Headlines for Tuesday, November 20, 2007

  • The highest-priced weanling sold at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. A Pulpit filly out of Madcap Escapade (by Hennessy) that brought $1.7 million.

    Demand for Weanlings Shapes Market

    High demand put several weanlings at the high end of the Keeneland November market. The highest-priced weanling sold was a Pulpit filly that brought $1.7 million. The only two Kingmambo weanlings in the sale brought the second- and third-highest prices of $950,000 (the top weanling colt) and $850,000.

  • Guild Waiting for Industry Response

    With little response coming from industry groups involved in a Nov. 13 meeting with representatives of the Jockeys' Guild, riders across the country--and Guild representatives themselves--are raising concerns over the organization's ability to provide health insurance for its members.

  • The Green Monkey will try the Hollywood turf for his third start.

    The Green Monkey Tries Turf

    The Green Monkey, that well-known $16-million purchase from Fasig-Tipton's 2006 Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, will run in a $44,000 maiden special weight over the Hollywood Park turf course Nov. 21 as trainer Todd Pletcher seeks a win for the colt.

  • The Leopard, who finished 7th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, is a leading contender in the Generous.

    The Leopard Takes on Graded Company

    Six of the 10 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23 are coming into the one-mile turf event off victories. But the winner could very well be a colt whose record shows the worst effort of the group last time out -- Todd Pletcher trainee The Leopard, whose seventh-place finish in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf came over a soggy grass course that left many floundering.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Performance-based

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In a perfect world, professional athletes would all have one-year contracts. The results of their previous season would determine whether or not they would receive a raise for the following year.

  • Goffs Foal Sale: Tally-Ho!

    Tony O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud bought three of the top lots when business stepped up a gear as Book Two of the Goffs November foal sale got under way Nov. 20 at Kill in Ireland.

  • Commentary: Who Cares?

    <i>By - Dr. C. Reid McLellan</i> - Education? We don't need no stinkin' education!" Few horsemen actually use that paraphrase of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles movie quote in public, but many practice that mantra, even if they don't preach it.

  • Silent Name hopes to rebound in the Citation after a 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders&#39; Cup Mile.

    Citation 'Cap Wide Open

    If trainer Bobby Frankel could write a perfect scenario for the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23, it would involve a dry forecast and a one-two finish. Frankel sends out a pair of starters in the 1 1/16-mile turf event -- Silent Name, whose 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) was a result of the soft turf, says the trainer, and Proudinsky, whose back-to-back wins in his last two starts have earned him the jump to grade I company for the second time in his career.

  • Meal Penalty Goes in Prevue

    Meal Penalty, an unbeaten 2-year-old from the barn of the nation's leading trainer, will try to stretch his streak to three when he faces 12 rivals in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) on Thanksgiving Day at Hollywood Park.

  • Arlington Handicap winner Cosmonaut seeks his third graded stakes victory in the River City Handicap.

    Cosmonaut Looks Big in River City

    Millionaire Cosmonaut figures to be the clear favorite in the Nov. 23 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. The field of seasoned, older runners features horses bred in Kentucky, California, Canada, England, and Ireland.

  • Meadowlands Cup winner Diamond Stripes looks to rebound from an 8th place finish in the Breeders&#39; Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge in the Clark Handicap.

    'Stripes' Seeking Rebound in Clark

    Four Roses Thoroughbreds' Diamond Stripes looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the slop in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) when he faces eight foes in a contentious renewal of the Clark Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs.

  • Megahan Named Oaklawn Chaplain

    The Race Track Chaplaincy of Arkansas has named Rev. John "TC" Megahan as chaplain for the 2008 racing season at Oaklawn Park.

  • Sciacca Gets 120-Day Suspension

    New York-based trainer Gary Sciacca was suspended 120 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, effective Nov. 19, for his connection to the administration of a prohibited substance on race day to one of his horses in 2003.

  • Dylan Thomas is out of the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to a non-negative EVA test.

    Dylan Thomas Out of Japan Cup

    Dylan Thomas, who was recently named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse in Europe, is no longer a contender for the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to not testing negative for equine viral arteritis.

  • Grade II winner Medallist will stand at Northview Stallion Station.

    Medallist to Northview

    Grade II winner Medallist will stand at Dr. Tom Bowman and Richard Golden's Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md., in 2008.

  • CHRB Medication Committee to Meet

    The California Horse Racing Board Medication Committee will meet Nov. 28 to discuss issues including equine injury reporting, regulation of anabolic steroids, and out-of-competition testing.

  • Great Lakes Downs has drawn initial looks from racing interests.

    MEC Properties Listed for Sale

    Magna Entertainment's debt-reduction sale of what it deems excess assets is under way with at least four properties already listed with real estate agents.

  • Talk of Kentucky Casinos Ramping Up

    Discussion by Kentucky lawmakers on a public television program revealed a split on casino gambling. Meanwhile, a legislative working group hopes to have a report on the issue ready for the state General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2008.

  • Laurel Park could be home to some 4,000 slot machines if legislation is approved by the voters.

    Optimism But Concern in Maryland

    Maryland racing interests are optimistic over passage of legislation to authorize a statewide referendum on slot machines in November 2008, but they indicated there remains a need for financial relief before the slots measure even comes up for a vote.

  • Florida Tribal Pact Brings Petition

    The Florida House of Representatives asked the state Supreme Court Nov. 19 to prevent Gov. Charlie Crist from implementing a Class III slot-machine deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida without the legislature's approval.