Headlines for Thursday, June 12, 2008

  • Louisville Stakes winner Ginger Punch finished 2nd in last year's Ogden Phipps 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%3D4376622%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ginger Punch Seeks Revenge in Phipps

    Since her tough luck loss in last year's Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), all Ginger Punch has done is reel off five grade I or II victories and collect the Eclipse Award for top older female. On June 14 the Awesome Again mare will return to Belmont for some unfinished business as the overwhelming favorite in the $300,000 Ogden Phipps.

  • Da' Tara became the first male-line descendant of Man o' War to win an American classic since War Admiral.

    Belmont Stakes Still Made History

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Okay, so no Triple Crown, again. But the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) still made racing history. Da' Tara became the first male-line descendant of Man o' War to win an American classic since War Admiral took the Triple Crown in 1937. Tiznow, the sire of Da' Tara, is an extension of the Man o' War line through Cee's Tizzy, a son of Relaunch.

  • CHRB Eyes Provisional License for Riders

    A proposal to create a new license classification for provisional exercise riders is under consideration by the California Horse Racing Board, which is soliciting comments from the public prior to a July 17 public hearing at Del Mar. Written comments, pro or con, must be received by July 14.

  • Lazaro Barrera Memorial winner Two Step Salsa tries two turns for the first time in the Affirmed Handicap.

    'Two Step' Tries Two Turns in Affirmed

    An easy winner of the Lazaro Barrera Memorial (gr. III) in his last start, Two Step Salsa tries two turns for the first time in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track June 15.

  • Politely winner Social Queen meets some familiar rivals in the Eatontown.

    Three Fillies Meet Again in Eatontown

    The winner and runner-up from Monmouth Park's May 26 Politely Stakes -- plus the fourth-place finisher -- will meet again at the New Jersey oval June 14, when a field of eight fillies and mares go postward in the $150,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Philadelphia Park Jockey Anthony Black

    Philly Park Jockeys Get Mount Increase

    In a little over two year's time, Philadelphia Park Jockeys has helped accomplish some pretty remarkable things at the Bensalem racetrack. On June 11 the group's president, Anthony Black, announced yet another approved measure that will benefit riders: A $100 mount fee for jockeys who do not finish in the top three positions.

  • Curlin school in the Churchill Downs paddock on June 12.

    Curlin Schools for Stephen Foster

    Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year and 3-5 morning line favorite for the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), schooled in the paddock at Churchill Downs following the fifth race June 12. He was accompanied by trainer Steve Asmussen and assistant trainer Scott Blasi.

  • Dreaming of Anna heads a field of 11 older fillies and mares in the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap.

    Dreaming of Anna Back in Mint Julep

    Coming off a runner-up finish to Bayou's Lassie in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) May 3, Frank Calabrese's Dreaming of Anna heads a field of 11 older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs June 14.

  • Grey West to Horse Creek

    Grey West, a 14-year-old son of Gone West, has been relocated to Horse Creek Thoroughbreds near Newell, S.D.

  • Olmodavor stands at Adena Springs South in Williston, Fla.

    Olmodavor's First Winner

    Graded stakes winner <strong>Olmodavor</strong> was represented by his first winner when his daughter Miss Dixie Dancer set a track-record.

  • Sam Abbey has been the director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course for the past two seasons.

    Abbey Resigns From Fair Grounds Post

    Sam Abbey has resigned as director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, track president Randy Soth said June 11.