Articles posted May 7, 2008

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Bel Air Sizzle Back in Senorita Stakes

Bel Air Sizzle Back in Senorita Stakes

The last time Bel Air Sizzle was entered in a race, it was through error. Less than 72 hours after the 3-year-old filly scored a solid 2 3/4-length allowance win at Hollywood Park, she was placed in the April 27 Melair Stakes, where trainer Barry Abrams intended to enter another starter, Lethal Heat, instead.

'Real Sports' to Examine Horse Slaughter

The slaughter of Thoroughbred horses for profit will be examined by HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" in a one-hour show that debuts on May 12 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Champs Elysees Tops 5-Horse Murray Field

Champs Elysees Tops 5-Horse Murray Field

Juddmonte Farms' Champs Elysees should attract the most attention in a five-horse field entered for the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on the Hollywood Park turf May 10. Trainer Bobby Frankel goes for his seventh win in the 14-year history of the grade II event.

Recapturetheglory Headed to Preakness

Recapturetheglory Headed to Preakness

Saying "we're there to win", co-owner Ronnie Lamarque announced May 7 that Recapturetheglory, who finished fifth to Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is confirmed for $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

Ky. Derby Aftermath: Final Thoughts

Ky. Derby Aftermath: Final Thoughts

The 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), also known as The Brown Derby, was such a mixed bag of emotions, observations, and conclusions, there is no way to analyze it in the normal manner or find a proper place for it in the history books.

Magna Losses Drag Down MID

Magna Losses Drag Down MID

Due primarily to losses by Magna Entertainment racetracks, MI Developments, the property arm of Canadian auto-parts empire Magna International, reported lower first-quarter profit May 7.

Owner Porter Reflects on Eight Belles

Owner Porter Reflects on Eight Belles

Three days after his brilliant filly Eight Belles broke down in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Rick Porter was still searching for answers. But they aren't easy to come by.

Purse Cuts Planned at CDI-Owned Tracks

Purse Cuts Planned at CDI-Owned Tracks

A Churchill Downs Inc. official said May 7 purses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., could be cut the week of May 11, while Calder Race Course in South Florida could face another reduction in purses.

NY Plans Summit on Synthetic Surfaces

The Task Force on Retired Racehorses, a state-appointed committee, has planned a summit in Saratoga Springss, N.Y., July 29 to explore the potential for the installation of synthetic surfaces at the state's racetracks.

KTA Upset with Churchill Dealings

KTA Upset with Churchill Dealings

The head of a Kentucky horsemen's association said his group withheld approval for the Churchill Downs signal to go out to a pair of offshore rebate shops for the undercards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and is aggravated that the track is blaming horsemen for a decline in handle on the two programs.

Ready's Echo Set for Peter Pan Stakes

Trainer Todd Pletcher, back from Kentucky and at his home base of Belmont Park, said May 5 that Ready's Echo would start in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr.II) at Belmont May 10. Ready's Echo, a son of the Pletcher-trained More Than Ready, will make his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan.

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