Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry
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An open-length victory in the grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 2 at Santa Anita Park was enough to earn Mucho Gusto a place in the top 10 in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association top 3-year-old poll.
Emmeline Hill has expanded the application of DNA analysis
A pair of grade/group 1-placed 3-year-olds will meet under the lights Friday, Feb. 8 at Turfway Park in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes when colt Somelikeithotbrown takes on the filly The Mackem Bullet.
Australia's champion trainer Darren Weir is facing a four-year suspension from the sport for possessing illegal electric devices, after they were found Jan. 30 on his property during a raid by stewards and police.
Grade 2 winner Cheekaboo lit up the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale bid board when she was purchased by K R Japan for $300,000. She was the first horse to bring six figures during the two-day auction's first session Feb. 4.
British-bred A Bit Special successfully stepped up to graded company, taking the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T) comfortably Feb. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Repole Stable homebred Always Shopping, under a perfect trip engineered by meet-leading rider Manny Franco, made her stakes debut a winning one in the $100,000 Busanda Feb. 3 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Long debated but handily rejected over the years, the New York Racing Association is now backing a longer meet, at least for 2019, during its annual Saratoga Race Course racing season.
The racing and breeding world was shocked to learn of the death of J.B. McKathan, who along with his brother Kevin, helped propel Bob Baffert in '96 while establishing the McKathan Brothers Farm in Ocala as one of the best classrooms for 2-year-olds.
Trainer Shelbe Ruis indicated Feb. 2 that she felt track management at Santa Anita Park put undue pressure on her to run 3-year-old colt and scheduled first-time starter, C Falls, on a wet track she felt was unsafe.
Officials have been told Darley will no longer back the Irish Oaks
Consignors live for major updates to the catalog pages of horses they are offering for sale, and the results from two major stakes races on Feb. 2 were impactful to two consignors at the Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale, but with different outcomes.
J.B. McKathan, a member of an iconic Florida horse racing family who developed many top-level runners, died Feb. 2.
Battle of Midway followed his rival all the way around the racetrack and finished a half-length in front at the wire.
With 10 points toward the Road to the Kentucky Oaks on the line, Gary Barber's Power Gal proved to be the best of the seven-horse field and claimed the $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 2 at Oaklawn Park.
Claimed by trainer Danny Gargan for owner Hugh Lynch a little more than three months ago, Tax is on a possible path to the Kentucky Derby (G1) after his score in the Withers Stakes (G3).
There was the way everyone expected the $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull Stakes (G2) to go down, and then there was one Harvey Wallbanger.
The apparent clear pacesetter on paper in field of four, Michael Lund Petersen's Mucho Macho Man colt got out of the gate best, but when Kid Cantina and Magnificent McCool sped up on the inside, Mucho Gusto relaxed into third.
As Runaway Ghost crossed the wire first in the $75,000 Ft. Bliss Stakes Feb. 2 at Sunland Park, trainer Todd Fincher was hit with a variety of emotions.
Klaravich Stables' Feedback stamped herself an exciting prospect for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) when she came off a 5 1/2-month layoff Feb. 2 to capture the $150,000 Forward Gal (G3) at Gulfstream Park.