Headlines for Thursday, October 23, 2008

  • 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Alysheba will reside at the Kentucky Horse Park.<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%3D618090%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Alysheba to Return to U.S.

    Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Alysheba is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. He will reside in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park.

  • Zenyatta and Mike Smith<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%3D5371640%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Is Smith's Lethal Weapon

    Mike Smith and Zenyatta have been an unbeatable team so far, and they're the heavy favorites to add yet another victory to their sizzling streak in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Oct. 24 at Santa Anita.

  • NTRA Seeks Director for New Alliance

    A week after announcing a major safety and integrity initiative for horse racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors said it has launched a national search for an executive director to spearhead the endeavor.

  • Mr. Nightlinger hopes to flaunt his speed at Santa Anita.

    Mr. Nightlinger Ready For Showdown

    A triumph by the powerhouse Mr. Nightlinger in the $1-million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Oct. 25 would be tantamount to a Hollywood ending for a couple fond of naming their horses after movie characters.

  • South African De Kock Tries Luck in Cup

    Mike de Kock, the internationally renowned trainer of Eagle Mountain, breaks new ground for the Breeders' Cup World Championships when he becomes the first South African to compete in the event. Eagle Mountain runs in the $3 million Emirates Airline Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 25.

  • Jonathan Sheppard and George Strawbridge Jr. will try to win their first Breeders' Cup race as a team with Forever Together.<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%3D6170093%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sheppard, Strawbridge Together 42 Years

    Trainer Jonathan Sheppard and owner George Strawbridge Jr. have been together, well, forever. Forty-two years strong, they will try to win their first Breeders' Cup race as a team with the aptly named Forever Together in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 24.

  • Auction Benefits Breeders' Cup Charities

    A Duesenberg guitar autographed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is one of the premier items to be auctioned to benefit Breeders' Cup Charities during the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • BC Seeks Sponsor for Shipping Costs

    Breeders' Cup, in a bold move to make the event even more international, has been actively seeking a sponsor to underwrite all shipping costs for overseas-trained horses, and maybe also pay for their trainers, owners, jockeys and grooms to fly to America, as well.

  • Simon Named Secretary at Delta Downs

    John Simon was named the new racing secretary at Delta Downs, which begins its meet Oct. 29. He replaces Trent McIntosh at the Louisiana racetrack.

  • Awesome Again will stand in 2009 for $150,000, the same stud fee as this year.

    Adena Springs Announces 2009 Fees

    Awesome Again and Ghostzapper will stand in 2009 for $150,000, the same stud fee they each commanded this year. The stallions stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., which announced its 2009 fees Oct. 23.

  • Two Harness Vets Suspended, Fined

    Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.

  • LHBPA Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

    A styled class-action lawsuit leveling allegations of fraud and embezzlement against the president of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association has been transferred to federal court, according to recently filed documents.

  • Smooth Air is one of 10 Breeders' Cup starters in the Race for Education program.

    Ten Starters for Race for Education

    More owners than ever before have joined The Race For Education by pledging a portion of winnings from a record 10 starters in Breeders' Cup World Championships races Oct. 24-25.

  • Cigar Wins Simulated Racing Game

    The Breeders' Cup and Horse Racing Simulation LLC, a leading developer of horse racing and virtual racing simulations, unveiled the "Dream Classic," a simulation featuring some of the greatest Breeders' Cup Classic winners over the last 24 years in a showdown with defending Breeders' Cup Classic Champion and North America's all-time richest horse Curlin to determine his place among the great champions.

  • Dearest Trickski <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%3D5654908%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dearest Trickski Proves Quite a Claim

    Dearest Trickski's road to the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint began late last year, when the Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita failed to fill. That pushed the filly into the grade I La Brea Stakes Dec. 29, and a victory there gave owner Tom Mankiewicz and trainer John Sadler grander ideas.

  • Wayne Lukas will send out Be Smart in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 24.

    Lukas, VanMeter Looking 'Smart'

    There's a certain feeling of deja vu around Barn 38 on the backstretch of Santa Anita Park. If Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Tom VanMeter II have the funny feeling they've been here before, they're right.

  • Midnight Lute training at Santa Anita

    Baffert Hopes for Big BC with Trio

    Bob Baffert will send out a pair of Breeders' Cup champions this weekend in Midnight Lute and Indian Blessing, hoping to repeat his strong 2007 World Championships.

  • The late Luke Kruytbosch was one of the honorees at the NTWA dinner Oct. 22.

    NTWA Dinner Honors Three

    National Turf Writers Assoc. hosts annual awards dinner; honors Chris McCarron, the late Luke Kruytbosch, and Turf writer Maryjean Wall.

  • Goldikova shown winning the Prix du Moulin

    Head Seeks a First: Win as Jock, Trainer

    Freddie Head knows all about winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). He did so twice -- as a jockey -- with the filly Miesque in 1987-88. Now he's trying to win a championship as a trainer with Goldikova.

  • 10/23 Breeders' Cup News Minute

    Lenny Shulman reports on the day's activities including Bob Baffert's charges, Curlin, and a look at the weather.

  • Pilgrim Stakes winner Elusive Bluff has been withdrawn from the Breeders' Cup.

    Elusive Bluff Withdrawn from Juvenile

    Southern Equine's Elusive Bluff, a 15-1 morning line entrant in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was scratched Oct. 23 after a problem was detected in the colt's right hind foot.

  • Kitten's Joy

    Kitten's Joy to Stand for $20,000

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ramsey Farm announced that champion Kitten's Joy will stand in 2009 for a fee of $20,000.

  • Indyanne won the 2008 Azalea at Calder.

    Indyanne Scratched from F&M Sprint

    Indyanne, a contender in the Oct. 24 Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, will miss the race after developing a low grade fever, according to her trainer, Greg Gilchrist.

  • Carr de Naskra

    Carr de Naskra Dead

    Carr de Naskra, the 1984 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner who put up solid numbers as a stallion, was euthanized Oct. 15 because of foot problems.

  • THS: Breeders' Cup Oct. 24

    Jason Shandler, Evan Hammonds and Tom LaMarra discuss the five Breeders' Cup races for the fillies and mares running on October 24.NOW AVAILABLE: Order your complete Equiform Handicapping Reports for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Championship races at Santa Anita here.Also available are reports for Belmont Park and Keeneland.

  • Alysheba to Return to U.S., Reside at Horse Park

    <P>Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. He will reside in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park. <P>According to a release from the Kentucky Horse Park, the public is invited to the Kentucky Horse Park for Alysheba's welcome home reception, Oct. 31 at 1:15 pm in the Hall of ...