Headlines for Thursday, May 7, 2009

  • Tale of Ekati won the 2008 Wood Memorial over 2-year old champion War Pass.<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%3D4084409%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tale of Ekati Sent to Darby Dan

    Tale of Ekati, winner last year of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I), has been sent to John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

  • Two Colts Shade 10 in Barretts Works

    A colt by Sky Mesa and a colt by Five Star Day each worked an eighth of a mile in 9 4/5 May 7, the fastest times at the first preview day for the May 11 Barretts sale of 2-year-olds in training in California.

  • MTR Gaming Not Looking for 'Cheap Assets'

    MTR Gaming Group swung to a profit of $742,000 in the first quarter of the year, with officials vowing May 7 to continue to improve on current operations rather than seek other properties to add to the company's portfolio.

  • Winning Kentucky Derby jockey Calvin Borel displays the NetJets logo worn by the jockeys.<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%3D8064031%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Casner: Build on KY Derby Sponsorships

    A top Thoroughbred owner said NetJets' sponsorship of jockeys in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is something that can be built upon, and that owners will work with jockeys on future endeavors.

  • Peck to Headline TOBA Awards

    Nashville recording artist Danielle Peck will headline the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's National Awards Dinner Sept. 11 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms near Lexington.

  • Librettist to Shuttle to New Zealand

    Darley stallion Librettist will shuttle from Europe to Westbury Stud in Karaka, New Zealand, for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Dancing Allstar will break from the rail in the Hendrie.

    Dancing Allstar Looks for Woodbine Repeat

    After tripping up odds-on choice Smart Surprise by nearly two lengths in winning Woodbine's Whimsical (Can-III) in front-running fashion last month, Dancing Allstar will try to do it again in the Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) on May 10.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen will saddle three in the Lone Star Derby.

    Asmussen Sends Out Three in Lone Star Derby

    A Texas native, Steve Asmussen is the all-time leading trainer at Lone Star Park, but he has never captured the racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds, the Lone Star Derby (gr. III). On May 9, Asmussen will have his best chance when he sends out three of the seven starters in the $400,000 contest.

  • Friesan Fire

    Tuesday Work to Determine Friesan Fire Status

    Friesan Fire, who grabbed his quarter and suffered a several cuts while finishing 18th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will ship down to Pimlico next Monday from Delaware Park and will work on Tuesday under jockey Gabriel Saez to determine whether the colt will run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Rachel Alexandra<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%3D8062329%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Sold

    Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick have purchased spectacular Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra from Dolphus Morrison and Mike Lauffer.

  • Hal Wiggins congratulates Calvin Borel after winning the Kentucky Oaks with Rachel Alexandra.<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%3D8078527%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wiggins Reacts to Losing 'Rachel'

    The morning after it was announced that powerhouse filly Rachel Alexandra had been sold to Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, trainer Hal Wiggins went about his business as usual, in spite of the empty stall where the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner used to reside.

  • West Side Bernie during Derby week at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS718405%2Fphoto%2F8040106%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Godolphin Buys West Side Bernie

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up West Side Bernie, who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been purchased by Godolphin from George and Lori Hall for an undisclosed amount and will be pointed for next year's Carnival events in Dubai, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Thursday.

  • CDI: We're Rebuilding Racing, but Need Slots

    Despite growth in its online pari-mutuel wagering and Louisiana slots operations, the top executive of Churchill Downs Inc. said May 7 the company is not ignoring its racing properties, but needs legislative help to keep them viable entities.

  • Prominent Broodmare Committed Euthanized

    Committed, a champion sprinter in England and France and granddam of Eclipse Award winner English Channel, was euthanized May 3 at owner Gerald Ford's Diamond A Ranch near Versailles, Ky.

  • Health Plan for New Jersey Jockeys Launched

    A trust fund established for the health, welfare, and benefit of New Jersey jockeys has taken effect and will provide insurance coverage for healthcare, dental, and vision insurance for riders that meet the criteria set forth under the terms of the trust.

  • THS: Peter Pan Stakes

    Tom, Jason and the Wizard preview the Peter Pan Stakes from Belmont Park.Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Peter Pan Stakes.

  • Pennsylvania Racing to Regulate Corticosteroids

    <P>The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has adopted a policy whereby administration of corticosteroids in horses must be stopped seven days prior race day. <P>The regulation takes effect June 1, according to a policy directive signed May 4. The PHRC unanimously voted for the regulation April 15. <P><A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx...