Articles posted February 12, 2009

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HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #1 Keeneland

HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #1 Keeneland

Keeneland is the nation's top racetrack, according to the Horseplayers Association of North America. The bettors' advocacy group has introduced this year a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in the United States and Canada.

That Handicapping Show: El Camino Real

That Handicapping Show: El Camino Real

This week, Jason and Tom analyze the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, February 14. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 3 at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Desert Code Ready to Roll in Daytona

Desert Code Ready to Roll in Daytona

Desert Code, 35-1 upset winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint last fall, makes his 5-year-old debut in the $100,000 Daytona Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 15, regardless of whether the race remains on the hillside turf course.

F-T Racing Festival Set for Saratoga

Fasig-Tipton Company and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) are teaming up to develop the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing at Saratoga Race Course The festival will be held the second weekend of the Saratoga racing season, Aug. 8 and 9, and will precede the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction Aug. 10 and 11.

Niven to Exit CDI, Twinspires.com

Vernon Niven has left Churchill Downs Inc. for personal reasons, the company announced Feb. 12. Niven, who since October 2006 has served as executive vice president of CDI and president of Twinspires.com, will vacate his posts in June after the conclusion of the 2009 Triple Crown.

Horse in Central KY Positive for Rabies

A horse in the Hamilton Lane/North Yarnallton Pike area of Lexington, Ky., has tested positive for rabies, according to a statement from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Break Water Edison Looking to Rebound

Break Water Edison Looking to Rebound

Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Break Water Edison erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) with a five-furlong breeze Feb. 12 at Gulfstream Park.

Godolphin Horses 1-2 in Dubai Prep

The Godolphin Racing duo of Desert Party and Regal Ransom finished first and second Feb. 12 in the Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) at Nad al Sheba in Dubai as both colts continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Godolphin Horses 1-2 in Dubai Prep

The Godolphin Racing duo of Desert Party and Vineyard Haven finished first and second Feb. 12 in the Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) at Nad al Sheba in Dubai as both colts continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Cracks in Foundation of Kentucky Racing

Cracks in Foundation of Kentucky Racing

SPECIAL REPORT: Horsemen who call Kentucky home year-round are taking a beating, and they predict even more owners and horses will leave the state. Whether there will be legislative relief any time soon, however, remains to be seen.

Racetrack VLT Bill Clears Kentucky Panel

Revised legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks unanimously passed out of a House of Representatives committee Feb. 12, but its sponsor is unsure the measure will be voted on by the full House during the current General Assembly session.

Hussonet Colt Tops MM Sale 2nd Session

Six horses were sold for Aust$100,000 (approximately $65,481 in U.S. funds) or more during the second session of the BMW Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 12 in Australia. The results through the first two days were 175 horses sold, a gross of Aust$6,876,500 (approximately $4,502,801), and an average price of Aust$32,294 ($21,146).

Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma.

The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas, Nev., also discussed upcoming studies on therapeutic medication, development of best practices for drug-testin...

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