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Sam Houston Announces $1.3 Million Stakes Schedule for Thoroughbred Meet

Sam Houston Announces $1.3 Million Stakes Schedule for Thoroughbred Meet

Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2019 live racing season on Friday, January 25. The 32-day Thoroughbred meet will continue through Saturday, March 30. Officials have announced that Friday and Saturday racing will begin at 7:00 pm (Central) and the Tuesday and Wednesday matinee programs will get underway at 12 noon. Post time […]

By October 10, 2018 Read More →
Hoosier Breeding Farms Open Stall Doors to Owners Looking to Bring Mares to Indiana

Hoosier Breeding Farms Open Stall Doors to Owners Looking to Bring Mares to Indiana

For the second year, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and its three breed development programs, has activated a Broodmare Boarding List to help breeders who are looking to participate in one of the commission’s lucrative breed development programs in 2019. The database was the brainchild of marketing director Megan Arszman because she saw a need […]

By October 10, 2018 Read More →
Grade 1 Winner Liaison to Mighty Acres in Oklahoma

Grade 1 Winner Liaison to Mighty Acres in Oklahoma

Grade 1 winner Liaison is to relocate to Dr. Warren Center’s Mighty Acres in Pryor, Oklahoma, in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock. Liaison’s first crop includes the talented filly Thirteen Squared, who has been placed in both the G1 Santa Anita Oaks and G2 Summertime Oaks this year, and multiple stakes […]

By October 8, 2018 Read More →
Minnesota Racing Commission Awards $49,000 for Racehorse Repurposing and Retirement

Minnesota Racing Commission Awards $49,000 for Racehorse Repurposing and Retirement

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $49,000 to three 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations at its September meeting. The recipients include Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions (BSCTA), This Old Horse and The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) Minnesota. These new funds were generated via fines assessed by the […]

By October 8, 2018 Read More →
Rise of Godolphin

Rise of Godolphin

There is no doubting the domination of the Ballydoyle operation in recent times, but this season has certainly been about the rise of Godolphin. The leading operation, led by master trainer Charlie Appleby out of his Moulton Paddocks stable in Newmarket, has provided the owners with a number of key successes. He was set the […]

By October 8, 2018 Read More →
Indiana Breeders Represented in Thoroughbred Makeover Competition

Indiana Breeders Represented in Thoroughbred Makeover Competition

A breeder will spend hours, if not days, choosing the right cross for their mare, making sure all the boxes are checked for desired traits. Those efforts are then progressed to caring for the mare throughout the breeding and pregnancy–11 months of nerves and excitement. The resulting foal may be raced under that breeder’s silks, […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Will Imperial Hint Go One Better At Breeders’ Cup Sprint?

Will Imperial Hint Go One Better At Breeders’ Cup Sprint?

Imperial Hint has proven in the 2018 season that he is dominant horse in the United States over six furlongs. Luis Carvajal Jr’s charge has been outstanding, delivering three victories over the course of the campaign, but will have to raise the level of his performance to clinch the Breeders’ Cup Sprint crown. There will […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Nominations Open for TRAO Board of Directors Election

Nominations Open for TRAO Board of Directors Election

The nomination process has opened up for the upcoming election for Owner and Breeder 2019-2021 term for the TRAO Board of Directors. If you have anyone that you would like to nominate that is in good standing and a member of the TRAO, you can contact the Election Committee below. Click here for general guidelines […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Services Set for Iconic Oklahoma Breeder and Owner John Smicklas

Services Set for Iconic Oklahoma Breeder and Owner John Smicklas

Prominent Oklahoma breeder/owner and an icon in horse racing in this state in the formative years of pari-mutuel racing, John Smicklas, will be remembered at memorial services Sunday, Oct. 7 in Midwest City, Okla. Smicklas was born on the Fourth of July 1937 in Chicago and passed away at 81 at his home in Norman, […]

By October 2, 2018 Read More →
Oklahoma-bred Welder Defeats Shippers to Take $165,000 David Vance Stakes

Oklahoma-bred Welder Defeats Shippers to Take $165,000 David Vance Stakes

When Welder was a weanling, Clayton Rash and his trainer Teri Luneack fell in love with him at Mighty Acres Farm in Pryor, Okla. He was a punk and a rascal, according to Luneack but now he is wonderful to his owners, trainer and jockey… just mean to his competition. On Sunday, Welder left his […]

