Headlines for Thursday, October 12, 2006

  • Brilliant Rates Slight Edge in Hawthorne Derby

    Mill House's Brilliant has been made the 5-2 favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT), which drew a field of eight 3-year-old grass runners, including Peter Vegso's Go Between, also a multiple graded stakes winner.

  • A.P. Warrior Faces Five in Oak Tree Derby

    A. P. Warrior, who may have finally found a home on the turf, shoots for successive graded stakes victory Saturday when facing five rival 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita.

  • Cherokee Boy Favored in 'Million Send-Off

    The 21st Maryland Million, a festive homecoming for Marylanders and the offspring of Maryland sires, attracted 117 entrants to the twelve race program to be presented Saturday at Laurel Park.

  • Internet Focus Opens Simulcast Conference

    The topic of Internet gambling, both the federal prohibition and its still possibly disruptive effects on pari-mutuel business will open the 14th annual International Simulcast Conference in Philadelphia Oct. 16-18.

  • Siphon City Can Make Amends in Spend a Buck

    Siphon City and Mister Fotis will be the favorites in a field of nine that includes defending champion Supervisor in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles on the Calder Race Course main track Saturday.

  • Can't Beat It Looks Best of Even Calder Derby

    Live Oak Plantation's Can't Beat It looks like the horse to beat in a field of a dozen 3-year-olds entered in the Calder Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (gr. III) at 1 1/8 miles on turf Saturday.

  • Unbeaten Straight Faced Returns in FSS Finale

    Walter Donnelly's undefeated 2-year-old colt Straight Faced will be the center of attention in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes (FSS). In the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sends out three of the seven 2-year-old fillies entered at Calder Race Course.

  • Prices Drop in OBS Fall Mixed Sale's First Open Session

    Business was sluggish Thursday during the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) fall mixed sale in Central Florida following three consignor-preferred sessions that started the five-day auction.

  • Don Amos Retires from Magna

    Don Amos, chief operating officer of Magna Entertainment Corp., has retired, the company announced Oct. 12. MEC also announced that it has appointed Jim Bromby and Brant Latta senior vice-presidents of operation.

  • NTRA, Breeders' Cup Limited Reports Available

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited's respective annual reports, released Oct. 12, are available in printable PDF versions online at NTRA.com.

  • All Eyes on Showing Up in Jamaica

    No one would have questioned trainer Barclay Tagg had he pointed his star 3-year-old turf horse Showing Up to the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • Meadow Breeze Seeks Second Grade I Win in Frizette

    Meadow Breeze, the surprise winner of the Matron Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 23, looks to win her second consecutive grade I race at Belmont Park when she runs in the $400,000 Frizette Stakes Oct. 14.

  • Keeneland Employee Dies in Lexington Traffic Accident

    Kathleen Torok, a Keeneland employee who worked as the administrative assistant to the track's director of racing, Rogers Beasley, was killed in a traffic accident Thursday morning in Lexington, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its Web site.

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    Champagne: Getting Down to Biz-ness

    Saturday's stakes races at Belmont Park are the final key East Coast preps for horses targeting the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs Nov 4. One of the highlights of the card is the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at a mile.

  • Storm Cat Staying at $500,000

    Storm Cat, the worldwide leader by stud fee the last five years, figures to stay that way in 2007.

  • Protest Filed Over Finish of Indiana Derby

    The connections of Star Dabbler have filed a protest with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission centering around the 3-year-old colt's dead-heat victory in the $513,200 Indiana Derby (gr. II) Oct. 7. Owner Barry Schwartz and trainer Michael Hushion, who feel their entry hit the wire first, faxed the protest to the IHRC Oct. 9.

  • Tax Equity Short on Time

    The short length of the 2007 General Assembly session in Kentucky may be the biggest hurdle tax relief for the horse industry will face. Additionally, there is a gubernatorial election, and during off year sessions, tax issues must be passed with a two-thirds supermajority.

  • Dylan Thomas Out of Breeders' Cup; Ouija Board to Skip Champion Stakes

    Ballydoyle-trained stars Dylan Thomas and Alexandrova will not compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, trainer Aidan O'Brien told the <i>Racing Post</i> Oct. 12. In another development, Ouija Board will pass the Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 14 and point for the Emirates Airline Breeders'Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Aulisi Named Acting Museum Director

    Joseph E. Aulisi has been named the acting director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, museum president Stella F. Thayer announced Oct. 12.

  • True Direction to Keane Stud in New York

    True Direction, a graded stakes winner by French Deputy, will stand in 2007 at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., under the management of Greg Garofalo's Topsmeade.

  • Golden Gate to Install Tapeta Surface

    Magna Entertainment Corp., announced Oct. 12 that Golden Gate Fields will install the Tapeta Footings, a synthetic racing surface on its main racetrack.

  • Upper Respiratory Obstructions

    United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that horses were often affected by more than one airway obstruction at the same time. The study results were publishe...