Headlines for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

  • Air Commander returns for the Strub Stakes after his 52-1 shock in the San Fernando.<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%3D3278386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Commander Won't Sneak By in Strub

    Chances are Air Commander, who won the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) by a nose at odds of 52-1 three weeks ago, won't slip under the radar again in the $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 2 on the Santa Anita Cushion Track.

  • American County

    Outcross Wonder American County

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P> Gibson County was a total outcross when mated to Young American, a mare inbred to In Reality and Rough'n Tumble. The result was the star runner American County, who won the Sunshine Millions Oaks on Jan. 26. She is the sixth foal and first stakes winner produced from Young American, a daughter of the late Florida-based sire Pentelicus.

  • B. Wayne Hughes&#39; Crown of Thorns tries stakes company in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Feb. 2.

    Crown of Thorns Heads Lewis Field

    B. Wayne Hughes' Crown of Thorns, a seven-length maiden winner in his most recent start for trainer Richard Mandella, warrants plenty of attention for his first route try in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Feb. 2.

  • Trainer Greg Gilchrist sends out David and Jill Heerensperger&#39;s Sky Mystic in the California Oaks.

    Sky Mystic Heads Cal Oaks Field

    Trainer Greg Gilchrist sends out David and Jill Heerensperger's Sky Mystic, a 3-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 2. The question is, will the Kentucky-bred filly return to her winning form?

  • Hystericalady finally gets her chance in the grade I Santa Monica Handicap Feb. 2.

    Hystericalady Tries 'Monica Again

    Hystericalady tops the six older fillies and mares entered for the re-drawn $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I), which is to be run Feb. 2 after being canceled the preceding weekend due to the unsafe condition of Santa Anita's Cushion Track.

  • Will NYRA Take Temporary Extension?

    With another deadline looming that could shut down racing at Aqueduct Feb. 14, rumors are circulating among horsemen that the New York Racing Association might not be willing to accept another temporary extension to keep racing going.

  • KY Casino Vote Gets Another Push

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear again has called for the state General Assembly to approve legislation allowing a referendum on casino gambling, but details of the legislation still haven't been released.

  • Hogan to Receive Service Award

    The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey has named Dr. Patricia Hogan as the 2008 winner of its "Spirit of the Horse" award.

  • NYTB Officers Elected

    At a Jan. 28 organizational meeting of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Saratoga native Michael McMahon was re-elected as president for a second term.

  • Maryland: Study Needed on Steroids

    The Maryland Racing Commission remains committed to regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses, but will delay implementation of a model rule given questions about the rule itself and laboratory testing procedures.

  • Calumet Farm, which Sladon guided through bankruptcy in the early 1990s.

    Ronald B. Sladon Dead

    Ronald B. Sladon, who helped guide Calumet Farm during the Lexington nursery's troubled times in the early 1990s, died Jan. 14

  • Curlin, Pyro Impressive in Workouts

    Horse of the Year Curlin, pointing toward a 4-year-old campaign, and 3-year-old contender Pyro were noses apart at the finish of a six-furlong tandem workout officially timed in 1:13 at Fair Grounds Jan. 30.

  • Admire Moon is the 2007 Japanese Horse of the Year.

    JRA Award Winners Named

    Admire Moon, winner of three grade I races in his final season, was presented Jan. 28 with the Japan Racing Association's top honor of Horse of the Year, as well as older male.

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

    Calder Gets Slots OK in Referendum

    Voters in Miami-Dade County, Fla., approved slot machines for Calder Race Course and the county's two other pari-mutuel facilities in a Jan. 29 referendum. They passed the ballot issue by a 63%-37% margin--a decisive victory in a race many observers expected would be close.

  • Richard Goodall defeated 276 Thoroughbred racing handicappers to capture the ninth Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

    Attorney Wins Handicapping Tourney

    Richard Goodall, a 64-year-old retired attorney from Las Vegas, defeated 276 Thoroughbred racing handicappers by a record margin to capture the ninth Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas Jan. 26.