Headlines for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

  • The renovated Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.

    Santa Anita Opens and Records Fall

    The renovated Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park produced a track record at seven furlongs in the second race of the opening day card on Dec. 26. Bob Black Jack hit the wire in 1:20.37, .53 seconds faster than the previous mark set during the fall Oak Tree Association meet. While new surfaces always mean new records, the previous dirt record for seven furlongs set by Spectacular Bid in 1980 was 1:20.

  • Monterey Jazz finds his groove in the Sir Beaufort.<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%3D3130745%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Monterey Jazz Finds Winning Combo

    Monterey Jazz hit all the right notes on Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park, by going nearly gate to wire to win the $122,100 Sir Beaufort (gr. IIIT) in his stakes debut.

  • Quiet Royal, 5-for-19 over turf, tries dirt for first time  in the Stage Door Betty Handicap.

    'Quiet' May Steal Stage Door Betty

    Making her first attempt over dirt after 19 career starts on the turf, the Todd Pletcher-trained Quiet Royal gets a light impost and looks to steal the Dec. 29 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.

  • Johnny Eves takes the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita Park.<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%3D3130723%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Johnny's On the Spot in Malibu Win

    Making his graded stakes debut, the fast-improving California sprinter Johnny Eves sped away from the field at the top of the stretch and held sway in the final stages for a one-length win in the $250,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day of the 2007-08 season at Santa Anita Park on Dec. 26.

  • Multiple graded stakes-winner Rutherienne returns in the Frances A. Genter Stakes.<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%3D2046382%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rutherienne Returns in Genter S.

    Virginia Kraft Payson's multiple graded stakes-winning homebred Rutherienne looks to bounce back from a three-month layoff, as the Pulpit filly headlines a full field of 12 in the $100,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 29 at Calder Race Course.

  • Railbird winner Ashley's Kitty is one of 14 fillies looking for a Grade I win in the La Brea.<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%3D1189559%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    14 Ready to Fire in La Brea Stakes

    For all the concern about the condition of Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track surface, entries are strong, especially for the opening week's stakes races. A field of 14 is set for a wide open edition of the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies Dec. 29 at seven furlongs.

  • Charlie Camac

    A Racetrack Original

    BloodHorseNOW.com staff writer Claire Novak chronicles the racetrack career of 72-year-old Charlie Camac, who found his greatest success in the starters' stand by showing empathy and concern for the fields of Thoroughbreds he controlled.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: By the Numbers

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - Usually, if sales of young horses are up, so too are sales of broodmares and broodmare prospects. As this issue devoted to the auction market shows, 2007 was a bit different.

  • Commentary: Woe(Whoa?) is Fairmount

    <i>By - Kathy Kranz</i> - Last year I was privileged -- yes, privileged -- to witness Lawyer Ron winning the inaugural St. Louis Derby. But the 2006 running was the one and only, the first and last, the alpha and the omega St. Louis Derby.