions showing different emotions.

Study Confirms Horses Can Read Human Emotions Feb 10, 2016

For the first time psychologists from Sussex University have shown that horses are able to distinguish human facial expressions showing different emotions.

Sussex University researchers compiled a dictionary of horse expressions last year. They identified 17 distinct facial movements in horses which may be manipulated by the horse to represent different emotions and intentions. The raising of eyelids, the pull of mouth corners — all these small gestures can be indicative of underlying mental states, just as they are in humans.

Inside Arizona's Race Track Industry Program Feb 09, 2016

Arizona's Racetrack Industry ProgramWhen I meet someone for the first time and tell them that I go to graduate school for horse racing, the first few minutes of the conversation are filled with bewilderment as I explain that it is possible to get a degree in racetrack management.

Once this understanding is reached, the stranger usually becomes extremely interested in the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP).

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile - Mohaymen Feb 06, 2016
Junior Alvarado and MoyahmenThe superlatives began flying around Gulfstream Park (and the internet) the second Mohaymen crossed the finish line in the January 30 Holy Bull Stakes (G2). And with good reason. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil didn't have an easy go of it yet still drew off under a hand ride to score by 3 1/2 lengths.

Longines a Loyal Sponsor of International Thoroughbred Racing Feb 05, 2016

Longines Watch on Kentucky Oaks DayThe connections of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah should have no trouble telling what time it is for the rest of their lives. Longines awarded commemorative watches to trainer Bob Baffert, owner Ahmed Zayat, and jockey Victor Espinoza when the colt picked up the title of the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse Award earlier this year in London.

Baffert Contemplating a Royal Ascot Invasion Feb 04, 2016

Trainer Bob BaffertHollywood could hit Royal Ascot this summer as Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert intends to have his first runner at Flat racing's most prestigious fixture.

California-based Baffert enjoyed a fantastic 2015 thanks to the exploits of the brilliant American Pharoah, who became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to land the Triple Crown.

Stanford's 'Medicine & Horsemanship' Class Helps Doctors Connect With Patients Feb 03, 2016
Since 2006, medical students at Stanford have been working with horses to develop a greater awareness of the subtleties of self-presentation and communication that are necessary for the physician-patient relationship. The class, titled “Medicine and Horsemanship,” draws on core principles of the Natural Horsemanship, a philosophy of training horses made famous by real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman.
NYRA Announces Rich Stakes Schedule for Belmont & Saratoga Feb 02, 2016

New York Racing Association LogoThe Belmont Stakes Racing Festival and Stars & Stripes Day during the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park and the Whitney and Travers Stakes days at Saratoga Race Course highlight the stakes calendar unveiled by the New York Racing Association.

LA Times Reports on California Thoroughbred Breeding Program Feb 01, 2016
CTBA LogoThe numbers are startling, the reality is staggering.

If California's first-class horse racing tracks are to survive, they are in large part dependent on a third-place breeding program.

Bob & Beverly Lewis: Racing's First Couple in the 1990's Jan 30, 2016

Robert and Beverly LewisThoroughbred racing, like any other sport, has been home to the exploits of scamps, scallywags and scoundrels.

At the other end of the scale of human character and integrity, few people in the sport have ever been as genuinely beloved and admired as Bob and Beverly Lewis.

Their marriage was a heartwarming tale of love and devotion that lasted 58 years.

Former Panthers QB Delhomme Now a Leading Breeder Jan 29, 2016

Former Carolina Panthers Quarterback Jake DelhommeThe last time the Carolina Panthers played in the NFL championship round, Jake Delhomme was their star quarterback, leading the team to its only previous Super Bowl appearance 13 years ago. As the Panthers prepare to take on the Denver Broncos in next Sunday’s Super Bowl, the former Pro Bowl quarterback is more concerned with post times than post patterns.

CTHS Issues Statement to Members Regarding Ontario Sire Program Jan 28, 2016
Dear Members:
 
Many of you are by now aware of a release made by WEG regarding revisions to the 2016 Thoroughbred racing program/Ontario Sires progeny program. The CTHS Ontario had no participation in the construction of these changes and was only advised of them very recently.
 
The following is a summary of the position of the CTHS Ontario Board of Directors (CTHS).
 
Stanford's Connected Horse Project Studies Early Dementia Treatments Jan 28, 2016

As a kid growing up in rural Minnesota, I spent many of my waking hours searching for a reason to be near the five horses that roamed the 40 acres behind our house. Their methodical munching and tail-swishing put me at ease and learning how to ride a 1,200-pound animal that could easily wipe me off on a fence post taught me much of what I know about courage and persistence.

Racing Leaders Talk Marketing at Asian Racing Conference Jan 27, 2016
Racing Leaders at 2016 Asian Racing ConferenceThe Asian Racing Conference continued Wednesday, Jan. 27 in Mumbai with a discussion of the updated methods used in various jurisdictions to market horse racing. 

The Hong Kong Jockey Club took center stage as Richard Cheung, executive director, customer and marketing, updated attendees on the HKJC experiences. 

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Call for 2016 Nominations Jan 26, 2016

Canadian Hall of Fame Logo2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Since the inaugural class of people and horses were inducted in 1976, there are now over 500 honoured members in the CHRHF.

Tickets to Belmont Stakes Festival On Sale January 28 Jan 23, 2016
Belmont Stakes FestivalThe New York Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that tickets for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.

Highlighted by the $1.5 million dollar Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the three-day mega event at Belmont Park will begin June 9 and conclude June 11.

TDN Op-Ed: Time to Show Frank Stronach Some Love Jan 22, 2016

Racetrack Owner and Thoroughbred Breeder Frank StronachI may not have written it, but I certainly thought it: I was no Frank Stronach fan. I shed a tear when he tore down the old Gulfstream Park, a wonderful facility that was home to some of my fondest memories as a racing fan and journalist.

San Diego Animal Center Offers Therapeutic Riding Program Jan 21, 2016

For Gretchen Davis, horseback riding is more than a recreational activity: It’s a treatment option that helps people with disabilities become stronger, healthier and more independent.

Davis is program manager of the therapeutic riding program at Helen Woodward Animal Center, where she teaches kids and adults with autism, muscular disorders and other conditions to ride specially trained horses.

2015 Sovereign Award Finalists Announced Jan 20, 2016

Sovereign Award TrophyThe Jockey Club of Canada will host the 41st Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honour the Canadian Champions of 2015 and to celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.  

Cagnes-Sur-Mer: Europe's Winter Racing Mecca Jan 19, 2016

Cagnes-Sur-MerOverlooking the sunny beaches of the Riviera, the racecourse at Cagnes-sur-Mer lies at the very heart of France's ultra-chic Cote d‘Azur. A few miles east is Nice, the playground of the international jet set since long before jet airliners were invented. And a few miles further up the road is the Principality of Monaco, where Grace Kelly lost her commonness.

Zenyatta Among Arcadia's Walk of Champions Honorees Jan 15, 2016
Zenyatta and Mike SmithRacing Hall of Famer Lava Man and future Hall of Famer Zenyatta will be added to the Arcadia Historical Society's Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions in a ceremony May 24.
 
The celebration, honoring inductees from 2015 and 2016, will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
OwnerView Conference Concludes Jan 14, 2016

Thoroughbred OwnerViewOwnerView’s second Thoroughbred Owner Conference wrapped up a two-day stand Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, with prominent horse owner and radio and TV personality Jim Rome delivering the day’s keynote address. Some 200 attendees were on hand for the conference, which was sponsored by Keeneland Association, the New York Racing Association, The Stronach Group and Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Horses That Heal Doc to Screen at Coronado Island Fest Jan 13, 2016

Horses that Heal is an 8 minute documentary that examines the impact of horses in healing wounded warriors returning from service, as well as local children with disabilities. The interviews of the wounded vets are particularly emotional, as they describe what they experienced at war before coming to Cornerstone. 

Australian Sensation Vancouver Targets Royal Ascot Jan 12, 2016

Star Australian colt Vancouver, unbeaten in four starts at two when his victories included the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill in March 2015, is to join Aidan O'Brien to be trained for Royal Ascot.

The son of Medaglia D'Oro, trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse, is to enter quarantine before being transferred to Ballydoyle.

Farms Donate Seasons to Classy Lane Stables Charity Auction Jan 09, 2016

Adena Springs North, Park Stud and Shannondoe Farm have all donated 2016 seasons to a charity auction to benefit those affected by the recent fire at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch Ontario.

Starquine.com has also donated their services to handle the auction, which is open to both thoroughbred and standardbred stallions. All farms are welcome to join. Listing will be posted on Monday January 11th with the auction ending on Friday January 15th

Nearly 1,800 Horses in Next Week's Keeneland January Sale Jan 08, 2016
Keeneland Sales PavilionKeeneland opens its 58th January horses of all ages sale on Monday, Jan. 11.

A total of 1,796 horses, among them prominent broodmares and broodmare prospects, yearlings by leading North American sires, and horses of racing age were cataloged to the sale, which runs through Friday, Jan. 15.
Fletcher Wins 120th Clasico Gran Premio Jose Ramirez in Uraguay Jan 07, 2016

Fletcher Wins Gran Premio Jose RamirezBreaking from the outside as the second betting choice, Uruguayan-bred 4-year-old Fletcher pulled away from the field in the final quarter mile to capture the 120th renewal of the prestigious Clasico Gran Premio Jose Ramirez (Uru-I) Jan. 6 at Hipódromo Nacional de Maroñas in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Pilot Studies Underway to Formally Assess Human/Equine Therapies Jan 06, 2016
NMSU Studying Equine TherapiesEquine-assisted psychotherapy is known to help people address mental and behavioral health issues, but there remains little evidence-based research to prove it.
 
Tragic Fire Strikes Classy Lane Stables in Ontario Jan 05, 2016

Fire Aftermath at Classy Lane StablesThe Ontario horseracing community is reeling after a fire engulfed a barn at an elite stable facility and left dozens of horses dead.

The fire at Classy Lanes Stables Training Centre in Puslinch, Ont., erupted late Monday night, and killed 43 animals inside, according to Jamie Millier, who owns the stables with his wife, Barb Millier.

Meet New Oaklawn Park Announcer Pete Aiello Jan 05, 2016

Oaklawn Track Announcer Pete AielloAfter receiving applications from all over the country, Oaklawn Park recently named Pete Aiello as its next announcer. Aiello, who has held positions at Hialeah Park, Gulfstream Park and River Downs, becomes the track’s fifth announcer since it opened in 1904.

Paulick Report Series on North American Racing Academy Continues Jan 03, 2016

Students at North American Riding AcademyIt feels like spring in Central Kentucky, as rain soaks the track at the Thoroughbred Center and the fields stubbornly remain green. The aisles of the North American Racing Academy's Barn 30 are still bustling in the morning, but each week sees fewer and fewer students legging up on horses as the riding students finish up their finals and scatter across the country.

A Numerical Look at North American Racing in 2015 Jan 01, 2016

From American Pharoah’s exciting season to the 2-year-olds building hopes that this year will see another Triple Crown, 2015 had something for all racing fans.

Relive some of the best moments of 2015 with the 2015 Inside the Numbers Year in Review for fun facts about the past 12 months.

Dramatic Dead Heat in Qatar Derby Dec 31, 2015

Qatar Derby PhotoThe Qatar Derby at Al Rayyan, Doha, was settled in dramatic fashion in the judge's box when the original announced decision in favour of victory to Germany's Rogue Runner by a nose was amended to a dead-heat with South Africa's Tannaaf.

Horses Prove Ideal as Human Leadership Tutors Dec 30, 2015

For the past 8,000 years, horses have accelerated human development, ploughing our fields and carrying our goods. Today, we no longer require their muscle power. Instead, we need their intuition and wisdom for the more subtle challenges of mastering soft skills and becoming authentic leaders.

Leaders who can’t harness intelligence in body and brain — head, heart and gut aligned together — are at a distinct disadvantage in today’s complex and volatile business environment. Horses are exceptionally well suited to guide a learning process that facilitates this. 

Johnny V to Reunite with Animal Kingdom in Australia Dec 29, 2015

John Velasquez After Derby Win in Animal KingdomYou won’t find John Velazquez at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Jan. 9, but at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Queensland, Australia, where he’ll be riding on the Magic Millions Raceday card.

American Pharoah is the AP's "Sports Story of the Year" Dec 26, 2015

American Pharoah Wins Triple CrownAmerican Pharoah  's Triple Crown sweep, culminating in his breathtaking victory in the 147th edition of the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) that ended a 37-year drought, was honored Dec. 24 as the "Sports Story of the Year" by the Associated Press.

Frankel Protege Jacobson Returns to Santa Anita Dec 24, 2015

David Jacobson was in his teens when his father sent him to work with Bobby Frankel at Santa Anita four decades ago. Now he's here from the East Coast with a string of his own for the marquee Winter Meet that starts Saturday.

Jacobson has a multitude of memories of Frankel, who will be honored Sunday with the running of the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes, named for the late Hall of Fame trainer who died Nov. 16, 2009, at the age of 68.

Tim Hayes on his Book - The Power of Horses to Heal Dec 23, 2015

Tim Hayes and Santa HorseWhen I set out to write RIDING HOME ~ The Power of Horses to Heal I wanted to share about the profound emotional healing one can experience from today's equine therapy. I also wanted people to discover the joy, empowerment and self-awareness they could receive by simply having a relationship with horse.

Woodbine Learns to Survive & Thrive Without Slots Revenue Dec 22, 2015

Woodbine Racecourse in TorontoWoodbine’s darkest hour occurred on Mar. 31, 2013, the day the gravy train came to a halt. Ontario’s Slots at Racetracks Program was ended and no longer would any portion of the revenue from the machines at Woodbine or any of the province’s racetracks be given to support racing.

Osborne First Female to Helm Irish Turf Club Dec 19, 2015

Meta Osborne became the first woman at the helm of an international horseracing regulatory body Dec. 18 when she took over as senior steward of the Irish Turf Club.

Osborne, who joined the Turf Club in 2005, replaces Neville O'Byrne in the position and becomes the first female senior steward of the Turf Club in the organization's 225 year history. She is a daughter of the late Michael Osborne, who served as senior steward of the Turf Club from 1994 to 1997.  

Harry McCalmont replaces Osborne as deputy senior steward.

Darby Dan Farm Through the Years Dec 18, 2015

Darby Dan FarmFrom the 1960s through the 1980s, few racing silks were as recognizable and iconic as the silks of Darby Dan Farm. The silks were fairly plain—a fawn-colored shirt with brown sleeves—but it was their simplicity and their regular appearances in the winner’s circle that made them famous.

Race Caller Musical Chairs in North America Dec 17, 2015

Frank MiramahdiFrank Mirahmadi (pictured) was named by Santa Anita on Monday as the announcer for the first part of its winter-spring meeting, which begins Dec. 26. Mirahmadi resigned from the same position at Oaklawn Park to take the job at the Arcadia, California oval.

Veteran Barn Door Project Helping America's Vets Dec 16, 2015

Veteran Barn Door ProjectLocal war veterans are learning to overcome PTSD and traumatic brain injuries by working with horses through the Veteran Barn Door Project, a nonprofit organization.

“When I returned from Afghanistan in 2010, I had some serious PTSD,” said Steven DePalma, founder of the Veteran Barn Door Project. “I didn’t know it at the time. I was suffering from what’s known as survivor’s guilt.”

Racing Post Ranks Top 10 Moments Dec 15, 2015

After 10,000 issues the Racing Post has reported on plenty of big stories - here are a few since our very first edition

Former Race Caller Tom Durkin on New Stage Dec 12, 2015

Tom Durkin Acting on stageFifteeen months into retirement, Tom Durkin returns to a different–though familiar–form of live entertainment Friday in the opening night presentation of Miracle on 34th Street in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Stellar Fields for Sunday's Hong Kong International Races Dec 11, 2015

Hong Kong Jockey Club StandsThe eyes of the world will be on Hong Kong this weekend as horses from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia all descend on Sha Tin Racecourse for the Hong Kong International Races.

The meeting is the most prestigious in Asia and consists of four races. Here is a look at the day’s action to see who to watch out for in each of the four divisions.

'Swop Stakes' Wins Inaugural Innovator's Circle Award Dec 10, 2015

Shaun Pyrah of Six Faces CompanyA horse racing jackpot game that combines elements of Daily Fantasy Sports, “Survivor”-style pools, and the game show “Deal Or No Deal” won the first ever Innovators' Circle contest Wednesday at the University of Arizona's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.

South Africa's Lerena Takes Jockey's Championship Dec 09, 2015

South Africa's reigning champion rider Gavin LerenaSouth Africa's reigning champion rider, Gavin Lerena, booted home the last two winners to take top honors in the Dec. 9 Longines International Jockeys' Championship at a rain-soaked Happy Valley Racecourse.

Riding Therapies Offered at Huntington Beach Equestrian Center Dec 09, 2015

Eddie Brennan is all charged up. The 4-year-old, who is autistic, has already raced through a puddle, and he writhes as his nanny struggles to remove his shoes and socks.

But when Brennan climbs on the back of Kattie, a dark bay therapy horse, something magical happens.

The kinetic little boy melts into the horse, contented and somehow soothed. He sits or lies on its back — even rides backward. It’s as if he has a connection to the horse.

Japan May Take International Simulcasts in 2016 Dec 08, 2015

Japan Horse RacingThe 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic is one of 24 international races under consideration for simulcast into Japan, thanks to a new law passed earlier this year by Japanese legislators lifting the ban on wagering on races from outside of Japan.

Woodbine to Experiment with Clockwise Racing in 2016 Dec 05, 2015

Woodbine Racecourse in TorontoIn an effort to get as much use out of its turf course as possible and to create new wrinkles it hopes its customers will find exciting, Woodbine will run approximately 25 grass races next year that will go in a clockwise direction.

Great Mares Flocking to American Pharoah Dec 04, 2015
The book may be closed on American Pharoah’s brilliant career on the racetrack, but the final chapter in his legacy is still being written.
As Thoroughbred racing revels in the afterglow of its first Triple Crown champion in 37 years, a different part of the industry is now getting its chance to inhale the rarified air that followed the Zayat Stables superstar to places like Monmouth Park, Saratoga and Keeneland.
 
Coral Strikes Sponsorship Deal With Ireland's Leopardstown Track Dec 03, 2015

Leopardstown RacecourseCoral on Thursday announced a landmark deal to sponsor their first races in Ireland at Leopardstown on January 17.

The firm will back the entire seven-race card, which now includes the €100,000 Coral.ie Hurdle and the €100,000 Coral.ie Handicap Chase.

Otra Mas EAP Program is Changing Lives Dec 02, 2015

May with a HorseAs a professional ballroom dancer and teacher, Shelly May was accustomed to being the center of attention.

The glare of the spotlight, the flamboyant costumes donned during competition, the students who followed every stomp of her feet and swing of the hips. It all suited the self-described "mover and shaker" with an infectious personality to a tee.

Frankie Dettori Named Longines Best Jockey for 2015 Dec 01, 2015
Frankie DettoriBritish-based Frankie Dettori has been named the Longines World's Best Jockey for 2015, besting U.S. Triple Crown-winning rider Victor Espinoza and British-based Ryan Moore for the title. 
 
35th Edition of Rich Japan Cup (G1) on Tap Nov 28, 2015

Trip To Paris, fourth in a bruising renewal of the Melbourne Cup (G1) earlier this month, bids to become the first British trained horse in almost a decade to win the Japan Cup (G1), one of the most exciting end-of-year races.

Trained by globe-trotting handler Ed Dunlop at Newmarket in England, the four-year-old faces 17 rivals in his quest to make history and gain compensation for his two-length defeat by Prince Of Penzance in the Australian showpiece.

Hollendorfer 3rd U. S. Trainer to 7,000 Wins Nov 27, 2015
Hall of Fame Trainer Jerry HollendorferHall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the 7,000th race of his career when Kiss N Scat, who he co-owns with Steve Taub and George Todaro, won the first race at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.

Hollendorfer is now third on the all-time list of trainers by wins behind the late Dale Baird and Steve Asmussen.

Rebel Equi-Learning: Horses Teaching Humans Nov 25, 2015
Rebel Equi-LearningRENNER, S.D. -Professional development is an important process for every working man and woman to go through to help them become better leaders in the workplace and communicate effectively with coworkers.
 
5 Named George Woof Memorial Jockey Award Finalists Nov 24, 2015

Victor Espinosa on California ChromeSanta Anita Park has announced five finalists for the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide.

Dual Classic Winner Smarty Jones to Historic Calumet Farm Nov 20, 2015
Smarty Jones wins 2004 Kentucky DerbyChampion and dual classic winner Smarty Jones  , whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.

Alabama's TROT Gets Kids Out of Classrooms, on to Horses Nov 19, 2015
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. — A non-profit organization and local businesses are helping children with special needs in Tuscaloosa County get out of the classroom and on to a horse.
Sophia's teachers spent the morning cheering her and her classmates on as they made their way around a course on horseback. Sophia is one of eight children with special needs at Vance Elementary working with Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa, or TROT.

Espinoza Among International Jockey's Championship Field Nov 18, 2015

Jockey Victor EspinozaThe American Pharoah sideshow that has captivated the racing world this year will roll into Hong Kong next month - in a small form, at least - with his regular rider Victor Espinoza to headline the International Jockeys' Championship (IJC) at Happy Valley on December 9.

Horse Art Auction at Keeneland Set for November 18 Nov 17, 2015

Painting of Major TomThe third annual Sporting Art Auction, presented by Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland sales pavilion.

Chile's Club Hipico One of Racing World's Gems Nov 14, 2015

Club Hipico in ChileChile’s oldest racecourse is one of the world’s most beautiful. The Club Hipico’s palatial complex is a vast green oasis at the south east of Santiago’s bustling city centre. Since its construction almost a century ago, it has ranked as one of the architectural highlights of the Thoroughbred world – imaginative, picturesque and almost miraculously preserved.

Long-Time Woodbine Annoucer Loiselle Honored Nov 13, 2015

Dan Loiselle has countless memories of his career at Woodbine, but asked to recall his first-ever experience with horse racing and the longtime announcer offers a lengthy pause.

For those that know him well, it’s a fitting response.

Globetrotter Mondialiste Likely on to Hong Kong Nov 12, 2015

Mondialiste Winning Ricoh Mile at WoodbineHong Kong: Mondialiste, who came close to his biggest win when second in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland last month, could continue his world tour with a trip to Sha Tin for the Longines Hong Kong Mile on December 13.

Golden Horn Cleans Up at Cartier Awards Ceremony Nov 11, 2015

Cartier Awards 2015Golden Horn, the Investec Derby and Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner, cemented what was an almost perfect season when he was crowned Cartier Horse of the Year at the 25th Cartier Racing Awards in London on Tuesday night.

Horses Helping Veterans Heal in Aiken and Saratoga Springs Nov 11, 2015
Veteran and Horse at Saratoga War HorseAs Matthew Shepherd locked eyes with a thoroughbred race horse, the world suddenly stopped.
 
The stress of lost job opportunities, strained relationships at home and visions of civilian casualties in Iraq all seemed to melt away with the falling rain this week at the Equine Rescue of Aiken for the disabled Army veteran.

Dean Towers TDN Op/Ed: Fantasy Sports & Horse Racing Nov 10, 2015

Fantasy Sports LogoI have played fantasy sports since I was a kid. I (like many of you, I suspect) enjoyed season-long leagues with friends; making trades, playing head-to-head and watching the box scores each day or week to see how my players were doing. It was always fun, a bit of a brain stretch, and we as a group had a good time. Recently, the season-long league fantasy phenomenon has branched out.

Open Letter on Horse Racing Integrity: Do or Die Nov 09, 2015
Coalition for Horse Racing IntegrityOver the past three years at Racing Future, we have been very proud of the advocacy work we have undertaken for horse racing worldwide. As part of these efforts we have promoted many initiatives such as the best horse racing marketing ideas, Horses Art and Fashion, and the connection between horses and human health.
Golden Horn Tops 2015 Cartier Award Finalists Nov 07, 2015

Golden Horn after Arc victoryNominees for the 2015 Cartier Racing Awards were announced Nov. 6, with Horse of the Year to be decided amongGolden Horn, Legatissimo, Muhaarar, and Solow.

Champion Shared Belief 'Happy to be Back' Nov 06, 2015

Shared Belief & Mike SmithChampion Shared Belief on Thursday returned to the track at Golden Gate Fields, jogging leisurely as he prepares to come back from an injury he suffered in April.

Popular Champ Take Charge Brandi Sells for $6M Nov 05, 2015

Take Charge Brandi in Ring at KeenelandThe sale of 14 seven-figure horses, led by the $6 million paid for champion Take Charge Brandi and a North American weanling record of $3.2 million bid for a War Front filly, highlighted a day of strong trade that resulted in substantial gains in gross, average and median prices on Tuesday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

Horse Boy Foundation: Equine Therapy Helps Autistic Children Nov 04, 2015
When Sheryl Barto saw the movie “Horse Boy,” it struck a deep chord, and she knew she had to get involved.
 
The movie chronicles an autistic boy and his family’s journey to Mongolia to visit a shaman in search of a cure for autism. But more important to Barto, the story is about how horses opened a line of communication between the boy and his family, she said.
 
Mongolian Owners & Trainer Make Big Splash at Breeders' Cup Nov 04, 2015

Mongolian Connections in Breeders' Cup Winner's CircleWhile Triple Crown winner American Pharoah with jockey Victor Espinoza won the Breeders Cup Classic on Halloween day at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky, a big story had unfolded earlier in the day with some interestingly dressed men from a far away land.

100-1 Prince Of Penzance Wins Melbourne Cup Nov 03, 2015
Prince Of Penzance scored the unlikeliest of victories in the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) Nov. 3 at Flemington, as the 100-1 shot carried the first female jockey to victory in the history of Australia's most famous race. 
 
Week in Review, November 2, 2015 Nov 02, 2015

American Pharoah Romps in Breeders' Cup Classic

The 32nd Breeders' Cup highlighted North American racing while Australians were riveted by the Victoria Derby Day card at Flemington.

Stopcharginmaria Highlights Breeders' Cup Friday at Keeneland Oct 31, 2015

As the sun rose on Friday morning the temperature slowly climbed into the 40s, but the cold did not stop thousands of people from filling up Keeneland for the first day of Breeders’ Cup racing.

Of the 11 races at Keeneland, four of them were Breeders’ Cup races – the juvenile turf, dirt mile, juvenile fillies turf and the Distaff.

Pin Oak Stud's Abercrombie Has Built a Legacy in Kentucky Education Oct 30, 2015

Josphine Abercrobie at Pin Oak StudOut of town visitors for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup probably know that Lexington and the Central Kentucky region is known for it national championship college basketball teams, smooth bourbon and fast Thoroughbreds. What they probably haven’t heard is that Lexington also sets high standards for education.

BC Mile Contender Obviously Helping to Heal Mitchell Clan Oct 29, 2015

In the quiet of those last few mornings, Mike Mitchell still came to the barn. He walked the shedrow managed by his assistant and somehow often found himself at a solid bay's stall. That horse, he would later tell his son-in-law, "Gave me so much joy in the midst of so much darkness." Waging a prolonged battle against brain cancer, the trainer held on to the things he knew best—his family and his Thoroughbreds.

American Pharoah Arrives at Keeneland; Team Reflects on Magical Year Oct 28, 2015

For owner Ahmed Zayat, the difference between American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown and winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in his final race is very clear.

"With the Triple Crown, we wanted it for the sport," Zayat said the evening Oct. 27 during the Thoroughbred Charities of America "Evening With Team American Pharoah" fundraiser. "On Saturday, we want it for American Pharoah. We want him to go out on a high note."

Picking the Right Breeders' Cup Hat Oct 27, 2015

The fields are set. The posts are drawn. Now it's time to top of your Breeders' Cup weekend wardrobe wit the right hat.

Almost every woman who came by milliner Christine Moore's display at Keeneland's on opening day tried on the same hat.Some of the customers tried on many hats, but almost everyone who stopped tried on the raspberry chapeau with a wide brim, adorned with a cluster of raspberry and navy fabric.

Filly Winx a Smashing Winner of Cox Plate Oct 24, 2015

In the build-up to the $3 million William Hill Cox Plate (2040m), trainer Chris Waller declared that Winx ‘could just be a superstar’. There’s no doubting that now. In one of the strongest Cox Plate fields in years, Winx delivered an utterly dominant performance.

Statue of Cigar Coming to Kentucky Horse Park Oct 23, 2015

Cigar Winning 1995 Breeders' Cup ClassicThe Kentucky Horse Park will unveil a new memorial statue dedicated to the great Thoroughbred champion Cigar on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Created by artist Douwe “Dow” Blumberg, the statue will be placed at Cigar’s gravesite at the Hall of Champions and features Cigar with jockey Jerry Bailey winning the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Transitions In Stride Offers EAGALA-Based Therapy Oct 22, 2015

Susanne Riemer of New IpswichThere’s more than one way to corral a horse. But what does the method we use tell us about ourselves?

Susanne Riemer of New Ipswich is a clinical social worker. Most of her career has been spent in an office, seeing one client after another.

Transitions In Stride Offers EAGALA-Based Therapy Oct 22, 2015

Susanne Riemer of New IpswichThere’s more than one way to corral a horse. But what does the method we use tell us about ourselves?

Susanne Riemer of New Ipswich is a clinical social worker. Most of her career has been spent in an office, seeing one client after another.

Breeders' Cup Style and Wardrobe Tips Oct 21, 2015

Official pre-entries for all 13 Breeders' Cup races were announced on October 21. Now that the fields have taken shape, it's time to get your wardrobe on track.

American Pharoah Dazzles in Penultimate Cup Breeze Oct 20, 2015
American Pharoah Works at Santa AnitaIn what is expected to be his second-last workout before the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), American Pharoah worked six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, at Santa Anita Park.
The time was the fastest for eight working the distance.
 
Week in Review, October 19, 2015 Oct 19, 2015

Grand performances were the norm on British Champions Day at Ascot, controversy ruled after the Caulfield Cup in Australia and the last two Grade 1's on the 2015 Canadian calendar were run at Woodbine.

Fascinating Rock Rolls Home in Champion Stakes Oct 17, 2015

Fascinating RockPat Smullen scythed through the field to become the winningmost jockey in British Champions Day history, powering to the front on the Dermot Weld-trained Fascinating Rock and landing the feature Champion Stakes.

Bring Out the Bourbon For these Breeders' Cup Party Ideas Oct 16, 2015

Salad and MeatballsWhen an event happens only once a year and offers nearly $25-million over the course of two days, it deserves a party. That party, in keeping with the status of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, should step up from standard fare.

Four Equine Therapies for Human Mental Health Oct 15, 2015

Many people find recreational horseback riding pleasurable and relaxing.  However, many individuals are unaware that there’s a therapeutic form of horseback riding [often integrated with psychotherapy] called “equine assisted therapy.”  In recent years equine therapy has garnered attention as a potential intervention for the treatment of PTSD, troubled youth, and even autism spectrum disorders.

Four Equine Therapies for Human Mental Health Oct 15, 2015

Horse and HugsMany people find recreational horseback riding pleasurable and relaxing.  However, many individuals are unaware that there’s a therapeutic form of horseback riding [often integrated with psychotherapy] called “equine assisted therapy.”  In recent years equine therapy has garnered attention as a potential intervention for the treatment of PTSD, troubled youth, and even autism spectrum disorders.

Hollywood Fashion Contest Set for Del Mar Opening Day Oct 14, 2015

Del Mar Fashion ShowExplore your sense of Hollywood fashion by entering the Hollywood Fashion Contest on Opening Day, always one of San Diego's biggest parties. Everyone is invited to dress up in their best fashionable attire. Revert back to styles from the dazzling vintage Hollywood era or go glamourous modern diva, your favorite Hollywood Celebrity or a fabulous duo from past or present.

Popular Belterra Park Pony Retires on a High Note Oct 13, 2015

Nugget and KimMost individuals on their final day of work get to take things easy. That wasn’t the case for Nugget, the beloved pony of Belterra Park’s outrider Kim Jordan. Before he was celebrated in the winner’s circle to cheers after the feature race, he proved that he still had the skills to get the job one.

Week in Review, October 12, 2015 Oct 12, 2015

Press Statement win in AustraliaThere were five G1's at Cauflield in Australia on Saturday while Her Emmyency (North America) and Air Force Blue (England) scored Grade 1 victories on their continents.

Press Statement (pictured) all class in Caulfield Guineas (G1) victory

Play Unified Racing for Special Olympics Oct 10, 2015

What’s in a name? In the case of Bona Venture Stable’s Louisiana-bred filly by Exchange Rate named Play Unified, there’s plenty.

Australian Champions Announced; Dissident Named HOY Oct 10, 2015

DissidentDissident has been named Australia's Horse of the Year for his four Group One wins last season.

Trained by Peter Moody until his retirement to stud this spring, Dissident was the decisive winner of the award over Brazen Beau.

It is the fifth time in six years a Moody-trained horse has won the honour with Typhoon Tracy winning in 2010 and Black Caviar taking the title three times.

Play Unified Racing for Special Olympics Oct 09, 2015

What’s in a name? In the case of Bona Venture Stable’s Louisiana-bred filly by Exchange Rate named Play Unified, there’s plenty.

Northern Ireland Racing Fest Offers Best Dressed Contest Oct 08, 2015

Victoria SquareFashionistas take note, the Down Royal’s Best Dressed crown is up for grabs this month.

Victoria Square will make sure style is a cert with fashionistas from across Ireland jockeying for position to be named Best Dressed at the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing.

Heart of Horse Sense Helping Vets in North Carolina Oct 07, 2015

 CREATING HEALING EXPERIENCES: Shannon Knapp, executive director of Heart of Horse Sense, takes a moment after teaching a community educational program. Photo by Krista L. WhiteAsheville resident Matthew Estridge was diagnosed with PTSD after his first Army deployment and began receiving treatment while still in the service.

Rare White Thoroughbred Wins in Ohio Oct 06, 2015

White Thoroughbred Takemetohollywood Breaks from the gateAfter a series of three straight second-place finishes at different distances and surfaces Takemetohollywood starred in a winning role at Belterra Park on Sunday.

The rare pure white Thoroughbred rated just off the pace in a one mile race and ran down the pacesetter Spaced Out late to win by ½ length.


Week in Review, October 5, 2015 Oct 05, 2015

The Spinster StakesThe historic Prix d'l Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp was won in impressive fashion by Golden Horn while in North America a slew of Grade 1 contests at Keeneland, Belmont Park and Santa Anita helped shape the fields for the upcoming Breeders' Cup weekend.

Golden Horn Scores 'Arc' Triumph Oct 04, 2015
Anthony Oppenheimer's 3-year-old colt Golden Horn, racing just behind the pacemaker, took off when asked in the stretch to comfortably win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 4.

Watch Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Empire Maker Deals Shed Light on International Stallion Market Oct 02, 2015

Empire Maker in JapanThe following Blood-Horse MarketWatch interview was conducted with international bloodstock agent Emmanuel de Seroux, who brokered the deal for Don Alberto Corp. and Gainesway to purchase Empire Maker from the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association.

Treve Goes For 'Arc' History Before Longchamp is Transformed Oct 01, 2015

Rendering of new Longchamp GrandstandIt hosts one of the most glamorous days on the sporting calendar, but Paris' Longchamp racecourse has long been in need of a makeover.

Treve and Beholder: Two Continents, Two Mares for the Ages Sep 30, 2015

On Sunday in Paris, the 5-year-old mare Treve (pictured) will run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s most prestigious and difficult prize.

Four weeks later, on the last Saturday of the month, the 5-year-old mare Beholder will take on a similar challenge when she meets American Pharoah and company in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, North America’s richest Thoroughbred event.

American Pharoah Colors Added to Iconic New York Lineup Sep 29, 2015

21 ClubOn a 94-degree day this July, a heist appeared to happen in broad daylight on West 52nd Street.

One by one, 36 colorful iron lawn jockeys were yanked from their spots outside the iconic ‘21’ Club, where they guarded the doors to the dining room of the city’s cultural, political and business elite.

Week in Review, September 28, 2015 Sep 28, 2015

Big Blue Kitten winning Joe Hirsch Turf ClassicRunners prepped for Breeders' Cup weekend in eight Grade 1 races across North America on the first 'Super Saturday', while fans flocked to Taylor Made Farm for 'Califonria Chrome days'.

Unique Light Painting Event Heading to Churchill Downs Sep 27, 2015
Churchill Downs GrandstandOn October 3, 2015 at 9:00pm
 a free nighttime community photographic project 
celebrating three decades of Light Painting will occur at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Thoroughbred Racing's Most Famed Globetrotters Sep 26, 2015

Racing is in a unique position as a global sport, with some of our best ambassadors – the horses themselves – constantly appearing in all sorts of different countries and regions all over the world. The second came after the perplexing and disappointing decision to reinstate Simple Verse as winner of the St Leger, throwing out the original correct call to award the race to Bondi Beach – as we had written last week.

California Chrome Days This Weekend at Taylor Made Farm Sep 25, 2015

California Chrome Fan Day at Kentucky's Taylor Made Farms will give fans a chance to shake hands – and hooves – with the famous stable team and the racehorse. From Nashville, the event is only a few hours away.

Legendary Black Caviar Delivers Second Foal Sep 24, 2015
Black Caviar foal 2015Champion mare Black Caviar has delivered a colt to Golden Slipper-winning stallion Sebring overnight.
 
The foal is predominantly bay in colour (brown with dark legs) with white facial markings, and one of the mare’s owners, Pam Hawkes, said in a radio interview that he has his mum’s “big bottom”.
Kentucky Downs Concludes Record Meet Sep 23, 2015

Kentucky DownsThe final day of live racing at Kentucky Downs supported a worthy cause and added a variety of fair-like events and attractions to an exceptional closing-day card, which was highlighted by four stakes.

Japan's great Orfevre inducted into JRA Hall of Fame Sep 18, 2015

Japan's great Orfevre inducted into JRA Hall of FameThough he was retired from racing at the end of 2013, Orfevre once again beat the competition earlier this week when he clinched a spot in the JRA Racing Hall of Fame. Though the two never met on the racetrack, the 2011 Triple Crown champion topped his main opposition, the champion sprinter Lord Kanaloa.

Ontario Horse Racing: Fort Erie Breaking Records Sep 11, 2015
Jockeys, trainers and staff at the Fort Erie Race Track have a lot to smile about with a record-breaking season.The racetrack has broken the $1 million wager barrier six times in one season, with the latest $1-million day this week.  
Australian owner-breeder Phil Sly credits his star filly with helping him fight cancer Sep 08, 2015
Australian owner-breeder Phil Sly with Lumosty
Phil Sly has every reason to prioritise his life. The owner-breeder has had 46 operations in a battle with cancer that has stretched from a “six months to live” prognosis to a pending five-year milestone.
 
