Headlines for Thursday, December 3, 2009

  • Friesan Fire Third in Fair Grounds Allowance

    Friesan Fire, sent off as the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finished third in a Fair Grounds allowance contest in his first race back since the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Opening ceremonies at Hialeah on Nov. 28; left: John Brunetti, right: Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina

    Hialeah Asks to Run Thoroughbreds

    Hialeah Park is seeking to run Thoroughbred races during its Quarter Horse meeting, according to a letter Hialeah owner John Brunetti sent to Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course.

  • Honour and Glory to Ghost Ridge

    Honour and Glory, a former leading sire of 2-year-olds, will stand in 2010 for a fee of $6,500 at Tarry Bratton's Ghost Ridge Farm near Felton, Pa.

  • Arlington Completes Purchase of Leased Land

    Churchill Downs Inc.'s wholly-owned subsidiary Arlington Park has entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 66.8 acres of leased land which is currently part of Arlington Park's racing facilities in Arlington Heights, Ill., from The Duchossois Group for a total purchase price of $27.5 million, as of Dec. 3.

  • THS: Delta Jackpot

    Tom, Evan, and Les Instone of twinspires.com/brisnet preview the Boyd Gaming's Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) on Friday, December 4. Plus, picks for the Delta Princess. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Delta Jackpot.

  • Tattersalls Mare Sale's Median Rises

    The Tattersalls December mare sale finished its four-day run Dec. 3 in England with a 16% increase in median price from 2008 and a gross that was down less than 1%. The average price declined 3.3%. In addition, the buy-back rate rose to 79.3% from 68.2% last year.

  • Pollard's Vision's Fee Doubles

    Pollard's Vision, who ranks third on the first-crop sire's list, will stand in 2010 for $10,000, up from $5,000 in 2009

  • Livingston Book Signing Benefits Old Friends

    Two-time Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston will sign copies of her new book "Horses: In Living Color" and her previous release "More Old Friends" on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Circa 1840 Restaurant in Georgetown, Ky.

  • Maria Rose Michalak and Jones

    Inside Track: Belles' Biographer

    16-year old Maria Rose Michalak's book, Eight Belles: Triumph Beyond the Wire cronicles Eight Belles' days as a foal, as well as her lineage, training, and racing career, and also recounts the positive changes that have occurred in Thoroughbred racing as a result of Eight Belles' death.

  • Air Forbes Won Euthanized at 30

    Air Forbes Won, the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite who sired 49 stakes winners, was euthanized Nov. 19 at age 30 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Poll: Best Jockey of 2009

    Who is the best jockey of 2009? Choices include John Velazquez, Calvin Borel, Mike Smith, Ramon Dominguez, Julien Leparoux, and Kent Desormeaux. Cast your vote!

  • Transport Stress and EHV-1

    Once a horse is infected with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the dormant virus resides in the horse's nervous system, where it can reactivate when the horse's immune system is compromised by stress or illness.