Headlines for Tuesday, April 8, 2008

  • Hip#7 colt; Langfuhr - Coral Sea by Rubiano, sold for $700,000 at the opening session of the Keeneland April Sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Langfuhr Colt Tops Keeneland Opener

    Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell called Tuesday's opening session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training "a success." But the auction will have to seriously improve upon its first night gross of $7,127,000 in Wednesday's second session to equal or surpass last year's total of $16,637,000.

  • B. Wayne Hughes purchased hip#45, a son of Aldebaran out of the Storm Cat mare Propriety for $675,000.

    At Keeneland: Good Horses = Good Money

    The opening session of the two-night Keeneland April 2-year-old in training sale got off to a rough start April 8 at the Central Kentucky auction house with the number of horses not sold (30, or 46.9%) almost equaling the reserve not attained rate of last year's one-day sale (47.1%).

  • Jess Jackson purchased hip#7; colt, Langfuhr - Coral Sea by Rubiano, for $700,000 at the opening session of the Keeneland April Sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Jackson Buys $700,000 Langfuhr Colt

    Jess Jackson, still glowing from Horse of the Year Curlin's victory in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), struck early Monday night during the opening session of the Keeneland April Sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Santa Anita Oaks winner Ariege (right) and Golden Doc A will renew their rivalry in the Beaumont Stakes.<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%3D3789817%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ariege, Golden Doc A Head Beaumont

    Ariege and Golden Doc A, the one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 8, will renew their rivalry in the Midwest in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Hip 123, Don Gato, a colt by Storm Cat - Here I Go, by Mr. Prospector is one to watch on day 2 of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Don Gato Among Standouts at Keeneland

    There's a half-brother to a Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and a very fast Forestry colt in the second and final session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training Wednesday night in Central Kentucky.

  • Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck is under consideration for the Blue Grass Stakes after a work on April 8.

    Big Truck Posts Bullet Work at Keeneland

    Trainer Barclay Tagg worked Big Truck and Elysium Fields four furlongs April 8 over the Keeneland Polytrack. Big Truck got the distance in :46.60, the fastest of 56 works at that distance for the day. Elysium Fields was clocked in :47.60.

  • Cryptoquip, Ohio champion handicap female.

    Ohio Divisional Champions Announced

    The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners held their Annual Awards Banquet honoring the 2007 Ohio Horse of the Year and divisional champions at the Darby House, Darby Dan Farm near Galloway, Ohio March 28.

  • Cole Norman

    Norman Awaits Formal Sentencing

    Trainer Cole Norman is awaiting formal sentencing in Garland County Circuit Court after a jury recommended he serve six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and be fined $5,000 for his involvement in a fatal automobile accident in February 2007.

  • Bernick Named President of Glen Hill

    Leonard H. Lavin, founder and owner of Glen Hill Farm, on April 8 announced the appointment of his grandson, Craig Lavin Bernick, as president and chief operating officer of the Ocala, Fla.-based operation. Lavin will continue to hold the title of chairman.

  • Evangeline Downs kicks off its 85-night spring/summer season April 9.

    Evangeline Downs Offers Expanded Stakes

    Racing will return to south central Louisiana for the 43rd consecutive year as Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 85-night spring/summer season April 9.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: The Next Steps

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - Alice Chandler has no intention of shooting craps in a fancy, glitzy casino. Wouldn't be the same. Now 82, she harkens back to her youth when she would try to make her point in a tack room with the men on her dad's Beaumont Farm.

  • Commentary: Piece of Cake

    <i>by Joe Hickey</i> - Stepping down from his Windfields jet, E.P. Taylor bounded across the tarmac into the terminal building, where he pulled up short in front of a vending machine. "Help me, Joe. I don't have any U.S. change."

  • TOBA to Webcast New Owner Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 8 it will Webcast its New Owner Seminar held Feb. 22 in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

  • Storm Cat

    Storm Cat Experiencing Problems

    Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

  • Blog: Prado's Book on Barbaro a Winner

    Jockey Edgar Prado has teamed with Baltimore Sun writer John Eisenberg to produce a book that reaches deep into his soul, giving readers a taste of the powerful connection between horse and rider. My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey's Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak with America's Favorite Horse hit stores April 1.

  • Governor's Cup Tops Penn National Stakes

    The Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Handicap, the oldest stakes at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, will get a $50,000 boost in its purse to $100,000 this year as part of the richest stakes schedule in the history of the track.

  • Storm Cat Experiencing Drop in Fertility

    <P>Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old stallion has covered are in foal. <P>"We've been dealing with his fertility, but as long as he's comfortable co...