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  • Stardom Bound will be looking for her 6th grade I win in the Ashland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7685851%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stardom Bound Looking for Sixth Grade I

    Although champion Stardom Bound is the clear choice for the April 4 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) opening weekend at Keeneland, the daughter of Tapit has her work cut out of for her when facing an accomplished field of eight other females looking to secure a spot in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Square Eddie won the 2008 Breeders' Futurity, when it was sponsored by Lane's End.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Keeneland Race Loses Sponsor Lane's End

    After 12 years of sponsoring the Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, William S. Farish's Lane's End has relinquished its support of the $500,000 event. The 1 1/16-mile Futurity for 2-year-olds is run in early October and had been sponsored by the farm since 1997.

  • Denise's Gift

    Inside Track: Gift of the Heart

    Even though Iain Holmes didn't pioneer the concept of using a Thoroughbred racehorse's name to raise awareness for a cause, the fact he's used that platform to promote the act of saving lives via organ donations still deserves some accolades.

  • Peppers Pride at Richland Hills<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7859862%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Peppers Pride: Happy to be in Kentucky

    On a warm and windy overcast morning March 6, trainer Joel Marr stood pensive in the shedrow of his undefeated modern-day world record holder Peppers Pride's new home at Nathan Fox's Richland Hills Farm near Midway, Ky. Although in less than 24 hours, he will be bidding farewell to the best horse he has ever trained, Marr approached the subject with ease.

  • Kelly's Landing won the 2007 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Park.

    Kelly's Landing Embarks on Second Career

    Kelly's Landing, whose career was highlighted by a victory in the 2007 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), ran his last race Jan. 17 and is now enjoying some rest and relaxation.

  • Racetrack VLT Bill Clears Kentucky Panel

    Revised legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks unanimously passed out of a House of Representatives committee Feb. 12, but its sponsor is unsure the measure will be voted on by the full House during the current General Assembly session.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway Injuries Down in January

    A month after Turfway Park experienced eight catastrophic breakdowns during its 21-day holiday meet, state veterinarian Dr. Bryce Peckham and Turfway president Bob Elliston were on hand at a Feb. 10 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting in Lexington to present commissioners a much more positive report.

  • Trainer Vaders Loses Appeal in PA Court

    Jayne Vaders, the leading trainer at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack in 2007, lost her appeal Jan. 9 in Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for an indefinite ban from training due to multiple drug positives.

  • Churchill Trims Spring Stakes Schedule

    Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 spring meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). There will be 29 events with total purses of $7.575 million.

  • Just Jenda heads the field in the Silverbulletday.

    Silverbulletday to be a Showdown

    For the third time in nine weeks, Cindy Jones' Just Jenda and Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Four Gifts will have a showdown as they head a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Fair Grounds.

  • KY Farms Deal With Ice Storm Aftermath

    While the icy wonderland that has blanketed the Bluegrass region left more than 600,000 Kentuckians without power the week of Jan. 25, Thoroughbred farm managers are doing all they can to keep their operations functional and safe in spite of property damage and lack of electricity.

  • FRIENDS Has Friend in Florida HBPA

    In December, the Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing Development and Safety, a horse rescue ranch in Broward County, Fla., was unable to foot its bills, and as a result, was nearly forced to close its doors. Thanks in part to several recent donations -- including $10,000 from the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association -- the facility has been able to keep afloat in spite of the dismal economy.

  • Fairmount Implements Horse Welfare Plan

    To make its position clear on horse slaughter, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers involved in the practice. And in an effort to address the unwanted horse situation, the track has created an adoption program for Fairmount runners when they retire from racing.

  • Inside Track: Second Chances

    When Windswept Lady arrived at Shannon Hahn's Argyle, N.Y-based Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary near Saratoga Springs with her newborn foal, the outlook looked grim for the granddaughter of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

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    Female Sprint Eclipse: Indian Blessing

    Indian Blessing couldn't have ended 2008 on a more perfect note when she registered a gutsy 1 1/2-length score Dec. 27 in the La Brea (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. The win marked her fifth lifetime grade I victory.

