Headlines for Thursday, July 26, 2001

  • Shoemaker Mile winner Irish Prize seeks Eddie Read victory.

    Seven Turf Specialists Vie in Eddie Read

    Seven hard-hitting turf horses, headed by millionaire Native Desert and millionaire-in-waiting Irish Prize and including a pair trained by Robert Frankel, are set to go in Saturday's 28th running of the grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • Busters Daydream draws off to easy Sanford Stakes win at Saratoga.

    Buster a Daydream in Sanford

    Buster's Daydream made Saratoga's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) his fourth win in a row with an impressive 5 1/2-length win over a muddy track. The 4-1 third choice in the field, Buster's Daydream and jockey John Velazquez had the jump on the field at the break and never let a rival get a nose in front.

  • TOC To Assist Backstretch Workers

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced a new program to financially assist backstretch employees, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation.

  • Albert To Prove Greatness in Whitney

    Multiple graded stakes winner Albert the Great is out to prove his greatness when he takes on seven rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. The Nick Zito-trained Albert the Great will carry 124 pounds under jockey Jorge Chavez in the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Arlington Park is courting the Breeders' Cup.

    Chicago Breeders' Cup? Still A Long Way to Go

    A Churchill Downs executive said Wednesday he hoped Arlington Park would be awarded the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships within a couple months, but his prediction may have been a bit optimistic.

  • Texas Brothers Indicted In False Ownership Case

    Ronnie Ray Allen and Ernest Eugene Allen, identified by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations as brothers from Silsbee, Texas, have been indicted on charges relating to horses that race under false ownership in 1996.

  • Classic Winner Red Bullet Returns

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Red Bullet returns to the track Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in a $55,000 allowance race, the ninth race on the 10-race card.

  • Astrid Hopes Home Track Advantage Helps

    With a $250,000 purse and a grade II rating, Saturday's Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks at Monmouth Park has attracted some accomplished fillies, but Astrid is hoping her home court advantage will net a win.

  • Youbet To Open Oregon Hub a Month Early

    Youbet.com will begin taking bets through its new Oregon wagering hub in August, a month earlier than expected. Once the hub is operating, customer can beginning wagering on racetracks once offered exclusively through the TV Games Network. Youbet.com is anticipating significantly higher revenue by the first quarter of next year.

  • Exchange Rate, winning the Tom Fool in his final career start.

    Exchange Rate Retired; May Stand in Florida

    Padua Stables' Exchange Rate, who won the grade II Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park in his last start, was injured in training and has been retired. Exchange Rate would have made his next start in the grade I Forego Handicap at Saratoga in early September.