Headlines for Thursday, May 21, 2009

  • Thukral Named President of Twinspires.com

    Rohit Thukral has been promoted to president of Twinspires.com and has been appointed executive vice president of technology initiatives for Churchill Downs Inc., it was announced May 21.

  • That Handicapping Show: Met Mile

    Jason, Tom, and the Wizard discuss the Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap. Plus, a look back at the Preakness and a discussion of the Belmont. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Met Mile. Met Mile Preview

  • Miner's Escape won the Frederico Tesio on May 2.

    Zito Pair Work Toward Belmont

    Robert V. LaPenta's Brave Victory and Miner's Escape breezed a half-mile in company on the main track at Belmont Park May 21 as they prepped for a start in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6.

  • ADWs Grab Larger Share in First Quarter

    Led by strong performances from Twinspires.com and Youbet.com, collective handle for the four largest domestic advance deposit wagering platforms increased by roughly 15% in the first quarter of the year, while their overall share of the national betting pie grew by more than 2%.

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    Donativum Set For 3-Year-Old Debut

    Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Donativum will make his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket on May 23 and new trainer Saeed bin Suroor is anxious to see how the talented gelding begins his campaign.

  • Hip 24; colt by Tapit brought $850,000 to establish a record for a horse sold in Maryland at public auction.

    Buy-Back Rate Falls at F-T Midlantic Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training ended its two-day run May 19 in Timonium, Md., with downturns of 11.6% in average price and 10.7% in median price that weren't nearly as severe as the setbacks experienced by many other juvenile auctions this year. In addition, the buy-back rate declined significantly, from 34.1% in 2008 to 23.1%.

  • Great Southern Sale's Gross Falls

    The William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern mixed sale generated a gross of approximately Aust$4,923,000 ($3,811,239 in U.S. funds) during its four-day run that ended May 21. Last year, when there were an additional 350 horses cataloged, the gross was approximately Aust$5.9 million ($4,567,603).

  • Budget Woes Force 63% Cut in Pinnacle Dates

    Pinnacle Race Course, which just opened last year, has been ordered to cut 2009 dates by 63% because of budget reductions in Michigan, the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association reported May 20.