Headlines for Thursday, August 28, 2008

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    Mani Bhavan Extends Storm Boot's Legacy

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Newly minted graded stakes winner Mani Bhavan continues the legacy of her sire Storm Boot, the first son of Storm Cat to be represented by a stakes winner.

  • Lucky Island will try to continue his 2008 win streak in the Forego Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5022883%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Lucky Island One to Beat in Forego

    With the surprising retirement of Benny the Bull and the disappointing effort by Midnight Lute last weekend, all of a sudden the sprint division has become wide open. Should he claim victory in the $250,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga, Shadwell Stable's Lucky Island could catapult himself into the upper echelon of those ranks.

  • State Grants Calder Additional Dark Days

    Calder Race Course got state permission to run four days a week instead of five for an 11-week period beginning Sept. 1. The South Florida track has lost horses due to reduced purses that were caused by a lingering dispute over simulcast signal distribution.

  • Peppers Pride will seek her 17th win in a row, if the weather stays dry.

    Peppers Pride Set to Go for Record Run

    Peppers Pride's attempt to break the modern mark for consecutive wins by a North American Thoroughbred has been on hold for more than a month, yet her shot at glory may once again be at the mercy of the weather.

  • Dark Equation (left) on his way to victory in the New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap.

    Dark Equation Takes Turf Writers 'Chase

    Dark Equation bounced back from a loss to his stablemate earlier this meet to take the $159,300 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-I) by a half-length over Be Certain at Saratoga Aug. 28.

  • That Handicapping Show: Aug 28 (Video)

    This week, Jason and guest co-host Evan Hammonds analyze the Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT). Plus, John Pricci of Equiform offers picks for race 10 at Del Mar Aug. 30.

  • Icy Atlantic looks to end his five-race winless streak by repeating in the Red Bank Stakes.

    Icy Atlantic Shoots For Red Bank Repeat

    Hotstufanthensome was claimed for $62,5000 by trainer Terri Pompay for Main Street Stable's in January. Since then the 8-year-old Awesome Again gelding was a well-beaten fifth in the Elkwood, won by a head in a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming July 3 at Monmouth and stalked the pace but came up just short in the Oceanport.

  • Live Coverage Planned for September Sale

    Keeneland Productions and HRTV are partnering to provide live coverage of the opening two days of the September yearling sale, September 8-9, which are select sessions.

  • Veterans visit the horses at Runnymede Farm Aug. 28.

    Army Veterans Welcomed to Runnymede Farm

    The old adage "there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" was put into practice Aug. 28 when Catesby Clay's Runnymede Farm near Paris, Ky., opened its doors to combat veterans who were injured while on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Chelokee

    Chelokee Relocated to Vinery

    Chelokee, who sustained injuries during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard at Churchill Downs, has changed residencies from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Tom Simon's Vinery, both near Lexington.

  • Bay Meadows Backers Win Round in Court

    A group trying to prevent the redevelopment of the Bay Meadows race track won a round in court and gained a delay in a hearing of the petition it has brought against the developer and the city of San Mateo.

  • Virginia Derby Winner Gio Ponti heads to California for the Del Mar Derby.

    Gio Ponti Invades for Del Mar Derby

    Winner of the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) in his last start, Gio Ponti switches coasts for New York-based trainer Christophe Clement and takes a shot at the best the California 3-year-old turf division has to offer in the $350,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Aug. 31.

  • TAC Recommends Whip Use Changes

    The Thoroughbred Action Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Aug. 28 recommended changes in riding crops and their usage for racing and training. Perhaps the biggest change is a recommendation for stricter enforcement of current regulation and penalties for non-compliance.

  • Haskell winner Big Brown went 5 furlongs in 1:04 3/5 Aug. 28 in preparation for the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13.

    Big Brown Breezes on Turf

    Big Brown turned in an easy five-furlong breeze in 1:04 3/5 on the Aqueduct turf course Aug. 28 in preparation for the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13.

  • Dear Lady Ann Tops CTBA Sale

    Dear Lady Ann, a daughter of Salt Lake, brought $37,000 to top the Northern California yearling sale at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa Aug. 26. Super Horse purchased the chestnut yearling from Jack and Barb Hatch's Green Acre Stables, agent for Lercari Thoroughbreds.