Headlines for Thursday, December 25, 2008

  • Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    Tracks Could Lose Revenue in Fed Inquiry

    A federal affidavit alleges that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich pressured horse racing leaders for campaign contributions in exchange for supporting a bill, passed this month, that requires four of the state's highest-grossing riverboat casinos to share revenue with the Thoroughbred and harness racetracks.

  • Laragh winning the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I)on Dec. 13.

    Laragh Should Be Dangerous in '09

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Laragh's victories, most recently in the grade I Hollywood Starlet Stakes Dec. 13, have helped seal her sire Tapit's position as the leading freshman sire and juvenile sire of 2008. Laragh has won on synthetic surfaces and turf and could be equally dangerous as a sophomore on dirt in 2009.

  • Richard Shapiro.

    Shapiro Reflects on CHRB Tenure, Racing

    As a member of the California Horse Racing Board for four years, Richard Shapiro could hardly be described as a weak bystander in overseeing the sport. But Shapiro said he was "becoming increasingly frustrated by the governmental and bureaucratic limitations imposed by being on the board."