Headlines for Monday, May 4, 2009

  • Takeover Target May Target Breeders' Cup

    Trainer Joe Janiak said he is considering bringing top sprinter Takeover Target to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, an Australian newspaper reported.

  • Derby Overnight TV Rating: Best in 17 Years

    NBC Sports' coverage of Mine That Bird's upset victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) earned a 10.2 overnight rating and 22 share during the 6-7 p.m. ET hour when the race was presented, according to data provided May 4 from Nielsen Media Research.

  • Derby Trial winner Hull will make his next start in the Preakness.

    Unbeaten Hull Joins Preakness Cast

    Hull, who is unbeaten in three starts by a total of 16 lengths this season for trainer Dale Romans, will line up for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Clay Camp

    Horseman L. Clay Camp Dead at 78

    L. Clay Camp, who sold the highest-priced yearling ever at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, died May 4 at his home in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Seabiscuit Stamped Envelope to be Unveiled

    Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and his wife Joan, member of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, will lead a special first day of sale ceremony at noon May 11, for the new commemorative US Postal Service stamped envelope of legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit.

  • General Quarters is a Preakness possible.

    General Quarters Also a Preakness Possible

    Trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr. has never been to Baltimore, but that will all change in a few days, as prepares Mine That Bird for a run in the May 16 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

  • Rachel Alexandra's easy Kentucky Oaks win earned her breeder Dolphus Morrison a $100,000 bonus. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS724382%2Fphoto%2F8062329%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Breeders' Rewarded for Oaks, Derby Successes

    Dolphus C. Morrison and Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds will be $100,000 richer as a result of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wins by Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively.

  • Colonial Downs

    Turf Stakes Highlight Colonial Downs Season

    Colonial Downs will host 17 stakes races, including a pair of grade II turf stakes, during the 2009 summer Thoroughbred meet which runs from June 5 â€" July 28. A total of $2.2 million will be doled out in stakes purses over the eight week, 40 day season.

  • Mine That Bird was the second consecutive Kentucky Derby winner to sell at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS719439%2Fphoto%2F8063918%2F%3Fo%3D6">Order This Photo</a>

    F-T Fall Yearling Sale: New Derby Mother Lode

    The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale isn't glamorous. It comes at the end of the yearling selling season, so it generally doesn't attract the best of the available stock. But, in recent years, it has become a prime source of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brand (gr. I) winners.

  • Florida Legislature Extends Session

    The Florida Legislature May 1 extended its annual regular session for seven days, with pending bills on Thoroughbred and other pari-mutuel issues and on Indian gaming among unfinished business.

  • New Sponsor for England's Derby Festival

    Epsom Downs Racecourse announced May 4 that Investec, a leading specialist bank, has agreed to become long-term partners by sponsoring the English Derby Festival until 2013. The 2009 Derby Festival will be held June 5-6 at Epsom Downs.

  • Stakes Producer Hard Knocker Dead

    Hard Knocker, a stakes-producing daughter of Raja Baba, died May 1 in her paddock at Jim FitzGerald's Knockgriffin Farm near Lexington.