Headlines for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Haskin: Mandy and the Greats Part 2

    By popular demand (lol) and a few specific requests, I am posting another batch of photos of Mandy and some of the great horses she has met over the years. Hope you enjoy. Next week it is back to Countdown to the Cup.

  • Amazombie takes on 6 in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Amazombie Ramps Up Cup Push at Santa Anita

    California-bred Amazombie will defend his title against six other top sprinters in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) against six opponents in a race formerly known as the Ancient Title Oct. 6.

  • Pletcher holds strong hand in Champagne, Frizette

    Shanghai Bobby will look to continue his dominance of the East Coast juvenile division on Saturday while taking on some familiar faces as well as a few newcomers in the Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/champagne12.html"> Champagne</a> at Belmont Park. The Harlan's Holiday colt brings a perfect three-for-three mark into the one-mile contest, and will try to use the race as a springboard to Breeders' Cup Juvenile glory and year-end championship honors.

  • Full field set for Breeders' Futurity; Groupie Doll highlights TCA

    Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/breedersfuturity12"> Breeders' Futurity </a>at Keeneland came up very contentious. The 1 1/16-mile event on Polytrack has attracted an overflow of 16 two-year-olds, but only 14 will be allowed to start and favoritism could fall to Pataky Kid following his victory in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. Other legitimate contenders include Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes winner Balance the Books; Grade 2 Summer runner-up Are You Kidding Me; Sunday Silence Stakes victor Java's War; and Tizracer, a recent 10 1/2-length maiden scorer for Todd Pletcher.

  • Wise Dan faces 11 in Shadwell; Daisy Devine seeks sweep in First Lady

    Wise Dan is unquestionably one of America's best turf horses, posting impressive victories in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap in his last two starts, and the talented gelding looks poised to make a serious assault upon the November 3 Breeders' Cup Mile. He will receive his final tune-up in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/shadwellturfmile12"> Shadwell Turf Mile</a>, one of five graded stakes races on a strong Keeneland program.

  • Dreaming of Julia won the Meadow Star by 16 1/4 lengths on Sept. 9.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2127202662&amp;k=P2fgqsf&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Dreaming of Julia to Test Talents in Frizette

    Stonestreet Stable's homebred prodigy runner Dreaming of Julia will have the opportunity to show her talents at the grade I level when the juvenile filly faces six others in the Oct. 6 Frizette at Belmont Park.

  • Wide Impact Seen from Calder Stall Rent Plan

    A plan to start charging rent for stalls during the non-racing season at Calder is leading to concerns among horsemen that some owners might permanently ship horses out of Florida and that some smaller stables could close.

  • Bourbon Courage won the Super Derby by 5 lengths on Sept. 8.

    Bourbon Courage Solid Pick in Indiana Derby

    Grade II winner Bourbon Courage proved an easy winner last time out in the Super Derby (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles. Now, the 3-year-old son of Lion Heart is being asked to shorten up to 1 1/16 miles in the Indiana Derby.

  • Wise Dan faces 11 in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

    Wise Dan Runs Back in Shadwell Turf Mile

    Morton Fink's Woodbine Mile winner Wise Dan is the star attraction of a power-packed $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 6 at Keeneland, where he'll take on 11 other starters 20 days after his most recent score.

  • Fed Biz, Grace Hall face competitive fields at Hoosier

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who enjoyed success in the Grade 2 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indderby12">Indiana Derby</a> two years ago with eventual three-year-old champion Lookin at Lucky, will seek to land Saturday's $500,000 renewal at Hoosier Park with the highly-regarded Fed Biz. The Corinthian colt had better bring his running shoes with him from Southern California as the 1 1/16-mile heat has attracted a deep, attractive field of 12.

  • Balance the Books and Joha finished a head apart in the With Anticipation.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2057483270&amp;k=mghhpNf&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Draws 16 Hopefuls

    Pataky Kid, winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), heads a field of 14 runners in the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Oct. 6 over Keeneland's Polytrack going 1 1/16 miles.

  • Alternation faces six in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    Alternation outbroke the rest of the older male division this year when capturing his first four starts. After falling behind the pack over the summer, the Pin Oak homebred will try and re-rally to catch up with the rest of the divisional heavyweights beginning with Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/hawgc12">Hawthorne Gold Cup</a>. The 1 1/4-mile test serves as Alternation's final tune-up for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Wine Princess won the Monmouth Oaks on August 11.

    Indiana Oaks Features Four Graded Winners

    Becky Winemiller's Wine Princess, whose sire and dam were both voted Horse of the Year, will try for consecutive graded stakes triumphs when she faces eight other 3-year-old fillies in the Indiana Oaks (gr. II).

  • And They're Off: Octoberfest Edition

    Steve and Lenny examine the BC Ladies' Classic, Juvenile Fillies, I'll Have Another, Aqueduct and the Illinois Derby. Plus a list of the top 10 things Churchill will do if it take's over NYRA. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • And They're Off: Octoberfest Edition

    Steve and Lenny examine the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, Juvenile Fillies, I'll Have Another, Aqueduct and the Illinois Derby. Plus a list of the top 10 things Churchill will do if it take's over NYRA. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Mobile Ontrack Wagering Begins to Take Root

    Racetracks are beginning to implement mobile wagering at their facilities with positive results, but officials said Oct. 3 they don't expect it to chase away tote machines and advance deposit wagering systems.

  • Paynter

    Paynter Pulls Through Surgery

    Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center removed a 15-inch external growth from the intestines of Haskell Invitational winner Paynter, owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Oct. 3.

  • Ascot announces Champions Day acceptors

    The countdown to the second British Champions Day at Ascot on October 20 is now in full swing and the sense of anticipation ahead of British racing's richest day of the year steps up a gear Wednesday with the publication of the latest acceptors for the championship finales in each of the five categories of the British Champions Series.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

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  • Effect of Restricted Grazing on Hindgut pH and Fluid Balance

    Horse owners utilize many management practices to limit calorie intake for obese horses, including restricting pasture access via a grazing muzzle. However, research has shown that horses often increase pasture intake when returned to an unrestricted situation. Drastic changes in grain intake are known to cause digestive upsets, particularly in the hindgu...