Thoroughbred News

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  • Biancone's Daughter Saddles First Winner

    Trainer Marie Biancone, daughter of French-born conditioner Patrick Biancone, saddled Kona Stable's Grand Symphony to an upset win in the seventh race at Arlington Park June 14 for the first win of her career.

  • James Lane Named to Minnesota Commission

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed one member and reappointed two to the Minnesota Racing Commision, the St.Paul Legal Ledger reported on its Web site, legal-ledgar.com.

  • Thistledown Makes Payment; Will Stay Open

    Thistledown race track in North Randall, Ohio made a required $36,000 payment toward a bond, which allows it to remain open, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported June 17 on its Web site, cleveland.com.

  • OBS Sale Down; Four Top $100,000

    In keeping with most other sales this year of 2-year-olds in training, the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. ended its two day June sale June 17 with decreases in all major indices.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert sends out Misremembered in the Affirmed.

    Baffert's Misremembered Sharp for Affirmed

    Bob Baffert's lightly-raced homebred Misremembered, two-for-two on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track, presents an intriguing possibility in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 20. The 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds includes no heavyweights.

  • Criticism tries to continue her winning ways in the New York 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%3D8147547%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Criticism Tries to Continue Roll in NY 'Cap

    Darley Stable's homebred Criticism has been on quite a roll, winning four of her last five, all in graded stakes. Backseat Rhythm and Dynaforce, both grade I winners a year ago, are both coming off unplaced efforts last out. Will the hot horse continue her winning ways, will the proven grade I winners return to form, or will one of the other capable starters break through?

  • Nicanor Wins Again on Turf

    Nicanor, who broke his maiden by more than 15 lengths last out, followed up by going wire-to-wire for a 1 3/4-length allowance score June 17 on the Delaware Park turf.

  • Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear rallies that crowd at the state capitol in Frankfort.

    KEEP Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

    Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

  • Chris McCarron

    McCarron to Deliver Hall of Fame Speech

    Twenty years after his tearful acceptance speech, jockey Chris McCarron will be the guest speaker at the 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony August 14.

  • Ward Does it Again at Royal Ascot

    Just 24 hours earlier, trainer Wesley Ward had warned that Jealous Again was much better than his historic Windsor Castle Stakes winner Strike The Tiger and on June 17 the 2-year-old Trippi filly proved these were not empty words when bolting from the gate to go clear of her rivals in the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot before kicking on again for an easy five-length victory.

  • Unbridled Belle won the 2008 Obeah and will try to add the 2009 version to her resume.

    Unbridled Belle Seeks Obeah Stakes Repeat

    Team Valor Stables' Unbridled Belle turned in an uncharacteristically poor performance in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) last out, but her connections say they are hopeful the 6-year-old mare will rebound with a big effort in the $125,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), a race that she won a year ago.

  • Larry Jones

    Delaware Park to Honor Larry Jones

    Delaware Park will honor trainer J. Larry Jones for his accomplishments and dedication to racing with a special tribute at the Wilmington racetrack Saturday June 20.

  • Sailor's Cap won the Poker Stakes on June 14.<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%3D8235558%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sailor's Cap Dies Days After Winning Poker

    Sailor's Cap, upset winner of the Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 14 at Belmont Park, collapsed and died in his stall in trainer J. J. Toner's barn at 4:30 a. m. EDT on June 17.

  • Radiographic Guidelines from AAEP Task Force

    The Public Auction Task Force of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the pre-purchase exams that are conducted on horses for sale at public auctions.

  • TCA to Manage Blue Horse Charities

    Fasig-Tipton has announced the assignment of the day-to-day management of their wholly-owned subsidiary, Blue Horse Charities, to Thoroughbred Charities of America, an affiliate of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Arizona Stallion Fool the Experts Dies

    Fool the Experts, one of Arizona's best stallions for a number of years, was euthanized several months ago because of complications from old age.

  • Delaware Park Accredited by NTRA Alliance

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 17 that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • Brad Lovell

    Lovell Named IT Director at Keeneland

    Keeneland Association announced June 16 that Brad Lovell, previously managing director of information technology for NASCAR Inc., as the company's director of information technology.

