Headlines for Sunday, June 1, 2008

  • Desormeaux and Alou exchange autographs.

    Desormeaux Pitches Belmont to Mets Fans

    Kent Desormeaux showed Sunday night that his ability to get the most out of a racehorse is not the only talent he has retained from his youth. The jockey displayed good form when throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at New York's Shea Stadium prior to the June 1 night game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Big Booster and Rafael Bejarano take the Gallant Man.

    Big Booster Lumbers Home in Gallant Man

    Odds-on choice Big Booster moved closer to a potential run at the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Marathon this fall, lumbering to victory over three outmatched rivals in the first Gallant Man Handicap over 1 5/8 miles on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track.

  • Barretts to Start Steroid Regulation

    Barretts, the Southern California-based Thoroughbred auction firm, is on schedule to begin regulating the use of exogenous anabolic steroids in young sale horses beginning with the California yearling auction, which is co-sponsored by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

  • Not Bourbon takes the Plate Trial over Solitaire. Heavily favored Harlem Rocker was fourth.

    Harlem Rocker Empty in Plate Trial

    Harlem Rocker, regarded as one of the top 3-year-olds in North America and briefly under consideration for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), failed in his first two-turn test June 1 at Woodbine. The son of Macho Uno finished a well-beaten fourth in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes.

  • On June 1 Colonel John had his first recorded workout since the Kentucky 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%3D4335636%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Colonel John Works; Gearing Up for Swaps

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Colonel John worked four furlongs in :49 on Santa Anita's synthetic track June 1 for trainer Eoin Harty. It was the colt's first recorded workout since the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Tale Of Ekati heads to the Belmont Park main track escorted by 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.<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%3D4653383%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Belmont Notes: June 1

    Ready's Echo and Tale of Ekati are headed to the Belmont Stakes, while Tomcito and Spark Candle are out.

  • Hirofumi Shii rides Deep Sky to victory in the 75th running of the Japan Derby.

    Deep Sky Soars to Japanese Derby Win

    Favored Deep Sky came from out of the clouds to register a convincing win in the $4,639,000 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, Jpn-I), giving jockey Hirofumi Shii consecutive wins in the second leg of the nation's Triple Crown.

  • Tomahawk Sires First Winner

    Irish champion Tomahawk sired his first winner when Royal Minikin won May 31 at Woodbine in her initial start.