Articles posted September 5, 2008

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2yo Whip Rules Will Be Similar

Officials of Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) announced in early September that they were banding together to make major changes in the under tack shows for their sales of 2-year-olds in training. Beginning in 2009, they said they would strictly regulate the use of whips by riders during workouts and would prohibit the use of front toe grabs on horses.

First Defence Honing His Natural Speed

First Defence Honing His Natural Speed

MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter

First Defence is one of those horses whose pedigrees scream speed. The son of Unbridled's Song began displaying that potential with a 6 3/4-length romp in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30. After surviving an early speed duel with opening fractions of :22.53 and :44.61, he pulled away in the stretch to win in a final time of 1:21.55.

Evangeline Downs Reports Record Gains

Evangeline Downs Reports Record Gains

Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino's recently concluded 2008 spring/summer Thoroughbred season posted all-time highs in average nightly handle, single-night handle, average field size, and purse distribution for the 84-night meet.

Woodbine Supporting Stakes Attract Stars

Woodbine Supporting Stakes Attract Stars

There is no doubt that the $1 million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) will draw the majority of the public's attention Sept. 7 at the Canadian racetrack. But highlighted by several high-profile turfers vying for more than $1 million in purses, the two supporting stakes on Woodbine's 11-race card are very appetizing in their own right.

Second NARA Grad in Winner's Circle

Michael "Mikey" James became the second North American Racing Academy graduate to enter the winner's circle when he rode Lady Phoenix to a neck victory in Thursday's first race at Turfway Park.

That Handicapping Show: Sept. 5 Episode

 That Handicapping Show: Sept. 5 Episode

Jason and Tom analyze Turfway's Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III). Plus, selections from Cary Fotias of Equiform for the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie. The free “Race of the Week” download features Fotias' analysis of this race plus the 6th at Arlington and a pair of races at Belmont Park.

And They're Off: Aug 27

And They're Off: Aug 27

Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the Travers, Curlin and Big Brown, The Synthetic Breeders' Cup, and Genuine Risk.

Is It True ('88 Juvenile)

Is It True ('88 Juvenile)

Laffit Pincay, Jr., aboard Is It True, upsets the heavily favored Easy Goer on a sloppy racetrack at Churchill Downs. Read more about the race here.

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