Thoroughbred News

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  • Paul Pompa, Jr. with the 2008 Preakness trophy

    Pompa Well Positioned Again

    Here we go again. It didn't take long after second-time starter Well Positioned crossed the finish line 14 1/4 lengths in front in the sixth race at Aqueduct Nov. 22 for owner Paul Pompa to begin getting phone calls from prospective buyers. It was deja vu for Pompa and trainer Pat Reynolds after playing out the same scene last year with Big Brown.

  • Spring Waltz heads a field of 12 in the Falls City Handicap Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Spring Waltz Ready for Falls City Dance

    Spring Waltz, winner of the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) for trainer Bobby Frankel earlier this year, carries top weight of 120 pounds in a full field of 12 fillies and mares for the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27.

  • Jack o' Lantern wins the Hollywood Prevue at 19-1.

    Jack o' Lantern Lights Board in Prevue

    Jack o' Lantern, the longest shot in the field at 19-1, enjoyed a dream run along the inside for jockey Isaias Enriquez to post a half-length upset over favored Azul Leon in the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23.

  • Zenyatta poster to be given away Sunday, Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park.

    Hollywood to Give Out Zenyatta Posters

    Patrons will receive a Zenyatta poster autographed by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith when the unbeaten Horse of the Year candidate is honored at Hollywood Park Sunday, Nov. 30.

  • Prophesy's Nov. 23 win at Remington Park gave trainer Steve Asmussen a single season record 556th win.

    Asmussen Sets Record for Most Wins

    Steve Asmussen broke his own North American record for most wins in a calendar year when Prophesy won the first race Nov. 23 at Remington Park.

  • Rayina Shines as Goffs Sale Ends

    Rayina, a 3-year-old winning Irish-bred daughter of Sinndar, brought the most expensive price of 100,000 guineas during the second and final session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale in Ireland. Spratstown Stud purchased her from the Aga Khan Studs Nov. 23.

  • Curlin, who got the red carpet treatment at Churchill Downs this spring, will again be paraded at the track Nov. 29.

    Curlin to be Paraded at Churchill Downs

    Curlin, North America's reigning Horse of the Year and the continent's richest racehorse of all time with earnings of $10,501,800, will be paraded at Churchill Downs Nov. 29.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Ties Record for Most Wins

    Trainer Steve Asmussen tied his own North American record for 555 wins by a trainer in a calendar year when Padua Stables' Union Strike won a Nov. 22 maiden event on turf at Fair Grounds. Asmussen also won 555 races in 2004.

  • Egpytian Ra

    Hong Kong's Horse of the Year Upset

    Egyptian Ra took the points but Good Ba Ba's Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) claims remain very much intact after a sensational ride from Felix Coetzee turned the favorite over in the HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Mile Trial (HK-II).

  • Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Lane's End Farm.<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%3D4843854%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin To Stand at Lane's End in 2009

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Nov. 21. The son of Smart Strike will stand for $75,000.

  • Siren Lure Ends Long Skid in Sausalito

    Siren Lure snapped a 12-race losing streak Nov. 22 when he charged powerfully down the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory over odds-on favorite Indyanne in the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Gilded Venom Takes Railway Stakes

    Gilded Venom won the day in a thrilling finish. And he did it following a super ride by Patrick Carberry a local jockey who used local knowledge of the tricky Ascot surface to win.

  • Johnny Eves pulls away in the Vernon O. Underwood.<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%3D6822807%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Johnny Eves Back On Top in Underwood

    Johnny Eves, winless in seven starts this year since capturing the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) 11 months ago, got back to the winner's circle with a strong effort in the $108,400 Vernon O. Underwood (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 22.

  • Karelian (right) and Demarcation head to a dead-heat in the River City Handicap

    Dead-Heat in River City Handicap

    Green Lantern Stables' Karelian and American Racing Stables' Demarcation, head-bobbing to the wire, finished in a dead-heat in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 22 at Churchill Downs, each of them earning their first career graded stakes win in the process.

