Headlines for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

  • Indescribable looks for a repeat in the Matron.

    Solid Fields Set for Matron, Hanshin Cup

    Two grade III stakes to be contested on Polytrack -- the $150,000 Arlington Matron and the $100,000 Hanshin Cup -- join with a pair of top-notch grass events to provide a quality afternoon of racing at Arlington Park on May 23.

  • CHRB Seeks Explanation of Past Posting Error

    The California Horse Racing Board is investigating the cause of a wagering glitch during the running of the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) May 16 at Hollywood Park in which betting at 33 simulcast spots did not close until after the race was completed.

  • Zenyatta is scheduled to make her long-awaited 2009 debut in the Milady.<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%3D6136162%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Makes Belated Seasonal Bow in Milady

    Undefeated Zenyatta, last year's champion older female, gets her 2009 campaign off to a slightly belated start when she carries top weight of 126 pounds in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Milady Handicap (gr. II) May 23.

  • What kind of boost will Birdstone's stallion career receive from Mine That Bird's Derby win?<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%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Big Horse' Boost for First-Crop Sires?

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Thanks to Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra, respectively, both Birdstone and Medaglia d'Oro have achieved the distinction of becoming Classic sires with their first crops. But how much of a boost will it really give them?

  • Written Tycoon Tops Great Southern's 3rd Day

    Group II-winning stallion Written Tycoon will return to Eliza Park this breeding season after being sold for Aust$625,000 (approximately $481,775 in U.S. funds) May 20 during the third session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern auction in Australia.

  • Eddie Delahoussaye

    Reflecting on the career of Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.

  • Backseat Rhythm takes on seven fillies and mares in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes.&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%3D5539979%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Sheepshead: Backseat Rhythm Looks to Rebound

    Paul Pompa Jr.'s multiple graded stakes winner Backseat Rhythm will try to bounce back from a troubled fifth-place effort in last month's Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT), as she takes on seven fillies and mares in the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) May 23 on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Frankie Brothers

    Looking back on the career of retired Trainer Frankie Brothers, whose charges included Eclipse Award Winner Hansel and Pulpit.

  • Racinos Defied 2008's Declining Gaming Trend

    Even though overall United States casino revenues dropped for the first time this decade, domestic racinos registered double-digit percentage growth in 2008, according to a report issued May 18 by the American Gaming Association.

  • KY Horse Industry: 'Time to Act Is Now'

    Kentucky racetrack operators said May 20 the state's horseracing and breeding industries have reached a critical juncture, and without legislative assistance in the form of on-track gaming, the damage could be irreparable.

  • Laurel to Host Fund Raiser for Cornwell

    The Maryland racing community will have a benefit May 24 at Laurel for apprentice jockey Marion Cornwell, who was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor.

  • Charitable Man

    Charitable Man a 'Go' for Belmont Stakes

    William K. Warren's Charitable Man, impressive winner of the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), will make his next start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed May 20.

  • NTWA Elects Board Members

    The National Turf Writers Association re-elected one individual to the organization's board of directors, elected two others to the board, and approved the membership for seven other individuals during its semi-annual meeting on April 30 at Churchill Downs.

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    'Rachel,' 'Bird' Both Gallop at Churchill

    It was a day for racing royalty at Churchill Downs on May 20 as Blackberry Preakness (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to track for a gallop, and Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and a fast-closing runner-up in the Preakness, continued to show his spirit during his first gallop since the race.

  • Gustav Schickedanz

    Schickedanz, Peteski Canadian Hall Inductees

    Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced May 19 that the Gustav Schickedanz, one of North America's leading Thoroughbred breeders the past 10 years, Canadian Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner Peteski and three champion runners, fillies Alywow, La Voyageuse and Maryfield are among this year's inductees.