Headlines for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

  • Pilgrim winner Eskendereya<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%3D8531973%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: The Todd Squad

    Whatever name you want to give them, Todd's Tots, Pletcher's Pups, you can be sure you'll be hearing from Todd Pletcher's 2-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup juvenile races, and more importantly on next year's Triple Crown trail. That's when they really will shine.

  • Mrs Kipling will carry 118 pounds in Oak Tree's Harold C. Ramser Sr. 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%3D8065361%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mrs Kipling Set for Return in Ramser Handicap

    Mrs Kipling, on the comeback trail following a disappointing effort in the American Oaks (gr. IT), returns to action against 10 rivals in Oak Tree's $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24.

  • Calder Has Big Plans for Gaming Operation

    Calder Race Course is preparing marketing plans for poker and a casino president and general manager Tom O'Donnell expects will attract a significant number of customers from some nearby pari-mutuel facilities and tribal casinos in southeast Florida.

  • Vineyard Haven (right) faces older horses for the first time in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.<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%3D8443357%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vineyard Haven Favored in De Francis Dash

    Three-year-old Vineyard Haven, winner of Saratoga's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) before being disqualified in his only start in the past eight months, faces older horses for the first time in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Oct. 24.

  • Arqana Sale Ends With 9.5% Upswing in Average

    The Arqana October yearling sale closed out its three-day run at Deauville in France Oct. 21 with increases from 2008 of 4.9% in gross revenue and 9.5% in average price. The clearance rate of 71.2% was the same as a year ago.

  • Oak Tree to Cut Purses 10%

    Citing a sluggish local and national economy as primary factors, the Oak Tree Racing Association announced Oct. 21 that overnight purses will be cut 10%, effective Oct. 24.

  • Peace Rules Sold to Korea Racing Authority

    Multiple grade I winner Peace Rules, has been purchased by the Korea Racing Authority, pending contractual details. Peace Rules will stand at the KRA'S Jeju Stud Farm.

  • Jackson Bend

    Jackson Bend Takes Florida

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Inspiring hope for small breeders is juvenile standout Jackson Bend, whose durability and precocity combined are traits this Florida homebred inherited from both sides of his pedigree.

  • Test winner Flashing headlines the Raven Run field.&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%3D8393558%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Flashing Leads Full Field in Raven Run

    Godolphin Racing's Flashing, a winner of four of six starts this season including the grade I Test Stakes, has a clear edge over a full field of 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) Oct. 24 at Keeneland.

  • Benefit Planned For Straight

    A benefit for jockey Michael Straight will be held Oct. 25 at Philly G's Restaurant in Vernon Hills, Ill.

  • Macho Again&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%3D8233512%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Macho Again to Skip Breeders' Cup Classic

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again will skip the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 7, due to a cough he developed following his breeze Oct. 17.

  • Bruce Hundley in an April 2009 photo.

    Saxony Farm Owner Bruce Hundley Dies

    Bruce Hundley, who co-bred champion Fly So Free and raised three other champions at his Saxony Farm near Versailles, Ky., died at a Lexington hospital Oct. 21. He was 67.

  • Penn Gaming Advocates Ohio Casino Plan

    Penn National Gaming Inc. officials Oct. 21 advocated their proposal for casino gambling in Ohio's four largest cities -- an issue that will be decided via referendum Nov. 3.

  • Cox to be Honored by Bluegrass Tomorrow

    University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Nancy Cox will be one of Kentucky's visionaries and innovators honored at Bluegrass Tomorrow's 20th Anniversary Vision Awards/InnoVision Breakfast Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

  • Terry Meyocks

    Meyocks to Run for Kentucky Senate Seat

    Jockeys' Guild national manager Terry Meyocks, formerly an executive with the New York Racing Association, will seek the Kentucky Senate seat currently held by Republican Alice Forgy Kerr in the November 2010 election.

  • AAEP Members Rank Equine Research Needs

    <P>Laminitis and colic were the top two equine conditions in need of more research, according to nearly 600 members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) who recently responded to a survey conducted by the AAEP Foundation. The Foundation coordinates equine research and supports student scholarships. This is the second member survey co...

  • Managing Horses' Postoperative Pain

    <P>Whether a horse is on the operating table for colic or a broken bone, pain management after surgery is critical. In recent years research has clearly shown that making horses as comfortable and pain-free as possible postoperatively leads to shorter hospital stays and better healing. <P>Despite leaping strides in the field of veterinary anesthesia ove...