Headlines for Monday, July 28, 2008

  • Kodiak Kowboy (green silks) passes Desert Key to win the Amsterdam (gr. II). <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%3D5302638%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kodiak Kowboy Prevails in Amsterdam

    Kodiak Kowboy overtook favorite Desert Key in the deep stretch, powering to a head victory in the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course July 28.

  • Stored Sires First Winner

    West Virginia sire Stored was represented by his initial winner when his son Copper Line won July 25 at Charles Town his first start.

  • Distinction

    Distinction Chalks Up First Winner

    Distinction, by Seattle Slew, came through with his initial winner July 26 when a daughter, Phantom's Diva, won her first race.

  • Doctor Mike Gets First Winner

    Stakes winner Doctor Mike got his first winner July 26 at Evangeline Downs when Valene Farms' homebred Doc of the Bay won by 4 3/4 lengths.

  • Inside Track: Top o' the Hill

    <i>By Terry Conway</i> - It was one of those eureka moments. In early 1992 veterinarian Kathleen Anderson drove through the front gates and down the dirt and gravel road at the Fair Hill Training Center. The barns were in tatters. Top-flight horses non-existent.

  • Losing the Iron Horse? - Part 3

    Blood-Horse executive editor of digital media Eric Mitchell hosts prominent horsemen Bobby Trussell, Rob Whiteley, Rob Keck, Mike Pons, Arthur Hancock III, and Duncan Taylor as they discuss what they see inside the numbers.

  • Slot machines generated 64% of total purses in Pennsylvania in 2007.

    PA Report: Purses Up, Handle Share Down

    Total purses earned at Pennsylvania racetracks jumped 162% from 2006 to 2007 because of revenue from on-track slot machines, while the percentage of purses earned from pari-mutuel wagering dropped substantially during the same period, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's first "benchmark report" on the impact of slots on pari-mutuel wagering.

  • Synthetic surfaces will be the topic of discussion July 29, 2008 at Fasig-Tipton Co. Inc. in Saratoga Springs, New York.

    Jockeys, Trainers, on Synthetics Panels

    As part of an ongoing analysis into the feasibility of installing synthetic surfaces at racetracks located in New York State, the New York State Task Force on Retired Racehorse has invited segments of the racing industry to a one-day forum to discuss the issues associated with artificial surfaces.

  • Losing the Iron Horse? - Part 1

    See Also: "Losing the Iron Horse?", an in-depth report, available as a free PDF download, which investigates whether the Thoroughbred racehorse is as tough today as it was 30 to 40 years ago.

  • Larry Jones

    Jones Eyes West Virginia Derby Invasion

    The horsemen at Delaware Park are well aware that trainer Larry Jones has an arsenal of stakes competitors in his barn. And on Aug. 2, Jones plans to bring a vanload of his top horses to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) program.

  • Spanish Steps

    Spanish Steps Sires First Winner

    Spanish Steps, a full brother to major sire Unbridled's Song, was represented by his first winner July 24 at Del Mar.

  • Mo Mon's First Winner

    Graded stakes-placed Mo Mon came through with his first winner when a daughter, Saratoga Lilly, won July 27 at Monmouth Park.

  • And They're Off: July 30 Episode

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss Hialeah, Jeremy Rose's suspension, the second season of racing - including a look back at the Jim Dandy and a look ahead to the Haskell, and old warriors.