Headlines for Thursday, December 18, 2008

  • Vacare tops a full field of 12 fillies and mares in the Dahlia 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%3D5728251%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vacare Has Big Class Edge in Dahlia

    Multiple graded-stakes winner Vacare will try to add to her impressive resume Dec. 21 when she tops a full field of 12 fillies and mares in the Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day at Hollywood Park.

  • Kentucky Bear

    Grade I Placed Kentucky Bear Retired

    Kentucky Bear, who ran third in this year's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing after suffering a leg injury.

  • TVG Sale Now Targeted for 2009

    In announcing a deal to sell its TV Guide Network for $255 million, Macrovision Solutions Corp. said Dec. 18 it also hoped to reach a deal to sell the TVG horse racing network in early 2009.

  • Grade I winner Play Fellow Dead

    Play Fellow, who won more grade I stakes at 3 than any member of his foal crop, was euthanized Dec. 17 at Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., because of the infirmities of old age.

  • Breeders' Cup Explains Investment Plans

    Breeders' Cup, under fire for a plan to suspend the Breeders' Cup Stakes program, issued a memorandum Dec. 18 that in part explains the organization's financial situation and investment strategy.

  • Grade I winner Square Eddie leads the list of 93 early-bird nominations to the $600,000 Louisiana Derby.<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%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    La. Derby Early Bird Nominees Announced

    Seven graded stakes winners, including grade I winner Square Eddie, lead the list of 93 early-bird nominations to the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), the headline event of Fair Grounds' 137th season March 14, 2009.

  • That Handicapping Show: Dec. 18 (Video)

    Jason and Tom analyze the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Dec 20. Also The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 3 on Saturday, Dec. 20.

  • That Handicapping Show CashCall Futurity

    Jason and Tom analyze the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Dec 20. Also The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 3 on Saturday, Dec. 20.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play" here.

  • Bob Baffert sends out Pioneerof the Nile and Ventana in the CashCall Futurity.

    Baffert Saddles Two in CashCall Futurity

    Bob Baffert will aim for a record-tying fourth CashCall Futurity (gr. I) victory when he saddles Pioneerof the Nile and Ventana in the 28th running of the $750,000 event Dec. 20 at Hollywood Park.

  • Remington Park: Purses Up, Handle Down

    Remington Park in Oklahoma recently completed its 20th season of Thoroughbred racing with a record purse disbursement and increased attendance, but followed national trends with a decline in most wagering statistics.

  • Rare Triple for Scherer Family

    When 3-year-old filly Talkin Indian won the ninth race at Fair Grounds on Dec. 7, its likely the average racing fan did not notice a unique detail that came along with the first-level allowance victory.

  • Smart Strike: Leading Sire

    With Smart Strike being named North America's leading sire for the second consecutive year, we take a look back at a special video shot just after he won his first title in 2007.