Headlines for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

  • Northern Dancer winner Pyro is one of a dozen 3-year-olds entered for the Indiana Derby.<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%3D4832193%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pyro Draws Outside for Indiana Derby

    While unable to deliver in his last two tries as the favorite, Pyro is sure to once again be the horse to beat when he goes to the post in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park Oct. 4.

  • Victorina has won or placed in 12 stakes, but she tries grass for the first time in the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap.

    Dozen to Scramble in Ken Maddy Handicap

    Irish-bred Bahama Mama, a steady speedster still seeking recompense for a flawed graded stakes debut in the United States, and the ultra consistent Victorina, who has never before raced on grass, will be the co-high weights at 118 pounds in Oak Tree's $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Oct. 4.

  • Wild Gams, shown winning the 2007 Thoroughbred Club of America, is back to defend her title in 2008.

    TCA, Phoenix Stakes Showcase Sprinters

    A pair of six-furlong graded stakes events, the $300,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (gr. III) for fillies and mares and the $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup (gr. III), support the Keeneland program Oct. 4 that features a pair of grade I races.

  • Cuba is the 6-5 morning line favorite for the Maryland Million Classic.

    Cuba is Maryland Million Classic Choice

    The $300,000 Maryland Million Classic, headline event of the 23rd annual showcase for the offspring of Maryland sires Oct. 4, drew the top three finishers from the race last year, including defending champion Evil Storm.

  • Lord Shanakill in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.

    Lord Shanakill Adds to Sire's Tally

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Speightstown is one of seven freshmen sires that have already been represented by a group/graded stakes winner so far this year. Lord Shanakill, winner of the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Eng-I) is one of Speightstown's top runners and the second group winner sired by a son of Gone West out of a Theatrical mare.

  • Hip 678; colt; Holy Bull - Disco Darlin&#39; by Citidancer topped the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale with a final bid of $320,000.

    F-T Midlantic Finishes with Declines

    Continuing the trend with the season's previous yearling sales, the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale ended its three-day run at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., Oct. 1 with downturns across the board and an increase in the buy-back rate.

  • Trainer Eoin Harty has Reynaldothewizard in the Lane&#39;s End Breeders&#39; Futurity.

    Reynaldothewizard Tries Futurity

    Zabeel Racing International's highly-touted 2-year-old Reynaldothewizard looks to rebound from a troubled trip in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) when he takes on 10 juveniles in the $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 4 on the Keeneland Polytrack.

  • Elusive Bluff overtakes Show Me the Cash to take the Pilgrim.

    Elusive Bluff, Maram Win Graded Stakes

    Elusive Bluff came running late to catch pacesetter Show Me the Cash at the wire in the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park Oct. 1. One race earlier, Maram got up just in time to defeat Freedom Rings by a neck in the $164,200 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Woodbine Mile winner Rahy&#39;s Attorney will make his first start outside of Canada in the Shadwell Turf Mile.

    New Territory For Rahy's Attorney

    Woodbine Mile (gr. IT) winner Rahy's Attorney will make his first start outside of Canada Oct. 4, as the 4-year-old gelding headlines a star-studded field of 12 older horses in the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland.

  • Sky Mom won the WinStar Oaks earlier this spring.

    Sky Mom Tops Indiana Oaks Lineup

    Sky Mom, seeking her fourth win of the 2008 campaign for trainer Steve Asmussen, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $400,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) at Hoosier Park on the evening of Oct. 3.

  • Gold Fever

    Gold Fever to Dove Hill Farm

    Gold Fever, whose runners have earned $18 million, will stand at Lisa Duoos' Dove Hill Farm near Farmington, Minn.

  • Private 'First Saturday' Showing

    A private showing of "The First Saturday in May," the award-winning documentary from the Hennegan Brothers that profiles the connections of six Thoroughbreds, including ill-fated Barbaro, on the road to the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be held at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

  • Numbers Soar at Louisiana Sale

    The annual yearling sale conducted by the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana at the Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe saw major across-the-board increases in all key statistical categories.

  • Numbers Soar at Louisiana Sale

    Topped by a Leestown filly, the annual yearling sale conducted by the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana at the Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe saw major across-the-board increases in all key statistical categories.

  • Majestic Warrior, impressive winner of the 2007 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2009 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

    Majestic Warrior Retired to Ashford

    Majestic Warrior, impressive winner of the 2007 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2009 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • NTRA: 'Safety' Train to Leave Station

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will unveil its Safety and Integrity Initiative Oct. 15 and fully expects broad industry cooperation given progress made thus far, officials said Oct. 1.