Headlines for Wednesday, May 7, 2008

  • Bel Air Sizzle, winner of the Melair through disqualification, takes on the Senorita Stakes May 10.

    Bel Air Sizzle Back in Senorita Stakes

    The last time Bel Air Sizzle was entered in a race, it was through error. Less than 72 hours after the 3-year-old filly scored a solid 2 3/4-length allowance win at Hollywood Park, she was placed in the April 27 Melair Stakes, where trainer Barry Abrams intended to enter another starter, Lethal Heat, instead.

  • 'Real Sports' to Examine Horse Slaughter

    The slaughter of Thoroughbred horses for profit will be examined by HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" in a one-hour show that debuts on May 12 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Gets Fine, 3-Year Probation

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela was fined $1,595 and sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence during a pre-trial hearing May 6 in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

  • Champs Elysees takes on four in the Jim Murray Memorial 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%3D3339425%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Champs Elysees Tops 5-Horse Murray Field

    Juddmonte Farms' Champs Elysees should attract the most attention in a five-horse field entered for the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on the Hollywood Park turf May 10. Trainer Bobby Frankel goes for his seventh win in the 14-year history of the grade II event.

  • Recapturetheglory is headed to the Preakness.<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%3D4347222%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Recapturetheglory Headed to Preakness

    Saying "we're there to win", co-owner Ronnie Lamarque announced May 7 that Recapturetheglory, who finished fifth to Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is confirmed for $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Big Brown in the Derby Winner's Circle.<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%3D4421235%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Aftermath: Final Thoughts

    The 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), also known as The Brown Derby, was such a mixed bag of emotions, observations, and conclusions, there is no way to analyze it in the normal manner or find a proper place for it in the history books.

  • William B. Lucas Dead

    William D. Lucas, whose nearly 1,500 winners as a jockey include six on a single card, died April 30 at a Lexington hospital.

  • Magna Losses Drag Down MID

    Due primarily to losses by Magna Entertainment racetracks, MI Developments, the property arm of Canadian auto-parts empire Magna International, reported lower first-quarter profit May 7.

  • Big Brown cruises to victory in Kentucky Derby 134.<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%3D4388818%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stallion Deal Near on Big Brown

    The owners of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown are close to concluding a deal to sell the future breeding rights in the son of Boundary.

  • Rick Porter, owner of Eight Belles

    Owner Porter Reflects on Eight Belles

    Three days after his brilliant filly Eight Belles broke down in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Rick Porter was still searching for answers. But they aren't easy to come by.

  • Tres Borrachos worked five furlongs in :59.60 at Churchill Downs May 7.

    Tres Borrachos Works for Preakness

    With Andy Durnin up and trainer Beau Greely looking on from the grandstand, third-place Arkansas Derby (gr. II) finisher Tres Borrachos worked five furlongs in :59.60 at Churchill Downs May 7 in preparation for a start in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Big Brown on track at Churchill Downs May 7.

    Big Brown Jogs at Churchill Downs

    IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.'s Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged a mile under exercise rider Michelle Nevin alongside a pony May 7 at Churchill Downs.

  • Purse Cuts Planned at CDI-Owned Tracks

    A Churchill Downs Inc. official said May 7 purses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., could be cut the week of May 11, while Calder Race Course in South Florida could face another reduction in purses.

  • NY Plans Summit on Synthetic Surfaces

    The Task Force on Retired Racehorses, a state-appointed committee, has planned a summit in Saratoga Springss, N.Y., July 29 to explore the potential for the installation of synthetic surfaces at the state's racetracks.

  • Smart Stike has been nominated for induction into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

    Smart Strike Nominated to Canadian Hall

    A total of 22 nominees have been put forward by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's Thoroughbred and Standardbred Nominating Committees. The nominees consist of six Thoroughbred horses, four Standardbreds and 12 people.

  • Count Fleet winner Giant Moon looks to make his next start in the Preakness.

    Giant Moon Glows at Belmont

    Giant Moon, one of the new shooters Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown will face in the Preakness Stakes (gr.I) May 17, worked over Belmont Park's fast main track May 7.

  • Kentucky Thoroughbred Association executive director David Switzer

    KTA Upset with Churchill Dealings

    The head of a Kentucky horsemen's association said his group withheld approval for the Churchill Downs signal to go out to a pair of offshore rebate shops for the undercards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and is aggravated that the track is blaming horsemen for a decline in handle on the two programs.

  • Ready's Echo Set for Peter Pan Stakes

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, back from Kentucky and at his home base of Belmont Park, said May 5 that Ready's Echo would start in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr.II) at Belmont May 10. Ready's Echo, a son of the Pletcher-trained More Than Ready, will make his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan.

  • Chelokee <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%3D1229952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

    Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.

  • Presque Isle Ready for Second Season

    Live Thoroughbred racing will return to the Erie, Pa., area May 9 when Presque Isle Downs commences its 2008 meet. Presque Isle's 100-day season will extend through Sept. 27, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. EDT.