The Jockey Club, which stages some of British horseracing’s most famous events including the Cheltenham festival and the Grand National, announced record financial results on Wednesday. Total prize money at Jockey Club racecourses in 2013 reached a record 41.6 million. “I am pleased we report another excellent year for the Jockey Club, enabling us to deliver on our promise to act for the good of British racing,” said Nicholas Wrigley, the senior steward. “The Jockey Club also takes seriously its wider role in British society.
Florida Derby winner Constitution will miss the Kentucky Derby and the other two Triple Crown races after a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone was discovered April 14.
The chairman of The Jockey Club April 14 called for public release of the veterinary records of all horses entered in this year’s Triple Crown races.
Stormy Lucy rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap by a neck at Santa Anita on Sunday. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Stormy Lucy ran 1 1/4 miles on the turf in 1:58.73 and paid $5.40, $3 and $2.60 as the 8-5 favorite. Stormy Lucy was trained by Frank Lucarelli in her previous 21 starts before she was sold privately to Lucarelli’s high school friend Steve Moger. His brother, Ed Moger, trains the 5-year-old mare now.
Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge notched his first victory of the season in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap April 12 at Oaklawn Park, surviving multiple claims of foul and a lengthy inquiry.
(Reuters) – Danza and Dance With Fate entered the Kentucky Derby discussion on Saturday after winning major prep races for the first jewel of American horseracing’s Triple Crown. Danza, a 41-1 long shot trained by Todd Pletcher, romped to a 4 3/4 length victory at the grade one $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs, Arkansas, while Dance With Fate charged to a 1 3/4 length win at the Blue Grass Stakes in Keeneland. Danza, with Joe Bravo in the irons, stormed away from Ride on Curlin, making Pletcher a four-time winner of the Arkansas prep. Dance With Fate came from well off the pace, Corey Nakatani pulling away from Medal Count down the home stretch for the win.
In the final Polytrack edition of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a California shipper who has shown extremely good form over synthetic surfaces found his way home.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Close Hatches won the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares by 1¼ lengths at Oaklawn Park on Friday.
Defeating four other older fillies and mares, Juddmonte Farms’ Close Hatches secured her third grade I with a front-running performance in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap April 11 at Oaklawn Park.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Aquilino, a longtime New York trainer whose 58-1 shot Badge finished third at the 1999 Preakness, has died. He was 76.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will get his 2014 campaign started April 11, when he takes on six foes in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in his first start of the year.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Tom’s Tribute rallied from next-to-last to win the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes by 2¼ lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Wicked Strong pulled a 9-1 upset in the $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct.
Art Sherman knows what it takes to get a horse to the Kentucky Derby and win. He had a close-up view as an 18-year-old workout rider when Swaps won the 1955 Run for the Roses. Nearly 60 years later, Sherman is taking his own colt to Louisville as the early Derby favorite. California Chrome romped to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, a race Swaps won by a half-length before he went on to Kentucky Derby glory.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Theatre Star won the $60,000 feature for older fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Life in Shambles held off heavily favored Peter Island by a neck on Thursday in the $67,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.
If Samraat and Uncle Sigh were to give upstart Social Inclusion a little side-eye on the way to the starting gate for the $1 million Wood Memorial, you couldn’t blame them.
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The death of four horses at the recent Cheltenham Festival has brought equine safety back into the British public’s consciousness just in time for the most perilous jumps meeting of them all. The three-day Aintree Festival, headlined by the 4 1/2-mile (7,200-meter) slog that is the Grand National Steeplechase, begins on Thursday with as much focus on whether horses get round the grueling course in northern England in one piece as on who wins the races. Twenty-one horses have died over the feared Grand National fences since 2001. The number of fatalities is on the slide, according to the British Horseracing Authority, which has modified the course in recent years in the face of stinging criticism.
NEW YORK (AP) — Miss Da Point beat the double team of Carameaway and Dreaming of Cara in the $62,000 allowance feature in the mud at Aqueduct on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway Music Gal and apprentice jockey Taylor Rice held off Familyofroses by a neck on Sunday in the $57,820 allowance feature at Aqueduct.
Todd Pletcher-trained Constitution wins the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday, March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Ruler of the World could live up to his name in the $10 million Dubai World Cup when he starts as the 9-2 favorite at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday. Trained by Irishman Aiden O’Brien, the son of Galileo won last year’s Epsom Derby and enjoys top billing in the world’s richest horse race, which has two of the world’s three top-ranked thoroughbreds in Military Attack and Akeed Mofeed, both from Hong Kong. Notably, the main race does not feature any American horses and connections, which have triumphed in eight of the previous 18 Dubai World Cups, including last year’s win by Animal Kingdom. A total of 16 horses will start the 2,000-meter race on the synthetic Tapeta track, which will be preceded by two $5 million Group 1 races – the Dubai Duty Free and the Dubai Sheema Classic, both on the turf.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Parliamentarian led all the way to win the $58,000 feature for older horses bred or sired in California by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita on Thursday.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it will “go away” if horse racing addresses its medication issues, and industry officials who have spent countless hours trying to do just that suggest progress is evident but not recognized.
A tactic that’s worked for Cairo Prince in the past may be his go-to move again in the Florida Derby. Cairo Prince has been set as the 9-5 favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million race at Gulfstream Park, a major prep along the road to the Kentucky Derby. What Cairo Prince likely won’t be, at least in the early stages of the 1-1/8 mile race, is the one to catch. There’s plenty of speed on either side of Cairo Prince, with second-choice Wildcat Red (3-1) having drawn the inside starting position and General a Rod (7-2) opening in the No. 6 spot in the scheduled field of eight.
Zayat Stables has terminated Steve Asmussen and moved all 12 of its horses that were previously in the trainer’s care following an internal investigation on the PETA report and video that published in the March 20 New York Times.
Zayat Stables intends to move all its horses from embattled trainer Steve Asmussen.
Tanma Corp.’s Chitu turned back a challenge from stablemate Midnight Hawk in Sunday’s Grade 3, $800,110 Sunland Derby.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Halo Dolly led all the way in winning the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California by 1 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday.