Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
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Historic racetrack Keeneland and live sports lottery game provider EquiLottery Games have reached an agreement to feature races from the 2019 Keeneland Spring Meet.
Led by unbeaten 2-year-old champion Game Winner, a total of 362 3-year-old Thoroughbreds were made eligible to compete in this year's Triple Crown series during the early nomination phase, which closed Jan. 26.
Unseasonably warm weather and stiff competition for the better quality broodmares and broodmare prospects combined to produce strong gains in average and median Feb. 4-5 during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale.
Bob Baffert's duo of Game Winner and Improbable are the individual morning-line favorites in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager but "All other 3-year-olds" is expected to be the overall preference when betting concludes Sunday, Feb. 10.
With Honors, a 5-year-old mare owned by LNJ Foxwoods, delivered a filly by Tapit at 9:10 p.m. Feb. 4 at Claiborne Farm as part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Foal Patrol Season 2.
The progeny of proven sires were the order of the day during the Feb. 5 first session of the Goffs February Sale, with leading sires Showcasing, Sea The Stars, Lope de Vega, Kodiac, and Dark Angel responsible for the top five lots.
After coming up just short in last year's Louisiana-bred Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs, Underpressure will try to earn a winner's circle trip this year against an expected nine state-bred rivals in the 1 1/16-mile test Feb. 9.
Imperial Hint is taking aim on Dubai and a chance at redemption on multiple levels.
Funeral services for noted Ocala, Fla. horseman J. B. McKathan will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at Roberts Funeral Home, 606 S.W. 2nd Avenue, in Ocala, Florida.
David O'Rourke, NYRA's senior vice president and chief revenue officer, has been named interim CEO by the board of directors at a critical time for the racing association.
The Feb. 4 opener of the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale was successful for James B. Keogh's Grovendale, with six horses selling for gross receipts of $358,000 at an average price of $59,667.
Accomplished stakes horses offered as racing or broodmare prospects and yearlings were in demand during the Feb. 4 session of the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale.
An open-length victory in the grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 2 at Santa Anita Park was enough to earn Mucho Gusto a place in the top 10 in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association top 3-year-old poll.
A pair of grade/group 1-placed 3-year-olds will meet under the lights Friday, Feb. 8 at Turfway Park in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes when colt Somelikeithotbrown takes on the filly The Mackem Bullet.
Australia's champion trainer Darren Weir is facing a four-year suspension from the sport for possessing illegal electric devices, after they were found Jan. 30 on his property during a raid by stewards and police.
Grade 2 winner Cheekaboo lit up the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale bid board when she was purchased by K R Japan for $300,000. She was the first horse to bring six figures during the two-day auction's first session Feb. 4.
British-bred A Bit Special successfully stepped up to graded company, taking the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T) comfortably Feb. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Repole Stable homebred Always Shopping, under a perfect trip engineered by meet-leading rider Manny Franco, made her stakes debut a winning one in the $100,000 Busanda Feb. 3 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Long debated but handily rejected over the years, the New York Racing Association is now backing a longer meet, at least for 2019, during its annual Saratoga Race Course racing season.
Trainer Shelbe Ruis indicated Feb. 2 that she felt track management at Santa Anita Park put undue pressure on her to run 3-year-old colt and scheduled first-time starter, C Falls, on a wet track she felt was unsafe.