Headlines for Thursday, October 1, 2009

  • Del Mar Futurity winner Lookin At Lucky tries for win #4 in the Norfolk.<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%3D8462032%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Norfolk: Lookin At Lucky Seeks 4th Straight

    Unbeaten Lookin At Lucky seeks his fourth consecutive win for trainer Bob Baffert and a spot in the starting gate for next month's Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) when he faces 11 juvenile rivals in the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Oct. 4.

  • Travers winner Summer Bird faces older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.<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%3D8443499%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    JCGC: Will Summer Bird Soar Again?

    Though his racing career began just seven months ago, Summer Bird has accomplished extraordinary things in a short period of time. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Shadwell Travers (gr. I) winner will try to defy the odds once again when he faces older horses for the first time in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

  • Blind Luck finished 2nd in the Debutante in her last start.

    Baker's Dozen to Line Up for Oak Leaf Stakes

    A condylar fracture of a cannon bone knocked Darley Debutante (gr. I) winner Mi Sueno out of the $300,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) this week and 13 juvenile fillies are hoping to take advantage at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Oct. 4.

  • Music Note is the one to beat in the Beldame.<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%3D8443348%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Defections Leave Music Note as Beldame Choice

    There was a time not too long ago that a meeting among the nation's best fillies and mares in the $600,000 Beldame (gr. I) was a distinct possibility. But with Rachel Alexandra on the sideline, Zenyatta staying in California for the Lady's Secret (gr. I), and Icon Project now heading to Keeneland's Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I), the Beldame has lost some of its appeal.

  • Arlington Million winner Gio Ponti seeks his fifth consecutive grade I grass victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

    Gio Ponti Tries For Fifth Straight Grade I

    Christophe Clement has had many talented stakes winners during his years as one of the nation's leading turf conditioners, but the French-born trainer now admits Gio Ponti may be at the top of that list. On Oct. 3, the 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat seeks his fifth consecutive grade I grass victory when he lines up for the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

  • Fabulous Strike faces a stellar field in the Vosburgh.<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%3D8394613%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Fabulous Strike Faces Stiff Test in Vosburgh

    The decision as to whether or not Fabulous Strike will be sent to California for the Breeders' Cup has not yet been made. For now, the focus is squarely on the $400,000 Vosburgh, where the 6-year-old son of Smart Strike will have to face a short but stellar field of sprinters Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

  • Goffs Orby Sale Ends on Positive Note

    Goffs Orby Sale for vendors and purchasers alike drew to a close this evening with a strong third day's trade that saw an increase in average price of 27% over the corresponding day last year.

  • Charles Town Goes High Definition

    In November 2009, Charles Town Races & Slots will join a select group of racetracks offering live racing to its on-track customers in high definition. Charles Town follows in the footsteps of Keeneland and Churchill Downs who became the first tracks to upgrade its production to HD in the fall of 2008. Barring any setbacks, Charles Town expects the high definition system to be operational for its races on Nov. 25.

  • Drug Testing Task Force to Be Formed

    Moving forward with its initiative to significantly change the structure of drug testing in U.S. horse racing, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has approved the formation of a committee to oversee the implementation of the Drug Testing Initiative (DTI) Task Force recommendations on quality assurance and laboratory accreditation programs for U.S. horse racing drug testing laboratories.

  • THS: The Indiana Derby

    Tom, Evan, and Tim Holland of brisnet preview the Indiana Derby (gr. II) and the Ohio Derby (gr.II) .Plus, picks for the big day of racing at Belmont.Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Indiana Derby.

  • Zenyatta won the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on August 9.<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%3D8394821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Zenyatta's Turn

    Now that Rachel Alexandra is through for the year, it is time for Zenyatta, the defending Queen of all Turfdom, to take center stage, and her presence will be a welcome sight in a year where the Breeders' Cup has gone a bit haywire.

  • 'Bracket Battles' Return to bloodhorse.com

    BloodHorse.com has announced the return of the interactive game "Breeders' Cup Bracket Battles" presented by Youbet.com. Beginning Oct. 1, and for the five-week period leading up to this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Belmont, Keeneland Coverage Expands on TVG

    TVG announced Oct. 1 it will expand and enhance its live programming and wagering options for the leading East Coast horseracing tracks, including Belmont Park and Keeneland.

  • Mr. Sekiguchi to Bridlewood

    Mr. Sekiguchi, the highest priced yearling of 2004, has arrived at the Appleton family's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.

  • 'Secretariat' Set Moving to Churchill Downs

    Scenes from the Walt Disney Studio's forthcoming motion picture "Secretariat," starring Diane Lane as Penny Chenery and John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, will be filmed at Churchill Downs starting Oct. 5. Officials said filming at the track is expected to last five days.

  • Alliance Report on Way; Standards to Expand

    The independent monitor for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance will conduct a "systematic and formal data-gathering phase" in the next few months and release a "detailed, comprehensive report" by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the alliance, which accredits racetracks, is developing standards for wagering security and tote protocol that will be included in the 2010 code.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    'Rachel's Race Items Benefit Cancer Research

    Michael O'Toole, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, submitted the winning bid for the three pairs of racing goggles worn by jockey Calvin Borel as he rode super filly Rachel Alexandra to victory in the Haskell Stakes-her second of three wins over the colts in her historic 2009 campaign.

  • Toccet

    Toccet Racks Up Big Wins

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <p>With dual scores in the British Columbia classics, Toccet's progeny have made the stallion a hot second-crop sire.

  • Aqueduct Casino Decision Forthcoming

    Gov. David Paterson hinted that selection of an Aqueduct video lottery terminal casino operator could come as early as Oct. 1, but sources indicated it take a little while longer.

  • Keeneland to Host Trackside Party Opening Day

    Keeneland kicks off opening FallStars Weekend Oct. 9, in style as it hosts "Swinging at Sunset," a trackside party featuring a 17-piece jazz orchestra, immediately following the races.

  • Last-Minute Track Updates Now on Equibase

    Current day scratches and program changes from racetracks throughout North America are now available throughout the day in a dedicated section of equibase.com, it was announced today by Equibase Company President and COO Hank Zeitlin.

  • Live Radio Coverage of JC Gold Cup Card

    The Horse Racing Radio Network will host three hours of live coverage for the grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 3.

  • Retired Racehorse Training Project to Debut in Maryland

    <P>Both the Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association are supporting a new project to train Maryland riders to work with ex-racehorses. <P>Maryland trainer Steuart Pittman, Jr. of Dodon Farm in Davidsonville is kicking off the Retired Racehorse Training Project on October 4, with a ticketed event at Maryland Therapeutic Riding in ...

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