Headlines for Tuesday, May 6, 2008

  • PETA Supporters and their counterparts demonstrate in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office.

    PETA Demonstrates; Could Pursue Charges

    A spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which staged a peaceful demonstration May 6 in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office near Lexington, said similar demonstrations are planned for upcoming Triple Crown events. Meanwhile, the organization said it may attempt to get cruelty charges filed against the connections of Eight Belles, who was euthanized after the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Data Digest: Barretts May 2YOs

    The Barretts May 2-Year Olds in Training Sale 2008 Preview Edition Data Digest is a FREE download, presented by TrueNicks! An in-depth preview of the upcoming auction.

  • Youbet Focusing on the Future

    Youbet.com put the memory of its association with former subsidiary International Racing Group in its rear-view mirror during a May 6 conference call where it reported a net income of $774,000 for the first quarter of 2008.

  • Lexington winner Behindatthebar is one of 6 confirmed entries to take on Big Brown in the Preakness.

    Seven Confirmed for Preakness

    With the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) 11 days away, the field set to test Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown continues to change as the connections of some of the top 3-year-olds weigh a start in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Magna Loss Soars in First Quarter

    Despite mounting losses and lack of investor confidence, executives of racetrack operator Magna Entertainment remain confident the company's fortunes can be reversed.

  • Big Brown's Win Benefits Namesake UPS

    UPS, the company which inspired the name of the winning Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) horse, Big Brown, took advantage of its logo placements on the pants of winning jockey Kent Desormeaux to garner 0:56 of on-screen time.

  • Derby Sponsor Gains Valuable Exposure

    When combining the media exposure the Kentucky Derby presenting sponsor received from NBC's live telecast May 3 with print and Internet news articles referencing the sponsor over the last week, Yum Brands earned a comparable exposure value of $5,750,215.

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    Derby Second Most Viewed in 17 Years

    NBC Sports' coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3 was the most viewed Kentucky Derby in four years (Smarty Jones, 2004), and second most viewed in at least 17 years. The race (5:43-6:39 p.m. ET) averaged 14.2 million viewers, up 3% from 2007 (13.8 million).

  • New York Officials Working to Save OTB

    State officials are working on a plan to help keep the New York City Off Track Betting Corp. from shutting by shaving up to 20% of revenue-sharing the OTB now makes to various entities, including the New York Racing Association, out-of-state tracks, and breeding programs.

  • Refuse to Bend

    Refuse To Bend's First Winner

    Irish champion and English classic winner Refuse To Bend was represented by his first winner when a daughter, To The Point, won at Warwick in England.

  • Indiana Stallion Presidential Order Dead

    Presidential Order, who ranked among Indiana's leading sires for several years, was euthanized April 23 after suffering injuries in a paddock accident at M.C. Roberts Farms near Mooresville, Ind.

  • Gross Up at Inglis Broodmare Sale

    The strong competition among buyers at the William Inglis & Son Australian broodmare sale continued May 5 on the select portion's second day, with the overall gross finishing well up on last year.

  • Commentary: The Sound of Silence

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - After winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2, Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones talked of the relationship his family has developed with trainer Larry Jones and his wife, Cindy.

  • Commentary: Feeling the Chill

    <i> by Evan Hammonds</i> - Cold lies the heart of Thoroughbred racing following Eight Belles' untimely end after Kentucky Derby 134. The dark side of the toughest game in town showed itself once again on the national stage, this time in the nation's biggest race.