Headlines for Wednesday, October 8, 2008

  • And They're Off: Oct 8 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week's topics include the Win & You're In system, suitors for the Magna tracks, and a tie story from Lenny.

  • Ariege, who took the Stonerside Beaumont at Keeneland on April 10, returns to Keeneland for the Queen Elizabeth II.

    Ariege Among Contenders in Tough QE II

    Ariege, a multiple graded stakes winner who has a victory over the Keeneland Polytrack earlier this season, leads a quality group of 3-year-old fillies that includes grade I winners Backseat Rhythm and Magical Fantasy in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 11 on the turf in Lexington.

  • Rick Porter

    Porter Hires Barkley as Trainer

    Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms has hired Jeff Barkley as his private trainer, beginning a transition resulting from trainer Larry Jones' recent announcement that he will wind down his operation and retire.

  • Sweeter Still takes on a pair of well-regarded John Sadler trainees in Oak Tree's Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap (gr. IIIT).

    Sweeter Still, Sadler Duo Vie in Ramser

    Sweeter Still, a filly that packs a big wallop into a small frame, takes on a pair of well-regarded John Sadler trainees in Oak Tree's $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita turf Oct. 11.

  • Kent winner Adriano is the favorite for the Hawthorne Derby.

    Adriano Stands Out in Hawthorne Derby

    Adriano, winner of the Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park six weeks ago, figures to be a strong favorite when he takes on seven 3-year-olds in the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) on the turf in Illinois Oct. 11.

  • Zayat Adheres to Plan, Selling Horses

    Following his business plan, Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables will offer more than 70 horses, including grade III winner Baroness Thatcher, during the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 3. Eaton Sales will consign the horses, which will include racing, broodmare, and stallion prospects, as well as a few weanlings.

  • Lot 294; colt; Montjeu - Vanishing Prairie by Alysheba, brought a final bid of 650,000 guineas to top day two of  Tattersalls' October yearling sale.

    Montjeu Colt Top Lot at Tattersalls

    John Magnier's Coolmore Stud buying team topped day two of Tattersalls' October yearling sale in England when spending 650,000 guineas on a Montjeu half-brother to dual French group I winner Vespone (by Llandaff). Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff was the immediate underbidder on the colt, which was consigned through Caroline Green's Templeton Stud to the Book 1 portion of the auction.

  • Two Miami Pari-Mutuels Set Casino Plans

    The two other pari-mutuels in Miami-Dade County, Florida, have moved ahead of Calder Race Course in announcing plans for casinos that would have Las Vegas-style slot machines.

  • TOBA Adds Student-Level Membership

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Oct. 8 that it has included a new level in its options for membership with the addition of a student-level membership.

  • Churchill Gets 2010 Cup; More on Way?

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Churchill Downs in 2010 to begin what could be a regular run of the Kentucky racetrack serving as a host site, officials indicated Oct. 8.

  • Zarkava, winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

    Zarkava Second in Timeform Rating

    Unbeaten Zarkava, the first female winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) since Urban Sea in 1993, has received a 133 Timeform rating.

  • Cozzene

    BC Winner/Sire Cozzene Dead

    Cozzene, a champion and Breeders' Cup winner and sire of two Breeders' Cup winners, was euthanized Oct. 7 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

  • Hurricane Damage Stymies Houston Meet

    The 2008-09 Sam Houston Race Park meet probably won't make its Nov. 28 start date given extensive damage sustained by the track during Hurricane Ike, according to chief operating officer Andrea Young. Officials in Texas are studying alternatives should that be the case.

  • And They're Off: October 8

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the Win & You're In system, the Top 10 suitors for the Magna Tracks, Curlin's Earnings Record, Peppers Pride's winning streak, recent race performances - including Carriage Trail and Arson Squad - and a tie story from Lenny.