The Blood-Horse Staff

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Articles by Blood-Horse Staff

Belmont Winner Rags To Riches Spikes Temp, Will Skip Race

Belmont Stakes winner Rags To Riches will not run in Saturday's Coaching Club American Oaks, at Belmont Park as planned, trainer Todd Pletcher said July 16. The daughter of A.P. Indy spiked a temperature that forced the cancellation of her Read More

Breeders' Cup Board Discusses Out of Competition EPO Testing

Members of the Breeders' Cup Members and Trustees and the Board of Directors discussed a proposal before the state of New Jersey, home to Monmouth Park, site of the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships, to conduct out of competition testing for Read More

Louisiana Racing Commission Hires Equine Medical Director

Tom David, DVM, has been hired as equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission effective July 9.

David, who has experience in private practice and as association veterinarian at Fair Grounds racetrack, will supervise Read More

Texas Track Cancels Races Due to Rain

Severe weather, including .8 of an inch of rain in a 15-minute span, caused the cancellation of the final six races Sunday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

A severe thunderstorm popped up over Lone Star Park at approximately Read More

Immigration Bill Appears Dead--Indefinitely

The United States Senate postponed action June 28 on comprehensive immigration reform--perhaps until after the 2008 November election--when an effort to limit debate on the Senate floor failed to garner enough votes.

In all, 46 senators Read More

Kentucky Derby Competitor Scat Daddy Retired Due to Tendon Injury

Scat Daddy, a grade I winner the past two years, has been retired from racing because of a slight tendon injury suffered in an unplaced effort in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old son of Johannesburg retired with five wins from nine races Read More

Immigration Bill Survives Senate Vote

The United States Senate voted June 26 to revive broad legislation to overhaul the country's immigration system. The measure was thought to be dead earlier in the month.

Under Senate rules, at least 60 votes from the 100-seat chamber wer Read More

The Horse Recognized at 2007 American Horse Publications Awards Program

Blood-Horse Publications received a total of 13 awards on Saturday, June 23 at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Awards Program held in Albuquerque, N.M. Since its inception in 1970, the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Program Read More

Super Horse Invasor Retired After Workout Injury

Shadwell Stable's reigning Horse of the Year Invasor suffered a career-ending injury to his right hind ankle and has been retired from racing following his last major work in preparation for next Saturday's Suburban Handicap.

Trainer Kiaran Read More

Hollywood Park Tweaking Cushion Track Blend

(From Hollywood Park release)

Hollywood Park, acting on test results, has ordered additional wax for the top layer of its synthetic racing surface.

"There has bee Read More

Street Cry Not Shuttling

Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Australia has announced that Street Cry, sire of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, would not return for a fifth season to Australia.

"We would like to assure breeders that this Read More

Racing Celebs to Raise Money for Backside Education

Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Carl Nafzger are among the celebrity bartenders who will take part in a fundraising event supporting the Backside Learning Center and the Race for Education to be held at the Kentucky Derby Museum Read More

Prominent Stallion Runaway Groom Dead

Runaway Groom, who beat the year's three U.S. classic winners in the 1982 Travers Stakes, was euthanatized June 8 at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington because of complications from the infirmities of old age. The 28-year-old son of Blushing Read More

Rags to Riches, Foes OK After Grueling Belmont

(from Belmont Park notes)

More than seven years after he competed in his first Kentucky Derby with Trippi, More Than Ready and Impeachment in May of 2000, perennial champion trainer Todd Pletcher finally got his first Triple Crown Read More

A Filly Wins the Belmont; Rags to Riches Outduels Curlin

After stumbling out of the gate, Rags to Riches won the battle of the sexes Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), winning a furious stretch duel with Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin.

The pace of the race was extremely slow but that did Read More

Agreement Will Permit 'Ruffian' Movie to Air

An agreement has been reached between Frank Whiteley and Jacinto Vasquez, the respective trainer and jockey of the top racemare Ruffian; the Walt Disney Company ABC; ESPN; and a movie production company over a movie about the filly.

A statemen Read More

Street Sense, Hard Spun to Stand at Darley Upon Retirement

Sheikh Mohammed's Darley has announced that Street Sense and Hard Spun, the one-two finishers, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby, will retire to Darley near Lexington at the conclusion of their racing careers. Street Sense is a son of Darley Read More

Report: Darley Buys Breeding Rights to Street Sense

The Darley Stud of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has purchased the breeding rights to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, according to Daily Racing Form.

The publication said trainer Carl Read More

Belmont Decision for Street Sense to Come Thursday

A decision on whether Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby, will compete in the June 9 Belmont Stakes will be made during a May 31 press conference at Churchill Downs.

According to Churchill officials, trainer Carl Nafzger will be Read More

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

(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

Barbaro Painting Doing Well on eBay

(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

Hard Spun Looks Good for Belmont Stakes; Curlin Weary

(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

3 Jockeys Escape Serious Injury in Hollywood Spill

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

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

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

Crestwood Stallion Storm Boot Dead

Thoroughbred stallion Storm Boot, who sired 46 stakes winners at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, Ky., was euthanatized May 10 at Hagyard Equine Medical Center. A member of Storm Cat's first crop, 18-year-old Storm Boot suffered from Read More