Headlines for Thursday, February 12, 2009

  • HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #1 Keeneland

    Keeneland is the nation's top racetrack, according to the Horseplayers Association of North America. The bettors' advocacy group has introduced this year a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in the United States and Canada.

  • That Handicapping Show: El Camino Real

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, February 14. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 3 at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

  • Life is Sweet took the El Encino in her most recent start. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS640440%2Fphoto%2F7466403%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Life Is Sweet Tops La Canada Lineup

    After her dominating win in the El Encino Stakes (gr. II) in January, Life Is Sweet stands out among nine 4-year-old fillies entered for the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 15.

  • Desert Code was the upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

    Desert Code Ready to Roll in Daytona

    Desert Code, 35-1 upset winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint last fall, makes his 5-year-old debut in the $100,000 Daytona Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 15, regardless of whether the race remains on the hillside turf course.

  • Stormy West, shown winning the Blushing K.D. Stakes

    Endeavour Attracts Two Red-Hot Mares

    Stormy West and American Border, who have seven consecutive wins between them, will do battle in a full field of fillies and mares in the $125,000 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 14 on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course.

  • F-T Racing Festival Set for Saratoga

    Fasig-Tipton Company and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) are teaming up to develop the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing at Saratoga Race Course The festival will be held the second weekend of the Saratoga racing season, Aug. 8 and 9, and will precede the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction Aug. 10 and 11.

  • Calif. Owner Wins Appeal in Slender Suit

    A California appeals court has ruled that a racing steward does not have the right to take preemptive action against an owner who wants to scratch his horse even if the owner's request violates rules governing late withdrawals.

  • Free Country comes into the Sam Davis off a Gulfstream Park allowance win.

    Free Country Takes on 10 in Sam Davis

    Silver Wing Stable's Free Country, undefeated in two starts including an impressive nine-furlong allowance win at Gulfstream Park last month, makes his highly-anticipated stakes debut in the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 14 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Niven to Exit CDI, Twinspires.com

    Vernon Niven has left Churchill Downs Inc. for personal reasons, the company announced Feb. 12. Niven, who since October 2006 has served as executive vice president of CDI and president of Twinspires.com, will vacate his posts in June after the conclusion of the 2009 Triple Crown.

  • Brass Hat

    Brass Hat Returns in Dust Commander

    Millionaire grade I winner Brass Hat returns to racing Feb. 14 in the $50,000 Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park, his first start in eight months.

  • Horse in Central KY Positive for Rabies

    A horse in the Hamilton Lane/North Yarnallton Pike area of Lexington, Ky., has tested positive for rabies, according to a statement from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

  • Break Water Edison won the Nashua last fall at Aqueduct.

    Break Water Edison Looking to Rebound

    Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Break Water Edison erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) with a five-furlong breeze Feb. 12 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Godolphin Horses 1-2 in Dubai Prep

    The Godolphin Racing duo of Desert Party and Regal Ransom finished first and second Feb. 12 in the Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) at Nad al Sheba in Dubai as both colts continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Godolphin Horses 1-2 in Dubai Prep

    The Godolphin Racing duo of Desert Party and Vineyard Haven finished first and second Feb. 12 in the Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) at Nad al Sheba in Dubai as both colts continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Winter racing at Turfway

    Cracks in Foundation of Kentucky Racing

    SPECIAL REPORT: Horsemen who call Kentucky home year-round are taking a beating, and they predict even more owners and horses will leave the state. Whether there will be legislative relief any time soon, however, remains to be seen.

  • Racetrack VLT Bill Clears Kentucky Panel

    Revised legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks unanimously passed out of a House of Representatives committee Feb. 12, but its sponsor is unsure the measure will be voted on by the full House during the current General Assembly session.

  • Aqueduct has called off racing for Thurs., Feb. 12.

    Aqueduct Cancels Due to Heavy Winds

    Because of extremely high winds projected to gust up to 60 mph, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday, Feb. 12.

  • Hussonet Colt Tops MM Sale 2nd Session

    Six horses were sold for Aust$100,000 (approximately $65,481 in U.S. funds) or more during the second session of the BMW Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 12 in Australia. The results through the first two days were 175 horses sold, a gross of Aust$6,876,500 (approximately $4,502,801), and an average price of Aust$32,294 ($21,146).

  • That Handicapping Show: El Camino Derby

    Jason and Tom analyze the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate on February 14. The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 3 at Fair Grounds.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play." as well as free Brisnet Past Performances of the Risen Star.

  • Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

    <P>The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma. <P>The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas, Nev., also discussed upcoming studies on therapeutic medication, development of best practices for drug-testin...