Headlines for Wednesday, September 30, 2009

  • OH Governor Shelves Racetrack VLT Plan

    Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland Sept. 30 put his plan for racetrack video lottery terminals on hold indefinitely in light of a recent state Supreme Court ruling and a need to balance the state budget.

  • Two Feverish Horses Removed From Hoosier

    Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever, so as a precautionary measure, both horses were removed from the grounds and shipped to a secondary quarantine facility per recommendation of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.

  • California Flag powers to a repeat win in the Morvich Stakes on opening day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita.<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%3D8523823%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Morvich Win Puts California Flag Back in 'Cup

    Favored California Flag led nearly all the way to win the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park Sept. 30, earning a repeat victory in the hillside turf course event over runner-up Get Funky and a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

  • Misremembered tries dirt for the first time in the Indiana Derby.<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%3D8342024%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Misremembered to Try Dirt in Indiana Derby

    Grade II winner Misremembered makes his first start on a dirt surface for trainer Bob Baffert when he faces a full field of 3-year-olds in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Oct. 3.

  • Median Price Increases at Goffs Orby Sale

    Part one of the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland ended Sept. 30 in Ireland with an 11.1% increase in median price from 2008 and a 6.7% loss in average price. This year, there were two sessions in part one of the auction -- down from three last year -- and the sale's gross dropped 31.5%, in part because fewer horses were offered and sold.

  • Nationhood to Stand at Blue Ribbon

    Multiple stakes winner Nationhood will become the first stallion to stand at Debbie and Rick Pabst's Blue Ribbon Farm near Buckley, Wash., when he begins the 2010 breeding season.

  • Silky Sullivan

    Remembering the career of the great closer Silky Sullivan.

  • Lloyd's and UK Continue Partnership

    Global insurer Lloyd's of London presented the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture a check for $45,000 Sept. 22 in continuing support of "The Equine Disease Quarterly," an equine health research publication produced by the Department of Veterinary Science.

  • RTCA Extends White Horse Nominee Deadline

    The Race Track Chaplaincy of America announced Sept. 30, that the nominations deadline date for the 2009 White Horse Award has been extended to Oct. 15.

  • Grazen drew post position 3 for the California Cup 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%3D8257605%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grazen Favored in Cal Cup Classic

    Even-money morning-line favorite Grazen drew post position 3 for the $200,000 California Cup Classic presented by City National Bank at the draw breakfast Sept. 30.

  • Alabama winner Careles Jewel heads the field for the Fitz Dixon Cotillion 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%3D8423111%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Careless Jewel Stands Out in Dixon Cotillion

    The brilliant filly Careless Jewel, a romping winner of Saratoga's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) in her last start, heads the field for the $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park Oct. 3.

  • Turcotte in Turfway Park Appearance Oct. 3

    Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who guided the legendary Secretariat into Triple Crown history in 1973, will be at Turfway Park Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. to greet fans and sign autographs.

  • Rachel Alexandra is enjoying a well-deserved vacation at Saratoga.

    Rachel 'Doing Great,' Ships to Ky. Tuesday

    Rachel Alexandra is enjoying her well-deserved vacation at Saratoga following an arduous and ambitious campaign that culminated with a memorable victory over older males in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I). The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro will ship back to Churchill Downs on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

  • Crady Named to Direct Thoroughbred Charities

    Erin Crady, the director of marketing and communications for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, has been named the new executive director of Thoroughbred Charities of America.

  • PNGI Still in Hunt for Aqueduct VLT Contract?

    Penn National Gaming Inc., believed to be facing an uphill battle in the bidding wars to develop a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct, has offered the cash-starved New York state government $250 million in a non-contingency, upfront payment for the exclusive contract and believes it's still in the hunt for the project.

  • Icon Project<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>

    How Good is Icon Project?

    Looking at Icon Project's last three starts, her only races on dirt in an 11-race career, one can only wonder just how special this 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker is.

  • Zensational in the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Stakes at Del Mar.<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%3D8461205%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zensational to Hill 'n' Dale Upon Retirement

    Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Sept. 30 that multiple grade I winner Zensational, will stand stud duty at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale near Lexington upon his retirement from racing.

  • Mine That Bird breezes over the Santa Anita track in preparation for the Goodward Stakes on Oct. 10.

    Mine That Bird Drills for Goodwood Stakes

    Mine That Bird, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), registered his first workout at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29 when he drilled five furlongs under Joe Talamo in 1:01.80 in preparation for the $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 10.

  • Study: Single EHV-1 Mutation Can Cause Lethal Neurologic Disease

    <P>A single mutation in the genome of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was "necessary and sufficient" to cause neurologic disease in horses in a new study, reported Cornell University researchers. <P>All strains of EHV-1 can cause respiratory disease and abortion, but only a subset of EHV-1 strains can cause neurologic disease said Nikolaus Osterrieder, DVM...

  • Nearly 100 Thoroughbreds Placed through Maryland Group this Year

    <P>Maryland's Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Inc. (TPR)&nbsp;is a 501(c)(3) charity that was created by Thoroughbred horsemen for Thoroughbred horsemen as a way to retire former racehorses. Last year TPR placed over 150 horses. This year, they are well on their way to meeting and possibly exceeding that number as they are quickly approaching 100 and i...