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  • Ohio Pushes Keno, Not Track Gaming

    Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has promised to add keno games to the Ohio Lottery to make up for a projected budget shortfall at the end of this fiscal year on June 30.

  • John Murtagh

    Murtagh is Coolmore's Main Jockey

    Jockey Johnny Murtagh is "really looking forward" to his new role as retained rider to the powerful triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith -- the main owners involved in the Coolmore breeding and trainer operation.

  • Curlin will make his first two starts of 2008 in Dubai.

    Curlin Going to Dubai World Cup

    Horse of the Year Curlin is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse to make his first start of 2008, majority owner Jess Jackson said.

  • Fleet Indian at the Keeneland November 2007 sale.

    Fleet Indian Foals Colt

    Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, at Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Roses in May was one of several graded stakes winners selected by Danzel Brendemuehl.

    Classic Success

    Danzel Brendemuehl's passion for Thoroughbred racing was ignited -- almost literally -- when she was just 16 years old. Now, after gaining valuable experience in the trenches of the industry, she's selecting top performers such as Monterey Jazz, Roses In May, Fleetstreet Dancer, and Fridays a Comin.

  • A. P Jet

    A. P Jet Pensioned

    A. P Jet, who nearly lost his life after a stallion fight in April 2006 at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., has been pensioned from stallion duty.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner War Pass heads second-highest number of early Triple Crown nominees ever.<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%3D2626406%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    448 Early Triple Crown Nominations

    Headed by Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old War Pass, 448 horses were nominated to the 2008 Triple Crown during the early nomination period for the three classics. That figure ranks second behind 2007's record 450 early nominations.

  • Green Girl closes out career with Suwanee win.

    Green Girl Goes Out a Winner

    Under a patient ride from Rene Douglas, Green Girl won Gulfstream Park's Suwanee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) for her first win since July 9, 2006, when the French-bred mare won at Chantilly.

  • Teuflesberg

    Teuflesberg to Hurricane Hall

    Ben Walden Jr., president of Hurricane Hall, announced that New York grade II winner Teuflesberg (Johannesburg -- St. Michele, by Devil's Bag) arrived Feb. 1 at the Lexington farm for the 2008 breeding season.

  • Hip #20, Hold That Tiger - French Factor, worked a quarter in :20 4/5.

    Times Fast at OBS Show

    Times were sizzling Sunday in Central Florida as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. held its first under tack show for a juvenile auction over its new Safetrack synthetic surface.

  • Miswaki Sires 100th Stakes Winner

    Deceased stallion Miswaki reached the 100 mark in number of stakes winners when his 5-year-old gelded son Simma Down dead-heated for first in the Feb. 2 Premier Night Gentleman Starter Stakes at Delta Downs.

  • Millennium Wind Added to Program

    Ro Parra, owner of Millennium Farms, announced that New York-based stallion Millennium Wind will be added to the innovative Millennium Rewards program that was launched on January 1. Millennium Wind is owned by Millennium Stallions and stands at Suzie and Dr. Linwood O'Cain's Highcliff Farms in Delanson, New York for a stud fee of $5,000.

  • Magic Sunset caps Louisiana Premier Night with a convincing Championship Stakes win.

    Magic Sunset Scores Premier Feature

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Magic Sunset pressed the pace, stuck a head in front at the top of the stretch, and went on to win by 1 ¾ lengths in the $200,000 Premier Night Championship Stakes, the featured event of an all Louisiana-bred stakes program at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel Feb. 2.

  • Southern California rainfall closes track for eighth time since current meet began.

    Santa Anita Cancels Sunday Card

    The Feb. 3 card included the San Antonio Handicap (gr. II), featuring the likes of Student Council, Awesome Gem, and Zappa. Racing secretary Rick Hammerle said that the San Antonio has been rescheduled for Feb. 9.

  • Regulator: Stop Steroid Use Now

    A national regulator said uniform implementation of regulations for anabolic steroids in racehorses isn't practical and suggested horsemen "come clean to the races" voluntarily beginning April 1.

  • Crown of Thorns cruises to victory in the Robert B. Lewis.<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%3D3474641%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rosy Future for Crown of Thorns

    While he may be light in seasoning, Crown of Thorns showed a world of potential in handily stretching out to two turns Feb. 2 at Santa Anita, scoring a dynamic 2 1/2-length victory as the favorite in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II).

  • Passion (outside) outduels Ariege in the La Habra.<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%3D3474657%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Passion Gamely Takes La Habra

    Passion, under a determined ride from Rafael Bejarano, outlasted favored Ariege in a fierce stretch duel, taking the $100,000 La Habra Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a nose Feb. 2 on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita.

  • Spring At Last bounds to victory in the Donn.<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%3D3467319%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Spring At Last Comes Back in Donn

    Spring At Last had only one start under his belt after winning the Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) last March, and that was a Dec. 26 allowance race over the Santa Anita turf. But Doug O'Neill had no qualms about sending the Silver Deputy colt into the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I), and the trainer's faith was rewarded when his 4-year-old runner returned with a solid victory at Gulfstream Park Feb. 2.

  • Monterey Jazz cruises to a Strub win.<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%3D3468386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Jazz's Solo Steals Strub in Style

    Monterey Jazz made the transition from graded turf winner to Cushion Track with aplomb, going gate to wire to sneak away with the $300,000 Strub (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 2.

  • Sky Mystic Soars in California Oaks

    David and Jill Heerensperger's Sky Mystic reeled in the field and returned to her winning ways for trainer Greg Gilchrist when she won the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields in a late rally Feb. 2.

  • Big Glen sweeps to the win in the WEBN.

