Headlines for Friday, May 8, 2009

  • Seven Bids Submitted For Aqueduct Casino

    Trying one more time, the state of New York accepted seven new bids - from major casino operators to real estate and racing interests -- to develop a casino at Aqueduct racetrack, an authority first approved for the facility back in 2001.

  • Churchill Suspends Half of Friday Program

    Churchill Downs called off its final five races on May 8 following a heavy wave of showers and thunderstorms. It was just the third cancellation of its kind in the last 19 years at the Louisville racetrack.

  • Florida Bill Would Reduce Slots Tax

    The Florida Legislature passed a gaming bill May 8 that includes several changes sought by the state's Thoroughbred industry, and a compromise on the contentious issue of table games at the Seminole Tribe of Florida's casinos.

  • Eder to Sing 'New York, New York' at Belmont

    A welcome and familiar face will headline the Belmont Stakes Day entertainment lineup when singer Linda Eder returns to Belmont Park to sing "New York, New York" as the field for the 141st Belmont Stakes (gr. I) makes its way to the starting gate June 6.

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel Commits to 'Rachel'; Filly to Preakness

    Stonestreet Stables and partner Harold T. McCormick announced May 8 that Calvin Borel has agreed to ride Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra for the current racing season.

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    Preakness Notes - May 8

    A decision as to whether Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra will be supplemented into the field for the $1 million Preakness (gr. I) could be made May 10 or 11 after the filly works for her new trainer, Steve Asmussen.

  • RCI Conference Scheduled for July

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International Pari-Mutuel Auditors and Regulators Conference on regulating, testing, and monitoring pari-mutuel wagering systems is scheduled for July 7-8 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel.

  • Stronach Critical of Certain MID Investors

    Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach criticized certain hedge-fund investors for putting "unwarranted" pressure on the bankrupt racetrack company's parent entity, suggesting May 8 that those antagonists could start their own company if they didn't like what they saw.

  • La Ville Rouge & 09 Barbaro full brother

    La Ville Rouge and her 2009 colt by Dynaformer, full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. View the La Ville Rouge and colt Slide ShowSee what others have to say on Tracking Barbaro's Brothers

  • Looking for Upset Horse in Peter Pan

    With the focus squarely on three horses at low odds in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), let's see if there's an upset in the making.

  • Derby Hat Auctioned for Charity

    Grey Goose vodka joined forces with fashion designer Rachel Roy to create a hat worn by Brooke Shields at the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Gone West Will Be Pensioned

    Gone West, a prominent sire while standing at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will be pensioned after he finishes breeding this year.

  • Real Quiet to Shuttle to Uruguay

    Real Quiet, the 1998 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner and champion 3-year-old male, will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Cuatro Piedras in Uruguay.

  • Paul Saylor

    Saylor Ponders Future for Bird's Half-Brother

    Paul Saylor said "I nearly fell out of my chair" while watching the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) on television. Like a lot of people, he was surprised by Mine That Bird's huge upset. But what really knocked Saylor for a loop was the realization that a juvenile Yonaguska colt he owned suddenly had become a half-brother to a classic winner.

  • Songandaprayer Colt Shines at Barretts

    A Songandaprayer colt worked a quarter mile in :21, turning in the fastest time for the distance May 7 at Fairplex Park in Southern California during the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Forest Danger's First Winner

    Grade I winner Forest Danger sired his first winner when his son Recession Buster won May 7 at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Improving Bone Chip Rehabilitation

    If there is one thing most horsemen know well, it is the way things have always been done. The conventional paths to feeding, shoeing, training, and rehabilitating horses are processes that came to be tried-and-true for a reason: they usually accomplished the end goal. Today, the combination of research, technology, and, to some extent, an entrepreneurial...