Headlines for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

  • Twirling Candy faces 7 in the Strub.<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%3D9346087%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Strub Pick Twirling Candy Aims for Big 'Cap

    Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner Twirling Candy and Indian Firewater, who captured the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) three weeks later, meet for the first time in the $200,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 5.

  • NY Lawmaker Criticizes Indian Casino Compact

    New York State will lose money and the racing industry severely dented if the go-ahead is given to a Wisconsin Indian tribe to build a casino in the Catskills resort region, a top Democratic lawmaker said Feb. 2.

  • Dialed In

    Derby Threat: Dialed In

    Mineshaft colt is a flashy two-for-two, but how far will his pedigree take him? A TrueNicks pedigree profile.

  • Undefeated Turbulent Descent tries dirt in the Las Virgenes 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%3D9323548%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Turbulent Descent Tries Dirt in Las Virgenes

    Undefeated Turbulent Descent, one of the leading 2-year-old fillies in the nation last year, will race on dirt for the first time in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Feb. 5.

  • Battle of Hastings is the 120-pound high weight in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

    Pace May Favor Battle of Hastings in GP Turf

    Little Mike and Twilight Meteor each wired their respective fields at big odds last out, but neither figures to be favored for the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 5 when a well-balanced group of eight lines up.

  • Pomeroys Pistol<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%3D9388346%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pomeroys Pistol Fires for Young Sire

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Sophomore Pomeroys Pistol gives her young sire a first graded-winning progeny. The filly's pedigree represents multiple generations of crossing Northern Dancer with Mr. Prospector.

  • Fly Down makes his 2011 debut in the Donn.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8950311%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Fly Down, Morning Line Top Loaded Donn 'Cap

    Nick Zito trainees Fly Down and Morning Line, both thought to be among the top handicap horses in 2011, could wind up as the top two choices in a star-studded Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park.

  • PNGI Purchase of Rosecroft in Maryland Upheld

    A U.S. District Court judge in Maryland Feb. 2 upheld the purchase of shuttered Rosecroft Raceway by Penn National Gaming Inc., which operates a casino in the state and owns 49% of the Maryland Jockey Club.

  • KY Again Puts Off Licensing Houghton

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has once again put off granting a license to jockey Terry Houghton, who was caught up in, but never charged, an investigation into irregular betting patterns in 2006.

  • Meydan

    Nine Square Off in Maktoum Challenge Round 2

    Al Shemali, the upset winner of the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-IT) last year, is set to make his seasonal debut in the $200,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2-Sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-III) at Meydan Race Course Feb. 3.

  • Crowded House

    Eye in Dubai: Feb. 1

    Interaction, Argentina's Horse of the Year ready for Dubai debut Feb. 3 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round II (UAE-III).

  • 'Militant' Horsemen Eye Suffolk Alternative

    While the New England HBPA and Suffolk Downs remain at a bitter impasse over a contract for live racing in 2011, the attorney for the horsemen said Feb. 1 he is looking into options to race elsewhere.

  • Vaccine for Rhodococcus equi to be Tested in Germany

    A vaccine for Rhodococcus equi, the common bacteria that affects foals, often causing severe infections, pneumonia, and sometimes death, is in the final stages of development. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health (ISPAH) said on Jan. 27 that a candidate vaccine for R. equi would be tested in a field trial in Germany in the near future.

  • Shock Wave Therapy Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

    At the Table Topic session on shock wave therapy during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., attendees briefly discussed equipment--in particular, focused shock wave equipment. Treatment protocols were discussed in general. Practitioners noted a difference between treating specific injuries versus mainten...

  • Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

    A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate, one deer, and one raccoon were found residing on the property.

  • Use and Abuse of Medications at Horse Shows (AAEP 2010)

    &quot;The use of medication in horses competing at equestrian events is a very polarizing topic,&quot; said Marjorie W. Miller, DVM, an equine veterinarian from Bradenton, Fla., with 20 years experience in performance horse practice.&quot;Some people believe that medication has no place in equestrian sports, and others believe that the judicious use of me...