Headlines for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

  • Briecat hopes to score her second consecutive Bayakoa Handicap victory.

    Briecat Defends Crown in Wide Open Bayakoa

    Briecat is back to defend her title in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park Dec. 5, part of a field that swelled to 11 with the absence of Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) winner Life Is Sweet, who was not entered.

  • Thunder Rumble, Gigli to Old Friends in N.Y.

    Gigli, trained by the late Bobby Frankel, has a new home in the New York division of the Old Friends retirement facility named after the Hall of Fame trainer.

  • 7 Horses Added to Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

    A Smarty Jones weanling and six mares have been added to the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which will be held Dec. 14 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • The Usual Q.T.

    The Usual Q. T. Hot in California

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p>Winner of both the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) and Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in November, this Unusual Heat gelding typifies the best of California breeding.

  • Zenyatta was recently honored at Hollywood Park.

    Zenyatta to be Honored at Santa Anita

    Undefeated superstar mare Zenyatta, who was retired following her brilliant last-to-first victory against males in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, will make her final race-day appearance at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26, prior to shipping to Kentucky to begin her new career as a broodmare.

  • Piste Noire Tops Tatts Mare Sale's 3rd Day

    Piste Noire, a 3-year-old unraced daughter of Diesis, was the most expensive horse sold on the Tattersalls December mare sale's third day, bringing 340,000 guineas ($594,161 in U.S. funds). The median price for the session, which was held Dec. 2 in England, was up 23.1% from 2008. The gross revenue and average price dropped 17.6% and 18.1%, respectively.

  • Guild, TOBA Still Working on Jockey Ads

    Although the first Triple Crown race is still six months away, negotiations continue to try to reach agreement on how to handle revenue from advertising on apparel worn by jockeys in the three races.

  • And They're Off: December 2, 2009

    Lenny and Steve discuss Ventura's emotional victory, the future of Juddmonte's stable, and Oak Tree's decision to rename the Lady's Secret Stakes. Comments for Lenny and Steve? Send them to: ato@bloodhorse.com.

  • HRTV to Air Delta Jackpot Card

    HRTV has announced it will provide complete live coverage of "Delta Jackpot Night" from Delta Downs on Friday, Dec. 4.

  • Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin

    McLaughlin Takes Suspensions for Trace Levels

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will serve three concurrent 30-day suspensions handed down by the Kentucky Racing Commission for three individual medication violations, the New York-based horseman confirmed Dec. 1.

  • Roaring Improved after Electroacupuncture

    Electroacupuncture--the electrical stimulation of acupuncture points--can be an effective method of controlling laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring), reported researchers performing the technique on horses presented to the Veterinary Medical Center of the University of Florida.

  • National Equine Welfare Code of Practice: HSUS Reaction

    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has weighed in on the recent endorsement of a national welfare code of practice for the horse industry. Drafted by the American Horse Council and endorsed by several major horse industry groups, the welfare code offers generic guidelines for responsible breeding, training and care of horses (read the code).