Defending champion Sky Conqueror heads a well-matched field of eight turf specialists Sunday in the $700,000 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Turf (Can-II) at Woodbine.
Thoroughbred owner Merv Griffin, who campaigned 2005 juvenile champion Stevie Wonderboy, remained hospitalized July 20 with a recurrence of prostate cancer, according to an announcement posted on the entertainer's Web site.
In order to accommodate ABC's two-hour live coverage of the Breeders' Cup Challenge at Saratoga Race Course on Whitney Handicap (gr. I) day July 28, the schedule of races has been changed, the track announced Friday.
Arravale, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2006, makes her long awaited seasonal debut Sunday at Woodbine in the $300,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-II).
Woodman, the sire and broodmare sire of more than 100 stakes winners, was euthanized July 19. He was 24.
If anyone is planning on being anywhere near the lead in the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 5, they better think twice before taking on Cable Boy, the undefeated local hero who tore up the Monmouth track Friday, working five furlongs between races in :57 1/5.
The 2007 running of Monmouth Park's $1-million Haskell Invitational Presented by Vonage (gr. I) promises to be one of the best ever, with Preakness (gr. I) winner Curlin, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Hard Spun, and the undefeated Cable Boy heading the field.
Starlight Stables is offering partnership opportunities "to a small number investors" in the horses it is purchasing this year at the yearling sales through Florida horseman Barry Berkelhammer, according to a press release issued Friday.
Jockey Calvin Borel, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and veteran trainer Rick Violette will be panel members for the Saratoga Preview program July 23 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- By Tom Precious
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is asking the four entities vying for the state's Thoroughbred franchise to re-submit their bidding packages to reflect changes made in their structure and plans over the past year. He also opened the door for any of the existing bidders to join forces in a joint venture deal.
The nation's last horse-slaughtering plant can reopen while it challenges a state law that forced it to close twice in the last two months, an Illinois federal appeals court ruled.
- By Jack Shinar
Preliminary approval of a plan by the Thoroughbred Owners of California to create a charitable fund for retired racehorses was granted by the state horse racing board during its meeting at Del Mar on July 19.
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