Headlines for Wednesday, June 18, 2008

  • Unwanted Horses: How Serious a Problem?

    It tends to get lost in the shuffle because it's not as sexy as anabolic steroids, race-fixing, or catastrophic breakdowns from a media perspective. But talk to people who work in the horse industry every day, and they'll tell you the issue of unwanted horses is serious and so broad it impacts the entire United States, not just the horseracing industry.

  • The congressional hearing on racing starts at 10 a.m. on Thurs., June 19.

    Groups Have Say Before D.C. Hearing

    As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

  • Peace Rules Filly Tops OBS June Sale

    The 2008 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-year-olds in training sale saw the number of horses sold and the gross increase over last year's figures, while the average and median price fell off slightly during the two-day sale June 17-18 in Central Florida.

  • Speedy Polonius Heads Cinema 'Cap Cast

    Polonius, front-running winner of the Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf last time out, appears to have the speed advantage once again when he faces just four 3-year-old rivals in the $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Theriot Bags Six at Churchill

    Jockey Jamie Theriot became the seventh rider in Churchill Downs history to ride six winners in a single day. He accomplished the feat June 18 on only seven mounts, an achievement last reached by Pat Day Nov. 15, 1984.

  • Rutherienne (blue silks), shown winning the Frances Genter (gr. IIIT) at Calder last December.

    Rutherienne Tops All Along Field

    Virginia Kraft Payson's Rutherienne will top a quality field of turf distaffers including Valbenny, Lady Digby,and J'ray, in the $200,000 All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs June 21.

  • Following his recent sale, Racecar Rhapsody could be headed to Dubai.

    Racecar Rhapsody Sold; Headed to Dubai?

    Racecar Rhapsody, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat who ran fourth to Big Brown in the Preakness (gr. I), was scratched from the seventh race at Churchill Downs June 18 after the colt was purchased by new owners.

  • Four New Breeders' Cup Challenge Races

    The Breeders' Cup announced that four races have been added to the 2008 Breeders' Cup Challenge series, bringing the final total for this year's schedule to 57, an increase from 24 races in 2007.

  • Keeneland Going High Definition

    Keeneland Racecourse announced June 18 it will become the first racetrack in North America to provide live race coverage and limited simulcasts in High-Definition format.

  • Jessica Oldham Stith made her riding debut aboard Greenwood Lady at River Downs on June 17.

    Academy Grad Fifth in Debut as Jockey

    Jessica Oldham Stith, the first graduate of Chris McCarron's North American Racing Academy, failed to emulate her parents but got a lot of experience in her first ride as a jockey June 17 at River Downs in Ohio.