Gio Ponti, the 2009 Eclipse Award winner as older male and male turf horse, will make his first start of 2010 on Feb. 20 when he contests the $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/16 miles turf test for 4-year-olds and up.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victor Dancing in Silks had his four-race winning streak halted in his first start of 2010. He'll try to bounce back in the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 20.
While 3-year-olds take the spotlight at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20, a pair of grade III turf stakes for older horses, the Canadian Turf and the Honey Fox, shape up as outstanding supporting features with large fields.
Participants in the February select juvenile auction were pleased with the changes in track maintenance, saying horses were less sore after the under tack show.
Lael Stable's Lentenor, the full brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, was upset by WinStar Farms' Doubles Partner in a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance at Gulfstream Park Feb. 17.
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The Dutrow brothers, Rick and Tony, hold the top hands in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II), a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park.
River Downs, which anticipates further erosion of pari-mutuel revenue this year, has asked the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to consider a reduction in 2010 racing dates.
Led by Kingfield Stables' Buddy's Saint, an all-star cast of 10 3-year-olds was drawn for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20.
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Tom Simon, owner of Vinery Farms near Lexington and Summerfield, Fla., hopes to reward Thoroughbred racing's current fans as well as attract new horse players through a fantasy stable game entitled "DerbyDreamer.com."
Todd Pletcher, who is loaded with several 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, said he will make decisions on a couple of his star 3-year-olds after their next works.
St Trinians, impressive winner of the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 13, is expected to tackle males in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 6 instead of running against female champion Zenyatta a week later
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In a breakout race that put Caracortado on Derby watchers' radar, the Cal-bred also focuses attention on newly-transferred Cat Dreams, who stands in Indiana for the 2010 season.
The first reported foal by multiple graded stakes winner Marcavelly is a colt born Feb. 11 at John Burness' Colebrook Farms near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure will once again partner with the Kentucky Oaks to raise awareness for breast cancer with numerous on-track events on Oaks Day, including a "Pink Out" and survivors parade.
The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners will honor the 2009 state-bred Horse of the Year Ohio Horse of the Year and divisional champions at their Annual Awards Banquet to be held in May at River Downs.
HRTV's Gary Stevens and Scott Hazelton will provide onsite coverage of the Risen Star at Fairgrounds; Caton Bredar and Jay Privman will cover the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.
The Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee moved Feb. 17 to provide more protection for the horse.
Goldikova, a 2009 Eclipse Award and Cartier Award winner for brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, might make her 5-year-old debut at England's Royal Ascot meeting in June.
The California Thoroughbred Trainers reported Feb. 16 that San Luis Rey Downs will close as a Thoroughbred training center effective March 15.
"Equine influenza virus remains the leading cause of viral respiratory disease in the horse," noted Justin D. McCormick, MS, DVM, of Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic in Salinas, Calif., during the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Illness can cause serious setbacks in training, w...
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