Tag: US Horse Racing

Not even his most devoted supporters saw Into Mischief enter the 2020s as North America's top stallion. The sire of Kentucky Derby winner Authentic captured that honor for the second consecutive year in a runaway. (Image: Coyle Photography/Spendthrift Farm)

Into Mischief Takes Top Stallion Honors for Second Consecutive Year

That Into Mischief became North America’s leading stallion for the second consecutive year is borne out by facts that carry weight, heft and meaning beyond the breeding shed. Yes, there’s the $225,000 stud fee he commands. That hasn’t stopped would-be filly and mare owners from beating a path to his […]

As one of five open tracks in April, Arkansas' Oaklawn Park enjoyed a 242% increase in April handle compared to 2019. (Image: AP)

April Racing Handle Tells Two Different Stories on COVID-19 Effects

When Equibase released its monthly report of Economic Indicators in Thoroughbred Racing earlier this week, the numbers told two different stories about the COVID-19 effect on handle. And by default, the effect on the sport itself. The first: that total wagering dropped 24.4% in April 2020 compared to April 2019. […]

IT's July 3, 1937 and track founder Bing Crosby greets fans as they arrive for Del Mar's inaugural season. (Image: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)

Can Del Mar Summer Season Prove California Racing Is Safe Again?

Thoroughbred racing returns Wednesday to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, outside of San Diego, with a renewed focus on equine safety. Considered one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world, the historic oval created by Bing Crosby and his pals in the 1930s is presenting a full, 10-race card opening day […]

Uncertainty reigns at Santa Anita Park.
Image: (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Dark Days Linger at Santa Anita, Another Fatality Prompts More Changes

A pall remains over Thoroughbred racing in Southern California and is continuing to intensify. This, in the aftermath of a 22nd fatal breakdown early Thursday at Santa Anita Park. Princess Lili B, a lightly raced, 3-year-old maiden filly, snapped both front legs at the end of a half-mile workout on the […]