Headlines for Saturday, June 30, 2007

  • Ted Arneault

    Mountaineer Gets OK To Be Full-Scale Casino

    Voters in a local referendum June 30 approved the addition of table games at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort, giving management and horsemen hope the new offerings will boost business at the West Virginia facility and perhaps increase interest in the live racing product.

  • Remarkable News and Ramon Dominguez win Saturday's Firecracker Handicap on the Churchill Downs turf.

    Remarkable News Makes Firecracker Headlines

    Favored Remarkable News, given a judicious ride by Ramon Dominguez, controlled the pace of Saturday's $232,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) and drove to a measured 2 3/4-length win on the Churchill Downs turf.

  • Red Birkin (2) crossed the wire first but was disqualified to third for interfering with the eventual winner Rutherienne (1) in the Boiling Springs Stakes.

    Rutherienne Wins Boiling Springs On Disqualification

    Trainer Christophe Clement kept his perfect record at Monmouth intact Saturday with a little help from the stewards as Virginia Kraft Payson's Rutherienne was placed first after finishing second to Red Birkin in the $150,000 Boiling Spring Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

  • Political Force and Cornelio Velasquez win the Suburban Handicap, Saturday at Belmont Park.<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%3D1570832%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Political Force Shows Clout in Suburban

    Joseph Allen's homebred Political Force exploited an opening at the head of the stretch and, in spite of drifting out late, rolled to a 1 1/4-length win in Saturday's $400,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Out Of Control (center) battles with The Tin Man (right) and Fast And Furious (left) to win the American Invitational.<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%3D1571861%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Frankel Takes 'Control' to American Handicap Upset

    T N T Stud's Out of Control made his United States stakes debut a winning one, outfighting the grand gelding The Tin Man in deep stretch to win the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) by a head on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.

  • Delightful Kiss Smacks Iowa Derby Rivals

    Delightful Kiss proved his 3 1/2-length victory in the Ohio Derby (gr. II) at odds of 24-1 earlier this month was no fluke when he rallied six wide in the stretch to capture the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows Friday night.

  • Marietta Springs Mild Surprise in Iowa Oaks

    Darley's Marietta surged past odds-on choice High Again leaving the three-sixteenth pole en route to her first graded stakes win in a mild upset of the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows in Altoona Friday night.