Headlines for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

  • Talkin' Horses Podcast with Jim Squires

    Jim Squires answers questions about his new book, including reactions from the Thoroughbred industry, ideas for change, Monarchos, and much more. <P>Transcript Now Available!

  • Bold Truth to Stand in Ohio

    Grade II stakes-placed Bold Truth, sire of Ohio stakes winner Bold Captain from his first crop, will stand in 2010 at Steve and Theresa Belford's farm near Gilead, Ohio.

  • Monitor Closely Adds to Dream Year for Sire

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Oasis Dream (GB) was considered a mildly-successful sire after his first two crops reached the track. An explosive year including the emergence of recent group II victor Monitor Closely (IRE) guarantees Oasis Dream more respect in Europe and internationally.

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    Alabama: No 'Rachel,' But Still a Solid Field

    There are two ways to look at the field for the $600,000 Alabama (gr. I): It could be a disappointment that the nation's top 3-year-old filly, Rachel Alexandra, is not included in the field. Or, a more optimistic view would be that many of the talented fillies entered for the prestigious race are only there because Rachel Alexandra is not in the field.

  • It Happened Again is among the favorites for the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.

    Shippers Dominate Canadian Derby Field

    Delaware shipper It Happened Again, making his first start for trainer Terry Jordan, is among the favorites for the $300,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) Aug. 22 at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • In his most recent start, Coal Play Salvatore Mile Handicap at Monmouth.

    Coal Play Looks to Stay Hot in Iselin

    Robert LaPenta Coal Play, best known for nearly shocking Big Brown in last year's Haskell Invitational (gr. I), will look for his fourth win over the Monmouth Park main track when he takes on six rivals in the $300,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) on Aug. 22.

  • Trainer John E. Churchman Jr. Dies

    Midwest trainer John E. Churchman Jr., who started two horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died Aug. 18 after a long illness.

  • HealthWatch: Colicking Horses at Risk

    Horses with colic are at a higher risk for developing disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a life-threatening blood-clotting disorder that can cause excessive bleeding or excessive clotting.

  • Double-Digit Increases at Del Mar

    At it passed the mid-point of its 2009 meet, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported double-digit increases in on-track attendance and wagering.

  • U.S. Steeplechase Championships Unveiled

    The National Steeplechase Association announced Aug. 19 the inaugural running of the U.S. Steeplechase Championships on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.

  • Keeneland

    Keeneland to Accept Online Bids for RNAs

    Keeneland is unveiling technological innovations and features for all its sales, including a new service to promote the sale of horses that did not reach their reserve in the auction ring, as well as the re-launch of its mobile site.

  • Horses Read Human Body Cues, Researchers Say

    <P>Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them, including our gaze. <P>In a series of tests involving 36 horses and ponies aged 10 months to 38 years, two ...