Headlines for Tuesday, June 30, 2009

  • Michigan's Racing Commissioner Takes Fed Job

    The Obama administration says it's named Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine White as state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.

  • Trainer Hal Wiggins sends out Brassy Boy in the Bashford Manor.

    Brassy Boy Could Be Wiggins' New Star

    It is unlikely that Hal Wiggins will find a horse like Rachel Alexandra any time soon, but he does have a promising young colt making his stakes debut in the $100,000 Bashford Manor (gr. III), a sprint for 2-year-olds July 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • USDA Cannot Aid Farms Damaged by Ice Storm

    Five months after horse industry officials lobbied for funds from the United States Department of Agriculture's Emergency Conservation Program to assist with property damage to dozens of Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms due to a January ice storm, the USDA delivered some negative news.

  • P. Kerney

    Inside Track: Doing Right by P.

    When it came time to do the right thing by the bay gelding, there was no hesitation. P. Kerney would be retired with dignity and live the rest of his life like a former racehorse should: as a retrained Thoroughbred with a useful second career.

  • HealthWatch: Beat the Heat

    Horses have efficient natural thermoregulatory systems to cool themselves, but sometimes they are overwhelmed and cannot compensate for the heat. Hyperthermia or heatstroke results when a horse is unable to control its internal temperature and it starts to rise.

  • 'Win and You're In' Races Begin at Monmouth

    The $750,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) and the $250,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III), both run at Monmouth Park on July 4, represent the first state-side races in this year's international "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

  • NTRA to Offer Telecast of Grade I Stakes

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 30 the broadcast schedule for "Emirates Airline Summer Racing Presented by the NTRA."

  • Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

    Romanet to Speak at Round Table Conference

    Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, will discuss the importance of and need for international harmonization of medication policies when he delivers the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 57th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 23.

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    Sprint Champions to Calder's Summit of Speed

    Last year's Eclipse Award winning sprint champions -- Benny the Bull and Indian Blessing -- are among the 96 horses nominated to the 10th annual Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course, to be held this year on Saturday, July 11.

  • Hialeah Park in 1965.

    Brunetti Jr., Soth, Testa to Hialeah Posts

    John J. Brunetti has announced that his son, John J. Brunetti Jr., and racing industry veterans Randall E. Soth and Dennis Testa will head up the management team for the redeveloped Hialeah Park. The South Florida track that last had live racing in 2001 is scheduled to reopen later this year or in early 2010 for Quarter Horse racing.

  • Racehorse Medication Policies to be Focus of Jockey Club Speech

    <P>The need for international harmonization of racehorse medication rules will be the topic of the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 57th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) will present the topic at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga ...

  • International Equine Disease Report, First Quarter 2009

    <P>The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks: <P>Contagious equine metritis (CEM) was confirmed on four premises in France. In December 2008, four stallions (three Quarter Horses, one American Paint) were identified as CEM positive in Kentucky. The stallions had stood the 2008 bree...