Headlines for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

  • Leading Thoroughbred breeder and owner Arthur I. Appleton of Bridlewood Farm in Florida died Jan. 15 at the age of 92.

    Top Owner/Breeder Appleton Dies

    Leading Thoroughbred breeder and owner Arthur I. Appleton of Bridlewood Farm in Florida died Jan. 15 at the age of 92.

  • New Binder Could Save Santa Anita

    Santa Anita officials hope that adding more synthetic material with a new binder that traps fine sediment in the Cushion Track will restore the track's ability to drain. The track may lose a couple days while installing the new material, which is being manufactured. Santa Anita officials promise the material will be added at the first opportunity.

  • A liquid binder could be the cure for Santa Anita's ailing Cushion Track.

    Additive May Aid Santa Anita Track

    Synthetic material that includes a liquid binder will be added to Santa Anita Park's main surface in an effort to improve drainage, the Southern California racetrack announced Jan. 15.

  • Oaklawn Park opens their winter/spring meet Friday, Jan. 18.

    Oaklawn Park Ready for 2008 Meet

    Live racing in the heart of Hot Springs, Ark., kicks off Jan. 18 as the 56-day Thoroughbred meet gets under way at Oaklawn Park. The historic facility first hosted racing in 1905.

  • Wagering Down, Purses Up in 2007

    Overall wagering declined slightly in the United States in 2007 while purses increased, according to "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" data released Jan. 15.

  • Whitney Tower to Green Gables

    Whitney Tower, a grade I stakes-placed son of Storm Bird, will stand at Peter and Melony Sacopulos' Green Gables Stud near Terre Haute, Ind.

  • Layton to Leave Three Chimneys

    Margaret Layton, longtime communications director for Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., announced Jan. 15 she will be leaving the operation after the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

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    U.S.-Based Horses Rank High on List

    Curlin officially shares the accolade of being the best horse to have raced in North America and the leading dirt performer worldwide in 2007 with Invasor in the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings announced Jan. 15.

  • Trainer Callejas Dead

    Alfredo Callejas, who trained horses in New York from 1977 until his retirement in 2004, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Fla. on Jan. 12, according to his son, Bernardo Callejas.

  • Trainer Jake Radosevich won his 1,000th race at Beulah Park Jan. 14.

    Radosevich Gets 1,000th Career Win

    Ohio trainer Jake Radosevich reached a milestone 1,000 wins when he saddled Lucky Uncle Jake to victory in the fifth race at Beulah Park Jan. 14.

  • Lyle Joins Millennium Farms

    Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington has announced the appointment of Brian Lyle as sales manager.

  • Santa Anita to Host Old Friends Day

    The Kentucky-based Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility and Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., are joining to present "Old Friends Day" Jan. 20 at the West Coast racetrack.

  • Breeders' Cup, Deere Negotiating

    Breeders' Cup officials are in talks with John Deere, which gained entitlement rights to the Breeders' Cup Turf Division in 2001, to continue its sponsorship.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    Calder On-Track Handle Down 24%

    On-track handle at Calder Race Course fell 24% during the 2007 portion of its Tropical meet, according to data obtained from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Calder's simulcast handle fell 26% compared with the same period in 2006.

  • Report: Borgemenke an MEC Executive

    Former Ohio State Racing Commission chairman Scott Borgemenke has been named executive vice president for racing with Magna Entertainment Corp., according to the a published report.

  • Barbaro

    Decision on Barbaro's Ashes Close

    Nearing the one-year anniversary of Barbaro's death, Gretchen Jackson said she and her husband, Roy, are close to announcing where the ashes of the winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be buried.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Holding Court

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - A contemporary of Bob Courtney's was asked how he would best describe the 86-year-old owner of Crestfield Farm, who retired from selling horses following the Keeneland January sale. "If you asked 100 people who the most honest guy in the sale pavilion is, all 100 would say Bob Courtney," he said.

  • Commentary: Feisty

    <i>By Robert Laurence</i> - Let me tell you about our Thoroughbred. Feisty, by Acaroid, out of Some One Finer, by Lord Rebeau. It would be generous to call her pedigree "modest."