Headlines for Wednesday, November 25, 2009

  • Bridgetown won the Summer Stakes at Woodbine in September.

    Cup Runner-up Bridgetown is Generous Choice

    Bridgetown, a determined second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) earlier this month after setting the pace, is clearly the one to beat in the Nov. 28 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Ventura goes for her fourth grade I victory in the Nov. 28 Matriarch Stakes.<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%3D7610819%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ventura, Diamondrella to Battle in Matriarch

    Ventura, one of the leading stars for the late trainer Bobby Frankel and Juddmonte Farms during the past two years, goes for her fourth grade I victory against six rivals in the Nov. 28 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Sarah Louise won the Victory Ride at Saratoga in August.<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%3D8443363%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sara Louise Back to One Mile in Top Flight

    Godolphin Stable's 3-year-old Sara Louise, making her first start since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita, headlines a field of nine for the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going one mile Nov. 27 at Aqueduct.

  • Thiskyhasnolimit appears to have the edge in the Kentucky Jockey Club.

    Juveniles Headline Closing Day at Churchill

    It is doubtful another horse of Rachel Alexandra's caliber will come out of the 2009 "Stars of Tomorrow II" program, but one never knows, and that is good enough reason to watch the $150,000 Golden Rod and $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club, for 2-year-old fillies and 2-year-old males, respectively.

  • Clearance Rate Improves at Tatts Foal Sale

    The Tattersalls December foal sale opened Nov. 25 in England with 159 horses selling for a gross of 1,154,100 guineas ($2.026 million). The average price was 7,258 guineas ($12,740), and the median price was 3,700 guineas ($6,500). Direct comparisons with last year's longer five day sale are difficult, but the clearance rate of 69% was significantly up from the first and second day last year and the turnover was greater the first two days combined.

  • Zenyatta (left) and Rachel Alexandra (right) are the leading candidates for Horse of the Year.

    Change in Horse of the Year Voting Rejected

    Two of the three voting groups for Eclipse Awards have rejected a proposal to change this year's Eclipse Awards voting procedures to allow for a vote for co-Horse of the Year, a move that could have led to Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra sharing that top honor.

  • Quality Road will return to Florida, where he won the Florida Derby. <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%3D7964933%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road to Skip Cigar Mile; Off to Fla.

    It's wait until next year for Quality Road, who will pass on the Nov. 28 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) and instead will point for a 4-year-old campaign, which could begin in the Hal's Hope (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • THS: The Clark Handicap

    Jason, Tom, and James Scully of twinspires preview the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on November 27. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Clark.

  • Equine Osteoarthritis Update and New Targeted Therapies

    One of the world's leading clinicians and researchers in equine joints is C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, University Distinguished Professor, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Orthopedics, and director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State University (CSU). At WEVA he presented an update on new therapies for osteoarthritis, a co...