Headlines for Tuesday, February 12, 2008

  • Hip #1, Silver Deputy - Daisy Dukes by Ghazi, brought $520,000 to top the auction.

    OBS Sale Posts Record Average

    The market for young horses sizzled as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. kicked off the selling season for 2-year-olds in training Tuesday in Central Florida with its February select auction, which attracted a large, diverse group of enthusiastic shoppers.

  • War Emblem

    First Stakes Winner for War Emblem

    Champion War Emblem, who has experienced breeding difficulties at stud in Japan, was represented by his first stakes winner when Shonan Alba pulled away in the stretch to win the Feb. 11 Kyodo News Service Hai at Tokyo.

  • Brahms will stand at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana.

    Brahms to Elite in Louisiana

    Brahms, a grade I-winning son of Danzig, will stand the 2008 breeding season at Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La.

  • The New York Racing Association will continue to run racing in the state.

    Sources: NYRA in Control of Racing

    The New York Racing Association, in control of Thoroughbred racing in the state since 1955, will continue to run racing under a deal that came together Feb. 12 at the state Capitol in Albany, government and industry sources say.

  • 'Alarming' Opener for Penn National

    Hollywood Casino at Penn National opened on time Feb. 12 with bells and whistles--and with a rousing alarm and taped recording telling everyone to vacate the building.

  • Fabulous Strike

    Fabulous Strike Eyes 2008 Campaign

    Walter Downey's Pennsylvania-bred Fabulous Strike, an early favorite for last year's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) before a lung infection put an early end to his season, has recovered and will return to the track for trainer Todd Beattie at his Hollywood Casino at Penn National base.

  • NYRA Notice to Fans, Bettors

    The New York Racing Association has posted a notice on its Web site informing racing fans and its NYRA Rewards members of the possible shutdown of racing at Aqueduct as of Wednesday, Feb. 13.

  • Pyro captured the Feb. 9 Risen Star (gr. III) with a stunning stretch run.

    Ky. Derby Trail: A Rising Star

    The Kentucky Derby trail received the spark it had been looking for when Pyro put on a spectacular exhibition in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III). There is no doubt Pyro is a top-class horse with a powerful closing kick, but before we get too euphoric, let's not forget that this has happened many times at Fair Grounds.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Half Empty

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The Breeders' Cup should be a win-win for the organization and the host track.

  • Commentary: The Right Move

    <i>By Bill Casner</i> - "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" -- No one understands this better than Mr. Richard Shapiro and his fellow California Horse Racing Board members in the wake of the problems with Cushion Track at Santa Anita.