  • Four Sins Leads Way at Goffs

    Four Sins, winner of the Irish National Stud Blandford (Ire-II) and Blue Wind (Ire-III) Stakes in 2007, brought 620,000 euros to top the opening session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale in Ireland. John McCormack Bloodstock purchased the 4-year-old German-bred Sinndar--Four Roses filly Nov. 22 from the Aga Khan Studs. She is in foal to Dansili.

  • Wishful Tomcat takes the Discovery Handicap under Ramon Dominguez.<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%3D6820818%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wishful Tomcat Wire-To-Wire in Discovery

    Ramon Dominguez hustled Wishful Tomcat to the early lead in the Discovery Handicap and they never looked back, the duo leading every step of the way in posting a 1 3/4-length victory on Aqueduct's main track.

  • Illinois Racing Will Get Casino Money

    The Illinois General Assembly has approved and sent to Gov. Rod Blagovich a bill that will extend the diversion to horse racing of 3% of revenues from the state's four highest-grossing riverboat casinos. The provision is estimated to be worth as much as $30 million a year and by law is divided 60% for purses and 40% for tracks.

  • Appeal Filed in Scientific Games Lawsuit

    Horse owner Jerry Jamgotchian, dissatisfied with a California federal court judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit against Scientific Games over the "quick pick" wagering snafu that came to light last spring, has taken his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • Hollywood Park

    ADW Agreement Reached in California

    An impasse in California over fee rates for interstate advance deposit wagering that has had a negative impact on Hollywood Park's fall meet ended Nov. 21 with the announcement that one-year deals with the four licensed providers in the state have been reached.

  • River Downs

    160-Plus Race Dates Lost in Ohio Carnage

    Winter racing at Beulah Park was plowed under and the spring/summer meet at River Downs went up in flames Nov. 21 when the Ohio State Racing Commission awarded 2009 dates that represent a loss of more than 160 days of Thoroughbred racing at the two tracks.

  • Cushion Track Countersues Santa Anita

    Cushion Track and related defendants have filed a counterclaim against the Los Angeles Turf Club and its general counsel in the lawsuit over the troubled former synthetic surface at Santa Anita Park, asking a California federal court to award it at least $1.3 million in damages.

  • George Washington's only foal sold for 280,000 euros during the fifth and final session of the Goffs November foal sale.

    George Washington Filly Tops Goffs Sale

    George Washington's only foal ended the Goffs November foal sale with a bang, selling for 280,000 euros during the fifth and final session Nov. 21 in Ireland. The price was the highest of the auction.

  • Wagon Limit to Bridlewood Farm

    Grade I winner and successful sire Wagon Limit will return from Moon Lake Farm in Elm Grove, La., to stand in his native Florida at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala for $2,500.

  • Indy Wind to Journeyman Stud

    Multiple stakes winner Indy Wind has retired from racing and will join the stallion ranks at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, FL for the 2009 breeding season.

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    Shakis Euthanized After Fracturing Leg

    Shadwell homebred Shakis, who won the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) for the second consecutive year this summer at Saratoga, was euthanized at Hollywood Park the morning of Nov. 21 after breaking his hind leg during a workout. The 8-year-old Irish-bred son of Machiavellian was making his final work prior to running in the Citation Handicap (gr. IT) Nov. 29, which was expected to be his final start before beginning his stud career in 2009.

  • Most Derby, Oaks Prices Remain Same

    Churchill Downs racetrack announced Nov. 21 it will freeze most ticket prices for the 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), allowing customers to purchase the majority of reserved seats and general admission at the same price levels offered in 2008.

  • Trainer Has Ambitious Plan for 'Hussler'

    Ross McDonald, trainer of brilliant Australian galloper Weekend Hussler, has announced a sweeping international agenda for the seven-time group I winner early next year in which he aims to become the first horse to tackle all four legs of the Asian Mile Challenge (AMC).

  • Backbackbackgone puts his three-race winning streak on the line in the Hollywood Prevue.

    Colt Could be Long Gone in Prevue Stakes

    Unbeaten Backbackbackgone puts his three-race winning streak on the line against a field that includes two-time graded stakes winner Azul Leon in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) Nov. 23.

  • Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck is one of only two graded stakes winners in the Discovery Handicap.

    Wishful Tomcat Appetizing in Discovery

    Winter Park Partners' Wishful Tomcat, a late-blooming 3-year-old with four wins in his last five starts, tries to notch his first graded stakes score when he takes on seven rivals in the $100,000-added Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 22 at Aqueduct.

  • That Handicapping Show: Nov. 20 (Video)

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs on November 22. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert "The Wizard" gives his "Spotlight Play" for Fair Grounds Race 3 on November 22.

  • Fasig-Tipton Forms Advisory Board

    Fasig-Tipton has formed an advisory board of directors to assist the company's management in its auction ventures and other related initiatives in the Thoroughbred industry. Fasig-Tipton chairman Walt Robertson is chairing the advisory board, and Fasig-Tipton chairman emeritus D. G. Van Clief Jr. is a board member.

  • Law Firm to Support NY Backstretch Team

    For the second consecutive year, Bollam, Sheedy, Torani & Co. will underwrite the Thanksgiving holiday dinner that will be served to backstretch workers by the Backstretch Employee Service Team.

  • Firemen investigate the remains of a horse barn at Riverside Downs.

    Updated: Riverside Fire Kills 27 Horses

    A barn fire that broke out the morning of Nov. 20 killed 27 horses at Riverside Downs, a former harness track that is being used as a Thoroughbred training and boarding facility in northern Henderson County, Ky., the Courier Press of Evansville, Ind., reported.

  • Private Vow

    Private Vow to Red River Farms

    Multiple grade II winner Private Vow has been acquired by Jay and Terry Adcock's Red River Farms near Coushatta, La. The 5-year-old son of Broken Vow will stand for a fee of $2,000 in 2009.

  • Youbet Reaches Settlement in IRG Deals

    Youbet.com said Nov. 19 it has settled several disputes with the former owners of defunct off-shore wagering entity International Racing Group, a deal which features both cash and stocks changing hands, and mentions that a federal investigation into IRG may still be active.

  • Invincible Spirit Colt a Goffs Star

    A son of Invincible Spirit topped the fourth session of the Goffs November foal sale in Ireland, bringing 72,000 euros from Summerhill Bloodstock Nov. 20. Consigned by the Irish National Stud, the colt is out of Indienne (by Indian Ridge), who is a full sister to Irish group III winner St Clair Ridge. While racing in America, St Clair Ridge captured the 1999 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks at Louisiana Downs and the 2000 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Food Drive Being Held at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs will offer free general admission Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23 to all patrons who donate two non-perishable canned goods

  • NJ Jockeys Closer to Health Insurance

    Jockeys who ride regularly in New Jersey could begin receiving an annual grant of $150,000 to help pay for health insurance if a deal is finalized during a December meeting between the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Jockeys' Guild.

  • And They're Off: Nov. 20 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Riva Ridge, by Richard Stone Reeves

    'Meadow Champions' Set for Release

    "Meadow Champions" is limited to a hand-numbered edition of 350 folio sets with the individual prints measuring 19 inches by 19 inches hand-signed by Penny Chenery.

  • Irish Racing Funding Cut Due to Economy

    Horse Racing Ireland announced Nov. 20 a series of budgetary measures for 2009, including a reduction in prize money, a freezing of grant aid to organizations supported by HRI, a pay freeze for HRI staff and restrictions on racecourse capital development projects.

  • Magic Millions Sale Has 1,327 Yearlings

    The catalog for the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale in Australia has been finalized and can be viewed online at www.magicmillions.com.au. There 1,327 horses entered in the auction, which begins Jan. 7, 2009. Other sessions will be held Jan. 8-11 and Jan. 15 and 16.

  • Oratorio Colt Tops Goffs' Third Day

    A son of Oratorio topped day three of the Goffs November foal sale in Ireland, bringing 90,000 euros from Pier House Stud.

  • Criminoligist shown winning Chruchill Downs' Cardinal Handicap.

    Criminologist to Supplement to Matriarch

    Criminologist, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Nov. 19 from New York. The fee is $10,000 for the one-mile turf test for fillies and mares.