Headlines for Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Barretts Beats Rain With Under-Tack Preview

    Moving the under-tack preview forward a day to dodge wet weather paid off for the Barretts Sales & Racing March 2-year-old select sale. A nice crowd of prospective buyers was on hand Feb. 27 to witness 104 horses breeze.

  • Candy Kitty <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3007805164&k=7s3t6RR">Order This Photo</a>

    Candy Kitty Seeks Third Straight Stakes Win

    Leading Gulfstream Park trainer Todd Pletcher saddles top-weighted Candy Kitty for the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT), one of nine sophomore fillies set to contest the 1 1/8-mile turf event March 2.

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    Massachusetts Slots License to Penn National

    The struggling Massachusetts harness racing industry received a huge boost Feb. 27 when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission selected Penn National Gaming proposal to build a slots parlor at Plainridge Race Course.

  • NY Gaming Commision Head Nearly Confirmed

    The New York state Senate next week is poised to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo's choice for the new head of the state Gaming Commission, the powerful regulatory agency that oversees racetrack and casino operations.

  • PNGI, Horsemen Have Agreement on Ohio Track

    Penn National Gaming Inc. and the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have reached an agreement in regard to the under-construction Youngstown-area racetrack that will replace Beulah Park.

  • Dubday Stays Unbeaten in Qatar

    Dubday is still undefeated in Qatar after taking the $550,000 H.H. the Emir's International Trophy Feb. 27 at Al Rayyan Racecourse in Doha.

  • That Handicapping Show: Gotham Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the talented field of the Gotham Stakes. A Kentucky Derby points race with serious contenders, including a rematch of Uncle Sigh and Samraat. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Gotham Stakes.

  • Deadline Nears for Florida Dates Conflict

    The clock is ticking toward the final day for Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course to reach an agreement that would prevent another bruising 12 months of head-to-head racing.

  • 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-139/29213460_Rcqkd4#!i=2493507617&k=b9hVvb3">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby and Oaks Bright Spots for Churchill

    Once again, the success of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks were the rare brights spots within the racing sector when Churchill Downs Inc. reported record revenues for 2013.

  • Aqueduct to Change Post Time

    Beginning March 6, Aqueduct Racetrack will have a first-race post time of 1:20 p.m. The post time will remain in effect for the remainder of the meet, which ends April 27.

  • New Year's Day<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile/33149927_s6DS8h#!i=2888276843&k=2zVHq8g">Order This Photo</a>

    Wests to Offer Breeders' Bonuses

    Prominent Thoroughbred owners Gary and Mary West have agreed to offer up to $2.5 million in breeders' bonuses for their grade I-winning stallions New Year's Day and Power Broker.

  • Supporting Cast May Overshadow Stars

    Samraat, Uncle Sigh, and Havana are among the box-office stars entered to race in this week's Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and Swale Stakes (gr. II). But could they be overshadowed by the supporting cast?

  • Downey: New York Big Two Back in Gotham

    Two horses have dominated the New York scene this winter, and now they look to validate their form against new blood in the Gotham Stakes.