Headlines for Tuesday, August 18, 2009

  • Richard Shapiro

    Shapiro Pleads 'No Contest' in Vandalism Case

    Former California Horse Racing Board chairman Richard B. Shapiro pleaded "no contest" Aug. 18 to a misdemeanor charge of vandalism in connection with the "keying" of a vehicle owned by one of Shapiro's harshest critics during his time on the board.

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    Surgery a Success for Mine That Bird

    Following a brief procedure to correct a breathing problem, Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), departed the Ruffian Equine Medical Center shortly after noon Tuesday Aug. 18 to return to Saratoga.

  • Remington Park

    Cordova's Return Headlines Remington Meet

    The richest Thoroughbred meet in track history begins Aug. 21 at Remington Park Racing and Casino, with daily purses averaging $250,000 at the Oklahoma City track.

  • Keertana has won three in a row.
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    Lake Placid: Keertana Seeks Fourth Straight

    Barbara Hunter's homebred Keertana, winner of three in a row including the last two in stakes company, leads an evenly-matched field of eight 3-year-old fillies who will take to the Saratoga turf for the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) on Aug. 21.

  • Denny Brace (right) with Allen Jerkens

    Inside Track: Denny's Gap

    For nearly a quarter of a century, Denny Brace has guarded the gap at Saratoga's Clare Court training track, among the loveliest spots at the racecourse, as if he's watching over the crown jewels.

  • Archipenko will enter stud at Kristen Rausing's Lanwades Stud near Newmarket, England, in 2010.

    Archipenko to Stand at Lanwades

    Archipenko, a graded/group stakes performer in five countries, will enter stud at Kristen Rausing's Lanwades Stud near Newmarket, England, in 2010.

  • Trainer Hal Wiggins

    Wiggins to Retire After Churchill Meet

    After training horses for more three decades and having his career peak this year with the success of the sensational filly Rachel Alexandra, Hal Wiggins will ride off into the sunset of retirement at the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet in November.

  • Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will try to win the Saratoga Special for the 4th time with longshot Activity Report.

    Trainers Hoping For That 'Special' 2-Year-Old

    Of the three major races for juvenile males at the Saratoga, D. Wayne Lukas has won the Sanford (gr. II) and Hopeful (gr. I) five times apiece, and the Saratoga Special (gr. II) three more times. On Aug. 20, Lukas will go for Special No. 4 when he sends out longshot Activity Report in the $150,000 event.

  • Big Brown, winner of the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was started back under tack at Three Chimneys Farm.

    Big Brown Galloping at Three Chimneys

    Big Brown, the 2008 champion 3-year-old male and winner of that year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), was started back under tack Monday morning Aug. 17 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Jim Williams

    Keeneland's Williams to Retire After 38 Years

    Keeneland's long time director of communications, Jim Williams, announced Aug. 18 that he plans to retire after more than 38 years with the company. He will step down in December.

  • Women's Day Expo at Saratoga

    The New York Racing Association invites female racing fans to the fourth annual Women's Day Expo at Saratoga Race Course, which will take place Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Parker Scores 3,000th Victory at Mountaineer

    DeShawn Parker, the winningest African-American jockey in Thoroughbred history, reached a career milestone the night of Aug. 17 when he scored the 3,000th victory of his career. Parker won the first race at Mountaineer Park, rallying Wildcat Cat to a narrow victory in a 4 1/2-furlong dash on the turf.

  • Hollywood Park's Cushion Track Renovated

    Hollywood Park, capitalizing on the first summer break in training since Cushion Track was installed in 2006, is renovating the synthetic surface with training scheduled to resume at the Track of Lakes and Flowers in early September.

  • Rachel Alexandra during her August 17th work at Saratoga.

    'Earnest' Discussions on Rachel's Next Start

    Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.37 on a foggy Monday morning on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, after which trainer Steve Asmussen said discussions would begin "in earnest" on where the filly would make her next start.

  • Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Might Offer Some WNV Protection

    <P>Vaccination against <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=2730">Japanese encephalitis</A> might mitigate West Nile virus (WNV) infection in some horses, said a group of researchers from Japan's National Institute of Animal Health in a recent paper. <P>Outbreaks of WNV have been reported in many countries, including the United States, b...

  • Florida Leads Country in EEE Cases

    <P>Florida continues to lead the United States in the number of cases of <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/TopicSearch/Default.aspx?n=Eastern+Equine+Encephalitis+(EEE)&amp;nID=6&amp;ID=65">Eastern equine encephalitis</A>&nbsp;(EEE), a mosquito-borne disease that had mortality rate of around 90% in horses. <P>As of Aug. 11, Florida had reported 48 cases. ...