McCraken (Ghostzapper) works in company with Brian Hernandez up at Keeneland on 3.27.2017.
NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll Remains Largely Unchanged As McCraken Stays On Top

Three races took place this past weekend for the 3-year-old division: Steve Asmussen trainee Hence won the G3 Sunland Derby by 3 ¾ lengths and earned 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, Fast and Accurate won the G3 Spiral for 50 points, and Thunder Snow took Dubai’s Group 2 UAE Derby for 100 […]

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Maryland Racing Commission Declines Further Penalties In ‘Environmental Contamination’ Case

In Maryland, trainer Jimmy Day’s June 25 winner at Pimlico, Early Grey, was found to have the drug desvenlafaxine in his system after the race. Stewards disqualified the horse from the victory and the purse money, but declined to administer further penalties, deferring to the Maryland Racing Commission. When the case came before the commission […]

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Old Friends Forms ‘Membership Exchange’ With Derby Museum, Racing Hall Of Fame

On April 1, 2017, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY will enter into a membership share campaign with the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY and The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY. With this unique trade, paid members of both museums will earn free tour […]

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Horse Tests Positive For EHV At San Luis Rey, Negative For Neurologic Strain

A horse at San Luis Rey Downs has tested positive for equine herpesvirus, according to a Daily Racing Form report, but is not infected with the neurologic strain of the virus. The unidentified horse in the Adam Kitchingman barn has been placed in isolation and does not have a fever. Kitchingman’s horses are not currently permitted […]

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Finalists Announced For 2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

In a year of unprecedented quality in addition to quantity, the three finalists for the 11th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award showcase a pair of handsomely researched histories and a top-notch work of photo-journalism. A near-record number of submissions were received for the 2016 competition, many penned by authors well-known both in and outside […]

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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: NBC Sports’ Donna Barton Brothers

For nearly two decades, Donna Barton Brothers has played an integral role in NBC Sports’ coverage of the Triple Crown and other important events. Her interviews on horseback have captured some of the most dramatic moments horse racing has to offer. In this episode of Around the Track, Brothers gives us a peek behind the scenes […]

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Castellano Hopes Gunnevera Will Be The One That Provides Him With That Elusive KY Derby Win

If Javier Castellano called time today on his riding career there wouldn’t be many boxes left unchecked on his to-do list. Castellano — a winner of four consecutive Eclipse Awards (2013-16), six different Breeders’ Cup races, a plethora of meet titles, 4,600-plus races — recently learned he earned a coveted spot on the ballot for […]

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McCraken (on rail) works in company with Brian Hernandez up at Keeneland on March 27.
Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCracken’s Six-Furlong Work At Keeneland

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken on Monday morning worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.40 on a fast track at Keeneland as he continues preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, opening Saturday of the 2017 Spring Meet. The work was the second at Keeneland for McCraken, a 3-year-old son […]

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Wayne Smith Named General Manager At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn President Charles Cella announced today that Wayne Smith has been named General Manager. “Wayne Smith begins an exciting new era for Oaklawn,” said Cella, whose family has owned and operated Oaklawn since its founding in 1904. “It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with Eric Jackson. Because of his dedication and guidance, Oaklawn has become […]

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Britain: Jockey Receives Lengthy Suspension For Misjudging Finish Line & Easing Horse

Jockey James Ridley was suspended 28 days by stewards after he eased up his mount during a race – thinking he had it won – last week at England’s Newbury Race Course. According to a report in The Sun, Ridley was aboard Lookslikerainted in the Hunters’ Chase at Newbury. The duo had a significant lead on […]

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