Headlines for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

  • Lone Star Derby winner El Gato Malo is the 122-pound highweight in the San Fernando Stakes.

    El Gato Malo Among San Fernando's Dozen

    El Gato Malo makes his third start since winning last year's Lone Star Derby (gr. III) in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 17. The beaten favorite in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) is part of a wide open field of a dozen 4-year-olds in the 1 1/16-mile test over the Pro-Ride racing surface.

  • And They're Off: Jan 14 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This weeks topics include: an early look at the Derby Trail, Joe Hirsch, and Toussaud.

  • Evita Argentina is the only graded stakes winner in the Santa Ynez.<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%3D5428834%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evita Argentina Giving Weight in 'Ynez

    Trainer John Sadler sends out a pair of top 3-year-old filly candidates, including multiple stakes winner Evita Argentina, in the $150,000 Santa Ynez (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 17.

  • The highlight of Day 3 of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale was Hip 863; C Maria's Mon-La Cucina, who brought $390,000.

    Market Remains Down at Keeneland

    Session three of the Keeneland January horses of ages sale in Lexington was brightened by the most expensive yearling sold so far, a $390,000 son of Maria's Mon. But the auction's key business figures remained grim when compared to 2008's results.

  • Gallant Son Begins Season in Cal Derby

    Stakes winners Chocolate Candy, Gallant Son, and undefeated Merus Miami top a group of seven 3-year-old colts entered for the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 17.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill to Name New Announcer

    The new voice of the home of the Kentucky Derby will be announced Jan. 15. Churchill Downs will hold a press conference at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack to let the industry know who will replace Luke Kruytbosch, who died of an apparent heart attack July 14 at age 47.

  • Kelly's Landing will try to win the Mr. Prospector for the 2nd time.

    Two Proven Sprinters Top Mr. Prospector

    The $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park came up particularly strong with Summerplace Farm's 8-year-old gelding Kelly's Landing coming out for another season and Wind River Stable's 5-year-old Black Seventeen shipping in from California for the six-furlong dash on Jan. 17.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie makes his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the San Rafael 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%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    All Eyes on Square Eddie in San Rafael

    Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Square Eddie makes his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut Jan. 17 at Santa Anita when he takes on seven rivals in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

  • Alice Chandler

    Chandler To Receive Award of Merit

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association announced Jan. 14 that Alice Headley Chandler, owner of Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington and prominent industry leader, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Hip 863; C Maria's Mon-La Cucina brought $390,000 on day 3 of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

    Maria's Mon Colt Shines at Keeneland

    A Maria's Mon colt became the highest-priced yearling sold at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale so far when he was purchased for $390,000 by Florida pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell in the name of Ferguson Valley Ranch Jan. 14 in Lexington. The immediate underbidder on the handsome chestnut was Brian Graves, who is the director of public sales for the Beck family's Kentucky-based Gainesway Farm.

  • Shakespeare's First Foal

    The first foal by grade I winner and millionaire Shakespeare is a colt born Jan. 14 at Frank and Mattie Justice's Dell Ridge Farm near Lexington.

  • The Ken McPeek trained Danger to Society

    Ky. Derby Trail: Let the Lists Begin

    With the first Derby Dozen list scheduled for early February, this is a good time to make up a Top 10 list of horses who haven't accomplished enough just yet to make the official list, but who have a good chance of making it in the near future.

  • Indyanne

    Fast Filly Indyanne Euthanized

    Graded stakes winner Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Jan. 13.

  • 2009 BC Stakes Program Still in Works

    Breeders' Cup officials, who announced Dec. 11 they were suspending the Breeders' Cup stakes program and a week later decided to fund the program using money from the organization's reserve account, have yet to approve which races will receive the added money.

  • And They're Off: January 14

    Lenny and Steve are back for 2009. Topics include an early look at the Derby Trail, Synthetic Surfaces, the Eclipse Candidates for Top Owner, Joe Hirsch, and Toussaud.The complete first season of "And They're Off" is now available on DVD! Order your copy today.