Lion Heart, who ran second to Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is expected to top the field for the $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth on Saturday, July 17.
Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, injured while finishing sixth in the Ohio Derby (gr. II) June 12, will be out of action until this winter.
Victory Encounter, who gave trainer John Sadler his first grade I triumph with an unexpected Vanity Handicap performance in May, returns to Hollywood Park for another grade I opportunity in the $250,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap Sunday.
Bob Benoit, who has been associated with Hollywood Park for 51 years, has been named the inaugural winner of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award.
Jockey agent Bob Meldahl, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery on June 29 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, is recovering so rapidly that he paid Clocker's Corner at Santa Anita near his home a brief visit on Friday.
Trainer Dan Hendricks suffered spinal injuries in a motorcycle accident in Riverside County, Calif., on Wednesday.
With the Aug. 8 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) eliminated from his plans, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones now sets his sights on the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the purse for which could be raised from $750,000 to $1 million.
Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and fifth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) despite a rough trip in his last start, is scheduled to begin his second season at Belmont Park July 11 in the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
- By Tom Precious
Not only will Saratoga Gaming and Raceway not close down its video lottery terminal parlor in August to accommodate the New York Racing Association, but there is talk of the NYRA neighbor adding another 700 VLTs, a state official said.
Case Clay has been named co-director of sales for Three Chimneys Farm. He and Braxton Lynch will oversee all aspects of Three Chimneys Sales, which last year sold 190 mares, weanlings, and yearlings at public auction for more than $36 million.
Top Argentinian 3-year-old Forty Mirage, who was apparently kidnapped from his stall at Tandil racecourse some time Wednesday night or Thursday morning, was found Friday at a nearby military shooting range.
William K. Boniface has been elected president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. He succeeds Dr. Thomas Bowman, who led the organization for the past two years.
The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 has been confirmed as the cause of disease in two Maryland horses infected during a deadly outbreak this spring.
Millionaire Richter Scale was represented by his first two winners July 4, and one of them was a stakes winner.
A United States bankruptcy judge issued a ruling July 8 that could facilitate auction of Fair Grounds on Aug. 16.
A record 88 pre-entries have been received for the sixth running of the six-race, $550,000 Claiming Crown scheduled for July 17 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota.
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