Headlines for Saturday, May 27, 2006

  • Online Reprint: Pet Projects at New Bolton Center

    With their shaggy manes and stocky bodies, they look like children's pets. They are the kind of animals that make people coo and exclaim, "How cute!" But the semi-feral ponies that roam the spacious pasture at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center (NBC) are the subjects of serious scientific research.

  • Dr. Jon Palmer, a specialist in premature equine birth, is Director of Neo-Natal Care at New Bolton Center.

    Premature Foals a Priority for Palmer

    "A lot of the equipment you see on the television show 'ER' we have here," says Dr. Jon Palmer, an associate professor of medicine and the director of the center's neonatal program. "We have respirators, heart monitoring equipment, blood pressure monitoring equipment, and equipment that monitors exhaled gasses. We even have a defibrillator. I only wish I could get blood gasses as fast as they do on 'ER.' "

  • Bandini and John Velazquez win the Skip Away Handicap on April 1.

    Pletcher Seeks Change of Luck in Met Mile

    Todd Pletcher's career has been filled with sparkling highlights, but the prestigious $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) has been a frustration to him. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer sends out Bandini in Monday's renewal of the popular "Met Mile" at Belmont Park.

  • Competitive Lone Star 'Cap Heads 'Million Card

    Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Magnum and the top four finishers from last month's Texas Mile (gr. III) top a competitive field of 10 older horses for Monday's $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III).

  • Ever Elusive's Late Surge Lands Winning Colors

    Favored Ever Elusive, hard ridden by Rafael Bejarano, angled six-wide at the top of the lane and caught 50-1 shot Malibu Mint in the final yards to notch a neck victory in Saturday's $110,200 Winning Colors for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

  • Big Apple Daddy Takes Charge in LeVine 'Cap

    Ervin Rodriguez's odds-on favorite Big Apple Daddy made a decisive rally from well off the pace to run down the ultra-quick P. Kerney outside the sixteenth pole en route to a 2 ½ length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap over seven furlongs at Philadelphia Park.

  • Team Valor's Unbridled Belle Wins Go For Wand

    Team Valor Stable's favored Unbridled Belle won a hard fought head victory over Amandatude in the $100,600 Go For Wand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park Saturday.

  • Silverfoot Seeks Three-Peat in Louisville 'Cap

    Chrysalis Racing's Silverfoot will attempt to extend a pair of notable winning streaks when the 6-year-old gray gelding faces five opponents in Monday's $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Gouldings Green Awarded Hanshin Cup; Graham Bags Five

    There were just five starters in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park Saturday, but plenty of trouble nevertheless. Favored Gouldings Green was awarded victory when jockey Corey Lanerie was forced to take up while rallying along the inside, overturning a one-length victory by Fifteen Rounds.

  • Honey Ryder, with Garrett Gomez aboard, wins the Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park.

    Honey Ryder Buzzes Sheepshead Bay Rivals

    The multiple graded stakes winner Honey Ryder shook off a zero-for-five record on the Belmont Park turf to capture Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares in smart fashion under Garrett Gomez.

  • Belmont Notes: Steppenwolfer, Jazil Work

    Steppenwolfer and Jazil, the third and fourth-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum Brands (gr. I), both worked over a fast main track at Belmont Park Saturday morning in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 10.

  • Congrats Finds Tough Spot for Calder Debut

    Cloverleaf Farm's grade II winner Congrats makes his Calder debut in his first start for trainer Kathleen O'Connell facing nine rivals in Monday's $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III).

  • TOC Hires Northern Cal Staff Representatives

    Richard Scheidt and Wayne Atwell have joined the Thoroughbred Owners of California staff as representatives for Northern California at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and the fairs.

  • Preakness winner Bernardini adds Classic win to sire's resume.

    A.P. Indy: Long on Talent

    A.P. Indy, for years one of North America's leading sires, has filled a major void in his impressive resumé. He now has a U.S. classic winner to go along with earlier accomplishments of leading the general sires list and siring a Horse of the Year.