Headlines for Tuesday, February 5, 2008

  • TOC: Partial Signal Consent Given

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California has given limited consent to New York's off-track betting corporations to accept wagers on California races, but is holding firm on its stance against allowing wagers from the companies'out-of-state account deposit wagering customers.

  • The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named Hard Spun Horse of the Year.

    Pennsylvania Champions Named

    The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named Hard Spun as its first-ever Horse of the Year.

  • Strategic Partner

    Strategic Partner Dead

    Strategic Partner, whose first foals are 2-year-olds, was euthanized Feb. 4 after breaking a leg in a paddock accident at Charlton Ranch near Washington, Okla.

  • Derby Site Launches New Series

    Kentuckyderby.com will now offer racing fans another way to experience the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with the introduction of a journalism series focusing on memorable racing moments and personalities.

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    Grasshopper Tackles Mineshaft

    Todd Pletcher trainee Magna Graduate has not scored a win since April 2007 and the Neil Howard-trained Grasshopper has not raced since a second-place finish in the Super Derby Sept. 22. Both are looking for a return to their winning ways in the $150,000 Mineshaft Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

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    Indian Blessing In Silverbulletday

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing will attempt to maintain a perfect record for Hal and Patti Earnhardt when she leads a field of seven in the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • NYRA Working on 'Contingency Plan'

    The New York Racing Association is working on putting a "contingency plan" in place should Aqueduct be forced to close Feb. 14, NYRA's president and chief executive Charles Hayward said Feb. 5.

  • Better Talk Now and jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Better Talk Now in FG Handicap

    The ageless Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and a graded-stakes winner each of the last five years, heads the field for the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT), part of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) Preview Day Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds.

  • Sir Shackleton

    Sir Shackleton's First Foal

    The first reported foal sired by Sir Shackleton is a filly born Feb. 2 at Richard Rudolph's farm in Illinois.

  • Derby Future Pool Set to Go

    Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the "all others" bet as the strong 5-2 favorite in his morning-line odds for Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which begins its four-day run at noon Feb. 7 at racetracks and satellite wagering outlets across the United States and Canada.

  • Pyro is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Risen Star (gr.  III).

    Pyro, Z Fortune Head Risen Star

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Pyro will make his 3-year-old debut in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9, but don't think the Steve Asmussen trainee lacks experience. Prior to a Feb. 5 move over the Louisiana oval, his last two works were impressive bullets fired in company with 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.

  • All Others Strong in Oaks Future

    Unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing and the impressive grade I winner Country Star head a strong roster of 3-year-old fillies listed as wagering interests in the first of three pools of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • Behaving Badly

    Behaving Badly's First Foal

    Grade I winner Behaving Badly produced her first foal, a colt by champion Bernardini, Feb. 4.

  • Grade II winner Shaniko's first reported foal is a filly born Jan. 23.

    First Foal by Shaniko

    Grade II winner Shaniko's first reported foal is a filly born Jan. 23 at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.

  • Ian Pearse, founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia

    Q&A With Pro-Ride's Pearse

    Ian Pearse of Melbourne, Australia, who is receiving plenty of attention these days as the man expected to fix Santa Anita's troubled Cushion Track synthetic surface, answers questions about synthetic surfaces.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: 'Roid Rage

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The industry has one chance to get it right or the federal government may intervene.

  • Commentary: Because of a Horse

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - With Thoroughbred racing in the United States going through perhaps the roughest time in its history, it is reassuring to know that the passion people around the world have for the sport and for the horse still is as strong as ever.