Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
Updated: 6 hours 41 min ago
Dual classic winner and retired leading sire Thunder Gulch died March 19 at age 26, euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud.
Bayakoa Stakes (G2) winner Majestic Heat has been retired from racing after a fifth-place finish in Santa Anita Park's Santa Margarita Stakes (G1) it was announced March 19 by owner-racing manager Madeline Auerbach.
The owner of Shady Oak Farm training center near Magnolia, Texas, raced graded stakes winners with Bill Heiligbrodt and Walter "Buddy" New.
A total of 1,222 juveniles have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training scheduled for April 24-27. Last year, there were 1,208 entries for the auction in Ocala, Fla.
Grade 1 winner Sharp Azteca, who had been pointing the March 26 Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City-District One (G2), will instead get some time off according to trainer Jorge Navarro.
Records tumbled on the first day of the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast March yearling sale March 19 as the progeny of Australia's first season sire sensation Spirit of Boom lit up the sale ring.
Magnum Moon took a big step on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with a 3 1/2-length victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park March 17.
For three straight years the rate of equine fatalities in racing has held fairly steady, down about 20% from the first year fatal equine injuries were tracked in 2009.
Trainer Peter Miller was fined $2,500 and suspended seven days by the CHRB's board of stewards at Santa Anita Park March 18 for an incident that involved "derogatory words about a licensee's unborn baby" Sept. 11 at San Luis Rey Training Center.
The two runaway leaders kept on running the second time through the stretch in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (G2T), but maybe the smallest horse on the grounds at Santa Anita Park was just beginning to wind up.
Ned Bonnie, a leading attorney at Frost Brown Todd attorneys in Louisville and a longtime, vocal Kentucky racing commissioner, died March 17 in Louisville, Ky., according to family and friends. He was 88.
A promising 2-year-old filly over the summer in Southern California, Rick and Sharon Waller's homebred Spectator signaled her promise has extended to her 3-year-old campaign with a game victory March 18 in a second-level optional-claiming allowance.
Grade 1 winner Big Macher, who was retired from racing during the summer of 2017, showed up on the Turf Paradise work tab March 17, but his owner said March 18 the 8-year-old Beau Genius gelding likely won't be returning to racing.
Unbeaten 3-year-old Exclamation Point returned to the work tab March 17, breezing an easy half-mile in :49 4/5 over a fast track just after the renovation break for trainer Brad Cox.
Ping Hai Star (NZ) blazed an unusual trail to a rather dominating victory in the March 18 BMW Hong Kong Derby (G1).
The "most likely and most logical spot" for Robert and Lawana Low's Magnum Moon is the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Todd Pletcher said following the unbeaten colt's impressive victory in the Rebel Stakes (G2).
Running for Vince Campanella and Nation's Racing Stable, the 5-year-old Kitalpha mare won her second graded stakes in a row, after taking the Feb. 19 Royal Delta Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Magnum Moon remained unbeaten in three starts when he drew off from grade 1-placed Solomini March 17 to score a 3 1/2-length victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park.
Blended Citizen rallied up the rail to best Pony Up by a neck in the March 17 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park.
Red Baron's Barn and Rancho Temescal's River Boyne likes the Santa Anita Park turf course so much, he can't seem to lose.