Headlines for Tuesday, January 8, 2008

  • TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Three

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

  • More Smoke to Pin Oak Lane

    More Smoke, a multiple stakes-winning son of Smoke Glacken, has arrived at Dr. William J. Soloman's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa. The 6-year-old, who won seven times from 15 starts, will stand for $3,500.

  • Jess Jackson's 80% of Curlin is unaffected by a foreclosure motion being considered in a Kentucky state court.

    Jackson: Curlin Interest Protected

    An attorney representing Stonestreet Stables, the majority owner of leading Horse of the Year candidate Curlin, emphasized Jan. 8 that a foreclosure motion being considered in a Kentucky state court involves only the minority interest in the star colt.

  • Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner Texas Fever takes on favored Blackberry Road in the Lecomte Stakes.

    Blackberry Road Favored in Lecomte

    Dogwood Stable's Blackberry Road may be the 7-2 morning line choice for the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), but he'll face two unbeaten runners, a graded stakes winner, and an impressive 9 1/4 length victor when a field of nine heads to the post at the Fair Grounds Jan. 12.

  • After the drainage problems with the Santa Anita Cushion Track, the CHRB OKs some or all of Santa Anita's dates to be run at Hollywood Park.

    Surface Switch: Going Hollywood?

    The California Horse Racing Board, meeting in a brief emergency session by teleconference Jan. 8 following Santa Anita's canceled weekend Jan. 5-7, cleared the way for the Los Angeles Turf Club to move some or all of the 2008 winter/spring racing dates to Hollywood Park.

  • Private Lap retires to Atalanta Acres in Indiana.

    Private Lap to Atalanta Acres

    Multiple stakes winner Private Lap has been retired from racing and will stand at Atalanta Acres near Shannondale, Ind.

  • Rockport Harbor

    Rockport Harbor's First Foal

    The first reported foal by grade II winner Rockport Harbor was born at Windfields Farm near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

  • USDA Considers Slaughter Transport

    The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering a change to its regulations concerning the humane transport of horses being shipped to slaughter.

  • Joyce Scholarship Announced

    The University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program is creating a scholarship in the name of the late Joseph F. Joyce Jr., a longtime horse racing executive and founder of the Arlington Million, the world's first $1-million Thoroughbred race.

  • Azopardi Now Heads Groom Elite

    Susan O'Hara, founder of the Groom Elite horsemen's education training program, has stepped down as the organization's first and only president and has been replaced by Tommy Azopardi, who had previously served as the secretary-treasurer.

  • New York Jockeys Call for Solutions

    A group of New York jockeys is asking all parties in the ongoing negotiations for the New York racing franchise to come up with creative solutions to the problems facing the industry.

  • Palace Music, sire of Cigar

    Cigar's Sire Palace Music Dead

    Palace Music, whose son Cigar became the world's richest racehorse, was euthanized Jan. 7 at Rangal Park Stud in the Australian state of Victoria.

  • Ginger Punch, winner of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), heads the list of Florida divisional champions.

    Florida-bred Champions Announced

    The 2007 Florida-bred champions have been determined by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners Association "Chase to the Championship."

  • M Y Stables Leads Indiana Awards

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission and the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Advisory Committee has named M Y Stable's Basin Banannie as its Horse of the Year and leading 3-year-old filly.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Broad Cast

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - During dinner with colleagues the night of Dec. 29, a member of the party returned to the table and mentioned how the New York Giants were leading the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter. A television in an adjacent room was showing the game on CBS.

  • Commentary: Past Posting

    <i>By Ed Martin</i> - Sometimes it's good that racing does not command the front page of USA Today's sports section as often as it should.

  • SPELLBINDER

    The multiple graded winner Spellbinder begins his stud career at Stonewall Farm. In this interview, farm manager Clark Shepherd thinks the physical similarities of Spellbinder to his sire Tale of the Cat and being a half-brother to Whywhywhy will make him an attractive stallion prospect.Stud Fee: $5,000 Sire: Tale of the Cat Dam: Thorough Fair