Headlines for Thursday, December 4, 2008

  • Secretariat Stakes winner Winchester, will try to rebound in the Turf Cup following a 7th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

    Weld, Winchester Take Aim at Turf Cup

    The Irish tandem of trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Patrick Smullen, who combined to win the Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park four years ago with Dress to Thrill, have returned with their sights set on the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Dec. 6.

  • Baroness Thatcher, back in the Southern California barn of reinstated trainer Patrick Biancone runs in the Bayakoa 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%3D6956131%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bayakoa: Baroness Thatcher Makes Return

    Baroness Thatcher, reunited with trainer Patrick Biancone following her purchase a month ago for $1.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, makes her next start in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park Dec. 7.

  • Oklahoma Stallion Wild Tale Dead

    Wild Tale, who entered stud in 2008 at Dr. Warren Center's Mighty Acres near Pryor, Okla., died from liver problems Dec. 3.

  • Gouldings Green been retired from racing for stud duty at Mohns Hill Farm.

    Gouldings Green to Mohns Hill

    Gouldings Green, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing for stud duty at Mohns Hill Farm near Reinholds, Pa

  • That Handicapping Show: Dec. 5 (Video)

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs on December 5. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 5 on Saturday, Dec. 6.

  • Sean Feld (left) and Billy Ajello

    Inside Track: An Investment in Youth

    University of Kentucky student Sean Feld and alumnus Billy Ajello have defied the notion one must reach a particular age or gain a certain level of experience to invest in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • NHC Tour Entrants Now Being Accepted

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form announced Dec. 4 that signups for the 2009 NHC Tour are now being accepted at www.ntra.com/nhctour.

  • Tattersalls' December Gross Down 51%

    Tattersalls' December sale ended quietly in England with a breeding stock session in which a 3-year-old colt, sold as a jumping prospect, topped trade at 65,000 guineas. The other figures for Dec. 4 were 139 horses sold, a gross of 656,650 guineas, an average price of 4,724 guineas, and a median price of 2,800 guineas. During the four-day breeding stock portion of the December auction, the 610 horses that sold grossed 33,355,150 guineas and averaged 54,681 guineas. The median was 12,500 guineas.

  • Sky Conqueror will enter stud in 2009 Firestone Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

    Sky Conqueror to Firestone Farms

    Sky Conqueror, a Canadian champion and a grade I winner at Churchill Downs, will enter stud in 2009 at Morgan Firestone's Firestone Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

  • RTCA to Spread Christmas Cheer

    The Race Track Chaplaincy's New York division has teamed up with Darley USA, a group of local breeders and owners, and a concerned group of Saratoga residents to bring some Christmas joy to approximately 100 people connected to the backstretch community at Saratoga Race Course.

  • That Handicapping Show: Delta Jackpot

    Jason and Tom analyze the Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs on December 5. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 5 on Saturday, Dec. 6.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play" here.

  • Classic winner Funny Cide, shown winning the 2003 Preakness, will be welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park on Dec 5.

    Funny Cide Dealing With Soreness Issues

    When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a phenomenal athlete.

  • Marcavelly will enter stud at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

    Marcavelly to Colebrook in Canada

    Marcavelly, a two-time graded stakes winner, will enter stud at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

  • Jockeys' Guild Bankruptcy Plan OK'd

    A Kentucky federal judge has confirmed the reorganization plan which will allow the Jockeys' Guild to emerge from bankruptcy, a little more than 13 months after the protective action was taken, and just days before the group's annual national assembly in Las Vegas.

  • NYRA Announces 2009 Stakes Schedule

    The New York Racing Association will raise the purses on 13 grade I races offered at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga in 2009. The hikes are part of the 2009 NYRA stakes schedule, which was approved by NYRA's Board of Directors at a meeting Dec. 3. It now awaits approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

  • Mountaineer Parent Closes Michigan Track

    The parent company of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia announced Dec. 4 it has ceased operations at Jackson Harness Raceway, a Michigan facility it purchased in 2005.

  • Judge Jump-starts ClassicStar Litigation

    More than two years after the first federal lawsuits were filed in connection to the former ClassicStar broodmare lease operation, efforts are being made to clear legal logjams that have impeded resolution of now multiple disputes.

  • Leading Louisiana Sire Leestown Dead

    Leestown, the leading Louisiana sire by progeny earnings this year and last, was euthanized Dec. 2 because of a broken shoulder.

  • Big Brown's dominating Preakness win is one of the contenders for NTRA Moment of the Year.<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%3D4542731%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Moment of the Year Voting Under Way

    Voting is underway on ntra.com for the 10th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year," it was announced Dec. 4. Voters can choose from among 12 images, drawn from the year's events.

  • Kodiak Kowboy will not enter stud in 2009 and instead will remain in training.

    Kodiak Kowboy Remains in Training

    Three-year-old Kodiak Kowboy, a Canadian champion and a grade II winner this year and last, will not enter stud in 2009 and instead will remain in training.

  • Record Purses for Steeplechase Season

    The 2008 National Steeplechase Association season, which came to a close Nov.29 with the inaugural Palm Beach race meet, set new highs in total and average purses.

  • Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

    <P>Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009. <P>Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via emergency procedure to have them on the books in time for the first of the year. "The end of January was the ea...