Headlines for Thursday, August 31, 2006

  • Commentator Heads Spa's Forego

    At this time last year, Tracy Farmer's Commentator was considered as one of the candidates for best older horse after winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Mixed Up Bags 12th NY Turf Writers Cup for Sheppard

    Trainer Jonathan Sheppard bagged his record 12th victory in the New York Turf Writers Cup (NSA-I) as William L. Pape's Mixed Up carried jockey Danielle Hodsdon to a one-length victory over Top of the Bill in the steeplechase event at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Amorama Leads Deep Field in Palomar BC

    Ten fillies and mares, including the supplemental entry of grade I winner Sharp Lisa, are scheduled to line up in Saturday's $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • 'Hotstuf' Ready for Anything in Red Bank

    Saturday's $150,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT), the final graded turf event of the season at Monmouth, could be a showdown between Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval, who's won his last two in Kentucky, and Runnin Horse Farm's Hotstufanthensome, a five-time winner at Monmouth.

  • 'Toddlers' Scat Daddy, Circular Quay Breeze

    Scat Daddy and Circular Quay, a pair of trainer Todd Pletcher's "Toddlers," slated to run in Monday's $250,000 Hopeful (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs, both worked on the main track at Saratoga Thursday morning.

  • Congrats to Stand for $12,500

    Grade II winner Congrats has been retired and will begin his stallion career for a fee of $12,500 in 2007 at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

  • Delaware Reschedules Kent Breeders' Cup

    Due to the heavy rains forecasted for the Delaware Valley this weekend, Delaware Park has rescheduled the $500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) for Sept. 9.

  • Memorial Service Scheduled for Mallory

    A memorial service has been scheduled for Dan Mallory who was among the 49 passengers who perished in the crash of Comair flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport Aug. 27.

  • Flower Alley looks to regain his former brilliance in the Woodward.

    Sadness in Woodward for Flower Alley's Connections

    The running of the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga could turn out to be the most crucial start of the year for 2005 Travers (gr. I) champion Flower Alley. It will be the colt's first race since the death of his breeder, George Brunacini, one of 49 people who perished Sunday morning in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington.

  • Kentucky Cup Turf Festival Highlights Kentucky Downs Meet

    Thoroughbred racing returns to Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 16 for a six day racing season, which concludes on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The highlight of the meet is the $450,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, featuring four stakes races on Saturday, Sept. 23.

  • Leading California Sire Pirate's Bounty Dead

    Pirate's Bounty, a California leading sire, was euthanized last week at Marty and Pam Wygod's River Edge Farm near Buellton, Calif., because of the infirmities of old age.

  • Niigon to Colebrook in Canada

    Canadian classic winner Niigon will enter stud at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

  • Eight New Members Elected to The Jockey Club

    The Jockey Club announced Thursday the election of eight new members: Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, John Amerman, Ramona Bass, William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, Tracy Farmer, Ian Highet, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Walter S. Robertson.

  • Gold Case to Mesa Vista in New Mexico

    Unbeaten multiple stakes winner Gold Case has been acquired by Dr. Truman Smith and Jay Taylor from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs for stallion duty at Mesa Vista Stud near Raton, N.M.

  • Oaklawn Park Sets Record Purses for 2007 Meet

    Oaklawn Park projects record daily average purses of $290,000 for its 2007 meet, up from $275,000 a day this year because of increased revenue from Instant Racing.

  • Ohio VLT Vote Needs More Valid Signatures

    A petition drive to allow a vote on video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks was 8,716 signatures short as of Aug. 30, but more will be submitted within the next two weeks.