Headlines for Thursday, July 5, 2001

  • Buckle Down Ben Heads Iowa Derby Field

    Buckle Down Ben enters Friday's $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows from June's third leg of the Triple Crown, the grade I Belmont Stakes, where he finished seventh off the lead from Point Given.

  • Royal Fair Leads Iowa Distaff Field

    G. Watt's Humphrey's 5-year-old bay mare, Royal Fair, will try for her fourth win in Friday's $125,000 Iowa Distaff at Prairie Meadows.

  • Point Given Set to Breeze in a Week; Haskell or Travers Possible

    Trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday that Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Point Given is about one week away from having his first breeze since the Triple Crown. Baffert wouldn't rule out the Aug. 5 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park or the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, but said the only race the son of Thunder Gulch is specifically being pointing toward is the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Favorite Tough To Find in Debutante

    The $100,000-added Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs has seemed to be little more than coronations for heavy favorites such as eventual juvenile filly champion Silverbulletday and multiple stakes winners Chilukki and Gold Mover. But that's not the case for Saturday's five-furlong race, which has attracted a wide-open field of eight with no clear-cut favorite.

  • Mott and Clement Look To Break Tie In Bowling Green

    Since 1997, trainers Christophe Clement and Bill Mott have each racked up 15 stakes a piece on the Belmont Park turf. And each will enter Saturday's $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont looking to break the tie. Clement will bring Forbidden Apple and Mott will bring King Cugat for the 1 3/8 mile event.

  • Latest Foal Loss Update Shows No Change in Risk Factors

    In the latest update on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, researchers at the University of Kentucky report the evidence continues to point toward cherry trees and a caterpillar infestation this spring as the likely causes of the problem.

  • Kentucky HBPA Urges Due Diligence on Consultant

    The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has strongly urged the Kentucky Racing Commission to perform due diligence before it hires a consultant to evaluate the state's equine drug testing program.

  • Student Versus Teacher in Bel Air

    It will be student versus teacher in the $100,000 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park when trainer Richard Baltas and Freedom Crest meets the Richard Mandella-trained Out Of Mind. Baltas assisted Mandella for 1 1/2 years before going out on his own.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from the Thoroughbred industry.

  • La Recherche Wins Walmac Lone Star Oaks

    After stalking a slow pace, Kentucky invader La Recherche closed strong and fast to win Wednesday's $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks at Lone Star Park.

  • King's Best Not Going to Dubai

    English stallion King's Best will not be sent to Dubai to stand next year's breeding season, according to Joe Osborne, managing director of Kildangan Stud in Ireland, where the classic winner completed his first season as part of the brigade of Darley stallions.