Articles posted May 4, 2009

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Takeover Target May Target Breeders' Cup

Trainer Joe Janiak said he is considering bringing top sprinter Takeover Target to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, an Australian newspaper reported.

Derby Overnight TV Rating: Best in 17 Years

NBC Sports' coverage of Mine That Bird's upset victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) earned a 10.2 overnight rating and 22 share during the 6-7 p.m. ET hour when the race was presented, according to data provided May 4 from Nielsen Media Research.

Seabiscuit Stamped Envelope to be Unveiled

Seabiscuit Stamped Envelope to be Unveiled

Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and his wife Joan, member of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, will lead a special first day of sale ceremony at noon May 11, for the new commemorative US Postal Service stamped envelope of legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit.

Breeders' Rewarded for Oaks, Derby Successes

Breeders' Rewarded for Oaks, Derby Successes

Dolphus C. Morrison and Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds will be $100,000 richer as a result of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wins by Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively.

Turf Stakes Highlight Colonial Downs Season

Turf Stakes Highlight Colonial Downs Season

Colonial Downs will host 17 stakes races, including a pair of grade II turf stakes, during the 2009 summer Thoroughbred meet which runs from June 5 â€" July 28. A total of $2.2 million will be doled out in stakes purses over the eight week, 40 day season.

New Sponsor for England's Derby Festival

Epsom Downs Racecourse announced May 4 that Investec, a leading specialist bank, has agreed to become long-term partners by sponsoring the English Derby Festival until 2013. The 2009 Derby Festival will be held June 5-6 at Epsom Downs.

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