Headlines for Monday, November 16, 2009

  • Past Derby Winners: Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones overcame huge odds to win the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Quickly recovering from a fractured skull he sustained during a gate schooling session as a 2-year-old, Smarty became one of two Pennsylvania-breds to capture the Derby, after which he won the Preakness by a record margin of 11 ½ lengths. He is also known as the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew 1977. After being retired at the end of 2004 due to chronic bruising, he was acquired for stud duty by Three Chimneys. His first crops of foals are now running at tracks across the country.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

  • Distorted Humor's Fee Reduced to $100,000

    Distorted Humor, who ranks second on this year's leading sire's list, has undergone a cut in his stud fee. He will stand in 2010 for $100,000, down from $150,000 in 2009.

  • Crafty Shaw Sires First Winner

    Millionaire Crafty Shaw came through with his first winner when his daughter Money's the Object won Nov. 14 at Mountaineer Park.

  • Oak Tree Handle, Attendance Decline

    The Oak Tree Racing Association, which for the second year in a row hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships, reported double-digit declines in attendance and handle during the 31-day meet at Santa Anita Park that ended Nov. 8.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Changes Date of Florida Derby

    Gulfstream Park said Nov. 16 it has changed the dates of the grade I Florida Derby and grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, and created a new stakes day for sprinters.

  • Equine Piroplasmosis Found in 11 States

    Animal health authorities investigating an outbreak of equine piroplasmosis on a South Texas ranch have now located 317 positive horses. These horses include 288 on the index ranch, seven on other premises in Texas, one in Alabama, two in California, five in Florida, one in Georgia, five in Louisiana, one in Minnesota, two in North Carolina, three in New ...