Headlines for Thursday, October 29, 2009

  • Cherokee Run

    Champion Cherokee Run Pensioned

    Cherokee Run, a champion sprinter who went on to become a successful stallion, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington because of fertility problems and lameness issues.

  • Ventura comes into this year's Filly & Mare Sprint off of a win in the Woodbine Mile.

    Ventura Looking to Defend F&M Sprint Title

    Coming off a historic victory against the boys in the Sept. 20 Woodbine Mile (Can-IT), Ventura looks to be a powerful contender in the Nov. 5 Sentient Jet Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) as she attempts to defend her title at Santa Anita Park. But the Juddmonte Farms homebred will likely face some tough competition, as five other graded stakes-winning females were also pre-entered.

  • Santa Anita Bid Timetable Set; Talks Continue

    After failing to attract a qualified bid for Santa Anita Park this summer, bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp. is prepared to try it again early next year. Meanwhile, a committee of horse owners from the Thoroughbred Owners of California is continuing to negotiate the purchase of the picturesque 303-acre racetrack, site of the 2009 Breeders' Cup.

  • Millionaire mare Unbridled Belle will be the heavy favorite in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap.

    Unbridled Belle Says Goodbye to NY in 'Alarm

    Millionaire mare Unbridled Belle, who has competed in some of New York's premier stakes races over the past four seasons, makes her final start in the Big Apple as the heavy favorite in the $100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Oct. 31.

  • New York Gov. David Paterson

    NY Gov. Meets on Aqueduct Casino Project

    Gov. David Paterson and New York legislative leaders met behind closed doors Oct. 29 in Manhattan to try to resolve the selection of an operator for the long-stalled Aqueduct video lottery terminal casino project.

  • Price Reduction for NY Foal Nominations

    The New York Thoroughbred Breeders and New York Racing Association announced a price reduction in foal nominations to the New York Stallion Stakes Series for progeny of New York-based stallions.

  • NTRA Alliance Accredits Oak Tree/Santa Anita

    The Oak Tree Racing Association and Santa Anita Park, site Nov. 6-7 of the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- for the second straight year -- have been accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, it was announced Oct. 29 in a release.

  • If Zenyatta runs in the Breeders' Cup Classic, she will be the favorite on the official Breeders' Cup morning line.<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%3D8148336%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Would Be Favored in BC Classic

    If Zenyatta's connections opt to run her in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), she will be the favorite on the official Breeders' Cup morning line.

  • THS: 2009 Breeders' Cup Preview Special

    Jason, Tom, and James Scully Preview the Breeders' Cup, focusing on those races with returning champions.Plus, a look at Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Download the Brisnet Past Performances for the horses pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • F-T Ky. Fall Yearling Sale Rebounds

    The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale bucked the prevailing negative trends in the Thoroughbred marketplace to post increases of 9.1% in median price and 5.7% in gross revenue during its three-day run that ended Oct. 28 in Lexington.

  • Median Up 12.5% as Tattersalls Sale Ends

    The Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale finished its four-day run in England Oct. 29 with a median price that was up 12.5% from 2008. The gross revenue declined 11.3% while the average price fell 8.2%. The clearance rate rose from 78.8% last year to 84.9% this year.

  • Hopeful winner Dublin returns in the Iroquois at Churchill Downs.<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%3D8461713%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dublin Returns in Churchill's Iroquois Stakes

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has entered Robert Baker and William Mack's highly-touted Dublin in the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) for juveniles at a mile on the main track. A field of 12 was drawn for the Churchill Downs fall meet opening day co-feature.

  • Mizzcan'tbewrong (left, No. 6)

    Inside Track: The Right Call

    For more than a decade it seemed that Lady Luck was refusing to smile upon the Last Call Racing Partnership of Chicago residents Clyde Peterson and Tim Fella, until Mizzcan'tbewrong came along.

  • Dale Romans will send out Sassy Image in the Pocahontas.

    Romans Hoping For Pocahontas Repeat

    Trainer Dale Romans unleashed a true "Star of Tomorrow" in the 2008 Pocahontas (gr. III) when Sara Louise romped to victory by 3 3/4 lengths over Rachel Alexandra. On Nov. 1, Romans hopes history repeats itself when he saddles Jerry Romans' Sassy Image in the $100,000 event for 2-year-old fillies. A full field of 13 was drawn.

  • NTRA Conducting Free Handicapping Contest

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is conducting a free, online handicapping contest in association with the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 6-7 in which the winner will receive four tickets to the 2010 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.

  • Pyro is one of 4 Godolphin runners pre-entered in the Dirt Mile.<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%3D845947%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Godolphin Holds Key to BC Dirt Mile

    The presence of classy Europeans Mastercraftsman and Sweet Hearth to the pre-entry field for the $1-million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 7 gives the runners from the powerful Godolphin stable the prospect of some tough competition.

  • Melbourne Cup to Air on HRTV

    HRTV announced Oct. 29 it will broadcast the prestigious Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) from Australia on Monday, Nov. 2.

  • Only 9 are pre-entered in the Turf, but that number includes defending champ Conduit.<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%3D6458147%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Euros Have Big Edge in Breeders' Cup Turf

    Though three of the Euros top distance horses -- Mastercraftsman, Rip Van Winkle, and Twice Over -- are being pointed to either the Classic (gr. I) or Dirt Mile (gr. I), they still hold the upper hand on the Americans for the Nov. 7 Turf.

  • Undefeated Lookin At Lucky will be one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

    Loaded Juvenile May Offer Some Value

    The presence of the most accomplished United States-based colts thus far and a strong contingent from Europe should spell value for those who wager on the Nov. 7 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • 2010 Breeders' Cup Logo Unveiled

    The logo for the 2010 Breedersf Cup World Championships was unveiled Oct. 29 by the Breedersf Cup and Churchill Downs, the Louisville track that will be hosting the two-day racing event for a record seventh time. The 2010 Breeders' Cup is scheduled for Nov. 5-6.

  • Golden Ransom to Buena Suerta Equine

    Golden Ransom, a 10-year-old son of Hennessy, will stand in 2010 at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerta Equine near Roswell, N.M., for a fee of $2,000.

  • Rachel Alexandra<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%3D8279203%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Visit With Rachel Alexandra to be Auctioned

    A personal visit with superstar filly Rachel Alexandra goes on the auction block tomorrow as the grand final item in Kendall-Jackson's "Rachel Alexandra Running Auction," benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The auction will end after seven days at noon, Nov. 4.

  • Hidden Dragon Shines in Magic Millions Sale

    Singapore trainer Don Baertschiger made his presence felt during the option two section of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale in on the Gold Coast of Australia Oct. 29. He went to Aust$110,000 ($99,840 in U.S. funds) to secure the day's top seller – a 2-year-old Hidden Dragon –Donnatelle colt. A half-brother to group winner Don't Tell Clang, the colt was consigned by Centaur Park Thoroughbreds.

  • Putney Bridge Tops Tattersalls' Third Day

    Putney Bridge, from the Juddmonte Farms consignment, was the star on the third day of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training auction, selling for 300,000 guineas to bloodstock agent John McCormack Oct. 28 in England. McCormack was acting on behalf of Prince Faisal bin Khalid of Saudi Arabia.

  • Official Breeders' Cup Race Order, Wagering

    The Breeders' Cup has released the official race order and wagering menu for the 26th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.