Headlines for Tuesday, April 7, 2009

  • Hip #203; colt; Smart Strike - Private Feeling led session 2 with a final bid of $475,000.

    Keeneland Gross, Average, Median Fall

    Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training, like just about every other Thoroughbred auction in recent memory, generated results that lagged well behind the previous year's statistics. The gross revenue for the two-day sale, which ended the evening of April 7 in Lexington, dropped 27.6% while the average price declined 15.5%. The median price fell 21.7%.

  • MEC Names New Interim CEO

    Magna Entertainment Corp. has appointed restructuring adviser Greg Rayburn as interim chief executive officer, the company announced the evening of April 7.

  • Ellis Park

    Racing Cutbacks at Two Kentucky Tracks

    Facing the harsh realities posed by a weak economy and stiff competition from racetracks in nearby states with more lucrative purses boosted by alternative gaming, two Kentucky tracks April 7 received permission to cut their live race dates this year.

  • Top Kentucky Derby Winning Trainers

    The Kentucky Derby has been won by some of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport. We've listed the 16 who have won more than one Derby. Rank them in order, from first through 16th, and see how your selections stack up.

  • Guild, UK Promote Injury Awareness

    The Jockeys' Guild teamed up with the University of Kentucky April 7 in an effort to promote awareness about spinal cord and brain injuries.

  • Charitable Man last ran on Sept 13, when he won the Futurity at Belmont Park.<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%3D5914551%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blue Grass Notes - April 7

    When Charitable Man goes to post in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, he will be making his first start since winning the Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park on Sept. 13.

  • Commentator is expected to make his 2009 debut in the April 18 Charles Town Classic. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS517150%2Fphoto%2F5298979%2F%3Fo%3D10">Order This Photo</a>

    Top Horses Nominated to CT Classic

    Top horses from around the United States have been nominated to the inaugural Charles Town Classic, which could be worth up to $1 million depending on which horses start in the April 18 event.

  • Thorn Song won the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in Oct., 2008. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS697006%2Fphoto%2F6183793%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Thorn Song Back For Maker's Mark Mile

    Though he won the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) last fall over the same course, Zayat Stables' Thorn Song may have a tough time when making his first start of the season in the $300,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) April 10 on the Keeneland turf.

  • ADW Standoff Ends in Maryland

    An agreement has been reached to allow wagering on Maryland Jockey Club racing by three leading advance deposit wagering companies, ending a standoff with horsemen that threatened to shut off related signals.

  • Breeders' Cup Offers 'Stimulus Plan'

    Breeders' Cup is offering a $100 discount off the standard $500 nomination fee for all foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program electronically by the close of business Aug. 1, the organization announced April 7.

  • Ventura is the favorite for the 2009 Vinery Madison, a race she won last year.<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%3D7610819%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ventura Back Versus the Girls in Madison

    Considering she won the event last year and is coming off a nose defeat against the boys five weeks ago, Ventura would seem to be a cinch for the $300,000 Vinery Madison (gr. I) April 9 at Keeneland. But that is not the case, as the Chester House filly will face six capable fillies on the Polytrack, including multiple stakes winners Informed Decision and Bsharpsonata.

  • Racetrack Exclusions Get Tested in WV

    The right of racetrack exclusion is being tested in West Virginia, where Charles Town Races & Slots is seeking to keep the state racing commission from holding hearings to consider granting three individuals reinstatement to the facility.

  • Fantasy winner Rachel Alexandra will ship to Churchill Downs April 8.

    Rachel' Gearing Up For Big Ky. Oaks Run

    Rachel Alexandra, the probable $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite who has dominated all three of her starts this season, will ship from Hot Springs, Ark. to Louisville, Ky. on April 8 to begin training at Churchill Downs, trainer Hal Wiggins said.

  • Inside Track: Best-selling Story

    As he was a full brother to three-time champion Skip Away, whom many consider as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, big things were expected from Skipingo when he was purchased as a yearling for $300,000 in 1998.

  • Task Force Sought on Humane Treatment

    The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. is proposing a task force for the purpose of broadening programs that assist Thoroughbred owners forced with selling their horses while developing a policy that punishes any owner, breeder or trainer that either directly or indirectly contributes to an outcome where a horse is knowingly sent to slaughter.

  • Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge arrived at Churchill Downs April 7. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS631826%2Fphoto%2F7981673%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge Arrives at Churchill

    I Want Revenge, winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Aqueduct, arrived at Churchill Downs April 7 to begin his training up to the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Vallenzeri sells for $1.9 million during the first session of the Keeneland 2-year-old sale.

    Keeneland Average Up; Vallenzeri Sells

    Vallenzeri, who set a world Thoroughbred auction record last year as a $7.7-million buy-back, finally found a new home as the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training opened in Lexington April 6.

  • Fillies Top Final Easter Sale Session

    The 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale concluded April 7 with another two yearlings topping the Aus$1-million mark at Newmarket.