Racetrack Reports

Jack Van Berg to present trophy for Van Berg Stakes

Dec 27th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Brian Spencer
Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Jack Van Berg, a member of the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, will return to Fair Grounds & Slots on January 25, 2014 to present the trophy for the Van Berg Stakes, named for him and his father, Marion Van Berg.

Van Berg is the all-time leading trainer at Fair Grounds, having collected an estimated 1,210 wins during a training career that…



Calder forced to cancel La Prevoyante Handicap

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matthew Harper
Calder Race Course

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  – Calder Casino & Race Course announced that it will be canceling the Grade III La Prevoyante Handicap from its race card on Saturday, Dec. 28.

“As we approach the conclusion of the Tropical Meet, projected purse revenues have to line up with purses to be paid,” said Vice President and General Manager of Racing John Marshall. “In the case of the La Prevoyante, the race did not fill to the…



Santa Anita to offer guaranteed $500,000 Late Pick 4

Dec 20th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Mike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita Park has announced that it will offer fans a guaranteed $500,000 pool in the Late Pick 4 on opening day, Dec. 26, and it will also offer a series of three separate 18 percent-takeout Daily Double wagers each racing day throughout its upcoming Winter and Spring meetings which will conclude June 29.

The Great Race Place will run a nine-race card on opening day and the Late Pick 4…



Star Guitar Bar ribbon cutting ceremony Friday

Dec 18th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Brian Spencer
Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Prior to Friday night’s Starlight Racing at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the newly renovated Star Guitar Bar on the west end of the paddock will be officially unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Revamped in honor of Louisiana’s richest thoroughbred racehorse of all time, the bar will be open to public throughout the Starlight Racing event and every live racing day thereafter. The bar space features…



Preakness Stakes purse increased to $1.5 million in 2014

Dec 12th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

2014-Preakness275webMike Gathagan
Vice President-Communications
Maryland Jockey Club

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Maryland Jockey Club today announced it has increased the purse for the Preakness Stakes (G1) from $1 million to $1.5 million. The middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown is Saturday, May 17 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

It is the first increase for the 1 3/16-mile classic since the purse was raised to $1 million guaranteed in 1998. Throughout the years, the Preakness purse has been…



Maryland Jockey Club unveils Black-Eyed Susan logo

Dec 11th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Black-Eyed-SusanwebMike Gathagan
Maryland Jockey Club

BALTIMORE,Md. -The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled a new logo for Black-Eyed Susan Day and announced a new brand for the event. The 2014 Black-Eyed Susan Day is Friday, May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

Black-Eyed Susan Day, held annually on the third Friday in May, is the second biggest day on the Maryland racing calendar in terms of purses, attendance and handle, trailing only Preakness Day.

First run as the Pimlico Oaks in…



Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby purse now worth $1million

Nov 27th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Mike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Led by the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Park has announced its proposed stakes schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 winter/spring meeting, which will open on Dec. 26 with a pair of prestigious Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea.  Santa Anita’s 69-day meet will include a total of eight Grade I events and will conclude April 20.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer…



Willet seeks open company stakes win Friday in Go for Wand

Nov 25th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Jon Forbes
NYRA/Aqueduct Racetrack

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Willet, a three-time stakes winner versus New York-breds, will attempt to win her first graded stakes and defend her home court when she competes in the Grade 2, $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap for fillies and mares on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The one-mile Go for Wand, contested around one turn, was carded as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race card, which has a special first post time of noon.

Last…



Churchill Downs adds new pool for Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Nov 9th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Fans Can Wager on Derby Prospects Nov. 27-30

Darren Rogers
Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fans can now back their opinion on the prospects for next year’s Kentucky Derby sooner rather than later. For the first time, Churchill Downs Racetrack will add a fourth pool to its popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager and it will coincide with closing week of the racetrack’s 25-day Fall Meet: Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30.

The special four-day pool will open Wednesday,…



McGaughey ships Abaco to Churchill for Cardinal Handicap

Nov 6th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

SOMALI-LEMONADE-275webDarren Rogers
Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Solid Appeal and Somali Lemonade will share top billing as the 119-pound starting high weights for Saturday’s $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs, but Eastern invader Abaco could be the horse to beat when 10 fillies and mares go to post in the 40th running of the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

The Cardinal Handicap has been scheduled as Race 8 at 4:06 p.m. (all times Eastern) on a 10-race program…