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USDA Officials Address American Horse Council
The relationship between the United States Department of Agriculture and the horse industry was a focal point of the recent American Horse Council convention in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Pari-Mutuel Handle Down Slightly in June
United States Thoroughbred racing's economic indicators for June 2015, released July 4 by Equibase Co., showed declines in pari-mutuel handle, purses, race days, races, and starts compared with the same month in 2014.
Two 'Super Saturdays' for Belmont Fall Meet
The 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park will two "Super Saturday" programs with 11 graded stakes worth a combined $4.2 million Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, the New York Racing Association said July 6.
TOBA Names Top Owners, Breeders for 2014
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association July 6 named many of those who will be honored at its National Awards Dinner Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Strut the Course Edges Favorite at Woodbine
Even-money favorite Watsdachances weaved her way through traffic in the stretch, but could not get to Strut the Course in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-II) July 5 at Woodbine.
Speedy Grade III Winner Chitu Retired
Chitu, a speedy colt who pushed the early pace in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
Silvano Offspring Dominate in Durban July
The progeny of 2001 Arlington Million (gr. I) winner Silvano dominated the finish of the 2015 Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I) July 4 at Greyville.
Shaman Ghost Rallies to Take Queen's Plate
With a move in deep stretch, Stronach Stables homebred Shaman Ghost surged past Danish Dynaformer to win the Queen's Plate Stakes July 5 at Woodbine.
Private Zone All the Way in Belmont Sprint
Private Zone aced the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park, sprinting gate to wire in an easy 3 1/4-length triumph.
Owner/Breeder Lindh Dies at 84
Longtime owner/breeder Henry C.B. Lindh died in New York City July 3. He was 84.
Nutan Easy Winner of German Derby
Nutan rolled to a five-length triumph in the IDEE Deutsches Derby (Ger-I, German Derby) July 5 at Hamburg, giving jockey Andreas Starke a seventh win in the German classic and trainer Peter Schiergen a fifth.
New York Coupled Entry Rules Modified
New York state regulators have modified a couple of manners in which wagering on Thoroughbred races is conducted as part of an effort to boost field size and revenues for the industry.
Merry Meadow Wins Princess Rooney in Return
William Parsons Jr. and David S. Howe's homebred Merry Meadow made her return to the races a winning one, taking the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park on July 5.
Live Stream of Welfare Summit Offered July 8
The sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for July 8, will be streamed live in its entirety. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion.
Lady Eli Sparkles in Belmont Oaks
Lady Eli preserved her perfect record and dazzled in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4, collecting the second grade I stakes score of her career in dominant fashion at Belmont Park.
Jockey Gonzalez Posts Career Victory 3,000
Jockey Luis Antonio Gonzalez secured his 3,000th career victory Saturday, July 4 when he guided Tough as Steel to victory in the second race at Thistledown Racino.
Grand Bili Upsets Barbados in Carry Back
One of the least experienced horses in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) field at Gulfstream Park July 5 pulled off the upset when Grand Bili fought off favored Barbados for a one-length victory under Javier Castellano.
Go Blue Or Go Home Claims Highlander Again
Jim and Susan Hill's Go Blue Or Go Home won his second edition of the $200,000 Highlander Stakes (Can-II) in track record time July 5 at Woodbine, covering the six furlongs over firm turf in 1:07.18.
Gimme Da Lute Holds On in Los Alamitos Derby
Trying two turns for the first time proved perilous for Fox Hill Farms' Kentuckian, as Gimme Da Lute stalked and held off oncoming Prospect Park by a nose to win the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4.
Front-Runner Dogwood Trail Blossoms in Azalea
Dogwood Trail blazed her way to the first stakes win of her career, capturing the $150,000 Azalea Stakes (gr. III) on the Summit of Speed card July 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Filly is First Winner for Albertus Maximus
Grade I winner and Central Kentucky stallion Albertus Maximus had his first winner July 5, when first-time starter My Heart Goes On went gate to wire to win the second race at Emerald Downs.
Favorites Dominate on Louisiana Legends Night
There were few surprises on Independence Day at Evangeline Downs as favorites won seven of the eight stakes on the Louisiana Legends Night card highlighted by Stormdriver's victory in the featured Classic.
Favorite Tale Upsets Champion Work All Week
Jockey Edgard J. Zayas and Favorite Tale got a quick jump out of the gate and never looked back to upset reigning champion sprinter Work All Week by 4 1/4 lengths in the Smile Sprint Stakes
F-T Summer Sale Adds Stakes-Winning Fillies
Fasig-Tipton has added two recent stakes-winning fillies to its summer selected horses of racing age sale that will be held July 9 in Lexington following the July yearling sale.
Effinex Outlasts Tonalist at Wire in Suburban
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex went eye-to-eye with two-time grade I winner Tonalist in the stretch and won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) by a head bob July 4 at Belmont Park.
Bradester Too Strong in Salvator Mile
Runner-up in last year's Salvator Mile (gr. III), Joseph Sutton's Bradester would not be denied in this year's edition July 5 at Monmouth Park.
Big Blue Kitten Takes United Nations
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Big Blue Kitten surged late to win his second edition of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 5 at Monmouth Park.
American Pharoah 'Just Cruising' in Workout
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to prep for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with a half-mile work in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Park July 6.
Alliseeisgold Wires Cleveland Gold Cup
Alliseeisgold led gate to wire to capture the $75,000 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds July 4 at ThistleDown.
Aldous Snow Repeats in Singspiel Stakes
Tested by a strong stretch run to his inside from Dynamic Sky, Aldous Snow proved up to the challenge as he held off that rival to win the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (gr. IIIT) for a second straight year.