Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
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A filly at Belmont Park has been diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus-1, in a case that has progressed to the neurologic form, forcing an immediate quarantine of Barn 10 at the Long Island facility.
Things start to get serious for the 3-year-olds Feb. 17, when the first 85-point qualifying races for the Kentucky Derby Presented By Woodford Reserve (G1) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) will be run at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Billed as an investment fund focused on Thoroughbred racing, Phoenix Thoroughbreds is off to a spectacular start with leading Kentucky Oaks candidate Dream Tree and Kentucky Derby hopefuls Mourinho and Gronkowski.
The Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse Feb. 18 is the third and final leg of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby and Ruggero (JPN) has the inside track to get the guaranteed slot in the Run for the Roses.
Sonneteer, Futile, Far Right and Untrapped will meet again in the Feb. 19 Razorback Handicap (G3), the second of four major two-turn races for older horses run at the Arkansas track.
Although the El Camino offers a total of 17 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, Paved's connections plan to use the race as a stepping stone to major turf races for 3-year-old fillies.
Japan's best dirt horse of 2017, Gold Dream (JPN), returns to action for his specialty in the Feb. 18 February Stakes (G1), a Breeders' Cup Challenge event that offers a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs.
A lifelong dream came true for retired Navy nurse Tina Chamberlin Feb. 15, when Fairway Lane prevailed in the fourth race at Turfway Park to give the trainer her first win.
Dalmore won so convincingly Feb. 15, that trainer Keith Desormeaux admitted he'll take a look at a run in the March 10 Santa Anita Handicap (G1).
Skye Diamonds will kick off her 5-year-old year in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (G3) Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
New York regulators have slapped trainer Linda Rice with a five-day suspension and fines for incidents that led to the scratching of horses in two separate races at Aqueduct Racetrack last month.
The RMTC board granted interim accreditation to the University of Florida Racing Laboratory at its Feb. 13 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Godolphin unleashed another budding star in the UAE Two Thousand Guineas Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G3) Feb. 15 at Meydan, as Gold Town kicked away from the field in the stretch to win by 10 1/2 lengths.
Centre Court, a multiple graded stakes-winning mare owned by G. Watts Humphrey III residing at Humphrey’s Shawnee Farm, delivered the third foal of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 15.
The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 to be affecting horses housed in barn 3 at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.
Thoroughbred horsemen at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack have agreed to dip into revenues that the purse account receives from the track's casino to help subsidize rising insurance costs the industry pays for jockeys and exercise riders.
This week's BackTrack offers a recap of the Dec. 30, 1979 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita Park where Terlingua won off an extended layoff.
OXO Equine's Instilled Regard shipped in from California to win the Lecomte Stakes (G3) Jan. 13 and is heading back to Louisiana for the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) Feb. 17.
With back-to-back stakes victories now under her belt, Coffee Pot Stables' Farrell aims to build on her rejuvenated swagger when she starts in the $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 17.
Highway Star has been assigned as the 124-pound highweight, and was given the outside post in a field of 11 older fillies and mares for the Barbara Fitchie, facing a tough task off the layoff in her 5-year-old debut against some sharp rivals.