Articles posted September 26, 2007

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Dancing Edie Delivers in Sen. Ken Maddy

Dancing Edie Delivers in Sen. Ken Maddy

In her first try down Santa Anita's hillside turf course, Dancing Edie squeezed through at the rail mid-stretch and dug in for a half-length victory in the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on opening day of the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park Sept. 26.

Lava Man 'Fantastic' for Goodwood Return

Lava Man 'Fantastic' for Goodwood Return

Well beaten in the Pacific Classic last time out, California star Lava Man has an opportunity to prove he's as good as ever when he takes on nine rivals in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting Sept. 29.

Tasha's Miracle to Take Next Step in Oak Leaf

Tasha's Miracle to Take Next Step in Oak Leaf

Ever since she came into his barn, John Sadler has been waiting for the chance to see Tasha's Miracle go two turns. The Southern California trainer will finally have that opportunity Sept. 29, as his talented 2-year-old filly headlines a field of 11 in the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

MAHUBAH'S CORNER: Looking for Storm Cat's Successor

MAHUBAH'S CORNER: Looking for Storm Cat's Successor

Storm Cat, the leader of American commercial sires for most of the last decade, is still strong commercially and is slated to continue in stud service in 2008. But for the second consecutive year, Storm Cat finished second rather than first among leading sires by average at the Keeneland September select yearling sale, and this year, Storm Cat averaged less than half what he did in 2006 ($559,773 vs. $1,270,208). As a result, speculation as to who will assume the old king's mantle is off and running.

Nashoba's Key Back on Turf for Yellow Ribbon

Nashoba's Key Back on Turf for Yellow Ribbon

Trainer Carla Gaines knew from the beginning that she had an extremely talented filly in Warren Williamson's homebred Nashoba's Key, unbeaten in six starts. But even she admits she's a little surprised at the filly's rapid rise in the distaff ranks.

Roshani the One to Beat in Violet

Roshani the One to Beat in Violet

Roshani has done very little wrong in five starts this year, winning four times, while taking money in every effort. In the $150,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Meadowlands, the 4-year-old daughter of Fantastic Light-Sahibah will face five challengers, three that she beat handily last month. It all could add up to another victory and a soft prep for the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr.IT) at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

Elite Squadron Heads Kentucky Cup Sprint

Fresh off a victory in the Sept. 3 Tom Ridge Labor Day Stakes over the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs, Tom Walters' Elite Squadron heads a field of 11 3-year-olds for the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) at Turfway.

### Arizona Law Makes Taking Bets a Felony

Account wagering companies no longer are accepting wagers from Arizona residents due to a law that took effect Sept. 19. Under House Bill 2694, any individual outside of a licensed racetrack or off-track betting facility who accepts a wager or bets on the results of a race is guilty of a class six felony, which can bring imprisonment.

### NY Panel Set for Another Hearing on Franchise

The New York Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold the first of three public hearings on the future of the Thoroughbred racing franchise in the state Sept. 27.

Kentucky Cup Juvenile Up For Grabs

Of the 10 colts entered in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park Sept. 29, only T.J.'s Posse owns multiple wins on his resume. But the son of Posse-T.J.'s Turn struggled a bit on his first synthetic surface effort earlier this month, so even he cannot be considered a solid favorite in the wide-open 1 1/16-test for 2-year-olds on Polytrack.

AHC Adds Fowler to List of Forum Speakers

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The American Horse Council has added Dr. Kent Fowler, veterinarian and chief of the animal health branch at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to its list of industry speakers at this year's National Issues Fall Forum at Keeneland Nov. 2.

Lawyer Ron, Pletcher Ready to Take on All Comers

Lawyer Ron, Pletcher Ready to Take on All Comers

Todd Pletcher would have preferred to find as easy a spot as possible for Lawyer Ron for his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but, while he respects Curlin, he has no fear of the Preakness (gr. I) winner in Sunday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

Kentucky Downs Reports Handle Gains

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Kentucky Downs concluded its 2007 meet with its second-highest on-track handle and third-largest total handle in the racetrack's 17-year history, officials said closing day, Sept. 25.

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