Headlines for Monday, August 18, 2008

  • Exercise Rider Buckley Critical

    Parker Buckley, a former jockey who was working as an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen, is in critical condition following an Aug. 18 accident at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

  • No Thoroughbred Dates at 2 Ohio Tracks?

    Beulah Park and River Downs, two Ohio Thoroughbred tracks that race more than 200 dates combined, have requested only Quarter Horse dates for 2009, a track official said Aug. 18.

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    Smooth Air Headed to Pa. Derby

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air, who has been sidelined with foot problems since his impressive victory in the Ohio Derby (gr. II) May 31, is being pointed toward the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 1, said trainer Bennie Stutts.

  • Tropical Storm Cancels Calder Training

    Calder Race Course will close its main track and training track for training Aug. 19 in anticipation of the effects of Tropical Storm Fay, which was moving across the Florida Straits the morning of Aug. 18. Simulcasting is also canceled at the Miami Gardens facility. No live racing was scheduled Aug. 18-20. Calder expects to reopen its tracks and simulcast facilities Aug. 20.

  • Paul Pompa, 25% owner of Big Brown

    Philly Offers Big Purse to Big Brown

    An attempt by Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino to lure Big Brown to the PTHA President's Cup Sept. 13, is a no go, according to the colt's minority owner, Paul Pompa Jr.

  • Curlin Zips 7 Furlongs in Woodward Work

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin turned in his final serious prep for an upcoming start in the Aug. 30 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course when he breezed seven furlongs over the upstate New York oval Aug. 18.

  • Tropical Storm

    Tropical Storm Sires First Winner

    Tropical Storm, a son of Storm Cat, came through with his first winner when his son Storm Shocker won Aug. 17 at Presque Isle Downs in his second start.

  • Equine Piroplasmosis Case in Florida

    Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced Aug. 15 that a horse has been diagnosed with Equine Piroplasmosis, an animal disease that the U.S. has been considered free of since 1988.

  • Madeline Auerbach

    Aurebach's Karma with CARMA

    Look in the winner's circle after any offspring of Unusual Heat wins a race and you'll likely see a petite, brown-haired woman hugging the jockey, high-fiving the trainer, or congratulating the owner.

  • To Be Surprised Tops Magic Millions

    Patinack Farm paid top price of Aus$1.3 million (broodmare prospect To Be Surprised during the Magic Millions August Thoroughbred Sale on the Queensland Gold Coast.

  • The horses and riders face the crowd during the final post parade at Bay Meadows on Aug 17.

    Hollendorfer Nabs 'Meadows Last Dance

    Bay Meadows wrapped up 74 years of racing with the $63,450 Last Dance Stakes Aug. 17 and fittingly, it was trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, winner of 37 consecutive training titles at the San Mateo track, who had the honor of winning the final race with a filly named You Lift Me Up.

  • Thoroughbred Industry Round Table Focuses on Drug Testing, Safety

    Calls to action aren't new to The Jockey Club Round Table conference, but at this year's meeting Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., there appeared to be a sense of urgency. Public perception and the threat of federal intervention have a way of moving things along. <P>In what a few attendees called the best Round Table in years, Thoroughbred industry rep...