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Criticism Tries to Continue Roll in NY 'Cap

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?

KEEP Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

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.

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.

Radiographic Guidelines from AAEP Task Force

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

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.

Lovell Named IT Director at Keeneland

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

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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.

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.

Quality Road Sent to Pletcher

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.

KEEP Poll: 61% in Favor of VLTs at Tracks

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.

Rachel Alexandra Works Under Lights

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.

Coco Belle Dusts 'Blessing in Desert Stormer

Coco Belle Dusts 'Blessing in Desert Stormer

Trainer Bob Baffert said he wanted to test his champion Indian Blessing over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track before deciding which way to go with her this summer. After her fourth-place finish in the $72,800 Desert Stormer Stakes June 14, a race won in front-running style by Coco Belle, the Hall of Fame conditioner had his answer.

OBS: Royal Academy Filly Gets Fastest Quarter

Hip No. 310, Vienna Calling, a Royal Academy filly consigned by Potrero Stables, agent, zipped an eighth in :10-flat to post the sale's fastest time at the distance at the second and final session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2009 June Sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.

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