California Chrome Widens Lead
October 3, 2016 -  California Chrome, winner of the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday, widened his lead on the list of North America’s leading money-winning Thoroughbreds with $7,920,000 in 2016 purse earnings. The 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit is undefeated in six starts this year.

Nyquist is second with $3,575,600. Exaggerator is third with $2,598,000.

Javier Castellano remains atop the jockey standings with $20,083,894 in current year purses. Jose Ortiz is second with $17,835,190 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $17,682,770.

Todd Pletcher leads trainer standings with $17,024,936. Chad Brown is second with $17,015,760 and Mark Casse is third with $12,580,307.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from international races.

Click here for the leaders through October 16, 2016.

Notable News:

Churchill Downs announces $16M in upgrades

Louisville Courier-Journal
2:51 p.m. EDT October 18, 2016

Churchill Downs announced on Tuesday $16 million in planned upgrades for the clubhouse's second floor.

The project will provide more food and drink options, restrooms, betting windows, televisions and more, according to a Churchill Downs news release.

Improvements will also include a new Twin Spires Elite Gold Room for VIP bettors, as well as an enlarged Champions Bar with adjoining balconies featuring table seating and views of the paddock.

Additionally, the Aristides Lounge, formerly an unfinished space that was occasionally utilized for select events, will become a permanent fixture, outfitted with table seating and an enlarged wall of 90-inch flat-screen TVs. The space also will feature The Loft at Aristides Lounge that will provide guests with a more intimate dining and simulcast experience in a sectionalized room with half-walls.  

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Upcoming Industry Events:
  Event Date
* Coalition of State Horse Councils
Hyatt Place Kansas City Airport, Kansas City, MO
October 28-30, 2016
  American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
December 3-7, 2016
* Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ
December 5-7, 2016
* Jockeys' Guild Assembly
MGM Grand, Las Vegas NV
December 11-13, 2016
* Eclipse Awards
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
January 21, 2017
* Pan American Conference
(TBA) Washington, DC
May 17-20, 2017
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The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email

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