Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
Updated: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Churchill Downs Inc. executives said July 29 that coming out of the pandemic a significant number of horseplayers are staying online to wager, as opposed to returning to tracks or simulcast outlets.
Behind a solid Kentucky Derby Week and a record performance from its gaming operations as the country emerged from COVID-19 restrictions, Churchill Downs Inc. reports record second quarter net revenue and strong adjusted earnings.
Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer, unraced since a distant third-place finish in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (G1), has been sent to a California farm for rest this summer, trainer Michael McCarthy said.
The Arkansas oval announced a purse hike to $1.25 million for the Arkansas Derby (G1)—a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby (G1)—and shifted the 3-year-old classic on the schedule to April 2 when unveiling its stakes schedule for 2021-22.
Hot Rod Charlie, second in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (G1) and third in the May 1 Kentucky Derby (G1), worked five furlongs at Santa Anita in :59 4/5. Rombauer, third in the Belmont and winner of the Preakness Stakes (G1), went a half-mile in :49 1/5.
An attorney for the The Jockey Club has asked a U.S. District Court for permission to provide information in a civil case brought by Bob Baffert against the New York Racing Association, which recently banned the trainer from its tracks.
Judge Thomas Wingate has issued an order on how a split sample of urine will be divided for use in further testing.
Speaking during a court hearing June 11, attorneys associated with Kentucky Derby (G1) first-place finisher Medina Spirit sparred with counsel for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the quantity of the colt's urine to be sent to a laboratory.
Attorneys for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables filed a lawsuit June 7 against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission seeking further testing of Medina Spirit's post-race Kentucky Derby (G1) urine sample.
The blockbuster Belmont Stakes Day card June 5 at Belmont Park, highlighted by Essential Quality's thrilling victory in the Belmont Stakes (G1), generated all-sources handle of $112,725,278—a NYRA record for a non-Triple Crown year.
For nearly three decades of his life, Brad Cox had dreamed about being the trainer of a horse good enough to win a Triple Crown race.
The international breeding operation uses the best stallion for its mares, regardless of where the stallion stands.
Essential Quality wins the 2021 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, on June 5, 2021.
For all of those illustrious chapters in Godolphin's storied 29-year history, never was there a day for Sheikh Mohammed's worldwide operation to match June 5.
Godolphin's homebred Essential Quality proved his class June 5 with a victory in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) over a determined rival in Hot Rod Charlie at Belmont Park.
Judging by the will pays in the Belmont Gold Cup-Belmont Stakes double, Essential Quality will be a heavy favorite in the June 5 final jewel of the Triple Crown with Rock Your World a narrow second choice.
The 2021 Triple Crown started with Essential Quality as the betting favorite and 3-year-old to beat in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) as his trainer, Brad Cox, and owner, Godolphin, sought their first win in a U.S. classic.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is taking a patient approach to finding a new rider for Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) starter Known Agenda following an injury to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Even in an era when modern technology ushers in advancements at a dizzying pace, there's still something soothing about a vestige of the past. Just walk around Belmont Park this weekend.
Irad Ortiz Jr., the Eclipse Award-winning jockey the past three years, will be away from riding for a "couple weeks" after he was injured while unseated in the fifth race at Belmont Park June 3, according to a tweet from his brother, Jose.