Headlines for Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Hangin' With Haskin: Profile in Courage

    Forget the heartbreaking defeats in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, and the promising careers cut short. The Zayat family will always remember 2012 as the year of Paynter.

  • Uncaptured brings perfect mark into Grey

    Uncaptured will put his unbeaten record on the line against six rivals in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/grey12">Grey Stakes</a> at Woodbine. An impressive 3 1/4-length winner of the September 9 Swynford Stakes in his last outing, the Mark Casse trainee will make his first start at two turns as he preps for a possible start in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Regular rider Patrick Husbands will be up on the dark bay son of Lion Heart.

  • Mandella Ponders Breeders' Cup for Beholder

    Beholder, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Henny Hughes, demolished a first-condition allowance field at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4 by 11 lengths and had trainer Richard Mandella pondering a follow-up in the Breeders' Cup.

  • Aruna won the 2011 Spinster for trainer Graham Motion under jockey Ramon Dominguez.

    Aruna Primed for Juddmonte Spinster Defense

    Flaxman Holdings' Aruna seeks back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 6, facing 12 rivals as she attempts to become just the fourth horse to accomplish the feat.

  • Uncaptured is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine this year.

    Unbeaten Uncaptured Gets Route Test in Grey

    Undefeated in four starts at Woodbine this year including three stakes scores, Uncaptured is a clear standout against six juvenile opponents for the $200,000 Grey Stakes (Can-III) at the Toronto track Oct. 7.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Groupie Doll faces 7 in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.

    Groupie Doll Streaks into TCA

    Groupie Doll, a winner of three straight graded stakes by a combined 14 lengths, headlines Keeneland's $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 6.

  • Tiz Miz Sue chases first Grade 1 win in Spinster

    Tiz Miz Sue has been keeping company this summer with the top fillies on the East Coast, but when she arrived at Keeneland Wednesday morning for Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/spinster12.html"> Spinster</a> after vanning from Monmouth Park, there was no Royal Delta or Love and Pride in sight.

  • Brown Almighty won the Sunny&#39;s Halo Stakes on August 4.

    Brown Almighty in Bourbon Mix

    Freshman sire Big Brown's first stakes winner, Brown Almighty, will try to secure the first graded win of his young career in the Bourbon Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland oct. 7.

  • Cirrus des Aigles

    Cirrus des Aigles Kicks Off Arc Weekend

    Longchamp will offer 15 races over two days Oct. 6-7, including Europe's premier middle-distance test, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), during France's marquee racing weekend.

  • Obviously and Mr. Commons finished a nose apart in the Del Mar Mile Handicap.

    Obviously, Mr. Commons Back for Arroyo Seco

    Irish-bred Obviously, a nose better than Mr. Commons in the Del Mar Mile Handicap, is the likely favorite once again in the Arroyo Seco Mile (gr. IIT) as he goes for his third straight win on the turf Oct. 6 at Santa Anita.

  • Keeneland Steps Away From KEEP Membership

    Keeneland has dropped out of the Kentucky Equine Education Project but intends to continue working with the organization and others to further Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the state.

  • Cal Nation

    Cal Nation to Stand at Merryland Farm

    Kentucky's WinStar Farm and Maryland's Country Life Farm (owned by Josh and Mike Pons) have reached a co-ownership agreement to stand WinStar's homebred colt Cal Nation at the Pons' Merryland Farm near Hydes, Md., in 2013.

  • Ben&#39;s Cat won the 2011 Maryland Million Turf Sprint by a length.

    Ben's Cat Chases Maryland Million History

    Ben's Cat looks to become the fourth horse to win a Maryland Million race three consecutive years when he faces nine rivals in the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint at Laurel Park Oct. 6.

  • THS: Dixiana Breeders' Futurity

    Tom and Pete handicap the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity. Listen to Tom and Pete in the new Exotic Bets Podcast Series: The Basics, with a free take-away.

  • EIPH and Furosemide Use in Racehorses Explained

    One of the most controversial topics in Thoroughbred racing today is the race-day use of furosemide (commonly called Salix or Lasix). The drug is used to lessen the effects of a respiratory condition called exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), characterized by bleeding into the lungs or out the nose during exercise. In the midst of rumor and fact...