Trainer Patrick Biancone agreed to a settlement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority that will prevent Biancone from training horses for one year. He will not be listed as trainer of record for any horses running in the Breeders' Cup Oct. 26-27.
- By Jack Shinar
Advance deposit wagering, which in five years has grown to represent about 13.4 % of total handle through the California pari-mutuel system, was reauthorized by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Oct. 13.
- By Mark Popham
Tattersalls' October yearling sale continued its strength in Book Two, with gains in totals, average, and median.
Retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye was recovering Oct. 17 after undergoing 90 minutes of surgery for hip replacement the previous day at Cedars-Sinai Institute in Los Angeles.
There was elation in the Washington-based Smarty Deb camp Oct. 17 after the unbeaten 2-year-old filly earned a spot in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.
- By Claire Novak
Edmund Gann's Seaside Affair tops a full field of 14 fillies entered in the Oct. 20 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Going seven furlongs over the Polytrack, the John Sadler trainee is after her first graded win following a victory in Del Mar's Torry Pines Stakes Sept. 2.
Nobiz Like Shobiz, winner of the Jamaica Handicap (gr.IIT) in his last start, worked a half-mile over Belmont Park's inner turf course Oct. 17. He has been pre-entered in the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.
- By Esther Marr
Globetrotter will attempt a huge feat in his third start: capturing his turf debut in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Monmouth Park.
British bookmakers make two of champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's Breeders' Cup entries favorite for their respective races. Dylan Thomas, recent winner of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), varies between 6/4 and 4/5 for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), while Excellent Art can be backed at 7/2 down to 5/2 for the Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I).
West Virginia-bred horses from across the state are gearing up for the lucrative Oct. 20 Breeders' Classic races, which offer purses totaling $1.75 million at Charles Town Races & Slots Oct. 20.
The eyes of the horse racing world are squarely fixed on next week's Breeders' Cup, with a total of 160 pre-entries (141 individual horses, 19 cross-entered) for 11 races. It will be a year of many firsts for the World Championships.
Trainer Jeremy Noseda, responsible for 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko, will have two, maybe three, runners at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park.
One Nice Cat, a stakes-winning son of Storm Cat, has arrived at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y.
The 11 Breeders' Cup World Championship races drew 160 pre-entries (141 individual horses, 19 of whom were cross-entered).
Northview Stallion Station has kept the fee of Maryland leading sire Not For Love at the same $25,000 that the 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector stood for in 2007.
- By Esther Marr
Randy Funkhouser, prominent horse owner and president of the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent Association, was told Oct. 16 he would be able to run his horses in the Oct. 20 West Virginia Breeders' Cup Classic.
A study led by Colorado State University and research partners will help to answer a long-debated question about health and performance effects of a drug commonly used to treat racehorses in the U.S. to prevent bleeding into their airways as they run (also known as
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