Headlines for Thursday, February 4, 2010

  • Furthest Land was assigned 119 pounds for the San Antonio.<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%3D8511124%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Furthest Land Hopes to Atone in San Antonio

    Furthest Land, last as the 3-5 favorite a month ago in his first race since capturing the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), can make amends Feb. 7 in the $150,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II)at Santa Anita.

  • Musket Man makes his first start of 2010 in the Super Stakes Feb. 6 at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Musket Man Returns in Super Stakes at Tampa

    Musket Man, winner of the 2009 Tampa Bay Derby and Illinois Derby, and third place finisher in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will make his first start of the season in the $75,000 Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs

  • Petition Submitted on Maryland Slots Project

    A coalition of Maryland petitioners have submitted 23,702 signatures to the Anne Arundel Board of Elections Feb. 4 in support of a referendum to allow citizens to vote on whether to permit the casino at Arundel Mills Mall.

  • 2009 Louisiana Premier Night Championship winner Star Guitar is back again in 2010.

    Star Guitar Headlines Delta's Premier Night

    Lousiana-bred standout Star Guitar, on a five-race roll for Albert Stall Jr., has nine rivals in his way in the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship, the headline race on a million-dollar card at Delta Downs Feb. 6.

  • THS: Robert Lewis & Donn

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of brisnet/Twinspires.com preview the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) and the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Plus, quick picks for the Gulfstream Park Turf and the Hallandale Beach.

  • THS: Robert Lewis Stakes & Donn Handicap

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of brisnet/Twinspires.com preview the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) and the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Plus, quick picks for the Gulfstream Park Turf and the Hallandale Beach. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

  • Interactif will make his 3-year-old debut in the 1 1/16-mile Hallandale Beach.<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%3D8457915%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Hopeful Interactif Begins 2010 on Turf

    Todd Pletcher is hoping Interactif will show enough in the coming months to merit a trip to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but for now, he will keep his charge on turf in the Hallandale Beach Stakes Feb. 7 at Gulfsteam.

  • Hangin' With Haskin: Apple Blossom Time

    Oaklawn Park made all the right moves with their big Apple Blossom announcement. They put up the money, the changed the distance, and in short they dangled one heckuva carrot in front of Jess Jackson and Jerry and Ann Moss.

  • New Blog: Beyond The Blinkers

    This blog will take a look at some of my behind-the-scenes experiences while working in the Thoroughbred industry, and it will also include some of the rescue stories and triumphs in racing that often get lost in the shuffle.

  • Gill Horses a Hot Commodity at Penn National?

    In another development in the ejection of Thoroughbred owner Michael Gill from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, horsemen on the grounds are said to be buying Gill's horses even though they've been called a risk.

  • Senator Damon Thayer

    Will KY Poll Aid Bill on Expanded Gambling?

    A poll indicating strong support for racetrack video lottery terminals -- and even stronger support for a constitutional amendment on the issue -- generated plenty of talk among Kentucky legislators Feb. 3.

  • Hammer Time: Clubbing With Fasig-Tipton

    Fasig-Tipton is a sale company, but it's going racing in an effort to attract new participants for the Thoroughbred business. It's a good idea, and in the long run, it won't just benefit Fasig-Tipton.

  • Birthday Boy Tiz Chrome Pick in Lewis

    Saturday, Feb. 6, is the third anniversary of Tiz Chrome's foal date, and connections may very well have a birthday party in the winner's circle of the grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

  • Ahmed Zayat

    Zayat Creditors: Trainers, Farms, Keeneland

    The Feb. 3 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Zayat Stables shows that Keeneland sales company, a handful of trainers across the country, and breeding farms are among the creditors of Ahmed Zayat's racing operation.

  • Horse Hoof Trimming Guidelines (AAEP 2009)

    One of the biggest troubles with discussing horse hoof trimming and balance is that when it comes to hoof balance, there isn't a set definition. This makes it challenging for everyone to achieve a balanced foot. At the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nev., one practitioner discussed guidelines ...