Headlines for Friday, August 11, 2006

  • Nakatani Nears Release from Hospital

    Jockey Corey Nakatani, hospitalized with a virus infection since Tuesday, was reported to be in much better condition Friday morning by his agent.

  • Lava Man Tops 11 Nominated for Pacific Classic

    Eleven horses have been nominated to Del Mar's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at 1 1/4 miles on Aug. 20. Lava Man, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) for trainer Doug O'Neill, is the probable favorite.

  • Laurel Park Begins 8-Day Meet Wednesday

    After a nine-week break, live racing returns to Maryland on Wednesday for an eight-day mini-meet at Laurel Park with a nine-race card, including three on the turf course.

  • Love Locket One to Watch in Monmouth Oaks

    Michael Tabor's Love Locket, from the very deep stable of Todd Pletcher, is one of the horses to watch in a compact but talented field of six entered for the $200,000 Monmouth Park Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) Sunday.

  • Bernardini, worked Friday at Saratoga in preparation for the Travers Stakes.

    Bernardini Has Easy Breeze for Travers

    Darley Stable's Bernardini, runaway winner of the Preakness (gr. I) and Jim Dandy (gr. II), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 at Saratoga Friday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 26.

  • Equibase, Timeform Enter Agreement to Exchange Information

    Equibase Company LLC, the North American Thoroughbred industry's Official database for racing information, and Portway Press Ltd., the United Kingdom-based publisher of Timeform Race Ratings, have signed an agreement that will facilitate the exchange of proprietary statistical information in support of the globalization of racing.

  • Buyers Want Disclosure of Conformation-Altering Procedures

    More than two-thirds of respondents to a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association survey of auction buyers indicated they are less likely to purchase a horse that has undergone a surgical procedure prior to being sold.

  • TOBA Survey Calls for More Disclosure

    More than two-thirds of respondents to a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association survey of auction buyers indicated they are less likely to purchase a horse that has undergone a surgical procedure prior to being sold.

  • Saratoga Diary: The Difference Between Dead and Dying

    Charlie Hayward, the racetrack's president, credits Bill Nader, his newly-promoted chief operating officer, with coming up with the "Grand Slam." Nader pushed for the innovative bet hoping that it would give horseplayers a tantalizing way to wager on several races.

  • Breeding Cents

    In 2003, the horse industry directly contributed $10.7 billion to the U.S. economy; $2.2 billion of that was from the breeding industry alone, according to a study published in 2005. It's no wonder that Karin Bosh's July 11 graduate defense seminar at University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center--which identified factors such as the mare's age an...