Headlines for Friday, December 4, 2009

  • Rule pulls away to win the Delta Jackpot under John Velazquez.

    Rule Measures Up in Tight Delta Jackpot Win

    Even-money choice Rule took the $750,000 Boyd Gaming's Delta Jackpot (gr. III) in tenacious style at chilly Delta Downs Dec. 4, winning a virtual match race with Uh Oh Bango by a neck on a sloppy track.

  • Quiet Temper splashes to victory in the Delta Princess.

    Quiet Temper Breaks Maiden in Delta Princess

    New York shipper Quiet Temper broke her maiden in style when she crushed the field in the $500,000 Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess Stakes Powered by Youbet.com (gr. III) on a sloppy track at snow-pelted Delta Downs on Dec. 4.

  • John Henry<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%3D1998013%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Santa Anita to Unveil Statue of John Henry

    A life-sized bronze statue of the legendary John Henry will be unveiled by his Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally at Santa Anita Park's picturesque paddock gardens Dec. 26, opening day of the track's 75th anniversary meet.

  • Careless Jewel won the 2009 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park, which has lost its grade II rating.

    Three Pennsylvania Races Lose Graded Status

    The Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and two other Pennsylvania races lost their graded status for 2009 because the state racing commission didn't follow a more extensive drug testing protocol required by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

  • Lava Man is set to return in the Native Diver.<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%3D5353707%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man Set for Native Diver Dec. 12

    California's $5-million gelding Lava Man is set to return to action in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 12 at Hollywood Park. "I think he's ready," trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • Willmot to Step Down as Woodbine CEO in 2010

    Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Woodbine Racetrack, announced that David S. Willmot plans to leave the post of CEO, effective with the board of directors next meeting June 4, 2010. Willmot announced his intentions during the WEG directors meeting Dec. 4.

  • Breeders' Cup Boosts November Purses, Handle

    The Nov. 6-7 Breeders' Cup World Championships during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet provided a major shot in the arm for November purses, which were up 24.9% over the same month a year ago when the Breeders' Cup was held in October.

  • Rachel, Zenyatta Featured in Digital Magazine

    In celebration of the historic year by two of racing's great females, The Blood-Horse and ExclusivelyEquine.com will offer a digital edition Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta commemorative magazine titled "Queens of the Turf: Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta's Race for 2009 Horse of the Year."

  • Jockeys' Guild Assembly in Arizona Dec. 7-8

    The Jockeys' Guild will conduct its annual Assembly Dec. 7-8 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the University of Arizona's 2009 Symposium on Racing and Gaming.

  • U.S. House Passes Estate Tax Relief

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 4 passed the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009 (H.R.4154) that would extend and make permanent the 45% inheritance tax and the current $3.5 million exemption, $7 million for married taxpayers, according to an advisory from the American Horse Council.

  • Blood-Horse to Publish Combined Issue

    Blood-Horse Publications has announced The Blood-Horse will publish a Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010 combined issue featuring a "Year in Review", recapping the top industry stories of 2009, and include a "Auctions Digest."

  • Snorter to Madera Thoroughbreds

    Graded stakes winner Snortner will stand in 2010 at Cal Fischer's Madera Thoroughbreds near Madera, Calif.

  • Waupaca to Caines Stallion Station

    Stakes winner Waupaca has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2010 at C.L. and Ellen Caines' Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Okla.