The Blood-Horse Staff

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Racetrack Group to Implement Safety Initiatives

Penn National Gaming Inc., second only to Magna Entertainment Corp. in terms of number of racetrack holdings in North America, said July 15 it has developed equine health and safety initiatives it hopes implement at all of its properties in six Read More

Curlin's Owner Asking Fans to Help Determine Course of Career

Jess Jackson, whose Stonestreet Stable is majority owner of Horse of the Year Curlin, is appealing to the horse's fans to help him decide which direction he should take with the colt's campaign for the remainder of 2008.

On the Stonestreet Read More

Two Horses Hit by Truck after Escape from Track

Two horses that escaped from the backside of River Downs Racetrack were struck and killed by a truck in the early morning hours of June 26, according to John Englehardt, director of publicity at the Cincinnati, Ohio-area oval.

According to Read More

Transcript: Talkin' Horses with Welfare Advocate Alex Brown

Alex Brown has worked in horseracing on-and-off in North America for 20 years. He spent most of this time at the Fair Hill Training Center. Alex also runs alexbrownracing.com, a site that Read More

Delaware Racing Group Makes Progress on Padded Whips

Approximately two and a half years ago, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission began experimenting with changing jockeys' whips to a more humane variety with an extended and padded "popper," the portion of the whip that makes contact with the Read More

Santa Anita to Overhaul Racing Surface

Santa Anita Park announced June 23 that its main track will undergo a complete overhaul beginning July 14, and will be reconstituted with a mixture of Pro-Ride synthetic material.

Pro-Ride, an Australian-based company, assisted Santa Anita Read More

Iavarone: Reason for Big Brown's Loss Unknown

One day after Big Brown was eased in his attempt to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Triple Crown as the 3-10 favorite, one of his co-owners said there is nothing physically wrong with the Boundary colt.

"We went over him good last Read More

Stone Bruise Suspected for Belmont Contender Casino Drive

The status of Casino Drive, the 7-2 second-choice for Saturday's Belmont Stakes is in doubt it was announced Friday morning. The winner of the May 10 Peter Pan Stakes did not go to the track this morning.

"He has a small issue with his Read More

Racehorse Steroids Rule Moves Ahead in New York

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) on May 29 passed proposed restrictions on use of anabolic steroids in racehorses for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.

Based on a national model rule supported by the Racing Read More

Two Graded Stakes Winners Retired Due to Suspensory Issues

Grade I winners Nobiz like Shobiz and Panty Raid have been retired due to suspensory problems.

Stud plans are being decided for millionaire Nobiz Like Shobiz.

A 4-year-old son of Albert the Great, Nobiz Like Shobiz scored his big win in Read More

Big Brown to Stud Duty in Kentucky After Racing Career

Big Brown will stand at stud following his racing career at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

No formal announcement was made, though it was the subject of talk on the backside for days. It was announced as part of NBC's Read More

Big Brown Breezes Preakness Morning

Heavy Preakness (gr. I) favorite Big Brown worked two furlongs at Pimlico early this morning as he prepares to meet 11 opponents in the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

With trainer Rick Dutrow watching from the rail at 5:40 a.m., Read More

Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded. Read More

Top Stallion Storm Cat Retires from Breeding at 25

Storm Cat, North America's premier Thoroughbred sire for years, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of declining fertility at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. According to farm official Ric Waldman, the 25-year-old son Read More

Eight Belles Memorial Fund Formed

Thoroughbred Charities of America, (TCA), has announced the formation of the Eight Belles Memorial Fund. Donations made in Eight Belles honor will go specifically toward retraining of Thoroughbreds for secondary careers and research into Read More

Derby Contender Recapturetheglory Spikes Fever, Out of Preakness

Recapturetheglory, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, has had his Preakness Stakes plans derailed by a fever. The son of Cherokee Run is officially out, according to co-owner Ronnie Lamarque.

"The racehorse comes first," said Lamarque, who teamed up Read More

Blood-Horse Launches Mobile News Site

Blood-Horse Publications is meeting its customers' rapidly expanding need for information by introducing a mobile-friendly news delivery service, which presents in a crisp format the premier information from Read More

Seven Confirmed to Run in the Preakness

With the May 17 Preakness Stakes days away, the field set to test Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown continues to change as the connections of some of the top 3-year-olds weigh a start in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Read More

Racing Authority Responds to Animal Rights Groups' Objections

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority released a statement May 5 regarding Eight Belles, who was injured and subsequently euthanized after the May 3 Kentucky Derby. It followed demands by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals for changes in the Read More

Kentucky Derby Debate Show Airs on BloodHorse.com

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

Thoroughbred Mare Equals Record of 16 Consecutive Victories

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

Full Field of 20 Expected for Kentucky Derby

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

11 Horses Reported Dead in Kentucky Barn Fire

Eleven horses died in a barn fire the morning of April 19 at Fabien Ouaki's Fab Oak Stable near Versailles, Ky. The identity of the horses has not been released because of an ongoing investigation.

Details were not immediately available. Th Read More

Storm Cat Experiencing Drop in Fertility

Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old Read More

Aqueduct Cancels Races to Protect Surface

Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct yesterday in an effort to preserve the racing surface for today's Wood Memorial program.

Aqueduct remained open Read More