Two Time Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, Retired Sep 07, 2015

TORONTO, September 7 - Wise Dan, who earned U.S. Horse of the Year honours in 2012 and 2013, has been retired from racing.The Morton Fink homebred, trained by Charles LoPresti, had been slated to make his return from an ankle injury in the Grade 1 $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile set for Sunday, September 13, at Woodbine. 

Horse Racing Next Gen: Jockey Sammy Jo Bell Sep 05, 2015

(CNN) —She's got a winning smile and is hotly tipped to hold the whip hand over her male colleagues in the not too distant future.

Churchill Downs has announced an extensive $18 million capital project Sep 01, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Churchill Downs Racetrack, one of the world's most recognized sports venues and home of the Kentucky Derby, has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas. 

Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah to Parade at Del Mar Aug 31, 2015

Horse racing: Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah to Parade at Del MarTriple Crown champion American Pharoah will parade for Del Mar racing fans between races Sunday, the next-to-last day of the track’s 40-day summer meeting. The handsome, bay 3-year-old, a winner of eight of 10 starts and

Keen Ice wins Travers, bests Triple Crown champ Aug 29, 2015

Before the running of the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Dale Romans thanked the New York Racing Association for capping attendance at 50,000 people—so more, he said, would not be there to boo Keen Ice after the Curlin  colt took down Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.

Wise Dan gearing up for another run in the Ricoh Mile at Woodbine Aug 28, 2015

TORONTO, August 28 - Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan headlines a list of 31 horses nominated to the Grade 1 $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, to be held Sunday, September 13, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah gallops at Saratoga Aug 27, 2015

If you blinked, you might have missed it. American Pharoah was on the Saratoga Race Course main track for all of five minutes for an easy gallop Aug. 27. It was the Triple Crown winner's first time on the track, following his arrival one day earlier.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has arrived at Saratoga for the Travers on August 29th Aug 26, 2015

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has arrived at Saratoga for the Travers on August 29thTriple Crown winner American Pharoah stepped off the van at Saratoga Race Course at precisely 3 p.m. ET Aug. 26 for his next assignment, the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) coming up Aug. 29 at the upstate New York oval.

France Galop’s administrative council okays rebuilding of Longchamp Aug 25, 2015

France Galop’s administrative council okays rebuilding of LongchampNearly four years after plans for a new grandstand were first unveiled, France Galop’s administrative council has finally given the go-ahead for the rebuilding of Longchamp.But the project will come at a cost, both financially and to the trad

Australia sees new free to air television channel devoted daily to thoroughbred racing Aug 25, 2015

The Seven Network – a key business of Seven West Media, one of Australia’s leading integrated media and content creation companies – and Racing Victoria today confirmed plans for the launch of Racing.com, a new free to air television channel devoted daily to Victorian thoroughbred racing.

Horses human health: healing horses changing lives Aug 24, 2015

Horses Human Health: therapeutic riding program sees helping as a privilegeEUGENE, Ore. – A local nonprofit called RideAble celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday not with cake, but with horses.Many people at the event said the horses at RideAble have changed people’s lives.

Kentucky Derby partners with Ticketmaster and launches new website design Aug 24, 2015

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 24, 2015) – Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) today announced a partnership with Ticketmaster to make purchasing Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets online easy and reliable for fans across the country.

Healing Horses: The Therapy of Horseback Riding Aug 24, 2015

Healing Horses: The Therapy of Horseback RidingFor 30 years, the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society has addressed needs of physically, mentally and emotionally challenged residents of our community.

Triple Crown winner to run in Travers at Saratoga on August 29th Aug 23, 2015

American PharoahThe New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will compete in front of a sold-out paid crowd of 50,000 fans during the 146th running of the Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, August 29 at Saratoga Race Course.  Contingent upon the champion colt starting in the Mid-Summer Derby, NYRA will raise the total purse for the Travers to $1.6 million from $1.25 million. 

Beholder trounces the boys in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug 23, 2015

The Del Mar crowd let out a hopeful roar when Beholder blew by her male companions in the final turn of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr.I), but even the most hopeful in attendance could not have imagined what was coming next. Watch Video

Coolmore's John Magnier among 4 new members of US Jockey Club Aug 18, 2015
The Jockey Club today announced the election of four new members: W. B. Rogers Beaseley, John Magnier, Rosendo (Ro) Parra, and Thomas S. Robbins. Beasley has served as Keeneland director of racing since 2001 and was the track’s sales director for 19 years prior to his current post.
Danish Dynaformer wins Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine Aug 17, 2015

Danish Dynaformer shook off pacesetter Samuel Dechamplain into the stretch and romped away to an open-lengths victory in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel in Canada's Triple Crown, Aug. 16 at Woodbine.

With Patrick Husbands in the irons, Charles Fipke's homebred son of Dynaformer tracked the front-runner from several lengths back second, moved to challenge at the quarter pole, and sealed a runaway 7 3/4-length victory in the matter of few powerful strides.

Conquest Boogaloo was second rallying from last in the nine-horse field, and Lucky Lindy was third.

British Horseracing Authority announces 2016 fixture list Aug 14, 2015

British Horseracing Authority announced 2016 fixture listThe British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today published the Fixture List for 2016, with a total of 1,482 fixtures programmed.

The headline elements of the Fixture List are:

Horse Racing Japan: World All-Star Jockeys Challenge Aug 13, 2015

The World All-Star Jockeys is an international event launched by the Japan Racing Association. Formerly called the World Super Jockeys Series since its establishment in 1987, it has welcomed more than 200 top-caliber jockeys from Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia and held on the last weekend of November or else first of December at either Tokyo or Hanshin Racecourse.

Triple Crown Winning Jockey Victor Espinoza Receives Pincay Award Aug 12, 2015

Victor Espinoza, who guided American Pharoah through his Triple Crown triumph this spring, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award. Espinoza will receive the award and its trophy from Pincay this Aug. 16 at Del Mar in a winner's circle ceremony between races. The Pincay Award, given annually by the Hall of Fame rider since 2004 to those who have served the sport "with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination, and distinction," originated at the now-closed Hollywood Park, but shifted to Del Mar in 2014.

Jockey Club: Microchips required starting with Foals of 2017 Aug 10, 2015
Microchips to Become Requirement for Registration Starting with Foals of 2017The Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards voted Saturday to change certain provisions of the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book and, as a result, microchips will become a requirement for registration for foals of 2017 and later.
 
Gender no issue for Shergar Cup star Emma-Jayne Wilson Aug 07, 2015
Canada's Emma-Jayne WilsonEmma-Jayne Wilson is one of the best female jockeys in the world, and it's probably the case that she gets some of the best rides available in her native Canada because she does not regard gender as any kind of issue in the sport of horse racing. The 33-year-old has flown into England for another tilt at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.
Summit planned for issue of retired racehorses Aug 06, 2015

The New York State Gaming Commission will host a day-long summit focused on the issue of retired racehorses – both Thoroughbred and Standardbred – on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

This event is designed to focus attention on the issue of racehorse retirement and publicize the current status of New York and national initiatives – including those ongoing and those developed since the New York Task Force on Retired Racehorses issued recommendations in

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan pointed toward September return Aug 05, 2015
Wise DanCharlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Sunday, Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return.LoPresti is considering the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga Race Course and the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-I) Sept.
University professor studies complex relationship between horses and humans Aug 04, 2015
Horses and humans have had an interesting and complex bond for centuries, but a New Mexico State University professor wants to explore that bond by researching whether a horse’s heartbeat synchronizes with the heartbeat of its rider. NMSU associate professor Marcel Montañez spends time with Winchester at the NMSU stables near “A” Mountain. Montañez is researching the bond between horses and humans, specifically if a horse’s heartbeat synchronizes with the heartbeat of its rider. 
Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson continues her international leadership Aug 04, 2015
Canadian jockey Emma Jayne Wilson (Photo: Dave Landry)Canada’s Emma-Jayne Wilson will captain “The Girls” team at this year’s Shergar Cup for the second year in a row.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup runs at Ascot on August 8th 2015 Aug 04, 2015
Shergar CupAt stake for the winning team is the magnificent Shergar Cup, which depicts the mighty 1981 Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner. It was graciously provided by His Highness The Aga Khan, who owned Shergar.
Shared Belief Still Healing in Northwest, prognosis excellent Aug 04, 2015
Shared Belief Still Healing in Northwest, prognosis excellentContinuing 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, according to part owner and bloodstock agent Jason Litt.
 
Horse racing New Jersey enjoys record breaking day with American Pharoah Aug 03, 2015
Victor Espinoza and American PharoahAmerican Pharoah's dominating victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes paced Monmouth Park in New Jersey to a record-breaking day.The biggest crowd in Monmouth history, an announced 60,983, and a world-wide television audience installed American Pharoah as the 1-10 favorite
Watch American Pharoah in Today's Haskell Invitational Aug 02, 2015

American Pharoah and Victor EspeinozaTriple Crown champion American Pharoah is set to contest the 1 1/18 mile Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Oark in New Jersey today.  Joining a field of 7 others, Pharoah will race from post 4 for a purse of $1.75m. Horse racing fans can watch the race on TV through NBC Sports and the race will be live streamed via NBCSports.com beginning at 5 pm ET.

Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah Arrives in New Jersey Jul 30, 2015
Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah Arrives in New JerseyTriple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived to prepare for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park.After landing at Atlantic City airport, racing’s biggest attraction was led off the plane, then escorted by New Jersey State troopers for the final leg of the journey.
BetMix Founder Dave Williams talks handicapping software Jul 29, 2015

At Racing Future we are interested in new and innovative ways to make horse racing more accessible, and handicapping is a huge part of the game that has not seen much improvement over the years.  Handicapping is what a bettor does before a race when trying to pick a winner.

Breaking Lucky upsets Prince of Wales at Fort Erie Race Track Jul 28, 2015
Breaking Lucky upsets Prince of Wales at Fort Erie Race TrackFORT ERIE, July 28 – Breaking Lucky came from last to spring a 13-1 upset in the 80th edition of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown of Racing, Tuesday at Fort Erie.
 
Racing Future Blog: What's Horse Racing's New Yoga Pant? Jul 28, 2015
The similarities between sportswear manufacturer Lululemon Athletica and horse racing should not be lost on any of us.Both are involved in global markets, and in specialized/niche activities that can be challenging to promote. Both have seen their market share contract over time for a variety of reasons and both are trying to win back and grow their customer bases.
 
Recently, Lululemon made an apparently simple marketing strategy announcement via Twitter. 
Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost in Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on Tuesday, July 28th Jul 27, 2015

Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost in Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on Tuesday, July 28th(Via the Twinspires blog): The top three finishers from the July 5 Queen's Plate will have a rematch in Tuesday's C$500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

American Pharoah: How far can one horse take the sport? Jul 27, 2015

American Pharoah: How far can one horse take the sport?Industry fans and advocates have been waiting 37 years to prove an axiom loosely applied in the world of fantasy: That a Triple Crown winner will have a major impact on the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. Sunday at Monmouth, here’s your chance. 

Horses and Human Health: "A journey to see horses as healers" Jul 25, 2015
Healing Horses Jenny SeagraveDaisy was found wandering the streets of Chessington, in Surrey. Gwen and Phyllis were both abandoned while pregnant on nearby Send Common. Ocean is frightened of women. Ernie had bitten a man’s face and was full of anger. ''I shouldn’t have a favourite,’’ says actress Jenny Seagrove, pointing out some of the 24 horses grazing in the shelter of the surrounding Surrey Hills.
Understanding customers is key to Hong Kong's racing success Jul 24, 2015
Understanding customers is key to Hong Kong's racing The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has celebrated its 130th anniversary with a record-breaking year for wagering turnover and the club’s understanding of its customer is the key to its success. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, chief executive of the HKJC, believes that things could not have been scripted better.
Adena Springs goes the extra mile for its horses Jul 23, 2015
Adena SpringsA row of modern town houses and a Home Depot looms in the distance, but things on the adjacent 400-acre parcel of land that is Adena Springs North in Aurora, Ont., could not be more pastoral. Behind the iron gates marked with an “A” is one of Canada’s top thoroughbred breeding and racing operations, that has produced some of Canada’s best racehorses, most recently, this year’s Queen’s Plate winner, Shaman Ghost.
Horses and Human Health: equine therapy and science Jul 22, 2015
Horse therapyThe idea that animals possess healing powers has been present in human lore since our hunter-gatherer days, but the first documented use of animals for therapeutic purposes wasn’t until 18th century England.
 
Jockey Ryan Moore may be off for remainder of 2015 Jul 22, 2015
Horse Racing Jockey Ryan Moore may be off for remainder of 2015The Racing Post is reporting that Ryan Moore is facing the prospect of writing off the rest of the year as he recovers from a neck injury sustained in the stalls at Newmarket this month.
 
American Pharoah in Vogue Magazine Jul 21, 2015
American Pharoah, the Historic Triple Crown Winner, Weighs His Options for One More Run for GloryWhat do you do after you’ve really done it all—which, in American Pharoah’s case, means being the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown?
 
Minnesota Seeing Boom In Thoroughbred Breeding Industry Jul 21, 2015

Charlie Smith and his wife, Terry Propps, are a team. Propps makes the breeding decisions and Smith does the training.

“Just a little family operation,” Smith said.

They’re from a little town in Texas called Annetta, but their horse is from right here in Minnesota.

Chrome to return to Art Sherman and train for 2016 season Jul 19, 2015
Art Sherman with California ChromeDEL MAR, Calif. (July 19, 2015) – California-bred Horse of the Year California Chrome will race as a 5-year-old and be returned to the California barn of Art Sherman, the trainer said Sunday on Roger Stein’s radio show.
 
Champion jockey Richard Hughes to retire after Glorious Goodwood Jul 17, 2015
Champion jockey Richard Hughes to retire after Glorious GoodwoodRichard Hughes, champion jockey in Britain for the last three years and one of the sport’s most successful riders for two decades, is to unexpectedly retire at the end of Glorious Goodwood in 15 days' time.
 
Horses and Human Health: Tiny Horse will have a Big Impact Jul 16, 2015
Horses and Human Health - HopeEven for a miniature horse, Itty Bitty Hope is pretty small. Her height at birth -- just 14 inches -- was tied with the record of the smallest horse on record, according to her owners.
 
And while being tiny may not always be seen as a positive, for a horse who will spend her life as a therapy animal, it couldn't be better.
 
Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity has announced its support for Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 Jul 16, 2015
Coalition for Horse Racing IntegrityWASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 –The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today its support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, a new bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.).
Gulfstream Park sets two Lasix-free races for Saturday, July 18th 2015 Jul 16, 2015
Horse Racing Gulfstream ParkHallandale Beach, FL – A Lasix-free race proved so popular at the entry box Wednesday that the over-subscribed field of 2-year-old fillies was split into two races for Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park.
 
Horse racing attendance surges in Britain Jul 15, 2015

Racecourse AssociationJuly 15, 2015 -- The Racecourse Association has today announced a significant increase in British racing's attendances in the first six months of 2015.  The overall figure of 2,987,103 is higher even than the amount reached over the same period in 2011, the record year for attendances in British racing. 

Equine Therapy offers new definition of "Horse Power" Jul 14, 2015
Equine Therapy offers new definition of "Horse Power"When Helen Sorensen hears the phrase "horse power", she thinks of mental health, not fast cars.Equine ability is being harnessed (sometimes literally) at Equine Alliance, Mrs Sorensen's Palmwoods farm, to provide a unique therapy helping people of all ages
Champion jockey Dettori: I have no intention of retiring Jul 14, 2015
Franki Dettori famously jumps from winning mountsDettori, 44, has been back at the top of his game this year, picking up the ride on the unbeaten Golden Horn to win the Investec Derby and following up in the Coral-Eclipse.
Hong Kong season ends with record turnover and attendance Jul 13, 2015
Happy Valley Hong KongHong Kong’s 2014/2015 racing season ended on July 12th in a a celebratory atmosphere before more than 42,000 racing fans, which represented an 8.9% increase on the same day last year.
Horse Racing Hong Kong: Season wrap up Jul 13, 2015

Racing To Win celebrates the best moments of the Hong Kong racing season with a special video montage.

Catching up with Wise Dan Trainer Charlie LoPresti Jul 12, 2015

Horse Racing wise DanInterviewed by HRRN's Mike Pena, Trainer Charlie LoPresti talks about Wise Dan's recovery and potential plans for the 2015 season.  

Pharoah Phan Phest planned for Triple Crown Winner run in Haskell at Monmouth Park Jul 11, 2015

Pharoah Phan Phest planned for Triple Crown Winner run in Haskell at Monmouth ParkWith the momentum building toward Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s run in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on August 2nd, Monmouth Park Racetrack is continuing its plans for a “Pharoah Phan Phestival” – three days of events and activities

Horses and human health: horses bringing peace and hope to veterans Jul 11, 2015

Horses and human health: horses bringing peace and hope to veteransTHE calming power of horses is being used to bring peace and new hope to former servicemen’s lives.

Charity Salute is teaming up with Barden Lane Stables in Burnley to help armed forces veterans cope with their rehabilitation after the traumas of spending time in the world’s war zones.

Horse Racing Marketing: Del Mar's success Jul 11, 2015

Horse Racing Marketing: Del Mar's successFolks at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club could see where their sport was headed, and it wasn’t the winner’s circle.

Kentucky Downs records all time weekly record for historical horse racing Jul 10, 2015

Horse racing Kentucky DownsKentucky Downs recorded $8,425,830 in pari-mutuel handle on historical horse racing from June 29 to July 5, to set an all-time weekly record, besting the old mark of $8,332,610, set Feb. 24 to March 2, 2014. The record business levels followed Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approval of 10 new wagers from the Encore system at its meeting on June 29.

Horse Racing UK: Jockey Club reports 19% attendance increase in 1st half of 2015 Jul 09, 2015
Horse Racing UK: Jockey Club reports 19% attendance increase in 1st half of 2015Total attendances at Jockey Club Racecourses, the UK's leading racecourse group, have risen by 19% in the first six months of 2015, according to new figures published today.
 
Ontario Horse Racing: Fort Erie season off to a great start Jul 07, 2015

Horse Racing Fort Erie Race TrackFort Erie Race Track is starting to see year-to-year growth and  . . . just one month into its 2015 season, the 118-year-old race track is seeing yet another spike in attendance and business.

Ontario horse racing: Queen's Plate wrap up Jul 06, 2015

Left to right: Brian Lynch, Rafael Hernandez, Frank Stronach in the winners circle for the 2015 Queen's PlateOn July 5th 2015, Frank Stronach won his third Queen’s Plate with Shaman Ghost, ridden by Rafael Hernandez and trained by Brian Lynch. Here’s Bev Smith’s story on the event, the winner and his connections.

World's Best Jockey Standings: Victor Espinoza and James McDonald in lead Jul 06, 2015

Victor Espinoza American PharoahAt the midpoint of 2015, an exciting competition is underway for the title of LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY. Leading the standings are Victor Espinoza and James McDonald, but several other riders are not far behind with plenty of racing yet to take place.

Horse Racing Ontario: Shaman Ghost wins 156th Queen's Plate Jul 05, 2015
Shaman GhostUPDATE: Congratulations to Adena Springs, Trainer Brian Lynch, and jockey Rafael Hernandez on winning the 156th Queen's Plate with Shaman Ghost! 
A special place where the therapists are horses Jul 05, 2015
Horses human health a special place where the therapists are horsesSome might consider activities involving horses as being only for those with strong arms and legs. After all, these animals are large and the movies suggest that a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood type is required to control them.
American Pharoah pointed to $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2 Jul 03, 2015

Horse Racing Triple Crown American PharoahAhmed Zayat, the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has confirmed that his 3-year-old colt will run next in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2. 

The Greatest missed opportunity in the sport of horse racing Jul 02, 2015
The great response to our blog post about the amazing two-time Arc champion Treve and her trainer, cancer survivor Criquette Head-Maarek, demonstrated once again that many horse lovers and horse racing fans believe as we do, that horses can have a profound effect on human health. 
 
California institutes new whip rules July 1st Jul 01, 2015
Horse racing California institutes new whip rules July 1stSACRAMENTO, CA – California is introducing the strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing. Enforcement of the new rule begins Wednesday, July 1.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah back to work Jun 30, 2015

American PharoahAfter three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in  :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.

"Worked like the champ he is," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said in a text message. "Cruised three-eighths."

Santa Anita posts attendance and handle increases for spring season Jun 30, 2015

Santa Anita’s Park’s 39-day Spring Meeting, which began on April 24, ended on Sunday with the track showing gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle. Combined with its 68-day Winter Meet that ran from Dec. 26 through April 19, on-track attendance was up seven percent, overall mutuel handle was up three percent and total handle exceeded $1 billion for the second year in a row.

Churchill Downs spring meet sees betting gains Jun 29, 2015
Churchill Downs' spring meet that finished Saturday saw a 2.46 percent increase in wagering, benefiting at least in part from the afterglow of American Pharoah's Triple Crown win that began with the track's Kentucky Derby. 
 
Statistics from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission -- the Central Avenue track doesn't release meet wagering totals -- show $377.87 million was bet on the 38-day meet's races. 
 
Venez aux courses: A filly, her trainer and the dream Jun 29, 2015

Horse racing Treve with her trainerThose of us fortunate enough to have horses in our lives know that these majestic animals can have a profound and lasting impact on us as people and especially on our health.

Racing Future Vault: the sport of horse racing Jun 26, 2015

 

If anyone has any doubt about horse racing being a sport, listen to this video from our Racing Future vault.

Horse Racing: Sport or Not? Jun 25, 2015

This week on Twitter. Andy Benoit, an NFL analyst for Sports Illustrated questioned whether NASCAR is truly a sport. After receiving a variety of responses, he went on to say

At Racing Future we certainly do not agree with this comment and will follow up shortly with a more indepth response. In the meantime, you can read the dozens of tweets he received after that including

NYRA Board of Directors highlight Belmont success and backstretch investment Jun 25, 2015

Outlining the success of the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival presented by DraftKings as well as the New York Racing Association's continued investment within the backstretch areas of Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher Kay delivered a far-reaching, comprehensive report at this afternoon's Reorganization Board of Directors meeting.  The meeting was open to the public and streamed live on NYRA.com.

British Horseracing Authority creates Horseracing Bettors Forum Jun 22, 2015

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today publishes details of a new Horseracing Bettors Forum, which will allow people who bet on British Racing to provide the BHA with constructive suggestions about how the sport can develop and change, for the benefit of the betting public.

Horse racing industry in New York state has annual economic impact of more than $2.1 billion Jun 22, 2015

The New York Racing Association is proud to serve as the steward of Saratoga Race Course, which, by all arguable metrics, is far more robust and sound today than at any time in recent memory. This proposition is not based on opinion, but is rooted in fact.

Consider the following numbers which are derived from a recent independent economic impact study commissioned by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency:

What does it feel like to win at Royal Ascot? Jun 22, 2015

Be in the best seat in the house as jockey Frankie Dettori rides Undrafted, owned by NFL player Wes Welker, to victory in  the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.  

Currently a free agent after playing for the Denver Broncos, Welker named his horse after the results of the 2004 NFL draft when he was not selected.

The helmet cam footage has a special ending: a Group 1 flying Frankie dismount!

Horse racing results: jockey Ryan Moore claims record ninth winner at Royal Ascot Jun 20, 2015

Aloft ridden by Ryan Moore Horse racing

Jockey Ryan Moore rode a record ninth winner of this year's Royal Ascot meeting on Friday on board Aloft in the Queen's Vase.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained 3-year-old was the 5-2 favorite and beat Tommy Docc by half a length.

Fort Erie celebrates the horse, welcomes fans with open arms Jun 19, 2015

I stood in the apron for the 79th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie with my daughter. The sky was overcast and Ellie huddled close to me as we watched her favourite horse, Coltimus Prime, win the race in a very definite finish. It was exciting – we were jumping up and down as he crossed the finish line.

Horse Therapy: Healing Hooves in South Africa Jun 17, 2015

Horse Therapy in South AfircaAgainst the backdrop of the Tygerberg Hills and fields of ripening vines and flowering plumbago, a chestnut mare and a Basotho mountain pony are being chased around a hay- covered paddock by a gleeful, shrieking horde of novice African cowboys.

Horse racing results: Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot 2015 Jun 17, 2015

Free Eagle wins the 2015 Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot despite great go by The Grey Gatsby.

 

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Horse has calming effect on cancer patient Jun 17, 2015

Horses and Human Health 

Here's a story from England showing how horses can have a great impact on human health!

Healing horses: Ed the Horse has calming effect on cancer patient

Coolmore's Gleneagles wins St. James's Palace Stakes on opening day at Royal Ascot Jun 16, 2015
Gleneagles wins St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, 2015Coolmore and partners' dual Guineas winner Gleneagles unleashed a rousing burst of acceleration past rivals and won the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) June 16, opening day at Royal Ascot.
Ride the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot Jun 15, 2015

As several international equine stars, including 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, gear up for Royal Ascot, jockey John Reid takes us through the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot.

American Pharoah parades at Churchill Downs Jun 14, 2015
American Pharoah parades at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Other than fidgeting briefly in the same Churchill Downs paddock where he prepped for the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah was his usual cool self during his victory lap for the Triple Crown.
 
Canada's Emma-Jayne Wilson in Glamour UK Magazine Jun 11, 2015

Canada's jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson (Photo: Dave Landry)Every week, GLAMOUR UK is interviewing an awesome woman in sport, as part of our Say No To Sexism In Sport campaign. Today, it's award-winning jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson. She has over 1,200 victories to her name - and was part of the first all-female team to take part in an international jockey's competition at Ascot. 

Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza plans to donate earnings to racetrack grooms Jun 11, 2015

Jockey Victor Espinoza plans to donate 100% of his earnings for the week beginning Aug. 10 at the Del Mar race meet to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation, to be used exclusively to assist Southern California racetrack grooms.

Horses Have a Miraculous Effect on People with Alzheimer’s Jun 09, 2015

Horses Have a Miraculous Effect on People with Alzheimer’sAlzheimer’s and Healing Horses

The breathtaking majesty of equine power and grace has given horses a storied place in the lives and legends of human beings. Now, a new study from Ohio State University has found that horses can also have a near-magical effect on people with Alzheimer’s disease.

American Pharoah to Parade at Churchill Downs Jun 09, 2015

American Pharoah

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah

American Pharoah will be paraded during the June 13 "Downs After Dark" program at Churchill Downs.

Phipps to Resign Chairmanship of The Jockey Club Jun 08, 2015

Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps, who has served as the chairman of The Jockey Club for the past 32 years, announced today that he will resign his chairmanship, effective Saturday, August 8, 2015. The Jockey Club’s board of stewards will meet on that day, following the annual meeting of the membership.

Jockey Frankie Dettori says California Chrome will be a “great asset” for Royal Ascot Jun 05, 2015

Frankie Dettori says California Chrome will be a “great asset” for Royal Ascot having ridden the colt in a Racecourse gallop here on Thursday. 

Crowned American Horse of the Year in 2014 after winning the Kentucky Derby and Group One Preakness Stakes – two thirds of the so-called American Triple Crown, Chrome is no stranger to the big occasion. 

2015 Triple Crown: Belmont Stakes post positions Jun 03, 2015

2015 Triple Crown: Belmont Stakes Post Positions

The New York Racing Association notes on Facebook that favoured American Pharoah drew the #5 post, which is the same spot #TripleCrown winners Omaha and Seattle Slew started from. What's your take? Do you think American Pharoah will be the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years?

Fort Erie Race Track opening day handle up over 100% from 2014 Jun 03, 2015

Fort Erie Horse RacingThe sun was certainly shining on Fort Erie Race Track for its 118th season opener on Tuesday, June 2nd.  Perfect weather, great racing, strong support from racing fans and hard work by staff and horsepeople all combined to make this season’s opening day one for the record books.

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completes final pre-race work Jun 01, 2015

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.

Healing horses: horse therapy helps people live in the moment May 29, 2015

Healing horses: horse therapy helps people live in the momentHaving spent the last 15 years around horses and people who care for them, it is easy to see the high therapeutic value horses have.

Foals May Offer Clues to Autism May 29, 2015

Veterinary researchers at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up with their colleagues in human medicine to investigate a troubling disorder in newborn horses and are exploring possible connections to childhood autism. The common link, the researchers suggest, may be abnormal levels of naturally occurring neurosteroids.

New York State Gaming Commission to issue weekly reports from NYRA with detailed explanations of rulings, inquiries and objections May 26, 2015

In response to a request from the New York State Gaming Commission, the New York Racing Fan Advisory Council today issued recommendations to increase transparency and reform Steward practices to further underscore the integrity of New York’s world-class horse racing. 

Qatar to unveil £50m British horseracing deal May 25, 2015
KingmanQatar’s royal family is poised to announce details of what is claimed to be the biggest sponsorship deal so far for British horseracing.
 
Meet Your New Therapist. He's Wise, Compassionate...And Likes To Eat Hay May 23, 2015

By Martha Beck

A cool coastal-California breeze settles in around us as Koelle Simpson and I, sitting side by side on an observation deck, gaze into a round pen below. Inside the pen, a woman named Avery* stands nervously beside a half-ton chocolate-colored horse named Ernie. She eyes him warily. Ernie eyes her back. Then Koelle gives Avery the deceptively casual, heavily loaded instruction, "Do whatever you want."

Belmont Stakes: American Pharoah works out May 23, 2015

Belmont Stakes: American Pharoah works outTriple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out for his first gallop since winning the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Friday.

Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez said the 3-year-old colt "didn’t seem like he was tired or anything" as he went about a mile.

Jockey Irad Ortiz, jr to ride Mubtaahij in Belmont Stakes May 22, 2015

Mike de Kock has secured the services of promising 23-year-old jockey Irad Oritz, jr. for Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York, on June 6.

Originally from Trujillo Alto in Puerto Rico, Ortiz is a graduate of that country’s Escuela Vocacional Hípica, a school for prospective jockeys. His grandfather, also named Irad Ortiz, was a jockey, and so is his uncle, Ivan Ortiz.

Healing power of horses: the Wild Horse Inmate Program May 20, 2015
 By Tim Hayes, author of Riding Home: The Power of Horses To Heal
 
NTRA seeking input for changes to regulations on pari-mutuel wagering May 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Tuesday, May 19, 2015) – With a June 2 deadline looming, only 14 days away, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is urging individuals to submit a comment to the U.S. Treasury Department in support of modernization of regulations relating to player withholding and reporting.

Evolution of Preakness' starters names May 15, 2015
Evolution of Preakness' starters namesComing up with a clever name for a thoroughbred can be a challenge — and not just creatively.
 
While parents simply put their choice of names for their child on a birth certificate and are done, registering a thoroughbred foal is not so easy.
 
Mighty Quinn: A Name is a Name - or is it? May 15, 2015

The sharing of new foal photos online every winter signals that we are heading into another naming season. While Thoroughbred birthdays are easy -- January 1st is the standard birthday for all racehorses born in the Northern Hemisphere -- coming up with a meaningful name for each foal can prove challenging as my great friend, award-winning cinematographer Mike Boland outlines so well in the piece below.

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MIGHTY QUINN: A Name is a Name - or is it?

By Mike Boland

Horses and Human Health: Equine Therapy Opens Doors May 12, 2015

Horses and Human HealthEight years ago, after a car accident during a spring break trip while in college, doctors told Terri Pruitt's mother to prepare for the worst.

"When it all first happened," Karen Evans said, "they told me she wasn't going to live. There was nothing I could do. I needed to make preparations."

Jockey Gary Stevens on Preakness: I can't wait May 12, 2015

Firing Line with Gary Stevens after winning the Sunland DerbyThe jockey Gary Stevens was trying to find the right words — and wondering if words would do — to describe the experience of riding Firing Line as he dueled American Pharoah down the stretch in the Kentucky Derby.

Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery talks horse racing and more May 09, 2015
SecretariatHelen "Penny" Chenery is one of the most beloved figures in the storied history of U.S. Thoroughbred racing. With her father, Christopher Chenery, ailing, and her siblings interested in selling his Meadow Stable, Penny Chenery was determined to revive the operation as long as her father was alive. 
 
Sagamore Racing is sponsor of the $300,000 Pimlico Special May 08, 2015

The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Sagamore Racing will be the named sponsor of the $300,000 Pimlico Special Friday, May 15.          

The Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special, contested May 15 for the 45th time, is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 3/16 miles. The race has a rich history of attracting some of Thoroughbred racing's biggest names, including Seabiscuit, Cigar, War Admiral, Invasor, Real Quiet, Skip Away, Criminal Type, Assault and Mineshaft.

Ontario Horse Racing: Woodbine Racetrack Casino Public Consultation May 07, 2015

The City of Toronto is looking for public input before making a decision on expanding gaming at Woodbine Racetrack. What do you want City Council to consider?

Public Meeting: Monday May 11, 2015

Please plan on attending our open house to learn more and speak about this issue. Displays, presentations and staff will provide information about the Woodbine Racetrack location, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) process for potential gaming sites, and this consultation. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and record public remarks.

Shannon “Sugar” Doyle is new voice of Fort Erie Race Track May 07, 2015

Ontario horse racing: Shannon “Sugar” Doyle is new voice of Fort Erie Race TrackWith the 2015 season opener at Fort Erie Race Track just around the corner, the Management team is proud to welcome a new voice to the 118 year old Border Oval.  Shannon “Sugar” Doyle will assume the role of track announcer on Tuesday, June 2nd.

AT&T: Kentucky Derby set new peak-hour mobile data usage record at a sports venue May 06, 2015

Mobile data came out of the gates running this year at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, setting a new peak-hour mobile data usage record at a sports venue.

From Opening Night to the thrill of the final 2-minute horse race, our customers were there to share all the Derby action with their friends and family. To make sure our customers had great coverage and could share their Derby hat selfies at Churchill Downs, we worked with Mobilitie to increase capacity to the Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

Mubtaahij Trainer: "The Belmont suits us best." May 05, 2015
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91817/mubtaahij-to-aim-for-belmont-stakes?source=rssU.A.E. Derby (UAE-II) winner Mubtaahij, who was eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in his U.S. debut, will remain in the United States to aim for the Belmont Stakes (gr.
Xpressbet to serve as title sponsor of Preakness Stakes May 04, 2015

Horse racing Triple Crown: Xpressbet to serve as title sponsor of Preakness StakesMay 4, 2015 (Washington, PA) – The Maryland Jockey Club’s Pimlico Race Course and leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, are excited to announce that Xpressbet will serve as the title spons

Kentucky Derby has highest attendance in its history May 04, 2015

It was ideal weather for the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands as a record 170,513 fans, the highest attendance in Derby history, watched American Pharoah take home the garland of roses in the final stretch. Prior attendance record of 165,307 was set in 2012 when I’ll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby.  

Post Positions comments for 141st Kentucky Derby May 01, 2015

Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – “It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going to talk to Elvis [Trujillo] about.”

Stacie Clark: The First Lady of Thoroughbred Aftercare Apr 30, 2015

Stacie Clark after winning the 2014 Media Eclipse Award as Producer of Saratoga Warhorse

It’s easy to see why Stacie Clark should be called the "First Lady of Thoroughbred Aftercare.” Humble and motivated, her dedication and compassion has brought her to the top of her profession.

Kentucky Derby: 22 confirmed entries Apr 29, 2015

Through various sources, the Churchill Downs communications team has confirmed that 22 horses are known to have been entered in Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

Technology and Passion: Ontario Equine Vets Showing the Way Apr 24, 2015

If, as Dr Michele Travers says, "a veterinarian's best friend is an x-ray machine," Itzhoweeroll's best friends are the passionate and tech-savvy Ontario veterinarians in this video who, along with his original owners, help "Roller" move on from horse racing.

Ontario horse racing industry is vital to rural communities across Province Apr 23, 2015
In the 2015 Budget, under the title of "Enabling Long-Term Success for Ontario’s Horse Racing Industry," the Ontario Government outlined its plans for horse racing by first acknowledging that "The horse racing industry is vital to rural communities across Ontario and is an important part of Ontario’s rich heritage. The industry supports rural jobs and economic development in the agricultural sector, particularly as they relate to the horse breeding sector."
 
The Chapter on the horse racing industry continues:
 
Horse racing slow motion from Earth Unplugged Apr 23, 2015

A great video to post in the lead up to the Triple Crown, showing just how well-designed horses are for galloping.

Royal Ascot headlined by "America's Horse" California Chrome and Hong Kong’s Able Friend Apr 22, 2015
California Chrome388 entries representing 10 countries have been received for the eight Group One races to be staged at Royal Ascot this year headlined by “America’s Horse,” California Chrome (Art Sherman) and the world’s best miler, Hong Kong’s Able Friend (John Moore). 
 
Annual results reveal US$595m dividend for British racing over time Apr 21, 2015
Annual results reveal US$595m dividend for British racingThe Jockey Club today announced its annual results, which reveal that the largest commercial group in British horseracing grew its business to record leve
Chris Antley, King Leatherbury, Lava Man and Xtra Heat elected to National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame Apr 20, 2015
Lava Man
Jockey Chris Antley, trainer King Leatherbury and the racehorses Lava Man and Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in the contemporary category. The electees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.
 
New feed and no raceday medication for Kentucky Derby Contender Mubtaahij Apr 18, 2015

Mubtaahij

The new experience of shipping Gr1 Kentucky Derby contender Mubtaahij from Dubai to Kentucky has required improvising from trainer Mike de Kock—but when it comes to racing without raceday medication, the respected South African-based conditioner will not change the Dubawi colt’s routine.

Construction to begin this summer on Keeneland quarter-horse track Apr 14, 2015
Construction to begin this summer on Keeneland quarter-horse track
Keeneland has chosen a site in Corbin for a quarter-horse track and entertainment venue that will feature year-round simulcasting of races from elsewhere and hundreds of historical racing terminals, similar to slot machines. 
 
Lexie Lou Named Canada's 2014 Horse of Year Apr 11, 2015

Lexie Lou Named Canada's 2014 Horse of Year

Gary Barber's Lexie Lou was named Canada's 2014 Horse of the Year the evening of April 10 during Sovereign Award presentations at Woodbine near Toronto.

Grand National Festival, one of world's largest horse racing events, starts at Aintree Racecourse Apr 09, 2015

Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse

Aintree kicks off today with bookies expecting horse racing fans to splash out £200million in a huge betting bonanza on the nation’s favourite event.

More than 150,000 racegoers are expected to descend on Liverpool’s iconic course for the three day meet, kicking off with Grand Opening Day today.

Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux will run in Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick Apr 07, 2015
Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux will run in Saturday's Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick
Ed Dunlop will run three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux in Saturday's Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick where he will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
 
Premier Kathleen Wynne commits to integrating horse racing with the overall provincial gaming strategy Apr 04, 2015

In early March, 2013, after only 15 days in the Legislature, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a new way forward for Ontario horse racing that included transitional funding and the committment to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.

Advocacy Apr 03, 2015

April 4th 2015 . . .Over the last few days, many elected officials and lobbyists have approached Racing Future for information about the sport of horse racing in Ontario. Consequently, we are re-posting the components of our advocacy, which began in 2012 during the closure of the Slots at Racetrack Program. We invite those legislators and lobbyists who are interested in backgrounders to read through these materials; we welcome all questions, comments, and ideas.

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Sport of Horse Racing in 2015: What would E.P. Taylor do? Apr 02, 2015

In Canada, E.P. Taylor is known for his marketing and business acumen as well as his retailing genius which helped him create Argus Corporation, one of Canada’s largest conglomerates. In its day, Argus included, amongst many other entities, Canadian Breweries Limited (now part of Molson Coors), Standard Broadcasting (a current owner of Sirius Radio), and Dominion Stores (one of Canada’s largest national grocery chains, now part of Metro). That Mr.

Horses and Human Health: prison inmates training horses Apr 02, 2015

FLORENCE, Ariz. - They are a symbol of the American West; wild horses, mustangs that roam over public lands in states like California, Nevada, and here in Arizona.

Those mustangs are rounded up several times a year because of swelling populations; now some of them are being put to work to patrol our country's borders.

The horses are broken by cowboys, but not the cowboys you might expect. They are inmates at the Department of Corrections prison in Florence.

Old Friends Farm Sixth Annual Hats Off to the Horses -- The Road to the Derby Mar 31, 2015

Horse Racing You And I at Old Friends FarmGEORGETOWN, KY - MARCH 31, 2015  -- On April 1, the final hat in the six-month online charity auction "Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" will go the block, generating funds for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.

Globetrotting Alan Garcia sees international opportunities for Canadian jockeys Mar 30, 2015
Jockey Alan Garcia in Saudi Arabia
Born in Lima, Peru, Thoroughbred jockey Alan Garcia has ridden some of the best horses at tracks all over the world. In a career with over $78m earned in purses and almost 1,500 victories in including the Belmont Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup, and the Arlington Million, Garcia has shown he is open to new experiences. Witness his recent adventure in Saudi Arabia.
Horse racing results: Prince Bishop wins Dubai World Cup Mar 28, 2015

Horse racing results: Prince Bishop wins Dubai World CupWith a huge crowd at Meydan cheering and jubilantly throwing their racing programmes in the air, Godolphin’s Prince Bishop (IRE) unleashed the run of his eight-year-old life to defeat American challengers California Chrome (USA) and Lea (USA) in the 20th anniversary renewal of the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

Therapists share healing powers of horses at international EAGALA conference Mar 27, 2015
Therapists share healing powers of horses at international EAGALA conference
FARMINGTON — Psychiatrist Julia Temple has been seeking ways to lift her professional practice, and when she attended an equine-assisted therapy workshop Thursday, the horses all but threw the answer in her face.
 
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves Regulation for Salix-Free Races Mar 24, 2015

[On March 23rd] the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a regulation that would permit the state's racetracks to card races that would prohibit the administration of furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, within 24 hours of post time. The vote was 8-4.

California Chrome ready for Dubai World Cup assignment Mar 24, 2015
California Chrome in Dubai
California Chrome, who carries the hopes of a nation as favourite for Saturday's Dubai World Cup, enjoyed a four-furlong workout on the Meydan dirt on Tuesday morning.
 
Probable Fields Released for Dubai World Cup Mar 21, 2015

Horse of the Year California Chrome and 2014 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner African Story headline the list of probable runners for this year's $10 million Dubai World Cup March 28 at Meydan.

The Dubai Racing Club March 18 announced prospective fields for all eight Thoroughbred races on the $30 million card.

Horse Racing Australia: Vancouver wins the world's richest juvenile race Mar 21, 2015

Horse Racing Australia: Vancouver wins the world's richest juvenile race[Australia's] Gai Waterhouse equalled the record of her late father Tommy Smith as Vancouver (Tommy Berry) led home stablemate English in the world's richest juvenile race.

Will California Chrome and Able Friend race at Royal Ascot this year? Mar 19, 2015
California Chrome in the winners circle at the 2014 Kentucky Derby
International superstars California Chrome and Able Friend could both be set to appear in the QIPCO British Champions Series at Royal Ascot later this year.
 
Maryland Jockey Club Investing $7 Million At Laurel Park Mar 18, 2015

LAUREL, MD– The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that approximately $7 million in improvements at Laurel Park – including new barns for 300 horses and a new washroom – could be completed within the next month.

Despite record low temperatures during the months of February and March, one of two 300-stall barns should be completed by the first week of April, according to Maryland Jockey Club General Manager Sal Sinatra.

Dubai World Cup Promo 2015: Galloping Down Champions' Lane Mar 16, 2015

"The true story of excellence is not a story of distinction over others, but a story of self improvement." -- Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

2015 Flat Champions to be crowned on QIPCO British Champions Day Mar 16, 2015

2015 Flat Champions to be crowned on QIPCO British Champions DayThe official Championships for Flat jockeys and owners will run over the core premier Flat Racing period in 2015, starting at Newmarket's QIPCO Guineas Festival (Saturday 2 May) and concluding at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day (Saturday 17 October).

Children's Hospital Colorado researching therapeutic effects horses can have on autism Mar 16, 2015
Children's Hospital Colorado research study will look at the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on children with an autism spectrum disorder
Rebel is the perfect name for the horse 11-year-old Abby Richardson is riding for a research study on horseback riding and autism.
 
Horses changing lives of children with autism - Isaiah Forte Mar 14, 2015

Isaiah Forte, 9, flashes a brilliant smile from the horse he’s riding. Diagnosed at 2 with autism, Forte for years had difficulty communicating and connecting with others.

Georgia Horse Racing Coalition runs out of time Mar 13, 2015

ATLANTA, Ga. (March 13, 2015) – The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition ran out of time to bring SR 135, a Senate Resolution to allow for a constitutional amendment to allow Georgians to vote on the legalization of horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering and bring one of America’s oldest sports to Georgia.

Needing to secure just two more Senate votes to win the 38 votes required for a two-thirds majority in the Senate, time ran out to bring the resolution to the Senate floor by the March 13th crossover date.

Horse and jockey: two parts of a racing machine Mar 12, 2015
Cheltenham Festival 2015
Alone they are nothing. Together, they can be something to which nothing else in sport can compare. Two discrete parts of the same high-speed machine; one brute power, the other the intellect.
 
This is jockey and mount, man and animal, a relationship like no other.
 
Ontario horse racing: Woodbine to change to Tapeta surface in 2016 Mar 11, 2015
TORONTO, March 11, 2015 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced Tapeta will be installed on Woodbine’s one-mile main track in time for the 2016 Thoroughbred racing season.
 
The synthetic surface will replace Polytrack, which has been in place since August of 2006.
 
Horse Racing Betting: What is a carryover? Mar 09, 2015
If you are new to the sport of horse racing, you may not know that at one track in North America, you could place a 20 cent bet and win $766,642 this week. That’s correct, for less than a quarter, you could win over $750k! 

How is this even possible? 

It’s available through what is called a pick 6 wager and a “carryover” pool. 

Shared Belief wins $1 million Santa Anita Handicap Mar 07, 2015

Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - If ever there was a lock to win a horse race then Shared Belief was that horse in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

Shared Belief, trained and co-owned by Jerry Hollendorfer, went off as the 3-10 favorite versus 12 rivals with Moreno a distant 9-1 second choice. The 4- year-old gelding, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, further established himself as the best thoroughbred in training with a convincing victory in the 1 1/4-mile Big 'Cap.

Saratoga Race Course generates $237 million economic impact Mar 06, 2015

Saratoga Race Course generates $237 million economic impact SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., March 6, 2015 - The annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course generates $237 million in economic activity and nearly 2,600 jobs across the greater Capital Region, according to the findings of a study released today by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

Georgia Horse Racing Constitutional Amendment Surges Out of Starting Gate Mar 05, 2015 ATLANTA, Ga. (March 6, 2015) – Horse racing in Georgia is closer to the winner’s circle after a constitutional amendment to allow voters to decide to permit racing with pari-mutuel wagering was voted out of a Senate committee Wednesday.
Horse Racing: Learning the Game Mar 03, 2015

Horse Racing: Get in the Game

Becoming a Horseplayer

International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has published its annual top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races Mar 03, 2015

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has published its annual top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races. The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, an average of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings ratings of the first four placed horses in each of the past three years. The top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races also serve as the base of an annual competition to recognize top jockeys throughout the world. The jockey who outperforms his or her peers in these races is honored with the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award.

Australian Horse Racing: New Social Media Rules Implemented Mar 02, 2015
Australian Horse Racing: New Social Media Rules ImplementedA regulation on social media conduct for those involved in Australia's racing industry has been added to the Australian Rules of Racing, effective March 1.  
 
From Barnyard to Bedside: Horses Help Teach Bedside Manner to Med Students Mar 02, 2015

University of Arizona surgery professor, Dr Allan Hamilton is a talented horse trainer who owns the Rancho Bosque Equine Center. Realizing the important role non-verbal communication plays when training and interacting with horses, Hamilton developed the world's first program for medical students and professionals using equine-facilitated resources to improve their bedside manner for human patients.

The Jockey Club buys majority stake in The Bloodhorse Feb 27, 2015

The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced today that The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. has purchased a majority ownership interest in Blood-Horse magazine. The purchase also includes related digital and custom printing properties of Blood-Horse, the Stallion Register, and Blood-Horse’s 50% interest in TrueNicks LLC.

The announcement was made jointly by Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Peter S. Willmott, chairman of TOBA.

Mamita's Chica Feb 26, 2015
Racing Future presents Mamita Chula giving birth to her Silent Name foal at 2:30 am on February 23rd 2015 in Uxbridge, Ontario.
 
Stakes raced with 6 wins in France and the United States, Silent Name is the number one Sunday Silence son outside of Japan and is now standing at Adena Springs.
 
Two-time Olympian Carl Bouckaert supports Thoroughbred Aftercare Feb 25, 2015

Carl Bouckaert dressage Olympics

Carl Bouckaert, Chairman of the Georgia Horse Coalition and owner of Chattahoochee Hills Bouckaert Farm, has made a generous donation of $5,000 to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.

Ticketing information for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup now available Feb 25, 2015

The Breeders’ Cup has today released detailed ticketing information for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course on October 30-31. Bringing the world-class racing event to one of the most prestigious tracks in the country, Breeders’ Cup’s 2015 event will mark the first time that the World Championships will be held at Keeneland, the iconic track located in the heart of the Bluegrass region in Lexington, Ky.

North American Thoroughbred Stakeholders Issue Statement on BHA’s New Anti-Doping Rules Feb 25, 2015

A group of prominent organizations involved in Thoroughbred breeding, racing and sales in North America today issued a statement in reaction to the British Horseracing Authority’s enhanced Equine Anti-Doping Rules, which were published earlier today after an extensive period of development. The rules, which include a zero-tolerance approach to anabolic steroids, will be implemented March 2, 2015. 

Horse Racing Commentater Profile: Donna Brothers Feb 24, 2015

Horse Racing Commentater Donna BrothersThere are plenty of ways to earn a paycheck on horseback but few as unique as former jockey Donna Barton Brothers’ gig. As a cantering commentator, Brothers reports from Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious events, including the Kentucky Derby, for NBC.

British Horseracing Authority announces new anti-doping rules Feb 24, 2015

After an extensive review, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published new anti-doping rules, which will be fully implemented on March 2nd 2015. 

The BHA has been contacing everyone who may be effected by the new rules, both in the UK and internationally, to ensure that there is awareness across world racing. Part of this awareness programme includes a comprehensive Guide, which explains what must be done to be in compliance with the rules. 

Ontario Racing Commission and Woodbine announce enhanced Out of Competition Testing Feb 20, 2015
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will further enhance the ORC’s current Out of Competition Testing (OCT) program. WEG will apply for reimbursement of qualifying out-of-pocket testing and laboratory expenses through The Jockey Club’s Out of Competition Testing Grant Fund (“Grant Fund”).  
 
Horse Racing UK: Racing Welfare aims to investigate the use of equine assisted therapy Feb 20, 2015

A pioneering project is currently being trialled in Newmarket which could see the development of a world leading centre providing equine therapy, using racehorses, for humans.

The two-year pilot project from town-based charity Racing Welfare aims to investigate the use of equine assisted therapy as a means of enhancing the wellbeing of people working in racing.

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Prime Minister David Cameron celebrates the "massive success" of British horse racing Feb 20, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron celebrates the "massive success" of British horse racing Prime Minister David Cameron lauded British horseracing as "a massive success story" when he made an unexpected visit to Newmarket's gallops on Friday morning. 

140th Preakness, Owner, Trainer & Starter Bonuses Highlight Pimlico Stakes Schedule Feb 18, 2015

140th Preakness, Owner, Trainer & Starter Bonuses Highlight Pimlico Stakes Schedule

BALTIMORE, MD. 02/18/15---Pimlico Race Course announced today a spring schedule featuring 21 stakes races, including eight graded on Preakness Weekend May 15-16, and two unique bonuses for owners and trainers.

NBC Sports Radio to Present Live Coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes & Belmont Stakes Feb 17, 2015

STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 17, 2015 – NBC Sports Group, the home of horse racing, will provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races for the first time on NBC Sports Radio, it was announced today.  NBC Sports Group in 2015 will present live, exclusive coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes on NBC and NBCSN; on desktops, tablets and mobile devices through NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live-streaming product; and on NBC Sports Radio. 

Stronach President calls for Mentoring and Unity Feb 16, 2015

Growing up in Fort Erie, Ontario  Mike Rogers never imagined that,  after sneaking into the track to watch his first race as a 12 year old, he would build such a successful career in horseracing. Yet, his love of the sport and the horses is palpable. “If you had told me in Mike Rogersuniversity that the job I have existed I would have said you're crazy there's no such job.

Specialists have combined yoga with riding horses for health benefits Feb 15, 2015

Specialists have combined yoga with riding horses for health benefits

Yoga, which is speculated to have originated in India, is gaining widespread popularity in the West and in the Arab world as well. 

“EquiLottery Bill” Passes Kentucky Senate by Wide Margin Feb 13, 2015

Friday, February 13th, 2015 -- The Kentucky Senate passed SB74 today, a bill that would enable a lottery game based on the results of live horse racing, by a margin of 22 – 9 today in a morning session at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. The bill creates a new designation called a shared lottery game that builds off of KRS 154A.065 titled “Contests involving horses may be basis of a lottery.”

Great British Racing International partners with British Polo Day to grow horse racing fan base Feb 13, 2015

Great British Racing International partners with British Polo Day to introduce horse racing to new audience

Great British Racing International (GBRI) has extended its efforts to bring overseas investment to the British racing and breeding industries with today’s announcement of a partnership with British Polo Day.

EquiLottery moves forward in legislature with passage of Bill by Kentucky Senate committee Feb 10, 2015

Legislation that would permit the Kentucky General Assembly to approve a new game linking Thoroughbred racing and the state lottery unanimously cleared a Senate committee Feb. 10.

The Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations Committee passed the bill on a 9-0 vote. The legislation builds off the original law that established the Kentucky Lottery.

Georgia Horse Racing Coalition names top equine veterinarians to board Feb 10, 2015

Georgia Horse Racing Coalition names top equine veterinarians to boardATLANTA, Ga. (February 10, 2015) – Two well-respected equine veterinarians who have strong ties to the University of Georgia have been named to the board of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition. 

Horses helping veterans with PTSD Feb 09, 2015
Franklin Co., VA -   The Salem VA offers a top notch, six week, inpatient program for vets suffering from PTSD where equine therapy has become one of the more popular facets of the program.
 
John Scruggs is a combat Marine who saw heavy action in eastern Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004. . . years forever burned into his mind.
 
"When you get close to people in combat, which you do, and then you lose them... it's horrifying," said Scruggs who lives in Floyd County. 
 
EquiLottery CEO to Testify on Behalf of Horse Racing Lottery Bill in Kentucky Feb 09, 2015

Brad Cummings, EquiLottery CEO and inventor of the patented lottery game with the same name, will be testifying on behalf of SB74 in Frankfort, Kentucky on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The bill, which supports a lottery game like EquiLottery based on the outcome of live horse racing, will be heard in front of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee at 10 am in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex and is open to the general public.

Stronach Group Targets Fundamental Issues Feb 05, 2015

Mike Rogers, president of the racing division for The Stronach Group

By Tom La Marra, The Bloodhorse 

The Stronach Group remains optimistic about the future of the horse racing industry in North America and will continue to push for what it believes are fundamental structural changes needed to move the business forward. 

Ontario Horse Racing: Thoroughbred Improvement Program in 2015 Feb 05, 2015

Toronto, ON— Planning for Ontario’s 2015 Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP) is complete, following approval of the budget by the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission. The successful 2014 TIP Program structure will be maintained in 2015 with a full season of restricted and stakes racing as well as substantial awards for breeders and stallion owners. For those racing at Fort Erie, $300,000 for overnight restricted races will be reallocated to $300,000 for a 20% purse bonus for Ontario Sired horses in open races.*

Horse racing fans and horse lovers have new dating option as Racing Future teams up with Dating Factory Inc. to launch WinnersCircleDating.com Feb 02, 2015

Winners Circle DatingHorse racing is one of the world's oldest sports that offers a great social experience everyone can enjoy. DatingFactory.com helps horse lovers and horse racing fans connect with the introduction of the Racing Future Inc. online dating site, WinnersCircleDating.com.

Ontario horse racing: Fort Erie to open June 2nd with 80th Prince of Wales Stakes on July 28th Jan 29, 2015
Ontario horse racing: 2015 season at Fort Erie to open June 2nd with 80th Prince of Wales Stakes on July 28thFort Erie Race Track has received approval from the Ontario Racing Commission to extend its racing season by two weeks resulting in a 40 day meet for 2015.
Global equine stars in nominations posted for 20th Dubai World Cup Jan 27, 2015
Many well-known global equine stars head the nomination list for the 20th Dubai World Cup to be held at Meydan Racecourse on March 28th 2015.
 
From the United States, 2014 Horse of the Year, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome is on the list alongside Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist. They are joined by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, and Champion Older Male and Champion Turf Horse of 2014, Main Sequence. 
Therapy horse joining Los Angeles Police Dept to help trauma victims cope Jan 26, 2015

Horse joining Los Angeles Police Dept to help trauma victims cope

A miniature therapy horse named Valor is joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to “heal hearts and bring smiles to hurting people” who have suffered traumatic incidents, officials said.

California Chrome: Horse Racing Ambassador for Home State Jan 24, 2015
Horse of the Year if great Horse Racing AmbassadorThe horse with the ideal name has become the perfect ambassador for California Thoroughbred breeding.
 
Japan's Just A Way is the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse Jan 21, 2015

Japan's Just A Way is the 2014 Longines World's Best RacehorseAs the Official Partner and Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, Longines is proud to have presented the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony for the second year, following the inaugural event held in December 2013 during the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races.

Hong Kong Jockey Club: Staying in touch with the tech game benefits our customers Jan 18, 2015

Screenshot from Hong Kong Jockey Club's Racing Touch App

By Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO, Hong Kong Jockey Club 

2014 Eclipse Award Horse of The Year: California Chrome Jan 18, 2015

Horse of the YearEclipse Award Horse of The Year: California Chrome

California Chrome           

Voting: California Chrome, 143; Main Sequence, 53; Bayern, 36; Shared Belief, 12; Untapable, 11; Wise Dan, 6; Adelaide (IRE), 1; Take Charge Brandi, 1. Voter Abstentions, 2.

 

3-year-old male

California Chrome           

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports will kick off at Gulfstream and Santa Anita on Feb 7th Jan 15, 2015

The Jockey Club and FOX Sports 1 today announced that The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will kick off its 2015 season with the $500,000 Donn Handicap from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., and the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday, February 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST.

Mucho Macho Man Trainer Kathy Ritvo to speak at Gulfstream Jan 14, 2015

Mucho Macho Man Trainer Kathy Ritvo to speak at Gulfstream

Heart transplant recipient Kathy Ritvo, the first female to train a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, will be the keynote speaker Friday morning at the ThoroFan Awards Breakfast in Gulfstream Park’s Ten Palms Restaurant.

Horses helping people: horse helps 8-year-old learn to walk Jan 14, 2015

TREE House of Greater St. Louis – formerly Therapeutic Horsemanship – provides hippotherapy (horse therapy) for patients with a variety of disabilities including veterans, autism, Down syndrome and stroke.

TREE stands for therapy, recreation, education, exploration. Located in St. Charles County south of Wentzville, the facility provides occupation, physical and speech therapy all centered around horses.

Hong Kong jockeys facing off in showjumping at Masters Grand Slam Indoor Series Jan 14, 2015

Hong Kong jockeys facing off in showjumping at Masters Grand Slam Indoor Series

They've locked horns on the racetrack for the past year, now Hong Kong's two top jockeys, Zac Purton and Joao Moreira, will take their rivalry to another level when they compete in a sideshow at February's Longines Hong Kong Masters showjumping event.

The $500k horse racing prize that is only available to women Jan 12, 2015

A new campaign has been launched to bring more women into the world of competitive horse racing – and it is working. The initiative, run by the Gold Coast's prestigious Magic Millions race, provides $500,000 in extra prize money for the top four female-owned horses in the competition. Regardless of where each horse finishes in the race, the fastest four horses owned and trained by women will receive a share of the $500,000 prize.

Team Chrome at Santa Anita for Vox Populi celebration Jan 11, 2015

Team Chrome at Santa Anita for Vox Populi celebration

Less than four hours after superstar California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:11.60 at Los Alamitos on Saturday, his connections were on-hand at Santa Anita to participate in a poster signing as anticipation builds for “Chrome’s” 4-year-old debut in the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7.

Closing out The Year of The Horse through celebration of art Jan 09, 2015

Ending The Year of The Horse through celebration of artOver a billion people in China and millions around the world will celebrate the first day of the Chinese New Year on February 18-19, 2015, which marks the end to The Year of The Horse and the start of The Year of The Sheep.

Legislation to allow EquiLottery game filed in Kentucky Jan 09, 2015

Legislation to allow EquiLottery game filed in KentuckyAccording to the Courier-Journal, legislation was filed Thursday in the Kentucky State Senate by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) that clarifies the statutory foundation for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the excitement of live horse racing.

Gentildonna is Japan's Horse of The Year & Best Older Filly for 2014 Jan 07, 2015
Gentildonna is Japan's Horse of The Year & Best Older Filly for 2014Gentildonna is a double winner in the Japan Racing Association Awards for 2014. Gentildonna won both the Japan Racing Association's Horse of the Year for 2014 and Best Older Filly or Mare award. Gentildonna dominated the voting for the Horse of the Year award with 231 votes out of 285.
Ramseys Top Leading North American Breeders List for 2014 Jan 06, 2015

Ramseys Top Leading North American Breeders List for 2014For a second consecutive year, Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2014 with $10,412,411 in earnings, according to statistics released today by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

New York, Stronach, Churchill must join and lever strengths for fan rebuild Dec 31, 2014
Horseracing: New York, Stronach, Churchill must join and lever strengths for fan rebuildRacing Future was founded with the goal of inspiring a new generation of fans to participate in horse racing.
Eclipse Awards to be held January 17th 2015 Dec 30, 2014

Eclipse (1 April 1764 – 26 February 1789) by George Stubbs

The Eclipse Awards will be presented at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 17th 2015. Finalists will be announced on HRTV on January 7th.

Qatar signs 10-year partnership with Goodwood Racecourse Dec 22, 2014
Qatar signs 10-year partnership with Goodwood RacecourseIn the largest sponsorship deal in British racing history, Qatar has created a new 10-year partnership with Goodwood Racecourse. Starting in the 2015 season, this partnership will create the Qatar Goodwood Festival which will see over £2 million going into prize money for eight key races.
Horse Racing Ireland 2015 budget released with €5 million prize-money increase Dec 20, 2014

The establishment of a new Racecourse Capital Development Fund of over €100 million, an increase of €5 million in prize-money next year, enhanced integrity funding and further reductions in owners’ and trainers’ administrative costs were the key features of Horse Racing Ireland’s 2015 budget, which was approved by the Board at their meeting on Thursday December 18th.

Healing horses provide physical and emotional gifts Dec 18, 2014 At The Right Step Therapeutic Riding program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, clients with health challenges are empowered by horses who also h
Horse racing lottery to partner with AmTote Dec 18, 2014

EquiLottery and AmTote are announcing a newly formed strategic relationship that will make AmTote the preferred tote provider for EquiLottery moving forward. This agreement gives lottery companies and vendors a fully ready implementer to allow seamless integration into racetrack pools essential to the EquiLottery gameplay structure.

Literacy program using horses to help students focus Dec 16, 2014

A very shy boy spent time petting a very patient horse on Friday, and even read a book to his new friend.

It all was all part of a pet therapy program for junior high students with autism, being run at Gary Millar’s farm near Fort Saskatchewan.

While many people are likely familiar with the idea of therapy dogs or even therapy cats, it may come as a surprise that horses are also being increasingly used to help children with disabilities.

Gary Millar runs a horse therapy program for children, including those with autism, at his farm near Fort Saskatchewan. 

Equibase Now Providing Leaders Lists by Foal Crop Dec 15, 2014

Ever wonder which horse was the greatest of its foal crop - which horse earned the most, won the most races, or had the most stakes wins among its foal crop?

The answers to these questions, plus easy access to much more data of this type, is now available with the introduction of leaders’ lists by foal crop in the Stats Central section on equibase.com.

Ryan Moore receives inaugural Longines World’s Best Jockey Award Dec 13, 2014

British jockey Ryan Moore was honoured as the inaugural recipient of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award during a ceremony at the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, held 12 December 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

New York Racing Association releases 2015 racing dates Dec 12, 2014

With the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course as its glittering centerpiece, the New York Racing Association has released its racing calendar for 2015, which calls for 251 days of live thoroughbred action at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

The Saratoga meet, anchored by the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 8 and the 146th edition of the Grade 1 Travers on August 29, will begin on Friday, July 24 and conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, with racing conducted six days a week, Wednesday through Monday.

Horse racing continues to be UK’s 2nd most popular sport after football Dec 12, 2014

Top 10 events by attendance includes 4 horse racing festivals

The UK’s golden decade of sport continued to captivate the nation in 2014, with attendances of over 67m at professional sports events, according to analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group.

Longines Hong Kong International Races set to run Dec 14th Dec 11, 2014

Barrier draws are complete for the Longines Hong Kong International Races, which are set to run on Sunday, December 14th at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Horse racing symposium looks at various topics on first day Dec 10, 2014

The 41st Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming got underway on Tuesday at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson with a full day of sessions covering a wide variety of topics.

The impact of small fields in races was the subject of the first two panel discussions and speakers detailed how a decline in foaling rates resulted in declines in horses competing at the track.

Ontario horse racing: Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle retiring Dec 09, 2014

TORONTO, December 9 - Track announcer Dan Loiselle, the voice of Canadian horse racing, announced today that he will call his last race at Woodbine Racetrack on May 31, 2015, bringing a 29-year career as thoroughbred race caller to a close.

Handicapping software: how can a computer predict the result of a horse race? Dec 08, 2014

By Dave Williams, Betmix

Analyzing the data is the key to solving the puzzle

Horse Racing Ireland: Sole Power wins Horse of the Year Dec 08, 2014

Horse Racing Ireland: Sole Power wins Horse of the Year

Sole Power was honoured with the coveted Horse of the Year crown at the 12th Horse Racing Ireland Awards staged at Leopardstown.

On-Track Handle Up 36% & 13% Overall for Gulfstream's Claiming Crown Dec 06, 2014

Handle during Gulfstream Park's Claiming Crown Day was up 36 percent on-track and 13.1 percent overall over last year's event.

Just over $10m was wagered on Saturday's Claiming Crown program compared to $8.8 million in 2013-2014.

Globalized horse racing and Hong Kong Dec 05, 2014
Nowadays, thoroughbreds just fly.Nowadays, thoroughbreds just fly.
Lexie Lou's star shines bright Dec 05, 2014

Horse Racing Canada: Lexie Lou's star shines brightBy Katie Lamb

When the curtain comes down on the 2014 thoroughbred-racing season at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday evening, capping off a year filled with many highs, it will be Lexie Lou who stole the show.

Healing horses: hospital patients comforted by horses Dec 04, 2014

Healing horses: hospital patients comforted by horses

CHICAGO -- Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

New York Racing Association has first operating surplus in 13 years Dec 04, 2014

Horse Racing Sustainability: New York Racing Association has first operating surplus in 13 yearsThe New York Racing Association will conclude the year with its first operating budget surplus in 13 years, Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher Kay announced at the most recent public Board of Directors meeting in Midtown Manhattan.

CVC Capital Partners agree to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming Dec 04, 2014

Global private equity and investment advisory firm, CVC Capital Partners (CVC), has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet), from Sky Plc (Sky) in a transaction that values Sky Bet at £800 million. The price represents a multiple of approximately 15x EBITDA for the 12 months ended 30 June 2014, reflecting Sky Bet's record of strong growth and high cash generation.

Catching up with Gordon Lord Byron as he heads to Hong Kong Dec 03, 2014

Gordon Lord Byron

Trainer Tom Hogan reports Gordon Lord Byron in "tip-top" shape ahead of his fourth appearance at Sha Tin on Sunday week.

In three previous visits to the track the well-travelled six-year-old has finished fourth in the Hong Kong Mile at this meeting in 2012 and 2013 and was seventh in this year's Champions Mile back in May.

British Horseracing Authority appoints 6 new directors Dec 03, 2014

Another chapter in the BHA's history has begun with the unveiling of six new directors - some of whom will be relatively unknown in the sport - who will sit on the board of British racing's governing body as it implements changes to the way the sport is run.

While the BHA described the appointments as evolution rather than revolution, they mark a fundamental shift in approach for the organisation and follow the recruitment of Ladbrokes' Nick Rust as chief executive.

Decision on Woodbine surface not likely until March Dec 02, 2014

As the Woodbine meet enters its final week, Steve Koch, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group, said an analysis of the main-track surface is ongoing, and a decision on a potential surface change likely won’t be made until March.

“It’s still an open case,” he said. “All avenues are under full consideration.”

New tax regulations introduced today in UK for offshore gambling operators Dec 01, 2014

Between April 2013 and March 2014, the British gambling industry generated a gross gambling yield of £6.8 billion or approximately US$10.6 billion. The greatest growth was in the remote betting market, which grew by 22%.

Beginning today, offshore gambling operators that offer their products to the UK market are required to register with Customs and Excise and will be subject to taxation.

Epiphaneia wins Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse Nov 30, 2014
Epiphaneia wins Japan Cup  at Tokyo RacecourseThe 4-year-old Epiphaneia, racing under the No. 4 saddle cloth, scored the biggest victory of his career and did it with a 4-length margin when he blew away one of the strongest fields in the Japan Cup ever.
 
Canada's Queen's Plate star, Lexie Lou, competes with the best in Hollywood Derby Nov 27, 2014

Lexie Lou winning the 2014 Queen's Plate

Trained by Mark Casse, the talented Sligo Bay filly has notched four wins from seven sophomore starts taking the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, and $1-million Queen's Plate on the 'Poly', while also capturing the grassy Wonder Where Stakes over Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course and, most recently, the Grade 3 Autumn Miss on the Santa Anita Turf.

Inside the Irish National Stud Nov 27, 2014

Dubai Racing Channel presenter Laura King pays a visit to the Irish National Stud, home to top stallion Invincible Spirit, and finds out how they juggle breeding top horses with being one of Ireland's top visitor attractions.

Horse Racing UK: Major new community engagement initiative launched Nov 26, 2014

At a recent Parliamentary Reception, British Horseracing unveiled a major new engagement project designed to help communities across the country. “Racing Together” will see all of the industry’s community activity brought together under one banner. 

British Racing invests £6.6 million a year in community engagement activities, while members of its 22,000 strong workforce donate 6,000 hours of their time each year towards charitable activity. 

Longines Hong Kong International Races shaping up to be exciting day at Sha Tin Nov 26, 2014

Numerous equine stars from around the world are beginning to arrive in Hong Kong in advance of the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 14th.  Millions in prize money is available to be won in this series of four races all set on the turf at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Horse therapy helps couple deal with health challenges Nov 25, 2014

Horse therapy at Serene View Ranch helps people deal with health challenges

A Winsloe couple is using horse therapy to help them deal with difficult issues in their lives.

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome ready for Del Mar Nov 24, 2014

DEL MAR — As California Chrome took his first strides ever on a turf course early Sunday morning at Del Mar, trainer Art Sherman noticed his colt was acting a bit strange at his introduction to grass.

“It’s only natural for him to start looking around because he’s never been on the grass before,” Sherman said as he watched California Chrome’s half-mile work that drew an estimated 500 fans.

Horse racing Australia: Racing NSW Strategic Plan Released Nov 22, 2014

Chairman, Mr John Messara AM and Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys AM on behalf of Racing NSW, today released the Strategic Plan for the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry for the next three years.

Chairman John Messara said the plan represents a blueprint for the reinvigoration of the NSW Racing Industry into the future. 

Ontario Horse Racing: EquiLottery and Provincial Gaming Integration Nov 21, 2014

Racing Future believes that a lottery, such as EquiLottery, offers a great way for horse racing to be integrated into the provincial gaming strategy. Many questions have been asked about this particular gaming product and how it will actually function.

As a first step, EquiLottery players will go to a regular lottery counter at a convenience store, gas station or wherever lottery products are sold, and request a quick pick ticket on the next featured horse race.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing launches Irish Stallion Trail Nov 20, 2014

Horse Racing: Irish Thoroughbred Marketing launches Irish Stallion TrailKildare, Ireland – 20th November 2014: Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) has launched a new initiative called the “The ITM Irish Stallion Trail” which will see some of the best Irish stud farms open their doors in January for breeders and visitors to view stallions.

Canada's Up With the Birds to contest Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse Nov 19, 2014

Two of the three foreign-based horses en route to the Nov. 30 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400 meters) at Tokyo Racecourse touched down safely in Japan earlier this week. Arriving were the 4-year-old colt Up With the Birds, Canada’s Horse of the Year for 2013 trained by Malcolm Pierce and Irish Derby champion Trading Leather, also a 4-year-old colt and based at the stable of Irish trainer James Bolger.

Horse Racing Marketing: Discover Newmarket initiative showcases town, racing heritage and attractions Nov 18, 2014

Racehorse statue at Newmarket. This statue has been erected on the roundabout which marks the entrance to Newmarket racecourse.

Thousands more visitors are to enticed to Newmarket every year via a new initiative just launched at event held at the Jockey Club Rooms.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik celebrated at Churchill Downs Nov 16, 2014
Saturday marked an emotional afternoon beneath the Twin Spires, as Churchill Downs and the City of Louisville celebrated the extraordinary career of Rosie Napravnik, the first female rider to capture the Kentucky Oaks (twice), the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
 
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Del Mar on November 29th Nov 13, 2014

Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Del Mar on November 29thDEL MAR — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome likely will race at Del Mar on Nov. 29, according to his trainer Art Sherman, in a race that could affect the outcome of Eclipse Award voting for Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old.

Healing Horses: Injured veteran inspires others Nov 12, 2014

Iraq War veteran Matthew Drake hugs Tommy after completing a session of equine assisted therapy at Michigan Abilities Center in Saline.

Iraq war veteran Matthew Drake's life changed the moment his vehicle was hit by a suicide bomber.

Kingman named the Cartier Horse of the Year Nov 11, 2014

KingmanThe outstanding three-year-old miler Kingman was named the Cartier Horse of the Year on Tuesday evening at the 24th annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars. The Cartier Racing Awards were presented before an invited audience of 315 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England

Horse Racing Next Gen: Top Canadian Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson Nov 10, 2014

She rounds a bend, a tiny figure in a green jacket perched atop a thundering horse. Standing in her stirrups, she leans into the cold dawn. The only sounds are thudding hooves, panting horses and the low roar of jets from nearby Pearson airport.

Alone in the grandstand, Mike Luider watches the horses and riders rush past on their training runs.

“That’s Emma,” he says proudly of the jockey in green. “She’s the alpha female of the track.”

Glenfiddich Scotch fundraiser supports equine therapy program for Canadian Forces members Nov 10, 2014

On Thursday, November 6th Wounded Warriors Canada received a $120,000 donation from Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch during a charitable presentation at the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) in Toronto, Ontario.

Horse therapy helping veteran of Gulf War Nov 07, 2014

 

A Gulf War veteran has become the first former soldier in Scotland to receive horse therapy to deal with his mental trauma.

Vince Davidson, who lived in his shed for 15 years, has been given an advance trial of the treatment.

Mr Davidson, 49, from Coldstream, Berwickshire, fought with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in Kuwait.

Meydan: Surface Given Thumbs-up Following Successful Racecourse Trial Nov 06, 2014

Meydan Racecourse ushers in a new era tomorrow (Thursday) with the opening of its newly-installed dirt track for the first meeting of the 2014-15 Meydan racing season.

A racecourse trial was held at the new track on Tuesday evening, with horses successfully galloping over 1400m and 1600m under race conditions. Following the trial, Dubai Racing Club Executive Director - Racing, Frank Gabriel said: “We were very pleased with tonight’s trials. The feedback from trainers and jockeys has been positive and we are excited about the new season.

Gulfstream Park's Pegasus Nears Completion Nov 05, 2014

Pegasus, the largest bronze equine statue in the world, is nearing completion at Gulfstream Park. Catie Staszak talks to project manager Gunter Czasny and chief engineer Michael Stark about the 110-foot statue and the work being done.

Click here to check out the live feed for the Pegasus site.

 

Horse Racing Marketing: Commercials from Around the World Nov 04, 2014

Racing Future is continuing to research and curate the best ideas for marketing horse racing and growing our sport's fanbase around the world. We received a lot of great feedback and ideas for re-building the sport, which you can read by clicking here. As part of this ongoing project, we have been collecting what we believe are some of the best horse racing commercials from around the world.  Do you have a favourite horse racing commercial to add to our collection?

Horse Therapy - Horses helping RCMP officers with PTSD Nov 04, 2014

Every day, police officers put their lives on the line, but in recent years more officers are dying by suicide that at the hands of criminals. More than 30 RCMP officers have died by suicide since 2006.

That has prompted an equine therapy program in Alberta to expand to include RCMP officers suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Now it is operating a similar program to help RCMP members and their spouses in hopes of intervening before it’s too late.