    Big Glen Sweeps to WEBN Score

    Big Glen, eighth after a half-mile, made a sweeping, six-wide move around the second turn, caught the leader at the top of the stretch, and drew away to win by 1 1/4 lengths Feb. 2 in the WEBN Stakes on the Turfway Park Polytrack.

  • Intangaroo holds off Society Hostess to take the Santa Monica.<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%3D3468198%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Santa Monica Upset Cheers Underdogs

    Hystericalady, the 3-10 favorite, just didn't have it in her first start since the Breeders' Cup, opening the door for Intangaroo, the longest shot in the field at 26-1, to win the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Feb. 2.

  • Barrier Reef outfights Roman Emperor to take the Whirlaway.

    Barrier Reef Wins Whirlaway

    Trainer Tom Albertrani may have a promising 3-year-old on the Derby trail for Darley Stable-or so it would seem after the $109,000 Whirlaway Stakes. Going 1 1/16-miles over Aqueduct's inner track, Darley's Barrier Reef battled it down to the wire with a tenacious Roman Emperor and eked out a determined half-length win Feb. 2.

  • Gold Edition before her final start in the Lightning Stakes.

    Gold Edition Retired

    The racing career of Australia's iron maiden, multiple group I winner Gold Edition, is over after she resumed from a spell in the group I Lightning Stakes on 2 February at Flemington and failed to run a place.

  • Robert LaPenta's undefeated Eclipse champion War Pass continued to prep for his seasonal debut.<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%3D2632609%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass, Other Derby Hopefuls Work

    Robert LaPenta's undefeated Eclipse champion War Pass continued to prep for his seasonal debut when he worked a bullet half-mile in :46.80 at Palm Meadows training center Feb. 2. Anak Nakal and Tale of Ekati also worked.

  • Doug O'Neill

    O'Neill Hit With Milkshake Charge

    Leading trainer Doug O'Neill has been named in a California Horse Racing Board complaint alleging that a horse in his care exceeded the allowable level of total carbon dioxide in winning a race at Santa Anita last month.

  • Russell Baze celebrates his 10,000th win, Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

    Baze Muscles to 10,000th Victory

    Jockey Russell Baze became the first rider in North America to win 10,000 races Feb. 1 at Golden Gate Fields and said afterward that he's not planning to slow down any time soon.

  • Pro-Ride Touts Liquid Binder

    Ian Pearse of Pro-Ride Racing Australia stands ready to begin fixing Santa Anita's beleaguered Cushion Track surface as soon as the final race is completed Feb. 3.

  • RMTC: Regulate Steroids Uniformly

    Members of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium haven't backed away from a call for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses, but on Jan. 31 they endorsed a Dec. 31, 2008, deadline for nationwide adoption of a model rule.

  • NYRA Trustee Resigns, Blasts Bruno

    Charles Wait, president of the Adirondack Trust Company in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has resigned from his position on the New York Racing Association's board of trustees, citing his dissatisfaction with the position of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno as the main reason for his decision.

  • J'Ray was second in last year's Suwannee and is the lone contender that enters off a stakes win.

    Parity Abounds in Suwannee River H.

    Todd Pletcher and Michael Matz will each saddle a pair of starters Feb. 3 in what looks to be an intriguing matchup of 12 fillies and mares for the $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Downey Profile: Whirlaway Tough

    Four of the seven starters in Saturday's Whirlaway Stakes were purchased for six figures at four different sales, and our focus is on most of them.

  • Barred Horseman Seeks State Office

    A horseman barred from the grounds of Charles Town Races & Slots is running for state office in West Virginia, and his opponent is a former Miss West Virginia who works for the company that excluded him.

  • Downey Profile: 'Crown' Steps Up

    We have one horse in mind for the top spot in Saturday's Grade II Robert B. Lewis, and that is the aptly-named Crown of Thorns, a son of Repent trained by Richard Mandella.

  • Student Council tops a field of nine for the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 3.

    Student Council Returns in 'Antonio

    Synthetic surface standouts Student Council and Awesome Gem, the first two finishers in last summer's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I), are expected to make their 2008 bow in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) over Santa Anita's Cushion Track on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3.

  • Beth Sheffer has been promoted to Curator of Collections at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

    Museum Names Sheffer Curator

    Beth Sheffer has been promoted to curator of collections at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Jan. 31.

  • Go Between

    Realizing a 20-year-old Prediction

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>More than 20 years ago in Ken McLean's book "Tesio - Master of Matings" he predicted that the combination of Nijinsky II and the similarly bred Storm Bird would one day be a potent one. At the time, Storm Cat -- Storm Bird's most important stallion son -- had yet to cover a mare. McLean also predicted these sires would be most effective when they had receded to the third and fourth generations of a pedigree. What has come to pass is a cross that has produced 120 stakes winners, of which 60 are graded stakes winners and 20 are grade I winners.

  • Karaka Select Sale Sets New Records

    And so the record setting continues. As the fourth day of the New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka ended, bringing down the curtain on day two of the Select portion of the sale, records fell in all categories yet again. Leading the charge was the top price paid for a colt by freshman sire Scaredee Cat, a troubled but powerful sprinter on his day who won in Australia up to group 11 level, who now stands at Waikato Stud.

  • Spanky Fischbein, a New York-bred son of Hook and Ladder, could be the horse to benefit the most from Giant Moon&#39;s absence.&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%3D2751532%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Giant Moon Skipping Whirlaway

    Good news for the 3-year-olds running in the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 2: Undefeated Giant Moon is not in the field. Seven were entered in the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway, which serves as a prep for the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr.III) at Aqueduct.

  • Laminitis Research Gets a Boost

    Pfizer Animal Health and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have joined forces to help fund laminitis research through the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund.