Headlines for Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • Champion Gio Ponti faces 8 in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup.

    Dual Champion Gio Ponti Returns at Tampa Bay

    Gio Ponti, the 2009 Eclipse Award winner as older male and male turf horse, will make his first start of 2010 on Feb. 20 when he contests the $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/16 miles turf test for 4-year-olds and up.

  • 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Dancing in Silks faces Bob Black Jack in the San Carlos Handicap.

    Dancing in Silks, Bob Black Jack Set to Clash

    Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victor Dancing in Silks had his four-race winning streak halted in his first start of 2010. He'll try to bounce back in the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 20.

  • Courageous Cat makes his seasonal debut in the Canadian Turf.<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%3D8405422%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Turf Stakes Draw Strong Fields at Gulfstream

    While 3-year-olds take the spotlight at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20, a pair of grade III turf stakes for older horses, the Canadian Turf and the Honey Fox, shape up as outstanding supporting features with large fields.

  • Doubles Partner overtakes Lentenor at Gulfstream Park.<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%3D8799820%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lentenor Upset by Doubles Partner

    Lael Stable's Lentenor, the full brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, was upset by WinStar Farms' Doubles Partner in a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance at Gulfstream Park Feb. 17.

  • Papa Clem

    Come to Papa

    Though he was bred in Kentucky, Papa Clem is a Californian.

  • River Downs

    River Downs Seeking Shorter Racing Week

    River Downs, which anticipates further erosion of pari-mutuel revenue this year, has asked the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to consider a reduction in 2010 racing dates.

  • Vinery Launches Fantasy Stable Game

    Tom Simon, owner of Vinery Farms near Lexington and Summerfield, Fla., hopes to reward Thoroughbred racing's current fans as well as attract new horse players through a fantasy stable game entitled "DerbyDreamer.com."

  • Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner Super Saver

    Super Saver, Interactif Decisions Loom

    Todd Pletcher, who is loaded with several 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, said he will make decisions on a couple of his star 3-year-olds after their next works.

  • St Trinians is expected to tackle males in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Mare St Trinians Likely to Go in Big 'Cap

    St Trinians, impressive winner of the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 13, is expected to tackle males in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 6 instead of running against female champion Zenyatta a week later

  • Robert B. Lewis winner Caracortado<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%3D8792512%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Caracortado Puts New Indiana Stallion on Map

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />In a breakout race that put Caracortado on Derby watchers' radar, the Cal-bred also focuses attention on newly-transferred Cat Dreams, who stands in Indiana for the 2010 season.

  • Colt; Marcavelly - I&#39;m the Business

    Marcavelly Sires First Offspring

    The first reported foal by multiple graded stakes winner Marcavelly is a colt born Feb. 11 at John Burness' Colebrook Farms near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

  • Slides Choice, Ohio-bred Horse of the Year and 3-year-old female

    OTBO Announces 2009 Champions

    The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners will honor the 2009 state-bred Horse of the Year Ohio Horse of the Year and divisional champions at their Annual Awards Banquet to be held in May at River Downs.

  • Equine Influenza Vaccine Protocols: Boosters are Best

    &quot;Equine influenza virus remains the leading cause of viral respiratory disease in the horse,&quot; noted Justin D. McCormick, MS, DVM, of Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic in Salinas, Calif., during the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. &quot;Illness can cause serious setbacks in training, w...