Headlines for Tuesday, September 18, 2007

  • Invasor<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%3D624172%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sheikh Takes Firm Stance by Limiting Books

    Taking a strong stand against what he sees as troubling trends in the breeding industry, Sheikh Hamdan has decided to limit the first-year books of both his Horse of the Year Invasor and classic winner Jazil to 85 mares each.

  • Doctor Dino

    Doctor Dino Keeping Sharpen Up Male Line Alive

    Modern breeding in North America and Europe is dominated by just three major male lines: Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector, and Seattle Slew. Other male lines still exist but they range from the relatively healthy Hail to Reason and In Reality lines, which encompass a sizable number of stallions, down to lines with just one or two major representatives remaining, such as those of Domino and Plaudit. The male line of Sharpen Up (GB) is one of those lesser sire lines that has managed to survive the 20th Century

  • John Henry<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%3D1998013%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    John Henry's Health Monitored After Scare

    John Henry, the 32-year-old Thoroughbred who is the richest gelding in history, has had several good days following a tentative period at the end of last week.

  • Sun Boat<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%3D1783484%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    San Diego winner Sun Boat Euthanized

    Bongo Racing Stable's Sun Boat, a former claiming horse and 6-1 winner of the July 21 San Diego Handicap (gr. II), was euthanized Sept. 18 due to a severe case of laminitis.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin

    Kiaran McLaughlin Reflects on Successful Weekend

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin enjoyed a highly successful weekend Sept. 15-16, winning the Gazelle (g. I) with Lear's Princess at Belmont Park Saturday and the $1-million Woodbine Mile (CAN-I) Sunday.

  • Martha Gerry

    Martha Gerry, Raced Forego, Dead

    Martha Gerry, who campaigned three-time Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame member Forego, died Sept. 17 following heart surgery in New York.

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    Commentary: Substandard

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - For baby boomers, 60 is the new 40; for airlines, 6 a.m. is the new 8 a.m.; and, according to a recent advertisement in <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, for the Thoroughbred industry, 6% stakes winners from foals is the new "gold standard."

  • Commentary: Weighty Issue

    <i>By Morton Cathro</i> - Now that synthetic surfaces appear to be doing the job they were designed to do -- that is, prolong the lives and limbs of Thoroughbred racehorses -- it may be time to act on long-sought legislation that would prolong the lives and limbs of the athletes who ride those horses.