Headlines for Thursday, January 10, 2008

  • Horse Racing May Return to China

    Mainland China authorities are reportedly paving the way for the reintroduction of horse racing with legal betting, with the city of Wuhan to host a test run after the Beijing Olympics. Xinhua news agency reported Thursday that the central government had approved the establishment of regular horse racing at the Orient Lucky City racecourse in the capital of Hubei province this past September, and was considering the introduction of gambling on the races next year.

  • Racing resumed at Santa Anita on Jan. 10th, but Santa Anita officials have delayed a decision regarding whether to replace its synthetic racing surface.

    Santa Anita Delays Surface Decision

    Santa Anita officials, considering re-installing a dirt racing surface, have delayed a decision regarding whether to replace its synthetic track, which is plagued by continual drainage problems.

  • TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Five

    Alan Porter discusses the short yearlings and carried foals that have the top-rated TrueNicks ratings and are entered in the fifth day of the Keeneland January sale.

  • Victory Pool Exits in Big A Stakes

    Victory Pool, third in last year's Affectionately Handicap, gives the $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares another whirl in her final career start at Aqueduct Jan. 12.

  • U.S. Cavalry is the 14th stakes winner from the 178 named foals of Officer's first two crops of racing age.

    U.S. Cavalry Charging into Maturity

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Ken and Sarah Ramsey's latest star, U.S. Cavalry, showed maturity and grit when capturing the Turfway Prevue Stakes on Jan. 5. The gelded son of Officer has yet prove whether he can handle longer distances, but his pedigree suggests the potential is there.

  • Elusive Lady looks to improve off a second-place finish at Aqueduct in the Demoisel Stakes.

    Old Hat Draws Talented Field

    3-year-old fillies including Indy's Alexandra and Elusive Lady will launch their 2008 campaigns in the Jan. 12 edition of the Old Hat Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Blood-Horse Launches Stallion Tour

    Blood-Horse Publications has announced the launch of its Blood-Horse New Stallions Tour, a specialized online video library available on BloodHorse.com and BloodHorseNOW.com.

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  • Kenny McPeek will be the trainer of Star Plus.

    Mack Buys Group I Winner Star Plus

    Earle I. Mack has purchased recent Argentina group-I winner Star Plus, and has announced plans to race the 4-year-old colt in the United States under the direction of trainer Kenny McPeek.

  • Horse Park Receives Eclipse Award

    The Kentucky Horse Park, longtime home of the late John Henry, has been honored with the 2007 Special Eclipse Award, presented by the National Turf Writers Association, Daily Racing Form, and the NTRA.

  • Tiago returns to action in the San Fernando Stakes Jan. 12.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1729429%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Tiago, Johnny Eves Vie in 'Fernando

    Tiago, a two-time grade I winner last year making his first start since a fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I), takes on Malibu (gr. I) victor Johnny Eves in the $200,000 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 12.

  • Arson Squad joins six of the seven original starters for the Jan. 12 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II).&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3256488%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Arson Squad Added to 'Pasqual Cast

    Arson Squad joins six of the seven original starters for the Jan. 12 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II). The event was canceled a week earlier at Santa Anita due to track conditions.

  • Hollywood Prevue winner Massive Drama heads the field for the San Rafael.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2844014%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Massive Drama Tops San Rafael Field

    Massive Drama, who ran third in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park last month, holds the edge in experience against six up-and-coming rivals entered in the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III), which kicks off the 2008 3-year-old season at Santa Anita Jan. 12.

  • ESPN Racing Series Begins Mar. 22

    "NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" will air on the ESPN networks beginning March 22 as the racing industry counts down to the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 10.

  • Trickey Trevor won in the 2006 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).

    Trickey Trevor to Victory Rose

    Trickey Trevor, a northern California stakes-winning speedster, will enter stud at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.

  • Kentucky Tracks Discuss Casinos

    Representatives from Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks pitched legalized casino gambling to a state legislative panel Jan. 9, and suggested they haven't decided whether gambling halls would be located at tracks.