Headlines for Thursday, March 19, 2009

  • Lane's End Stakes Analysis

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, looks at the Lane's End Stakes. Join Jason and professional handicapper Double Deuce from TheWinnersForum.com for a live chat at noon Eastern on March 21.

  • Hollywood Park

    Hollywood Park to Race Through 2009

    The California Horse Racing Board got a bit of good news March 19 when the president of Hollywood Park assured commissioners that it would run its 2009 fall/winter meet as planned. The board also received an update on bankruptcy developments from Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • River Downs

    Ohio Panel Unveils Racetrack VLT Plan

    Saying five of the state's seven racetracks will close without assistance from the legislature, the Ohio State Racing Commission March 19 released a draft plan for 14,000 video lottery terminals that would be located at tracks.

  • Animal Planet to Renew 'Jockeys'

    Animal Planet announced March 19 that the network's popular docu-drama "Jockeys" would be renewed for a second season of programs. The first season, which concluded March 13, brought Animal Planet viewers into the lives of seven jockeys who race at Santa Anita Park during its Oak Tree Meet last fall.

  • Dawn After Dawn is one of two entries for John Sadler in the Santa Ana Handicap. <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%3D3541830%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Frankel, Sadler Double Up in Santa Ana

    Bobby Frankel and John Sadler will each send out a pair of fillies and mares in the 42nd edition of the $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT), a nine-furlong turf test March 22 at Santa Anita.

  • Criticism won The Very One last time out.<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%3D7794246%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Foreign Invaders Have Edge in Orchid

    Darley Stable's homebred Criticism, winner of consecutive graded stakes and a half-length from being undefeated since coming to the United States, tops a field of eight fillies and mares in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 22 on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • THS: Lane's End Stakes

    Jason, Evan, and the Wizard discuss the Lane's End Stakes. Plus, a look back at the Derby prep action from the weekend of March 14.

  • ThistleDown Racino

    MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

    The Ohio State Racing Commission ruled March 19 that Thistledown's racing permit will be suspended as of March 28 if parent company Magna Entertainment Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5, fails to renew a $1-million bond.

  • Petionville Relocated to Margaux

    Petionville, whose runners have earned $24 million, arrived March 19 for stallion duty at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Barbaro Exhibit to Open at Derby Museum

    After the dedication of the Barbaro memorial sculpture at Churchill Downs April 26, the Kentucky Derby Museum will open a tribute exhibit, Barbaro: The Heart of a Winner.

  • THS: Lane's End Stakes

    Jason, Evan, and the Wizard discuss the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). Plus, a look back at the Derby prep action from the weekend of March 14. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Lane's End Stakes.

  • Second Chance Horses Book Released

    Eclipse Press, along with publishing partner Keeneland, has announced the release of the new book Second-Chance Horses: Inspiring Stories of Ex-Racehorses Succeeding in New Careers.

  • Churchill Downs

    New Derby CPO Named, Coolers Allowed

    With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) just around the corner, Churchill Downs has announced that Nick Ferrara, also known as "RiNickulous," will be the new chief party officer of the 2009 Kentucky Derby infield.

  • Breeding Incentives to Midas Eyes

    Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y., has announced a stud fee reduction of 50% and more for the 2009 breeding season to grade I winner Midas Eyes

  • MRC: ADWs Face Shutdown in Maryland

    A trio of large domestic advance deposit wagering companies is facing a shut-off of operations in Maryland unless a new agreement for revenue sharing is reached, the Maryland Racing Commission said recently.

  • NTRA Alliance Applications Available

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 19 that an application for racetrack accreditation by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is now available for downloading at www.NTRAalliance.com. A hard copy of the application may also be obtained by writing the NTRA at 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400, Lexington, KY, 40504.

  • Friesan Fire

    Porter on Pedigrees: Friesan Fire

    In the metal-working technique called "brazing," two metals with disparate properties are joined by a third that is sufficiently similar to both to create an effective union.

  • Lane's End: 'The' Unique Derby Prep Race

    Six weeks out from the Kentucky Derby and offering $500,000 in purse money on a synthetic track in Kentucky, the Lane's End Stakes is unique in its offering the first gathering of national stables in the Bluegrass State for a run at the first Saturday in May.