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  • 150th Running of Queen's Plate in 2009

    The 150th edition of the Queen's Plate (Can-I) on June 21 is one of the highlights of the 2009 stakles schedule at Woodbine Racecourse in Canada. The stakes schedule released Feb. 6 includes 103 races with purses of more than Can$22 million.

  • The animal-rights group PETA is pushing for reform at 2-year-olds in training sales.

    Do Juvenile Sale Work Surfaces Matter?

    DataTrack International, a company that that quantifies speed, stride length, and motion analysis at juvenile auctions, recently announced the results of a study of sale 2-year-olds that looked at the types of surfaces over which the horses were breezed during under tack shows and then followed how they performed in races over synthetic and dirt tracks.

  • Is Bittel Road capable of upsetting the Robert B. Lewis Stakes?

    Saturday 3YO Stakes: What to Look For

    We have an interesting assortment of 3-year-old stakes this weekend, even though the Whirlaway and WEBN Stakes came up pretty thin. Will the Derby winner be in the Robert Lewis (gr. III) or Risen Star (gr. III)? We could have a much better idea once certain questions are answered.

  • Magic Millions Adjusts Commission Rates

    Officials of Magic Millions, an Australia-based auction firm, announced a new commission structure for the national weanling and broodmare sales. The weanling auction is scheduled for May 25-29, and the broodmare sale will be held June 1-5.

  • Issues Delaying VLT Casino at Aqueduct

    The company selected to operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct said there are a host of unresolved issues, including restructuring its financing deal, before it can close on a final agreement with the state of New York to begin construction on the long-delayed facility.

  • Big Brown at Three Chimneys<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%3D6609293%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stardom Bound Booked to Big Brown

    Big Brown, last year's 3-year-old champion male, is scheduled to cover a number of prominent mares this year at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Mates beyond this year will include champion Stardom Bound following her retirement from racing.

  • TRA Adopts Protocol for Past-Posting

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol that establishes industry-wide procedures for tracks to follow in case betting fails to close promptly at the start of a race -- something commonly referred to as "past-posting."

  • Storm Cat

    First From Storm Cat's Final Crop Foaled

    The first of only three possible foals from legendary sire Storm Cat's last crop was foaled Feb. 3. The bay filly out of Earle I. Mack's mare Western Princess was foaled at Denali Stud near Lexington.

  • Tiago takes on 10 rivals in the San Antonio Handicap.<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%3D1729429%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tiago, Well Armed Clash in San Antonio

    Tiago makes his first start since he rallied from far back for a third-place finish in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he takes on 10 rivals in the $200,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 8.

  • That Handicapping Show: Risen Star

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the Risen Star (gr. III) at Fair Grounds on Saturday, February 7. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 3 at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

  • Arch Colt Leads Way at Tattersalls

    Sky Gate, a 3-year-old son of Arch, brought 47,000 guineas to top the Tattersalls February mixed sale in England. Bloodstock agent Hugo Merry, acting on behalf of American trainer Marty Wolfson, purchased the bay colt.

  • Pimlico to Host Preakness Infieldfest

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced Feb. 5 it is redefining the infield experience on Preakness Day, May 16 with three rock performances.

  • PNGI 'Not Enthused' About Maryland Slots

    After absorbing a $378.6-million loss in 2008's fourth quarter alone, Penn National Gaming Inc. posted an annual loss of $153.3 million for the year, and said while it isn't "enthused" about developing a potential new slots facility in Maryland, it will pursue those plans.

  • Field Now 12 For Rescheduled WEBN

    The field for the rescheduled $50,000 WEBN Stakes Feb. 7 grew to 12 when entries were retaken, and additional early speed adds new possibilities to the mile contest for 3-year-olds.

  • That Handicapping Show: Risen Star

    Jason and Tom analyze the Risen Star (gr. III) at Fair Grounds on February 7. The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Race 3 at Fair Grounds.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play." as well as free Brisnet Past Performances of the Risen Star.

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #8 Hawthorne

    The Horseplayers Association of North America regularly rates the 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Hawthorne Race Course is #8.

  • Square Eddie, shown winning the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity <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%3D6182741%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie Sidelined With Sore Shin

    Paul Reddam's Square Eddie, winner of the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) and runner-up in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will be sidelined for about 30 days with a sore left shin, Reddam said Thursday.

  • Vineyard Haven, winner of the 2008 Hopeful Stakes, is training in Dubai. <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%3D5750072%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dubai Doings: 3-Year-Olds All On Target

    Midshipman and Vineyard Haven, the two leading juveniles of 2008, are both making excellent progress in Dubai and are nearing their 3-year-old debuts, said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford, who added that it's possible one of them will return to the U.S. to prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Patena is being pointed to the Louisiana Derby.

    Patena to La. Derby; Old Fashioned Works

    LeComte Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Patena, will make his first start for new majority owner IEAH Stables in the March 14 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), IEAH co-president Mike Iavarone said.

  • Haynesfield will try to extend his winning streak in the Whirlaway.<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%3D7300630%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Whirlaway: Haynesfield Goes For Another

    A winner of three consecutive races, Haynesfield looks to further establish himself as one of the top New York-based 3-year-olds when he takes on a short field in the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes Feb. 7 at Aqueduct.

