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									OH Tracks to Get VLTs, But What About Purses?
Tom LaMarra, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 4:45:43 PM Last Updated: 7/13/2009 1:56:57 PM

Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland said July 10 he will sign an executive order authorizing video lottery
terminals at Ohio’s seven racetracks, but questions remain as to how much revenue—if any—purses
and breed development will receive.

The announcement culminated weeks of bickering between Ohio Republicans and Democrats over a
two-year budget that was to take effect July 1. The state has been operating with temporary budgets.

Republicans wouldn’t agree to authorize VLTs legislatively, though they will have to pass a bill that
includes implementation requirements. Strickland had a choice to authorize VLTs via executive order
or drop the plan, which he proposed.

―Under the bipartisan agreement, I will issue a directive instructing Ohio’s Lottery director to
expeditiously take all necessary actions to implement video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks,‖
Strickland said in a July 10 statement. ―The General Assembly will acknowledge the Lottery’s
authority to implement video lottery terminals and provide for a statutory definition of video lottery
terminals and other implementation requirements in (the budget bill).

―With this understanding, I am confident that the legislature can now move quickly to enact a balanced
budget that rightly prioritizes education as the foundation of Ohio’s economic revival, reduces state
government spending while minimizing the impact on critical health and safety services, and does not
raise taxes on Ohioans or Ohio businesses struggling through this recession.‖

Strickland hasn’t yet signed the order; the state legislature is expected to take more action on the
budget July 13. All parties, however, have agreed on the plan.

Horsemen haven’t seen the executive order, but they said previous drafts included no protection for
horsemen or percentages for purses and breed development programs. They said they wouldn’t
comment until they see the executive order and companion legislation, but expressed concern purses
and other protections won’t be part of the plan.

Earlier reports indicated the racetracks, which will serve as agents for the Ohio Lottery and have been
involved in negotiations with state legislators, proposed 4% of VLT revenue for horsemen, the lowest
figure in the country. The Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association told lawmakers
10% is the magic number.

Strickland in June said racetracks VLTs would be about plugging a ho le in the state budget, which is
short about $3.2 billion, not about saving Ohio's troubled horse racing industry. Racing officials have
said they would work to fund purses "adequately," but they offered no specifics.
Indiana looks to counter possible gambling competition
Lesley Stedman Weidenbener, Louisville Courier-Journal
Posted: July 12, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — Concerned in part about potential competition from Kentucky and Ohio, Indiana
lawmakers will study the state's gambling industry to see how best to position the casinos and protect
state revenue.

Although the Kentucky General Assembly failed to pass a bill last month to allow slot- like video
terminals at racetracks, Hoosier officials think the commonwealth will eventually act to stop India na
riverboats from siphoning dollars from Kentuckians' pocketbooks.

And Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced Friday that he will sign an executive order authorizing video
lottery terminals at the state's racetracks. He said he will direct the Ohio Lottery to move quickly to
have the terminals installed as a way to shore up state revenues.

"The foremost issue we need to look at is the possible competition from other states," said Rep. Trent
VanHaaften, the chairman of the House Public Policy Committee and a member of the Indiana study

"We have to look at how we deliver gaming in Indiana," said Van Haaften, D-Mount Vernon. "We
need to see how it should look in 2010, as opposed to how it was seen back in 1993," when the state's
casino law passed.

That could mean eliminating the requirement that Indiana's riverboat casinos be capable of cruising —
even though none of them do — or allowing them to rebuild on land.

It could mean changing the casinos' tax structure so that owners are encouraged to develop larger resort
properties and by simplifying an admisions tax so owners aren't punished financially when patrons
come and go from the casino floor.

Or it could mean allowing casinos to give free drinks to customers, a common practice in Las Vegas.

All those ideas and more are listed in the new state budget bill that created the study committee.

"We need to look at things that will keep the industry healthy but don't allow it to spread to the point
where it becomes a social problem," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley,
R-Noblesville, who will be a co-chairman of the study committee.

Patrick Neely, the executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, a group lobbying for
slots at horse tracks, said Kentucky officials should pay close attention to what the proposed changes
might be, particularly as they pertain to Indiana's two racetrack casinos.

Already, so-called "racino" revenue has bolstered purses at Indiana tracks, luring horses that would
otherwise race in Kentucky.

"The Indiana legislature has done a good job so far at protecting their horse industry and furthering
their interests," Neely said. "We're not going to be surprised if they try to put Kentucky at a further
competitive disadvantage."
Indiana has 10 riverboat casinos, which were authorized by the 1993 law, on the Ohio River and Lake
Michigan. The Ohio River boats include Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Harrison County, just a few
miles from downtown Louisville.

Lawmakers later authorized a land-based casino at French Lick in Southern Indiana and, more
recently, the installation of the slots-only racinos at the state's two horse tracks in Anderson and
Shelbyville. Combined, the casinos pay more than $800million annually in taxes to state and local

Mike Smith, executive director of the Casino Association of Indiana, said it's time to take a look at
how the industry is maturing and how it can be improved — including whether changes in the tax
structure could encourage development that brings in more revenue.

"It's an industry very important to economy of the state," he said. "… What we have here is a great
opportunity. But there's also a great opportunity for huge encroachment into our market from Ohio and
Kentucky and further expansion in the Chicagoland area."

Supporters of slots in Kentucky had hoped that encroachment could begin soon. The Kentucky House
passed a bill during June's special session that would have allowed video slots at seven of the eight
Kentucky tracks and used some of the proceeds to boost purses and fund breeding incentives.

