Headlines for Friday, September 9, 2005

  • TOBA Honors Stronach and the Melnyks

    Frank Stronach of Adena Springs and Eugene and Laura Melnyk were the big winners during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

  • Four-time grade I winning filly Alexander Goldrun among hopefuls in Saturday's Baileys Irish Champion Stakes.

    All-Star Line-Up Faces Off in Irish Champion

    An all-star cast, led by this year's Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Motivator and 2004 Irish Champion (Ire-I) winner Azamour will be lining up for Saturday's running of the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

  • Dettori to Ride Sr. Leger Favorite Scorpion

    Scorpion heads a field of seven for Saturday's group I Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster Race Course. This will be the smallest field to face the starter since 1992, when the great filly User Friendly defeated six rivals.

  • California Relief Campaign Tops $250,000

    The "Racing With Heart" fundraising campaign being conducted by the California horseracing industry will continue indefinitely at various racetracks and wagering locations throughout the state in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Roman Ruler training up to BC Classic.

    Roman Ruler Leads Trio of Baffert Workers

    Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler, third in the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) in his last start, led Friday's Santa Anita workout brigade of Bob Baffert-trained runners looking toward the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • High Fly resumes flight in Sunday's Jerome Handicap.

    High Fly Ready to Take Off in Jerome

    Grade I winner High Fly, 10th in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (gr. I) before heading to the sidelines, returns to action in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Sunday.

  • Shakespeare Steps Up in Belmont BC 'Cap

    The undefeated Shakespeare makes his graded stakes debut in the $200,000-added Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday at Belmont Park, taking on a field that includes grade I winner Meteor Storm and grade II winner Greek Sun.

  • Stellar Jayne ends two-month hiatus in Sunday's Ruffian.

    Stellar Jayne Shows Up in Ruffian

    Stellar Jayne, aimed by her new owners toward the 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), makes her first start in more than two months in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Preliminary OK Given Bay Meadows Plan

    The Bay Meadows development plan gained approval from the San Mateo Planning Commission at its Sept. 8 meeting and has been sent to the City Council for consideration later this month.

  • Shaniko to Scratch from Woodward; Dutrow to Run Three

    Aaron and Marie Jones' Shaniko will be scratched from Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I), racing manager Buzz Chace said Friday after talking to the Joneses and trainer Todd Pletcher. With Shaniko out, trainer Rick Dutrow will run both Crafty Player and Show Boot as pacesetters for Saint Liam.

  • Grass Champion Mac Diarmida Dead

    Mac Diarmida, who starting winning and winning and winning once he was switched to the grass, was euthanized Sept. 8 at Kevin and Jessica Hartigan's Cashel Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Knowlton Resigns as 'Friends' Director in New York

    Due to his appointment to the Committee on the Future of Racing in New York, Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, has resigned from the board of directors of Friends of New York Racing.

  • Louisiana Horsemen Carrying On

    A unique Fair Grounds at Louisiana Downs meet is not expected to have any effect on the way the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association distributes breeders' awards money, according to Tom Early, LTBA executive director.

  • Grade I Winner Blush With Pride Dead

    Blush With Pride, the first of four grade/group I winners from Blushing Groom's landmark first crop, died Aug. 16 in Ireland.

  • Flame of Tara, Dam of Champion Salsabil, Dead

    Flame of Tara, whose daughter Salsabil became the first filly to win the Irish Derby (Ire-I) in 90 years, was euthanized around Sept. 1 at Pat O'Kelly's Kilcarn Stud in Ireland.

  • Purses for Dubai Duty Free, Sheema Classic Boosted to $5 Million Each

    The Dubai Racing Club has announced a major increase in prize money for the Dubai World Cup meeting, with the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) and the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I), the two turf races run on Dubai World Cup day, will now be worth $5 million each, with a first prize of $3 million.

  • Turf Festival Highlights Kentucky Downs Meet

    Thoroughbred racing returns to Kentucky Downs on Saturday, <br>Sept. 17 for a six-day racing season, which concludes on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The highlight of the season is the $450,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, featuring four stakes races, on Saturday, Sept. 24.