By October 1, 2018 Read More →
Lone Star Sailor Wins Three-Horse Photo in Closest Finish in History of Oklahoma Derby

Lone Star Sailor Wins Three-Horse Photo in Closest Finish in History of Oklahoma Derby

When the three top finishers hit the wire together in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday, you couldn’t have squeezed a couple of sheets of paper between their three noses it was so tight; not even the jockey of the winner, Lone Sailor, knew who won. “I had no idea […]

By September 30, 2018 Read More →
Longtime Oklahoma Horseman John Smicklas Passes Away

Longtime Oklahoma Horseman John Smicklas Passes Away

John Earl “Smick” Smicklas of Norman, Oklahoma, peacefully passed away at his home on September 23 at the age of 81. John was born July 4, 1937 in Chicago, IL to John and Frances Smicklas. John was survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara; 3 sons: Dale and his wife Joanne, Brad and his […]

By September 30, 2018 Read More →
Special Rate Relocated to River Oaks Farms

Special Rate Relocated to River Oaks Farms

Special Rate, a stakes-winning and graded stakes-siring son of Pulpit, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Lori and Francisco Bravo’s River Oaks Farms in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Special Rate’s leading runner is Texas-bred Patrona Margarita, winner of last year’s Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. During her 3-year-old campaign this year, Patrona Margarita […]

By September 25, 2018 Read More →
The Hot Favorites Traders Think You Should Back on Breeders’ Cup Weekend

The Hot Favorites Traders Think You Should Back on Breeders’ Cup Weekend

Horse racing enthusiasts are growing restless as we speed towards the renewal of the world-famous Breeders’ Cup World Championships in America. Churchill Downs provides the setting for the 2018 version, with two days of the highest quality horse racing taking place on November 2 and 3. Punters from all over the globe will flock to […]

By September 25, 2018 Read More →
Texas-bred Hadifly Named Thoroughbred Incentive Program Horse of the Year

Texas-bred Hadifly Named Thoroughbred Incentive Program Horse of the Year

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2018. The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or […]

By September 24, 2018 Read More →
Final “Grand Mornings at the Track” this Saturday at Indiana Grand

Final “Grand Mornings at the Track” this Saturday at Indiana Grand

The final installment of “Grand Mornings at the Track,” presented by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolence and Protective Association (HBPA), is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. The final session of 2018 will include a visit to the starting gate and the third floor of the grandstand, which includes the stewards stand and audio visual department. “Grand […]

By September 21, 2018 Read More →
New Owners Experience First Win with AJ Pacer at Indiana Grand

New Owners Experience First Win with AJ Pacer at Indiana Grand

To most, the fourth race of the day at Indiana Grand was a regular claiming event, but for three individuals, the race was one that they will never forget. Joni Patterson, Richard Hyde and Don Kehrt earned their first win as new Thoroughbred owners at Indiana Grand. The trio of owners had the opportunity to […]

By September 21, 2018 Read More →
DNA Analysis of Seabiscuit May Yield Insights Into His Prowess

DNA Analysis of Seabiscuit May Yield Insights Into His Prowess

Seabiscuit was not an impressive looking horse and was considered to be quite lazy, preferring eating and sleeping to exercise. The horse had been written off by most of the racing industry after losing his first 17 races, however, he eventually became one of the greatest Thoroughbred champions of all time. A grandson of Man […]

By September 20, 2018 Read More →
More than 80 Head Entered in OTBO Mixed Sale

More than 80 Head Entered in OTBO Mixed Sale

A total of 81 Thoroughbred horses are scheduled to go through the ring at the Ohio Mixed Sales on October 7 at Majestic Farm in Batavia, Ohio. Over half of the horses offered are yearlings (46) and over half of those (25) are Ohio accredited. There are eight weanlings, eight racing/broodmare prospects and 19 broodmares. […]

By September 5, 2018 Read More →
Big Crowd Turns Out for Carter Sale, Mighty Acres Tops Consignors

Big Crowd Turns Out for Carter Sale, Mighty Acres Tops Consignors

The Carter Sales Co.’s OKC September Sale saw a slight decline in average for the first time at the Labor Day weekend sale. A total of 50 yearlings sold for an average of $7,228, a 21 percent drop from the 2017 average of $9,137. Graduates from the sale won three maiden special weight races and […]

By September 5, 2018 Read More →