Proponents argued that Kentucky must act to compete with states that authorized casino-style
gambling to support their racing and breeding industries.

But the bill died in the Senate, and the chamber's president, David Williams, R-Burkesville, said the
proposal has no chance to pass in 2010.

Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect, said that just gives Indiana — as well as Pennsylvania and West
Virginia — more time to poach Kentucky's horses, trainers and breede rs.

"I'm in the horse business and we've been screaming from the top of the rooftops for a long time that
this was going to happen," Osborne said. "We've been seeing little bits and pieces of it, but this year
was dramatic," primarily because of the changes brought by the Indiana racinos.

The idea for Indiana's new study emerged as House and Senate leaders were trying to beat back
attempts to insert gambling- related measures into the state budget bill — even though the proposals
had not been considered by legislative committees.

In particular, some northwestern Indiana lawmakers said in April that they would not vote for the
budget unless it allowed Gary to move one of its two underperforming casinos on Lake Michigan to a
new location in the city while essentially selling the other gambling license to another Indiana

The controversy contributed to lawmakers' failure to pass a budget on the session's last day and led to a
special session in June to write a new spending plan.

Just before the special session, Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced that
his chamber would not consider any budget bill that included gambling provisions — except for the
language creating the study committee.
Now, all the ideas that have been discussed largely behind closed doors will be aired in public

Kenley expects the first hearing to be held before Labor Day; then the group likely will meet through
the fall before preparing recommended legislation for the 2010 session.

One of its most important roles will be considering the gambling industry as a whole, rather than
looking at problems or proposals from individual venues.

Ernest Yelton, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said he applauds the study
because changes sought by one casino can affect the rest of the industry.

"Some may be simple on their face but they can have a domino effect," Yelton said. "They need to
study them and see which ones have merit."

Kevin Flanery ne w Churchill president
Matt Hegarty, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/13/2009, 11:09 am

Churchill Downs Inc. on Monday named Kevin Flanery, its senior vice president of national public
affairs and communications, as the president of its Louisville track.

Flanery will take over a position last held by Steve Sexton, who in January was moved to a new
subsidiary at Churchill's parent company. Flanery will report to Bill Carstanjen, who is the chief
operating officer of Churchill Downs Inc.

Flanery was first hired at Churchill in 2005 as vice president of national public affairs. He has been
most closely associated with Churchill's public-relations efforts surrounding the company's attempts to
get authorization for slot machines at its racetracks.

In 2008, Flanery headed up a public-relations campaign to get authorization for slot machines at the
company's Calder Race Course in Florida. Voters approved the machines in a referendum early that

Churchill and other Kentucky racetracks have been aggressively lobbying for slot machines over the
past several years, but so far, the efforts have been unsuccessful. During a special session in June, the
Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing slots at all seven state racetracks, but the
bill died at the committee level in the Senate. The legislation is expected to be resurrected next year, or
in another special session that may be called in the fall.

Prior to joining Churchill, Flanery was a secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration
Cabinet and president of Hagan Properties, a real-estate development company. He graduated from
Bellarmine University with a degree in psychology and received his law degree from the University of
No Ruling Yet in West Virginia Exclusions
Tom LaMarra, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 11:34:21 AM Last Updated: 7/11/2009 3:43:36 PM

No ruling was issued July 8 after a hearing in the ongoing exclusion case involving horsemen at
Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia.

The hearing was held in Kanawha County, W.Va., Circuit Court. The horsemen are attempting to have
the West Virginia Racing Commission hold hearings on their exclusion; track owner Penn National
Gaming Inc. is seeking to stop the action.

Both sides were told to prepare proposed orders in the case, said Doug McSwain, the National
Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association general counsel who is representing Dick and
Janene Watson and Patty Burns. The judge can sign one of the orders, who prepare his own, when the
next hearing is held.

―The judge had a lot of hard questions for both sides,‖ McSwain said. ―He’s going all the way to the
heart of the question.‖

The next hearing date hasn’t been set. It’s widely believed the ruling will be appealed to the West
Virginia Supreme Court by either side.

The WVRC planned to hold hearings on the exclusions, but PNGI appealed through the court system.
Observers believe the case and its outcome could set precedent.

Saratoga Open House on July 26
Edited NYRA release, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 2:05:04 PM Last Updated: 7/11/2009 9:15:39 AM

The 29th annual open house at Saratoga racecourse, scheduled for Sunday, July 26, will include five
races -- four steeplechase races and one turf race -- presented by the National Steeplechase

Presented by the New York Racing Association, the annual open house will be held from 11 a.m.-4
p.m. and will feature carnival games, lively music, giant inflatables, circus shows, a pet walk,
handicapping seminars and an array of food and beverages -- all to benefit local charities. Admission
and parking are free.

The National Steeplechase Association will get a jump on the racing season, presenting five races -
four jump races and a turf race – along with a special luncheon on the dining terrace and box area for
race sponsors and patrons of the event. There is no pari- mutuel wagering on these races, which get
underway at 1:30 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 2:40p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 3:50 p.m.

The Islip Horsemen’s Association Long Island Drill Team team will demonstrate its moves and skills
as more than a dozen horses execute intricate pinwheels, circles, and V formations. The team will
perform on the main track at 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
The open house will include the sixth annual mascot race, which pits area sports team’s mascots
against one another in a one-of-a-kind race. Veteran runner Rowdy the River Rat and first timers Spike
the Albany Firebird and Phlex the Adirondack Phantom will race tail for tail down the main track.
Additional area mascots are expected to join the competition.

While the mascots race on the main track, patrons can bring their pets for a leisurely stroll in the
backyard. The Best in Show Pet Walk will take place at open house near the Union Avenue gate from
Noon to 2:30 p.m. Pet owners are encouraged to donate $5 to the Classroom Enrichment Fund, which
is dedicated to helping local schools receive newspapers and other learning tools in their classrooms.

After making its debut appearance last year, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology will
again make a stop at open house bringing its educational and explorative Leaping Lizards and Rocking
Reptiles exhibit to the Spa. Featuring shows under the Carousel at 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m.
and 3 p.m., kids and families will have a chance to meet these cold-blooded creatures while learning all
about their behaviors, habitats and lifestyles.

The backyard will play host to a variety of activities including pony rides, inflatables, face painting,
caricatures and a petting zoo. Young racing fans can participate in the interactive backyard circus in
the festival tent, or try their skills in the inflatable obstacle course, the Adrenaline Rush.

Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers, a strolling swing jazz band, will make their way through the
track playing jazz favorites, while Mark Rabin performs cover songs underneath the bandstand from
such artists as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

The open house will also offer patrons a glimpse into the inner workings of the track with free
backstretch tours. The tours will run every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse entrance.

The day's activities will also include handicapping seminars in the Paddock Pavilion with handicappers
Nick Kling and Tom Amello from the Troy Record’s ―Track Facts‖ and Julie Hoxsie, a Thoroughbred
breeder and trainer and the associate producer of Off Track Betting’s "Down the Stretch" program.

Among the acitivities to benefit charities, visitors can have their photo taken and laminated on a 3‖x 4‖
photo magnet, available for a minimal donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Upstate New
York/Vermont Chapter.

Again this year, the Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council, a non-profit program that provides aid to
low- and/or fixed-income families in crisis, will greet patrons at the gates in an effort to collect non-
perishable canned goods. Each patron who donates two non-perishable canned items will receive a
commemorative 2009 NYRA calendar, while supplies last.

All proceeds from food and beverages benefit local charities and non-profit organizations such as
Living Resources, the Saratoga-Wilton BPOE, the Jewish Community Center, the Children's Museum
of Saratoga, the Racing City Chorus, the Brookside Museum, Saratoga EOC, the Saratoga Rowing
Association and the Knights of Columbus.

Season passes for the upcoming 2009 Saratoga Race Course season will be available for purchase at
the grandstand customer service center. The passes are $75 for clubhouse and $35 for grandstand. The
passes are good for the entire 36-day Saratoga meet, including Travers Day, Saturday, August 29.

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Montblanc Added as Breeders' Cup Partner
Edited Breeders' Cup release, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 1:27:58 PM

The Breeders’ Cup and Montblanc announced they have entered into a partnership, designating
Montblanc as the exclusive promotional partner in the timing category for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup.
The 26th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Nov. 6-7.
The event will be televised live on ABC and ESPN.

As part of the new relationship, Montblanc will:

--Present a Star Nicolas Rieussec timepiece to the winning owner of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic
and Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Winner’s Circle
--Provide VIP gifts for all participants (International VIPs, owners, breeders, jockeys, etc.)
--Have product displays in premium areas at Santa Anita Park

According to a release, Montblanc is owner of the patented rights to the Star Nicolas Rieussec timing
movement. Almost two hundred years ago King Louis XVIII commissioned Nicolas Rieussec to
develop a timing system that could record the exact times run by individual horses. The watchmaker
Rieussec succeeded—to an accuracy of a quarter of a second—at a horse racing event held in Paris in
1821, according to the release. Montblanc has crafted this method of timing, based on the principle of
turning discs and fixed indices, into the Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph, the release

Portland Meadows to Race 79 Days in 2009-2010
Edited Portland Meadows release, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/9/2009 8:28:58 AM Last Updated: 7/10/2009 10:03:05 AM

Portland Meadows has been awarded 79 racing days for 2009-2010 meet that will begin Monday, Oct.
5, and conclude Saturday, May 1.

Racing will be conducted on a Monday- Wednesday schedule from Oct. 5 through Feb. 24. Live
racing will then shift to two days per week, racing Monday and Wednesday in March and April, and
closing day will be Saturday program on Kentucky Derby Day, May 1.

During the 2008-2009 meet, all sources average handle was $676,595, which was 27.21% higher than
the previous meeting and marked the third consecutive year for an increase in handle. The stakes
schedule for the 2009-10 meeting will be released soon.

Portland Meadows barn area will open up for full-time training on Wednesday Aug. 5.
Geary's horse scratched at Ellis because of rule change
Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier Journal
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

When an emergency racing regulation was passed dealing with licensing issues, a little-known
provision went into effect: Officers or corporate executives of racetracks in Kentucky cannot run
horses they own at their track.

This provision became much more public when Saturday morning the Ellis Park stewards scratched
Ellis owner Ron Geary's horse Grasmere Park from the eighth race of the opening-day card. Actually,
the gelding was taken out of racing consideration much earlier, with Kentucky Horse Racing
Commission executive director Lisa Underwood notifying Geary of the problem on Thursday, said
chief state steward John Veitch. Entries were taken Wednesday.

Veitch said Geary had not been aware of the regulatory change, understood it and wanted to comply
with the rules.

The change went into affect since last year's Ellis Park meet. Veitch said the ownership licensing
regulation was tightened in the wake of Einstein's jailed owners, the fen-phen disbarred lawyers
Shirley Cunningham and Bill Gallion, leasing the top handicap horse to their wife and girlfriend,
respectively. Unlike New York - where Einstein was not permitted to run because of licensing issues,
Kentucky then required only the lessees to be licensed, not the leasor.

Now both those who get the horse through a lease arrangement and the original owners must be
licensed in Kentucky. (Einstein now runs in Kentucky without impediment because a court-appointed
receiver has control over the horse.) But while the commission and Frankfort were at it, other changes
were made to address seeming conflicts of interest.

The only other racetrack head impacted by the rule change would be Corey Johnsen, the president of
Kentucky Downs in Franklin and a horse owner. Geary and Johnsen are free to run horses at any track
in the state but their own.

The regulation does not apply to stockholders and board members of a Kentucky track as long as they
are not officials of the corporation, Veitch said. For instance, Churchill board chairman Carl Pollard is
free to run his horses at Churchill Downs; the many breeders on the Keeneland board can run at that

It's a Bird hearing scheduled
Mary Rampellini, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/10/2009, 6:17 pm

The Arkansas Racing Commission has scheduled a July 21 hearing on It's a Bird's positive test for
Naproxen following his April 4 win in the Grade 2, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap. The hearing will be
heard during the commission's regularly scheduled meeting at the Ledbetter Building in Little Rock,

Oaklawn concluded its meet April 11.
"Since the stewards are gone, this one is going straight to the commission," said Ron Oliver, executive
director of the commission.

Naproxen, a nonsteriodal anti- inflammatory sold for human use under the brand name Aleve, is a Class
4 medication violation. Arkansas has a zero-tolerance policy on the drug. Possible penalties are loss of
purse, fine and/or suspension.

It's a Bird has established himself as one of the top handicap horses in the nation this year for trainer
Marty Wolfson. He won the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in January, and
followed that up with wins in the Oaklawn and the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on
May 25.

In his most recent start, It's a Bird was seventh in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont Park on July 4.

Kirk Ziadie gets 60-day ban
Mike Welsch, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/10/2009, 6:13 pm

Kirk Ziadie, who has won the last two Calder training titles and two of the last three Tropical at Calder
championships, has been issued a 60-day suspension by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering
after one of his horses, Not Acclaim, tested positive for the tra nquilizer acepromazine on March 19,
2007, at Gulfstream Park.

According to state steward Kevin Scheen, Ziadie's suspension was to have been effective on June 18,
but neither Ziadie nor the Calder stewards were notified of the decision until June 26 because of an
error by the division. Scheen said Ziadie immediately filed an appeal and was granted a stay of the
suspension by the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee.

"The matter is out of our hands and in the hands of the appellate court at the mo ment," Scheen said on

Ziadie, who was also issued a $1,000 fine to go along with his 60 day suspension, is third in the
standings at the Calder meet with 15 victories through Friday.

Ziadie, the son of veteran south Florida horseman Ralph Ziadie, is the trainer of Marina Ballerina, who
was scheduled to compete in Saturday's Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder.

'Zero Tole rance' an Issue in Asmussen Case
Dan Johnson, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/9/2009 11:43:30 AM Last Updated: 7/10/2009 10:04:20 AM

Even after an eight-hour hearing July 7, the arguments still aren’t over concerning a May 2008 drug
positive for one of Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen’s horses.
Asmussen’s Timber Trick tested positive for a lidocaine metabolite after winning a maiden race at
Lone Star Park in Texas 14 months ago. Asmussen and his attorneys contended that lidocaine, a local
anesthetic, wasn’t injected into the filly, and they believe the level found was so minute the positive is
the result of accidental contamination.

That argument continued July 8 when Asmussen’s attorneys, Karen Murphy and Maggi Moss, filed an
objection that cited other cases in which the quantitative amount was considered by the Texas Racing
Commission. One of the defense requests that had been turned down was to have the blood tested to
show the amount of the lidocaine metabolite.

―It’s so minuscule, they need to quantify it,‖ Moss said after the hearing. ―We said we’d stand behind
the truth even if it was lidocaine.‖

The commission issued a statement saying the level doesn’t matter since Texas has a zero-tolerance
policy for lidocaine, which is rated as a Class 2 violation by the Association of Racing Commissioners

Asmussen’s attorneys had earlier asked a Texas district court for data on a split sample, but were told
they had to exhaust their administrative appeals before the court could have jurisdiction.

Australia: WA trainer disqualified for five years
Posted: 14 Jul 2009

Dual licensed trainer Greg Harper has been disqualified by RWWA Stewards in a marathon inquiry
that concluded at 6.15 pm on Monday evening.

Harper had been charged under AR 178 that he presented Flythaiga at Asco t races on January 31, with
an elevated TCO2 level and pleaded guilty. Flythaiga finished fifth to Brave Knight.

Harper was disqualified for five years, effective immediately.

This was the fourth drug related offence that Harper has been found guilty of and the third involving an
elevated TCO2 level.

Hollywood track announcer Stauffer hospitalized
Steve Schuelein, Thoroughbred Times
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 5:27 PM

Vic Stauffer, track announcer at Hollywood Park and agent for meet- leading jockey Joel Rosario, was
hospitalized at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California, and was undergoing tests on
Stauffer, 50, was admitted Saturday night, complaining of weakness after attending a concert with his

Ed Burgart, track announcer at Los Alamitos, pinch- hit for Stauffer behind the mike at Hollywood
Park Sunday.

Douglas Update: Spirits High, Progress Slow
Deirdre B. Biles, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 7:49:48 PM Last Updated: 7/11/2009 9:13:51 AM

Rene Douglas
Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Rene Douglas, who was seriously injured in a May 23 riding mishap at Arlington Park in Illinois,
continues to undergo rehabilitation following his injury.

―Rene’s spirits are high, the work is difficult, and the progress is slow,‖ reported Douglas’ agent,
Dennis Cooper, in a message that was sent on July 10 to the 3,632- member Facebook group ―Rene
Douglas Get Well Card.‖

Douglas’ rehabilitation was interrupted in June by complications caused by pneumonia, and he had to
return to Chicago's Northwestern University Hospital, where he was taken after his accident.. He is
now back at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Douglas underwent extensive spinal surgery May 24 after suffering a variety of injuries, including
broken vertebrae in his neck and compressed vertebrae in his lower back, when his mount, Born To
Be, clipped heels and fell on him during the Arlington Matron (gr. III).\

According to the Facebook message, cards, flowers, and fresh plants can be sent to the Rehabilitation
Institute at 345 E. Superior Street, Chicago, Ill. 60611, Rene Douglas, room 744.
Racing News
Stars of Texas a big day all around for Asmussen
Mary Rampellini, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/11/2009, 8:17 pm

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Back in April, the management of Lone Star Park began making plans to
honor the track's all-time winningest trainer, Steve Asmussen, at the meet that was upcoming.
Saturday, things came together in a big way. Asmussen was feted as Lone Star's man of the year during
a card in which he set a record for trainer wins in a meet and swept half of the four stakes that made up
the $375,000 Stars of Texas Day.

"He's our man," said Lone Star spokesperson Dan Leary. "He's from here. He's reached a pinnacle at
the highest levels nationally and internationally and we just wanted to honor and thank him."

The stakes portion of Stars of Texas Day opened with the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the
Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds. Big Texas Daddy overtook a game Western Forum by three-
quarters of a length to give Asmussen a total of 99 wins at the meet, enough to break the record of 98
that trainer Cole Norman set at Lone Star in 2003.

Big Texas Daddy ($5.20) stalked the pace and closed well under Justin Shepherd, covering 5 1/2
furlongs in 1:03.70. Western Forum held second, 7 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Range War.
Big Texas Daddy is a son of Texas's perennial leading sire, Valid Expectations, and he races for
Ackerley Brothers Farm.

"He was named after Valid Expectations," said Asmussen, 43, who also trained Valid Expectations for
Ackerley Brothers Farm.

Asmussen's other stakes winner on the card came in the $125,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion
Stakes with Camille's Appeal ($11.40). She closed fast for a 2 1/4-length win, covering the 5 1/2
furlongs for 2-year-olds in 1:03.98. Shepherd was also aboard, one of five winners he had on the card,
all for Asmussen. Camille's Appeal was making her first start for Asmussen after being purchased
privately by Ro Parra.

Asmussen, who trained Curlin to back-to-back Horse of the Year titles in 2007 and 2008, is a resident
of nearby Arlington, Texas. He won the Eclipse Award as North America's outstanding trainer of 2008,
and currently trains Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra. She is a top candidate for 2009 Horse of the

"It's been a great ride, and we want to continue it," said Asmussen.

Rachel Alexandra in Bullet Work at Saratoga
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 1:36:05 PM Last Updated: 7/13/2009 1:52:51 PM

BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in 1:01.38 over the
Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Racecourse July 13. The bullet work, with exercise rider Dominic
Terry aboard, was the fastest of the day among 12 working that distance on the training track.
―She’s tremendous; she’s a beautiful animal; she’s doing great,‖ said trainer Steve Asmusse n. ―She
was unbelievably light on her feet today and she felt great about doing it. It was about as easy as she
could do it. It was exactly what I was hoping to see.‖

She took the first three fractions in :12 3/5, :25 and :37 1/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14
4/5. This was the first time that Asmussen has been at his Saratoga stable since Rachel Alexandra
arrived there on June 28.

Immediately after the work, Asmussen said no decision had been made on when the filly will make her
next start, although tthe grade II, $1 million Delaware Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and
up going 1 1/4 miles at Delaware Park Sunday, July 19, is under consideration.

―I think (a decision) to eliminate the Delaware Handicap will have to be made today or tomorrow from
a timing standpoint,‖ Asmussen said. ―They are drawing the entries tomorrow (for the race). It’s a
timing thing more than anything. Her being a three-year-old filly that has success outside of her
division just gives (us) that many more options. I think the only thing that we can state is the obvious –
that’s her and she looks good.‖

Jess Jackson, principal of Stonestreet Stables, and co-owner Harold T. McCormick and trainer
Asmussen may also be considering the grade I, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-
old fillies running 1 1/4 miles on July 25 at Belmont Park and the grade I, $1 million, nine- furlong
Haskell Invitational for 3- year-olds on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.

The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was shipped to Saratoga after winning the Mother Goose by a stakes-
record margin of 19¼ lengths. The previous record for the Mother Goose (13½ lengths) was set by
Ruffian in 1975. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro also ran a stakes-record time of 1:46.33 for 1 1/8
miles, surpassing Lakeway’s 1994 record of 1:46.58. Previous to the Preakness, she won the Kentucky
Oaks (gr. I) when trained by Hal Wiggins.

Mine That Bird breezes five furlongs
Marty McGee, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/13/2009, 1:51 pm

Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs
Mine That Bird drills five furlongs in 1:02 at Churchill on Monday in preparation for the West
Virginia Derby.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was sent through another workout
Monday over a fast track at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:02 on a cool, sunny morning.

Going shortly after the renovation break, and with Jamie Theriot aboard, Mine That Bird galloped out
six furlongs into the clubhouse turn in 1:15. The 1:02 clocking was the 12th- fastest of 18 works of the
morning at the five- furlong distance.

It was the third workout for the gelding since he finished third as the favorite in the June 6 Belmont
Stakes. He previously breezed a half- mile on June 29 and July 7.

Trainer Chip Woolley has said that Mine That Bird, owned by Mark Allen and Leonard Blach, will
make his next start in the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Park in
Chester, W.Va. Woolley told Churchill officials Monday that he will breeze the gelding next Monday,
and probably will ship him out of Churchill on July 24.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has the mount on Mine That Bird in his next two scheduled starts,
including the $1 million Shadwell Travers on Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

Mine That Bird won the 135th Kentucky Derby on May 2 before running second in the May 16
Preakness and third in the Belmont. Calvin Borel rode him in the Derby and Belmont.

Sariska doubles up in Irish Oaks
Alan Shuback, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/12/2009, 5:27 pm

It was a stroll in the park for Sariska at the Curragh on Sunday as the English Oaks winner doubled her
classic pleasure with the easiest of victories in the $701,000 Irish Oaks. In a performance that recalled
that of Montjeu in the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, and that of
Millkom in the 1995 Man o' War Stakes, Sariska cruised to a three- length victory over longshot Roses
for the Lady. Midday, a head runner-up in the English Oaks, was a well beaten third, 7 1/2 lengths
behind the impressive winner.

Jamie Spencer was content to let the even- money Sariska dawdle along near the back of the 10-runner
field as Roses for the Lady slogged her way through the heavy ground on the front end, serving as the
pacesetter for her John Oxx-trained stablemate Beauty O'Gwaun, who was some eight lengths behind
in third, just in front of the 9-2 Midday. Beauty O'Gwaun called it quits more than a half- mile from
home as Midday loomed large, but for a moment it seemed as if the 25-1 rabbit might hold on. Sariska,
however, was under a double hold as she made up gound by the stride midway through the stretch. The
Pivotal filly calmly galloped to the lead at the sixteenth pole, her imperious triumph punctuated b y
Spencer's look over his shoulder at Fran Berry, who had no answer aboard the maiden Roses for the

The winning time for the 1 1/2 miles was an inconquesential 2:45.84. This race was all about the class
of Sariska, who has now won three straight, the 1 5/16- mile, Group 3 Musidora Stakes having
preceded her victory in the English Oaks.

Trainer Michael Bell said that Sariska would run next against older fillies and mares in the 1 1/2- mile,
Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York on Aug. 20, after which an autumn campaign would be mapped out.
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is an intended target, although she would have to be supplemented for
that 1 1/2- mile Oct. 4 contest at Longchamp, for which she is now 8-1 with both Ladbrokes and
William Hill.

Rail Trip breaks through to win Gold Cup
Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form
Posted 7/11/2009, 8:58 pm

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It's easy to put a label on a horse.

When Rail Trip entered training in 2007, trainer Ron Ellis thought he'd be a Derby horse in 2008. That
ended when the colt was diagnosed with a bone chip in an ankle. Earlier this year, after Rail Trip won
three two-turn races but was beaten in two stakes, it looked like was a miler.

It turns out that Rail Trip is a Gold Cup horse, as in Saturday's $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Winning his first graded stakes, Rail Trip stalked 23-1 pacesetter Tres Borrachos to the final turn and
pulled clear through the stretch to win the Grade 1 Gold Cup by three lengths. Ridden by Jose
Valdivia, Jr. Rail Trip ($21.40) ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.75, a track record on Hollywood Park's Cushion
Track synthetic surface.

The victory ended a two-race losing streak for Rail Trip, second-place finishes in the Grade 2 Mervyn
LeRoy Handicap in May and the Grade 2 Californian Stakes in J une. Those losses were preceded by
wins in his first five starts.

"He's a lightly raced horse and I think he learned a lot off those two races," Ellis said. "I think he got
labeled a little too early in his life. All the races he's run have been a build-up to this."

The Gold Cup was the first time that Rail Trip was not favored. Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel,
Rail Trip was dismissed as the fifth choice in the betting.

Valdivia kept Rail Trip near the front throughout, tracking Tres Borrachos through early fractions of
23.72 and 47.94 seconds. Rail Trip moved alongside Tres Borrachos on the turn and was not
threatened in the stretch, turning a lead of 1 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole to three lengths at the finish.

"Before I got to the quarter pole, I thought, 'I'm going to try to break this race open,' " Valdivia said. "I
didn't think it was a matter if he was good enough. I just kept thinking whether he could get the mile
and a quarter. I knew they were really going to have to run hard to get by me."

Tres Borrachos, the winner of the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes in 2008, held second, finishing 4 3/4 lengths
in front of Life Is Sweet, the only female in the field of 13. Life Is Sweet, who won the Grade 1 Santa
Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita in March, was 12th on the backstretch and passed eight rivals in the
final furlong to be third.

"She ran okay," said jockey Garrett Gomez. "I still believe she doesn't handle this racetrack as well as
she does Santa Anita's."
Mast Track, who won the 2008 Gold Cup finished fourth, followed by Parading (the 2-1 favorite),
Informed, Magnum, Global Hunter, Dakota Phone, Bullsbay, Song of Navarone, Big Booster, and
Autism Awareness.

Ellis described the win as his biggest personal achievement since 2004 when Declan's Moon was the
champion 2-year-old male.

Rail Trip has won 6 of 8 starts and $667,790. His first five wins consisted of a maiden race, three
allowance races, and the Santana Mile Handicap at Santa Anita in April.

The victory was a vindication for Samantha Siegel, who always through Rail Trip had the ability to
win a major race.

"We gave him plenty of time," she said. "We thought he'd make a good older horse.

"He's gotten better after every single race. It took us a little longer to get him to these type of races."

Penn Horsemen to Get $400,000 'Thank You'
Tom LaMarra, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/9/2009 1:31:01 PM Last Updated: 7/10/2009 9:59:22 AM

Horsemen at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course are getting a $400,000 ―thank you‖ July

The Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association put together the program, which
features nine overnight races with inflated purses. A similar program is scheduled for July 18.

Purses at Penn National are fueled by revenue from slot machines that became operational in the
winter of 2008. The July 11 pots are roughly double the usual nightly average.

Entry-level allowance races will go for $60,000 and maiden special weight events for $50,000. The
purse for a $5,000 claiming event for non-winners of two races lifetime is $20,000, and the purse for a
―name your own claiming price‖ event at 1 1/2 miles is $40,000.

The featured event on the 10-race card is the previously scheduled $75,000 Ligature Stakes for
Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares.

No race drew fewer than 12 entries. Eight races have also-eligible lists five- and six- horses deep.

The program stemmed from discussions during meetings of Penn National's condition book committee.

―(The program) was designed for those horsemen who have supported our program through the lean
times,‖ Pennsylvania HBPA executive director Todd Mostoller said. ―Basically, it was put together as
an opportunity for them to have preference of entry and good purses, and to say thank you.‖

Penn National is expecting close to 500 people in a tent on the apron that night. The overnight races
July 11 are for male horses; races with similar conditions July 18 will be for female horses.
―We’ll see how it goes,‖ Mostoller said. ―We’re really please with the entries we’ve gotten. It might be
tweaked (in the future), but it’s certainly something we’ll look to do on an annual basis."

Ellis Park: Fans flock to Funny Cide
Tim Etheridge, Evansville Courier & Press
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2009

                                                            HENDERSON, Ky. — Tom Ausenbaugh
                                                            was in the clubhouse at Ellis Park,
                                                            handicapping the 2003 Kentucky Derby in
                                                            the minutes leading up to the race, when a
                                                            woman he had never met handed him a
                                                            picture of a chestnut horse.

                                                            "This one," she said, "is going to win the

                                                            Ausenbaugh laughed it off. But he also
                                                            purchased a $5 win ticket. Later, after
                                                            watching the simulcast from Churchill
                                                            Downs, he was cashing a ticket worth

The Evansville retiree has been a fan of Funny Cide ever since.

"When you win on one, particularly when it's so unexpected, you remember it," Ausenbaugh said
Saturday, standing outside the paddock at Ellis Park and watching as the 2003 Derby winner was
treated with a bag of peppermints. "I would've been here since it's opening day, anyway, but when I
saw he would be here, too, I thought I'd come by and pay my respects.

"And believe me, I still have that picture at home."

Hundreds of fans filed past the paddock to check out the now 9-year-old Funny Cide, who raced until
he was 7 winning more than $3.5 million and now is retired to the Kentucky Horse Farm near

He's still a star for fans nationwide.

"Anywhere I go, all the time, people ask me how he's doing," said Jack Knowlton, one of the partners
in the Sackatoga Stable (named for the high school classmates' home town of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.,
and favorite track, Saratoga) who purchased Funny Cide for $75,000 as a 2-year-old.

"I go to Belmont, I go to Gulfstream, all I hear is 'how's he doing?, is he happy?' He's kind of gone but
not forgotten. He's a good old horse, and he makes people happy and still does a lot of good."

Funny Cide merchandise was for sale on Saturday, and Knowlton accepted donations for his
autograph. The money goes to the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions.
It's one way that Funny Cide keeps giving to the game. As a gelding, he wasn't rushed off to the
breeding shed, so he raced longer than many modern horses and now serves as an ambassador of sorts.

"He ran 38 races, and the wear and tear kind of got to him," said Knowlton. "So (trainer) Barclay Tagg
used him as a stable pony for a year, then we took him to the Kentucky Horse Park.

"He's been good for the game. His last race, we took him to a little track in New York, Finger Lakes,
and they set an attendance record, had the b iggest crowd (12,000) since they opened 40-something
years ago."

"This horse won a stake every year he raced except when he was 5 and had some injuries," said
Knowlton. "The only life he knows is around race tracks. Being a Derby winner, it seems that it's
something magical for people. We've taken him to not just the biggest tracks, but to anywhere that it
worked out. I think people appreciate that."

They did in Henderson, which hadn't seen a Derby winner since 1923 champion Black Gold stabled
but did not race in 1927 at what then was called Dade Park.

Steve Aichle, a horse owner based near San Diego, came in to visit friends and be part of a crowd
estimated at 6,009. He was happy to see Funny Cide, too. "Things like this, it's good for the game," he
said. "It's good to see such a nice horse still looking so good, still being part of the game."

Breeding News
Stallion Lawyer Ron Euthanized
Ron Mitchell, Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 12:19:37 PM Last Updated: 7/13/2009 10:11:17 AM

Lawyer Ron
Photo: Suzie Picou-Oldham

Lawyer Ron , the 2007 champion older male, was euthanized July 10 at Stonewall Farm Stallions
near Versailles, Ky., due to complications from a recent colic surgery

A 6-year-old son of Langfuhr , Lawyer Ron was standing his second season at stud at Audrey
Haisfield's Stonewall Farm Stallions, and his first crop of foals arrived this year.
―Not only was he a superior racehorse but his physical presence and contagious personality captivated
everyone that saw him,‖ said Clark Shepherd, manager of Stonewall Farm Stallions. ―His first foals are
tremendous. When breeders call in to report their Lawyer Ron foals being born, they all ha ve a story to
tell. This is obviously a huge loss for us, as well as for the racing and breeding community.‖

Lawyer Ron stood at Stonewall for a 2009 fee of $25,000.

Bred by the late James T. Hines Jr. and named for Hines' longtime friend and advisor, attorney Ron
Bamberger, Lawyer Ron raced solely for his breeder until an interest in the colt was purchased by
Stonewall Farms Racing Div. 1 prior to an unplaced finish in the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by
Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Lawyer Ron retired with a dozen wins and eight placings from 26 races and earnings of $2,790,008.
He was trained first by Robert Holthus and then by Todd Pletcher. His dam, Donation, is by Lord

During his championship season in 2007 while trained by Pletcher, Lawyer Ron won a n allowance
race before posting a daylight win in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II). Trained in 2007 by Pletcher,
Lawyer Ron shipped to Saratoga, where he won the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) while setting a new track
record of 1:46.64 for nine furlongs, and won the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) by more than eight lengths.

Black Tie Affair Pensioned
Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:26:15 AM Last Updated: 7/13/2009 10:16:22 AM

Photo by Laura Plato
Visit to O’Sullivan Farms during NHBPA Summer Convention.
Black Tie Affair, 1991 Horse of the Year, has been pensioned at Randy Funkhouser’s O’Sullivan
Farms near Charles Town, W.Va., because of complications from arthritis. The 23-year-old son of
Miswaki found it difficult to cover mares.

―His fertility was fine last year,‖ Funkhouser said. ―He covered about 36 mares.‖

Bred in Ireland by S. Peakoff, Black Tie Affair was voted Horse of the Year and champion older male
after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and six other graded stakes for owner Jeff Sullivan and
trainer Ernie Poulos. Poulos, a popular trainer on the Illinois circuit, died in March of 1997.

Black Tie Affair closed out his Horse of the Year season with six consecutive victories, taking the
Stephen Foster (gr. III), Michigan Mile Handicap (gr. III), Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III), Philip Iselin
Handicap (gr. I), and Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) prior to the Breeders' Cup. His streak came
under four jockeys: Juvenile Diaz, Pat Day, Shane Sellers, and Jerry Bailey.

Black Tie Affair was retired after the Classic with 18 wins from 45 starts and earnings of $3,370,694.

Black Tie Affair, who entered stud in 1992 at Ben Walden Jr.’s Vinery near Midway, Ky., and later
stood several years in Japan, has sired 35 stakes winners, including grade I winner and New York fan
favorite Evening Attire and grade I winner and sire Formal Gold. His progeny earnings are $56.2

Black Tie Affair stood at O' Sullivan for a partnership managed by Donna Hayes. Black Tie Affair is
out the Al Hattab mare Hat Tab Girl.

Takeover Target retired with serious injury
Thoroughbred Times
Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 6:34 PM

Takeover Target, Australia’s champion sprinter of 2006, has been retired after sustaining a career-
ending injury during a seventh-place finish in the Darley July Cup (Eng-G1) on July 10 at Newmarket
in England.

The nine-year-old Celtic Swing gelding had surgery to stabilize a cracked cannon bone in his left hind
leg at the Newmarket Veterinary Clinic, The Australian reported. Five screws we re inserted into the
leg. He also is believed to have fractured the sesamoid bone in the same leg.

Takeover Target will remain hospitalized for approximately 60 days before returning to is native

―He seems fine after the operation and he needs rest,‖ trainer and co-owner Joe Janiak told the
publication. ―He has been a fantastic horse and we have had some great adventures with him.‖

Janiak bought Takeover Target for $1,200 (Australian). He won 21 of 41 career starts, including seven
Group 1 races in Australia and Japan and was competitive at the highest level from 2006 to ’08 at
Royal Ascot in England.
His victories include the 2006 Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (Aus-G1) and Lightning Stakes
(Aus-G1) en route to honors as Australia’s champion sprinter. Sent to England the same season, he
won the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-G2) and finished third in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-G1), both
at Royal Ascot . He also won the ’06 Sprinters Stakes (Jpn-G1) at Nakayama in Japan.

Out of Shady Stream, by Archregent, Takeover Target was bred by Meringo Stud Farm, New South
Wales. Janiak plans to retire him to his stable at Coffs Harbour.

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