Articles posted October 23, 2007

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Idiot Proof

Idiot Proof

Clifford Sise, Jr. says that a normal trainer, without the consistent backing of big-money owners, will only get a superstar horse about ever 20 years. Sise had his last big horse in 1996, so he's nine years ahead of schedule as he heads toward this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships with a Sprint (gr. I) hopeful named Idiot Proof.

Racing Medication Panel Refocused on Core Issues

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

ClassicStar Suits Transferred to Kentucky

Several lawsuits pending against ClassicStar have been consolidated into a single action to be heard in Kentucky federal court, but the primary operating entity of the former broodmare-lease marketer will be temporarily exempt from litigation pending its bankruptcy action.

Farms and Del Mar Offering Shelter from Calif. Wildfires

Farms and Del Mar Offering Shelter from Calif. Wildfires

Wildfires continued Oct. 23 to threaten homes and horse farms in Southern California, particularly in San Diego County. Scoop Vessels' Vessels Stallion Farm is among the facilities that have taken in evacuated people and horses, even while a new fire has broken out just east of the farm near Bonsall, Calif. Del Mar racetrack has taken in evacuees when the fires, and its barn area was full by Oct. 22, with 2,000 horses and livestock.

Video: Interview with Stan Hough

Video:  Interview with Stan Hough

Trainer Stanley Hough sends out Joyce Robsham's homebred Trippi's Storm, a former claimer on the dirt, in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr.IT).

Jockeys to Meet With Breeders' Cup Over Issues

Jockeys to Meet With Breeders' Cup Over Issues

Jockeys Aaron Gryder and Joe Bravo were the only riders in attendance at the Breeders' Cup post-position draw held Oct. 23 at Monmouth Park, as jockeys planned to meet with Breeders' Cup management over issues involving tickets and parking.

ClassicStar Lawsuits Transferred to Kentucky

ClassicStar Lawsuits Transferred to Kentucky

Several lawsuits pending against ClassicStar have been consolidated into a single action to be heard in Kentucky federal court, but the primary operating entity of the former broodmare-lease marketer will be temporarily exempt from litigation pending its bankruptcy action.

RMTC Refocusing on Drug Testing, Uniformity

After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

Breeders' Cup Focus: Argentina

Breeders' Cup Focus: Argentina

Argentina may only have one overseas black-type score under her girth, but the 5-year-old mare's multiple on-the-board efforts have spoken volumes of her potential as she heads toward the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT).

Dylan Thomas to Stand at Coolmore in 2008

Dylan Thomas to Stand at Coolmore in 2008

Dylan Thomas, who won the Oct. 7 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) and is entered in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will retire to Coolmore Stud in Ireland before the end of the year.

Video: Interview with Barry Irwin

Video:  Interview with Barry Irwin

Team Valor syndicate founder/owner Barry Irwin discusses his Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Unbridled Belle and his methods for purchasing horses with BloodHorseNOW.com reporter Lenny Shulman.

Commentary: Have Courage

By - Dan Liebman It was a routine early December night in Kentucky, when suddenly residents of South Frankfort were startled by late night fireworks. The pyrotechnics display from near the state capitol could mean only one thing -- Kentucky's first female governor had closed the deal to land the Toyota manufacturing plant.

Commentary: Big Red

By John L. Califano - At the horse's burial service, master of ceremonies Ira Drymon, a Kentucky horse breeder and farmer, said, "I would like, however, to think of this, not as a funeral in the usual sense, but as a celebration..."

Tuesday Morning Line: Getting a Bead on the Draw

After the post position draw, which clocked in right at one hour to introduce all the dignitaries and draw 11 races, trainer Todd Pletcher takes a seat at table. He's quickly surrounded by a circle of cameras, tape recorders, and notebooks.

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