Headlines for Friday, October 17, 2008

  • American Border pulls away in the Violet Stakes.

    American Border Rides Rail to Violet Win

    American Border, making her stakes debut in her 37th career start, charged along the rail to overtake 78-1 shot Le Cordon Bleu in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Violet (gr. IIT) on the Meadowlands turf course in New Jersey Oct. 17.

  • Whobegotyou is Street Cry's best runner to date in Australia.

    Top Aussie Sprinter Poised to Show More

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Whobegotyou is the best runner to date by Street Cry, who shuttled for four years to Australia. The top-notch sprinter performed like a superstar in The Age Caulfield Guineas (Aus-I) is now poised to show what he can do at distances longer than a mile. Whobegotyou is inbred to Mr. Prospector and Riverman, both within four generations.

  • Grade III winner Strait of Mewsina is one of several stakes winners inbred to Danzig.

    Danzig Inbreeding Yields Successes

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Grade III winner Strait of Mewsina is one of several stakes winners inbred to Danzig. The son of Spartacus gets one influence of Danzig through his grandsire Danehill, and the other the influence through Chief's Crown, his broodmare grandsire. While male line/male line inbreeding generally has a lower-than-opportunity success rate, the inbreeding of Danzig has produced 20 stakes winners.

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    Acoma Wins Turf Debut in Valley View

    Helen Groves and Helen Alexander's homebred Acoma stayed close to the pace, corralled Tight Precision in mid-stretch and went on to win the Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) by a half-length on the Keeneland turf Oct. 17.

  • Schwarzenegger to Present Classic Trophy

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will attend the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25, and he will become the first California governor to ever present the winner's trophy for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Iowa Derby winner Tiz Now Tiz Then faces a full field of 3-year-olds in the Oklahoma Derby.

    Step-Up Time for Oklahoma Derby Dozen

    Tiz Now Tiz Then looks to improve off his sixth-place run in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) when he faces a full field of 3-year-olds in the $350,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park Oct. 19.

  • Tatts Book 3 Suffers Big Declines

    Book 3 of Tattersalls' October yearling sale finished in England Oct. 17 with a 10,389-guinea average price, down 33% from last year, and a 7,000-guinea median price, which represented a 36% decline. The 271 horses that sold (from 414 offered) grossed 2,815,300 guineas.

  • 2008 Kentucky Cup Classic winner Zanjero has been retired.

    Grade II Winner Zanjero Retired

    Winchell Thoroughbreds has retired grade II winner Zanjero. Plans for the 2009 breeding season have not been finalized.

  • The Living Legends at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 17.

    'Living Legends' Talk Race Tactics

    As if they had never left the racetrack, 10 Hall of Fame jockeys spoke knowingly of tactics in the Oct. 18 "Living Legends" competition at Santa Anita -- mostly about how Angel Cordero Jr. will be herding the field from his outside post position.

  • Illinois Tracks Could See Casino Money

    After more than a dozen years of wrangling, Illinois race tracks and horse owners soon may see the influx of millions of dollars from riverboat casinos – and Hawthorne Race Course could add a casino to its racing operations, helping drive additional subsidies for all tracks.

  • NY Advisory Board Process Started

    State regulators in New York have begun the process of creating advisory boards to wrestle with issues in the communities surrounding the New York Racing Association's racetracks.

  • Pletcher to Receive TCA Charity Award

    Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), has selected Todd Pletcher, the North American leader in purse earnings from 2004-2007, to receive this year's TCA "Charity Leadership Award" Dec. 5 at Keeneland, during their 19th Annual TCA Stallion Season and Art auction.

  • Sprint At Last will stand at WinStar Farm for a $15,000 live foal fee during his inaugural season in 2009.

    Spring At Last to Stand for $15,000

    Spring At Last, the leading U.S. earner by Silver Deputy, will stand at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a $15,000 live foal fee during his inaugural season in 2009.

  • F-T Has 14-Sale Schedule in 2009

    Fasig-Tipton will conduct 14 Thoroughbred sales in 2009 in five states: Kentucky, New York, Florida, Maryland, and Texas. There will be 25 days of auctions in all. The schedule begins with the Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington Feb. 8-9.