Headlines for Monday, July 7, 2008

  • CDI Announces Deal With Calder Horsemen

    Churchill Downs Inc. announced July 7 that it has signed contracts with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on 2008 purses and on potential future slot machine revenue at CDI-owned Calder Race Course.

  • Recession Not Always Bad Sale News

    A popular definition for a recession is a decline in a country's gross domestic product for two or more consecutive quarters in a year. So far, that hasn't happened in the latest economic downturn, but there is plenty of bad financial news around concerning gas prices, home values, and job losses

  • TOBA president Dan Metzger.

    TOBA Panel Targeting Adoption of Rules

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hoping its network of members in various states is effective at lobbying regulators to adopt recommendations for rules in the area of equine health and safety.

  • Race Series Unveiled in Great Britain

    Ambitious plans to boost the profile of British racing have been unveiled involving the Sovereign Series, a new initiative that will link 10 of Britain's best group I contests with the aim of producing a champion racehorse each year.

  • Curlin (here working on the Churchill turf on July 1), worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs July 7.

    Curlin in Final Prep for Turf Debut

    Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs July 7 in preparation for what trainer Steve Asmussen plans as the colt's debut on turf this weekend.

  • Big Brown, working here prior to the Belmont, was back on the track at Aqueduct Monday.

    Big Brown Breezes Five Furlongs

    Time-wise, at least, Big Brown's five-furlong breeze in 1:02 4/5 at Aqueduct Monday was a dramatic improvement over his first work in 1:06 3/5 last week.

  • Denis of Cork, sidelined with injury.

    Denis of Cork Sidelined With Injury

    Denis of Cork, runner-up in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be sidelined with the beginnings of a hairline fracture, owner William K. Warren said Monday.

  • Messara and the Aga Khan Join Forces

    Australian industry leader John Messara has continued his international expansion by entering into a breeding agreement with one of the world's most famous racing and breeding figures, the Aga Khan.

  • Potomac Horse Fever: Don't Ignore Fevers!

    Summer and fall are key seasons for the appearance of Potomac horse fever, which is caused by the bacterium Neorickettsia risticii. Don't be fooled by the name; Potomac horse fever originally was identified in 1979 as a sporadic disease affecting horses residing in the eastern United States near the Potomac River, but since that time it has been diagnosed...

  • Prevent Fractures in Horses: New Technology Could Help

    Researchers are developing a monitoring system similar to those used by earthquake seismologists to detect tiny cracks in bones, a technology that could help prevent fractures in humans and racehorses. The new monitoring system records "acoustic emission data," or sound waves created by the tiny bone fissures. The same sorts of acoustic emission...