Headlines for Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Awesome Gem to parade at Hollywood

    Awesome Gem, who earned the biggest win of his illustrious career in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup in 2010, will be paraded between races on November 24 at Hollywood Park.

  • Pool Play works as weights are released for Clark, Falls City

    Grade 1 winner Pool Play, eighth in the Breeders' Cup Classic in his last start, continued his preparations for next Friday's Grade 1 $400,000 Clark Handicap with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 3/5 over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Friday morning.

  • Pletcher barn active in Aqueduct holiday stakes

    Trainer Todd Pletcher appears to have a loaded hand for next week's Holidayfest, with possible starters in five of the six Thanksgiving Week graded stakes at Aqueduct.

  • Jersey Town readying for another Cigar Mile

    Trainer Barclay Tagg issued an upbeat bulletin Friday morning as Jersey Town prepares for the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap, one of six graded stakes that form Aqueduct's Holidayfest.

  • 'Ebby' cruises in debut

    Eric N. Kronfeld's homebred Eblouissante, a Bernardini half-sister to Horse of the Year and equine star Zenyatta, made her much anticipated debut in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eblouissantedebut11-16-12.pdf"> 4TH race</a> at Hollywood Park on Friday and, just like her big sis, flew home to score by 4 1/4 lengths on the wire.

  • Eclipse Award tickets available for purchase

    Tickets for the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards, which will feature the announcement of 2012 Horse of the Year, are now available for purchase. The Eclipse Awards will be held January 19 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

  • Ack Ack winner Neck &#39;n Neck is among those expected for the Clark.

    Weights Assigned for Clark, Falls City

    Game On Dude was named the 125-pound highweight for the $400,000-added Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 23, but is not expected to run. The likely highweight could be Shackleford.

  • My Wandy's Girl a candidate for Gazelle

    Puerto Rican import My Wandy's Girl, who won Thursday's Pentelis overnight stakes at Aqueduct in her mainland debut to extend her winning streak to nine, could make a nine-day turnaround to compete in the Grade 1 Gazelle on November 24, trainer Mike Hushion said on Friday.

  • Minnesota EHV-1: Two Horses in Stable Condition

    Two horses are in stable condition while being treated for neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at the University of Minnesota (UM) Large Animal Hospital, according to the treating clinician. Both animals--who reside at the same Wright County, Minn., farm--have tested positive for the virus since being admitted to the clinic this week. A third horse (t...

  • Big Sport of Turfdom Award to Romans

    The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced Friday that trainer Dale Romans has been chosen as the 2012 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom Award. The annual honor is bestowed upon a person or group of people who enhance coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.

  • Dale Romans

    Romans Big Sport of Turfdom Winner

    The Turf Publicists of America honored trainer Dale Romans with the Big Sport of Turfdom Award Nov. 16, an honor that recognizes Romans' efforts to work with media and turf publicists to promote the sport.

  • Thoroughbred Incentive Program Renewed

    The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program, which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, has been renewed for the 2013 show season.

  • New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge a Success

    New Vocations has received some exciting results from its 2012 Breeders' Cup Pledge, with more than 17 owners or partnership groups and five trainers committing a portion of their horses' Breeders' Cup earnings.

  • And They're Off: Ky Derby Edition

    Lenny and Steve live at Churchill Downs, including who looks good, D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert, an interview with Doug O'Neill, trainer of I'll Have Another, and Derby picks. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.