Headlines for Friday, August 8, 2008

  • Rider Ramirez Wins in First Trip to Post

    Josean Ramirez, riding his first official race aboard Sir Classic Chris for trainer King Leatherbury, won a close decision over What's What and Jason Nguyen, who was also riding in his first official race, on opening day at Laurel Park's brief summer meet Aug. 8.

  • Steroid testing at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

    Steroid Tests Increase at Saratoga Sale

    Fasig-Tipton officials reported buyers requested steroid tests on 30 of the 122 yearlings (24.6%) that sold during the two-day Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 4-5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Results of the tests are expected early in the week of Aug. 11.

  • Data Digest: FT Saratoga Preferred

    The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Preferred Yearling 2008 Data Digest Preview Edition is a FREE download, presented by Denali Stud! An in-depth preview of the upcoming auction.

  • Stricter Calif. Steriod Penalties OK'd

    Stronger penalties in California for the four most commonly used anabolic steroids in horse racing will be enforced starting Sept. 4 after the state's Office of Administrative Law gave its final approval to the regulatory amendment reclassifying the drugs.

  • NYRA Track workers remove standing water and level out the track after torrential rains caused damage to the Saratoga race course.

    Weather Forces Spa to Cancel 8 Races

    A severe summer thunderstorm, complete with heavy rain, hail, and lightning, washed out part of the main track at Saratoga, forcing the cancellation of racing after the second race Aug. 8.

  • Restaurant to Benefit Rehab Center

    During the month of August, Thoroughbred racing fans that visit Adam's Ribs restaurant will benefit CANTER-Mid Atlantic ex-racehorse retirement and rehabilitation center, as 10% of all receipts with an accompanying coupon will go to the facility.

  • More Than 200 Yearlings in Barretts Sale

    Barretts has cataloged 235 horses for the California fall select yearling sale. Co-sponsored by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the auction will be held Sept. 30 at the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park.

  • Chris McCarron is one of 8 retired jockeys participating in The Living Legends Race on October 18.

    8 Retired Jockeys in Pari-Mutuel Race

    Eight Hall of Fame jockeys - with combined earnings of over $1.5 billion from 49,163 victories - will compete in a pari-mutuel wagering event, "The Living Legends Race," on Oct. 18 during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet as a prelude to the following weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Magna Official Says He Will Step Down

    Following a transition period, MI Developments chief executive officer and board member John Simonetti said he will leave his post, but he offered no timeline Aug. 8 during a conference call on the company's second-quarter earnings.

  • Redoute's Choice

    Top Aussie Sire Represented at Del Mar

    North American audiences are about to see the very first galloper by Australian sire sensation Redoute's Choice race in their own back yard in an allowance contest at Del Mar Aug. 10.

  • Quarters to Race on Turfway's Polytrack

    Quarter Horses will race on the synthetic Polytrack for the first time Sept. 12 when Turfway Park hosts the $25,000 John Deere Turfway Park Sprint Stakes. The race will be part of the Friday night program of Thoroughbred racing during Turfway's late summer/early fall meet.

  • Report: Grand Jury Probes Louisiana HBPA

    An investigation into alleged fraud by the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will continue Aug. 8 when a federal grand jury hears testimony from horseracing industry representatives, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported.