Headlines for Sunday, July 8, 2007

  • Mauralakana Resolute Winner of Locust Grove Finale

    Mauralakana collared even-money favorite Quite a Bride a furlong from home and drew clear in the final stages to win the $162,900 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares, bringing down the curtain on the 2007 Churchill Downs spring meet Sunday.

  • Ginger Punch, Rafael Bejarano aboard, wins the First Flight Handicap.<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%3D1652306%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ginger Punch Takes Wing in First Flight

    Stronach Stable's odds-on choice Ginger Punch rebounded from a neck loss in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) last month to easily win Sunday's $147,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

  • Distorted Reality powers home in the Lexington.

    Distorted Reality Gains Focus in Lexington Win

    Centaur Farm's Distorted Reality did exactly what trainer Todd Pletcher hoped he would do Sunday afternoon, and the result was a half-length victory for the 2-5 choice over Buddy's Humor in the $106,000 Lexington on the firm inner turf course at Belmont Park.

  • Brass Hat defeats Student Council while setting a new track record for 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs.

    Brass Hat Sets Churchill Track Mark in Return

    Fred Bradley's grade I winner Brass Hat, making his first start in more than a year, demonstrated his good health when he broke a 36-year-old Churchill Downs track record at 1 1/16 miles Sunday, defeating favored Student Council by a head on closing day of the spring meet.

  • War Emblem may return to U.S.

    War Emblem Has Another Fruitless Season at Stud

    After five frustrating years of trying to coax dual American classic winner War Emblem into performing regular breeding duties, Shadai Stallion Station officials may be reaching the limit of their patience with the horse they purchased for about $17 million as a stallion prospect.