Headlines for Thursday, October 9, 2008

  • Red Giant in this year's Fourstardave Handicap. <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%3D5403345%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Cup Countdown: A Time for Kudos

    Now that we're in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm, with the deluge of preps behind us and the main event only two weeks away, this is the perfect time to recognize a trainer and a horse whose accomplishments may have gone overlooked - Steve Asmussen and Red Giant.

  • That Handicapping Show: Oct. 9 (Video)

    Jason and Tom discuss the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr.IT). Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform for the Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap, Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

  • Criminologist (outside) and Waquoit's Love, who were separated by a head at the end of the Noble Damsel, will have a rematch in the Athenia Handicap.

    Waquoit's Love, Criminologist in Rematch

    Waquoit's Love, dismissed at odds 13-1 in Belmont Park's Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT) one month ago only to lose by a head to Criminologist, will get another crack at her nemesis in the $100,000 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf Oct. 11.

  • Patrick Valenzuela celebrates his 4000 win.

    Valenzuela Wins 4,000th Race

    Patrick Valenzuela, whose career as a jockey has been both troubled and brilliant, won his 4,000th race Oct. 9. His milestone victory came at Louisiana Downs aboard Burst of Light in a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event.

  • Delightful Kiss is headed to the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

    'Kiss' Going in Marathon, Not Classic

    There has been talk about Delightful Kiss running in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). But the Hobeau Farm homebred will be entered in the inaugural $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon at 1 1/2 miles because his connections want a win in the World Championships sooner rather than later, and time is running out. Hobeau owner Jack Dreyfus is in his 90s.

  • Tropical Park Derby winner Cowboy Cal returns to the turf for the Bryan Station Stakes.

    Cowboy Cal Returns in Bryan Station

    Cowboy Cal, who has not started since finishing 9th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), makes his return to the racetrack Oct. 12 when he faces a full field of 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Bryan Station Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf.

  • Lot 459; colt; Montjeu - Danaskaya by Danehill, sold for 650,000 guineas to top day three of Tattersalls' October yearling sale.

    Mama Mia! ABBA Star Helps Tatts Sale

    A resilient book 1 of Tattersalls' October yearling sale finished with an average price of 121,515 guineas, just 5% down from last year, while the 85,000-guinea median rose 6%. The 49,821,000-guinea aggregate for the 410 horses sold (from 532 offered) Oct. 7-9 in England was down 23%, but the catalog was smaller than the 2007 edition.

  • Casino Drive won the Peter Pan at Belmont Park this past spring. <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%3D4477198%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Casino Drive to Prep Sunday for Classic

    Undefeated Casino Drive has been entered to run at Santa Anita on Oct. 12 in what his connections hope will lead to a start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Shelley Hunter admires her finished sculpture of John Henry as KHP Pres. John Nicholson, center, and Bill Oster, founder of the John Henry Memorial Fund, look on.

    John Henry Memorial Statue Unveiled

    A year after the death of racehorse John Henry, fans now have a lasting monument and a dedicated place to remember their champion. A bronze statue by artist Shelley Hunter has taken its place at John's gravesite, just outside the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions paddock that John called home for 22 of his 32 years.

  • Hip 328; weanling filly, Exchange Rate - Passionate Bird, by Birdonthewire, was highest-priced horse of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed auction, selling for $105,000 on the opening day.

    OBS Mixed Sale Suffers Major Losses

    The results were grim for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed auction, which ended its three-day run in Central Florida Oct. 8. The buy-back/no bid rate rose significantly while the other key business figures suffered huge setbacks during a week when the American stock market is plunging and economic turmoil is increasing worldwide.

  • Sales Draw Sport Horse Enthusiasts

    Tennessee equestrian and horse breeder Lisa Cook wanted a Thoroughbred mare to breed to her Thoroughbred stallion, but perceived high prices always prevented her from buying one at high profile auctions such as Kentucky's Keeneland sale. But since the economy drove prices at this year's Keeneland September yearling sale downward, sport horse enthusiasts like Cook might be thinking differently.

  • That Handicapping Show: Oct. 9 Episode

    Jason and Tom discuss the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr.IT). Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform for the Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap, Oak Tree at Santa Anita.The free “Race of the Week” download features Pricci's analysis for the Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap and Race 3 at Keeneland on October 11.