Articles posted August 12, 2009

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Borel, Turcotte to Sign Autographs at the Spa

Borel, Turcotte to Sign Autographs at the Spa

Although history would place them a generation apart, jockeys Ron Turcotte and Calvin Borel will be meeting new and old fans alike in public autograph appearances at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 15-16. Both riders will be appearing at the booth set up for the weekend adjacent to the jockey silks display.

And They're Off: August 12, 2009

And They're Off: August 12, 2009

Lenny and Steve are back! Topics include night racing, breakdowns at Del Mar, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, Gio Ponti, and Bob Baffert's Hall of Fame induction. Comments for Lenny and Steve? Send them to:

Breeders' Cup Media Awards Contest

The Breeders' Cup Media Awards honor excellence in coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. There are four awards that will celebrate outstanding writing and communication of the Championships in 2008: The Joe Hirsch Award for Outstanding Newspaper writing, Bill Leggett Award for Outstanding Magazine writing, the Online Writing Award, and the Social Media Award.

UK's MacLeod Awarded Two Grants

James MacLeod, John S., and Elizabeth Knight, chair and professor of veterinary science at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and director of the University of Kentucky's Equine Initiative, was recently awarded two grants totaling more than $1.1 million over three years. Three other equine researchers in UK's College of Agriculture were also collectively awarded more than $500,000.

Jockeys' Challenge to be Held in Turkey

Jockeys' Challenge to be Held in Turkey

On Aug. 14, Turkish horseracing fans will be in for a treat as some of world's best riders arrive at Istanbul for the International Jockeys' Challenge to be held under lights at night races at Istanbul Veliefendi Racecourse, the International Arena of Turkish Horseracing.

Incentive Program Boosts Races at Saratoga

Twelve more races qualified under the purse incentive program created to increase field size during week two of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet, according to The New York Racing Association. Purse increases from incentives during the meet's second week totaled $74,750, a 16.5% advance over the original purse values.

PA Study: Negative Impact of Table Games

A study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition contends that the introduction of table games at Pennsylvania casinos and racinos will result in a decline of slot machine wagering of between 8% and 13%, potentially resulting in a decline in state revenues.

F-T Saratoga Sale: Day 2 Recap

F-T Saratoga Sale: Day 2 Recap

Blood-Horse correspondent Karen Johnson recaps the second day one of the the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling sale, plus a look at the cumulative sale totals. Presented by OCD Pellets.

Gross Rises 45.6% at Saratoga Sale

Gross Rises 45.6% at Saratoga Sale

Fasig-Tipton officials worked hard, and Sheikh Mohammed shopped hard. The end result was a soaring Saratoga select yearling sale that provided its participants with a brief, two-evening respite from all the bad news generated by a struggling Thoroughbred industry that is reeling from a global financial crisis and its own internal problems. In a performance most unusual in these difficult economic times, the auction enjoyed upswings from 2008 of 45.6% in gross revenue, 11.1% in average price, and 9.9% in median price.

Saratoga Strange: Filly's Buyer Flees

"I've never seen anything like this," said Holly Bandoroff of Denali Stud of a bizarre incident that involved a well-bred dark bay or brown filly, a bald man in a plaid shirt, at least three Fasig-Tipton officials, and several policemen during the second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in New York Aug. 11.



A look back at the winding career of Bertrando.

Howard Hall

Howard Hall

Howard "Gelo" Hall, Jr. has been a horse racing enthusiast for nearly a century. He witnessed the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, spent 19 years as an exercise rider, made an attempt at training horses, and ultimately became a very successful jockey's agent.

Florida Horse Poaching Tip Reward Rises

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $8,000 on Tuesday when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. added $3,000 to existing reward funds.

Miami-Dade County Police are currently investigating 17 cases involving horses stolen and appare...

Hendra Virus Testing Continues after Three Horse Deaths

Veterinarians with Biosecurity Queensland are taking samples from 25 horses at a Cawarral horse facility to confirm any further cases of Hendra virus.

This follows the deaths of three horses at the property since July 28. The most recent death, which occurred Aug. 8, has been confirmed as a Hendra virus case.

Queensland Primary Industries and...

Softer Whips for Racehorses at Del Mar

Del Mar is taking the sting out of its whips.

On Wednesday, it will become the first California racetrack to require riding crops that don't raise welts.

Darrell Haire, regional manager for the Jockeys' Guild, said the whips are made of softer leather or fabric. They're supposed to get the horse's attention with a popping noise rather than by...

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