Headlines for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

  • Niall Brennan

    Mixed Reactions to Keeneland Format

    The new April 2-year-olds in training sale format at Keeneland drew mixed reactions Wednesday night as consignors discussed the single breeze show followed by two evening sessions (April 8-9) of selling.

  • Auerbach Chairs Horse Retirement Fund

    Owner and breeder Madeline Auerbach has been named chairman of the 12-member board of directors overseeing a newly established charity fund to care for retired Thoroughbreds, the California Retirement Management Account.

  • Seabiscuit Birthday Celebration Planned

    The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation and Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital - built 80 years ago by Charles S. Howard, owner of Seabiscuit - are slated to benefit from a special Ridgewood Ranch tour and reception in honor of the legendary runner's 75th birthday.

  • ROAP Adopts Code of Conduct

    At its annual meeting in Austin, Texas last month, the board of directors of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program approved a Code of Conduct for licensed accredited stewards and judges.

  • Factors that Cause Ulcers in Racehorses

    Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population.

  • Storm Military tries the Polytrack in the Commonwealth.

    Commonwealth: Storm Military Tries Poly

    Storm Military, last year's champion miler in Argentina, looks to get his first graded stakes victory on American soil, as the 6-year-old lines up against nine rivals in the $400,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) April 12 at Keeneland.

  • Hey Byrn Makes Quick Return in Holy Bull

    Bea Oxenberg's Hey Byrn returns just two weeks after a well-beaten fourth-place finish in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I). He's the choice in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) April 12 at Gulfstream Park.

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville makes his 5-year-old debut in the Maker's Mark Mile.
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    Kip Deville Headlines Maker's Mark Mile

    NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Kip Deville makes his 5-year-old debut April 11 at Keeneland, but will have to take down 10 talented older horses in order to defend his Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) title, including multiple graded stakes winner Einstein.

  • Ventura flies by the pack to take the Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland.

    Ventura Aces Vinery Madison Test

    Ventura proved her affinity for Polytrack and American stakes competition when she mowed down a field of experienced contenders at Keeneland in the $200,000 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II) April 9.

  • Blue Grass Stakes Draw Video

    Video coverage and interviews from the April 9 post position draw for the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), to be run Sat., Apr. 9 at Keeneland.

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    Haskin's Blue Grass Preview: Poly Prices

    There are two ways of looking at Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I)- either as a rich workout for the first Saturday in May for Pyro, Cool Coal Man, Visionaire, Big Truck, and Halo Najib, who all have sufficient earnings, or as a final, desperate attempt to sneak into the Derby field by utilizing the often dirt form-challenged Polytrack.

  • Matriarch winner Precious Kitten makes her 2008 debut in the Jenny Wiley.

    Quartet of Millionaires for Jenny Wiley

    A long wait for the spring thaw and the return of top-level turf racing to Kentucky helped produce an extraordinarily tough group of 10 older fillies and mares for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 12. Grade I winners Precious Kitten, Rutherienne, and Bit of Whimsy and the last two Canadian Horse of the Year winners, Arravale and Sealy Hill, account for half of the field.

  • Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Pinnacle Race Course.

    Pinnacle Breaks Ground for Development

    Michigan officials were present at an April 4 groundbreaking ceremony to launch the development of Pinnacle Race Course, which will be Michigan's only Thoroughbred racetrack when it begins racing July 18.

  • Owner-breeder Earle I. Mack.

    Hearing: Divide on Florida Sales Rules

    It is clear following an April 7 public forum in Florida that published rules concerning horse sales in the state did little to quiet those on opposite sides of the arguments over disclosure and transparency.

  • International Official Truck of Derby

    International has been named the official truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, officials said April 8. Churchill Downs Inc. and Navistar International Corp. have agreed to a two-year deal.

  • Motion Seeks ClassicStar Liquidation

    A motion has been filed in a Kentucky federal court asking to convert the bankruptcy protection of former broodmare lease operator ClassicStar LLC from Chapter 11 business reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

  • Ken Dunn

    Dunn Steps Down From Calder, CDI

    C. Kenneth Dunn, who since April 1999 has served as senior vice president of Florida operations for Churchill Downs Inc. and has spent 18 years at Calder Race Course, is stepping down, the company announced April 9. Dunn will continue to serve as an adviser for Calder through Aug. 1.

  • Worldly Manner

    Worldly Manner to Two B Rockin

    Worldly Manner, one of the few sons of Riverman at stud, will stand at David Bailey's Two B Rockin Ranch near Bridgeport, Texas.

  • Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

    <P>Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population. Guy Lester, BVMS, PhD, associate professor of large animal medicine at Murdoch University, presented the st...