Headlines for Friday, March 13, 2009

  • Mar 14 Derby Preps Could Be a Chalkfest

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, looks at the Rebel, the Tampa Bay Derby, and the San Felipe. Don't forget to join Jason and professional handicapper "TopTurfTeddy", for a live blog from noon-1 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 14.

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown March 13

    This week's episode includes a recap of the Gotham, previews of the Rebel, San Felipe, and Louisiana Derby, Rachel Alexandra, Nicanor, and an international report - Deposer.

  • Mares in Foal to Spendthrift Stallions

    Spendthrift Farm recently announced the first confirmed in-foal mares for all three of its new stallions for 2009 - Into Mischief, Notional and Tiz Wonderful.

  • ESPN Drops Live Kentucky Oaks Coverage

    The ESPN network has dropped its live coverage of the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, but the race coverage will be shown on the Bravo network, which is owned by NBC.

  • Takeout Increase Blocked in New York

    New York Gov. David Paterson signed legislation March 13 to block a scheduled across-the-board takeout increase in out-of-state wagers placed at tracks and OTB parlors in the state.

  • More Than Ready Colt Sets Pace at OBS

    A More Than Ready colt was the fastest worker at an eighth of a mile March 13 during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. He covered the distance in :9 3/5.

  • F-T to Fine Nine Consignors

    Fasig-Tipton will fine nine consignors because the riders of their horses misused their riding crops during the Feb. 27 under tack show for the Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course.

  • Just Jenda is the probable favorite in the Honeybee Stakes.

    Just Jenda Top Weight For Honeybee

    Seven 3-year-old fillies, led by probable favorite Just Jenda, will try to earn their first grades stakes victory in the $100,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 15 at Oaklawn Park.

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    First Mares in Foal to Big Brown

    Three Chimneys Farm announced March 12 that several notable mares have already been confirmed in-foal to first year sire Big Brown.

  • Patchen Prince (by Pioneering), a fourth-generation descendant of White Beauty, has won 2 races in nine starts.

    A Horse of a Different Color

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>When White Beauty arrived into the world in the spring of 1963, what she portended to breeder Herman Goodpaster was trouble. At the time, The Jockey Club did not accept "white" as a color for registration, and there was serious doubt as to whether a pure Thoroughbred could be white.

  • Jockey Club Research to Fund 17 Projects

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced March 13 that it will fund 17 projects in 2009 and that Dr. Paul Lunn of Colorado State University has been elected to succeed Dr. Larry Bramlage as the chairman of its Research Advisory Committee.

  • Loans to be Offered for Ice Storm Relief

    Kentucky Thoroughbred farms seeking financial aid to cover their immense repair efforts for damages caused by an ice storm the week of Jan. 25 could soon receive some federal relief in the form of a loan.

  • BC Projects Decline in Stallion Fees

    Based on projections and economic conditions, Breeders' Cup expects an 8% decline in revenue from stallion nominations for 2008, and anticipates a 22% decrease in 2009.

  • Deal Protects Fort Erie Meet for 2009

    Fort Erie Race Track & Slots in Ontario, Canada, will offer live Thoroughbred racing this year, and the local horsemen's group is asking for support from owners and trainers.

  • Alcibiades winner Dream Empress makes her 3-year old debut in the Herecomesthebride Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6170092%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Epsom Oaks the Goal For Dream Empress

    Livin the Dream Racing's Dream Empress, winner of the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will make her 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 on the Gulfstream Park turf. But trainer Ken McPeek said the Bernstein filly is not a candidate for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Wet Track in Rebel Could Aid Several

    There's a reasonable chance of a wet track at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, and that might help out several entries in the Grade II Rebel Stakes.

  • Four OBS March Horses Work in :20 2/5

    Four horses tied for the fastest work at a quarter mile during the March 12 first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • Inglis Sale Clearance Rate Is 91%

    The William Inglis & Son Melbourne March mixed sale ended at Oaklands in Australia March 13 with a clearance rate of 91%. The 329 horses that sold grossed Aust$1,369,600 (approximately $887,487 in U.S. funds). The average price was Aust$4,163 ($2,698), and the median price was Aust$2,200 ($1,426).

  • Davona Dale winner Justwhistledixie is the early favorite in Churchill Downs&#39; 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7836322%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Justwhistledixie Clear Choice in KOFW

    Justwhistledixie, an easy winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, was a surprise favorite over morning line choices Stardom Bound and Rachel Alexandra following the March 12 opening day of betting in Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • Giant Oak in the Fair Grounds paddock on Feb. 5.

    Live Oak in Louisiana Derby

    Perhaps no horse on the Derby trail is more aptly named than Giant Oak, who makes many of his opponents look like saplings next to him. A big, long-striding son of Giant's Causeway, his size, stride, and style of running can also be a detriment, as he demonstrated in the Risen Star Stakes.

  • Free Country will try to stamp his Ky. Derby ticket in the March 14 Louisiana Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Second Wave Lands

    It is the second week in March, the second Future Wager is upon us, and that means the Kentucky Derby contenders are pretty well established...or are they? That's what we'll find out this weekend.

  • Dunkirk was at 5-1 at the end of the first day of Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7783562%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Three Betting Interests Top Futures

    A pair of unbeaten horses and the betting interest that represents "all others" drew the strongest fan support on the opening day of second of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.