Headlines for Saturday, September 6, 2008

  • James Tafel (right) was honored as top breeder in the nation at the Sept. 6 TOBA Awards dinner.

    TOBA Honors Racing's Best

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association once again honored the top men and women in racing in North America for their industry achievements from the previous year at its annual dinner.

  • Yearling inspection at the 2008 Keeneland September sale.

    Keeneland a Big Test for Yearling Market

    It's crunch time for North America's Thoroughbred yearling market, which faces its biggest test when the Keeneland September sale gets under way. There are more horses cataloged than ever before, 5,555, and they will be offered over 15 sessions beginning Sept. 8 in Lexington.

  • C. S. Silk romps in the Arlington-Washington Lassie.

    Closeout, C.S. Silk Star at Arlington

    Betting favorite Lucky Copy took a commanding six-length lead into the stretch, but could not find the wire in time during a desperate final sixteenth of a mile, as Closeout rallied from way back under Jamie Theriot to claim the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a half-length Sept. 6 on the Arlington Park grass.

  • Delightful Kiss Earns BC Marathon Berth

    Hobeau Farm's Florida homebred Delightful Kiss, who hadn't won in more than 13 months and was well-beaten in all four starts this season, stretched out to 12 furlongs for the first time and enjoyed every moment of it, roaring through the stretch to win the $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths Sept. 6 on the Polytrack.

  • Sweet Hope Wins Endine

    High Bank Syndicate's 3-year-old Sweet Hope made good in her first start against older distaffers when she captured the $205,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 6 at Delaware Park.

  • Tough Tiz's Sis romps in the rain in the Ruffian.<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%3D5812274%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tough Tiz's Sis Romps in Ruffian

    Bob Baffert scratched morning-line favorite Indian Blessing in the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), but still left himself a chance with his other lesser-known entry, Tough Tiz's Sis. The veteran trainer must have known exactly what he was doing, as the daughter of Tiznow enjoyed the sloppy conditions at Belmont Park en route to a dominating 12 1/4 length victory Sept. 6.

  • Akronism pulls away in the Seaway.

    Akronism Scores in Seaway

    Delaware Park shipper Akronism seems to have found a home in Canada, as the 4-year-old filly won her second consecutive graded stakes at Woodbine, this time taking the $157,800 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) by a length Sept. 6.

  • Dr. James Rooney of Gluck Center Dead

    Dr. James Rooney, the first director of the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, died Sept. 5.

  • John Hettinger

    Horse Advocate John Hettinger Dies

    Horse advocate John A. Hettinger, a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association and Chairman Emeritus of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, died Sept. 6 at his Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York after a lengthy illness. There will be no public ceremony.

  • Martin Pedroza celebrates 7 wins at Fairplex on Sept 5, 2008.

    Pedroza Wins Seven, Earns Milestone

    Jockey Martin Pedroza won a record seven races on the opening day of Fairplex Park's meet Sept. 5 and in the process earned his 3,000th career victory.

  • Barn Quarantined After Horse Dies in NY

    Smell My Carrots, a 3-year-old New York bred maiden gelding, was euthanized today after being found in his stall in Belmont Park's Barn 38 with a fever and unable to stand, according to New York Racing Association's Chief Examining Veterinarian Dr. Anthony Verderosa.

  • Backstreet Rhythm takes the Garden City over the favored entry of Pure Clan and Ariege.<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%3D5811450%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Backseat Rhythm Takes Garden City

    Paul Pompa Jr.'s Backseat Rhythm came with a five-wide move and rallied from fifth at the top of the stretch, eventually getting up in the final strides under Javier Castellano to win the $250,000 Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) by a half-length on Belmont's yielding turf course Sept. 6.

  • Eight Belles

    Public Invited to Eight Belles Ceremony

    Eight Belles, who had to be euthanized on the Churchill Downs racetrack shortly after finishing second in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be memorialized in a ceremony Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Kentucky Derby Museum's gardens.

  • State Breeders Honored for Dedication

    They all have stories to tell. And it's those stories that brought them together the evening of Sept. 5 to be honored at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association dinner recognizing breeders in various states.

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Cup Sept 5 (Video)

    HRTV's weekly series analyzing each division of the Breeders' Cup. This episode includes an analysis of the Woodward, a review of the Juveniles, a preview of the Ruffian and much, much more.

  • Kentucky Governor Bans Steroids in Racehorses

    Testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses in Kentucky will begin with the start of the Keeneland fall meet under emergency regulations signed by Gov. Steve Beshear Sept. 5. <P>The regulations, approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in August, are now in effect under the Beshear order. The regulations pertain to the commonly used steroids bol...