Headlines for Thursday, May 15, 2008

  • Speightstown

    First Winner for Speightstown

    Freshman sire Speightstown (Gone West-Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) was represented by his first winner May 15 at York in England.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    Calder Allowed to Take Preakness Signal

    Churchill Downs Inc. said May 15 it reached an agreement with Maryland horsemen that will permit Calder Race Course to take Pimlico Race Course's signal May 16-17, including the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Repent, shown, is the sire of a colt (hip #455) who worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 during the 2nd session of the under tack show at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Repent Colt Sizzles in Midlantic Show

    A Repent colt was the fastest worker at an eighth of a mile May 15 during the second session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred sale of 2-year-olds in training at Timonium in Maryland.

  • Data Digest: FT Midlantic May 2YOIT Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale 2008 Preview Edition Data Digest is a FREE download, presented by Kirkwood Stables! An in-depth preview of the upcoming auction.

  • Salute the Sarge returns to sprinting in the Lazaro Barrera Memorial 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%3D2063953%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sarge Faces Dixie Chatter in Laz Barrera

    Trainer Eric Guillot has long believed that his 3-year-old Salute the Sarge is most comfortable as a late-running sprinter. After Sarge's most recent route attempt ended in a flop at Keeneland, the grade II winner returns to the short game in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track May 18.

  • Rite Moment seeks her third successive grade II win in the Shuvee.<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%3D4229575%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Shuvee Handicap Brings Out Rite Moment

    There will be racing at other locations besides Pimlico on May 17, although most of the nation will be prone to forget it. At Belmont Park in the $150,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II), older fillies and mares head out a mile on the New York dirt just one hour before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) goes off in Maryland.

  • Plans to announce a stallion deal for Derby Winner Big Brown on May 15 fell through.<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%3D4421235%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Stud Deal Will Have to Wait

    Plans to announce a stallion deal for Preakness Stakes (gr. I) favorite Big Brown on May 15 fell through, but discussions will continue after the second leg of the Triple Crown is run May 17.

  • Big Brown's first trip to the track attracted a horde of followers.

    Haskin Preakness Report: Brown's in Town

    With the arrival of Big Brown and others from Kentucky and California, all the horses are at Pimlico, with the exception of Saturday arrivals Behindatthebar and Icabad Crane. This will be just an abbreviated report to set things up for Friday's column, in which we'll try to find several value plays to use in the exotics.

  • Riley Tucker is 30-1 on the morning line.

    Preakness Notes: May 15

    With regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin aboard and dozens of still and video cameras recording every step, the Big Brown galloped 1 1/2 miles May 15 at Pimlico.

  • Valbenny (IRE) returns from an eight month layoff in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico May 17.

    Valbenny Returns for New Trainer Matz

    Grade II winner Valbenny, one of the leading turf fillies on the West Coast last season, returns from an absence of more than eight months while making her first start for trainer Michael Matz in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Pimlico lawn May 17.

  • Significant Minority Support Racing Ban

    In the wake of the tragedy that followed the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Eight Belles' fatal breakdown, alarming statistics reflecting the percentage of those who would support a horse racing ban were revealed by a Gallup poll.

  • Eight Belles

    Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

    A necropsy of Eight Belles, ordered by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, found no pre-existing bone abnormalities that contributed to compound fractures she suffered in both front legs after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 3.

  • Roman Emperor looks to bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the Wood Memorial in the Barbaro Stakes.

    Roman Emperor Gets Shot in Barbaro

    That Roman Emperor likes the 1 1/16-mile distance has already been proven. Whether he'll bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial (gr. I) remains to be seen. We'll find out when the Steve Klesaris trainee leads a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Cognac Kisses was second in the Allen's Prospect Stakes at Pimlico April 19.

    Wide-Open MD Sprint Handicap Draws Seven

    Seven older sprinters will try to earn their first graded stakes score May 17 at Pimlico Race Course when they do battle in the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) the first of 10 blacktype races on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day.

  • Officer Cherrie won the Mazzarine BC (gr. III-C) last Sept. 29 at Woodbine

    Selene: Officer Cherrie Has the Edge

    Charles Laloggia's Officer Cherrie, the lone graded stakes winner in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, seems to have an edge in the $250,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) May 18 at Woodbine.

  • Bayakoa Stakes winner Buy The Barrel tries graded company for the first time in the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes.

    Jones and Saez Pair in DuPont Distaff

    Just 14 days after saddling Eight Belles to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones will give a leg up to jockey Gabriel Saez and the two will take Hinkle Farms' Buy the Barrel postward in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (gr. II) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Lantana Mob comes into the Hirsch Jacobs (gr. III) off a win in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 6.

    Lantana Mob Heads Hirsch Jacobs

    Vinery Stables' Lantana Mob is the most likely choice in the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico May 17, which is why he's been assigned the high weight of 122 pounds in a nine-horse field. But several 3-year-olds looking for graded stakes-winning status could step up to provide a challenge in this Preakness undercard event.

  • Magna Entertainment and the Maryland horsemen both are in favor of slot machine legislation being passed in the state.

    MEC, Horsemen Support Pro-Slots Campaign

    The Maryland racing industry is throwing its support behind a campaign for slot machines, but it remains to be seen whether any racetracks would get the gambling devices should the public approve a statewide ballot measure in November.

  • Morning Line Preakness Thursday

    The Alibi Breakfast is underway. A Preakness tradition, the Maryland Jockey Club offers a big spread of breakfast delights, plenty of juice and coffee, and a Black-Eyed Susan, if you're so inclined.

  • Horse Exhibit to Open at NY Museum

    "The Horse," a comprehensive exhibition on the enduring bond between horses and humanity, opened at the American Museum of Natural History May 17, and will remain on view until January 4, 2009.

  • RMTC Strives for Uniform Drug Testing

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium sponsored an equine racing chemist workshop to foster uniformity in drug testing of the androgenic anabolic steroids from April 27-30 at the University of California at Davis.

  • Nothing Definitive Yet on Change at MJC

    Change may be in the wind yet again regarding upper-level Maryland Jockey Club management, but as of May 15, officials with MJC owner Magna Entertainment Corp. said there's nothing to announce.

  • Derby Promotion Raises Funds for Charity

    A Kentucky Derby Day promotion facilitated by NetJets, the Jockeys' Guild, Churchill Downs, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has raised $500,000 to benefit the NTRA Charities - Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Jockey John Velazquez will present the gift to representatives of the fund the morning of May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Safety Panel to Serve as 'Bully Pulpit'

    The Jockey Club acknowledges it has limits on what it can mandate in the area of equine health and safety, but it does plan to use its new Thoroughbred Safety Committee as a "bully pulpit" to bring about change.

  • Tapit had his first winner May 14 at Churchill Downs.

    Tapit Colt Wins at Churchill

    Grade I winner Tapit was represented by his first U.S. winner when his son Retap won May 14 at Churchill Downs in his first start.