Headlines for Thursday, December 11, 2008

  • 2006 Champions Day Turf winner Desert Wheat, is back for another try in 2008.

    Former Winners Top La. Champions Day

    Nine horses who have won during previous Louisiana Champions Day programs return to Fair Grounds in an attempt to repeat as the track plays host to the event's 18th renewal Dec. 13.

  • Walmac Announces Breeders Plan

    In light of the current economics facing breeders today, Walmac Farm has announced a "breeders stimulus plan" applicable to 2009 stud fees

  • That Handicapping Show: Dec. 11 (Video)

    Jason and Evan analyze the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on December 13. Also The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap, Fair Grounds Race 4 on Saturday, Dec. 13.

  • Splash of Vanilla and her dam Maid of Gold TB

    Palomino Filly in Keeneland Sale

    Splash of Vanilla, a filly by Ballado Chieftan, probably will attract plenty of attention at the upcoming Keeneland January horses of all ages sale because of her golden color. She is registered as a palomino.

  • Flower Bowl won the Ladies Handicap in 1956.

    Ladies Handicap Long on History

    The Ladies Handicap, scheduled for Dec. 14 at Aqueduct, possesses a colorful history by virtue of its lengthy history and its illustrious group of winners.

  • Peppers Pride will try for win number 19 in the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland Park.

    Last Time Around for Peppers Pride?

    In what is probably her final race, unbeaten Peppers Pride puts her modern North American record 18-race winning streak on the line in the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland Park Dec. 14.

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    Researcher Steps Up For Queen's County

    West Virginia shipper Researcher puts his three-race win streak on the line Dec. 13 at Aqueduct, as the 4-year-old gelding faces his stiffest test yet while battling three graded stakes winners in the $100,000-added Queens County Handicap (gr. III), a 1 3/16-mile trek on the inner track.

  • Pat Day to Aid Riverside Trainers

    Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be a guest speaker at Ellis Park Dec. 13 at noon to present aid and auction a personally autographed saddle with the proceeds benefiting the trainers who lost horses and their equipment in the Nov. 20 Riverside Downs fire.

  • Snow covers the jockey statues along the track apron at Fair Grounds Dec. 11.

    Snow Cancels Fair Grounds Racing Dec. 11

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has canceled its live racing program Dec. 11 because of winter weather and track conditions. Snow began falling in the metro New Orleans area during the morning. New Orleans is under a winter storm warning.

  • John Ferguson

    Ferguson Delivers Gimcrack Address

    The Maktoum family left the racing world in no doubt about how much terrestrial television coverage should be valued following Tuesday's annual Gimcrack Dinner at York.

  • That Handicapping Show Hollywood Starlet

    Jason and Evan analyze the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on December 13. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap, Fair Grounds Race 4 on Saturday, Dec. 13.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play" here.

  • Speed Researcher Says Horses Have Reached their Limit

    <P><I></I> <P><I></I> <P>It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again. <P>According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached back in 1949, 1971, and 1973 for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, respectively. <P>...