Headlines for Friday, June 9, 2006

  • Homeister Jr. Plans Return to Racing

    Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr., who retired from Thoroughbred racing in November 2004 to set off on a career as a real estate agent, has decided to return to her lifelong love: horses.

  • Norberto Arroyo Shifting to Hollywood Park

    Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. will shift his tack to California for the first time and begin riding at Hollywood Park June 14, according to his new agent, Jim Pegram.

  • 'Eleven Seeks Return to Form at Hollywood

    She's an Eleven, who finished a disappointing fifth as the favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) in mid-May at Pimlico, will try to regain her winning ways when she returns to Hollywood Park in Sunday's $150,000-added Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks.

  • Belmont Stakes Notes: Velazquez Ready to Go

    After missing his mount aboard Bluegrass Cat in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a broken shoulder blade, John Velazquez is looking forward to riding the colt in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Vagrancy Pits Dubai Escapade, Smokey Glacken

    The talented duo of Dubai Escapade and Smokey Glacken, a combined 6-for-6 this year, meet for the first time in Sunday's $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Dr. Dean Richardson and owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson sit in front of get well cards on display at New Bolton Center as part of the monumental outpouring of public interest in the health of the Kentucky Derby winner.

    Call the IT Department -- Barbaro's In-Box Overflows

    According to personnel at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., the injured 3-year-old colt Barbaro has received more than 40,000 e-mail messages at the Web site set up for fans to send messages and get-well wishes to the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Jody Pieper sits atop Belmont Stakes entrant Steppenwolfer as they walk with trainer Daniel Peitz during a Thursday morning workout at Belmont Park.

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Report: Time to Roll the Dice

    There are nine -- count 'em, <i>nine</i> -- horses who can win Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and it wouldn't come as a major surprise. What that means is that you can safely disregard the experts, speed figures, or any other handicapping tool and just hope the horse or horses you choose are in top shape to go a mile and a half.

  • Dr. Larry Bramlage addresses a national televison audience within moments of the injury to Barbaro.

    Dr. Bramlage Looks Back on Barbaro's Preakness

    Three weeks after telling the world about the condition of Barbaro directly after the horse's breakdown at the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), noted veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage was relaxing on the Belmont apron, enjoying the morning workouts the day before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Proposals Sought on Equine ID Project

    The Equine Species Working Group, the designated United States Department of Agriculture working group for horses on the issue of the National Animal Identification System, is soliciting proposals in the area of equine identification related to equine health and disease control.

  • Northern California Horsemen Consider Breakaway Organization

    About 200 Northern California horsemen have signed a petition supporting the formation of a new trainer/owner organization to represent them in negotiations with racetrack associations and others, saying they believe their affiliation with the Thoroughbred Owners of California is no longer adequate.

  • Horsemen Establish Wagering Operation in Nevada

    The International Horsemen's Wagering Assurance Group, which intends to recapture pari-mutuel revenue and funnel it to horsemen, jockeys, and racetracks, announced it has officially opened a secondary pari-mutuel operation with a hub in Las Vegas and call center in Curacao.

  • Evan Hammonds goes to the Belmont - and takes you along for the ride!

    Friday Morning Line at the Belmont

    Back at Barn 10, home of trainer Tom Albertrani, is Irene and Joseph LaCombe. The LaCombes bred and own Belmont Stakes (gr. I) starter Deputy Glitters.

  • JEH Stallion Marked Tree Euthanized

    Jim and Marilyn Helzer's JEH Stallion Station, which suffered the loss of popular stallions Favorite Trick and Saratoga Six in a barn fire June 6 at its New Mexico farm, had euthanized the 16-year-old stallion Marked Tree at its Texas branch near Pilot Point prior to the fire.

  • Like a Gem, Seductively Meet Again in Woodbine Oaks

    Hillsbrook Farms' homebred Like a Gem is the lukewarm 5-2 morning line favorite among 10 Canadian-foaled 3-year-old fillies set to contest the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks at nine furlongs Sunday at the Toronto track.