Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
Updated: 9 hours 57 min ago
It was down to the wire March 2 for Stronach homebred Holy Helena, who edged her competition by a head and defend her title in the $150,000 The Very One Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park.
Graded stakes-placed on several occasions throughout his career, Sagamore Farm's 5-year-old Recruiting Ready made the grade March 2 in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Superstar mare Winx landed a world-record 23rd group 1 victory with relative ease in the Tab Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick, surpassing Hurricane Fly's number of top-flight triumphs in the process.
With the scratch of Dessman, Santa Anita Park's eighth race March 1 looked like a two-horse race on paper between the John Sadler-trained Nolo Contesto and the Bob Baffert-trained Roadster, but in the end it was no contest.
Each week, the NTRA will provide a guide to the best stakes races in North America and beyond, including approximate race times and television coverage.
The Thoroughbred meeting was originally scheduled to wrap up March 9 but will now end with an extra day of live racing March 12.
Jockey David Egan, Great Britain's 2017 champion apprentice, registered his first North American victory when Mohan Stable's Bobby G galloped to a 5 1/2-length win in the fourth race March 1 at Laurel Park.
Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm is introducing a new breeders' incentive plan that offers a different spin on plans allowing breeding fees to be paid out of sale proceeds.
OXO Equine's undefeated Instagrand will make his 2019 debut in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3), slated for March 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Dundalk was forced to call off its Patton Stakes, a European Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, after just two races on the card were contested March 1 because of a serious medical incident in the parade ring at the track.
Leonard Green's A Thread of Blue looks to extend his win streak to three in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3T) March 2 at Gulfstream Park, and is "raring to go," according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
It won't be hard to follow the marquee races March 2, because all nine North American graded stakes take place at Gulfstream Park.
Ken McPeek's willingness to think apart from the crowd, at sales and elsewhere, has him aiming at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with two potential starters and at the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) with one prime contender.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said March 1 that Bravazo was to undergo surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., to address a knee issue, which will force the 4-year-old to miss one of the world's biggest events.
A change in state tax law in Kentucky for 2018 that removed the ability to deduct gambling losses from any gambling winnings income moved a step toward being changed back to the previous standard March 1.
Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and ranking member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, introduced bipartisan tax and disaster relief legislation Feb. 28 that includes three-year depreciation for racehorses.
Back at Gulfstream Park, Tyler Gaffalione is scheduled to ride Epic Racing's Valedictorian one in the $150,000 Honey Fox Stakes (G3T).
Clinic will include conformation analysis during the OBS March sale breeze show.
Ryota Sensui, the senior manager of the Japan Racing Association's office in Stamford, Conn., says that Japanese owners and trainers are open to participating in the new races due to their summertime scheduling and large purses.
Derma Louvre, the points leader among Triple Crown nominees in the Japanese prep races, is targeting the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1)