Headlines for Thursday, June 7, 2007

  • Lava Man seeks a repeat of this victory in the Whittingham.

    Lava Man Seeks Whittingham Repeat

    California legend Lava Man will seek to maintain his status as the West Coast's dominant older runner in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

  • Calder, Dog Track Seek Referendum on Slot Machines

    Calder Race Course and Flagler Dog Track and Sports Entertainment Center,have initiated a formal request before a committee of the Miami-Dade County Commission for a referendum for voters to consider the inclusion of slot machines at the three existing pari-mutuel facilities in Miami-Dade County.

  • Steve Haskin's Belmont Report: Curlin vs. Rags Has Belmont Abuzz

    When all is said and done, the 139th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) has turned out to be a heck of a good race after all, Street Sense or no Street Sense. We have seven legitimate horses, with none of the usual no-hopers that seem to pop out of the woodwork for the third leg of the Triple Crown, and a classic male vs. female showdown.

  • Thursday's Morning Line: Belmont, Sweet Belmont

    The paddock opens at 11:30 for schooling. One of the first to arrive is Belmont (gr. I) entrant Tiago. Trainer John Shirreffs, his stepson David Ingordo, and Frankie Herrarte, a member of his crew, follows the Pleasant Tap colt, who is led by Frank Leal.

  • Robert Hammond Joins Winstar

    WinStar Farm announced that Robert Hammond has joined their staff in their stallion nominations, sales, and bloodstock division.

  • Hollywood Futurity winner Stormello hopes to rebound in the Woody Stephens after a poor showing in the Derby.

    Deadly Dealer Could Prove Deadly in Woody Stephens

    Hall of Famer Woody Stephens trained five consecutive winners of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in the 1980s. So why is there a race named for him on Belmont Stakes day run at seven furlongs? We'll probably never know for sure, but the one thing that seems certain is that Deadly Dealer, the 5-2 favorite in the $250,000 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds, should prove tough to beat.

  • Happy Hour with Celebrity Bartenders Planned

    Immediately following the June 16 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville will host a happy hour with local "celebrity" bartenders. The event will support the Backside Learning Center and the Race for Education. Presented by the Equine Wellness Foundation to benefit horsemen's education, special guests will serve their favorite drinks.

  • Honey Fox winner Wait a While will race in the Just a Game on Saturday.
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    Wait a While Returns to Best Game in Just a Game

    Multiple grade I winner Wait a While will attempt to make amends for her off-the-board performance as the 1-2 favorite in her last start when she heads to post for the Just a Game Stakes (gr. IIT) June 9 at Belmont Park.

  • First 'Global Bet' to Be Offered June 10

    The first "Global Bet" will be offered June 10 when wagering outlets in nine countries take trifecta bets on the Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I), the French Oaks, from Chantilly racecourse in France.

  • Slew's Tizzy eyes a Belmont victory.

    Slew's Tizzy's Trainer: The Facts on Fox

    Trainer Greg Fox could be the most educated man currently on the backside of Belmont Park. The young conditioner grew up in an academic home where his parents were well-respected college professors and he holds degrees from Boston and Tufts Universities.

  • Hall of Famer Bailey Analyzes Belmont

    Jerry Bailey, known as an astute handicapper when he was carving out his Hall of Fame riding career, gave his thoughts on Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) while standing on the track's apron Thursday morning.

  • Trainer Fined $1,000 for Kentucky 'Milkshake' Positive

    In the first carbon dioxide overage announced since random tests were instituted in Kentucky in the spring of 2005, a horse trained by Reynaldo Abreu turned up positive in a pre-race blood sample taken April 18 at Keeneland. Subsequently, the trainer was fined $1,000.

  • Philly Horsemen Get OK to Intervene on Slots Plan

    The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association was granted the right to intervene in proceedings to determine whether a temporary slot-machine facility at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack should be considered permanent.