Articles posted September 2, 2009

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Woodward Analysis: Target Rachel?

Woodward Analysis: Target Rachel?

Please note the following analysis was written by someone with a glass-is-half-empty mentality and is not meant to frighten, upset, or antagonize Rachel Alexandra fans and zealots. So, read at your own risk.

Forego: Kodiak Kowboy Fond of the Spa

Forego: Kodiak Kowboy Fond of the Spa

Rachel Alexandra's attempt against older males has given the Woodward (gr. I) all the headlines, but Saratoga's other grade I race on Sept. 5--the $300,000 Forego Stakes--is no slouch. The seven-furlong sprint drew a solid field of a 12, including the morning-line favorite, Kodiak Kowboy.

West Point Horses Run in Support of Alliance

West Point Horses Run in Support of Alliance

A percentage of any purse monies earned by West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga; and Awesome Gem in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Del Mar will be donated to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.

NYRA Incentive Program Continues to Grow

Purse hikes from the incentive program created to increase field size during the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet totaled $553,990 through Week Five, a 19.5% advance over original purse values, according to The New York Racing Association.

CHRB Panel to Examine Latest Safety Equipment

The newly-formed safety committee of the California Horse Racing Board will meet for the first time Sept. 4 to begin the regulatory process to establish new standards and specifications for vests, helmet and whips.

Summer Guest Proved Special in 1972 Woodward

Rachel Alexandra seems to have accomplished the impossible this year. The 3-year-old filly won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) by nearly 40 lengths and manhandled males in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).

New BH DVD: Conformation for Performance

Novice and experienced horsemen alike can now gain invaluable insight into how the experts judge a young horse's athletic potential with the release of Conformation for Performance. The DVD is an hour-long, step-by-step guide for assessing conformation.

Charity Golf Tournament Set for Oct. 5

The ninth annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities & Kentucky Derby Museum Charity Golf Classic will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., on Monday, Oct. 5.

Rachel's Options Open After Woodward

Rachel's Options Open After Woodward

Majority owner Jess Jackson said on a national teleconference Sept. 1 that plans for Rachel Alexandra following Saturday's $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) are up in the air, and he did not dismiss the idea of putting her away for the year.

Things Get Messy in Ohio Gambling Battle

A document submitted Sept. 1 suggests Penn National Gaming Inc. is underwriting an effort to overturn racetrack video lottery terminals legalized by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and the Ohio legislature in July, but the Pennsylvania-based company said the information is false.

HRRN to Air Woodward, Forego

HRRN to Air Woodward, Forego

The Horse Racing Radio Network will broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course this Saturday, Sept. 5, to provide coverage of Rachel Alexandra's attempt to make history as she takes on older males in the grade I Woodward.

Illinois Equine Humane Center Moves to New Facility

The Illinois Equine Humane Center (ILEHC) recently relocated its operation to Elgin, Ill. The ILEHC's herd of horses seeking adoptive homes can now be visited at their new facility, located at 9N673 Kendall Road in Elgin.

"We are very excited about our new location in Elgin," said ILEHC President Gail Vacca. "The new farm has a huge indoor riding ...

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