Horse Racing News
City of Light made his first stakes appearance in Tuesday's Grade 1, $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, and he ran the best race of his young career to win.
Giant Expectations, in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes for older horses, took advantage of unexpectedly being left alone on the lead, and parlayed that into a front-running, upset victory in the first of four stakes run on opening day at Santa Anita.
It might have been a surprise to most of the experts when Luis Saez unseated five-time reigning Gulfstream Park riding champion Javier Castellano to win the 2016-17 Championship meet jockey title.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said that Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming shipped back into his barn on Wednesday and galloped for the first time at Palm Beach Downs on Thursday.
The four graded stakes races being presented on Tuesday at Santa Anita Park all look toward goals of 2018, rather than embellishments of sad old '17.
Bolt d'Oro has been taking it fairly easy since the Breeders' Cup, but soon he and the rest of the 3-year-old class of 2018 at Santa Anita will begin their serious preparations toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
Of all the top-caliber stakes horses Jorge Navarro has trained over the past several years, none has meant more to him than the speedy but fragile X Y Jet, who launches his latest comeback against nine rivals in Saturday's $100,000 Mr. Prospector.
As the Christmas holiday approaches, Kevin Habell's staff of 14 has been hard at work at San Luis Rey Downs, cleaning the approximately 200 stalls that were evacuated but not burned in the fire of Dec. 7.
New York Racing Association officials believe a new hockey arena, hotel, and retail space announced Wednesday for Belmont Park is the next step in revitalizing the track and the Thoroughbred racing industry in New York.
Trainer Ron Ellis has been fined $10,000 and suspended 60 days after Masochistic tested positive for the steroid stanozolol following a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November 2016.