Headlines for Tuesday, March 14, 2006

  • Commentator (right) finishes ahead of Saint Liam to win the Whitney Handicap.

    Commentator Ready to Hit Comeback Trail

    Tracy Farmer's Commentator, winner of last year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) over eventual Horse of the Year Saint Liam, is ready to begin training at Palm Meadows training center, trainer Nick Zito said Wednesday.

  • Exploit Colt Brings $1.2 Million at Barretts

    A striking, nearly black Exploit colt sold for $1.2 million Tuesday to Egyptian brewing mogul Ahmed Zayat early during the Barretts March select juvenile auction.

  • NTRA Racing to the Rescue Fund Makes $483,465 Disbursement

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Tuesday disbursements totaling $483,465 from the NTRA Charities – Racing to the Rescue Fund to provide financial relief to members of the horse racing and breeding community who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

  • Kentucky Drug Penalties Approved by Subcommittee

    Penalties for the violation of Kentucky's new medication guidelines were approved March 13 by the joint Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee. The penalties now face review and approval of one additional committee before taking effect.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher has major Derby hopes in two preps Saturday.

    Pletcher Sends Out

    Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).

  • Owner Jess Jackson, who has filed suit against his former advisers.

    New Defendants, Fraud Charges Added to Jackson Suit Against Ex-Advisers

    Attorneys for Jess Jackson have named three additional defendants and new fraud charges involving the wine magnate's bloodstock acquisitions and purchase of the former Buckram Oak Farm in Kentucky in a motion for leave to file an amended complaint to the Superior Court of California in San Diego. The motion was filed March 9.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Taking Root

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Kentucky politicians need to understand the educational and lobbying efforts undertaken by the Kentucky Equine Education Project are not a one-and-out deal. The horse industry, which for too long was nonexistent in Kentucky politics, quickly became the state's No. 1 lobbying force. And that's exactly what Kentucky's top industry should be.

  • Question Yourself

    <i>By Deirdre B. Biles</i> - It's inevitable. Every year when the sales of 2-year-olds in training start revving up and the babies start working fast, <i>The Blood-Horse</i> receives a flurry of letters and e-mails. Angry writers, many of them breeders and owners, complain about how detrimental it is to the Thoroughbred breed to make young horses breeze at high speeds.

  • Record Number of Americans Pointed Toward Dubai

    A record number of American-based horses are beginning their journey to Dubai to compete at the world's richest day of racing, the Dubai World Cup meeting, at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse March 25.

  • Romans, Bejarano, Ramseys Earn KTM Awards

    Trainer Dale Romans, jockey Rafael Bejarano and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned individual honors in the 16th annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Media (KTM) awards presented to Kentucky racing's statistical leaders in 2005.