  • Fair Grounds Breakdowns Look 'Unusual'

    Though five horses have been euthanized as a result of catastrophic breakdowns at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots since Jan. 17, Dr. Tom David, equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, said the incidents appear to have no direct connection with the condition of the racing surface.

  • 2009 BC Stakes Program Still in Works

    Breeders' Cup officials, who announced Dec. 11 they were suspending the Breeders' Cup stakes program and a week later decided to fund the program using money from the organization's reserve account, have yet to approve which races will receive the added money.

  • Inside Track: A True Original

    Attorney Jim Philpott has taken a lot of journeys throughout his life. And though he was casually involved with horses at a young age, he never imagined his career path after law school would eventually revolve around the Thoroughbred world.

  • Hall of Fame Ceremony Date Changed

    The National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which for a number of years has taken place on a Monday in early to mid August, will be moved to Friday, Aug. 14 this year.

  • Clever Allemont, a 26-year-old stallion, has been rescued from slaughter.

    Rescued Clever Allemont to Old Friends

    Clever Allemont, a 26-year-old stallion, has been rescued from the road to slaughter and will be shipped to Kentucky to spend the rest of his days at Old Friends near Georgetown.

  • Shadwell Horseman Witham Dead

    Bob Witham, a veteran horseman who broke horses for Shadwell Farm for more than two decades, died Dec. 17 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C. He was 65.

  • Pinnacle Reacts to Economic Conditions

    Economic conditions have led the operators of Pinnacle Race Course in Michigan to put some expansion plans on hold, but the track's inaugural meet in 2008 exceeded expectations, officials said.

  • Randy Gilbert

    Inside Track: Lucky Stars

    Many Thoroughbred farm workers consider themselves lucky if they played a part in buying, selling, or raising at least a couple successful horses throughout their careers.

  • War Cry to Stand at Hunter View Farm

    War Cry, a $2.7-million yearling and a half-brother to grade II winner and prominent sire E Dubai (by Mr. Prospector) and grade I winner and European champion producer No Matter What (by Nureyev), will stand the 2009 season for $2,500 at Richard Moylen's Hunter View Farm near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

  • Sean Feld (left) and Billy Ajello

    Inside Track: An Investment in Youth

    University of Kentucky student Sean Feld and alumnus Billy Ajello have defied the notion one must reach a particular age or gain a certain level of experience to invest in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Two Suspended in Beulah Horse Mix-up

    The trainer and identifier involved in an incident in which the wrong horse ran in a Nov. 19 race at Beulah Park have been fined and suspended by the track's stewards.

  • Surgery Details for Springside Revealed

    Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

  • Pocahontas winner Sara Louise faces Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Dream Empress in the Golden Rod Stakes.

    Golden Rod Features Two Graded Victors

    Accomplished juvenile fillies Dream Empress and Sara Louise are both looking to add another graded stakes victory to their already impressive resumes in the Nov. 29 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The race is part of the "Stars of Tomorrow II" card that features races limited exclusively to 2-year-olds.

  • Regulators Probe Beulah Horse Mix-Up

    The Ohio Racing Commission has confirmed it is investigating a Nov. 19 incident at Beulah Park in which the track identifier failed to discover before the fourth race a different horse than was entered by trainer owner/trainer Enzo Canelo ran and crossed the wire first.

  • Firemen investigate the remains of a horse barn at Riverside Downs.

    Updated: Riverside Fire Kills 27 Horses

    A barn fire that broke out the morning of Nov. 20 killed 27 horses at Riverside Downs, a former harness track that is being used as a Thoroughbred training and boarding facility in northern Henderson County, Ky., the Courier Press of Evansville, Ind., reported.

  • Suffolk Downs Bans Five Trainers

    Holding fast to its zero-tolerance policy toward horse slaughter, Suffolk Downs decided to ban five trainers who were involved--though all claim unknowingly--in an incident that violated the new code, which was instituted during the track's 2007 meet.

