Headlines for Thursday, March 5, 2009

  • Breeding Incentive to Johar

    Mill Ridge Farm is offering a special deal for breeders who have bred to grade I winner Johar in the past or are sending multiple mares by offering them seasons at $5,000 each.

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    Continuing Down a Quality Road

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Foals from the first Elusive Quality crop conceived after Smarty Jones's heroics have come to hand earlier. Even though they've only just turned 3, five of their number are stakes winners. Prominent among them is Fountain of Youth winner Quality Road.

  • Trainer Says Big 'Cap's Dansant For Real

    Great Britain-based trainer Gerard Butler, whose synthetic track specialist Dansant is entered in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, says he didn't fly across the pond just for a Santa Anita reunion.

  • That Handicapping Show: Gotham & Big Cap

    Jason, Tom, Evan, and the Wizard take a look at the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Gotham and the Santa Anita Handicap.

  • The Fastest Horse in the Gotham...by Far

    Looking at the Thoro-Graph numbers for Saturday's Gotham, there is one horse whose numbers stand out far above the others. That's not to say someone won't make a big move forward and he won't regress, but for speed purposes right now he stands alone, and is "the most likely winner," according to Thoro-Graph's Jerry Brown.

  • Prom Shoes wins the 2009 Essex Handicap.

    Prom Shoes, Jonesboro in Razorback Clash

    Convincing Essex Handicap winner Prom Shoes seeks to make it back-to-back stakes victories at Oaklawn Park March 7 in the $150,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III). The Jinks Fires trainee will face six rivals in the 1 1/16-mile test, including 2008 Razorback winner Jonesboro.

  • Great Pyramid to France

    Great Pyramid, a full brother to 2002 Cartier Award winner Rock of Gibraltar, has been moved to Basheer Kielany's farm in France.

  • Arlington Park

    $500K Mid-America Triple Bonus Offered

    Arlington Park announced March 5 that they will offer a $500,000 bonus to the owner(s) of any horse that can sweep the Mid-America Triple at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

  • Mulligan Listed as Critical but Stable

    Mike Mulligan, a leading consignor at horse sales who was injured in a fall March 3, was listed in critical but stable condition at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida March 5.

  • Wild Promises won the Sunshine Millions Filly &amp; Mare Turf Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park.&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%3D7535425%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Wild Promises Shoots For 7th Straight

    When last seen, Wild Promises was scoring in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, her sixth consecutive stakes win. Since then, the California-based mare has returned home for trainer Greg Gilchrist, but now the duo is back in Florida for more and they will look to add to their bankroll March 7 in the $100,000 Honey Fox (gr. IIIT).

  • The Keeneland Spring Meet opens April 3.

    Keeneland Offers Discounted Season Pass

    Keeneland will offer fans a general admission season pass at an introductory price of $10 for its spring race meeting, to be held April 3-24.

  • Kim Lloyd

    Lloyd Named Fairplex Equine Manager

    Los Angeles County Fair officials have named Kim Lloyd to the position of equine manager at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif.

  • Gulfstream Park is one of the assets that MEC is trying to sell.

    Magna Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Magna Entertainment Corp. announced March 5 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and also unveiled a plan to sell many of its assets, including Gulfstream Park in Florida, Golden Gate Fields in California, and Lone Star Park in Texas.

  • CDI Confident in Derby Sales, Slots Plan

    Churchill Downs has seen some weakness in ticket sales for its annual Derby-Oaks weekend extravaganza, but feels there is enough interest in the events to produce another strong showing for the racetrack company.

  • Impairment Hits Youbet Bottom-Line

    Youbet.com reported a loss of $4.5 million for 2008, fueled by an $11.2 million fourth-quarter impairment charge for subsidiary United Tote, the company reported March 5.

  • Downey: A Longshot for the Gotham

    Saturday at Aqueduct, we're looking for a horse that might be prepared to move forward the most. Between our top two picks, there's one obvious choice, and one that's maybe not so obvious.

  • TOC Takes Over SA Paymaster's Account

    As of Thursday, March 5, the Thoroughbred Owners of California has assumed administration of the Santa Anita Paymaster funds, according to a memo released by the California Thoroughbred Trainers.