Headlines for Thursday, January 29, 2009

  • Smarty Jones, whose 3-year old daughter recently made him a "grandpa."

    Breeding Two-Year Olds

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>On January 18, 2009, Smarty Jones became a "grandpa" when his 3-year old daughter Jonespartyofwon produced a filly in Pennsylvania. Is breeding a filly as a 2-year-old a good idea?

  • And They're Off: Eclipse Awards Review

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Lenny and Steve review the Eclipse Award winners. Plus, Everybody wants to buy a Derby Winner.

  • Fast Return for Emmy Darling in La Habra

    Emmy Darling, in the midst of a five-race tailspin following a seventh-place finish as the favorite in the Sunshine Millions Oaks only days ago, will try her luck on Santa Anita's hillside turf course in the $100,000 La Habra Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 1.

  • Nevada Booking Bets After Signal Cut-Off

    Some Nevada casino racebooks are booking wagers on races from tracks affiliated with TrackNet Media Group after the content company recently cut off signals to the state over a contract dispute.

  • And They're Off: Eclipse Awards Review

    Lenny and Steve review the Eclipse Award winners. Plus, Everybody wants to buy a Derby Winner.The complete first season of "And They're Off" is now available on DVD! Order your copy today.

  • Callwood Dancer takes on nine rivals in the Suwannee River Stakes.

    Suwannee River Attracts Callwood Dancer

    Callwood Dancer, Canada's Sovereign Award champion turf mare in 2008, takes on nine rivals in the $125,000 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) over the Gulfstream Park turf Feb. 1.

  • Old Fashioned looks to be the fastest and most talented 3-year-old at this point.&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%3D6898323%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ky. Derby Trail: Sneak Preview

    The first Derby Dozen comes out next week, but we'll get a jump on it with a more comprehensive look before this weekend's stakes. Then we'll make any adjustments based on the results. So, this is more of a speculative list, with a great deal riding on the Hutcheson and Holy Bull Stakes.

  • Kip Deville will try a mile and an eighth in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.&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%3D5116175%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Kip Deville Stretches Out for Turf 'Cap

    Kip Deville, one of the nation's leading grass milers, will be asked to go a little farther when he makes his seasonal debut in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 1 for trainer Rick Dutrow Jr.

  • Indian Blessing won&#39;t take on Ventura in the Santa Monica.&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%3D7226922%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Indian Blessing Won't Run, Baffert Says

    A day after entering Eclipse champion female sprinter Indian Blessing in the $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert said the 4-year-old filly would not participate in an anticipated rematch with Ventura after all.

  • That Handicapping Show: Donn (Video)

    Evan and Tom analyze the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 31. The Wizard has a pair of Spotlight Plays, the Forward Gal on Friday, January 30 at Gulfstream, and Race 5 at Fair Grounds on Saturday, January

  • A clay model of the Barbaro statue that is being created for permanent display at Churchill Downs.

    Barbaro Memorial Unveiling Set for April

    The public unveiling of a bronze statue to celebrate the life of 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro will take place at Churchill Downs April 26. The announcement came on the second anniversary of Barbaro's passing on Jan. 29, 2007.

  • Alex's Pal to Ghost Ridge in PA

    Alex's Pal, who is a half-brother to successful sire Successful Appeal, has moved to Ghost Ridge Farm near York, Pa.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup champ Midshipman tops the Experimental Free Handicap.&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%3D6457152%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Midshipman High-Weight on Experimental

    Midshipman, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), received the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2008 Experimental Free Handicap,

  • Nicanor (left) with Peter Brette aboard heads to training accompanied by Michael Matz.

    HRRN to Broadcast Nicanor's Debut

    The Horse Racing Radio Network announced Jan. 29 that it will provide live bonus coverage of the debut race of Barbaro's brother Nicanor as part of its Donn Handicap (gr.I) day broadcast Jan. 31.

  • Holy Bull! What A Betting Race

    With West Side Bernie and Beethoven parked outside in posts 10 and 11 going 1 1/8 mile in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, there is reason to look elsewhere for a winner despite the legitimate talents of each of those horses and their connections.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup champ Ventura may face Indian Blessing again in the Santa Monica.&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%3D6445701%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ventura, Indian Blessing May Clash Again

    A rematch of last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint battle at Santa Anita between the victorious Ventura and champion filly Indian Blessing looms in the $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) Jan. 31. But after entries were taken Jan. 28, trainer Bob Baffert said he was unsure if Indian Blessing would run.

  • The first North American foal by Storm Surge with his dam, Evening Bell.

    Storm Surge's First Foal

    The first North American foal by graded stakes winner Storm Surge is a colt born Jan. 15 at Nathan Fox' Richland Hills near Midway, Ky.

  • Fillies Top Barretts Mixed Sale

    Two $50,000 fillies of racing age highlighted the Barretts January mixed sale, which saw the average decline slightly from last year and the median improve. With other sales around the country experiencing double-digit decreases, sales officials expressed pleasure at the final figures.

  • Pentire Colt Sets Pace at Karaka

    A Pentire colt out of the winning Zabeel mare Surreal brought the top price of NZ$175,000 (approximately $92,802 in U.S. funds) during the second session of New Zealand Bloodstock's select yearling sale in Karaka Jan. 29. Dean Hawthorne purchased the colt from Rich Hill Thoroughbreds.

  • That Handicapping Show: Donn Handicap

    Evan and Tom analyze the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 31. The Wizard has a pair of Spotlight Plays, the Forward Gal on Friday, January 30 at Gulfstream, and Race 5 at Fair Grounds on Saturday, January 31. Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play," which also includes a Bonus Play for the Hutcheson Friday at Gulfstream, as well as free Brisnet Past Performances for the Donn Handicap.