Melbourne Cup: Japan's Admire Rakti remains favourite Nov 03, 2014

Melbourne Cup: Japan's Admire Rakti remains favourite

Japanese top weight Admire Rakti remains favourite to win today's Melbourne Cup which was reduced to 22 runners after English galloper Cavalryman was scratched this morning.

Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita: on course attendance up from 2013 Nov 03, 2014

With a tremendous two-day Breeders’ Cup on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Santa Anita’s 25-day Autumn Meet finished with a flourish on Sunday, enabling the track to post increases in pari-mutuel handle. All sources handle for the meet was up four percent, while on-track handle showed a three percent increase over last year.

Emirates Melbourne Cup barrier draw Nov 02, 2014

1.       Admire Rakti (JPN) (Tomoyuki Umeda) Z Purton
2.       Cavalryman (GB) (Saeed Bin Suroor) C Williams
3.       Fawkner (Robert Hickmott) N Hall
4.       Red Cadeaux (GB) (Ed Dunlop) G M Mosse
5.       Protectionist (GER) (Andreas Wohler) R Moore
6.       Sea Moon (GB) (Robert Hickmott) T Berry (Scratched)
7.       Seismos (IRE) (Marco Botti) C Newitt
8.       Junoob (GB) (Chris Waller) H Bowman
9.       Royal Diamond (IRE) (Johnny Murtagh) S W Arnold
10.   Gatewood (GB) (John Gosden) W Buick

Paulick: Bolton Challenge could give Shared Belief $1m bonus Oct 31, 2014

There’s a lot on the line for morning-line favorite Shared Belief in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.

For starters, there is the Candy Ride’s gelding’s perfect record of seven wins from seven lifetime starts, dating back to Oct. 19, 2013. If he stays unbeaten, Shared Belief is a shoo-in for 3-year-old male champion and Horse of the Year.

Then there’s the winner’s share of the Classic’s $5-million purse that would put his career earnings over $5 million.

Thn there’s the Bolton Challenge.

What … you haven’t heard of the Bolton Challenge?

NBC Sports and Breeders Cup announce 10-year media rights partnership Oct 30, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 30, 2014 - The Breeders’ Cup and the NBC Sports Group today announced an unprecedented 10-year media rights partnership extension that will keep the Breeders’ Cup on NBC and NBCSN through 2025. The agreement was announced by Craig Fravel, President and CEO, Breeders’ Cup Limited, and Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

Horse Transport: the human side of globetrotting Thoroughbreds Oct 30, 2014

Melbourne Cup contender Side Glance with his groom Leanne MastertonHorseracing is now a truly international sport with horses flying all over the world to compete on different continents for big prizes. So how do you look after a primed equine athlete on a plane, and how do the horses take travelling?

Churchill Downs investing $4.2m to enhance owners' experience Oct 29, 2014

Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to enhance the experience for owners that start horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks through a $4.2 million capital improvement project that includes the construction of 20 private, open-air, all-inclusive Winner’s Circle Suites in a premium location under the Twin Spires between the sixteenth pole and finish line.

Aquaduct showcases $3.5m capital investment on fall racing opening day Oct 29, 2014

Debuting $3.5 million in new technological advancements and capital improvements, opening day at Aqueduct Racetrack reflects $14 million in recent capital investment by the New York Racing Association designed to further enhance the guest experience and improve the quality of racing.  First post today is at 1 p.m. 

Ryan Moore leads World's Best Jockey standings Oct 29, 2014

Horse Racing:  Ryan Moore leads World's Best Jockey standings

Following the historic win by Adelaide (IRE) in the G1 Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Australia, Ryan Moore has climbed to the top of the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY Standings with 82 total points. Mr Moore is followed closely by Christophe Soumillon at 76 points and Joseph O'Brien at 72 points.

Retired Race horse program, Saratoga Warhorse, expanding to South Carolina Oct 27, 2014

Retired Race horse program, Saratoga Warhorse, expanding to South CarolinaMore than 150 veterans have found health and healing by going through the Saratoga WarHorse program.

The $1000 Breeders Cup Contender Oct 26, 2014
Don't Tell Sophia: $1000 Breeders' Cup Contender
For $1,000, a trainer might invest in a pair of saddles. Or buy 60 bales of top-grade straw, 27 bales of timothy hay, eight wheelbarrows or pay for Kentucky's minimum worker's comp policy.
 
Noble Mission provides fairytale end to season for Lady Cecil Oct 24, 2014

Some things are written in the stars, and as Noble Mission, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil’s wife, Lady Cecil, battled all the way to claim the Champion Stakes at Ascot by a neck you can’t help but feel this was one of those moments.

Emulating his more famous full brother, Frankel, by winning this race, Noble Mission has cemented his place in history after an epic battle with the Roger Charlton-trained Al Kazeem, who was the most courageous of runners-up after returning from stud half way through the flat season.

Prince of Wales winner Coltimus Prime to contest Fayette Stakes at Keeneland Oct 22, 2014

Coltimus Prime, one of the top Canadian 3-year-olds this year, will take on older horses for the first time Saturday in the $200,000 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland.

Trained by Justin Nixon, Coltimus Prime will be the only 3-year-old among the eight-horse field going 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland's new dirt main track. Local jockey James Graham will be aboard the colt for the first time and start from post 4.

Keeneland and The Red Mile to partner on instant racing project Oct 22, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — Keeneland Association and The Red Mile today said they plan to jointly develop a $30 million project at The Red Mile in Lexington to house a 1,000-terminal “historic racing” video betting parlor rather than create separate competing facilities.

The Jockey Club Releases 2014 Report of Mares Bred Statistics Oct 22, 2014

The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2014 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 13, 2014, The Jockey Club reports that 1,547 stallions covered 34,540 mares in North America during 2014.

The annual statistics represent approximately 92% of the mares that eventually will be reported as bred in 2014. According to historical trends, The Jockey Club expects to receive RMBs representing an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares bred during the 2014 breeding season.

Owning a Melbourne Cup winner: "It's life changing" Oct 20, 2014

Horse Racing 2014 Melbourne Cup hopeful The Offer

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be an owner of a Melbourne Cup winner, you should read Peter Wilmot's interview of John Bongiorno and Ross Herron. Their horse, Fiorente, trained by Gai Waterhouse, won "the Race that Stops a Nation" in 2013.

Hillstar takes the Pattison Canadian International Oct 19, 2014
Hillstar wins Pattison Canadian InternationalThe anticipated duel between British-breds Brown Panther and Hillstar never materialized Sunday, making for a rather bizarre 77th running of the $1-million Pattison Canadian International.
 
Equine therapy helps veterans with long-term disabilities Oct 19, 2014

Feet in the stirrups, hands on the reins, Karen Souza closes her eyes as a quarter horse named Rio carries her to a tranquil, peaceful place she has rarely visited.

Japan's Admire Rakti with Jockey Zac Purton wins $3m Caulfield Cup Oct 18, 2014

Trained by Tomoyuki Umeda, Admire Rakti was Japan's second horse entered in the Caulfield Cup after Japan's early favourite Bande was forced to scratch. ABC News reported that winning trainer Tomoyuki Umeda was concerned with Admire Rakti's 58kg weight.

"I wasn't sure about it,” Umeda said. “But he clearly likes Australia.”

"If everything goes well, hopefully his luck keeps going to the Melbourne Cup."

NYRA launching groundbreaking HD video page for horse racing fans Oct 17, 2014

Utilizing the latest, most-cutting edge technology to further enhance the overall experience for horseplayers and racing fans alike, the New York Racing Association announced that starting tomorrow morning, visitors to NYRA.com will be offered a special, two-day sneak preview of new, HD video capabilities.

This first-of-its-kind industry-offering will enable NYRA.com viewers to utilize a variety of unique camera angles from on and off the track. These include:

Brown Panther favoured to win $1m Pattison Canadian International Oct 17, 2014

Recent news has Brown Panther, the British-bred six-year-old arriving at Woodbine Racetrack on Tuesday evening ahead of the $1-million Pattison Canadian International this weekend. Assistant trainer Christopher Ely said the early 2-1 favourite has shown no ill effects from the trip, which isn't good news for the remaining nine horses in the field for the 1 1/2-mile turf event.

Cirrus Des Aigles favoured to win Champion Stakes at Ascot Oct 16, 2014

Horse Racing: Cirrus Des Aigles favoured to win Champion Stakes at Ascot

The trainer of Cirrus Des Aigles has revealed the gelding is "at his peak" ahead of lucrative Champions Day at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Jockey change for Ruler Of The World in Saturday's Champion Stakes at Ascot Oct 16, 2014

Horse racing: Jockey changes for Ruler Of The World in Saturday's Champion Stakes at Ascot

Jockey Joseph O'Brien will replace Frankie Dettori on the 2013 Derby winner Ruler Of The World in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Dettori had ridden the horse in his last two races, including a fine victory at Longchamp in September.

Race horse ownership explored at Ownerview Conference Oct 15, 2014

Horse Racing: Race horse ownership explored at Ownerview Conference

Some aspects of Thoroughbred ownership, from buying a horse at auction to knowing how to select and deal with a trainer, can be daunting.

UK's Jockey Club set to grow live music venture Oct 15, 2014

Horse Racing: UK Jockey Club ConcertsJockey Club Live has expanded its music portfolio after agreeing a new partnership with respected live music promoters, AEG Live, who will book artists to appear at Jockey Club Live music events from 2015 and add to the venture’s live music promotion expertise.

About Racing Future Oct 14, 2014
Racing Future Purpose

Racing Future's principle purpose or "raison d'etre" and entire marketing and communications thrust is to motivate and inspire a new generation of fans to get involved in and support horse racing - the Sport of Hope. 

Re-Building the Sport of Horse Racing from the Ground Up Oct 14, 2014

After our outside panel of experts decided on the winning entry for our Ideas Contest, I was happy to bring Mike Caggiano in as part owner of our filly Oroluce. Prior to winning the contest I didn't know Mike who owns a small business and resides in Florida. He had also never been a Thoroughbred owner. Our journey together with Oroluce proves what we at Racing Future have been saying for a long time: owning even a fraction of a horse for a limited time gives horse racing fans a life-changing experience and creates loyal, life-long promoters of our sport. 

Toronado aiming for Breeders' Cup glory Oct 14, 2014

Horse Racing Toronodo

Toronado has joined the growing list of absentees from Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.

The prospect of testing going has prompted trainer Richard Hannon and owner Sheik Joaan Al Thani to switch the colt's target from the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in California on November 1.

N.J. Senate approves bill to allow sports betting Oct 14, 2014

In a rare Tuesday session, the state Senate today approved a bill that writes into law an action that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has already taken, to allow sports betting in New Jersey.

After federal courts struck down New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state’s appeal, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman issued authorities a directive not to prosecute sports betting at casinos and horse-racing tracks.

Horses can make difference in addictions therapy Oct 13, 2014

SASKATOON – Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina say horses can play a large role in treating First Nations youth who are struggling with drug addictions.

“The horse is a very spiritual and important part of some First Nations, and culture is important to healing, it’s foundational,” said Coleen Dell, the research chair in substance abuse at the University of Saskatchewan.

Horses helping returning soldiers with PTSD Oct 13, 2014

By Lindsay S Buchanan

TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. — For wounded Army National Guard veteran Sgt. Matthew Smith, the timing could not have been more perfect when he was connected this March to Bethlehem Therapeutic Riding Stables, and the feeling is mutual.

Gwendolyn Maddrix, founder and director of the horse therapy program run out of Tally Ho Equestrian Center in Timmonsville, said when she met Smith, she had no idea working with her first wounded veteran would turn into a huge part of her life.

Horses to help human health in Abu Dhabi centre Oct 13, 2014

The healing power of horses will be used to help people with special needs, with a riding centre opening its doors next year in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital, Abu Dhabi.

The director of the centre, which is to be run by the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO), believes that horses can help people with conditions such as autism communicate more easily.

Wise Dan injured, out of Breeders Cup Oct 13, 2014

Horse Racing: Wise Dan with Jockey John Velazquez

Two-time Horse of the Year and Breeders'Cup champion Wise Dan will not run in the 2014 Mile. His owner Morton Fink provided the following statement to the Breeders's Cup:

“As you know, Wise Dan has been preparing to run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

German raider Protectionist is the new favourite for the Emirates Melbourne Cup Oct 12, 2014

Protectionist trains at Werribee. Picture: Colleen PetchTrained by Andreas Wohler, the Monsun colt was only fourth - beaten a length - in the Group Two Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield but that performance was sufficent to shoot him to the top of the market for next month's feature contest.

Champion filly Treve not retiring going for 3rd Arc in 2015 Oct 11, 2014

Horse Racing Champion filly Treve not retiring going for 3rd Arc

Criquette Head-Maarek's outstanding filly had been set to retire to become a broodmare after she brilliantly claimed a second consecutive Arc last Sunday.

Brilliant Australia retired to stud at Coolmore Oct 11, 2014

Horse racing: Brilliant Australia retired to stud at Coolmore

Australia, the brilliant winner of three Group 1 races, has been retired after a hoof injury cut short his career on the track.

Australia's Racing Victoria to roll out state-of-the-art Hawk-Eye technology Oct 10, 2014

The state government is set to announce nearly $300,000 in funding for the state-of-the-art Hawk-Eye technology to be used for horseracing in Victoria.

Hawk-Eye, embraced by many sports worldwide, is looked upon as one of the biggest breakthroughs in racing technology in years.

The financing of Hawk-Eye - to be rolled out at Caulfield on Saturday - is a joint venture with the state government and Racing Victoria.

The funding will enable Racing Victoria to fit out three broadcast bands with the hardware and software required for the Hawk-Eye system.

Emirates Melbourne Cup First Acceptances Oct 09, 2014

Horse Racing Australia Emirates Melbourne CupA total of 72 horses remain in contention to run in the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 4 after first acceptances for Australia’s richest race were taken today.

Horse Racing Lottery: EquiLottery presenting to Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission Oct 07, 2014

Horse Racing Lottery: EquiLottery presenting to Pennsylvania State Horse Racing CommissionEquiLottery CEO Brad Cummings has been invited to present his new horse racing lottery game to the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on Oct. 16 at 11:30 am EST at Parx Racing in Bensalem, PA.

Ontario Horse Racing: Update from Fort Erie Race Track -- October, 2014 Oct 07, 2014

Ontario Horse Racing: Update from Fort Erie Race TrackThe results from the 2014 racing season at historic Fort Erie Race Track have proven encouraging, demonstrating once again that thoroughbred horse racing in the Niagara region is “Alive and Kicking.”

Horse Racing UK: Jockey Club unveils sports services venture Oct 07, 2014

On the eve of the Leaders Sport Business Summit in London, The Jockey Club today unveiled a new venture, Jockey Club Services, created to provide organisations in British sport with a range of business services in which it has particular expertise, scale and the ability to provide cost savings and quality results.

Statement from Doug O'Neill on NYRA Ruling Oct 06, 2014

UPDATED STATEMENT: October 4, 2014

Dear friends and fellow horse lovers,

Three things.

Number one… Most importantly.

Fred Pope: Where's the game-changing innovation for racing? Oct 03, 2014

A few weeks ago, Apple presented its latest innovations, including a smart watch and a new way of paying for goods and services. In a short time, the company has literally changed the world with its innovations. The investment necessary to create and deliver such innovations is driven by a profit motive.

Horse racing on CNN: Can the love of horses cure cancer? Oct 02, 2014

Criquette Head-Maarek with Treve

By Matt Majendie

Twice she has been felled by life-threatening illnesses -- a brain tumor and then cancer -- and twice Criquette Head-Maarek has recovered.

For her, the secret to recovering full health is simple -- a love of horses.

New York Racing: CEO Chris Kay positive, upbeat on 2014 to date Oct 01, 2014

Outlining the ongoing reforms which are transforming the New York Racing Association into a more accountable, efficient and sustainable racing leader, Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher K. Kay offered a positive, upbeat report at today's Board of Directors meeting in midtown Manhattan.

New high-tech dirt track at Keeneland: "Wise Dan loves it" Oct 01, 2014

New high-tech dirt track at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. – When Keeneland announced April 2 that it would tear up its synthetic track surface after the spring meet and replace it with dirt, trainer Charlie LoPresti was among those openly questioning the switch back.

Technology allows racing fans to connect with Keeneland Sep 30, 2014

Lexington, KY, September 30th 2014 - Keeneland’s commitment to providing fans with technology to enhance and share their experiences at the track continues during the 17-day Fall Meet, which opens Friday. Efforts include an expanded #ILoveKeeneland social media campaign and an enhanced Keeneland Race Day App.

Shared Belief wins Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Sep 28, 2014

Horse Racing Results: Shared Belief wins Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Shared Belief was all over the track, leaving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith ticked off by the tactics of his fellow riders.

Whether the opposition deliberately tried to derail Shared Belief, it didn’t work.

Horses and Human Health: 90 year old enjoys first ride of her life Sep 27, 2014

Horse and healing: 90 Thea Murphy enjoys first ride of her lifeIt took 90 years for Thea Murphy to get on a horse, but about 30 seconds to fall in love.

Horse Racing venues & clubs from around the world Sep 26, 2014

Everyone can enjoy the sport of horse racing and have on-track horse racing experiences virtually anywhere in the world today. How many of these racecourses have you visited? What do you enjoy most about your favourite track? Share your stories and photos with the Racing Future community. 

California Horse Racing Board offers support for EquiLottery moving forward Sep 26, 2014

EquiLottery President & CEO Brad Cummings presented his vision for a lottery game based on the results of live horse races to the California Horse Racing Board on Sept. 24 and after an extensive question and answer session was met with unanimous support to move forward with his efforts in the state. A letter to both the California Lottery and Gov. Brown’s office will be sent out in the coming days to reflect this support.

Kentucky Downs establishes wagering records Sep 25, 2014

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) – Kentucky Downs closed out its 2014 live racing season on Wednesday, and the track established new records for wagering handle and starters per race during the five-day season.

A total of $15,880,755 was wagered on the Kentucky Downs races during the 2014 meeting, shattering the previous record of $12,814,967, established in 2013, by 23.9%. Field size was an impressive 10.2 starters per race.

Ontario Horse Racing: Racing to Continue at Fort Erie Race Track Sep 24, 2014

Fort Erie Race Track

Fort Erie, Wednesday, September 24th…Years of uncertainly have come to an end for the employees and horse people of Fort Erie Race Track.  Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, reiterated the government’s commitment to the continuation of live thoroughbred racing at the historic site.

Wise Dan works at Keeneland for Shadwell Turf Mile Sep 23, 2014

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland’s turf course Tuesday morning as he prepares for his next start in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on Oct. 4.

Clockers caught Wise Dan, with regular exercise rider Damien Rock aboard, in five furlongs around the dogs on the course labeled firm in 1:01.20. 

Ontario Horse Racing: Fort Erie Race Track Press Conference Sept 24th Sep 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Members of the press, employees of Fort Erie Race Track and horse people are invited to attend a press conference/reception on Wednesday, September 24th at 2:45 pm in the main Clubhouse area of the Fort Erie Race Track.

This media event will focus on the future of the historic racetrack with regards to the 2015 racing season and beyond.

Join Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Mayor Doug Martin who will be available for questions and comments from those attending the session.

Longines World’s Best Jockey To Be Honoured In Hong Kong Sep 22, 2014

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), LONGINES, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced today that the jockey with the best performance in the world’s highest-rated races will be honored at the inaugural LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY award ceremony at the gala dinner of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, which is scheduled for 12 December 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Horse Transport: Moving horses around the world Sep 22, 2014

If you have ever wondered how Thoroughbred race horses and other horses travel around the world, watch this short video documenting horses arriving in Los Angeles after travelling from Belgium for the Longines Masters Grand Slam indoor show jumping event.

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Japanese horses arrive in Australia for Caulfield and Melbourne Cup races Sep 21, 2014

Japan's Bande arriving at Werribee Racecourse

They have been a missing ingredient in Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival since 2010 but the presence of Japanese gallopers in this year’s Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) became a reality on Saturday when four horses arrived safely in Melbourne.

Game On Dude to retire from racing Sep 19, 2014

Game on DudeGame On Dude, the only horse ever to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap, has been retired after compiling earnings of nearly $6.5 million, trainer Bob Baffert announced Sept. 18.

Because of his two inexplicably poor efforts in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Game On Dude, despite his numerous historic achievements, has been one of racing's most under-appreciated horses.

Jockey Club: Study Finds Furosemide not Necessary to Realize Long-Term Racing Careers Sep 18, 2014

Jockey Club Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club believes that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication. The following essay, written by Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, provides insights into a recent study pertaining to exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and long-term racing performance.

By Matt Iuliano

EquiLottery CEO to present ‘Greatest Two Dollars in Sports’ to California Horse Racing Board Sep 18, 2014

On the heels of successful public presentations in Kentucky, New York, and New Mexico, EquiLottery President and CEO Brad Cummings will be presenting this new lottery game based on the results of live horse races to the California Horse Racing Board Wednesday, September 24. The meeting, being held at Los Alamitos Race Course at 9:30 am, is open to the public and audio will be made available live at chrb.ca.gov under webcasts (click here for a direct link) and in the archives afterwards.

Steve Koch: Investment in Ownership Experience a Significant Issue Sep 18, 2014

By Ray Paulick

Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, ON., from April 12-Dec. 7. This is the first of a five-year deal over which time the Ontario government is supporting racing with a $500-million investment, in the wake of the termination of the slots-at-racetracks program operated in partnership with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

Darley and Godolphin’s leading sire and outstanding Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry dies aged 16 Sep 17, 2014

Street CryStreet Cry, one of the world’s most successful stallions and a cornerstone of Sheikh Mohammed’s racing and breeding operations for the past 14 years, has been put to sleep at the age of 16 after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition.

The Therapist: Profiling Hippotherapist Brent Applegate, Colorado State University Sep 17, 2014

"The Therapist" follows Brent Applegate, a physical therapist who specializes in hippotherapy, which is centered on using horses to provide therapy for many health conditions. Applegate is the owner of MyHeroes, which he named in honour of therapy horses. His company has two locations: Fort Collins, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia.

Weights for the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Released Sep 16, 2014

Japan's Delta Blues (rails) and Pop Rock finishing first and second in 2006 Melbourne Cup. Picture: Wayne LudbeyOnly one Japanese horse, Tokai Trick in 2010, has contested the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup since Delta Blues and Pop Rock scored a memorable one-two for Japan in the 2006 edition.

Woodbine Entertainment Group announces “Woodbine Cares Week” Sep 12, 2014

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced “Woodbine Cares Week,” a celebration of valuable Woodbine-supported community organizations and causes that contribute so much to the life, health and vibrancy of Toronto. 

Growing List of Leading Kentucky Farms Endorse EquiLottery Sep 11, 2014

A growing list of leading farms in Kentucky have expressed their support for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the results of live horse races. This announcement comes one day before EquiLottery President & CEO Brad Cummings introduces the game to the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Licensing and Occupations Committee at Keeneland on September 12.

Fort Erie's Jim Thibert: Horse Racing is Family Sep 09, 2014

Three weeks ago I decided to take my 12 year old daughter Ellie to watch the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Erie Race Track in Fort Erie. Although I work for Racing Future and am a horse person, I really wanted to go un-announced so I could experience racing at Fort Erie the way any regular fan would.

Horse Racing Hong Kong: New marketing initiatives customer and technology focussed Sep 09, 2014

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s new marketing initiatives for 2014-2015 season are as follows: 

New digital experience – selected examples:

EquiLottery Vision to be presented at Kentucky Committee Hearing Sep 09, 2014

As part of a special equine-focused session of the Licensing and Occupations Committee, EquiLottery President & CEO Brad Cummings has been invited to present the product structure and fiscal benefits of his new lottery game based on the results of live horse races. The open meeting, usually held at the Capitol Annex Building in Frankfort, will take place at the Old Clubhouse at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington at 10:00 am.

Enthusiastic Fans out to watch California Chrome work Sep 07, 2014
California ChromeReadying for his return to racing later in two weeks in Pennsylvania, dual classic winner California Chrome worked a strong six furlongs between races Sept. 6 at Los Alamitos Race Course—his home track—in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd.
 
2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice retiring Sep 06, 2014

Dogwood Stable is announcing the retirement of Palace Malice.  A deep bone bruise in his left hind leg was revealed after an examination at Rood & Riddle Veterinary Hospital in Lexington Thursday, Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president said.

Palace Malice with Cot Campbell

Horse Racing Next Gen: Patrick Cummings Sep 04, 2014

By Natalie Voss

Equine Therapy: Horses helping veterans Sep 03, 2014

Several different cultures around the world have depended on horses for thousands of years. There are many different theories that suggest horses may have begun being domesticated around 4,500-2,000 BC. Horses have been used for battle, to gather food, for comfort, and to discover new lands. For several decades in America, horses have been used as therapy for suffers of autism, trauma, cerebral palsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other ailments.

First World War horses receive gallantry medal Sep 02, 2014

Warrior with General Jack SeelyHEROIC war horse Warrior, dubbed the horse the Germans could not kill, will today be awarded an honorary PDSA Dickin Medal on behalf of the millions of animals that served with the armed forces during the First World War.

Texas Racing Commission approves pari-mutuel wagering on historical races Aug 30, 2014

By Press Release from Texas Thoroughbred Association

Texas horsemen are pleased and grateful that the Texas Racing Commission today took a step towards saving the Texas horse industry. With a vote of 7 in favor, 1 against and 1 abstention, the Texas Racing Commission approved rules authorizing pari-mutuel wagering on historical races.

Commission staff reported that over 13,000 comments on the subject had been received during the public comment period, with about three-quarters in support of the measure.

World is watching 2 time Horse of the Year Wise Dan who is set to return Aug 28, 2014

Wise Dan is particularly special for South African racing and breeding enthusiasts, as the big chestnut is by Wiseman’s Ferry out of a Wolf Power mare called Lisa Danielle.

Horse Racing UK: Modernising the Horserace Betting Levy Aug 28, 2014

A consultation on modernising the horserace betting levy has been published, UK Sports Minister Helen Grant announced August 27th 2014.

The Levy is collected from the profits of betting on horseracing and is used to improve the sport and the breeds of horses as well as funding veterinary research and education.

The current system has been criticised in recent years for being out-of-date and in need of reform.

Schedule of "Road to the Kentucky Derby" Races Announced Aug 27, 2014

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Horse Racing UK: Scoop6 to have guaranteed weekly rollover Aug 27, 2014

Britain's popular flagship Saturday bet the Totescoop6 is set to undergo a radical makeover in a bid to create more millionaires.

Catching up with Toast of New York: "The adventure is still alive" Aug 26, 2014

The three-year-old was a brilliant winner of the UAE Derby at Meydan earlier in the year, but after three months off the track, Toast Of New York ran below expectations when only sixth, albeit not disgraced, in last month's Belmont Derby.

Santa Anita's surface renovation complete: all-natural el segundo surface ready for use Aug 25, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2014)—Under the direction of Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, Santa Anita’s one mile main track has been totally renovated and its original sand and clay mix has been replaced by a single-source natural material known as El Segundo Sand. The track, which has been closed to training since July 11, will reopen for use on Sept 2, in advance of Santa Anita’s 2014 Autumn Meet, which begins Sept. 26.

Horses Helping People: Horses are a natural bio-feedback machine Aug 25, 2014

When Marianne was introduced to Tranquil Acres, a therapeutic equestrian centre in Vars, the primary focus was on her 16 year-old autistic son Adrian. Dealing with anxiety issues of her own, she was scared of horses with no desire to ride. Yet after a year of interacting with a big, strong animal on the ground, Marianne noticed an improvement in her ability to assert boundaries and was less fearful to the point where she is now learning to ride Dory, a Pinto mare that she has bonded with.

Dubai Racing Club Announces 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival Programme Aug 25, 2014

The countdown to the 20th Dubai World Cup has begun with Dubai Racing Club’s announcement of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival programme at Meydan Racecourse.

Breeders' Cup Win and You're In: The Travers Stakes Aug 21, 2014

Saturday, August 23rd sees the 145th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga where top 3 year olds run 1 ¼ miles on the dirt track for a purse of  $1,250,000. Live coverage of the Travers will be part of NBC Sports Network's national telecast from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (EDT). The Travers has a scheduled post time of 5:46 p.m. Post positions:

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Del Mar Hosts 24th Pacific Classic on August 24th Aug 21, 2014

The TVG Pacific Classic will be the 10th of 11 races on card at Del Mar on Sunday, August 24th. Post time is scheduled for 5:46 pm (Pacific) and the race will be broadhcast live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 5:00 pm.

The eleven-horse field features 2013 Pacific Classic winner Game On Dude going up against UAE Derby winner Toast of New York and Eclipse 2 yr old Champion Shared Belief. Post positions have been drawn:

The best horse racing marketing ideas Aug 20, 2014

We're collecting the best horse racing marketing ideas from around the world. Questions, contributions, thoughts? Please feel free to comment below or get in touch at dennismills@racingfuture.com or by using our contact page.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre on Horse Racing Aug 18, 2014

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, I would tag along to the horse races with my older brother, Frank. And when I was a minor leaguer with the Louisville Colonels in 1961, I went over to Churchill Downs one afternoon. But it wasn’t until Don Zimmer brought me $600 that I became hooked on the sport.

Game on Dude

Horse Racing Editorial - Barry Irwin: We Got Game Aug 16, 2014

Ten years ago in an Op/Ed written for The Blood-Horse, I suggested that only an independent agency like USADA (United States Anti-Doping Association) was capable of bringing order to our sport by cleaning it up, as it had done with Track & Field and subsequently with Cycling. 

Horse Racing Integretation: EquiLottery is Critical to Horse Racing Aug 13, 2014

Those of us that care and are determined to help re-build the fan base for the sport of horse racing have a new product to champion: EquiLottery. This "Greatest $2 in Sports" is the best idea I've seen in ten years for implementing Premier Kathleen Wynne's commitment of fully integrating horse racing with the province's overall gaming strategy.

Keeneland surface renovation almost complete Aug 09, 2014

Horse Racing: Keeneland surface renovation almost completeLEXINGTON, Ky. – The installation of a new dirt track at Keeneland Race Course has reached the finish line.

Horses human health: equine visits boost the lives of dementia sufferers Aug 08, 2014

Horses helping dementia sufferers: Rupert with care home resident

Horse therapy is the latest weapon being used in the fight against dementia and loneliness.

Care home owner Neil Robson admits, however, he was initially horrified at the idea that a horse had been booked to visit residents.

New York Racing Association Summarizes Reforms, Progress, Results Aug 07, 2014

Noting that the "reforms and initiatives that we have collectively implemented are beginning to generate real, tangible results", The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) CEO and President Chris Kay delivered a positive and forward-looking report at this morning's Board of Directors meeting.  The meeting was open to the public, and broadcast live on NYRA.com 

Stellar entries for QIPCO Champions Stakes Aug 06, 2014

Horse Racing: Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe and Cirrus Des AiglesThe QIPCO Champions Stakes list of current entries shows that this will be a great race for fans who will have the chance to see some of the finest and fastest horses in the world compete on Saturday, October 18th at Ascot Racecourse.

Horses helping people: A Different Kind of Bridal Therapy Aug 05, 2014

Sabrina McCoy feeds carrots to Mr. Cool, a thoroughbred she rides for therapy.Sabrina McCoy is looking forward to walking down the aisle Aug. 16 and marrying her sweetheart, Tyler Farella. Her stroll may take a bit longer than most brides, but each step is a victory in its own right.

Horse Racing Betting: Belmont Park has improved handle for 2014 Aug 05, 2014

Thanks in part to a bump in wagering from a Triple Crown being on the line this year in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the Belmont Park spring-summer meet saw improved total all-sources handle numbers compared with 2013 despite running two fewer dates this year.

All-sources handle on NYRA races was $592 million, up 3.9% from $569.6 million in 2013. On-track handle, which includes NYRA Rewards account wagering and simulcast action from Aqueduct on Belmont races was $84.6 million, up 7.7% from $78.5 million in 2013.

Promising signs from 2013 Arc wonder filly, Treve Aug 05, 2014

Horse racing: promising signs that Treve is on the mend after Ascot injuryTreve enjoyed a beneficial workout for the first time on turf since her bruising Royal Ascot experience when she covered a mile on the Chantilly gallops on Tuesday morning.

Horse Racing US: Equibase releases economic indicators Aug 04, 2014

Horse Racing Economic Indicators USA July 2014

* Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races.

 

 

Contact: Rhonda Norby-Ballard, Marketing and Communications Manager, (859) 224-2856

Churchill Downs Commits to Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Jul 31, 2014

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) today became the 24th racetrack entity in the United States to commit to making a contribution to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).

This commitment is part of the RMTC’s annual track fundraising campaign, in which it hopes to raise at least $200,000 in contributions from tracks across the country.

Bill Carstanjen, CDI President and Chief Operating Officer, linked CDI’s contribution to the RMTC’s continuing efforts in drug research and equine advocacy.

Equibase launches re-designed website Jul 30, 2014

Equibase Company LLC today announced the launch of a redesigned equibase.com website that features a multi-homepage concept with user-chosen pathways for new/casual fans, regular visitors, and seasoned players / expert handicappers. The new site is more tablet-friendly and offers several new features within a clean, more modern look.

Ontario Horse Racing on TSN: Prince of Wales Live Broadcast Jul 28, 2014

TSN brings horse racing fans the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown series, the Prince of Wales Stakes. Live coverage Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on TSN, as the 79th running of the race unfolds at Fort Erie Racetrack in Fort Erie, Ont.

Ontario Horse Racing on TSN: Prince of Wales

TSN subscribers can watch live streaming and on demand coverage of the Prince of Wales Stakes via TSN GO.

Horses helping at-risk youth at Washington ranch Jul 23, 2014

Horse therapy: Horses helping at-risk youth

Raven Rock Ranch is just a few miles from the suburban communities of Woodinville and Redmond, but it’s a world of peace and tranquility. It’s the perfect setting to rescue horses and help children and adults recover from traumatic events through equine-facilitated psychotherapy.

Breeders' Cup: Election Results for Board of Directors Jul 23, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup announced the final composition of its Board of Directors upon the completion of runoff voting by the 45 Breeders’ Cup Members. William S. Farish, Jr. will serve a four-year term and Bobby Flay will serve a one-year term on the Board, while Antony Beck received the most votes to fill the remaining one-year term. At the Annual Meeting last week, Barbara Banke and Dan Pride were elected to the Board, and Elliott Walden was re-elected. All three will serve four-year terms.

Horse racing where the surf meets the turf: Del Mar off to a great start Jul 21, 2014

Del Mar began its 75th summer season on a Thursday this year, but just as it has for the better part of two decades, the shore track broke running with “up” numbers proving boss despite the opening day shift.

Whereas the seaside oval bypassed its normal Wednesday beginning in order to have an extra day to ready itself following an extended San Diego Fair season, the opening four days of the session proved solid on its ledgers even though it lost a day and a total of five races in the first of seven weeks that comprise the 2014 meeting.

New York Racing Association hosting heritage days at Saratoga Jul 21, 2014

The New York Racing Association, Inc. will host Latino-American Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 23. The event is the first installment in the inaugural International Heritage Series, a weekly celebration of global culture and heritage during the 2014 summer meet.

The day-long festivities will feature Latino music, dance, entertainment, crafts and food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion located inside the Reserved Seats Box Office entrance.

Horse Racing Ireland: industry statistics to July 2014 Jul 21, 2014

The Irish horseracing industry statistics for the first half of 2014 showed improvement across many important areas with year-on-year increases in bloodstock sales, racecourse attendances, new owners, Tote turnover and prize-money. However, the number of active owners remains a concern.

Bloodstock sales at public auction grew for the fifth consecutive year with turnover up by 41.9% from €25.8m to €36.6m year-on-year, which is the highest level it has reached since the first half of 2007.

Racehorses teach inmates unexpected lessons Jul 20, 2014

WALLKILL N.Y. — Some racehorses remain immortalized in history for their accomplishments — Man o’ War, Secretariat, and Seabiscuit, to name a few. But others live out the remainder of their lives in less auspicious ways, though their contributions to inspiring and helping others are no less significant.

Saratoga Race Course played host to 25,612 guests on opening day Jul 19, 2014

Frankie Dettori flying leap dismount in Saratoga On a perfect summer afternoon, Saratoga Race Course played host to 25,612 guests as it opened its 2014 meeting with Fashion Alert taking a heart-pounding edition of the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes and international riding sensation Frankie Dettori capturing two races on his first-ever visit to the Spa.

Horse Racing on FOX television: Jockey Club Tour Continues Jul 18, 2014

Horse racing will be on FOX television when the broadcaster showcases opening weekend at two the most popular horse racing venues in the United States: Saratoga Race Course in New York and Del Mar Racetrack in California.

Horse Racing Japan: Newly Renovated Sapporo Racecourse Re-opens Jul 17, 2014

Horse racing Japan Sapporo racecourse Turfside seatsSapporo Racecourse, which has undergone massive renovations to the tune of 1.4 billion yen, will reopen after a hiatus of 21 months and present its spanking new face to the public for the first time on Saturday, July 26. The day also marks the start of the venue's summer meet, which lasts through Sept.

Possible Contenders for the 79th Running of the Prince of Wales Stakes Jul 16, 2014

The nominations for the second jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown of horseracing closed Tuesday, July 15th with 11 possible entrants for the Prince of Wales Stakes to be run at Fort Erie Race Track.

Lexie Lou, the filly who captured the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on July 6th was not made eligible to compete by her connections making the race a wide open event for a $500,000 purse.

Run at one mile and three sixteenths, the Prince of Wales is the only race in the Canadian Triple Crown Series that is run on a traditional dirt surface.

Thoroughbred Daily News: EquiLottery Combines Lottery and Horse Racing Jul 16, 2014

With the announcement last week that EquiLottery--a new lottery game melding the traditional lottery with horse racing--was available to states and provinces, the TDN sat down with EquiLottery President and CEO Brad Cummings to learn more about this unique potential revenue stream for the horse racing and lottery industries.

TDN: EquiLottery seems to be a win/win situation for horse racing. Is it as much of a win for the lottery? If so, why?

Xpressbet Sponsors Javier Castellano in Jockey Challenge Jul 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 (Washington, PA) – Xpressbet is excited to announce that it will sponsor leading North American rider, Javier Castellano, in Turkey’s International Jockey Challenge. The Challenge, which takes place on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Istanbul’s Veliefendi Racecourse, brings a team of international riding superstars, including Castellano, Frankie Dettori (United Kingdom), Maxime Guyon (France), Yuichi Fukunaga (Japan) and Craig Williams (Australia) to Turkey to take on 5 leading local riders in a 4 race contest.

