Headlines for Thursday, June 8, 2006

  • Lucky J.H. Tries Open Company in Ack Ack H.

    Lucky J.H., victorious over California-breds in his last start on April 30 in the 7 1/2-furlong Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park, will try the same distance against open company in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) on Saturday.

  • Santa Anita 'Cap winner Lava Man looks to continue winning ways in Saturday's Charles Whittingham Memorial.

    Versatile Lava Man Tops Whittingham Line-Up

    Lava Man, the 2005 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner who is unbeaten in three starts this year, will meet defending champion Sweet Return in Saturday's $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Belmont Stakes Notes: Thursday, June 8

    Under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender Bob and John and Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup (gr. II) favorite Too Much Bling both galloped easily over the muddy Belmont Park track Thursday morning.

  • Breeders' Cup/NTRA boards name Greg Avioli interim CEO at New York session.

    Breeders' Cup, NTRA Boards Tab Avioli Interim CEO

    Greg Avioli has been named interim chief executive officer of the Breeders' Cup and National Thoroughbred Racing Association while the two organizations discuss the structure of their relationship beyond 2006

  • Avioli Named Interim CEO of NTRA, Breeders' Cup

    Gregory C. Avioli was appointed interim chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited June 8 during a joint meeting of the two boards in Garden City, N.Y.

  • TCA Elects New Officers, Directors

    Charles Nuckols III, president of Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., recently had his term as president of the Thoroughbred Club of America extended to two years.

  • Zito, Jackson, Hancock Discuss Horse Slaughter Issue

    The excitement of the upcoming third jewel of the Triple Crown highlights the shining careers of Thoroughbreds in their prime, but also conjures up the tender subject of what might happen to those runners once their careers have ended.

  • Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (right) visits Barbaro accompanied by Dean Joan Hendricks (left) and Dr. Dean Richardson.

    Barbaro's Latest Visitor Comes Bearing a Large Gift

    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell paid a special visit to Barbaro Thursday at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals and brought along a check for $13.5 million that will be used for new facilities at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center.

  • Velazquez 'Blessed' to be Back in the Saddle

    Jockey John Velazquez said he feels blessed to be back in the saddle so soon after suffering serious injuries during a race at Keeneland in April. He also is looking forward forward to piloting Bluegrass Cat, who was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite, in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Why All the Doom and Gloom?

    The Triple Crown series is North American racing's richest tradition. So why all the doom and gloom? Last time I checked, there's a big race for 3-year-olds coming up Saturday. <a href="http://thedowneyprofile.com/index.html#BELMONT"target=_blank"b>More....</a>