Grade I winner A P. Valentine was represented by his first winner when a 2-year-old daughter from his second crop, Higgie, won July 9 at Monmouth Park in her first start. Bred in Kentucky by Cherry Valley Farm, Rick Pitino, and Joey Carballeira, Higgie ran the five furlongs in :59.99 to win for Runnin Cardinal Stable. She is out of the stakes-winning Housebuster mare Aces, whose other five foals of racing age are all winners.A P Valentine (A.P. Indy--Twenty Eight Carat, by Alydar) stands for $5,000 at Dr. and Mrs. William C. Day's Cedar Creek Farm near Brenham, Texas.
See the twisted figure standing near the Oklahoma track? Yes, that's Javier Castellano, and it looks like he's attempting to master some absurd Yoga pose as he bends over backward with hands clasped above his head.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, a Thoroughbred owner for two decades, will be the guest speaker at the 2007 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, Aug. 6.