Headlines for Friday, July 24, 2009

  • The West Virginia Derby is next up for Kentucky Derby Mine That Bird. <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%3D8150854%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mine That Bird Arrives at Mountaineer

    A new chapter in the history of West Virginia racing began being written at 1:47 p.m. EDT on Friday. That's when this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, Mine That Bird, stepped off the van at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

  • Bejarano Out of Intensive Care Unit

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano, injured seriously in a spill in the July 22 opening day at Del Mar, has been released from the intensive care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and placed in a private room, according to Dr. John Agostino, a Del Mar track physician.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez Sets Modern Day Record at Belmont

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez set a modern-day record for victories at Belmont Park's spring/summer meet when he guided Michael Dubb and Robert Joscelyn's I've Got Speed to win the fifth race July 24, notching his 93rd winner for the meet.

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    Saratoga Set to Open With Full Fields

    Saratoga Race Course's 36-day meet will get off to a strong start July 29 with a card highlighted by full fields on both the dirt and turf, 2-year-old races, and two stakes, including the $100,000 Schuylerville (gr. III).

  • Commentator won the Whitney in 2005 and 2008 (shown).<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%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator All Set For Another Whitney Try

    Tracy Farmer's Commentator, the expected elder statesmen of the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 8 at Saratoga, turned in a bullet work over the Oklahoma track at Saratoga July 23, breezing five furlongs in :59.12.

  • Shapiro Pleads Not Guilty in Vandalism Case

    Former California Horse Racing Board chairman Richard B. Shapiro pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony vandalism in an Inglewood courtroom July 24 and the case was set for a disposition hearing on Aug. 18.

  • HBPA Winter Convention to Precede Symposium

    The 2009 National Horsemen's Benevolence and Protective Association will hold its Winter Convention in conjunction with the Symposium on Racing & Gaming at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona this year.

  • BC3 Pinhookers Taking Global Approach

    BC3 Thoroughbreds, the yearling-to-juvenile pinhooking venture that is best known for selling grade I winner Brother Derek, has broadened its horizons. Started by Utah horsemen John Brocklebank and Shane Chipman, BC3 has an ambitious plan to buy and resell young horses in this country, Australia, and Asia.

  • Pinhooker Smith Happy in California

    "You can call it a midlife crisis or whatever you want, but it's the best thing I've ever done," said pinhooker Murray Smith of her move earlier this year to Southern California from the Ocala area in Central Florida.

  • Hartley Trying Training in California

    Florida pinhooker Randy Hartley is training a string of horses in Southern California, but he will continue to be involved in reselling juveniles purchased as yearlings or weanlings though Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.

  • Einstein won the 2008 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

    Clark Highlights Churchill Fall Stakes Lineup

    The 135th renewal of the grade II, $400,000-added Clark Handicap highlights the 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.775 million for the Nov. 1-28 fall meet at historic Churchill Downs.

  • Mine That Bird is on his way to West Virginia.<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%3D8202151%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    On the Road Again: Mine That Bird to WV

    A trailer carrying Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine's Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), departed Churchill Downs the morning of July 24 on an approximately seven-hour journey to West Virginia's Mountaineer Racetrack Casino and Resort.

  • Fermin Appointment as Steward Backed by CHRB

    Ingrid Fermin, the former executive director of the California Horse Racing Board who was appointed to be a steward at the current Del Mar meet, gained the commission's backing July 23 in a dispute with several horsemen opposed to her selection.

  • Haskell Purse Boosted to $1.25 Million

    Monmouth Park announced the purse for the 42nd running of Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2 has been boosed by $250,000 to now total $1,250,000.

  • Aged Horse Health Screenings Recommended, ACVIM 2009

    <P>Lameness, weight loss, colic, and equine Cushing's syndrome are the four top reasons for euthanizing an older horse, said Catherine McGowan, BVSc, PhD, RCVS, European specialist in equine internal medicine, who presented research by Thomas McGowan, BSc, DVM, PhD, at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held June 3-6 in Montréal, ...

  • Pasture Weeds Covered in University of Minnesota Publication

    <P>Horse owners can learn more about weed control in horse pastures from a new fact sheet published by University of Minnesota horse extension specialists. <P>The new publication, <I><A href="http://www.extension.org/pages/Plants_Commonly_Found_in_Established_Minnesota_Horse_Pastures" target=_blank>Plants Commonly Found in Established Minnesota Horse Pa...

  • Neurologic EHV-1 Reported in Pennsylvania

    <P>Four horses stabled in Allegheny County, Pa., have been euthanized after developing neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), according to a statement circulated by the Animal Health Emergency Management and Information Network on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture<B> </B>Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Ser...