Headlines for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

  • Georgie Boy captures the Del Mar Futurity.<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%3D2192290%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Stopping Georgie Boy in Del Mar Futurity

    In an evenly matched field of 2-year-olds, Georgie Boy broke through to turn the tables on his rival Salute the Sarge, winning a blanket finish to the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on Sept. 5, closing day of the 2007 summer season at the Southern California track.

  • Australia EI Update: Virus Spreading Like Wildfire

    Australian Minister For Primary Industries Ian Macdonald confirmed Thursday there are 1,319 horses infected with equine Influenza on 146 properties in in New South Wales, plus another 3,376 suspected cases on 405 properties.

  • 'Bleak Day for Breeding' in Australia

    For the embattled, almost crippled breeding industry in New South Wales, the major Thoroughbred nursery in Australia, the news seems to worsen every day. Now wind is driving equine influenza to imperil 15,000 newborn foals.

  • Maimonides

    Baffert-trained Maimonides to Miss 30 Days of Training

    Zayat Stables' 2-year-old Maimonides, a $4.6-million purchase at Keeneland's 2006 September Yearling Sale, will miss at least 30 days of training after coming out of the Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) with sore shins, trainer Bob Baffert said Sept. 5.

  • La Traviata

    La Traviata, Essence of Speed

    If speed is the essence of a good racehorse, then there is little question that La Traviata is a good one. Undefeated in her three lifetime starts, the filly has demolished her hapless opponents by a combined 27 1/2 lengths and this after stumbling at the start of her last race, the Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III). One wonders what she might do with a completely clean trip. La Traviata comes by speed honestly with one major source courtesy of her sire, Johannesburg. Both Johannesburg's grandsire Storm Cat and his sire Hennessy have done quite well with mares returning Mr. Prospector.

  • NY Senate Mulls Overhaul to Spitzer Racing Franchise Plan

    A day after New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer recommended the New York Racing Association for a 30-year franchise extension, officials with the Republican-led Senate said an alternative is being crafted to bring in more players to run the lucrative franchise.

  • Virginia Oaks winner Dreaming of Anna looks to continue her winning ways in the Pucker Up.<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%3D1782652%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dreaming of Anna Looking to Continue Her Win Streak

    Based on her Eclipse Award-winning juvenile campaign and her recent Virginia Oaks victory at Colonial Downs, Frank Calabrese's Dreaming of Anna appears to be the top Pucker Up (gr. IIIT) choice for its Sept. 8 renewal at Arlington Park.

  • Round Heels Ready to Dig In for Arlington Matron

    Round Heels has only started once on a synthetic surface in 21 races. But a repeat of that effort, when the 6-year-old Irish-bred mare came up a neck short in the Bayakoa Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track, would make her tough to beat in the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 8.

  • Kentucky Cup Classic to Offer Bonus

    If the winner of the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) brings a recent grade- or group-I victory to the starting gate, the triumphant owners will take home a $150,000 bonus, Turfway Park officials announced Sept. 5.

  • Evangeline Downs Concludes a Successful Season

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino's recently concluded 2007 spring/summer season showed across-the-board gains in several major categories, including total handle, on-track handle, purse distribution, and average field size for the 89-night meet.

  • Eric Mitchell<br>Executive Editor of Digital Media

    Commentary: Three Weeks of September

    <i>By Eric Mitchell</i> - In many ways, Keeneland September has already established itself as an event. Why else would consignors continue to offer more horses there? They have to believe they are selling at the epicenter, and that there is no better place to be.

  • Commentary: Dirt Racing's Demise?

    <i>By Tanya Gunther</i> - It is impossible to put my head in the sand and ignore the demise of dirt racing's dramatic impact on the sport.

  • Jazil

    Jazil Retired to Stud at Shadwell

    Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired to Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The 2008 stud fee for the 4-year-old colt will be announced later.