Headlines for Friday, May 22, 2009

  • Golden Gate Drops Three Live Race Cards

    Citing the decision by Hollywood Park to adopt a four-day racing week that eliminated Wednesday racing programs as well as the card scheduled for Thursday, May 28, Golden Gate Fields announced May 22 that it is dropping the racing programs scheduled for Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3; and Wednesday, June 10.

  • Dubai Majesty seeks her first stakes win in the Winning Colors.

    Dubai Majesty Tops Winning Colors Field

    Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Dubai Majesty, the pacesetter in the Humana Distaff (gr. I) on Kentucky Derby Day, headlines a field of seven fillies and mares ages 3-years-old and up entered for sixth running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (gr. III), the featured event on a special Memorial Day holiday program at Churchill Downs.

  • Ventura will face the boys again in the Shoemaker Mile.

    Ho-Hum: Ventura Faces Boys Again in Shoemaker

    When Rachel Alexandra faced the boys in the Preakness (gr. I), it had not only the racing world but the national media abuzz with excitement. For exceptional mare Ventura, taking on the opposite gender has become just another day at the park, and the daughter of Chester House will do it again on May 25 when she tackles seven males in the $250,000-added Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Mr. Fantasy will try to duplicate his Withers' performance in the Met Mile, his first race vs. older foes.<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%3D8040644%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Full Field Drawn For Wide-Open Met Mile

    West Point Thoroughbreds and partners' Mr. Fantasy and Sequoia Racing's Imperial Council will each try to become the first 3-year-old to win the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) since Honour and Glory did it back in 1996, but will have to conquer a full field of older horses on May 25 at Belmont Park to make it happen.

  • Paul Saylor will race the Yonaguska half-brother to Mine That Bird in partnership with Dogwood.

    Dogwood, Saylor to Race Bird's Brother

    The Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, which brought $485,000 from Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, will be raced in partnership by Dogwood and Paul Saylor.

  • Woodford Thoroughbreds to Make Sale Debut

    John Sykes and Tony Ferguson's Woodford Thoroughbreds will offer its first consignment at the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling auction in Lexington. The operation also will sell horses at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select and Keeneland September yearling sales.

  • The dispersal of late Jack Dreyfus' Hobeau Farm's horses included this Tapit colt named Tashop that set a record for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland with his $850,000 price.

    Hobeau Dispersal Starts With Bang in Maryland

    The dispersal of late Jack Dreyfus' Hobeau Farm's horses started at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. Cary Frommer, as agent, sold four of the operation's juveniles for $1,028,000. They included a Tapit colt named Tashop that set a record for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland with his $850,000 price.

  • Frommer Tops F-T Sale With Quality Horses

    Cary Frommer, a Georgia-based pinhooker who is moving to South Carolina soon, was the leading consignor at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. She sold 19 of the 22 horses she offered for $1,850,500.

  • 'Million Winner to Receive Berth in Japan Cup

    The winner of the 27th edition of the Aug. 8 Arlington Million (gr. IT) will receive an automatic invitation to participate in the $5.6 million Japan Cup (Jpn-I) Nov. 29 at Tokyo Racecourse, it was announced by the Japan Racing Association.

  • Summer Bird, who finished 6th in the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to work at Belmont on May 23.<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%3D8057492%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Works Scheduled For Three Belmont Contenders

    Belmont Stakes contenders Summer Bird, sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and Charitable Man, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, are both scheduled to breeze May 23 on the main track at Belmont Park in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6.

  • Shadwell to Sponsor Best Turned Out Award

    Shadwell Farm, sponsor of the Memorial Day feature race at Belmont Park May 25, the Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), will again sponsor the "Best Turned Out Horse" Award. An award of $500 will be presented to the groom of the best turned out horse participating in the Met Mile.

  • Kris Allen warming up for his American Idol audition at Churchill Downs.

    Allen took Churchill Route to 'Idol' Win

    When Kris Allen became the eighth winner of the "American Idol" competition May 20, it marked the end of a journey that began at Churchill Downs last fall.

  • West Point to Co-Sponsor Veteran Treatments

    West Point Thoroughbreds is partnering with the Ivey Ranch in Oceanside, Calif. to honor America's injured veterans by sponsoring a six-week session of rehabilitative treatment for those injured in the line of duty.

  • Sasha's Fierce Tops Upper Midwest Sale

    Sasha's Fierce brought $25,500 to top the Upper Midwest sale of 2-year-olds and unraced Thoroughbreds May 16 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Astar Lindquist Stable purchased the unraced juvenile bay filly from Wood-Mere Farm, which bred her in partnership with Brereton C. Jones in Minnesota.

  • Penn Refunds Pools in Past-Posting Incident

    Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course refunded more than $150,000 in wagers after a communications router failure at its main wagering hub went down, leaving the second race May 20 open for betting after off time.