Headlines for Wednesday, July 29, 2009

  • Six Catastrophic Breakdowns at Del Mar

    Six horses have died from catastrophic breakdowns at Del Mar during a 10-day span that includes the first week of racing. Three occurred during morning training on Polytrack, two happened during races on Polytrack, and one was in a turf race.

  • Hot Dixie Chick pulls away to capture the Schuylerville. <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%3D8373458%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hot Dixie Chick Romps in Schuylerville

    Favored Hot Dixie Chick showed she was more than a speed freak in the $111,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), rating patiently just off the pace before grabbing the lead and then pulling away to a 6 1/4 length victory July 29, the opening day of the Saratoga meeting in upstate New York.

  • Halpern to Leave CTT Executive Director Post

    Ed Halpern, executive director and general counsel for the California Thoroughbred Trainers, plans to retire after his contract expires in December, the organization announced.

  • Saratoga Opening Day Way Up

    On-track and all-sources handle were up significantly over 2008 totals as Saratoga Race Course opened its 141st season July 29.

  • Churchill Posts Slight Increase in Earnings

    Churchill Downs Inc. released its second-quarter results after the close of the stock market July 29, with a slight increase in earnings due to its advance deposit wagering system and slot-machine gaming.

  • Del Mar's 2009 attendance is up over last year.

    Del Mar Opening Week On-Track Business Up

    Del Mar officials announced that figures for the Southern California track's first week of its summer meet was up in both on-track attendance and on-track handle.

  • 2008 Diana winner Forever Together tries for a repeat in the 2009 version. <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%3D5274682%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Forever Together Looks to Defend Diana Title

    On Aug. 1, Forever Together seeks to become only the fifth horse to put together back-to-back victories in the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT), a feat that only Glowing Honor (1988-89), Shuvee (1970-71), Tempted (1959-60) and Miss Grillo (1946-47) have been able to accomplish in the 71 previous editions of the 1 1/8- mile turf race.

  • Atomic Rain

    Sore Foot May Keep Atomic Rain Out of Haskell

    A sore foot could keep Atomic Rain from taking on BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

  • Hessees to Buy Kilkerry In Arkansas

    Richard and Frances Hessee, owners of R & R Farms near Goliad, Texas, have purchased trainer Robert Holthus' Kilkerry Farm and Training Center near Royal, Ark.

  • Joe Hirsch

    Looking back on the career of turf writer Joe Hirsch.

  • Kensei won the Dwyer in his most recent start. <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%3D8298531%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jim Dandy Attracts Dwyer Winner Kensei

    Horse racing's second season hits a high point Aug. 29 with the running of the $1-million Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, and this Saturday at Saratoga seven 3-year-olds will assemble for the 46th running of the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).

  • General Challenge

    Reliving the career of General Challenge and catching up with him today.

  • Jockey Martin Pedroza

    Martin Pedroza: From Panamanian Jockey School to the tough southern California circuit.

  • Smith Earns Sixth Training Title at Colonial

    Colonial Downs' 40-day summer race meet came to a close the night of July 28, as the leading trainer, owner, jockey, and apprentice rider were all awarded for their successes.

  • Chamberlain Bridge carries top weight of 122 in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup.<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%3D8060783%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rich Penn Turf Sprint Lures Top Horses

    The connections of top dirt sprinter Fabulous Strike took a pass on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup, but the handicap lured a full field of turf sprinters that rank among the best at East Coast and Midwest racetracks.

  • 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%3D8266928%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel's Halter Sold in Online Auction

    The training halter worn by Rachel Alexandra prior to her historic victory in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was purchased by an Ohio man for $2,859.99 in an online auction that will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

  • 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%3D8279203%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jackson Adamant: No Breeders' Cup for Rachel

    Jess Jackson might as well have said "read my lips," when he stated emphatically on a national teleconference July 28 that Rachel Alexandra will not run in the Breeders' Cup, regardless of how much pressure is put on him.

  • Nassau Regional OTB to Show Saratoga Racing

    At the urging of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, the New York Racing Association July 29 -- opening day of the Saratoga meet--authorized restoration of its televised signal to the in-home distribution network of Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.

  • Hard Rock Adds Johnson to New York VLT Bid

    Hard Rock International has added a potent new force - an entity run by billionaire Robert L. Johnson - to its team to try to win the exclusive rights to develop the long-stalled casino at Aqueduct racetrack.

  • F-T, NYRA to Offer $100,000 'Jackpot'

    Fasig-Tipton and the New York Racing Association are teaming to award a $100,000 "Juvenile Jackpot" to the first graduate of the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale that wins a graded stakes during the 2010 Saratoga meeting in New York. Should no juvenile qualify for the prize in 2010, the award will double to $200,000 for Fasig-Tipton yearlings purchased that year that run at Saratoga in 2011.

  • Study: NJ Horse Industry Too Valuable to Lose

    A report from the Rutgers Equine Science Center details the economic impact of horse racing and breeding in New Jersey and says revenue from alternative gaming at racetracks has supported and fueled those programs in other states.

  • Breeders' Cup Adds Moxie to Sponsorship List

    The Breeders' Cup has announced that Moxie Equestrian, an equine equipment and apparel company, has been named an "Industry Champion" partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park.

  • EHV-1 Quarantine at Pennsylvania Stable

    <P>Horses at Rolling Hills Ranch stable in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pa., have been quarantined after at least three horses tested positive for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. <P>"Equine herpesvirus causes upper respiratory infection and can cause severe neurological disease in h...

  • Preventing Developmental Orthopedic Disease through Nutrition

    Developmental orthopedic disease can rob a young horse of his future as a sound athlete. Each year the consequences of diseases such as osteochondritis dissecans and physitis render hundreds, maybe thousands, of young horses structurally inadequate for the work they were bred to do. Over the last several years, researchers have found that appropriate nutr...