Articles posted June 14, 2007

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

TVG to Sponsor Longacres Mile, Purse Boosted

The Longacres Mile (gr. III), the most important race in the Pacific Northwest since its inception in 1935, will be sponsored by TVG in 2007 and include Breeders' Cup incentives with a record $400,000 purse.

Lightning Rocks McLaughlin's Home

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Lightning struck twice for Kiaran McLaughlin in 2006 when he trained Horse of the Year Invasor and got his first Triple Crown victory when Jazil won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Tuesday, lightning struck again. But it wasn't nearly as enjoyable.

Borel, Nafzger to Sign Autographs at Churchill Saturday

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Jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Carl Nafzger, who teamed to win the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with champion Street Sense, will participate in a charity autograph session benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Karen's Caper Ready to Roll in Eatontown

The Bobby Frankel-trained Karen's Caper will be a short price in the $150,000 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the turf Saturday, Monmouth Park's first graded stakes race of the season.

Plan Floated Linking NYRA, Excelsior

The Spitzer administration has floated a plan to link the New York Racing Association with Excelsior Racing Associates to run racing and casino operations at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks.

Chelokee Clashes With Strong Field in Northern Dancer

Trainer Michael Matz hopes Centennial Farm's Chelokee, winner of the Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico and third in the Florida Derby (gr. I), can launch the second half of the colt's 3-year-old campaign with a victory over a strong field of seven 3-year-old rivals in the 1 1/16-mile Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

Empire Racing: Keep VLTs in New York Hands

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A group of horsemen, breeders, and backstretch workers met June 14 in Saratoga Springs, NY to support a call to keep the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) program at New York State's race tracks in the hands of the New York thoroughbred industry to strengthen thoroughbred racing in the state.

Instant Racing Bid Alive, But 'Not Healthy'

A bid by Ohio racetracks to win approval for Instant Racing machines, which resemble video lottery terminals but are pari-mutuel in nature, is said to still have some life left despite an announcement by Gov. Ted Strickland that he would veto the measure.

Old Friends Welcomes Super Derby Winner Wallenda

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Multiple stakes winner Wallenda has arrived at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY. The 17-year-old horse is the 5th stallion bred in North America that has been returned to the United States from stud duty in Japan by the non-profit organization.

Tattersalls Ireland Appoints New Managing Director

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Tattersalls Ireland has announced the appointment of George Mernagh as managing director, effective July 1. Mernagh replaces Liam Dunne, who will retire at the end of next year. Mernagh, 52, joined the company in 1989 as bloodstock manager following a successful career as a National Hunt jockey and was appointed to the Tattersalls Ireland Board in 1999.

Apprentice Branch Out with Broken Hand

Apprentice rider Kyle Branch, who was thrown from his mount after the last race at Monmouth Park June 9, will undergo surgery today in his hometown of Seattle, Washington, for a fractured left hand.

Old Friends Gets TV Exposure, Retirement Plan

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A segment on the CBS Evening News generated some positive feedback for Old Friends, the equine retirement facility that has a deal with a racing partnership group to create a retirement plan for horses.

Euroform Programs Debut On Equibase

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Equibase Company June 14 unveiled on equibase.com Euroform programs that present Equibase past performance information for North American Thoroughbred racing in a traditional European style.

Ankle Surgeries for Boboman, Ainamaa

Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) winner Boboman, a disappointing fourth in the Californian (gr. II) in his last start June 2, came out of the race with an ankle injury and will undergo surgery this week, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed Wednesday.

Chicago Horse Owner Sidney Port Dies

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Thoroughbred owner and Chicago native Sidney Port, part owner of two-time Stars and Stripes Turf (gr. IIIT) winner Ballingarry, died June 11 in Chicago at the age of 96.

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