Headlines for Sunday, May 17, 2009

  • NY Panel to OTBs: Hold Off on Long-Term Deals

    A New York government panel studying whether to alter the current structure of the state's off-track betting system has asked the OTBs to hold off on signing any long-term deals, a move that suggests the panel could have sweeping changes in mind.

  • Rachel Alexandra <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS672162%2Fphoto%2F8118163%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    Showdown in Belmont a Possibility

    There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2009, but there is a possibility of a showdown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) between the winners of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Blackberry Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Mine That Bird's half-brother, by Yonaguska, will sell as hip #107.

    F-T Midlantic Sale Results Could Surprise

    Even in the midst of an economic crisis, there is hope for a solid performance from the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, which is scheduled for May 18 and 19 in Timonium, Md. The bulk of the auction's catalog consists of reasonably-priced, blue-collar stock, and some of the other regional sales, which offered juveniles of the same type, generated results that were better than expected earlier this year.

  • Rachel Alexandra's appearance in the Preakness drove TV ratings for the race to the highest in five years. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS672162%2Fphoto%2F8118163%2F%3Fo%3D2">Order This Photo</a>

    Filly Drives Preakness TV Ratings Up

    Rachel Alexandra's star turn in the Blackberry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) drove TV ratings of the race to their highest overnight ratings in five years.