Headlines for Friday, September 28, 2007

  • Humorisitic wins Violet Stakes.

    Humoristic Gets Last Laugh in Rough Violet Run

    Humoristic, the longest shot on the board in the $150,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Meadowlands turf the night of Sept. 28, closed best of all to upset odds-on favorite Roshani and Pommes Frites in an eventful run.

  • Keys to Flower Bowl Are Surface and Intent

    Saturday's Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont drew nine fillies and mares, almost all of which have a good chance to win the race.

  • Eibar Coa

    Coa Has Five-Win Day at Belmont

    Jockey Eibar Coa won five races at Belmont Park Sept. 28. It was the first five-win day in New York for a jockey since Ramon Dominguez accomplished the feat earlier this year at Aqueduct.

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    CHRB Cracks Down on Medici Code, Vienna

    Trainer Darrell Vienna faces two complaints alleging that Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) winner Medici Code ran with excessive levels of clenbuterol in his system in the two races prior to the most important victory of his career.

  • Salute the Sarge seeks his first grade I victory in the Norfolk.<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%3D1990378%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Credentials Stand Out for Salute the Sarge in Norfolk

    With the field softened up significantly by the loss of three leading contenders, Salute the Sarge could be in a prime spot to earn his first grade I victory in Oak Tree's $250,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita Sept. 30.

  • English Channel is trying to become just the third horse to win the Hirsch multiple times.

    English Channel Looks to Get Back in Winner's Circle

    One month from now, English Channel's connections will be taking dead aim at the elusive $3-million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) for a third time. But first, owner James Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher have to get the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike back on the winning track, as they must tackle six challengers in the one-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 30.

  • Keeneland Sale Followup: Time to Crunch the Numbers

    During Keeneland's 15-day September Yearling Sale, four stallions -- A.P. Indy, Storm Cat, Distorted Humor, and Seeking the Gold -- had sale averages and medians exceeding $300,000 for their offspring. Those statistics are among the plethora of insights that emerged from the Sept. 10-25 sale, based on data generated for BloodHorseNOW.com subscribers.

  • Yearling Sales Down Nominally for the Year

    Only three of the eight major yearling sales this year have produced gross prices in excess of their 2006 figures, as the overall market is down 1.25% to total $490.9 million through the completion of the Kentucky September Yearling Sale.

  • Discreet Cat will be making his first start in nearly six months in the Vosburgh.

    Vosburgh: Discreet Cat on Comeback Trail Again

    The spectacular Sept. 30 card at Belmont Park includes four Grade I events, each with Breeders' Cup implications. One of the more anticipated is the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), which includes the return of 4-year-old superstar Discreet Cat, who will be making his first start in nearly six months.

  • Ruffian winner Ginger Punch will be the favorite in the Beldame.<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%3D2210028%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ginger Punch Spices Up Beldame Field

    Trainer Bobby Frankel said he isn't thinking about the Breeders' Cup Championships as much as the Sept. 30 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Frankel-trained Ginger Punch, a 4-year-old, will be the favorite in the Beldame, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for fillies and mares.

  • Art Master Out of Kelso

    Art Master, the second choice at 9-2 in the morning line for the Sept. 29 Kelso (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, will not run, according to his trainer. Bobby Frankel said Sept. 28 that graded winner Art Master suffered from a quarter crack that was discovered after he was entered on Sept. 27 to run in the $250,000 Kelso.

  • Youbet.com Subject of Virginia Licensing Lawsuit

    Colonial Downs and Virginia horsemen have filed a lawsuit claiming Youbet.com is operating illegally without a license in the commonwealth, and want the advance deposit wagering company to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost source-market fees.

  • TVG Oak Tree Coverage Features Final 'Win and You're In Races'

    TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will provide live coverage of the entire fall season from Oak Tree at Santa Anita, including four grade I stakes on opening weekend, and the year's final "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races.