Headlines for Thursday, August 21, 2008

  • CHRB Steps Up Steroid Rule Enforcement

    The California Horse Racing Board announced it is stepping up enforcement of its medication rules with increased pre-race and out-of-competition testing and by prohibiting horses from running for 30 days after they've been administered anabolic steroids,effective Aug. 22.

  • That Handicapping Show: Aug 21 (Video)

    This week, Jason and guest co-host Evan Hammonds take on the Travers (gr. I). Plus, Cary Fotias of Equiform offers picks for race 10 at Arlington Park Aug. 23.

  • Laurel Park Summer Meet Wraps

    The 10-day Laurel Park summer meeting ended Aug. 21 with jockey Julian Pimentel, trainer Gary Capuano, and owner Sondra Bender capturing individual titles.

  • Matt's Broken Vow has been installed as the 9-5 choice in the Canadian Derby (Can-III).

    Matt's Broken Vow Heads Canadian Derby

    Matt's Broken Vow, a romping winner of the Manitoba Derby in his last start, has been installed as the 9-5 choice in the $300,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Aug. 23.

  • Go Between won the Sunshine Millions Classic this past winter at Santa Anita. <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%3D3398935%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lots of Ways to Go in Pacific Classic

    Go Between, the 3-1 morning line favorite, takes on defending champion Student Council in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 24. The rich 1 1/4-mile Polytrack event attracted a closely matched group of 11 older horses.

  • Firecracker winner Thorn Song is the morning-line favorite in the Bernard Baruch Handicap.

    Thorn Song Headlines Bernard Baruch

    Zayat Stables' Thorn Song has competed well against some of the nation's best turf horses this season -- Einstein and Kip Deville to name a pair. That good company is the main reason the 5-year-old son of Unbridled's Song was installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite and should be a tough customer Saturday in the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.

  • Marble Cliff is now officially a maiden with no earnings, having been disqualified in all of his races.

    Marble Cliff: 'Best Maiden in America'

    The owners of top Ohio-based Thoroughbred Marble Cliff must return the gelding's earnings of $109,940, the Ohio State Racing Commission ruled Aug. 21 after the panel upheld a stewards' ruling the 3-year-old wasn't eligible for Ohio-restricted races.

  • Azalea winner Indyanne puts her undefeated record on the line in the Victory Ride.

    Undefeated Indyanne Looks For More

    David and Jill Heerensperger's Indyanne is undefeated and unchallenged in four career starts. The lightning-quick daughter of Indian Charlie looks to continue her domination Aug. 23 at Saratoga, as she takes on nine quality 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000-added Victory Ride (gr. III).

  • Jeff Johnston

    Guild Official Barred From River Downs

    A Jockeys' Guild official was verbally barred from River Downs after the Ohio State Racing Commission was notified of an incident in which the track's substitute ambulance caught fire on the racetrack and a pickup truck was used for emergency services for the final two races of a program.

  • Two to Philippines

    Young stallions Catastrophe and Dow Jones U S have been moved to the Philippines

  • Ohio Panel Frowns on Dates Request

    The Ohio State Racing Commission indicated Aug. 21 it will have a difficult time approving requests by two racetracks that call for only four total days of Thoroughbred racing in 2009.

  • Jersey Shore winner J Be K seeks his third straight win in the King's Bishop.

    J Be K Gets Tough Test in King's Bishop

    No one has been able to touch the swift J Be K in his five prior sprint races, but 10 other 3-year-olds intend to give it a try in the $250,000 NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 23.

  • Macho Again prepped for the Travers with a win in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) July 27. <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%3D5286679%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wide-Open Field Set For Travers

    Other than Big Brown, no 3-year-old has separated itself from the rest of the pack in 2008. That could all change Aug. 23 at Saratoga, as a full field of 12 will go to post in the $1 million Travers Stakes Presented by Shadwell Farm (gr. I), each horse seeking its place in history by attempting to win one of the oldest and most prestigious Thoroughbred races in North America.

  • Haskell (gr. I) winner Big Brown will return to Monmouth Park on Sept. 13 to run on the grass in the Monmouth Stakes.

    Big Brown to Race on Grass at Monmouth

    Dual classic winner Big Brown is scheduled to have his prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a turf race at Monmouth Park on Sept. 13, according to Michael Iavarone, co-president and co-CEO of IEAH Stables.

  • The Hialeah walking ring in 1965.

    Minor Active in Pursuit of Hialeah Park

    Prospective Hialeah Park buyer Halsey Minor has sent consultants and accountants to examine the closed racetrack, and Minor and Hialeah owner John Brunetti say they are planning more talks on a possible sale.

  • Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) is part of an exceptionally strong contingent of European turf runners this year.

    Winchester Among World's Top Turf Horses

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) is part of an exceptionally strong contingent of European turf runners this year. The son of Theatrical may be headed for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). If he wins, Theatrical will become the first Turf winner to sire a Turf winner.

  • That Handicapping Show: Aug 21 Episode

    Jason and special guest Evan Hammonds take on the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Plus, picks from Cary Fotias of Equiform for Race 10 at Arlington Park on August 23. The free “Race of the Week” download features Fotias' detailed analysis of this race.