Headlines for Wednesday, February 27, 2008

  • The top-selling filly, Hip #240 (Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open) sold for $900,000.

    Fasig-Tipton Calder Data Digest

    The Fasig-Tipton Calder Selected Sale of 2-Year-Olds Results Edition Data Digest is a FREE download for all subscribers, presented by Kirkwood Stables! An in-depth look at all the results from the auction.

  • Strub winner Monterey Jazz is one of the highweights in a well-matched Santa Anita 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%3D3468386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Deep 14-Horse Field Set in Big 'Cap

    Fourteen horses, potentially matching the largest field in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in a quarter century, are headed for the $1 million event March 1 in a race that redefines "wide open."

  • Clement L. Hirsch winner Artiste Royal begins his 2008 campaign in the Kilroe Mile.<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%3D2489600%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Artiste Royal Shortens Up in Kilroe

    Artiste Royal, winner of Oak Tree's Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. IT) on the Santa Anita lawn last fall, kicks off his 2008 campaign for trainer Neil Drysdale in the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IT) March 1.

  • Fairbanks is one of two Donn Handicap starters returning for the Gulfstream Park 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%3D949150%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Two Donn Starters Back in GP 'Cap

    Amy Tarrant's 5-year-old Kiss the Kid may have gone off at odds of 46-1 in the Feb. 2 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream, but a strong third-place finish in that race has him looking like the favorite for the March 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).

  • Ky. Gaming Bill Passes to House

    After extensive debate among Kentucky Democratic House leaders over whether or not a number of licenses should be set aside for racetracks in a proposed expanded gaming bill, the legislation finally passed out of committee Feb. 27.

  • San Rafael winner El Gato Malo puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Sham.<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%3D3277578%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sham Entrant Coast Guard to Scratch

    West Point Thoroughbreds' El Gato Malo puts his unbeaten record on the line against Colonel John and five others in the $200,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita March 1. Another entrant, Coast Guard, will be scratched due to a minor ankle injury.

  • Alex Waldrop testifying before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on Feb 27.

    Waldrop Defends Testing Policies

    A congressional subcommittee was told Feb. 27 that while testing for drugs in horse racing isn't perfect, the current model is both effective and ever-improving.

  • Breeders' Cup to Card Filly Friday

    Oct. 24 will be for the ladies at the 2008 Breeders' Cup when all five of the World Championships events at Santa Anita will be carded for female horses. The two-day event will conclude with nine Breeders' Cup races on Oct. 25, seven of which will be open to males and females.

  • Donn Handicap winner Spring At Last will make his next start in Dubai.<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%3D3467319%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Spring At Last Preparing for Dubai

    It is all systems go for a trip to Dubai by Spring At Last, who worked an easy four furlongs in :50 1/5 at Hollywood Park Feb. 25 for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Congressman Ed Whitfield

    Congressman Criticizes Drug Policy

    U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky opened a Feb. 27 congressional hearing on the use of steroids in sports by claiming leaders of horse racing have repeatedly failed on promises to self-regulate medication issues.

  • John Veitch, Kentucky Horse Racing Authority chief state steward

    Martin Suspended; Barnett Pardoned

    At the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority meeting Feb. 25, John Vietch, the organization's chief state steward, reported on two major rulings that have taken place since the New Year.

  • Rags to Riches, who won the 2007 Belmont, is a half-sister to the Japanese owned/trained Casino Drive, who is being pointed to the 2008 American Classic.

    Japanese Colt Pointing For Belmont

    A monster from Japan is heading to America. Casino Drive, a half-brother to Rags to Riches and Jazil, is targeting the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after destroying his opposition in a 1 1/8-mile maiden race at Kyoto Feb. 23. The son of Mineshaft will attempt to become the third straight Belmont winner produced by his dam, Better Than Honour.

  • Aspen Ridge's First Foal

    The first foal sired by Aspen Ridge is a filly born Feb. 22 at the University of Florida Animal Science Department near Gainesville.

  • LAWYER RON

    Lawyer Ron's attractiveness as a sire should be apparent to many breeders with his ability on the Triple Crown trail and also as track record setter as an older horse.  Now settled in at Stonewall Farm, where manager Clark Shepherd has been more than pleased at how Lawyer Ron has acclimated to his new life and also how receptive breeders have been to him. Stud Fee: $30,000 Sire: Langfuhr Dam: Donation