Headlines for Thursday, January 17, 2008

  • Final Stand for Bay Meadows OK'd

    Bay Meadows Race Course begins its final regular season meet next month, but questions remain about whether this is really the farewell stand for the 74-year-old track.

  • Commentator Sets Track Record

    For trainer Nick Zito, this week has truly been the best of times and the worst of times, at least where older horses are concerned. One day after 5-year-old Hesanoldsalt had to be euthanized following a freak accident at Palm Meadows, 7-year-old Commentator set a track record at Gulfstream Park - and blew away his competition with a 14-length victory Jan. 17.

  • Menifee, who won the 1999 Blue Grass Stakes, was among the prominent runners campaigned by James Stone.

    Veteran Horseman James Stone Dies

    Prominent Thoroughbred owner James H. Stone, who campaigned such top runners as Ardross, Menifee, and Chamrousse among others, died January 14 at the age of 82.

  • Hesanoldsalt

    Hesanoldsalt Euthanized

    Live Oak Plantation's Hesanoldsalt, a 5-year-old son of Broad Brush, was euthanized Jan. 16 following a freak accident at Palm Meadows, according to trainer Nick Zito.

  • Wagon Limit

    Wagon Limit to Louisiana

    Wagon Limit, sire of grade I winner Silver Wagon, will stand the 2008 season at Moon Lake Equine Center near Elm Grove, La.

  • CDI Venture: Derby/Oaks Packages

    Following the lead of other premier sporting events such as the Super Bowl, Churchill Downs Inc. has partnered up with a full-service travel agent to offer event packages for its two biggest days of racing, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Presented by Yum! Brands and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • New York Alters Whip Violation Rule

    A rule that would permit stewards to disqualify a horse should his rider carelessly strike another horse or rider with his whip was recently adopted by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

  • Evening Attire makes his 64th career start in the $75,000 Aqueduct Handicap Jan. 19.<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%3D2985862%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evening Attire Ready for Aqueduct

    Still going strong at age 10 and one of the most popular horses on the New York circuit, Evening Attire makes his 64th career start in the $75,000 Aqueduct Handicap Jan. 19.

  • Artie Schiller's first foal, a colt born Jan. 9 at Penn Farm near Lexington.

    Artie Schiller's First Foal

    The first reported foal sired by Breeders' Cup winner Artie Schiller is a colt born Jan. 9 at Penn Farm near Lexington.

  • Grade I Winner Lion Tamer's First Foal Born in Louisiana.

    Lion Tamer's First Foal

    The first reported foal sired by grade I winner Lion Tamer was born Jan. 12 at T.J. Dickie's farm near Baton Rouge, La.

  • Handicapping Tour Offers $2M Bonus

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and <i>Daily Racing Form</i> have announced a National Handicapping Championship Tour that will offer additional prize money and qualifying births to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, and have launched a coalition that will target legislation related to pari-mutuel wagering.

  • MTR Gaming Pleased with Table Games

    MTR Gaming Group said Jan. 16 its Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort reported about $3 million in revenue from table games and poker since the full ramp-up of table-game operations in late December.

  • The historic victory by Rags to Riches over Curlin in the Belmont Stakes has been voted NTRA &quot;Moment of the Year&quot; for 2007.&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%3D1389756%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Belmont Stakes Voted Top 'Moment'

    The historic victory by Rags to Riches over Curlin in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) has been voted the 2007 National Thoroughbred Racing Association "Moment of the Year."

  • Regulators Approve Gemstar Purchase

    Antitrust regulators cleared security-software maker Macrovision Corp.'s $2.8 billion purchase of television listings company Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc., a government agency recently announced.

  • Scientific Games Shares Tumble

    Shares of Scientific Games Corp. tumbled to its lowest point in more than three years Jan. 16 as the lottery services supplier reeled from the loss of its third online contract within a month.