Articles posted July 17, 2008

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Keeneland and Turfway Ban Toe Grabs

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Officials at Keeneland and Turfway Park announced July 17 a new shoe policy banning the use of toe grabs. The policy is effective at both racetracks beginning Sept. 1.

Big Brown Heads List of Haskell Invitees

Big Brown Heads List of Haskell Invitees

A total of 33 horses have been invited to the 41st running of Monmouth Park's $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown expected to head the field in the 1 1/8-mile event Aug. 3.

Suroor's Pair Formidable in CCA Oaks

Suroor's Pair Formidable in CCA Oaks

The coupled entry of Music Note and Little Belle, both grade I winners trained by Saeed bin Suroor, head a short field of five in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 19 at Belmont, but don't count out Acoma, a good-looking Empire Maker filly who enters off a three-race win streak.

Breeders' Cup to Support Two Charities

The Breeders' Cup announced July 17 it has selected St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Susan G. Komen for the Cure as non-profit beneficiaries for the 25th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Oct. 24-25, at Santa Anita Park.

All According to a Mistical Plan

All According to a Mistical Plan

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Prior to the weekend, Mistical Plan had tried for grade one glory on five occasions. On four of those she had failed to hit the board, and in the fifth, she had gained a third, but had been beaten nearly nine lengths. On Saturday, at the Summit of Speed, Mistical Plan cut back to six furlongs and produced the performance of her life to take the Princess Rooney Handicap.

Breeders' Cup to Benefit Non-Profits

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Breeders' Cup to Benefit Non-Profits

The Breeders' Cup announced it has selected St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Susan G. Komen for the Cure as non-profit beneficiaries for the 25th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Oct. 24-25, at Santa Anita Park.

Treptow Active at Tattersalls

Virginia-based owner-breeder Jim Treptow provided a boost to the four-day Tattersalls July mixed sale, July 8-11, in Newmarket, England. He purchased six lots for a total of 329,000 guineas.

British Bloodstock Marketing to Increase

British marketing of bloodstock will step up a gear to try and challenge the Irish and French dominance in this area. The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA), which represents the interests of breeders in the United Kingdom, has shifted resources to focus more on the promotion and marketing of the British bloodstock.

Del Mar Focuses On More Consistent Track

Del Mar Focuses On More Consistent Track

Water, designed to keep Del Mar's Polytrack more consistent from morning to afternoon, also led to three track records opening day, July 16, at the Southern California track. The five races carded over the synthetic surface were run at four different distances, with new marks set at 5 1/2 furlongs, six furlongs and a mile.

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