Headlines for Thursday, July 19, 2007

  • Mother Goose winner Octave looks for 2 in a row in the Coaching Club American 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%3D1570874%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher-Trained Octave Favored in CCA Oaks

    Octave shed her role as a bridesmaid when she won the Mother Goose (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 30 and will try to win successive grade I's when she competes Saturday in Belmont's feature race, the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at 1 1/4 miles for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Canadian Champion Eternal Search Euthanized

    Three-time Canadian champion Eternal Search died late last month at Curraghmore Farm near Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. Owned by Mel Lawson, the 29-year-old mare is by Northern Answer out of the Ruritania mare Bon Debarras.

  • Cosmonaut to Try to Defend Title in Arlington Handicap

    Defending champion Cosmonaut, who races in the colors of Flying Zee Stable, has accepted top impost of 121 pounds and will head to post July 21 as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/4 miles over turf.

  • Pack to Host Seminars at Siro's During Saratoga Meet

    Harvey Pack will once again serve as the host for Daily Racing Form's free summer seminars at Siro's Restaurant throughout the Saratoga Race Course meeting this year. The seminars will be conducted each racing day, Wednesdays through Mondays, beginning on opening day, July 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Siro's on Lincoln Avenue in Saratoga.

  • Pleasant Strike Poised to Strike in American Derby

    Todd Pletcher trainee Pleasant Strike, coming off consecutive victories in the Arlington Classic and an allowance optional claimer at Arlington Park, looks to extend his winning streak when a field of nine sophomores goes postward in Saturday's reneweal of the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT).

  • Derby winner Street Sense continued his preparations for a Summer Campaign this morning at Churchill.<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%3D1134610%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Street Sense Blazes 5 Furlongs in :57 2/5 at Churchill

    James Tafel's Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned a few heads at Churchill Downs Thursday morning, breezing five furlongs in a bullet :57 2/5, in preparation for his return in either the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) or grade II Jim Dandy Stakes, the more likely spot of the two.

  • Ten a Penny and Michael Baze take the first division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.<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%3D1763937%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Record 42,842 Attend Del Mar's Opening Program

    Before 42,842 -- the largest opening-day crowd in its history -- Del Mar unveiled Polytrack as its new main track racing surface July 18 while featuring three divisions of the Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile over the grass.