Thoroughbred Racing

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Injury KO's Great Hunter From Belmont Stakes

May 26, 2007

Paul Reddam's Great Hunter, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby will miss the June 9 Belmont Stakes after suffering a chipped ankle in his right front leg, trainer Doug O'Neill said Saturday.

"He'll be out of commission for a few months,"... Read More

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'Belmont Bash' to Benefit Grayson-Jockey Club

May 26, 2007

The Belmont Bash, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held June 8 at the historic Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The Bash once again will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club... Read More

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Derby Winner Street Sense 'Possible' for Belmont; Great Hunter to Run

May 25, 2007

(Edited Churchill Downs release)

James Tafel's Street Sense, the winner of the $2 million Kentucky Derby, returned to the track on Thursday for the first time since last Saturday's narrow loss to Curlin in the Preakness Stakes a... Read More

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Preakness National TV Ratings Dip 9%

May 24, 2007

Final national television ratings for NBC's coverage of the May 19 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., dipped 9% from year-ago figures. The 2007 Preakness telecast drew a 4.9 national rating and a 13 share. Each rating... Read More

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Curlin on Track for Belmont Start

May 24, 2007

Curlin, winner of the May 19 Preakness Stakes, returned to the racetrack May 23 at Churchill Downs for the first time since his heart-pounding victory over Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby.

The chestnut son of Smart... Read More

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Barbaro Painting Doing Well on eBay

May 23, 2007

(Edited press release)

The NTRA Charities--Barbaro Memorial Fund will benefit from a painting of Barbaro created on Kentucky Derby Day in the Churchill Downs paddock by Susan Sommer-Luarca. The item is now for sale on... Read More

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Haskin's Preakness Recap: Crafty Curlin

May 22, 2007

(This article appears in the May 27, 2007 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.)

Thoroughbred racing is a sport of contrasting emotions, ranging from euphoria to despair and laced with a heavy dose of what might have beens. It often... Read More

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Hard Spun Looks Good for Belmont Stakes; Curlin Weary

May 21, 2007

(compiled from Preakness notes)

Third-place finisher Hard Spun is the most likely of Saturday's Preakness Stakes contenders to move on to the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on June 9.

Trainer... Read More

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Life-Threatening Situation for Walla Walla Whiz at 2007 NRHA Derby

May 20, 2007

To watch National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in Oklahoma City, OK, Two-Million-Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida and Walla Walla Whiz compete in the first section of the of the $80,000 added Open Derby go round on Wednesday, May 16, you’d never... Read More

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No Surprise: Matz Colt Wins Inuaugural Barbaro Stakes

May 19, 2007

When the Maryland Jockey Club carded the inaugural Barbaro Stakes on the Preakness Stakes card, it was prophetic that trainer Michael Matz would enter Chelokee.

After all, Matz had saddled Barbaro to win the 2006 Kentucky Derby and then... Read More

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Curlin Edges Street Sense in Preakness

May 19, 2007

Curlin kept gaining down the stretch and got past Street Sense in the final strides to win the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

In just his fourth lifetime start, Curlin ran third in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. In his fifth start, the... Read More

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Appeals Judge Upholds Ruling in Funny Cide Case

May 19, 2007

The Florida District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Miami Herald in a defamation case filed by the owners of Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

The case centered around the... Read More

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Missouri House Approves Loan Program for Farm Animal Vets

May 19, 2007

State House members approved a wide-ranging agriculture bill that includes, among other things, a loan forgiveness program for veterinary students and changes to the state ethanol subsidy.

The legislation, approved May 7, combines into a... Read More

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3 Jockeys Escape Serious Injury in Hollywood Spill

May 18, 2007

Three jockeys escaped serious injury at Hollywood Park May 17 when Royal Change, leading the field in the fourth race while approaching the quarter pole, suffered a fractured right foreleg and fell, tossing  jockey Alex Bisono.

Two... Read More

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Barbaro Memories Still Fresh at Track

May 18, 2007

The scene will be familiar enough, maybe too much so.

When the gate bursts open to start the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, the horse charging out of the No.6 post will be a handsome bay colt. Only this time, it won't be Barbaro, even if it... Read More

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Maryland Governor Signs Land Preservation, Biofuel Advisory Bills

May 18, 2007

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley March 17 signed into law four agriculture-related bills as the culmination of a positive legislative session for the farm community. The new bills make it easier for landowners to preserve their farmland;... Read More

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Preakness: Street Sense, Hard Spun Draw Outside Posts

May 17, 2007

Street Sense and Hard Spun, the one-two finishers in the May 5 Kentucky Derby, drew outside post positions for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, which as expected attracted a field of nine. Their connections, however, didn't seem concerned with the... Read More

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Free Workshop Offers Tips on Ex-Racehorse Ownership

May 17, 2007

"Thoroughbreds are remarkable animals--they're beautiful, athletic, and really friendly," said Nicola Birch, director of Wood End Farms, a Barrington, Ill., registered 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting Off-Track Thoroughbreds ("OTTBs").... Read More

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Matz Returns to Pimlico for Barbaro Stakes

May 16, 2007

Michael Matz was looking at an album full of Barbaro photos when the trainer's pony nuzzled up alongside to check things out.

"That's your buddy," Matz said, smiling at his longtime pony, Messaging, before accompanying another set of horses... Read More

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Derby Winner Street Sense Quick in Final Preakness Workout

May 15, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense worked five furlongs in a snappy 1:00 at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning as the Street Cry colt completed his preparations for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

With regular jockey Calvin Borel... Read More

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Blood-Horse Auction Raises $6,500 for March of Dimes

May 15, 2007

The annual silent auction and Kentucky Derby party at Blood-Horse Publications May 3 raised more than $6,500 for the March of Dimes.

Blood-Horse Publications has been the top fundraiser in Lexington, Ky., for the March of Dimes for at... Read More

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Matz Says Chelokee Unlikely for Preakness, Heading to Barbaro Stakes

May 14, 2007

Michael Matz most likely will skip Saturday's Preakness with Chelokee and instead enter the colt in the Barbaro Stakes, an undercard race honoring the trainer's ill-fated Kentucky Derby winner.

"Right now, I think that we're leaning toward... Read More

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Tulsa Announces Compromise to Keep $40 Million Horse Show

May 12, 2007

A major horse show expected to have a $40 million impact on the city's economy next year is back on track, weeks after its organizers questioned a decision to come here because of a controversial annexation plan.

City and county leaders... Read More

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Pictopia Announces Blood-Horse Online Photo Store

May 11, 2007

Pictopia announced May 10 its photo store for the official Web site of The Blood-Horse magazine.

Powered by Pictopia, the Blood-Horse photo store offers hundreds of photographs from the official Blood-Horse collection, including... Read More

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Equine Wellness Foundation Makes Derby Day Donation to Barbaro Fund

May 11, 2007

As the capstone for an eight-day series of events to raise funds for equine-related charitable organizations, The Equine Wellness Foundation on May 5 donated $10,000 to The Barbaro Fund at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton... Read More