Headlines for Wednesday, November 4, 2009

  • Magical Fantasy winning the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Oct. 10.

    Seeking More of the Same from Magical Fantasy

    It would be an understatement to say that Magical Fantasy heads the California contingent for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Nov. 6. After four consecutive major stakes wins locally, three in grade I company, she's nearly all that's left.

  • Fatal Bullet is ready to take on Zensational in the sprint.

    Fatal Bullet Gunning for Sprint Win

    Reade Baker, the trainer of Fatal Bullet, has a message for Zensational, the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $2-million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), and the rest of the field: We're ready, and we're going to run hard.

  • Breeders' Cup News Minute: Nov. 4

    Lenny Schulman presents the news of the day, including the condition of Rip Van Winkle, and appearances by Buzzword, Goldikova, Only Green, Summer Bird, and Chocolate Candy.Presented by Spendthrift Farm.

  • Informed Decision defeated Ventura in the Vinery Madison Stakes in April.<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%3D7994838%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Informed Decision Ready for F&M Sprint

    Augustin Stable's Informed Decision faces a much-anticipated rematch with Ventura Nov. 6 in the $1-million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park. When the two tangled back in April on Keeneland's Polytrack, Informed Decision defeated Ventura by a head in the Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. I).

  • Joe Campbell

    Inside Track: Steel-Driving Man

    There must be steel coursing through the veins of the Campbell family. Three generations of these steel-driving men have been blacksmiths, shoeing some of the finest Thoroughbreds on the East Coast.

  • Blame has a pedigree many generations in the making.<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%3D8591984%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Claiborne Happy to Accept Blame

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>With Claiborne bloodlines on the top and bottom, Fayette Stakes (gr. II) winner Blame has a pedigree many generations in the making.

  • Lethal Heat is ready for the Breeders&#39; Cup Ladies&#39; Classic.

    Lethal Heat Seeks to Enhance Resume

    Lethal Heat has attracted attention more for trainer Barry Abrams' assertion that he wanted to run her in two Breeders' Cup races on consecutive days than for her ability. But Madeline Auerbach, who bred and owns the filly in partnership, says that Lethal Heat is fit, happy, and ready to run a big race in the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I).

  • Aidan O&#39;Brien (left) keeps an eye on Rip Van Winkle (right) at Santa Anita on November 4.

    O'Brien on Rip Van Winkle: Everything is Fine

    Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien said that Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Rip Van Winkle is fine and did not show any indications of his recurring foot problems when he went to the track at Santa Anita early Nov. 4.

  • Noble Court is one of two entries for Trainer John Sadler in the Breeders&#39; Cup Turf Sprint.

    Sadler to Saddle Two in Turf Sprint

    John Sadler wins races by the bushel in Southern California and is more often than not on the top of the trainer standings at each race meet. He has yet to win a Breeders' Cup race, but 2009 could be his year.

  • Karelian is a serious contender for the TVG Breeders&#39; Cup Mile.

    Karelian Serious in Mile

    Karelian may have been named for a comic book character, but he will be all business in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • CTHS Winter Sale Offers Variety of Stock

    The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Winter mixed sale takes place Nov. 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion at Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario, Canada.

  • Handle Down at Belmont Fall Meeting

    The 2009 Belmont Park Fall Championship meet, permeated by inclement weather and races washed off the turf, saw declines in handle and attendance figures.

  • Zenyatta is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Classic.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;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&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zenyatta is 5-2 Favorite in the Classic

    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss' Zenyatta, undefeated in 13 career starts, was installed as the 5-2 favorite when she takes on males for the first time in the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). She is attempting to be the first female to the win the World Championship's marquee event.

  • Melbourne Cup Winner by Street Cry

    Street Cry's status as a top international stallion took on new meaning when his son Shocking captured one of the world's greatest races, the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aust-I).

  • And They're Off: Breeders' Cup 2009

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin from Santa Anita, with a special Breeders' Cup edition of ATO. They discuss their initial thoughts following the draw, take a look at the nine returning champions from last year, and sit down with  Mine That Bird trainer, Chip Woolley.

  • Rip Van Winkle Fighting Another Foot Injury

    Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien took a chance by entering only Rip Van Winkle in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), despite the colt's history of foot problems, and now they could wind up without a horse in the race if Rip's most recent setback proves serious enough to force his withdrawal.

  • Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

    Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United States Polo Association said Wednesday.

  • Tendon Sheaths as a Source of Lameness in Horses

    Tendons can be an important source of lameness in athletic horses, but issues with the tendon&#39;s sheath--the thin connective tissue wrapped around the tendons, containing synovial fluid--shouldn&#39;t be overlooked as another potential cause of lameness.

  • Colorado Horse Rescue, Days End Join Unwanted Horse Group

    The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has welcomed the Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) and Days End Farm Horse Rescue as members of the Coalition. With the number of unwanted horses still at a discouraging level, the UHC feels it is important to have the opinions and perspectives of these two facilities.