  • New England Writers Announces Hall Members

    The New England Turf Writers Association has elected its Hall of Fame class of 2009, which will be honored along with the 2008 award winners at the organization's annual awards dinner July 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Mass.

  • Purses Reach Record Level at Penn National

    Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course announced that a purse increase that went into effect June 11 raised the daily average purses at the track to a record $170,000.

  • Vet Ruled Off for Using Gun at Philly Park

    A veterinarian has reportedly been ruled off the grounds of Philadelphia Park for allegedly shooting a filly to euthanize her, Daily Racing Form reported June 16.

  • Aussies 'Blast' to Victory in King's Stand

    Australia claimed the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I) for the fourth time in seven years as Scenic Blast produced a superb turn of foot and rocketed to a three-quarters length victory in the five-furlong contest at Royal Ascot June 16.

  • Strike the Tiger Makes History at Royal Ascot

    History was made in the June 16 Windsor Castle Stakes (Eng-Listed) over five furlongs on good to firm turf on the first day of Royal Ascot, when 33-1 Strike The Tiger became the first ever American-trained horse to win at the meeting when holding on by a neck to beat Fratellino.

  • Lime Rickey has finished 2nd in three turf stakes, including the Dania (shown #8).

    Lime Rickey's Turn in Colonial Turf Cup?

    There is no doubt in the mind of Frank Alexander that Lime Rickey is a stakes-caliber type of horse. One of these days, perhaps in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) on June 13, the son of Lemon Drop Kid will prove it, Alexander said. All he needs is a little bit of racing luck.

  • HealthWatch: Shock Wave Therapy Speeds Wound

    Dr. Scott McClure and colleagues from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University recently published a study on the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on wounds. In their study, McClure and colleagues created a 4-cm and a 3-cm full-thickness wound on both front and rear cannon bones, respectively, of six healthy horses.

  • Battle of Hastings has been installed as a 2-1 favorite in the fifth running of the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

    Battle of Hastings Tops Colonial Turf Cup

    Battle of Hastings has been installed as a 2-1 favorite among 10 3-year-olds entered in the fifth running of the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday, June 20.

  • Friesan Fire working out prior to the Kentucky Derby <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%3D8045146%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Friesan Fire, Old Fashioned Recuperating

    Friesan Fire, the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is recuperating from surgery at Vinery near Lexington.

  • Florida: Crist moves bill to Seminoles' court

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a gaming bill June 15 that contains several changes sought by the state's Thoroughbred industry and some changes in the operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's casinos.

  • Florida Derby winner Quality Road<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%3D7964864%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Sent to Pletcher

    Quality Road, winner of this year's Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth (gr. II), has been transferred from Jimmy Jerkens' barn to Todd Pletcher by owner and breeder Edward P. Evans, who also took five other horses away from Jerkens.

  • Slot Machine

    KEEP Poll: 61% in Favor of VLTs at Tracks

    As a special session of the Kentucky legislature convened to consider several issues, including legalization of video lottery terminals at racetracks, the Kentucky Equine Education Project released results of a poll showing 61% of registered voters favored alternative gaming at tracks.

  • Joey Franco Sires First Winner

    Grade I winner Joey Franco came up with his first winner when his daughter Warm Hands won June 14 at Golden Gate Fields.

  • A cow moose was found wandering on the sidewalk outside Saratoga Race Course earlier today.

    Moose on the Loose at Saratoga Race Course

    Saratoga Race Course employees arrived at work Monday morning to find a cow moose wandering on the sidewalk outside track property, New York Racing Association officials said.

  • Cause Ur Mine Sires First Winner

    Cause Ur Mine came up with his first winner from his first starter when his son Our Minesweeper won June 13 at Golden Gate Fields in his initial start.

  • Rachel Alexandra Works Under Lights

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra was among the horses working at Churchill Downs on the morning of June 15 as horses trained under lights for the first time in the track's 135-year history.