NFL media and marketing executive to speak at The Jockey Club Roundtable Jul 15, 2014

Brian Rolapp, the executive vice president of NFL Media and the president and CEO of the NFL Network, will share insights into the National Football League’s wide ranging media strategies and Denis Egan, the chief executive of the Irish Turf Club, will provide an update on jockey safety and welfare initiatives when The Jockey Club hosts its 62nd Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Sunday, August 10, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Mucho Macho Man Officially Retired to Adena Springs Jul 15, 2014

Horse racing Mucho Macho Man

Paris, KY--Reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing, and will enter stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm in Paris, KY. A fee for the 6-year-old earner of $5.6 million will be announced at a later date.

Catching up with Black Caviar whose foal is due in September Jul 14, 2014

Horse racing Black Caviar

By Trent Owen

Connections of the once-in-a-lifetime superstar have asked not to be told the sex of her first foal, which is due in late September.

Part-owner Neil Werrett told AAP that the pregnancy has been going to plan and the mighty mare has settled in well to her slower-paced lifestyle as a broodmare.

Saratoga reduces total races, increases stakes options Jul 13, 2014

Horse racing: Saratoga

The New York Racing Association is hoping less will be more when the Saratoga race meeting opens on Friday for the 146th time.

Coming off a season where total handle and attendance were down, NYRA intends to run fewer races this season compared to the record 420 races run in 2013, including nine steeplechase races.

Horse racing in Hong Kong: "Happy Valley is like no other racecourse in the world" Jul 12, 2014

Horse racing: Hong Kong’s Happy Valley is like no other racecourse in the world

By Doug Robertson

Punters bet more than a billion Hong Kong dollars – or $A137.6 million – and 12,000 people flock to night racing at Happy Valley Racecourse each Wednesday.

Wise Dan completes first breeze at Keeneland Jul 11, 2014

Trainer Charlie LoPresti says he is pleased with Wise Dan's first breeze since colic surgery two months ago. Ridden by Damien Rock, Wise Dan covered a half-mile in :50.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.40 on the turf course.

 

Woodbine: Queen's Plate success while winner Lexie Lou charmed many racing fans Jul 10, 2014

Media Release - TORONTO: Lexie Lou charmed many racing fans and produced countless new ones with her win at the 155th edition of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on Sunday.

On the business side, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) also considers this year’s event a terrific success.

A total of $9,079,520 million was wagered on the 13-race card, the second highest handle recorded in Queen’s Plate history. A record $3,074,410, including $653,423 on the Jackpot Hi-5, was bet on the Queen’s Plate race itself.

Jockey Profile: Gary Stevens Jul 09, 2014

Horse Racing Jockey Gary Stevens on Mucho Macho Man Breeders' Cup 2013

By Matt Majendie

Every morning before riding, Gary Stevens has to walk four miles.

Breeders' Cup and Equibase launch “Road to the Breeders’ Cup” notification service Jul 08, 2014

Press Release - July 8th 2014 -- The Breeders’ Cup and Equibase Company LLC today announced the launch of the 2014 Virtual Stable “Road to the Breeders’ Cup” notification service, which provides a once daily e-mail of workouts, entries and results for the top contenders for all 13 World Championships races. The service is free through breederscup.com and equibase.com.

Horse racing marketing: evening post time possible for future Epsom Derby Jul 08, 2014

Horse racing: Joseph O'Brien riding Australia

The Epsom Derby (Eng-I) could be moved to Saturday evenings in the future in an effort to stem declining television viewership.

Hong Kong racing season ends with record total turnover of HK$101.838 billion Jul 07, 2014

The “most remarkable and notable season in our 130-year history,” was how the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, summed up the 2013/2014 campaign, which concluded today (6 July) with record total turnover of HK$101.838 billion.

Post positions for the 155th running of The Queen's Plate Jul 05, 2014

Post positions with morning line odds for the 155th running of The Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday, July 6th 2014.

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Horse Racing South Africa: Vodacom Durban Derby will bring 50k to Greyville Jul 04, 2014

Horse Racing South Africa: Halve the DeficitWith more than 50,000 fans on course and millions worldwide watching South Africa's Vodacom Durban July on Saturday, the biggest winner will be the KwaZulu-Natal economy, which is set to receive massive exposure along with a cash injection of around R425-million.

Hong Kong to stage 10 International Group 1 races in 2014/15 for HK$990 million total prize money Jul 02, 2014

Horse racing Hong Jockey Club Kong Hong Kong will stage 10 International Group 1 races for the first time next season. Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, revealed during a press briefing at Sha Tin today (2 July) that the Asian Pattern Committee has sanctioned the promotion of four local contests currently classified as Hong Kong Group 1 events.

Xpressbet to Offer Hong Kong Racing Jul 01, 2014

Press Release - Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is excited to announce it has partnered with the Hong Kong Jockey Club to bring live, commingled wagering on Hong Kong races to Xpressbet’s platform in the United States. Xpressbet customers can wager on the races from Hong Kong beginning July 1, 2014. Hong Kong racing is famous for offering the world’s largest pools, which currently average more than $17 million per race, and the highest prize money per race worldwide, as well as world-class racing at its two premier racing venues, Sha Tin and Happy Valley.

Queen's Plate: possible entries for North America's oldest consecutively-run stakes race Jun 30, 2014

Ontario horse racing: We Miss Artie in Queen's Plate

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 TRAINER

 OWNER

 JOCKEY

Ami's Holiday

 Josie Carroll

 Ivan Dalos

Luis Contreras

Ontario Horse Racing: ORC part of international effort to share intelligence information Jun 30, 2014

Toronto, ON – From London, Ontario to London, England, from the thoroughbred Melbourne Cup to the standardbred North American Cup - horse racing is truly an international sport -- and one of the most regulated sports in the world. Equine athletes are tested more than most human athletes.

 

While Ontario has rigid standards locally, illegitimate operators have crossed jurisdictional borders easily through the internet and negatively impacted the fairness of the sport.

 

For the Love of Racing Jun 26, 2014

On March 25th 2014, in his blog "Hangin' with Haskin," Steve Haskin posted: In light of the Steve Asmussen-Scott Blasi furor, my daughter has addressed the subject much better than I ever could, and through eyes a lot more innocent than mine. She wrote it just for me to read, but I feel it is something that needs to be shared:

By Mandy Haskin

The Gold Cup: Game On Dude seeks third lifetime win Jun 26, 2014

Game On Dude Front running Game On Dude, No 3 in the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings, and two-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in 2012 & 2013, seeks his third lifetime win in the prestigious mile and a quarter fixture on Saturday, June 28th , as the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at

Horses helping people: miniature therapy horse has a great bedside manner Jun 25, 2014

Horses helping people: miniature horse visits hospital patientsOn a recent Friday visit to Tampa General Hospital, Scooby Boo and Bidwell visited with Doday Rivera Rodriquez, a 17-year-old Chamberlain High student with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“He’s a little too small to ride but perfect to visit,” Doday said.

Off Track Thoroughbreds change lives of prisoners Jun 24, 2014

By: Bill Lambdin

Prison officials marked a major anniversary today at Wallkill Correctional Facility.

For 30 years they've been rescuing thoroughbred horses and helping inmates develop better attitudes with a unique horse therapy program.

Keeneland Race Course to host 2015 Breeder's Cup Jun 24, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., as the host site of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This is the first time that Keeneland, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, will play host to the Breeders’ Cup. The event will be held on October 30-31, 2015.

Saratoga looking to boost track attendence with higher purses, upgrades Jun 24, 2014

By Paul Post, The Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Higher purses, nearly $2 million in capital upgrades and numerous special promotions are among the strategies planned to boost Saratoga Race Course attendance, which dipped slightly a year ago despite the large 150th anniversary of Saratoga racing celebration.

New York Racing Association executives discussed all aspects of the 2014 meet, which opens July 18, during a Monday news conference at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion on East Avenue.

Increased television coverage of Saratoga meet for 2014 Jun 24, 2014

Horse racing: Saratoga race course

Saratoga Race Course will be prominently featured on television in 2014, with NBC, the NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, and MSG+ all signed on to present live coverage of many of the historic track’s most prestigious races.

2013 Arc winner Treve out of action until September Jun 22, 2014
Horse racing: Treve with jockey Frankie DettoriTREVE has been ruled out of all the midsummer middle-distance highlights by pulled muscles and is not expected to be seen on a racecourse until September.
 
About Horse Racing Jun 20, 2014

Sport of Horse Racing

Horse racing is one of the world's oldest sports which, historically, was enjoyed by a broad spectrum of fans and participants. Times have changed from the heyday of racing when 1000s would flock to the racetrack to take part in the excitement particularly if it was for a big race.

Horse Racing Next Gen: Jockey Alexandra Jara Jun 18, 2014

Horse Racing Next Gen: Horse Racing Next Gen: Jockey Alexandra Jara

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - When Alexandra Jara traveled to South Florida in 2007 and watched her older brother Fernando win Gulfstream Parks’s Donn Handicap (G1) aboard Horse of the Year Invasor, the teenager dreamed of someday doing the same.

Now, she has the opportunity.

Asian and African Tote operators unite in new association Jun 17, 2014

The Asian-African Tote Association (AATA) was officially formed and held its first Executive Committee meeting among tote operators in the regions in May 2014, aiming to strengthen ties between leading wagering operators in the world.

In the meeting, Executive Director of Customer and Marketing of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Richard Cheung, was elected as AATA's inaugural President and Brendan Parnell, Chief Operating Officer of Tabcorp’s Media and International business was elected Vice President.

E.R. Bradley and E.P. Taylor elected to National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf Jun 16, 2014

Horse Racing: E P Taylor

Esteemed sportsmen Edward R. Bradley and Edward P. Taylor have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf.

Horse racing Europe: the rise of Qatar Jun 16, 2014

Sheikh Joann Al Thani with Treve and Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek on winning 2013 Arc

Ryan Goldberg, New York Times special report on Royal Ascot

Lexie Lou wins Woodbine Oaks Jun 16, 2014

Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Lexie Lou (pink silks) to victory in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Sunday, June 15, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Michael Burns

TORONTO - Lexie Lou will get a shot at winning Canada's most prestigious horse race.

LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings Jun 13, 2014

The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horseracing's equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings. 

Horse Racing Next Gen: Advisor and Bloodstock Agent Brad Weisbord Jun 12, 2014

by Natalie Voss, Paulick Report

Bradley Weisbord is the American advisor for Al Shaqab Racing and is also an independent bloodstock agent. Weisbord, whose father is Thoroughbred Daily News president and co-publisher Barry Weisbord, has previously served as marketing manager for TDN and the racing/business manager for Ahmed Zayat. He became the COO for Team Valor International in 2011. Weisbord holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in real estate and urban land economics.

Checking in on Investec Coronation Cup winner Cirrus des Aigles with Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe Jun 11, 2014

Cirrus des Aigles won the 2014 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom Racecourse and is now having some well-deserved rest. The media caught up with his Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe who discusses his post-race xrays and future plans for one of the world's best race horses.

Premier Kathleen Wynne delivers on CTHS proposed $12m plan for Ontario Thoroughbred breeders Jun 10, 2014

On June 10th 2014, the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society acknowledged support of Minister of Agriculture and Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne for Ontario Thoroughbred breeders via a new program funded by Ontario Racing Commission. This 5 year, $2,000,000 a year commitment by Kathleen Wynne’s government is an additional enhancement to the current breeders’ awards program. In addition, the agreement includes an additional $2,000,000 immediate payment to further motivate those within the province who have participated in the breeding of 2013 Registered Ontario Thoroughbreds.

Longines and the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities honour Japan's Orfevre Jun 10, 2014

OrfevreLongines and the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) honoured ORFEVRE as the co-third highest-rated horse in the world for 2013

Horse racing video: Prix de Diane at Chantilly Racecourse Jun 10, 2014

A 1 mile 2 ½ furlong gallop to glory,  the Prix de Diane Longines is a Group I race which crowns the year's best three-year-old filly and attracts more than 40,000 spectators each year. The race is scheduled for June 15, 2014.

Equibase Draws Record Traffic on Triple Crown Race Days Jun 10, 2014

California Chrome’s quest to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner helped drive unprecedented traffic across all Equibase electronic platforms on Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes days. For those three days, Equibase reported a record total of 11.5 million pageviews on equibase.com, the Today’s Racing app and mobile.equibase.com, according to Google Analytics, a 28% percent increase over the 9 million pageviews during the comparable three days in 2013.

California Chrome Returns Home to Los Alamitos Jun 09, 2014

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome returned to Los Alamitos Race Course on Sunday night, June 8, 2014. As always, he was accompanied by his groom Raul Rodriguez. 

Los Alamitos Race Course congratulates the outstanding horse California Chrome for his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and his courageous effort in the Belmont Stakes.

Thank for a thrilling ride in the Triple Crown series and so many unforgettable memories.

2014 Belmont Stakes Day sets on-track, total handle record for New York Racing Jun 08, 2014

With a Triple Crown bid on the line and 10 outstanding stakes races on the card, this year's Belmont Stakes Day proved to be a smashing hit, with the on-track handle of $19,105,877 and all-sources handle of $150,249,399 easily setting all-time NYRA records.

The on-track handle figure includes money wagered at Belmont Park, at Aqueduct Racetrack, and through NYRA Rewards.

Horse racing betting: Bloomberg reports Jun 06, 2014

Bloomberg’s Eric Chemi reports on the factors that affect the odds in horse racing. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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California Chrome Jockey Victor Espinoza on the Late Show with David Letterman Jun 05, 2014

Victor says he's the boss when they're racing, but does California Chrome agree?

Emotional healing in a horse’s presence Jun 04, 2014

Healing Horses: Carol Morris with Shire horse, Brenda Lee

By Bob Kerr

When Carol Morris pulls her car alongside the fence at Black Walnut Farm in North Kingstown, her 1,800-pound friend, Brenda Lee, moseys over and sticks her nose through the car window.

Horse racing is simple yet unpredictable: the fastest horse wins Jun 04, 2014

By Gerald Ensley, Tallahassee Democrat

I’ve never been comfortable with horses.

The first time I rode one, I was 6 and attending summer day camp. They put me on a horse named Gerald, which the counselor obviously thought was very clever. It was soon apparent Gerald — the horse — was too rambunctious for small children. As soon as I was seated, he sprinted off to catch another horse, whom he tried to mount, with much bucking, rearing and snorting.

Economy's impact on U.S. horse population Jun 01, 2014

California Chrome will be the toast of the horse racing world if he wins the Belmont Stakes on June 7 and becomes the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed, some 36 years ago.

But the equine industry itself is riding through a rough patch, according to a recently released census from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. horse population decreased about 10 percent between 2007 and 2012, the USDA said. So too have the number of farms and ranches raising them—with a 12 percent decline over the same time period.

California Chrome's quest for the Triple Crown May 30, 2014

California Chrome with Alan Sherman

By Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

NBC increases horse racing coverage in anticipation of Triple Crown win May 29, 2014

California Chrome in the Winner's Circle at 2014 Kentucky Derby

The quest for the elusive Triple Crown by California Chrome has resulted in the NBC Sports Group doubling the number of hours it will devote to the 146th Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Triple Crown Trail: California Chrome Gallops at Belmont May 28, 2014

Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome on Wednesday picked back up where he left off the previous day, showing the same eagerness he displayed a day earlier when galloping his customary two-mile circuit on an overcast morning at Belmont Park.

Changes to NYRA senior management team bring Chief Experience Officer May 28, 2014

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the addition of two executives to its senior management team, naming Lynn LaRocca to the newly created position of Chief Experience Office and Joseph Lambert as its General Counsel.

Maryland's horse racing industry sees new life May 28, 2014

Sagamore Farm

Anyone driving along Butler Road or Shawan Road east of Glyndon knows this is horse country.

Most prominent is the vast thoroughbred spread known as Sagamore Farm, restored to its prior glory by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank.

In the Backstretch Kitchen with E. P. Taylor May 27, 2014

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sovereign-award winning Trainer, Gerry Belanger. I asked him about his 40 years in the sport of horse racing in Canada. His response was to share the following (unedited) personal story of E P Taylor and his vision for Woodbine and Canadian horse racing -- Dennis Mills

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“Horses will be racing at Woodbine forever.”

 

Racing Future Celebrates E. P. Taylor May 27, 2014

On August 15th, 1958 a Canadian entrepreneur with a passion for horse racing made a momentous decision: he spent $35,000 on a yearling filly at the annual Saratoga sale.  The horse he bought did not have a long and stellar racing career, only racing 7 times before a bone chip in her knee forced her retirement. However, her purchase was a fortuitous one for horse racing because this horse was Natalma, the dam of one of – if not the – greatest Thoroughbred stallions in history, Northern Dancer. The man who made the purchase decision was E.P. Taylor.

British horse racing industry plans to treble international investment May 27, 2014

The British horse racing industry is aiming to treble international investment in the sport with plans to attract tens of millions of pounds worth of overseas funding per year.

Steve Harman, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said that British horse racing is renowned worldwide and, as the second most popular spectator sport in the UK, has the potential to attract massive investment.

“Britain overall has been attracting more foreign investment because people have enjoyed the jubilee, the Olympics, they like the pound, they love Britain.

New research shows horses make people happy May 26, 2014

New Study shows that horses make people happy

A study from Washington State University, published last month (28 April), claims to be the first evidence-based research investigating the interaction between horses and children, and its effect on levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

California Chrome Posts Another Strong Gallop May 26, 2014

Triple Crown candidate California Chrome "trained like a monster" the morning of May 25 as he continued his preparations for the upcoming $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

California Chrome was greeted with clear blue skies and a bright morning sun for the first time since his arrival at Belmont Park May 20.

CanPraxis: reteaching communication to vets and their families through horses May 25, 2014 Global TV profiles CanPraxis, a partnership between a 28 year veteran of the Canadian Forces and an experienced psychologist using horses to reteach communication to vets and their families.
Saratoga WarHorse; Where worldclass racehorses meet world-class soldiers May 25, 2014

Saratoga WarHorse is a confidential, peer-to-peer, equine assisted experience that goes beyond therapy and beyond horsemanship to create a natural release for the emotional turmoil veterans are left to deal with.

Horseplayer's dream: Take two dimes, pick six winners, win millions May 25, 2014

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. — It's a horseplayer's dream: Take two dimes, pick six winners, win millions.

Farfetched, but not impossible.

After months building an already-enormous pot, the "Rainbow 6" betting pool at Gulfstream Park will be paid out in full Monday with track officials estimating that $16 million — potentially a record for a Pick 6 at any North American track — could be up for grabs. To win, players need to pick six straight winners, starting with the fifth race on the card, and the minimum bet is a mere 20 cents.

Horse Racing UK: Record-breaking £16 million Scoop6 on for Saturday May 23, 2014

HAYDOCK, Catterick and Goodwood will host the six legs of the record-breaking £16 million Scoop6 on Saturday it was revealed on Friday.

A total of 88 runners have been declared for the six races starting with the 16-runner 6f Betfred Scoop6 £15 Million Today Handicap at Haydock (2.05).

The bet will feature two 7f handicaps at Catterick, a 7f handicap from Goodwood plus a 6f handicap at Haydock before finishing with the fiercely competitive 1m Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes (3.45) at Haydock.

Online Sports Betting Company, BetVictor, sold to Coolmore Partner Michael Tabor May 23, 2014

Michael Tabor has acquired ownership of the BetVictor group for an undisclosed sum following a restructuring of the Gibraltar-based operation's holding company, it has been announced.

Victor Chandler, who has led the group since its incorporation, is to step down as chairman but will continue to serve as a consultant.

Horse Racing: Coolmore's High Chaparral

Saratoga Race Course to Host Multicultural Event Series May 23, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host a weekly celebration of global culture and heritage with its inaugural International Heritage Series at Saratoga Race Course during the 2014 summer meet.

The day-long festive events will feature traditional music, dance, entertainment, crafts and food each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion located inside the Reserved Seats Box Office entrance. Musical and dance performances will also take place near the Saratoga bandstand and gazebo throughout each afternoon.

I'll Have Another Trainer, Doug O'Neill, on California Chrome May 20, 2014

2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winning Trainer of I'll Have Another, Doug O'Neill, explains how nasal strips work on race horses and talks about the journey of California Chrome and Art Sherman. "It's awesome," says O'Neill. "We're huge fans of Art. Art Sherman is one of the nicest people you could ever meet and on top of that he's an amazing horseman. . .

Keeneland surface conversion to dirt has begun May 20, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2014) – Keeneland on Monday began the conversion of its main race track from a synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America.

Keeneland surface conversion underway

Champion Race Horse Behind the Scenes: Raul Rodriguez and California Chrome May 20, 2014

If you watched the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, you would have seen horse racing star, California Chrome, win the second leg of the Triple Crown. What you would not have seen is the behind-the-scenes effort, meticulous care, and genuine love that goes into the making of such a champion. 

Contenders for 146th running of the Belmont Stakes May 19, 2014

From New York Racing Association

A large, competitive contingent of challengers is expected to face California Chrome when he attempts to become thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 at Belmont Park.

Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby, and Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Preakness, are slated to take on California Chrome again in the Belmont Stakes.

Horses help combat vets transition to civilian life May 19, 2014

Horses help combat vets transition to civilian life

By Teresa Woodard

WYLIE — She can't say a word, yet Haley certainly seems to speak... and teach.

Horse Racing Betting: Exotics and Carryovers May 15, 2014

There used to be a time when any winning wager that delivered a windfall of thousands of dollars would send a bettor dancing in the streets.

Those were quaint times, indeed.

Horse Racing Betting: Preakness Stakes At Pimlico

Meydan Racecourse to Replace Synthetic Surface with a Traditional Dirt Track May 14, 2014

Meydan Racecourse

The Board of Directors of the Meydan Group have decided that the synthetic racing surface, installed for the opening of the racecourse in 2010, will be replaced with a traditional dirt track. The track will be ready for the opening of the 2014-15 racing season.

Preakness Runner Social Inclusion Owner Profile: Ron Sanchez May 13, 2014

Ron Sanchez's roots in horse racing go deep into his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, where his maternal grandmother took him to the races every weekend at La Rinconada, the country's largest and oldest track.

"I was five years old and we'd walk all the way to the track, it's like two miles," Sanchez recalled Monday at Pimlico. "I fall in love [with horse racing]. Once you get here [to the race track], it's impossible to get out."

Horse Racing UK: Aidan O'Brien's Australia Favourite for Epsom Derby May 13, 2014

Aidan O'Brien on Australia: There is no point in beating around the bush, we have never had a horse like this

Aidan O'Brien has hailed favourite Australia as a ‘Derby horse we have not had the like of before.’

New Scientific study on how horses help trauma survivors May 11, 2014

An Oregon State University-Cascades Campus professor has received a grant to study how horses can be used to treat trauma survivors.

Horse Therapy Helping Alzheimer’s Patients May 08, 2014

Alzheimer's patients find the quietness and smells of the country very relaxing and restful

Numerous studies have shown that physical, emotional and cognitive therapy involving domestic animals can be very therapeutic, and new research from The Ohio State University has found that interactive therapy with horses can bring relief to people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Racing Future Radio interviews John Snobelen on Ontario Horse Racing May 05, 2014

Racing Future Radio and the state of Ontario Horse RacingIn this series of interviews recorded in early May 2014, Dennis Mills speaks with 3* FEI Reining Judge, professional horseman and educator, John Snobelen.

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome confirmed for Preakness May 05, 2014

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome confirmed for PreaknessBALTIMORE, 05-04-14---Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome is headed to the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 17,  bringing trainer Art Sherman back to Maryland for the first time in 55 years.

New Mobile Wagering Products Showcased at Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong May 05, 2014

ATLANTA, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO), will feature the latest technologies for digital pari-mutuel wagering at the 35th Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong.  During this global racing forum organized by the Asian Racing Federation, Sportech will showcase new wagering products designed to significantly improve the consumer experience and allow licensed racing operators to expand distribution and offer new wagering content.   

Honouring a Canadian visionary: Breeding Champions – E. P. Taylor and Windfields Farm May 01, 2014

Starting on April 30, the Canadian Museum of History will present Breeding Champions – E.P. Taylor and Windfields Farm, a special display featuring trophies, photographs and archival material from the Museum’s E.P. Taylor – Windfields Farm Collection. This unique and historic collection documents the rise of Windfields Farm to international prominence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding and is a testament to the vision and acumen of Windfields Farm owner Edward Plunket (E.P.) Taylor (1901–1989), one of Canada’s most successful and influential businessmen.

Northern Dancer: 2 Minutes on track, 50 years in champion pedigrees Apr 30, 2014

Northern Dancer Kentucky Derby

By Greg Kocher

Fifty years ago, a record was set in the Kentucky Derby.

The horse that blazed that record was foaled not amid the green pastures of Central Kentucky, but in the cooler clime of Ontario, Canada.

Horse Racing France: 2014 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will be worth €5 million Apr 29, 2014

Longchamp France Horse Racing

The 2014 edition Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will be worth €5 million (£4.1m) after French racing's governing body announced a €200,000 increase to the total prize fund on Monday.

The increase means that Europe's richest race is now worth €1m more than when Solemia defeated Orfevre just 18 months ago.

Horse Racing Hong Kong: Designs On Rome wins QE II Cup at Sha Tin Apr 28, 2014

DESIGNS ON ROME (John Moore/Tommy Berry) staked a strong bid for Horse of the Year honours by defeating the reigning titleholder and stable companion Military Attack in a pulsating Audemars Piguet QEII Cup on Sunday.

Keeneland: Handle and Attendance Update Apr 26, 2014

Spectacular racing, unique special events and the return of warm, sunny weather combined to produce an exceptional Keeneland Spring Meet, which closed Friday with record 15-day meet attendance and gains in on-track wagering.

On-track attendance for the Spring Meet, held April 4-25, totaled 270,093, besting the previous 15-day meet record of 269,292 posted during the 2012 Spring Meet, and just behind last spring’s record 278,415 for 16 days of racing

New research reveals how youth who work with horses experience substantial stress reduction Apr 26, 2014

New research from Washington State University reveals how youth who work with horses experience a substantial reduction in stress -- and the evidence lies in kids' saliva.

The results are published in the American Psychological Association's Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin this month.

Ontario Horse Racing: Update from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Apr 25, 2014

By Media Release

 

TORONTO – The Government of Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), and the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), through its newly formed Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) division, are partnering to build a sustainable future for the Ontario horse racing industry.

“OLG is pleased to partner with the government, ORC and OHR to build stability in the horse racing industry,” said Philip Olsson, OLG’s Chair of the Board. “Together, we are making progress bringing horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.”

Hong Kong Jockey Club: How On-Track Pharmacies Work Apr 25, 2014

Last week Frank Stronach, chairman and founder of The Stronach Group, proposed introducing an on-track pharmacy as part of a 10-point plan to control racehorse medication use and abuse at his six racetracks—Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park in Maryland, and Portland Meadows in Oregon.

Dreaming big in horse racing: Danza Apr 24, 2014

By Natalie Voss

“Believe big.”

That’s the tagline on all the promotional materials for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and the philosophy paid off with Danza. Although he was a shocker in the Arkansas Derby with odds of 41-1, Eclipse president Aron Wellman had been hoping the colt would be the ownership group’s ticket to the Kentucky Derby since 2012.

Two Japanese horses to Hong Kong for this year's Queen Elizabeth II Cup Apr 24, 2014

Japan has sent two horses to Hong Kong for this year's Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Kikuka Sho winner Epiphaneia and Uncoiled will take on the US$1.8-million top-level race to be run this Sunday, April 27, at Sha Tin Racecourse. The race also features defending champion and Hong Kong's reigning Horse of the Year Military Attack, his stablemate Hong Kong Derby winner Designs On Rome, Derby third-place finisher Dibayani, and South African runners Vercingetorix and Sanshaawes.

Eleven countries represented in Royal Ascot entries Apr 23, 2014

The Hong Kong-trained winners of both Group One sprints on Dubai World Cup night, Sterling City and Amber Sky, are expected to head the early betting markets for the Diamond Jubilee and King's Stand Stakes respectively.

Sterling City is set to take in the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore before a final decision is made on Royal Ascot but if successful there, he would be racing for the US$ 1 million bonus at Royal Ascot, having already won Dubai's leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

Horse therapy helping children with Autism Apr 22, 2014

Autistic children gain from horse therapy

The principal players on this sunny April afternoon are a curious trio: A 4-year-old boy and a dark-bay pony, 20 years his senior, plodding along under the watchful gaze of a retired police investigator.

As mismatched as they seem, they are hard at work making sense of all five senses.

Kentucky Derby Favourite California Chrome is Santa Anita's Horse of the Meet Apr 22, 2014

California Chrome

Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome, who stamped himself as the favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby on May 3 by virtue of his authoritative 5 ¼ length victory in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, was a unanimous choice as Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Media Poll.

Breeders' Cup and NBC Sports expand partnership Apr 21, 2014

Media Release -- NEW YORK (April 21, 2014) – Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global racing event, announced today a new marketing platform that will feature 18 of the best Breeders’ Cup Challenge races from top race tracks in the U.S. All races will be broadcast by NBC Sports Group and will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign that will run across NBCUniversal properties as well as Time Inc. properties Sports Illustrated and People.com.

Northern Dancer: the biggest little horse Apr 19, 2014

Canada's Northern Dancer: Global dominance from "the biggest little horse"

by John Sparkman

Horses & Human Health: Special Ranch Helping Children Apr 19, 2014

Eight years ago, Lisa Carter had the idea to create a “therapy ranch”, helping hurting children and horses at the same time. The result was H.U.G.S. Ranch, which is modeled after a ranch in Oregon, called Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch.

The ranch strives to provide a “faith-based, non-threatening, peaceful environment where children with a variety of needs and rescued horses can help heal each other.”

Carter told FOX 17 News the programs, which service children ages 5-17, are completely free.

Women jockeys overcame challenges in being first to ride competitively Apr 18, 2014

By Liane Crossley

In a different era, Rosie Napravnik would have been a novelty in her trade. Today she maneuvers seamlessly as a woman competing in the male-dominated jockey world.

Ensuring health and safety of equine and human athletes in horse racing: A Message from Frank Stronach Apr 17, 2014

Aurora, Ontario -- The Stronach Group has always been committed to ensuring that our horse racing businesses operate with integrity and concern for the health and safety of the horses and the people who work with them. Now, more than ever, we as track operators, horsemen and regulators must come together to do everything we can to prevent any abuse of our thoroughbred athletes. We must also work diligently to ban any individuals engaged in fraudulent or harmful activities from participating in our sport.

Learning to bet on horse racing: Jennie Rees' guide to handicapping Apr 16, 2014

Jennie Rees guide to handicapping Kentucky Derby

By Jennie Rees

So you love going to the track, but you always feel a little left out of the racing chatter. Does everybody in your box have a Derby pick but you? Does the program look like hieroglyphics?

Don't turn an enjoyable day into a stressful situation.

UK Newspaper, Daily Mail, to share own horse ownership story in coming months Apr 16, 2014

Racehorse Ownership: The Daily Mail to race own horse

By Marcus Townend

He is an untested bundle of energy and exciting raw potential and he is ours... and yours.

Sir Henry Cecil's life to be celebrated during the QIPCO Guineas Festival Apr 15, 2014

Sir Henry Cecil with Frankel

During the QIPCO Guineas Festival and the three-day Spring Meeting next month, an exhibition of photographs and personal artefacts from the champion trainer’s home at Warren Place in Newmarket will be on display in front of the Millennium Grandstand on the Rowley Mile.

Taylor Made: A Family Tradition Apr 15, 2014

“What we’ve got is the horse. When someone gets exposed to the beauty of the horse they want to get involved." - Joe Taylor, Taylor Made Sales Agency

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Texas Tech’s Therapeutic Riding Center uses horses to help kids Apr 15, 2014

Horse Therapy helping children to walk and talkThanks to the horses, 7-year-old Noah Martinez can play soccer.

Thanks to the horses, his 3-year-old sister, Charleigh, will speak.

Horse therapy helps kids with autism Apr 14, 2014

Teddy Dieterman sat tall in the saddle Thursday as he rode one of Sunnyside Equestrian Center’s horses through an obstacle course in a Lincroft paddock.

Dieterman, a seventh-grader from Hillsborough who has autism, and a group of his classmates from Collier Middle School in the Wickatunk section of Marlboro spent the sunny morning watching and riding the horses as part of Sunnyside’s Equine Environment for Learning. The program provides horse-based therapies for children with disabilities.

Double Eclipse Winner Beholder to make 2014 Debut in Santa Lucia Stakes Apr 14, 2014

Horse Racing: Beholder to make 2014 debut at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2014)—Two-time Eclipse Award Champion filly Beholder towers over six older fillies and mares in next Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, her first start since winning the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

Horse Racing Growing Again in South Africa Apr 14, 2014

Johannesburg - After several years of shrinking market share following the boom of casinos and the lottery, horse racing was growing again in South Africa, gaming and leisure company Phumelela said on Friday.

Wise Dan successfully defends Maker's 46 Mile today - See video Apr 11, 2014

UPDATE: Wise Dan wins his second consecutive Makers 46 Mile.

Earlier today . . .  

Lexington, KY  - Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will make his 2014 racing debut today at Keeneland as he attempts to defend his victory in last year's $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile.

Road to the Kentucky Derby: The Arkansas Derby Apr 11, 2014

One of the few remaining races where horses can accumulate points along the road to the Kentucky Derby runs at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, April 12th: The Arkansas Derby. There are 9 horses set to run for the $1m purse in the 1 1/8th mile race. Post time is scheduled for 6:07 pm Eastern.

1. Danza (Joe Bravo)

2. Knock Em Flat (Luis S Quinones)

3. Tapiture (Joel Roasario)

4. Ride on Curlin (Jon Kenton Court)

5. Thundergram (Norberto Arroyo Jr)

6. Commissioner (Mike Smith)

7. Conquest Titan (Calvin Borel)

8. Bayern (Gary Stevens)

Road to the Kentucky Derby: The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Apr 11, 2014

A significant Kentucky Derby race will be run tomorrow (Saturday April 12th) at Keeneland: The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. A full field of fourteen 3-year-olds will race in the $750,000 Grade I race, which is set for a 5:45 p.m. post time and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

1. Asserting Bear (Emma-Jayne Wilson)

2. Extrasexyhippzster (Julian Pimentel)

3. Pablo Del Monte (Victor Espinoza)

4. Harry's Holiday (Rosie Napravnik)

5. Bobby's Kitten (Javier Castellano)

6. Coltimus Prime (Alan Garcia)

7. Casiguapo (Rajiv Maragh)

Horse Racing Marketing: Hipódromo de La Zarzuela Apr 10, 2014 Horse Racing in Spain at the architectural marvel of Hipódromo de La Zarzuela. Great horse racing marketing piece.  
Horse Racing Next Gen: Racing Analyst Brian Spencer Apr 10, 2014

By Natalie Voss

Brian Spencer just completed a season as a racing analyst at Fair Grounds’ winter meet. A graduate of Portland State University, Spencer has worked for Horse Player NOW, Arlington Park, Hoosier Park, and America’s Best Racing. Spencer’s focus in each endeavor has been on handicapping and new fan education.

How did you get involved in racing?

Horse Racing Women: 25 female jockeys to be honored at Keeneland Apr 08, 2014

Press Release - Approximately 25 retired and active female jockeys, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession, will be honored at Keeneland on April 13 as part of Horses and Hope Pink Day.

Kentucky Derby: New Grandstand for 2014 Apr 08, 2014

The new Grandstand at Churchill Downs is coming along. Here's a quick peek of the progress to date.

UAE Derby Winner Toast of New York will not run in Kentucky Derby Apr 08, 2014

Runaway UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York has been supplemented for the Investec Derby at a cost of £8,000 with a potential run in the Kentucky Derby having been ruled out.

The American-bred three-year-old was taking a huge step up in class at Meydan following a couple of admittedly impressive victories at Wolverhampton, but he justified trainer Jamie Osborne's faith with a scintillating display.

Having won on the Wolverhampton Polytrack and the Tapeta in Dubai, a switch to dirt for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3 was a possibility.

Arc winner Treve in terrific form says excited Dettori Apr 07, 2014

TREVE is proving terrific even before her return to action in the Group 1 Prix Ganay on April 27 after a glowing report from Frankie Dettori on last year's champion of Europe.

The unbeaten winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is Dettori's ride in his role as retained jockey to her Qatari owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, and he was bubbling about a recent workout on the filly who shared with Black Caviar the accolade of the world's best in 2013.

Horsing Around for Autism: Positive effects of equine therapy Apr 07, 2014

Sister Mary-Joy with Camargue PonyHORSING around is helping youngsters with autism to improve in leaps and bounds. 

The equine-therapy programme at an inner-city stable block, which sits in the shadow of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs in west London, is helping autistic children to overcome the issues of social interaction and communication that are so prevalent in the condition. 

Wicked Strong Runs for more than the Roses in Kentucky Derby Bid Apr 07, 2014

The 3-year-old colt is owned by Centennial Farms, whose president Don Little hails from Boston. Last year, when it was time to name the colt he’d purchased for $375,000, he wanted to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

On The Kentucky Derby Trail Apr 05, 2014

Although 11 winners of the Wood have gone on to take the Kentucky Derby, the most recent horse to follow up on the first Saturday in May after landing New York's principal trial was Fusaichi Pegasus back in 2000.

By far the most intriguing horse in this latest renewal of the $1m event is hype horse Social Inclusion (Manny Azpurua/Luis Contreras), who dusted Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code by ten lengths in track-record time in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park last month.

Santa Anita Derby: San Felipe Stakes Winner California Chrome is Favourite Apr 04, 2014

Santa Anita Derby Favourite is San Felipe Stakes Winner California Chrome

Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is an eight-horse race, but the kind of buzz that has accompanied California Chrome, ever since he blew the field away in the March 8 San Felipe, makes it difficult for the other contenders to get any attention.

Horse Racing China: Chengdu Dubai International Raceday set for Sunday Apr 04, 2014

Morning Workout at Jinma Racecourse in Chengdu, China

Dubai: Emirati jockey Ahmad Ajtebi believes that Sunday’s Chengdu Dubai International Cup Raceday in China represents a big opportunity for him to enhance his reputation on the global stage.

Horse Racing China: Dubai Racing Club Horsemen Prepare for Race Meeting In Chengdu Apr 03, 2014

Media Release - UAE based racehorse trainer Doug Watson and jockey Royston Ffrench met members of the local media at Jinma Racecourse in the Wenjiang District of the Garden City of Chengdu on Thursday morning, when both expressed their delight at the prospect of taking part in the groundbreaking China raceday on Sunday 6 April.

