Articles posted January 15, 2009

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Churchill Picks Johnson as New Announcer

Churchill Picks Johnson as New Announcer

Mark Johnson, one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain, will bring his talents to America in 2009 as the new track announcer for Churchill Downs. The announcement was formally made by track officials during at news conference at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack Jan. 15.

Penn National Cancels Jan. 16 Program

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has cancelled live racing for Jan. 16, as forecasts call for bitter cold temperatures accompanied by sub-zero wind chill.

Sprint Highlights Santa Anita Millions

Sprint Highlights Santa Anita Millions

A total of 126 horses were pre-entered for the Sunshine Millions, which will be run Jan. 24 at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park, both owned by Magna Entertainment. The eight races feature Florida-breds against California-breds, with purses of $3.6 million.

Smooth Air to Skip Sunshine Millions

Smooth Air to Skip Sunshine Millions

Mount Joy Stable's homebred 4-year-old Smooth Air was prominent among the multiple graded-stakes winners under consideration for the $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, but trainer Bennie Stutts Jr. will delay the colt's season debut.

Palomino Filly Arrives at Keeneland

Palomino Filly Arrives at Keeneland

Splash of Vanilla, believed to be the first Palomino Thoroughbred entered in a Keeneland auction, arrived on the sale grounds in Lexington Jan. 15 around noon and then settled down in Barn 24. The 2-year-old filly is scheduled to be offered as Hip. No. 2176 during the Jan. 17 final session of Keeneland's horses of all ages sale.

Turfway Cancels Racing Again

Turfway Cancels Racing Again

With windchill temperatures again expected to plunge well below zero, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Friday, Jan. 16. The track will remain open for simulcasting, with gates opening at 11:15 a.m.

Maryland Legislators Honor McKay

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Maryland Legislators Honor McKay

As 2009 begins, three Maryland State legislators are joining forces to recognize a Maryland's sports visionary who passed away earlier this year.

On Call Program Receives Eclipse Award

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On Call Program Receives Eclipse Award

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association Jan. 15 announced that the veterinary On Call media-assistance program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has been honored with the 2008 Special Eclipse Award.

Zenyatta BC Win Voted Moment of the Year

Zenyatta BC Win Voted Moment of the Year

The victory by Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic -- a win that culminated a perfect seven-for-seven 2008 campaign -- has been voted the 2008 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.

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