Headlines for Wednesday, October 15, 2008

  • Richard Shapiro, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board

    'Ticked Off' Shapiro Rips Slow Response

    Industry stakeholders received a tongue-lashing from Richard Shapiro, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, as the agency took its first swipe at a race dates calendar for 2009.

  • Jerry Bailey

    Bailey Rides Favorite in Legends Race

    According to the Oak Tree Racing Association's morning line odds, retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey will record one more victory, the 5,894th of his career, in the Oct. 18 unprecedented "Living Legends Race" at Santa Anita Park.

  • Good Night Shirt is the one to beat in the Grand National.

    Good Night Shirt Tops Grand National

    Eclipse Award winner Good Night Shirt is the clear favorite for the Oct. 18 Grand National Steeplechase (NSA-I)at Far Hills, N.J.

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    Motion Aims to Halt Curlin Sale Process

    Although Keeneland has announced it has been retained to market the 20% minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, a pending motion in a Kentucky court is asking for the current sale process to be halted.

  • Big Drama seeks a sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes' open division in the In Reality.

    Big Drama Looks For Sweep in Florida

    Harold L. Queen's homebred colt Big Drama will seek a sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes' open division Oct. 18 when he faces 11 other juveniles in the $400,000 In Reality at Calder Race Course.

  • Transduction Gold, shown winning the 2007 Sycamore, is back to try again in 2008.<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%3D2435812%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Transduction Gold Tries For Repeat

    Transduction Gold, who won the Sycamore (gr. IIIT) last year but is winless since, will attempt to defend his title Oct. 18 against 10 rivals in the $150,000 event at Keeneland.

  • Tatts Book 2 Ends With Record Prices

    The Tattersalls' Book 2 October yearling auction's record for the most expensive horse sold was exceeded twice by progeny of Danehill Dancer during a lively closing session Oct. 15 in England. A son of the Coolmore stallion brought 420,000 guineas and a daughter sold for 400,000 guineas.

  • An interest in Curlin, shown prepping for the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic, will be marketed through Keeneland.<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%3D6330612%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Keeneland to Market Bids for Curlin

    Keeneland has been chosen to market the sealed bid auction of the 20% minority ownership interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin. Deadline for submitting bids is 3 p.m. Nov. 5.

  • Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the NTRA.

    Waldrop: Pleased With Alliance Response

    Following the Oct. 15 unveiling of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, four of the organization's principle figures were on hand to further explain their roles and the details of the equine health and safety reform plan, which will be implemented gradually over the next two years.

  • Rated Fiesty will try to earn her first victory of the season when she faces a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the Lexus Raven Run Stakes.

    Raven Run: Rated Fiesty Could be Tough

    Tough racing luck has kept Rated Fiesty from maintaining the undefeated streak she enjoyed as a juvenile. The daughter of Exchange Rate, owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and JMJ Racing Stable, tries again to reach the winner's circle for the first time this season Oct. 18 when she faces a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • The 2008 Breeders' Cup logo

    Race Order Announced for Breeders' Cup

    Breeders' Cup has announced its official race order for the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park. Post time for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic will be 6:45 p.m.ET.

  • Soldier's Dancer is the likely favorite for the Miami Mile.

    Soldier's Dancer Headlines Miami Mile

    Herman Heinlein's 4-year-old homebred gelding Soldier's Dancer has been a leader in the South Florida turf stakes ranks the last two years, with major victories including the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) and Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) as a 3-year-old last year. On Oct. 18, he will likely rule the favorite in the Miami Mile (gr. IIIT) with Manoel Cruz in the saddle.

  • Tommy Thompson

    NTRA Health and Safety Reforms Outlined

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association officially unveiled a series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor.

  • NTRA Announces Racing Safety Reforms, Independent Monitor

    <P>The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) officially unveiled a series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor. During the news conference in New York City, less than two weeks before the Breeders' Cup World Championships in California, the organization announced former four-term Wisconsin G...

  • New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

    <P>New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14. <P>"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing field," said John Sabini, chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, in a statement. "By imposi...