Headlines for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

  • Wesley comes into the Dixie off of a sharp win in the Miami Mile.

    Options Galore in 13-Horse Dixie Lineup

    A deep field of 13, including multiple graded stakes winners Proudinsky, Kiss the Kid, and Wesley, makes for an intriguing match-up in the $150,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT), the race that precedes the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico May 16.

  • Preakness Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Preakness contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • Jess Jackson

    Owner Jackson: It's Not About the Sexes

    Horse owner and breeder Jess Jackson said May 13 that entering super filly Rachel Alexandra against males in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is not a battle of the sexes but rather a sporting gesture designed to have the best horses racing against each other.

  • Youbet Looking Beyond Racing for Growth

    Flush off a quarter in which it saw increased handle and profit, Youbet.com said May 13 it would look at possibly establishing a presence in another country in an effort to expand its wagering offerings beyond horse racing.

  • Michigan Gov. Slashes Thoroughbred Funding

    After an executive order from Gov. Jennifer Granholm that 100% of the $1.4 million earmarked for Michigan's Thoroughbred programs for 2009 would be used instead to deal with the state's immense budget deficit, local horsemen feared their industry would die a quick death.

  • Steve Warner Memorial Tribute Set May 15

    A memorial celebration for Steve Warner, a highly successful small-time California breeder who headed the Fast Lane Farms syndicate, is scheduled for May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hollywood Park clubhouse owner-trainer lounge.

  • Leparoux Scores 1,000th Career Victory

    Jockey Julien Leparoux won the 1,000th race of his career when he guided My Little Connor to a 1 3/4-length victory for trainer Dave Vance in the third race at Churchill Downs May 13.

  • Nicanor powers down the stretch to break his maiden at Delaware Park.

    Barbaro's Brother Nicanor Breaks Maiden by 15

    Trainer Michael Matz switched Nicanor to the turf for his fourth career start and it clearly suited the colt well, as he demolished a maiden special weight field by 15 1/4 lengths at Delaware Park May 13. He is a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro

  • Rachel Alexandra is led by Scott Blasi to an awaiting horse van to begin her journey to Pimlico.

    'Rachel,' Pioneerof the Nile Ship to Maryland

    The exodus of Churchill Downs-based contenders for 134th running of the $1-million Preakness (gr. I) was completed May 13 when major contenders Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile stepped onto separate vans around 12:30 p.m. EDT for the short trip to Louisville International Airport for their flight to Baltimore.

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    Shuvee: Seattle Smooth Shoots For 4 in a Row

    Mercedes Stables Seattle Smooth will try for her fourth straight stakes victory May 16 in the $150,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going a mile on Belmont Park's main track. The Quiet American filly will face five rivals.

  • Stravinsky to Cambridge in New Zealand

    Patrick Hogan announced that Stravinsky will return to his Cambridge Stud in New Zealand for the upcoming breeding season after an absence of two years.

  • Lone Star Derby winner Mythical Power

    Mythical Power on Display

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>If one was inclined to follow the form book literally, there had to be few better bets in a stakes race May 9 than Mythical Power in the Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

  • Kentucky Reports MRLS Cases

    The University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) reported today (May 13) that two fetal necropsy cases had findings consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the disease that in 2001-2002 in Kentucky caused an estimated $336 in cumulative losses in all breeds of horses.

  • Stakes Producer Mackie Euthanized

    Mackie, who sold for big prices at auction, was euthanized March 18 because of foaling complications while delivering an offspring by Any Given Saturday.

  • New Alliance Unites Horse Owners

    United Organizations of the Horse unveils new website, www.UnitedOrgsOfTheHorse.com, and rallies all facets of the equine community around its goals of advocacy, education and assistance.

  • Kentucky Reports Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Cases

    The University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) reported today (May 13) that two fetal necropsy cases had findings consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the disease that in 2001-2002 in Kentucky caused an estimated $336 million in cumulative losses in all breeds of horses.