Headlines for Thursday, September 3, 2009

  • Fairplex Park Makes Safety Upgrades

    Fairplex Park has upgraded its safety and emergency care efforts for the 2009 meet, which begins Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 28 at the Southern California track.

  • Arkansas Derby winner Papa Clem tries turf in the Del Mar Derby.

    Papa Clem Makes Turf Bow in Rugged DM Derby

    Papa Clem faced plenty of hurdles during his Triple Crown campaign, and the road doesn't figure to get much easier when he makes his turf debut against a strong field in the $350,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6.

  • Zensational goes for his third consecutive grade I win in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien.
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    Zensational Zeroes In On Third Grade I Win

    Zensational, who has vaulted to the top of the national rankings for sprinters, goes for his third consecutive grade I win as the heavy favorite in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Stakes at Del Mar Sept. 6.

  • Colonel John won the Wickerr Stakes on the turf last time out.<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%3D8378126%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Col. John, Einstein Clash in Pacific Classic

    Colonel John and Einstein, who were expected to clash in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) this past spring, should finally have their first meeting as the favorites in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar on Sept. 6.

  • Schuylerville winner Hot Dixie Chick leads a field of nine juvenile fillies in the Spinaway.
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    Hot Dixie Chick the One to Catch in Spinaway

    Rachel Alexandra will steal all the headlines, but she won't be the only heavily-backed filly Steve Asmussen sends out in a grade I race this weekend at Saratoga. The nation's leading trainer also has Grace Stables' Hot Dixie Chick going in the $300,000 Spinaway (gr. I) on Sept. 6, and the daughter of Dixie Union figures to receive much of the attention at the windows.

  • Kentucky November Mixed Sales' Dates Changed

    Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton have made changes to their November sales schedules to better accommodate horsemen attending the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 6 and 7. Keeneland's November breeding stock sale will begin Tuesday, November 10, at 10 a.m. (EST) and run through Sunday, November 22. Fasig-Tipton will conduct its select mixed sale on Tuesday, November 10, starting at 5 p.m. (EST).

  • F-T Midlantic Sale Has 670 Yearlings

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 670 horses for its Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, which will be held in Timonium, Md., Oct. 5 and 6. The number is down 28% from 2008, when 930 horses were in the book and the auction was three days in length.

  • THS: The Woodward

    Jason, Tom, and Rich Nilsen of twinspires.com preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I). Plus picks for the Forego (gr. I). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Woodward.

  • Awesome Son Has Right Breeding For Sapling

    If any 2-year-old has a license to do well in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 5 at Monmouth Park, it's Daniel Ljoka's homebred Awesome Son.

  • TRA Adopts Protocol for 'Off Time' Display

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol establishing industry-wide standards pertaining to the display of accurate "off time" for the start of the race.

  • Equibase Redistributes Derby Chart

    After the Thoroughbred racing information website Equibase discovered that Hold Me Back's running line in the chart of the 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was inaccurate, the company reported it had corrected its error and redistributed the chart.

  • Experts Discuss Conformation in New DVD

    Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Michael Matz, Keeneland sales inspector Ryan Mahan, Fasig-Tipton sales inspector Bill Graves, and noted bloodstock agent Buzz Chace share their knowledge and guiding principles when it comes to analyzing conformation in Conformation for Performance, a DVD released by Blood-Horse Publications.

  • Einstein is scheduled to make his next start in the Pacific Classic.<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%3D7865360%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stronach Stables Buys Einstein

    Einstein, who is scheduled to run in the Sept. 6 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, has been bought by Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables for an undisclosed sum.

  • Bloodhorse.com Videos Feature Nerud Interview

    Bloodhorse.com is now presenting an engaging and entertaining three-part video interview series featuring legendary trainer, owner, and breeder John Nerud, who at age 96 shares keen observations on where racing has been and where its future lies.

  • Three ND Account Wagering Companies Licenced

    The North Dakota Racing Commission announced significant interest by account wagering companies since the enactment of House Bill 1551 into law July 1. The new tax law significantly reduces the state tax levied on account wagering and removes the 4% tax assessment on the first 11 millions wagered.

  • Fundraisers for Jockeys Set for Weekend

    Jockeys throughout the United States and Canada will exhibit their unified show of support Sept. 5 for apprentice jockey Michael Straight, who was injured in a racing accident Aug. 26 at Arlington Park. On Sept. 6, River Downs in Ohio will raise money for disabled jockey Gary Birzer and jockey Justin Vitek, who continues to battle leukemia.

  • Irish Horses Win Stakes in Turkey

    The International Racing Festival at Istanbul's Veliefendi Racecourse kicked off Thursday, Sept. 3, with victories by Irish-breds in the two featured stakes.

  • High Court Shoots Down Alabama HBPA Election

    The Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed a circuit court ruling that vacated a 2006 election of board members of the Alabama Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and ordered a new election.

  • Our New Recruit Dead

    California freshman stallion Our New Recruit died Sept. 1 of colic, a dozen days after he was represented by his first winner.

  • Four Inductees Added to Equine Reseach HOF

    Four scientists will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 25 at Keeneland Race Course by the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

  • Maine Reports Five EEE Horse Deaths, Three Suspect

    <P>Five horses in Maine have died of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and animal health authorities are waiting on test results of another three "suspicious" cases, reported the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC) and the Maine Department of Agriculture's Animal Health and Industry Division. <P>EEE is a virus that is tra...

  • Mosquito-Borne Equine Diseases Prevalent on Both Coasts

    <P>As of Aug. 25, Florida led the United States in the number of documented equine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease with mortality rates of around 90% in horses. Washington state officials had confirmed the most equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) this year. <P>Thus far in 2009 cases of EEE are largely clustered in ...

  • Vet Graduate Survey Gives Salary, Employment Stats

    <P>The results of an annual survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reveal an economic mixed bag when it comes to what new veterinary graduates encountered in 2009. <P>The survey results appear in the <I>Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association</I> in a Sept. 1, 2009, article entitled, "Employment, starting s...