The July 14 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) is shaping up to be a continental showdown at Delaware Park. The $500,000, 1 1/16-mile race has attracted a field of eight entrants from points across North America. Appearing to head the field are Cotton Blossom, High Heels, and Tough Tiz's Sis.
Delaware Park announced July 10 the selection of five inductees into its newly established Wall of Fame. The inaugural class of inductees consists of Kelso, Henry Clark, Willie Shoemaker, Jane and Henry Lunger's Christiana Stables, and William DuPont, Jr.
Yes, there are 3-year-olds west of the Mississippi this year. Which one, or ones, will earn the right to take on the big guns back east will be decided in Saturday's $350,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), where Tiago will make his first start in California since winning the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Craig Carter, a 26-year veteran in diagnostic veterinary medicine, is the new director of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center.
Medication, equine health, and the impact advance deposit wagering has on the economics of racing will share the spotlight when The Jockey Club hosts its 55th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing Aug. 19 at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Dennis Diaz, who created a stir by bypassing a chance to win the Triple Crown with his 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Spend a Buck, died July 2 at his Tampa, Fla., home.
Jockey Joe Bravo scored the 4,000th victory of his career when he guided the Todd Pletcher-trained Alotofappeal to a one-length victory in the seventh race at Monmouth Park Wednesdau, an allowance event.
Jockey Tony Culhane was among four individuals banned from British racing at a Horseracing Regulatory Authority inquiry held in London, England on Monday, July 9.
Gemstar-TV Guide, which owns TVG, the account wagering service and horse racing network and publishes TV Guide magazine, said July 9 it had hired investment bankers to explore strategic alternatives, including the sale of the company.
IEAH announced July 10 the commencement of construction on its equine medical facility at Belmont Park, and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for July 13. The project has been in the making for more than three years, and the scope of the project has grown substantially due to the enormous demand.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation of South Carolina has received a $10,000 grant from the Thoroughbred Charities of America as the South Carolina group kicks off its 2007-08 fiscal year fund raising efforts.
Trainer Monty Roberts will be the guest speaker at a reception to introduce this year's recipients of scholarships from The Race for Education, the Kentucky Equine Education Program, and the Kentucky Horse Council. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 14 at Victorian Square in Lexington.
Firing bids like a machine gun, Riichi Kondo continued his aggressive buying spree at the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale on Tuesday, grabbing another half brother to his multiple group I winner Admire Moon for a session-topping 300 million yen ($2,631,578).
Trainer H. Graham Motion's Rosinka tackles Todd Pletcher trainee Safari Queen in Saturday's $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Included in that "it's not illegal if you can't test for it" category is cobra venom, the use of which has been rumored for years. The substance, believed to be 1,000 times more powerful than morphine, can help a horse run through pain by blocking impulses through the nervous system. Use of the substance in horse racing is illegal. Worse yet, it's cruel to the animal.
- By Tom LaMarra
By Tom LaMarra - Gaming in West Virginia and other states has kept racetracks open, put money in horsemen's pockets, and encouraged breed development. Whether it has done anything to spark long-term interest in and stability for horse racing is dubious at best.
Calvin Borel and Robby Albarado, the winning jockeys in this year's first two legs of the Triple Crown, are set to renew their rivalry in the inaugural Cajun Jockey Challenge at Evangeline Downs Racetrack July 13.
James Burk and Gary Sproule have been named chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Youbet.com, the company announced July 9.
Dr. Tom David has been hired as equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission effective July 9.
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