Headlines for Tuesday, June 10, 2008

  • Calder Meeting: Considerable Progress

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's general counsel said June 10 his organization could sign agreements "in the very near future" on 2008 purses and future slot-machine revenue at Calder Race Course.

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    Pimlico Handle Drops 16.5% During Meet

    Hampered by a double-digit handle decline on its biggest race card, the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Pimlico Race Course realized a 16.5% drop in all-sources wagering for its 31-day meet that closed June 7.

  • Stakes Winner Little Sister Dead

    Little Sister, a stakes winner/producer for brothers Robert and Leland Ackerley, died May 7 from a stomach rupture.

  • Curlin, shown during his June 2 workout, will start in the Stephen Foster (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

    Curlin Expected to Make Stephen Foster

    Trainer Steve Asmussen was none too pleased with the 128-pound impost assigned to 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin for his expected bid in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Still, after a half-mile breeze in :49 seconds by the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner June 9, Asmussen indicated the horse would start in the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Met Mile winner Divine Park will enter stud at Airdrie Stud following the conclusion of his racing career.

    Airdrie to Stand Divine Park

    Grade I winner Divine Park will enter stud at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., following the conclusion of his racing career.

  • Indiana Downs Opens Slots Facility

    The temporary "Indiana Live!" slot-machine casino at Indiana Downs opened to the public June 9, ushering in a richer future for the state's horsemen. But purses won't be going up any time soon.

  • UPS advertising was prominent throughout Belmont Park for the running of the 140th Belmont (gr. I).

    Research: Big Brown Delivered for UPS

    United Parcel Service's sponsorship of Big Brown's bid for the Triple Crown produced more than $6 million in overall exposure value, according to the Michigan-based sponsorship research company Joyce Julius & Associates.

  • New Churchill Downs Wager Bundles Bets

    Churchill Downs will begin testing a new wagering format with on-track customers June 11 that allows patrons to bundle win, exacta, and trifecta plays at a lower price per bet.