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Peterson Smith Equine Hospital Unveils New CT Wing

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Peterson Smith Equine Hospital is pleased to formally announce its latest enhancement in equine healthcare with the inauguration of our recently completed CT Wing.

Churchill Continues Efforts to Remedy Turf Course

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
The turf course at Churchill Downs, brown and unsightly from post-spring meet maintenance meant to strengthen its root structure and growth, is still planned for use during the track's September meet, a Churchill Downs official said.

Plate Hopefuls Race in Two Stakes at Woodbine July 20

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Four weeks before the Aug. 17 King's Plate Stakes, the historic CA$1 million race that kicks off the Canadian Triple Crown, 3-year-olds bred in the country will audition for a King's Plate opportunity in July 20 stakes at Woodbine.

Undefeated Medoro Takes on 11 in San Clemente

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Though foreign-bred runners have done well in recent editions of the San Clemente at Del Mar, Kentucky-bred Medoro could change that this year and keep her record perfect.

Local Winners Back on Monmouth Turf for United Nations

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
The United Nations Stakes (G2T) has an international name and history but half of the entries for the July 20 renewal ran their last race over the same Monmouth Park turf.

Lucky Girl Tops Inaugural Inglis Digital USA Sale

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Lucky Girl led the way for the July sale, going to Australia’s Kia Ora Stud, for $235,000. The returns July 17 saw a gross of $456,259, with an average sale price of $20,739.

Raging Sea Finds Easier Task in Small Shuvee Field

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
The field may be small in the $200,000 Shuvee Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course July 21, but the five fillies and mares entered have an opportunity to pick up a credential-boosting win.

Formful Highland Falls Takes On Tapit Trice in Monmouth

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Godolphin's late-blooming Highland Falls, a son of Curlin who didn't find his best stride until age 4, takes his show on the road once more when he headlines the $400,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3) on the July 20 Haskell Stakes (G1) undercard.

PA Trainer Taylor's Suspension Increased to Eight Years

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Trainer Joe Taylor, who appealed the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit's six-year suspension and $50,000 fine after two of his runners tested positive for banned substances, has received stiffer penalties from an arbitrator.

Voting Opens for Retired N.Y. Racehorse of the Year

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Voted on by the fans, the first-ever Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award will be presented on New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 15. Casting a ballot will be open to the public from July 17-Aug. 8.

Dornoch, Mindframe May Meet Again in Monmouth's Haskell

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
When Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable's Mindframe finished second in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (G1), co-owner Mike Repole said he was happy that that his friend, Randy Hill, owned a share of the victorious Dornoch.

Morales Named Bill Handleman Award Winner

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Morales, who started Agentes 305 in 2019 to highlight horse racing through video interviews with owners, trainers, jockeys, and backstretch workers, produces videos in both Spanish and English on YouTube, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram.

Idiomatic Kept Under Cox's Eye Ahead of Molly Pitcher

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Responsible for getting a champion prepared for a rebound effort, trainer Brad Cox's decision to enter Idiomatic in the July 20 Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park is partially due to wanting to keep the mare by his side.

Smile Happy Up for Adoption at Secretariat Center

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Smile Happy, a graded stakes-winning millionaire whose racing career was impacted by noncompliant behavior, is available for adoption at the Secretariat Center in Central Kentucky.

Beloved Veterinarian Fishback Dies at 76

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2024-07-18 15:14
Dr. William Davis "Dave" Fishback Jr. was a skilled and intuitive equine veterinarian whose clients he also considered to be close friends.

Graded Stakes Winners and Lakin Dispersal Headline Fasig July Digital Sale; Bidding Now Open

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-18 12:17

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 214 entries for its inaugural July Digital Sale, which may be viewed at Bidding is now open and will close on Tuesday, July 23, beginning at 12 p.m. ET.

The catalogue features 84 horses of racing age, led by 2024 graded stakes winners Hades (Awesome Slew) (Hip 1) and Nadette (Fr) (Outstrip {GB}) (Hip 39).  A leader in his three-year-old crop this year, Hades captured the GIII Holy Bull S. in January and recently finished second in the GIII Dwyer S. on July 6. Nadette (Fr), a five-year-old graded stakes winning mare of $329,634, won the Beverly D. Preview S. by nearly five lengths at Colonial Downs this past weekend.

Breeding stock on offer is led by the Dispersal of the Lakin Estate Partnership, which includes broodmares as well as several New York-foaled weanlings. The Lakin entries are consigned by Sequel New York, as agent.

In total, there are 89 broodmares or broodmare prospects catalogued, including 28 mares with foals at foot. Covering sires represented include American Pharoah, Cyberknife, Forte, Tiz the Law, Golden Pal, Oscar Performance, Street Sense, and Yaupon.

The catalogue also includes 24 yearlings, as well as unraced two-year-olds, and a stallion prospect.

“The interest from sellers in this inaugural July Digital Sale has been overwhelming,” said Leif Aaron, Fasig-Tipton Director of Digital Sales. “We have quality racehorses at all levels, including high-end stakes horses and recent winners.”

“Our breeding stock entries are especially impressive for a mid-summer sale,” Aaron continued. “Mare and weanling buyers need to zero in on this catalogue or risk missing some major opportunities.”

To create an account or register to bid for the July Digital Sale, prospective buyers should visit

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Registration Open For Haskell Handicapping Challenge

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-18 12:07

Registration is now open for Monmouth Park's $1,000 Haskell Handicapping Challenge on Saturday, July 20.

