Headlines for Friday, December 19, 2008

  • Florida Issues Steroid Rules

    The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on Dec. 18 announced the issuance of new rules on use of anabolic steroids for race horses in the state.

  • Marshall Named VP, GM of Calder

    Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Dec. 19 that John T. Marshall has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course in Miami. Marshall will report to Calder president and general manager Tom O'Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009.

  • Calder Adds Marshall to Executive Team

    John T. Marshall has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 19. He will report to Calder president and general manager Tom O' Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009.

  • Indygo Mountain OK, Uno Mas Moves Up

    Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s highly-regarded juvenile Indygo Mountain, scratched during the post parade of an allowance event for 2-year-olds at Fair Grounds Dec. 18, was standing comfortably in his stall the following morning while trainer Bret Calhoun updated his colt's status.

  • Marble Cliff

    Licenses, Penalties Sought for Breeders

    Ohio Thoroughbred breeders would be licensed by the state for a fee each year and face serious penalties -- including a suspension of up to 10 years -- should they violate rules governing registration of state-bred horses under regulations proposed by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

  • Delightful Kiss

    Delightful Kiss Works Toward 2009

    Hobeau Farm's 4-year-old homebred gelding Delightful Kiss worked three furlongs in :35 4/5 Dec. 19 at Calder Race Course to earn a 'bullet' for the distance. The roan/gray son of Kissin Kris posted his first drill since finishing second in the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Thoroughbred Dates Restored in Ohio

    Requests by Beulah Park and River Downs to schedule their customary Thoroughbred meets for 2009 were officially granted Dec. 19 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

  • Nicanor at Palm Meadows.<a href="http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/nicanor/archive/2008/12/19/new-nicanor-photos.aspx"> Additional Nicanor photos available here.</a>

    Miami TV Station to Feature Nicanor

    Nicanor, the full brother to the ill-fated Barbaro, will be featured in a news story on Miami's Channel 10 television station during its 11 p.m. newscast Friday, Dec. 19, and again on its Dec. 21 11:30 p.m. Sports Sunday program.

  • Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables has produced earnings of $6,645,034, giving him a $271,321 advantage over second-place Zayat Stables.

    Leading Owner Title Still Up in the Air

    With less than two weeks remaining in the Thoroughbred racing season, nearly all of the 2008 leaders have been decided. The lone category without a clear-cut winner is earnings by owner, and it might take until the final few days of the year to determine a victor.

  • Gulfstream Urges Legal Action on Tribe

    Gulfstream Park on Dec. 18 asked the Supreme Court of Florida to issue an order that would give law enforcement officials authority to shut down blackjack and baccarat tables at the Seminole Tribe of Florida's casinos in the state.

  • Shadwell Horseman Witham Dead

    Bob Witham, a veteran horseman who broke horses for Shadwell Farm for more than two decades, died Dec. 17 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C. He was 65.

  • California Vet Laurence Seeman Dead

    Dr. Laurence Seeman, who ran the Canyon Equine Clinic near Temecula, Calif., for more than three decades, died earlier this month.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Reflects on Record 600 Wins

    Trainer Steve Asmussen, who on Dec. 18 became the first trainer to win 600 races in a year, labeled the feat a "pretty amazing thing" and credited his staff and owners for his ability to continue to break records.