Articles posted September 12, 2008

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Calder Cuts Purses; Eliminates Stakes

Calder Cuts Purses; Eliminates Stakes

Calder Race Course has announced another major cut in purses and the cancellation of eight $100,000 stakes races. The track, in a release, said it was trimming overnight purses by 17% effective Sept. 18.

Male Line Cross Yields Vineyard Haven

Male Line Cross Yields Vineyard Haven

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Generally speaking, crossing the sire by a certain male line with a mare from the same male line produces below average results. But here is Vineyard Haven, the results of such a cross, who beat some rising stars in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I).

NYRA Gets 25-Year Extension

NYRA Gets 25-Year Extension

The New York Racing Association, created more than 50 years ago to bolster the Thoroughbred industry, took on a new life Sept. 12 with the formal approval by the state of a new 25-year franchise to exclusively operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

Delightful Kiss Is Going the Distance

Delightful Kiss Is Going the Distance

MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter

Hobeau Farm owner Jack Dreyfus as been three-times blessed with Delightful Kiss, recent winner of the Turfway Park Championship Stakes (gr. III). The colt is a fourth generation homebred, a graded stakes winner, and now a Breeders' Cup Marathon contender.

Lawsuit Filed Over Penn National Deal

A Maryland attorney who is a shareholder of Penn National Gaming Inc. has filed a styled class-action lawsuit against the publicly-traded gaming company and certain of its executives over the failed buyout attempt by two investment entities.

Farish, Hubbard Head Breeders' Cup Board

William S. Farish Jr. was unanimously re-elected as Breeders' Cup chairman, and R.D. Hubbard selected as vice chairman, during the third-quarter meeting of the Breeders' Cup board of directors Sept. 5.

Computer Bets, Bookmaking Confab Topics

Michael Konik, author of The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions, will address the subject of programmed wagering and offshore booking Sept. 29, first day of the International Simulcast Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

That Handicapping Show: Sept 11 Episode

That Handicapping Show: Sept 11 Episode

Jason and Tom look at Big Brown (and his opponents) in the Monmouth Stakes.Plus, selections from John Pricci of Equiform for race 2 at Arlington Park Sept 13. The free “Race of the Week” download features Pricci's analysis of this race, plus the 7th at Arlington.On the Sept. 4 edition of “That Handicapping Show,” Equiform’s Cary Fotias nailed a pair of winners in his written analysis.

And They're Off: Sept. 10 from Keeneland

And They're Off: Sept. 10 from Keeneland

Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the Curlin's Breeders' Cup Status, the 2010 Breeders' Cup site, Tin Cup Chalice, and remember Bill Donovan.Also, where to get the best lunch at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

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