Articles posted October 1, 2009

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JCGC: Will Summer Bird Soar Again?

JCGC: Will Summer Bird Soar Again?

Though his racing career began just seven months ago, Summer Bird has accomplished extraordinary things in a short period of time. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Shadwell Travers (gr. I) winner will try to defy the odds once again when he faces older horses for the first time in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

Defections Leave Music Note as Beldame Choice

Defections Leave Music Note as Beldame Choice

There was a time not too long ago that a meeting among the nation's best fillies and mares in the $600,000 Beldame (gr. I) was a distinct possibility. But with Rachel Alexandra on the sideline, Zenyatta staying in California for the Lady's Secret (gr. I), and Icon Project now heading to Keeneland's Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I), the Beldame has lost some of its appeal.

Gio Ponti Tries For Fifth Straight Grade I

Gio Ponti Tries For Fifth Straight Grade I

Christophe Clement has had many talented stakes winners during his years as one of the nation's leading turf conditioners, but the French-born trainer now admits Gio Ponti may be at the top of that list. On Oct. 3, the 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat seeks his fifth consecutive grade I grass victory when he lines up for the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

Charles Town Goes High Definition

In November 2009, Charles Town Races & Slots will join a select group of racetracks offering live racing to its on-track customers in high definition. Charles Town follows in the footsteps of Keeneland and Churchill Downs who became the first tracks to upgrade its production to HD in the fall of 2008. Barring any setbacks, Charles Town expects the high definition system to be operational for its races on Nov. 25.

Drug Testing Task Force to Be Formed

Moving forward with its initiative to significantly change the structure of drug testing in U.S. horse racing, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has approved the formation of a committee to oversee the implementation of the Drug Testing Initiative (DTI) Task Force recommendations on quality assurance and laboratory accreditation programs for U.S. horse racing drug testing laboratories.

Countdown to the Cup: Zenyatta's Turn

Countdown to the Cup: Zenyatta's Turn

Now that Rachel Alexandra is through for the year, it is time for Zenyatta, the defending Queen of all Turfdom, to take center stage, and her presence will be a welcome sight in a year where the Breeders' Cup has gone a bit haywire.

'Bracket Battles' Return to bloodhorse.com

BloodHorse.com has announced the return of the interactive game "Breeders' Cup Bracket Battles" presented by Youbet.com. Beginning Oct. 1, and for the five-week period leading up to this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Belmont, Keeneland Coverage Expands on TVG

Belmont, Keeneland Coverage Expands on TVG

TVG announced Oct. 1 it will expand and enhance its live programming and wagering options for the leading East Coast horseracing tracks, including Belmont Park and Keeneland.

'Secretariat' Set Moving to Churchill Downs

Scenes from the Walt Disney Studio's forthcoming motion picture "Secretariat," starring Diane Lane as Penny Chenery and John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, will be filmed at Churchill Downs starting Oct. 5. Officials said filming at the track is expected to last five days.

Alliance Report on Way; Standards to Expand

Alliance Report on Way; Standards to Expand

The independent monitor for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance will conduct a "systematic and formal data-gathering phase" in the next few months and release a "detailed, comprehensive report" by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the alliance, which accredits racetracks, is developing standards for wagering security and tote protocol that will be included in the 2010 code.

'Rachel's Race Items Benefit Cancer Research

'Rachel's Race Items Benefit Cancer Research

Michael O'Toole, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, submitted the winning bid for the three pairs of racing goggles worn by jockey Calvin Borel as he rode super filly Rachel Alexandra to victory in the Haskell Stakes-her second of three wins over the colts in her historic 2009 campaign.

Toccet Racks Up Big Wins

Toccet Racks Up Big Wins

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

With dual scores in the British Columbia classics, Toccet's progeny have made the stallion a hot second-crop sire.

Last-Minute Track Updates Now on Equibase

Current day scratches and program changes from racetracks throughout North America are now available throughout the day in a dedicated section of equibase.com, it was announced today by Equibase Company President and COO Hank Zeitlin.

Live Radio Coverage of JC Gold Cup Card

The Horse Racing Radio Network will host three hours of live coverage for the grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Retired Racehorse Training Project to Debut in Maryland

Both the Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association are supporting a new project to train Maryland riders to work with ex-racehorses.

Maryland trainer Steuart Pittman, Jr. of Dodon Farm in Davidsonville is kicking off the Retired Racehorse Training Project on October 4, with a ticketed event at Maryland Therapeutic Riding in ...

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