Headlines for Tuesday, June 20, 2006

  • Brother Derek on path to contest Haskell.

    Brother Derek Back on (the) Track; Haskell Probable Next Start

    After a four-week break, Cecil Peacock's dual grade 1 winner Brother Derek returned to Santa Anita's main track this past Saturday to begin preparations for a probable start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 6 at Monmouth Park, trainer Dan Hendricks revealed.

  • Behaving Badly set to return in one of two July tests.

    Behaving Badly Works Toward Next Start

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's grade I winner Behaving Badly, runner-up to stablemate Pussycat Doll in the May 6 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 6, will make her next start in either the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park or the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course, trainer Bob Baffert said.

  • Smoke Glacken Colt Tops First Session of OBSC Sale

    A colt by Smoke Glacken consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, was sold for $220,000 to Joe Brocklebank, Agent For Jeff Singer Racing, to top Tuesday's opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.

  • Crafty Prospector Back at Brookdale

    Veteran stallion Crafty Prospector, who underwent colic surgery June 13 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, was returned June 19 to Fred Seitz' Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks out from the new royal box on the first day of the annual Royal Ascot race meeting at Ascot, England.

    Queen on Hand as Ascot Ushers in New Era

    With Queen Elizabeth II in attendance, Royal Ascot officially reopened Tuesday after nearly two years of renovations. In the day's biggest races, Araafa cruised to victory in the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I), American-bred Ad Valorem took the Queen Anne (Eng-I), and Takeover Target won the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-II).

  • English Group I Winner Warrsan Dead

    Warrsan, a two-time English group I winner and German champion, died June 19 after a short illness following complications from a tumor.

  • Feliciano Reaches 1,000 Wins

    Trainer Miguel Feliciano scored his 1,000th career victory in 7,316 starts in Thistledown's first race June 19 with Formal Pass. Jockey Ernesto Oro was aboard for the milestone win.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Triple Threat

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Beginning in 1985, when the three Triple Crown host racing associations--Churchill Downs, the Maryland Jockey Club, and the New York Racing Association--joined together to form Triple Crown Productions, the series clearly began to benefit and grow. But the alliance has cracked, resulting this past year in separate television contracts and the loss of a title sponsor.

  • Name Dropping

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> - I don't recall the meeting when it was first discussed, but I remember volunteering. Looking for new avenues of coverage for racing's big events--the Triple Crown, the Breeders' Cup--on bloodhorse.com, the idea of a "blog" came up. "Blog," short for "Web log," is a relatively new concept and is still subject to debate for its actual purpose and application.