Headlines for Sunday, December 6, 2009

  • Kinsale King courageously held off Delta Storm by a neck in the Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park.<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%3D8677044%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kinsale King Rules Underwood for New Trainer

    Trainer Carl O'Callaghan earned his first stakes win when front-running Kinsale King courageously held off the veteran sprinter Delta Storm by a neck in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Dec. 6.

  • Claiming Crown Looking at Purse Options

    Claiming Crown organizers will meet in Tucson, Ariz., the week of Dec. 7 to iron out details of the 2010 event and perhaps look for ways to generate purse money through sponsorships.

  • National HBPA Acts on Rule for Mount Fees

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Executive Committee voted Dec. 6 to endorse a presentation on jockey mount fees president Joe Santanna will make Dec. 8 during the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming.

  • 9-year-old Cloudy's Knight was victorious in the Valedictory Stakes at Woodbine.

    Cloudy's Knight Has Last Word in Valedictory

    The gritty 9-year-old Cloudy's Knight surrendered the lead to Eagle Poise but fought back along the inside to win the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory Stakes by one length on closing day of the 167-day Woodbine meet Dec. 6.

  • IEAH Supplementing Amen Hallelujah to Starlet

    Amen Hallelujah, third-place finisher in the Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland in her last start, is to be supplemented to the $300,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Dec. 20, closing day of the autumn meet.

  • Horsemen Seek Involvement in Betfair Deals

    Thoroughbred horsemen plan to meet with Betfair officials Dec. 7 to ensure they are party to contracts the Great Britain-based company is signing with United States racetracks for their content.

  • Espoir City, with jockey Tetsuzo Sato, crosses the finish line to win the Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Race Course in Japan.

    Espoir City Runs Away With Japan Cup Dirt

    Favored Espoir City became the 10th champion of the Japan Cup Dirt Dec. 6 at Hanshin Racecourse, going wire-to-wire from the rail post to finish 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Silk Mobius for his first group I victory.

  • Yokoyama Wins Hanshin Jockey Event; Borel 6th

    Japan's Norihiro Yokoyama captured the two-day World Super Jockeys Series at Hanshin Racecourse Dec. 6, comfortably defeating Hong Kong's Douglas Whyte and Ryan Moore of Great Britain. Americans Calvin Borel and Garrett Gomez finished sixth and 14th, respectively, in the 15-rider field.

  • Benny the Bull<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%3D4821860%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Benny the Bull Retired

    Benny the Bull, the 2008 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter when he won all four starts, has been retired from racing and acquired by Greg James.