Thoroughbred News

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  • Fasig-Tipton Texas Gross Drops 46.7%

    The Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which was the last major Thoroughbred auction of the year in this country, followed the downward trend that has plagued the equine marketplace in recent months. The gross revenue plummeted 46.7% Dec. 14 compared to a year ago, while the average price dropped 36%. The median declined 14.3%.

  • Jerry Hollendorfer

    Hollendorfer Fined in Scopolamine Case

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been fined $1,000 in an agreement with the California Horse Racing Board following a finding of scopolamine in a post-race urine sample taken from one of his horses last year.

  • St. George to Become Partner in Eaton

    Effective Jan. 1, Arthur "Archie" St. George will become a partner in Eaton Sales, one of the world's leading Thoroughbred auction consignors.

  • Eagle Mountain, at left, wins Hong Kong's richest race, the HK $20M Hong Kong Cup.

    Eagle Mountain Soars in Hong Kong Cup

    Eagle Mountain emerged a comfortable winner of the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin, a race that will also be remembered for tales of what might have been.

  • Good Ba Ba sets a track record while winning the Hong Kong Mile Dec. 14.

    Good Ba Ba Breaks Mark in Hong Kong Mile

    Good Ba Ba produced a devastating surge to win the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) at Sha Tin for the second straight year, leaving his jockey Christophe Soumillon to declare that he was the best miler in the world. That's even harder to dispute when it was confirmed the phenomenal winning time of 1:32.71 was a track record.

  • Doctor Dino (center, shadow roll) gets up in a thrilling finish of the Dec. 14 Hong Kong Vase.

    Doctor Dino Doubles Up in HK Vase

    Doctor Dino returned to Sha Tin to land back-to-back victories in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I). In a thrilling finish, he topped the luckless Purple Moon by a head in the HK$14 million (US$1.82 million) race.

  • Inspriration Hong Kong Cup Sprint win at 67-1 was the biggest surprise of the day at Sha Tin Racecourse.

    Inspiration a 67-1 Shocker in HK Sprint

    Inspiration led home a shocking Hong Kong-based exacta in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin under a brilliant ride from Darren Beadman.

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    Laragh Lassoes Hollywood Starlet

    With Edgar Prado at the controls, Laragh dictated the pace to score a one-length victory Dec. 13 in the $429,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies.

  • Presious Passion streaks towards his 2nd consecutive victory in the W.L. McKnight Handicap.

    McKnight: Presious Passion Does It Again

    Just as he did when taking the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) in wire-to-wire fashion this summer at Monmouth Park, Patricia Generazio's Presious Passion sprinted to an early lead and never looked back, as the 5-year-old gelding took them all 12 furlongs to win the W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) for the second consecutive year Dec. 13 on the Calder Race Course grass.

  • Finallymadeit leads the way in the Fred W. Hooper Handicap.

    Finallymadeit Shows Way in Hooper Upset

    Front-running Finallymadeit shook off a challenge from Dream Maestro to post a 1 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course Dec. 13.

  • Researcher pulls away from Brilliant Son to take the Queens County 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%3D7061731%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Researcher Finds Queens County Formula

    Red-hot Researcher took his jump into graded stakes company in stride by winning the $108,400 Queens County Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Dec. 13 for his fourth consecutive victory.

  • Herboriste (inside) outfights J'ray to take the La Prevoyante.

    Herboriste Spoils Party For J'ray

    Lawrence Goichman was hoping for a storybook ending for his homebred mare J'ray. A win in the $150,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) would not only give the 5-year-old a victory in her final start, but would push her over $1 million in career earnings. Herboriste had other plans.

  • Yesbyjimminy pulls away in the Kenny Noe Jr.

    Yesbyjimminy Notches Sixth Straight Win

    Trilogy Stables' homebred Yesbyjimminy earned his sixth consecutive score and the first graded stakes triumph of his career, as he shook off a pair of rivals at the top of the lane and cruised to an easy 2 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 13 at Calder Race Course.

  • Lot 27, Redoute's Choice colt, brought HK$5.5m at the Hong Kong International Sale Dec. 13.

    Redoute's Choice Colt Tops HKIS

    A brown colt by the champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice and closely related to outstanding sire Zabeel on the distaff side, fetched the highest bid at HK$5.5m at the Hong Kong International Sale Dec. 13.

  • Fasig-Tipton Texas Ends Auction Year

    The Fasig-Tipton December mixed sale, this country's last major Thoroughbred auction of the year, will be held Dec. 14 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. There are 221 horses listed in the catalog: 142 broodmares or broodmare prospects, 44 weanlings, and 35 yearlings or horses of racing age.

  • Kip Deville prepares for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile.

    Kip Deville Has Big Chance in HK Mile

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) 2007 winner Kip Deville came out earlier than normal on Saturday at Sha Tin and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said his horse was "giving all the signs that he'll run big" in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).

  • Rutherienne won the Frances A. Genter Stakes in 2007. The 2008 edition of the race has been canceled.

    Calder Cancels Three Graded Stakes

    Calder Race Course announced Dec. 12 that due to the continuing overpayment of purses at the current Tropical Meet, the racetrack is cancelling three stakes races from the schedule: the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) and $100,000 Frances Genter Stakes (gr. III) on Dec. 27, and the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (gr. III) on Jan. 1. The 2008/09 Tropical Meet ends on Jan. 2, 2009.

