Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
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Lone Star Park officials on Feb. 5 announced an increase of nearly 43% to overnight purses for the upcoming Thoroughbred racing season.
Grade 1 winner Starship Jubilee will try to continue her exceptional form when the former claiming horse faces a pair of lightly raced Chad Brown-trained runners in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3T) Feb. 8 on the Gulfstream Park turf.
Dual grade 1 winner Code of Honor is headed back to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey after a freshening at Margaux Farm, the farm's general manager, Richard Budge, said Feb 5.
The $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (G3T) may be a grade 3 contest in the eyes of the American Graded Stakes Committee, but trainer Mark Casse has done his part to give it a grade 1 feel.
Perfect from three starts, Godolphin's Alms will put her undefeated record on the line against six other 3-year-old fillies as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the $60,000 Shantel Lanerie Memorial Stakes Feb. 8 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged an additional five entries for its 2020 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale supplemental catalog. They may now be viewed online.
Demand for well-bred young mares and fillies off the track drove trade during the second and final session of the Goffs February Sale Feb. 5, with BBA Ireland agents signing for the top three lots.
Though admired as a foal, the Union Rags colt still had to prove himself. He did with a record-setting performance in the True North Stakes (G2).
Emerging ownership force Masaaki Matsushima has bought a half-share in last year's Juddmonte International (G1) winner and Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) fourth, Japan (GB).
Kevin Kerstein, Churchill Downs' 30-year-old publicity manager, grew up in Philadelphia before moving to Louisville, to attend Bellarmine University. For a guy who didn't know anything about horse racing until coming to Kentucky, he's now all-in.
Evan Trommer chuckles a bit when recalling the details of how he first qualified for the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship because, even eight years after the fact, he can still tap into the emotions of the moment.
Seeing potential to bring pari-mutuel wagering to a large new base of customers, FanDuel Group has launched an advance-deposit wagering interface specifically marketed to its daily fantasy players.
The number of graded stakes in Canada will remain at 45, but six races with black-type status will be upgraded to listed status for 2020.
The £10 billion merger between Flutter, owners of Paddy Power and Betfair, and the Stars Group, which owns Sky Betting and Gaming, is to be investigated by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority.
Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, released a list of Saudi Cup Day runners Feb. 5 that includes 21 individual group/grade 1 winners across an eight-race card Feb. 29.
Led by 2-year-old champion and upset TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Storm the Court, a total of 347 3-year-old Thoroughbreds were made eligible to compete in this year's Triple Crown during the early nomination phase, which closed Jan. 25.
As Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America (G1T) winner Structor takes his first few steps toward his 3-year-old debut, the possibility remains that there could be dirt and roses in his future.
Four Wheel Drive began early preparation Feb. 4 for what could lead to a trip to Royal Ascot by breezing a half-mile in :51 at Turfway Park. The breeze was the first of the year for the unbeaten 3-year-old American Pharoah colt.
The new stallions on the block were to the fore on the opening day of trading for 2020 at Goffs, with six of the top 10 lots during the first session of the February Sale from the first crop of their sire.
Millionaire Mr. Money has returned to the work tab at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Bret Calhoun, who has also entered stablemate By My Standards, winner of last year's Louisiana Derby (G2), for his 4-year-old debut.