Headlines for Wednesday, November 19, 2008

  • Criminoligist shown winning Chruchill Downs' Cardinal Handicap.

    Criminologist to Supplement to Matriarch

    Criminologist, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Nov. 19 from New York. The fee is $10,000 for the one-mile turf test for fillies and mares.

  • Mike Maker

    Maker Establishes a Churchill Win Record

    Trainer Mike Maker established a Churchill Downs fall meet record for victories Nov. 19 when One Eyed Joker won the eighth race. His victory gave Maker his 21st triumph of the season.

  • Gottcha Gold won the Skip Away at Gulfstream 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%3D3907069%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gottcha Gold to Retire to Ocala Stud

    Multiple graded stakes winner Gottcha Gold will retire to Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud for the 2009 breeding season, it was announced Nov.19.

  • Bob Black Jack during a pre-Kentucky Derby workout. <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%3D4335627%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bob Black Jack Makes Return in Underwood

    Speed-burner Bob Black Jack makes his first appearance since the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 22.

  • California Racing Dates Approved for '09

    Golden Gate Fields will host a total of 181 days in 2009, including 29 during the summer on behalf of the California Authority of Racing Fairs, under a dates allocation plan approved by the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 18.

  • Thorn Song won the Firecracker Handicap over the Churchill Downs turf course.

    Thorn Song Goes For River City Repeat

    Zayat Stables' Thorn Song has a big class edge, but will have to break from post 11 and concede three-to-nine pounds to his rivals, as the multiple graded stakes winner headlines the $100,000-added River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs grass Nov. 22.

  • CHRB chairman Richard Shapiro, who labeled ADW standoff "just an intolerable situation at this point."

    CHRB Pushes for Action in ADW Standoff

    In a high-stakes "game of chicken," the California Horse Racing Board pushed account wagering a little closer to the edge Nov. 18 when it declined to renew the licenses of the state's four Internet and telephone bet companies.

  • Atlantic City Racecourse will run six days in 2009.

    New Jersey Tracks Granted Racing Dates

    The New Jersey Racing Commission granted 2009 racing dates Nov. 19 for Atlantic City Race Course and Freehold Raceway, two tracks that have been involved in conflicts tied to casino-paid purse supplements.

  • Commentator is one of several Nick Zito trained horses nominated to the Nov. 26 Clark 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%3D5274581%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Headlines Clark Nominees

    Tracy Farmer's two-time Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Commentator, Robert LaPenta's 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Da' Tara and Four Roses Thoroughbreds' 2007 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Anak Nakal, all trained by Nick Zito, headline a list 26 horses nominated to the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) to be run Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Miracle Man to NY's Pucker Ridge Farm

    Miracle Man, a three-time stakes-placed runner and a winner on turf and dirt, will enter stud at Lois Engel's Pucker Ridge Farm near Warrensburg, N.Y.

  • Bayne Welker

    Welker to Join F-T Management Team

    Bayne Welker will join Fasig-Tipton's management team as an account executive early next year. He has been the director of public sales and stallion marketing at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington for nine years. He also is the president of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association.

  • Average Down Slightly at NZ Sale

    New Zealand Bloodstock's ready to run sale of 2-year-olds ended its two-day stand in Karaka Nov. 19 with solid results. The average price of NZ$60,366 was down only 1.3% from 2007's comparable figure of NZ$61,134, which was a record for the auction. The median price of NZ$33,000 represented a drop of 8.3% from NZ$36,000 last year.

  • NJ Lawmakers Call for Racing Study Group

    Two New Jersey lawmakers have taken a bipartisan approach in urging the governor to quickly form a committee to examine the state and future of the horse racing and breeding industry.

  • Personal Ensign at Claiborne

    Personal Ensign, who now resides at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.,  retired undefeated after winning the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff.