Headlines for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

  • Third Director in a Month Leaves MEC

    Anthony R. Campbell has resigned as a director of the board of Magna Entertainment Corp., the third director to leave the company in a month, and the second in the span of five days. In separate filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, company officials said they were engaged in discussions over potential "in-court or out-of-court" reorganizations.

  • WEBN winner Parade Clown takes on 7 in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes.

    Parade Clown Heads John Battaglia Lineup

    Parade Clown, winner of the WEBN Stakes in his last start, takes another step toward the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park Feb. 28.

  • Times Are Tough for Pinhookers

    If the recent Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) February select sale of 2-year-olds in training was any indication, it's going to be a tough year for yearling-to-juvenile pinhookers. The rate of return (ROR) on their investment, 30.7%, ranked among their worst ever based on figures that date back to 1990. It was the weakest since the ROR dropped to its lowest point during the 20-year period of 17.1% in 1993.

  • Group Winners Entered in Dubai Sale

    Group winners Lord Admiral, Biarritz, Royal Vintage, and Vertigineux are scheduled to be offered during the Dubai International Racing Carnival (DIRC) session of the Emirates Racing Authority horses in training sale, sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai.

  • Bobby Frankel will run Zambezi Sun in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Zambezi Sun to Wheel Back for Big 'Cap

    Zambezi Sun, sixth as the 9-10 favorite in his U.S. debut Feb. 22 in the San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT), will wheel back in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, Bobby Frankel said Wednesday morning.

  • And They're Off: Mardi Gras (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. In this Mardi Gras edition, Lenny and Steve discuss Derby horses, including Dunkirk, Old Fashioned and Friesan Fire and older horses, including undefeated Rail Trip. Plus, the "And They're Off" Trivia contest announcement, and more.

  • Hal's Hope victor Delightful Kiss tries the grass in the Canadian Turf.<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%3D7300629%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Delightful Kiss Tries Grass Before Dubai

    Hobeau Farm's homebred Delightful Kiss will make his first start on grass since May 2007 and use the $150,000 Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) as a prep for his trip to Dubai next month. The 5-year-old gelding will face 10 older rivals in the one-mile contest Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Spectacular Bid winner Notonthesamepage is one of 12 to contest the Fountain of Youth.<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%3D7300633%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Loaded Fountain of Youth Has it All

    A deep and talented field has been entered for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II),and when the dust finally settles on the Gulfstream Park oval Feb. 28, the still muddled Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) picture should become a little bit clearer.

  • The Pamplemousse won the San Rafael on Jan. 17. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS626792%2Fphoto%2F7456876%2F%3Fo%3D4">Order This Photo</a>

    Sham: Can Anyone Stop The Pamplemousse?

    The Pamplemousse, who knocked off favored Square Eddie by two lengths in winning the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) last month, heads a dozen 3-year-olds entered for the $200,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Feb. 28.

  • Safety Alliance Circulates Standards

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has circulated a list of more than 15 compliance standards that could be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for accreditation in the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

  • Seabiscuit Featured on Stamp

    Seabiscuit, the 1938 Horse of the Year, is featured on a Postal Service 2009 price-change stamp.

  • FTBOA Awarded $2.5 Million Grant

    The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association announced Feb. 25 that it, along with partner MaxWest Environmental Systems, has received a grant award in the amount of $2.5 million from the Florida Energy and Climate Commission for a green energy project.

  • Brothers Charged in IRG Investigation

    Two brothers have been charged by the U.S. District Court in Nevada in connection with a U.S. Attorney's Office investigation that included the former offshore rebate shop International Racing Group.

  • Tracks Included in Texas Gaming Bill

    Some Texas lawmakers are trying again to establish Las Vegas-style casinos in the state, and they say now is the time to do it because the state needs the money. Racetracks would be included, according to legislation unveiled Feb. 24.

  • Stimulus Act Impacts Horse Industry

    The 2009 Stimulus Act signed into law by President Barack Obama contains provisions that impact the horse industry, the American Horse Council said in a Feb. 24 memorandum to the industry.

  • Old Fashioned on his way to victory in the Southwest Stakes.

    Old Fashioned Tops Feb. 24 Derby Dozen

    Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen for the week of Feb. 24 is topped by Old Fashioned, who won his 2009 debut in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Heatseeker <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS652920%2Fphoto%2F3015553%2F%3Fo%3D8">Order This Photo</a>

    First Mare in Foal to Heatseeker

    My Brooklynne Rose, by Indian Charlie, is the first mare reported in foal to grade I winner and millionaire Heatseeker.

  • Advances in Equine Drug Testing Revealed

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, trainer Michael Matz, and owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have invited the public to attend a presentation by Dr. Lawrence R. Soma of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center and Dr. Scot Waterman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.