Headlines for Saturday, December 15, 2007

  • Country Star zoomed to victory in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) Dec. 15.<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%3D3044656%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Country Star Shines in Starlet

    Country Star, one of the leading 2-year-old fillies in the nation, is now two-for-two in grade I opportunities after a scintillating 2 3/4-length triumph in the $425,500 Hollywood Starlet Dec. 15.

  • El Gato Malo Storms Gold Rush

    West Point Thoroughbreds appears to have a good one in the 2-year-old El Gato Malo, who stormed to victory over his Golden Gate Fields' rivals in the $75,000 Gold Rush in just his second start Dec. 15.

  • Presious Passion lit up the board at 67-1 odds in winning the W.L. McKnight Handicap.

    Presious Passion Shocks in McKnight

    Presious Passion, ridden confidently by Elvis Trujillo, shocked a field of capable distance horses at odds of 67-1 when he scored a 1 1/4-length win in the $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf at Calder Race Course Sept. 15.

  • Electrify cruises to victory in the Fred Hooper.

    Electrify Sizzles in Fred Hooper

    Padua Stables' homebred Electrify scored his fourth stakes of the season, taking over at the top of the stretch and then pulling away for a 2-length victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 15 at Calder Race Course.

  • Tom Ryan to Launch New Agency

    Tom Ryan, a member of Pete Bradley's team at Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage since 2001, is striking out on his own.

  • Paradise Dancer holds off Finallymadeit to win the Kenny Noe.

    Paradise Dancer Game in Kenny Noe

    Paradise Dancer stalked the pace, took a short lead in mid-stretch and then held off a game challenge from Finallymadeit to capture the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III) by a neck Dec. 15 on the main track at Calder Race Course.

  • NYRA President Considers Benchmarks

    The New York Racing Association can agree to new performance benchmarks for its operations as part of a franchise extension deal, but state officials must be more flexible to take into account future changes in the racing industry that could affect those new standards, according to the president of NYRA.

  • Redaspen cruises to victory in the La Prevoyante.

    Redaspen Rallies For La Prevoyante

    Equivine Farm homebred Redaspen made a bold, rail-skimming move in the final furlong under Eddie Castro, rallying from well off the pace to take the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) by a length Dec. 15 on the Calder Race Course turf.

  • The connections of Sealy Hill - jockey Patrick Husbands, owner Eugene Melnyk, and trainer Mark Casse - all won Sovereign Awards in their respective categories.

    Sealy Hill Canada's Top Horse

    Sealy Hill, by Point Given, dominated the 33rd Sovereign Awards Dec. 14, walking away with three awards, including Canada's Horse of the Year honors.

  • CDI Lawsuit: Midnight Cry Earnings

    Churchill Downs has filed a lawsuit against Midnight Cry Stable's co-owners, saying it wants a court to decide who should get purse money earned by their runners.

  • U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill

    The United States Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill Dec. 14 by a vote of 79 to 14. Included in the legislation is the Equine Equity Act, which would reduce the capital gains holding period for horses from two years to one and accelerate and make uniform the depreciation for racehorses over a three-year period.