Headlines for Wednesday, August 27, 2008

  • Grade I winner Vacare takes on a full field in the Palomar Handicap.

    Vacare Stands Out in Full Palomar Field

    The grade I winner Vacare, making her third start of the 2008 season, is a clear standout among a full field of fillies and mares entered in the $200,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Del Mar turf course Aug. 30.

  • And They're Off: August 27 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week's topics include the aftermath of the Travers, Curlin and Big Brown, Synthetic Breeders' Cup, and Genuine Risk.

  • Benny the Bull has been retired due to an ankle injury.

    Benny the Bull Retired

    Millionaire Benny the Bull, a grade/group I winner and one of the nation's top sprinters, has been retired from racing after suffering an ankle chip.

  • Elusive Quality Colt Leads at St. Leger

    Day two of Doncaster's St. Leger yearling sale generated a gross of £5,036,500 (approximately $9,281,313), which represented a decline of 17.9% from 2007. The £37,868 average price and £30,000 median price, for the 133 horses sold, fell 4.9% and 4.8%, respectively, Aug. 27. The buy-back rate was 16.4%.

  • Casino Drive, shown training in New York prior to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is on schedule to return from Japan to the U.S. for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

    Casino Drive Set to Return for BC

    Undefeated Casino Drive, impressive winner of the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) in only his second career start, is scheduled to return to the United States in mid-September to begin his preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 25, according to a spokesman for the Japan Racing Association.

  • NTWA Award Winners Announced

    Retired Racing Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, the late track announcer Luke Kruytbosch, and multiple Media Eclipse Award-winning Turf writer Maryjean Wall will be honored later this year with awards presented by the National Turf Writers Association.

  • Racing Officials Conference Scheduled

    The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, in coordination with the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, will host its first "Conference on Officiating Horse Racing" Dec. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    'Realities' Force Calder Date Cuts

    Calder Race Course has asked the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for permission to hold live racing four days a week, rather than five, during 11 weeks beginning Sept. 1.

  • Einhorn Again Challenges MEC Parent

    A long-time adversarial shareholder of MI Developments has asked the parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. to re-examine its interest in the racing and gaming entity, calling MEC a "failed" business enterprise.

  • Retired Trainer Bill Donovan Dead

    Bill Donovan, who trained millionaire Lost Code and authored the popular "Backtracks: Recollections of a racetrack lifer" for The Blood-Horse, died Wednesday morning.

  • Gary Contessa, leading trainer in New York, is accepting of the new toe grab rule issued by NYRA.

    NY Trainers Weigh in on Toe Grabs

    Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic breakdowns.

  • Unwanted Horse Coalition Gets Director

    The American Horse Council has announced that Julia Andersen will serve as the director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, which falls under the AHC umbrella.

  • NTRA to Host Tax Seminar at Keeneland

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will host a free equine tax seminar at the Keeneland sale pavilion Sept. 12, a dark day during the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Sales Integrity Task Force Gets Award

    The Sales Integrity Task Force will receive the 2008 Industry Service Award from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association during the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 6 at the Lexington Center in Lexington.

  • Trainers Weigh in on Racehorse Shoe Regulations

    Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs on racehorses' shoes will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic injuries. <P>The New York Racing Association in early August said it would ban the use of toe grabs with a height greater than two millimeters (.07874 inches) on front hor...