Headlines for Monday, January 7, 2008

  • Charles Named COO of MEC

    Santa Anita Park president and chief executive officer Ron Charles has taken on additional duties with the parent company of the racetrack after accepting an appointment as chief operating officer of Magna Entertainment Corp., it was announced Jan. 7.

  • The old grandstand/clubhouse (pictured) was demolished in 2006 to make way for an integrated racing/gaming facility.

    'New' Penn National Awaits Opener

    It will be a new day for Thoroughbred racing in central Pennsylvania Feb. 12 when Penn National Race Course, rebuilt as a racing and gaming complex, reopens for live racing as the Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

  • Baird Remembered at Mountaineer

    The life and accomplishments of Dale Baird, the all-time leading trainer by wins, were remembered in a "Celebration of Life" gathering at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Jan. 14.

  • TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Two

    Alan Porter discusses the short yearlings and carried foals that have the top-rated TrueNicks ratings and are entered in the second day of the Keeneland January sale.

  • Sylvia Harris

    Harris' Long Climb to the Top

    Finding the winner's circle at Hawthorne Park on Dec. 1 was like reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for Sylvia Harris. On that day, when the 40-year-old apprentice jockey captured her first win, Harris fulfilled a lifelong dream and shook off the weight of 20 years of struggle and hardship. She also became a part of horse racing's history as one of only a handful of winning female African-American jockeys and the first one at Hawthorne.

  • King Cugat

    King Cugat to Liberty Stud

    King Cugat, a son of Kingmambo, will stand at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y., under the management of Questroyal Stud.

  • Ecliptical Dead

    Pennsylvania stallion Ecliptical, sire of grade II winner Exclusive Praline, was euthanized Jan. 2 because of intestinal complications.

  • Article of Faith

    Article of Faith, Ocean Indy Retire

    Article of Faith and Ocean Indy will stand at Southern Indiana Equine Center Veterinary Clinic and Farm near Austin, Ind.

  • Tammy Samuel-Balaz

    Samuel-Balaz of Sam-Son Dies

    Tammy Samuel-Balaz, whose family bred and raced champion Dance Smartly and leading sire Smart Strike, among numerous others, under their Sam-Son banner, died Jan. 5 in Canada after battling cancer. She was 47.

  • Paper's Web Site Wins Eclipse Award

    The Web site heraldleaderphoto.com, a subsite of kentucky.com and the Lexington Herald-Leader, won the 2007 media Eclipse Award in the audio/multi-media Internet category for its coverage of last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Giant Moon

    Giant Moon Has His Trainer Hoping

    Trainer Richard Schosberg's Derby dreams didn't come to fruition with Maria's Mon, the champion 2-year-old male of 1995, after an injury kept the colt on the sidelines for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Thirteen years later, however, Schosberg can start dreaming again with the undefeated Giant Moon.

  • 'TrueNicks' System is Launched

    Blood-Horse Publications has announced the launch of the "TrueNicks" sire-line affinity system, in conjunction with Pedigree Research, a pedigree consultancy firm headed by Alan Porter and Byron Rogers.