Headlines for Tuesday, October 23, 2007

  • Idiot Proof

    Idiot Proof

    Clifford Sise, Jr. says that a normal trainer, without the consistent backing of big-money owners, will only get a superstar horse about ever 20 years. Sise had his last big horse in 1996, so he's nine years ahead of schedule as he heads toward this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships with a Sprint (gr. I) hopeful named Idiot Proof.

  • Racing Medication Panel Refocused on Core Issues

    After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

  • ClassicStar Suits Transferred to Kentucky

    Several lawsuits pending against ClassicStar have been consolidated into a single action to be heard in Kentucky federal court, but the primary operating entity of the former broodmare-lease marketer will be temporarily exempt from litigation pending its bankruptcy action.

  • Del Mar is temporarily housing horses as a result of the California wildfires.

    Farms and Del Mar Offering Shelter from Calif. Wildfires

    Wildfires continued Oct. 23 to threaten homes and horse farms in Southern California, particularly in San Diego County. Scoop Vessels' Vessels Stallion Farm is among the facilities that have taken in evacuated people and horses, even while a new fire has broken out just east of the farm near Bonsall, Calif. Del Mar racetrack has taken in evacuees when the fires, and its barn area was full by Oct. 22, with 2,000 horses and livestock.

  • The speedy Hard Spun will break from post 8 in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. 1).<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D923452%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Front-end Tactics Loom Key to Breeders' Cup Classic

    A field of nine was drawn Oct. 23 for one of the deepest and most contentious runnings of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The two horses who drew the most attention were Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron, who likely will dictate how the race will be run.

  • Video: Interview with Stan Hough

    Trainer Stanley Hough sends out Joyce Robsham's homebred Trippi's Storm, a former claimer on the dirt, in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr.IT).

  • Jockeys to Meet With Breeders' Cup Over Issues

    Jockeys Aaron Gryder and Joe Bravo were the only riders in attendance at the Breeders' Cup post-position draw held Oct. 23 at Monmouth Park, as jockeys planned to meet with Breeders' Cup management over issues involving tickets and parking.

  • ClassicStar Lawsuits Transferred to Kentucky

    Several lawsuits pending against ClassicStar have been consolidated into a single action to be heard in Kentucky federal court, but the primary operating entity of the former broodmare-lease marketer will be temporarily exempt from litigation pending its bankruptcy action.

  • RMTC Refocusing on Drug Testing, Uniformity

    After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.

  • Excellent Art leads the European contingent in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. 1).

    Excellent Art Draws Outside, Favored in Mile

    Excellent Art, who is less than a length shy of being a winner of his last three races in England, all group I events, was made the 3-1 favorite for the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.

  • Honey Ryder could have an advantage in the Filly & Mare Turf if the course comes up soft.

    Course Condition Key to Filly & Mare Turf

    The condition of Monmouth Park's turf course Oct. 27, with rain in the forecast for the middle part of Breeders' Cup week, is a major concern for horsemen with runners in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Midnight Lute comes into the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. 1) off a huge win in the Forego (gr. 1).

    Midnight Lute Favored Among 11 in Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Watson and Weitman Performances and Mike Pegram's Midnight Lute, impressive winner of the Sept. 1 Forego Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga in his last start, is the early 2-1 favorite in a field of 11 entered in the $2-million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

  • La Traviata's connections ultimately chose the Filly & Mare Sprint rather than facing the colts.

    La Traviata Opts for Filly & Mare Sprint; Meets Dream Rush

    La Traviata opted for the new Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 rather than the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) the following day, making that race much more intriguing than it would have been had she opted to run against males.

  • Prussian will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux in the newly created Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

    Prussian Installed 3-1 Favorite for Juvenile Turf

    Heading into uncharted territory, Monticule's homebred Prussian was made the 3-1 favorite for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Run as the second Breeders' Cup race on the new Friday program, the $1-million race will be run at a mile Oct. 26.

  • Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile favorite Discreet Cat will break from Post One in the first running of this event.

    Discreet Cat Draws Rail for Inaugural Dirt Mile

    Godolphin Racing's Discreet Cat, third in the Sept. 30 Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his last start, was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.

  • Argentina

    Breeders' Cup Focus: Argentina

    Argentina may only have one overseas black-type score under her girth, but the 5-year-old mare's multiple on-the-board efforts have spoken volumes of her potential as she heads toward the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Dylan Thomas

    Dylan Thomas to Stand at Coolmore in 2008

    Dylan Thomas, who won the Oct. 7 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) and is entered in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will retire to Coolmore Stud in Ireland before the end of the year.

  • Video: Interview with Barry Irwin

    Team Valor syndicate founder/owner Barry Irwin discusses his Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Unbridled Belle and his methods for purchasing horses with BloodHorseNOW.com reporter Lenny Shulman.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Have Courage

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> It was a routine early December night in Kentucky, when suddenly residents of South Frankfort were startled by late night fireworks. The pyrotechnics display from near the state capitol could mean only one thing -- Kentucky's first female governor had closed the deal to land the Toyota manufacturing plant.

  • Street Sense finalized his Breeders&#39; Cup Classic (gr. 1) preparations with Tuesday morning&#39;s five furlong work

    Street Sense Sizzles in Final BC Work

    With Calvin Borel up, Street Sense had his final work Oct. 23 for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) four days later, rolling around the Monmouth Park turn and finishing a five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5.

  • Commentary: Big Red

    <i> By John L. Califano</i> - At the horse's burial service, master of ceremonies Ira Drymon, a Kentucky horse breeder and farmer, said, "I would like, however, to think of this, not as a funeral in the usual sense, but as a celebration..."

  • Tuesday Morning Line: Getting a Bead on the Draw

    After the post position draw, which clocked in right at one hour to introduce all the dignitaries and draw 11 races, trainer Todd Pletcher takes a seat at table. He's quickly surrounded by a circle of cameras, tape recorders, and notebooks.