Headlines for Tuesday, January 5, 2010

  • Kentucky Equine Research Projects Approved

    Six equine research projects totaling nearly $400,000 over a two-year period have been approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission following a recommendation from the Equine Drug Research Council.

  • Clutch Player Dead of Pneumonia

    Clutch Player, who broke his maiden last month in his first start and was considered a possible prospect for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), died Jan. 4 of pneumonia, Daily Racing Form reported.

  • NYRA: Toss Out NYCOTB Bankruptcy Petition

    The recent bankruptcy petition by the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. should be tossed out of federal court, the New York Racing Association argues in a lengthy legal brief filed Jan. 4 in Manhattan.

  • Lava Man faded late and finished last in the San Gabriel at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Retired After Brief Comeback

    Lava Man, who returned to racing after a more than 17-month layoff only to finish last in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, has been retired after his failed comeback attempt.

  • Ghostzapper

    Ghostzapper's Fee Reduced to $30,000

    Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has had his 2010 fee reduced to $30,000 from the previously announced $50,000.

  • Free Report: New Stallions for 2010

    Featuring more than 40 new sires for 2010. Excerpted from the pages of The Blood-Horse magazine, this special report includes a brief bio for each stallion, their 2010 stud fee, and where they're standing.

  • Leading Sires of 2009: Medaglia d'Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro, leading second-crop sire of 2009, at Darley with commentary by Darley COO Oliver Tait. Sire of superstar Rachel Alexandra and nine other stakes winners for the year.

  • Leading Sires of 2009: Medaglia d'Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro, leading second-crop sire of 2009, at Darley with commentary by Darley COO Oliver Tait. Sire of superstar Rachel Alexandra and nine other stakes winners for the year. Started his career at Hill 'n' Dale Farms, moved to Stonewall Stallions in 2006, and to Darley in June, 2009.

  • The Jockey Club Renews Retirement Program

    The Jockey Club is once again offering owners and breeders the opportunity to contribute, through a voluntary checkoff program, to Thoroughbred aftercare programs at the time they register their foals in 2010.

  • Britain's 'Racing for Change' Effort Unveiled

    The long-awaited first initiatives from the Britain's much-debated Racing For Change program that were announced Jan. 5 are small steps toward making racing more understandable and fun, according to organizers.

  • Cold Weather Horse Care Review

    Winter has an icy grip on most of the United States, and with even sunny Florida facing record freezing temperatures, horse owners across the country need to keep a close eye on their herds to prevent cold-weather related ailments.

  • Winter Hoof Care Tips

    Winter's snow, ice, and mud can present hoof care challenges for horse owners. Bryan Fraley, DVM, whose Fraley and Taydus Equine Podiatry service is associated with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, offers a few tips to help keep your horse sound and healthy: