Headlines for Friday, September 21, 2012

  • CHRB Seeks Answer for Mistaken Pick 5 Payoff

    The California Horse Racing Board is following up on a discrepancy in the payoff for a Sept. 16 Pick 5 payout from Fairplex Park to make sure that no bettors were shorted as the result of takeout computation errors.

  • Paynter could race again

    Owner Ahmed Zayat is holding out hope that his star colt Paynter, who has waged a terrific battle against the twin evils of colitis and laminitis, could actually make it back to the races.

  • Nine-year-old veteran Awesome Gem retired

    West Point Thoroughbreds announced the retirement of its nine-year-old warrior <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/awesomegem.pdf"> Awesome Gem</a> on Friday. A well-traveled Grade 1 winner, all-surface performer, and earner of more than $2.8 million, the Awesome Again gelding remarkably won or placed in at least one graded stakes in each of his seven seasons of racing.

  • Pletcher choosing spots for top runners

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said he wants to survey weekend workouts before he plots paths for many of his Belmont graded stakes contenders, but did confirm four-year-olds San Pablo and Stay Thirsty for the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles on September 29.

  • Trailblazer to represent Japan in BC Turf

    <a target="_blank" href="http://japanracing.jp/_news2012/120919.html"> Japanracing.jp reports</a> that the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Trailblazer is currently in Southern California in preparation for his scheduled run in the Grade 2 Arroyo Seco Mile (formerly known as the Oak Tree Mile) on October 6. Trailblazer, a son of Zenno Rob Roy, is aimed ultimately for the November 3 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

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    Awesome Feather On Go for Ladies' Classic

    Undefeated champion Awesome Feather returned from her victory in the Sept. 20 Nasty Storm stakes in fine condition, reported trainer Chad Brown, and will train up to the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita.

  • Awesome Gem

    Awesome Gem Retired

    Grade I winner and multi-millionaire Awesome Gem has been retired from racing. The 9-year-old son of Awesome Again was scheduled to run in the Sept. 23 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Handicap at Fairplex.

  • Hollywood stakes schedule worth $3.8 million

    The Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity, an annual stop for future Triple Crown contenders, will once again be the most lucrative event on the stakes calendar for the 2012 Autumn meet at Hollywood Park.

  • Changes Made to Grand National Course

    Mounting concerns over the safety of England's Grand National steeplechase have forced organizers to make modifications to the course following a review of the world's most grueling race after two horses died this year.

  • Factors Complicating Return to Work after Colic Surgery

    It&#39;s one of every horse owner&#39;s worst nightmares--a case of colic that progresses into emergency surgery. Among the many other questions swirling in an owner&#39;s mind before colic surgery might be whether their horse will recover well enough to return to work when the ordeal is over. Researchers at North Carolina State University&#39;s (NCSU) Co...