Headlines for Friday, January 11, 2008

  • Millionaire multiple Grade I winner Precious Kitten has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable.

    Jacksons Buy Precious Kitten

    Millionaire and multiple Grade I winner Precious Kitten has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable and will continue to race in 2008 out of the barn of trainer Bobby Frankel.

  • TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Six

    Moving into the final catalog book, the focus is now on bargains rather than stars, and because the TrueNicks rating compares like with like, it's able to highlight less expensively bred horses which are the product of a promising cross.

  • Giant Moon should be a strong competitor against East Coast 3-year-olds this spring.

    Giant Moon on the Rise

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <p>Giant Moon displayed a lot of heart in winning The Count Fleet Stakes over a stubborn Spanky Fischbein and shows he should be a key contender among the East Coast 3-year-olds this year. One thing that shouldn't be a question regarding Giant Moon is his potential to stay the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trip.

  • Todd Pletcher has a triple threat in the Busanda.

    Pletcher Has Half of Busanda Field

    The odds are stacked in trainer Todd Pletcher's favor to come away with a win in the $75,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 13.

  • Indian Blessing winning last year&#39;s Frizette.

    Indian Blessing Makes 2008 Debut

    Undefeated Indian Blessing, dominant winner of the Grey Goose Vodka Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) in October, kicks off her 3-year-old campaign for trainer Bob Baffert in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 13.

  • Romance is Diane won the Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) last month at Hollywood Park.

    Grade I Winners in 'Encino Rematch

    Grade I winners Romance Is Diane and Tough Tiz's Sis, the respective first two finishers in last month's Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II), tangle once more in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 13.

  • New York THA Wants Issues Addressed

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association released a statement Jan. 10 urging the state to address issues of importance to the 6,000 members of its group as negotiations continue on the long-term extension of the New York Racing Association franchise.

  • Initiation, winning the Glorious Song at Woodbine, drew post 6 for the rescheduled Santa Ysabel (gr. III).

    Turn Away Back for 'Ysabel Make-Up

    The $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, postponed Jan. 5 due to the unsafe condition of the course's new Cushion Track following a powerful storm, returns with its original field of 3-year-old fillies intact Jan. 13.

  • New Stake to Debut at Keeneland

    The $100,000-added Fort Harrod Stakes, to be run at 1 5/8-miles for 4-year-olds and up, has been added to the 2008 spring stakes schedule at Keeneland, the racing association announced Jan. 11.

  • Cohesive Rules for Steroids Sought

    The head of a major horsemen's group in the United States has proposed a national approach for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses with an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Dick and Janene Watson are fighting ejection from Charles Town Races &amp; Slots

    Has Barred Couple Hit a Dead End?

    Dick and Janene Watson were at the forefront of the rebirth of Charles Town Races when video lottery terminals began operating in the mid-1990s. But they haven't been able to race their horses for the track's gaming fueled-purses for more than two years, and perhaps might never get the chance again.

  • Illinois Gaming Expansion Stalls

    Gaming expansion, including authorization for slot machines at racetracks, appears to have been left at the starting gate once again in the Illinois General Assembly.

  • Posse: Leading First-Crop Sire

    A key ingredient for the success of any new stallion is sufficient support from those who believe in him, and Dr. Tom Simon’s Vinery was rewarded handsomely in 2007 for its support of Posse, who was the year’s leading first-crop sire.