Getting a Flying Start: Darley's Horse Racing Management Program Apr 03, 2014

By Amanda Duckworth

Like millions of girls before her, Brittlan Wall can't remember when she fell in love with horses. If you force her to answer the question, she will tell you she was born loving them.

But unlike many girls who left horses behind for other pursuits, Wall never did. As a result, in a month, the now 22-year-old young woman will embark on a chance of a lifetime as part of the newest class of the Darley Flying Start program.

Horse racing turning teenagers' lives around Apr 03, 2014

Horse Racing turning teenagers' lives around

Tyler Stafford was typical of the students who file into Northern Racing College.

Expelled from school at 14, he could barely read or write but masked any feelings of inadequacy with bluff arrogance. Coming from a family of Durham travellers, horses had always been part of his life. He rode most days and thought he knew best.

Dubai World Cup: An Interview with a Meydan Farrier Apr 03, 2014

By Fran Jurga

The emirate of Dubai is a tiny speck on the map, but it is growing into one of the world’s premier destinations for farriers and innovations in hoofcare. Saturday’s Dubai World Cup races in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) brought not just the world’s best horses and trainers and jockeys to the tiny desert nation; it brought farriers and some horses left with more interesting equipment on their hooves than when they arrived.

Horse Therapy: The Can Praxis Model Apr 02, 2014

by C. Randy Duncan, Steve Critchley, and Jim Marland

Keeneland to Replace Polytrack With Dirt Apr 02, 2014

LEXINGTON, KY (April 2, 2014) – Keeneland announced today that it is converting its main race track from synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America.

The conversion will take place over the summer, with construction scheduled to begin May 19 and be completed Aug. 15. The track will reopen for training Sept. 1. The Fall Meet begins Oct. 3.

Horse Therapy subject of 5 year study at Colorado University Apr 01, 2014

Press Release - The five-year research program, headed by Wendy Wood, head of CSU’s highly ranked Department of Occupational Therapy, is funded by a donation from the Carl and Caroline Swanson Foundation. The $468,000 gift will allow two graduate students, a Ph.D. candidate and Wood to lead the research via a partnership with CSU’s world-renowned Equine Sciences Program.

International Horse Sports Confederation confirms racing and horse sports share some core values Mar 31, 2014

In 2013, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) announced the creation of a new partnership under the banner of the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC). This new organization met for the first time recently and confirmed that they share the same core values of protecting horse welfare and discussed in detail the different models under which both organisations operate.

World Cup: Hong Kong and Japan shine in Dubai Mar 31, 2014

An era of Asian dominance beckons. Hong Kong comprehensively dominated the sprint races at the Dubai World Cup meeting, while Japan had the world’s measure over middle distances.

Attracting horses from Australia, England, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, the United States and Qatar, the World Cup meeting lived up to its name with yet another spectacular showcase of international racing.

Australians who stayed up into the wee hours of Sunday morning were greeted with eight Group races, five of which were at Group 1 level.

"Enough is Enough": Statement of Ogden Mills Phipps, Chairman of The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owner/Breeder Mar 28, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014-- Following the allegations raised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and reported on March 20, 2014, by The New York Times, many of us in the Thoroughbred industry are eagerly awaiting the final determination of these issues by the New York State Gaming Commission and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

It is my hope that these state bodies use all the prosecutorial powers available to determine if there is evidence of animal cruelty, medication violations — and cheating.

Dubai World Cup: Over 1b TV viewers over the last three years Mar 28, 2014

Dubai: More than one billion people have watched the Dubai World Cup in the last three years and that number will only continue to grow, according to the company responsible for producing the international programme for the event for the past 17 years.

Working with Dubai Racing Club and world feed broadcaster Dubai TV, Sunset+Vine syndicate to more than 23 broadcasters across 134 countries, penetrating 300 million-plus households last year.

It’s the job of Andrew Piller, Sunset+Vine’s commercial director and international managing director, to keep those figures rising.

Dubai World Cup: track notes and updates for March 28th Mar 28, 2014

Friday, 28 March, 2014

Akeed Mofeed (GB) -- Trainer Richard Gibson: “He is in very good shape. The preparation has gone well and he is in fantastic health. You need to be 100 per cent to win this race and I reckon that’s where he is.”

Horse Racing UK: Arena Racing Company signs prize-money agreement Mar 27, 2014

Arena Racing Company has signed a prize money agreement after previously declining to join up to the British Horseracing Authority-backed scheme.

The Horsemen's Group issued an angry response last October when ARC opted not to sign an agreement - a contract which covers a range of items including prize money contribution from each racecourse - with the operators instead agreeing terms with the BHA for their 2014 contribution.

US Law School Launches Horse and Horse Racing Concentration Mar 27, 2014

In response to a growing demand for qualified attorneys to work in the nation’s $225-billion equine, racing, and gaming industries, and with several casinos in development stage across New York state, Albany Law School announced March 27 that it will offer a concentration in equine, racing, and gaming law—the only one of its kind in the nation—starting September 2014 for the incoming class of 2017.

Sheikh Joaan buys stake in Ruler of the World Mar 26, 2014

Sheikh Joaan Al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing has purchased a 50% interest in the Coolmore-owned Ruler Of The World, last season's Epsom Derby winner.

The four-year-old Galileo colt will remain in training with Aidan O'Brien and will continue to be ridden by the Ballydoyle handler's son, Joseph.

Ruler Of The World is due to contest the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday but will now run in the colours Al Shaqab Racing.

Team British Racing to debut at Dubai World Cup Mar 25, 2014

Horse racing: Ed Dunlop and Red Cadeaux represent Team British Racing

Team British Racing will make its international debut with the British contenders for Dubai World Cup Night on Saturday 29th March at Meydan. The team is launching with international stars such as The Fugue, Red Cadeaux, Joshua Tree and a number of Britain’s other most successful thoroughbreds.

Dubai World Cup: horse notes and updates for March 25th Mar 25, 2014

Akeed Mofeed (GB) -- Trainer Richard Gibson said: “I’ve just arrived in Dubai and I’m very happy to see him in such good order. He looks great. He was a bit fresh going cantering around the all-weather track as it was his first time, but I’d say that’s a good sign. His weight loss on the trip was standard and he’s where I’d want him to be. Douglas Whyte will ride him on the main track on Thursday, just a gentle blow doing something like 28 and 26 seconds for his final 800m.”

Jockey John Velazquez Reaches Purse Earnings Milestone Mar 25, 2014

In guiding We Miss Artie to victory in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 22 at Turfway Park, Racing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez became the first rider in history to reach $300 million in North American purse earnings.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie secured $282,000 in purse earnings for his connections, which appropriately enough included multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. The Spiral marked the 353rd time Velazquez and Pletcher had teamed for a stakes win and 226th time they’d won a graded stakes together.

Dubai World Cup: horse notes and updates for March 24th Mar 24, 2014

Thoroughbred horse racing's Group 1, 2000m Dubai World Cup with a total purse of $10m is set for March 29th. Five days out and here are some notes and updates on the likely runners. Post positions will be drawn on Wednesday, March 16th.

Akeed Mofeed (GB) -- “No problems from what I hear so far. He seems to be very happy in his new environment,” said trainer Richard Gibson from Hong Kong.

Horse Racing UK: Recent Government Budget Applauded Mar 22, 2014

Recently, British horse racing organizations welcomed the Government 2014 Budget, which included good news for Britain's second largest sport.

In the Government statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that betting firms located offshore will now be subject to the Horserace Betting Levy, which is a critical funding mechanism for British horse racing.

Japan's horse racing accomplishments celebrated by France Galop Mar 20, 2014

The Japan Racing Association was honored March 14 at the Champs Elysees Theatre in Paris as recipient of the prestigious Cravache International Award, bestowed by the JRA's French counterpart France Galop at the 65th Cravache d'Or Awards.

Representing the JRA at the ceremony was Executive Director Masayuki Goto, who received the trophy of a golden whip in recognition of Japan racing's accomplishments, its influence on racing in France and around the globe, and its position as "world leader in terms of turnover."

Stars of new feature film 50 to 1 on cross-country tour Mar 19, 2014

Mine That Bird 50 to 1The cast and filmmakers of 50 to 1, soon-to-be released story of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird has started a cross-country tour  to promote the major motion picture's release.

Horse Racing goes Hollywood: 50 to 1 Mar 19, 2014

"50 to 1" is about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world's racing elite.

Dubai World Cup 2014: With our horses we unite the world Mar 18, 2014

Dubai World Cup 2014: "With our horses we unite the world" shows how horses and our relationship with them has brought us together throughout history.

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Women in horse racing: Ilka Gansera-Leveque Mar 18, 2014

Horse racing women: Ilka Gansera-LevequeIlka Gansera-Lévêque trains from a yard in the famed Hamilton Road, Newmarket.

Designs on Rome wins Hong Kong Derby Mar 18, 2014

It was billed as a clash of two John Moore-trained titans and the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) did not disappoint. Designs On Rome and Able Friend delivered the epic duel everyone had hoped for at Sha Tin racecourse this afternoon, Sunday, 16 March, with the former emerging victorious.

Ontario Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Round Table Mar 15, 2014

If you are an Ontario thoroughbred breeder or owner you may want to attend the round table set for Wednesday, March 19th:

 

In this 50th anniversary year of Northern Dancer's champion season, we are calling upon all owners and breeders to attend the first in an ongoing series of round table discussions that will focus on growing our world class sport by drawing on Canada's enormous contributions to the global Thoroughbred breeding industry.

New to Horse Racing: The Super Hi 5 Wager Mar 14, 2014

A recent tweet showcased one of the "exotic" wagers called the Super Hi 5. After placing a $24 wager at Santa Anita Park, one ticket holder won over $15,000 on one race.

Super Hi 5

How does a Super Hi 5 wager work?

To win this wager, you must pick 5 horses in the correct finishing order in the designated race. 

Interview: Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Mar 14, 2014

The HK$ 16 million Hong Kong Derby runs on March 16th at Sha Tin. Sponsored by BMW, the Derby is one of Hong Kong’s most historic races, with the first race being run over 125 years ago in 1873 some 13 years before the official founding of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Woodbine 2014 Stakes Schedule Announced Mar 13, 2014

TORONTO, March 13 – One hundred and two stakes races, worth nearly $20 million in purses, will highlight Woodbine's 133-day Thoroughbred meet in 2014.

The Woodbine stakes schedule, unveiled today by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), is highlighted by the 155th running of the Queen's Plate. The 1 1/4-mile classic, which carries a $1 million purse, is set for Sunday, July 6.

United Arab Emirates Horses to Contest Groundbreaking China Raceday in April Mar 12, 2014

The inaugural staging of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup race day, a partnership between the Meydan Group and the Chengdu Municipal Government is scheduled for Sunday April 6, 2014.

The groundbreaking race meeting, which will be held at the Jinma Racecourse in the Garden City of Chengdu in Wenjiang District will consist of five turf races, highlighted by the 2200m Chengdu Dubai International Cup and the Wenjiang Meydan Classic over 1600m, both presented by Longines.

Horse Racing Science: The Gene Genie, Dr Emmeline Hill Mar 11, 2014

Emmeline Hill's family is steeped in the horse racing world, but her research into equine genetics saw her straddle tradition and science to revolutionalise the industry, writes Donal Lynch

It was a eureka moment that is burned forever in Emmeline Hill's memory. Late one night in 2009, in a hotel room in Colorado, she began receiving data relating to her research into horse DNA on her laptop. "I ran some analysis and at first I just didn't believe what I was seeing," she says.

Texas Veterans Rehabilitate Horses and. . . Themselves Mar 11, 2014

Texas Veterans Rehabilitate Horses and. . . Themselves

Service and strength are two qualities veterans and horses share.

A program called Veterans Equine Therapy Services (VETS) is uniting veterans and horses together to bring out their best qualities.

"It [has] definitely changed my life," said veteran Darryl Hamilton.

American Horse Council launches campaign to expose newcomers to horses Mar 10, 2014

"Time to Ride," an effort to expose 100,000 new people to horses over a 100-day period, has been launched by the American Horse Council in partnership with Thoroughbred interests represented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club.

The campaign was announced March 8 at the annual American Quarter Horse Association convention in New Orleans.

Game on Dude makes history winning his third Santa Anita Handicap Mar 09, 2014

Game on Dude makes history winning his third Santa Anita Handicap

Experts thought Game On Dude had lost a step, but the gallant old gelding proved them wrong with a history-making third victory in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 8 at Santa Anita Park.

Jockey Gary Stevens has every reason to smile Mar 08, 2014

While the cheerless early morning gloom wrapped around Santa Anita Racetrack is decidedly un-Californian, there’s a touch of the Zen master about Gary Stevens that is as west coast as a Big Sur yoga retreat.

“I feel really good right now,” says Stevens, tapping a finger to his crown. “The biggest thing is staying flexible and the stretching really helps me. Touch wood, I feel good.”

Horses and Human Health: Therapy horses help put traumas out to pasture Mar 07, 2014

Horses and Human Health: Therapy horses help put traumas out to pasture

By Jim Haug

At a ranch-style retreat for families dealing with the death of a loved one, white poster-board signs with the words ‘anger,’ ‘guilt’ and other emotions written on them were attached to tires and traffic cones along a ‘path of grief.’

New York Racing Association to Invest in Capital Improvements Mar 07, 2014

New York Racing Association announced March 5 that it will invest $1.9 million at Saratoga Race Course for a series of capital improvements designed to enhance the customer experience during the 2014 summer meet, as well as $5.9 million in similar improvements at Aqueduct Racetrack and $680,000 at Belmont Park.

Jockey Profile: Aaron Gryder Mar 06, 2014
Thoroughbred Horse Racing Jockey Profile: Aaron GryderBill Dwyer, LA Times
 
Jockey Aaron Gryder's life is not just a story. It's an odyssey.
 
When he climbs aboard Blingo on Saturday in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the most prestigious race for older thoroughbreds west of the Mississippi, he will be an afterthought.
 
Horse Racing Australia: Victoria Racing Club unveil plans for $120 million grandstand at Flemington Mar 04, 2014

By Press Release - The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today revealed plans to build a $120 million grandstand at Flemington that will be a landmark destination and deliver experiences unsurpassed by any racecourse in the world.

Hong Kong Gold Cup Winner Military Attack Invited to Dubai World Cup Mar 04, 2014

John Moore has his eyes on racing's richest purse after Horse of the Year Military Attack was elevated into the Dubai World Cup field on Tuesday, giving Hong Kong two horses in the US$10 million race for the first time.

Military Attack was initially invited for the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free, but after a dominant last-start win and a request from trainer Moore, he will now face Richard Gibson's Akeed Mofeed at Meydan on March 29.

Horse Racing Ireland: Irish Champions Weekend Details Announced Mar 03, 2014

Horse Racing Ireland: Irish Champions Weekend

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has announced the full race programme for the 2014 Irish Champions Weekend, which places two iconic racing fixtures, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St. Leger, back-to-back on September 13th and 14th at Leopardstown and the Curragh respectively.

Horse Racing Q & A: Churchill Downs New Track Announcer Larry Collmus Mar 03, 2014

Churchill Downs new track announcer Larry Collmus takes time to do a Q & A with Neil Benoit of Getting Out of the Gate answering questions about how he got started, how he prepares for each race, and his memories of different races and two decades at Monmouth Park. 

How did you get interested in this line of work?     

Grayson-Jockey Club to Provide Research Funding in 2014 Mar 01, 2014

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s board of directors announced Feb. 27 that the foundation will fund a slate of 19 research projects worth $1,003,580 in 2014. The list includes 11 new projects and five that are in their second year, as well as three Storm Cat Career Development Awards.

The 2014 allocation brings the foundation’s total impact since 1983 to $20.9 million in funding for 310 projects at 41 universities.

Horse Racing Next Gen: Peter Aiello, Hialeah Park Mar 01, 2014

Peter Aiello is the announcer and director of simulcasting at Hialeah Park, and was the announcer for Gulfstream Park’s summer meet this year. He graduated from the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program and interned for Horse Racing Alberta, and also took guest announcing stints at Rillito Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and the Arizona Fair Circuit. He has also served as the announcer at River Downs.

PR: What got you hooked on racing, and why?

Horse Racing Australia: Surprise 2013 Cox Plate Winner takes Australian Guineas Mar 01, 2014

Shamus Award wins 2014 Australian Guineas

Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.

It was so again in the Australian Guineas when Cox Plate winner Shamus Award proved beyond doubt that his win in Australia's weight-for-age championship event last spring was no fluke with a convincing win in the 1600-metre group 1 classic at Flemington.

Triple Crown Elusive: Consecutive Kentucky Derby Wins Equally So Feb 27, 2014

By Steve Davidowitz

When Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey left the Churchill Downs winner's circle last May, he took Kentucky Derby winner Orb to the Preakness in Baltimore as the only horse with a chance to sweep the elusive American Triple Crown.

Didn't happen.

"Sure, I was disappointed," McGaughey said. "But the letdown didn't last long. I still was feeling the excitement of having won the Derby and I knew that was something nobody would ever take away from me, or the horse."

Racing fans, however, were disappointed.

NBC and Churchill Downs have reached a 10-year agreement Feb 26, 2014

NBC and Churchill Downs have reached a 10-year agreement to extend the network’s exclusive rights to broadcast the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

The deal runs through 2025 and extends a partnership started in 2001.

While the Derby will continue airing on NBC, the Oaks and other Derby Day programming will be carried exclusively on NBC Sports Network, the cable channel.

MANE: horses helping people with physical and emotional disabilities in Alabama Feb 26, 2014

MANE: horses helping human health

Most forms of physical therapy take place indoors with machines, therapists and painful repetition.

But MANE, which stands for Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, takes a different approach, using horse therapy and the Pike Road outdoors to aid people with physical and emotional disabilities.

High praise for retiring Epsom Derby and Arc champion jockey Johnny Murtagh Feb 26, 2014

Jockey Johnny Murtagh riding 2000 Arc winner Sinndar

AP McCoy last night described Johnny Murtagh as one of the best jockeys he has ever seen, following the triple Epsom Derby winner's announcement that he is retiring from the saddle to concentrate on training.

Three of Europe's major racing nations form strategic alliance Feb 24, 2014

THREE of Europe's major racing nations have formed a strategic alliance in a bid to attract worldwide investment into the European racing and bloodstock industry.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), Great British Racing International and the French Racing and Breeding Committee will work together to ensure European bloodstock is shown off in the best light, while continuing to promote their own regions.

Horse Racing Hong Kong: Military Attack wins Gold Cup Feb 24, 2014

Military Attack with Joao Moreira after winning 2014 Hong Kong Gold CupMilitary Attack reasserted his authority over his domestic rivals this afternoon, Sunday, 23 February, with an imperious victory in the HKG1 Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) that puts Hong Kong’s reigning Horse of the Year firmly on course for a date in Dubai at the end of March.

Horse Race Commentator: Walter Vijay mans the mic at Selangor Turf Club Feb 22, 2014

By Kerry-Ann Augustin

I BRAVE headache-inducing traffic on a sweltering Saturday afternoon and head to Sungai Besi, a township in Kuala Lumpur that the Selangor Turf Club has called home since it moved from its grounds in Jalan Ampang 21 years ago.

Adena Springs buys interest in Mucho Macho Man Feb 21, 2014

Mucho Macho Man with his Trainer Kathy Ritvo

Adena Springs Press Release

 

Horses helping veterans: "My therapist lives in a barn" Feb 20, 2014

There’s a T-shirt that says: My therapist lives in a barn.

Richard Mosley isn’t wearing one, but he’s a believer.

His therapists are seven horses among the 90 that live at Buffalo Meadows Ranch in San Timoteo Canyon. The exercises he did with them over seven weeks late last year have been his salvation, he said.

Mosley, 45, has gone from being an angry, suicidal Iraq war veteran with post traumatic stress disorder and on the brink of divorce to a man who has found some peace with himself and is working to mend the family that he nearly shattered.

IFHA Announces Co-Chairmen of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee Feb 20, 2014

Press Release - Louis ROMANET, the Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), today announced the appointment of Phil SMITH, Head of Handicapping for the British Horseracing Authority, as co-chairman of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee, replacing Garry O’GORMAN, Senior Flat Handicapper for the Irish Turf Club who has decided to stand down after serving six years in the position. Nigel GRAY, Head of Handicapping and Race Planning for The Hong Kong Jockey Club will remain in his current capacity as co-chairman.

Historic workshop on international competition horse movement opens in Hong Kong Feb 18, 2014

Press Release - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is hosting a three day regional workshop for Asia, the Far East and Oceania, at Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong. The event opened today, Tuesday 18 February.

The workshop is the first of its kind ever held in Asia, and is co-organised by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong Government (AFCD) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).

Horse Racing Next Gen: Edmonton Oilers Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Feb 18, 2014

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins his horse, Zenya

EDMONTON - He’s not exactly D. Wayne Lukas, but even the legendary horse trainer got his start somewhere.

Growing up, Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two passions: hockey and thoroughbred racing.

Horse Racing British Columbia: Multi-year deal agreed for funding arrangements Feb 17, 2014

Press Release - The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee today finalized a multi-year funding arrangement among the principal participants in the industry – track operator Great Canadian Gaming Corp., the Thoroughbred sector and the Standardbred sector.

Horse racing and baseball linked by 140 years of history Feb 16, 2014

By Steve Davidowitz

It's snowing in the east again.

It's ice cold in the midwest and they're even doing the Luge in a small Russian town hosting the current cold weather Olympics.

Add all that together and it can only mean one thing: Spring is in the air.

Yes, Spring! Want proof?

Legions of major league baseball players are reporting for spring training in Florida and Arizona. Dozens of the best 3-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses are revving up for the Kentucky Derby in prep races every weekend.

Kiwanis Horses for Handicapped helps participants rein in obstacles Feb 16, 2014

Horses Human Health: Kiwanis Horses for Handicapped

SEMINOLE — Katie Mazgaj sat tall atop her horse, Dexter, giving a slight tug on the reins to weave among a series of tightly placed cones.

Horse Racing: It's not just about the Champions Feb 14, 2014

Silver Indy with Sandy Hatfield of Three Chimneys Farm

By Amanda Duckworth, ESPN

Horse Racing Next Gen: South Africa's S'manga Khumalo Feb 13, 2014

South African jockey S'manga Khumalo

(CNN) -- It's been a long time coming. A very long time. But S'manga Khumalo is proving that black jockeys can hold the whip hand in South Africa.

Whites may still dominate horse racing there, but it was the diminutive Khumalo who reigned supreme last year when he became the first black jockey to win the Durban July event in its 117-year history.

Ray Paulick: What would horse racing do without The Jockey Club? Feb 12, 2014

Paulick ReportThings I thought I’d never say.

“Where would the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry be today if it weren’t for The Jockey Club?”

Horse therapy helping at-risk youth in Australia Feb 12, 2014

By Lucie Bell

Research published in the journal Youth Studies Australia suggests that equine therapy is an effective way to help young people who are troubled or at-risk.

Catherine Waite, from the Rural Health Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne, spoke to 40 young people over 12 months.

"We interviewed people who are 14 to18 years old," Ms Waite said.

Horse Racing Marketing: Ireland Land of the Horse Feb 11, 2014

A brief video which captures the majesty of the horse in pictures and the enormous economic impact of the horse industry in words.

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Horse Racing Ireland 2013 Statistics, January 2014

Belmont Stakes Day has $8m in purses for 2014 Feb 08, 2014

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that its 2014 Belmont Stakes card on Saturday, June 7 will offer total purses of $8 million and feature 10 stakes races. In 2013, only one card, Breeders' Cup Saturday at Santa Anita Park, had purses totaling more than $8 million.

Horse Racing Next Gen: Portland Meadows Top Jockey Eliska Kubinova Feb 06, 2014

Eliska Kubinova leads her horse down the stretch to the finish line on a muddy day during the recently ended Portland Meadows season.

By Ron Mason

Eliska Kubinova is living the American Dream, which, for her, means riding racehorses for a living.

YUP Racing looking to grow horse racing fanbase Feb 05, 2014

LOS ANGELES, California February 04, 2014 - Singpoli Group has announced that Lou Raffetto, Jr. has been named President of YUP Racing, effective January 1, 2014. YUP Racing is a new company to provide the Chinese American community information about horse racing.

Mr. Raffetto has served throughout his career in several executive positions in the horse racing industry. Most recently, he was President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Previously, Raffetto served as President/Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Jockey Club for seven years.

Florida horse industry has $900m statewide economic impact Feb 04, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.– At a Senate Gaming Committee hearing in Tallahassee Monday, members of the Florida horse industry unveiled impressive new economic impact figures from a just released statewide study. A coalition of Florida horse racing and breeding organizations retained Cummings Associates to develop a comprehensive estimate of the economic impacts of the horse racing industry in Florida.

Major findings of the study unveiled Monday included:

• The horse racing industry supports more than 12,000 jobs statewide.

Almost 100k race goers celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Feb 03, 2014

Almost 100k race goers celebrate Chinese New Year at Sha Tin RacecourseA holiday crowd of 98,149 ensured a vibrant festival atmosphere as racegoers celebrated the Year of the Horse at Hong Kong’s traditional Chinese New Year raceday today, Sunday 2, February.

Arlington to Offer $5.5 Million Stakes Schedule for 2014 Feb 03, 2014

In the year that Arlington International celebrates the 25th anniversary of the rebuilding of racing’s most modern and customer-friendly facilities, the world renowned racetrack announced that the Festival of Racing will be on Saturday, Aug. 16. The International Festival features five stakes races including three Grade I events – the $1,000,000 Arlington Million for 3-year-olds & up; the $750,000 Beverly D. for fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & up; and the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds – as well as the third edition of $400,000 American St.

Longines named official partner for Latin American horse racing body Feb 03, 2014

Swiss watch brand Longines has become an official partner for the Organización Latinoamericana de Fomento del Sangre Pura de Carrera (OSAF), a leading Latin American horse racing body.

As part of the agreement, Longines' Conquest Classic is named as the official watch of the annual Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano horse race, which will be held on 15 March this year in Lima, Peru.

Horse Racing Next Gen: Chelsey Keiser pursues jockey dream Feb 01, 2014

Young jockey Chelsey Keiser, with her family

By Heather Meade

NORTH STAR - Being a female jockey isn’t an easy feat, as any who have managed it will concur, but with drive and determination, women can make it in a ‘man’s world’ of horse racing. Chelsey Keiser, a Versailles High School graduate, decided to follow her life-long dream, despite the odds, she said.

Horse racing in Singapore is taking off Jan 29, 2014

Singapore Turf Club

As the year of the horse gets underway, horse racing in Singapore is taking off.

The number of race horses in the city state has doubled since 2007 to 1,400 and the market is now starting to attract more international patrons, according to Wade Burridge, managing director of PremierRacingPartnerships.com.

Majesty of the Horse: Let Her Go Jan 29, 2014

2014 Superbowl ad from Budweiser captures the majesty of the horse perfectly!

Hong Kong Celebrates Year of the Horse Jan 29, 2014

A portrait of Akeed Mofeed at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able - the horse holds a special place in Chinese astrology and mysticism and those born in its year are said to carry some of the same characteristics of their zodiac symbol.

Jockeys Guild: Personally Connect with Fans to Promote Horse Racing Jan 28, 2014

Thoroughbred Racing Associations president Scott Wells has seen first-hand how race fans, and potential new fans, connect with jockeys.

Wells, president of Lone Star Park and Remington Park, said a series of commercials featuring the Remington jockey colony have proven popular in Oklahoma City. The spots typically have run at the end of Remington Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse racing seasons, serving to promote the track's casino operation while keeping an emphasis on racing.

Swiss banker Ends 20 Year Career to Pursue Horse Racing Dream Jan 28, 2014

Swiss banker Michael Reichstein

After more than 20 years in the financial-services rat race, Swiss banker Michael Reichstein packed it in and turned to horse racing for a living.

Year of the Horse: Sea the Stars Jan 28, 2014

Christopher Tsui, with Sea the Stars

Christopher Tsui is gearing up for a strong year of mating.

The auspicious Year of the Horse is approaching, and the Hong Kong-based private investor sees the possibility for more interest in one of his long-term investment projects: a champion race horse with a potentially lucrative career in breeding.

Stress on the Derby Trail Jan 27, 2014

By Steve Haskin, Bloodhorse.com

We’ve already seen some stress and low tolerance building in the camp of one of the leading Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

Following the Seahawks – Forty Niners game, we saw what can happen when the media probes a star player at a time when his emotions are still running high and the adrenaline is still flowing. There is no down time to gather one’s composure. It is, “What are you feeling right now?” The public wants to know.

$750k for Jose Arias as winner of Handicapping Championship Jan 27, 2014

Jose Arias of Bell Gardens near Los Angeles topped a field of 500 to win the 15th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 26 in Las Vegas.

Arias took home the $750,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as "Handicapper of the Year" in this year's event presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable, and Treasure Island Las Vegas.

Jockey Velazquez returns from injury: “It’s great to be here.” Jan 27, 2014

When John Velazquez rode the three-year-old Monopolize onto the track for the fourth race at Gulfstream Park, he was greeted by resounding cheers.

The shouts of well wishes rang out in honor of the Hall of Fame jockey’s first race in almost three months while recovering from injuries he sustained in a spill back in November. In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita Park, Velazquez’s mount Secret Compass tragically broke down. The filly was euthanized, while Velazquez underwent emergency surgery to remove his spleen and was hospitalized for several days.

Healing Horses: Ride out the Storm Jan 25, 2014

The natural empathy of horses is proving a powerful antidote to the stresses of our own lives.

By Linda McSweeny, The Age

Horse therapy a growing trend in treating mental health issues Jan 24, 2014

By Mia Sheldon

“I never thought I would be a victim,” says Lauri Walker tearfully. “I thought I could do it on my own, but I couldn’t. I needed help.”

Living alone on 21 acres outside Owen Sound, Ont.,Walker cherishes nothing more than having a home and being around animals. But after a string of abusive relationships, Lauri says she was left defeated.

In UK, horse racing boosts local economy of Newmarket by £200m+ per year Jan 22, 2014

Horseracing, Britain's second biggest spectator sport, benefits the economy around Flat racing's 'headquarters' of Newmarket by more than £208m annually and is responsible for more than 8,500 jobs within a 25-mile radius, according to a new study by leading economic research provider, SQW.

Horse Racing Next Gen: Meet Christian Hellmers, Horseplayer Jan 19, 2014

By Julie Sarno

Rancho Santa Fe resident Christian Hellmers is a leading character in “Horseplayers,” a reality show that will air on Esquire television. The first episode of the 10-show horse racing series is scheduled to air at 10 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The show is about the high-stakes world of professional handicapping. “Handicapping” is the process of analyzing data and selecting horses to bet money on.

Horse Racing and The NFL Face Same Dilemma Jan 18, 2014

The NFL’s Dilemma

By Brian Vellmure

The NFL faces an interesting dilemma. Popularity is at an all time high, but attendance has been steadily falling for the past several years. How could this be?

The summary answer is that the “experience” of watching from home has begun to rival and in some cases even surpass that of attending a live game.

New York Racing Association reporting 2.3 per cent handle increase in 2013 Jan 17, 2014

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) posted a 2.3 percent average daily total handle gain for 2013. The gain follows a 2012 season during which NYRA posted sizable gains in all handle categories.

Average daily handle wagered on races at NYRA's three racetracks - Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course - increased 2.3 percent in 2013 to $9,198,298, up from $8,990,691 in 2012. For the year, NYRA hosted 239 racing days, six fewer than in 2012, and fewer than any of the preceding four years.

Bill to expand Kentucky-bred purse supplement program clears Senate 36-1 Jan 17, 2014

FRANKFORT, KY. — A bill to expand a Kentucky thoroughbred purse supplement fund to include certain horses — eligible to be bought in a race — easily passed the state Senate on Thursday and now goes to the House of Representatives.

The 36-1 vote on Senate Bill 26, sponsored by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, came with no discussion on the floor beyond the sponsor’s brief summation.

Horse of Year Candidates Took Varied Paths Jan 17, 2014

By Claire Novak

Three runners who delivered remarkably different campaigns in 2013 face off for Horse of the Year honors, highlighting the open-for-interpretation nature of the category.

Winners in the 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The ceremony will air live on HRTV.

First visit to Britain on agenda for brilliant Treve Jan 17, 2014

Treve winning 2013 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

BRITISH racegoers can look forward to a first glimpse of last year's joint-best horse as Treve's provisional programme includes a trip to Royal Ascot, connections revealed on Thursday.

Help Sagamore name their blackout colt Jan 16, 2014

Sagamore Farm Blackout ColtInside the stables at the historic Sagamore Farm, General Manager Tom Mullikin introduces us to a thoroughbred colt, otherwise known as Sagamore Racing’s horse with no name.

“Really cool demeanor, personality. When he’s out with the other colts, he’s the boss. He’s alpha; he’s in charge,” Mullikin said. “If I had to equate him to a current Baltimore Raven, he’s a Vonta Leach.”

World's Best Racehorses for 2013: Treve and Black Caviar Jan 16, 2014

BLACK CAVIAR, the winner of all her 25 races, and outstanding Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve have been announced as the world's best by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee on Thursday.

The deadly duo couldn't be split by the committee, who awarded both horses a rating of 130 as they topped the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2013.

Horse Racing UK: Qipco backs King George in five-year Ascot deal Jan 14, 2014

ASCOT’S King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which has carried the Betfair name since 2009, will be sponsored by Qipco Holding as part of a five-year partnership with the racecourse.

While the value of the mid-season middle-distance showpiece remains unchanged at £1 million, it becomes the third race carrying a seven-figure purse to be run at the Berkshire track under the Qipco umbrella, joining the £1.3m Champion Stakes and £1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Ride a gallops workout with British Jockey Richard Hughes Jan 13, 2014

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be a Champion Jockey and put a horse through a serious piece of exercise on the gallops, then now you have the chance. 

Investing in the future of horse racing: ABR Brand Ambassadors Jan 13, 2014

By Matt Gardner

The other day The Jockey Club, along with NTRA Communications, re-upped the America's Best Racing Brand Ambassadors for the 2014 racing season. The marketing initiative was a result of an increased focus by the industry over the last couple of years to educate and attract new fans to the sport. From the press release from the Jockey Club:

Korean horses begin 2014 racing campaign in United States Jan 13, 2014

Korean Derby and Oaks winner Speedy First and Minister’s Cup winner Major King are in the United States where they will be trained and raced for at least the first part of the year.

The pair, who between them won 3 of the 4 Korean Classic races in 2013, arrived at JFK Airport last week and are currently in quarantine. They are then expected to transfer to Laurel Park in Maryland to enter training.

Horses help treat depression Jan 13, 2014

Horses help fight depression

SHE battled depression and dark thoughts – but now Zeb Nawaz is helping other people with their demons by offering them time with her horse.

Zeb, 35, from Gloucester, struggled with depression and anxiety earlier in her life and sought medical help.

She tried various anti-depressants prescribed to her but none of them helped.

Horse Racing Profile: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas Jan 12, 2014

By Tim Sullivan

Excluding an operation for a ruptured disc, and an insurance physical arranged to appease investors, D. Wayne Lukas has devoted his life to avoiding doctors.

“I shouldn’t say this,” the venerable thoroughbred horse trainer said, “and I don’t say it boastfully, but I haven’t been to a doctor in 50 years. I don’t get a checkup or nothing, which is not good. I don’t go to doctors (because) they might tell you something you don’t want to know.”

Study Looks at Racehorses' Transitions to Second Careers Jan 10, 2014

By Tom LaMarra, The Horse

A study on former racehorses transitioned to second career indicates a large percentage of them are acquired from their owners, not auctions.

The Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) released the results of the study Jan. 9. It stemmed from a 2013 survey of the owners of 4,200 ex-racehorses in 47 states and Canada, the RRTP said.

The emotional health benefits of equine-assisted therapy Jan 09, 2014

What is it about a horse that helps people heal from various mental and emotional health problems? The answer to this question is multi-layered and involves the unique interplay of the horse’s qualities with the specific needs of humans that are related to connection, attachment, and trust. These human needs associated with social engagement and relationship are essential for all humans; however, problems with meeting these needs are most often at the root of mental and emotional health issues such as addictions, depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

Horse Racing Next Generation: Attracting young owners to the sport Jan 09, 2014

Horse Racing Next Generation 

Trainers Matt Cumani, Tony Gollan and Brent Stanley in Australia this week discussed the future of horse racing.

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. . ."With this next generation coming through, there's a wave coming and when it breaks on the beach we all want to make sure we're in the right place to catch it. It's coming at some point," Cumani says.

Horse Racing: What's your racetrack experience? Jan 08, 2014

Read this article and let us know if this has been your racetrack experience.

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The New NYRA Customer Experience

By Dean Keppler

Horse Racing Marketing: Interview with CEO of Great British Racing Jan 08, 2014

In an interview published on January 7th 2014, CEO of Great British Racing, Rod Street, comments on the challenges faced by British horse racing in recent years and the marketing efforts initiated to make the sport of horse racing relevant in the crowded world of leisure and entertainment options. Some key points made during the interview include the need:

- to have a dedicated promotion team in place 

Jockey Club partners with one of the largest music promoters in the UK for joint venture Jan 07, 2014

The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing and one of the largest music promoters in the UK, today launched a joint venture partnership, Jockey Club Live, to secure, promote and produce music and other forms of live entertainment at its 15 well-known racecourse venues nationwide.

Horse Racing Next Generation: New ambassadors for America's Best Racing Initiative in 2014 Jan 07, 2014

America's Best Racing

On the heels of a successful debut in 2013, The Jockey Club announced today that it will continue the America’s Best Racing mobile marketing tour with a team of six brand ambassadors embedded in key racing markets throughout 2014 and 2015. The major racing events of the tour will be supported by the 2014 edition of the “ABRV,” a bus that will focus on hospitality and direct fan education.

View from Australian CEO of British Horseracing Authority Jan 07, 2014

Paul Bittar CEO British Horseracing AuthorityTWO years into one of the world's most important racing jobs, Wagga man Paul Bittar is loving every minute of his role as chief executive of British Horseracing Authority.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Wagga racing administrator Greg Nichols, Bittar is enjoying the challenge of being the number one man in British racing.

Economic Impact of British Racing 2013 Jan 06, 2014

From the Foreward:

British Racing has faced, and largely come through, a significant test. We were never going to be immune to the wider financial difficulties that still prevail, but can all be extremely proud of the scale of our sport’s continued contribution to the British economy. Core industry expenditure of over £1.1 billion and a total economic impact of £3.45 billion are just the headline demonstrations of British Racing’s importance.

Korea’s horse racing industry goes global Jan 06, 2014

By Shin Ji-hye 

In recent years, Korea’s horse racing industry has gained the spotlight from the global market. The nation’s racehorses have been exported to other countries including Malaysia and Macau, and Korea also held its first international race with Japan last November. 

