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Ventura Looking to Defend F&M Sprint Title

Ventura Looking to Defend F&M Sprint Title

Coming off a historic victory against the boys in the Sept. 20 Woodbine Mile (Can-IT), Ventura looks to be a powerful contender in the Nov. 5 Sentient Jet Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) as she attempts to defend her title at Santa Anita Park. But the Juddmonte Farms homebred will likely face some tough competition, as five other graded stakes-winning females were also pre-entered.

Inside Track: The Right Call

Inside Track: The Right Call

For more than a decade it seemed that Lady Luck was refusing to smile upon the Last Call Racing Partnership of Chicago residents Clyde Peterson and Tim Fella, until Mizzcan'tbewrong came along.

KY Senators Seek Public Vote on Gaming

KY Senators Seek Public Vote on Gaming

During a presentation to members of the horse industry at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 20, Kentucky Senate President David Williams and Sen. Damon Thayer, both Republicans, proposed constitutional amendments regarding the future of the state's horse industry.

Only Known Foal of GW Sells For About $535K

Only Known Foal of GW Sells For About $535K

Almost two years after George Washington was fatally injured in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic " Powered by Dodge (gr. I), his only known foal, a filly out of the Rainbow Quest mare Flawlessly, was bought for 320,000 guineas (approximately $535,000) by Peter Doyle Bloodstock at the Tattersalls October yearling sale.

Graded Victor She Be Wild Heads Alcibiades

Graded Victor She Be Wild Heads Alcibiades

With a grade III victory already under her belt, undefeated She Be Wild figures to be the one to beat in the Oct. 9 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I), one of two feature races kicking off Keeneland's FallStars Weekend. The $500,000 contest is a "Win and You're In" race for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Waldman Reflects on Overbrook's Yearlings

Waldman Reflects on Overbrook's Yearlings

While the Thoroughbred market has been in a continual slump over the last year due to the downturn of the overall economy, the royally bred horses in Overbrook Farm's yearling dispersal could boost business at this year's Keeneland September sale.

Inside Track: House Party

Inside Track: House Party

In mid-July, Ruben Beltran, Consul General of Mexico, paid a visit to Anna House, a childcare center located on the backstretch of Belmont Park for the working families at the New York racetrack.

Inside Track: Great Scott

Inside Track: Great Scott

A painting worth thousands left in the trash has since prompted a zeal-filled quest for Gordon Burnette to give acclaim to the long forgotten, but well-revered 19th century equine artist Thomas J. Scott.

Wiggins to Retire After Churchill Meet

Wiggins to Retire After Churchill Meet

After training horses for more three decades and having his career peak this year with the success of the sensational filly Rachel Alexandra, Hal Wiggins will ride off into the sunset of retirement at the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet in November.

Baffert Reflects on His Road to the HOF

Baffert Reflects on His Road to the HOF

With both his parents by his side, Bob Baffert, the sixth winningest trainer of all time by money won, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Aug. 14. A three-time champion trainer, Baffert, who has three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) wins, four Preakness (gr. I) victories, and seven Breeders' Cup titles under his belt, enthusiastically reflected on his experiences in the industry during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Aug. 11.

Pinnacle Back on Track With Race Dates

Pinnacle Back on Track With Race Dates

After Michigan horsemen experienced a scare of losing half of their summer/fall meet at Pinnacle Race Course, negotiations were held among the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Office of the Racing Commissioner to shave less than 10 days from the schedule.

Dutrow Granted Stay on 30-Day Suspension

Dutrow Granted Stay on 30-Day Suspension

A week after trainer Rick Dutrow filed an appeal over the 30-day suspension handed out by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a Clenbuterol positive in the spring of 2008, the Franklin County, Ky. Circuit Court issued him a stay.

Delaware Changes Course on Toe Grabs

After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four millimeters to be permitted for racing on dirt.

Inside Track: Walk On

Inside Track: Walk On

When Jon Hall, yearling manager at Taylor Made Farm, heard that his daughter had been diagnosed with breast cancer, he decided to do something to fight the disease that was threatening her life.

Breeders' Cup Recommendations on Table

Breeders' Cup Recommendations on Table

While Breeders' Cup is currently operating with debt some believe will result in cuts to purses, a 20-member group has been working toward long-term solutions to bring the organization back to financial stability.

