Headlines for Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Hong Kong Cup Day: Anthony Cruz

    Hong Kong trainer Anthony Cruz has Pure Champion in the Hong Kong Mile and California Memory in the Hong Kong Cup.

  • Lucky Nine not so lucky in drawing post 12 in Hong Kong Sprint

    Connections, guests and media gathered at the Sha Tin Racecourse parade ring for Thursday morning's Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) barrier draw ceremony and the event, never short of drama, produced the usual delight, resignation and stoic disappointment.

  • Pulpit dead at 18

    Top sire Pulpit died in his paddock at Claiborne Farm earlier Thursday, according to an announcement made by farm manager Bradley Purcell. The 18-year-old stallion had shown no signs of ill health in the weeks and days prior to his death.

  • Hong Kong hopefuls put in final moves

    After the soaking rain of the past week, Sha Tin stood radiant beneath sun drenched blue skies Thursday morning as the candidates for Sunday's Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) stepped out for exercise.

  • Larry Collmus

    Botty, Collmus Win New England Awards

    John Botty and Larry Collmus and others will be honored by the New England Turf Writers Association. The New England horse of the year will be revealed during the association's award dinner in July.

  • Home Journey is a perfect 2 for 2 in her young career.

    Unbeaten Home Journey Heads Soviet Problem

    Home Journey, who has won her first two starts by a combined margin of nearly 10 lengths, will try to stay perfect in the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Dec. 9 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • King Henny won the Clever Trevor Stakes last month.

    King Henny Draws Outside in Springboard Mile

    King Henny, winner of the Clever Trevor Stakes last month, drew the far outside post in a maximum field of 12 juveniles entered in the $300,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes Dec. 9 at Remington Park.

  • Populist Politics is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes.

    LA Champions Day: Populist Politics At Last?

    Populist Politics could emerge as the new state-bred ruler at Fair Grounds Dec. 8 when he takes on 10 other runners in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, main event of eight restricted stakes in New Orleans.

  • Populist Politics heads Louisiana Champions Day Classic

    Populist Politics and Get in Da House are set to match strides in the 22nd running of Fair Grounds' $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lcdclassic12.html">Louisiana Champions Day Classic</a>, the main event of eight Thoroughbred stakes races restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds Saturday in the Crescent City.

  • Tattersalls Wraps Up Steady Mare Sale

    Although average was down 17.8% to 57,654 guineas ($97,448), a higher total number of horses sold helped the four-day Tattersalls December Mare sale deliver aggregate numbers comparable to last year.

  • Pletcher plots course for top juveniles

    Todd Pletcher finds himself in familiar territory as the 2013 season fast approaches, juggling training and racing schedules to optimize the Triple Crown prospects of his most promising two-year-olds. Gulfstream Park's defending nine-time training champion has a deep arsenal at his disposal, saddling the winners of a staggering 57 races for juveniles (33 percent win) so far this year.

  • Ryan Book Award Entries Being Taken

    Castleton Lyons announced entries are being taken for the seventh annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, a competition recognizing excellence in writing in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Castleton Lyons now accepting entries for Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

    Castleton Lyons will again be sponsoring the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, a competition recognizing excellence in writing in the Thoroughbred industry, and entries are now being taken for the seventh annual award. The award, which comes with a $10,000 winner's prize and a Tipperary Crystal trophy, is named for the late Castleton Lyons owner Dr. Tony Ryan, whose twin passions for great writing and quality horse racing led to his launch of the competition in 2006.

  • Overdriven

    Overdriven Retired, to Stand at Ocala Stud

    Repole Stable's Overdriven, an undefeated 2-year-old in 2011 and dominant winner of the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2013 breeding season at Ocala Stud.

  • Integrity Push Continues Despite Obstacles

    Racing jurisdictions and racetracks are making some headway on tightening the screws on integrity in the sport, though one official Dec. 6 described it as a "minefield" due to legal issues and court fights.

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    Little Mike, Dullahan to Point to Dubai

    Carlo Vaccarezza, owner and breeder of Little Mike, said the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner will be pointed to the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) March 30 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • HSUS Launches Safe Stalls Horse Rescue Network

    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is launching a new program to help horses rescued from cruelty and neglect cases or natural disasters. The HSUS&#39; Safe Stalls Horse Rescue Network will be a nationwide system of horse rescue groups, equine professionals and enthusiasts who can provide emergency care and shelter to horses in need.

  • Cirrus Des Aigles

    Fields Set for Hong Kong International Races

    The Dec. 6 barrier draw provided a little added intrigue for the Longines Hong Kong International races, particularly in the $2.8 million Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), where top-rated Cirrus des Aigles drew well.