Headlines for Friday, October 23, 2009

  • Bluegrass Princess and John Velazquez pull away to a clear win in the first division of the Pin Oak Valley View.<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%3D8573422%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    McLaughlin, Velazquez Sweep Valley View

    Eye of Taurus, a 13-1 shot, stole the second leg of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT), giving trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey John Velazquez a sweep of both divisions of the Oct. 23 feature for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.

  • F-T Ky. Fall Yearling Sale Has Sire Power

    Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale isn't as fancy as the company's Saratoga and Kentucky July select auctions, but as a producer of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brand (gr. I) winners, it stands out. Big Brown, who captured the Run for the Roses in 2008, and Mine That Bird, who scored in the first leg of the Triple Crown this year, both are graduates of the October sale.

  • Hidden Brook, McMahons Plan Joint Ventures

    Lexington-based McMahon Bloodstock and Hidden Brook Farm in Paris are involved in a cooperative effort to bolster business for their individual companies during a time of economic challenges.

  • Zenyatta<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%3D8148338%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Turns in Sharp Work at Hollywood

    Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:11.20 at Hollywood Park Oct. 23 in her first work since winning the Oct. 10 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I). Jockey Mike Smith was aboard, and the mare worked in company with Green Day and Sabina Fay.

  • Hialeah Still Awaiting Approval for Dates

    Hialeah Park has set Nov. 14 as the date for the start of arrival of Quarter Horses for a 40-day meet it plans to run beginning Nov. 28. But as of Oct. 22, the Hialeah, Fla., track was still waiting for the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to approve its application for racing dates.

  • Peace at Charles Town on Table Games Vote?

    Charles Town Races & Slots said Oct. 22 it has broad support from Thoroughbred owners and breeders for a Dec. 5 referendum to authorize the West Virginia racetrack to add casino-style table games, but issues that divide management and horsemen remain.

  • Ramsey's Using Retama Park Stakes as BC Preps

    Trainer Mike Maker shipped in a pair of Kitten's Joy juveniles owned by prominent owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey hoping their performances will propel them to the World Championships Nov. 6 and 7 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Vosburgh winner Kodiak Kowboy will run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.<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%3D8530546%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Change of Plans: Kodiak Kowboy to BC Sprint

    Canadian champion and two-time grade I winner Kodiak Kowboy will be entered in the Nov. 7 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park even though his experience on synthetic tracks is limited and he has enjoyed his greatest success on dirt.

  • Kentucky Horse Park, Equine Humane Center Partnering

    <P>The Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center are partnering in a new project to assist Kentucky's unwanted horses. <P>Last week the Kentucky Horse Park became aware that some pregnant Thoroughbred mares were in need of a home. The mares' owner sent them to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC), a 72-acre facility located in centr...

  • Piroplasmosis: Canada Restricts Import of Texas Horses

    <P>Due to the ongoing investigation into equine piroplasmosis in Texas, Canada has restricted the import of horses from that state. <P>The American Horse Council said in a statement that effective October 21, 2009, the USDA will not endorse any export health certificates for equines to Canada from Texas. Equines being exported to Canada from other state...