Headlines for Wednesday, August 26, 2009

  • Mine That Bird will not run in the Travers Stakes.<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%3D8225653%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mine That Bird Out of Travers Stakes

    The Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) lost some of its luster hours before entries were taken Aug. 26 when it was announced that Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would not run in the "Mid-Summer Derby" at Saratoga Racecourse.

  • Oaklawn Stakes Purses Up for 2010

    Purses may be down across the country, but stakes purses at Oaklawn Park will be higher in 2010 than they were in 2009 according to report on Arkansas Sports 360.com.

  • Cocoa Beach heads a talented field in the Ballston Spa Handicap at Saratoga.<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%3D6910926%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cocoa Beach Remains On Turf for Ballston Spa

    Originally pointed to a fall campaign at Belmont Park, Godolphin's Cocoa Beach came out of a stakes win at Saratoga earlier this month so well her connections have opted to run her Aug. 29 in the $200,000 Ballston Spa Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • Munnings hopes to rebound in the NetJets King's Bishop at Saratoga.<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%3D8300694%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Seven Furlongs Suits Many in King's Bishop

    Big Drama and Munnings should each relish a cut back to their ideal distance of seven furlongs, but in addition to dealing with each other must contend with the likes of Capt. Candyman Can, Vineyard Haven, and a host of other talented sprinters Aug. 29 in the $300,000 NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I)at Saratoga.

  • Third Day Average Down 18.9% at OBS

    The price for an individual horse peaked at $45,000 on the third day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. yearling sale, with three lots each bringing that amount Aug. 26 in Central Florida. They were a Stormy Atlantic--La Defense colt, a Put It Back--Lovely Lyric colt, and a Pomeroy--Misty Springs filly.

  • And They're Off: August 26, 2009

    Lenny and Steve are back! Topics include Rachel Alexandra and Jess Jackson, the continued breakdowns at Del Mar, plus a look at the second season of Animal Planet's hit reality program, JOCKEYS. Comments for Lenny and Steve? Send them to: ato@bloodhorse.com.

  • Informed Decision, who has won five straight stakes races, is the horse to beat in the Ballerina.<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%3D8063311%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Informed Decision Right Choice in Ballerina?

    This time last year, Indian Blessing was the front-runner in the female sprint division and on her way to a year-end Eclipse Award. Now, the Indian Charlie filly will have to take the division's leadership role from Informed Decision, who has won five straight stakes and enters the $300,000 Ballerina (gr. I) as the one to beat.

  • Illinois Gov. Signs Online Wagering Bill

    Illinois gambling patrons in Illinois will now have the opportunity of placing their bets online, as Gov. Pat Quinn approved a bill Aug. 26 legalizing online wagering on horse racing.

  • Icy Atlantic

    Icy Atlantic to Stud in Panama

    Grade II winner Icy Atlantic has been purchased by Raul Gonzales-Abreu to stand at his British Mist Stud Farm in Panama.

  • Gulfstream Park Challenges State Fines

    Gulfstream Park said Aug. 26 it will mount a vigorous defense against the $800,000 in fines sought by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering.

  • Average at St. Leger Sale Falls More Than 20%

    A Dansili colt commanded the sale-topping price of £200,000 ($327,740 in U.S. funds) as the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales St. Leger yearling auction ended Aug. 26 with downturns of more than 20% in its gross revenue, average price, and median price.

  • Florida Derby Preps Undergo Minor Changes

    There will be slight modifications this year to the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), two preps for the Florida Derby (gr. I) that will be run March 27 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Aragorn's Dam, Onaga, Dies

    Onaga, dam of grade I winner Aragorn and this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected sale-topping yearling, was found dead Aug. 14 in Ireland.

  • Gio Ponti will race next in either the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational or the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship.<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%3D8319927%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Turf Classic or C. Hirsch Next For Gio Ponti

    Trainer Christophe Clement said Aug. 26 that Gio Ponti, winner of four consecutive grade I turf races, will race next in either the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 3 at Belmont or the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) Oct. 11 at Santa Anita in his final prep for the Breeders' Cup World Championships in November.

  • Ky. Governor's Deputy Named to Keeneland Post

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced Aug. 26 that deputy chief of staff Vince Gabbert will leave the administration in October to join venerable racetrack and sales company, Keeneland.

  • Surface Renovation, Infield Upgrades at Zia

    When the fall racing season begins Sept. 12 at Zia Park, fans will be treated to infield upgrades and horses will race over a completely renovated track.

  • Macho Again will make his next start in the Woodward.<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%3D8233511%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Macho Again Confirmed For Woodward Try

    Fresh off a runner-up finish in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again will make his next start in the $750,000 Woodward (gr. I) on Sept. 5, where he will meet a field that will include superstar filly Rachel Alexandra.

  • On the Air: Radio Coverage of Travers

    The Horse Racing Radio Network announced it will provide live coverage of the grade I Shadwell Travers Stakes from Saratoga Race Course this Saturday, Aug. 29.

  • Kentucky Hay Supply Rebounds, Testing Important

    <P>Wet conditions in Kentucky this spring and summer have created an abundance of hay in the state for the upcoming winter feeding season. <P>The increase in volume is welcome news to many hay and livestock producers who suffered through the droughts of 2007 and 2008 that kept hay supplies below normal across much of the state. The increase in supply me...

  • Hendra Horse Euthanized, Additional Testing in Progress

    <P>Biosecurity Queensland has euthanized a horse at a Cawarral horse nursery property that tested positive for Hendra virus infection. Euthanasia is the national policy for horses confirmed as being infected with the virus, which can affect both horses and humans. <P>Horses can have the virus in their system and recover, but there is an ongoing risk of ...

  • Equine Heat Tolerance Parameters Examined in Study

    <P> <P>In a step toward understanding heat tolerance in horses, Brazilian researchers recently concluded that respiratory rate (RR), heart rate (HR), and rectal temperature (RT) are the most useful parameters for distinguishing equine adaptation to elevated temperatures.&nbsp; <P>As part of an ongoing project on equine heat tolerance, the study authors...

  • Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

    <P>The long list of diseases that humans&nbsp;could potentially&nbsp;contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." <P>According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic Infections of Equines to Consider After Exposure Through the Bite or the Oral/Nasal Secretions," more than 100,000...