Headlines for Friday, August 29, 2008

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Cup Aug 28 (Video)

    HRTV's weekly series analyzing each division of the Breeders' Cup. This 2008 debut episode includes a discussion of the 2-day format and the Pro-ride surface, an analysis of the Pacific Classic, a look ahead to the Spinaway and the Hopeful and much more.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Makes Deep Cut in Fall Stakes

    Blaming a decline in purse money earned earned from wagering sources during its 2008 spring meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack has slashed its stakes program for the upcoming fall meet by $975,000 through purse reductions in 11 stakes races and the elimination of two others.

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    Mani Bhavan Getting Respect in Spinaway

    For a filly that romped in both of her starts, including a seven-length laugher in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II), Mani Bhavan hasn't gotten much respect from the bettors. That's going to change, though, in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 31.

  • Hearing on Safety Reins Set by CHRB

    Requiring safety reins, a move strongly endorsed by the Jockeys' Guild, will be the subject of a public hearing to be held by the California Horse Racing Board during its regular monthly meeting at Fairplex Park on Sept. 18.

  • Ohio Derby winner Smooth Air returns to take on 13 in the Pennsylvania Derby.

    Contentious Pennsylvania Derby Draws 14

    Does money draw a crowd? Look no further than the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for evidence it's true, as a full field of 14 3-year-olds were entered in the $1 million race, the signature event at Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack.

  • Breeders' Stakes winner Marlang takes on seven rivals in the Saranac Stakes.

    Classic Winner to Show Up in the Saranac

    Gustav Schickedanz's homebred Marlang, winner of the 12-furlong Breeders' Stakes (Can-IRT) in his last effort, offers plenty of intrigue as he takes on seven rivals in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga.

  • Trainer Bill Donovan

    Donovan Service Set at Laurel

    Bill Donovan, whose popular "Backtracks" column appeared in The Blood-Horse, will be memorialized at Laurel Park Sat., Sept. 6 at noon.

  • Penn National to Suspend Racing Sept.20

    Live racing and training at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be suspended following the Sept. 20 racing program for a resurfacing project of the entire racetrack cushion. The unexpected shutdown of the Pennsylvania racetrack is believed to be due to track conditions that have resulted in a high number of recent catastrophic breakdowns, based on information from horsemen.

  • Mighty Mecke winning the 2005 OBS Championship Stakes.

    Retired Horse Saved from Return to Track

    Mighty Mecke's owners thought they'd done the right thing when their stakes winner fractured his foot earlier this year. They retired the 6-year-old horse and found a new career for him as a stallion on a small Midwest farm, believing he was wanted and would never race again. A July 7 e-mail shattered that belief.

  • MEC Working With THG on Pricing Model

    Magna Entertainment Corp., in a statement issued the evening of Aug. 28, acknowledged it is having discussions with the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group on what company chairman Frank Stronach called "a new framework" for pari-mutuel economics.

  • Longtime Hoosier Park Exec Moore Leaving

    Rick Moore, general manager at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, is leaving the Indiana track after 14 years, officials announced Aug. 29, opening day of the Thoroughbred meet. His last day will be Sept. 12.

  • Expected Hurricane Has Horses on the Run

    On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, horse owners and veterinarians in the New Orleans, La., area are fleeing ahead of Gustav, a storm the National Weather Service says is likely to become a "large, powerful hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast."

  • St. Leger Sale Ends With Declines

    Doncaster's St. Leger sale - the first British or Irish yearling auction of 2008 - failed to match its 2007 figures when ending Aug. 28 in England. The average of 33,649 pound sterling (approximately $61,725) was down 10%, the median of 26,000 pounds ($47,694) fell by 11%. The 13,493,500 pounds ($24,752,207) turnover for the 401 horses that sold dropped by 14.4%.

  • Peppers Pride attempt to break the United States record for most consecutive victories in Thoroughbred racing will be broadcast live by TVG.

    Peppers Pride 'Live' on TVG

    The attempt by the filly Peppers Pride to break the United States record for most consecutive victories in Thoroughbred racing will be broadcast live by TVG as part of its Labor Day weekend racing coverage from Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.

  • That Handicapping Show: Aug 28 Episode

    Jason and special guest Evan Hammonds analyze the Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT). Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform for Race 10 at Del Mar on August 30. The free “Race of the Week” download features Pricci's detailed analysis of this race, as well as Races 6 and 7 at Del Mar.

  • Larry Jones & Eight Belles

    An inside look at trainer Larry Jones. From Hard Spun, Proud Spell to the tragic events at the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Eight Belles.