Headlines for Tuesday, July 10, 2007

  • Acorn winner Cotton Blossom might be the one to beat in the Delaware Oaks.<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%3D1398830%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Delaware Oaks Expected to be a Showdown

    The July 14 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) is shaping up to be a continental showdown at Delaware Park. The $500,000, 1 1/16-mile race has attracted a field of eight entrants from points across North America. Appearing to head the field are Cotton Blossom, High Heels, and Tough Tiz's Sis.

  • Delaware Park Announces Wall of Fame Inductees

    Delaware Park announced July 10 the selection of five inductees into its newly established Wall of Fame. The inaugural class of inductees consists of Kelso, Henry Clark, Willie Shoemaker, Jane and Henry Lunger's Christiana Stables, and William DuPont, Jr.

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Tiago will try to capture the Swaps this Saturday at Hollywood.<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%3D979467%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tiago Looking to Earn Return Ticket Back East

    Yes, there are 3-year-olds west of the Mississippi this year. Which one, or ones, will earn the right to take on the big guns back east will be decided in Saturday's $350,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), where Tiago will make his first start in California since winning the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Agenda Set for Jockey Club Round Table

    Medication, equine health, and the impact advance deposit wagering has on the economics of racing will share the spotlight when The Jockey Club hosts its 55th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing Aug. 19 at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Dennis Diaz, Raced Spend a Buck, Dead

    Dennis Diaz, who created a stir by bypassing a chance to win the Triple Crown with his 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Spend a Buck, died July 2 at his Tampa, Fla., home.

  • Joe Bravo holds up four fingers signifying his 4,000th career victory aboard Alotofappeal Wednesday at Monmouth Park.

    Joe Bravo Reaches 4,000-Win Milestone

    Jockey Joe Bravo scored the 4,000th victory of his career when he guided the Todd Pletcher-trained Alotofappeal to a one-length victory in the seventh race at Monmouth Park Wednesdau, an allowance event.

  • TVG Parent Explores Options, Including Sale

    Gemstar-TV Guide, which owns TVG, the account wagering service and horse racing network and publishes TV Guide magazine, said July 9 it had hired investment bankers to explore strategic alternatives, including the sale of the company.

  • Groundbreaking of IEAH's Equine Hospital To be Held July 13

    IEAH announced July 10 the commencement of construction on its equine medical facility at Belmont Park, and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for July 13. The project has been in the making for more than three years, and the scope of the project has grown substantially due to the enormous demand.

  • TRFSC Receives National Grant

    The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation of South Carolina has received a $10,000 grant from the Thoroughbred Charities of America as the South Carolina group kicks off its 2007-08 fiscal year fund raising efforts.

  • Roberts to Introduce 2007 Race for Education Scholars

    Trainer Monty Roberts will be the guest speaker at a reception to introduce this year's recipients of scholarships from The Race for Education, the Kentucky Equine Education Program, and the Kentucky Horse Council. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 14 at Victorian Square in Lexington.

  • Weaning half brother to multiple group I winner Admire Moon sold for a session-topping 300 million yen at the JRHA select sale on Tuesday.

    Kondo's Spree Highlights JRHA Foal Session

    Firing bids like a machine gun, Riichi Kondo continued his aggressive buying spree at the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale on Tuesday, grabbing another half brother to his multiple group I winner Admire Moon for a session-topping 300 million yen ($2,631,578).

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Forked Tongue

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Included in that "it's not illegal if you can't test for it" category is cobra venom, the use of which has been rumored for years. The substance, believed to be 1,000 times more powerful than morphine, can help a horse run through pain by blocking impulses through the nervous system. Use of the substance in horse racing is illegal. Worse yet, it's cruel to the animal.

  • Tom LaMarra&lt;br&gt;News Editor

    Commentary: Take Route 2

    <i>By Tom LaMarra</i> - Gaming in West Virginia and other states has kept racetracks open, put money in horsemen's pockets, and encouraged breed development. Whether it has done anything to spark long-term interest in and stability for horse racing is dubious at best.