Coolmore has continued its extraordinary spending spree with a view of mirroring a strategy employed to support unbeaten U.S. Triple Crown champion Justify on another high-profile shuttler, European star sire Wootton Bassett.
Track officials reassured Maryland horsemen May 7 that all possible efforts to fully resurface the racing strip at Laurel Park and at the same time eradicate a rat infestation will be stepped up once the backside is vacated.
The scramble that is Japan's 3-year-old division retreats to Tokyo Racecourse May 9 for the NHK Mile Cup (G1) with a pair of foreign-bred horses featuring prominently: Schnell Meister and Shock Action.
Days after starting his first horse in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), 12th-place finisher Like the King, Wesley Ward experienced another highlight at Churchill Downs where he won his 2,000th race as a trainer May 6.
The $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3T) at Belmont Park May 8 will be a reunion of sorts for several top-level fillies and mares who last met in the fall when competing for a championship title in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1T).
Churchill Downs Incorporated announced May 6 that Katherine Armstrong has been hired as Vice President of Culture (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). The new role will report directly to Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI.
Knicks Go, unraced since finishing fourth in the Feb. 20 Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, is slated to return May 31 in the $400,000 Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3) at Lone Star Park, according to trainer Brad Cox.
Racecourses have not hosted any pilots during the first phase of the British government's Events Research Programme, which has tested different scenarios involving getting people to, from, and around venues in a safe way ahead of reopening.
The May 15 Preakness Stakes (G1) lineup at Pimlico Race Course took a hit May 6 when trainer Brad Cox announced on a media teleconference that both of his prospects, Mandaloun and Caddo River, would skip the 1 3/16-mile race.
The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner began his early preparation for the May 15 Preakness Stakes (G1), training May 5-6 at Churchill Downs. Medina Spirit and his stablemate Concert Tour will van to Pimlico Race Course May 10.