Headlines for Friday, July 18, 2008

  • FL Governor Seeks Re-Hearing on Gaming

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida July 17 asked the Supreme Court of Florida for a re-hearing on its July 3 ruling that declared blackjack and baccarat illegal at the tribe's casinos in the state.

  • Sugar Swirl takes command in the Scotzanna Stakes at Woodbine.

    Sugar Swirl Scores in Ballerina Tune-Up

    Three-time graded stakes winner Sugar Swirl tuned up nicely for a start in Saratoga's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) next month by winning the inaugural Scotzanna Stakes at Woodbine July 18.

  • Kamsin Typifies Modern German Breeding

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Germany has preserved a number of bloodlines that are all but extinct elsewhere, providing a potential outcross for the Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector lines that have come to dominate breeding in the rest of the world. Among them is the male line of 1935 English Triple Crown winner Bahram, the direct ancestor of this year's BMW Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) winner Kamsin (GER).

  • Ocean Colors, 2-year old daughter of Winning Colors, is one of the probables for the Schuylerville on Opening Day at Saratoga.

    Saratoga Stakes Probables Announced

    Fans of Saratoga Race Course can't wait for the track to open its 140th season Wednesday, July 23 and they won't have to wait much longer for the high-quality stakes races that make the Spa one of Thoroughbred racing's top meetings.

  • Houghton Granted Michigan License

    Over the past year and a half, the Office of Racing Commissioner has pursued an extensive investigation regarding allegations of race fixing involving Terry Houghton and a number of other jockeys who were banned from racing at several tracks as a result.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    New Boss at Calder Among CDI Changes

    Churchill Downs Inc. has appointed Ted Nicholson to oversee operations at Calder Race Course on an interim basis, one day after CDI implemented a company-wide personnel overhaul.

  • Topics: THG and Future of Racing on TV

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, which advocates a new economic model for pari-mutuel wagering and has been engaged in high-profile battles in the racing industry, isn't going away anytime soon, its president said July 18.

  • TVG, Portland Meadows Face Deadline

    TVG and Portland Meadows have until July 21 to work out an agreement on source-market fees, or face the prospect of unspecified sanctions by the Oregon Racing Commission.

  • Zero Positives for Steroids at FT Sale

    Terence Collier, Fasig-Tipton director of marketing, reported that all 22 yearlings tested for exogenous levels of anabolic steroids at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, tested negative for the substances.

  • Strategic Plan for Horse Safety in Works

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is formulating a "strategic plan" for equine health and safety and will seek support from various industry organizations when the document is released, probably in early fall.

  • Bank Seeks ClassicStar Assets

    Fifth Third Bank is asking a federal bankruptcy court for assistance in taking possession of certain assets held by ClassicStar LLC, including stallion shares and income from other sires.

  • Buzzards Bay has been retired.

    Grade I Winner Buzzards Bay Retired

    Buzzards Bay, whose four graded stakes wins include a triumph in the 2005 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), has been retired from racing.

  • Charles Town

    Charles Town Resumes Shipping, Racing

    Officials at Charles Town Races and Slots are again allowing horses to come and go after test results indicated that a sick horse on the property does not have equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

  • Van Clief New Sales Integrity Chairman

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced July 18 the appointment of D.G. Van Clief, Jr. as the chairman of the Sales Integrity Program Monitoring Committee.

  • Luke Kruytbosch

    Kruytbosch Funeral Plans Announced

    The funeral service for popular track announcer Luke Kruytbosch, the "Voice of the Kentucky Derby" since 1999, will be held in Churchill Downs' paddock garden on Monday, July 21, at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • That Handicapping Show: July 17 Episode

    Hosted by Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra, "That Handicapping Show" is a weekly video show dedicated to horse players. Jason and special guest Evan Hammonds take a look at the Virginia Derby. Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform.

  • NYRA Purses to be Based on Field Size

    The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced July 17 that purses for open company route races on the dirt and turf at Saratoga Race Course will be increased, based on the number of horses in a race.

  • Johar

    Millionaire Johar's First Winner

    Johar, who deadheated for first in the 2003 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), was represented by his first winner when a daughter, Majestic Feline, won July 17.

  • And They're Off - July 16

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss Curlin's grass racing future, Big Brown's Belmont, the need for a racing czar, and more...