Headlines for Wednesday, June 17, 2009

  • James Lane Named to Minnesota Commission

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed one member and reappointed two to the Minnesota Racing Commision, the St.Paul Legal Ledger reported on its Web site, legal-ledgar.com.

  • Thistledown Makes Payment; Will Stay Open

    Thistledown race track in North Randall, Ohio made a required $36,000 payment toward a bond, which allows it to remain open, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported June 17 on its Web site, cleveland.com.

  • OBS Sale Down; Four Top $100,000

    In keeping with most other sales this year of 2-year-olds in training, the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. ended its two day June sale June 17 with decreases in all major indices.

  • Proud Accolade

    Freshman Sire Proud Accolade Euthanized

    Proud Accolade, a grade I winning son of Yes It's True whose first foals are 2-year-olds this year, was euthanized June 16 at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., where he stood the past two years.

  • Emergent German Thoroughbred Bloodlines

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>The German Thoroughbred is a stouter, more stamina-oriented version of the breed in England, France, or the U.S. The possibilities for outcross - and just plain high quality - make German bloodlines sought after in the West.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert sends out Misremembered in the Affirmed.

    Baffert's Misremembered Sharp for Affirmed

    Bob Baffert's lightly-raced homebred Misremembered, two-for-two on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track, presents an intriguing possibility in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 20. The 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds includes no heavyweights.

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    Criticism Tries to Continue Roll in NY 'Cap

    Darley Stable's homebred Criticism has been on quite a roll, winning four of her last five, all in graded stakes. Backseat Rhythm and Dynaforce, both grade I winners a year ago, are both coming off unplaced efforts last out. Will the hot horse continue her winning ways, will the proven grade I winners return to form, or will one of the other capable starters break through?

  • Nicanor Wins Again on Turf

    Nicanor, who broke his maiden by more than 15 lengths last out, followed up by going wire-to-wire for a 1 3/4-length allowance score June 17 on the Delaware Park turf.

  • Gregson Foundation

    The Gregson Foundation, inspired by trainer Eddie Gregson, provides College Scholarships for the children of backstretch workers.

  • Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear rallies that crowd at the state capitol in Frankfort.

    KEEP Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

    Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

  • Chris McCarron

    McCarron to Deliver Hall of Fame Speech

    Twenty years after his tearful acceptance speech, jockey Chris McCarron will be the guest speaker at the 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony August 14.

  • Ward Does it Again at Royal Ascot

    Just 24 hours earlier, trainer Wesley Ward had warned that Jealous Again was much better than his historic Windsor Castle Stakes winner Strike The Tiger and on June 17 the 2-year-old Trippi filly proved these were not empty words when bolting from the gate to go clear of her rivals in the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot before kicking on again for an easy five-length victory.

  • Unbridled Belle won the 2008 Obeah and will try to add the 2009 version to her resume.

    Unbridled Belle Seeks Obeah Stakes Repeat

    Team Valor Stables' Unbridled Belle turned in an uncharacteristically poor performance in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) last out, but her connections say they are hopeful the 6-year-old mare will rebound with a big effort in the $125,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), a race that she won a year ago.

  • Larry Jones

    Delaware Park to Honor Larry Jones

    Delaware Park will honor trainer J. Larry Jones for his accomplishments and dedication to racing with a special tribute at the Wilmington racetrack Saturday June 20.

  • Sailor&#39;s Cap won the Poker Stakes on June 14.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8235558%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Sailor's Cap Dies Days After Winning Poker

    Sailor's Cap, upset winner of the Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 14 at Belmont Park, collapsed and died in his stall in trainer J. J. Toner's barn at 4:30 a. m. EDT on June 17.

  • Radiographic Guidelines from AAEP Task Force

    The Public Auction Task Force of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the pre-purchase exams that are conducted on horses for sale at public auctions.

  • TCA to Manage Blue Horse Charities

    Fasig-Tipton has announced the assignment of the day-to-day management of their wholly-owned subsidiary, Blue Horse Charities, to Thoroughbred Charities of America, an affiliate of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Arizona Stallion Fool the Experts Dies

    Fool the Experts, one of Arizona's best stallions for a number of years, was euthanized several months ago because of complications from old age.

  • Delaware Park Accredited by NTRA Alliance

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 17 that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • New England's Newest Hall of Famers

    The New England Turf Writers Association has elected its Hall of Fame class of 2009, which will be honored along with the 2008 NETWA award winners July 16.

  • Brad Lovell

    Lovell Named IT Director at Keeneland

    Keeneland Association announced June 16 that Brad Lovell, previously managing director of information technology for NASCAR Inc., as the company's director of information technology.

  • AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

    <P>Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses. <P>The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole topic for this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. It offered participant...

  • Kentucky Horse Industry Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

    <P>Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming. <P>With a special session currently underway that could pass a bill that would allow video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks, the Kentucky...

  • AAEP Issues 'Best Practices' for Purchase Exam Radiographs

    <P>The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Public Auction Task Force has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9857">prepurchase exams</A>&nbsp;that are conducted on horses for sale at public auctions. The goal of the task force is to promote ethica...