Headlines for Thursday, July 5, 2007

  • Surf Cat, last seen winning the Mervyn Leroy in May 2006, returns Saturday in the Triple Bend.

    Surf Cat Can Spoil Siren Lure's Triple Bend Repeat

    Despite being away from action for more than a year, multiple grade II winner Surf Cat presents a formidable obstacle for Siren Lure, who attempts to defend his title in the $300,000 Triple Bend Invitational Handicap at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Santa Margarita winner Balance will face three in the Vanity on Saturday.

    Balance Tries to Tip Scales Again in Vanity 'Cap

    The multiple grade I winner Balance, well beaten by undefeated California bred Nashoba's Key when they met a month ago, will get another chance against her rival in Saturday's $300,000 Vanity Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • Better Talk Now, shown winning the Manhattan, headlines the United Nations Saturday at Monmouth.<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%3D1398822%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Better Talk Now Ready for U.N. Encore

    At age 8, turf star Better Talk Now has shown no sign of slowing down as he heads into Saturday's $750,000 United Nations Presented by TVG (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.

  • Derby winning Jockey Calvin Borel rode 6 winners Thursday at Churchill Downs.

    Borel Wins Six at Sloppy Churchill Thursday

    Starspangled Gator set a controlled pace and drew off late to give Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning jockey Calvin Borel his sixth victory on the program Thursday in Churchill Downs' $56,010 featured race.

  • Time's Mistress, shown winning the Miss Preakness Stakes, looks to extend her winning streak in the Azalea.<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%3D1224446%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Nine Fillies to Compete in Azalea Breeders' Cup

    Atlanta Highway will try to set sail in graded stakes company as she takes on Time's Mistress in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) during Calder Race Course's Summit of Speed July 7. Both 3-year-old fillies are looking to extend their winning streak to three.

  • Shetron Named Dogwood Dominion Award Winner

    Phyllis Shetron, an advocate for the backstretch worker, a founding member of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, and a trainer, is the 2007 winner of the Dogwood Dominion Award.

  • Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the Queen Anne Stakes with Ramonti.  He later received a suspension for overuse of the whip in the race.

    Jockey Dettori Suspended for Overuse of Whip

    Jockey Frankie Dettori was suspended July 5 for 14 days for overuse of his whip while guiding Ramonti to victory in the the June 19 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.