Headlines for Tuesday, July 31, 2007

  • New York Rules Target Betting, 'Milkshakes'

    New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "milkshaking" of horses.

  • Belmont Park Reports Increase in Handle

    Belmont Park's on-track handle, including simulcasts, increased 4.3% at the recently-concluded 59-day spring/summer Meet, the racetrack announced July 27.

  • Mandatory Tests for Steroids Set for Graded Stakes

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will add four commonly used anabolic steroids to the list of substances for which horses must be tested in graded stakes effective Jan. 1, 2008.

  • Rahy

    Rahy is Rising Broodmare Sire of Sires

    There is a school of thought that hold that the type of horse to look for as a potential broodmare sire is a good-sized, scopey kind of horse, one whose conformation suggests that he will get mares with plenty of room to carry their foals.

  • Demidoff to Stand at Cross Creek in Minnesota

    Demidoff, a full brother to major sire Gone West and second on this year's Minnesota sires list, has been purchased by Dr. M. Eldeeb for stallion duty at his Cross Creek Farm near Buffalo, Minn.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Scandalous

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Racing has no commissioner, so when a substance, possibly cobra venom, was found in a trainer's barn a month ago, there is no swift and decisive action, only inaction.

  • Steve Haskin&lt;br&gt;Senior Correspondent

    Commentary: Charming Trip

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - When the doors of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., open for Silver Charm Aug. 6, there will be no one blocking his way, and he will take his rightful place among the greats of the sport.

  • Breeders' Cup Challenge Day Called 'Very Solid Start'

    It may be a foregone conclusion that many of the horses that win Breeders' Cup Challenge races would qualify for the World Championships anyway, but the first of six "Win and You're In" programs is said to have done much for recognition of Breeders' Cup and racetrack business.

  • Lawyer Ron&#39;s record setting Whitney has been confirmed.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1864107%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Lawyer Ron's Whitney Time Deemed Accurate

    The winning time of 1:46.64 for Lawyer Ron in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) has been confirmed as the nine-furlong, main-track record at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Lawyer Ron's Whitney Time Deemed Accurate

    The winning time of 1:46.64 for Lawyer Ron in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) has been confirmed as the nine-furlong, main-track record at Saratoga Race Course.

  • The Saratoga meet is off to a beautiful start.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D408404%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Quick Start Out of the Gate for Saratoga

    The Saratoga meet got a quick jump out of the gate, with the New York Racing Association reporting a 14% increase in attendance and double-digit increases in handle during the first six days of the session.

  • Modest On-Track Gains at Lone Star

    Despite enduring an extremely wet spring/summer meet, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded its 2007 Thoroughbred season July 29 with modest increases in total and average daily attendance, as well as on-track total handle. Wagering on the live product, however, declined both on and off track.