Headlines for Wednesday, October 10, 2007

  • Miss Finland is expected to contest the Cox Plate on October 27th.

    Miss Finland To Target Melbourne Cup

    Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice-Forest Pearl by Woodman) will contest the Aus$3.5 million Cox Plate over 10 furlongs at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne Oct. 27.

  • Brave Raj winner Silk Ridge will try to sweep the Florida Stallion Series in her division.

    Silk Ridge Seeks Sweep of Florida Stallion Series

    Karen Keen's 2-year-old Silk Ridge will seek a sweep of the Florida Stallion Series in her division when she heads to the post in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder Race Course Oct. 13, the track's Calder Derby day.

  • Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

    A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in New York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Inc., and Delaware North announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

  • Biancone Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

    Trainer Patrick Biancone, suspended for one year for possessing on the grounds of Keeneland three sealed vials of alpha-cobratoxin (cobra venom), a Class A substance under the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Uniform Drug and Medication Classification Schedule, was granted a stay Oct. 10.

  • Augment comes into the Oak Tree Derby off a 2nd place finish in the Del Mar Derby.

    Oak Tree Derby: Augment Adapts to Grass for Gallagher

    Improvement has come quickly for Augment, especially since trainer Paddy Gallagher switched him to the turf this summer, including a surprising second-place finish in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) last time out. The Aptitude gelding is sure to attract more attention in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita lawn Oct. 13.

  • Les Grands Trois Tackles Perryville Field

    Live Oak Plantation's Les Grands Trois has been the victor in all but one of his four career starts despite an on-again off-again training regimen due to physical issues. The son of Officer looks for his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Perryville (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 13.

  • Kieren Fallon

    Lawyer Defends Fallon as 'Driven by Desire to Win'

    A lawyer for six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon told a London court Oct. 10 the suggestion Fallon deliberately tried to lose races was absurd. On the third day of trial, John Kelsey-Fry described his client as "a man driven by the desire to win." Prosecutors allege the jockey won five of the 17 races he was supposed to lose and cost the betting syndicate £338,000.

  • The Tin Man could opt to skip the Breeders' Cup and run at Hollywood in the Citation (gr.1) in November

    The Tin Man Doubtful for Breeders' Cup Turf

    The 9-year-old The Tin Man, second by a length in Oak Tree's Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 6, is likely to pass the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), trainer Richard Mandella said.

  • Summer Doldrums took the Colonial Turf Cup earlier this summer

    Hawthorne Derby: Summer Doldrums Hopes Experience Provides Edge

    Success may not follow Summer Doldrums all the time, but the son of Street Cry has been competitive in nearly all his 12 career starts, many of them in graded stakes competition. That back class will make him one of the horses to beat, as a field of 11 3-year-olds will try the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 13, a 1 1/8-mile test on the turf.

  • Fair Weather Stan and Fearless Eagle renew their rivalry for the $200,000 Calder Derby

    Locals Dominate Dozen Entered in Calder Derby

    Fair Weather Stan and Fearless Eagle renew their rivalry as part of a full field entered for the $200,000 Calder Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (gr. IIIT) on the Florida track's turf course Oct. 13.

  • Pucker Up winner Dreaming of Anna tries to extend her 3-race winning streak in the Queen Elizabeth II.

    Dreaming of Anna Faces Stiff QE II Test

    Champion filly Dreaming of Anna will put her three-race win streak on the line and get her final prep for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 13 on Keeneland's Haggin Turf Course.

  • Wicked Style

    BC Focus: Wicked Style

    Look at Wicked Style's sales history, and the 2-year-old son of Macho Uno could almost be defined as the horse no one wanted.

  • New Nonprofit to Aid Retired Thoroughbreds

    A newly formed non-profit organization, After the Finish Line, has been formed to provide funding assistance to Thoroughbred rescue organizations across the United States, the San Diego-based 501 (C) (3) announced Oct. 10.

  • Youbet Served Search Warrant by Federal Agents

    A federal search warrant was served at the California headquarters of Youbet.com Oct. 4 as part of a federal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, the company has reported.

  • Randy Funkhouser

    Funkhouser Still Has Chance to Race Horses in 'Classics'

    At an Oct. 9 hearing in Kanawha County, W.V., Circuit Court, Judge Charles King ruled that Randy Funkhouser, president of the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, would be allowed to enter his horses in the Oct. 20 West Virginia Breeders' Cup Classic pending the results of an independent arbiter's hearing.