Headlines for Tuesday, April 15, 2008

  • Recapturetheglory started at nearly 16-1 for the Illinois Derby (gr. II) but triumphed by four lengths.

    Recapturetheglory Going Long

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Unlike his sire and champion sprinter Cherokee Run, Recapturetheglory seems to improve with distance. There is not a lot to predict stamina on either side of the Illinois Derby's winners pedigree, but on the dam's side there is a source of stamina that may manifest itself on Kentucky Derby day.

  • Total Wagering Up in New Zealand

    The unaudited figures from the New Zealand Racing Board for the first six months of the 2007/08 season show that despite the challenges imposed by the equine influenza outbreak in Australia, business has continued to deliver strong turnover growth.

  • Dubai Duty Free to Sponsor Irish Derby

    Dubai Duty Free has agreed to a five-year contract to sponsor the Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh Racecourse beginning this summer. The announcement outlining the details of the new sponsorship arrangement was made April 15 at a press conference at the K-Club in County Kildare.

  • Stormin Fever (shown) is the sire of a filly who worked an eighth of a mile in :10 at the OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

    Stormin Fever Filly Shines at OBS

    Stormin Fever filly and a Yes It's True colt were among the standouts Tuesday during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • THG, TrackNet Have Differing Views

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group claims it wants advance deposit wagering entities to pay a fairer share into purse coffers, but those on the other side of the negotiating table claim the math simply doesn't add up.

  • Fair Grounds Expands Racing in 2008-09

    Fair Grounds will expand its racing season by two weeks next season and begin a locally-based meet prior to Thanksgiving for the first time in nearly 30 years, track president Randy Soth announced April 15.

  • Negotiations Begin Concerning NYCOTB

    Preliminary negotiations have begun at the state Capitol in Albany to address New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's threat to shut down the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. in June.

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    Derby Fever Could Strike 'Sarge's' Owner

    Trainer Eric Guillot was refreshingly candid during an April 15 teleconference hosted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, calling his horse "one of the 15 who might not belong," but saying a trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is definitely under consideration for Salute the Sarge.

  • Tomcito at the start of the Florida Derby (gr. I).

    Tomcito Zips in Lexington Workout

    Jet Set Racing Stable's Tomcito, preparing for Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), worked three furlongs out of the gate in :34.60 and galloped out a half-mile in :46.80 with Manfreddy Guzman up Tuesday morning at Keeneland.

  • Pam Stockard

    Inside Track: Living the Dream

    <i> By Ken Snyder</i> - Pam Stockard's first dream as a child was to ride racehorses at Churchill Downs. Her second dream as an adult, perhaps more fanciful than the first, was to have her artwork exhibited at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Dreams do, indeed, come true.

  • Commentary: Sales Sold

    <i> by Dan Liebman </i> - Few have the resources to do anything they want in the Thoroughbred industry. Sheikh Mohammed would be one of the exceptions.

  • Commentary: He Touched Many

    <i> by Headley Bell </i> - My mother, Alice Chandler, and I were scheduled to meet with the Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse April 4 to reflect on her life and the transition of our family's Mill Ridge Farm. But it was hard that morning to also not reflect on the life of our dear friend Buddy Bishop, who had passed away the previous night after struggling with cancer for more than two years.

  • THG Adds Members, TOBA Support

    Seven new organizations representing owners and trainers in states including Kentucky, Florida, and Maryland have joined the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, with a mutual goal of reforming the industry's wagering revenue distribution system in order to sustain live racing in North America.

  • Kentucky state senator Damon Thayer

    Bill: Up to $6 Million for KY Racing

    A Kentucky legislator plans to pre-file a bill for 2009 that would provide dedicated funding for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and create a new fund to supplement purses for all breeds at Kentucky racetracks.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    No Deal Yet Between Calder, Horsemen

    Florida horsemen and officials at Calder Race Course and parent company Churchill Downs Inc. met April 14 but did not agree on contracts for the Calder meet that begins April 21.

  • Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

    Veto of KHRA Assessment Relief Stands

    Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a provision in the state General Assembly's $19-billion budget that would keep smaller racetracks in the state from paying a daily assessment to support Kentucky Horse Racing Authority operations. Legislators on April 15 took no action to override the veto as the General Assembly session came to a close.

  • Courtney Carries on at Stonebridge Farm

    Robert Courtney Jr., who worked as an integral part of the Crestfield Farm team for 31 years, will continue raising and selling Thoroughbreds at his 195-acre Stonebridge Farm near Lexington.

  • Eoin Harty on Colonel John

    Trainer Eoin Harty talks about the development of Colonel John as he prepares for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Silent Name (JPN)

    Silent Name (JPN) brings back some of the Sunday Silence blood to the United States.  Standing at Adena Springs, Silent Name was a graded winner on the turf and Polytrack.

  • Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

    <P>According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance. <P>"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley Young, BVSc, PhD, DVA, Dipl. ECEIM (European College of Equine Internal Medicine), DVC, MRCVS, an equine cardio...