Headlines for Thursday, May 31, 2007

  • McCann's Mojave in his stunning upset at the Sunshine Millions Classic.

    McCann's Mojave One to Beat in Berkeley

    McCann's Mojave, a 7-year-old horse who has won 10 of his 26 career races and earned more than $1.2 million, towers over a field of eight horses entered in the $100,000 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Classic Neel Contends in Open Sands Point

    Sheila and Fred Mead's Classic Neel snapped to life earlier this year after trainer Kiaran McLaughlin switched her to the turf. Now the $250,000 El Corredor filly is one of the key contenders in Saturday's $100,000-added Sands Point (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.

  • Empire Group Alleges Collusion in N.Y. Bid Process

    Empire Racing Associates has accused two of its competitors of secretly meeting to discuss a possible joint venture involving New York's Thoroughbred franchise, which Empire contends violates state procurement rules involving collusion.

  • With the defection of Street Sense from the Belmont, focus turns to Preakness winner Curlin.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1232767%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin, Hard Spun Take Over Center Stage

    With the racing world still rocking from the bombshell dropped by Carl Nafzger Thursday morning, all thoughts immediately turned to the two big horses who will remain on their Triple Crown journey and the two trainers who elected to see it through to its conclusion.

  • Retired jockey Pat Cooksey will make her second appearance against a Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver on June 9.

    Cooksey on Horse, Bengal on Foot for 'Man Vs. Beast'

    Retired jockey Patti Cooksey will return to the saddle June 9 at River Downs for a special race in which her mount will square off against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, who will be on foot.

  • Trainer Carl Nafzger says Derby winner Street Sense will skip Belmont.

    Street Sense to Pass Belmont, Focus on Travers

    The streets of New York will be a little less crowded next weekend because Street Sense will not be running in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but instead will be pointed toward the Travers (gr. I) at Saratoga and a fall campaign. The announcement was made by trainer Carl Nafzger at a press conference Thursday morning.

  • Greenwood's Handel to Focus on Jersey Operations

    Harold G. "Hal" Handel, chief executive officer for Greenwood Racing, Inc. since 1998, has left his day-to-day duties at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack and assumed responsibility for Greenwood's New Jersey operations, which include the revitalization of Atlantic City Race Course.