Racing

Tampa Bay Downs unveils stakes schedule

The winter meet at Tampa Bay Downs begins Saturday, December 11, with 25 stakes races on tap for the 91-day meet and $2.5 million in purse money up for grabs. The Tampa Bay Derby, one of the stops on the Kentucky Derby trail, will be a Grade 2 race for the first time in 2011, […]

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Prairie Meadows feature race loses stature

The American Graded Stakes Committee has downgraded The Cornhusker Handicap at Iowa’s Prairie Meadows from Grade 2 to Grade 3 status. The Cornhusker became a Grade 2 race in 2004, but recent winners have mostly been Grade 3 caliber horses.

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Hialeah Park opens Quarter Horse meet without fanfare

Hialeah Park began its second season of Quarter Horse racing Friday with a small crowd of 1,934 in attendance. The historic South Florida track had far more people turn out for opening day last year, but Hialeah’s owner John Brunetti said he was happy with this year’s attendance, considering it was a weekday.  Brunetti is […]

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Japan Cup Dirt to be changing of the guard

With only one past winner in the field, an 8-year-old Vermilion who doesn’t seem to be the force he once was, this year’s Japan Cup Dirt will almost surely add a new winner to its rolls. Aliseo leads the list of contenders.

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Workforce named Horse of the Year

After winning the Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Workforce was named ROA/Sportingbet.com Horse of the Year along with the three-year-old colt award.

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Zardana goes for repeat in Bayakoa Handicap

Most well-known for pulling an upset on Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Classic earlier this year, Zardana will look to repeat her success from last year in the Bayakoa Handicap.

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Rail Runner: The Native Diver Handicap

Take a look at the Native Diver Handicap in detail at the Rail Runner blog.

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Zipse At The Track: Making the Grade

Brian Zipse weighs in on the winners and losers from yesterday’s list of graded stakes for 2011. Charles Town and Breeders’ Cup were his big winners while Pimlico and Calder received failing grades. Do you agree with Zipse’s assessments? If not, where did he go wrong?

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California Training Fatality Under Review

The California Horse Racing Board has launched an inquiry into the fatal breakdown of the Doug O’Neill-trained Goodiemaker the morning of Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old Empire Maker filly owned by Michael Bello broke her right front ankle an eighth of a mile into the work. According to track veterinarian Dana Stead, Goodiemaker […]

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TOBA reduces Graded Stakes for 2011

It seems logical that as the number of races in the U.S. declines year to year, so should the number of American Graded Stakes. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association cut the number of AGS races by 13, from 287 this year to 274 in 2011, a decline of 2.6%. That’s slightly higher than the […]

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