Headlines for Thursday, February 7, 2008

  • Trainer Mike de Kock

    Lucky Strikes in Maktoum Challenge

    Trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Kevin Shea teamed up to capture the two stakes races that highlighted the fourth evening of the Dubai Racing Carnival at Nad al Sheba Feb. 7.

  • House In Wood (FR), Woodman - Housatonic by Riverman, brought 450,000gns at Tattersalls February Sale.

    'Tango Dam Tops Tattersall's Sale

    House In Wood (Fr), dam of the grade I Garden City Stakes winner Alexander Tango (Ire), topped yesterday's one-day Tattersalls February Sale in Newmarket.

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    A Blending of Nicks and Patterns

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Repent's stakes winners are a mix of strong nicks and intriguing pedigree patterns, something that probably reflects the slightly unusual pedigree of Repent himself. One runner bearing a unique pedigree is Crown of Thorns, who just jumped into this year's Classic picture by winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Tabbed as 2009 BC Host

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held in 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the California racetrack that will serve as this year's host. It marks the first time the event will be held at the same host site two years in a row.

  • Tough Tiz&#39;s Sis is entered in both the La Canada and the Santa Maria this weekend.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3516294%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Baffert, Sadler Have 'Canada Option

    Trainers Bob Baffert and John Sadler have a fall back plan just in case racing doesn't resume as announced at Santa Anita Feb. 9. They also entered their fillies, Tough Tiz's Sis and Dawn After Dawn, respectively, in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II), which is set to run the following day.

  • TVG Renews Contract With FSN

    TVG announced that it has renewed its agreement with Fox Sports Net West and FSN Prime Ticket to exclusively air live horseracing from across the country.

  • Gouldings Green will challenge a field of 10 others in the Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 9.

    Jonesboro Defends Essex Title

    Michael Langford's 6-year-old Jonesboro, winner of the 2007 edition of the Essex Handicap, will defend his title when a field of 11 hits the Oaklawn Park oval in this year's running of the $100,000 event Feb. 9.

  • Churchill Unveils Stakes Schedule

    Churchill Downs has unveiled an $11 million stakes schedule for its 2008 spring and fall meets that features 45 stakes events - including a record 38 graded stakes races - headed by the 134th renewals of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno at Press Conference on Feb. 7.

    Bruno: 'Scare Tactics' Must End

    While unveiling what he called the framework of a Thoroughbred franchise agreement, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno blasted the New York Racing Association Feb. 7 for attempting to scare its workers and horsemen by threatening a shutdown Feb. 14.

  • Downey Profile: Pyromania at FG

    Last year, trainer Steve Asmussen finished third in the grade III Risen Star Stakes, beaten by shippers from California and Florida. This year, he appears to have the upper hand with Pyro.

  • The inaugural Calder Turf Million will take place April 26.

    Calder Launches Turf Million

    Calder Race Course has announced a new event to be held April 26, the first Saturday of the 2008 season at Calder: the "Turf Million." Four turf stakes totaling $1.15 million will be contested over the grass, including the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT), whose purse has been doubled to $400,000. The Calder Derby will also be the first half of a new national wager, the "Calder Derby / Kentucky Derby Double."

  • Synthetic track repair at Santa Anita.

    Santa Anita Cancels Racing Feb. 8

    Santa Anita Park announced Feb. 7 that live racing will be canceled Feb. 8 due to a one-day delay in the last phase of its main track renovation. Racing is scheduled to resume Feb. 9.

  • Haskin's Derby Future Analysis

    This year's Future Wager field includes some interesting morning line odds, withy only five of the 23 horses higher than 20-1 and only three less than 15-1. That means that 15 horses are either 15-1 or 20-1. That all seems to imply that no one -- not even the oddsmaker -- has a clue what to make of this year's classic crop so far.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Site of '09 Cup?

    Santa Anita, which is scheduled to conduct this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25, could be selected as the site of the event again in 2009 when the Breeders' Cup board meets today, Thursday, Feb. 7.

  • Golden Gate Fields

    Tapeta Gives Golden Gate a Boost

    Golden Gate Fields experienced an increase in all-sources handle and a decrease in catastrophic injuries during its first meet with a synthetic surface.

  • Sierra Sunset

    Mahubah's Corner: Sierra Sunset

    A weekly feature found only on BloodHorseNOW.com, " Mahubah's Corner" is Avalyn Hunter's column that explores the bloodlines that produce stakes winners around the world. Please enjoy this special free preview.

  • Penn National Profit Declines

    Penn National Gaming Inc. said Feb. 7 fourth-quarter profit fell 63%, and the company blamed the losses in part on inclement weather at some of its largest properties.