Headlines for Friday, July 9, 2004

  • Lion Heart's Return Planned in Long Branch

    Lion Heart, who ran second to Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is expected to top the field for the $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth on Saturday, July 17.

  • Milady BC Handicap Next for Victory Encounter

    Victory Encounter, who gave trainer John Sadler his first grade I triumph with an unexpected Vanity Handicap performance in May, returns to Hollywood Park for another grade I opportunity in the $250,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap Sunday.

  • Jockey Agent Meldahl Recovering Well After Bypass

    Jockey agent Bob Meldahl, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery on June 29 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, is recovering so rapidly that he paid Clocker's Corner at Santa Anita near his home a brief visit on Friday.

  • Smarty Jones, being pointed toward Pennsylvania Derby.

    Smarty Jones Targets Pa. Derby; Purse Hike Possible

    With the Aug. 8 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) eliminated from his plans, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones now sets his sights on the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the purse for which could be raised from $750,000 to $1 million.

  • Toyota Blue Grass winner The Cliff's Edge set to go in Sunday's Dwyer Stakes.

    The Cliff's Edge Eyes Return in Dwyer

    Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and fifth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) despite a rough trip in his last start, is scheduled to begin his second season at Belmont Park July 11 in the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Will Saratoga Neighbor Add More Gaming Machines?

    Not only will Saratoga Gaming and Raceway not close down its video lottery terminal parlor in August to accommodate the New York Racing Association, but there is talk of the NYRA neighbor adding another 700 VLTs, a state official said.

  • Clay Named Co-Director of Sales at Three Chimneys

    Case Clay has been named co-director of sales for Three Chimneys Farm. He and Braxton Lynch will oversee all aspects of Three Chimneys Sales, which last year sold 190 mares, weanlings, and yearlings at public auction for more than $36 million.