Thoroughbred Racing


Eight Belles' Trainer Defends Jockey

May 05, 2008

The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles adamantly defended the way jockey Gabriel Saez handled the Kentucky Derby runner-up. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Larry Jones said Saez applied the whip only to prevent Eight... Read More


Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More


Derby Winner Big Brown in Good Shape the Day After

May 04, 2008

Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes.

"I really liked him in (the... Read More


Winner of Barbaro Stakes Injured on Oaks Day

May 03, 2008

Two years after Barbaro's catastrophic breakdown, trainer Michael Matz watched another one of his colts break down in a race at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Chelokee, a 4-year-old colt, took a misstep on the sloppy track and fractured his... Read More


Favorite Big Brown wins Kentucky Derby, Filly Euthanized

May 03, 2008

Updated: 7:36 p.m. EDT

Big Brown backed up his trainer's boasts with an explosive finishing kick and won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, a commanding victory turned somber by the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles on hors... Read More


Artist Selected to Create Barbaro Memorial Statue

May 02, 2008

Nearly two years after Barbaro took the Kentucky Derby, and a year and a half following his death, the colt's memory continued to prevail as dozens of fans and media gathered for a special announcement regarding a memorial statue of him at... Read More


Kentucky Derby Favorite Big Brown Draws Outside Post

May 01, 2008

Big Brown's all in and so is the filly Eight Belles, a perfect combination for an intriguing 134th Kentucky Derby.

Unbeaten in three career starts, Florida Derby winner Big Brown was stamped the 3-1 favorite for Saturday's 1 1/4-mile Derby... Read More


Kentucky Derby Debate Show Airs on

April 30, 2008

The maiden edition of's "And They're Off," a video feature hosted by veteran Blood-Horse turf writers Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, is now available on Read More


Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More


Thoroughbred Mare Equals Record of 16 Consecutive Victories

April 27, 2008

Undefeated Peppers Pride equaled Thoroughbred racing's record of 16 consecutive victories when she came from off the pace to win the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington,... Read More


Enhancing Jockey Medical Care

April 26, 2008

Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Ky., the Jockeys' Guild, and Lexington physician Dr. Barry Schumer announced April 25 a plan to develop a system to maintain jockeys' updated medical histories so they are immediately accessible to emergency... Read More


Kentucky Derby Documentary Gets Another Week in Theatres

April 25, 2008

Documentary filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan's film "The First Saturday in May," which made its debut April 18 in approximately 20 cities around the country, has been carried over for at least one more week in six Truly Indie theaters. The film... Read More


Florida Vet Students Awarded Racetrack Scholarships

April 23, 2008

Three students from the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine have received scholarships from Gulfstream Park to further their studies in equine medicine, surgery, and research.

Established after the death of 2006 Kentucky... Read More


Full Field of 20 Expected for Kentucky Derby

April 22, 2008

In spite of the shocking news of the Triple Crown trail-ending injury to 2007 juvenile champion male War Pass and the apparent decision to forego the Kentucky Derby for a run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) by the connections of Coolmore Lexington... Read More


Racehorse Lava Man Reunited with Favorite Groom

April 21, 2008

Three-time Hollywood Gold Cup winner Lava Man seems back to being his old self after recently being reunited with his favorite groom, Noe Garcia, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

Lava Man is expected to lead the charge for O'Neill's stabl... Read More


Derby Hopeful War Pass Sidelined by Injury

April 20, 2008

Robert LaPenta's War Pass, the champion 2-year-old of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park, has suffered a leg injury that has knocked the colt out of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.... Read More


Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to Hold New Owner Seminar

April 18, 2008

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced April 16 that it will conduct a New Owner Seminar on Thursday, May 1, at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Ky. The seminar, sponsored by Blood-Horse Publications, will feature... Read More


Keeneland, Toyota Award Grant to Equine Humane Center

April 17, 2008

Kentucky's at-risk horses are set to receive a gift from the Keeneland Foundation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in the form of a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.

Located on a 72-acre farm near Lexington, the... Read More


Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program Unveiling New Facility

April 16, 2008

The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP) will officially unveil its new adoption facility April 18. The group's new headquarters is located on the grounds of Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y.

The Purple Haz... Read More


Miniature Horse in the Suburbs, But For How Long?

April 13, 2008

In British Columbia, Canada, an injunction has been sought from the Supreme Court in the Municipality of North Cowichan requiring a woman to remove her 2-year-old "pet Miniature Horse, Buckley, from a quarter-acre residential lot," according to... Read More


Independent Filmmakers Document the Road to the Derby

April 13, 2008

Independent filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan, sons of a New York Racing Association placing judge, filmed 500 hours in 2006 during the Throughbred racing season leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The film was designed to "demystify the process,"... Read More


Review: Racetrack Fatality Ratio Changes

April 12, 2008

The number of catastrophic injuries on dirt tracks has gone up while the corresponding number on synthetic surfaces has gone down, according to a revision of a report first given at the March 17 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

The... Read More


MRLS: Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central Kentucky

April 11, 2008

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked... Read More


Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More


Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More