Articles posted May 31, 2006

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Bob and John in Sharp Drill for Belmont Stakes

Stonerside Stable's Bob and John, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), turned in a sharp work at Santa Anita Wednesday in preparation for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Clockers timed the colt six furlongs in 1:12 1/5, but trainer Bob Baffert said he went seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5.

Vienna to Join CHRB in Oversight Program

Longtime trainer and attorney Darrell Vienna has been retained by the California Horse Racing Board to help initiate a continuing education program for its members and professional staff to improve the agency's regulatory and oversight performance.

Silver Train to Vinery After Racing Career

Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery has purchased the breeding rights Silver Train, most recently the winner of the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), and the colt will stand at the Kentucky division of the farm at the conclusion of his racing career.

Bob and John in Sharp Drill for Belmont Stakes

Stonerside Stable's Bob and John, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), turned in a sharp work at Santa Anita Wednesday in preparation for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Clockers timed the colt six furlongs in 1:12 1/5, but trainer Bob Baffert said he went seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5.

Hall Monitor

By Ray Paulick -- For the second consecutive year, no contemporary horses were elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. That is astonishing, considering some of the champions named on the ballot.

How We Failed Barbaro

By Laura Hillenbrand -- In breakdowns, racing has a massive, deadly serious problem, and we all know it. The Thoroughbred industry has a moral obligation to horses and jockeys to pursue solutions on a grand scale and with the utmost urgency. We must summon the best minds, create a truly comprehensive, uniform injury reporting system, and fund a slew of controlled studies. Most importantly, we must be willing to make the difficult choices that follow.

Arkansas Veterinarian James G. Logsdon Dead

Dr. James G. Logsdon, a prominent veterinarian at Oaklawn Park and tracks in the Chicago area, died May 27 at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock, Ark,. after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Lawmaker Says Youbet.com Violating Cease-and-Desist Orders

Youbet.com, the online wagering company headquartered in California, plans to review statements given by Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan during the May 2 U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing at which the Democratic Congressman said the company is operating despite a cease-and-desist order from the office of the U.S. attorney general.

Wissie Brede Dies May 28

Ann "Wissie" Brede, a Thoroughbred owner and breeder and expert horse show judge, died May 28 of complications from ovarian cancer. She was recognized as the 2006 Pennsylvania Horse Woman of the Year.

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