Headlines for Wednesday, August 20, 2008

  • Runaway Dancer won the 2007 Sunset Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. <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%3D1732160%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Runaway Dancer Back for Del Mar 'Cap

    The $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 23, the first of five Breeders' Cup Challenge races at the seaside track this weekend, marks the 2008 debut of the 9-year-old multiple graded stakes winner Runaway Dancer.

  • NY Lawmakers Back Off Takeout on Bets

    State lawmakers in New York have backed off on a looming law raising the takeout on bets made on out-of-state Thoroughbred races, a move the industry said would have put the state at a competitive disadvantage with other states.

  • OBS Sale

    Prices Still Falling at OBS Auction

    The market continued to lag behind last year's pace on the third day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale. The gross revenue for the second of three open sessions fell 18.5%, and the average price dropped 30.4%. Meanwhile, the median price declined 26.7%.

  • Tin Cup Chalice powers home in the Albany Stakes to become the first horse to win the Big Apple Triple.

    Tin Cup Chalice Earns Big Apple Triple

    Tin Cup Chalice, owned, bred, and trained by Michael Lecesse, became the first horse to sweep the OTB's Big Apple Triple on Aug. 20 at Saratoga, when he held off an upset bid by That'srightofficer to win the 31st running of the $150,000, nine-furlong Albany Stakes for 3-year-old New York-breds by a head.

  • Turfway Park's fall meet begins Sept. 3.

    No 'Signal Wars' Evident at Turfway Park

    Turfway Park said Aug. 20 it has received horsemen's consent to distribute its racing signal for the upcoming fall under the auspices of the present exclusive agreement with TVG, thus ending any speculation of a standoff similar to those plaguing other tracks.

  • Blood-Horse to Publish BC Commemorative

    Blood-Horse Publications announces that it will partner with the Breeders' Cup to publish a special official 25th Breeders' Cup commemorative magazine highlighting a quarter-century of unforgettable Thoroughbred racing -- the majesty, milestones, and memories from past Breeders' Cup events.

  • John Sadler

    Sadler Plans Response to CHRB Shakedown

    While he's withholding comment, leading trainer John Sadler says that he and his attorney have discussed a shakedown of his Del Mar stable by California Horse Racing Board investigators Aug. 18 and they will respond soon.

  • Le Cinquieme Essai

    Le Cinquieme Essai Goes for Threepeat

    William Scott's 9-year-old iron horse Le Cinquieme Essai will try to win the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT) for the third consecutive year, as he takes on 10 rivals in the $200,000 turf event Aug. 23 at Woodbine.

  • Ginger Punch won the Go for Wand (gr. I) at Saratoga on July 26. <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%3D5274784%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ginger Punch Tries 10 Furlongs

    On Aug. 22, Ginger Punch will try something she has never done -- go 10 furlongs for the first time in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. She will take on six rivals in the main track event.

  • Deal in Place to Increase PA Mount Fees

    The Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has reached an agreement with the Jockeys' Guild and Jockeys at Penn National Inc. to increase the minimum losing mount fee to $75 for all finishes below third-place.

  • Parker Buckley

    Exercise Rider Parker Buckley Dies

    Former jockey Parker Buckley, an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen, died Aug. 19 at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., following an Aug. 18 accident on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Indy-Bred Purses Get $800,000 Bump

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a plan Aug. 14 that calls for significant increases to purses offered through the Thoroughbred Breed Development program at the upcoming Hoosier Park meet.

  • York Group I Races Moved to Newmarket

    England's York Racecourse announced Aug. 20 that racing for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22, which were the remaining days of the Ebor Fesitval, has been abandoned because the racing surface has failed to recover from the recent heavy rain.

  • Angel Cordero - Part 1

    Cordero talks about growing up in a racing family, coming to America, his relationship with the fans, and his three Kentucky Derby wins.For more of the Cordero video series, watch Part 2 and Part 3.

  • Santa Anita Track Nearly Ready to Test

    With the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita less than 10 weeks away, track president Ron Charles told the California Horse Racing Board that its new synthetic racing surface is nearly ready for the acid test.

  • Angel Cordero - Part 2

    Cordero's speaks about his triumphs on the track, his retirement, and the loss of his wife Marjorie. For more of the Cordero video series, watch Part 1 and Part 3.

  • Angel Cordero - Part 3

    After the loss of his wife, Cordero has found solace exercising horses and working as a jockey's agent for John Velazquez. For more of the Cordero video series, watch Part 1 and Part 2.