  • Tubby's Klubhouse Fundraiser a Success

    In spite of a struggling economy, the generosity of Thoroughbred industry members and others was not lacking at the third annual Tubby's Klubhouse fundraiser Nov. 7. Hosted by Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington, the event raised more than $220,000 via items sold at a live auction, individual donations, and a matching grant from Parra's Family Foundation.

  • Youbet Reports Rise in Net Income

    After turning over a new leaf in management, Youbet.com's net income for the third quarter of 2008 experienced a significant increase in profit from the year before.

  • Larry Jones

    Update: Squires Reacts to Jones' Ruling

    After several months, members of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission have upheld the decision of Delaware Park stewards to suspend and fine trainer Larry Jones because of an incident this spring in which his horse, Stones River, tested positive for clenbuterol.

  • Land: Ladies' Day a Success

    After having some time to reflect upon how the first Breeders' Cup Ladies' Day turned out, Peter Land, chief marketing officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd. said it was a success on most fronts, though it's still early to claim total victory.

  • Maram holds off Heart Shaped to take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6445903%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Maram Wins Juv Fillies Turf Nail-Biter

    Undefeated Maram got up to win the inaugural Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by a nose in the final strides over Heart Shaped. The $1 million contest was the second Breeders' Cup race on the Oct. 24 Ladies Day card of the two-day World Championships card at Santa Anita.

  • Emotions Flow at White Horse Luncheon

    Todd Malley, Larry Higgs, Beau Smith, and Jason Inabinnett were given the RTCA's White Horse Award at Santa Anita Park Oct. 23. The four men risked their lives to lead 19 of their 40 horses from their stalls before their Vinton, La., barn was engulfed in flames.

  • The late Luke Kruytbosch was one of the honorees at the NTWA dinner Oct. 22.

    NTWA Dinner Honors Three

    National Turf Writers Assoc. hosts annual awards dinner; honors Chris McCarron, the late Luke Kruytbosch, and Turf writer Maryjean Wall.

  • Henrythenavigator is one of eight Breeders' Cup contenders for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

    Aidan's Army Ready for Battle

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien discussed the chances of his eight Breeders' Cup contenders, who were followed by a throng of media after their morning walks on the track.

  • Ginger Punch could help move Frank Stronach to the lead ranking on the leading breeders list for the Breeders' Cup.

    Stronach Reaches for a New Milestone

    With three Breeders' Cup contenders, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs will attempt to surpass the earnings of Allen Paulson to rank first on the list of leading Breeders' Cup breeders by money won.

  • Curlin

    Curlin, Stablemates in Classic Preps

    On a foggy, overcast morning Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Steve Asmussen worked three of his star stablemates, including Horse of the Year Curlin, who will contend against one another in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the NTRA.

    Waldrop: Pleased With Alliance Response

    Following the Oct. 15 unveiling of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, four of the organization's principle figures were on hand to further explain their roles and the details of the equine health and safety reform plan, which will be implemented gradually over the next two years.

  • From Vegas: Marketing Summit Wrap-Up

    Blogging and other Web-related topics were given some of the highest priority during the Sept. 22 sessions of the well-attended National Thoroughbred Racing Association Marketing Summit at Las Vegas' Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.

  • NTRA: Reaching a New Generation

    After a three-year hiatus, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Marketing Summit was brought to the forefront of a growing list of necessary steps toward creating a better industry. The three day conference, held Sept. 21-23 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, covered a variety of topics, from reaching new generations of fans, to discussing updates on several NTRA programs and initiatives.

  • KHRC Funding, Staffing Situation Serious

    During a three-hour meeting of the Governor's Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing Sept. 19, the harsh reality of the lack of funding and staffing for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was brought to light.

  • Keeneland: Market for Good Horses

    With the second week of the Keeneland September yearling sale drawing to a close, numbers continue to be down, though buyers and consignors are still claiming it's a strong market for a quality horse.

  • Task Force Discusses KY Drug Testing Lab

    In response to the horse industry's cries for more effective ways of regulating racehorse medications, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Robert Beck reported the possibility of the state obtaining its own laboratory facility.