Headlines for Friday, December 12, 2008

  • Briecat set swift fractions of :46.01 and 1:09.79 on her way to winning the Bayakoa Handicap.

    Deep Roots Give Briecat Her Speed

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Brilliant speed isn't the trait you'd expect from the offspring of Briecat's sire and dam. Her sire Adcat won his best race at nine furlongs. Briecat's broodmare sire Marlin won a grade I race at 1 3/4 miles, the 1997 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap. And yet, here is Briecat, who won the Bayakoa H. (gr. II) in near track-record time.

  • Rutherienne won the Frances A. Genter Stakes in 2007. The 2008 edition of the race has been canceled.

    Calder Cancels Three Graded Stakes

    Calder Race Course announced Dec. 12 that due to the continuing overpayment of purses at the current Tropical Meet, the racetrack is cancelling three stakes races from the schedule: the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) and $100,000 Frances Genter Stakes (gr. III) on Dec. 27, and the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (gr. III) on Jan. 1. The 2008/09 Tropical Meet ends on Jan. 2, 2009.

  • Hoosier Park Race Dates Approved

    Hoosier Park Racing and Casino recently received approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for dates and post times in 2009. The facility will offer 80 days of Standardbred racing and 63 days of Thoroughbred racing, with 21 of those days including Quarter Horse racing during the 2009 calendar year.

  • Hawthorne Cancels Final 6 Races Dec. 12

    Hawthorne Race Course cancelled the last six races of its nine-race card on Dec. 12 due to inclement weather. Racing is scheduled to resume Dec. 13, post time 1:35 p.m. CDT.

  • Tampa Signal Available to Most ADWs

    Wagering on Tampa Bay Downs' 83rd live meet, which opens Dec. 13, will be available to most advance deposit wagering outlets, the Oldsmar, Fla., track announced Dec. 12.

  • Has Racing Speed Reached Its Limit?

    It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again. 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 (gr. I), Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), respectively.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Purses Trimmed

    With the economy affecting all aspects of the racing industry, Santa Anita has adjusted its overnight purses downward about 10% for the upcoming winter-spring meeting that begins Dec. 26.

  • A New Casino Push in New York

    Three casinos would be permitted in New York's Catskills tourist region under a constitutional amendment introduced in the Legislature for consideration next year.

  • 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase winner Doctor Dino prepping for this year&#39;s race.

    HK Hopefuls Make Final Preparations

    A spectacularly good gallop on the dirt Dec. 12 made it clear that Doctor Dino will not relinquish his Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) crown on Dec. 14 without an almighty tussle.

  • 91-Day Meet at Emerald Downs Approved

    The Washington Horse Racing Commission approved a 91-day season of live racing for Emerald Downs in 2009 at its Dec. 11 meeting.