Headlines for Tuesday, March 17, 2009

  • Deposer is a familiar face to Americans, having finished fourth in last year's Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) on Keeneland's Polytrack.

    Kentucky Derby Challenge Analysis

    Other than creating an uproar when the 20th horse on the Kentucky Derby earnings list gets left out of the Derby field, Wednesday's Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at Kempton looks unlikely to offer much to the Run for the Roses, unless one of four or five horses can come away with an impressive win.

  • Local horse Parade Clown will take on the shippers in the Lane's End Stakes.

    Ball Family Part of Lane's End History

    Although most of the field for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) will have journeyed to Turfway Park from all parts of the country, Saturday's race is a veritable home game for Parade Clown.

  • The session topper, hip #212; filly; Indian Charlie - Hollywood and Wine by Tactical Cat, brought a final bid of $425,000.

    Average Falls 32.6% at OBS

    Still reeling from the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, buyers approached the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training cautiously, and their reluctance to spend the really big bucks was a major factor in the opening session's setbacks. Compared to a year ago, when the auction enjoyed a record-setting run, the gross revenue dropped 29.6% while the average price fell 32.6%,and the median price declined 22.2% March 17 in Central Florida.

  • Thoro-Graph Offering Free Data for UK

    Beginning with the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes from Kempton racecourse in England on Wednesday, March 18, Thoro-Graph will be producing data for UK Racing.

  • AHC 2009 Directory Available

    The American Horse Council's 2009 Horse Industry Directory, a definitive source that puts the equine industry at your fingertips, is available for purchase at $25.

  • Albertus Maximus leads the U.S. contingent pre-entered for the Dubai World Cup.

    Four U.S. Horses Among 15 in World Cup

    Including four U.S.-based runners, 15 horses have been entered for the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba racecourse March 28.

  • Lone Star Park

    Lone Star to Fund Texas Charities

    The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie, a non-profit organization, awarded $60,000 to 16 Grand Prairie, Texas charities March 12 during a ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.

  • Pimlico Officially Unveils Stakes Slate

    The Maryland Jockey Club March 17 officially unveiled a 2009 spring stakes schedule at Pimlico Race Course that's down about $1 million from last year and doesn't include the grade I Pimlico Special.

  • Drama Surrounds CHRB Rule Suspension

    The suspension of a California Horse Racing Board rule governing statutory "jail-time" in claiming a Thoroughbred racehorse is just the latest development in a bizarre drama surrounding the controversial regulation.

  • Mary Lee-Butte

    Inside Track:In Charge of the Chaplaincy

    It took only one fundraiser for Mary Lee-Butte to become a permanent fixture at the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy. After organizing the chaplaincy's first fundraiser in 2003, she said they just couldn't get rid of her.

  • Frank Stronach

    Frankly Speaking: Stronach on Magna

    Frank Stronach is chairman of Magna Entertainment Corp., a major racetrack operator that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5. He also is the owner of Adena Springs, which won its fifth consecutive Eclipse Award as outstanding breeder in 2008 while Stronach picked up his fourth Eclipse as outstanding owner. Stronach discussed the MEC bankruptcy with The Blood-Horse following the Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • CHRB Suspends Claimed Horse Entry Rule

    The California Horse Racing Board's executive director has issued a directive suspending the rule regarding entry of claimed horses and said the board will consider reinstatement of the rule at its regular meeting Thursday, Mach 19.