Headlines for Thursday, June 28, 2007

  • Shoemaker winner The Tin Man will try for his fifth straight win in the American Invitational Handicap.<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%3D1292138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Tin Man Limbers Up in American Handicap

    The venerable 9-year-old gelding The Tin Man swings for his fifth successive win and his unprecedented third victory in the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) when he takes on six rivals Saturday on the turf at Hollywood Park.

  • Louisiana Legends Night to Offer $1 Million in Purses

    For the first time in its 42-year history, Evangeline Downs will offer purses totaling more than $1 million dollars on a single racing program Saturday night with Legends Night III, a 13-race card featuring 11 stake races restricted to Louisiana bred horses.

  • Lava Man faces eight in Gold Cup.<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%3D631837%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man Tackles 8 in Historic Gold Cup

    Lava Man, attempting to match legendary Native Diver with his third consecutive victory in Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), will face eight rivals in the 1 1/4-mile classic at Hollywood Park.

  • Octave, shown finishing 2nd in the Ashland, will try for victory in the Mother Goose.<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%3D979388%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Excuses for Octave in Saturday's Mother Goose

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has given the nod for Octave to start in Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The nine-furlong race, which is restricted to three-year-old fillies and is the second leg of the Triple Tiara, drew a compact field of four horses.

  • Met winner Corinthian seeks validation in the Suburban.<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%3D1292102%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Corinthian Out to Make Case in Suburban Handicap

    The Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park may have lost its top star when Invasor was retired, but now Corinthian will have the opportunity to validate himself as the East's best handicap horse.

  • Immigration Bill Appears Dead--Indefinitely

    The United States Senate postponed action June 28 on comprehensive immigration reform--perhaps until after the 2008 November election--when an effort to limit debate on the Senate floor failed to garner enough votes.

  • Full Field to Contend for Iowa Derby

    Delightful Kiss, the 24-1 upset winner of the June 2 Ohio Derby (gr. II), will be striving for his second big win in the June 29 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows. The Iowa Derby, worth $250,000, is the richest of three stakes on the June 29 card.

  • Live racing will debut in September at Presque Isle Downs, considered a core property by owner MTR Gaming Group.

    Gaming Vote Key to Mountaineer Expansion

    The company that owns Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort is attempting to focus on its core holdings, and on June 30 will find out whether it can add table games at the West Virginia facility.

  • Silent Pleasure Set to Please in Cornhusker Handicap

    S & S Stables' Silent Pleasure, coming off a narrow victory in the April 28 Texas Mile (gr. III), stretches out to 1 1/8 miles and looks to extend his four-race winning streak when he heads up a field of 10 as the 121-pound highweight in Saturday's running of the Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Prairie Meadows.

  • Record Nominations for Claiming Crown

    The 2007 Old National Bank Claiming Crown, which will be held at Ellis Park for the first time Aug. 4, has received a record number of nominations.

  • Equibase Adds Thoro-Graph Form Ratings

    Thoro-Graph, whose proprietary performance figures have been utilized by professional handicappers and horsemen alike for the past 25 years, has unveiled Thoro-Graph Form Ratings, which are available exclusively at equibase.com