  • Hoosier Park Race Dates Approved

    Hoosier Park Racing and Casino recently received approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for dates and post times in 2009. The facility will offer 80 days of Standardbred racing and 63 days of Thoroughbred racing, with 21 of those days including Quarter Horse racing during the 2009 calendar year.

  • Hawthorne Cancels Final 6 Races Dec. 12

    Hawthorne Race Course cancelled the last six races of its nine-race card on Dec. 12 due to inclement weather. Racing is scheduled to resume Dec. 13, post time 1:35 p.m. CDT.

  • Tampa Signal Available to Most ADWs

    Wagering on Tampa Bay Downs' 83rd live meet, which opens Dec. 13, will be available to most advance deposit wagering outlets, the Oldsmar, Fla., track announced Dec. 12.

  • Has Racing Speed Reached Its Limit?

    It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again. According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached back in 1949, 1971, and 1973 for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), respectively.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Purses Trimmed

    With the economy affecting all aspects of the racing industry, Santa Anita has adjusted its overnight purses downward about 10% for the upcoming winter-spring meeting that begins Dec. 26.

  • A New Casino Push in New York

    Three casinos would be permitted in New York's Catskills tourist region under a constitutional amendment introduced in the Legislature for consideration next year.

  • 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase winner Doctor Dino prepping for this year's race.

    HK Hopefuls Make Final Preparations

    A spectacularly good gallop on the dirt Dec. 12 made it clear that Doctor Dino will not relinquish his Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) crown on Dec. 14 without an almighty tussle.

  • 91-Day Meet at Emerald Downs Approved

    The Washington Horse Racing Commission approved a 91-day season of live racing for Emerald Downs in 2009 at its Dec. 11 meeting.

  • 2006 Champions Day Turf winner Desert Wheat, is back for another try in 2008.

    Former Winners Top La. Champions Day

    Nine horses who have won during previous Louisiana Champions Day programs return to Fair Grounds in an attempt to repeat as the track plays host to the event's 18th renewal Dec. 13.

  • Walmac Announces Breeders Plan

    In light of the current economics facing breeders today, Walmac Farm has announced a "breeders stimulus plan" applicable to 2009 stud fees

  • That Handicapping Show: Dec. 11 (Video)

    Jason and Evan analyze the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on December 13. Also The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap, Fair Grounds Race 4 on Saturday, Dec. 13.

  • Splash of Vanilla and her dam Maid of Gold TB

    Palomino Filly in Keeneland Sale

    Splash of Vanilla, a filly by Ballado Chieftan, probably will attract plenty of attention at the upcoming Keeneland January horses of all ages sale because of her golden color. She is registered as a palomino.

  • Flower Bowl won the Ladies Handicap in 1956.

    Ladies Handicap Long on History

    The Ladies Handicap, scheduled for Dec. 14 at Aqueduct, possesses a colorful history by virtue of its lengthy history and its illustrious group of winners.

  • Peppers Pride will try for win number 19 in the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland Park.

    Last Time Around for Peppers Pride?

    In what is probably her final race, unbeaten Peppers Pride puts her modern North American record 18-race winning streak on the line in the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland Park Dec. 14.

  • Sir Whimsey won the 2008 Gulfstream Park Handicap this past winter. <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%3D3722719%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Researcher Steps Up For Queen's County

    West Virginia shipper Researcher puts his three-race win streak on the line Dec. 13 at Aqueduct, as the 4-year-old gelding faces his stiffest test yet while battling three graded stakes winners in the $100,000-added Queens County Handicap (gr. III), a 1 3/16-mile trek on the inner track.

  • Pat Day to Aid Riverside Trainers

    Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be a guest speaker at Ellis Park Dec. 13 at noon to present aid and auction a personally autographed saddle with the proceeds benefiting the trainers who lost horses and their equipment in the Nov. 20 Riverside Downs fire.

  • Snow covers the jockey statues along the track apron at Fair Grounds Dec. 11.

    Snow Cancels Fair Grounds Racing Dec. 11

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has canceled its live racing program Dec. 11 because of winter weather and track conditions. Snow began falling in the metro New Orleans area during the morning. New Orleans is under a winter storm warning.

  • John Ferguson

    Ferguson Delivers Gimcrack Address

    The Maktoum family left the racing world in no doubt about how much terrestrial television coverage should be valued following Tuesday's annual Gimcrack Dinner at York.

  • Group Settles Lawsuit Over Bay Meadows

    A lawsuit aimed at preventing redevelopment of the Bay Meadows race track site has been dropped by a San Mateo preservationist group that agreed to settle the case with the property owner and the city of San Mateo.

  • Slot Machine

    Is Racing Using Its Slots Money Wisely?

    As hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from slot machines flows to horse racing, there is growing sentiment that perhaps the racing industry is failing to capitalize on the new wealth by solely pumping money into purses and breed development programs.

  • Woodbine Wagering Held Steady in 2008

    Betting on Woodbine's 2008 live Thoroughbred meet, which concluded Dec. 7, remained steady over last year, Woodbine Entertainment Group announced Dec. 10.

  • Racing Official Charlie Palmer, 80, Dies

    Charlie Palmer, who spent more than 60 years working in the California horse racing industry, died of an aneurism at his home Dec. 7. He was 80.

  • Crunch Time for Horsemen, Horses in Ohio

    With a little more than two weeks remaining before the scheduled shutdown of the barn area at Beulah Park, management and horsemen still have no deal to continue live racing in January. But developments on a national level could quickly turn things around.