Headlines for Thursday, September 11, 2008

  • Shakespeare's Sis Makes Jump in Natalma

    Lady Shakespeare, a full sibling to multiple grade I winner Shakespeare, is the most intriguing of the 11 2-year-old fillies entered for the $150,00 Natalma Stakes (Can-III) over the Woodbine turf course Sept. 14. The Natalma is the first "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge series race for the inaugural running of the $1 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24.

  • Tiznow on Top Keeneland Day 4 Sire List

    Horse of the Year Tiznow, second on the general sire list this year, emerged on top the list of leading sires by average (with three of more sold) for the Sept. 11 fourth day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 1084; filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Amizette by Forty Niner  brought a final bid of $1.1 million to lead the way on day 4 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale.

    Seven-Figure Filly Highlights Day Four

    Despite a filly by Medaglia d'Oro selling for $1.1 million and the session realizing a 3.9% increase in the number of horses sold compared to last year, day four of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 11 saw declines in gross, average, and median.

  • Beck, Bell Named to NTRA Board

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors met Sept. 11 in Lexington and selected two new board members, Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm and Reynolds Bell Jr., chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Trainer Larry Jones will try for his 2nd Matron victory in a row with On the Menu.

    Jones Going For Matron Repeat

    A year ago, Larry Jones saddled Proud Spell to victory in the Matron Stakes (gr. II). Jones can only hope his entry in this year's Matron, On the Menu, is destined for the same kind of success. On Sept. 13, she tries stakes company for the first time in the prestigious $250,000 event for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont.

  • Big Brown won the Haskell (gr. I) at Monmouth Park last month. <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%3D5402823%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Faces 10 in Monmouth Stakes

    Being a dual-classic winner sure has its share of privileges. One of them is being able to have a new stakes written for you, one with a very large purse and on the exact day of your choosing.

  • Coaching Club American Oaks Music Note looks to return to the winner's circle in the Gazelle Stakes.<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%3D5177017%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gazelle 'Very Important' for Music Note

    Godolphin Stable's Music Note, making her case for the 3-year-old filly championship in 2008, can add to her argument when she takes on a small field of four rivals in the $250,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sept. 13.

  • Hip 1084 brings a day four high price of $1.1 million.

    $1.1 Million Medaglia d'Oro Filly

    A dark bay or brown filly by Medaglia d'Oro fetched a final bid of $1.1 million from Dr. Karen Sanderson, who was making her first purchase at the Keeneland September yearling sale during the marathon auction's fourth session Sept. 11.

  • John Sadler

    Sadler Unlikely to Return to CTT Post

    Trainer John Sadler says he unlikely to return to his role as board president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers and could be part of a push to form a new organization.

  • Coalition Seeks Horse-Care Facilities

    The Unwanted Horse Coalition is seeking more facilities that accept, place, or use horses to list themselves on the UHC Web site. Currently, more than 200 facilities are listed.

  • Bustin Stones won the Carter Handicap (gr. I) last April. <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%3D4127327%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bustin Stones to Stand at Waldorf

    Bustin Stones, one of the year's leading sprinters, will enter stud at Dr. Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.

  • Klaus Jacobs of Newsells Park Dead

    Klaus Jacobs, who built Newsells Park Stud into a successful breeding and racing operation in England, has died in Zurich following a lengthy illness.

  • Horseman John Quentin Thornbury Dead

    Veteran horseman John Quentin Thornbury died Sept. 8 in Lexington at 87. A Kentucky native, he owned Sunnyside Farm near Paris, Ky., with Dr. Robert Copelan.

  • Tom Hammond

    Hammond Named TCA Honor Guest

    Sportscaster Tom Hammond has been named honor guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's 77th Annual Testimonial Dinner, club president Mike Barnett. The dinner will be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington Nov. 16.

  • TVG to Cover Big Brown Live at Monmouth

    TVG will offer exclusive live coverage of Big Brown as he makes his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

  • Number of Foals Down About 5%

    Fewer foals this year probably means fewer racehorses for the future. The Jockey Club reported that 3,638 stallions covered 61,262 mares in North America during 2007.