Headlines for Friday, September 5, 2008

  • Ex Federali Gets First Winner

    Stakes winner Ex Federali was represented by his first winner when his son Nicole's Pick won Sept. 1 at Ruidoso Downs.

  • Rainmaker

    Rainmaker Sires First Winner

    Rainmaker, a son of Storm Cat, came through with his first winner when Rainshine won Sept. 4 at Presque Isle Downs

  • Lady of Venice captured the 2007 Cash Call Mile.<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%3D1673102%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Millionaire Lady of Venice Retired

    Martin S. Schwartz' Lady of Venice, who won last year's CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) and placed in the race this year, has been retired from racing.

  • 2yo Whip Rules Will Be Similar

    Officials of Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) announced in early September that they were banding together to make major changes in the under tack shows for their sales of 2-year-olds in training. Beginning in 2009, they said they would strictly regulate the use of whips by riders during workouts and would prohibit the use of front toe grabs on horses.

  • Rich Pedigrees Offered at Keeneland

    The catalogues for the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale are ripe with potential superstars, but there are a few that will be looked at more closely than most based on famous family members.

  • First Defence romps in the Forego.<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%3D5726222%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    First Defence Honing His Natural Speed

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>First Defence is one of those horses whose pedigrees scream speed. The son of Unbridled's Song began displaying that potential with a 6 3/4-length romp in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30. After surviving an early speed duel with opening fractions of :22.53 and :44.61, he pulled away in the stretch to win in a final time of 1:21.55.

  • Silver Deputy

    Silver Deputy Pensioned in Kentucky

    Silver Deputy, one of North America's top veteran stallions, has been pensioned because of declining fertility, said Ric Waldman, who managed the bay horse's stud career, Sept. 5.

  • Evangeline Downs Reports Record Gains

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino's recently concluded 2008 spring/summer Thoroughbred season posted all-time highs in average nightly handle, single-night handle, average field size, and purse distribution for the 84-night meet.

  • War Pass, shown winning the 2007 Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile, has been retired.&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%3D2626406%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    2YO Champ War Pass Retired

    War Pass, last year's unbeaten champion 2-year-old male and multiple grade I winner who was injured in April of this year, has been retired to stud to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Fasig-Tipton Paying Consignors Faster

    When Dubai-based Synergy Investments purchased Fasig-Tipton earlier this year, the auction company's officials vowed that one of their goals would be to improve customer service. And Fasig-Tipton already has begun delivering on that promise.

  • Better Talk Now is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Northern Dancer.

    Woodbine Supporting Stakes Attract Stars

    There is no doubt that the $1 million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) will draw the majority of the public's attention Sept. 7 at the Canadian racetrack. But highlighted by several high-profile turfers vying for more than $1 million in purses, the two supporting stakes on Woodbine's 11-race card are very appetizing in their own right.

  • Horses Weather Storm in Louisiana

    Unlike Hurricane Katrina three years ago, Hurricane Gustav appears to have done little damage to the Louisiana equine population.

  • Second NARA Grad in Winner's Circle

    Michael "Mikey" James became the second North American Racing Academy graduate to enter the winner's circle when he rode Lady Phoenix to a neck victory in Thursday's first race at Turfway Park.

  • That Handicapping Show: Sept. 5 Episode

    Jason and Tom analyze Turfway's Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III). Plus, selections from Cary Fotias of Equiform for the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie. The free “Race of the Week” download features Fotias' analysis of this race plus the 6th at Arlington and a pair of races at Belmont Park.

  • And They're Off: Aug 27

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the Travers, Curlin and Big Brown, The Synthetic Breeders' Cup, and Genuine Risk.

  • Is It True ('88 Juvenile)

    Laffit Pincay, Jr., aboard Is It True, upsets the heavily favored Easy Goer on a sloppy racetrack at Churchill Downs. Read more about the race here.