Headlines for Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • Cost of Freedom, who won the 2008 Ancient Title, is back again in 2009.<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%3D6136258%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hunch Plays Abound in Ancient Title Stakes

    Cost of Freedom is back to defend his title in Oak Tree's $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 11, but he's just one of several hunch play possibilities in a 10-horse field at Santa Anita.

  • Lot 545; colt; Oasis Dream - Maganda by Sadlers Wells, brought 700,000 guineas during the final session of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

    Oasis Dream Colt Tops Tattersalls Sale

    The final session of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale saw the highest price for the week of 700,000 guineas for a son of Oasis Dream, who was one of 152 lots sold on the final day for a total of 17,653,000 guineas.

  • Presious Passion looks for firmer ground in California.<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%3D4084128%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Presious Passion Tries a Different Hirsch

    After heavy rains at Belmont Park forced her to make Presious Passion a late scratch from the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park, trainer Mary Hartmann knew exactly what she had to do. She shipped her multiple grade I-winning 6-year-old cross-country to California where she knew she would find the kind of firm footing her star appreciates for a different Hirsch at Santa Anita Park.

  • Natalma Stakes winner Bay to Bay is the 5-2 favorite for the Mazarine.

    Juveniles Highlight Woodbine Stakes Action

    Two-year-olds are again in the spotlight at Woodbine this weekend, with the Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) for fillies set for Oct. 10 and the Grey Stakes (Can-III) following a day later. The $250,000 Polytrack events are both contested at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Hopeful winner Dublin will try to add the Champagne to his resume.<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%3D8468138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Champagne: Is Dublin 'The One' For Lukas?

    It's been a decade since D. Wayne Lukas had his last Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and it is no secret that the 74-year-old is itching for another one. The Hall of Fame trainer may have his best chance at collecting his elusive fifth Derby crown with 2-year-old star Dublin, who leads a field of six in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 10 at Belmont Park.

  • Matron winner Awesome Maria takes on 6 in the Frizette at Belmont. <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%3D8494279%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Awesome Maria Looks For More in Frizette

    When Awesome Maria won impressively in last month's Matron (gr. II), Stanley Hough said the juvenile filly should be even better going longer. The daughter of Maria's Mon will get a chance to prove her trainer right Oct. 10 when she headlines a field of seven in the $400,000 Frizette (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Parading should be sitting on a huge race coming into the Goodwood.<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%3D8117794%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Goodwood Parade

    You can't say there isn't enough to choose from when handicapping Saturday's $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I), with a smorgasbord of stakes horses all trying to earn their place in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)

  • THS: The Goodwood

    Jason, Evan, and James Scully from twinspires preview the Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on October 10. Plus, picks for the Breeders' Futurity and the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Goodwood.

  • Secretariat winner Take the Points headlines the Jamaica Handicap.

    Jamaica Draws Take the Points, Courageous Cat

    Take the Points, narrow winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) on Arlington Million (gr. IT) day, heads the field for the $300,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT), one of three grade I features on the Belmont Park program Oct. 10.

  • With Anticipation winner Interactif tries the Keeneland turf in the Bourbon.<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%3D8457915%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Interactif Tries Bourbon Stakes Instead

    With Anticipation (gr. IIIT) winner Interactif, scratched out of Belmont's off-the-turf Pilgrim Stakes a week ago, will instead try the $125,000 Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Oct. 11 at Keeneland. He is one of three starters entered for Todd Pletcher.

  • Swift Temper takes on 10 in the Spinster.<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%3D8475941%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Swift Temper Tries Polytrack in Spinster

    Mark Stanley's Swift Temper, who upset Seventh Street last month in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), will make her first start on a synthetic surface in more than three years as she preps for the Breeders' Cup in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) Oct. 11 at Keeneland.

  • Texas Stallion Grand Jewel Dead

    Grand Jewel, who stood at several Texas farms during his career, died after a breeding accident this year.

  • Teton Forest to Elite Thoroughbreds

    Teton Forest has been purchased by Michele Rodriquez and Lee Thomas' Elite Thoroughbreds for stallion duty at the Folsom, La., farm.

  • Quarantined Horses Removed From Hoosier Park

    Fifty-four quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in Central Indiana after two others tested positive for a contagious infection.

  • ESPN to Air Breeders' Cup Challenge Races

    ESPN will televise three races from Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park and two races from Keeneland on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 5 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (ET) on ESPN Classic

  • Major Weekend Stakes to Air on TVG

    Over the Oct. 9-11 weekend, TVG will broadcast live from Belmont Park, Keeneland and Oak Tree at Santa Anita with coverage of major stakes serving as precursors to next month's Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Rachel Alexandra has returned to Churchill Downs.

    Rachel Alexandra Back at Churchill Downs

    Leading Horse of the Year candidate Rachel Alexandra returned to her home base at Churchill Downs Oct. 7 and settled into familiar surroundings in trainer Steve Asmussen's Barn 38 following a long van ride from Saratoga, where she spent much of the summer and the early days of fall.

  • Deputy Commander Euthanized

    Deputy Commander, the 1997 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner, was euthanized Oct. 7 at Donald and Karen Cohen's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif.

  • Group I winner Midday Headed to BC

    Khalid Abdullah's top-class 3-year-old filly Midday will be pointed for the Emirates Air Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) following her third in last Sunday's Prix de l'Opera (Fr-I) at Longchamp, said Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe.

  • American Horse Council Reports 'No-Match' Rule Rescinded

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a final rule that will rescind the so called "no-match" rule. DHS originally issued the "no match" rule in August of 2007 in an attempt to crackdown on employers who "knowingly" hired undocumented workers. The rule required an employer that received a "no match" letter from the Social Security Admi...

  • Retired Racehorse Training Clinic Draws Crowd of 350 From 10 States

    "The ticket sales to this event prove that people's fascination with the Thoroughbred horse remains strong," said Steuart Pittman, the Maryland horse trainer who conceived of and conducted the Retired Racehorse Training Symposium at Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, Md. "The demand for knowledge about how to train these horses after a racing car...

  • Update on Hoosier Park Equine Infectious Disease Outbreak

    The Associated Press today (Oct. 8) reported that 54 quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana after two other horses tested positive for Streptococcus equi (the bacterium that causes the disease strangles). On Oct. 1 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever,...

  • Researchers Describe New Equine Respiratory Condition

    <P>The bacterium <I>Stenotrophomonas maltophilia</I> can be associated with chronic lower airway disease in horses, reports a group of Danish researchers. <P><I>S. maltophilia</I> is a Gram-negative bacterium that is causing disease more often&nbsp;in humans, particularly among the immunocompromised population, but it&nbsp;is only rarely reported as cau...