The state-run Korea Racing Authority said it exported broadcasts of the race to Singapore for the first time in Korea last December. The KRA signed a deal with Singapore Turf Club to air the grand prize race at Seoul Racing Park. 

Panasonic Announces Installation of World's Largest 4K Video Board at Churchill Downs Jan 06, 2014

The new “Big Board” under construction at Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby, will be the only video board in an outdoor stadium or arena capable of displaying the new and advanced 4K ultra-high definition technology.

The announcement was made by Panasonic Corporation of North America and Churchill Downs Racetrack on Monday in advance of the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest consumer electronics show that runs Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

Horse Racing South Africa: Queen's Plate runs Jan 11th Jan 06, 2014

Cape Town - Equestrian champions, trainers and jockeys alike are gearing up for the Cape’s most elegant horse racing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, which holds its 153rd running on January 11, 2014 at Kenilworth Racecourse, with contenders competing for the coveted R1 million purse.

Bloodline: The Search for Speed Jan 04, 2014

Irish researchers talk about what makes some Thoroughbred race horses faster than others and their efforts to find the "speed" gene.  With the help of Dawn Approach and Trainer Jim Bolger.

Son of Hall of Fame jockey looking to make his mark as a trainer Jan 04, 2014

Given his bloodlines, it was always a good bet that Tory Stevens would wind up with a career around horses.

His father, Gary Stevens, is a Hall of Fame jockey who is approaching 5,000 lifetime victories, including nine in the Triple Crown and 10 in the Breeders' Cup.

New York Times Wins Media Eclipse for Baze Package Jan 04, 2014

The New York Times has won the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the audio/Internet category for "The Jockey," a profile of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, which appeared online Aug. 13.

Horse Racing Fresh Faces: Kate Sheehan Jan 03, 2014

By Natalie Voss

Despite the recent economic recession and resulting shrinking of the Thoroughbred industry, some members of Generation Y are choosing to launch careers in racing. Each week, we will ask these young professionals what issues they’re most concerned about, and how they think they could be solved.

Young People in Horse Racing: Courtenay Hernandez Jan 03, 2014

When Courtney Hernandez took to the track for her first start on December 7, she and mount Wildshoes for Me had tougher competition than the horse’s $5,000 claiming pricetag would suggest. Hernandez left the gate just two spots away from older brother Colby Hernandez.

“My brother rode at the side of me the whole time. I really wasn’t too, too nervous,” she recalled.

That’s probably because racing is in Hernandez’s blood.

Horse Racing Games: Senegal goes live with SENEJEUX virtual horseracing game Jan 03, 2014

The Senegal National Lottery (LONASE) has utilised its partnership with gaming technologies provider SENEJEUX to launch a new fixed-odds, 3D virtual horseracing game in app pari-mutuel urban (PMU) betting outlets in the African country.

The new high-frequency, random number generated virtual horseracing system offers races every five minutes and is capable of operating 24 hours a day.

Horse Therapy: There are many roads to recovery Jan 03, 2014
Lynn Moore with a mounted patrol horse who was retired after a leg injur
On a frozen January night about 15 years ago, Lynn Moore was sitting in the pasture, as usual, after feeding and watering the four horses that had become her sole companions. Her tanking self-esteem had come to match the thermostat readings – both were well below zero.
 
Galileo wins fifth European Championship Jan 03, 2014
Galileo
 
The brilliant Galileo was crowned European champion sire for a fifth time in 2013, during a year in which he cemented his status as the best stallion on the planet.
 
According to Racing Post statistics, Galileo’s 162 British and Irish winners in 2013 accrued £4,733,222 in prize money during the year, £2.2 million more than his nearest rival.
 
Study: Some Horses, Riders have 'Co-Being' Relationship Jan 02, 2014

Horse Human Connection - Co-Being (Photo: Dave Landry)

If you’ve ever considered your horse to be your “better half,” you’re not alone. Norwegian and American researchers recently found that riders and horses can enter into a unique state of interspecies “co-being” with one other. 

Wounded Warrior Stables' Sushi Empire running for a cause Jan 02, 2014

There was more than one winner when Sushi Empire rolled to a stylish 1 ¼-length victory in Wednesday’s Blue Norther Stakes.

The owner of the 3-year-old Empire Maker filly is George (Chip) McEwen III, racing as Wounded Warrior Stables, whose donations benefit members of the U.S. military injured in the line of duty, and other worthwhile causes.

McEwen’s patriotism is much more than skin deep. His silks listed in the program are described as, “Yellow, purple heart, purple hoop on sleeves, purple cap.”

Ontario Horse Racing: Fort Erie Racetrack is top newsmaker in 2013 Dec 30, 2013

Ontario horse racing Fort ErieAs Fort Erie Racetrack makes The Niagara Review's list of newsmakers of the year, Racing Future continues to work through the Christmas-Ne

Horses improve health of elderly: riding surprise for 91 year old Dec 27, 2013
Horses improve health of elderly
By Benjamin Wood
 
Barbara Wynn grew up riding her horse, Tony, & racing other children in her Layton neighborhood.
 
Horse Racing: It's all about the Horse Dec 23, 2013

Orfevre, the horse that 5k Japanese fans followed to France for the Arc d'Triomphe ran his last race on Sunday - the Arima Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse. The Arima Kinen is Japan's Kentucky Derby with a twist; ten of the horses in the field are selected by fan vote.

Ryan Moore will ride Gold Ship in the Arima Kinen in Japan Dec 21, 2013

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore will ride Gold Ship in the Arima Kinen in Japan on Sunday as Orfevre has his final career start.

Moore has already won one of Japan's biggest races this year when landing the Japan Cup aboard the brilliant filly Gentildonna and he's now set to try and land another aboard the son of Stay Gold who won this prize last year as a three year old.

Healing Horses: "Horses literally saved my life." Dec 20, 2013

By Carolyn Grodinsky and Dianne Lashoones

Horse Racing UK: The Jockey Club makes record £19.5m prize money contribution for 2014 Dec 18, 2013

The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, which reinvests every penny it makes back into the sport, today revealed plans to make an industry record £19.5 million contribution to prize money in 2014 from its own resources, beating by more than £1 million its own previous record high of £18.4m it is contributing this year.

Since 2009, The Jockey Club has increased its annual contribution to prize money by £7.1m as a result of its commercial success.

A Thousand Year Vision for Horse Racing Dec 18, 2013

Horse Race Trainer Gerry Belanger with Seal of Moulin on the backstretch at Woodbine

By Gerry Belanger, Trainer

Horse Therapy: Men get second chance at horse farm Dec 17, 2013

Horse Theray: Michael Atkins with Reds at Second Chances Farm

Second Chances Farm is an unlikely partnership between horses and men that may be saving both.

Inside the Sykesville barn classical music hummed from a radio as the men milled about the horses' stalls.

Horse Racing Betting: Sportech to Develop 10 Branded Wagering and Sports Bars in California Dec 16, 2013

Sportech PLC ("Sportech") is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with one of the governing bodies for horseracing in California, the Southern California Off Track Wagering, Inc. ("SCOTWinc"), for a license to allow Sportech to operate up to ten innovative retail venues offering customers the ability to bet on horseracing in a high-end sports bar and restaurant facility.

Racing Future: Inspiring a new generation of horse racing fans Dec 16, 2013

Racing Future is determined to inspire a new generation of fans to enjoy horse racing. We are proud to be a part of this process and are optimistic that our efforts, combined with the efforts of everyone in the horse racing community, can and will make the difference in reinvigorating the sport, which has a long and rich heritage and makes a significant economic impact throughout the province.

Jockey Castellano sets Single-Season Earnings Mark Dec 13, 2013

Jockey Javier Castellano put his name in the record books on Friday at Gulfstream Park, passing Ramon Dominguez to establish a new North American single-season record for purse earnings.

Castellano, 36, set the standard for riders after rallying on the far outside with I Ain’t Gonna Lie ($7.20) to win the third race by a nose over Currency Union for owner and trainer Herman Wilensky.

Using Social Games to Engage Younger Fans Dec 12, 2013

Racetracks may not have the wherewithal to build their own version of Angry Birds to create brand awareness, but they may be able to offer social games to keep fans on-site engaged—and hopefully return.

A panel discussion on social gaming Dec. 11 at the 40th annual Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming offered several ideas for tracks to engage digitally with younger fans. Among the ideas included offering online contests that reward people at the track for accomplishing simple tasks: buying a hot dog, placing two show bets, or even tweeting about their experience.

Saratoga Racing Season: Record Tourism Numbers For Saratoga County Dec 12, 2013

By R.J. DeLuke

The 2013 thoroughbred horse racing season - the 150th at the historic Saratoga Race Course - was a record-breaking economic boon for the city of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County.

But officials were quick to point out that while the race track and Saratoga Performing Arts Center are key cogs in bringing people into the area during the summer, tourism is strong all seasons of the year and efforts are constantly ongoing to strengthen tourism through diversity of events and promotions.

Horse Racing Betting: Chinese horse racing fans get new website Dec 11, 2013
By Frank C. Girardot, Pasadena Star-News
 
Entrepreneur Kin Hui on Tuesday unveiled North America’s first Chinese language website exclusively devoted to the sport of horse racing.
 
Horse Racing: Chinese Language site unveiled
Horses help people learn life lessons Dec 10, 2013

A nudge from the nose of a zebra or a towering 2500-pound Clydesdale horse might send others running.

But Lauren Burke, a graduate student at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University’s school for social work, instead extends a curved hand to return the equine “hello”.

Burke, in her required social work field placement, has spent the last 18 months at Ohio’s Pebble Ledge Ranch in Novelty, Ohio, learning to communicate with horses, and a zebra, in its Spirit of Leadership program.

Horse Racing: Best value for sports fans Dec 10, 2013

Horseracing is Britain's best value day out for sports fans, according to a new report published by the Racecourse Association.

 

The research, conducted by Deloitte, shows that racing consistently costs less than other major sports such as Twenty20 cricket, Football League games, a round of golf, domestic rugby and Premier League football and other competing leisure activities.

 

Japan's Lord Kanaloa wins his second Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday Dec 09, 2013

Lord Kanaloa ended his racing career with a most impressive win in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on SundayJapanese superstar Lord Kanaloa stamped himself as the best sprinter in the world with a dominant victory in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin yesterday.

2013 LONGINES HKIR delivers a great occasion of international sport Dec 08, 2013

Sensational world-class sporting action played out before an enthusiastic crowd of close to 70,000 racegoers on course Sunday 8 December, and there was plenty for the home fans to cheer as three of the four Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races went the way of local heroes.

Ontario Horse Racing: Innovation Summit to take place Dec 16th Dec 07, 2013

On Monday, December 16, 2013 the Ontario Racing Commission and the Ontario Ministries of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs are co-sponsoring the Horse Racing Innovation Summit.

Time: 9:30 – 3:00 pm

Location: Flamboro Downs Racetrack, 967 Highway #5 West Hamilton (Flamborough), ON L9H 5G1 

Support Growing for Year of The Horse Festival at Fort Erie Racetrack Dec 06, 2013

Racing Future has partnered with Prime Advertising and Fort Erie Racetrack to develop a horse racing festival proposal centred on The Year of The Horse. The success of this project will have a tremendous impact not only for Fort Erie Racetrack and the surrounding community but also for the Province of Ontario. Among the many benefits, the proposal will:

- encourage citizens in Southern Ontario and Western New York to visit the Niagara Region with new and unique attractions;

“Pack the House”: University of Kentucky Hoops Giving Away Unique Horse Racing Experience at Duke Game Dec 05, 2013
Race Horse Patinka with her owner, Dr Stuart BrownLEXINGTON, Ky. –  In an effort to “Pack the House” vs. No. 2 Duke in Rupp Arena on Sunday, Dec. 22, the Kentucky women’s basketball program has paired up with horse owner and prominent Lexington area veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown to offer one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind horse racing experience.
 
Horse Racing Hong Kong: Barrier Draw Complete for International Races Dec 05, 2013
Nervous anticipation always accompanies the barrier draw for the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and today’s event was no different to previous years with lady luck playing her hand to the delight or chagrin of gathered connections.
 
MOONLIGHT CLOUD is one of the standout stars at this year’s Turf World Championships and seemed to draw well enough in gate six for her G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile assignment on Sunday (8 December), although trainer Freddy Head was not completely satisfied.
 
Australia's Kerrin McEvoy claims Hong Kong Jockey Title Dec 04, 2013
Kerrin McEvoyThe dozen riders competing in the four Championship races at Happy Valley had ridden in excess of 24,000 winners between them, with Richard Hughes, Ryan Moore and Christophe Soumillon also taking part.
 
Bloodhorse: new feature showcases locations for North American racetracks Dec 04, 2013

Bloodhorse.com map of North American RacetracksBloodhorse.com announced a new feature of the site today - an interactive map of North American racetracks.

Racing Thoroughbred Buffering recruited to inspire Brisbane Lions Dec 03, 2013

Brisbane Lions FFC Newest Ambassador: Buffering

OF ALL the unusual sources of inspiration for a football club, the Brisbane Lions are looking to draw hope from the deeds of champion horse Buffering ahead of the 2014 season.

Australia's best sprinter and the winner of three Group One races in the past six weeks, Buffering and trainer Rob Heathcote were signed up as Lions members on Monday morning.

Ramon Dominguez and Saratoga WarHorse Dec 02, 2013

It has only been in recent years that our society has recognized post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat military personnel returning home from war and anyone else exposed to an extreme traumatic event that has altered their life. Going back to World War I, this disorder was trivialized with the term shell shock.

Equestrian program therapeutic for riders, Boys and Girls Ranch youth Dec 02, 2013

Therapeutic Riding Program - Billings Montana

Mary Mitzel kicked up a small cloud of dust as she weaved around a handful of people and raced up to a small milk chocolate-colored horse tethered to the wall.

“I have to say goodbye to Lena before I leave,” she said loudly before giving the horse a quick hug. “Goodbye, Lena.”

First timer Richard Hughes wins 2013 World Super Jockeys Series Dec 02, 2013

Horse Racing Japan: Richard Hughes wins 2013 World Super Jockeys Series

Richard Hughes was the winner of the 2013 World Super Jockeys Series in his first time taking part in this competition.

Horse Racing Japan: World Super Jockeys Series Nov 30, 2013

Horse Racing Japan: World Super Jockeys SeriesThe WORLD SUPER JOCKEYS SERIES (WSJS), a popular annual event in Japan and throughout the world, is a championship that brings together fifteen outstanding jockeys from Europe, North America, Oceania, Asia and Japan.

Fort Erie could host Year of the Horse Festival Nov 28, 2013

Year of The Horse - Fort Erie Racetrack

By Sarah Ferguson

FORT ERIE - A grand festival may be galloping its way to Fort Erie.

If Premier Kathleen Wynne gives it the green light in the next few weeks, organizers will quickly solidify the details to host Fort Erie Celebrates the Year of the Horse Festival with live racing events in August as part of a province-wide celebration.

Black Caviar, Treve, and Wise Dan to be honoured in Hong Kong Nov 28, 2013

Longines World's Best Race Horse RankingsBLACK CAVIAR (AUS) [130] and TREVE (FR) [130], the joint top rated horses in the 2013 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, are to be recognized as such during the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE CEREMONY at the gala dinner of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, which will be held on 6th December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Ce

Movie of long-shot 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird to hit theatres in March 2014 Nov 26, 2013

50-1: Mine That Bird with jockey Calvin Borel winning 2009 Kentucky Derby Ten Furlongs LLC, the company behind the movie “50 to 1,” the story of long-shot 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, is finalizing plans to bring the film to Louisville in the spring.

Horse Racing Australia: Victoria Racing Club delivers record performance Nov 26, 2013

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has delivered a record profit of nearly $7.5 million for the 2012/13 racing season, up from $2.4 million the previous year, strengthening its position to implement its ambitious Masterplan for Flemington.

The profit allowed the Club to fully repay its remaining $9 million bank debt. During the season the VRC invested over $10 million in racecourse improvements, and increased returns to owners, paying more than $36.4 million in prize money.

Horse Racing UK: William Hill opens technology centre in Shoreditch Nov 26, 2013

WILLIAM HILL have announced the launch of what they describe as a "major new technological ‘centre of excellence'" in Shoreditch, east London.

They have opened a 6,000 sq ft office on Scrutton Street at the heart of London's hub for technology companies which will initially house 40 staff and complement William Hill's international online operations in Leeds, London, Gibraltar, Tel Aviv, Sydney and Las Vegas.

William Hill Online managing director Andrew Lee said: "We see this as a hugely significant step in the history of William Hill and, indeed, our industry.

Horse Racing Japan:Gentildonna becomes first back-to-back Japan Cup champion Nov 24, 2013

Reigning horse of the year Gentildonna became the first back-to-back winner of the Japan Cup with a historic photo-finish victory over Denim and Ruby on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse.

The 4-year-old Gentildonna, in her first partnership with English jockey Ryan Moore and who hadn’t won yet in three previous starts this season, was declared the winner by a nose in Japan’s richest race with a purse of ¥521 million — ¥250 million of it going to the champion.

Horses mean a new horizon for rider with traumatic brain injury Nov 24, 2013

Horses Human Health - Lucien Rodriguez

It was swift, violent and senseless. 

Lucian Rodriguez doesn't remember anything about the 2002 incident that stole much of his future. A woman who looked out the peephole in her door called 911 to report the near-fatal beating of the Rutgers Newark student in an apartment complex on 14th Street in Manhattan, where he was left for dead. 

Japan Cup: European raiders face strong home team Nov 23, 2013

THE European contingent of Joshua Tree, Simenon and Dunaden face a formidable challenge in Tokyo on Sunday when they attempt to unseat a strong domestic defence in the 33rd running of the Japan Cup.

Ryan Moore partners star Japanese filly Gentildonna (Sei Ishizaka) as she attempts to become the first back-to-back winner of the 521 million yen (£3.23m) contest. The four-year-old is vying for favouritism alongside the top-class Gold Ship (Naosuke Sugai/Hiroyuki Uchida), with the three visitors accorded relative longshot status.

SIS launches online streaming of Dubai horse racing Nov 21, 2013

Sports broadcaster and data supplier Satellite Information Services (SIS) is to offer coverage of Dubai horse racing for its online and retail customers, with the likes of Bet365, BetVictor, Paddy Power, Boylesports and Betfair to offer live streaming of race meets from the city.

The coverage, which follows a pilot scheme last year, will see SIS provide a regular stream of thoroughbred racing with 31 fixtures to be broadcast from the Jebel Ali and Meydan racecourses from November to March.

Oklahoma equine industry contributes $3.6 billion Nov 20, 2013

The Oklahoma Equine Alliance released a comprehensive study today showing the economic impact generated by the Oklahoma Equine Industry reached $3.6 billion in 2012, yielding roughly 35,070 full time equivalent jobs.   The study was completed in 2013 and commissioned by members of the Oklahoma Equine Alliance. 

School pilot project combines horses with therapy Nov 19, 2013

Many pet owners and animal lovers know the feeling of coming home to an excited dog or cat and having the stress of the day seemingly melt away. They may not be able to explain why having an animal in their life has this impact on them, but pet lovers around the world swear by the positive affects of animals.

Chestermere High School is building off that feeling with their new six-week pilot project that relies on the assistance of horses to help build relationships and communication skills in students with behavioural, social and emotional issues.

Update: Jockey John Velazquez continues to recover Nov 19, 2013

Jockey John Velazquez Continues Recovery

Jockey John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild, continues to recover at his home in Long Island, New York. Velazquez was injured on November 2 at Santa Anita Racetrack when his mount, Secret Compass, broke down during the running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Horses need dentists too! Nov 18, 2013

Equine dentistry is the practice of dentistry in horses, involving the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures.

The practice of equine dentistry varies widely by jurisdiction, with procedures being performed by veterinary physicians (both in general and specialist practice), specialist professionals termed equine dental technicians or equine dentists, and by amateurs, such as horse owners, with varying levels of training.

How a Farrier or Blacksmith puts shoes on race horses Nov 18, 2013

A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary. A farrier combines some blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian's skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses' feet.

Elderly residents enjoy animal therapy visit from Wish the pony Nov 18, 2013

RESIDENTS at a Catterick Garrison care home were thrilled to receive a special equine visit for a pony therapy session.

Rosedale Nursing Home, a residential and nursing home which offers care to the elderly and to those with dementia, was visited by Wish, an American miniature horse as part of a pony therapy session at the home.

The animals and their carers from Country Durham-based K&L Pony Therapy were a huge hit with residents, according to Anna Masheter, the home manager at Rosedale Nursing Home.

Horse Racing Hong Kong: Longines International Jockey Championship set for Dec 4th Nov 13, 2013

by Andrew Hawkins

Champion American jockey Gary Stevens will cap off his remarkable comeback to the saddle when he returns to Hong Kong to ride in next month's Longines International Jockeys' Championship (IJC) at Happy Valley.

The December 4 series will see four past winners of the showpiece return once more - perennial Hong Kong champion Douglas Whyte (2002, 2007, 2008), France's leading rider Christophe Soumillon (dead-heat 2004), Epsom Derby winner Ryan Moore (dead-heat 2009, 2010) and Brazil's Joao Moreira (2012).

Horse Racing Australia: Sydney to host $18 million racing carnival Nov 12, 2013

By Caryl Williamson

 

Sydney will reclaim autumn racing with a revamped and rebranded carnival aimed at attracting international runners to some of the richest races of their kind in the world.

 

The state government has kicked in $10 million for The Championships at Randwick in 2014 to be run on two consecutive Saturdays in April and culminating in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, making it the richest 2000-metre turf race in the world.

 

2014 is The Year of the Horse. . . Introducing Yong Gan 勇 幹 Nov 11, 2013

Yong Gan

Every twelve year cycle of the Chinese calendar is represented by an animal and, for horse lovers around the world, 2014 is a special year because it is the Year of the Horse.

The Horse has a strong, ethical character, and is very social and generous yet disciplined.  While innovative, the Horse is also a practical problem-solver who never gives up.

Effort to save Arlington horse racing season enters home stretch Nov 11, 2013

By Mike Riopell

 

The effort by the Illinois horse racing industry and state lawmakers to save the summer season at Arlington International Racecourse and elsewhere is almost certain to come down to a photo finish.

 

When Illinois lawmakers left Springfield Thursday, they left without a new law to prevent Arlington's live racing season from being cut nearly in half to just 49 days next year.

 

Horses healing through program for veterans giving ranching experience Nov 09, 2013

Horses for Heroes

By Kylene Scott

The battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan have to be a stark difference from ranchlands of New Mexico. For some veterans it’s just the therapy they need.

Elmer Buchanan appointed to 1 year term as Chair of the Ontario Racing Commission Nov 09, 2013

Press Release

Toronto, ON – Elmer Buchanan has been appointed by the Government of Ontario as Chair of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a term of one year. Most recently, he served as a member of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, which met with industry participants and worked to develop a vision for the industry's future.

 

Cuba's Provincial Horse Therapeutic Riding Center Nov 06, 2013
Provincial Horse Therapeutic Riding Center in Camagüey, Cuba
When referring to the Provincial Horse Therapeutic Riding Center in Camagüey, it is hard not to mention a kind and graying haired cowboy, who made possible the existence of this beautiful oasis, dubbed the Jardín de Sueños (Garden of Dreams). 
 
Horses Teaching Bedside Manner to Med Students Nov 06, 2013

Dr. Allan Hamilton, a professor of surgery at the UA, also is a talented horse trainer and owns the Rancho Bosque Equine Center. Realizing the important role non-verbal communication plays when training and interacting with horses, Hamilton developed the world's first program for medical students and professionals using equine-facilitated resources to improve their bedside manner for human patients.

Watch a video demonstration

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man to parade at Gulfstream Nov 05, 2013
Co-owner Patti Reeves and Mucho Macho Man
Press Release - HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Mucho Macho Man, the popular winner of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), will be paraded Saturday, Nov. 9 at Gulfstream Park during the inaugural running of the $1 million Sunshine Millions Preview Day.
 
Melbourne Cup: from $1 to $120k for one horse racing fan Nov 05, 2013

Fiorente Wins Melbourne CupOne lucky Victorian TAB punter correctly selected Fiorente, Red Cadeaux, Mount Athos and Simenon to be the first four horses over the line in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington yesterday.

 

He was one of the big winners on the race that stops a nation as punters wagered $90.6 million through the NSW and Victorian TABs on the Melbourne Cup.

 

Mucho Macho Man trainer Kathy Ritvo counts her blessings Nov 04, 2013

Kathy Ritvo in quiet moment with Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man

After a thrilling nose victory by Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park a day earlier, trainer Kathy Ritvo can finally face the disappointment of his close second-place finish behind Fort Larned in last year’s Classic.

Thousands flock to city for Melbourne Cup parade Nov 04, 2013

Former Melbourne Cup winners Doriemus and Brewon Parade. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

By Lara O'Toole

Thousands of people flocked to the city today for the Melbourne Cup parade of the jockeys and trainers who hope their horse will take home Australia’s richest racing prize.

National horse-riding award for disabled British man Nov 02, 2013

Horses Human Health - Paul Conway

By Chris Webber

A MAN who is completely paralysed in one half of his body and had never been on a horse in his life until the beginning of the year has won a national award for horse-riding.

Paul Conway, 53, of Norton near Stockton, sat on a horse for the first time just ten months ago and before that spent at least 50 per cent of his waking hours in a wheelchair.

Florida centres offering equine assisted therapy help children with challenges Nov 02, 2013

By Andrea Edde

Michael Fuentes is a 14-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, developmental disabilities, autistic behaviors and a basically useless right hand. But that doesn’t stop him from holding Oreo, the horse, with both hands while in therapy at Good Hope Equestrian Training Center.

With only a couple of months of horse therapy, Andrea Fuentes, his mother, is pleased with the changes she has seen in Michael.

Horse racing reaches digital age Nov 02, 2013

Horse racing Breeders Cup

By Kevin Modesti

 

Princess of Sylmar: Filly Can Add to Storybook Rise at Breeders’ Cup Oct 31, 2013

By Tom Pedulla

ARCADIA, Calif. — Princess of Sylmar’s pedigree changed with one well-placed kick, and her roots were not promising to begin with. She was born at Sylmar Farm in Pennsylvania, a state that is not known for producing high-caliber thoroughbreds. She made an inauspicious debut last October, when she took fourth at Penn National Race Course, off the beaten path in central Pennsylvania.

Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives - Paulick Report Oct 31, 2013

Great video from Paulick Report about the way in which horses have powerful impact on lives of those with various challenges.

Breeders' Cup: Breaking Down Best Bets in Classic Oct 31, 2013

By Mike Chiari

Horse Racing: Breeders' Cup Classic Lineup

Although it isn't a Triple Crown event, the Breeders' Cup Classic is arguably the biggest competition in horse racing. With $5 million on the line, the best horses, jockeys and trainers will converge on Santa Anita Park in Arcadia,[California], on Saturday for a chance to be called the best in the world.

 

Rebuilding the Horse Racing Fanbase Oct 28, 2013

A small Arizona-based company called EquiSight is aiming to revitalize the fan experience in the of sport horse racing. EquiSight - rebuilding the horse racing fanbase

Company founder, Kenleigh Hobby, is as confident in his product as he is passionate about horse racing. 

“It’s very simple,” he says. “Horse racing cannot grab a younger demographic and the biggest issue is antiquated technology.” 

Calming horses comfort Ohio veterans, their families and relatives of those lost in war Oct 28, 2013

U.S. Army veteran Michael Kuhn kisses his favorite horse Teddy after working with him in the arena at Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center in Lake Township. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

UNIONTOWN, Ohio — For an entire year, Michael Kuhn visited the horses. Always alone, on Sundays.

Stellar nominations for the Longines Hong Kong International Races Oct 28, 2013

A total of 68 international Group 1 winners are among the 241 horses nominated for the four LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, worth a total of HK$72 million, which are to be held at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 8 December.

 

Joshua Tree wins Grade 1 Canadian International for history-making 3rd time Oct 27, 2013

FORTY years after the legendary Secretariat ended his career by winning the Canadian International, Joshua Tree (Ed Dunlop/Ryan Moore) created a small piece of racing history when he became the first horse to capture the $1 million contest three times.

 

The six-year-old kept at bay the late challenge of Hyper to claim Canada's most prestigious race by three-quarters of a length, with Germany's Seismos third.

 

Maiden heaven as Schofield and Shamus Award do the impossible & win Cox Plate Oct 26, 2013

By Ray Thomas

THE horse that wasn't supposed to get a start, the teenage apprentice riding in the race for the first time, and the trainer who never lost the faith.

This sums up the extraordinary story behind the most unlikely Cox Plate winner of them all - Shamus Award.

A maiden before yesterday's $3 million race at Moonee Valley, the Danny O'Brien-trained Shamus Award stunned a field containing some of the best weight-for-age horses in training with an all-the-way win under teenage apprentice Chad Schofield.

Breeders' Cup 2013: HRTV providing live coverage Oct 26, 2013

Arcadia, CA, October 23, 2013 -- HRTV (R), The Network for Horse Sports, will present comprehensive live coverage leading into, and continuing through, the 30th running of the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious global event, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, at Santa Anita Park.

The Breeders' Cup consists of 14 races over the two days, with purses totaling more than $25 million.

NBC to air live primetime coverage of 30th running of the Breeders' Cup Classic Oct 25, 2013

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 24, 2013 – The 30th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live in primetime on Saturday, November 2, culminating 9½ hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. All 14 Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live by NBC and NBCSN.

 

British entrepreneur revives Shanghai Race Club . . . virtually Oct 24, 2013

By Charley Lanyon

British entrepreneur Byron Constable is breaking all the rules to bring the sport of kings back to China.

While the mainland plays differently in many ways, it may still come as a surprise to learn that the venerable Shanghai Race Club (SRC), which he revived, operates without a clubhouse, without betting, without a racecourse and, believe it or not, without horses.

New York Times: Wise Dan, the horse to beat in Breeders' Cup Oct 24, 2013

By Katie Lamb

In horse racing, there is a belief that a horse’s talent cannot be determined by pedigree or auction price; it is the racetrack that is the judge of good horses, and they can come from anywhere. The reigning horse of the year, Wise Dan, is one of those horses.

Horseback riding provides much-needed therapy for special needs kids Oct 23, 2013

It's a popular hobby, a great form of exercise and certainly a lot of fun. But, horseback riding is much more than that, providing a much-needed therapy to kids, like 9-year-old Jessie Crider.

 

Jessie has autism. His entire life he's been in therapy. But, only one program has ever truly made a deep impact: the SMILES (Special Methods In Learning Equine Skills, Inc) organization, in Darien, provides a horse-assisted therapy for kids with special needs.

 

Breeders' Cup Update: Pre-entries now available Oct 23, 2013

Horse Racing Breeders' Cup

The best of the best will be on display at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1- 2, with the leading trainers in the United States and Europe pre-entering a star-studded array of talent for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

 

Churchill Downs jackpot pick 6 approved by Kentucky Commission Oct 23, 2013

After much debate and nearly no motion being made, Churchill Downs Racetrack received approval Tuesday from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a jackpot pick 6 wager beginning with the fall meet.

 

The bet will be a 50-cent minimum with 80 percent of the pot being returned to bettors daily. Twenty percent will be reserved for a rolling jackpot that can be claimed only if there’s one winning ticket. Under the rules, which Churchill will have to publicize, the jackpot won’t be paid if there’s only one winner who has two perfect tickets.

 

Breeders' Cup releases wagering menu, race order Oct 23, 2013

The Breeders' Cup announced the official race order, wagering menu and post times for the 30th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita Park. This year's wagering menu on the 14 Breeders' Cup races features an abundance of wagering opportunities including two Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Sixes, 10-cent Superfectas, 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3's and Pick 4's, a Breeders' Cup Distaff/Classic daily double and two Super High 5 wagers.

Growth in new countries joining stud book system Oct 22, 2013

By Howard White

 

WHILE global figures for thoroughbred breeding continue to fall, the number of new countries lining up to join the stud book system is showing unprecedented growth.

 

Figures released to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities annual conference in Paris this month confirmed falls in the number of stallions who covered mares in 2012 (by around 12 per cent), as well as the total number of mares bred (by 11 per cent) and foals born (by about four per cent).

 

Canadian International field firming up Oct 22, 2013

Trainer Roger Attfield, one of only a handful of horsemen inducted into both the Canadian and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, will send out two hopefuls for Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million Canadian International.

Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi and Charles Fipke's Perfect Timber will try to give the 73-year-old conditioner his first Canadian International win. He's been second on three occasions -- with Steady Power in 1989, with Alywow in 1994 and with Spice Route in 2008.

Dubai Racing Club Announces 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival Programme Oct 21, 2013

By Press Release

 

Meydan is preparing to host some of the biggest names in horseracing this season with the release of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival programme, worth more than US $37m in prize money.

 

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, which gets underway on Thursday January 9, 2014, features 11 high-class race meetings at Meydan Racecourse, including Super Saturday on March 8, 2014 and the season-ending $27.25m Dubai World Cup day on Saturday March 29, 2014.

 

Latenight Conan O'Brien to call horse race at Santa Anita Park Oct 21, 2013

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Conan O'Brien will be behind the mic on Friday, just not at his desk on the set of his late-night talk show.

 

The funny man will call a horse race at Santa Anita under the watchful eye of long-time track announcer Trevor Denman. O'Brien will describe the second race at the host track for next month's Breeders' Cup, the richest event in thoroughbred racing.

 

Denman says his advice to O'Brien will be "keep it simple and try and have fun with it."

 

By Press Release



 

QIPCO: Great British Champions Day at Ascot Oct 20, 2013

“We’re pleased with the attendance which has matched our expectations,” said Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series Ltd.

 

“We all know that the Frankel factor has had an important bearing in the past, so this year’s attendance figures are very satisfactory for a Day that’s still very much in its infancy.

 

Godolphin's Farhh retires with a great win in triumph in Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot Oct 19, 2013

Farhh triumph in 2013 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot

THE fragile Farhh proved he is talented too when he returned to action to triumph in Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, his final race before retirement.

 

QIPCO British Champions: Olympic Glory strikes gold for team Hannon Oct 19, 2013

Olympic Glory

By James Hill

OLYMPIC GLORY showed his true ability in first-time blinkers as the Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old ran away with the big mile prize on Champions Day under a well-judged ride from Richard Hughes, winning by three and a quarter lengths.

The success was another big one for owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, following on from his victory with Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Florida: Romans, Vaccarezza to Testify at Senate Gaming Committee Hearing Oct 19, 2013

It would take a pretty big reason to make a famous football coach to fly home for a day or so while his team is training to compete in the Super Bowl.

Horse Racing UK: Channel 4 will use helmetcam during QIPCO British Champions Day Oct 18, 2013

Channel 4 is to use footage from a helmetcam worn by reigning champion jockey Richard Hughes at tomorrow's live broadcast of the QIPCO British Champions Day.

The view of Ascot Racecourse from the helmet has not been easy to achieve. The helmetcam had to be approved by the British Horseracing Authority and Hughes has needed time to get used to having the apparatus on his head while racing, wearing it all week in pre-race training.

The intention is to incorporate the footage within the Channel 4 post-race analysis.

Horse racing: Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2013 - Trêve Oct 18, 2013

Watch Treve come from the pack and win the 2013 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe by 5 lengths!

Veterans Affairs Montana introduces horse-assisted therapy for returning soldiers Oct 17, 2013

To help returning veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and other stressors, the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison has introduced a program called equine-assisted psychotherapy.

Since June, about 30 veterans have come through the program and there is currently a waiting list.

Novellist retired to stud in Japan Oct 17, 2013

Trained by Andreas Wohler, Novellist was denied the chance to run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe when he spiked a temperature on the morning before the race.

He won three other Group Ones in an 11-race career and his owner Dr Christoph Berglar explained why he chose to sell him to Japan.

He told www.thoroughbreddailynews.com: "Since 2011, the centre of my breeding activities has been in Kentucky, where our family is running Stonereath Stud, and we contemplated standing him ourselves in the United States.

Horse Racing: 2013 Mares Bred Statistics Released by Jockey Club Oct 17, 2013

Horse Racing Breeding Statistics 2013

The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2013 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 10, 2013, The Jockey Club reports that 1,698 stallions covered 34,174 mares in North America during 2013.

 

Horse Racing's year of the Kitten: Ken Ramsey's stable is purring along heading into the Breeders' Cup Oct 16, 2013

By Bill Finley

Ken Ramsey seems to be running an assembly line as much as a horse racing stable. He churns out these horses as if they're made in a factory somewhere, each one similarly named, each one with ability, so many of them stakes winners. Which horse named Kitten something or other will win what next?

For the year, 18 different Ramsey-owned sons or daughters of Kitten's Joy have combined to win 24 stakes races.

Jockey John Velazquez sets record for career earnings Oct 15, 2013

JOHN VELAZQUEZ has become North America's all-time leading money-earning jockey, eclipsing Pat Day’s record when taking his career earnings to $297,922,320 (£187,691,061) at Belmont Park on Sunday.

A second aboard Bit Bustin in the ninth race saw Velazquez, 41, overhaul Day, who retired in 2005 aged 51. Coincidentally Day celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday.

“It’s something that happened to happen, and I’m glad it happened,” Velazquez told Daily Racing Form.

Horses and Human Health: Healing Soldiers with Horses Oct 14, 2013

An ABC News report of the great therapeutic program attached to the platoon which honours American soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Horses find a way to bring out happiness Oct 14, 2013
By Michael McCarthy
 
If you are looking for some inner peace, head for the hills and talk to a horse. Or perhaps a horse whisperer? "Horses are a mirror of your soul," says Sherry May, wrangler and resident "horse whisperer" at The Hills Health Ranch near 108 Mile House in the B.C. interior.
Horse Racing UK: Camelot retired to stand at Coolmore next year Oct 14, 2013
Horse Racing Camelot
TRIPLE Classic winner Camelot has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore for next year's breeding season.
 
The four-year-old, who won last year's 2,000 Guineas, Derby and Irish Derby, was being trained by Aidan O'Brien for next month's Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita but was found to be lame on Monday morning.
 
Horse therapy: a remarkable method to treat anxiety and all sorts of distressors Oct 09, 2013

Horses are being used to soothe and provide calming therapy to disturbed teenage Paris Jackson. The daughter of Michael Jackson has been undergoing therapy since June of 2013 when she attempted to take her life. Her father died tragically and Jackson has been thrown into the limelight relentlessly since that time.

Horse Racing: What's wrong with this picture? Oct 08, 2013

By Tom LaMarra

Horse racing's decades-old video production of live racing through the pan shot was panned–and otherwise described as unimaginative and inadequate when compared with other sporting events–during the International Simulcast Conference in Lexington Oct. 8.