KY Owners, Trainers React to VLT Bill Failure

KY Owners, Trainers React to VLT Bill Failure

In the aftermath of the failed passage of the legislation that would have allowed video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks, several Thoroughbred industry members voiced their opinions on how they will survive without the extra boost to the state's purse structure and breeders' incentive programs.

KEEP Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

KEEP Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

Kentucky Horse Industry Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

With a special session currently underway that could pass a bill that would allow video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks, the Kentucky...

Former Trainer Guides New Racehorse Transition Program

Barbara Luna has spent most of her life working in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, from hot walking horses as a college student, to becoming a licensed owner and trainer later on down the road. Throughout her endeavors she discovered that even greater than her love of campaigning runners was the passion that came from helping retired race...

Saez Has Back Pain from Delaware Spill

In addition to being directly involved in an equine-related tragedy at Delaware Park May 26, jockey Gabriel Saez is experiencing prolonged back pain from the accident that has since kept him from participating in his livelihood.

New Horse Owners Learn About Breeding Process

If there's one thing the horse industry needs, its new blood to fuel the sport. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association (TOBA) works each year to accomplish just that through its new owner seminars and breeding clinics, the most recent of which took place at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., May 29. The three-day clinic will...

New Owners Learn About Breeding Process

New Owners Learn About Breeding Process

If there's one thing the horse industry needs, its new blood to fuel the sport. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association works each year to accomplish just that through its new owner seminars and breeding clinics, the most recent of which took place at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. May 29.

Michigan Gov. Slashes Thoroughbred Funding

After an executive order from Gov. Jennifer Granholm that 100% of the $1.4 million earmarked for Michigan's Thoroughbred programs for 2009 would be used instead to deal with the state's immense budget deficit, local horsemen feared their industry would die a quick death.

Wiggins Reacts to Losing 'Rachel'

Wiggins Reacts to Losing 'Rachel'

The morning after it was announced that powerhouse filly Rachel Alexandra had been sold to Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, trainer Hal Wiggins went about his business as usual, in spite of the empty stall where the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner used to reside.

Oaks: Lukas Reveals Trio Attack Strategy

Oaks: Lukas Reveals Trio Attack Strategy

For the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Lukas has not one, not two, but three fillies that are looking to take the lilies from overwhelming favorite Rachel Alexandra...or at least get a whiff of them by checking in second, third, or even fourth.

Talented Older Females Set for Turf Mile

Talented Older Females Set for Turf Mile

A seasoned and accomplished field of older females is set for the May 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs, in which graded stakes winners Ballymore Lady, Dawn After Dawn, and Elusive Lady appear to be in top form.

Oaks: Finley Has No Concerns About Rachel

Oaks: Finley Has No Concerns About Rachel

Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds is looking forward to simply enjoying the ride in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). And even though the pressure will be high on his filly Justwhistledixie, who will try to measure up against the heavy morning line favorite Rachel Alexandra, Finley is refusing to let himself get anxious about something he can't control.

KY Oaks: Everyone Chasing Rachel Alexandra

KY Oaks: Everyone Chasing Rachel Alexandra

Prior to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) post position draw the morning of April 28, Mike Rutherford, owner/breeder of Flying Spur, and Michael Lauffer, co-owner of Rachel Alexandra, discussed the chances of their fillies in the 1 1/8-mile, $500,000 race May 1.

Inside Track: Go Green

Inside Track: Go Green

After watching a Discovery Channel show documenting how residents of Greensburg, Kansas, were rebuilding their tornado-ridden city as a "model green community," horse industry veterans Chad and Tammy Hassenpflug became determined to support that community in a special way.

Oaks: Rachel Sizzles a Half in :46 2/5

Oaks: Rachel Sizzles a Half in :46 2/5

Though her work was a bit fast for his taste, trainer Hal Wiggins was more than satisfied when his filly Rachel Alexandra made it back to the barn in good shape after zipping through a half-mile in :46 2/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 27.

Banned Suffolk Trainers Reinstated

Three of the five trainers that were banned from Suffolk Downs last fall for violating its zero tolerance policy toward horse slaughter have been reinstated and will be allowed to saddle horses for the East Boston, Mass. track's 2009 season, which runs May 2-Nov. 7.

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