Headlines for Friday, February 6, 2009

  • Racing at Retama Park.

    HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #7 Retama Park

    The Horseplayers Association of North America has introduced this year a rating system for the 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Retama Park is #7.

  • NATC Futurites Set for Sept. 26

    The 2009 NATC Colt and Filly Futurities will be run at Monmouth Park, the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors announced Feb. 6. It will be the fifth time in eight years that the races will be held at the New Jersey track.

  • Trainer William Badgett Jr.

    Badgett Appealing TCO2 Positive

    Thoroughbred trainer William Badgett Jr. is facing a 60-day suspension and $1,000 fine by New York regulators after a one of his horses showed excessive levels of TCO2.

  • RFE to Award $500,000 in Scholarships

    The Race for Education board of directors voted to award more than $500,000 in scholarship money this year to young people in the equine industry, bringing the organization's total scholarship awards to more than $2,500,000 since its inception in 2002.

  • Arlington's Arnold New President of TRA

    Arlington Park president Roy Arnold was elected the 34th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at its annual board of directors' meeting Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • 150th Running of Queen's Plate in 2009

    The 150th edition of the Queen's Plate (Can-I) on June 21 is one of the highlights of the 2009 stakles schedule at Woodbine Racecourse in Canada. The stakes schedule released Feb. 6 includes 103 races with purses of more than Can$22 million.

  • The animal-rights group PETA is pushing for reform at 2-year-olds in training sales.

    Do Juvenile Sale Work Surfaces Matter?

    DataTrack International, a company that that quantifies speed, stride length, and motion analysis at juvenile auctions, recently announced the results of a study of sale 2-year-olds that looked at the types of surfaces over which the horses were breezed during under tack shows and then followed how they performed in races over synthetic and dirt tracks.

  • Is Bittel Road capable of upsetting the Robert B. Lewis Stakes?

    Saturday 3YO Stakes: What to Look For

    We have an interesting assortment of 3-year-old stakes this weekend, even though the Whirlaway and WEBN Stakes came up pretty thin. Will the Derby winner be in the Robert Lewis (gr. III) or Risen Star (gr. III)? We could have a much better idea once certain questions are answered.

  • Magic Millions Adjusts Commission Rates

    Officials of Magic Millions, an Australia-based auction firm, announced a new commission structure for the national weanling and broodmare sales. The weanling auction is scheduled for May 25-29, and the broodmare sale will be held June 1-5.

  • Issues Delaying VLT Casino at Aqueduct

    The company selected to operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct said there are a host of unresolved issues, including restructuring its financing deal, before it can close on a final agreement with the state of New York to begin construction on the long-delayed facility.

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    Stardom Bound Booked to Big Brown

    Big Brown, last year's 3-year-old champion male, is scheduled to cover a number of prominent mares this year at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Mates beyond this year will include champion Stardom Bound following her retirement from racing.

  • TRA Adopts Protocol for Past-Posting

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol that establishes industry-wide procedures for tracks to follow in case betting fails to close promptly at the start of a race -- something commonly referred to as "past-posting."