Headlines for Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • CHRB Eyes Licensing of Stronach Companies

    A proposal by Frank Stronach to publicly offer shares in six racing companies, each with a 20-horse stable, can legally conduct business in California, a staff report for the state's horse racing board concludes.

  • Kentucky Senate Kills Gambling Amendment

    A measure authorizing a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling in Kentucky was defeated by the state Senate on a 21-16 vote the afternoon of Feb. 23. One senator was absent.

  • Musketier

    10YO Musketier Back for Mac Diarmida Stakes

    A six-time group/graded stakes winner and a veteran of 44 career starts, 10-year-old Musketier returns for yet another season when he opens up his 2012 campaign in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 26.

  • Union Rags makes his 2012 debut in the Fountain of Youth 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%3D9635918%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Union Rags Takes on Pletcher Duo in FOY

    The high-anticipated 3-year-old race pits the current Derby favorite, Union Rags, against two undefeated and top-class horses from the barn of leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Algorithms and Discreet Dancer.

  • Three Stallions Among Barn Fire Victims

    Officials at the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association confirmed that Campbell Stables stallions War Image, Valid Trefaire, and Fire Blitz were among the horses that died in a Southern Michigan barn fire.

  • Sondra Bender

    Prominent Maryland Owner Sondra Bender Dies

    Sondra Bender, a prominent Maryland breeder/owner, died Feb. 23 after a battle with uterine cancer. A resident of Bethesda, Md., she was 78. Her survivors include her husband, Howard, who operates Glade Valley Farm.

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    Motor City Moves 5 Furlongs at Palm Meadows

    Motor City, a 3-year-old son of Street Sense and winner of last fall's Iroquois Stakes (gr. II), worked five furlongs in 1:01.88 at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 23. The bullet at the trip was recorded by Dialed In.

  • Gulfstream's Graded Stakes to Air on HRRN

    Horse Racing Radio Network will be on site at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., to provide exclusive live coverage of five graded stakes over the Feb. 25-26 weekend.

  • Duke of Mischief takes to the turf in the Tampa Bay Stakes.

    Tampa Bay Stakes: Duke of Mischief Tries Turf

    Duke of Mischief, a lifetime earner of more than $1.7 million who has been soundly defeated in his past three starts, tries the turf in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 25 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • The State of Stem Cells for Equine Joint Disease (AAEP 2011)

    Severe joint injuries can be career-ending for horses, but veterinarians have been using regenerative medicine routinely—specifically, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)—to address these injuries in their practices, determining optimal approaches. At the 2011 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Nov. 18-22, in San An...