Headlines for Monday, May 26, 2008

  • Daytona rolls home in the May 26 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. <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%3D4648691%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Daytona Roars to Shoemaker Mile Triumph

    Daytona earned his sixth win in the past seven starts in capturing the $310,500 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) when he outfought Ever a Friend in the final sixteenth of a mile for a 1 1/2-length win on the Hollywood Park turf course May 26.

  • Dry Spell Ends for McCann's Mojave

    The 2008 running of the $150,000 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) went much better than last year's for McCann's Mojave, who seized the lead from favored Desert Code at the three-sixteenth pole and rolled to a driving 3 1/2-length win at Golden Gate Fields May 26.

  • Giant Gizmo wins the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day May 26.

    'Gizmo and Gomez Get 'Em at Lone Star

    Frank Stronach's Giant Gizmo landed a third consecutive score and proved his affinity for the 1 1/16-mile distance when he took control of the $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) and rolled home a solid winner in Texas May 26.

  • Finallymadeit wins the Memorial Day Handicap at Calder May 26.

    Finallymadeit Wins Memorial Day Stakes

    Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing's 4-year-old homebred colt Finallymadeit won his ninth race at Calder and tenth overall when taking the $36,000 Memorial Day overnight stakes in gate-to-wire fashion May 26 under jockey Eduardo Nunez.

  • Graeme Six earned wins her first graded race May 26 in the Winning Colors (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

    Graeme Six Conquers Winning Colors

    Graeme Six earned her third victory of the season and first career graded score May 26 in the $107,600 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, pressing the pace and then taking over at the top of the stretch under Julien Leparoux. The daughter of Graeme Hall drew clear to win the six-furlong sprint by 1 1/2 lengths.

  • Divine Park storms home to take the Met Mile (gr. I).

    Bargain Baby Divine Park Grabs Met Mile

    James Barry purchased his 4-year-old Divine Park for just $20,000 at Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2005. Less than three years later, the son of Chester House became a grade I winner when he ran down the talented Commentator in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Indescribable Earns Arlington Matron Win

    Courtlandt Farm's homebred filly Indescribable continued to exhibit her affinity for synthetic surfaces, this time doing it on the Arlington Park Polytrack, as she wore down Leah's Secret in mid-stretch to take the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) by a half-length on Memorial Day.

  • Precious Kitten cruises home as the heavy favorite in the Gamely (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

    Precious Kitten Pounces Again in Gamely

    Heavy favorite Precious Kitten got her first win in the Lael Stables silks when she collared pacesetting Diamond Diva at the top of the lane and cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $283,000 Gamely (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park May 26.

  • War Chant to Shuttle to Chile

    War Chant, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will shuttle to Chile to stand at Haras De Pirque.

  • Curlin works at Churchill Downs

    Curlin Sharp in Six-Furlong Work

    Curlin, 2007 Horse of the Year and winner of the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), continued to train toward his return to competition May 26 with a strong six-furlong work at Churchill Downs.

  • Belmont Notes: May 26

    As of May 26, New York Racing Association Stakes Coordination Andrew Byrnes expects the Belmont Stakes field to be: Big Brown, Anak Nakal, Casino Drive, Denis of Cork, Icabad Crane, Macho Again, Tale of Ekati, and Tomcito.

  • Inside Track: Overcoming Obstacles

    Brian Pitnick grinned widely as he stood under a television monitor in the Bay Meadows clubhouse the evening of April 11.

  • Smooth Air, shown during training prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), makes his next start in the Ohio Derby. <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%3D4335619%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Smooth Air in Sharp Work for Ohio Derby

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air, runner-up to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown in the Florida Derby (gr. I), completed his serious work for the May 31 Ohio Derby (gr. II) with a sharp seven-furlong work at Arlington Park May 25.

  • Options for Ex-Racehorses

    <P>Only a handful of racehorses continue racing for more than a few years. The most talented runners are retired to stud or join a broodmare band, but often horses must move out to make room for new prospects. The problem of what to do with ex-racehorses is ongoing, and several organizations have been created to help resolve this. <P><B>Thoroughbred Ret...