Now in its fourth year, the Haskell Challenge boasted a record 265 entries in 2023. Last year's winner, Gwyn Houston, took home his $7,100 bankroll plus a $17,000 cash prize and a Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) seat. In addition to the eight total BCBC prizes, two seats to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship were awarded last year and will be awarded again this year.

The Haskell Challenge can only be played online through Xpressbet, TVG, 4NJBETS and HPI. In order to participate, contest players must pre-register.

TVG and 4NJBETS players must pre-register with contest director Brian Skirka by Friday, July 19, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Skirka can be reached at 732-571-6595 or

HPI players must pre-register with Klaus Ebner at by the same deadline.

Xpressbet players can pre-register with Skirka or register directly through Xpressbet up until noon on Saturday, July 20.

The full $1,000 buy-in must be paid in advance with $500 going to the player's bankroll and $500 going to the prize pool. Entry fees can be paid via credit card. Per contest rules, there is a maximum of two entries per person.

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Ocala’s Peterson Smith Equine Hospital Enhances Care With New CT Wing

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-18 11:10

Ocala-based Peterson Smith Equine Hospital recently completed a new CT wing to their facility, the healthcare provider said in a release early Thursday.

The project included comprehensive upgrades to the lobby and examination rooms, along with the construction of a cutting-edge standing surgery suite.

The new development includes the installation of the Qalibra Aquillion Exceed LB Computed Tomography (CT) system, which features industry-leading technology and a large (90cm) bore.

The advanced CT unit enables safe and efficient diagnostic imaging of patients undergoing standing sedation or general anesthesia. The enhanced imaging capabilities provide the hospital's veterinary team with critical information, ultimately improving equine patient outcomes.

“With access to these detailed three-dimensional images from the CT scan as part of our diagnostic process, we can confidently identify specific issues and plan surgeries and treatment more effectively,” said Dr. Faith Hughes.

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Voting Opens for Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Thu, 2024-07-18 10:56

New York-bred Aftercare Day on-track demonstrations with retrained retired racehorses. Photo cred: Susie Raisher

The voting for the first-ever Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award opens today. The presentation of the Down Broadway Award, named for the first horse to retire through the TAKE THE LEAD Program back in 2013, will highlight New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 15.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day, which showcases retired racehorses demonstrating the skills they’ve learned in second careers, and interviews with members of New York’s aftercare community. The $125,000 Rick Violette Stakes, named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, will anchor the racing card.

Seven retired Thoroughbreds have been nominated by the organizations who participate in Aftercare Day. They include a classy stakes winner of more than $800,000; a hard-knocking veteran of 79 starts who bankrolled more than $300,000; and a gelding who was not cut out for the track and went winless in 12 tries.

The seven nominees are:

Fortunate Storm – Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Kid Blast – Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga
My Boy Tate – ReRun, Inc.
Nucks – Second Chance Thoroughbreds
Ring of Fire – Lucky Orphans
Traffic Chief – ACTT Naturally
Zuzudini – New Vocations


“We have a very deserving group of nominees for the first Down Broadway Award,” said NYTHA and TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfiore. “We hope that reading their stories and learning more about the aftercare organizations who guided them to their second careers will help to raise awareness of our efforts on behalf of retired racehorses.”

The winner of the Down Broadway Award will be decided by a vote of racing fans, with the voting open July 17 through August 8. Wristbands for each nominee will be given away on Aftercare Day so that fans can show their support, and the presentation of the award will be made in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the first race that day.


“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our ongoing commitment to re-training and rehoming these world-class equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Andrew Offerman, NYRA Senior Vice President for Racing & Operations. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and NYRA is pleased to host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on August 15.”


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Qatar Racing Privately Acquires 50 Percent Share In Gabaldon After Inglis Digital USA July Sale

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-18 10:49

Gabaldon (Gone Astray), a runner-up finisher in last month's Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, will race for a new partnership after Qatar Racing privately acquired a 50 percent stake in the colt following Wednesday's Inglis Digital USA July Sale, the online auction company said in a Thursday release.

Qatar Racing purchased 50 percent of the colt for $150,000, valuing him at $300,000, while original owner Soldi Stable will retain a 50 percent stake. Bloodstock agent Fergus Galvin brokered the deal on behalf of Qatar Racing.

“Gabaldon's performance at Ascot caught our eye,” Galvin said. “The team at Inglis helped us acquire him in partnership with the original owners. We bought a 2-year-old by Lope de Vega (Ire), Bongos (Ire), as well. With the quality of offerings Inglis Digital USA are bringing we will be sure to continue to participate in future sales.”

Jose D'Angelo trained Gabaldon for his original owner and the colt will remain with him after the transaction.

“Soldi Stables and Qatar Racing has reached an agreement in which Gabaldon, who has started a stellar campaign winning the Royal Palm Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and later a magnificent race in The Windsor Castle Stakes at the tough Royal Ascot meeting in June, will run in partnership,” said Alfonso Soued of Soldi Stable. “The goal is to race Gabaldon at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. In the meantime, his next race will be the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga. He will continue under the magnificent training of Jose F. D'Angelo, who has done so far a great work and believed in Gabaldon as a potential star since day one.”

Bred in Florida by Carol Ann Reitman, Susan Gannon and Warren Miller, Gabaldon is out of the Value Plus mare Valuable Miss. His full-brother, Valuable Breigh, is a seven-time winner from ages two to four.

“Gabaldon is an impressive horse who has been proven internationally,” said Inglis Digital USA CEO Liza Hendriks. “We are thrilled for the connections who have been able to take advantage of a global marketplace and look forward to what the future holds for him.”

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