Headlines for Tuesday, March 18, 2008

  • War Pass was 100% healthy going into the Tampa Bay Derby.<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%3D3670136%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    LaPenta: War Pass was Perfect for Race

    Bob LaPenta and Nick Zito have always taken pride in their honesty, and with the nightmare of War Pass' shocking performance in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) still causing them sleepless nights, LaPenta feels the need to address his comment after the race that the colt had a fever earlier in the week.

  • Hip #64, Red Vow, a colt by Broken Vow out of the Strawberry Road mare Sedona Berry was the first session's top-selling horse, bringing $625,000.

    OBS March Sale Surges at the Start

    With four horses bringing more than $500,000 apiece, the Ocala Breeders Sales Co. (OBS) March select sale of 2-year-olds in training blasted out of the starting gate Tuesday in Central Florida.

  • Scenes from the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit which concluded March 18.

    Action Plans Released by Summit Members

    The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded March 18 with the 62 participants releasing action plans on how to improve various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Agnes Gold was represented by his first foal from his initial North American crop when a colt out of the Alphabet Soup mare Call Out was born March 7.

    Agnes Gold's First Foal

    Agnes Gold, a Japanese grade II winner by Sunday Silence, was represented by his first foal from his initial North American crop when a colt out of the Alphabet Soup mare Call Out was born March 7.

  • Youbet 'Resolves' Part in IRG Inquiry

    Youbet.com said March 18 it had resolved its part in a federal investigation into its former International Racing Group subsidiary, and will not be charged in return for continued cooperation with officials.

  • Graded stakes winners Zenyatta probably will run in stakes at the upcoming Hollywood Park spring/summer meet.<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%3D3286869%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta, Tiago Eye Hollywood Stakes

    Graded stakes winners Zenyatta and Tiago both "are doing very well" and probably will run in stakes at the upcoming Hollywood Park spring/summer meet, which gets under way April 23, trainer John Shirreffs said.

  • Darley Gets 'Prize' at OBS March Sale

    A handsome chestnut Pure Prize colt will be joining Sheikh Mohammed's international racing operation after being purchased by Darley USA president Jimmy Bell for $550,000 Tuesday afternoon, about two hours into the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • Hip 64, Red Vow, brought $625,000 early in the OBS March 2-year-old Sale.

    Red Vow Brings $625,000 at OBS Sale

    Red Vow, a well-balanced bay son of Broken Vow, set the early financial pace with his $625,000 price Tuesday during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training sale in Central Florida.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor in Chief

    Commentary: Right to Know

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - It leaves a bad taste in the collective mouths of the betting public when it believes it has been misled.

  • Commentary: A Matter of Integrity

    <i>By Rep. Ed Whitfield</i> - Three years ago, Congress examined the explosion of steroid use plaguing Major League Baseball. The integrity of the game was called into question and a dark cloud was cast over America's favorite pastime.

  • The Pimlico Special (gr. I) returns as part of the 2008 stakes schedule after a one year hiatus.

    Pimlico Sets Stakes; 'Special' Returns

    Pimlico Race Course, home of the grade I Preakness Stakes, will offer a $3.46-million stakes schedule during a 31-day spring meet that runs from April 17-June 7. In a major change, the grade I Pimlico Special is back.

  • David Vance

    Inside Track: Working on a Comeback

    Every morning for more than four decades David Vance made the same trek up Interstate I-71 to Turfway Park. Beginning in 1966, his first year as a trainer, Vance's schedule was the same, waking up at the crack of dawn, jumping in his car, and venturing to the Florence, Ky., racetrack to tend to his stable of horses. But Dec. 9, while making the drive for who-knows-how-many-thousandth-time, life changed in an instant.

  • Meadowlands is in line to receive part of the $90- million purse subsidy approved by the New Jersey legislature.

    New Jersey Senate OKs Purse Subsidy

    The New Jersey legislature has approved a deal whereby Atlantic City casinos will pay the horseracing and breeding industry $90 million over three years in return for a guarantee the tracks won't pursue video lottery terminals during the period.

  • In his final Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) prep, Viva Pataca (Darren Beadman) defeats Iron Fist (Douglas Whyte) under barrier trial conditions at Sha Tin on  March 17.

    Viva Pataca Wins Sheema Classic Prep

    Jockey Darren Beadman gave an enthusiastic thumbs up for Viva Pataca after the champion completed his pre-Dubai departure work with a win in a mile barrier trial Monday, March 17, at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.