Headlines for Thursday, April 23, 2009

  • The sale topper, an A.P. Indy colt, was a big boost to the bottom line at the OBS 2-year-old in training sale.

    Downturns at OBS Spring Sale Are Moderate

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, which ended its four-day run April 23 in Central Florida, turned in one of the best performances for a Thoroughbred auction this year even though it suffered setbacks in several of its key business figures. Compared to 2008, the number of horses sold rose 4.7% while the gross revenue fell 10.7%. The average price declined 14.7%, and the median price dropped 16.7%.

  • New Targets for Medication Regulation

    Though most racing jurisdictions in North America have greatly curtailed the use of race-day medication, two drugs commonly used in racehorses are getting a hard look from industry officials.

  • Winter View is all alone at the finish of the Bewitch Stakes.

    Winter View Comes Right Back to Take Bewitch

    Augustin Stable's homebred Winter View went from last to first in her graded stakes debut, charging through the lane under Julien Leparoux to score the Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) by two lengths April 23 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Feed Company Aids Neglected Horses

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance April 23 announced that longtime NTRA Advantage partner and official supplier Hallway Feeds has donated 6,000 pounds of feed to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm near Climax, N.Y.

  • Hardison Inducted into Steeplechase HOF

    K. Hardison Jr. has been named this year's inductee into the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame, the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee announced April 23. The Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame honors owners, trainers, and riders who have played a significant role in making the Iroquois into a premiere event.

  • THS: Kentucky Derby Preview Special

    Evan Hammonds, Jason Shandler and Suzanne Dorman weigh the pros and cons of several Kentucky Derby contenders, along with the Wizard via phone. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Penn National Criticizes Vegas Chatter

    On a day where Penn National Gaming reported a $40.66 million profit for the first quarter of 2009, executives criticized recent reports the company was pursuing multiple casino properties in Las Vegas.

  • Mahubah's Corner: Unrivaled

    For Sunday Racing Co., life could not be better. The partnership heads into the Derby with a colt that was not only sired by one Derby winner but is half-brother to another - talk about pedigree. And that colt won his final pre-Derby race impressively April 19 to establish himself as the probable favorite for the big race.

  • Wagering System Glitch Affects Five States

    Association of Racing Commissioners International president Ed Martin said April 23 a wagering system foul up April 22 poisoned wagering pools in five states affecting bettors across the country.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Signal May Be Limited Again

    Wagering on the Churchill Downs spring meet may again be restricted to customers of certain betting outlets, although negotiations appear to be ongoing to include some that are on the outside looking in.

  • Calder opens their 2009 meet on April 24.

    Optimism Prevails as Calder Opens

    Calder Race Course will open its eight-month season April 24, with track officials and South Florida horsemen hoping for a big rebound from a problem-filled 2008.

  • Dr. Larry Bramlage

    Foundation to Honor Bramlage, Lavin

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation when it hosts a fundraising celebration at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky. Oct. 16.

  • MJC Announces Alibi Breakfast Award Winners

    The Maryland Jockey Club April 23 announced the winners of this year's Preakness media awards. Honorees will be recognized and awards will be presented at the May 14 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course. The ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., two days prior to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

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    King's Bishop Winner Visionaire Retired

    Grade I winner Visionaire has been retired from racing after being unable to come back following an injury he likely suffered in his victory in the NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Past Derby Winners: Thunder Gulch

    This is the first in a series of visits with past winners of the Kentucky Derby.  1995 Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Thunder Gulch is standing stud at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

  • Keeping Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis 'Foreign'

    <P><I></I> <P>Most horse owners are familiar with Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, if only through the statement they receive from their veterinarian following their horses' annual vaccinations. But there's another "EE" that, while long absent from the United States, should not be forgotten: Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis, or VEE. <P>...