Tag: Horse Racing

Rested and Ready Game Winner may come back Saturday in Los Alamitos Derby. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Horse Racing’s Three-Year-Old Division Readies for a Shake Up

Rumblings out of Southern California – not the earthquake variety – indicate Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert may be rolling out his three-year-old star Game Winner Saturday at Los Alamitos. Baffert has yet to confirm his exact plans. Entries for the race are taken Wednesday. If he runs, expect […]

Top turf trainer Chad Brown has four aces to play in Saturday's Belmont Derby. (Getty Images/Michael Reaves)

Trainer Chad Brown Holds Top Hand in Saturday’s Belmont Derby

Belmont Park soon passes New York’s Thoroughbred torch to Saratoga Race Course, upstate. But, before that happens fans and bettors Saturday will be enjoying the track’s Stars and Stripes Racing Festival. That’s the highly competitive and extremely lucrative stakes series for top runners on both turf and dirt. The Saturday […]

Increasing equine safety top priority as Del Mar begins 80th season. Image: (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Where Turf Meets Surf: Del Mar Prioritizes Equine Safety in New Season

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) is now undertaking extensive new safety initiatives. The popular seaside race meet in Northern San Diego County starts on July 17. Track leaders say they’ll build on the track’s series of safety protocols and initiatives from previous years. They’ll do this by adding additional layers […]

Saratoga opens July 11, but is now closed to Hall-of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer (Image: NYRA)

About Face: New York Racing Association Turns Against Hollendorfer

Hall of Fame Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is now banned from stabling or entering horses at New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetracks. The move marks a reversal of NYRA’s previous position allowing the trainer to compete in New York. The Belmont meeting ends Sunday. The Saratoga summer season starts July 11. […]

Jockey John Velazquez holding the Queen's Plate Trophy after filly Wonder Gadot's 2018 triumph. (Image: AP)

We the North: All Eyes on Canada Saturday for Historic Queen’s Plate

The $1 million Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most important horse race, is being contested for the 160th time Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack, near Toronto. It’s the oldest continually run race in North America, dating back to 1860. A full field of 14 are contesting the race. The early 5/2 post time […]

Southern California's troubled Thoroughbreds merry-go-round shifts to Los Alamitos this week. (Image:Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register)

California Legislature Boosts Horse Racing Board’s Regulatory Muscle

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will soon have increased authority over Thoroughbred racing in the state. The State Legislature unanimously approved a bill (SB 469) Monday newly empowering the regulatory body with the ability to suspend or move racing days without a 10-day public notice period. The Senate version […]

Stanley Hough's Global Campaign, an easy winner in at Gulfstream earlier this year heading to Buckeye State Saturday. (Image: Lauren King)

Ohio Derby at Thistledown: Hough Horse Global Campaign Ready to Fire

The Ohio Derby at Thistledown Saturday is coming up big with the appearance of Peter Pan winner Global Campaign. He’s the horse last seen just a week after the Kentucky Derby, May 11 in New York besting Belmont Stakes victor Sir Winston at 1 1/8 miles. Because dominance in the […]

Cal. Gov. Gavin Newsom pushing for increased equine safety at Santa Anita. Image: Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Ramping Up Safety Measures at Santa Anita as Deadly Meet Nears End

When racing resumes at Santa Anita a new set of enhanced safety measures for horses will be in place. Only six racing days remain on the track’s winter/spring schedule. Racing concludes June 23. The track, with the support of various horsemen’s groups, are declining Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request that the track […]

Leading three-year-old setting sights on Travers Stakes Agu. 24 at Saratoga in Upstate New  York. (Image: NYRA)

Crazy Triple Crown Season Concludes: Who’s Best? Who Knows?

This year’s Triple Crown races are over, but an extraordinary number of contrasts have made this series of races more intriguing than ever. Some of what made 2019 so fascinating: A wide array of winners of the various Kentucky Derby prep races The late scratch of presumptive Derby favorite Omaha […]

Jockey Joel Rosario enters the Belmont Park winners' circle aboard Sir Winston, winner of the 151st Belmont Stakes (Image: Eric Kallet)

Mark Casse’s Longshot Horse Sir Winston Wins 151st Belmont Stakes

Sir Winston is the gutsy winner of the 2019 Belmont Stakes. As many expected, Mark Casse was the trainer of the first place finisher. But it wasn’t second favorite Preakness winner War of Will as many anticipated. It was Casse’s other entrant, longshot Sir Winston, who crossed the finish line […]

Horse racing getting a needed boost from newly passed gambling expansion in Illinois. ((Image: Arlington Park)

Happy Days Ahead for Illinois Horse Racing Thanks to Gambling Expansion Law

The once vibrant Illinois horse racing industry now could be on a path to restoration. The dramatic decline in business in recent decades, caused by other wide-ranging gambling availabilities within the state and in neighboring jurisdictions, is likely to be ending. At least that’s the hope after passage this weekend […]

"Wow" horse War of Will scampers home a winner in 144th Preakness Stakes. (image:AP)

War of Will Shows What Coulda Been by Winning Preakness

War of Will is the gritty winner of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. This is the first Preakness without the Kentucky Derby victor since 1996. The winner, under jockey Tyler Gaffalione, 24 and the youngest rider in the race, benefited from a dream […]

The iconic twin spires overlooking Churchill Downs symbolize America's greatest race. (Image: Churchill Downs)

Omaha Beach, Baffert Trio Are the Kentucky Derby Favorites

Omaha Beach at 4/1 is now the morning line favorite for Saturday’s highly anticipated $3 million Kentucky Derby. It’s the 145th edition of the US’s most prestigious horse race. Barring any late scratches, the field is now set with Tuesday’s completion of this year’s post position draw. The Kentucky Derby is […]

And they'e off. Racing to resume at Santa Anita on March 29. (Image: AP)

California Horse Racing Stakeholders Agree to Revise Medication, Whipping Rules

Santa Anita Park, the iconic Southern California racetrack plagued by a horrifying series of equine fatalities, is setting March 29 as its “re-opening” day. A dispute over new medication rules between horse owners and track management had been threatening the future of the track, near Los Angeles. There’s been no […]