Articles posted July 29, 2009

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Six Catastrophic Breakdowns at Del Mar

Six Catastrophic Breakdowns at Del Mar

Six horses have died from catastrophic breakdowns at Del Mar during a 10-day span that includes the first week of racing. Three occurred during morning training on Polytrack, two happened during races on Polytrack, and one was in a turf race.

Saratoga Opening Day Way Up

On-track and all-sources handle were up significantly over 2008 totals as Saratoga Race Course opened its 141st season July 29.

Churchill Posts Slight Increase in Earnings

Churchill Posts Slight Increase in Earnings

Churchill Downs Inc. released its second-quarter results after the close of the stock market July 29, with a slight increase in earnings due to its advance deposit wagering system and slot-machine gaming.

Forever Together Looks to Defend Diana Title

Forever Together Looks to Defend Diana Title

On Aug. 1, Forever Together seeks to become only the fifth horse to put together back-to-back victories in the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT), a feat that only Glowing Honor (1988-89), Shuvee (1970-71), Tempted (1959-60) and Miss Grillo (1946-47) have been able to accomplish in the 71 previous editions of the 1 1/8- mile turf race.

Joe Hirsch

Joe Hirsch

Looking back on the career of turf writer Joe Hirsch.

General Challenge

General Challenge

Reliving the career of General Challenge and catching up with him today.

Jockey Martin Pedroza

Jockey Martin Pedroza

Martin Pedroza: From Panamanian Jockey School to the tough southern California circuit.

Rachel's Halter Sold in Online Auction

Rachel's Halter Sold in Online Auction

The training halter worn by Rachel Alexandra prior to her historic victory in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was purchased by an Ohio man for $2,859.99 in an online auction that will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Hard Rock Adds Johnson to New York VLT Bid

Hard Rock International has added a potent new force - an entity run by billionaire Robert L. Johnson - to its team to try to win the exclusive rights to develop the long-stalled casino at Aqueduct racetrack.

F-T, NYRA to Offer $100,000 'Jackpot'

F-T, NYRA to Offer $100,000 'Jackpot'

Fasig-Tipton and the New York Racing Association are teaming to award a $100,000 "Juvenile Jackpot" to the first graduate of the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale that wins a graded stakes during the 2010 Saratoga meeting in New York. Should no juvenile qualify for the prize in 2010, the award will double to $200,000 for Fasig-Tipton yearlings purchased that year that run at Saratoga in 2011.

Breeders' Cup Adds Moxie to Sponsorship List

Breeders' Cup Adds Moxie to Sponsorship List

The Breeders' Cup has announced that Moxie Equestrian, an equine equipment and apparel company, has been named an "Industry Champion" partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park.

EHV-1 Quarantine at Pennsylvania Stable

Horses at Rolling Hills Ranch stable in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pa., have been quarantined after at least three horses tested positive for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today.

"Equine herpesvirus causes upper respiratory infection and can cause severe neurological disease in h...

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