Headlines for Sunday, October 5, 2008

  • Cal Cup Classic: Mr. Chairman Takes Over

    Trainer Doug O'Neill watched his retired star Lava Man lead the post parade for Oak Tree's $250,000 California Cup Classic, then saw his newest stable standout Mr. Chairman dig in to defeat the favored filly Romance Is Diane by a head Oct. 5 at Santa Anita.

  • Tale of Ekati won the Jerome (gr. II) in sloppy conditions at Belmont Park.

    Tale of Ekati Splashes Home in Jerome

    Tale of Ekati earned his first victory since taking the Wood Memorial (gr. I) on the Triple Crown trail this spring when he captured the $159,500 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) on a sloppy track at Belmont Park Oct. 5.

  • Van Lear Rose scored at 9-1 odds in the Mazarine Stakes (Can-III).

    Van Lear Rose Up in Time to Win Mazarine

    Van Lear Rose, sent off at odds of 9-1, closed from well off the pace to mow down favored Livin Lovin in the final strides on her way to a half-length victory in the $254,293 Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine Oct. 5.

  • Chapel Royal

    Chapel Royal Moving to Florida

    Chapel Royal, a Florida-bred who has gotten off to grand start in Kentucky as a sire, will stand at Signature Stallions in Florida.

  • Carriage Trail wins the Spinster (gr. I) despite drifting very wide in the stretch.

    Spinster: Carriage Trail Rolls to Win

    Carriage Trail took over rounding the far turn, opened up a big lead in the stretch and despite drifting out badly, went on to win the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) in stakes record time under Kent Desormeaux Oct. 5 on the Keeneland Polytrack. The victory earned the 5-year-old mare an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Oct. 24 at Santa Anita.

  • Bittel Road gets up in the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT).

    Bittel Road Flies Late to Score Bourbon

    James Scatuorchio and John Iracane's Bittel Road came from the clouds and got the final jump on Driving Snow to take the $200,000 Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a head in thrilling fashion Oct. 5 on the Keeneland turf. The victory earned undefeated Bittel Road a berth in the Grey Goose Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.

  • Mine That Bird powers home in the Grey Stakes.

    Grey Win 4th Straight for Mine That Bird

    Mine That Bird earned his fourth consecutive win Oct. 5 at Woodbine when he edged pacesetter Bear's Conductor by a half-length in the $232,100 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-III) for 2-year-olds.

  • Peppers Pride is all alone in the record books with her 17th consecutive win.

    Peppers Pride Streaks Into Record Book

    Undefeated Peppers Pride put herself in the record books when she defeated an allowance field at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., by two lengths for her 17th consecutive victory Oct. 4.

  • Slot Machine

    Crisis Brings Calls for Aqueduct VLTs

    The nation's financial crisis has stepped up efforts to prod state government in New York to select an operator for the long-stalled video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct, and launched a renewed effort to bring VLTs to Belmont Park.

  • Theseo Emerges With Epsom Handicap Score

    Earlier this year the silks of Denise Martin, a well known, much loved and highly successful buyer and syndicator of racehorses, were made famous with the two group 1 wins by champion 2-year-old Sebring.

  • Weekend Hussler Stunned in Turnbull

    It was shades of Kent Desormeaux on Big Brown as Australia's wonder horse Weekend Hussler was stunningly beaten out of a place in the $500,000 group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington Oct. 4. Longshot Littorio took home top honors.

  • Goffs Million Sale's Gross Plunges

    Ireland's premier yearling auction, the Goffs Million sale, recorded its lowest turnover for over 10 years by the time selling concluded at the Co. Kildare, Ireland, vendue Oct. 1.

  • Zarkava draws off to win the French Classic by two lengths.

    Brilliant Zarkava Triumphs at Longchamp

    Zarkava confirmed her place in the record books by drawing off to a two-length victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 5. The daughter of Zamindar became the first filly since Urban Sea in 1993 to capture the historic race.

  • Genetics of Contracted Foal Syndrome

    The skeletal anatomy of a horse's front and hind limbs is comparable to the anatomy of the human hands and feet. The horse's cannon bone, or metacarpal, is the same as a bone in the palm of a hand. The human phalanges, or finger bones, are comparable to the bones making up a horse's hoof and pastern. Fortunately, most humans and horses are bor...