Headlines for Thursday, January 31, 2008

  • Student Council tops a field of nine for the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 3.

    Student Council Returns in 'Antonio

    Synthetic surface standouts Student Council and Awesome Gem, the first two finishers in last summer's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I), are expected to make their 2008 bow in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) over Santa Anita's Cushion Track on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3.

  • Beth Sheffer has been promoted to Curator of Collections at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

    Museum Names Sheffer Curator

    Beth Sheffer has been promoted to curator of collections at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Jan. 31.

  • Go Between

    Realizing a 20-year-old Prediction

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>More than 20 years ago in Ken McLean's book "Tesio - Master of Matings" he predicted that the combination of Nijinsky II and the similarly bred Storm Bird would one day be a potent one. At the time, Storm Cat -- Storm Bird's most important stallion son -- had yet to cover a mare. McLean also predicted these sires would be most effective when they had receded to the third and fourth generations of a pedigree. What has come to pass is a cross that has produced 120 stakes winners, of which 60 are graded stakes winners and 20 are grade I winners.

  • Karaka Select Sale Sets New Records

    And so the record setting continues. As the fourth day of the New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka ended, bringing down the curtain on day two of the Select portion of the sale, records fell in all categories yet again. Leading the charge was the top price paid for a colt by freshman sire Scaredee Cat, a troubled but powerful sprinter on his day who won in Australia up to group 11 level, who now stands at Waikato Stud.

  • Spanky Fischbein, a New York-bred son of Hook and Ladder, could be the horse to benefit the most from Giant Moon&#39;s absence.&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%3D2751532%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Giant Moon Skipping Whirlaway

    Good news for the 3-year-olds running in the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 2: Undefeated Giant Moon is not in the field. Seven were entered in the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway, which serves as a prep for the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr.III) at Aqueduct.

  • Laminitis Research Gets a Boost

    Pfizer Animal Health and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have joined forces to help fund laminitis research through the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund.

  • William A. Levin Dead

    William A. Levin, who won the 1971 Travers Stakes with Bold Reason, died Jan. 26, one day after his 84th birthday.

  • Silver Edition takes on six challengers in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 2 at Gulfstream Park.

    Silver Edition Primed for Swale

    Silver Edition, a colt by Silver Deputy and the main Kentucky Derby hopeful for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, takes on six challengers in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 2 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Henny Hughes

    Henny Hughes' First Foal

    Grade I winner Henny Hughes' first offspring is a Kentucky-bred colt foaled Jan. 29.

  • Daaher is the 120-pound high weight in Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 2.&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%3D2859628%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Daaher Heads Donn with Eye on Dubai

    Brass Hat, A.P. Arrow, Fairbanks, Spring At Last, Einstein all pack into talented field for the 50th running of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 2.

  • Will&#39;s Way has been pensioned and sent to Old Friends.

    Will's Way to Old Friends

    Will's Way, whose battles with Formal Gold and Skip Away were among the highlights of the 1997 racing season, has been pensioned from stallion duty and has taken up residence at Old Friends equine retirement center near Georgetown, Ky.


    For Shadwell stallion manager Kent Barnes, Invasor's awesome display in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) stamped him as a truly great horse.  After winning at the highest level on three continents, Invasor enters his stud career with impeccable credentials, and Barnes notes the interest in him from breeders has been very strong as well.Stud Fee: $35,000 Sire: Candy Stripes Dam: Quendom


    Jazil surely will impart some stamina to his offspring - both he and his sister, Rags to Riches, are Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners.  Shadwell will limit his initial book to 70 outside mares, something that is standard farm policy according to stallion manager Kent Barnes, who also says that speedy, early winning mares should mix well with this horse.Stud Fee: $12,500 Sire: Seeking the Gold Dam: Better Than Honour


    Multiple graded stakes winner Latent Heat is the first stallion for Woods Edge Farm.  Though Latent Heat was best at a mile or under, Peter O'Callaghan of Woods Edge notes that this horse is not built like a typical sprinter, and should suit a wide range of mares.  Stud Fee: $15,000 Sire: Maria's Mon Dam: True Flare