Horse Racing Simulcast Panel: Transform On-Site Racing Experience Oct 07, 2013

By Tom LaMarra

Upgrading the on-site customer experience, be it for live horse racing or full-card simulcasts, is critical to the growth of the business, panelists said Oct. 7 on the first day of the International Simulcast Conference in Lexington.

 

Churchill Downs Gets the Big Picture: Teams with Panasonic for $12 Million High Definition Video Board Oct 07, 2013

Ever been that fan who spent the day at the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby but never saw a horse? That won’t be a problem starting with next year’s races as Churchill Downs gets the “Big Picture”.

Churchill Downs has teamed with Panasonic in a $12 million project to install a 15,224-square-foot, high-definition (HD) LED video board in time for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2013 - la piste en camera subjective Oct 04, 2013

What a great video! Watch this and get a sense of what it will be like for jockeys and horses in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps Racecourse in Paris, France on Sunday, October 6th. 

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Why horse racing is 'Big in Japan' Oct 04, 2013

Horse Racing Japan: Orfevre

By Matt Majendie

 

(CNN) -- Big in Japan. It's a phenomenon well known to generations of rock bands, elevated from relative obscurity at home to apparent god-like status in the Land of the Rising Sun.

 

Met at the airport by screaming fans, groups struggling to get in their own charts get an unexpected -- and often career-reviving -- taste of Beatlemania, Orient-style.

 

Horse Racing: Gate positions for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Oct 04, 2013

The 92nd running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will take place at Longchamps Racecourse in France on Sunday, October 6th. Horses 3 years and older run 2,400m on the turf. With prize money of €4.8million, the 2013 race now has a set field of 18 horses. Here are the results of the draw by gate or post position:

Black Caviar’'s vast shadow still hovers above the racetrack Oct 03, 2013

ALMOST six months into retirement, Black Caviar’s vast shadow still hovers above the racetrack.

 

Black CaviarThe legendary mare was last night awarded her third straight Racehorse Of The Year title, matching Sunline’s three-peat from 2000-2002. Black Caviar, not surprisingly, was also voted champion sprinter.

 

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe field shaping up Oct 03, 2013

Prix de l'Arc de TriompheThe Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe field is shaping up. If there are more than 20 entries on Friday morning, eliminations will take place. François Boulard, representing France Galop, explained the process: "Maximum runners for the Arc will be 20.

Unbeaten Novellist heads to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe this Weekend Oct 01, 2013

NovellistGerman trainer Andreas Wohler is confident Novellist will strip much fitter in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe than when winning at Baden Baden last time out.

 

The four-year-old features among 21 horses to stand their ground for the Longchamp showpiece at the first forfeit stage, with all the leading ante-post hopes still in the mix.

 

Horse Racing: St Nicholas Abbey making progress Sep 30, 2013

St Nicholas AbbeyAidan O'Brien's six-times Group One winner had to be retired after suffering the leg injury on the gallops at Ballydoyle when being prepared for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

 

A few days after surgery, the six-year-old contracted colic, and he had a further setback when it was discovered a steel weight-bearing pin in a cannon bone had broken.

UK Horse Racing prize money: Ascot & Newmarket on list for new deal Sep 30, 2013

The Horsemen's Group and the British Horseracing Authority expect a £5m rise in prize money contributions from 2014.

 

Philip Freedman, chairman of the Horsemen's Group, hopes it will start a new era of "collaboration and trust".

 

"These are landmark agreements for the sport and a first step towards improved returns," Freedman said.

 

Breeders' Cup: Mucho Macho Man has class for fairytale ending Sep 30, 2013

By Sam Walker 

When he was born he lay still and silent on the turf. The lifeless body was three weeks overdue and his carers could do nothing but rub and pray, rub and pray. In the end they stopped rubbing and just prayed. 

In the same state, 300 miles to the south, Kathy Ritvo was in a bad way. Hooked up to a intravenous machine that kept her failing heart functioning, she would spend a further five months in the critical care unit before a donor could be found. 

Longshot Ron the Greek wins Jockey Club Gold Cup Sep 29, 2013

Ron The Greek PHOTO/DAVID ALCOSSER

Ron the Greek, overlooked at 21-1 in a Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational field of Grade 1 stars, barreled into the lead on the far turn and pulled clear to an overpowering 6 3/4-length triumph in the 95th edition of the Grade 1, $1 million race on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Horse Racing UK: Jockey Club Racecourses signs landmark prize money agreement Sep 29, 2013

29th September 2013

Jockey Club Racecourses, the UK's largest racecourse group, today signed a landmark prize money agreement with The Horsemen's Group, which represents British racing's owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and stable staff, committing to contribute into prize money at least 40% of its betting-related media growth for the next three years to ensure all parties enjoy a fair share of the sport’s commercial success.

Horse Racing: Canadian Museum of Civilization acquires E.P. Taylor – Windfields Farm Collection Sep 27, 2013

Northern Dancer Gatineau, Quebec, September 27, 2013 — The Canadian Museum of Civilization has acquired the E.P. Taylor – Windfields Farm Collection of archival materials, memorabilia and 97 racing trophies, many won by Northern Dancer, the greatest thoroughbred sire of the 20th century.

Groupie Doll Heads to Keeneland November Sale Sep 27, 2013

Champion Groupie Doll, some recent grade I-winning fillies, and Eblouissante, half sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta, are among the 3,602 horses Keeneland has cataloged for its 2013 November breeding stock sale Nov. 5-14. 

Horse Racing Groupie Doll

Catalogs will be available electronically via Keeneland's website, Keeneland.com, beginning Oct. 1. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of Oct. 14. 

2013 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards category finalists announced Sep 27, 2013

The category finalists for the 2013 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards presented by Racing Victoria, Sky Racing World and TAB have been revealed today with a star-studded VOBIS Gold Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding category among the highlights.

Glamour colts All Too Hard and Pierro will square off with star Kiwi It’s A Dundeel and Group 1-winning duo Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool in what is shaping as one of the most intriguing categories.

Horse racing Canada: Northern Dancer gets full museum treatment Sep 27, 2013

Northern DancerBy James Adams 

Back in the day, Windfields Farm was something – more than 600 hectares of bucolic rolling countryside near Oshawa, Ont., owned by business tycoon and thoroughbred horse-breeder E.P. Taylor (1901-1989)

$1m Jockey Club Gold Cup set for Belmont on Sept 28th Sep 26, 2013

By Steve Haskin

The $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park Sept. 28 will provide racing fans with a couple of intriguing angles: the battle for divisional honors in two categories and an unprecedented attempt at three consecutive Gold Cup victories since the distance was changed to 1 ¼ miles. 

Danedream and Novellist keep Germany in racing spotlight Sep 25, 2013

By Francesca Cumani

They say that delightful spa town of Baden-Baden in south west Germany is just so good that you have to say its name twice.

With its tree-lined avenues, beautiful canal and breathtaking gardens, it’s hard to disagree. In the mid-19th century the town became a favorite among the rich and famous as a holiday destination. They came for the spas, for the uber-elegant casino, the opulent hotels and, of course, the horse racing.

It feels like a place that has resisted the passage of time and still proudly clings to its tradition.

Horse Racing: Act like you've been there Sep 24, 2013

By Jay Cronley

Here's the way cheering at the horse races works: The more you cheer during a race, the more you're apt to celebrate if you win.

Cheering is not always an exercise in self-indulgence. Look at Seattle. The pro football stadium is like a horn of plenty. Sound goes where it is aimed, at the opposing quarterback's temples. This cheering epicenter of the sports world has redefined the home field advantage. Now it's a home frequency advantage that's worth five points.

Fort Erie Submits Proposal to Continue Racing Sep 23, 2013

By Alex Campbell

The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, which operates thoroughbred racing at Fort Erie Race Track, said it has submitted a proposal to the Ontario provincial government's Horse Racing Transition Panel to continue live racing at the track for at least the next three years.

Horse Racing China: Report from first day of racing at Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Sep 21, 2013

By Michael Cox

The brilliant blue Inner Mongolian sky set off the ceremonial silk garb and elaborate hats of the local hostesses, which made for a brilliant contrast with the contemporary fashion that rolled into Hohhot for the China Race Club's inaugural race day.

Racing Future Celebrates Sep 21, 2013

Racing Future will be featuring past and present leaders in the sport of horse racing as a new and ongoing addition to our site. As we celebrate these great contributions to sustain and grow our sport, we are pleased to announce our first piece, featuring Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

We have chosen Sheikh Mohammed because of his positive commitment to horse racing on a global basis. As part of the series, we will feature other leaders, including E P Taylor and Frank Stronach.

Racing Future Celebrates Amy Zimmerman Sep 19, 2013

Racing Future continues to celebrate those who have made and continue to make great contributions to the sport of horse racing.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Amy Zimmerman for many years. I have always found her dedication, knowledge, and experience of the game to be at the top of the field.

In this “Racing Future Celebrates” feature we showcase a behind-the-scenes talent who shares her thoughts on the sport and its future.

Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat's Owner Sep 17, 2013 Promo for the new film about the life of Penny Chenery. . . . From her parents' climb out of poverty to her own emergence as "first Lady of Racing," Penny Chenery has always been fueled by the love of horses. Forever paired with the great Secretariat, Penny's personal story also exemplifies the struggles and triumphs of women in her generation. Drawn from previously-unreleased photos and films from Chenery family archives, and intimate conversations with filmmaker (and Penny's son) John Tweedy, Penny & Red reveals her story as never before.
South African jockeys headed to China for Hohhot race meet Sep 17, 2013

South Africa will be represented at the inaugural racemeeting of the China Horse Club at Hohhot, Inner Mongolia this Saturday. The 2013 China Equine Cultural Event will be held from 8 to 21 September.Well known Bloodstock specialist Robin Bruss is attending, together with SA Jockey Association Chairman Tex Lerena, and  top South African jockeys S’manga Khumalo, Gavin Lerena and  Kevin Shea.

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Sky TV becomes exclusive agent for Racing UK Sep 17, 2013

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has become the exclusive sales agent for horse racing broadcaster Racing UK’s  commercial TV service on satellite that, alongside its existing At The Races coverage, makes Sky the principal source of horse racing coverage for pubs and clubs. The deal does not include Racing UK’s service for bookmakers.

 

U.S. Horse of the Year Wise Dan wins second Ricoh Mile Sep 16, 2013

By Jack Shinar

 

Wise Dan became the first two-time winner of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile when he romped to victory Sept. 15 in track-record time over the Toronto track's turf course as the shortest-priced favorite in the race's 17 renewals.

 

Horse Racing: Japan's Arc dream boosted by impressive trial wins Sep 16, 2013

Horse Racing: Japan's Arc dream boosted by Kizuna's winning ways

PARIS: Japan's hopes of landing Europe's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after 33 years of heartbreak received a huge boost when both Kizuna and Orfevre won their Arc trials in impressive fashion.

 

Jockey Club releases breeding statistics for 2012 Sep 13, 2013

The Jockey Club today reported that 2,392 stallions covered 37,908 mares in North America during 2012, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9, 2013. These breedings have resulted in 22,001 live foals of 2013 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 9, 2013.
 
Keeneland: War Front colt sells for $2.5m to Coolmore Stud Sep 13, 2013

Horse Racing: $2.5m War Front ColtKentucky -- At the latest session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, five seven-figure yearlings were sold on Thursday, topped by a War Front colt which sold for $2.5 million to become the highest-priced purchase of the sale to date.

Keeneland Sale: Indian Charlie filly sells for $2.2m Sep 12, 2013

$2.2m Indian Charlie Filly at 2013 Keeneland SalesLEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 11, 2013) – The third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale saw the continuation of a bullish market headlined by the sale of five seven-figure yearlings, led by the $2.2 million paid for a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Take Charge Indy and Will Take Charge, winner of the 2013 Travers (G1). 

 

Horse Racing China: Australian Jockeys heading to Thoroughbred race meet in Mongolia Sep 11, 2013

By Ben Dorries

Jockeys Michael Cahill, Jim Byrne and Ryan Wiggins have accepted an invitation from the China Horse Club to ride at next week’s meeting in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, with prizemoney for each race of up to $US150,000. 

The China Horse Club was a big player at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, combining with Coolmore Stud to splurge $4 million on two colts. 

Four yearlings bring $1 Million at Keeneland september yearling sale Sep 10, 2013

Keeneland September Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 10, 2013) – The final horse through the ring during Tuesday’s second session of the 70th Keeneland September Yearling Sale sold for $1 million to become the fourth yearling of the day to bring seven figures. Through the first two sessions of this year’s sale, eight yearlings have been sold for seven figures, exceeding the seven sold during the entire sale last year.

Ontario Horse Racing: Premier's Letter to Horse Racing Transition Panel Sep 10, 2013

Sept. 10, 2013

Mr. John Snobelen
Mr. John Wilkinson
Mr. Elmer Buchanan
Horse Racing Transition Panel
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
1 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 4Y2

Dear John, Elmer & John:

Keeneland September sales gross $34,735,000 on the first day Sep 10, 2013

Keeneland Sale

By Alicia Wincze Hughes

 

The idea behind Keeneland spreading the select portion of its September yearling catalog out over four days this season was to let buyers determine quality for themselves instead of having a single catalog declare which offerings were worthy of the top of the market.

 

Horse Racing on Atlantic City Beach: A Step Closer to Reality? Sep 10, 2013

By Derek Harper

Atlantic City took a step closer Monday to having a special horse race on its beach, when the state Assembly, responding to a conditional veto by the governor, struck down a provision to also allow steeplechase racing around the state.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where a Thursday vote is likely. State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, said he thought it would likely pass.

Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, a sponsor who has promoted the idea of the American Palio in Atlantic City, said a final agreement is all but settled.

Horse Racing Triple Crown: Current Contenders for 2013 St Leger Sep 09, 2013

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Melbourne Cup goes high tech with free Wi-Fi Sep 09, 2013

By Mark Skully

The Victorian Racing Club wants to have free Wi-Fi operating at the Flemington racecourse during this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, in what is claimed to be a world-first for horse racing.

The VRC will deploy technology from the US company Cisco to give mobile and smartphone access to high-speed internet, putting it into the front rank of other Australian sporting venues on the technology front.

Hong Kong horse racing season gets off to a dream start with record attendance and turnover Sep 08, 2013

It was another day of records at Sha Tin racecourse today, Sunday 8 September, as Hong Kong’s racing season got off to “more than a dream start” beneath golden sunshine.

Hong Kong SAR Acting Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor struck the ceremonial gong to mark the start of the campaign, and for the second year in a row, record-breaking turnover was matched by an all-time high attendance for the day.

Media Release: Woodbine Entertainment Group Announces Changes to Board of Directors Sep 06, 2013

TORONTO, September 6, 2013 – Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Blake Tohana to its Board of Directors. Mr. Tohana was also appointed as a member of WEG’s Audit Committee.

 

As well, WEG announced that three long-serving directors – David S. Willmot, Mark R. Frostad and William D. Graham – are departing from the Board after many years of service.

 

Horse Racing: Singapore champion jockey Joao Moreira makes horse racing history Sep 06, 2013
Horse Racing Joao Moreira celebrates after claiming a record eighth winner on Friday
By Mike Dawes
 
Three-time Singapore champion jockey Joao Moreira made horse racing history after riding eight winners from eight races in Kranji.
 
Horse Racing: ABRV Notebook Interviews Andrew Cohen Sep 06, 2013

Andrew Cohen, an award-winning legal analyst whose commentaries and reports have been featured on radio and television at CBS News for 15 years, is the first-ever legal analyst for “60 Minutes,” the network’s signature news magazine program. A racehorse owner and breeder, Cohen is a two-time O’Brien Award winner and two-time John Hervey Award winner for excellence in harness racing journalism.

Name: Andrew Cohen

What I do for a living: Journalist, writer and legal analyst

Churchill Downs Presents 'Downs After Dark: College Rivalry Night' Saturday, Sept. 7th Sep 05, 2013
Kentucky area college students will be the benefactors of Churchill Downs’ first Downs After Dark nighttime racing and entertainment event during the track’s inaugural September Meet.
 
Fans are encouraged to express their passion and dress in support of their favorite school on Saturday, Sept. 7 as Churchill Downs is transformed into Louisville’s ultimate nighttime hot spot for “Downs After Dark: College Rivalry Night” Presented by Finlandia Vodka.
 
Horse Racing Australia: Sydney Spring racing carnival starts this week Sep 05, 2013
Horse Racing Australia Sydney Spring Carnival launch By Renata Gortan
 
RANDWICK'S shiny new $150 million grand stand will take centre stage this spring but it was Laura Csortan, Nerida Winter and Sophie Falkiner who stole the spotlight at the Australian Turf Club's Sydney carnival launch this morning.
 
US Horse Racing: Wagering, Purses Have Healthy August Sep 04, 2013

By Tom LaMarra

Wagering on United States races was strong in August, with a 4.69% increase from the same month in 2012, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase Sept. 4.

The August bump put year-to-date wagering up 0.10% from the same eight months in 2012.

Perfect Soul Colt Tops CTHS Yearling Sale Sep 04, 2013

September 3, 2013, Toronto - A bay colt by the Champion grass horse in Canada, Perfect Soul (IRE), black type millionaire and Leading Sire in Canada, topped the Selected Session, selling for $170,000 at the annual Canadian-Bred Yearling Sale held at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion in Toronto. The colt out of the Seeking the Gold mare, Tapatina, was purchased by Cudney Stables & Partner and consigned by Richard G. Hogan, Agent.

Horse Racing Gaming: One of Britain's top gaming companies, Ladbrokes, launching in Australia Sep 04, 2013
Ladbrokes plc (“Ladbrokes”) one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies has agreed to acquire Gaming Investments Pty Ltd (“GIPL”), a fast growing online sports betting business in Australia.
Belmont–Penn National Team Up to Offer New Pick 4 Wager Sep 03, 2013
The New York Racing Association and Penn National Gaming Inc. will launch a special reduced takeout Thursday Pick 4 that will link the final two races at Belmont Park with the first two races at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
 
New Pick 4 Wager - Belmont Penn National (Dave Landry Photo)
Horse Racing Results:Tosen Archer Wins SBS Korea Japan Goodwill Cup For Japan Sep 01, 2013
Tosen Archer with jockey Fumio MatobaTosen Archer made history today as the first ever foreign-trained horse to win a race in Korea as his veteran jockey Fumio Matoba produced a perfectly timed ride to win the SBS Korea-Japan Goodwill Cup at Seoul Race Park.
 
Horse Racing Hong Kong: Season set to open Sept 8th at Sha Tin Sep 01, 2013
Speaking at a pre-season press briefing at Sha Tin Racecourse today, Saturday 31 August, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges reflected on a successful 2012/13 season for Hong Kong racing and outlined the Club’s continuing investment in facilities moving forward.
 
Horse racing results: Alpha wins the Woodward at Saratoga Sep 01, 2013
Alpha with John Velazquez  winning 2013 Woodward Stakes at SaratogaReturning to the site of his greatest triumph, Alpha dug in through the final yards to hold off a game Flat Out in a furious finish and win the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course by a head.
 
Horse Racing Japan: Japan, Korea launch racing first Aug 30, 2013
The stage is set for an international racing first this weekend at KRA (Korea Racing Authority) Seoul Race Park as three Japan-based horses kick off a first-of-its-kind bilateral event. In November, three Korea-based horses will travel to Japan to run at NAR (National Association of Racing; Racing by Local Governments) Ohi Racecourse. The collaboration marks the first time ever that foreign-based horses will race in Korea.
 
Grand National has new sponsor, Crabbies, and new $1m purse for 2014 Aug 29, 2013
The Crabbie's Grand National
 
Crabbie’s, the UK’s number one selling Alcoholic Ginger Beer, was unveiled today as the new official title sponsor of the Grand National and Grand National Festival at Aintree. The three-year deal between Crabbie’s and Aintree will see the world's most famous steeplechase run for a £1 million purse for the first time.
 
Dubai Horse Racing: dates for the UAE’s 2013-2014 racing season have been approved Aug 29, 2013
horse racing DubaiThe dates for the UAE’s 2013-2014 racing season have been approved by Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA).
 
Congressman considers benefits of physical therapy using horses Aug 26, 2013
Hippotherapy
By Glenn Evans 
 
DIANA — A U.S. congressman saw evidence this week that the back of a walking horse delivers physical, occupational and other therapies better than an air-filled exercise ball.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert also learned that insurance will pay for the balancing ball but not the horseback workouts called hippotherapy.
 
Game on Dude in Pacific Classic: No Worries Aug 26, 2013
Game on Dude Pacific Classic 2013DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Baffert usually doesn't give his jockeys much instruction before a race. After enduring Game On Dude's agonizing loss in last year's Pacific Classic, this time the Hall of Fame trainer had an explicit order for Martin Garcia.
 
Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Looks for Big Win in Travers at Saratoga Aug 23, 2013
Orb 
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. August 23, 2013 (AP)
 
By RICHARD ROSENBLATT AP Sports Writer
 
Associated Press
 
Orb is back after a two-month escape from New York, and trainer Shug McGaughey is hoping his Kentucky Derby star returns to his winning ways in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
 
Horse racing marketing: Hong Kong Jockey Club sponsors local equestrian sports Aug 21, 2013

The Hong Kong Jockey Club today (20 Aug) announced that it will extend its sponsorship of local equestrian sports for another 3½ years, with a total funding amounting to more than HK$ 70 million.  The aim is to build on the outstanding and historic achievements of the city’s equestrian riders in recent years.  With annual funding of HK$20 million to HK$24 million, new sponsorship elements and professional eque

Horse Racing: Ontario Racing Commission Names New Commissioner Aug 20, 2013

August 20, 2013

ORC Commissioner named

Game On Dude set to run in TVG $1m Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug 20, 2013

DEL MAR, Calif. – Ever since he arrived at Del Mar this summer, Game On Dude has worked every six days. You could set your clock by it. On Monday, six days since his last work and six days in front of the Pacific Classic, he completed his serious training for the Grade 1, $1 million race with his sharpest drill of the summer, officially five furlongs in 59.60 seconds, but with a powerhouse gallop-out of another three furlongs.

Up With the Birds wins $500K Breeders' Stakes Aug 19, 2013

After falling just short in last month's $1-million Queen's Plate, jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva and Up With the Birds left nothing to chance Sunday in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.

Horse Racing: Toronado and Al Kazeem to face off in Juddmonte International Aug 19, 2013

Horse Racing ToronadoJockey Richard Hughes was keen for the colt to try a mile and a quarter for the first time, and trainer Hannon and owner Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani are in agreement to run too.

John Henry's Race: the Arlington Million Aug 16, 2013

By Amanda Duckworth

Much like it is hard to discuss the Belmont Stakes without referencing Secretariat, it is almost impossible to talk about the Arlington Million without uttering John Henry's name. This weekend Arlington Park will hold the signature race for the 31st time, and it is sure to be a thrilling event. But for as long as they run that race, John Henry is the barometer against which all other equines will be judged.

Horse Racing gearing up for the Arlington Million this weekend Aug 15, 2013

Ask any rider which race he or she would most like to win, and the most frequently offered answer is the Kentucky Derby, but within each riding colony around the country, there exists a sense of pride about being able to compete in and try to win the local circuit's biggest races, and the Arlington International Racecourse jockey colony is no different as the International Festival of Racing draws near.

Jockey Club Rountable: Focusing on Integrity Aug 12, 2013

By Ray Paulick

There was talk about the new Fox sports network and horse racing’s growing presence on television, along with the outreach made by America’s Best Racing “brand ambassadors” affiliated with The Jockey Club, but the main focus was on integrity and medication issues during the 61st annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference held Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Horse Racing Q & A with Joe Harper, GM of Del Mar Aug 10, 2013

Once upon a time, Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby were the most famous faces at the Del Mar Racetrack. But these days, it’s Joe Harper who is best known.

For the last 35 years, Harper’s served as the president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. He’s schmoozed with celebrities, worked with jockeys and horses and helped transform Del Mar racing into a must-do summer event.

Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel added to racing's hall of fame Aug 09, 2013

Mine that Bird with Calvin Borel winning 2009 Kentucky DerbySARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Jockey Calvin Borel, who captured the Kentucky Derby three times in four years, led the class of inductees into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday.

Black Caviar: Retired, still #1 in Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings Aug 09, 2013

Press Release

Recently retired Australian wonder mare BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) (130) retains her status as the best racehorse in the world so far during 2013 just ahead of American Horse of the Year in 2012 - WISE DAN (USA) (129) in the latest edition of LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings ( 1 Dec '12 - 4 Aug' '13 )

Rosie Napravnik captains the Girls team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot Aug 09, 2013

Rosie Napravnik is hoping to make the most of her flying visit to Britain as she captains the Girls team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot.

The 25-year-old is riding high in America, finishing eighth in the jockeys' earnings lists last year, and is clearly the best lady in action State side at the moment.

She capped a list of already admirable achievements during what was a stellar 2012, encompassing a Breeders' Cup Juvenile win on Shanghai Bobby and a Kentucky Oaks success on Believe You Can.

Horse Racing: FOX Sports and The Jockey Club announce agreement to air prominent graded stakes races starting in 2014 Aug 08, 2013

New York – FOX Sports and The Jockey Club announced today a multi-year agreement to air prominent graded stakes races starting in 2014 from many of horse racing’s best known tracks on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching Saturday, Aug. 17.

The newly created package of nationally televised races consists of up to 10 telecasts per year. Each telecast includes two top stakes races featuring the leading horses in North America.

Shergar Cup set to serve up a feast at Ascot Aug 06, 2013

By Leslie Wilson, Jr

Dubai: If past editions are any indication, this week’s renewal of the annual Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, Britain’s premier jockey’s competition, can potentially provide more razzle dazzle in what has already been an exceptional season on the flat.

Four teams representing Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and The Girls, will battle against each other in a thrilling six-race showdown. At stake is the stunning Shergar Cup, a magnificently crafted trophy depicting the imperious 1981 Epsom Derby winner.

Horse Racing: Who Am I? Aug 05, 2013

By Bill Shanklin

I am the engine that makes racing go.

I am routinely referred to by executives in industry racing organizations as a consumer or fan or as part of a business model.

I am largely disrespected, and I am tolerated only because, without me, racing would be a cottage industry.

I am at Aqueduct in the dark day’s of winter and at Ellis Park in the dog day’s of summer, and I hang out at nights at Charles Town, Northfield, and Evangeline.

Saratoga at 150: Challenges as well as Hope Aug 05, 2013

By Rex Smith

It was six years after horses first hit the homestretch at the Saratoga Race Course that the first professional baseball league was created. Professional football was still 29 years away, as was the first public basketball game.

Horse Racing UK: Work to begin on new horse racing heritage centre Aug 04, 2013

Now that some $30 million has been raised to support the project, work is set to begin on the new horse racing heritage centre at Palace House Stables, once the site of King Charles II’s court.

The new centre will replace the Racing Museum on Newmarket High Street. Funding has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, grants and private donations.

“Our mission is to protect the heritage of horseracing by preserving its past, celebrating its present and safeguarding its future,” said Christopher Tregoning, the Museum’s honorary treasurer.

2003 Derby Winner Funny Cide making special appearance at Saratoga Aug 02, 2013

Funny Cide winning the 2003 Kentucky Derby

 

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate the industry’s retired equine athletes during a day in their honor at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 4.

 

Saratoga's 86th Whitney Handicap will be televised nationally on NBC Aug 02, 2013

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Defending champion Fort Larned will break from post three and was named the morning line favorite at the draw for the Whitney Handicap Wednesday morning in the paddock at Saratoga Race Course. The 86th edition of the Grade 1 race is set for 5:45 p.m. Saturday and will be televised nationally on NBC.

Todd Pletcher-trained Cross Traffic drew post four and was named the 5-2 second choice, while Mucho Macho Man (post two) and Ron the Greek (post five) were both given 6-1 odds.

Uncaptured Takes Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Jul 31, 2013

Uncaptured wins 2013 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Race Track

FORT ERIE, July 30th…Uncaptured took the lead in mid-stretch and never looked back to take the 78th edition of the Prince of Wales in front of a jam packed, loud and enthusiastic crowd at Fort Erie Race Track.

Prince of Wales Stakes: Dynamic Sky, Spring in the Air scratched Jul 30, 2013

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse's four-horse contingent for Tuesday's $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes has been cut in half, as neither Dynamic Sky nor Spring in the Air made the trip from Woodbine to Fort Erie on Tuesday morning.

"Dynamic Sky had a little issue pop up yesterday – not a big one, but it was bad timing," Casse said. "Hopefully, he's already better today, but we're just going to give him a few days off and hopefully aim for the Breeders' [Stakes]. We're saving Spring in the Air for the Wonder Where [Stakes]."

Q & A with Breeders' Cup Chief Marketing Officer Drew Sheinman Jul 30, 2013

By Ray Paulick

Drew Sheinman brings a wealth of sports and marketing experience to his appointment in May as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Breeders’ Cup. Sheinman has helped develop projects as diverse as Major League Baseball’s FanFest, Coca-Cola Olympic City at the 1996 Atlanta Games, and MTV’s Rock ‘n Jock. He’s held senior marketing or development positions with the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, and Madison Square Garden.

England's "Glorious Goodwood" race meeting gets underway today Jul 30, 2013

Goodwood, England// As the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting gets underway Tuesday, it is remarkable how long a shadow Frankel casts over the idyllic rolling downs of the south coast of England. Perched high on the Sussex Downs, Goodwood racecourse hosted Frankel's two successes in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.

 

The highest-rated thoroughbred of all time, Frankel claimed his crown as the world's best miler when defeating Canford Cliffs in the 2011 event, then thrashed Godolphin's Farhh by six lengths in last year's race.

 

Horse therapy helps people surmount personal obstacles Jul 30, 2013

HILLIER, ONT.—Deb Tattersall watches in amazement as her usually taciturn daughter chats easily with someone she’s just met.

“She’s completely found her voice,” Tattersall marvels. “That is totally the horses.”

Horses are Suki Tattersall’s therapist. By working with them in guided interaction, the 17-year-old is learning to overcome anxiety disorders that make her fearful of social situations and even of leaving the house.

Suki is one of a small but growing number of Canadians who are discovering the healing power of horses. 

Prince of Wales Stakes set for Tuesday at Fort Erie Race Track Jul 29, 2013

The 78th Prince of Wales stakes race, the second jewel in the Canadian triple crown of horse racing, will take place Tuesday at the Fort Erie Race Track.

This is the first time it hasn’t been held on a Sunday.

There are nine races on the card for the day, starting at 4:15 p.m.

The Prince of Wales stakes race is the eighth and will come out of the gate with a post-time of 7:47 p.m. There is a $500,000 purse for the race.

It runs one mile and 3/16 in length.

The eight horses and their odds are as follows:

Saratoga Race Course On Track To A Great 150th Anniversary Celebration Jul 29, 2013

One might not bet on it, but a popular trifecta at Saratoga Race Course this summer just might be 1-5-0. This summer marks the sesquicentennial of the upstate, Victorian-style race track.

 

"It's just a wonderful way to celebrate, 150 years is a big number," says a visitor.

 

"It's horse racing through the years, it's this this wonderful community, all these different elements that make it very special," says Rodnell Workman of the New York Racing Association.

 

Ireland's Galway Races this weekend expecting 150,000 racegoers Jul 29, 2013

By Richard Forrestal

The prolonged heatwave might have been replaced in untimely fashion by squally rain showers, but the annual Galway revelry is expected to get under way with typically large crowds in Ballybrit this evening.

Horse racing: handle up over 8% at Del Mar Jul 29, 2013

Solid handle numbers remained the order of the week as Del Mar raced through its Day 10 Sunday (7/28) and completed Week #2 of its seven-week meeting.

On-track handle – up more than 5% — and overall handle – up more than 8% — both showed solid gains as the track moved forward with its 74th season. On-track numbers for the session were $25,961,372, for an average of $2,596,137, meaning an actual increase of 5.9% over the 2012 figures of $24,508,705 and $2,450,871.

Haskell Invitational 2013 draws more than 36K to Monmouth Park Jul 28, 2013

OCEANPORT – The Haskell Invitational drew more than 36,000 people to Monmouth Park on Sunday, about 1,000 more than last year.

For most of the day, racegoers tailgated, cooking up burgers and hotdogs and drinking everything from beer to mimosas. But within 10 to 20 minutes before the horses posted for the $1 million race, the crowds started to flood the grandstand, ready for the big race.

Monmouth Beach resident Lou Petrone bet on Oxbow but said it was great race.

Horse Racing: Hat's Off Day on July 27th Salutes Contributions of Kentucky's Horse Industry Jul 23, 2013

Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day is a day to celebrate and promote Kentucky's Horse Industry

The horse industry in Kentucky generates 80,000 - 100,000 in direct and indirect jobs, and impacts our economy by an estimated 8 billion dollars! 

Horse Racing: great health, celebrity, and food cross promotion at Arlington Jul 22, 2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 22, 2013) Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is teaming up with local celebrities for a day of cooking demonstrations and horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse that will benefit NCH’s Gift-A-Mammogram program.

Horse Racing: UK Racecourse taking direct approach to reach new fans Jul 22, 2013

Beverley's meeting on Tuesday July 30 is a 'Newcomer's Day' designed to provide information for new or infrequent racegoers to understand the jargon of racing and visit the various area of the racecourse.

 

There will be guided tours, including trips to the start of each race via tractor and trailer; behind-the-scenes tours of the racecourse prior to racing, while Beverley Racecourse 'Ambassadors' will be on hand to help new racegoers.

 

Horse Racing: Queensland Government enhancing horse industry bridges with Asia Jul 22, 2013

[Media Release, July 22nd] Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls has visited Korea’s peak horse racing agencies and associations to investigate expansion opportunities for Queensland’s racing and construction

Businesses.

 

Mr Nicholls said Queensland’s racing industry was world-renowned for its quality of breeding and racing bloodstock, as well as its quality horse training skills which have been passed from

generation to generation.

 

Del Mar's Time to Ride Program looking to be national program Jul 21, 2013

Nine-year-old Kayla Sanchez had never ridden a full-sized horse until she visited Del Mar July 21. 

"It's my birthday today," said Kayla before she climbed aboard one of the eight horses assembled as part of the "Time to Ride" program. Kayla was also excited that a jockey with her name, Kayla Stra, was riding on the card.

Saratoga: It's opening day at the track! Jul 19, 2013

By Joe Drape

I owe John (Old Smoke) Morrissey, as do any horseplayers or horse lovers worth their salt. He was an accomplished man: a gambler, casino owner, boxing champion and congressman. But 150 years ago, Old Smoke did something truly special when he held a race meeting in a little patch of horse heaven in upstate New York.

Exercise riders: Racing's behind-the-scenes stars Jul 18, 2013

Noble Promise with Walter Blum, JrBy Barbara Livingstone

Horse racing can be ‘all about the girls’ too Jul 18, 2013

This isn’t your bra-burning, Gloria Steinem group, or maybe they are. Either way, the all-female syndicate that dons a befitting name – It’s All About the Girls – is a force to be reckoned with. Their proverbial bra of choice is a 2010 dark bay filly by the name of Dance Team (Dynaformer x Tee Kay).

 

Horse Racing: Bringing New Owners into The Game Jul 16, 2013

Del MarBy Ed Zieralski

Del Mar - Gary Hartunian decided last year about this time to take his love of horse racing and being at Del Mar to another level.

Hartunian bought a horse, Fast N Furius Cat, for $50,000 at the first-ever Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar on Sunday night of opening week

Horse Racing: Attracting New and Younger Fans Jul 16, 2013

Recently, Racing Future CEO, Dennis Mills, remarked that horse racing as a sport has ignored its fans for 30 years. This is a not an entirely earthshattering statement. With track closures, lower on track attendance, and lower betting handle, horse racing industry participants are constantly reminded that our sport needs rejuvenation and to bring new younger fans into the game.

New Jersey wages federal court battle to allow gambling on sports Jul 15, 2013

Gambling on sports is legal in Nevada, where the Las Vegas casino sports books hum with activity under the glow of giant boards that show the point spreads. Just about everywhere else, it’s a black market, right down to the office football pool.

Now New Jersey wants a piece of the action — and it’s waging a court battle that could reshape sports betting across the country.

UK Bookmaker Paddy Power has launched a real-money sports betting Facebook app Jul 15, 2013

The Paddy Power In-Play app is designed to add social engagement to online betting, allowing consumers to bet, as well as interact with other users.

Paddy Power said that use of the app will be subject to "strict age verification checks".

The app was created by Paddy Power’s games development team based in Sofia, in collaboration with its Dublin-based product development team.

"Horses Treat" Program offers equine assisted therapy Jul 15, 2013

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

A new treatment program in Marathon County is using horses to help people who have problems.

It involves interacting with horses, much like a patient interacts with a doctor.

Jenna Saul and her husband started "Horses Treat" in 2012.

The program offers mental health services through physical interaction with horses.

"They are prey animals and we are predators, they are very aware of us, they read us, they mirror us," said Jenna Saul, Program Founder.

Horses help heal Canada’s veterans in unique Alberta program Jul 15, 2013

Can Praxis, a program based in Rocky Mountain House, AB funded by Wounded Warriors Canada is designed to help returning soldiers overcome PTSD acquired during their service. The program is free to attend and incorporates the service person, family members and a horse.

Horses help with leadership training Jul 12, 2013

CALGARY — There are many leadership training programs out there.

Nancy Lowery managed to come up with a unique, one-of-a-kind concept.

She started her company, the Natural Leader, in 2004.

“The business is leadership through horsemanship. We offer leadership learning experiences through putting people with horses,” she says.

Horse Racing at Saratoga: "Health, History, Horses" Jul 12, 2013

By Paul Moran, ESPN

Hong Kong racing season finishes on high note for turnover and attendance Jul 11, 2013

Happy Valley Racetrack Hong Kong 2013 Season FinaleA pyrotechnic display lit the night sky above Happy Valley on Wednesday, 10 July as Hong Kong’s 2012/13 racing season concluded with a f

£15 million donated to create National Heritage Centre for Horseracing in Britain Jul 10, 2013

Construction is to begin in September on the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket after it has hit its £15 million fundraising target, the News can reveal.

Peter Jensen, chairman of the Home of Horseracing Trust, announced the news that the capital target had been reached last night at a fundraiser last night at Banstead Manor Stud, in Cheveley.

Bill Finley: Could horse racing thrive with a monthly Breeders' Cup-like event? Jul 09, 2013

They just got done with Wimbledon, and it was a pretty good show, highlighted by Andy Murray's winning one for the home team. But imagine if they played the U.S. Open at the exact same time and some of the good players showed up in England and some took their talents to Flushing, Queens. Had