Headlines for Thursday, January 1, 2009

  • Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound could make her 3-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes 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%3D6471289%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stardom Bound Could Run in Las Virgenes

    Stardom Bound, the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly (gr. I) winner and likely the divisional champion, could make her 3-year-old debut in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at one mile on Feb. 7, new trainer Bobby Frankel said.

  • Valbenny will try to end an eight-race losing streak in the San Gorgonio Handicap.

    Valbenny and 'Friends' Meet in 'Gorgonio

    The multiple graded stakes winner Valbenny lands in a good spot to try to end an eight-race losing streak in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. II) on the Santa Anita turf Jan. 4.

  • Undefeated Frolic's Dream makes her 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Frolic's Dream Tops Old Hat Hopefuls

    Frolic's Dream leaves the friendly confines of Calder Race Course for the first time when she puts her undefeated record on the line against six rivals in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 4 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Backbackbackgone Plates Golden Bear Win

    Odds-on choice Backbackbackgone earned the third stakes win of his five-race career when he held off a willing Free Action for a one-length victory in the $75,000 Golden Bear Stakes for 3-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields on New Year's Day.

  • Turfway Prevue First Test For Sophomores

    The first stakes race of Turfway Park's new winter/spring meet is also the first chance to gauge hopefuls for the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) later in the meet. The $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes on Jan. 3, written for 3-year-olds racing 6 1/2 furlongs, is the first of three local prep races for the Lane's End, which is in turn a major prep for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • NYRA, TVG Have No Agreement

    In a short statement issued Jan. 1, New York Racing Association chief Charlie Hayward said an agreement had not been reached to send the organization's racing signal to TVG.

  • In Summation and Rafael Bejarano power home in the El Conejo Handicap.<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%3D7284151%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    In Summation Wraps Up El Conejo Repeat

    Favored In Summation regained some of the sparkle he lost last season with a sharp one-length win in the $98,000 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita on New Year's Day.

  • Steve Asmussen won a single-season record 622 races from 3,002 starts for North American earnings of $24,235,247 in 2008.

    Asmussen, Gomez Top 2008 Leaders

    Steven Asmussen, Garrett Gomez and Zayat Stables, LLC head the individual lists of the leading trainers, jockeys and owners...

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill, Horsemen Reach ADW Agreement

    Churchill Downs has announced it has come to terms with horsemen over advance deposit wagering splits for the 2009 spring meeting at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack. The meet begins April 25.