Headlines for Saturday, October 18, 2008

  • Ghostly Thunder, Julie B Score Big in WV

    Favored Ghostly Thunder ran his winning streak to four when he outfought Eastern Delite to win the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Charles Town Races and Slots on the night of Oct. 18. Julie B

  • My Pal Charlie won the Super Derby, one of the highlights of the 2008 Louisiana Downs meet.

    La. Downs Closes Meet with Gains

    Bucking the national trend, Louisiana Downs posted gains at the close of the 2008 meet. According to a release from the track, the race meet posted increases in handle of 6% on-track, 2% off-track and 2.5% overall.

  • Stud Muffin powers to victory in the Empire Classic Handicap.

    Stud Muffin Struts All in Empire Classic

    Stud Muffin, a $35,000 claim back in March, came through on the biggest day of the year for New York-breds as he stormed to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Empire Classic Handicap on New York Showcase Day Oct. 18 at Belmont Park.

  • Good Night Shirt takes the final fence on the way to victory in the Grand National Steeplechase.

    Grand National 'Chase: Good Night Again

    Reigning steeplechase champion Good Night Shirt won his fifth consecutive grade I stakes with a powerful tally in the $250,000 Grand National Steeplechase Oct. 18 at the Far Hills Races.

  • Sandy Hawley after winning the Living Legends race aboard  Tribal Chief.

    Hawley King of Tribe in Legends Race

    Sandy Hawley may have won the Living Legends race on Tribal Chief against seven fellow Hall of Fame former riders, but nobody had more fun than Julie Krone and Chris McCarron.

  • Big Drama cruises in the In Reality Stakes.

    Big Drama Completes Florida Series Sweep

    Big Drama swept the open Florida Stallion Stakes when he romped to a five-length win as the even-money choice in the $400,000 In Reality Stakes at Calder Race Course Oct. 18. La Chica Sensual captured the $400,000 My Dear Girl.

  • Informed Decision streaks to a new track record in the Raven Run.

    Raven Run: Informed Decision Sets Record

    George Strawbridge Jr.'s Informed Decision took advantage of blazing fractions in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II), as the 3-year-old Monarchos filly came from off the pace, took control in mid-stretch and drew away to win by 4 1/4 lengths under John Velazquez while setting a new course record on the Keeneland Polytrack Oct. 18.

  • It's a Bird outfights Gottcha Gold to take the Spend a Buck.

    It's a Bird Gets Super Spend a Buck Win

    It's a Bird won a head-bobbing decision over favored Gottcha Gold to capture an exciting renewal of the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) by a head at Calder Race Course Oct. 17.

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    Cost of Freedom Hoping For Sprint Upset

    Gary and Cecil Barber arrived at Clocker's Corner Oct. 19 in time to see the sunrise. However, they were paying more attention to Cost of Freedom, their $50,000 claim who has soared into contention for the Oct. 25 Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Soldier's Dancer draws off in the Miami Mile under Manoel Cruz.

    Soldier's Dancer Marches in Miami Mile

    Favored Soldier's Dancer made it back-to-back stakes wins when he burst away from the field in deep stretch to register an easy four-length triumph in the $100,000 Miami Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Calder turf course Oct. 18.

  • O'Neill Enters Agreement with CHRB

    The California Horse Racing Board entered into a stipulated agreement with trainer Doug O'Neill, who agreed to pay a fine of $7,500 and to serve a 30-day suspension, which shall be stayed pending a one-year probation.