Martin Smith, assistant and exercise rider for English trainer John Best, hopes the stable enjoys as much success in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20 at Hollywood Park with Axel Foley as it did with Square Eddie in the Breeders Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland in October.
Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Lenny and Steve present highlights from the 2008 season of "And They're Off."
Cognizant of negative dynamics hammering the racing scene in South Florida, leaders of the Thoroughbred industry harbored in the central part of the state are considering preemptive-strike plans to pursue a permit for pari-mutuel meets to be run in the Ocala area.
Canterbury Park will host the Claiming Crown for the ninth time in the event's 11-year history when the one-of-a-kind program for Thoroughbred racing's "blue-collar" performers is held there July 25, 2009.
TVG announced Dec. 17 that it had reached agreement with Los Alamitos Race Course to extend its exclusive arrangement for television and account wagering with the Orange County, Calif. track for an additional 10 years.
Brownie Points, who competed in nothing but stakes after breaking her maiden in her second start, has been retired from racing and booked to leading third-crop sire Street Cry.
The first wave of up to 30 American mares booked to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Raven's Pass is scheduled to reach Ireland on Dec. 20, with two other groups slated to begin quarantine soon prior to their trips.
J'ray, a stakes winner all four years she raced, has been retired from racing and will be bred to Medaglia d'Oro.
The owners and trainer of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex will be honored at the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's annual gala celebration, the Lemon Ball Jan. 17, 2009.
The Breeders' Cup board of directors has decided to fund the Breeders' Cup Stakes program for 2009 by using money from the organization's reserve fund, according to a statement dated Dec. 17.
Racetrack management and horsemen in Ohio struck an agreement Dec. 16 that will reinstate more than 160 Thoroughbred racing dates at Beulah Park and River Downs in 2009, and save more than 1,000 horses at Beulah Park from being forced out of the track's stable area by Dec. 27.
Losing mount fees for jockeys riding at Turf Paradise will be increased beginning January 1, 2009.
State and federal agriculture officials announced Dec. 16 that a Quarter Horse stallion standing at stud in Kentucky has tested positive for contagious equine metritis.
Barretts has cataloged 315 horses for its 2009 January mixed sale. The auction will be held Jan. 26 in the Hinds Pavilion, which is located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Southern Caliofornia. The sale will begin at 11 a.m. (PST).
"We have a crisis in Thoroughbred racing," stated Scott Palmer, VMD, of New Jersey, a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and head of the AAEP Racing Task Force.
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