  • Dogwood Stable Changes Marketing Policy

    Because of the current economic climate, Dogwood Stable has announced a 2009 marketing policy that will offer smaller ownership units, less markup, insistence on lower maintenance charges, and anticipated purchase prices of 60 to 70 cents on the dollar from previous years.

  • Jockey Angle in Risen Star

    Shaun Bridgmohan, who's been riding all three of the Steve Asmussen entries in the Risen Star--Dumar (Worth Watching), Soul Warrior (Worth Watching) and Uno Mas (Worth Watching)--has chosen to get on board Dumar, who's a 20-1 morning line.

  • Sir Beaufort Stakes winner Gio Ponti will carry high weight of 123 pounds in the Strub.<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%3D7226458%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti Can Build On Success in Strub

    Weather played an unexpected role when turf standout Gio Ponti won the Dec. 26 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. III), a race transferred from the grass to Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface. Given a freshening since then, he takes the next step on the main track in the $250,000 Strub (gr. II) Feb. 7.

  • Holy Bull winner Saratoga Sinner

    Porter on Pedigrees: Saratoga Holiday

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Holy Bull winner Saratoga Sinner is the first stakes winner from Harlan's Holiday's 2nd crop.

  • Champion Stardom Bound faces eight rivals in the Las Virgenes Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6471289%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Stardom Bound Faces 8 in Las Virgenes

    Stardom Bound, the juvenile filly champion of 2008, makes her 3-year-old debut Feb. 7 in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride racing surface.

  • Blue Grass winner Monba is back in action in the Thunder Road Handicap.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Monba, Yankee Bravo Set to Return

    Monba and Yankee Bravo, both prominent on last year's Triple Crown trail, will make their returns to the racetrack in the $100,000 Thunder Road Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita. However, Irish-bred Ferneley, a near-winner in consecutive graded stakes, could loom the largest in the one-mile turf event.

  • CashCall Futurity winner Pioneerof the Nile makes his 3-year old debut in the Lewis.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7146565%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Pioneerof the Nile Makes Sophomore Debut

    CashCall Futurity (gr. I) winner Pioneerof the Nile makes his eagerly-awaited 3-year-old debut and attempts to establish himself as one of the West Coast's top Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, as he faces eight sophomore rivals in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.

  • MEC Has Slots License Fee--With Caveat

    Magna Entertainment Corp. said Feb. 4 it has arranged to pay a $28.5-million licensing fee for slot machines -- but the money will be placed in an escrow account at a Maryland bank.

  • Handle Declines Slightly in January

    Pari-mutuel handle was down 1.56% in January compared with the same month in 2008, but the decline wasn't close to the 20.3% slip in handle in December 2008 versus a year earlier.

  • HANA's Top 10 Tracks: #9 Oaklawn Park

    The Horseplayers Association of North America has introduced this year a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Oaklawn Park is #9.

  • Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach

    National HBPA, Stronach Work on Charter

    Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach is advocating a charter for "horsemen's rights" and said his company, the largest in North America in terms of racetrack holdings, would work with horsemen to accomplish it.

  • I Want Revenge was a close second in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last December.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Mid-Week Melange

    Because the Top 30 list took up a great deal of Monday's column, we'll go double duty this week and catch up on some updates and ramblings and look at the Risen Star Stakes.

  • Trainer Vaders Loses Appeal in PA Court

    Jayne Vaders, the leading trainer at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack in 2007, lost her appeal Jan. 9 in Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for an indefinite ban from training due to multiple drug positives.

  • Christmas Past, shown winning the 1982 Coaching Club American Oaks.

    Champion Christmas Past Dead

    Christmas Past, a homebred champion filly for the late Cynthia Phipps, was euthanized Dec. 13 at age 29 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Laurel Slots Bid Called Into Question

    In a jaw-dropping revision, Maryland received requests for far fewer slot machines in five license proposals than previously thought, and two of the six bidders -- including Laurel Park owner Magna Entertainment Corp. -- failed to pay $22.5 million in required up-front fees, a state official said Feb. 3.

  • New Stallions Tour

    Click on the videos below to see more about the new stallions for 2009.

  • Churchill Trims Spring Stakes Schedule

    Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 spring meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). There will be 29 events with total purses of $7.575 million.

  • HANA's Top 10 Tracks: #10 Turfway Park

    The Horseplayers Association of North America has introduced this year a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Turfway Park is #10.

  • Grasshopper, who won the the 2008 Mineshaft, will try for a repeat in 2009.

    Familiar Faces Entered in Mineshaft

    A collection of familiar faces to Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots will line up Feb. 7 in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III), which is part of the six-stakes "Louisiana Derby Preview Day" card scheduled for the New Orleans-area track.

  • OBS March Sale Has 523 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) has cataloged 523 horses for its March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The number is up 13.7% from last year's total of 460.

  • Woodchopper winner Jimmy Simms should be the pacesetter in the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Back Class, Pace Figure in FG 'Cap

    The field that has passed the entry box for the Feb. 7 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) makes for an intriguing handicapping puzzle. The cast, which is about evenly split with horses making their first start off a layoff and those with some recent Fair Grounds experience, is long on back class, but a bit light on early pace.

  • Emerald Downs Open for Training

    Wasserman and The Great Face, the last two winners of the Longacres Mile (gr. III), were on the track Feb 2 as Emerald Downs opened for training in advance of the 2009 racing season.