Racetrack Reports

Arlington, ITBOF reach deal to rebuilt Illinois racing

Mar 7th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

arlingtonlogo275webDavid Zenner
Arlington Park

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. –  Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) are pleased to announce a groundbreaking program designed to rebuild Illinois racing from its core – the breeders and the owners.

“An ITBOF board member has said that this memorandum of understanding represents the biggest benefit accorded the breeders and owners of Illinois than any other action taken by the ITBOF in his memory,” said IBTOF President Dan Sullivan.…

Keeneland catalogs 125 horses for April 2-year-old sales

Feb 27th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

keenelandsmall275webAmy Owens
Keeneland Association Inc.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Keeneland has cataloged 125 juveniles for its 2014 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Monday, April 7, at 4 p.m. (ET). A Preview Show is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The interactive April Sale catalog will be available online at Keeneland.com on Tuesday, March 4. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of March 17.

The April Sale, first held in 1993, has produced more classic winners…

Mucho Macho Man settles in at Santa Anita for Big ‘Cap

Feb 24th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

MuchoMachoManF275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Florida-based Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man stepped off a Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation Van in Santa Anita’s stable area at 5:15 p.m. PST on Sunday, in advance of a highly anticipated rematch with Classic runner-up Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino at a mile and a quarter on…

Pimlico Stakes schedule worth nearly $4.7 million

Feb 19th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

PimlicoLogo275webMaryland Jockey Club release

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2014 Pimlico Race Course spring stakes schedule at its monthly meeting this afternoon. The headline event of the 10-week meeting is the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, on May 17.

The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season will feature 25 stakes races for purses totaling $4,680,000. The Preakness day undercard features eight other…

Belmont spring/summer stakes schedule worth $17.95 million

Feb 13th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

belmont-stakes275webJon Forbes

ELMONT, N.Y. – Six races worth $1 million or more, along with three new events – the Belmont Stakes Festival on June 6-8, Stars & Stripes Day on July 5 and a May 11 Mother’s Day card featuring three graded stakes – form the backbone of the 2014 Belmont Park spring/summer meet, which begins May 1 and continues through July 13. In all, the schedule contains 62 stakes races worth $17.95 million, including 16 overnight stakes…

Nominations announced for Winter SprintFest at Laurel

Feb 7th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Winter-SprintfeswebMike Gathagan
Maryland Jockey Club

LAUREL, Md. – Nominations for the four stakes races which highlight the President’s day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office.

Winter SprintFest is headlined by two graded, seven furlong contests – the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) for fillies and mares on Saturday, Feb. 15 and the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, Feb. 17.

The Saturday card also includes the…

2014 Belmont Stakes logo

Feb 5th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

2014belmontlogo275webJon Forbes

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released the logo for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, which will be contested for the 146th time on June 7 at Belmont Park.

The logo features the Manhattan skyline in a design that forms the shape of the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Centering the skyline is the iconic Empire State Building. In front of the crown is the silhouette of a horse and…

Arlington Park to run 25 stakes in 2014 worth $5.5 million

Jan 31st, 2014 | By TrackSide View

arlingtonwebDavid Zenner
Arlington Park
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The International Festival of Racing, featuring the 32nd running of the Grade I Arlington Million and the 25th running of the Grade I Beverly D., top a 2014 schedule that includes 25 stakes races worth $5.5 million during 89 days of racing at Arlington International Racecourse from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, Sept. 28.

In the year that Arlington International celebrates the 25th anniversary of the rebuilding of…

Keeneland has 16 stakes worth $3.725 million for spring meet

Jan 14th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Amy Owens
Keeneland Association Inc.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sixteen stakes worth a total of $3.725 million, boosted by purse increases for the Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select (G2) and Elkhorn (G2), headline Keeneland’s 2014 spring race meet, to be held April 4-25. 

Fifteen of the 16 stakes are graded, with half contested on the turf. Five Grade 1 stakes are slated for opening week, bookended by Keeneland’s signature classic preps, the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland, a 1 1/16-mile stakes…

Gulfstream moves Donn, Turf handicaps to Feb. 9

Jan 10th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Gulfstream Park report

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla- Gulfstream Park announced Friday it has moved the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) and $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) to Sunday, Feb. 9 to help kick off The Jockey Club Tour on Fox television.

The 1 1/8-Donn, won in the past by Invasor, Saint Liam, Graydar, Medaglia d’Oro and Cigar (twice) and 1 1/8 -mile Turf, won by Point of Entry by 1 1/4 lengths last year over 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal…