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Around the Backstretch

Here's a quick look around the world of horse racing and the items making news.

Sidney's Candy resumes training after scan - Daily Racing Form
Sidney’s Candy resumed training Wednesday at Santa Anita after tests conducted Monday revealed no injuries to his right hind foot, which kept him from starting in the San Fernando Stakes last week, trainer John Sadler said.

Super Saver's little brother Brethren targets Sam F. Davis -Daily Racing Form
Brethren, a full-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, is still a few breezes away from his 3-year-old debut, which is likely to come in the Feb. 12 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Arlington Releases 2011 Stakes Schedule -
Highlighted by the Arlington Million (gr. IT), Arlington Park will offer 22 stakes races worth more than $4.2 million during its 86 days of racing in 2011. The meet runs from May 6 through Sept. 25.

Owner Suspended For Use of Confederate Silks -
A California horse owner who improperly substituted jockey silks in the image of the Confederate Southern Cross for his regular colors has accepted a $1,500 fine and the suspension of his license for the current term.

Hooh Why Heads Sovereign Finalists -
Sovereign Award finalists (the Canadian version of the Eclipse Awards) were announced Jan. 19.

Horse of The Year commentary: It’s Time for Some Criteria - Thoroughbred Times

Keeneland spring meet to offer 16 stakes worth $3.4 million - Daily Racing Form
Keeneland Race Course released the stakes schedule for the 2011 spring meet with minimal change from years past, although three stakes have undergone moderate purse cuts from 2010.  

And finally, there is a very intriguing opinion piece over at about what race tracks can do (or not do) to lure new fans into the game.  

Want New Fans? Make It Simple - By Gary Popoli, Ph.D. - Blog Stable
Racing is risking the loss of fans by complicating the core purpose of attendance, which is betting.