Despite being away from action for more than a year, multiple grade II winner Surf Cat presents a formidable obstacle for Siren Lure, who attempts to defend his title in the $300,000 Triple Bend Invitational Handicap at Hollywood Park Saturday.
The multiple grade I winner Balance, well beaten by undefeated California bred Nashoba's Key when they met a month ago, will get another chance against her rival in Saturday's $300,000 Vanity Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
At age 8, turf star Better Talk Now has shown no sign of slowing down as he heads into Saturday's $750,000 United Nations Presented by TVG (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.
Starspangled Gator set a controlled pace and drew off late to give Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning jockey Calvin Borel his sixth victory on the program Thursday in Churchill Downs' $56,010 featured race.
An impressive field of fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up will go postward in the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course, the 11th race on the Summit of Speed program July 7.
Atlanta Highway will try to set sail in graded stakes company as she takes on Time's Mistress in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) during Calder Race Course's Summit of Speed July 7. Both 3-year-old fillies are looking to extend their winning streak to three.
Saturday's $250,000 Prioress Stakes Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park is more than just a grade I event for 3-year-old fillies.
Phyllis Shetron, an advocate for the backstretch worker, a founding member of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, and a trainer, is the 2007 winner of the Dogwood Dominion Award.
William H. McCollum, an authority on equine infectious diseases, died July 1 at a Lexington hospital.
- By Tom LaMarra
Word is circulating in Kentucky that cobra venom, a substance used to kill pain, was found by investigators during a June 26 search of trainer Patrick Biancone's barn at Keeneland.
Jockey Frankie Dettori was suspended July 5 for 14 days for overuse of his whip while guiding Ramonti to victory in the the June 19 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
The best of the East will meet the best of the West in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit of Speed day at Calder Race Course July 7.
Teuflesberg aims to win his second consecutive grade II race when he heads to post for the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Calder Race Course July 7.
Canadian grade I winner Changeintheweather and U.S. grade II stakes-placed Flatter were represented by their first winners.
Revenue from slot machines will allow Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack to raise purses 20% beginning with the July 14 program at the Pennsylvania track.
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