Headlines for Friday, October 13, 2006

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    Baffert's Midnight Lute Dominates Perryville S.

    Midnight Lute, a recent arrival from California trained by Bob Baffert, drew off by 4 3/4 lengths in winning the $200,000 Perryville Stakes (presented by Budweiser Select) (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Keeneland Friday.

  • Hendricks Points Brother Derek to BC Classic

    Cecil Peacock's dual grade I winner Brother Derek is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) following his runner-up finish to Lava Man in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), trainer Dan Hendricks revealed.

  • Valenzuela Hires Jim Pegram as Agent

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has hired veteran California agent Jim Pegram to handle his riding engagements, replacing Tom Knust, who will continue to maintain the business for Corey Nakatani.

  • Swing Again Tops Final OBSC Mixed Session

    Swing Again, a 7-year-old mare in foal to High Fly, went to Off The Hook for $30,000 to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 Fall Mixed Sale.

  • Empire Group Urges Pataki to Release Funds

    The head of a group vying to take over the Thoroughbred franchise from the New York Racing Association is urging Gov. George Pataki to release already-promised state funds to the financially ailing franchise holder.

  • Empire Group Urges Pataki to Release Funds

    The head of a group vying to take over the Thoroughbred franchise from the New York Racing Association is urging Gov. George Pataki to release already-promised state funds to the financially ailing franchise holder.

  • Most Hill 'n' Dale Fees Unchanged

    John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington released its 2007 stallion fees Oct. 13 with seven of the 11 stallions standing next year for the same amount as the '06 breeding season.

  • Penna-trained Chaibia Dangerous in Athenia

    Malcolm E. Parrish's 3-year-old, Irish-bred Chaibia finished a respectable fourth in last month's Garden City Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. Sunday, she'll tackle older horses for the first time in the 29th running of the $100,000 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Deposit Ticket to Dubya in Arizona

    Deposit Ticket, who has sired 13 stakes winners, has been relocated to Bart Hone's The Dubya Dubya Ranch near Desert Hills, Ariz.

  • Graded Winner Melhor Ainda Retired

    Melhor Ainda, a 4-year-old graded stakes-winning daughter of Pulpit, has been retired from racing because of ankle problems.

  • Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase Purse Increased

    The purse for the Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase at Far Hills, N.J., to be run Oct. 28, has been increased to $250,000, according to a release from Breeders' Cup/National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the National Steeplechase Association.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Will Tagg Pop the Cork in the Champagne?

    Deeds speak louder than words. In racing, sometimes it pays to take heed of what people do, not just what horses have done. So let's get right down to business and say that Nobiz Like Shobiz is going to win the Champage Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Saturday.