Headlines for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

  • Sorrento Stakes winner Mi Sueno headlines a field of 10 2-year-old fillies in the Darley Debutante.<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%3D8392649%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mi Sueno Looks for Encore in Darley Debutante

    Mi Sueno, who left odds-on choice Necessary Evil far behind when she captured the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) one month ago, headlines a field of 10 2-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Darley Debutante Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Sept. 5.

  • Rachel Alexandra will break from post 3 in the Woodward 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%3D8379868%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Woodward Analysis: Target Rachel?

    Please note the following analysis was written by someone with a glass-is-half-empty mentality and is not meant to frighten, upset, or antagonize Rachel Alexandra fans and zealots. So, read at your own risk.

  • Kodiak Kowboy is the lone grade I winner in the Forego field.<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%3D7980337%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Forego: Kodiak Kowboy Fond of the Spa

    Rachel Alexandra's attempt against older males has given the Woodward (gr. I) all the headlines, but Saratoga's other grade I race on Sept. 5--the $300,000 Forego Stakes--is no slouch. The seven-furlong sprint drew a solid field of a 12, including the morning-line favorite, Kodiak Kowboy.

  • Grindstone to Stand in Oregon

    Overbrook Farm stallion Grindstone will continue his stallion career at veterinarian Jack Root's Oakhurst Equine Farm near Newberg, Ore., according to Ric Waldman, Overbrook's advisor and manager of stallion operations.

  • Icon Project ran an impressive race in the Personal Ensign 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%3D8445078%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Icon Project: Yet Another Filly Standout

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>It seems 2009 would be a year for filly phenoms, and they're all the result of young, distance-loving sires.

  • West Point Horses Run in Support of Alliance

    A percentage of any purse monies earned by West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga; and Awesome Gem in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Del Mar will be donated to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.

  • She Be Wild Leads Field for Arlington Lassie

    Unbeaten She Be Wild, winner of the Top Flight Stakes and two-for-two in her career on the Arlington Park Polytrack, leads a field of nine entered for the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies Sept. 5.

  • Dixie Band Tops Parade for Arlington Futurity

    Undefeated Dixie Band, winner of the Spectacular Bid Stakes last month and perfect in two starts on the Arlington Park Polytrack, heads a field of seven 2-year-olds entered for the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) Sept. 5.

  • Rachel Alexandra, who defeated 3-year old males in the Haskell, takes on older males in the Woodward.

    Rachel to Face 7 Males in Historic Woodward

    On Sept. 5 at Saratoga, Rachel Alexandra will seek history when trying to become the first female to win the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) -- a feat that would almost certainly lock up Horse of the Year honors and stamp the 3-year-old as one of the best fillies of all time.

  • NYRA Incentive Program Continues to Grow

    Purse hikes from the incentive program created to increase field size during the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet totaled $553,990 through Week Five, a 19.5% advance over original purse values, according to The New York Racing Association.

  • CHRB Panel to Examine Latest Safety Equipment

    The newly-formed safety committee of the California Horse Racing Board will meet for the first time Sept. 4 to begin the regulatory process to establish new standards and specifications for vests, helmet and whips.

  • Summer Guest Proved Special in 1972 Woodward

    Rachel Alexandra seems to have accomplished the impossible this year. The 3-year-old filly won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) by nearly 40 lengths and manhandled males in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).

  • New BH DVD: Conformation for Performance

    Novice and experienced horsemen alike can now gain invaluable insight into how the experts judge a young horse's athletic potential with the release of Conformation for Performance. The DVD is an hour-long, step-by-step guide for assessing conformation.

  • Charity Golf Tournament Set for Oct. 5

    The ninth annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities & Kentucky Derby Museum Charity Golf Classic will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., on Monday, Oct. 5.

  • Rachel Alexandra owner, Jess Jackson

    Rachel's Options Open After Woodward

    Majority owner Jess Jackson said on a national teleconference Sept. 1 that plans for Rachel Alexandra following Saturday's $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) are up in the air, and he did not dismiss the idea of putting her away for the year.

  • Things Get Messy in Ohio Gambling Battle

    A document submitted Sept. 1 suggests Penn National Gaming Inc. is underwriting an effort to overturn racetrack video lottery terminals legalized by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and the Ohio legislature in July, but the Pennsylvania-based company said the information is false.

  • Action This Day

    Action This Day to Castleton Lyons

    Champion Action This Day will return to Castleton Lyons (Shane Ryan, president) near Lexington, where he started his stallion career.

  • HRRN to Air Woodward, Forego

    The Horse Racing Radio Network will broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course this Saturday, Sept. 5, to provide coverage of Rachel Alexandra's attempt to make history as she takes on older males in the grade I Woodward.

  • Illinois Equine Humane Center Moves to New Facility

    <P>The Illinois Equine Humane Center (ILEHC) recently relocated its operation to Elgin, Ill. The ILEHC's herd of horses seeking adoptive homes can now be visited at their new facility, located at 9N673 Kendall Road in Elgin. <P>"We are very excited about our new location in Elgin," said ILEHC President Gail Vacca. "The new farm has a huge indoor riding ...

  • Queensland Equine Veterinarian Dies of Hendra Virus

    A veterinarian in Australia has died after contracting Hendra virus while treating a sick foal in Cawarral, Queensland, Australia, in July. <P>Queensland state Health Minister Paul Lucas told the <A href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j2GnctPgUspjNPZRY87BV4JrPPZgD9AEU08O0" target=_blank>Associated Press</A> Alister Rodgers, BVSc,&nbs...