Ryota Sensui, the senior manager of the Japan Racing Association's office in Stamford, Conn., says that Japanese owners and trainers are open to participating in the new races due to their summertime scheduling and large purses.
Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and ranking member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, introduced bipartisan tax and disaster relief legislation Feb. 28 that includes three-year depreciation for racehorses.
A change in state tax law in Kentucky for 2018 that removed the ability to deduct gambling losses from any gambling winnings income moved a step toward being changed back to the previous standard March 1.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said March 1 that Bravazo was to undergo surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., to address a knee issue, which will force the 4-year-old to miss one of the world's biggest events.
Ken McPeek's willingness to think apart from the crowd, at sales and elsewhere, has him aiming at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with two potential starters and at the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) with one prime contender.
Leonard Green's A Thread of Blue looks to extend his win streak to three in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3T) March 2 at Gulfstream Park, and is "raring to go," according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.