Headlines for Friday, December 21, 2007

  • Country Star

    Country Star Delivers on a Promise

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>If Empire Maker's career as a runner left his connections to speculate on what might have been trainer Bobby Frankel described him as the best he had trained, many lengths better than he was able to show his career as a stallion is rapidly beginning to shape as if to fulfill that unrealized potential through his offspring. One of his standouts is Country Star, who broker her maiden in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) on Oct. 5. Three weeks later, Country Star staked a claim to the juvenile filly championship with a track record-breaking win in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I).

  • The Eclipse Award Statue

    Local TV Eclipse Winners Announced

    Horse Racing Alberta, the TV company that produced the live telecast of the Alberta Derby for CTV affiliate CFCN in Calgary, Alberta, has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for best local television, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 21.

  • Douglas Lees&#39; picture &quot;Down to Earth,&quot; winner of the 2007 Eclipse Award for Photography

    Lees Earns Eclipse for Photography

    Photographer Doulgas Lees of Warrenton, Va., has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for photography with his picture "Down to Earth," the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 21.

  • NYRA Oversight Chair: No Guarantees

    The new head of a state government panel that will oversee Thoroughbred racing in New York Jan. 1, 2008, said he could not guarantee that horses will be running at Aqueduct in two weeks.

  • Greg&#39;s Gold, winner of the Pat O&#39;brien (gr. II), faces Cal-breds in Saturday&#39;s On Trust Handicap.

    Greg's Gold Favored for On Trust

    Grade I winner Greg's Gold seeks his fourth victory of the season, but the 6-year-old gelding will have to carry top weight and deal with red-hot Unusual Suspect, a winner in three of his last four starts, in the $100,000 On Trust Handicap Dec. 22 at Hollywood Park.

  • Woodford Donates to TCA

    Woodford Reserve has donated the proceeds from its $1,000 Mint Julep program to Thoroughbred Charities of America, it was announced Dec. 21. The Midway-based non-profit received $116,337 from sales of the limited edition cups.

  • Robert Courtney in his office at Crestfield Farm

    Courtney Retiring in January

    Robert Courtney Sr., who bought his first mare in 1941 and the property that became his Crestfield Farm near Lexington in 1956, will retire from the Thoroughbred industry following the Keeneland January sale.

  • Kenny Rice

    Rice to Host Eclipse Awards Show

    Award-winning horse racing and sports announcer Kenny Rice will host the 37th Eclipse Awards Jan. 21, 2008, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 21.

  • Santa Anita Park&#39;s Cushion Track is set to re-open for training on Dec. 22.

    Horses Set to Work at Santa Anita

    Horses are expected to return to training on the main Santa Anita Park racing surface Dec. 22 following a renovation of the Cushion Track to fix a drainage problem.

  • Jess Jackson&#39;s Stonestreet Stables now controls 80% of Curlin.

    Stonestreet Controls 80% of Curlin

    Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables now has an 80% ownership interest in Curlin after completing a deal to acquire former partner George Bolton's percentage of the 2007 leading Horse of the Year candidate.

  • Ohio Tracks Strike Simulcast Deal

    Two Ohio racetracks that share the Columbus market have reached a new agreement on full-card simulcasts designed to aid patrons and perhaps their bottom lines.

  • Snow Ridge has moved from Florida to Pennsylvania for the 2008 breeding season.

    Snow Ridge to Regal Heir

    Snow Ridge, a grade I winner and second-crop sire, will move to Regal Heir Farm near Grantville, Penn., for the 2008 season.