Headlines for Monday, September 29, 2008

  • Advice: Embrace 'Whales,' Close Tracks

    This year's International Simulcast Conference opened Sept. 29 with some advice to the horseracing industry: Embrace the "whales" and computer-assisted wagering, and close some tracks to help improve the product at those that remain.

  • Hip 205 was the top priced yearling in the first day of the FT Midlantic Sale.

    Midlantic Sale Declines on Opening Day

    The opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall yearling sale, Sept. 29 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., took hits in key statistical areas, with gross and average falling, but the median remained steady.

  • Peppers Pride will go for consecutive victory number 17 Saturday at Zia Park.

    Peppers Pride Seeks Record 17th Win

    Joe Allen's Peppers Pride, who has 16 wins in a row, has entered a six-furlong allowance race at Zia Park on Saturday afternoon in her attempt to set the record for consecutive wins.

  • Stud Fees: Where Are They Headed?

    With the prices for sale yearlings falling and world economic problems rising, many breeders are hoping to save money on stud fees in 2009. Stallion managers in Central Kentucky are expected to begin announcing the amounts they will charge soon, and several of them told The Blood-Horse they would be more likely to keep their fees the same than go down. They also plan to raise the fees for some stallions whose progeny have been performing well on the racetrack.

  • Sue McDonnell

    Inside Track: Change Agent

    <i>by Terry Conway</i> - For the past year change has been the buzzword in America. That's nothing new for Dr. Sue McDonnell.

  • Trust N Luck

    Trust N Luck to Penn Ridge

    Eight-year-old stallion Trust N Luck has been purchased by Danny Bramer, Eric Gulley, and Mike Jester from Tom Simon's Vinery for stallion duty at Jester's Penn Ridge Farm near Middletown, Pa.

  • One Great Cat to Walmac Pennsylvania

    One Great Cat, an English group II runner whose dam is a full sister to successful sire Fusaichi Pegasus, will enter stud in 2009 at Walmac Pennsylvania at Regal Heir Farm near Grantville, Pa.

  • Curlin arrived at Santa Anita Sunday, Sept. 28.

    Curlin Settles in at Santa Anita

    Curlin, racing's $10 million horse, arrived at Santa Anita on Sunday, Sept. 28, and settled in at Barn 27. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi said that Curlin would probably make his first visit to the Santa Anita track Wednesday, Oct. 1.

  • Breeders' Cup Post Times and Wager Menu

    Highlighted by world's largest guaranteed Pick 6 betting pool and new Super High 5 wagers, the Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 29 the post times and wagering menu for the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships, on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

  • McKay's Maryland - Part 1

    Part 1 of the story of legendary sportscaster Jim McKay, who vision created the Maryland Million.  Watch Part 2 here.

  • McKay's Maryland - Part 2

    Jim McKay's family and friends pay tribute to the man and his career. Watch Part 1 here.

  • Round Pond ('06 Distaff)

    Some six months later, trainer Michael Matz returned to the scene of his 2006 Kentucky Derby win, this time with Round Pond, who defeated a stellar group in the Distaff. Read more about the race here.